Learn How You Can Discover the Car and Price of Your Dreams

When the time concerns purchase a brand-new car, whether brand-new or utilized, you need to be sure that you are properly educated on the target. If you’re not, there is a possibility that you can end up with a less-than-ideal car. Permit the complying with pointers to be your quick guide when car shopping.

Always ask the seller if they are willing to allow you do a test drive. While some exclusive vendors might not supply you the opportunity to do a test drive, there are numerous that will. You must try to do your handle someone who will certainly permit you to view just how the car runs.

Enter into the dealer with a bottom line price in thoughts. The sales person might attempt to concentrate on the monthly repayments or financing terms, yet your target must be to obtain the price you wish on the car you wish. You could constantly bargain the financing terms later on, and even fund with your very own financial institution outside of the dealer.

Never turn over your trade-in keys to the sales representative before the deal is completed. Some assertive salespeople will certainly hang onto them in an initiative to compel you into hearing them out, even after you have declined a bargain. Keep the keys in your property and just hand them over when the offer is done.

Whenever shopping for a pre-owned car, it would certainly be smart to stick with accredited used motor vehicles as this significantly reduces the possibility that you’ll end up with a car that is in bad condition. Merely ensure that the qualification if provided by the car maker instead of the dealer.

To ensure that your car buying process yield the most effective feasible selection for you and your family; assume thoroughly concerning your driving and way of life behaviors. Deliberately taking into consideration the sort of use the vehicle is likely to obtain will certainly assist you select the right one. Failure to keep factors such as fuel-efficiency or hauling capacity in thoughts while shopping can create you to acquire something that winds up being impractical for your daily needs.

Offer to buy a car instantly if the dealership will certainly satisfy your rate demands. Deal a cost that is practical, normally at or a little over invoice. Come equipped with info regarding exactly how you involved this rate, and request a commitment in creating that they accept it.

Energy economic situation should be considered prior to acquiring a car. A car that has good gas mileage could cost a bit even more to purchase, however over five years you will conserve a bunch of cash on gas. Think of the long-lasting when making a decision which car to buy.

Make sure you know all the readily available rewards prior to you start negotiations. You need to know all you can approximately trade-in policies and worth, charges from investors, car warranties, incentives and refunds. Understanding these rewards will give you with the expertise and confidence you require so that you can visit a dealership and obtain the very best offer on your car.

As stated primarily of this short article, you ought to truly be well-educated on looking for a car. This is so you could stay clear of obtaining a car that does not make you satisfied. If you properly utilize the recommendations this short article has actually offered you with, you will certainly be wanted with the car you get.

Maruti Suzuki Celerio – The Weapon for Hatchback Segment Domination

There has not been a single person who has visited Auto Expo 2014 and didn’t talk about Maruti Celerio. The car has been the solely reason for many people to visit Auto Expo this year. This new Maruti car has created a sensation amongst people with its new AMT technology which is also first in any Indian car. The car has been launched and is already bringing a lot of buyers to Maruti’s Showrooms. Let’s find out what are the reasons for the high popularity of this car.

When you look Celerio from front, you can easily see the high resemblance of this car with Renault Duster. The twin barrel headlights and wide chrome front grille surely hints towards the origin of its styling Side profile of the car has a sharp shoulder line while the rear of the car looks like its younger sibling Alto 800. We wish if Suzuki would have spent a bit more time on its styling.

Maruti Celerio is powered by the famous K10 unit of Maruti which is also powering their other cars like Wagon R and Alto K10. There have been some changes made to this engine though to make it feel more quiet and refined. The engine now behaves nicely below 3000rpm mark and gives instant throttle response at low rpms. This 3-cylinder unit pumps out a power output of 67bhp at 6000rpm while the maximum torque output of 90Nm is achieved at 3500rpm. Celerio is available with five speed manual as well nation’s first Automated Manual transmission known as EZ drive technology. In AMT, clutch and gear changes are operated by hydraulic actuators using a dedicated ECM. The car performs better than what you expect and feels like the best car from Maruti till date to be equipped with K10 engine.

Most of the Maruti Celerio reviews have especially pointed towards the up-market interiors and features in this car. The rear leg room and knee room makes this car feel the best in its segment. The cabin quality has been enhanced to add the premium touch to this car. The top variant ZXI which is not available with automatic transmission comes equipped with 14-inches alloy wheels, electrically adjustable side mirrors, rear wiper, washer, defogger and all power windows. Moreover, you will get tilt adjustable power steering, integrated music system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls. Driver side airbag is standard on the top variant but you will have to pay extra for second airbag and ABS.

