The automotive news has been packed with interesting stories lately. It’s interesting how a class of vehicle that started out as something utilitarian has morphed into a new genre of its own and is even considered to have real style!
First up today, it seems the trend in automotive is to make everything as automatic as possible, even cars that can drive themselves.
Check out this story of a Mazda SUV, a CX-5, was in the process of testing automated braking when things didn’t do exactly as planned…
Next up is a very popular brand of upper end SUVs, Infiniti. The model QX56 has become the QX-80. It’s not just a new name.
The QX80 is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports, where reliability is listed as above average. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $62,345 for a base, 2014 QX80 with rear-wheel drive and automatic transmission. Starting retail price, including destination charge, for a base, 2014 QX80 with all-wheel drive is $65,445. Check out more details in the article below.
Infiniti SUV has new name: QX56 becomes QX80 With the new name of QX80 for 2014, Infiniti’s largest sport utility vehicle packs some of the softest-feeling leather, shiniest burl wood and a host of other luxury items into a big, nicely crafted interior.
And as mentioned at the beginning of this article, SUVs aren’t just for utilitarian tasks any more. Style is a big factor in purchasing decisions. Check out the article below to see how the 2013 Santa Fe Scout recently won accolades for its style, inside and out.
SUV wins award for best interior Sport utility vehicles are noted for their cargo space and family-hauling abilities, however Hyundai’s all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport grabbed top honors for its stylish interior.
And, ending on a “that’s so weird it has to be true” note…enjoy the story of the platypus that hitched a ride in an SUV in Australia. Around here it’s good to check for rattlesnakes, scorpions and black widows trying to get a free ride. 🙂
Suppose you live in an area where extreme heat is common – like here in the Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler, Arizona area. You only have to glance around to see the aftermath. Mailboxes are melting, heat-related illnesses are more common, and roadways are buckling. So just imagine what all that heat is doing to your car. In most owners manuals the manufacturer gives two sets of vehicle maintenance requirements, normal and “severe service” conditions.
If your car ever breaks down and leaves you stranded on the side of the road, rescue may not come for several hours. If you’re left sitting in extreme heat or cold, you may become uncomfortable very quickly, especially if you can’t start the car. If you have young children or elderly passengers, the extreme temperatures can become deadly. This is why it’s very important to have a roadside emergency kit stored in the trunk of your car.