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Finding The Perfect Family Car #spon

31 Jan

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

What is the perfect family car? That depends on a lot. How big is your family? How much storage do you need? Is a mini van better than a SUV? Can I afford the one I really want? Safety, gas mileage, gps, Bluetooth enabled with my phone. 

I’ve never purchased a car because living in NY with a car makes no sense. Of course my kids bug me about buying a car but it just ain’t gonna happen at least not now. I only drive when a car company loans me cars or when I rent cars. As much as I want to keep them I know the hassle of moving the car (alternate street parking), buying gas and having insurance will leave me working three jobs. 

My ideal family car will be room for about 7. I love big cars (SUV’s, Jeeps) but would settle for a comfortable and safe wagon. I have a few in mind.  Test driving is a must and I’ve tested quite a few so that’s easy. Lots of leg room because my boys are tall. Love drive assist which is very handy on road trips. Drive assist reads the road and pulls you back into your lane if you drift without putting your blinker on. Would also love TVs for the kids but they would probably be on their phones, Nintendo switch and 3ds so if it’s not included I wouldn’t pay extra. I love having heated seats (winter) and of course air conditioning for the summer. 

Yes we should all want a safe vehicle and driving should be fun and stress free but to some it isn’t so being alert and having a good night rest for those long trips are worth it. There are so many new features in cars now to help you stay focused and alert.

Check out https://www.cars.com/ for more info.

Weekend Family Fun in Philly With The 2016 Toyota Rav 4

28 Sep

I enjoy car loans and test driving around the mean streets of New York and going on weekend getaways and road trips with the family. The Toyota 2016 Rav 4  SUV showed up and I fell in love immediately with the size, the interior design and the color. If you’re from New York you know how bumpy the streets are. With the Rav 4 you don’t feel a thing. Smooth driving all week was what I was doing. 



When a car is delivered for a review it comes with a full tank of gas. I received it on a Monday and drove around taking care of errands and school drop offs with the kids. That Saturday was our family road trip to Philadelphia for a blogger event. Before our event started we toured the streets of Philly and the Museum. We made sure to get our Philly cheesesteaks and headed to the hotel after our event ended. We stayed the weekend in Philly and drove home Sunday. That full tank of gas got us there and back and I filled up a half tank in Manhattan for about $15. Can you say amazing? An EZ Pass also came with the Toyota Rav 4 courtesy of the company. That saved us a lot of money on tolls and we were very appreciative of that bonus. 



The Toyota Rav 4 is very comfortable and the heated seats kept us warm that chilly morning. I love the cup holders, in front and back, leather steering wheel, power moonroof and ECO Mode that helps maximize fuel economy. RAV4’s standard backup camera displays a real-time view of what the camera sees behind you on the 6.1-in. touch-screen display on the dash. Always great to have. 


The Entune Audio Plus system with Connected Navigation is standard on XLE and SE and ready to help you find your way. RAV4 is now equipped with the Scout GPS Link App, so simply pair your cell phone to get turn-by-turn directions.  I was happy to use this which came in handy. 


We left New York with 2 bags in the back and came back with loads of things. The trunk was full and the cargo space was perfect for all of our goodies. 

We give the Toyota 2016 Rav 4 eight thumbs up. Even though I have a big family and if I ever purchase a car or SUV I would need more seats but if I’m purchasing for myself this would be first on my list. I enjoyed driving and the kids enjoyed being back seat drivers. We miss it already and hope to drive it again. 
For more info head here: http://touch.toyota.com/rav4/2016

Disclosure: Thank you Toyota for loaning us the 2016 Rav 4 for a week to review. Opinions are ours 100% as always. 

Mitsubishi Mirage Car Review #DriveMitsubishi 

18 Dec

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage was handed to me on loan from Drive Shop for a week. I’ve seen this cute purple car before when my friend also received a loan. I thought it was the cutest compact car ever. Five-door, seats five and seven air bags which includes a driver’s knee airbag designed to stabilize your lower body and knees during certain types of collisions. That’s extra level of protection when you need it most. 

Perfect and small enough to fit just about anywhere in my neighborhood and not take up lots of space. The plasma purple color stood out I could spot it blocks away. My daughter was very happy to have a purple car to drive around in. There are eight colors to choose from.  

Love the 37 MPG City and 44 MPG Hwy. 5-speed manual transmission or Continuosly Variable Transmission where the Mirage does the shifting for you. It shifts into neutral when you come to a complete stop and applies the brakes to save on fuel. The instant you let your foot off the brake, it goes back in gear and you’re on your way. 

Bluetooth hands free phone system came in handy with voice command which meant never having to take my hands off the steering wheel. 

