Highlight of the 2018 Auto Trader New Car Awards

Highlight of the 2018 Auto Trader New Car AwardsEvery year, Auto Trader puts out the Auto Trader New Car Awards, and they’re a lot different from other car awards that are handed out by other organizations.

One thing that sets these awards apart is that the awards are based on the votes cast by 43,000 real car owners. Another thing that sets them apart is that the award categories are very unique with awards given out for everything from “Most Fun Car to Drive” (the Mazda MX-5 won this year) to “Best Car for Dog Owners” (the Honda Civic).

Below, Permaplate has highlighted some of the most popular awards won at the Auto Trader New Car Awards in 2018.

The Award for “Most Reliable Brand” Goes to…Lexus

Lexus could also win the “Most Reliable Brand” award for years to come. The Japanese manufacturer creates luxury rides that are reliable year in and year out. But Auto Trader gave the brand the award this year, in particular, because of the emphasis it’s put on creating alternative-fuel vehicles. Just about every Lexus on the market today is available as a hybrid, which is what makes the company notoriously reliable.

The Award for “Best Car for New Drivers” Goes to…Kia Rio

The Kia Rio was actually the winner of not one but two Auto Trader awards this year, making it the only car to earn that achievement. It won the “Best Value New Car” as well as the “Best Car for New Drivers.” It won the second award because Auto Trader believes it’s “a very decent car that does its job extremely well.” It’s hard to imagine all the accolades heaped on the Rio not making it a more popular car among both new drivers and those looking for value out of a vehicle.

The Award for “Best Car for Long Distances” Goes to…Hyundai Tucson

Have a road trip coming up this summer? Auto Trader recommends getting behind the wheel of the latest Hyundai Tucson. They describe it as a “stylish and practical family car” and suggest that it’d probably be your best option for the long drives you have coming up. They also recommend the Nissan Qashqai and the Skoda Karoq as other worthy options.

A Look at the Future through the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

A Look at the Future through the Porsche Cayenne E-HybridOne of the most prominent trends in the automotive industry right now is the preparation for a renewable energy future.

Driven by new emissions standards and a changing market, car manufacturers across the world are rethinking the way cars are built.

Porsche is currently one brand at the forefront of that movement and the release of the Cayenne E-Hybrid is a perfect example. Although many people have been skeptical on Porsche creating hybrid vehicles, they’ve dived in head first and managed to silence many of the nay-sayers.

At $81,000, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has managed to strike a balance between energy efficiency (with its plug-in adaptability) and the level of performance Porsche’s reputation has long been built on. The Cayenne has always been a beautiful build and brought a sense of refinement to the Porsche name when it first premiered in 2002. However, come 2019, Porsche is proving that hybrids can go beyond the likes of Toyota and Nissan; they now have a home in the luxury vehicle market.

According to first reviews, the Cayenne E-Hybrid is certainly a car to contend with. It’s said to be versatile with an agile chassis, reaching intense speeds, and also includes an interior and infotainment system that is first in its class. It also opens the door to some zero-emissions driving; one of the first models of this caliber to achieve that. Needless to say, Porsche loyalists are excited to see the Cayenne E-Hybrid out on the roads in the coming year.

Backup Cameras Likely to Become Standard

Backup Cameras Likely to Become StandardThere are many benefits that come along with driving a vehicle that has a backup camera installed, including the elimination of blind zones and the ability to make parallel parking a much easier task. Once you get used to relying on your backup camera, it’s difficult to imagine owning a car without one.

Fortunately, everyone who buys a new vehicle in the near future will get the chance to enjoy the advantages of backup cameras.

A new federal rule is making it mandatory for auto manufacturers to include backup cameras in most new vehicles. The rule, which just went into effect at the beginning of May, calls for every single car, truck, and bus that is under 10,000 pounds and is either manufactured in the U.S. or made to be sold in the U.S. to come standard with a backup camera. Further, the backup camera systems must allow people to see a 10-foot by 20-foot picture of what’s going on behind the vehicle when in reverse. Ford, Nissan, and Toyota are just a few of the auto makers who are already rolling out new vehicles with standard backup camera systems.

