2017 Acura MDX

Acura MDX full view

The Acura MDX comes with a large cargo area which up to 7 individuals can comfortably enjoy the journey in the vehicle. The Jewel Eye LED Headlights of the car not only assists in lighting the road, but also adds to the style of the vehicle, giving it an amazing and distinctive look.

 

Features

Acura MDX back view

The car contains a security system which in the case of a break-in, the ignition is disabled and the owner is alerted through sound and flashing lights. The location at which the car is present can also be detected through the owner’s cellular device. The car contains multiple warning systems to help the driver in avoiding an accident and keeping both the car and passengers safe. These systems and features include:

  • Rear entertainment system: There is a 9-inch screen installed in the vehicle which makes every ride enjoyable as riders can hear a clear sound with the help of 2 ceiling-mounted speakers.
  • Music voice commands give the driver full control over streaming music from a USB7-connected iPod®.
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic helps the driver take the route with less number of vehicles as it provides updated traffic information.
  • Airbags: The car is equipped with 2 front airbags, 2 airbags fitted on the sides, and there is also a driver’s knee airbag that keeps the driver and the front seat passenger safe in the case of an accident.
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure Isaspecific material which the car is equipped with that increases the rider’s safety and crash compatibility in frontal accidents.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System senses the inflated tires and alerts the driver if the pressure in any of the tires is low
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ alerts the driver if there is a possibility of colliding with the vehicle ahead, as the driver is given signals through the sound installed and a view shown by the forward camera. And finally,
  • Blind Spot Information System helps in safe lane change

 

Safety

Acura MDX dashboard

AcuraWatch Plus installed in the vehicle helps in staying in the lane and avoiding a collision as Lane Keeping Assist identifies lane markers and alerts the driver when the vehicle is going to leave the lane. Road Departure Mitigation System identifies objects near the vehicle, so that the driver can avoid a collision and damage to the vehicle. The parking sensors in the front and rear assist in parking and reversing the car safely. The key remote helps in unlocking and starting the engine without a key.

 

Overview

When it comes to three-row luxury crossovers, search no further than the Acura MDX as it ranks high in comfort, safety, and value. The car’s speedy acceleration, all-wheel drive system, and excellent handling ensure that it is a great car not only for daily use, but for traveling in all weather conditions.

 

2017 Lexus GS F

Lexus GS F side view

This luxury car is perfect for car lovers, as it is equipped with the latest technologies and innovative systems, available in various attractive colors. Triple-beam LED headlights not only light the way, but also give a distinctive look to the vehicle.

 

Productivity 

Lexus GS F front seats

Multi-information display enables the driver to see the performance data with just a glance. Lexus Enform Destinations features help the driver know the locations and help is given by the live response center agent. Lexus Enform App Suite makes many tasks easier, like reserving a table and booking tickets for a concert as the driver can access the mobile applications with the help of center-console display. With the help of Lexus Enform Service Connect, the owner of the car has access to details related to the car’s status and maintenance requirement making it easy for the owner to take care of the car. The best thing about the Lexus Enform Remote mobile app is that the engine start and locking/unlocking the door of the vehicle can be done through the app. The light installed in the side-view mirrors turn on as the car senses the approach of the owner with the remote.

 

Safety

Lexus GS F Dashboard

Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection is great in helping the driver as it alerts when there is a possibility of colliding with the vehicle moving ahead and the brakes are applied automatically if there is a chance of hitting a pedestrian. Airbags are installed in different locations which are deployed when the car senses a crash, keeping the passengers safe from severe injuries. Lane keep assist helps the driver in driving in one lane, and it alerts with the installed sound when the car is going to leave the lane. Lane departure assist gives signals to the driver when there is no car behind at a specific distance and it is safe to change the lane. Intuitive parking assist system helps in parking the car without hitting any object to avoid damage to the car. The brake systems which are installed for the protection of the passengers and to avoid involvement in an accident include:

  • Four-channel Anti-lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake force Distribution
  • Brake Assist

 

Audio System

The 17-speaker, Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System offers clear sound when hearing music or watching a movie on the entertainment system installed in the vehicle. BLUETOOTH® technology assists in accessing the songs in the iPhone and streaming audio from the internet.

