HER Certified Review: 2021 KIA Seltos SX Turbo AWD — See Ya in a KIA

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By Cathy Droz –

Several years ago, there was a KIA dealer in Phoenix who did his own radio and TV commercials. His voice was much like the character George Costanza in “Seinfeld” and he would end all his commercials (in a high-pitched voice) with “See Ya in a KIA.” It was so irritating, but it became an iconic phrase like “Where’s the Beef?” or “Just do it.” Folks would use that phrase to say goodbye after a lunch meeting or leaving the office. “See Ya in a KIA” … Talk about great marketing.

Well that was then, and this is now. The KIA brand, along with its model lineup, does not need a quirky saying or a hamster to get your attention.

KIA has brand recognition because they listen to their customer base, strive to be on every person’s shopping list and have created outstanding vehicles. Taking cues from other luxury and utilitarian vehicles, they have come up with some winners. The Sportage, Niro, Soul, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, Stinger, K900, Sedona as well as the “impossible to keep in stock” Telluride and my test vehicle, the 2021 Seltos.

The Seltos is a very good-looking vehicle. My test vehicle was white with a black roof. It caught my attention immediately as it did other drivers on the road. I was stopped at a red light when a woman, lowering her window, asked me what kind of SUV I was driving. When I told her she yelled back, “How much?” And I said, “Under 30,” where she immediately gave me thumbs up.

The KIA warranty is one of the best in the mass market brand with 10-year/100,000 Mile limited Powertrain — 5-yr/60,000-Mile limited basic warranty and 5-yr/60,000 Mile Roadside Assistance.

You need to test drive the Seltos and see for yourself if it will meet your needs. My friends (empty nester golfers) took mine for a spin and then tried to get their golf bags in plus other accessories. The cargo area, when the back seats are down, is huge.

You have a choice of driving “feels.” The Drive Mode (DMS) made a difference in how the vehicle responded, once I changed from Eco to Normal, I felt the ride was smoother for me. The “golfers” went to my friend’s KIA dealership and wound up purchasing a Kia Sorento, finding the Seltos a tad small for their needs. I say test drive several! It is like Cinderella’s glass slipper… test drive until the right one fits.

In the case of my “golfer” friends, I suppose we could say “See Ya in a Kia” as they also own a Sportage.

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Here are some of the outstanding features of the 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo AWD:

  • 6L Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine, 195 lb.- ft Torque, 175 Horsepower, 7-Speed Quick-Shift DCT Automatic Torque. All-Wheel Drive w/Center Lock Drive Mode Select (DMS)

KIA Drivewise Driver-Assist Technology

  • Forward Collision -Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist Rear
  • Rear Cross Traffic Warning Lane Keeping Assist, Lane departure warning, driver attention warning, high beam assist.

SAFETY

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Dual Front Seat Mounted Side and Full- Length Curtain Airbags
  • ESC and Downhill, Brake/Hill-start Assist Control

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8” Touchscreen w/Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Rear Camera, USB Multimedia Port, heated front seats, 60/40 Split-Folding and reclining, dual level cargo floor.
  • 18” Alloy Wheels, roof rails, fog lamps, upgraded grille with integrated LED light bar, compact spare tire

SX Turbo AWD Features – All Included in price 24 items – Here are the Highlights

  • UVO Link w/Navigation, 10.25 Display, Bose Premium Audio, sound connected lighting, smart cruise control W/stop and go, highway driving assist, Sofino Seat Trim, 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, remote star (on Key fob), wireless phone charger, rear USB charge port, cargo cover

EXTRA
Clear White with Black Roof Paint: $345
Carpeted Floor Mats: $130
MSRP: $27,890
AS TESTED: $29,485
Fuel: 25 mpg City and 30 mpg Highway


Founder of H.E.R. Certified and co-founder of Smart Women Series USA, Cathy Droz has test driven over 520 cars for manufacturers and reviewed them on her website, hercertified.com, radio, TV, YouTube and print.  She is a consumer advocate for women car buyers and training expert for the auto industry.  Her book, A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car with Confidence and Street Smarts — Don’t let these High Heels fool you, is an easy and informative guide to car buying. 