According to federal data, there are more than 200 people who die and about 15,000 people who are injured annually in backup accidents. The goal of the new backup camera rule is to prevent these types of deaths and injuries from happening in the future.

Some people are arguing that auto manufacturers should be doing more to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. For the time being, however, this appears to be a step in the right direction. If all goes according to plan, it will help drivers enjoy the conveniences of backup camera assistance while keeping those around them safer.

Best Cars to Take When Hitting the Open Road

Best Cars to Take When Hitting the Open RoadPlanning to gas up and take a road trip this summer? Whether you’re going to be driving across the state or across the country, you surely have a long journey ahead of you. It would be wise to ensure your trip is spent in the comfort of the right vehicle.

Here are just a few vehicles that have been dubbed ideal choices for road trips:

Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S

When you think about families taking road trips years ago, station wagons are probably one of the first vehicles that come to mind. We would be shocked if you’ve ever seen a station wagon quite like this though. The AMG E63 S from Mercedes-Benz is capable of going from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds, perfect for zipping through congested highways on a holiday weekend. It’s also got plenty of interior space, which is a must-have feature for those traveling with the family.

Chrysler Pacifica

Planning on taking the kids along on your road trip this summer? The Chrysler Pacifica is an ideal car to consider. It features an entire rear entertainment system with dual touchscreens and HDMI hookups that will keep your kids occupied throughout the course of your trip. It also includes a unique Stow’n Go seating system that will give kids plenty of room to kick back and take a nap when the time comes. You might even avoid the famous “are we there yet?!”

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Now this is a great option for those traveling without family. Most people tend to fill their vehicle to the brim with “necessities” when taking a road trip, but isn’t hitting the open road and “leaving it all behind” supposed to be the best part? The MX-Miata from Mazda won’t give you much storage space but it makes up for that with a powerful 155-horsepower engine. Drop the top and let your hair blow in the breeze as you hit the open road in style!

2019 Vehicle Updates Worth Waiting For

2019 Vehicle Updates Worth Waiting ForWhile 2018 may have barely just begun, the automotive industry is already reeling over what’s to come in 2019. If you are one of the many who are currently thinking about buying a new vehicle, there are a few reasons why you may consider holding out until January comes back around again.

There is a large number of auto manufacturing companies that are already promising big updates for upcoming 2019 models.

Below, we’ve highlighted a few of the vehicles that may be worth the wait.

Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is already one of the most affordable vehicles on the road, but it looks like Kia plans to give drivers even more bang for their buck with the 2019 model. The upgrade will have a longer build than the previous model, offering more cargo space and more room for you and your passengers to stretch out. Great price and more room? Yes, please. Additionally, the Kia Forte will include some great new features, such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Nissan Altima

Altimas have long been known as one of the sleekest cars on the market. However, Nissan has found a way to make them even sleeker by revamping the exterior of the Nissan Altima. They’ve also found a way to pack a whole lot more value inside of the car. When you purchase a 2019 Nissan Altima, you will get a wide range of standard features, including automatic emergency braking, distracted-driver detection, and more. Did we mention the new 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower? That will come standard as well.

Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta has been a staple for the company for many years now but it looks like they have, yet again, found a way to improve the upcoming model. Volkswagen has overhauled the look of the Jetta and has made it a lot more spacious inside with a sleek and distinct exterior. It will also be the first Volkswagen in the U.S. to offer BeatsAudio to make your favorite playlist sound even better.

These aren’t the only vehicles getting updates. The Chevrolet Silverado and Acura RDX will also be getting redesigned looks. Additionally, there will be several brand new car models like the Subaru Ascent and the Jaguar I-Pace that will be hitting the market just in time for 2019. Which one are you looking forward to the most?

Audi Plans to Make Video Game Car Concept a Reality

Audi Plans to Make Video Game Car Concept a RealityMore than two decades ago, Sony Computer Entertainment released the very first Gran Turismo video game for the original PlayStation. Since then, there have been six other primary Gran Turismo games released for PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Portable, and almost 80 million Gran Turismo games have been sold worldwide.

Many gamers have fallen in love with the Gran Turismo series, and a big part of that has to do with the concept cars that they’re able to drive in them.

Thanks to Audi, gamers may soon have an opportunity to see a Gran Turismo concept car take a spin off the virtual track.