 

Overview

Overall, the 2016 Lexus GS F is great for anyone searching for a luxury sports car that reaches Lexus’ quality standards of performance. Its engine efficiency, Sport and Sport plus mode, and leather sports seats are just a few specifications that set this car apart from other Lexus models.

 

 

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser full view

No other SUV can beat the 2016 Land Cruiser in style and have innovative features available at affordable rate of just $83.825. Great for the adventure lovers, it is built with high-tensile steel ladder frame for enhanced durability.

The front end of the car is newly designed to complement its style and the new chrome grille added into the LED headlights provides both the low and high beams according to the requirement. Integrated LED fog light installed in the SUV makes traveling an easy task in extreme weather conditions. Up to 8 individuals can ride in the SUV comfortably and the model is perfect for traveling as the seats are comfortable to enjoy the ride.

 

Advanced Technology and Features

Toyota Land Cruiser dashboard

When it comes to the installation of advanced technology in the car, the 2016 Land cruiser is second to none as the leather-trimmed steering wheel not only controls the car, but also assists in operating the audio system and Multi-Information Display. The 4.2-inch LED is not only for the front seat riders; the back seat riders have the option of enjoying the ride with 11.6-inch screens that are installed behind the seats of the driver and front passenger. The driver has full access to Bluetooth wireless technology right from the steering wheel. The dashboard design is altered from the previous model and it contains high-resolution touch screen display. The Land Cruiser’s Multi-terrain Monitor assists the driver in checking the surroundings for potential danger and its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System eases driving on an uneven road by adjusting the suspension system for better wheel articulation. The SUV is equipped with hill descent control and an innovative Multi-terrain system that assists in controlling wheel spin for better driving performance over off-road surfaces. For making the travel experience pleasurable, the car is equipped with a 14-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system which contains an 8-inch subwoofer and a 605-watt amplifier that delivers a clear, crisp sound. The 2016 Land cruiser ranks highest in terms of its rpm range as the technologies like Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) that assist in maximizing the useable power.

 

Safety

Safety features include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection which assists in avoiding an unforeseen collision, Lane Departure Alert which assists in staying in the lane, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control which assists in maintaining distance from other cars. The car is equipped with 10 airbags, Blind Spot Monitor which assists in safe lane change, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert which helps in reversing the SUV.

 

Comfort

Toyota Land Cruiser back seats

When driving in cold weather, the multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats provide comfort by keeping riders warm in both front and second-row seats. Four-zone automatic climate control assist the travelers in controlling their own environment as there are 28 vents located all over the cabin. For carrying long items or a large amount of luggage, the car offers spacious room when the second or third row of seats are folded. The car also comes with a center console cooler box which eliminates the need of carrying an ice chest.

 

Overview

Overall, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser offers more than just a great car to drive in, as traveling long distance is made easy due to its added comfort, durable design, and safety features.

The Significance of a Police Car That’s Also a Hybrid

Nicholas Clairmont

When Americans picture police cars, they usually picture Fords. The auto giant sells 63 percent of all police cars in the U.S., by its accounting. And now, the cops are getting hybrids. On Monday, Ford announced its new hybrid Police Responder, a version of its Fusion sedan made to spec for law-enforcement work.

Some of the immediate benefits of the rollout are obvious: Police departments will save an estimated $3,800 a year in fuel for each of the old V-6 cars it replaces with new Responders and their less thirsty engines. And a hybrid system’s big battery capacity will help them run the growing, power-hungry array of in-car screens, radios, sensors, and other gear police cars carry, even allowing officers to operate them with the engine off while stationary, when in the past this would require keeping the engine idling. There may even be some tactical benefits for police work: In electric mode, a hybrid Fusion is nearly silent.

