Car Trends for 2017

With the New Year just around the corner, we are looking at what features and trends will be big hits with drivers in 2017.

Crossovers

A crossover is essentially a mix between a car and a SUV. Examples of these vehicles are station wagons or hatchbacks. What makes these vehicles so convenient is that that they offer the drivers the additional space of a SUV but packed into the smaller size of a sedan. We expect to see more drivers taking advantage of this sedan-SUV hybrid.

Self-Driving Cars

It is no surprise that self-driving cars made this list. Many drivers and car manufacturers are interested in using this technology to make driving more convenient. Some vehicles like the Tesla Model S already include self-driving capabilities. As the technology improves more car companies will likely add this feature to their car’s offerings.

Connectivity and Apps

Apps are growing from only living on our computers and mobile devices to being incorporated into our cars. An increasing number or car manufacturers are now offering voice-controlled services, apps and artificially-intelligent systems in their vehicles.

Safety Advances

Just as technology in cars in growing, safety features are also becoming a priority among car companies as new advances in safety features become available. Features like forward collision warning, backup cameras, blind-spot warning systems, lane departure indicators and rear cross traffic alerts are now available in more and more vehicle models.

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Best Vehicle Brands for 2017

As all of the car manufactures are rolling out their new offerings for 2017, drivers may be wondering which brand they should choose when selecting a new cars. U.S. News & World Report is lending drivers a hand in choosing the best brand with the announcement of the winner form their 2017 Best Vehicle Brand awards.

Check out the winners for each vehicle segment:

Best SUV Brand: Honda

This brand was selected due to its family-friendly features and comfortable, roomy interiors. Honda’s vehicle offerings in this category include the Honda CR-V, Honda HR-V, Honda Odyssey and the Honda Pilot. All of these vehicles ranked at the top of their classes in the compact SUV, subcompact SUV, minivan, and midsize SUV segments.

Best Car Brand: Mazda

This is the second year in a row that Mazda has earned the first place prize in the car division. Mazda offers popular cars such as the Mazda3 and the MX-5 Miata. These cars are known for their driving dynamics and lux interiors.

Best Truck Brand: Ford

It doesn’t get much more American than the Ford truck. Ford’s F-150 line of pickups is one of the most popular trucks among drivers. What makes these pickups excellent selections is their fuel-saving engine designs. Payload, tow ratings, easy handling and roomy cabins with all of the popular bells and whistles.

Best Luxury Brand: Porsche

Porsche’s super-luxury Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan have earned this brand the titles of best luxury brand.

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Winter Driving Tips

Although the temperatures may have dropped, drivers are still hitting the roads this holiday season to see friends and family wherever they may be.

Use these tips to stay safe on the roads throughout the winter weather.

Tires

First things first, tires are one of the important aspects of safe winter driving. During the winter, the roads may get slipper from sleet, snow and rain. Make sure that your car’s tires have good traction and can handle a slick surface. Snow chains and traction mats are good to have as well for when the weather gets really bad. Avoid slipping and sliding by applying chains to your tires. In the event that you do get stuck in think snow or mud, traction mats will help you get out in a jiffy.

Headlights

During the winter, the sun sets earlier than it does the rest of the year. Add rain or snow on top of that and seeing while driving gets significantly more difficult. Make sure that you clean your windshield and headlights frequently to maximize visibility.

Navigation

Driving in winter weather can be stressful and not knowing where you are going can only add to an already stressful trip. Use a navigation system in your car or on an app to help you find your way. Some of these systems can even let you know where the traffic is so you can identify to quickest and safest route to choose.

Remember, do regular checkups on your car’s maintenance to ensure that no matter where you are going this holiday season, you will get there safely. If you need to upgrade your ride, check out the selection on Swapalease.com

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Tesla Unveils New Solar Panel Roof

Tesla is already known for being an environmentally friendly car brand but now it is rumored that they might add a new feature that would take them to the next level.

Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, mentioned that the company will likely ass solar charging technology to future models. These solar panels would be made of a highly durable glass and would make their debut on the Model 3 which will hit the market in 2017. Not only will the glass solar shingles generate energy, they will also give the interior of the car a more spacious feel.

Thousands of people have already reserved their Model 3 in advance and are excited about the new feature.

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Most & Least Reliable Cars

When you buy a car, for the most part you expect that the car will last you for some time. Of course every vehicle has its limits but with the proper care a car can last up to eleven years according to the Fiscal Times.

Consumer Reports has taken some of the guess work out of selecting a reliable car. Consumer reports has selected one vehicle to be the most and least reliable vehicles in their class.

2016’s most reliable cars are the …

  • Toyota Prius C
  • Toyota Prius
  • Kia Optima
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Lexus CT 200h
  • Infiniti Q70
  • Lexus RC
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Ford Expedition
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Lexus GX
  • Toyota Tundra

2016’s least reliable cars are the …

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Focus
  • Chrysler 200
  • Dodge Charger
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Ford Mustang
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Ram 2500

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Cars Get Connected

Technology has infiltrated almost every aspect of modern-day life. We have items such as Amazon’s Alexa that will listen to our commands, refrigerators that have internet access and more. So it only makes sense that our cars share that same connectivity.

At the Paris Auto Show this month BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz unveiled cars that will blend seamlessly with our technology driven lifestyle.  These cars will be able to find available parking spots, read road signs and even look at the traffic ahead to determine the best route.

Car makers believe that the data collected from driving will enhance the driver’s experience in the vehicle.

By allowing all of the cars capable of connectivity to form a sort of information grid, they will be able to share information back and forth. So a car that passed an empty parking spot may be able to tell another car that it is available.

Other non-luxury brands are interested in this technology as well. Smartphone apps for brands like Ford and Chevy already allow drivers to remotely locks doors and start their engines.

