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I was so excited when I heard I would be testing out the all new 2015 Hyundai Sante Fe in the Limited Edition with All Wheel Drive. It was fully loaded and had so much to offer a family of 4 like mine.
Thanks to the 411 Mommas and Drive Shop for making this review possible.
I LOVE being able to be a guest on the 411 Mommas!
Check out my Video Review on The411Mommas.com or below;
How nice is this vehicle? I mean, seriously, the color is so luxurious, as is the inside. I felt so proud driving this around town and it made me want to seriously consider buying one for my next family SUV. It is a little bigger then what I am used to, but it handled so well that wasn’t an issue at all.
Some of the features that I really loved were the safety features. Like the blind spot monitor which alerts you by beeping or lighting up whenever someone is in your blind spot. How it works, is the car senses when another vehicle is on the side of your car. If you’re driving on the highway, the light will just illuminate as the cars drive by. Right when you put your blinker on to get over (depending on the direction your going) it will beep if there is a vehicle in you blind spot on the side where you’re trying to go.
Talk about luxury, this baby has heated AND air conditioned seats as well as a heated steering wheel option. The steering wheel sensitivity can also be changed based on what you’re most comfortable with. The frosted mocha color is the one I had, and I have to say it was beautiful! The interior felt so clean with the light wood grain and beige and black seats.
The 3rd row seats have their own controls for heating and air conditioning which is excellent. Any time you have a large SUV, it’s always an issue controlling the temperature throughout the entire vehicle. The back usually has a vent, but not it’s own temperature controls, so that was great. There is also a 12V socket that you can plug into in the trunk as well which is neat. You can blow dry your hair in the trunk of your car in desperate situations! Haha!
The over-sized moon roof extends all the way to the 3rd row seating and would make a great “camp out” for kids in the summer to watch the stars with the AC on and maybe a pillow and blanket. There isn’t only a moon roof. The front portion of the glass is actually a sun roof. You can choose to have that open fully, just a tad, or not at all.
I didn’t have to use the 3rd row seating this time, because it was only the 4 of us in the vehicle this week, so I kept the 3rd row seats down the whole week. When I tell you there is a ton of room, that is almost an understatement. I fit my sons stroller back there, and 2 giant bags of laundry and I still had room for about 3 times that back there. The back seats were split apart, which I loved because you don’t have to lower a rear seat to get to the 3rd row. That was always a turn off for me in other 3rd row seating vehicles because I have 2 kids in car seats. So it was a hassle to pull down the seat for someone to climb back there and again when they get out. It also just made the vehicle feel so open and fresh.
This option had tinted windows, which helped keep it cooler inside. Even though the tinted windows kept most of the sun out of my kids eyes, it was nice to have the visors built in to give that extra sun block. My 2 year old seems to always have the sun-facing seat and complains during most family trips in our current vehicle but he did not complain at all in this one!
I am so in love with this SUV, that even though the gas mileage is 19 MPG and about 10 MPG less the my current vehicle, I don’t even mind. It is so worth the extra gas money to have the added safety and convenience to me. Plus, I started with a full tank, and drove it to and from work each day, and I didn’t even need to put gas in it the entire week. So for my personal use, it was fine and not a gas guzzler.
I hope you get a chance to check out this car, you will not be let down!
Check out the Video of our visit to Michigan for Spring Break via the 411 Mommas;
My family and I took a vacation to Michigan to visit family this past week. I was lucky enough to hook up with DriveSTI via the 411 Mommas while there and get to test out the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander for the week. Last time I reviewed the 2015 Outlander Sport, so I was excited to try the standard edition because it had 3rd row seating.
The 3rd row seating was probably my favorite feature of this vehicle for this trip. It enabled all of us to travel together in one car rather then taking multiple and following each other. And we sure traveled & shopped a lot!
While I had the vehicle, we visited the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum which was really cool! I have a giveaway going on for 4 passes to this museum if you’re local to Michigan or plan to visit before the year is up (they expire Dec 2015).. Just check out the post below this one.
We also went shopping at the 12 Oaks Mall and made some pit stops along the way. I don’t know what it is, but I love going to malls in other states. There’s something just a little bit different seeing the state pride attire at each.
We took a family 6-person trip to Target and boy did we shop. We left with over 6 bags of stuff filled with toys, clothes, and groceries and guess what? Yep, we were able to fit it ALL in the trunk with one of the 3rd row seats pushed down as well as a stroller AND my sister in-law in the far back seat. It made it easy that she was able to hop out of the back of the trunk being that I had a car seat and booster seat and myself in the middle row. I didn’t have to worry about folding the seat down to let her out.
The push to start was another plus, but you already know I fell in love with that feature from my last review for DriveSTI. When you’re a big shopped like me, it’s easy to open the car or trunk with a quick tap instead of fiddling with your keys or in my case, trying to find them in your purse while holding bags and a 2 year old.
This standard model (I had the Cosmic Blue color if you’re wondering) didn’t come with a GPS built it. I thought that was odd being that it is 2015 and all vehicles should come equipped standard with GPS, but I guess it’s still an “upgrade”. It did still feature a 6.1″ touch screen panel to maneuver the audio features and also had the controls built into the steering wheel which I loved.
The temperature in Michigan was still in the upper 50’s, so we needed to use the heated seats quite a bit. I have to say, I miss these the most! It was rainy majority of the time – April showers, so we didn’t get to enjoy the sunroof, which was a bit small in my opinion anyway,
The gas mileage on this was amazing for how big it was, 26 MPG combined, but it’s a 4 cylinder, so the pick up when you press the gas shows it.To me though, gas mileage is a big deal and I rather have the car move just a bit slower then fill it up everyday.