HER Certified Review: 2020 Lexus LC 500 Coupe — Yellow is the new red

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By Cathy Droz –

Believe it or not, I like to stay behind the scenes, lie low, and not be the center of attention. Well that was hard to do when I was given a “Flare Yellow” Lexus LC 500 Coupe to test drive.

At first, I was a little embarrassed to drive it in my neighborhood no less take it out in public. As I try to be age appropriate with my attire, I try to do the same with my cars. However, I must say, the color of the car is beautiful and drives like a dream. The coupe is sexy, both masculine and feminine in design, and the exhaust tunes are music to my ears. Once I took it to the park, to watch my grandson play soccer, and got the approval of the local fire department, my shyness disappeared, and I declared that now yellow was the new red for me.

It doesn’t just look awesome; it is a beautifully and well-made vehicle with every luxury you could imagine. Here is a list of just some of its features. For more information go to www.lexus.com or to www.hercertified.com for more reviews.

MSRP: $92,950

AS TESTED: $106,348

FIRST RESPONDERS: Priceless

Features

  • 0 Liter V8 Engine With 471 HP
  • 10-speed Sport Direct Shift Automatic
  • Rear Wheel Drive /Active Sport Exhaust
  • Performance Brakes
  • All the Lexus Safety System
  • Pollen Filter with Dual Zone A/C
  • Glass Roof with sunshade
  • Apple Car Play – Voice Command
  • Lexus Navigation with 10.3 Display
  • Enform, Alexa, App Suite 2.0
  • 12-speaker Sound System
  • First Aid Kit /Carpet Floor Mats

Some of the Options Available

  • 21” Wheels
  • Head up display
  • Mark Levinson 13-Speaker
  • Intuitive Parking Assist
  • Premium Paint
  • Sport Package with Carbon Roof
  • Trunk Mat, Cargo Net, Wheel Locks and Key Gloves

Founder of H.E.R. Certified and co-founder of Smart Women Series USA, Cathy Droz has test driven over 520 cars for manufacturers and reviewed them on her website, www.hercertified.com, radio, TV, YouTube and print.  She is a consumer advocate for women car buyers and training expert for the auto industry.  Her book, A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car with Confidence and Street Smarts — Don’t let these High Heels fool you, is an easy and informative guide to car buying. 

HER Certified Auto Review: Hanging Out at the Hangar — 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio AWD

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By Cathy Droz –

I fell in love with this vehicle the first time I drove it. There is something about the style, the grille, the serpent and cross emblem that makes you feel like you are driving through the Italian mountains of Lake Como.

To my surprise, while visiting North Scottsdale Alfa Romeo, I watched Alice Cooper sign over 100 Guitars for the dealership’s annual giveaway, buy a CAR get a GUITAR.  As if that wasn’t enough, I went on to visit Nelson and Mitch at their Helicopter Hangar to get a beautiful shot of the Stelvio.

It was a great week of test driving this sports car but the question most people asked was, “Why is there a four-leaf clover on an Italian car?” (Maybe it was why I had such a “lucky” week.) If you too were wondering here is the why.

When Alfa Romeo has a four-leaf clover on their cars, it’s on their Quadrifoglio (performance cars) and it has more meaning than a leprechaun might imagine.

The four-leaf clover logo denoting the Quadrifoglio designation was originally used by Ugo Sivocci, a friend of Enzo Ferrari, as a good luck charm. He painted it on the grille of his Alfa Romeo RL and won the 1923 Targa Florio. Alfa Romeo began using it on all its race cars after Sivocci died in a crash a few months later.

STANDARD FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode System with Race Mode
  • Engine Cover with “Quadrifolglio” Badge
  • Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Carbon Fiber Drive Shaft
  • Torque Vectoring Differential

INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • 8.8-inch AM/FM/HD Radio with Navigation
  • Harman Kardon Premium Audio
  • Quadrifoglio Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Steering Column-Mounted Aluminum Paddle Shifters

EXTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Pirelli Brand Tires

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Trofeo White Tri-Coat Exterior Paint
  • Driver Assistance Dynamic Package includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control, Infrared Windshield
  • Dynamic Dual Mode Exhaust
  • Colored Brake Calipers

For more information, visit www.alfaromeousa.com.