These features are becoming more and more popular among drivers and this demand will likely drive the amount of cars currently offering this technology up in the future.

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6 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Car

When you have no particular car in mind, having too many variables can make the car shopping experience much more stressful and confusing. However, when you’re too picky, the experience can be just as difficult.

 

To make the car shopping experience as painless as possible, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when buying your first car.

 

  1. Price/Value: Before you start looking at prices, find the value of a car so you know where to begin with a budget. This will keep you from buying a decent but overpriced car or a damaged but inexpensive car.
  2. Accumulated Mileage: This is important because it will give you an indication of the general wear-and-tear of the car and an expectation of how long the car will be serviceable.
  3. Safety: Know the safety features of the car and research how they are rated. Cool and exotic cars make look good, but if they aren’t safe, it’s not something to invest in.
  4. Fuel Economy: A car may be cheaper to buy outright, but sometimes a less efficient gas mileage will mean putting much more money into the gas tank than you would have on the entire car.
  5. Brand Recalls: Before you buy, make yourself aware of any brand recalls with the specific type of car so you aren’t caught off guard if something happens.
  6. Dealer: Who you are buying from is just as important as what you’re buying. Car salesmen have a reputation of being dishonest, so make sure you know you’re buying from someone who is giving you the best deal on your car.

 

Buying or leasing a car is a big decision and should not be done without the proper amount of research. It is critical to spend time reading customer and critic reviews, comparing similar models, and test driving cars at reputable dealerships.

 

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Top 5 Subcompact Cars

More people are starting to make the switch from larger cars to subcompact cars like the Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris. Even in the United States, where bigger is always better, it’s becoming more common to see these small cars on the road.

 

According to US News, these are the top 5 subcompact cars based on critics’ rating, performance, interior, safety, and reliability.

 

  1. Honda Fit
  2. Chevrolet Sonic
  3. Ford Fiesta
  4. Kia Rio
  5. Scion iA

 

Subcompact cars are making a comeback because people are starting to see the economic value behind them. Not only are they a cheaper purchase altogether, but basic car maintenance is also less expensive compared to larger cars. In addition, these cars have excellent fuel economy, so drivers will save money on gas.

 

Another advantage of driving a smaller car is that you can fit in much smaller parking spaces. Crowded parking lots that were once a hassle to find a spot now become much more accessible because subcompact cars require much less space to park.

 

Since subcompact cars are easier to drive, they make the perfect first car for any new driver. They are easy to maneuver when changing lanes and turning corners, which allows for a better driving experience. Even more experienced drivers note the sportier feel on the road gives these cars an extra appeal.

 

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Hybrid Cars: Better for the Environment, Better for Your Wallet

It is commonly thought that it is more expensive to buy a hybrid or environmentally friendly car that to buy a standard car. Usually, hybrid and low-emissions vehicle cost more due to their unique features. But according to a new study, when operating and maintenance costs of the vehicle are considered, hybrid cars might actually be cheaper.

Because vehicles most environmentally friendly and hybrid cars aim to cut back on their emission, they are actually saving the driver more money on purchasing gas.

Additionally, many hybrid cars, SUV’s and trucks allow the driver to receive a federal tax credit. This credit provides the driver a dollar-for-dollar tax reduction just for driving a hybrid vehicle. The thought behind this is that this tax credit will offer an incentive for people to buy more environmentally friendly car. Thus, reducing the emissions put out by all car on the road.

But there is a catch. Credits for hybrid cars without external battery changing capability are no longer offered as of 2010. Because hybrids gained popularity in the past few years, incentives were not as necessary as they once were to convince people to drive them.

If you are curious about buying a hybrid and would like to know if you are eligible for a state incentive click here.

Drivers of hybrid vehicles might also pay less for insurance. Some insurance companies think that people who driver environmentally friendly cars have a lower risk of being in an accident and therefore offer them lower rates.

If you are looking to get yourself into a hybrid or environmentally friendly vehicle today but don’t want to shell out a ton of cash, check out the selection of hybrid lease options on Swapalease.com.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Buy A Ferrari?

For most people buying a car includes doing some research about which type of vehicle you want, going to a dealership or looking online and then purchasing or leasing that car. But if you are in the market for the new limited-edition Ferrari Aperta, you might have to jump through a few more hoops.

While this type of luxury is not something that most drivers can afford for the rich and famous this is a hot ticket item. But Ferrari doesn’t just let anyone with the cash buy these swanky cars. There is a process that often involves becoming a member of the Ferrari “family” that a buyer will have to go through before being eligible for their limited-edition offerings.

Past buyers of limited-edition vehicles have revealed some of the secrets of getting your hands on one of these cars. Often, interested buyers mist cultivate a relationship with a dealer, buying many of the standard Ferrari models over the years. Those “standard” models will cost you about $250,000 dollars by the way.

Additionally, getting to know the company on a more personal level always helps your chances too. One way that buyers can do this is by visiting the Ferrari factory located in Maranello, Italy.

Having an A-list celebrity profile that can influence the masses with your taste in cars doesn’t hurt either.

Add all of these things up and you might just be lucky enough to be able to purchase the limited-edition offerings.

The limited-edition Le Ferrari Aperta will be debuted at the Paris Auto Show this month. It is said that there will be only 150 of these vehicles produced thus increasing the demand for the car.

If you want a luxury vehicle but don’t meet the criteria to buy yourself a Ferrari, check out the great luxury lease offerings at Swapalease.com

Headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio, Swapalease.com is an online marketplace that allows drivers to list their current lease and helps match them with buyers looking to take over the remainder of that lease. Both parties get what they’re looking for all with the convenience of online shopping.

 

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