Date : 2018-05-09
With ever-changing gas prices and the need to be environmentally-conscious, downsizing your vehicle seems like a no-brainer. There are still significant perks to driving an SUV, however, and these days the environmental and economical choices are more abundant than ever. Don’t ditch your dream of owning an SUV just yet. These top rated 2018 SUVs maximize space and efficiency for transporting people, get great gas mileage for being a larger vehicle and are safe and durable to drive in any climate, on any terrain.
Honda has a well-known reputation for building cars that are meant to withstand anything and pass the test of time, and the HR-V is no different. One of the highest ranked subcompact SUVs, the Honda HR-V is great for traveling families or individual jet-setters. Although it is smaller than some SUVs, it has a spacious interior for passengers, and the seats lift up to create extra storage space.
The Toyota Rav-4 comes in ten variations with each model prioritizing different features and functions. Among all the models, though, safety is a top priority. The Toyota Rav-4 has the latest safety features to ensure a smooth experience for both passengers and pedestrians. When the vehicle is nearing a pedestrian or sliding into a different lane, an alert system kicks in. The rear camera and parking monitor make parking a breeze, making this SUV great for city dwellers and trail blazers alike.
Like the name suggests, the Ford Escape is the perfect SUV for hitting the road and coasting along. With tons of storage space and a low cargo floor, packing the car for a trip is easier than ever. For extra ease, the lift handle can be made hands-free. The Ford Escape is also strong and durable enough to tow up to 1,500 pounds. Its four wheel drive system actively adjusts to road conditions, maintaining traction at all times. Pack up and hit the roads in this top SUV.
If you are looking for a sleek SUV to get from point a to b, then the Mazda CX-5 might be the right car. Although it has slightly less storage space than its competition, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the best SUVs in terms of state-of-the-art features and a stylish interior and exterior. Mazda emphasizes the beauty of a car, without skimping on the functionality.
If you want a big SUV for a small price, the Hyundai Kona is one of the most affordable cars of its kind. On average, the Hyundai Kona is priced at $20,000, nearly $10,000 less than the starting price of its competitors. The lower price tag doesn’t mean you are missing out on top features, though. The Hyundai Kona has all the bells and whistles that are expected of cars in 2018 like blind spot and collision warning systems, wireless charging capabilities and Apple CarPlay.
One of the most impressive SUVs in terms of fuel efficiency, the Kia Niro gets a whopping 49 mpg on the highway. No other SUV is as fuel efficient as the Kia Niro. The 2018 model also offers a plug-in hybrid option, making this one of the most environmentally friendly SUVs of this time. In addition to its fuel and energy efficiency, the Kia Niro also stands out amongst competitors for its quick acceleration. You can zip around in this sporty vehicle while being more mindful of your carbon footprint.
Year after year, the Subaru Forester continues to rank as one of the best SUVs and it is no surprise why. The Subaru Forester’s all wheel drive make it perfect for off-road traveling, while its high seating position and high-beam assists guarantee the best visibility. IIHS rated this vehicle a top safety pick for its EyeSight and steering responsive headlights. If you do plan to ride on the trails, it is best to purchase a model that can adjust to different terrain with just the push of a button. The EyeSight
With roads to travel and cargo to transport, SUVs are the ideal vehicle. Find the right SUV that meets all your needs when it comes to safety, fuel efficiency, storage and style.
Date : 2018-10-09
The age of ride sharing is upon us, and it’s been speculated that in a few decades, ride sharing will be more common than actually owning a car. Though this is still up for debate, it brings up a very interesting question: is using a ride sharing service cheaper than buying a car? This method of transportation is becoming more common, and for those who either don’t have a car because they simply cannot afford one or live in a place where it’s easier not having to drive or own due to insane parking fees, and the overall lack of space, it’s a more economically efficient way of travel. Taxis can be absurdly expensive, especially in the city, and public transportation isn’t always reliable. The next best option is Uber, Lyft, or any other ride sharing service. Is exclusively relying on a ride sharing service, however, cheaper than actually buying a car?
Let’s compare the costs of ride sharing to, say, owning a minivan, a compact SUV, a regular SUV, and a commuter car.
