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Consumers are well aware of not only the desire but the need for connectivity in everything they touch. Homeowners want to be able to see who is ringing their doorbells when they are not home. Drivers want to have their homes a certain temperature before arriving home, have their garage door open as they approach and the doors unlocked as well.

The need to connect with others and connect with our things through technology is now more desirable than ever. At the latest CES Unveiled event (Consumer Electronics Show), this seems like more and more of a possibility every day.

Besides the unveiling of intelligent and curious innovations at shows and events, behind the scenes tech geniuses are working diligently to make all of our tech dreams come true.

The Faraday Future FF91

No electronics event or car show is complete without a big reveal. The Faraday Future FF91 might have been that big reveal. Crossovers and SUVs are some of the hottest vehicles for 2017, and their popularity doesn’t seem to be decreasing any time soon. The all-electric crossover/SUV offers that popularity and a whole lot more.

The Faraday Future FF91 offers beauty, brains and acceleration along with the popularity of a family-size vehicle. The fact that it’s an electric vehicle adds to its intrigue.

If you’re feeling the need for speed along with all these other perks, check out the specs for the Faraday here:

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/faraday-future-ff91-ev-photos-and-info-news

Toyota Concept i

Many people have sentimental feelings toward their cars. For some, it might be their first car while for others it’s a love for their collector car. What would you do if you had a car that could relate to your feelings as well?

The Toyota Concept i might very well be that car. The artificial intelligence equipped in the vehicle can sense your many moods. The system can learn to understand your behavior and figure out what you need – maybe even before you do. If the technology senses that you need a little help for whatever reason, it can automatically integrate autonomous driving assistance.

What a concept; a car that not only you can fall in love with but might have the same feelings in return.

Honda’s NeuV

The NeuV (New Electric Utility Vehicle) is yet another example of auto manufacturers wanting to create a vehicle that has a relationship with its driver. Not only will this concept vehicle get you where you want to go, but it will also keep you company in a few different ways until you get there.

The artificial intelligence will sense a driver’s emotions through heart rate monitoring and facial recognition. Talk about a concept.

It will be interesting to see which if any of the concept cars ever becomes a reality; a time when not only do you love your car, it has feelings for you too.

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The seasons are changing, the weather is changing and the roads are about to get messy. One thing is for sure, car lovers everywhere are gearing up for their favorite time of year regardless of the pending snow and sleet– the holiday season. Car enthusiasts everywhere count down the days until their favorite holiday arrives.

The holidays are upon us and what better way to show you care than to buy your favorite car enthusiast what they love most – something for their car. Here are a few great holiday gift ideas for the car enthusiast in your life.

Dashcam

Some dash cams are pretty basic while others are high-end. You can find a standard dash cam to video record or you can buy a combination front-facing and rear facing sensors.

While some drivers enjoy using their dashcams for a possible 15 minutes of fame on social media or YouTube channels, a dashcam really does make a practical and purposeful gift.

Motorsport Leather Gloves

Nothing says style quite like a pair of leather driving gloves. With so many choices and colors to choose from, there’s a pair out there that is perfect for your driving aficionado. Leather driving gloves put the finishing touch on the car lovers wish list.

Ultimate exotic car racing in Las Vegas

If you can’t afford the actual new car for your car lover this year, the next best thing could be a trip to Las Vegas for an experience instead of a gift. If you’re looking to buy an experience rather than a gift, than this is the one for you.

Your car lover will be able to choose from five hot rods and take five laps around the track in Las Vegas. The smile will be ear to ear while the memories will be forever.

Remote Car Starter

Offer your special person the gift of a Remote car starter. Buy the starter for them and then offer to take care of the installation, as well. This way, when that cold weather has you turning up the heat, your special person can turn up the heat in their car and get it warmed up before they head out.

Emergency road assistance kit

While it might not be number one on your car lover’s list, if and when they do get stuck – especially while out in a blizzard – they will sing your praises for a long time to come.

Car wash kit

This is one gift that will make spring and summer even better. After a long winter of snow, hail and salt accumulating on your recipient’s car, this will be a welcome gift.

Car mount holder

We’ve all heard the tragic stories of drivers who were in horrific car crashes due to cell phone usage. A car mount holder for their phone allows them to pivot their phone when using it for GPS and allowing them to remain hands free and safe.

Subscription to their favorite auto magazine

If you need a little something on the side, why not give them a year-long gift. A gift subscription to their favorite hot-rod magazine is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.

