The 2018 edition of the Subaru Forester has been released with some improvements when compared to the 2017 model.
The 2018 Subaru Forester has seen several significant changes, from safety technology to overall price.
If you’re interested in upgrading your current Subaru, there are several things about the 2018 that you should know ahead of time.
The major change that is getting a lot of attention is the fact that the Eyesight active-safety package has become standard on all Touring models. The package comes with automatic high-beam headlights and reverse automatic braking, making this model exceptionally safe.
The child seat anchors have been improved and updated. Seatbelt reminder warnings in general have also been updated, helping remind passengers to stay safe while in the vehicle.
Price has obviously increased as a result, and the 2018 base models are about $200 higher on all trim levels. However, the Touring model is about $1,795 higher. And the destination charge model is about $40 more. Regardless, potential buyers are likely to see some sale incentives this summer.
The 2018 Forester model also has a touchscreen on Forester Limited models which allows owners to access a wide variety of applications from Yelp, Best Parking, and so forth.
For people that are looking to really dress up their Subaru Forester, there is also a Black Edition package which comes at a cost but includes black 18-inch wheels, black exterior, adaptive headlights, and various other paint colors.
The 2018 Subaru Forester should be available to dealerships as of June 2017.
If you’re looking to eventually sell your car, you’re likely looking to make some cash from it.
Most cars are worth some amount of money when they are sold, but your resale value depends on how much effort you’ve put into caring for your car.
There are several things that you can do to ensure a high resale value for your vehicle, and most of them come with minimal effort.
Keep Your Documents
Many people are quick to throw out or recycle loose papers or documents, but make sure you are saving every document that has to do with your car. Having a printed history of different services the car has had, receipts for new tires, and proof of inspections will prove to potential buyers that the car has been properly cared for.
Keep Up on Maintenance
Maintaining your car is a necessity if you want your car to function at its best on a daily basis. Keeping up on car maintenance such as regular oil changes, brake checks, and inspections will help keep your car running well on a long-term basis. You should be ensuring that lights, brakes, and tires are always maintained properly.
Keep the Car Clean
If you spend a lot of time in your car, it inevitably gets dirty. Make sure to be cleaning out your car on a regular basis. You should be vacuuming out the floors and seats, washing the windows, scrubbing the floor mats, and so forth. Whether you wash it yourself or get it washed professionally, you should be washing the exterior on a regular basis as well. You should also keep it clear of any trash whenever possible.
Purchasing a car for the first time can be an intimidating experience. It is often one of the biggest purchases that someone makes in a lifetime, and it’s a choice that should be made with confidence.
We have noted a few top tips for those of you looking to purchase a car for the first time that will help make a stressful experience a successful one.
Set Your Budget
If you’re looking to purchase a car, you should set a budget. You want to get the car that you need, but you also need that car to be the right price. Be sure to understand what you can comfortably spend before committing.
Rank Your Priorities
If a sunroof isn’t important to you, don’t upgrade your model in order to get one. Purchase a car that meets your needs and preferences. For instance, if you have a family, you probably want something spacious. Be sure to focus on priorities such as safety ratings and gas mileage before you start selecting interior add-ons.
Do Your Research
Don’t hesitate to do some research before purchasing a car. You will be able to find reviews and comparisons online that can really help narrow down your search. If you find that a car you were interested in doesn’t have strong reviews or has rated poorly, you could save yourself some time.
Test Drive Your Options
Before signing on the dotted line, you need to test drive the car you’re purchasing. Believe it or not, some people don’t feel the need to get behind the wheel of the car they are investing in before they purchase it. You should be test driving the car that you want ahead of time to ensure you are comfortable in it.
Many cars are updated and redesigned to meet current trends, and the 2018 Toyota Camry is currently stealing the spotlight. If you’re in the market for an attractive, practical, enticing family midsize sedan, it’s here.
The Toyota Camry, previously referred to as a standard “family car,” received an interior and exterior makeover gaining more attention.
The 2018 version of the car is a bit larger and rides pretty low to the ground. The wheelbase is about 2 inches longer and it is rumored that the car drives better as a result of well-weighted steering.