MPG: 17, City; 23, Highway

MSRP: Base Price for Vehicle, $80,245

Price of Vehicle Tested: $88,540


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Photos courtesy of Alfa Romeo

HER Certified Auto Review: 2019 Camry TRD 4-Door V6 Sedan

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By Cathy Droz –

When your bestie turns 70, you take a girl’s weekend to celebrate.  We didn’t go very far, the Boulders resort in Carefree, but we needed a few drivers with cargo space or in my case, a cool car to drive around in.  You also offer to drive because everyone wanted to take a spin in my red Camry TRD, thanks to Toyota.

The Camry was introduced in 1982… and as we all said this weekend… This is not your “Mother’s Camry.” Still a leading model for the Toyota brand, this TRD was taken to a whole new level. In fact, I challenged one of the ladies to a short race against her Targa, Porsche. At one point she got behind the wheel so she could see and feel for herself the power and tenacity of the Camry.  She was impressed.

Maybe we’re turning 70 but we haven’t lost our love of cars, speed and luxury and of course the color red.  Check out the video to see just what went on that weekend.

Standard and Performance

  • 5L V6 Engine, 301 hp @6600 rpm/287 lb-ft @ 4700rpm
  • 8-speed transmission w/ paddle shifters
  • TRD tuned Front and Rear Suspension

Safety and Convenience

  • Pre collision w/pedestrian detection, lane departure alert
  • VSC, TRAC, ABS BA and SST
  • Backup Camera

Exterior and Interior

  • Audio – 7-inch Screen 6 speakers
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Display with TRD start up display
  • Aero Kit with Red Pin Striping, Red TRD Badge
  • Red Seatbelts
  • TRD Rear Spoiler
  • TRD Logo Headrest

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MSRP:  $31,040

As Tested: $32,920

The special color red is optional @ $425.00


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HER Certified Auto Review: 2019 Acura ILX

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By Cathy Droz –

The 2019 Acura ILX has delivered a great deal of design and content changes. In the past, I’ve heard “enthusiasts” say that this ILX is just a Honda Civic on Steroids… Well I’m not sure what’s wrong with that.

The changes for 2019 both exterior and interior have made this sedan an under $35,000 contender.  In terms of the exterior, the most outstanding features include the addition of Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon Grille and new 7-element Jewel Eye LED headlights, along with a new hood and front fascia. The rear sports a new deck lid, lower diffuser, exhaust outlet and LED taillights. New 17-inch wheel designs and color options. Normally a white car is too vanilla for me, but the red and black accent interior make this sharp, sexy and so HER Certified.

Interior changes include new front and rear sport seats, two-way power lumbar control on the driver’s seat, silver-finished dash trim with chrome insert, machine-finished ignition button, dual-screen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

For more about the Acura ILX go to www.acura.com to check out the tech package = A-Spec.

INTERIOR FEATURES:
Multi-View Rear camera
USB Audio Interface
Driver’s 10-way Power Seat
Heated front seats
Dual-Zone automatic Climate Control

EXTERIOR:
Power Moonroof with tilt feature
Heated Power Door Mirrors
Tire Sealant and Inflator Kit
Keyless Access with Smart Entry
MSRP: $31,550
As Tested: $32,545
24 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway
Color:  Platinum White
Interior: Red


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Women Love Jeeps and Trucks

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By Cathy Droz –

RAM and Jeep brands both set full-year sales records in 2018. Jeep sales were up 17 percent and RAM sales were up 7 percent. RAM gets an all-new Heavy Duty and the Jeep brand returns to the pick-up truck market with the Gladiator.

