• 7 electric cars you can buy in 2020

    The number of electric vehicles (EVs) is witnessing a slow and steady increase. The primary factor driving this growth is the availability of adequate charging stations. There are more than a dozen models available, but here is a list of the best and affordable EVs:

    Kia Niro EV

    This model replaces Kia’s hybrid powertrain with strong electric motors that provide excellent performance. The Niro EV provides intelligent internal storage and user-friendly infotainment, making it an excellent option. You do not have to spend a long time charging with the standard SAE charging. Priced at $39,545, the Niro EV range is about 239 miles.

    Hyundai KONA Electric

    Since its launch, the KONA Electric has gained immense popularity. The high range (258 miles) gives competition to some of the best electric cars in the luxury segment. The SAE combination charger is provided on all trims allowing the DC voltage to directly pass onto the car’s battery. The KONA EV comes with pleasant interiors, adjustable regenerative braking, and rapid acceleration, making it an excellent option at a price of $38,085.

    Chevrolet Bolt EV

    This model is surprising in multiple ways. Before the launch of the Niro and KONA, Bolt was the only EV that offered a range of about 250 miles. The cargo space is very useful with firm front seats and a unique infotainment system. Priced at $37,890, the Bolt delivers exceptional performance at this price.

    Nissan Leaf

    The newly redesigned Leaf is much better than the previous generation model. The new Leaf is more comfortable and quieter and offers plenty of range to commute between any distances. The range is between 149 and 226 miles. The steering wheel is not provided with a telescope that may be slightly uncomfortable if you are tall; however, the Leaf comes with several strengths. The new model is priced at $32,525 with the Leaf Plus offering a longer range at a slightly higher price.

    BMW i3

    Although it may look a little weird and may be considered a little expensive at $44,450, the BMW i3 comes with some excellent features. The carbon-fitted chassis enhances the stiffness while decreasing the weight. The model is a city EV with a lower range of 153 miles, but it is very easy to park and comes with good interiors where you can have good times.

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    Hyundai is bringing in newer electric vehicle models, but its first model in this segment was Ioniq, which is still available. Priced at a little over $30,000, the Ioniq is a basic electric vehicle. However, the new model released for 2020 offers a higher range of 170 miles that is more than the previous generation.

    Mini Cooper SE

    The Mini Cooper SE Electric was launched in March 2020 and is one of the most affordable EVs. The car is priced at $29,900 (excluding delivery); however, with local and state incentives and federal tax credit, you may own this EV for as less as $20,000. However, this EV has a short range of only 110 miles, which is something you need to consider before making your buying decision.

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  • Top small pickup trucks for 2020

    Although sports utility vehicles (SUVs) may be the most popular types of vehicles, there is no denying that a large number of the population finds pickup trucks very alluring. The toughness, flexibility, and family-friendliness make these trucks amongst the best sellers in the country.

    You can choose from a wide range of options and to help you, here is a list of the best small pickup trucks:

