In early October I attended the Suzuki Mom Fest in the gorgeous and historic St Charles, IL. While I was there I got the chance to learn about the Suzuki brand and the fact that they are more then just motorcycles and four wheelers. While there I was able to learn about the current lineup of cars that Suzuki has and had the opportunity to drive most but not all of them (hoping to get one to drive a little later on).
Unfortunately due to my flight schedule I missed out on stuff like the motorized couch and the Kizashi taste test but you can learn more about that from my friend Desiree’s contribution on Daytripping Mom about the Suzuki Mom Fest.
But I did get to learn about the safety features they are implementing to ensure that the cars are family friendly, technological advanced and most importantly safe for drivers and passengers of all ages. The current lineup of cars in the Suzuki family is the Equator Crew Cab, Equator Extended Cab, Grand Vitara, Kizashi Sport, SX4 AWD Crossover, and Sx4 Sport Sedan. I was not able to see the Equator in person again due to flight constraints but I was lucky enough to test drive the Grand Vitara and the SX4 AWD crossover. My favorite was the Grand Vitara and before I was even done driving for the day I sent a text to Lee telling him I want the Grand Vitara.
During our test drive day we also got the chance to stop at a couple of locations and learn more about the cars like how the key-less system in the car works. I had concerns about how the system worked, could my car be stolen, what happens if I lose my key but I think that the more they told us the more reassuring it became. As long as the key is in the car the car can be started, without it being in the car it cannot be started period no matter how hard you try. You also have to be right by the car to unlock the doors with the push button on the door handle, I think that being able to just throw the key into my purse and leave it there would be great, it would probably help me with my losing my keys problem I seem to have lately.
We also got to see how the car seats fold down for added space including in the Kizashi where the back seat folds down if you need to put something larger in, if you are traveling you can put your snacks in the trunk right against the back seat and by simply pulling down the middle hump in the back seat you get access to the trunk which to me makes it nicer to travel with less stuff in the back seat on the floors. As well the seats in the SUV and the crossover fold down to allow you to put more or larger items in.
Another stop on our way was at a Super Target where we did a Junk in the Trunk scavenger hunt. We were given a list of items and sent off to buy them, during this we were tweeted and given a time limit and some extra incentives. Once we were standing in the Target receiving our instructions we did find out the most exciting part for you all is that the items that we chose out during the hunt would go out to our readers as a giveaway. I was super excited to be able to choose the items I got to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. So with Target gift card and list in hand I headed off to buy an umbrella stroller, diaper bag, baby rear view mirror, diapers, wipes, sippy cups and some other fun goodies.
After we left the Target we got back intot he car and headed off to our last stop which was back downtown St Charles at the Kizashi kicks trailer where we had lunch at a very nearby restuarant. After lunch I headed off and missed the rest of the fun but I have heard that they did learn more about the Kizashi taste test, got to ride the motorized couch and got to see the fastest bike in the world. I am sorry I missed all that but I will say that I am for sure more intrigued by Suzuki and when we are shopping for our next new vehicle I think that Suzuki will be the brand I am shopping for first and foremost.
Pictures of all my adventures coming as soon as the experts recover my pictures from my broken memory card.
Now onto the fun part, the giveaway.
To learn more about Suzuki vehicles please log on to: www.Suzuki.com
You can also find them on facebook at: www.Facebook.com/SuzukiAuto
*Thank you to Suzuki for providing the airfare, accommodations, fun and food during the Suzuki Mom Fest. Also for providing the gift card for the Junk in the Trunk Scavenger hunt.