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.

GM’s Maven adds Chevy Bolt to Los Angeles car-sharing service

General Motors’ ‘Maven’ service has begun adding Chevrolet Bolt EVs to its car-sharing service. More than 100-for-hire Bolts will be added by the company in Los Angeles. Both Maven customers and Lyft Express Drive users will be able to use the cars.

According to leftlanenews.com,

“Maven’s Los Angeles operations have achieved an average month-over-month growth of 56 percent since launching in October. The automaker suggests the car-sharing Bolt fleet could eventually account for up to 250,000 all-electric miles each month.”

The Chevrolet Bolt has also been named 2017 Car of the Year by MotorTrend, which brings excitement to Maven, as customers can take advantage of its benefits. With electric cars still being introduced to consumers, many probably haven’t driven in one yet, and can use this opportunity to experience this new automobile advancement.

Leftlanenews.com says,

“GM is collaborating with partner companies and government agencies to pursue infrastructure projects that will encourage the use of EVs in the ‘sharing economy.’ Similar initiatives will likely be pursued in San Diego and San Francisco as Maven further expands Bolt availability.”

Hopefully, as Maven expands and reaches more consumers, it can be a grand step towards the switch to electric vehicles.

Maven is now available in 17 cities in the US and Canada, and has more than 24,000 members and 27,500 reservations to date.

2017 Buick Regal

This is an upscale car in the mid-sized range that has been on the streets since 1973 in various modifications. S production has been in full swing since 2011 after a brief discontinuation. The Regal is a prime entry level sedan into the market that offers a decent value on the road. It gives you a revised trim level structure and a slightly improved appearance. A Buick Regal makes for a major up-scaling on the interlink function that is standard in Buick models.

This car has never lost its long laundry list of standard convenient features and the competitive pricing that puts it within reach of most sedan lovers. This Buick regal packs a turbo-4’s fuel economy with 259 horsepower in its 2.0-litre four cylinder pumps. Its touchscreen is slightly larger than the Encore’s, at 8-inches coupled with an Android and Apple integration and an impressive interface. The Buick Regal attracts you with its polished looks and affordable value that makes it incomparable to most of its five alternatives.

It has the Buick signature 18-inch alloy, cruise control, soft leather upholstery, heated seats and steering wheel. Its infotainment consists of a satellite radio, seven speaker system and a CD player and two USB ports. The ISL has the legendary twin exhaust outlets as well as rear spoilers. The premium II version offers you a keyless entry and ignition, a navigation system, a 110 volt power outlet, a nine speaker audio system, a xenon headlights, rear-seat side airbags and rear parking sensors.

The Regal GS boasts a standard 19-inch rim with the option for 20-inch front and rear rims. It is the most agile of the Buicks with adjustable drive modes, sport suspensions, unique pedals, a three spoke steering wheel, a large gauge cluster info display and adaptive dampers. Like their smaller sister, the Buick Encore, Buick Regals have lane departure warning, collision alerts, blind spots monitors and drivers memory settings. You can also opt for 18-inch chrome rims, chic interior lighting and a sunroof.

Its 2.4 litre four cylinder engine pushes horsepower’s of between 172 and 282 feet of torque. The front-wheel drive is a given while the all-wheel is always optional. Its acceleration falls within the standard acceleration for most of the cars in its class. It has a full length side curtain airbag and antilock disk brakes.

The Buick Regal packs an automatic crash notification, a remote door unlock and a stolen vehicle locator. To cap it all off, it has a four-star rating for frontal impact safety and a five-star rating for side impact safety. The interior is luxuriant with a dash of showy features including a sleek gauge display, a large touchscreen with sharp graphics and displays. A fantastic car for even the shrewdest driver.

Older Ford Models Get 4G Wi-Fi

Ford drivers can now be a part of the new automobile technology craze with 4G Wi-Fi in their vehicles. Ford is debuting SmartLink, a system that connects vehicles with features not previously equipped with. Modern features such as 4G Wi-Fi, remote start, and other key features will be accessible to owners of 2010-2016 Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

So, what does it take?

All it takes is plugging in the simple SmartLink device to OBD II port in the vehicle, under the steering wheel. According to automobilemag.com,

“Drivers will be able to locate their vehicle in a parking lot, receive health and security alters, schedule service appointments, and utilize 4G Wi-Fi hotspots capable of connecting up to eight devices. The device also enables remote start, locking, and unlocking with the compatible smartphone app.”

This new roll out took Ford two years of extensive research to develop the perfect SmartLink technology, with the help of Delphi Automotive and Verizon Telematics. Ford’s new technology addition to older models represent a great step for the industry and Ford drivers everywhere.