Maruti Celerio price bracket has come up as a surprise as it becomes the cheapest car in India to be available with an automatic transmission. The base variant will cost you around 3.76 lakhs while the automatic version of Celerio is priced at INR 4.14 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

Pickup Truck of the Year – 2014 Ram 1550

The 2014 Ram 1500 has been named pickup truck of the year by AutoBytel.com. Autobytel is dedicated to aiding consumers with research to find the information they need to make smart decisions when it comes to purchasing a new or used automobile. With more than 80 years of experience under their engine and hundreds of vehicles driven, AutoBytel makes informed choices based on innovation, design, and over all features.

For the third year in row, the editorial team at Autobytel chooses the Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, as well as winners in each individual segment. The team, led by Michelle Narajo, Editor-in-Chief of the automotive media company, said that the results are a combination of the best choices for shoppers in the 2014 model year.

As the most recognized pickup truck on the road, the Ram 1500 boasts fuel saving systems due to its fuel efficient 3.6 liter V-6 engine that delivers best in class fuel economy of 25 and 18 mpg in the city. The Ram 1500 boasts a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Other features of the pickup truck include thermal management and a stop-start system as well as pulse-width modulation. The aerodynamics of the truck include air and grille shutters. The 2014 model features a new EcoDiesel 3.0 liter engine that delivers unsurpassed torque and up to 9,200 pounds of towing capability.

Mike Febbo of Motor Trend says, “Our judges rated the EcoDiesel the highest in ease of towing as well,” and “as we established last year, the rest of Ram 1500 is class leading in just about every other respect,” according to this news article on AutoBytel.com.

Further, they ran a test-track evaluation designed to mimic the best and worst days a truck may face, including hauling and climbing hills and the 2014 Ram 1500 managed 15 MPG, the article explains.

Buyers can choose from three cab styles, three bed lengths, and 10 trim levels. In addition, each 2014 Ram 1500 can be optioned to include highlights such as heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry with push button starting, remote engine starting, a universal garage door opener, upgrades for the audio system, Uconnect 8,4 technology, navigation system, air suspension, reversing camera, and nicer wheels. Additionally, most Ram 1500s can be upgraded with a RamBox cargo-management system with storage bins integrated right into the truck’s bed.

For the second year in a row, the Ram 1500 has been voted pickup truck of the year by both Motor Trend and Autobytel. So what are you driving?

Things To Know Regarding Matters Related To Vehicle Finance

Do you want to purchase a vehicle? In today’s world, there are only a handful of people who can afford to pay off all that money in cash a high end vehicle would cost. But what about those who desperately need a vehicle either for personal or commercial purposes, but cannot afford to pay the sum at one go? Keeping the needs of such people in mind, these schemes about Vehicle Finance have been launched by quality financial institutions.

What kind of schemes can you think of in this regard? There are host of schemes to choose from, depending upon the choice and make of your desired vehicle. Funds that would be granted to a person for purchasing a certain vehicle will also depend on it being a new or an old one. Additionally, if a person wants to avoid any kind of dealership, they can avail Private Finances for vehicle purchase as well.

And what would a person need to do with regards to his choice of vehicle? This is matter of personal taste, with little room for solicitation here. But it would be advisable to keep in mind a few things before making a choice. As you are seeking finance for which you have to pay off periodic interests, it is advisable to opt for something which offers nice features as well as good value for money. An eye should also be kept on discounts and interest rates associated with a ride.

If people need Car Finance, they should also have to meet certain criteria which are put forward by the authority granting those funds. These conditions are not something which is over the moon, but simple things that make matters easy for both the lender and you. And what kind of criteria are these? Very basic ones like having a valid driving license registered against your name, a certain minimum monthly income, no cases of defaulting on debts etc.

Can people apply for such schemes over the internet? Definitely they can! Almost every financial institution that grants such finances offer online finance schemes and other related information on their official website. You can simply put in your details to check for your eligibility and also avail quotes free of cost from the website.

So, if you do need Vehicle Finance now or at some point of time when you decide upon buying a ride, these were just some useful information. You can always contact a finance company personally to know more clearly about each and every aspect. And that is something which is advisable as well.