    • Honda Ridgeline
      The Honda Ridgeline’s unibody (against the popular body-on-frame for other trucks) may make you skeptical as to the truck’s towing capacity. However, this truck is more comfortable when compared to its competitors. The spacious interiors ensure that four adult passengers can comfortably travel in the truck. The new model is provided with the new nine-speed automatic transmission and all the safety features from the Honda Sensing suite. The storage includes a dual-action tailgate open-able below and to the side. Besides that, the truck comes with an under-bed trunk with a built-in drain to store your valuables or use as a temporary cooler. The Ridgeline is priced at USD 35,020 and has a payload capacity of 1580 pounds with a maximum towage capability of 5000 pounds.
    • Jeep Gladiator
      The Jeep Gladiator is similar to the Wrangler from within but comes with a longer wheelbase for accommodating the five-foot bed on the rear. It has a seven-slat grille with a standard four-wheel drive and off-roaders springing from the top-trim along with all-terrain tires. Other unique features of the Gladiator include electronic sway-bar disconnect and fox monotube shocks. Priced at USD 35,040, the truck has a maximum towing and payload capacity of 7650 pounds and 1600 pounds, respectively.
    • Ford Ranger
      The Ranger’s turbocharged engine is energetic in almost every situation and drives well on winding roads. The truck has comfortable front seats and the SuperCrew model also has rear seats with adequate leg and headroom for comfortable seating of adult passengers. The Ranger comes with one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems. With prices starting at USD 24,110, this truck is capable of towing up to 7500 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1560 pounds.
    • Toyota Tacoma
      The proven and newly improved formula in the new Tacoma makes it one of the best small pickup trucks available in the market. The truck comes with a height-adjustable driver seat, which makes driving a comfort. Moreover, the new Tacoma has both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for making your drive enjoyable and entertaining. The Tacoma’s starting price is USD 27,145 with a payload capacity of 1620 pounds. This truck has towing capabilities ranging between 3500 pounds and 6800 pounds.
    • Chevrolet Colorado
      The highlights of the new Colorado include a strong engine, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration giving you a decent ride. This truck is the only diesel model available in the segment and is priced affordably at USD 22,295. The new Colorado has a maximum payload capacity of 1574 pounds and can tow between 3500 pounds and 7700 pounds.

    Choosing the best pickup may be difficult even if you are well-versed with the technicalities. The aforementioned list should help you make an accurate decision.

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  • Top features of the 2019 Toyota Highlander

    In the late 90s, crossover SUVs hit the roads and instantly became a hit in the subcontinent, a favorite among those who love adventures on the road. Among these crossovers, the 2019 Toyota Highlander remains one of the top choices for a family, especially when planning a trip with the kids. Till recently, the 2014 model was the most upgraded version of the vehicle, but Toyota launched a new model last year with upgraded features.

    The mid-level XLE has proved to be the most popular choice of model among buyers of the 2019 Toyota Highlander. It puts together the best features one can get in this segment into one highly valued package. The 2019 Toyota Highlander comes with numerous interesting features and add-ons to the previous model in the Highlander series. Let’s explore the add-on features of this SUV:

    • Safety and security
      The Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS) is the highlight of the top-notch safety features of this SUV. It is a combination of several features to ensure your safety while on the road. Among its exclusive safety features are pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams for easy driving at night, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist.
    • Performance
      You can choose from multiple models of the 2019 Toyota Highlander: a gas-powered V6, a gas-powered four-cylinder, and a hybrid. The V6 model works on an eight-speed automatic transmission and features an all-wheel-drive. The hybrid model utilizes two electric motors and a retuned model of V6, which helps produce 306 horsepower. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) features as a standard device in all the models. The V6 outperforms the other models as far as the fuel economy rating is concerned. On the EPA ratings, it scores as high as 27 mpg on the highway. The hybrid tends to consume more fuel while moving around in regular traffic but delivers almost the same results as the V6 in the fuel economy test. Like its predecessors, the 2019 Toyota Highlander offers a smooth and comfortable ride.
    • Versatile interiors
      The first and second-row passengers get access to spacious seating arrangements, and the 2019 Toyota Highlander also offers over 83 cubic feet of cargo space in all the models. All the models in the 2019 Toyota Highlander Series have front and rear climate controls, and the automatic three-zone climate control feature is available on LE Plus trims and upward models. Some of the other appealing features of the cabin space are an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, leather seats, retractable sunshades in the second row, an intercom system, and power-adjustable front seats.
      Add to that the Blu-ray Disc™ entertainment system that comes with a 9-inch display screen with navigation. It ensures convenient traveling wherever you go, and the SUV offers comfortable seating for seven to eight people. You can also get second-row captain’s chairs equipped with heat adjustments. Besides, the third-row seats come in a 60/40 split and can be folded flat or reclined as per your preference.
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  • All you need to about the 2020 Toyota Tacoma

    Like many people, you may also be curious to know what the new features in the 2020 Toyota Tacoma are. The latest model includes an added trim-specific grille and wheel design with upgraded and innovative technology to give you the best off-road experiences.

