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Last week I attended my favorite auto event— Heels and Wheels. Having attended many automotive media events you quickly realize the ratio of men to women is uncanny. There are obviously more men than women, whether it be journalist or auto brand representatives.
Heels and Wheels is different. Not only is it all women (journalists and brand reps), but it’s where we empower one another, learn from one another, and of course… drive!
During our first night we learned about AutoLiv. Not only had I never heard of them before, but I quickly realized their importance in making the road a safer place. AutoLiv develops, manufactures and markets airbags, seatbelts, steering wheels, passive safety electronics and active safety systems such as radar, night vision and camera vision systems. They also produce anti-whiplash systems, pedestrian protection systems and integrated child seats.
AutoLiv talked about the importance of night vision and later that night took us out to actually see it live in person. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well in my case… a video is worth more. I can not understate how impressed we all were this technology and hope to see it became standard in vehicles within the next few years.
The next day was all about the vehicles at Heels and Wheels. We had an impressive line up of 14 vehicles to drive throughout the day. This is one of my favorite parts of Heels and Wheels as you have a chance to drive competitor cars, CUV’s and SUV’s back to back, learn from the brand reps, and drive cars you have only dreamed about— for me that was the Jaguar F-Type V8 Convertible. SWOON!
Here’s a list of the vehicle line up in order by type:
2015 Jaguar F-TYPE V8 Convertible: The pulse-quickening F-TYPE convertible is a pure Jaguar sports car. It combines effortless, exhilarating performance, quick response and precise, agile handling with everyday refinement and usability
2015 Lexus RC F: The 467 horsepower delivered by the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine is as impressive as it is exhilarating.
2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker: Featuring 485 Horsepower, 475 LB-FT of Torque and the Iconic SHAKER Hood. While we didn’t get a chance to take this bad boy out, we did get a chance to be at the media drive for the 707 horsepower 2015 Hellcat. Read about it here.
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: The legendary 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine provides Best-in-Class power+ delivering 485 naturally aspirated horsepower. It also delivers 475 lb-ft of torque and features four-cylinder-mode fuel saver technology. Recrafted for a Striking, Muscular Look, Starting with the New Performance Front and Rear Fascias, Scat Pack Badge, Dramatic LED Lighting, a More Advanced Seamless Racetrack Taillamp and New Satin Black Spoiler
Mid Size Car
2016 Mazda6 i Grand Touring: There are a number of enhancements for 2016 including bold changes to the shape of the instrument panel and floor console giving the interior a fresh new look. The Touring Technology Package adds LED auto on/off headlights with auto leveling, LED daytime running lights, adaptive front-lighting system, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming interior mirror with Homelink, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, heated side mirrors, heated front seats and Smart City Brake Support. Best part? It tops at $33K.
2015 Buick Regal GS: No longer a car your grandma drives, this agile and peppy car is full of safety and technology features. The Regal’s available innovative sensor-equipped safety technologies and its 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety can help you navigate every twist and turn and do so with greater peace of mind.
New for 2015, available OnStar® 4G LTE™ capability with Wi-Fi hotspot in your Regal helps you enjoy everything you love most. With a word, Buick IntelliLink® connects you to your contacts, MP3s, destinations, and more while passive entry unlocks your Regal without the need for a key.
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TSI SEL: With loads of cargo space, sleek design, the versatility of an SUV and the maneuverability of a car, the Golf SportWagen is in a category all its own.
2015 Lexus NX 200t F SPORT: Going boldly forward like no crossover before it, the first-ever NX combines design, intuitive technology and a potent turbocharged engine to take on whatever urban adventure comes your way.
2016 Kia Sorento SXL: Refined and capable, this AWD crossover is redesigned with lots of impressive features. Check out our review from our media drive in Lake Tahoe here.
2015 Nissan Murano SL: The Murano impresses with features like a v motion front grille, floating roof, zero gravity seats that are NASA inspired, technology and more. Every time you pull away from a stop, Murano’s available intuitive AWD turns on, delivering power to both the front and rear wheels for improved grip from the get-go.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: The affordably-priced and fuel-efficient 2014 Outlander Sport 5-passenger compact crossover/SUV named to Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Most Affordable SUVs” list.
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE: New Discovery Sport’s sleek, aerodynamic silhouette, with legendary Land Rover capability and a flexible interior, add up to a great looking vehicle that does so much more.
2015 Infinity QX60: the interior of the QX60 blends luxurious materials, comfort, ergonomics and design harmony. With its folding 3rd row, the vehicle detects if there’s a car seat connected and won’t fold.
2015 GMC Canyon SLE Crew Long Box: The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon redefines the small truck category with segment-leading features that make it more capable and versatile than any other competitive midsize pickup on the market
So after driving all the vehicles you are probably wondering which one we loved the most. Obviously the Jaguar F-Type stole the show, but for a vehicle more practical I am going to say the 2015 Nissan Murano SL.
The minute I sat inside I fell in love. It was as if Nissan designed this swanky CUV for me and I seriously can not stop thinking about it. From the Zero Gravity seats, plush interior design and spaciousness, I am considering this to be my next vehicle. Now if I can only convince my husband.
To wrap up the event we were educated from Kelley Blue Book about the difference in the car buying process of men versus women. Did you know women feel less knowledgable and confident in purchasing a vehicle which results in taking longer to actually purchase? They tend to do more research than men, which, in my opinion, isn’t necessarily bad. We also learned that women value practical, fundamental benefits more than men.
Overall, Heels and Wheels benefited me as both a consumer and a member of the media. I attend these events to help you (our readers) to bring knowledge about the vehicles I drive as well as telling you the features we as women and as moms want to know. Was there a vehicle that spiked your interest? I’d be happy to let you know my thoughts and answer any questions you may have.
Thanks again Heels and Wheels for hosting another wonderful and educational event. We can’t wait for the next one!