I was privileged to get a first-hand look and test drive in the new RAM and Gladiator from FIAT Chrysler Automobiles. A special treat was the Jeep Gladiator set up for camping, or in my case glamping. I had just tested the RAM 1500 Longhorn and found it easy to drive. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty handled with the same ease and comfort. I would think adding a horse trailer would be a piece of cake.

Facts: The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. There is torque rating of 1,000 lb.-ft from the Cummins i-6 Turbo Diesel engine. So, if you need to tow a boat, horse trailer, RV or a small motor home, this is your truck. It also is so luxurious you can pull up to the Ritz and get out in your heels.

The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator — claiming to be the most capable midsize truck ever. This jeep has a combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best in class towing and 4X4 payload, advance fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features. The Jeep Gladiator can turn in to a sleeping, driving, off-road, campfire party vehicle.

Pricing was not available to us but check with your local RAM and Jeep dealer. For more information go to www.ramtrucks.com and www.jeep.com.


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No Confusion with a Fusion: 2019 Fusion Energi Titanium

juliadrozserafine_headshotBy Julia Droz Serafine 

The Serafine household is filled with confusion on a daily basis. It can range anywhere from homework assignments to who does what chores on what day of the week. Piano lessons, Girl Scouts, soccer, ballet and working at our coffee shop on Saturday mornings, even with a calendar on the wall, leads to “misunderstandings.” We’ve actually made confusion a lifestyle, sort of “the new normal.”

So, if there is any way to simplify our life, well, mostly mine, sign me up! That’s exactly what the 2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium has accomplished! First of all, the Fusion only comes in one model trim level. I would like to thank Ford for not bombarding me with several different models and trim levels that would leave me in a further state of confusion. This happens to me all the time with the kids…they even get called the dog’s name! (What were we thinking naming the dog Holly?) Ford makes it easy and simple, just how life decisions should be (wink, wink).

Even though the SE Luxury and Platinum trim levels have been dropped, the Fusion still has well-equipped features. For me and my party of five, the most important feature is the cabin space. The Fusion definitely is equipped with plenty of room for five adults or in my case, a nine year old with five different purses with her at all times, a seven year old who is attached to her unicorn pillow, a five year old who has to take everything PAW Patrol with her when we leave the house and a linebacker for a husband.

Not only is the cabin roomy, but I found the placement of the interior instrument display very user friendly. The controls are clearly labeled, and everything is done pretty much at a glance or by voice, which thanks to today’s technology, my kids figured out how it worked before I did! The Fusion is also very functional with its lane-keeping system/alert, rear view camera, reverse sensing system and voice activated navigation. A lot of these features are only available on a higher trim model on other brands of vehicles, and at an increased price. This is the least confusing vehicle we’ve driven that comes with a reasonable price.

Saving the best feature for last, the annual fuel cost. Anywhere I can save my family money is a bonus for me. Of course, actual results will vary, but based on 15,000 miles a year, combing electric and gasoline, you are looking at an annual fuel cost of only $750! The combo of electric and gasoline gets you 103 MPGe. That’s a lot of trips to ballet and back.

The ride itself is very sturdy. The Fusion accelerates quickly, which I need getting on and off the freeway when the exit comes up quicker than anticipated. I also enjoyed the quietness of the car while driving on the highway…my kids must have been at home! The exterior of the car is “sleek and shimmering like a unicorn” Gabby remarked. It has a nice look to it from past models and this midsize gas saver gave me a luxury feel even when the kids were kicking the back of my seat.

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium is a no-nonsense vehicle. It’s straight to the point, an easy drive and leaves the driver super confident with their choice of car. Definitely, no confusion here!

MSRP: $38,085

Price of Model Tested: $36,085 – Includes Fusion Energi Discount

Note: This is a Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Electricity-Gasoline


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Living on the Edge: 2019 Ford Edge ST AWD

By Melanie Droz Shawcroft —

What do you do during all of these rainy days in the Valley? You take the 2019 Ford Edge ST AWD for a spin to the mall where you and your husband and two children can play for hours while staying dry — similar to the drive in the Edge.

