Quick – what’s the biggest difference between the Hyundai Elantra and the Rolls-Royce Wraith?
If you answered price, you’re right. That’s the biggest difference. The Hyundai Elantra roughly falls in the $20,000 range while the Rolls-Royce Wraith falls into the $420,000 range.
Yes, you read that right. But that’s just one example of the large variety of vehicles available this year at the Washington Automotive Press Association’s annual Road Rally. There were over 50 vehicles brought by many sponsors for members of this press organization to try and drive. On this day each, I honestly feel like a kid in a candy store.
From about 10 am to 5 pm, all of the attendees walk around in a frenzy wondering what to drive first. There are always those that go for the high dollar sports cars so I don’t even try. I usually wait for everyone to zoom out in what they deem the hottest, coolest, or most elusive cars and then I have my pick from the great variety of solid and often innovative cars that usually have a lower price tag.
I switch it up though. I go from a good old fashioned minivan to a high end convertible sports car without a second thought. And usually by the time I make it out of the parking lot, I have a pretty good idea if I want to take it for a long drive to get to know it better or simply go once around the block. Even with this plan, I couldn’t even cover half of the cars by the end of our drive time.
So instead of trying to cram in all the knowledge about all of the features for every single car, I focused on one thing: enjoying the ride. And I couldn’t do that without capturing some of the details as well.
As I drove each car, I noticed the big differences – like the quality of the interior, the power of the engine, the smoothness of the ride. But I also noticed a lot of the little differences too. I stopped to appreciate some of the unique features or design elements that made each car special. And I’d like to invite you to join me in exploring the cars I drove.
See if you can figure out which vehicles these details came from!
Ready, Set, GO!
1. RIMS MATTER!
And these were some of my favorites.
2. GO HYBRID OR GO HOME!
Lots of innovations in green vehicles.
3. COOLEST VENTS EVER!
Click to the right to close, click to the left to open.
4. SHOCKING SOUND!
This center speaker provides one of the most advanced sound systems.
5. ECONOMICALLY LUXURIOUS!
You don’t have to choose between being green and having it all.
6. CHECK OUT THOSE CURVES!
Some vehicles have very distinct curves and this car is one of them.
7. GET A HANDLE ON THIS!
This wins for most unusual door handles. I still can’t decide how I feel about ti!
8. GIRLS LIKE GRILLES!
This brand always seems to have a very distinctive grille pattern.
9. IT’S A HOT BED OF ACTIVITY!
Yes, it’s a bedliner but this one is practically a giveaway!
10. DISTINCTIVE QUARTER GLASS!
This vehicle stands out from the rest of this brand’s lineup. It’s the quarter glass that makes it so distinctive!
11. THIS CAR IS SPIRITUAL
Enough said about this one.
12. TAIL LIGHTS FOR DAYS!
I love these tail lights (and everything else about this vehicle for that matter).
Okay. Ready to test your knowledge?
Check out my next post where I revealed each vehicle in a little more detail with my thoughts on each one from the WAPA Road Rally this year.
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