Another favorite for me is starting a car with touch start/stop engine switch. Put foot on brake and press start/stop button and it starts. Park car and press button and engine turns off. Also unlocking/locking the Mirage with the fast-key entry system was great. Push button once to unlock driver’s door or twice to unlock them all. Piece of cake. 

There’s also a 10 year /100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty and included is a 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable New Basic Limited Warranty and more warranties. See your dealer for details. 

We enjoyed our Mitsubishi Mirage for the week and look forward to more loaners from Drive Shop. 

For prices, dealers, gallery and accessories check out http://www.mitsubishicars.com 

Disclosure: I was given the Mitsubishi Mirage as a loaner to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
    
    
     
  

Hyundai Tucson CUV 2016 Perez Family Review

10 Nov

Back in August 2015, Hyundai held their media event for the launch of the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson Compact Utility Vehicle. That is where I got to test drive the vehicle for the first time as everyone took a road trip to different pit stops throughout New Jersey like Lake Kanawauke, Rockefeller Lookout and many more. I fell in love with the different colors, size and how smooth the car drove on the road. The limited edition was my favorite which included leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, hands free smart liftgate, 17 or 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats and a 5 or 8-inch touchscreen navigation system. 

  
Drive Shop loaned me the 5-passenger Hyundai Tucson 2016 ECO FWD in Winter White for a week. Now, I could talk about the road trip we took or the errands I ran but I want to talk about the features and how the Tucson handles the road in an urban environment.

*Safety features I appreciated were: 

*Dual advanced front air bags, front side impact air bags and curtain air bags with rollover sensors. Hillstart Assist Control and Downhill Break Control. I’ve always been kind of freaked out going up and down hills or sitting on one at a light knowing my car is slipping downhill. With these features I don’t have to worry anymore. When my foot is taken off break I don’t feel any gear slipping. Rear parking sensors make parallel parking simpler. Rear door child safety locks, rear center 3-point belt and child seat anchors were a plus in my book. 

*Dual shift allowed me to drive in automatic mode where I can relax. More proactive drivers can switch to manual. When you slow down in speed the gears automatically downshifts for you. Sachs shock absorbers are great. As a NYer I’m sure drivers aren’t crazy about potholes. With these absorbers you have a smooth ride. 

*The ECO mode saves gas. I could drive all day and rarely see the meter move. Sport mode gives you more power,  you can feel it and it comes in handy when passing large vehicles on the highway.   

*Anti-whiplash front head restraints. Best comfortable headrest I’ve felt in a vehicle. Rear wiper and defogger comes in handy on foggy and rainy days. My kids loved the rear cupholders. 

We really enjoyed the loaner and we took the vehicle a few fun places for the kids to enjoy getting away from the city. They loved going to City Island for seafood and Rock City for video games and fun. They also loved getting a ride to school everyday and we were sad to see it go but we are looking forward to more exciting road trips and future cruising with Drive Shop. 

   
    
    
   
There’s so much more features that I enjoyed and appreciated but I’ll stop at this. To check out more about the Hyundai Tucson 2016 CUV check out their website: http://www.hyundaiusa.com 

   
    
     
         
 Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a vehicle as a loaner for a week. Opinions are mine and my family 100% as always. 

#NewTucson 2016 Hyundai Midsize Crossover

7 Aug

Hyundai hosted a special launch in NYC August 5th for its recently redesigned midsize crossover vehicle, the 2016 Tucson. This was the first time journalists had the opportunity to test drive the vehicle before the model hits dealer showrooms across America later this month. 

Crossovers are one of the top selling vehicles and Hyundai has re-invented the popular segment by adding industry first features into the Tucson. 

We met at The Park in Chelsea with breakfast , presentation then we got to test drive The Sport through a scenic route up the Palisades Interstate Parkway, through the Harriman State Park and back to The Park for lunch.

  
   
  
Our Tucson’s were across the street from The Park in the garage. Our first stop was the Rockefeller lookout which absolutely amazing. That is a great spot. Next we were off to Lake Kanawauke. When we arrived we traded our Sport for the Limited Edition. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   I just have to say I really loved the way the Tucson drove. The blind spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert is always good to have as well as the rear parking sensors and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. 

The ventilated front seats kept me cool so that got two thumbs up. The rear seats have adjustable recline which my kids will love. Hands free smart power liftgate with auto open and heigh setting. Just wait three seconds and your trunk will automatically open. There’s also a dual- level cargo floor. Improved road noise isolation which I appreciated very much. Premium 19″ alloy wheels. 

The Limited Edition was my favorite. Leather seats, and huge sun roof was just some of the interior features. 

The prominent hexagonal-shaped grille, stylishly efficient LED low-beam headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights are presented below a sculpted hood.

