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buick offers 24 hours of happiness :)

Buick 24 Hours of Happiness

I love when companies come up with a really well-thought out idea that has the potential to be a game-changer, and Buick has just introduced one designed to bring down drivers’ stress level, promote better health and prevent road rage.

Americans spend an average of 38,000 hours — 38,000 hours! — in their cars over the course of a lifetime so anything that can be done to make that experience a more pleasant one has a huge impact.

As a Buick blogger, I got to attend the media launch of this amazing program in Los Angeles, and I was blown away by its smart and practical components. It’s called “24 Hours of Happiness,” and I’m still smiling about it weeks later. [Read more…]

road tripping in the mitsubishi outlander sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Arizona

Because the last time I reviewed the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in 2013, I stayed close to home, I decided this time I needed to take it on a real road trip. After all, the definition of “outlander” is “a foreigner, a stranger.” It seemed like the perfect car for Sara and me to drive on our mother/daughter spa week in Arizona — a state only an hour and a half flight away yet, in so many ways, the equivalent of another planet.

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mitsubishi mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage

As I get older, I realize more and more that substance always trumps style.

Although there’s something to be said for being cute and small, I’ve learned that it’s more important to be solid, dependable and trustworthy.

Which brings me to the Mitsubishi Mirage. [Read more…]

the kia soul makes it easy to be green

Kia Soul side

Last time I test drove the Kia Soul, I smiled the whole week. I mean, how can you not be happy looking at that cute little car?

I have to admit I hoped I would get a different color this time but, alas, I was destined for the green. Although Kia calls it “Alien,” it did feel very comfy and familiar as soon as I got behind the wheel again.

And I do get the significance of the color because the Soul is “green” in so many ways, like: [Read more…]

life, liberty and the mitsubishi outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander pulled up to our house right in time for the Fourth of July weekend, an appropriate time for a car that offered us the freedom to do so much during our week-long test drive. [Read more…]

fun days in the hyundai accent!

Hyundai Accent

My first reaction upon getting into the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS was, “What do you mean there’s no GPS?”

It’s been a long time since I drove a car without one, and we were planning to take this one on a road trip so I definitely felt kind of, well, lost.

But I plugged in my iPhone to keep it charged while we followed Google Maps to Long Beach, and the two hour ride was smooth and easy. I realized why this car — Hyundai’s least expensive — was called the Accent.

Its accent is on affordability. [Read more…]

2016 kia sorento – the next generation

Kia Sorento '16

It’s no secret I’m a Kia Sorento girl. I’ve made my love affair very public, writing not one, not two but three reviews of the car.

And then I actually put my money where my mouth is and bought one.

So I was thrilled to be able to test the brand new Sorento during our weekend at the Kia Classic. [Read more…]

buick commercials have gone to the dogs!

This is a Buick ad

After laughing over Woof, Buick’s new ad campaign which aired during the Westminster Dog Show last week, I realized just how fitting it is that I’m part of the Experience Buick team this year.

Take a look at this adorable 30 second commercial:

As you know, I am totally a dog lover. I have been known to let strange dogs use my face for licking, I tear up whenever I see a guide dog and I have thrown myself at K-9 police dogs, only to be told to “please step back.” [Read more…]

buick, detroit and me — reinventing ourselves!

Buick signs

After visiting Detroit, I’m especially proud to be partnering with Buick in 2015 for a yearlong adventure where I get to experience the iconic brand with a small group of bloggers. I’ll be going behind the scenes to see how the cars are actually made, attending some special events Buick sponsors and getting to drive some of their cars.

This project became even more exciting to me after our first event last week: [Read more…]

kia sedona: the grown-up minivan

Kia Sedona in driveway

You would think if we didn’t get a minivan when our kids were little, we certainly wouldn’t be interested in getting one now.

But you’d be wrong.

After driving the Kia Sedona SXL for a week, we’re convinced it’s kind of perfect for this time in our lives. [Read more…]