Last week, auto experts, Kelley Blue Book recognized my passion for cars and has generously invited me to spend a few days at their Irvine, California Headquarters for the first-ever blogger Kelley Blue Book Ride-n-Drive and KBB Best Buy Awards immersion. From value and safety to comfort and durability, Kelley Blue Book was interested in finding out what is important to us and our readers when in the market for a new car.
Behind-the-Scenes at Kelley Blue Book
One of the very first things I learned about the KBB Crew is they are so much more than just a resource for used car pricing. Kelley Blue Book’s main goal is to be the most helpful online source overall when it comes to assisting people make great car buying decisions.
And the team is awesome, it should come as no surprise that the editorial team in the most respected in the industry. They may share my enthusiasm for cars, but don’t confuse them with the “buff books” because they are not writing for car enthusiasts. Car shoppers are not typical enthusiasts. Maybe a handful are, but most aren’t and need help making intelligent car purchase decisions.
The two-day event provided us with a deeper understanding of the many new car shopping tools and resources designed to help people make smart decisions as they consider one of life’s biggest purchases.
In addition to an exclusive look at the rigorous evaluation and testing process by KBB.com’s expert editorial team, I had the chance to get behind the wheel of a number of 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Finalists in the family-friendly Midsize SUV and Luxury SUV categories.
My favorites? The 2016 Lincoln MKX and 2016 Volvo XC90. Other rides we had the privilege of test driving were: the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mitsu Outlander, Toyota Highlander and Acura MDX.
Oh, and I may or may not have taken a tiny detour off-the-drive route. I mean, c’mon, wouldn’t you?
What are Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards? “Honor the top new model-year vehicles available in the U.S. market, (regardless of whether it’s all-new or not), in 12 major categories, along with an overall winner (chosen from the winning list of 12 segment winners). In addition to an exclusive look at the rigorous evaluation and testing process by KBB.com’s expert editorial team, I will have a chance to get behind the wheel of a number of 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Finalists in the family-friendly Midsize SUV and Luxury SUV categories.”
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