Although the car has been redesigned, Toyota did create yet another reliable car with plenty of benefits aside from an attractive exterior. The car still has an exceptionally smooth ride, sports seats, and great horsepower.
The base L model is starting at about $23,495, which includes Toyota Safety Sense-P which is standard for all Camrys. The safety package includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and emergency breaking features. You can upgrade to a variety of models, the next one being a Camry LE, which includes larger wheels, power front seats, an overhead console and more.
All versions of the car have a four to six-cylinder motor, with eight-speed automatic transmissions. The 200 horsepower is available on the base model as well, which was unheard of for a Camry up until the 2018 model.
The interior of the 2018 Camry provides good visibility and a good amount of space in the front seats. It has easy to use controls with plenty of soft-touch surfaces around the dashboard.
Although the 2018 Toyota Camry is definitely a change, it will likely become yet another reliable model for families that are looking for something safe yet stylish
Many people that are looking to purchase a new car are also looking for the best time to purchase that car. If you’re purchasing a new car in the near future, you’re probably looking for the best sales which often fall around a holiday weekend.
However, TrueCar.com recently monitored thousands of sales incentives and narrowed down the “best times” to purchase a variety of cars.
Beginning of the Week
For most of us, Monday’s are tough. However, it might be the best day to purchase a car because most people go on weekends. People going car shopping on a Monday is rare, and discounts can often reach up to 8.1 percent, one percent higher than they are on a typical Saturday. If you can take time out of your work week to visit a dealership on a Monday, it might be worth rearranging your schedule.
The Month of May
Although Memorial Day brings plenty of sale incentives, May in general is a solid month to do some car shopping. According to the research conducted by TrueCar.com, midsized SUV’s are often going for good prices in the month of May.
New Year’s Eve
It’s been common knowledge for quite some time that New Year’s Eve brings a lot of car sale incentives. Many dealerships are doing their best to reach sales goals around this time which results in great offers on a variety of vehicles. Often times, people are saving up to 8.3 percent on average new vehicles.
If you’re shopping for a pickup truck, you might want to plan to do your shopping around October. Many trucks are often discounted at about 7 percent in October. Trucks often stay “long-term” at dealerships, and eventually, they need to be let go for lower prices to clear space for new inventory. TrueCar found that the best sales fall right at the end of the month.
If you work within the car industry, you have probably heard about the Rolls-Royce that is getting international attention.
Priced at close to $13 million, a custom build called the “Sweptail” quickly became the most expensive new car ever created, according to Telegraph.
However, there is a lot of debate on whether or not the price “rumor” is valid because other sources, such as GQ, claimed that a price was not given.
Although it isn’t expensive compared to some of the most expensive cars ever, the one-off coupe has a price tag that few could ever afford. Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Giles Taylor, said, “It’s a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.” The customer desired a two-door Rolls-Royce, with a glass roof.
The car was developed over the course of four years, after a customer expressed a desire for a one-of-a-kind motor car. The customer was hoping for a car inspired by the “classic” Rolls-Royces that were popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s and Rolls-Royce certainly made it happen.
The car’s signature feature: a single piece glass roof that fades into the car’s rear end. The signature feature is the main focus of the car, and your eye is quickly drawn to the long glass “roof.”
The car was revealed on Saturday, May 27 at the Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy which is where guests and visitors are able to view 50 historic cars built between the 1920’s and 1980’s.
Although the majority of people likely select “regular” at a gas stations, there are typically several different types of gas available.
Most cars require regular gasoline in order to run correctly. However, some vehicles do require diesel fuel or premium gasoline.
If you do put diesel fuel into a car that is gas-powered, the car will not operate. In fact, making the mistake of putting the wrong fuel into your vehicle can be costly. If you do put diesel fuel into a car that does not require it, you will have to have your tank drained, cleaned, and re-installed.
Often times, cars require regular gasoline. However, if you’re unsure of what your car requires, most cars have a label inside of the fuel door which indicates the type of gas required.
The owner manual for your vehicle should also indicate the type of gas required. There is typically a section that indicates essential fluids as well as a fuel related section. If you are ever unsure about the fuel required for your vehicle, there are plenty of ways to find out.
