Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Monica for "KELLEY BLUE BOOK". The expert editors from Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information, have announced their 2010 Top Ten lists in three different categories: Family Cars, Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, and Best Roadtrip Cars.
In the list of Top 10 Family Cars, the kbb.com editors recommend what they feel are the very best of the best vehicles for families this year, highlighting important attributes for each car and detailing why it made the Top 10 for 2010. This list is assembled after evaluating an ever-lengthening list of eligible vehicles on such factors as resale value, fuel efficiency, capability and kid-friendliness. This year's list features vehicles in a range of sizes and prices, offering something for a wide variety of families- everything from an SUV that can comfortably accommodate nine passengers to a compact, fuel-efficient wagon capable of taking the road less traveled.
The Top 10 Family Cars for 2010 (www.kbb.com/Top10FamilyCars)
1. 2010 Chevy Suburban
2. 2010 Honda Odyssey
3. 2010 Chevy Traverse
4. 2010 Ford Flex
5. 2010 Subaru Outback
6. 2010 Chevy Equinox
7. 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
8. 2010 Ford Taurus
9. 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
10. 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring.
The vehicles that made Kelley Blue Book's 2010 list of Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 consists of affordable and efficient entry-level cars that are more practical and more amenity-laden than ever before. The twin factors of fun-to-drive and fun-to-own are important considerations for this category, in addition to the same set of criteria that consumers use in examining vehicles they might purchase-- safety, fuel economy, interior size, comfort and technology. The editors compiled the list of qualifying vehicles using Kelley Blue Book's New Car Blue Book® Values, which reflect real-world transaction prices and provide a more useful comparison point than Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Every vehicle on the list can be purchased for less than $18,000.
2010 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000 (www.kbb.com/CoolCars2010 ):
1. 2011 Ford Fiesta
2. 2010 Honda Civic
3. 2010 Honda Fit
4. 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring
5. 2010 Kia Soul
6. 2010 Mazda MAZDA3
7. 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
8. 2010 Nissan Cube
9. 2010 Scion xB
10. 2010 Suzuki SX4
Kelley Blue Book editors have also compiled a list of the 2010 Best Road Trip Cars, which includes a list of 10 road trip-worthy summer events. Since 2004, the editors of kbb.com have examined vehicles with road trip criteria in mind, such as a comfortable cabin, good fuel economy, utter reliability and superior over-the-road driving dynamics. The 10 summer road trip ideas are listed in chronological order and include a suggestion for the most fitting cars for those journeys.
2010 Best Road Trip Cars (www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/summer-road-trip-2010-10-places-to-go-10-cars-to-take )
1. Where to Go: Sasquatch! Music Festival
The Gorge, Quincy, Washington
Memorial Day Weekend
Three hours east of Seattle, smackdab in the middle of Washington, there's a three-day music festival that boasts a name even more fun than Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. This year's Sasquatch! lineup includes newer names like Vampire Weekend, OK Go and MGMT, older names like The Posies, Pavement and Public Enemy, and less familiar names like Dinosaur Feathers, Morning Teleportation and Garfunkel & Oates. Or so legend has it.
How to Get There: 2010 Subaru Outback
A communal gathering that takes place in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest? The question here isn't which car, but which Subaru? And even that's a no-brainer. The Subaru Outback combines all-wheel drive (a three-hour drive from Seattle just might involve some slick roads), a notably comfy and quiet highway ride, and room for a whole bunch of camping equipment and provisions - for Sasquatch! expeditions not hastily arranged on Friday afternoon.
2. Where to Go: Pike's Peak International Hill Climb
Pike's Peak, Colorado
Starting at 9,390 feet and ending at a lofty 14,110 feet, the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb is one of the most demanding tests of man and machine yet invented, with racers deftly guiding cars and motorcycles along 12.42 miles of pavement and gravel, through 156 turns and past perilous drop offs -- often at triple-digit speeds. This year, race veteran Rhys Millen is out to break the elusive 10-minute barrier and reclaim the track record from four-time Pike's Peak champion Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima.