The Audi E-Tron Vision Gran Turismo was originally created as a car for the latest Gran Turismo Sport game made for PlayStation 4. Over the course of 11 months, however, developers who took part in what is called the Vision Gran Turismo program found a way to turn the Audi concept car into a reality. The vehicle looks and feel just like the one from the video game, and according to Audi, it will be capable of going from 0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds.

Unfortunately, Audi will not be releasing the car in any sort of official capacity, but they are showing the car off in Rome ahead of the Formula E race that’s set to take place in the Italian city. Professional race car drivers Rahel Frey and Dindo Capello will get behind the wheel and show Gran Turismo fans what the concept car can really do. The car will also be making appearances at several other European Formula E electric car races in the near future.

It’s amazing to see what a big impact a game like Gran Turismo has had on the world, and those who have been playing the game for years now will likely be blown away by what the Audi concept car looks like now that it’s a real thing.

Protect Your Vehicles from Spring Pothole Damage

Protect Your Vehicles from Spring Pothole Damage The start of spring brings warmer temperatures and more sunlight to most parts of the U.S., but it also brings one thing that can make driving feel more like a nightmare for most people: potholes.

Potholes tend to surface in the spring when the snow and ice from the previous winter melt away, resulting in impaired roads that could damage your vehicle.

Here are some ways you can protect your vehicle from enduring damage due to potholes.

Always be on the lookout while driving

Potholes, especially ones on the larger side, are usually pretty easy to spot when you’re driving. When you’re traveling down the road, keep your eyes on the street at all times and check for signs of potholes. If you see one, carefully and safely move your car out of its path to avoid having one of your tires fall victim.

Avoid the urge to swerve when you see a pothole

No matter how hard you try to spot potholes, some will sneak up on you. Your natural inclination will be to swerve sharply out of the way as soon as you come upon one, but doing so could make matters worse. You’ll likely swerve just as your car is hitting the pothole, which can cause more damage to your vehicle, or you may jerk the wheel without checking to make sure the other lane is clear. If you don’t have enough time to carefully move out of the path of the pot hole, simply reduce your speed to minimize potential damage when driving over it.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated at all times

Tires that aren’t well-inflated are more likely to go flat due to potholes than those that are inflated properly. You should check the tire pressure of your tires periodically and get into the habit of filling your tires with air in the spring. It could help to prevent a flat tire if you happen to hit a pothole.

Report pot holes you see to your city or state

Most cities and states are well aware of the presence of potholes in the spring. But just in case, you should report any large potholes you encounter so they can be fixed immediately. You should also contact your city or state if you need to have repairs made to your vehicle due to a pothole. They might be required to help you pay for the damage that was done.

Potholes are, unfortunately, something drivers will have to deal with almost every spring but by following these tips, you can steer clear of the consequences that often come along with them.

Highlight of the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

New Car Release By Aston MartinOver the course of the last few years, Aston Martin has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts thanks to the release of several new and improved vehicles.

The latest Aston Martin model to join the fleet is the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante, which is being regarded as one of the most gorgeous convertibles ever created by the brand.

Released a couple of years after the highly acclaimed DB11 Coupe, the DB11 Volante is set to take Aston Martin to the next level by setting new standards in performance and style.

The DB11 Volante is built on Aston Martin’s new bonded aluminum structure that was first utilized with the DB11 Coupe. It also has a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS V8 engine under the hood, and it’s much lighter and easier to handle than previous Aston Martin vehicles. The 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes work well with the 8-speed automatic transmission, and features like electric steering and dynamic torque vectoring allow for you to get the smoothest ride and best handling possible when you’re out on the road.

What makes the DB11 Volante truly special is that Aston Martin seemingly went above and beyond to make sure that it would be more stunning than anything else it has ever produced. From the aluminum exterior to the panels on the seat backs made using either wood or carbon fiber veneer, Aston Martin put a lot of time and thought into getting each and every detail on the DB11 Volante right. They even put effort into making sure DB11 Volante drivers won’t have any issues with the convertible top by subjecting it to 100,000 cycles in the harshest weather conditions inside of special weather chambers. This ensures the DB11 Volante will stand up to almost anything when it comes to putting the top up or down.