However, some cars do require premium gas. Performance vehicles, which often have turbo charged or supercharged engines often require premium gas. Other vehicles that often require premium gas include high-horsepower engines and high-compression engines, such as sports cars. Many high-compression engines require premium gas in order to prevent engine knocking which can result in engine damage over time.
Regular gas is typically more affordable when compared to premium, but it’s important that you’re using the required type of gas for your specific vehicle.
If you’ve ever wanted to see a “vending machine” filled with luxury vehicles, you can now visit Singapore and do just that.
Singapore now has a 15-story building that is filled with luxury vehicles including Ferraris, Bentleys, and Porsches that is a direct reflection of a vending machine.
The cars belong to Autobahn, a used car seller that recently opened in Singapore. The company explained that they built the tower upward instead of outward in order to save space. General Manager of Autobahn Motors, Gary Hong, said “We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovate.”
The tower is now being identified as the world’s largest luxury vehicle vending machine and has about 60 different slots within it.
If a customer is interested in purchasing one of the cars, they can use a touchscreen at the ground level that allows them to look through the cars. When they find a car that they are interested in, they can select the car and it will appear before them in under two minutes.
Although the concept of a luxury vehicle vending machine might sound fairly absurd, there are already others in Japan and the United States. In fact, San Antonio, Texas currently has one of its own.
Interested in seeing what a luxury vehicle bending machine looks like? Check out the video here.
If you live in an area where allergies are severe and pollen is frequently circulating throughout the air, your car is probably coated in a yellow dust when you go to get into it.
This yellow-green dust typically comes from conifers, trees that bloom in the spring and release pollen into the air.
Pollen can result in harsh allergies and a damaged car if left alone.
Pollen can damage material services, for example, car paint. Many people wait for rain to wash pollen off of their car, but it’s best to get pollen off as quickly as possible once spotted. Pollen, if left sitting on the car, can actually result in scratches on the paint.
Getting pollen off of your car is relatively simple, and really just requires you to give yourself a good wash. You need the basics to remove pollen from your car: car wash cleaner, water, sponges, rags, microfiber towels, and so forth. When washing, make sure you are going over every surface from the roof to the tire.
If you don’t have time to give your car a full wash, simply rinsing it off will help. Make sure that in spring months, you are leaving car windows shut which will help keep pollen from getting inside of your car and do your best to not let your air conditioner pull air from outside which could pull pollen-filled air in.
For many people, purchasing a brand new car is out of the question. Cars are an expensive investment, and while most Americans drive them, many Americans can’t afford to purchase one brand new.
A new car typically sells for about $31,000, where a decent used model goes for $19,000. However, sometimes people are hesitant to purchase a used car. People want to be sure that they are getting a good price, a good model, and a good deal.
Many automakers now offer certified pre-owned (CPO) cars which can help a person purchase a reliable used car from a dealer at a good price.
These cars typically have minimal miles and have been inspected and approved for sale.
These cars often come with an extended warranty, free satellite radio, and more benefits that are often appealing to consumers. According to Brian Moody, executive editor with Autotrader, “Shopping CPO is ideal for price-conscious car shoppers that do not want to sacrifice quality over a good deal.”
There are several CPO programs currently being offered by automakers that are worth looking into:
BMW: BMW is offering extensive warranty coverages and some models are being offered with only 0.9 percent financing.
Ford: Ford is offering longtime warranty coverage and a low financing interest rate of 2.9 percent.
Land Rover: Land Rover is offering warranty coverage and minimal financing for up to 60 months.
Nissan: This program comes with added powertrain coverage, decent finance pricing, and cash back on certain vehicles.
Click here for the full list of the best CPO programs to consider this spring.
Cars have changed frequently throughout the past century. From enhanced safety features to high end technology, cars are constantly being improved.
However, one of the biggest revolutions of cars is going unseen: the inside of the car itself.
For most people, having a car is not just a preference, it is a priority. Cars play a major role in the lives of most people. When car shopping, many people are attracted to the exterior itself.