    Here are the new features in the latest model:

    • Towing and performance
      Whether you want to tow your boat or side-by-sides, the new Tacoma’s Tow Package is capable of towing up to 6800 lbs. and carrying up to 1440 lbs. payload. To ensure the trailer does not sway while towing, the Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) applies brake pressure and manages torque of the engine. The Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection perfectly blends power and efficiency for an enhanced adventure.
    • Off-road capability
      The Tacoma TRD Off-Road’s Crawl Control is an advanced system that automatically controls the brakes and throttles to help navigate difficult terrains. The rear wheels are electronically controlled and distribute equal power to both wheels ensuring additional grip in low-traction terrain. The five-mode Multi-terrain Select (MTS) regulates wheel spin through automatic adjustment of the traction control and engine throttle. Conquer hilly terrain confidently with the Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), which is an add-on feature of the new 2020 Toyota Tacoma. The Multi-terrain Monitor (MTM) allows you to check your surroundings for any possible hindrances. The Bilstein Shocks absorb any impact on difficult terrains with its high performing components and valves that are specifically designed for the best off-road capabilities.
    • Safety Sense
      The new Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection combines millimeter-wave radars with a camera that can recognize shapes to provide a visual/audio alert of a potential collision. The Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) utilizes front-grille-mounted radar and an inner camera to detect vehicles and their distance. The DRCC automatically adjusts the speed to maintain a preset distance and functions at speeds between 25 and 110 miles per hour (mph). When you travel at 32 mph or more, the Lane Departure Alert detects departures on clearly marked lanes. The Automatic High Beams is activated for speeds over 25 mph and uses an in-vehicle camera to detect the taillights of vehicles ahead of you and headlights of oncoming vehicles to provide the right amount of light.
    • Technology
      Plug in your iPhone and the Apple CarPlay will allow you to receive directions, receive and send messages, make calls, and listen to your favorite playlists. The Panoramic view monitor uses front, rear, and side cameras to give a 360-degree view of external surroundings. The tailgate-mounted backup camera provides a 7-inch high-resolution display while you back up your truck. The Smart Key System allows you to lock and unlock the front doors and start the engine using the Smart Key fob so you no longer have to fumble with those keys.

    The new 2020 Toyota Tacoma’s re-tooled grille design complements the stylish wheel designs available in 16, 17, and 18-inch options. Beneath the hood, the latest model retains the fuel-efficient and powerful engine powered by a 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a six-speed automatic transmission that provides 23 mpg while driving on the highway.

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  • 2020 Honda CR-V – What to expect from the new model

    Honda CR-V, a car specifically designed keeping families in mind, was launched in the1990s. Since then, its popularity has only increased with time. It is especially popular with large families who travel together and prefer a car that does not burn a lot of fuel. It has continued to remain one of the most in-demand crossover cars around. It has vastly helped its parent company establish itself as a leader in this particular segment.

    Since the car recently had an upgrade, let us look at the new features the 2020 Honda CR-V offers.

    What’s new in the latest 2020 Honda CR-V?

    Every year, Honda makes some minor but prominent improvements in the car’s look and styling. The 2020 Honda CR-V model offers a hybrid powertrain consisting of two electric motors and a four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged engine, which has a capacity of 1.5 liters, was an optional device on the previous models but now comes as a standard device on non-hybrid CR-Vs. There is a suite containing driver assistant features. These features include lane-keeping assist, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection.

    The look

    The 2020 Honda CR-V model definitely has a more appealing look than its predecessor. There is a new blackout grille, and the fog lights have much broader openings. The rear end, just like the front end, boasts of a sophisticated look. There are taillight lenses with a dark tint, a tinted rear glass, and a dark chrome tailgate. The EX and EX-L trims are equipped with 18-inch wheels, which are layered with a dark greyish tone. The touring trims are laced with chrome exhaust finishers. This time around, this vehicle comes in three color variants.