At about $216,000, the DB11 Volante obviously isn’t going to be for everyone. But for those who value luxury and are willing to pay for it, this is, hands down, one of the greatest vehicles ever manufactured by Aston Martin. It shows the company is still committed to quality and willing to do whatever it takes to stand out in the crowd.

Reviewing the 2018 Mazda CX-5

New SUV Release NewsDue to the rising popularity of crossover SUVs, Mazda spent a lot of time reworking their CX-5 crossover in 2017. After the recent overhaul in this particular model’s appearance, you may be wondering what changes are left to be made on the 2018 Mazda CX-5. As most auto manufacturers will tell you, however, there is always room for improvement – even when working with an already winning formula.

With the crossover SUV market being more competitive than ever, Mazda took great strides in creating the 2018 CX-5 to be uniquely appealing.

Mazda managed to cram even more exciting features into the crossover to keep people excited about it. And those features are already getting rave reviews from many of those who have been behind the wheel of the new CX-5.

One of the first things you’ll notice when you purchase a new CX-5 is the new cylinder-deactivation system that Mazda incorporated into the four-cylinder gasoline engine. When you’re cruising in your CX-5, the system will cut two of the vehicle’s cylinders out of the equation in order to conserve fuel. Other manufacturers have incorporated similar systems into V-6 and V-8 engines in recent years, but Mazda claims it’s the only company to offer the system in a four-cylinder engine.

Additionally, the Sport model of the CX-5, which is the base CX-5 model, features blind-spot monitoring, as well as rear cross-traffic alerts and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Touring model, a step above the Sport, now offers i-Activsense safety technology standard, and includes everything from lane departure warning and smart brake support to rain-sensing windshield wipers and high beam control. It also has 19-inch alloy wheels and advanced keyless entry. The Grand Touring model is the most luxurious option of all, with all the technological bells and whistles you could ask for and a gorgeous interior.

From the outside looking in, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 may appear very similar to the 2017 model and deliver the same great fuel efficiency and reliability you’ve come to expect from the brand. However, these seemingly small improvements speak volumes of Mazda’s intention to establish itself as a real player in the crossover SUV game.

Dealerships Just Can’t Seem to Keep These Models in Stock

Dealerships Can’t Seem to Keep Certain Models in StockYou pick out a car you like, drive down to the dealership to see it and ask to take it for a test drive. But you’re met with some bad news: the car you want is not in stock. It doesn’t happen often, but on occasion, there are vehicles that are just so popular that dealerships can’t keep them on the lot long enough.

Several car models have sold much quicker than auto manufacturers expected them to, making it difficult for people to get their hands on them.

Audi Q7

A revamped version of the Q7 hit dealer lots in 2015 and failed to generate as much interest as Audi may have wanted. Fewer than 20,000 Q7s were sold that year. The following year, however, the Q7 got some rave reviews from critics, which suddenly made it more popular than ever. Audi sold about 30,000 in 2016 and then almost 40,000 in 2017. That meant most Q7s were on dealership lots for less than 4 weeks, which made them hard to come by. It seems to have started a trend and turned Audi into one of the hottest auto manufacturers of the moment.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Crossover-style SUVs are all the rage right now with just about every major auto manufacturer adding them to their lineup. Mercedes-Benz rolled out its new GLC in 2015 and priced it affordably enough to generate interest in it. It ended up generating a little bit too much interest, though, as Mercedes-Benz sold almost 50,000 GLCs in 2017 and had trouble keeping them in stock for customers. The combination of the price and the luxury features made it too good of a deal for people to pass up—and it looks like that could continue well into 2018.

Honda Clarity

The Clarity is far from Honda’s most popular model. Civics and CRVs are still selling well for the brand and bringing in most of the interest from customers. The Clarity though, which is available in electric, hybrid, and fuel cell, was one of the hottest cars in 2017. It was only available on a select few Honda lots and sold out quickly due to the remarkably low supply of the car. Honda might have yet another hit on its hands with this one.

Lexus LC

Many vehicle buyers these days are turning to either crossover SUVs or small, fuel-friendly vehicles. But there is still a strong market for luxury cars, and this one from Lexus proved that in 2017. The LC made its debut and didn’t stick around long as Lexus sold more than 2,000 of these, which wiped out most dealers’ supplies. Even though the car costs almost $100,000, it didn’t seem to scare many people away from purchasing it.