We want a car that is visually appealing so we can hit the city with our windows down and show off. However, the practicality of the car’s interior is just as important as the overall appearance
With cars learning how to drive themselves, communicate with one another, be powered through electricity, and so forth, the interior of cars are changing just as much as the exterior with little recognition.
The interior of cars are also changing because Americans are spending more time inside of them. The average American commute has increased by over 20% since 1980, and many Americans spend hours in their car on a daily basis. As a result, many people desire a car interior that is accommodating to their needs.
Cars of the past were essentially just seats, with a body to protect you against weather conditions. Car interiors now have extensive sound technology, heated seats, storage space, Bluetooth capabilities, reclining seats, and much more.
People are looking for cars that are safe and reliable, but they are also looking for a car that fits them comfortably. As a result, the interior of cars is constantly being improved upon along with the rest of it.
If you own both a car and a smartphone, you might want to look into the vast amount of mobile apps that you could benefit from.
There are several mobile apps that are intended to improve our driving experience and PermaPlate has touched on a few top favorites.
This application is free, (that’s always a benefit) and is available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. The application searches for local gas prices and compares them to show you the closest, and most affordable, gas station near you. It’s easy to use and even shows you the prices of different grades. It can also offer you directions to the gas station in case you’re in an unfamiliar area.
This application is just $1.00, and although it’s not totally necessary it is pretty cool. This app serves as a “dash cam” which streams and records a video as you’re driving, on a windshield mount of course. This can help protect you against bad drivers or an unjustified ticket. Dash cams are typically pretty expensive so this is a really affordable alternative if you’re interested in getting one.
Waze is another free application that keeps you informed on accidents and traffic jams in your surrounding area. It also has automatic rerouting, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and can even send your ETA to someone when needed. In fact, Google was so confident in Waze’s success that Google purchased it for over a billion dollars.
We all know someone that could benefit from Honk. For the person that forgets where they parked or how much they put in the meter, Honk is a huge benefit. Honk allows you to pin where you parked, take photos of the parking spot, and make verbal notes identifying where the car is.
A “hearing car” is a strange concept, but a concept that is under serious consideration and is currently being developed.
Many manufactures feel that cars would benefit from hearing technology and some startups are working to develop the appropriate software.
One startup in particular, OtoSense is currently working with a wide variety of automakers to develop the technology that it would take to develop cars that can “hear” and detect issues and make the driver aware of them.
The technology would be able to detect engine changes, brake changes, and so forth. Currently, a French automaker is testing this software using thousands of different sounds.
The most recent project that OtoSense developed, known as AudioHound, was able to identify alarming noises coming from the engine, wheels, and other areas of concern. In fact, it correctly identified an issue 95% of the time, proving to be reliable.
Guillaume Castusseau, who works on vehicle noises for the French automaker mentioned above, is working on creating a “bionic ear” which could help bring drivers attention to potential car problems. Many people are concerned if they hear unexplained noises while driving, such as rattling, and a hearing car would be able to easily identify the issue to them.
CEO of OtoSense, Sebastian Christian, believes that “hearing cars” could also sense potential problems that electric seniors would likely miss. It is also rumored that this technology might also be able to assist cars in understanding their surroundings, such as oncoming sirens or weather conditions.
The startup has discussed turning windshields into microphones, but it isn’t totally clear where the cars “ears” would be placed.
Regardless, microphones would be an inexpensive addition to cars that could contribute to safer driving conditions.
If you haven’t purchased a car in a decade or two and you’re heading to the dealership, prepare yourself for a few changes.
Cars have one main purpose: to get us where we need to be. However, they also are meant to get us there safely. With every passing year, car manufacturers and dealerships work to improve safety features as they become the main demand of consumers.
In fact, if you haven’t shopped for a car in a while, the amount of safety features and technological progress of cars can be overwhelming.
Many affordable cars are now equipped with advanced safety technology, making safety an option for people regardless of their price range.
For example, many standards Toyotas now come with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking systems, lane departure alerts, and more.
Gary Gilchrist, president of Chevrolet, explained “If they (buyers) can get more safety bang for the buck, they’ll jump at it.” Safety features are important, and they are something that all buyers are searching for. If consumers, that are budget conscious, can get safety for a good price, they’ll likely take advantage of it and purchase a car.
