**This post is sponsored by The Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai, and Steel Matters Development Institute (SDMI) but as always, all opinions are my own.**
While we're all experiencing our own shades of winter, some of you may know that Michigan has some of the coolest temps this side of the U.S. - and currently dropping. And every January, we experience a warmup from the NAIAS - The North American International Auto Show.
Being my first time at the auto show, my expectations of all things lavish and luxurious were spot on from day one. Some of the most prestigious automobiles worldwide, I had the pleasure of photographing and testing for myself. This event was the winter-blues-bust I needed and NAIAS brought it's A-game.
So, which cars were my top picks, you might ask? If you are car-shopping like me, you really cannot go wrong with a showroom packed with car experts.
Below are my top picks as far as cost, mileage and family-friendly:
Santa Fe: fully-loaded and awarded for it's safety features in 2016-17, including Top 10 Best Engines and High Initial Quality by J.D. Power & Associates.
Yukon: luxury on wheels. Period. Extra room, comfort and an overall pleasant ride.
Pacifica: Google's Waymo announced Pacifica as the world's first autonomous driving vehicle and will soon be accessible to passengers as soon as early summer 2017! The van was also awarded The 2017 North American Utility Vehicle! Extra room, excellent mileage and exceptional ratings across the board.
Traverse: first drawn to it's sleek body style and pleasantly surprised by it's holding capacity, and also awarded for it's tremendous safety features which includes the underbody light for safe foot-kick assistance!
**Honorable mentions were ranked by several factors: size/capacity, price, and mileage.
Genesis: you name it, this car has it (well, besides a kitchen sink.) 365-degree cameras, HUD (Heads-up) display, built-in connect system, proximity detection, and overall focused on the driver's quality of life. With every purchase, a portion will go to Hyundai's charity, Hope on Wheels for pediatric cancer. The Genesis has your best interest to ensure your commute is more relaxed and less stress.
**Buyer will also receive a 12-month Amazon prime membership.
Tucson: a more compact version of the Santa Fe and also awarded for it's safety. The ideal ride for those with a smaller family, single or couples.
Terrain: I've always had my eye on this versatile ride. The exterior has been revamped as well as the interior, similar to an Acadia with plenty of room for those outstanding road trips.
Another highlight at NAIAS was the Cars 3 Movie: the reveal of the new characters, alongside the newly-renovated Lightning McQueen.
With a whirlwind of a weekend, I had an overall enjoyable first-time experience and for those interested in attending NAIAS, here are 4 beneficial tips:
- Parking. I was able to park at Greektown Casino (free but some had to validate inside the casino) and take the people mover to Cobo. (Cobo parking is untouchable because of the media) so pay the 75 cents and enjoy the Detroit/Windsor scenery. Also, arrive as early as possible.
- Comfortable shoes. You walk EVERYWHERE. This is a must. Coat check is also available for $3.00
- Games. I also noticed the family-friendly activities scattered throughout the auto show: video games, racer driving, gift shops, a fresh-food market, local shoppe booths, and so much more. The kids will love this experience.
- Ask Questions. I've said it before, asking questions is a must here. The experts are top of the line and so friendly. I didn't walk away once with a question left unanswered.
I hope you enjoy the Auto Show as much I as did in Detroit. The Auto Industry is an extremely competitive field with the driver and passengers' overall riding/driving experience as top priority. I look forward to many more reveals in the near future!
**A special thank you to SheBuysCars for the opportunity to experience such an exquisite event. To Hyundai, for a remarkable luncheon and tour.