For more great holiday ideas, check out this helpful article here:

http://www.bestproducts.com/cars/g2115/gifts-for-car-lovers/?slide=1

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November is upon us. Even thought we might miss long days at the beach, fall gives us plenty to enjoy. You might like off-roading the dunes of the beach or rolling down the highway in summer. Drivers with the need to hit the open road again can enjoy fall just as much. There are plenty of ways to hit the open road and fill your every driving need.

If you’ve had your fill already of pumpkins, apples, and festivals, maybe then one last road trip is in order. There’s a road trip for just about any style or taste. If you don’t know your road trip style, here’s a list. One or more of them is bound to suit your style.

Take it to the Highway: Highways and Byways

Lincoln Highway – If you’re thinking of taking a historic road trip, you can make your way down the Lincoln Highway and match it up with a visit to Lincoln’s Log Cabin in Foster Park. There you can see a replica of Lincoln’s log cabin. The two-room reproduction of the log cabin along with the working, living-history farm is right up the history buff’s alley.

Blue ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful drives in America, especially during fall. Along the drive you can view the most breathtaking fall foliage, stop at scenic byways along the way, and have a picnic. There are plenty of places along the way to hike, take in breathtaking waterfalls and climb to your heart’s content.

Whether you’ve taken this drive before or not, between the jaw-dropping mountain views, the fall foliage and all that Mother Nature has to offer along the way, this may very well be your road trip style.

The Water’s Edge

Lakes

Lake Michigan Circle Tour is one of the best road trips around. Travelers can make their way around Lake Michigan by following state highways. Depending on which state you’re traveling through you can visit soft-sand shores or view rough and tumble cliffs. Make your way over one of the longest suspension bridges and, of course, enjoy the view of the glistening lake along the way. If you enjoy this tour, you can sign up for the Great Lakes Tours.

Routes

U.S. Route 9 during fall is an eye-appealing drive. Travelers can enjoy the scenery or stop at a farmer’s market to pick up some fresh produce. Take in the scenic views, stop in a quaint little town and enjoy the ride.

Route 66 – Route 66 is a part of America’s history. Running from Chicago to Los Angeles, this stretch of highway continues to capture America’s hearts and imaginations. Enjoy remnants of a lost time when giant roadside signs beckoned to travelers and little cafes on dusty roads were all the rage.

For a more colorful site loaded with eye-catching photos, check out this list of best road trips in the U.S.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-road-trips

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With more and more people getting used to the idea of mobile-app driven transportation (Uber, Lyft etc.) and cars that are chock full of the latest and greatest technologies, it’s no wonder that consumers are shopping for cars with technology, too.
Are the young adult millennials the ones shopping online for cars and how much time is actually being spent buying cars this way? This surver from Auto Connected Car sheds some light: For some insights on buying cars online, check out this survey here: Car Buying Methods

In the meantime, here are a few of the upsides and downsides to both shopping digitally and stopping by the dealer when buying a car.

 
The Human Touch

 
When you shop for a car online, you’re looking at marketing and sales as well as copywriting materials for your vehicle of choice. Additionally, when you actually find the car you want and take it for a test drive, and finish the sale up on line, you may lose that human touch. Additionally, establishing a relationship with a salesperson or dealership could be beneficial for future vehicle purchases by means of better prices or getting a particular vehicle that may be in short supply.

 
When you’re in the dealership and speaking with the salesman or manager, there’s a human element added to the experience. For some, dealing with people in person is more beneficial than for others; they would prefer to seal the deal in a cut and dry manner over the phone with the dealerships Internet Department.

 
The Right Information

 
Even though you are looking up tons of information and doing your homework online, you cannot always count on that information being reliable. For one thing, you have to check the resource and make sure it’s reliable. For another, you have to make sure that this information is updated. Things change, information changes, policies and technologies change, as well.

 
When you do research on the internet, you will find tons of resources; however, this might confuse you and it may be inaccurate information. When you speak with a dealer, you are getting (hopefully) the most updated information.
In addition, you can get your questions answered right away rather than having to spend lots of tedious time researching and hoping the information is accurate. There’s also such a thing as too much information when it comes to researching on the internet.

 
Saving Time/Saving Money

 
If you’re like most people, you don’t have time to spend hours at a dealer as they wheel, deal, and gather all the papers for you to sign. Finalizing your purchase on line is probably the faster of the two methods. With time and money both in short supply, it’s essential to get things done and get them done quickly.

