Multimedia

We Put the Pedal to the Metal at the MAMA Fall Rally

Posted by: Julie Piatek

The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Fall Rally was held this past week at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. After spending the day driving on road, off road and on the track, we've selected our favorite vehicles from five different categories.  

Favorite Family Hauler: 2014 Kia Sorento SX Limited
Some of the best memories are made during long car rides with the family. But, this is no ordinary family vehicle: the 2014 SX Limited offers upscale touches such as self-leveling xenon HID headlights, 19-inch chrome wheels and red painted brake calipers. The interior features include standard Napa leather-trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed and heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. For safety, the upgraded Sorento offers a traction control system and electronic stability control to ensure the vehicle is agile yet firm in varying degrees of road conditions. The all-new 2014 Kia Sorrento offers the perfect mix of safety, size, technology and affordable luxury to satisfy the whole family -which is no easy fete!

Luxury Vehicle: 2014 Range Rover
We really got some "mud on the tires" when we took the 2014 Range Rover for a test drive on the off-road track. Just as anticipated, the Range Rover performed and drove smoothly through densely wooded areas with hills and tight spaces. This vehicle is truly made to handle rugged terrain. Beyond the smooth ride (or as smooth as it could be while climbing over fallen trees and twisting around the tightest of turns), the Range Rover provides easy-to-use advanced technology. The control layout now has 50 percent fewer switches than before and a user-friendly 8-inch high-resolution touch screen display. The vehicle also has a high aluminum structure with a weight savings of 725 lbs. to go along with its top of the line interior. This is a vehicle that goes above and beyond what luxury should look and feel like, while turning heads on the road with its great design.

Slick (not to mention affordable!) Car for Urbanites: 2014 Ford Fiesta
We don't have to reiterate how tough city parking can be - especially when spaces are virtually non-existent - which is why we chose the Ford Fiesta as an ideal car for city dwellers. This sleek, trendy car is a great, affordable option that offers an eye-catching exterior and easy-to-use, advanced technology. The Fiesta's center navigation console even takes voice commands (such as: "Where is the nearest Starbucks?"), allowing the driver to select the desired destination. The all-new Ford Fiesta is stylish, compact and tech-advanced to make navigating the city streets a breeze.  

Fuel Efficient Vehicle: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
As you may know, diesel vehicles are making a big comeback. According to Chevrolet, the Cruze Diesel is the most fuel-efficient, non-electric vehicle currently on the market. The only turbo diesel car made in America, the Cruze Diesel provides responsive handling, a spacious interior and fuel efficiency. Scratching your head trying to figure out the difference between diesel, electric and hybrid options? Check out one of our former blog posts that'll help break it down for you: http://bit.ly/19xKF10.

Vehicle I'd Most Like to Have in My Driveway: C7 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
During the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the Stingray took a commanding victory in the Best of Show "Best All-new Production Vehicle" category as well as "Vehicle I'd Most Like to Have in My Driveway" - and for good reason. The C7 2014 Stingray was available for test drives (or should we say "barely" available) as every Fall Rally attendee jumped at the opportunity to take it for a spin on the track. While the C7carves a similar silhouette as the C6, exterior and interior styling are all new with the 2014 sporting more pronounced creases, larger and more vents, and a much bolder front and headlamp treatment. Beyond its illustrious features, the Corvette name holds such an epic meaning, and this beauty was definitely the belle of the MAMA Fall Rally ball.

2014 mama fall rally

« Last Post Next Post »

View all Posts from this Blog

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS15

Blog

More

Tuesday, May, 26, 2015

Android Auto Now Available in 2015 Hyundai Sonata

As an update to a previous blog post , Hyundai is now officially the first car manufacturer to launch Android Auto ...

Friday, May, 22, 2015

Racing's Greatest Weekend!

If you are a speed freak, you've been waiting for this weekend all year. It's one of the few times you can ...

Wednesday, May, 20, 2015

What You Need to Know about the Takata Recall

To help clear up any misinformation that’s been circulating the Internet, we’ve compiled facts below on ...

Friday, May, 15, 2015

A Rally and a Street Legal Racecar

Earlier this week automakers and journalists once again descended on Elkhart Lake, WI, which has become home to the ...