The standard integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition lets you take calls and stream audio, without taking your hands off the wheel. There’s also a standard 5-inch color touchscreen audio system and rearview camera. At the top of the tech wish list is the 8-inch color touchscreen navigation system with a rearview camera, and NavTraffic which provides real-time road conditions that’ll help you avoid traffic jams and give a clear picture of alternative routes. Also if you have an Apple Watch it is compatible with it using Hyundai’s blue link system. 

The Tucson SE 2.0L 4-cylinder engine gets up to an EPA-estimated 31 MPG Highway.The Eco, Sport and Limited’s 1.6 Turbo GDI engine steps up the horsepower to 175 and can still deliver up to an EPA-estimated 33 MPG Highway. Both engines were designed to give you the optimal balance of horsepower and MPG.

Tucson SE from $22,700

Tucson ECO from $24,150

Tucson Sport from $26,150

Tucson Limited from $29,900

Comes in beautiful colors like Caribbean Blue, Sedona Sunset, Ruby Wine, Chromium Silver, Coliseum Grey, Mojave Sand, Winter White and Ash Black. I loved all the colors but my top 3 were Caribbean Blue, Sedona Sunset and Chromium Silver. 

I’m ready to take this baby on a road trip or an adventure with the family. Hope to bring you more pictures. 

What color and features do you like? 

Check out http://www.hyundaiusa.com for more info and @Hyundai on Twitter and @HyundaiUSA on Instagram. 

   
    
    
    
 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to attend this media event. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

I HAD A HONDA FIT EXPERIENCE #FitForYou

19 Apr

I was excited to be invited to a VIP Honda Fit experience on April 15th to test out the new 2015 Honda Fit. When I arrived at Skylight West the first thing I noticed was the size of the cars. I loved it. Very compact, loved the colors, and I could easily find parking with no problem in one if these. Don’t let the size fool you. Even though it looked small it can hold a lot. They were demonstrating how it can hold 15 bean bags with the seats folded down. Love the cargo space. The front passenger seat once folded flat can hold a 9 ft. long surfboard and 2 6 ft. surfboards all at the same time. The driver’s seat also folds down and can be used to lounge and watch movies while waiting for your passengers. Hubby would like that. He’s very tall so any car that’s roomy enough for him is a plus. Legroom and headroom are important.

You can plug your smartphone into the car, and the Honda Link system has HDMI connectivity that allows you to watch movies and listen to music on your 7- inch screen while you’re parked. (Safety first). It also comes with Apple’s Siri hands free interface.

I was impressed with 41 MPG on the highway, and the 33 MPG in the city. Every 2015 Honda Fit also comes standard with the multi- angle rear view camera with 3 viewing modes. (Wide, normal, and top down ). I love the color blue they use on the dashboard that increases visibility and high quality feel. Honda’s linked satellite navigation system with continually updated traffic information is great. Loved how easy it was to use.

The new Lane Watch feature is very cool. It shows a view of the lane next to you on the dashboard. The camera is under the mirror and blind spot areas are minimized by expanded driver’s view mirror and Lane Watch. I took a picture when my friends and I took the car out. (I was not driving at that particular time).

Living in NY can get hectic when it comes to driving with traffic and finding a big enough parking spot. The Honda Fit will definitely come in handy. After my friends and I went for a test drive we saw how much power this car had, how much legroom we had, and how easy it was to use the navigation, and squeeze through tight spaces. It is definitely #fitforthecity #fitfortechnology #fitforduty and #fitforyou

Honda also treated us to breakfast and lunch which was amazing. I had a great time and hope to own a Honda Fit one day. My kids want me to have a car but my wallet says otherwise. Lol. I would love to travel if I owned a car. Get to your local Honda dealer and test drive. Also check out the New York International Auto Show at Jacob Javits Center going on now till April 27th and see it in person. I put a few pics from the Auto Show below.

Thank you Honda, Ellen, Shannon, and Blitz for a look at what’s in store for the 2015 Honda Fit. Thank you Denise for the recommending me.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are always 100% mine.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2015 KIA SEDONA? #WhatsYourSedona #spon

17 Apr

I received an email invite to the KIA New York International Auto Show Reception hat just took place on Wednesday, April 16. I had to double check to make sure this was real. I wasn’t dreaming. I was beyond excited to know I was going to get a chance to check out the new 2015 Kia Sedona. When it comes to cars and my family safety is first on the list and I knew this was the event I had to attend.

Hubby and I made our way to SIR Stage 37 and walked into a room full of people and a burlesque, carnival themed night. Acrobatics, hula hoops, and a lady that could fit her whole body in a balloon was amazing to see. There were food, drinks, and a DJ as well. The honoree of the night (2105 Kia Sedona) was center stage. I wanted to jump right in and take it for a test drive.

