These are the Best SUVs for Short People
July 29, 2022
Shorter or petite drivers need a vehicle that allows them to feel comfortable, gain proper visibility through the windshield (and mirrors) and reach the pedals without stretching or feeling cramped. Some features can help shorter drivers make adjustments, but not all models could adjust enough to facilitate visibility or comfort. Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are built on a truck chassis, which gives them more weight and can make drivers feel safer. Some are sportier in design, offer power for towing and provide lots of cargo space. What are the best SUVs for short people? Kelley Blue Book (KBB) rounded up a list of the best vehicles for shorter drivers, and SUV models dominated the list. KBB recommended these SUVS: * 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe * 2022 Honda CR-V * 2021 Nissan Rogue * 2021 Mazda CX-30 * 2022 Chevrolet Equinox * 2022 Subaru Outback * 2022 Volkswagen Taos Best SUVs for Short People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Features-that-Can-Upgrade-the-Driving-Experience.jpg] FEATURES THAT CAN UPGRADE THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE Some standard and upgraded features can help drivers make the adjustments needed for a more comfortable and safer ride. All drivers need to be able to gain full visibility in their windshield and their side and rear view mirrors. In addition, seats should be easy to adjust to allow drivers to lift the seat higher or lower or to bring the seat closer to the pedals and steering wheel. POWER SEATS All vehicles offer adjustable seats to ensure drivers. However, both taller drivers and shorter drivers might find that power adjustable seats allow for easier modifications. This feature uses buttons to move the seat into position, and the power option tends to provide greater control compared to a seat that requires manual adjustment. MEMORY SEAT FEATURES Couples might share a vehicle or a teen driver might use the car. This means that when drivers sit in the driver’s seat they might have to re-adjust the seat position. To simplify these adjustments, car shoppers can upgrade to memory seats that automatically adjust to the driver. Not all car models might offer this as an upgrade, but it could be worth the extra cost if it is an available option. ADJUSTABLE AND TELESCOPING STEERING WHEEL Taller and shorter drivers also might need to re-position the steering wheel for better accessibility. KBB recommends telescoping steering wheels that allow for proper and easy adjustments. BLIND SPOT ALERTS/MONITORING Every driver has a blind spot. However, sensors that monitor these out-of-sight areas can help warn drivers about potential hazards so they can avoid an accident. Look for safety systems that include blind spot sensors and warnings. SMART REARVIEW MIRRORS Smart rearview mirrors are a relatively newer car feature. These mirrors allow the driver to access a camera that is shown in real time via the rearview mirror. Smart features allow for better rear view visibility during night driving or in bad weather. AUTOMATIC OR POWER LIFT GATES KBB also recommends power lift gates for shorter drivers. These gates ensure that drivers don’t have to reach up to grab the gate to close it. Instead, just press a button and the gate will automatically close (or open). RUNNING BOARDS An exterior feature also recommended by KBB, running boards can be used as a step to help shorter drivers get into taller SUVs. Best SUVs for Short People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/About-the-Best-SUVs-for-Short-People.jpg] ABOUT THE BEST SUVS FOR SHORT PEOPLE Shorter drivers who are looking for the best SUV options might have their own checklist of must-have features for their new SUV. Some buyers might have a lower budget than others, and price could be the biggest issue. However, fuel efficiency also could be an important feature—especially when gas prices seem to constantly climb. 2022 HYUNDAI SANTA FE The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe might soon be an older model as 2023 model years begin to debut in dealership showrooms. The 2022 Santa Fe has a starting MSRP of $27,700. It offers 25 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway; the Santa Fe can tow up to 2,000 to 3,500 pounds. It offers space for up to five passengers. In addition, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Car shoppers also can choose a hybrid Santa Fe. 2022 HONDA CR-V The Honda CR-V was the fifth most popular car in 2021. The 2022 CR-V has a starting MSRP of $26,800. It can get up to 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway and has space for up to five people. It received a Top Safety Pick rating/award (with specific headlights) from the IIHS. The CR-V also is offered as a hybrid. 2021 NISSAN ROGUE KBB listed its recommended models in 2021, and the 2021 Nissan Rogue was still a newer model. However, now buyers might find the 2021 Rogue as a used option. The 2021 Rogue started at $26,050; used prices might vary. The Rogue offers decent fuel efficiency—27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. It can tow up to 1,350 pounds and has space for five. The 2021 Rogue received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the IIHS. 2021 MAZDA CX-30 The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is another model that will be found as a used option. When it debuted, it had a starting MSRP of $22,050; used prices might vary. The CX-30 can get 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The model provides space for up to five people. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the IIHS; this is applicable to models built after September 2020. 2022 CHEVROLET EQUINOX The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox also has room for up to five people. It has a starting MSRP of $26,050 and can get 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. It can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The Equinox was the 19th best-selling vehicle of 2021. 