2014 Toyota Corolla S Premium may be a bit more than you expect

The 2014 Toyota Corolla was completely redesigned for 2014 and – in its eleventh generation – introduced new exterior styling, interior upgrades, improved technology and a pretty impressive new CVT transmission for consumers to consider when looking for a compact sedan.

The compact sedan segment is pretty crowded with a variety of offerings from several manufacturers all having a wide range of capabilities, features, functions and amenities – along with a wide range of prices – for the consumer to choose from.

The Toyota Corolla has long been a leader in the category selling over 300,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2013 with over 40 million sold worldwide since the first generation of the Corolla going back to the 1960’s. As the competition has increased more so in the last few years, Toyota has taken steps to maintain that leadership.

According to Toyota, they redesigned the 2014 Toyota Corolla to address a range of customer groups from those wanting a solid, basic, reasonably well-equipped and economical sedan that is a comfortable and easy drive and looks pretty good in the driveway – at one end – to groups wanting their compact sedan to be a bit more stylish, with more standard and optional features while delivering a more exciting driving experience for the owner.

We think they may have pretty well hit that mark based on our recently completed week-long test drive of a 2014 Toyota Corolla S Premium in Blue Crush Metallic with a Black Softex and Fabric interior.

With a base MSRP of $20,400, the standard features on our Corolla S Premium included:

• LED low beam – Halogen high beam with daytime running lights (DLR) headlamp system
• Integrated fog lights
• Front chrome grille surround with piano black insert
• Color keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
• Rear deck spoiler
• 16-inch steel wheels with unique covers
• Chrome tipped exhaust
• Softex Fabric trimmed heated seats with sport bolsters and sport fabric inserts
• 6-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way adjustable passenger seat
• Leather-trimmed tilt and telescopic steering wheel with controls
• Sport-style instrumentation including speedometer and tachometer and TFT Multi-information Display
• Cruise control
• Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filters
• Integrated backup camera with projected path display
• Piano Black center stack and upper instrument panel

With all of the trim grades being pretty well equipped, the 2014 Toyota Corolla offers just two options or packages for those wanting a bit more. Our test vehicle was equipped with both of them. They were:

Power Moonroof with tilt/slide and sliding sunshade -$850

Drivers Convenience Package ($1,510) which added Smart Key System with Remote Keyless Entry, Push Button Start and Entune Premium Audio which includes Navigation and App Suite AM/FM CD player with MP3 playback, 6 speakers, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth wireless technology, 6.1-inch high resolution display, Sirius XM satellite radio and HD radio traffic and weather.

With delivery, our 2014 Toyota Corolla S Premium priced at $23,570.

Things we liked in particular about the new Corolla are the improved styling both exterior and interior, upgraded materials on the interior, the new CVTi-S transmission, comfortable seating with large bolsters, easy to understand and use controls, large dials on key controls, good leg room and head room in the back seat and the good sized trunk.

Our only criticism of any note was that the driver seat could have been just a bit better if it had another inch of front-to-back adjustment travel in it allowing for longer legs than most drivers have.

Considering that our test drive vehicle was at the higher end of the trim grades available for the 2014 Toyota Corolla, our opinion is that this new Corolla will likely satisfy both of their target customer groups.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla comes in four grade levels – L, LE, S, and LE Eco. Model levels within the grades (except the L-grade) include a Base, Plus and Premium. Pricing ranges from the L-grade (MSRP $16,800 with a 6-speed manual transmission or $17,400 for the 4-speed automatic) to the S-grade (MSRP $19,000 for the Base and $21,300 for the S Premium – both with the new CVTi-S 7-speed automatic transmission).

The L, LE and S are powered by a 1.8L DOHC aluminum 4-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) that produces 132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and delivers 128 lb.-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Transmissions offered in these grade levels are a new 6-speed manual in the L and S Plus grades, a 4-speed automatic in the L-grade and the all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVTi-S) with a 7-speed range that has a normal or ECO mode and a SPORT mode that gives the driver a noticeable snappier driving experience in automatic mode (in LE and S grades).

On the S-grade, the CVTi-S also includes steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that allow the driver to manage the performance of their SPORT drive experience manually.

The CVTi-S coupled with the paddle shifters in our S Premium was really impressive in this Corolla.