This mid- sized multipurpose vehicle is just what I’ve been looking for. With seating for up to eight passengers, and optional “first class” second row seats with footrests that can slide back and forth and rotate to face the back row.The Sedona is powered by a 276 -horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 engine, and is available with radar cruise control, collision alert and blind spot warning systems. All models have a 60/40-split third-row bench seat that folds into the floor.

One unique feature is a power tailgate that opens automatically when it senses the keyfob nearby for three seconds, allowing for hands-free access to the cargo area.

Fuel economy and pricing have not yet been revealed, but the 2015 Sedona goes on sale late this year.

I encourage you to check out the New York International Auto Show taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center 655 W. 34th st. April 18-27.
The Kia Sedona will be available for you to get inside and see what it has to offer you and your family. My kids can’t wait to attend and check it out. I’m sure they will ask can we take it home. I will have to save my pennies. We would love to travel in this.

I know the Kia Sedona has a lot to offer my family, and my favorite feature so far are the first class second row seats with the footrests that can slide back and forth and rotate to face the back row. I know my kids will also love this too.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
There will be a Twitter party coming soon. Stay tuned.

What are your favorite features? Will you be heading to the NYAS? What are you excited to see? Will this be your first time at he NY Auto Show? Would love to see your pictures in the Kia Sedona.

Check out this link: http://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/presskits/2014-new-york-international-auto-show

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7 DAYS WITH MY CHEVY TRAVERSE LOAN @chevytristate @GM @districtdrive

23 Jun

When I attended the Getting Gorgeous event in April 2103 I never thought I might be taking home a car. Well I sort of did but not on that day. There was a Chevy booth called “#Chevy’s Ultimate Road Trip” at the event and anyone could sign up to compete for a week loan a Chevy Traverse. What did you have to do? Whoever could pack the back of the trunk with beach gear the fastest would not only keep the items that you packed the trunk with which included, beach chairs, beach umbrella, towels, mats, water, Gatorade, loads of sunscreen, coffee mug, cooler, etc but also get the kids to a week loaner of a Chevy Traverse 2013. I decided to go for it. A person in front of me had just finished in about 1 minute and some change. As they were setting up for me I took a look at what I was packing and went for it. All I know is everything happened so fast because he said I finished in under 38 seconds and I didn’t know I could move like that. Lol. My daughter and another mommy blogger @JeanetteNYC were there cheering me on. I prayed no one could beat that score and when I received the email saying I won I was very, very happy.

They said I could choose any month Monday though Friday so they could drop it off to me and the car had to stay within the northeast region. Nothing north of Maine or south of Virginia. That was no problem at all. I decided to get the Traverse on June 14th a Friday and when the driver pulled up I was in Chevy heaven. That was a busy month and I knew it would definitely come in handy. My daughter’s Birthday and Graduation was that month. My son also had his Ballroom Competition at different sites so we had to travel a lot. Hubby and I along with my cousins and her hubby took a trip to City Island for some long awaited seafood. We did a lot of local traveling but it beat the trains and buses any day. We also enjoyed the Museum Mile festival in NY, The Pier, and Central Park with the kids. I wish I could have traveled to Virginia to visit family but we couldn’t do it this time. I also wanted to go to Washington D.C. for an event but the car had to be picked up on that day.

Everyone that rode in the Traverse my kids, hubby, cousins, mother, sister, neighbor, and I of course loved everything about it. I personally loved the warning beep on the mirrors when a car or person is near that blind spot feature was very helpful. There is so much room in the car and seats 7 people which was just right for my family. I also enjoyed the 6.5″ color touch screen with a rear vision camera that helped me spot obstacles that I’m sure I would have missed. The mirror automatically dropped down to show me the ground which was awesome when parking in reverse. It has a 3.6L V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission which provided smooth shifting and quiet acceleration It felt like I was driving on a cloud. The touch screen navigation system came in handy and the air conditioner kept us cool even though it wasn’t needed that much because some of the days were actually cool. My kids loved their own personal seats. There was a dvd player but we didn’t use it and loved the 12 cup holders which came in handy for my coffee, water and all the kids drinks. Lots of cargo space. 19 MPG city and 24 MPG highway. My sister enjoyed the cooled seats for the front passenger and driver. The color I received was the Crystal Red Tintcoat which was beautiful and stood out on my block.

The Traverse has everything I’m looking for in a safe, reliable SUV.
It also has 6 air bags and an On Star advisor.
My family and I were definitely safe while traveling and this is what I see in our future.
We miss the Traverse and hope to review lots more soon.
Thank you to @Chevytristate @Chevy @DistrictDrive @GM
These opinions are my own and I was given the Chevy Traverse as a loan from a competition I won through “Chevy’s Ultimate Road Trip”.
Enjoy the pictures.

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