If money doesn’t play much of a factor, buyers are often requesting specific safety technologies that they are seeking out.
Regardless, there are some people looking to purchase a new car that are totally unfamiliar with technology advancements and those people can be hesitant to purchase cars with technology. Some consumers don’t understand it and they need to be educated before they’ll consider purchasing.
Whether you are purchasing a new car or a used car, car shopping can get expensive. However, there are several new and used cars that are priced under $30,000 that are both affordable and reliable.
Recently, Boston.com revealed several cars that currently fall under the $30,000 price range and why they are worthy of consumer attention.
2017 Toyota Sienna
If you are shopping for a family vehicle, the Toyota Siena should definitely be in the running. This is aesthetically pleasing minivan has a strong engine, generating a capable 296-horsepower. It has cloth seats, making it comfortable and cozy for long trips and comes equipped with Bluetooth capabilities to ensure safe driving habits. Is safety a concern? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sienna five stars on overall rating and the car comes with a rearview camera.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
If you’re looking for luxury, this 2015 Mercedes-Benz is now an affordable option for you. The model starts with 201-horsepower and can reach up to 503-horsepower when upgraded. Depending on what package the car comes with, it might come with a rearview camera, voice control, and a navigation screens. It also received top scores in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2015 Volvo S80
If you are looking to purchase a car that is attractive, strong, and ranks high in safety, the 2015 Volvo S80 will likely appeal to you. The car, with 240-horsepower, is also a five-passenger sedan. The car also comes in four-cylinder or six-cylinder options. It has standard elegant leather seating, Bluetooth capabilities, and has a 7-inch color display. Safety features are depending in the model you receive, but it has ranked well in crash tests.
2017 Nissan Murano
If you are looking for an SUV that you can afford, the 2017 Nissan Murano is for you. While a rearview camera is standard, some models also come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts. It can definitely be considered a luxury vehicle and each trim is powered through a 260-horsepower engine. Scoring high on safety features, it’s a great family vehicle that is stylish and trendy.
Apple has had a wild ride so far as a participant in the self-driving car market, but within the last week, it seems as though that road will likely lead to victory.
Apple, a cornerstone of current technology has recommitted to creating and perfecting an autonomous vehicle after several difficult months.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing Apple to conduct self-driving tests in “real life” on California roadways. The test drives will be conducted using a fleet of three Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV’s, according to a recent New York Times article.
The permit that Apple obtained will also allow six people to take control of the cars if necessary during the test phase, which is now a mandated California law. Apple is just one of 29 companies that have received permission to tests cars specifically in the state of California.
Apple has been struggling for about a year to produce successful self-driving car concepts. In fact, it seemed as though the technology giant was slowly giving up on the idea.
However, after Apple’s director of product integrity, Steve Kenner, released a letter that indicated Apple’s overall commitment to the concept, things started looking up.
Apple could be considered “late to the game” with many competitors pretty far along on their own developments. However, Apple’s participation means that they have committed to playing a role in the anticipated future of self-driving cars.
Apple is likely joining the market in order to produce something bigger than mobile phones and computers. However, they have been fairly quiet about their ultimate goals.
With self-driving cars often the focus of the car industry’s future, Ford shook things up when they announced plans to start 3D printing car parts.
Ford is hoping to produce large, 3D car parts using a 3D printer called the “Stratasys Infinite Build 3D.” Ford believes that printing car parts could help simplify the manufacturing process, making it faster and more affordable.
3D printers are able to print parts in any length, shape, or size, which could be the solution to replacing parts in older models that are no longer made or parts in new cars as needed.
Ford is the first United States car automotive company to experiment with 3D printing technology.
3D printing has already become a vital part of several industries including fashion, art, toys, and so forth.
Currently, producing new car models takes an exceptional amount of time. The model has to be created on a computer and then often takes months to physically create. However, 3D printers are able to print and produce items in a matter of several days which could save manufacturers a lot of time.
Although there are plenty of positives to 3D printing car parts, there are potential negatives that would need to be addressed. It’s unclear how safe a car would be if all of the parts inside of it were fairly light weight. There are also concerns that 3D printers could not produce enough products, failing to meet potential demands.