The 2019 Toyota Supra: Don’t Call it a Comeback

Release of the 2019 Toyota SupraAt one point in time, the Supra was one of the most popular vehicles in Toyota’s entire fleet. This particular model was manufactured from 1978 until 2002, at which point, Toyota decided to pull the plug due to the lack of popularity in sporty coupe cars towards the end of the 1990s. It was the end of an era for Toyota in many ways, but it looks like a comeback may be on the horizon.

Toyota is preparing to bring the Supra back in a big way, which has generated a lot of excitement amongst loyalists.

So what do we know about the Supra? Unfortunately, not much yet. It sounds like Toyota won’t officially unveil the new Supra until 2019. It also sounds as if the vehicle may be a bit on the expensive side. During a recent interview, one Toyota executive said the Supra “will not be a cheap car” and even suggested it might only be available in a limited supply.

Regardless, there are still some reasons for Supra enthusiasts to get behind the push to bring the car back. For starters, it seems as though the new Supra was co-developed with help from BMW, which should bode well for those who enjoy the thrill of a fast car. It will share both a platform and a powertrain with the BMW Z4, and while it doesn’t look like it will come with a manual gearbox, there will be a racing version of the Supra available at some point.

While the average vehicle owner probably may not be able to afford the Supra, Toyota is making a play at attracting those with a need for speed to their brand and it should pay off in a big way for them. Time will tell.

Explore the 2018 BMW X2

New Car Release for 2018 BMW X2The 2018 X2 has finally arrived and taken its place in the BMW premium crossover lineup.

The new 2018 BMW X2 combines the power of the X1 with a fresh new style and improved driving dynamics along with many other features!

Under the Hood

The 2018 X2 features a 2-liter TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can produce 228 horsepower. With the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission, the all-wheel-drive X2 can reach 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.

Innovative Technology

The new vehicle is equipped with innovative technology, thus creating a better driving experience. Inside you’ll see a standard 6.5-inch non-touch display and a voice-control system that responds to commands. There are even options to upgrade to a larger touch screen display with navigation, as well as a head-up display. This vehicle also has the ability to produce a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay if upgraded, which is great for passengers who want to get a bit of work done while carpooling into work, or for listening to music from your device.

Updated Features

The alloy wheels of the X2 at 18 inches make this vehicle stand out among the rest with four styles to choose from and the option to upgrade to a larger configuration. The X2 also features a C-pillar roundel complementary to the B-pillar which pays a nice tribute to the pivotal point in history that solidified BMW’s sporty design.

Bold New Look

Bringing a sleeker concept to the X1 design, the X2 features a lower roof, pinched greenhouse, and inverted kidney grilles with black high-gloss bars. This new design breathes energy into this distinctive icon with a chrome frame and bold new colors to choose from, like Galvanic Gold and Misano Blue Metallic. The X2 is ready for you to make it your own and build the car you want to drive.

The Top World Premieres of the 2018 New York Auto Show

The Top World Premieres of the 2018 New York Auto ShowThe Annual New York Auto Show is the ultimate showcase of the latest automotive trends across the world. This year brought us more than four floors of displays from the world’s leading automakers featuring approximately 1,000 new vehicles and concept cars.

Here are just some of the redesigned vehicles that made their stunning debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show:

Toyota RAV4

Toyota premiered their long-awaited fifth-generation RAV4. Last redesigned in 2013, this new and improved version features the Toyota New Global Architecture modular platform, a four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Toyota’s crossovers have been taking on a more masculine look, but this redesign has given the vehicle a more distinctive appearance.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class coupe and convertible made their debut at the New York Auto Show, both with AMG C43 models. The coupe and drop-top hold two-liter, four-cylinder engines with the ability to produce 255 horsepower, while the AMG version features a three-liter V-6 engine with 385 horsepower. All include a new driver assistance technology.

Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln brought back the Aviator with a complete redesign based on the Ford Explorer large crossover, both expected to arrive in showrooms in 2019. Last sold in 2006, the Aviator is making a comeback with an electrified powertrain option and is just one of two models that Lincoln will produce in the next two years.