In a release, Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer said,

“From security to performance, we’ve conducted extensive testing and made a number of improvements to ensure Ford SmartLink enhances the customer experience for our owners.”

It’s always significant when companies truly care about their customers, as it represents loyalty and credibility. Now, people who drive older Ford models will not feel compelled to go out and purchase a new car, whether it be a Ford or another brand. They can simply take advantage of their new technology features right in the same car.

Business Travelers Prefer Uber over Rental Cars

According to Bloomberg.com, Uber accounted for forty-three percent of ground transportation transactions expensed through Certify in early 2016, whereas rental cars accounted for forty percent. Many more professionals are preferring to use Uber or Lyft as opposed to rental cars and taxis.

With the cost of riding an Uber or Lyft Inc. costing much less than the average rental car booking, along with the convenience factor of paying and hailing a ride efficiently, the car-rental industry is definitely impacted. Robert Neveu, President of Certify, says “the convenience factor is huge, and we’re seeing it change the habits and behaviors of our users.”

Despite car rental companies seeing a decrease in demand, others are searching for different ways to offer more than just daily rentals for travelers. Enterprise Holdings Inc. debuted its new Carshare program offering hourly rentals shortly after Avis acquired Zipcar in 2013. Hertz Global Holdings Inc. recently decided to invest in Luxe Valet Inc., a San Francisco start-up that provides on-demand parking services through a mobile app.

According to Bloomberg.com, “General Motors Co. said in January it would invest $500 million in Lyft, the second-biggest U.S. car-booking company. As part of their partnership, GM and Lyft are developing short-term car-rental hubs in some U.S. cities.” This way, some automakers are able to showcase their vehicles to prospective customers, while travelers can benefit from short rentals and hopefully diverge from the Uber competition.

Is it Better to Buy or Lease a Car?

Many people are faced with the decision of whether to buy a car or lease it for a few years. Both options have its benefits and drawbacks.

Buying a car can either mean purchasing new or used, and if purchasing new, it may require taking out a car loan. Having a good credit score is crucial, so if yours is less-than-perfect, you may want to consider waiting until you can raise your score or searching for a used car with a similar payment.
With purchasing a used car, you never know if it’s going to require more maintenance than expected, which can be costly and time-consuming. However, Hondas and Toyotas are just a couple of the most reliable and fuel-efficient cars on the market, in which case buying used can save you a lot of money in the long-run.

Leasing a car can get expensive if you go over the mileage limit and have to pay per mile before the lease is up, which can add up quickly. Additionally, U.S. News says that “at the end of the lease, you will have no equity in the car, and no value to apply as a down payment on your next car. If you like the car and want to buy it, you’ll have to take out a loan, and that loan will incur a higher interest rate, since you will be financing a used car.” Furthermore, leasing a car also requires having a good credit score. Another drawback is that at the end of your lease, you will have zero equity in the car, which means no value to use as a down payment on your next car. If you decide to keep the car, the loan you take out will incur a higher interest rate, because you will have to finance a used car.

Leasing can be ideal for buyers who desire a nicer, more expensive car they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Also, buyers have the benefit of knowing they can lease a new car every few years and be up to date with the latest technology and safety features. With leasing, there’s also no hassle of selling the car or getting a good trade-in price, you simply just return the car back to the dealership.
Ultimately, your lifestyle, credit history, mileage, and convenience are all important factors that can determine whether buying or leasing is the best choice for you.

2017 Honda Civic Sedan

The newly shaped Honda civic sedan is available at an affordable rate of $18,640 and the LED lighting gives it a show-stopping look. It is available in many different colors and the individuals who have decided to purchase it can select the color suiting their personality. It comes with the feature of Remote Engine Start which enables the owner to start the vehicle from a distance and without grabbing the key out of their pocket. Heated Front Seats and the Heated Rear Seats make traveling comfortable and easy for those who have to travel often in the winter season. The manufacturers made safety a priority when they installed the systems in the vehicle, which include:

Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
LED Daytime Running Lights
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Forward Collision Warning
Lane Departure Warning
Collision Mitigation Braking System™
Road Departure Mitigation System
The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
Electric Parking Brake
Eco Assist™ System
Brake Assist
Anti-Lock Braking System
Lane Keeping Assist System
Honda Lane Watch

With the help of Smart Entry, the door and trunk of the vehicle can be unlocked without using the key. The fog lights not only look great, but work well in foggy weather and serves great in keeping the riders safe who are travelling in severe weather condition. Through the Bluetooth, the phone book access is easy and the person can communicate with hands free while driving attentively.

Overall, as the Honda Civic is one of the best-selling cars in history, Honda’s new design of this compact sedan is no other than spectacular. Aside from its fresh, sporty look, riders can enjoy the car’s spaciousness, high-technology safety systems, and the latest entertainment features at an affordable price.

