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  • 15 Jul 2018 5:18 PM | Danny Harrison
    When my son and I arrived at this year's GAAMA Family Car Challenge, we laughed as we spotted the one truck, the all-new 2019 RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x4, among the two dozen or so competitors. It's the first vehicle we tested that day, and my son said he was sure it would win.


    It won.

    Being the only truck that showed up at all for the event, it was on course by default to snag the Best Family Pickup Truck trophy (What's up, other truck manufacturers?), but it also won the overall prize: Best Family Car.

    All day long, manufacturer reps asked my young son what his favorite ride was so far. He stuck to his guns: "I think the RAM truck is going to win."

    We didn't stuff the ballot box, or in this case, the touchscreen voting app, but we did give the RAM 1500 pretty high marks. Always impressive is when a vehicle this big and powerful can rather nimbly negotiate urban roadways but then let rip down the highway on-ramp, taking whatever place you want in traffic. Equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, this truck has a 395-hp engine delivering 410 lb-ft of torque, and it is rated to tow 12,750 pounds or haul 2,300 pounds in the bed, so while being a quick and quiet city-friendly vehicle, apparently it is ready to do business down the country, too, when needed.

    These one-day events don't afford much time to spend with each vehicle, but first impressions are that this is a very handy, capable and comfortable vehicle. Our copy was the Crew Cab, and the back seats flip and fold and get out of the way to offer loads of cargo space, plus the doors swing out to nearly 90 degrees. This is the vehicle you take to IKEA on a rainy day: if they can flat-pack it, you can get it in this truck.

    The copy we drove was a 5-seater, but they do offer a more practical and valuable (IMO) 6-seater.

    It was the price that concerned me at first. The Monroney sticker had this copy based at more than $64K and trimmed out just north of $75K. And then I realized that was a Canadian sticker price, and we all know how weak their Dollar is (gratuitous political jab). Here in the States, the RAM 1500 Laramie starts at a little more than $40K, with a just-as-powerful Tradesman edition starting around $32K.

    My son called it right from the outset, and I'm happy with the outcome. The RAM 1500 is a good truck. Car. Whatever you need it to be.

    Who were the other winners? Glad you asked.

    Best Technology Car: 2018 Honda Odyssey

    Best Green Family Car: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

    Best Three-Row Car: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

    Best Value Family Car: 2018 Mazda CX-5

    Best Luxury Family Car: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon

    This year, because we were pressed for time, we skipped the Luxury category, but we did test the Mazda CX-5, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the Chrysler Pacifica Limited, The 2019 KIA Sorento SXL, the 2019 Toyota Avalon XLE, the 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 and the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT. We'll tell you more about those rides in subsequent reviews.

    Danny Harrison is a veteran journalist who cut his teeth in the Atlanta-area newspaper business the year before the Olympics came to town. His career path has led him out of state and overseas, but he has returned to his southern Atlanta suburban roots where he now works as a government public relations specialist. He writes car reviews and other automotive features as a member of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.

     

  • 21 May 2018 10:41 PM | Greg Morrison (Administrator)

    Atlanta, GA- A pickup truck has rolled away with the top honors at the 2018 GAAMA Family Car Challenge.

    The 2019 Ram 1500 was selected as the Best Overall winner after a day of driving and comparison by automotive journalists.  They chose from a range of vehicles including sedans, crossovers, wagons, minivans, and full-size SUVs and trucks.

               “Our winners this year provide an example of how consumers are moving from sedans to crossovers, minivans, wagons and even into full-size trucks – all viable choices considering how well vehicles are equipped these days for families,” said Daryl Killian, GAAMA president and host of The AutoNsider on News & Talk 1380 WAOK, an Entercom Radio Station.

    The 2018 award categories and winning vehicles were:

    Overall Winner, Best Family Car: 2019 Ram 1500

    Best Family Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500

    Best Technology Family Car: 2018 Honda Odyssey

    Best Green Family Car: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

    Best Three-Row Car: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

    Best Value Family Car:  2018 Mazda CX-5

    Best Luxury Family Car: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Wagon

                 

    “It is really difficult in this day and age with so many manufacturers making so many quality products to select a clear and concise winner in the GAAMA Family Car challenge,” said Killian. “I think all of our competitors were in great company and our winners should be proud of their victories.”

    GAAMA, the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association, is a professional organization of automotive journalists, OEM representatives, and Fleet managers. Our goal is to improve communications with the automotive industry and to encourage accuracy in the coverage of mobility and personal transportation.