GMC Black Edition

Making its first appearance earlier this month, the redesigned Sierra full-size pickup has already shown us new industry technologies. However, GMC featured Black Edition 2019 models of both the Terrain Impact and Acadia large crossovers. These sleek models included aluminum wheels, roof rails and grille. Though labelled the “Black Edition,” these vehicles will be available in a variety of colors.

Think You’re Getting a Better Deal with a Used Car? Maybe Not

Information on Buying a New CarMost people know that new vehicles depreciate in value the moment they leave the car dealership. New vehicles lose about 10 percent of their value initially and depreciate by almost 30 percent on average in their first year. It’s why many car buyers have traditionally opted against buying new cars.

If they can buy a slightly used vehicle for just a fraction of the price of a new one, why not go that route and save a few bucks?

It’s not a bad approach to take, especially if you don’t mind driving a vehicle that has been used for a year or two. However, it sounds like that approach might not always work in 2018. Research website, iSeeCars.com, recently conducted a study that found several pickup trucks and SUVs that aren’t depreciating in value as much as they used to.

For example, a 2018 Jeep Wrangler costs just $3,199—or roughly 9 percent—more than a 2017 Jeep Wrangler. As a result, those who buy a used 2017 Jeep Wrangler as opposed to a 2018 Jeep Wrangler in an effort to save money aren’t getting that good of a deal. Not to mention they’re missing out on the new technology and safety features available in the 2018 model in the process. Of course, this isn’t necessarily the case for all vehicles.

Vehicles like the Toyota 4Runner, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Colorado all showed signs of minimal depreciation between their 2017 and 2018 models.

Since there isn’t much of a price difference between the two, it would make sense for people to consider buying these vehicles new rather than used. At the same time, however, there are still many vehicles, including several luxury cars that are depreciating in value as rapidly as ever. For instance, the Cadillac XTS lost more than 38 percent of its value between 2018 and 2017, which would be reason enough to go with a used XTS over a new one if you were in the market.

At the end of the day, buying a used vehicle is usually the better bargain compared to purchasing new. But before you decide to go with a used vehicle over a new one, do your own research to see how much money you’ll actually be saving. You may be surprised to find that buying a new vehicle could be more beneficial than buying a used one—and it might change your outlook on depreciation as a whole when it comes to buying a vehicle.

Defensive Driving Tips to Stay Safe on the Road

Defensive Driving Tips to Stay Safe on the RoadOut on the road, you’re constantly surrounded by drivers who refuse to use their turn signals, are too busy fiddling with the radio to focus on the road ahead, or are racing well above the speed limit to make it to work on time. These factors and more can cause traffic to become even more hectic than it already is.

Fortunately, there are a number of defensive driving tactics that can be used to get you to your destination safe and sound.

Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road

Car accidents often take place when vehicles are too close to one another on the road. When one car is on the tail of another and the first car stops suddenly, the one behind may not have enough time to stop. Another instance is when two cars are driving side-by-side on a highway and one suddenly changes lanes, consequently sideswiping the other. These types of accidents can easily be avoided by keeping a significant distance between you and the driver in front of you, giving yourself enough time to react if a dangerous situation presents itself.

Never assume you know what another driver is going to do

Far too often, drivers will make assumptions about another driver’s actions. If they wouldn’t speed up on a ramp and merge onto a busy highway without checking to see if any cars are coming, then they assume no one else would either. So many avoidable accidents occur due to false assumptions. If you’re going to assume anything about another driver, it should be the worst. It’s better to be a little overly cautious than to put all of your trust in another driver’s actions.

Resist the urge to drive too fast

Increasing your speed can cut down the time to your destination, but it will also shorten your time to react and make a complete stop when the car in front of you suddenly stops or another driver abruptly cuts into your lane. While we aren’t suggesting you drive at 35 mi/hr. in a 45 mi/hr. zone, we do suggest that you make every effort to mind the speed limit on all roads.

Eliminate all distractions from your vehicle while driving

As recently as a decade or two ago, there weren’t as many distractions inside vehicles as there are today. These days, drivers can become distracted by everything from their cell phones to their navigational systems. While these items can come in handy during your drive, you should ensure they don’t distract you—at all—when you’re on the road. It only takes a few seconds to lose focus and cause an accident, so it’s important that your eyes are on the road at all times.