“The first specially-built police vehicle was a 1920 Model T,” Joe Hinrichs, the head of Ford’s American business, told me. “And ever since then, we’ve been working with police departments across the country to meet their needs and get them what they’re looking for.” He said that every year, Ford meets with an advisory board of police officers and chiefs, to see what forces say they need. “One of the biggest asks of the last several years has been a greener pursuit-rated vehicles,” he says, referring to requests for a car that is both fuel efficient and can handle chases, clear curbs, and power through extreme weather conditions during emergencies.

It’s been a long road to hybrid cop cars. Police have traditionally driven cars that have an image opposite that of hybrids: mean-looking domestic bruisers that can fit arrestees in the back, cruise on the highway, and get up to speed quickly. Historically, police cars had to be fast. The roots of hot-rodding trace back to crime in the early decades of American motoring, when famous bank robbers such as John Dillinger escaped from heists in fast cars that the police couldn’t keep up with. NASCAR, similarly, arose from the normal-looking (hence “stock cars”) but souped-up vehicles that moonshiners used to run booze past slower cops during the Prohibition Era. This tactic became obsolete as the technology police used improved—no engine is powerful enough to outrun a radio signal—but cops cars have mostly stayed big, American-made, and powerful nonetheless. Ford’s current lineup of police cars is still called the Police Interceptor, a name that can also be found emblazoned on the 428-cubic-inch engine in the legendary GT 500 Mustangs that the car company Shelby made for Ford in the 1960s. Needless to say, they were not exactly designed for fuel efficiency.

Still, despite making good sense, the introduction of police-car hybrids is a strange and even momentous event in automotive history. In 2000, the Toyota Prius appeared in American showrooms and quickly dominated the eco-conscious sector of the car market. The first crop of hybrids that hit the American mass market consisted of gawky, Japanese-produced spectacles, and they kicked off a culture war.

At the 2003 Oscars, Hollywood eschewed the traditional parade of Rolls Royces and limos arriving on the red carpet in favor of Priuses, helpfully provided by a PR-savvy Southern California Toyota dealer. South Park ran an episode in 2006 that mocked hybrid owners for how conspicuously they showed off their moral bona fides. (The episode reaches its climax when a cloud of “smug” generated by hybrid drivers’ self-satisfaction brings some devastating environmental consequences.)

Fast forward to today, and it’s not possible to tell a Ford Fusion hybrid from its conventional internal-combustion counterpart from across the parking lot. On the fringes, a small culture war over hybrids is still being fought, as evidenced by the practice of “rolling coal,” wherein drivers of diesel trucks with vertical smokestacks record themselves flooding their engines to belch clouds of black smoke onto unsuspecting hybrids. But Ford’s new police cars show that hybrids have gone mainstream. Over time, what worked was not convincing everyone to embrace the showiness on display at the Oscars in 2003. It was allowing America to gradually come to think of hybrids simply as cars.

In car culture as in regular culture, cops have traditionally been the opposite of hippies. In the past, a hybrid police car would have been viewed like a cop in a tie-dye uniform offering to light someone’s joint. And yet today, it isn’t. It’s what institutions like the Los Angeles Police Department asked Ford to make to best serve their budgets and the day-to-day needs of their officers. The hybrid—not as a car for green-freaks or as a car to make a statement, but just as a completely regular old car—has finally arrived.

Volvo announces plans to export China-made electric car

The Associated Press

SHANGHAI (AP) — Volvo Cars, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, said Wednesday it plans to make electric cars in China for sale worldwide starting in 2019 amid pressure by Beijing for global auto brands to help develop its fledgling industry in alternatives to gasoline.