 
The internet method of car buying provides the fast-paced way to finalize your car purchase.

 
There are car shoppers who swear by purchasing their cars online once they know the year, make, model they want. They believe they save money on the deal and get the lowest price available up front; no dealing and no hassles.

 
And for others still, doing research online and going into the dealership is a win/win combination for them. It’s always a matter of preference.

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Whether you just bought a new car or are looking for a new car this summer or already own one, there’s plenty you need to know. Of course, you need to check into fuel efficiency, safety, and your wallet to see just how much car you can afford. However, what if there was something else you needed to take into consideration? What if you needed to be aware of which cars were the hottest around – for car thieves, that is.

 
When you buy a car, the last thing on your mind probably is which car is the most appealing for car thieves to break into. Here’s a list of some of the more popular cars on car thieves bucket lists.

 
The Honda Accord
For some reason, the Honda Accord was most popular on the list of hot wheels, according to the reports. Oddly enough, the year 1996 seemed to be a hot year most sought after by car crooks.

 
The Honda Civic

 
Coming in alongside the Honda Accord was the Honda Civic. The year was 1998. While it might stand to reason that technology and anti-theft devices are not up to speed on the older vehicles, there were a few thousand newer makes and models that made the list, as well.

 
There seems to be a battle of wits between technology manufacturers keeping up with the latest and greatest in technology and car thieves who are intent on cracking the code. Hackers apparently have time on their hands and are intent on finding new and innovative ways to break in to security systems while technology manufacturers seek to improve security features.

Thieves are getting more and more creative in their efforts to steal your vehicle. Two men recently used technology to nab more than 100 vehicles. Using a laptop to reconfigure security systems, the pair were able to steal the vehicles.

 
In a day and age where kids are basically born with a cell phone in one hand and an IPad in the other, it’s no wonder that cracking security codes and hacking computer systems in cars is an easy feat. With a little bit of knowledge and too much time on their hands, youths like these can get into an awful lot of trouble with the law and with your vehicle.

When it gets to the point where auto manufacturers need to bring their own set of hackers on board to detect potential problems, it leaves a lot to be said about the state of technology in our autos. It makes one wonder if older cars without technology may even be the least possible to steal.

 

For a comprehensive list of hot cars that thieves love to steal, check out this list HERE

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Top down, open road, it’s a great time to think all things cars. Even if you’re not in the market for a new car, summer time is always the right time to check out the options. There’s always something new and interesting going on in the world of cars, but especially in the summer time. It’s a great time to test drive a new set of wheels or to visit an old vintage car show. And, there’s always an interesting tidbit, anniversary, controversy or piece of technology to keep us entertained, as well. What makes it probably most enjoyable are the new cars coming and the test drives along with the sneak peeks.

 
Happy 75th Anniversary to Jeep

In 1941, the Willys-Overland Motor Company was hired to create the Willys MB. This vehicle would become synonymous with the World War II vehicle that helped save the day.
What better way to celebrate summer and a 75th anniversary than to create a new model for future inclusion of consideration for becoming an iconic model. The Wrangler Unlimited pays homage to the original Jeep we all know and love. If you’re seeking to feel the freedom of the open road, what better way than to do it in a Jeep. Olive green never look so good.

 

2016 Nissan Titan XD 5.6L

If the Jeep is not your style but you are still looking for something tough and rugged to do the dirty work of all summer has to offer, then maybe the 2016 Nissan Titan XD 5.6L will do the trick. The Titan XD is in between a half-ton and full-on heavy duty model. Starting out of the gate with a 5.0 liter Cummins, the gasoline V-8 will make its debut later on in the year. Whether you need to haul your jet-ski or load up the camping gear, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD might be the vehicle you see yourself driving in next year.

 
2016 BMW M4 Competition

For some reason, the summer seems to dictate the type of vehicle we drive or purchase. Road trips need the top down, rugged terrain needs the Jeep model and the host of summertime water activities require a good pickup truck. However for some, the need for speed is what drives them to look at what’s coming down the road. That’s where the competition package for the BMW M4 comes in handy. With a little more horsepower and a bit more oomph, you might find yourself fulfilling your need for speed on a long, hot summer day driving down a winding road. With the temptation of 19 more horsepower bringing the total to 444, you might just find yourself dreaming about what’s in your future for next summer 2017.
For more details on the BMW M3/M4 Competition Package, check out this informative article from Car & Driver.

