Post written by Kim Meredith for OC Autos. As a woman, any car-related topic has been daunting to me as long as I can remember. As a working mom, my car is not only my way to get to work (I currently commute from Orange County to Los Angeles), it is also my family car. Not only do I drop off and pickup the kids off on my way to work, we run from activities to another. We are always running around town with the car. To say my family car is important, would be an understatement. With our hectic daily routines, I don’t think too much about maintenance like when my next oil change is or … READ MORE
The 2018-model OC INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW is coming back to showcase the latest models starting Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 1st at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s a great way to check out all the new vehicles with no pressure to buy, and they also have a special area for test driving. Children 12 and under are free again this year when accompanied by a paying adult courtesy of the OC Register. This event has it all with more than 600 of the newest vehicles, trucks, crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles, alternative fuel options from 35 manufacturers, exotics, new technologies, concept vehicles, driving simulators and more than 100 vehicles to test-drive. The second annual SoCal Work Truck & Van Show will feature more than 50 commercial work trucks and vans from top manufacturers including Chevrolet, Ford, Fuso, Hino, Isuzu, Nissan and Ram. Representatives from leading automotive manufacturers and other automotive experts will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. There is also a children’s area fun for kids. The OC AUTO SHOW is owned and presented by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, LLC. Tickets are $12. Children under 12 get in free with a ticketed adult.
A few weeks ago, we test drove the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Luxury SUV, and visited Nighttime Zoo at San Diego Zoo presented by San Diego Toyota Dealers. The nighttime zoo had extended zoo hours until 9pm, but it will end September 4th. It was totally unexpected and a nice treat before the new school year. When they first dropped off the car, my first thought was, “This car is a Beast!” With a third row and lots of space to spread out, it seats 8. This model has been around since 1951 and has the longest running history for Toyota. I think it is best known for its 4 wheel drive and it’s reliability for off-roading. With 381 horsepower, I think this vehicle would be great to take to Big Bear during the winter. Not only will it fit a family comfortably, it would do well in the snow. In the summer, it could pull a boat, trailer, or jet skis…
Back in the day when I lived the single life, driving and riding in a sports car excited me. My husband (boyfriend at the time) used to pick me up in his navy blue 1986 Mazda RX7. I felt special getting into his car and stepping out of his car. Later he upgraded to a 1988 Mazda Anniversary RX7 which came in a Storm Trooper White. I remember driving it around thinking, Wow, this car is really fast! In college, we bought a two door convertible together. We lived in Los Angeles at the time and fell in love with the SoCal weather. Most days we just dropped the top and then drove along the coast. Those days were fun, but when I got pregnant, I traded my car in for an SUV for more space and practicality. How long has it been? Almost ten years?
For the longest time, my family have been big on Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and sports cars. My brother-in-law started this trend in our family when he became a Toyota Prius-owner. We were not convinced when he took it camping and was doubtful when he didn’t get a bigger car for their baby stroller. We resisted a long time to switch over, but sure enough he converted us one-by-one. All the siblings now have at least one hybrid or electrical car. We all went green, and it’s the preferred car to do our daily runs!