● Depreciation rates: A disadvantage that comes with new minivans is the rapid depreciation rates. In fact, within the first year of driving a brand-new minivan, the depreciation rate can be decreased by one-third or more. Therefore, it is most beneficial for you to buy a used minivan that’s only a few years old, as it has already experienced its highest depreciation drop.
● Fuel costs: As of 2018, newer minivan models can range anywhere from 20 to 32 miles per gallon. The average car’s mpg can be calculated to about 22.3 mpg; therefore, a minivan can fall anywhere from an environmental menace to and eco-friendly vehicle. It ultimately depends on how often you drive, the distance you go on a weekly basis, and your gas budget, among other factors.
● Insurance quotes: On average, minivan drivers pay significantly less than other drivers on the road. Sure, your age, marital status, etc. counts towards your insurance rate; however, your choice in vehicle also counts. In this case, a practical and safe car – that is typically used to transport children, is an inexpensive option.
● Maintenance: Minivans offer the most bang for your buck, with owners having to pay an average of around $400-450 a year for maintenance.
● Registration: Because minivans are on the heavier side, you are going to have to pay a little more money. Your average minivan weighs well over 3,000 pounds and, depending on where you live, can be a little pricey.
● Taxes: If you live in a state that has car tax, then you’re going to have to calculate the costs of that. On average, the tax can be calculated by taking the net cost of your car and taking out any reductions placed on the price (i.e., discounts) and multiplying it by the car tax rate in your state. This percentage falls between 2% and 8%. Therefore, if you have a newer minivan, which costs around $27,000, and your state’s tax is at 4%, then you would be paying around $1,080. Used minivans can be found anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000; therefore, your car tax would be lower. In the state of Nevada, car taxes are 8.1%.
● Depreciation rates: A compact SUV’s depreciation rate is listed at about 50%. This rate was taken at the end of five years. A luxury compact SUV’s depreciation rate even less at about 40% at the end of five years.
● Fuel costs: Compact SUVs on average use approximately 25-27 miles per gallon, and this is when you combine both highway and city driving. It’s also important to note that these higher numbers are from newer models as well.
● Insurance quotes: SUVs, unfortunately, are notorious for having higher insurance premiums. This is largely due the fact that SUVs can cause more damage on the road, are more susceptible for thieves to break into, and are more likely to flip over, among other risks. On average, the rate you could be paying for a compact SUV, is about $1,100 per year.
● Maintenance: Let’s say that you have a new SUV. This means maintenance fees in your car’s fifth year will be significantly more than its first. For a new compact SUV, your first year of maintenance shouldn’t cost more than $100. However, at the end of its fifth year, that SUV will have racked up about $6,000 worth of maintenance fees.
● Registration: Compact SUVs don’t weigh as much as their full-size counterparts; therefore, registration shouldn’t be as costly.
● Taxes: Compact SUVs, if new, are in a similar price range to regular SUVs: anywhere from mid-$20,000 to $30,000. Used compact SUVs that are a few years old make for much more budget-friendly vehicles and can be found anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000. Cars that are closer to 10 years can be priced at just under $10,000. Take 8.1% of the cost and you have your number.
● Depreciation rates: A regular-sized SUV can experience a depreciation rate of about 41% over the course of five years.
● Fuel costs: Regular SUV’s are calculated to be around 22-27 mpg, though there are newer models that can get as high as 32 mpg.
● Insurance quotes: Similarly to the compact-size SUV, a regular size SUV can cost on average $1,100 per year. This ultimately depends on the make and model of your car, on top of your history.
● Maintenance: Since regular SUVs are larger and use more horsepower, it’s understood that the wear and tear on your car will be bigger as well. Therefore, for a new regular SUV, you’re looking at a maintenance cost of around $300 by the end of the first year. At its fifth year, you will have invested about $6,000 in maintenance.
● Registration: Seeing as registration fees depends on the weight of the car, you will have to pay more than someone who drives a Sedan. It also helps to check your local DMV to see their rates, as it differs depending on your state.
● Taxes: As before stated, your regular SUV’s car tax will fall anywhere from 2-8% of what you paid; in Nevada, it’s 8.1%. Buying a new SUV can cost between $25,000 to $30,000 while used cars can cost as low as $15,000.
Note: Since this is a fairly new kind of car on the market, not a lot of information has been gathered regarding depreciation rates and insurance.
