The holiday season is a time when many of us travel (sometimes by plane, sometimes by car – I highly recommend by car!) to see our families.  If you’re in the market for a new (or used) car to see your family in, here are my recommendations of 2014.  Some of these cars are new, and some of them are old.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Suburban:  Chevy’s biggest SUV offering has been redesigned for 2014.  It’s got handsome styling, more space, more efficient engines, and it’s just a very good choice if you need the space.  Just one engine/transmission choice is available – GM’s 5.3-liter EcoTec V-8 and the antiqued 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.  The engine itself is a solid engine, but the transmission favors high gears for better fuel economy.  It’s got four (yes, four) USB ports up front alone, power-folding second AND third row seats, and enough legroom for tall people.  The Suburban can tow up to 8,500 pounds, which is probably more than most people will ever need.
  • 2014 Ford Expedition:  Ford’s gigantic competitor to the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and GMC Yukon/XL/Denali twins is a solid choice.  It’s got a torque-filled 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, lots of space for whatever you should find to throw into it, and good value.  However, nothing about it is cutting-edge.  The styling is essentially a warmed-over version of the ugly previous generation, and one can make a good point that it’s a styling regression.  The continuously variable dampers in the suspension likely gives amazing ride quality.  It can tow a lot – up to 9,000 pounds if properly equipped.  That should be enough to take the snowmobiles and off-road machines.
  • Tesla Model S P85D:  This is the real performance car for the family that you want to buy.  Forget the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic.  The P85D’s benchmark was the McLaren F1.  Yes, the first supercar out of England that can still beat a Ferrari.  Twenty-two years ago, the McLaren F1’s 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds was out of this world.  Launching the F1 was an exercise in possible death.  The Model S is as well, but the only noise you’ll hear is your own screams.  While the P85D weighs a substantial 197 pounds more, it’s really not that burdened by the extra weight.  One could say that the P85D was the car that was a long time in the making.  The P85D gets to 60 in an astonishing 3.1 seconds.  The Model S will hold it’s ground through the 1/4 mile, where it’s lack of a second gear will show up.  Because of the extra motor in the front of the car, the Tesla Model S can now be AWD.  That’s a good thing for those of you in the snow belt.  You can laugh at your friends who have to keep their Hellcats inside all winter…and pick them up.

10 thoughts on “The Best All-Weather Cars for the Holiday Season Part 1

  1. I’ll take the Tesla anytime. By the way, did I tell you jeane Wong just bought a new Tesla. We drove in the back seat and it was soooo roomy. See if you can talk Zayzee into it…

  2. I vote for the Tesla, as well. In comparison, the other two can’t measure up to the Tesla! The roomy trunk will allow for luggage and all those holiday gifts.

  3. where i live we have all weather…and it’s all good and sunny….so i don’t need your stinkin 4wd
    tessla show off car…not even the 3wd model

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