woo hoo hoo hoo hoo…
And therein describes our weekend… driving cars, not listening to old Beatles songs. Yeah, we drove a bunch of cars, at Epcot, because GM invited us, and it was a hella’ bunch of fun!
Thanks GM! I’m sure we got the invite because you’re still being nice to me because of that whole BlogHer Carpool thing and let me just say that it’s appreciated and if you ever invite me to anything like that again, I’m in!
But anyway, the driving event is called Mainstreet In Motion, it’s put on by GM, and they have all their makes and models, as well as some of their competition’s models available to test drive in a road course setting. And before you think I’m spamming you, I’m not. This post is not sponsored, and the only renumeration we got was a bag of (very marginal) Trail Mix and a Diet Coke. And Coke isn’t even giving me anything for the plug. I must be a “momblogger” failure. Such a disappointment, I know.
But back to the driving, because when I say they have everything, I mean it. We concentrated on sedans, crossovers, and small SUVs, but we could have driven virtually anything from pickup trucks to large SUVs, to their sports models that included Corvette and Camaro. For those of you who know me too well, no, I didn’t drive the ‘Vette. I sat in one, dreamed about driving it, but I’d had Bob white knuckling too much in the sedans, I would probably have killed him in a ‘Vette. And besides, there were 82 million testosterone deficient JackA%%’s over there in line. I didn’t want to make them all look bad when I tore a hole through Spaceship Earth and made that baby a living breathing member of the Test Track fleet.
No, like I said, we concentrated mainly on cars that we might actually own, or that we’d like to have one day, if our ship came in and our rich Uncle got out of the Poorhouse. That list for sedans included the Hyundai Elantra (quick, fun, cute, not so expensive, good mileage), Ford Taurus (sorry Ford, it’s a dog… with fleas, mainly due to major hesitation on acceleration, plus we were the youngest people waiting to drive that one, so we think we’re not allowed to buy the AARP Pace Car), Chevy Cruze (hard seats! Everything else was okay, but really hard seats, and we were in the luxury trim model, BTW did I mention? Really hard seats?). We skipped the Toyota Camry/Corolla, the Honda Accord, and the Chevy Malibu/Impala duo. Probably because we’d already had a week-long test drive of a hybrid Camry out in California at New Years (LOVED IT!!! Would buy it in a second, if we could find a decent price for one) and I drove an Impala for my company car for 2 years so I know that model inside and out. But even with skipping quite a few, I felt I tested everything in that category I’d ever consider owning. Would like to have tried out a new Hyundai Sonata, or maybe a Genesis, but the Elantra was a nice peek at their sedans… we can go to a Dealership if we want to check out the others.
Moving on… we next visited the Crossovers and small SUVs, and boy did we have some fun there. Fell in love too. Too bad we’ll need to hit the lottery in order to turn that relationship into more than just an unrequited passion. First we hit the Hyundai Santa Fe – same car we had driven up there in – and that’s just it. It’s the same. Nothing new, same as we’ve already got. Only thing that’s different now is that the price tag is higher. Meh. Then we moved on to one of our favorites – the Nissan Murano. Don’t let the exterior shape fool you, that’s one sweet ride! Fast acceleration, handled great, trimmed out very nicely, and the consensus is that we’d buy it in a second, if we didn’t have to face $500+ car payments. After that, we checked out the Honda CRV – in a word nice. Not something to write home about, but roomy, not a hard SUV to drive, and sized big enough for us to roadtrip wherever we normally drive. But then we moved on to our “Wow” car – the GMC Acadia – and that’s the SUV we voted best in show. And before you ask, yes, it’s big. A schoolbus, in fact, but for it’s size it handled very well, in fact about the same as the Murano. But the space in that thing! Wow! You could easily roadtrip with another three people and no one would be uncomfortable. And a big plus, it’s really nice. Yeah, you can tell, we loved it, enough that both of us drove that one, but again, in order to buy it we’d have to either rob a bank or win the lottery. Sadly, since neither of those are likely to happen in the very near future, expect to see us driving the Santa Fe for some time to come.
But the big event was last, mainly because the line was so huge, because Chevy was also test driving their new “Wondercar” – The Volt. And, truthfully, in driving it, and looking it over, we may have driven the next step forward for cars… but I’m afraid we’ve driven it several years too soon. The Volt is electric-powered, but not like the standard Hybrids that are out there now. No, it runs mainly on electric, until it runs out of juice, and then it switches over to the ten gallon gas tank and operates as a traditional car. For my <5 mile commute, I’d use no gas at all, any day. For Bob’s – he’d be on electric to work, gas to get home, and his mileage would be somewhere around 60+ mpg. And the interior is cool-looking. Lots of buttons and knobs. Very futuristic. But like I said, I think it’s too early, too far ahead of the curve, because it doesn’t have the electrical recharge infrastructure to support it yet. It’s coming, in places like California, but here in the south – not so much. Once that drawback is corrected, and the initial bugs get worked out, I think GM will have a winner. But not until then. For now, it’s a novelty. A very nifty novelty, but still a novelty. Like it, alot, but I’ll like it more when there’s an Electric Station right next to the Exxon.
And there, that’s my recap of Mainstreet In Motion. The only thing I was disappointed in was that there were so many of the competition’s cars that were not there. No Subaru, Dodge/Chrysler, VW or Volvo. I don’t know why that was the case but if the other manufacturers chose to opt out then shame on them. Our collective feeling is that opting out says more about those missing brands than it does about GM. Oh, and before I forget, another thing we were really wowed by was the new Onstar app for your iPhone/Droid that allows you to lock and unlock your cardoors, start your car and check it’s vital stats from your phone. Yeah, that was way cool! For geeks like us, that’s “Brave New World” stuff we’d be all over… if we were driving something newer than the Conestogas we tool around in. Look for us, you can’t miss those Oxen on South Florida Avenue, it’s like a living, breathing episode of Oregon Trail.
Especially when Bob gets Dysentery.
And, on that note, if you want to go check out Mainstreet in Motion they’re bringing it back to central Florida for a repeat in September. Even if you aren’t in the secret club and you don’t get a special, personal invitation (like some of us… not that I’m all la-ti-da about that, no way!) you can still go. Hit up their website and register, that’s all it takes. You can take the whole fam damily (car seats and boosters are available) and make a fun afternoon of it.
Have fun, drive their cars,
’cause baby they love you…beep beep beep beep yeah!