I'm not a huge car guy other than the fact I drive one, but I did get a cool opportunity last night at Houston's Haven Restaurant thanks to Ford.
Staff from the US automaker came down from Michigan ahead of the Houston Auto Show and invited myself and others for test drives of the 2013 F-150, Ford Fusion and the 108 MPGe C-MAX Energi.
Rob Iorio, Manager, Electrified Powertrain Development from Dearborn, Michigan gave us the test drive of the C-Max. He showed off the MyFord Touch hands free control in the car which lets you turn on the radio or AC with voice commands. It could not understand my wife's Texas accent! So don't say "y'all."
For an electric, the car had some pep to it. I was driving it down Greenbriar when I gave it some quick acceleration to see how fast it could go and the guy next to me thought I was trying to race him. He was in some souped up sports car and took off! Wow buddy, you just kicked a plug-in car's ass...congrats.
The C-Max runs for $29,995.
I also finally joined many others in Texas and got behind the wheel of the F-150. I thought it would be like driving a tank, but actually that monster is pretty easy to turn and has a smooth ride. Raj Sarkar, Ford Trucks F-150 Marketing Manager, was in the back seat and said that's the goal of the engineers.
You'll be able to see lots of other hot new models from more than 37 manufacturers, including concept cars, at the 2013 Houston Auto Show January 23 - 27, 2013 at Reliant Center.