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It’s that time of year again; to celebrate the red, white and blue that makes America great. It’s the perfect time of year to hit the road and take a road trip. Your kids have graduated high school or college or are just out for the summer, the weather is grand, and summer will be long gone before you know it.

 
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get up and go without much planning or doing? Sometimes it is a great idea to be spontaneous, glance at your best friend and say “Road trip?” Other times, you need to plan and plan well. Fourth of July is one of those times. Hundreds of thousands of travelers will hit the road wanting to enjoy the scenic side of America. There are some great places to visit this Fourth of July and then there are some you just need to stay away from, at least until fall that is.

 
1. America’s National Parks are celebrating 100 years this August and what patriotic list of trips would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon – the granddaddy of them all or Yellowstone – one of the first and most loved. If you really want a sight for sore eyes, though, you might want to consider Acadia National Park. If you’re looking for the blue in your red, white and blue road trip, then you’ll find what you’re looking for on the drive through to Acadia National Park with its blue lupines blanketing the road. Whether you’re pedaling through Park Loop Road or picking blueberries and taking a hike up Cadillac Mountain – not to mention glorious sunrises – you and every member of your family will find ample activities to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

 
2. Mount Desert Island is like a world of its own with plenty more activities. Visit the Sieur de Monts Springs where the Wild Gardens of Acadia come to life or dive into the brisk and refreshing waters of Sand Beach. This National Park is not only breathtaking but is also refreshing.

 
3. If you’re in Hawaii for the Fourth of July, first of all – lucky you – secondly, if you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, then why not take a drive on the most hair-raising and exhilarating road trip there is. The road to Hana trip from Kahului will take you a couple of hours to traverse the more than 50 miles of treacherous slope, but the views are oh-so-worth it. Visit the seven sacred pools and breath in the view.

 
4. Make a key decision and take a road trip down to the Florida Keys. Make your way across 7-mile bridge and meander through more than 100 miles of paradise as you take in the view of aqua blue waters, sights and scenery. It’s hard to remember the stresses of life when you’re traveling through the more than 100-mile chain of islands that make paradise come to life for you.

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If you think for a minute that a good old-fashioned road trip is more the exception than the norm, just look around you this summer. With Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer) a distant memory by now and summer solstice coming upon us, it’s time to hit the road and make this year’s road trip even better.

 
Gas Up Before You Go

 
Don’t make the mistake of many travelers who choose to gas up on the road. It’s summer time, the roads are jammed with traffic and the nearest gas station may be just an exit or two away, but in heavy traffic that may seem like miles and miles.

 
Get Sirius

 
If you can, get yourself a subscription to SiriusXM. The difference between information and entertainment while on the road might just make the difference between a good road trip and a really great one. SiriusXM has channels for just about every genre, so there’s never any shortage of music to listen to.

 
Pick Your Poison

 
Do you want to drive a longer route or sit in traffic for the same amount of time? There are plenty of roads (and those of you who have ever tried to get through the state of Virginia or the city of New York know this) which, no matter when you travel them, always have traffic.

At some point or another there’s always that same bottleneck of traffic no matter what time you leave. Plug into your phone app or GPS the route with the least amount of traffic. You might end up off-the-beaten-path a little bit, but you might just avoid the hair-pulling experience of sitting and sweating in traffic.

 
Lighten the Load

 
Whatever items you have in your trunk that are not absolutely necessary, unload before you go. This will ensure you have plenty of room for road trip items and luggage and you’ll save gas this way too.

 
Take Your Time

 
One of the biggest mistakes road trippers take is to rush through trying to get to one destination or another. Plan out a road trip that has several locations. Start out in Connecticut on the wine trail, head over to Rhode Island and visit a mansion or two and then spend the day at the beach after taking the ferry to Block Island.
This way you’ll have more of an experience than a destination. You’ll also get to take much-needed rest breaks from being on the road and avoid road-trip burn out.

 
Think About the Way Home

 
Another big mistake road trippers make is doing nothing on the way home. They take their road trip, reach their destination and can’t wait to get out of the car and get home. Why not make a stop or two along the way on the way home as well?
Stop at a local farm or a seaside café along the way. Take a break from driving and prolong your road trip for just a little while longer.

 
For some interesting tips on how to create the best road trip ever, check out THIS ARTICLE from the Huffington Post.

 

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Just like many years past, this Memorial Day weekend stands to see millions of travelers. Some will travel by car and others by plane, and still others by rail. Some will stay home and enjoy parades, barbeques and pool openings.

