The 2016 DFW Auto Show

This post is sponsored by SheBuysCars on behalf of the DFW Auto Show and Toyota. All opinions are my own.
DFW Auto Show

The 2016 DFW Auto Show

The 2016 DFW Auto Show has an impressive line up of vehicles on display and many opportunities to get behind the wheel to shop, test drive and dream.  Attending an auto show is the perfect way to explore in a no pressure environment. It’s also perfect timing for a Spring Break adventure without leaving the city!

fast cars DFW auto show

Randall and I had the opportunity to get a preview during press days and had a fabulous time. We did a few ride & drives and each found something we would like to take home. I fell in LOVE with the Kia K900 during our ride and drive.

DFW AUTO SHOW Kia K900

Randall fell in love with something a little more exclusive. Here he is sitting in the Rezvani Beast next to Mr Ferris Rezvani himself. This is only the third of its kind ever made.

Rezvani Beast

Now it’s your turn…. Head over to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and find your dream car too. Here’s some info you will want to have as you plan your visit.

2016 DFW Auto Show Ride & Drive Event

An outdoor Ride & Drive event once again will take place at this year’s DFW Auto Show. Visitors will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of their favorite cars, trucks and SUVS from a variety of manufacturers. The event will take place at various locations outside of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  Hours for the outdoor Ride & Drive event are: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 18 & 19 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

Kids Zone

Remember this an event for the whole family! Kids Zone powered by Kidventure has something for kids of all ages to enjoy. Some of the fun includes a 24-foot inflatable slide, a Monster Truck bounce house, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle course, and an art center station.

 

Times

Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Ticket prices

$12 for adults
$5 for senior citizens 65 and older
$5 for children 6 to 12 years old; children 5 and under admitted free

For direction and more : https://dfwautoshow.com

Recap of the 2016 Houston Auto Show

Last week I had the most fabulous time attending the 2016 Houston Auto Show with She Buys Cars.  In conjunction with getting to spend a couple of days delving into automotive aesthetics,  mechanics, and technology with leading manufacturers,  I was also able to discuss these topics with other women who love cars as much as I do.

2016 Houston Auto Show

Houston Auto Show She Buys Cars

For those of you who didn’t know this about me, I have a longstanding love of the automotive industry.  I grew up surrounded by it. My grandfather and father  founded a flourishing automotive recovery and repair business. I spent many formative years learning to mix paint colors, discovering why things were built a certain way and the significant advancements that were made in the industry year by year. As an adult, this background continues to serve me well and if you ever need a +1 for an auto show, count me in!

Needless to say, I was more than thrilled when the opportunity to attend the 2016 Houston Auto Show and  road trip down with some other fabulous ladies in the 2016 GMC Denali Acadia was presented.  We traveled from Austin to Houston getting to enjoy all the features the Denali Acadia had to offer. Some of our  favorites being the heads up display, wi-fi (with the ability to connect up to seven devices!), and such interior comfortability that the time on the road flew by.  I will also credit some of that to the great conversations happening with my friend and  co-pilot Kristin, from  Two Cannoli.

Chappell Hill Bakery

We stopped for a quick lunch of Texas BBQ, admiring the rows of freshly baked pies and well, it just wouldn’t be Texas without Blue Bell. 😉

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Kristin and I  met up with Traci and headed to our hotel the fabulous Hotel ZaZa to get ready for the opening night gala.

Traci

Great desserts served with style!

Houston Auto Show Gala

The next morning we were up bright and early to attend in-depth presentations about all those we had previewed the evening before.

Lotus Houston Auto Show

There was a LOT to see! The luxury high-end boutique allowed us to spend quality time with the debut of the 2017 Lotus Evora 400, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and Giulia sports sedan.

alfa romeo spider 4cGiulia

The reveal of the GMC Sierra All Terrain X had everyone ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the possibilities. The 2016 Sierra All Terrain X – a special edition of the All Terrain model, features exclusive premium amenities that enhance off-road capability and an aggressive, monochromatic appearance.

gmc sierra all terrain x

The taste for outdoor adventure in all of us was awakened when we experienced the CAMP JEEP and RAM during the interactive drives. The purple was my favorite.

Jeep

Together we powered over a sampling off-road trails, dared to take on the steepest of inclines with comfort and convenience consumers are looking for when camping or making long trek road trips. These vehicles showed they are well-suited to the active and adventurous drivers. After that experience a few of us are planning for an off-road girls weekend.

Think they’ll let us take this one on our trip??

T-Rex H2

Houston’s Auto Show has stolen my heart. I will definitely be back next time. Hope to see you all there!

@xoxoLizza & @6Chases@travelingmom @austinkvs @6Chases

Volkswagen Passat 2016 : The Dad Review

The first question that many folks are asking about regarding VW, is emissions and what’s the deal? We will let them talk about that topic and fix whatever needs to be done to get the TDIs off the loading docks. For this review, we are focused on the gasoline model, specifically the 2016 Volkswagen Passat. OK that’s covered, I feel better now. 