2022 SUBARU OUTBACK The 2022 Subaru Outback has a starting MSRP of $27,645 and offers space for five. The 2021 Outback ranked 21st of the best-selling vehicles of 2021. Like many models on the list, it also offers decent fuel efficiency—26 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The 2022 Outback can tow up to 2,700 to 3,500 pounds. The 2022 Subaru Outback received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. 2022 VOLKSWAGEN TAOS The 2022 Volkswagen Taos starts at $23,495 and can seat up to five. It can get up to 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. WHAT IS A GOOD SUV FOR A SHORT PERSON? The best vehicle for any driver can depend on their style, budget and wish list, too. Every driver might want something different in a vehicle. However, for drivers that are shorter, SUVs that offer features to adjust the seat and provide good visibility might be the best options. In addition, car shoppers might choose to add other upgrades like a smart rearview mirror or memory seats. Blind spot alerts and other safety features also can be beneficial during the drive. BEST SUV FOR SHORT DRIVERS 2022 While KBB included its list of best vehicles for short drivers in 2021, the list was filled with 2022 models. Car shoppers could focus their search on these 2022 models: * 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe * 2022 Honda CR-V * 2022 Chevrolet Equinox * 2022 Subaru Outback * 2022 Volkswagen Taos Again, buyers also can add features that make the drive more comfortable. However, they also might research these models to find out which features come standard. Some might offer blind-spot monitoring or other features as a standard option. However, every model differs in its list of standard features. Best SUVs for Short People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Dont-Forget-the-Test-Drive.jpg] DON’T FORGET THE TEST DRIVE Whether drivers are taller or shorter, the best SUV or vehicle might depend on the individual and their preferences. While certain models might be recommended because of their features, dimensions or other attributes, the best way to find out if a model is a fit is to take a test drive. Not only does a test drive let the shopper adjust the seats and determine if the vehicle fits their height, but a test drive also can help drivers understand how the car handles. Maybe the car feels sluggish on the acceleration, or maybe the driver just doesn’t like a navigational feature. With today’s modern vehicles, there are so many different features that could be appealing or even divisive among buyers. Something as simple as the design or size of an infotainment screen could make or break a buyer’s decision. COULD LARGER SUVS BE AN OPTION? Some buyers might need a large SUV to fit a family, or they might gravitate to a larger model because of the towing capacity or cargo space. While the recommended 2022 models were smaller SUVs, shorter buyers shouldn’t necessarily assume a large SUV won’t be a good fit. Again, the best way to determine the comfort and fit of any vehicle is to take a test drive; at the very least, buyers should sit in the vehicle and adjust the seats to see if it’s comfortable. Larger SUVs also can feature running boards that help shorter drivers climb into a taller vehicle. Every shopper will have their own idea of what SUV is ideal for their driving needs. Explore the options and then visit the dealership to take a test drive to determine that it really is the best choice.
These are the Best Sporty Family Cars
July 27, 2022
Family cars should offer plenty of space for everyone and also have cargo room for any gear, groceries, and sporting equipment. Some car buyers who are on the hunt for a new family car might want a sportier option, without sacrificing safety or fuel efficiency. Modern family cars come in many iterations—SUVs, sedans, minivans and even trucks. The newest models include sportier designs and unique trims, too. These are the best sporty family cars that offer maximum space for the entire family, decent fuel efficiency and top safety ratings. * Honda Odyssey * Kia Sorento Hybrid * Subaru Ascent * Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab Pickup * Mitsubishi Outlander * Genesis GV80 * Volvo XC90 Recharge Best Sporty Family Cars [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Families-Have-Lots-of-Options.jpg] FAMILIES HAVE LOTS OF OPTIONS Families have an extensive list of options when shopping for a sporty new vehicle. Every buyer’s parameters might be different, though. Some might want a luxury vehicle, but others need to stay within a tighter budget. Many families also want the safest vehicles. To find out how well a model performed in safety/crash tests, car shoppers can visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s website to look up any vehicle and review the safety report. Cars that earned a Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick award/rating will have the honor denoted at the top of the report. While the list of sporty car recommendations primarily includes trucks, SUVs and even one minivan, some buyers might even choose a sports car for a family car. Again, every buyer is different; however, those who want a traditional sports car could choose an adjacent family car option like the Mustang Mach-E (it’s electric). The Mach-E has space for a family and leans into the iconic sporty design of the Mustang. Best Sporty Family Cars [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/About-the-Sport-Family-Car-Options.jpg] ABOUT THE SPORT FAMILY CAR OPTIONS Every site will offer different recommendations for sporty family cars. Since many buyers focus on price, safety and fuel efficiency, many of the recommended models favor these preferences. A few luxury models are included for buyers with more to spend on their new family car. 2022 HONDA ODYSSEY Yes, the Odyssey is a minivan. Traditionally, minivans aren’t known as sporty vehicles. Yet, the more modern models do include a sleeker design. The Odyssey offers 144.