 
If you’ve never traveled before on Memorial Day weekend, this calls for some helpful tips:

 
The Price of Gas

 
Gas prices are lower than ever, making car travel and road trips more popular and desirable than ever. Whether or not you’ve traveled before on Memorial Day weekend and are a seasoned pro at it or whether this is your first go at it, you need to be aware this year may be the highest in traffic flow to date.

 
Drive or Fly?

 
If you are still seeking last-minute airline flights on Memorial Day weekend, you may still be able to find a great deal. Airline flights are reasonable. If you’ve booked early, you’ve done a great job. However, there are plenty of ways to find great deals on airfare and pull off a last-minute boon.
• Travel Ticker – allows you to book your flights right from the point of origination
• Cheaptickets.com – can help you save money on those last minute package deals
• Consider flying into one airport and home from another, smaller based locale in another city
• Consider flying somewhere close enough to your city of destination and having a car waiting for you for the duration of your trip driving the rest of the way. A few hour drive might mean a considered savings and a wide-open flight. Additionally, you stand to save a considerable amount of money as well.
• Sites like Hacker have even coined the term, “Hacker Deals” in order to provide a service for those savvy last-minute flight-seekers.
When you think of the time you might spend in congested traffic during this first big summer weekend, you might want to spend a little more time doing some research and a lot less time on the road.

 
Be a Day-Tripper

 
Of course, everyone is excited to take a road trip on Memorial Day weekend, especially on the way there. But the famous phrase, “Are we there yet?” can become less than exciting when it turns into, “Are we home yet?”
More and more travelers are taking a day trip close to their local communities. Your own town beach or park makes for an excellent way to kick off the summer without all the stress and hassle of traveling and planning.

 
When is the Best Day to Leave?

 
If you thought Friday afternoon right after work would be the best time to hit it, think again – hundreds of thousands of travelers are entitled to a long, extended weekend along with high school students having time off too. College students are done with their school year, making it one of the most congested times to travel.

 
If you want to get an even better idea of when is actually a good time to leave, check out this article HERE that breaks it down for you.

 

 

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With so much new technology in the auto industry, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. Just about every day, you’re hearing or reading about the best of the best or the latest update or technological advance. So, how then do you discern which car is the best for you and which ones to steer clear of?

 
Car sales statistics will show which ones are the most popular and which ones are selling the fastest. When it comes to cars, of course, one of the top priorities is safety first. It can all get so confusing, that’s why it’s a good idea to have a well-rounded idea of what’s safe, what’s the best, which ones are the most popular, but also which ones fall into the worst car category too.

 
Here’s a round-up of a few of those categories:

 
Leasing is not the least
It seems as though 2016 may be a record-breaking year for leases about to expire. Having said that, there stands to be a significant amount of leased vehicles available for car buyers looking for a good deal on a pre-owned vehicle.
If you’re not interested in leasing, then buying a pre-owned leased vehicle may just be your best bet. There are still a small percentage of car shoppers veering away from leasing; if you’re one of them, and looking for a bargain, then buying a pre-owned lease might just get you in the driver’s seat a lot quicker and a lot more affordably.

 
The Best-Selling Cars of Spring
Topping the list for March 2016 for best-selling car was the Toyota Camry. With accolades such as being the best-selling car for 18 years in a row and its five-star safety rating, no wonder it’s a continued best-seller.

 

Coming in next is the Nissan Altima. With its aerodynamic design, master craftsmanship, efficiency and comfort, it’s no wonder it comes in at number two.

 
Third place belongs to Honda Civic. Whether you choose hatchback, coupe or sedan, the sleek design and latest in connectivity and its advanced compatibility Engineering (ACE) program make it a smart choice for many drivers.

 
The Not-so-hot
When it comes to top 10 lists or best-selling lists, it’s easy to find what you are looking for, but the top 5 worst or least-selling cars is another story. Some of the “worst” cars according to ‘Consumer Reports’ are the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Mitsubishi Mirage, and the Dodge Journey.
Check out the link here to find out the top 20 worst selling cars according to ‘Consumer Reports.”

 

The 2016 Ford Taurus with its great crash test performance is a good choice for safety, as well as the Honda Civic with its optional front crash prevention.

 
Whether you’re looking for the best, the safest or at the very least to stay away from the worst, hopefully you’ll be a little bit ahead of the car shopping game.