The announcement at the Shanghai auto show is among a flurry of automakers’ plans for electric models in China, their industry’s biggest market. The ruling Communist Party has the world’s most aggressive electric vehicle goals, both to clean up smog-shrouded cities and seeking the lead in an emerging industry.

On Tuesday, General Motors Co. said it will produce a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its Chevrolet Volt in China. Ford, Volkswagen AG, Nissan Motor Co. and other brands also intend to sell electric models in China, adding to competition in a market that has been dominated by lower-cost Chinese producers.

Volvo said its first pure-electric model will be based on the economy-size CMA platform it shares with Chinese automaker Geely, which bought the Swedish brand from Ford in 2010. It said the name, size and other details were yet to be decided.

“It will be for global export. So it is built from the start to work all over the world,” said Henrik Green, Volvo’s senior vice president for research and development.

Volvo has three factories in China. In 2015 it became the first automaker to export Chinese-made cars to the United States.

Chinese buyers have shown little enthusiasm for electric cars due to concern about cost, reliability and limited range. But Chinese authorities are using a mix of incentives and penalties to push for electric models. Automakers are scrambling to develop models with consumer appeal.

“It’s clear that China wants to take a leading role globally in terms of the regulatory environment and electrification,” said David Schoch, Ford’s president for the Asia-Pacific.

Models on display at Auto Shanghai 2017, the global industry’s biggest marketing event of the year, reflect the conflict between Beijing’s ambitions for environmentally friendly cars and Chinese consumers’ love of hulking, fuel-hungry SUVs.

Nearly every automaker is displaying at least one electric concept vehicle, if not a market-ready model. They range from family-friendly SUVs to futuristic-looking, premium-priced electric muscle cars from Chinese startups such as NextEV and Qiantu.

South Korea’s Kia Motors Co. debuted an SUV-inspired crossover, the K2 Cross, designed for the Chinese market.

GM said its Velite 5 hybrid will be sold by Buick, which has modest sales elsewhere but is GM’s main brand in China. GM’s joint venture with a state-owned automaker, Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp., will make it. Prices will start at 265,800 yuan ($38,600).

The Velite 5 will be able to travel 116 kilometers (72 miles) on one charge, with an added gasoline engine extending that to 768 kilometers (480 miles), GM said. It said the Velite 5 will be the Chinese market’s most energy-efficient hybrid to date and the first able to travel 100 kilometers (60 miles) on the equivalent of less than 1 liter of gasoline.

“Buick is committed to expanding its portfolio of new energy vehicles,” said a GM statement. “It will introduce additional new energy vehicles in China in the next two years, including hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles.”

On Tuesday, Volkwagen AG announced plans to launch a pure-electric car in China next year with a state-owned partner. It is to be the first in a full range of pure-electric vehicles for China.

Ford announced plans earlier to manufacture a hybrid sedan, the Mondeo Energi, with a state-owned Chinese partner, Chang’an Automobile Co. It is due to go on sale next year.

One brand still displaying only classic gasoline models was Italy’s Maserati, whose CEO, Reid Bigland, would not say if it might produce an electric or hybrid. China is the biggest market for Maserati’s top-of-the-line Quattroporte sedan and the brand’s total Chinese sales rose 90 percent last year to 12,250.

Regulators jolted the industry by proposing a requirement that electrics account for at least 8 percent of each brand’s production by next year, rising to 10 percent in 2019 and 12 percent in 2020. Automakers say they may be unable to meet those targets and regulators have suggested they might be reduced or postponed.

The government is expanding China’s network of charging stations to reduce “range anxiety,” or buyers’ fear of running out of power. The Cabinet’s planning agency announced a goal in February of having 100,000 public charging stations and 800,000 private stations operating by the end of this year.

Electric cars also are exempt from sales tax and license plate quotas Beijing, Shanghai and other cities use to curb congestion and smog. Still, sales of electric and gasoline-electric hybrids fell 4.4 percent from a year earlier in the first quarter to 55,929 vehicles while SUV purchases rose 21 percent to 2.4 million.