Cars are Only Getting Bigger and Better

After the 2018 North American International Auto Show, it’s become apparent that cars are growing in size in order to stay afloat in a competitive market. But why is it that “bigger is better?”U.S Truck, SUV and Crossover Sales Rise

The U.S. is trying to figure that out after seeing less interest in smaller cars this past February. Major automakers like GM saw these particular sales fall by 7 percent, while Ford saw a decline of 6.8 percent. This decrease in small vehicle sales seems to be the result of a shift in consumer preferences.

It’s all about what the consumer wants, and currently, that is a bigger vehicle.

With consumer preferences in favor of a bigger vehicle, crossovers, SUVs, and pickups are having no trouble expanding their sales. Also, lower gasoline prices are beginning to give consumers the confidence to spend the extra money on bigger vehicles once again. But what does this mean for compact cars, mid-size sedans and full-size cars?

“Compact” cars are pushing the limits on what it means to be compact.

In order to compete with the roomier interiors and cargo space of bigger cars, automakers are starting to rethink the design of some of their vehicles. How can they keep their models compact, but also meet consumer needs?

In the past, making cars bigger meant compromising the usability of the vehicles themselves. Engineers are now using a different approach. By using lightweight materials and improved engines, engineers are able to create more space without increasing the actual size of the car. This not only provides the roomy interior that drivers want, but also boosts gas mileage and cargo space.

Legendary Toyota Supra Returns in 2018

The new Toyota Supra made its grand return at the Geneva motor show on March 6th after being discontinued 16 years ago. Many people recognize this celebrated sports car from its first and most famous appearance in the original Fast and Furious movie back in 2009.

The Toyota model that appeared in Geneva is a modern racing concept and holds promise of bringing back the iconic sports car.

Though some motor show concepts don’t make it to fruition, Toyota confirms that there will be a car heading to dealerships in the future that will deliver the high performance of a sports car fit for the track or the road.

The concept car that debuted at the show was a compact two-door sports car, comprised of strong, lightweight materials, a front engine and a rear-wheel-drive make-up. Toyota didn’t reveal many specifications about this revived concept, but we do know that the dimensions of the car will be around 15 feet long, 6.72 feet wide, and 4.04 feet high. The Supra will also be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission producing 335 horsepower and a 0-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds.

The Supra concept was developed in partnership with the new BMW Z4.

The technology in both cars is expected to be similar with the exception of the engine. The Z4 will be available in hardtop and soft-top, whereas the Toyota Supra is expected to be available as a hardtop only.

The Supra legend is expected to launch as a 2019 model, so we can look forward to its production debut later this year!

Vehicle Features Parents Should Look For

When you’re young, you tend to tell yourself that you’ll never be that person who has kids and drives a minivan or conventional family vehicle. It’s not until you actually become a parent that you realize there are just some things you can no longer compromise on. So when the time comes to trade in your sporty two-door for a more kid-friendly vehicle, here are just a few things you should consider.

Vehicle safety features should be first priority for parents

Car manufacturers know how important safety features are to parents who Car Buying Tips for Parentsare in search of a new vehicle. That’s why it seems they are all competing with one another to come out with better options each year. Do your research and read up on all of the latest crash test ratings for each vehicle you’re considering. Additionally, vehicles with features like child lock options, a backup camera and a rear A/C vent to avoid overheating should inevitably make it to the short list.

Ease of loading

Any parent will tell you that it’s no easy feat to load a heavy car seat, diaper bag and all the essentials in a vehicle at once. Give yourself at least a small advantage by choosing a vehicle that’s large enough to not cause you back pain when hunching over trying to snap in the car seat, yet small enough that you don’t feel like you’re stretching beyond your limit to get your child securely situated. Parents may also want to consider upgrading their vehicle purchase to include keyless entry. It can be a serious lifesaver when juggling all of those things and you know your keys are at the very bottom of your purse.