    The interiors are equally appealing, if not more. The center console, which boasts of a fresh design, is very easy to use. You get plenty of storage options here. The CR-V Touring trims come armed with a Qi-compatible phone charging device. There is a 7-inch wide touch-enabled Audio interface, which has Android Auto Integration and Apple CarPlay, Satellite linked Navigation System, and a TFT driver information interface. Apart from these, you get USB charging ports at the back, dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, and an Electric Parking Brake. As this car is designed for families, it comes armed with several interesting in-car entertainment facilities. The Base LX models feature a 5.0-inch radio screen, too.

    Performance

    Honda did a smart thing by putting the turbocharged engine in the 2020 Honda CR-V. Another good thing it did was to pair it up with one of the most efficient continuously variable automatic transmissions in the market. Though the vehicle’s towing limit is a little less, it offers a graceful drive, a placid steering wheel, and a powerful braking system. The car works equally well for traveling across short and long distances. The pedal is responsive and one of the best-oiled components of the car. The engine is fueled by two electric motors and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

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  • 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee – What the new model has in store

    Crossover SUVs or CUVs have steadily grown in popularity over the years. Most of these vehicles look like a tougher version of regular SUVs. Still, only a few of these deliver excellent off-road performance and have the kind of towing abilities one expects in a utility vehicle. Almost ten years since it had a complete redesign, the arrival of the 2020 model of Jeep Grand Cherokee was marked with a lot of significant upgrades. The vehicle does not come with an alternate EcoDiesel engine model now. At around $33,000, you can get a Grand Cherokee Laredo, but you might want to look at the wide range of options here before you decide which one to settle for.

    The mid-range SUVs and the Grand Cherokee attract similar kinds of buyers. The gender ratio is pretty similar too. However, people who prefer a Grand Cherokee over other mid-range SUVs or Crossover SUVs are found to be younger. Perhaps, it is the look of the vehicle that they feel attracted to or maybe, they find the overall performance reliable.

    Here is a look at how the 2020 Grand Cherokee model has evolved

    Jeeps are synonymous with a seven-slot grille. It is something that has been a standard feature but has also evolved well with time.

    Jeep Grand Cherokee is not an overtly glamorous vehicle, but it does boast of the kind of design or look which is in sync with the purpose it is made to serve. Some of the major highlights of the 2020 model are a sporty design, revised front-end, 20-inch wide wheels, and rear bumpers. The look has a mix of style and power. The interiors are quite a contrast to the dark, all-black exterior surface. You get an optional panoramic sunroof, which you can use to get some sunlight in. The seats are made up of good-quality leather, and the multiple adjustments on the cushion make them extremely comfortable to sit on.

    The climate controls can be found on the same panel on which are present the miscellaneous driving system controls and primary audio controls. As there are many knobs and buttons on the control panel, it is advisable to have a good look at them and get used to working around them before using them while driving the car. The Jeep has a heating and defogging system, and it works speedily and efficiently. There are also rain-sensing sweepers, which prove to be very valuable in heavy-rain situations. The vehicle places a lot of emphasis on safety features. You get a forward-collision warning, perpendicular parking assist, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with the full-stop capability, and lane departure warning with lane-keeping assistance.

    The in-built infotainment system consists of many features that will make your drive all the more enjoyable. These features are convenient to use and boast of some outstanding graphics. There is an 8.4-inch touch-enabled screen, which responds very well to the instructions provided. You get knobs and buttons behind the steering wheel, which are used to adjust the volume and tuning.

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  • How to find tire coupons

    Coupons are redeemable certificates, which offer you either a discount or some other offer on a product. At times, you get coupons for free, and there are instances when you have to pay for them. If you are about to replace your car tires, it would be wise to look for some valid tire coupons, so that you can get them at a lower price.

