Top 5 family highlights from the Denver Auto show

Favorite Family Cars:

Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid (coming soon as the FIRST pacificahybrid minivan) – I really shouldn’t pick a favorite car, but for families this year, the Pacifica is pretty groundbreaking. First, they’ve tried really really hard to make it NOT look like a minivan (honestly I think we should just “own it” and get over driving one!) – but it’s pretty sleek and not offensive in that traditional “family car” way. And the interior is awesome!

pacifica2First, ladies – they PUT IN A PLACE FOR YOUR PURSE _ YOUR BIG PURSE! (seriously, is this not the most obvious thing that’s been missing in family cars for years?). There is also room for a full size Ipad in the drawer (shown left) and there are tons of USB’s in the front AND back seat – including HDMI connections and entertainment systems for those boring drives across states whose names we won’t mention.  Which brings me to the “Are we there yet” game on the entertainment system which allows your kids to look at the map and calculate exactly how much time is left in your drive.

There is an outstanding amount of storage (which is how they’re able to convert this to a hybrid) and just a ton of nifty extras…seriously check this one out if you’re in the market for a family vehicle.

jaguarJaguar F-Pace -Jaguar’s first-ever SUV, brings the brand’s sexy styling and athletic into a new market so that someone finally gets the right to say they drive a Jaguar “Family Car”!

You can see taking the kids to sporting events and traveling in this pretty nifty car (not to mention the coolness factor of driving a Jag to a ball game).  Starting at $40,000 it’s not even totally out of reach financially! Powertrains include a standard 340-hp supercharged V-6 or an optional 380-hp supercharged V-6. Both have an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. A diesel will appear later.

Visit Charge ahead Colorado
Charge Ahead Colorado and its partners will host an Electric Vehicle Showcase (Booth #37) to highlight the benefits of EVs and the many vehicle and charging options available to consumers.

Be sure to pick up info on the cost savings and environmental benefits of fueling with electricity and find out how to cash in on the financial incentives, tax credits, and charging infrastructure (hint: it’s a bit complicated, it helps to get the info).

See some of the most popular EV models available and enter your employer into a drawing for a free EV ride-and-drive event at their workplace

Find charging station locations near their homes, workplaces or travel routes, which reminds us – “Should I bring my electric car? And where’s the nearest EV charging station?” The Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver CO 80202).  Please visit the U.S. Department of Energy site to search for local charging stations.

Ride and Drive

What fun is a car show if you can’t get in and see how these puppies drive? So be sure to take time to drive and experience the latest models from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and FIAT at The Denver International Auto Show. Be sure to check out the rugged and ready Jeep Renegade, state-of-the-art Chrysler 200 and the muscle of Dodge Challenger!  There’s no-pressure, no-hassle, and no additional charge! More info…

Fun for kids:

The KCNC Chevy Mobile Weather Lab will be on display at the show!  See the tools used in forecasting the weather and meet your favorite meteorologists and tech crew.  Catch CBS4 weather reports live from the show floor!

Check out the all dirt driving range for fun Jeep action INSIDE the Auto show hall!

OH and of course the really nifty eye candy cars (not really family related at all – I lied)!

The Facts:
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Parking info

Hours
Wednesday, March 16 – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thursday, March 17 – 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday, March 18 – 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 19 – 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, March 20 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission
Adults $12.00
Children (6-12) $6.00
Children under 6 Free