Thursday, May, 14, 2015

Two days in paradise -- for a motorhead!

The 14th annual Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday ...

Tuesday, May, 05, 2015

Mazda Drive for Good

With so much negativity in the news, it’s refreshing to hear about those who contribute – both ...

Thursday, April, 23, 2015

Mazda Rallies in Grant Park to Prevent Distracted Driving

To celebrate Global Youth Service Day and bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the Mazda ...

Wednesday, April, 22, 2015

Toyota's Mirai Fueled by ... ahem ... Bullsh*t

Though you can't yet buy the hybrogen-powered Mirai sedan in Illinois, Toyota is starting a national marketing ...

Wednesday, April, 15, 2015

2016 Acura RDX Ready for Launch

Fresh off it's world debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the 2016 Acura is set to hit dealer showrooms ...

Thursday, April, 09, 2015

Chicago Highlights from the Big Apple

With some flashy debuts and a healthy dose of technology news, automakers made some noise during the New York Auto ...

More

5/28/2015 2:25:14 PM

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum in 2014! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary

5/28/2015 10:57:59 AM

We're loving this cherry-red Dodge #Challenger from the 1970 Chicago Auto Show! #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

5/26/2015 4:25:21 PM

Good news for Hyundai owners and Android users! Android Auto is now available in the 2015 Sonata. You might remember receiving a demo during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, but we've provided all of the necessary details here: http://bit.ly/1RlJRi2 #AndroidAuto

5/25/2015 8:54:01 AM

Today, we pay tribute to our fallen heroes

5/23/2015 10:05:00 AM

Did you know? The state of Illinois changed the way vehicle leases are taxed, allowing you to get more car for less money! Get all the details in 60 seconds here: http://bit.ly/1FF5nw5

5/22/2015 12:41:00 PM

It's the perfect weekend to check out community car shows and cruise nights! DriveChicago has the local lineup here: http://www.drivechicago.com/carshows

5/22/2015 10:44:05 AM

Racing's Greatest Weekend On Deck!

5/21/2015 3:07:11 PM

Today started the mass production of the all-new, redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, that debuted just a few months ago at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The Pilot is scheduled to arrive at dealerships next month! #ThrowbackThursday #tbt

5/21/2015 11:11:33 AM

UPDATE: We've added an updated recalled model list (in the Takata recalls) to yesterday's blog post. Click here to see if your vehicle is listed & share with those you think may be affected: http://bit.ly/1R40z5B

5/20/2015 1:35:36 PM

We've compiled the facts on what you need to know about the Takata airbag recall and if or how you may be affected: http://bit.ly/1R40z5B

More

5/28/2015 5:41:00 PM

RT @Moparunlimited: Now that's a one of one Viper! Hand built in Detroit! #CAS15 #MoparChat http://t.co/Ce5EAcSWBq

5/28/2015 4:39:51 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: In 2014 alone, @ChiCleanCities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary http://t.co/

5/28/2015 3:06:05 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: In 2014 alone, @ChiCleanCities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary http://t.co/

5/28/2015 2:36:49 PM

@ChiAutoShow Thank you for joining us!

5/28/2015 2:33:59 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: In 2014 alone, @ChiCleanCities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary http://t.co/

5/28/2015 2:28:04 PM

@ChiCleanCities Great event today!

5/28/2015 2:27:00 PM

In 2014 alone, @ChiCleanCities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum! #GreenDrives #20thAnniversary http://t.co/wVtnRhpMZ3

5/28/2015 12:22:48 PM

Pap, wat is dat? Daar staat op wie er allemaal komen op #cas15 #cas2015 Staan jullie er ook op? #ikrekenhetgoed http://t.co/3MKUkNcJLQ

5/28/2015 11:27:15 AM

We're lovin' this cherry-red @Dodge #Challenger from the 1970 @ChiAutoShow! #ThrowbackThursday #tbt #gogoboots http://t.co/vcQHYgL3Cn

5/28/2015 10:16:02 AM

RT @ChiAutoShow: The @Honda #Pilot, a #CAS15 debut, is set to arrive @ dealerships next month! #TBT http://t.co/bODa1hTxHQ