We started our test week using the normal (ECO) mode for a couple of days around town and on the highway. ECO might be good enough for some in order to maximize fuel economy, but we found it sluggish and opted for the SPORT mode for the balance of the week using it in both automatic and with the paddle shifters.

The performance for us was so much better that we would recommend driving the Corolla S in SPORT mode all the time.

Fuel economy for the L, LE and S grades are:
• 6-speed manual – 28/37 mpg City/Highway with an average 31 mpg
• 4-speed automatic – 27/36 mpg City/Highway with an average of 31 mpg
• CVTi-S – 29/37 mpg City/Highway with an average of 32 mpg

For those wanting more economy yet, the 2014 Corolla LE Eco offers a new 1.8L DOHC engine with Valvematic VVT-i that that delivers improved fuel economy with a higher horsepower output (140 hp). When coupled with the new CVTi-S transmission, this LE Eco gets 30/42 mpg City/Highway with an expected average of 35 mpg. (Note the SPORT setting is not available on the LE Eco.)

There are other compact sedans available that some would say are higher performing with turbocharged power plants, sports suspensions and styling that is a bit more urban or trendy making them more attractive. But for the widest range of compact sedan customers, the 2014 Toyota Corolla – with its long history of reliability and popularity for the money – will do just fine staying at or near the top of the pack.

2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X: One tough truck

The 2014 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X is one tough 4×4 truck for all manner of off-road and other sport truck adventures.

For 2014, the Nissan Frontier mid-size truck line comes in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, in 4×2 and 4×4 driveline configurations and in five trim grades: Frontier S (4-cylinder and V6), SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL (Crew Cab only).

Power plants include a choice of a powerful 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque or a smaller 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (4×2 King Cab only).

The 2014 Frontier comes with a choice of transmissions – a 5-speed automatic, a 6-speed manual or 5-speed manual transmission (King Cab 4-cylinder models).

The Frontier 4×4 models include a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case.

For our money, we think the Crew Cab PRO-4X is the ‘pick of the litter’ making a very capable and affordable mid-size truck – across the other trim lines – into a serious off-road and outdoor adventure truck.

Just recently, we did a week-long test drive of a 2014 Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X in a bold Lava Red with the Steel Cloth interior, equipped with the 4.0L V6 and 5-speed automatic transmission – with a base MSRP of $31,850 (not including delivery).

In this configuration, the power train fuel economy is rated at 15/21 mpg City/Highway with an expected average of 17 mpg.

Standard on the PRO-4X 4×4 are Bilstein off-road high-pressure shock absorbers, skid plates on the fuel tank, oil pan and transfer case, an electronic rear differential locker 4-wheel limited-slip (ABLS) and unique machine-finished 16-inch aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with large BFGoodrich 265/75R16 Rugged Trail tires.

Our PRO-4X had body-colored grille and bumpers, outside mirrors and door handles and fog lamps. Comfort and convenience features included cruise control, remote keyless entry power windows and door locks, dual power outside mirrors, factory-applied spray-on bedliner and the Nissan Utili-track Channel system for cargo management.

The PRO-4X interior included leather-appointed white-stitched shifter knob and steering wheel, chrome accent ring around the white-faced meter gauges and trip computer, heated front seats, fold-flat passenger seat and a Rockford Fosgate 10-speaker audio system with SiriusXM and HD radio.

Our Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X came with the available PRO-4X Luxury Package ($2,650) which features the leather-appointed seating with PRO-4X logo, 8-way power driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, dual heated outside rearview mirrors, rear fold-down center armrest, NissanConnect with Navigation system, the NissanConnect Apps, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant, tilt and slide power moon roof and a roof rack with crossbars.

Also included was the very easy to use Bed Extender/Trailer Hitch Package for $570 that supports the cargo capacity of 1,100 pounds and 6,100 pounds of tow capacity.

Adding PRO-4X Logo Floor Mats for $120 – our 2014 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X (with delivery) priced out at $36,050.

Looking at our PRO-4X test truck, some things we really liked about its powerful off-road rugged capability included:
• 8.9-inch minimum ride height with decent Approach/Departure and Breakover angles
• 6,100 pounds of tow capacity
• Fold flat rear seating for cargo or equipment storage
• V6 engine with smooth shifting 5-speed automatic transmission that includes Hill Start and Hill Descent Assist
• Fully functional roof rack easily handles canoes and kayaks
• Cargo management system with bed extender

Some might complain a bit about a bit harder and stiffer ride on city roads and highways, the older generation cabin with its plebeian styling that is also bit noisy on the highway and a fuel economy that is nothing to write home about.