Of course, the Edge performed well in the rain. With its 2.7L V6 Ecoboost engine and 8-speed auto transmission, this Ford had some pickup. A little faster than the racing car the boys rode for 20 seconds that cost one dollar. The rain-sensing wipers kept us safe and the wiper activated headlamps kept the road clear. The LED fog lamps and ST performance brake package were also perfect for our adventure. I was itching to get back in the Edge after seeing the boys in the blue racecar at the mall.

The pet store is always one of my favorite places to visit, and the Ford Edge provided plenty of space for us to bring home that Mastiff. With hands-free, foot activated liftgate, it would be easy to get our new friend in the Edge, and with leather-trimmed seats, dual zone automatic climate control and heated rear seats, this new puppy would definitely ride in style and comfort. It was important to get out of the pet store before the Mastiff became a reality, so we were off to the trampoline next.

The trampoline at the mall is Berrett’s favorite activity, and he was finally brave enough to do a back flip. With the 10 bungee cords and all the harnesses, it is hard to believe it took him so long. That contraption is nearly as safe as the 2019 Ford Edge. The trampoline, similar to the LATCH child safety system in the Edge, is missing the multiple airbags and SOS post-crash alert system. If the trampoline had the Edge safety features, we may have been able to keep our 2-year-old Spencer on for more than 12 seconds.

Next on the agenda was the play area followed by the train ride around the mall. Although the children’s play area is entertaining, it is truthfully too many kids in a confined space going 90 miles per hour, which almost always leads to a crash. The 2019 Ford Edge could survive the chaos with its lane keeping system with alert, pre-collision assist with AEB, rearview camera and reverse sensing system. Without these crucial features, Spencer took a knee to the head and had to be carried crying to the train in order to cheer him up.

The train ride was a blast for the boys — all three of them. We ended our day with the carousel, which can almost always make me nauseous. Not nearly the smooth ride of the Edge. In that 3-minute carousel ride, I surely missed the 10-way heated driver and passenger seats, leather wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls and the bucket seats with sueded cloth seat inserts. The ostrich moving up and down going in a circle was just not the same.

Of course, we grabbed some ice cream on the way out to enjoy in the Edge on our way home after an exhausting day. We sure did enjoy looking out through the panoramic vista roof with ambient lighting and listening to the SIRIUS XM. It was a fabulous rainy day spent at the mall, but the relaxation, safety and convenience of the 2019 Ford Edge ST AWD made it the best ride of the day.

MSRP: $42,355

ST Package can go as high as $52,125

Day at the mall: $50


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In a New York Minute: 2018 Mazda6

By Melanie Droz Shawcroft —

Getting ready for a classy New York wedding around the holidays is no easy feat, so it was perfect to have the stylish 2018 Mazda6 in preparation for this fabulous trip. This refined midsize sedan that has been re-engineered for 2018 features new technology, refinements in design and performance, and upgrades that make this the ideal vehicle to shop for that perfect little black dress meant for a wedding at the Bronx Botanical Gardens.

The turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine is one update on the 2018 Mazda6 that made it easy for me to get New York ready. Similar to keeping up with the hustle and bustle of the New York streets, the Mazda6 provided the speed I needed to get around town for my last-minute errands. The 310 lb.-ft. of torque made the drive effortless and enjoyable. Plus, the turbocharger made the adventure even more thrilling — similar to the many cab rides we took in New York while tightly gripping the handles on the side.

The Mazda6 provided a preview of the peace and quiet my husband and I would experience in New York, since our two boys were staying in Arizona with their aunt. Road and wind noise have been reduced by quieter tires and stiffer wheels, thicker floorplan and windshield, and reinforced suspension mounting points, which are just a few features to reduce the noise. If only it were so easy with 2- and 7-year-old boys.

Since I would soon be in the melting pot of the nation, it was fitting that the 2018 Mazda6 came with Nappa leather and Japanese Sen wood. Entering a higher class of competition, just like the higher heels I was not used to for the wedding, this Mazda6 with leatherette seating surfaces, brilliant silver 19-inch alloy wheels and power moonroof offers premium amenities that make this Mazda6 stand out. The UltraSuede trim, heated front seats, and gunmetal-colored grille are just a few more features that got me ready for the glitz and glam of New York City.

