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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:

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.

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