At this time, it is hard to tell if 3D printing could positively or negatively impact the car industry but Ford is willing to take the risk.
Tesla is a luxury electric-car company that has struggled for many years to sell cars against major competitors, making minimal profits and struggling to secure profits.
However, on Saturday, April 8, Tesla surpassed General Motors (GM), and earned the title of the “most valuable American car company” based on the stock-market.
Recently, shareholders of Tesla stated that the value of the company had reached $51.5 billion, beating out GM who was valued at $50.2 billion. Ford didn’t even stand up to the two other companies with their company value last week only hitting an estimated $44.6 billion. However, when compared to GM, Tesla still has a minimal number of cars that are actually on the road.
Tesla, based out of Silicon Valley, CA, is run by chief executive, Elon Musk. The company managed to produce 84,000 cars in 2016 with prices starting at about $68,000. Musk also assured the public that the company will produce 500,000 in 2018, hoping to increase productivity on a yearly basis.
The American economy is currently split which has worked to the advantage of Tesla, resulting in them being able to access drivers who can afford to purchase electric luxury vehicles. However, Tesla has also experienced various production issues, which has prevented them from reaching their ideal numbers.
Due to the current increase in Tesla’s stock-market numbers, Musk has become one of the richest people in the United States in recent months, giving him more influence in the industry. However, Tesla’s successes happened quickly and without warning, and some skeptics say it’s a matter of time before they fall from the top.
Regardless, Tesla is performing well on Wall Street and only time will tell if they will remain at the top.
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently focused in the future of self-driving cars in a recent study, revealing some possible realities that we might one day experience.
The study showed that as of 2030, about a quarter of driving miles in the United States could be driven by self-driving electric cars alone.
Although that number might seem high, it’s expected that many urban drivers could be using self-driving cars in order to save money.
BCG found that many people are becoming interested in autonomous technologies, which indicates that people might be willing to commit to them in the future. Many car manufacturers have committed to producing self-driving vehicles and it has become a major focus of the industry, proving that they likely have a strong future among the public.
Some self-driving cars will also produce “shared service fleets” in cities, where cars will be able to pick up people and drive them around as needed. This method, for those that choose to use it, could really help drivers save money because it would provide a cheaper alternative to owning and maintaining a personal vehicle.
However, a drop in the car sales market as a result of this is highly unlikely. The BCG does expect that the overall demand for personal cars will remain high. However, it’s hard to tell who will be car shopping and how new cars might be used as of 2030.
A major hope for shared service fleets is that they will help to reduce traffic congestion in major cities. However, the firm did reveal that if there could potentially be limits on how many self-driving cars could operate at one time in the same area as a result.
Unfortunately, many teenagers end up being statistics in tragic accidents, and many of those accidents are a result of minimal driving knowledge or unreliable vehicles.
If you have a teenager at home and you’re starting to think about purchasing a car for them, there are several things that you should be keeping in mind while searching.
Consider Purchasing a Used Car
Insurances rates can be extremely high for teenagers but many used cars will reduce that cost. If you are interested in purchasing a used car, consider purchasing from a dealership where the car will be dealer-certified and will come with a limited warranty. It might be tempting to browse online and purchase a cheaper car for a couple thousand but you can bet that those cars likely have pre-existing issues.
Consider Committing to Safety Features
If you do purchase a new car for your teen, you’ll be able to take advantage of more add-on safety features. Safety features such as a rear-view camera, adaptive headlights, and blind-spot monitoring can be a huge benefit to a teenage driver. Although these features might cost a bit more money to add on initially, ensuring the safety of your teenager for years to come is priceless.
Consider a Simple Sedan
Although your teen is probably hoping for a giant SUV or an impressive sports car, it’s probably not in your budget and it’s certainly not in your or their best interest. A simple sedan can provide plenty of space, typically has decent gas mileage, and is fairly safe when compared to smaller cars. A midsize car is your best option based on price and overall safety.
Looking for more suggestions on what car to purchase for your teen driver? Consumer Reports just released the list of “Best New Cars for Teens.”