     


  • 16 Mar 2018 8:58 AM | Brian Medford (Administrator)

    The Ford F-150 is one of the best selling vehicles of all time. With millions of units on the road, there is no doubt that over time some problems will happen more often than others. While not intended to be an all-inclusive list, we put together this 2009-2014 Ford F-150 common problems guide to help pinpoint a few of the nagging issues we think owners and potential buyers should keep in mind...


    http://knowhow.napaonline.com/2009-2014-ford-f-150-common-problems-guide/

  • 07 Aug 2017 7:03 PM | Greg Morrison (Administrator)

    Acura has put some edge into the 2018 version of the TLX. Bumper2Bumpertv checks out what some of those changes in the Sport Sedan are.

    Watch Video Here 

  • 21 Jun 2017 12:41 AM | Greg Morrison (Administrator)

     The 2018 Toyota Camry breaks with the tradition of a staid family sedan. Bumper2Bumpertv has a first look at the lines and the drive train and what has changed.

    Watch Video Here

  • 16 Jun 2017 3:08 PM | Greg Morrison (Administrator)

     In the half ton truck segment the F-150 Raptor fills two roles for the Ford brand. One is as a capable off road vehicle and the second as a performance offering. Bumper2Bumpertv checks out the platform.

    Wathc Video Here

  • 03 Jun 2017 10:19 PM | Greg Morrison (Administrator)

     The Lincoln Continental is back and it is a serious competitor to imports in the large luxury car segment. Bumper2Bumpertv thinks the designers may have nailed it with this vehicle.

    Watch Video Here

  • 23 May 2017 6:16 PM | Greg Morrison (Administrator)

    What is the best car for a family? Is it something with high tech features, space or fuel economy. Bumper2Bumpertv joined other journalists to figure out what should be the big considerations in making that choice.

    Watch Video Here 

  • 23 May 2017 9:56 AM | Mary Welch

    JOURNALISTS NAME BEST VEHICLES IN ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

    The Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) selected the best of show at the 35th annual Atlanta International Auto Show, produced by the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association (MAADA), and took place at the Georgia World Congress Center through Sunday, March 26.

    “The Atlanta Auto Show is the biggest and best one yet,” said Christopher Lawrence, president of GAMMA and president of AutoAcademics.net, an automotive consultancy that aims to assist consumers in making intelligent, unbiased, and logical automotive choices. “The judges cover the auto industry for a variety of outlets including newspapers,

    magazines and websites and looked at the cars for performance, value, new technology and overall experience. With increasing competition each year, it’s a challenge to identify the best cars at the show.”

    The Kia Stinger won the Judges’ Choice Award because of its progressive design, luxurious amenities, and performance-based componentry. The fastback sports sedan that will be available in rear- or all-wheel drive, and is due to hit showrooms as a 2018 model later this year.

    In addition to the Judges’ Choice, the following vehicles were also cited by the judges as being best in their category:

    • Best Bang: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

    • Green: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt

    • Luxury: 2018 Lexus LS 500

    • Performance: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

    • SUV/Crossover: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

    • Truck: 2017 Ford Raptor




    Corey Proffitt, East Coast Communications Manager - Toyota and Lexus, accepted his award from the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association, the Best LuxuryVehicle at the 35th Annual Atlanta International Auto Show,


  • 12 May 2017 10:25 AM | Mary Welch

    http://www.thecrier.net/our_columnists/article_6f97819a-3127-11e7-8ad5-4b4be04e1577.html

    Buying a car is similar to dating. There’s always the flashy guy who has lots of toys and lives a fast life; but you always think in the back of your mind that he will cost you money in the end. So, you go looking for someone with no flash — just a bare-boned nice guy. It’s like buying a car that is four wheels, two doors and can get you from place to place. And again, in the back of your mind you think you deserve more.

    So then, try the Volkswagen Passat 1.8T R-Line. For the starting price of $23,975 you get a lot for your money, without it costing you a lot of money. There’s lots of room in both rows and a really impressive amount of space in the trunk. In fact the 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space is among the largest in its class, and with the 60/40 split in the back, even more space is added. Both rows feature plenty of legroom and enough padding in the seats to make a road trip enjoyable. The Passat also comes with heated leatherette seats, which is a nice upgrade from a basic vehicle’s cloth seats.


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