But you can be sure that a 2014 Nissan Frontier, in the Crew Cab PRO-4X 4×4 trim level, will pretty much never leave you stranded off-road.

The pickup truck mid-size segment for 2014 has only two brands left standing following the demise of the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at the end of 2012 – all following the earlier exit of the Dodge Dakota.

Mid-size segment sales had slipped in recent years as manufacturers concentrated their new truck product development on full-size and heavy duty vehicles which resulted in dramatic sales increases in those categories. During that period, Ram brand and Ford exited the segment and GM embarked on development of all new products for 2015.

For the 2014 model year, the players in the segment are the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma.

GM is returning to the mid-size segment in late 2014 with all-new generation the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2015 GMC Canyon that will have more capability, functions and features (approaching the levels of full-size pickups) including new interiors with upgraded materials and new power plants including a diesel engine in 2016.

Both Nissan and Toyota are planning to remain in the mid-size segment with development underway of a 2015 or 2016 version of the Nissan Frontier and a new or seriously upgraded Toyota Tacoma for introduction in early 2015.

What we see and hear so far for a next generation Nissan Frontier starts with a new diesel power plant that has already been shown at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February. The Frontier diesel will be a Cummins 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine adapted for use in the Frontier and will produce close to 200 horsepower with more than 350 lb-ft. of torque.

The Frontier diesel will also employ a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission which may be a segment exclusive for them.

Nissan says, this powertrain combination will likely improve fuel economy 35 percent over the current V6-powered two-wheel drive 2014 Frontier which should put it somewhere in the range of 28-30 mpg.

The current other powertrain combinations are likely to continue with hints of a hybrid version being under consideration.

We are also hearing that Nissan is likely to stay with just the King and Crew Cab model, but increase the use of high strength steel and aluminum in body and frame, make some moderate body style changes, add upgraded interior styling and materials and pack in new and expanded technology offerings.

Whether it is the 2014 or an all-new generation Frontier, the PRO-4X trim level is and will be – one tough 4×4 truck – and a leader in the category.

Understanding the Latest Vehicle Technologies

There are a slew of new vehicle technologies being introduced to the market. Most of them focus on improving safety and fuel efficiency. Let’s take a closer look at some of these emerging new car technologies.

Many of the new hybrid vehicles are equipped with “Smart” technologies that teach the driver to drive more efficiently. Efficient driving reduces fuel expenses while simultaneously maintaining the vehicle’s condition. Most of these smart technologies are found on the dashboard of the hybrid vehicles. Digital indicators will either change colors or present graphics when car operators are driving in both efficient and inefficient manners.

Believe it or not, solar roof panels are now installed on some hybrid models. For example, the Karma luxury hybrid vehicle from Fisker Automotive has a solar roof with four zones and twenty solar cells that converts sunlight into electricity. Some of the electricity is stored and the rest is used for the vehicle’s motors, climate control and other power accessories. Some hybrids have solar roofs that power internal fans which send fresh air throughout the car when parked. This technology reduces the strain on the vehicle’s air conditioning system.

Parents will be especially interested in programmable safety technologies that put limitations on teen drivers. Select vehicles have computer chips in their ignition keys that can limit the vehicle’s speed when operated by specific (teenage) drivers. The technology even lets vehicle owners set limits on the operator’s stereo volume levels. It is also possible to set an alarm to sound if the driver with the programmed key does not fasten his safety belt.

One of the more popular emerging vehicle technologies is the lane departure warning system. This system monitors the car’s driving direction by keeping track of the markings that divide road lanes. An alert is sounded if the car veers outside its lane. Certain lane departure warning systems will actually assist the driver by re-positioning the vehicle within the lane.

Blind spot warning systems are also emerging on many new vehicles. These systems monitor the rear sides of the vehicle that typically can’t be seen with traditional driving mirrors. A visual warning will appear, usually on the side mirrors, when another vehicle, person or object is in the space that the system monitors. This goes a long way in eliminating the dangers of driving with blind spots.

Collision preparation systems are prominently featured on several new cars. This technology is programmed to detect situations that typically lead to accidents. If your vehicle gets too close to another or if your vehicle skids then the system will be triggered. It will take precautionary measures to reduce the likelihood of a collision with another vehicle or object. System functions vary but they do everything from closing open windows to tightening seat belts and applying the brakes.

