Back in 2006 I had the hottest convertible Mitsubishi Spyder that rocked my hot chic world.
I got engaged in 2006 and 3 months later I was at a live broadcast with the station I was on at a car dealership. And.... long story short-I traded in my convertible that day and bawled the whole way home because I traded in my hot-chic-in-her-20s-car for a "MOM MOBILE". Bawled.The.Whole.Way. lol
Here I am, almost 10 years later and it's time to trade that little mommy in for a Mom-Monster. Destination Mobile. Travel Companion. Soccer Chauffer. You know... 'BIG KID STUFF'.
My 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor has so many pretty bumps and scratches, I hate to see it even getting bought...but those beauty marks are what makes it special. One of them, made by my husband when he hit a tree stump at my parents house. Ahem. Another one? MADE BY MY HUSBAND. Yeah. He's not a good driver...but I digress.
So this year, I've partnered with Chevy and between now and January I'm going to test drive their SUVs to see where I 'fit' in. Of course Chevy has many different parts to the GM family including Buick, Cadillac, Chevy & GMC. I of course know what I need - but I don't know what I want. And since I'm going to be driving this beast for another decade - I want to get down and dirty (including the left over cheeze nips) with their automobiles and put them all to the test.
Here, I'm going to give you my Top 5 Faves of each vehicle. I sure hope you help me figure it out!! Cause man alive. This is a major decision. Kind of like deciding to get married, have kids, buy a house, moving to Philly.....
First off... I'm not a 'car person'. I don't believe in driving a crazy expensive car and live in an apartment or a town home. I believe in what will get me from point A to point B. (Of course, who DOESN'T like to look good while doing it!) So, I'm not going for the 'shiny object'. I'm HONESTLY going to PAY for my choice so why not go on this journey together!
I know what I can afford. I know I do NOT want a minivan. (GAG.) I know that I need something with a HUGE trunk space. I also want USB ports cause my car charger stinks and DUH it is 2014!!! So with that being said... everything else is gravy.
Top 5 Faves of the 2015 Chevy Tahoe
1) The SENSORS. Whoaaaa - the sensors! My husband wasn't a fan of his butt vibrating when he got too close to the side or another car - but I like it! ha. Check out the video on what he said about that.
2) Automated 3rd Row Seating - THIS IS HUGE. Probably the biggest thing my oldest loved. The buckets in the 2nd row was great to get around to get to the 3rd row. And the fact its a tiny button that gets pushed? SWEET!
3) SIDE BLIND ZONE ALERT WITH LANE DEPARTURE - Yeah, so this goes along with #1. There are SOOO many flashing lights, vibration, beeps... you are sure to not fall asleep at the wheel! It's a great thing. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've ALMOST hit a car because I didn't see them in my blind spot. This Tahoe? You will KNOW if there is one in your blind spot!
4) RAIN SENSING WINDSHIELD WIPERS - And might I add - wipers that don't scream at me cause I need new ones!! (Here it scratching when it moves. UGH = MY CURRENT CAR.) Seriously though... this Tahoe pretty much drives itself!
5) THE DASHBOARD AND A 110 VOLT FREAKING AC POWER OUTLET!! - Can you believe that? I can actually PLUG my PLUG into A 3-PRONG-OUTLET! Modern tech. Motherly heaven for sure!! Not to mention - I counted at LEAST 5 freaking USB ports!! This is seriously the mac-mommy of automobiles.
Overall - I loved the smooth ride, the Power Sunroof with bug catcher, the rear seat entertainment, the xm radio with WIFI, the backup sensor on screen, the fact that the mirrors move when you back up, the steering column and the adaptive cruise control that breaks you automatically when you get too close to another car!!
It's the bomb. In every way.
The only thing about this SUV that will keep me from buying it?
The size. IT'S A FREAKING BEAST. The back is longer than I think I want to handle.
And the price. Whoa. I'm being honest here.
The 2015 Tahoe that I test drove has a sticker price: $69,630.
Yeah. $70K is a LOT of money for an automobile. The base price without all the bells & whistles is around $45K. That's still a lot and definitely out of our range. BUT, if we LIVED in it? I'd make it work. Cause it's AWESOME!
NEXT UP: THE CHEVY TRAVERSE.
** Please note: I REALLY am going to buy a new car. And I REALLY am giving you my honest reviews. I was teased with driving their automobiles - but in the end - I'm picking AND paying.