Storage is key

So many people make the mistake of thinking their vehicle offers plenty of storage until they have a child. Between the car seat, diaper bag, stroller, toys and more, there’s hardly any room left for anything else. What are you supposed to do with your grocery bags after a weekly visit to the store? Opting for a larger vehicle, such as a van or SUV, may give you the extra space you need to ensure you always have room for everything you and your child need. It’s also worth exploring your options for a vehicle that features a foot-activated liftgate. This will ensure that you never have to put your things down to get them loaded into the trunk, almost giving the illusion that you have a second set of hands. What parent couldn’t benefit from that?

What to Know Before Trading in Your Car

When the time finally comes to upgrade to a new vehicle, you may be so overwhelmed by the bells and whistles in front of you that you completely forget about your current car. IUpgrading to a New Vehiclef you’re like many other car owners, you may also be tempted to try and sell it on your own, but there’s no telling how long that could take. In the end, the time and effort you put in may not be worth it. Trading your car in at the dealership may very well be your best option not only for convenience sake, but to save you a bit of money on the cost of your new vehicle, as well.

Just be sure to keep few things in mind when trading in your car

Trade-in appearance is important

Some believe that a little mud on the exterior and some trash on the interior floor doesn’t matter. After all, the dealer will focus more on the model year and amount of miles put on it, right? Sure, but appearance definitely matters. Going the extra mile to make sure your vehicle is in the best visible condition before having it evaluated can never hurt. If anything, it shows that you’ve taken care of it.

It also doesn’t hurt to fix the dings that may have come from normal wear and tear over the years. The little money you spend to make those minor improvements can make a big difference on how the dealer values your car when all is said and done.

Do some trade-in research

There are many opportunities to appraise your vehicle online before physically taking it in. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most vehicles fall between the categories of rough and average trade-ins. According to Kelley Blue Book, only three percent of clean vehicles fall under an excellent condition price and 54 percent are determined to be in good condition.

Is your trade value being inflated?

It’s important to be aware that a dealership may inflate the value of your trade-in to meet your expectations, then increase the price of the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing. To determine the amount that the dealer is honestly willing to give you, ask them if the number they put on your trade-in would be the same number they would give you if you weren’t buying another vehicle from them. If it’s not, then you need to evaluate whether or not you want to move forward with that dealership.

Would you buy your car?

It’s time to be realistic. If you wouldn’t buy your car, what makes you think that a dealership would? At the end of the day, they’re looking to make a profit just as much as you are. It’s important to come prepared with what you feel the car is worth, but also determine if there is a little wiggle room and a minimum price you’d be willing to except. Be open to negotiation, but remember you have every right to walk away.

Things to Know When You Buy Your First Car

Buying your first vehicle is one of the most exciting experiences, giving you a sense of freedom and maturity that simply cannot be explained. However, owning a vehicle is also a huge responsibility, and given the significant amount of money that was used to make such a purchase, you should take Increasing the Lifespan of Your Carmaintenance very seriously.

Here are a few things you should keep in mind if you want your first vehicle to last for many, many years.

Read the owner’s manual as soon as you buy your first car

Too many drivers purchase a vehicle without even giving their owner’s manual a second look. They simply toss it into the glove compartment for safe keeping and break it out on the rare occasions they need to decode a light on the dashboard. Do yourself a favor, however, and make sure you at least give your manual a brief look-through. Every owner’s manual provides priceless information regarding things like recommended gas and oil to use and when routine maintenance is recommended for that particular make and model.

Avoid driving on E

We’re all guilty of it; we are in too much of a rush to get wherever we’re going that we tell ourselves that we will stop to fill up on gas later – even though we have a quarter tank left. Before you know it, your gas light turns on and you’re coasting on fumes all the way to the nearest gas station. Not only is this really risky, but it can wreak havoc on your engine, as gas acts as a coolant for electric fuel-pump motors, according to Consumer Reports. If there isn’t enough gas, your pump’s motor can overheat, costing you a lot more than a simple tank of gas.

Make sure your car’s tires are inflated correctly

Overinflating your tires can reduce traction prematurely, whereas underinflating can cause serious damage to the wheels themselves. This is again where reading your owner’s manual comes in handy, as it will highlight the ideal psi for your tires. Once you’ve determined this, be sure to check your tire pressure frequently – even the spare tire, which will avoid you being unprepared in an emergency situation.