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row (when the second and third rows are folded); it offers 32.8 cubic feet of space behind the third row. What makes minivans such an ideal vehicle for families, though, is their passenger space. All minivan models on the market offer three rows of seating. The Odyssey can fit seven or eight passengers, depending on how the buyer configures the second row (captain’s chairs or a bench seat). While the Odyssey is spacious, it could be a bit expensive for some buyers. The 2022 Odyssey starts at $37,340. Its fuel efficiency is decent for its size–19 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. However, the hybrid Toyota Sienna offers better fuel efficiency, albeit less space. In addition, the Chrysler Pacifica also is offered in a hybrid, but it’s much more expensive than the Odyssey—the hybrid Pacifica starts at $46,978. KIA SORENTO HYBRID The Kia Sorento Hybrid combines a sporty design with lots of space and decent fuel efficiency. The Sorento is priced moderately—it starts at 29,590. The Sorento Hybrid offers a third row and has space to fit up to six passengers. It offers 12.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row and 75.5 cubic feet behind the front row. The Sorento Hybrid offers up to 26 MPG combined (city and highway). The Kia Sorento (the hybrid wasn’t separately noted) also received a Top Safety Pick (with specific headlights) rating/award from the IIHS. 2022 SUBARU ASCENT The Subaru Ascent is a larger SUV with space for up to eight passengers. The Ascent starts at $32,795. It offers decent fuel efficiency and can get 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The Ascent offers 17.6 to 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 86 to 86.5 cubic feet behind the front seat. The 2022 Subaru Ascent received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. DODGE RAM 1500 CREW CAB PICKUP The Dodge Ram is the second most popular vehicle in the country, and it has a starting MSRP of $36,500. The Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab pickup is designed to fit the entire crew. The Ram offers 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. Families can use the full cab to store gear or other necessities. THE DODGE RAM 1500 CREW CAB PICKUP RECEIVED A TOP SAFETY PICK AWARD/RATING (WITH CERTAIN HEADLIGHTS). 2022 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has three rows of seating and space for seven. It’s also affordable for a larger SUV—it starts at $26,095. The Outlander offers 27 MPG combined–24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. It offers 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space, too. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the IIHS. GENESIS GV80 Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury brand. The Genesis GV80 offers three rows of seating and space for seven. It has a starting price of $50,200 and offers decent fuel efficiency—21 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The GV80 provides 84 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front row. In addition, the GV80 received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. VOLVO XC90 RECHARGE The Volvo XC90 Recharge is a plug-in hybrid that offers up to 66 MPGe (combined); the XC90 gets 25 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. The XC90 is a luxury automobile and has a starting price of $64,800. Like most of the vehicles on the list, the XC90 includes three rows of seating and space for up to seven and offers 85.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the IIHS. WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SHOPPING FOR A FAMILY VEHICLE Every car shopper will have a list of what they want in their ideal automobile. Families might need specific features like entertainment screens for children sitting in the back. Some might upgrade to captain’s chairs in the second row to separate children. While vehicles include the starting MSRP, buyers need to understand that this is the price without any options or upgrades. Need a towing package? That’s likely going to be an extra cost. In addition, buyers also could find it difficult to find what they want when (and if) vehicle supply is low. Dealerships might only have few choices for specific models available on the lot. Certain vehicles could be impossible to order; in fact, Ford stopped accepting orders for its electric pickup the Ford F-150 Lightning and its hybrid Maverick pickup. Buyers also might look to 2023 models and either place orders for these new models or make reservations for upcoming popular models. While Lightning models are no longer available for new buyers, those who placed a reservation likely secured a truck. If buyers want a specific sporty model for their family and it happens to be a very popular model, placing an order for an upcoming model year could be an option. Again, though, dealerships all have different inventory. Some could have 2022 models that are available. EXPLORE ALL THE OPTIONS WITH RELAYCARS Some buyers might not know what vehicle is ideal for their family. Should they purchase a pickup truck or just a large SUV? The budget and other factors could impact choice, but some buyers simply don’t know what type of car they like or which vehicle would best suit their needs. RelayCars offers unique and interactive experiences for buyers to preview vehicles. Download the RelayCars app to explore vehicles via 3D interactive models or in virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). Car shoppers also could visit the RelayCars website using their mobile device (tablet or smartphone) to explore cars in augmented reality or using 3D interactive models. With RelayCars, buyers can use a fingertip to interact with the 3D car imagery (on the website or the app). Turn the car around to see all the unique design features of the exterior or look around the interior. The RelayCars website also lets buyers explore cars via augmented reality. This experience uses the camera from a mobile device to capture the real environment, and a 3D model of the car will appear in this space. With this tool, buyers can view any car in their garage, driveway or anywhere they want. Use the camera to navigate the experience and walk around the car. Both the RelayCars app and the website also include vehicle specs and pricing information to help buyers research all their options. With RelayCars, the car shopping experience can begin anywhere. Bring the dealership experience into the home via augmented reality or virtual reality experiences or using 3D on-page imagery. Explore thousands of vehicles and enjoy the hunt for a new vehicle.