All in all, we enjoyed having this addition to our vacation and it allowed us more time with our family instead of driving to our destinations in different vehicles.
I received this vehicle for review purposes but all views and opinions are 100% my own.
Spring Break is fast approaching and if you haven’t made plans with the kids yet, I have just the place!
I had a chance to check out some of the new exhibits at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City NJ with #JerseyMomsMedia over the weekend. I have been there many times with my boys who are 2 and 7 and every time we go it’s like a brand new experience.
The main focus of the event was the new Sesame Street Presents “The Body” Exhibit. This exhibit is included with purchase to the museum, but hurry, it is only open Jan 24th – May 3rd 2015!
Children can interact with different stations featuring their favorite characters from the TV show. It includes everything you’d expect from Sesame Street that has kids loving to learn. The best part about this exhibit, as with all exhibits at the LSC is that they are learning so much by simply playing.
The different sections within the exhibit are;
“Your Insides” – This includes Counts Organ Organ which teaches children about their body organs through interactive music including pumping a heart. Digestion with Oscar shows what happens to their food once they eat it (ewwwww I know but they loved it!), and Oscars Sneeze Machine which is a humongous nose that sneezes when irritated.
“Your Outsides” – This includes Your Wonderful Hands which features hands on activities such as puzzles, shadow puppets, and sign language games.Your Legs and Feet is another part of this section and it shows kids what happens when you put your legs in motion! The last part of this section is the Use Your Head area, a play along question and answer show about the parts of the head.
“Staying Healthy” – This was a favorite with my boys. In this section they learn to make smart food choices and get plenty of physical activity and sleep. Ernie and Rubber Ducky get kids started in the “Rub-A-Dub Tub” and children can scan food and learn about healthy meals.
They get to meet “Goldie” Elmo’s goldfish that is always featured in the how, they can dress Elmo using magnetic parts, and the sections my boys enjoyed the most was the food stations. There is a supermarket and a diner that they were able to shop, and then sell the food at the counter!
After The Body Exhibit, right next door we went to the Beyond the Rubik’s Cube exhibit.
The LSC Debuted the Beyond The Rubik’s Cube on April 24th 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the world’s best puzzling toy. It will be available to the public to check out within the LSC until April 16th 2015. My 2 year old immediately gravitated to the hands on area where kids and adults can build with oversized blocks of the rubik’s cube. There is a wooden stationary piece where you can align them by color, or just build towers.
There is a section of the Rubik’s cube exhibit called the Inspire Zone which is home to the one-of-a-kind,18 Karat gold, jewel-encrusted fully functional Rubik’s Cube.This is the world’s most expensive toy estimated to be worth $2.5 Million and is amazing to see! My 7 year old loved using the up-side-down goggles and trying to catch the Rubik’s Cube plush! It was really silly and he was amazed at how he couldn’t see it coming right at him when he had the goggles on.
Another favorite at the LSC is the animals. It’s a small area, but it features so much!The Tamerin Monkey’s are by far the cutest little animals I’ve ever seen! Head over and check them out when you’re there! My 2 year old favors the large puffer fish, and my 7 year old is into the turtles and lizards. They have daily feeling shows and alternate the animals the show during the shows. Grab a show time listing online before going so you make sure to visit them!
Right outside of the animal exhibit is the AMAZING Infinity Climber which is one-of-a-kind in all aspects! Check out my previous review on the Infinity Climber in detail (http://wp.me/p4qZon-4c). No matter how many times we see it, I am always amazed!
Just take a look!
The view from the 2nd floor;
I have to say, from personal experience, it is a bit hard to contort your body to fit through some of the sections, but as long as you’re flexible, you should be OK. I went in with my 6 year old son, and overall, we were inside for a good 15 minutes. I got out after 10 minutes, and he stayed in to conquer the top section of the climber which is just level with floor #4. I thought he may be a little scared of the height, being that it is 35 feet above the floor, but he didn’t mention it at all and flew through the “maze” inside. He was all smiles!
The Infinity climber could not have come to life at a better time. Children of all ages are in love with Spiderman, and with this exhibit, they’re as close as they can get to being Spiderman in his web.
“The World’s First Suspended Climbing Play Space of its kind.”
The view from the 3rd floor;
That is no small feat. We had to test this out ourselves to see just what was to offer. The Exhibit is 35 feet off above the atrium floor, so the children can look down on onlookers who are watching them climb as well, adding that special feeling of everyone seeing them doing something cool. The wire mesh is there to secure the climbing exhibit but still allow the children to feel that they’re suspended in the air. From within the climber the children can see multiple levels of the science center which is a plus!
As always with the Liberty Science Center, the NYC Skyline is just a step outside of the door. This is true with the Infinity Exhibit as well, you can go right through the doors a few feet away and check out the sky scrapers to take a break once you’re done climbing!
There are so many activities going on around the LSC that are hands on for kids. We got to make BLOOD!The kids learned about the blood in their bodies and what it’s made up out of. The kids really enjoyed this!
We had such a great time and I look forward to going back and checking out the IMAX and 3D movies! I loved them when I was a child on school field trips and I know my children will as well! The IMAX Dome does have age restrictions that children 6 and under cannot go in.
Liberty Science Center Address & Phone;
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305