With my cousin’s wedding website and various wedding registries, technology has played a huge role in her New York wedding. From submitting our RSVP online and sharing pictures on social media, the technology on the Mazda6 prepared me for the “millennials” wedding. Ventilated front seats, 7.0-inch TFT gauge display, windshield-projected Active Driving Display, and 8.0-inch MAZDA CONNET informational display name just a few of the technology advances in the Mazda6. Thankfully, I had these tools leading up to the wedding.

I always get a bit nervous before flying, so it was very comforting to be driving the “2018 Top Safety Pick” recipient. My family can make fun of my nervous habits on the plane as much as they want, but none of those tendencies could be seen while driving the Mazda6. The electronic parking brake, rearview camera, blind spot monitoring and lane-departure assist were a few safety features on the new Mazda6. The Smart City Brake Support would have been super useful in New York when the cabbies would slam on the brakes going under 19mph.

The wedding in New York was phenomenal. We also enjoyed Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, a walk along Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Rachel Ray’s dressing room, and the subway. New York made me feel alive and so did the 2018 Mazda6, which is why this upgraded sedan would have made the perfect date for a New York wedding.

MSRP: $34,750

As Tested: $36,435

Cost of a New York Wedding: $65,824

Visit www.mazda.com to learn more.


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Drive Accordingly: 2018 Honda Accord EX-L

juliadrozserafine_headshotBy Julia Droz Serafine 

Holy sedan! I just had the opportunity to test drive a 2018 Honda Accord EX-L, I couldn’t say yes, please and thank you fast enough! Since most of the cars I test drive these days include seating for nine, captain’s chairs (my fave), tons of cup holders and a lot of folding seat options, the idea of driving an unpretentious, yet fully loaded sedan made me squeal with excitement! It is sleek, stylish and seating is plentiful, especially for my family of five. Nine times out of 10, I have at least two out of three kids with me at all times and at the rate they’re growing, especially their attitudes, the space in the Accord definitely did the trick!

Can we start with the way the car looks? I was super impressed by the sophistication of the vehicle and how it’s changed over the years. Even the girls thought they were traveling in a limo for the weekend. When I would think of a sedan, I envision a four door, boring, boxy vehicle. You know, what your retired parents might drive. Not so with the Accord’s case. The European-inspired fastback design along with 19-inch Glint Black Alloy wheels and Decklid Spoiler gives the Accord a fresh, younger look…similar to me after Botox!

*Car was parked with emergency brake on for photo.

I like to think that I’m an amazing driver, but as my children and husband have both pointed out to me in the past, it’s not exactly a strong quality (except when I’m test driving, of course!). The Honda Accord EX-L actually makes you a safe driver. It boasts a full suite of safety and driver assistive technologies such as LKAS (lane keeping assist system) — this will actually adjust the steering wheel to help you stay in your lane, (RDM) Road Departure Mitigation System — if you happen to cross over a lane without signaling, your vehicle will move you back to your starting lane, or provide braking (#drivinggoals). Add to that CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System), ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), TSR (Traffic Sign Recognition), which displays speed-limit sign information to assist the driver while the vehicle is moving. The camera can recognize the speed limit sign for all to see…great for backseat drivers ages 4 through 8!

The 8-inch display audio touch screen does its job nicely and makes it so convenient to swipe my way through every Taylor Swift song until the right one is found, and listened to, over and over and over again and again.

Overall, the 2018 Honda Accord is one sedan I would own. The space is large enough for the family and the feel is impressive. And while I chauffeured my girls around town all weekend for girl scouts and birthday parties, I also filled the trunk with groceries, dog food, bicycles and a great find at the consignment shop. I didn’t mind it a bit and ACCORDing to my girls, as they mentioned several times, “This is easy to get in and out of compared yours mom, and also prettier and cleaner.”

2018 Honda Accord EX-L – As tested M.S.R.P. $30,865


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