Ford’s Schoch said that as manufacturing volume of batteries — an electric car’s most expensive component — expands, costs should fall, making them competitive with combustion engines.

“That will create a market pull rather than the government forcing action,” he said.

The status of manufacturing electric cars in China is unclear for foreign brands, which are required to work through joint ventures with state-owned Chinese partners that assemble their vehicles.

Previous rules required foreign automakers to hand over key technology to a Chinese partner or pay import taxes even on models produced in China. Foreign companies balked at giving away expensive know-how that might help a potential competitor to develop.

Volvo’s status is unusual. Its Chinese ownership makes it exempt from a requirement to work with a local joint venture partner. But Geely chairman Li Shufu has said he wants its Swedish managers to operate independently.

Volvo has said it hopes to sell a total of 1 million electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles by 2025. The company says it plans to develop plug-in hybrid versions of all its models.

Regulators have eased some regulations in an effort to encourage foreign companies to play a bigger role in developing the Chinese industry but manufacturers say they are waiting to see the final requirements.

Filings: GM plans 300 more self-driving cars

Jim Lynch, and Ian Thibodeau

General Motors Co. plans to put as many as 300 more self-driving vehicles on the road, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission.

Adding the test vehicles would give GM what would appear to be the largest fleet of self-driving cars in the United States. The automaker already is testing more than 50 Chevrolet Bolt EVs with autonomous technology on public roads in Detroit, San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. The new additions would be tested in those locations as well.

Google-backed Waymo, considered another major player in autonomous testing, currently has 160 vehicles on the road.

On Friday, a GM spokesman declined to discuss details, but issued a statement to The Detroit News that said: “While we do not discuss potential future product plans, our plan is to launch our autonomous vehicle technology first in an on-demand ride-sharing network.”

The contents of the FCC documents were first reported Friday by IEEE Spectrum, the online magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

GM officials successfully sought FCC approval last month for dedicating part of the radio spectrum for the company’s dedicated short-range communications that would allow GM cars to “talk” to each other and to sensors on roads. GM sought use of the 78-81 GHz range to allow partner Alps Electrics’ radar to work effectively.

Documentation from the lobbying effort provided a small glimpse of the automakers’ plans: Alps Electric officials sought to test its equipment in 300 vehicles.

“The plan is to conduct the experiment in private test facilities, roads, vehicle access-ways and parking facilities in metropolitan areas,” Alps Electric’s John Cabigao wrote in an April 4 email to an FCC official.

GM’s autonomous work with San Francisco-based Cruise Automation, acquired by GM last year, is bolstering its development of self-driving cars. Earlier this week, GM received an $8 million tax credit package from the state of California. Those credits will allow the automaker to invest $14 million in facilities for Cruise Automation and hire 1,100 more workers.

GM also is working with Lyft Inc. to develop a fleet of self-driving Bolts that would be used for ride-sharing.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in December announced it had completed building 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to be retrofitted with an autonomous driving system developed by Google Inc.’s self-driving car project, Waymo. Waymo’s fleet of vehicles at the time included 24 Lexus RX450h SUVs and 34 Google prototype vehicles.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co. announced late in 2016 that it would triple the number of its autonomous test vehicles in 2017, which would increase the size of the fleet to 90. Ford is testing the driverless cars in Michigan, California and Arizona; drivers are behind the steering wheel, ready to take over in an emergency. The company has vowed to have a fully driverless car without a steering wheel or pedals for braking and acceleration on the road in 2021.

In February, Ford also announced it would invest $1 billion over five years into a new artificial intelligence company, Argo AI, to develop the brains of its self-driving cars. In August 2016, Ford announced four investments and partnerships that it said would help it with its autonomous vehicle development.

They included investing $75 million in Velodyne, a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor company; acquiring SAIPS, a computer vision and machine learning company; investing in Civil Maps to further develop 3-D mapping; and inking an exclusive licensing agreement with Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC, a machine vision company.

