When it comes to moving a family, Crossovers offer the most comfortable stable ride. Look at any of the offerings from any of the manufactures. Almost all of them offer some form of a crossover.
As far as I’m concerned, a crossover is a higher, more flexible vehicle than the standard four-door sedan. For instance, maybe you are a parent who wants to take the family camping. A crossover is great for that. No, they’re not nearly as tough as a truck or even some SUV’s. Fact is, unless you order all-wheel drive, you can’t go anywhere an SUV can. The biggest advantage the crossover has over a car off-road is that you can drive it through a grass field without fear of your catalytic converter starting a fire. The extra ground clearance is also crucial on washed-out dirt roads.
Here’s the charm to the crossover. Most crossovers handle as well as sedans. The interior room is ample and there is more room for storage. Both of these things are extremely important to families.
I meet an old friend in Dallas some time ago and his wife asked what kind of car she should purchase. I asked her about their family’s needs and came to the conclusion that a Crossover was the way to go. So far the only cars to grab her attention have been Crossovers.
Enter the 2010 GMC Acadia. The complete family car, err…crossover. With blockish good looks and an interior that is softer and roomier than a bouncy house, the Acadia is at home in a pasture or pulling up to your favorite chop house, sans the ozone killing bovine waste, of course.
The Acadia that was delivered this week was the “old lady” red that automakers seem to think everyone loves. Truth is, most people do like this color. It’s the most non-offensive color since light blue. It’s not an attention getter, but neither are you in a crossover. Crossovers tend to resemble one another at first glance. That’s why I concentrate on the interior, where my family and I will be spending the lion’s share of our time.
The interior of the Acadia is plush. The SLT1 option offers anything and everything you could want. A perfectly quiet ride, Roger Clements quiet. The seats offer the driver and passenger’s heat and support where you need it most. The audio controls on the steering wheel actually make sense. Bose takes care of the sound system, which makes long trips seem easier and commutes seem less stressful. And speaking of commutes, the power-plant is a 3.6 SIDI V-6 putting down 288HP and 270lbft of torque. That’s enough power to get you from A to B quickly. The only power drawback is the overabundance of torque-steer. That’s one thing that continues to amaze me. Why can’t someone figure out how to improve this problem?
Fuel mileage is a respectable 17/24 for the FWD and 16/23 for the AWD. Here’s my advice, if you can afford it, get the AWD. It feels more stable than a fifty year marriage. And since East Texas now boast the possibility of 6-10 inches of snow, maybe now you could make the argument to the wife that you may need AWD at least once in the lifetime of the car.
That’s it. I loved driving the 2010 GMC Acadia. Not crazy about the styling but, again, no crossover stands out in the crowd if you ask me.Read More
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Bigger is better, right? Just ask Bob. Seems to me everything gets bigger with each passing year. Ears, nose, knuckles, and prostates enlarge and become more noticeable. Well, it seems the automakers grow their trucks in size each year also. Take the all-new 2010 Dodge Ram 2500Mega-Cab 4X4 6.7 liter Laramie pickup. Hell, even the name is big.
In the space below I’ll cover just how useful size is…to the best of my ability. You see, I’m not exactly a size king when it comes to trucks. I like to be able to park them in the tight spaces afforded to you at local watering holes. I like to enter the truck without having to grab onto something. I like to not look like tattoo jumping down from the dinner table when I arrive at my destination. All of these tasks are difficult for me in the new BIG Dodge. You see I’m a man of average size, well, for someone born in the late sixties anyway. It seems people, like trucks, get bigger each year. If only people could improve themselves as well as the automakers improve their cars we could actually send some bright people to Washington someday.
The amazing thing to me is how nice the living room, err…the cab is. Absolute luxury. Plush leather, electric everything…everything, the best sound system and every conceivable work assist gadget you could hope for. There is even a button for hauling “small loads”. Are you kidding me? A truck so powerful you need to push a button to tone it down a bit to haul a motorcycle or, bar-b-que pit. Sounds like a hard worker indeed. And there’s the key to the all new torque monster hauler. It can pull anything. Well, anything just shy of twenty thousand pounds! I wonder how much a house weighs?
Here’s how the Dodge boys “pulled” this off. They gave this tyrannosaurus rex of trucks 650lbft of torque. No, you can’t imagine it. You’ve got to experience it. You can even stuff five thousand pounds into the bed. The new motor is designed to meet 2010’s more stringent emissions standards. The new 6.7 liter emits 30 percent less emissions than in 2006. Dodge even included an exhaust brake. Fine with me, I’ll always take more braking help in stopping a beast towing twenty thousand pounds (with a fifth wheel).
Although the truck is larger than Rush Limbaugh’s ego, it drives as easy as my family sedan. It’s just amazing how in control you feel with a big truck and an engine brake.
Even though Dodge still hasn’t called me for input on their new vehicle line up…waiting, I have a suggestion. I would love to see a mega-cab Dakota. Dodge is killing the Dakota soon and it’s a shame. There are a lot of us out there who love the act of riding around in a truck with such a spacious, leathered-up, sound proofed interior. We just want to be able to park it when we arrive.
So here’s the deal, you boys and girls who need size (payload) and want to bathe in leather appointed luxury while towing well, the all new 2010 Dodge Laramie Mega-Cab 4X4 is just the right size for you. I bet you’ll be the best looking fifth wheel driver on the Ponderosa.
Jump over to Allen Samuel’s East Texas Dodge today and see one for yourself.Read More