The Best SUV for Large Person: Why Hip, Shoulder and Legroom Specs are Key
July 25, 2022
Some individuals are built tall and just larger than average. Every individual’s body is different, but everyone wants a comfortable space when they are driving. Feeling cramped or squished isn’t ideal for driving. Individuals who are big and tall might wonder about their best options. Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) could be the ideal vehicle for those who need extra space in the driver’s seat. The best SUV for a large person is best summed up as the models that provide the best hip, shoulder and legroom. What is the best SUV for large person? The site iSeeCars rounded up a list of the SUVs that offer the most space in the driver’s seat; the five roomiest SUVs are: * Ford Explorer (Base 4WD) * Buick Enclave (Avenir AWD) * Chevy Traverse (AWD 1LS) * Honda Pilot (Black Edition AWD) * Acura MDX (AWD) WHAT IS THE BEST SUV FOR LARGER PERSON? The best SUV for a larger person might be the Ford Explorer, as it offers the most hip, leg and shoulder space. The Explorer offers 40.7 inches of headroom, 43 inches of legroom (in the front), 61.8 inches of shoulder room and 59.2 inches of hip room. Among the models on the list compiled by iSeeCars, the Explorer provides the most space when all measurements are averaged out. However, it is not the best option for hip or shoulder space; it was beat out ever so slightly by a different model in each of these measurements. Again, though, the Explorer is the most spacious option for taller, larger drivers. The 2022 Explorer starts at $34,010 and gets 27 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. It has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 to 5,600 pounds. The Explorer includes three rows of seating and has space for seven. It received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. WHAT SUV FOR LARGE PERSON OFFERS THE MOST HIP ROOM? Some drivers need more hip room. The Ford Explorer might be the most spacious SUV overall, but the Acura MDX offers the most hip room. While the Explorer provides 59.2 inches of hip room, the MDX offers a tiny bit more space with 59.3 inches. While the 1/10 of an inch isn’t significant, it still gives the MDX the advantage. The 2022 Acura MDX is a luxury option, though. The MDX starts at $48,000. The fuel efficiency of the MDX is fairly average for a larger SUV—19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. The 2022 MDX also offers three rows of seating and space for 7. Buyers needing extra space should be comfortable; the MDX provides 38.5 inches of headroom, 41.6 inches of legroom (front seat), 61.9 inches of shoulder room and 59.2 inches of hip room. The 2022 Acura MDX received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. Best SUV for Large Person [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/What-SUV-for-Large-People-Offers-the-Most-Shoulder-Room.jpg] WHAT SUV FOR LARGE PEOPLE OFFERS THE MOST SHOULDER ROOM? The Ford Explorer also was bested by another model for shoulder room space. The SUV for large people that offers the most shoulder room is the 2022 Buick Enclave (Avenir AWD). The model provides 62.2 inches of shoulder room, 41.2 inches of headroom (also more than the Explorer), 41.2 inches of legroom and 59 inches of front hip room. The Buick Enclave Avenir also might be considered a luxury model; it has a starting MSRP of $55,100. The Enclave Avenir gets average fuel efficiency for its size—18 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. Like the Acura MDX and the Ford Explorer, the Enclave Avenir also offers three rows of seating and space for seven. What is the Best SUV for Large People with the Most Headroom [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/What-is-the-Best-SUV-for-Large-People-with-the-Most-Headroom.jpg] WHAT IS THE BEST SUV FOR LARGE PEOPLE WITH THE MOST HEADROOM? Some individuals have longer torsos and are taller than average. They need an SUV or vehicle that offers the most headroom. Among all the models on the iSeeCars list, the 2022 Chevrolet Traverse (AWD 1LS) provides the most head room—41.4 inches. It also provides 41 inches of front legroom, 61.9 inches of front shoulder room and 58.1 inches of front hip room. The Traverse offers three rows of seating and space for eight; the LS has a starting MSRP of $33,700. It offers comparable fuel efficiency of other mid-size SUVs—18 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. WHAT IS THE BEST SUV FOR BIG GUYS 2020? Buyers might not have the budget for a new model SUV; some buyers actually prefer to buy used models. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) included a list of the best used models for tall people; the 2018 to 2020 Nissan Rogue was named the top choice. The 2020 Rogue offers 41.6 inches of front seat headroom, 43 inches of legroom, 56.6 inches of shoulder room and 54 inches of hip room. The 2020 Rogue had a starting MSRP of $25,490 and offered good fuel efficiency—26 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. However, the Rogue only offers two rows and space for five. The 2020 Nissan Rogue received a Top Safety Pick award/rating (with specific headlights) from the IIHS. WHAT IS THE BEST SMALL SUV FOR LARGE PERSON? The 2022 Honda Pilot Black Edition is a midsize SUV that offers three rows of seating for seven or eight people. The Pilot (Black Edition) has a starting MSRP of $51,870 and provides decent fuel efficiency—19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. The Honda Pilot (Black Edition) also provides plenty of space for larger drivers. It offers 39.5 inches of front headroom, 40.9 inches of front legroom, 62 inches of front shoulder room and 59.1 inches of front hip room. What about smaller SUVs for larger drivers? Are there any spacious compact SUVs for those who need more legroom, shoulder room or hip room? While smaller or compact SUVs offer less space overall, they could still provide plenty of room in the front seat. Those who are looking for a smaller spacious SUV could opt for the Honda CR-V. It offers 41.3 inches of legroom, 57.9 inches of front shoulder room and 55.1 inches of front hip room. The CR-V’s main competitor is the Toyota RAV4; the RAV4 Adventure AWD offers 39.5 inches of headroom, 41 inches of legroom, 57.8 inches of shoulder room and 54.3 inches of hip room. How Can Larger Drivers Find the Roomiest and Most Comfortable SUV [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/How-Can-Larger-Drivers-Find-the-Roomiest-and-Most-Comfortable-SUV.jpg] HOW CAN LARGER DRIVERS FIND THE ROOMIEST AND MOST COMFORTABLE SUV? Drivers who are taller or larger can review the measurements of different SUVs to understand the roomiest models. However, measurements don’t always tell the whole story for buyers. The best way to understand if a vehicle is the best or most comfortable option is to take a test drive. Buyers might find the front seat to be spacious, but maybe they don’t like how the seat adjusts. Perhaps the front seat space is uncomfortable for another reason. A test drive also helps buyers understand how a vehicle handles on the road. If the front seat is comfortable but the buyer doesn’t like how the vehicle drives, it might not be the best choice. Buyers might need to consider other models. There are a number of features that can make a certain vehicle the best option for a buyer. Price could be a major deal breaker. A buyer might feel comfortable in a certain SUV, but they might find that the price is just too high. If buyers do discover that a pricier SUV is their best option, they could search for used models. Older models might be just as comfortable but could feature a lower price tag. However, dealerships vary in what they offer via their used inventory. Buyers looking for a specific used model might need to conduct a search via car shopping websites to find available models in their area. In addition, popular new models also might be more difficult to find when the demand is high. USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE ALL THE BEST SUV MODELS Car buyers also can download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars website via the mobile device to explore cars using interactive 3D models, augmented reality or virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). The RelayCars app is free to download on both Google Play and the App Store. Both the website and the app let buyers explore different vehicles using immersive 3D models. Buyers can interact with these models using a fingertip; turn the vehicle around or explore the interior. RelayCars also lets buyers swap out the paint trim on any model in the inventory. The website also gives buyers the option to explore cars in augmented reality. Access this experience by using the camera of a smartphone or tablet; the camera will capture any space in the user’s environment, and a model of the car will appear in this space. Navigate the experience via the camera and preview vehicles anywhere. Both the RelayCars app and website also includes specs and pricing information related to all the models in the inventory. Use RelayCars as a one-stop destination for car exploration and research to find the best vehicle and understand the different features of favorite models.
