Family Car – 2019 GMC Acadia Denali goes to East LA

Loaded with safety features, comfort and technology, the 2019 GMC Denali Acadia edition is a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle with seating for seven passengers and seats that fold easily down to provide extra cargo space.

We took the GMC Acadia across Los Angeles to see some of the innovative mobility technology — from self-driving vehicles to last-mile transportation — at the 2018 LACoMotion event.

Then, we took the Acadia Denali across the concreted Los Angeles River, on the iconic 4th Street Bridge, seen in countless movies, to enjoy East LA and the great views of downtown LA that can be glimpsed there.



December 15, 2018 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Dynamic 2018 Land Rover Discovery

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Td6 is a dynamic diesel-powered vehicle that we toured through the landscapes of the City Of Industry, California. What, there’s a city actually called Industry? I know, right. It’s a crescent of warehouses east of East LA with two Union Pacific railroad routes running through it.

The Rover line’s new diesel SUV, the Discovery Td6, has an appealing three rows of seats, two of which power down for cargo carrying activities (or to accommodate six foot tall individuals nicely stretched out).

Discovery is a multi-purpose family hauler featuring many interesting options.
“If you’re in the market for a seven person vehicle that offers everyone a comfortable ride,” Wayback (Dean Curtis’ auto journalist alter ego) states, “This baby is for you.”

November 28, 2018 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

Bucket seats and bumble-bee yellow enhance 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

By Keith Turner

Celebrating fall and cruising through its colors in the foothills around California’s capitol, Sacramento, we enjoyed the bright bumble-bee yellow 2018 Ford Mustang coupe with EcoBoost, which delivers more than 300 hp from its 2.3 liter, 4-cylinder engine. We experienced 22 miles per gallon on our test drive through the hills.

Different driving modes are great, including Sport, Racing, and Drag Strip mode!

This year’s Mustang is great fun to drive, comfortable to be in, especially due to its leather bucket seats, and definitely stimulating to look at!

The fully loaded 2018 Ford Mustang coupe, EcoBoost Edition we test drove was listed at $42,765.

October 25, 2018 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Driving a 2018 Terrain Denali to the coast

With all the luxury and comfort of a large, high-priced SUV, the Terrain Denali from GM has a more compact stance than most, while still providing plenty of space for families and cargo.

We drove the Terrain to Monterrey, to participate in the Western Automotive Journalists Media Days, where writers were given the opportunity to experience both off-roading and track-driving on the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway.

Without further ado, we share some of the experiences with you.


October 12, 2018 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

What’s So Hot About Turbo?

By Dean Adams Curtis and Keith Turner

SACRAMENTO, CA – What’s so hot about turbo? It creates smaller bits of gas, a spray that explodes hotter when ignited by a spark. The hotter explosion, captured within a cylinder with its head bolted on tight, causes a piston within the cylinder to slide down its well-oiled walls. Why? To help other pistons crank a shaft below, to ultimately turn the wheels of your car faster. Turbo is a word in our lexicon that need no translation, turbo = power.

Last week we had a turbo-charged automotive experience in the 2018 Volkswagen Golf S (SportWagen), taking it out for a tour of the California Delta region south of Sacramento. In addition to the Golf’s TSI turbo engine, its packed with safety features, which added an extra quantum of comfort to our day in the country.

March 27, 2018 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Life in an Enclave

The new 2018 Buick Enclave is a fun and comfortable driving machine.

High technology abounds in the Enclave, as this General Motors 7-seater sports a host of cool family car features. Take for example, the rolling wi-fi hotspot that the Enclave offers, capable of handling up to 7 devices, one for the driver’s console, and six more for all the passengers who can fit in the SUV to enjoy independent web streaming, online gaming, or emailing.

A second-row moon roof, power rear seats and 8-inch infotainment screen are just some of the added tech and comfort items in the luxurious Enclave.


The Premium edition of the 2018 Buick Enclave also features an optional, very-neat birds’-eye 360-degree view of the area around the vehicle, providing a point-of-view high above of curbs and low-laying hazards.

How they manage that view is still a mystery to us.


March 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Celebrating One Million Video Views and Cruising Top-down in a Yellow VW Beetle

We’re celebrating thefamilycar reaching one million video views, a milestone! As such, some shopping in a VW Beetle convertible with the top down seemed just the thing!

Radiant yellow outside, inside, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune edition’s passenger compartment is surprisingly wind free.

This V-dub is okay for two tall folks in front, as long as there are just two small folks in back. Four tall adults need to negotiate knee room carefully. Same as it ever was, with all Beetles, of any vintage.

This pretty Dune edition of the 2017 bug will free you of $30,465, about a grand over MSRP. And though it has a cleaner burning, and powerful, turbo-charged engine, it has rather uninspiring fuel economy, 27 MPG combined.

Lastly, TheFamilyCar co-editor, Wayback, aka Dean Adams Curtis, long drove a 1974 gold VW Super Beetle with sunroof, until it wouldn’t go anywhere anymore.  A flash of sun off the chrome of the yellow bug reminds him of those days, his way of celebrating our one million views!

Returning from his revelry, Wayback gives a high five to Volkswagen for continuing their classic model line with the fun looking 2017 VW Beetle Dune.

March 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

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