How to Get There: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Look at the list of vehicles participating in this year's Pike's Peak Hill climb, and one name keeps popping up: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. And while it would be cool to drive a Lancer Evo to the hill climb, the ride might be a bit taxing over the long-haul. That's why we suggest the more civilized Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, a car that's relaxed enough for road trip duty but still delivers the kind of turbocharged, all-wheel drive performance talented drivers exploit every year at the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb.
3. Where to Go: Boston Harborfest
Those looking to celebrate Independence Day in true patriotic fashion can revel in the festivities offered at the Boston Harborfest. This six-day celebration includes Revolutionary-era reenactments, concerts, historical tours and fireworks cruises in the famous harbor. To round out the celebration, attendees can sit down to a nice heaping bowl of chowder -- or two, or three -- at the Chowderfest.
How to Get There: 2011 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is as American as apple pie, so why not drive to one of the biggest Independence Day parties around in something that screams red, white and blue? The new 2011 Mustang is available with an all-new fuel-efficient 305-horsepower V6 or a 5.0-liter 412-horsepower V8, Ford's revolutionary SYNC system and a 500-watt Shaker audio system so you can pop in your Lee Greenwood CD and let everyone know that you're "Proud to be an American."
4. Where to Go: Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival (aka Juste Pour Rire)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Founded in 1983 as a French-speaking comedy festival, Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival has grown from a two-night show into a comedy event of epic proportions. Featuring a movie festival, a wide variety of street performers and more than two weeks of comedy, the Just For Laughs festival has hosted top-tier acts from all parts of the globe, including the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, John Cleese, Flight of the Conchords and Larry the Cable Guy.
How to Get There: 2010 MINI Cooper
If you're interested in a laugh-filled road trip to Montreal, please, enhance the experience by taking a MINI Cooper. Born in England, engineered in Germany and beloved around the world, the MINI Cooper is truly an international car. After nearly a decade on sale in America, its looks still illicit smiles, but the way it drives will have you laughing like Victor, the festival's jovial and exceedingly creepy mascot. La MINI Cooper, un petit baril de rires!
5. Where to go: MLB All-Star Game
Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
July 13, 2010
In addition to hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack, this year's Midsummer Classic will offer something truly special: Disneyland. The Magic Kingdom is visible from the upper walkways of Angel Stadium - and the surf and sand of Laguna, Newport and Huntington Beach aren't much further - which makes this year's All-Star game an ideal family road trip destination.
How to get there: 2010 Toyota Sienna
Minivans are great for group road trips and absolutely perfect for family treks. The Toyota Sienna is the newest minivan out there and has some of the coolest features, like extending footrests in the second-row captain's chairs and an extra-wide rear video screen that can function like two smaller screens and show two different movies or video games. The roar of the crowd is surpassed only by contented quiet in back.
6. Where to Go: Comic-Con
San Diego, California
July 22-July 25
Every year, comic book and sci-fi fans descend on the streets of San Diego for the ultimate celebration of geekdom known as Comic-Con. Although it's becoming more widely known as the place to get a sneak-peek at the latest from Hollywood (and, in recent years, ground zero for "Twilight" fan mayhem), this four-day event is filled with autograph signings, outrageously creative costumes, workshops and, of course, plenty of fun-filled, comic-related action.
How to Get There: 2010 Nissan cube
So, what vehicle on the market has enough headroom to accommodate your handcrafted Wookiee costume and can get you, four friends dressed as No-Face from "Spirited Away" and everything you want autographed to Comic-Con in true geek style? Look no further than the Nissan cube. Not only does it look straight out of a sci-fi movie or ripped from the pages of a comic book, but it also starts under $15,000 -- which means that you'll have some extra dough to buy that Todd McFarlane-autographed first edition of Spawn #1 you've been dreaming about.
7. Where to Go: Elvis Week
A week-long tribute to the King of Rock 'n Roll, this event includes a Graceland Trivia Tour, an Elvis-themed dance club where you can dance the night away, a special screening of "Elvis on Tour" -- complete with bonus footage -- and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest. Elvis wigs and glasses aren't mandatory, but a healthy interest in all things Elvis are essential.