What is the Most Fuel Efficient Towing Vehicle?
July 22, 2022
Gas prices fluctuate constantly; when prices soar at the pump, car owners might start amending their driving habits to conserve fuel. Those in the market for a new vehicle also could focus on models that offer decent fuel efficiency. Electric trucks or SUVs also could be a fuel-saving option. Car buyers who need to shop for a towing vehicle might be in for a more complicated search when trying to find a fuel-efficient option. While a vehicle might offer decent fuel efficiency, towing impacts the achievable miles per gallon. What is the most fuel efficient towing vehicle? Those shopping for trucks or SUVs with decent fuel efficiency could consider: * Ford Explorer Towing Capacity: 5,000 to 5,600 pounds MPG: 27 city / 28 highway * Ford F-150 Towing Capacity: 5,000 to 11,300 pounds MPG: 25 city and highway * Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Towing Capacity: 8,900 to 11,000 pounds MPG: 23 city / 31 highway * Dodge Ram 1500 Towing Capacity: 6,120 to 8,280 pounds MPG: 23 city / 33 highway * Chevrolet Tahoe Towing Capacity: 7,600 to 7,900 pounds MPG: 21 MPG city / 28 MPG highway Most Fuel Efficient Towing Vehicle [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Best-MPG-Towing-5000-Pounds.jpg] BEST MPG TOWING 5,000 POUNDS Every model on the list of fuel efficient vehicles for towing can pull 5,000 pounds. However, the estimated miles per gallon for both the city and the highway are the absolute best figures these models can obtain. Weight impacts fuel efficiency. Towing a heavy trailer will increase the fuel use of the vehicle and decrease the fuel efficiency. Although a model could get 28 MPG on the highway, all the extra weight will drive this number downward. The benefit of choosing a fuel efficient vehicle for towing, though, might be related to the edge the vehicle already has related to its fuel consumption. While car owners might notice a drop in efficiency for towing, a vehicle with better fuel efficiency might still drive more miles per gallon while towing than a model with lower figures. Car shoppers might wonder how much towing impacts the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. MotorBiscuit explains that fuel efficiency drops two percent per every 100 pounds of weight. In addition, the site adds that towing causes drag and this also impacts fuel efficiency. WHY DIESEL ENGINES MIGHT BE A BETTER OPTION For many pickup trucks, diesel engines are an upgraded option for buyers. These engines provide more power for towing. Diesel engines work a bit differently than the standard combustible engine; with a diesel engine, the combustion that powers the engine happens when air is compressed, diesel (fuel) is then injected and the spark plugs ignite to create the explosion for power. However, gas engines release the air then inject the gas. This mixture is compressed and then ignited by the spark plugs. The early compression of the air in a diesel engine allows for a more powerful explosion. Diesel engines are noted to be more fuel efficient than standard gas engines. In addition, they offer more power for heavier towing needs. Most Fuel Efficient Towing Vehicle [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Are-Electric-Vehicles-an-Option-for-Towing.jpg] ARE ELECTRIC VEHICLES AN OPTION FOR TOWING? Electric vehicles don’t use standard gasoline. Instead, car owners charge their car’s battery to ensure that their drive is fully powered. Every electric vehicle has an estimated range—this is how far the car can drive on a full charge. Many factors impact range, though. Driving uphill, using the heat or the air conditioning, idling in traffic and towing all can decrease how far the car can drive when fully charged. Are electric vehicles good for towing? There are several electric pickup trucks and SUVs that offer decent towing capacity; these models include: * Ford F-150 Lightning * Rivian R1T * Rivian R1S * GMC Hummer EV * Tesla Cybertruck Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning proved to be so popular that Ford is no longer taking orders. The 2022 Lightning started at $39,974. It has an estimated range of 230 miles and can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Rivian R1T The Rivian R1T is a pickup truck with a starting price of $67,500. It has an estimated range between 260 and 400 miles. The R1T can tow up to 11,000 pounds. Rivian R1S The Rivian R1S is an SUV that has three rows of seating and space for seven. The R1S starts at $72,500 and has an estimated range between 260 and 320 miles. It can tow up to 7,700 pounds. GMC Hummer EV The Hummer EV is available in both a rugged SUV and a pickup model; the EV has a starting MSRP of $108,700. It has an estimated