2017 Toyota RAV4

No other car can be compared with the luxury offered by RAV4 at an affordable price of just $24,910. Driving at night time is made easy through the integrated fog lights and LED lighting that is installed. There are 3 models of RAV4 available in different colors, giving a wide choice to select from according to personality. No matter what color you choose, the S-Code paint treatment complements the style and design of the car. The environment inside the car can be easily adjusted according to the demand of the riders; the car contains dual zone automatic climate control system and the driver along with the front-seat passenger can enjoy heated seats. The car comes with SofTex®-trimmed front seats, which makes for comfortable riding. The owner of the car gets the flexible cargo area as the car is designed with folding 60/40 split , so the cargo area is spacious which helps in carrying large items. Illuminated SE gauge cluster not only makes focusing on the road easy as a person can get the idea with just a glance due to the red needles and red gauge cluster illumination, but also makes the design of the car attractive.

The RAV4 Hybrid’s energy monitor assists in keeping check on the operation of the gas engine and electric motor by providing real-time information. The car contains the innovative feature integrated HomeLink® by which the car owner can control the garage door, front gate and home security system when sitting inside the car. For enjoying the weather, riders can take advantage of the moon roof feature available in the car. The Smart Key System is one of the best features which are installed in the car as it helps in starting the engine, unlocking the doors and opening the trunk without a key. The Bird’s Eye View Camera assists in seeing the objects near the car, it also helps in getting in and out of small spaces easily. The standard backup camera shows the real-time view of the back of the motor vehicle which helps in reversing. Siri® Eyes Free is installed to keep the driver focused on the road as it assists in connecting the voice recognition technology of the paired iPhone. SiriusXM®Satellite Radio helps in knowing the traffic flow and weather information. For clear audio and enjoying music while traveling, the car contains Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers.

The manufacturers made safety their priority when they installed the following safety features in the car aside from the 8 airbags to keep the passengers safe in case of an accident.

Toyota Safety Sense
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
Lane Departure Alert Steering Assist
Auto High Beams
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Sporty car lovers can choose from an array of models such as the LE which contains 17-inch steel wheels; the XLE Hybrid which comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, and the SE which contains 18-inch alloy wheels.If you’re looking for a hybrid model, a spacious interior, and updated electronic safety systems, look no further than the 2016 Toyota RAV4.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

This stylish and show-stopping car with the latest technologies is available at the rate of $31,915 and cannot be compared to any other car of its kind. This car is available in multiple eye-catching colors that will suit the owner’s personality. It is designed with exceptional efficiency and safety measures which is enough to impress the car lovers. The LED daytime running lamps and LED tail-lamps installed in the vehicle not only makes traveling safe at any time of the day, but gives an outstanding look to the exterior. The car comes with 10 airbags in different locations which provide protection in the case of an accident, assisting in avoiding serious injuries. A great thing about the vehicle is that the system is well managed and connected with other systems; when the air bags are deployed, the sensors alert the OnStar Advisor to check if assistance is required. The built-in USB ports helps in connecting electronic devices and the wireless charging feature helps in charging a Smartphone at anytime.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is not just a luxury car which makes for a comfortable journey, it is also great in enabling parents to check on their children while they are driving without their parents being present. This feature is made possible by installing the My-Link display and Teen Driver technology for which parents just need to insert a PIN in My-Link display and they can check multiple things through Teen Driver technology. Parents are able to mute the car’s music until the front-seatbelts are fastened. The system alerts the parent when:The vehicle is going at high rate of speed, which emits a sound when exceeded When the riders are not wearing their safety belts When the driver has braked hard And whenThe safety features such as Forward Collision Alert or Front Automatic Braking were activated by the sensors in the vehicle Apple CarPlay enables riders to use an iPhone for communicating while driving and in getting directions when needed. The other systems and technology in the car includes:

Adaptive Cruise control which helps the driver in adjusting the speed while maintaining distance from the vehicle moving ahead.
Front Parking assist which assists in safely parking the car

Front pedestrian braking, in which the brakes are automatically applied if there is any pedestrian in front of the car to avoid an accident.
Lane Keep assist which assists the driver in staying in the lane and alerts with a sound when the car is leaving the lane. With the help of OnStar Remote Link mobile app, the owner of the vehicle can control various features of the car including starting the vehicle without the key, using available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, locking/unlocking the doors,and sending directions to the vehicle with available OnStar navigation.

When it comes to the Chevrolet Malibu, the owner has total control of the latest installed technologies for both safety and pleasure. A ride in this car guarantees the utmost safety, spaciousness, and comfort.