One of the more remarkable new technologies is stop-start. Stop-start automatically shuts the vehicle’s engine down when it is stopped. For example, the engine will be turned off when the vehicle is at a red light and it will start back up the moment that the driver steps on the gas pedal. This technology first appeared on hybrids but is making its way into the mainstream as the technology improves and becomes more affordable.

Another interesting emerging vehicle technology is active cruise control. This technology first appeared on high end luxury automobiles but has transitioned into the mainstream in the recent years. It is also referred to as adaptive cruise control. Its function is to maintain the proper spacing between your automobile and the one ahead of you. The technology differs by vehicle but most employ either a laser or radar to determine how close your vehicle is to the one in front of you. It will decrease your vehicle’s rate of speed when you get too close to the other vehicles. Some active cruise control systems even proactively apply your vehicle’s brakes when necessary.

The all new 2014 Toyota Tundra is truly ALL new

Built in Toyota’s San Antonio plant this 5.7 L I-Force V8 E85 Flex Fuel 381 hp is a 6 spd automatic 4WD. In essence, the Tundra is not just redesigned, it’s a completely new truck!

From the wider more prominent front grill to the embossed logo stamp on the tailgate, Toyota brings both brawn and beauty to this redesigned, (and well equipped) model. Now-a-days the Tundra is available in multiple models, not just one standard. There are also now five different versions of Tundra which one may easily customize to their specific desires. The model choices are the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 (Texas ranch edition)

The tested Platinum version includes a 10-way power driver seat with a 60/40 split rear which folds up for extra cargo. The front seats are not only highly supportive but fold around the passengers to provide a level of luxurious comfort with a hint of racing seat design.

The model also included TRD 4WD capability and a double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar. The trapezoidal multi-leaf rear suspension includes staggered outboard mounted shocks and provides an extremely comfortable and smooth ride.

On the safety front, Tundra includes Stability and Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist with Smart Stop technology. During my time in the Tundra I encountered an unexpected ‘testing opportunity’.. While driving onto a bridge (I did not realize was iced-over), I soon became aware of my predicament when I felt the beginning of possible traction loss. However, before a second could pass, the vehicle’s Traction and Stability control kicked in and continued to provide the additional level of traction needed to keep the truck within the lines of the lane I was traveling.

Besides traction and stability control, other safety features are included such as blind spot monitor, parking assist, brake assist, LATCH anchors, rear window defrost, and knee airbags. There is also a rear back up camera with guidance (line) assist which provides a very clear picture. The camera and infotainment systems LED screen allows touch control for XM, Bluetooth, and a navigation that I had difficulty navigating (it required too much button pushing in order to set destination). Voice control with Toyos Entune telematic system is also included.

As mentioned, the tested model featured the TRD off road package and is equipped with running boards, heated power outside tow mirrors, and turn signal indicators located on the mirrors. The Tundra also has a very easy to steer and reliable wheel/column so that over-steer or having a sensitive wheel is not an issue. Although the truck is tall, it is not too tall to enter. The trucks step boards provide additional ease of truck entry and is included in the TRD package. Also, there was not any top-heaviness noticed during the testing of the brand new Tundra. The TRD package also includes towing and hauling features such as; extended tow mirrors which manually retract, 4×4 tow hooks, 4 and 7 pin connector, and trailer sway control.

Features to work on:

The Tundras horn sounds about as powerful as a Honda Civic so my note to engineers: Beef it up otherwise the horn does not do this powerful vehicle any justice.

Work on a higher watt, more-speakered, and louder audio system. Also, move the radio console closer to the driver. Plus, make the navigation easier to program (in much fewer steps).

The garage door opener compartment is awkward and is not easy to depress. The truck also needs an interior overhead handle (more-so placed toward the windshield) on the driver side.

Two times in a one week period the seat belt warning alarm and light kept self-activating even when the seat belt was engaged… Even after multiple times of locking and unlocking the seat belt, the alarm would not reset the warning system. Only turning the truck on/off would reset the seat belt system. This only happened on two separate occasions but worth the mention none-the-less.

My favorite new features:

The new more defined hood demands respect especially with the extra vent above the grill which provides additional engine air flow (call it a narrow vented scoop if you will).