range of 329 miles, and the pickup can tow up to 7,500 pounds. Tesla Cybertruck The much-awaited debut of the Cybertruck has yet to occur. Tesla is still accepting orders on this futuristic pickup, and car shoppers who prefer a sleek and modern truck that’s also electric could go Cyber. According to specs from Tesla, the Cybertruck will have an estimated range of 500 miles and will offer a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds. The Cybertruck has a starting price of $49,900; the tri-motor option is priced at $69,900. Most Fuel Efficient Towing Vehicle [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Towing-When-Fuel-Costs-are-High.jpg] TOWING WHEN FUEL COSTS ARE HIGH Car shoppers might need a truck or SUV that is capable of towing more than 5,000 pounds; they might need to tow a small trailer or even pull a camper. When fuel costs are high, though, towing might serve to bump up the price at the pump. While some SUVs and pickups are more fuel efficient, towing heavier weights requires more power—and more gas to fuel the power. Unfortunately, towing thousands of pounds will cost more in fuel; when the price at the pump is rising, towing might be an expense that burdens the budget. Some car owners need towing power, and towing might be a part of daily life for those who raise livestock or work in construction. For those who need towing power for recreational purposes (towing a boat, a camper, etc.), the price at the pump could dictate if the camping trip is really worth the expense. Car shoppers who are looking for the most efficient option for towing 5,000 pounds could decide to invest in an electric SUV or pickup truck. Many options on the market offer decent towing power, although the estimated range of each model varies. Car owners also need to understand that as towing impacts fuel efficiency, it also will impact the estimated range for an electric model. Pulling thousands of pounds will likely decrease how far the vehicle can drive on a full charge. While electric might be much less expensive than fuel, there is one issue that electric vehicle drivers face when they take their EV for a road trip. In some areas, charging stations are not plentiful. Electric vehicle owners might find that they need to map out their trip based on the location of charging stations. When pulling heavy loads with an electric pickup or SUV, owners need to be prepared for more frequent trips to charging stations. They should not expect to hit the estimated maximum range. HOW TO EXPLORE ALL THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT TOWING VEHICLES Car shoppers who are looking for the most fuel efficient towing vehicle might want to explore their options without leaving home. Many car buyers spend hours researching different models, and sites like RelayCars let shoppers enjoy a more interactive research process. Instead of just browsing through a slideshow of photos, RelayCars allows shoppers to interact with 3D models of thousands of makes and models. Consumers can download the RelayCars app for free via Google Play or the App Store. The app gives shoppers the option of exploring cars using 3D interactive models of vehicles or exploring these vehicles in virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). Vehicle models on RelayCars are displayed as to-scale replicas. The 3D models can be rotated using just a fingertip. Shoppers can use interactive graphic panorama imagery to explore the interior of the vehicle, too. Those who don’t want to download an app can visit the RelayCars website using a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). The mobile site provides the same interactive 3D models as the app, but the mobile site also allows shoppers to explore cars using an augmented reality experience. The augmented reality experience can be accessed via the camera on a mobile device. The user will select a space in their environment, and the augmented reality experience will show a model of the vehicle in this space. Shoppers can walk around the vehicle and navigate the experience using their camera. The RelayCars website and app also includes specs on all vehicles. Buyers can understand towing capacity, starting MSRP and other data for any vehicle they are researching. Both the app and the website also let buyers preview cars in different paint hues to understand all the options. For buyers who are looking for the most fuel efficient vehicle for towing, buyers can explore different SUVs and trucks in 3D models and then review and compare the specs for their favorite vehicles. RelayCars is an immersive research tool that invites shoppers to explore vehicles to find the best choice for their budget and lifestyle.
What is the Best Honda Economy Car?