How to get there: 2010 Cadillac CTS
The pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood that Elvis Presley used to drive has since become a pop-culture icon and the most well-known of Presley's possessions, so it would only be fitting to cruise over to Elvis Week in one of that car's descendants. While it might not come in pink, the CTS does offer more than a Fleetwood, including a 304-horsepower V6, a Bose sound system to blast "Jailhouse Rock" and an advanced navigation system for easy guidance to Graceland.
8. Where to Go: Iowa State Fair
Des Moines, Iowa
You have to love any event that bills itself as "Non Stop Fun," because who doesn't love fun? Last year this quintessentially American institution attracted more than a million fun-lovers (and a few old grouches) with the help of one of the world's largest livestock shows, the country's largest state fair foods department, and hundreds of competitive events and wacky contests. Among the signature treats served by the fair's 600 concessionaires is the popular pork-chop-on-a-stick.
How to Get There: 2010 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck
The 2010 Dodge Ram is the only full-size pickup with a coil-over rear suspension, which makes it a wise choice for long-haul road trip comfort. The HEMI V8 engine delivers a healthy 390 horsepower along with respectable highway fuel economy of 20 mpg, and the truck's boldly styled sheetmetal might just turn a few heads when you roll into town.
9. Where to Go: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Pebble Beach, California
Once a year, celebrities, the wealthy and car enthusiasts come together on the eighteenth fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links for one of the most stylish events to hit the American automotive world -- the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. So whether you go to be seen in your largest hat and brightest golf wear, or if you want to drool over some of the greatest designs in automotive history including those of Alfa Romeo, Pierce-Arrow and Jaguar, the Pebble Beach Concours is the summer roadtrip for you.
How to Get There: 2010 Porsche Panamera
Even at an event that attracts some of the rarest vehicles in the world -- many valued at seven or even eight figures -- the 2010 Porsche Panamera is sure to turn some heads this year. It's a controversial car with a controversial shape, but it's also the best-selling Porsche in the U.S. Along the way you might not be as driven to take the twisty detours you'd never pass up in a 911, but you'll definitely be more refreshed when you pull up to the valet stand at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
10. Where to Go: Burning Man
The Playa, Black Rock City, Nevada
August 30-September 6
For one week a year, a thriving metropolis springs up in the middle of the Nevada desert, hosting nearly 50,000 people. This congregation of free thinkers comes together to commune with nature, to participate in art installations and ultimately to test the boundaries of self-sufficiency and awareness. And if that's not enough, at the end of this experience they dig deep into their primal selves and burn a giant man, before picking up and leaving the desert as empty and serene as it was before they arrived.
How to Get There: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
Driving through the wastelands of Nevada in search of a dry lakebed just 120 miles North of Reno, you want a car that's comfortable, has tons of cargo room and is friendly to the planet, like the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. Not only does it have enough room for a week's worth of Burning Man necessities, it also features a clean-burning and fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine that delivers 41 miles per gallon on the highway. Plus, on those 107-degree days when your tent fails to protect you from the grueling hot sun, you can crawl in back for shade and shelter.
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Also, don't forget to "DO SOMETHING FOR A VET!" this Memorial Day Holiday Week.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, museums across the United States are offering FREE admission to active-duty military personnel and their families under a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a military support group.
Included in the 600-plus museums are venues including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois, Wyoming, the Lumberjack Steam Train Museum in Loana, Wisconsin, the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park in San Diego, the Skirball Cultural Center, Riverside Art Museum, Pasadena Museum of History, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Autry National Center, and more!
Here's some basic information:
*If you are active duty military personnel and/or an immediate family member - spouse or child - to gain free access, please show either a Geneva Conventions CAC ID or a DD Form 1173 ID card at the museum admissions desk. *Immediate family members under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an appropriate ID holder. *Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program, so check with the museum directly.
For a full list of the participating museums, see www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseumsCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times