What I'm looking forward to this Auto Show

CREATED Feb 15, 2013

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Well, the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is here and it's time to look at the new stuff coming out. For car geeks, it's like heaven. For people looking for a new car for their family, it's an awesome way to see all the cars all in one spot. There is food and drinks there if you need something. There's even a coat check if you don't like carrying your coat around for hours. It's a great place to see people all geeked up about cars. You are allowed to sit in most, but not all the cars. Some even have power in them where you can play with stuff like their stereos and see what the gauges look like. You may like something totally different than I do, but here are 10 of the cars I'm most looking forward to seeing while I'm there. I will actually rank these with number 1 being the one I'm most excited to see.

10.) This is kind of a crazy car to throw in the mix, but remember, I'm just telling you some of my favorites and this one chimes in at number 10. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo. You talk about a funky-looking car: this tops that list. Not only that, but this time they gave it some power with its turbocharged motor. Even with all of the fixins, the price of this car is reasonable. It even has this crazy side door to get you into the back seats. There's nothing on the road quite like it at the moment.

9.) Number 9 is fitting to the car I'm going to mention now. 911. No, not the emergency number you call when you're in trouble, but the Porsche. This car is a work of driving art. As soon as you see one, you know exactly what it is. The engine is actually in the back of the car, and that really gives it a great dynamic when you drive it around. The thing looks like it's flying when it's just sitting there. Not only that, but you can drive it every day. This car can be had with all wheel drive which means you can drive it around in a Wisconsin snowstorm and not be worried like many sports cars of this caliber. It's been recently redesigned, but still looks just like the 911 always has: Cool

8.) This selection is an American icon that is getting more and more friendly to drive. It's the tweaked Jeep Wrangler. It now actually has power thanks to its 3.6L Pentastar V6, and they even put a new automatic transmission in the thing that will actually get you some decent gas mileage. You can get a bluetooth phone in the thing and a nice navigation system. The interior was also recently redesigned so if you thought you had to be rugged to own a Wrangler, check out the new ones. They're actually a nice, everyday truck for a good price. Oh, and you can go straight up a mountain if you feel like it at the moment.

7.) I am leaving number 7 as just kind of a lucky, but unlucky number here. It's a spot for two cars that are all new, but I don't know if one of them will be at the show. They deserve a special mention though. The first is the new 2014 Chevrolet, C7 Corvette “Stingray.” Just look it up. Trust me. It's just a thing of beauty and will perform with the best cars in the world for a fraction of the price. The second is the 2013 SRT Viper from the Chrysler company. This car has been redone and is the definition of the United States- What you see is what you get, and if you don't like it, tough. This car will bring you in and make your heart race. It's also one of the most evil-looking cars on the road as the Viper always has. The engine is an absolutely huge V10 with over 600 horsepower. Not only that, the new one can also go on a road trip and not have you begging for mercy. Again, I found out the 2014 Corvette won't be there, but still go check out the C6 Vette. It screams “Welcome to America.” I'm not sure about the Viper's status, but if it's not there, look that one up as well. These cars had to be mentioned in the spot of a lucky number 7.

6.) I have not had a chance to see the BMW 3-Series yet. If you haven't driven one of these, they offer some of the best driving experiences to be had out of any car on the road. They have been completely redone here recently and have a few different engine options. A turbo 4-cylinder is now the base engine and it's awesome. I can't believe how fast it is. 0-60 in a “claimed” 6.1 seconds? That's cruisin' for a 4-cylinder! The turbo straight 6 is just flat out fast. People can easily snap off sub-5 second 0-60 times.

5.) The new Lincoln MKZ. It's all-new and looks great on both the in and outside. It also is a great car to drive as well. You can one of Ford's Ecoboost engines on it which is good on gas and gets up and moves. When you hear Ford and Lincoln saying the word “Ecoboost,” all that means is it's turbocharged. It's like having an air compressor on your engine that feeds more air to the motor. More air and fuel means more power.

4.) The new Dodge Dart is a seriously cool sedan. Not only does it look tough as nails, it's a fun car to drive as well, especially if you get the higher-horsepower engines. My favorite is the Fiat-derived 1.4L Multi-Air Turbo 4. If you've ever driven a Fiat 500 Abarth, it's the same engine, and it's fun as heck. It also sounds like it will rip someone's head off. That's a good thing for a car person. This Dodge also has the coolest dashboard out there that's starting to filter into the other Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep products down the road. The gauges have a big color screen right in the middle that shows you all sorts of different information going on with the car. Not only that, it's really customizable. It's the way everyone should do their gauges. You've gotta see it. It's a great car.

3.) I can't wait to see the all-new, Cadillac ATS. This is America's first huge push to make a really cool sports sedan to compete against Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Those are like the best sports sedans to drive in the world. This ATS has a new, sporty look and feel to drive. The engine is really fun to wind out and really gets up and goes. Straight-line speed is not everything though. This car will put a smile on your face when ever the road takes a turn. I never thought I'd hear this, but you can get this car with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that's quick and good on gas. The fastest one is the V6 with 321 horsepower. How fun is that? Pack up the kids, enjoy the drive and look good doing it.

2.) The completely new and redesigned 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra is going to be there. This is an amazingly important lineup of vehicles because they're among the best-selling cars in the United States! They are also going to be the base for the new Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. They're finally here with new engines, and the whole nine yards. This is a really big deal. Again, I won't bore you with all the details, but they also are getting directly injected V8s that will really help with gas mileage.

1.) The all new, redesigned 2013 Full Size Range Rover. That thing is the best a truck can offer. The biggest engine has 510HP and it's like driving around a luxury house. I know this thing hits 60 in under 5 seconds. I just found out that it's going to have a new, 340HP V6 next year that gets 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Who said big trucks have to just drink gas? This is actually one of my favorite cars in the whole world. I mean, come on. What car when you shut the door actually pulls it closed for you? You know that it's also one of the best off-roading vehicles in the world? You can lower the car for getting in and out, then crank it way up in the air to crawl over rocks. I could go on and on about this car, but there's not enough space on the whole internet. Go see it. Remember, if you get the supercharged V8, it's faster than most sports cars... and it's a big truck that goes off road.