July 20, 2022
Honda’s lineup includes 14 different vehicles–seven cars, five SUVs/crossovers, a truck, and a minivan. The brand is noted as a competitor of Toyota, and many of Honda’s models are similar to Toyota’s popular models. Honda and Toyota also are comparable in price and safety ratings. Honda offers numerous cars that are the lower-priced models in the brand’s lineup. What is the best Honda economy car? The most affordable Honda models include: * 2022 Civic Sedan * 2022 Insight * 2022 Accord * 2022 HR-V The Civic is offered in an upgraded Civic Si Sedan, and the Accord is available as a hybrid. The Civic Si Sedan starts at $27,500 and the Accord Hybrid starts at $27,720. The Honda Insight is an electric hybrid vehicle. Best Honda Economy Car [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/What-is-an-Economy-Car.jpg] WHAT IS AN ECONOMY CAR? Buyers have likely heard the term ‘economy car,’ but what does this mean in the auto industry? Economy cars tend to be smaller and more affordable. In addition, these cars also offer good fuel efficiency. Economy cars are the most economical options in a brand’s lineup. The car rental industry defines ‘economy car’ a bit differently. The site Rental Cars explains that the term ‘economy car’ is used to denote the category right above the smallest option and notes that these cars are good for driving in the city and can fit four passengers. Those who are looking for an economy car can find numerous options within Honda’s lineup. For the sake of fuel efficiency, hybrid and electric models also will be included as ‘economy cars.’ These models also are affordable choices in Honda’s vast lineup. ABOUT HONDA’S ECONOMY CARS The three most economical cars in Honda’s lineup include the Civic Sedan, the Insight and the Accord. While the Accord and Civic are powered by standard fuel, the Accord also is offered in a hybrid. In addition, the Insight is an electric hybrid model. Honda also offers an economy SUV—the HR-V. HONDA CIVIC The Honda Civic is one of the most popular vehicles in the country. In 2021, the Civic was the 10th best-selling vehicle. With a starting MSRP of $22,550, the Civic Sedan is an affordable option for buyers on a budget. Even as a standard, non-hybrid model, the Civic offers decent fuel efficiency—31 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. The 2022 Honda Civic Sedan received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); this is the highest safety rating available. The Honda Civic also is offered in the Si Sedan model, which has a starting MSRP of $27,500. The Si Sedan offers slightly less fuel efficiency than the standard Civic; the Si Sedan can get 27 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. J.D. Power recently released its 2022 Dependability Award winners. The winners are decided based on the reviews/ratings of tens of thousands of vehicle owners who score their cars based on Quality/Reliability, Driving Experience, and Resale Value. The 2019 Honda Civic was listed in the Compact Car category, where it ranked fifth with a score of 81. The Civic received a 79 for Quality/Reliability, an 84 for Driving Experience and an 82 for Resale Value. The Toyota Corolla was the dependability winner for the segment. HONDA INSIGHT The 2022 Honda Insight is slightly more expensive than the Civic. It has a starting MSRP of $25,760, and, since it is an electric hybrid model, it gets 55 MPG in the city and 49 MPG on the highway. For buyers looking for the most fuel efficient model in the lineup, the Insight is the best choice. The Honda Insight received a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. HONDA HR-V The Honda HR-V is the most affordable SUV/Crossover in Honda’s lineup. The HR-V starts at $23,650. It offers decent fuel efficiency, too—26 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. The 2019 Honda HR-V ranked 14th for dependability among small SUV models. It received a total score of 77. For Quality/Reliability, the HR-V received a 71. It scored a 76 for Driving Experience and an 87 for Resale Value. HONDA ACCORD The 2022 Honda Accord is available in a standard sedan and a hybrid option. The Accord starts at $26,520 and offers 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. The Accord Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $27,720 and offers 48 MPG in the city and 47 MPG on the highway. The 2022 Accord received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. In addition, the Accord also was the 16th most popular vehicle in 2021. The 2019 Accord ranked sixth for dependability in the midsize car category for the 2022 J.D. Power Dependability Awards. The Accord received a total score of 82; for Quality/Reliability it received an 83. The Accord received an 84 for Driving Experience and an 80 for Resale Value. OTHER HONDA OPTIONS Honda also offers numerous other models, including five SUVs/Crossovers. These models include: * HR-V * CR-V * CR-V Hybrid * Pilot * Passport Honda SUVs and crossovers also are among the most popular cars in the country. In 2021, the Honda Pilot was the 25th most popular vehicle and the Honda CR-V was the fifth most popular vehicle. In addition, Car and Driver also has ranked the most popular vehicles of 2022 (thus far), and Honda SUV/Crossover models remained popular with consumers. The Honda HR-V ranked 18th and the CR-V ranked 8th. Among the SUV/Crossover models, the CR-V Hybrid offers the best fuel efficiency—40 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. The CR-V also received a Top Safety Pick rating/award (with specific headlights) from the IIHS. THE HONDA ODYSSEY MINIVAN The Honda Odyssey minivan isn’t necessarily an economical choice for buyers on a budget or those looking to maximize fuel efficiency. However, the Odyssey is among the safest minivans; the 2022 Odyssey received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from IIHS. The Odyssey starts at $37,340. It offers 19 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. However, while it isn’t the most fuel efficient option, the Odyssey offers three rows of seating and space for up to eight passengers. WHAT IS THE BEST HONDA ECONOMY CAR? The best Honda economy car could be either the Honda Civic Sedan or the Honda Insight. While the Civic Sedan is the lowest-priced model in Honda’s lineup, the Insight offers the best fuel efficiency. The Insight is slightly more expensive than the Civic. Those who want decent fuel efficiency and the lowest possible price tag might consider the Civic to be the best Honda economy car. In addition, the Civic also ranks well for safety. The Civic’s Toyota competitor is the Corolla. How does the Civic compare to the Toyota Corolla? The Civic and the Corolla offer the same fuel efficiency stats. However, the Corolla has a lower starting MSRP–$20,425. The 2022 Toyota also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. Best Honda Economy Car [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Use-RelayCars-to-Explore-Hondas-Lineup.jpg] USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE HONDA’S LINEUP Car buyers shopping for vehicles might prefer to research their favorite models at home instead of venturing to a car dealership. Download the RelayCars app for free via Google Play (for Android) or the App Store (for Apple devices) and use the app to explore vehicles in virtual reality (for those with Google Cardboard) or using 3D imagery. Those who don’t want to download the app also can visit the RelayCars mobile site using their smartphone or tablet. The site lets consumers explore vehicles using the same 3D imagery as the app or users can explore cars in augmented reality. RelayCars’ interactive 3D imagery lets consumers interact with digital models of any vehicle. Rotate the vehicle or look around the interior. Imagery is designed as 360 spin photos. The mobile website also includes an augmented reality experience. Consumers use the camera on their smartphone or tablet to capture their environment; the augmented reality experience will drop a selected vehicle image into the user’s selected backdrop. With RelayCars’ augmented reality experience, cars can appear anywhere. Both the RelayCars app and website also includes pricing information and specs for each vehicle in the inventory. Car buyers can compare models and understand pricing, too. RelayCars also gives car buyers the option to preview models in all the different paint hues offered by the manufacturer. Use RelayCars to explore the vehicle and see the model in all the different color options. RelayCars can be used as an immersive and interactive research tool for car buyers that want to gather physical data about their favorite models without leaving home. RelayCars lets buyers start their new car search from anywhere. Not only can buyers explore real-life 3D models of vehicles, but they also can access augmented reality and virtual reality experiences that help simulate the in-person shopping experience. Car buyers can explore vehicles at any time. RelayCars never closes, and shoppers aren’t limited to the number of models they can research. Using RelayCars, buyers can explore all their options to find their favorite vehicle. Download the free mobile app or visit the mobile site today.