The new tailgate is lightweight with a hydraulic-like feature which provides a smooth ride as it goes down.

And an adjustable deck/rail bed cargo system similar to the system started by Nissan (Utilitrak®) a few years back. This feature is ideal for separating and blocking off sections to keep cargo from sliding around the bed.

Skyactiv 2 Technology in Mazda Vehicles

The idea behind Mazda Skyactiv 2 technology is to increase the vehicle’s output, while also improving its fuel efficiency and offering drivers the best of both worlds. While it might have seemed like a sales gimmick at first, Skyactiv technology has been a very serious investment by Mazda in creating quality vehicles that more drivers will want to get their hands on. In several way this investment has really paid off, making Mazda a more highly regarded manufacturer by customers and by the automotive industry as a whole.

Specific Skyactiv Technologies

Skyactiv technologies are located in several parts of Mazda vehicles. The main place that much of the attention is focused is on a Mazda’s engine, where it creates a highly compressed reaction in order to create more power with less required fuel input. The idea is simple, even if the technology is complex. The internal combustion engine is driven by explosions that force movement. If there is more pressure created, but less fuel is required, then there is more force to drive the engine even though there’s less fuel consumed. That is, in essence, the first step Mazda used to create a car that gives drivers more while taking in less.

In addition to an engine that offers driver’s a great deal more, these vehicles also have highly efficient transmissions combined with the proper frame and platform. In any vehicle the transmission is a primary source of wasted power, since shifting gears inefficiently can cause all kinds of problems. The Skyactiv 2 transmission is extremely efficient, making sure there’s as little waste as possible when it comes time to shift from one gear to the next. In addition to the transmission, these Mazda vehicles are built with a chassis that is lightweight, strong, and exceeds all safety regulations. When combined with the previous two parts of the Skyactiv 2 technology platform, the chassis results in extra efficiency, as there’s less power required to drive a car that weighs less and is aerodynamically designed.

Skyactiv 2 Vehicles Leap Ahead

All of this energy efficiency has been noticed by drivers. Once Skyactiv technology was introduced into Mazda vehicles their sales shot up to the highest levels since 2008. While some models do sell more quickly than others, such as the all new Mazda6 which was released in 2014, all models that use Skyactiv technology have made impressive numbers of sales in North America.

On the one hand, Mazda’s success means that it is still considered to be one of the major car companies in America. On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that Mazda will claim a higher spot than it has in the past due to the success and acceptance of its Skyactiv 2 technology and all of the advantages it brings to its customers. Their future is uncertain, but based on the current data Skyactiv 2 technology is definitely here to stay.

Get the Finest Collection of Motorcycles

Do you prefer action and excitement? Then you surely appreciate extreme sporting activities and possibly exercise it in your free time, or as an expert. Driving a bike is one of many most risky and fascinating activities. In case you don’t have a great reaction, then this isn’t for you. There are lots of individuals who adore biking and driving at high-speed since this can give you some awesome feelings that you just cannot express. If you’d like to do it as an expert, you can enroll in a group, have some instructional materials, and go for various tournaments and rallies. The more you’ll learn about driving a bike, the more you’ll like it, and will definitely grow to be influenced by it. If you want to purchase your personal motorbike, you should look for the best model. There are numerous specifics and you should consider yourself when making such a decision.

It would be nice to obtain motorcycle specs and evaluate the strengths and down sides of a particular type. There are many brand names and companies and it is not so simple to select the perfect product in your case. I could suggest you to purchase a full database with motorcycle specs. You may do this on the web on this site. Here you will have the possibility to get the complete list of models from 1980 to 2013. It is a big listing with many descriptions for each model. You must have it if you really like motorcycles and are enthusiastic about these matters. You will get a great knowledge about the brands, producers, different kinds of motorcycle aspects. Every model presented there has got 70 specifications that will reveal to you the whole situation of a version. Obviously you will get the images of every model. This really is the most precious collection of motorcycles that you simply can’t neglect it.

This is the finest reference where you can learn the motorcycle specs and particulars. You can help your good friends find their favorite model, if they also want to buy one. The collection costs 150 usd, which isn’t so high-priced for this sort of treasure. You could do your transaction with PayPal and get the collection on your pc. You will surely be enthusiastic about your investment, and will spend your first days looking at the listing. Honda, Suzuki, Fiat are only few models that you will watch there. Do not hesitate!