Upon arriving in Vermont at Top Notch Resort I was greeted with some amazing smiling faces and VW logos galore. They know how to treat a guy, and I would recommend Top Notch if you are vacationing in Vermont any time soon. The town was like out of a movie… Picture the great small town in BeetleJuice. Minus a crazy Michael Keeton in the outfit that would be revived by Robin Thick and a melancholy Wynona Ryder.

vermontrobin thicke Beetlejuice

Now that you are properly in the mental frame of mind let’s get into the joy that is driving the New Passat.  For starters the new 2016 has a great new high end exterior trim, that gives it a bit of attitude from the get go.

Volkswagen Passat 2016

passat 2016

The redesigned standard front and rear include slimmer energy-efficient LED headlights and taillights for the first time on a VW sedan for brings this car more class than its prior 2015 counterpart. Fully chromed four-bar grille, new clean lined domed hood, plus newly standard chrome window surrounding and trim, new bumper and trunk lid. Basically all body panels with the exception of doors and roof have been redesigned.

2015-2016 vw passat

The redesigned interior has some additional features not found on the 2015 like an updated instrument panel and a center stack that gives a more premium feel.

interior vw passat 2016

front USB port standard and additional ports in the higher end models, and Standard MIB II infotainment integration, plug and play with your already attached digital appendage whether it’s an IPhone Android or other supported device with available VW Car-Net®APP-Connect Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®, yet another feature that isn’t expected in its more standard featured competitors.
As a 6’1” 220ish I can say that the back seat had ample room and gave up nothing for comfort, I would have been more than happy to road trip back there and nap while someone else drove.

vw passat rear interior view 2016

The new driver assistance systems are standard features on select trim levels. And as a dad that helps with the shopping I loved the available Easy Open hands-free trunk, plus keyless entry with push button start, one less thing to have to fumble with.

While it didn’t’ rain today, I really wanted to play with the automatic rain-sensing wipers and ask my wife I’m always up for setting the mood the 2016 Passat has ambient front lighting, a Fender® Premium Audio System and Vienna leather seating surfaces, that’s right dads, this car gets the groove going. (start that Pitbull Pandora playlist now…. Or whatever playlist you like)

audio vw passat 2016

While the 2016 Passat isn’t the lowest cost vehicle in its class it is one of the better equipped vehicles and has great ratings, which make up the difference. It is by far not the most expensive either, staying remarkably close to its 2015 price point.
Pricing starts at $22,440, with new features representing a $1,315 value compared to the 2015 Passat 1.8T S
Considering it includes standard of every 2016 Passat Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Breaking System its now one of the safest cars. Available Driver Assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor; Active Blind Spot Monitor; Rear Traffic Alert with braking; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) with active steering; front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot); and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist)

The get up and go on the new Passat is great, as well as the handling, which we put into good use in the winding hills. I really enjoyed driving it and it was no surprise that VW delivered as usual.
Bottom Line:
• Striking new front and rear design
• New interior with updated instrument panel and center stack for a more premium feel
• Standard MIB II infotainment system includes USB connectivity
• Available VW Car-Net® App-Connect offers compatible smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®
• Energy-efficient LED headlights available for the first time on a VW sedan
• New driver assistance systems are standard features on select trim levels
• First-ever R-Line® trim on Passat offers sportier styling
• Pricing starts at $22,440 for the 1.8T S model with automatic transmission
• Two engine options at launch: 1.8 TSI® gasoline and powerful VR6®
• Revised trim lineup provides enhanced value throughout the Passat range
• Built in America, at the world’s only LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

vw passat grid info 2016

Living a Life that is “Anything but Ordinary” – 2016 Kia Optima

KIA Aspen Colorado

There are certain encounters with people, places, or phrases that just resonate with you.  This fall I was invited to spend some time in Aspen, Colorado to enjoy exploring the beautiful landscape of rivers, mountains, and trees in the all new 2016 Kia Optima. From the very beginning the phrase “Anything But Ordinary” would be an echo that defined the experience.

KIA Aspen Fire

We arrived at the beautiful Viceroy Snowmass resort in the afternoon with plans to relax and meet up later to enjoy a an outdoor dinner with live music and a mountain view backdrop. Local experts from the historical society arrived to share the long standing history of the area we would be driving through the next day and were even able to share information on the current economic standings of the present day. As the evening temperatures dropped, our conversations moved to surround the warmth of the fire as we roasted homemade marshmallows and gourmet s’mores.

The next morning we woke up early ready to start the day with breakfast and an opportunity to hear more about the unique details and technology that we would be experiencing during our drive.

Aspen curves in a KIA

Once we got out on the road we were so impressed by the way every turn handled with ease.

Moose Crossing Aspen Colorado KIA

Each new view was nothing less than amazing.

Aspen Colorado Mountain view

Kia close up Aspen

Life is a journey, not just a destination. If I can transfer anything from 2015 to the new year of 2016 it is this: Enjoy every stop along the way and make sure you spend time seeking out people, destinations and knowledge that adds to a life YOU design to be Anything But Ordinary.