The documents connected to GM’s push to secure space on the spectrum show company officials expressing confidence in their place in the push for autonomous vehicles. A March letter from GM to the FCC recapped an earlier meeting between GM and FCC officials that described comments made by John Capp, the carmaker’s director of global safety, strategy and vehicle programs.

“He explained that while GM is leading the industry with the deployment of the CTS, this technology is no different than others in… that in order to further develop the safety benefits, more testing must be done.”

A later passage in that same letter reads: “The (FCC) Chairman asked Mr. Capp and (GM’s Scott Geisler) if the other automakers are on the same aggressive timeline. They let him know that, while GM is ahead of others, GM believes that other, too, are also working on deployment…”

GMC Acadia

The Acadia is the one ride that packs the triple comforts of a spacious passenger room, a comfy, smooth ride, and excellent cargo space…all into one fabulous car. With top crash tests and generous seating capacity, it is easy to see why it ranks so high in the cross-over category of family cars.
The GMC Acadia is a versatile three row ride, which has seen several full redesign changes since its inception, including an infotainment system upgraded to a 4LTE Wi-Fi capacity. Its serene interior space with a quiet cabin enhances some of its infotainment features retained from previous iterations. Its manoeuvrability takes time to master, because of its speed and size, as well as its acceleration, which is appropriate for the car.

If your top priority is space, including legroom, then the GMC Acadia tops in its category, way ahead of the other competitors in its class. The GMC comes in three trims: SLE, SLT and Denali, with the SLE trims broken down to SLT-1 and SLT-2, SLE-1 and SLE-2.

The standard features prominent in SLE-1 include cruise control, cloth upholstery, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen electronic interfaces and roof rails. The SLE-2 trim adds an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an Interlink electronic interface and a two-way passenger seat. Unlike the SLE, the SLT-1 has 19-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, upgraded steering, and heated front seats. The SLT-1 premium edition has 20- inch alloy wheels.

The SLT-2 trim adds a blind spot warning, driver memory functions and a heated steering wheel to the SLE features while the Denali has a 20-inch wheels, extra soundproofing, dual-pane sunroof and a special exterior styling.

The GMC Acadia has a 3.6 litre V6 engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. This V6 engine packs 266 pound-feet of torque with a 281 horsepower. This family car has an optional all-wheel drive and the standard front wheel drive on all trims. Its acceleration at around 8.1 seconds on 0-60 is standard for most spacious crossovers.

The Acadia is an extremely safe car fitted with stability control, rear-view mirrors, antilock disc brakes and front-seat side-impact airbags. All trims have the front center airbag except the SLE-1. It also features lane departure warning, remote door locking, stolen vehicle locator and an automatic crash notification.

The car has a five-star rating for both its front and side impact crash and the highest score in roof strength tests as well as a seat/head restraint design. The car has a padded, soft interior with a helpful rear-view mirror and interlink smartphone integrated features, that are advanced, aesthetically pleasing and functional.

With its spacious cabin and generous load capacity, Acadia remains the quintessential American family car.

Lexus 200h CT

The 2016 Lexus 200h CT is the most fuel-efficient gas powered luxury car that offers a sturdy handling, F-sport styling, and eco-friendly interior with NuLuxe trim and bamboo accents.

