Circles, Style, Performance and Fun – The Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4

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I have always wanted to test drive a Mini Cooper. Yeah, ok, they are “cute” but that’s not the reason. They are fun – fun to look at, fun to experience and fun to drive. And they have quite a following of devoted fans. In fact, as I was test driving the 2012 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4 on a roadtrip to Los Angeles from San Francisco, I saw another person driving the same model of Mini. We made eye contact and she threw me a big smile as if to say “you made a great car choice, don’t you …

The “Electrifying” Ride and Design of the 2012 Chevy Volt

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When I was a kid, I actually invented hybrid cars. I thought – wouldn’t it be cool if when you slowed down, you could send power back to the battery. Of course my idea was essentially based on a perpetual motion machine where there is no friction or energy loss. I didn’t quite get the concept of the fact that tires rolling down the road actually is not very efficient, and that the sound of wind is actually drag slowing down your car. Some day, perhaps, we will have zero consumption cars that don’t require gas or plugged in electricity …

Hyundai Does It Right Introducing the new 2013 Santa Fe CUV

In Auto, Event, General, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

When Hyundai does a new auto introduction, they sure do it right, at least in my book. This past weekend, I was the guest of Hyundai along with several other prominent bloggers and members of the media as we were introduced to the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) that I believe will have a great appeal to families and a big impact in the auto marketplace. The setting for the introduction was ideal – high in the Park City, UT mountains at the Montage Deer Valley Resort, a stellar resort bolstered by impeccable service and …

Tight Design & Performance Complete the 2012 Audi A4 Quattro

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After test driving the 2012 Audi A4 Quattro for 7 days, I had one word that pretty much summed up everything about this car – “tight.” From the exterior body panels to the interior knobs and controls to the smooth, yet powerful engine, every little aspect of the A4 Quattro maps to this word. I really enjoyed my time with this vehicle and it was definitely hard to part with it. The model that I tested was the S-Line/Prestige model which is a 6-speed manual transmission (much to the dismay of my wife who couldn’t give it a test drive) …

Getting Rugged in the 2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X SUV

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For 7 days, my family and I went off-roading in the 2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4x SUV way up deep into the mountains with no signs of humanity for miles. Well, actually we didn’t, we only drove over to Monterrey, CA, but in my mind, I imagined taking the Xterra up into the mountains using the 4×4 the entire time. We did head to the beach and got a little sand inside the Xterra but for the most part, we stayed ON the road. The Xterra is truly a vehicle built to go camping or up into the snow or somewhere …

Technology & Style Drive the 2012 Ford Edge Limited Edition

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I have been test driving Fords for a few years now and I see an evolution happening. Not only are the autos becoming more stylish, the technology driving them is evolving. I remember first testing out the Ford Sync (when it was known more as Microsoft Sync) in the 2010 Ford Flex. Now, Ford has kept the innovation engine running full steam ahead and it is exemplified in the 2012 Ford Edge Limited Edition. I won’t spend too much going through all of the details, but here are some of the highlights that I find to be important. The Ford …

A Vacation on Wheels! Review of the 2012 Volvo C70 Convertible

In Auto, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Test driving cars is truly a lot of fun and only over the past couple of years has it become regular content on HighTechDad.com. For me, I believe that cars are an important part of the family dynamic. They can be both utilitarian but also define the family persona. There may be one car that you use to do the food shopping and a different one that you take on vacation. Many times the vehicle’s functionality or style defines how the vehicle will be used. But then there is the car that, by itself, creates it own aura and feeling …

Review of the 2012 Nissan Juke – A “Peppy” Crossover from Nissan

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The 2012 Nissan Juke is a pretty unique car. It has a crossover styling and Nissan bills it as “the bold urban sport crossover.” And they aren’t kidding. The Juke is very distinctive when it drives by. I remember first reading about the Juke and how it was targeted towards 20-30 year old males. Well, I can tell you that the demographic may be a bit broader as my family did have a lot of fun with the Juke. It is definitely designed for more of an urban environment, being compact to squeeze into small parking spots, zipping around corners …

Looking for a First Car for your Teenager? The 2012 Kia Rio SX Might Be A Good One!

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Most of the cars that I have reviewed to me seem to be more geared towards the established business person with some disposable income and possibly a family (especially with some of the larger SUVs or crossovers). These cars tend to be more expensive in many ways, from initial cost to the gasoline that they consumer (lower gas mileage). This is great if you have a regular job, a savings…you know…are an “adult.” But if you have a teenage driver who needs a car, you typically have three options: 1) give the teen one of the older family cars and …

Playing the ECO Game in the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid – Saving the Environment, One Road Trip at a Time

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I’ve reviewed a pretty good handful of automobiles now and there seems to be something common about all of them, they didn’t really have that good gas mileage. Some even made me embarrassed to drive down the street in, because I knew that they were gas hogs. So, I must say that I was really happy when Kia asked me to test out their new 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid. With a claimed gas mileage of 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, I was ready to save a little bit of cash on gas. Granted, those aren’t the highest numbers …

The 2012 Chrysler 300S Exudes Confidence & Style with some Technology & Performance Thrown In

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I have driven a sedan now since 1998. It’s a great form factor for a 4-5 person family, especially if your children are younger. As they grow up, sedans might not be a preferred choice, until the kids have flown the nest. But as a second car, a sedan is a definite solid addition to the family fleet of cars. For 10 days, I got to play around, elegantly I might add, in the 2012 Chrysler 300S sedan. It was, for lack of a better word, solid. Not only does the outside styling look refined in a slightly edgy manner, …

The 2012 Infiniti QX56 – A Luxurious SUV with Some Pretty Cool Tech

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When I drive my 13 year old car, I realize that it is only (barely) good for getting from point A to point B. There is nothing fun about driving it. It’s falling apart, has no performance, and really isn’t good for anything other than being a transportation device. New car owners should feel really lucky, especially if they have a car that has some of the new technology built into it. I’m talking about things like voice commands, adaptive cruise control and other nice little nuances that make driving more of an experience and less of a chore. So …

“I Know I’m Going to Get a Speeding Ticket” – Review of the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of doing a parade lap in the Cadillac CTS-V station wagon at Infineon raceway. As I drove around the speedway, I made a mental note to myself – I MUST drive a CTS-V on the streets. My dream came true last week as I was able to spend 5 days behind the wheel of the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V coupe. And, to cap it off, I got to drive the 6-speed manual transmission to make my driving experience even more interesting. Before I took the delivery of the CTS-V, I read up on …

Review of the 2012 Buick Regal GS – Definitely NOT your Grandpa’s Sedan

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For some reason, Buick’s seem to have this odd stereotype of being a car that your grandparents cruise around in with the left blinker permanently on. They were lackluster and pretty conservative. The 2012 Buick Regal GS runs over that stereotype in all of its 270 horsepower, 6-speed manual, Brembo brakes, curvy lines glory, making this non-grandfather want to hold up a sign stating – “Buick’s are not for grandpas any more!” as I hurtle down the road. Buick has definitely come a long way from its conservative sedans and while the Regal GS is technically a sedan, it definitely …

A Solid, Tech-Filled, All-Around Performer – 2011 Ford Explorer Test Drive

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A few months ago, Sony and Ford Motors invited the Cast of Dads out to the East Coast to participate in a variety of events, one of them was driving a 2011 Ford Explorer (note, link is for the 2012 model) from Boston to NYC. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the event, and boy was I jealous. Part of my envy came from the fact that I couldn’t drive the Ford Explorer (you can read more about the excursion over at the Cast of Dads). Luckily, over the 2011 holidays, I did have the pleasure of getting behind …