● Fuel costs: This vehicle is reported to be all-electric; therefore, fuel costs are unnecessary. A fully-charged car can drive up to 150 mph and lasts anywhere from 40-60 miles.
● Registration: Registration is expected to be inexpensive, as the car is quite lightweight, weighing in at around 2,000-2,500 pounds.
● Taxes: These cars retail for approximately $108,000; therefore, in the state of Nevada, your tax could be around $8,000. However, the newer model is reported to cost around $240,000.
So, how does this all compare to ride-sharing? Ultimately, it boils down to what kind of lifestyle you’re living. Take these factors into consideration:
● Where do you live?
● Where do you work?
● How expensive is it to have a car in your town? (Think parking fees, maintaining your car, car taxes, fuel, etc.)
● How often do you drive? How long are your commutes?
● How much does ride sharing cost in your town?
People who live busy lifestyles often prefer ride-sharing options as that saves hundreds of hours of time that could be dedicated to doing work. Owning a car is very much embedded in American culture; however, with large masses of populations flocking towards the city, causing congestion, there are more benefits to using ride sharing services.
● Ride sharing fares depend on: your location and your destination, the type of car you request, and other conditions such as weather that could change the price.
● Ride sharing can be cheaper than owning a car, provided that you are in a situation in which you don’t need to travel (i.e., you work from home or you live within walking distance of where you need to go.)
● Owning a car is a cultural norm in America, and a lot of people feel obligated to have one because that’s what we are accustomed to hearing.
● Owning a car is the better option\r\nif you regularly drive longer distances.
Date : 2019-02-05
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Though the developed a large following, thanks to its proven reliability and excellent gas mileage. The Prius may not be the fastest or best looking car on the road, but it is full of unique, interesting and powerful technology.has historically been the butt of many automotive related jokes, the vehicle has a number of strong, positive qualities that set it apart from the competition. The Prius can be considered a trail blazer of the automotive world, as it was one of the to be mass produced in Japan starting in the late 1990s. It was introduced to the United States in 2002 and quickly gained traction in the mainstream marketplace, selling its . Since then, it has consistently been at the forefront of hybrid technology and continues to innovate nearly 20 years later. Over the course of the vehicle's history, it has
As soon as you hit the Prius\' electric start button, the vehicle's electric motor kicks on. Once you have accelerated up to 25 miles per hour, the Prius switches over to the gas motor, ready to carry you for up to 610 miles, wherever your destination may be. Along the way, the Prius will utilize many of its unique technological features to ensure you arrive safely and efficiently.
To help conserve energy and charge its electric battery, the Prius takes advantage of a process called. As the car slows down, it recaptures the energy created by using your brakes by reversing the electric engine which conserves energy and creates electricity. This electricity can then be stored and used at a later time. It is this process that makes it so the Prius does not have to be plugged in to charge each night.
Another cool feature offered in the Prius is dynamic cruise control that is designed to operate at any speed from 0-110 miles per hour. Using a combination of sensors and a front mounted camera, the Prius is able to detect when it is approaching a slower moving vehicle. It then automatically slows down to an appropriate speed allowing you to make necessary maneuvers without deactivating your cruise control.
A vehicle's transmission is one of the most important pieces of its drivetrain. It selects the proper gear ensuring you have power when you need without overdoing it. Most automatic transmissions on the road today are not the same as automatic transmissions from the past. Today's automatic transmissions are known as continuously variable transmissions or CVT for short. Essentially, a CVT uses a metal belt or chain and two pulleys that can compress or expand using hydraulic pressure. As the vehicle's need for power changes, the pulleys change size, adjusting the gear ratio. The gear ratio will continue to change as you drive, selecting whatever ratio is optimal for the current performance needs.
The Prius uses a variation of the CVT, but rather than using a belt or chain, it uses an electric motor to control the speeds of the gears. More efficient than a traditional CVT, the Prius' eCVT is just another form of technology that sets it apart from many other cars on the road.
Though the Prius has a reputation as somewhat goofy and low performance vehicle, it has plenty of technology under the hood and it is safe, reliable and fuel efficient. Since its inception into the US market 19 years ago, nearly 2 million models have been sold and over 90% of those sold in the last 10 years are still on the road. Don't underestimate the little Prius that could!
Date : 2019-04-05
Date : 2019-05-31