No other car enthusiast can resist this technology loaded luxury hybrid car in multiple colors and in a show-stopping design, available at the affordable rate of $31,250. The leather trimmed heated front seats and the climate control system make each long journey comfortable in every season. The moon roof feature gives a great opportunity to enjoy the weather when it is great. The vehicle comes with a removable cargo area cover that assists in keeping luggage safely hidden and the space is enough to store luggage for a long journey. The 10-speaker sound system is perfect for providing clear sound for enjoying movies or music from the HD radio while travelling. The addition of the Electro chromic mirrors adds to the style of the car and it decreases the glare coming from behind the vehicle.
Lexus Enform Remote assists in operating many features of the car such as unlocking the vehicle without the key with just a touch of the remote. The Home link system is great in operating the home door and the garage. The home security system can also be operated through it even when the owner is not at home. The voice command system keeps the driver focused on the road. There are multiple driving modes from which the driver can choose and enjoy the ride. Pre-collision system alerts the driver when there is a chance of any frontal collision. The pedestrian system detects the walking person and avoids an accident through the brakes. There are multiple braking systems that help in avoiding accidents. Four-wheel disc brakes and the Brake Assist system contain sensors that work well if there is a possibility of collision.

Four-sensor and the Electronic Brake force Distribution assists in enhancing the control when the driver applies the brakes. Rain sensing wipers turn on automatically when the rain starts and the speed of the wipers is adjusted according to the volume of the rain. When the driver is going to park the car or reverse it; the intuitive parking assist keeps the driver from hitting any object. 8 airbags are present in the car which are deployed if the car collides with any car or object. The tire pressure is checked by the system in the car and the driver is alerted if the pressure is less in any of the 4 tires. There are many cameras for the assistance of the driver, which is required for avoiding an accident.

If you’re looking for a hybrid car that is eco-conscious even in the interior, makes safety their number one priority, and has a sports-luxe style, the 2016 Lexus 200h CT is for you.

Which oil is best for your car?

You may be familiar with two types of oil used for cars: conventional and synthetic. What’s the difference between these two?

Depending on what car you have, you need to ensure you are using the correct type of oil for oil changes.

Conventional oil costs much less than synthetic oil, has properties that provide lubrication at high temperatures, and can maintain stability for a long time. Synthetic oil is used more for cars with high mileage, as it can increase the car’s performance and life.

Other benefits of synthetic oil are:

• Improved lubrication
• Better stability
• Reduced breakdown
• Fewer deposits

Types of synthetic oil:

Synthetic blend oil is a mix of conventional motor oils and synthetic base stocks.
Full synthetic oil is made of a synthetic base stock mixed with various additives that increase the performance of the oil. According to mobiloil.com, “While all synthetics on the market may offer a higher level of protection than conventional or synthetics blends, not all synthetics are equal. Each synthetic brand uses a mix of high-performance fluids and additives.”

Synthetic oil does have far superior properties than conventional oil, however, the latter will protect your car just as well. More importantly, oil changes should be made as often as your car needs them. That is more important than the differences between conventional and synthetic oil.

Buick LaCrosse earns Top Safety Pick award

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse has earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Buick Lacrosse has been redesigned and received ‘good’ ratings in five crash scenarios. According to leftlanenews.com, “Maximum intrusion of four inches was measured at the footrest in the demanding small-overlap impact, while the airbags and seatbelt ‘worked reasonably well together’ to minimize potential injuries.”

When it comes to safety, the Buick LaCrosse is second to none as it has continuously received excellent ratings in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated Buick LaCrosse five stars among frontal, side, and rollover crashes for 2017 and since 2007.

According to leftlanenews.com, General Motors’ front-crash prevention system received a ‘superior’ judgement, completely avoiding a collision at 12 mph and lowering the impact speed to an average of just one mph when approaching an obstacle at 25 mph.”

The only category in which the revamped LaCrosse needs improvement on, is its headlights. This has led them to be excluded from the Top Safety Pick Plus club, due to the newest, additional qualification criteria put in place this year, which requires cars to earn a ‘good’ headlight test rating.

The IIHS report notes that “On the straightaway, [lowbeam] visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road” and “on curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on both left curves.”

Fortunately, the LaCrosse could eventually reach Top Safety Pick+ status if General Motors introduces improved headlights. This would of course benefit LaCrosse drivers as well.

So, if you’re looking for a safe car that is more on the luxurious side, consider the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. There’s no better comfort while driving than knowing your safety is a priority.