My Cars - 2020 GMC Terrain SLE AWD | 2020 Volvo S60 R-Design

2020 GMC Terrain             Volvo



     Since graduating from college, I have had four cars overall.  Not a bad number to have in 6 years!  My first new car out of college was the 2002 "Desert Silver" Acura RSX.  The interior trim is Titanium.  After shopping around for a sporting, luxury coupe, I feel in love with the RSX.  The RSX had everything I was looking for in my first car.  It had power everything, leather, alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, 6 speaker CD stereo, & moonroof.  I had a few optional extras added including a 6 CD changer in the trunk along with the cargo net.  The RSX features an i-vtec engine that cranks out 160 horsepower through the 4 cylinders without the need for a turbo charger.  This car is my baby.  I have it detailed regularly, and even to this day, it looks and smells like it is a brand new car.

    One of the perks of being a pharmaceutical representative is a company car.  In February of 2005, Schering-Plough presented me with a 2005 black Ford Taurus SE.  Schering bought us a brand new car every 65,000 miles, which for me is about every year and half.  The Ford Taurus was nothing like my Acura, but it was a decent everyday car.  It had power everything, power seat, CD audio, cruise control, traction control, and a V6 engine.

    I ordered another company car in 2006, and it is a nice upgrade from my Taurus.  The company got us a 2007 Ford Fusion SEL that comes standard with automatic climate control, 6 disc CD changer in dash with MP3 compatibility, auto dimming rear view mirror with compass, power everything, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio/climate/speed controls, 17 inch alloy wheels, fog lights, analog clock (like on the Infiniti models),  side and side curtain airbags, and heated power mirrors.  The car also includes the following options - ABS, daytime running lights, and power moonroof.  My new company car was delivered to me in October of 2006.  My last company car at Schering-Plough/Merck was a fully loaded 2008 Ford Fusion SEL with leather, Sync, and moonroof.

    When I joined Inventiv Health in 2010 as a representative on the Boehringer-Ingelheim contract, I was given a SUV since I had a "snow territory" since I covered the Lake Tahoe Area.  Inventiv Health bought me a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox AWD LS SUV.   It was my first SUV, and it was great for driving up in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter.
    In 2012, I joined Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals directly and got my first foreign company car, the 2012 Subaru Legacy AWD PZEV Premium Sedan.  I decided to go with the Subaru Legacy again in 2014 when I was able to order a new car again.  This one had the cold weather package which had heated seats too.  In 2016, I was able to order another company car, and I choose the newly redesigned Subaru Legacy.  This time, the company paid for the Eye Sight Package which included adaptive cruise control!  It is the most amazing auto invention since the wheel!  LOL.  The car practically drives itself especially in combination with the lane assist.  The car automatically moves me back in my lane, but with the adaptive cruise control, the car can slow down and speed up as needed depending on the traffic in front of me.  The new Legacy was also upgraded with nice features like dual zone climate control as well as tri stage heated seats. 

    I know I am car with all the bells and whistles.  Not to mention, my company pays for the maintenace, insurance, and even gas for it.  I can drive it as much as I want for personal use too.  The company even pays for the gas for personal use too.  Moreover, we get a toll transponder too so the company picks up the tolls for our company car.

    My current company car is a 2020 GMC Terrain SLE AWD that was almost fully upgraded.  This amazing SUV comes pretty well equipped, but my company paid for most of the option packages that gave me a programmable power liftgate, heated seats, dual zone climate control, remote start, adaptive cruise control, and a 8 inch HD display screen with navigation.  The remote start on this car is activated either via the keyfob or the MyGMC app.  The MyGMC app lets me start my car from anywhere over the internet, and it even works with Amazon Alexa.  So, what that means is that I can ask "Alexa" to open my garage door (through a seperate smart home device I have) and start my Terrain so it is ready to go when I am out the door!  It is like I am Batman and can zoom out of the "Bat Cave" at a moment's notice to save the day.  LOL.

    In 2020, Joy and I got another fun weekend car too.  We got a Volvo S60 R Design.  This 2020 model is normally $51,000, but I was able to take advantage of my company's A Plan Elite pricing with Volvo since we have fleet contracts with them to get a nice deal on this amazing car!  The R Design is the racing or sports model for Volvo's midsized luxury sedan.  The S60 has lots of cool features including the panoramic moonroof, four zone automatic climate control, and semi-autonomous driving system called the Pilot Assist.  I love this car a lot, and it looks stunning!  This R Design had a $1,600 sports styling kit too on it as well as the special 19 inch R Design wheels!

Courtesy of Alan Jackson from his 2002 Album titled Drive

Last Updated:  December 29, 2020 11:54 AM