    Here are a few ways in which you can find tire coupons:

    Visit a store

    There are several automobile showrooms or smaller tire shops that provide coupons to their customers. If the person managing the store does not offer you one, ask them if there are any coupons available. In case you do not find any coupons at a particular store, visit a few other stores. You will find plenty of shops dealing in tires even in a remote area. When you buy a tire or any other automobile product, check the receipt properly. There might be some mention of a coupon on it, which you can avail of.

    Read magazines and newspapers thoroughly

    Apart from serving as a source of relevant and topical information, reading newspapers and magazines will help you discover tire coupons. Many publications provide coupons inside their magazines or papers to attract customers or add to the value of the amount they have paid to buy it. If you subscribe to an automobile-based magazine, you will stumble upon at least a couple of tire coupons while shifting through its pages.

    Check online

    In the digital age that we live in, there are very few things that one would not find on the internet. Coupons that are found online are called e-coupons, and they provide you with the same kind of offers that offline coupons offer. Some websites are dedicated to selling various types of coupons. You can visit them and get the tire coupons you were looking for. Apart from visiting these sites, you can check out the official portals of tire or automobile companies.

    Regular alerts

    Several major retailers or companies run schemes or provide reward cards for customers who use personal vehicles. Some retailers do this online too. Get in touch with them and sign up for a scheme or a reward card that would enable you to get significant alerts about tire coupons issued in the market. This will require you to sign up with them and provide basic information about you and your vehicle. 

    Contact your car dealer

    One of the most effective ways of saving money on tire coupons is reaching out to the dealer whom you bought your car from. Since the dealer has already benefited from you in a big way by selling a vehicle, he will most likely offer you coupons on the vehicle’s services. If he does not have any tire coupons, you can consult him and ask him where where to get them from. 

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  • Benefits and the application process of extended vehicle warranty

    Every vehicle comes with a warranty period. If a car has a warranty period of one year, the auto manufacturing company is liable to pay for any damage or mechanical failure it suffers from in the said period. An extended warranty refers to the kind of warranty you can avail to once the factory warranty comes to an end. According to several vehicle-based organizations, this type of warranty should be identified as a vehicle protection plan or a vehicle service contract.

    How to apply?

    You have to apply with the authorized car manufacturing company to procure an extended vehicle warranty. Apart from the company you have bought the vehicle from there are organizations that specialize in providing extended vehicle warranties to car owners. It is advisable to apply for an extended vehicle warranty as soon as you buy a new car. The newer the car, the higher will be the chances of you procuring an extended warranty. Well-maintained cars and the ones with a lower mileage also stand a good chance. When you approach a company to get yourself an extended vehicle warranty, you need to keep a few things in mind – the reputation of the company, the kind of coverage it offers to vehicle owners, the amount that you have to pay for the warranty and the additional benefits that you stand to gain out of it.

    Benefits of an extended vehicle warranty

    Inclusive warranty

    An extended warranty serves as an all-inclusive warranty that covers manufacturing defects, repair based needs, and all kinds of services that your car may need. The warranty that you get while buying a car is valid until a limited time period. It safeguards you against any damage that the car may incur while you are driving it. On the other hand, the extended vehicle warranty goes beyond that and includes add-on services and any kind of repair that the vehicle might need.

    Ease of ownership

    Many people do not wish to invest in a car because they think there is a lot of hassle involved in it. They presume that maintaining a car is a difficult process, so it’s better to drop the idea of buying one. Such people will do some rethinking when they get to know about the extended vehicle warranty. Once you buy a car, reach out to a certified dealership agency of the auto company. It covers all kinds of services and repairs, even the unexpected ones, which are not covered by the original warranty. The extended vehicle warranty is valid for a much longer period than the warranty offered by the car manufacturing company. It safeguards you against emergency breakdowns and covers towing charges as well.

    Increases the resale value

    If you are somebody who believes in selling the car after having used it for some time, it is very important for you to get an extended vehicle warranty. If you do not maintain your car well and it is in poor condition, you will find very few takers for it. The extended vehicle warranty provides timely repairs to the vehicle and helps you vastly in keeping it in shape and the best possible condition. The better the health of your car, the higher will be its resale value.

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