These are the Most Popular Cars in America
July 18, 2022
Some vehicles drive off the lot quickly. These models might have been popular for years or they could be new models that have gained traction among buyers. The most popular vehicles are defined as the models with the highest sales figures. Car and Driver ranked the most popular models for 2021 and also compiled a list of the most popular vehicles in 2022. Since sales figures change, the 2022 figures could have changed already. However, three models consistently reign as the most popular cars in America: * Ford F-Series * Dodge Ram * Chevrolet Silverado The Ford F-Series has remained the best-selling vehicle in America for four decades, and it likely will not be toppled. The Ram and Silverado might change as to which truck holds the second-place and third-place position, though. WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR SEDANS? Consumers might use the term ‘cars’ colloquially to denote a vehicle of any body type. The term ‘cars’ used in the most literal sense, though, refers to sedans—compact, full-size or mid-size. The most popular cars (sedans) in 2021 included the following models: * Toyota Camry (6th) * Honda Civic (10th) * Toyota Corolla (12th) * Honda Accord (16th) Car shoppers might notice that the first sedan on the best-selling list from Car and Driver didn’t make the top five spots. The fourth and fifth best-selling vehicles in 2021 were the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V—compact or small SUVs. Between the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic were three SUV models. The Nissan Rogue came in at 7th place, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the 8th most popular vehicle and the Toyota Highlander ranked in the ninth spot. Most Popular Cars in America [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Trucks-and-SUVs-Dominate-Americas-Favorite-Vehicles.jpg] TRUCKS AND SUVS DOMINATE AMERICA’S FAVORITE VEHICLES Sedans, unfortunately, are not America’s favorite choice of vehicles. In 2021, trucks were the three most popular models in the country. In addition to the F-Series, Ram and Silverado, the Toyota Tacoma and the GMC Sierra also made the best-selling list. The Tacoma was the 11th most popular vehicle, and the Sierra placed 13th. Out of the 25 best-selling vehicles in 2021, 15 of the models were SUVs or crossovers (including the electric Tesla Model Y). One station wagon made the list, too—the Subaru Outback. Car and Driver also has released the most popular vehicles in 2022; while the year isn’t even half over yet, the sales data does seem to indicate that consumers still prefer trucks and SUVs to a standard sedan. The Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram and Chevrolet Silverado still hold the same positions as the top-three best-selling models. While the RAV4 is still popular in the fourth place position, the CR-V has dropped out of the top five (it is now 8th). Its fifth-place spot is now secured by the Jeep Grand Cherokee. SUVs or Crossovers still account for 14 models on the list. Electric models also have become slightly more prominent. Two Tesla models—the Model 3 and the Model Y—both made the list. The Model Y is the 11th most popular vehicle for 2022, while the Model 3 placed in the 20th spot. WHAT THE BEST-SELLING SEDANS HAVE IN COMMON Buyers perusing the best-selling sedans on Car and Drivers list might notice they all share a few similarities. The sedans among the most popular 25 vehicles in 2021 included two Toyota models (Corolla and Camry) and two Honda models (Civic and Accord). The Corolla and the Civic are competitors and the Camry and the Accord are competitors in their respective market segment. All four models are lower priced and have earned top safety recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each model also is fairly fuel efficient. TOYOTA COROLLA The Corolla starts at $20,425. It offers great fuel efficiency for a standard (non-hybrid) model—31 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. It received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS. HONDA CIVIC The Civic starts at $22,550. It also offers great fuel efficiency for a standard model—33 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway. The Civic received a Top Safety Pick+ rating award from IIHS. TOYOTA CAMRY The Toyota Camry is priced higher than the Corolla and starts at $25,845. It offers 28 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway. The 2022 Camry received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS. HONDA ACCORD The 2022 Honda Accord has a starting MSRP of $26,520. It offers 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. It also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS. THE SUBARU OUTBACK: THE LONE WAGON The Subaru Outback is the only station wagon among the best-selling vehicles of 2021, and it also might be one of the few remaining wagons on the market. It was the 21st most popular vehicle for 2021, but in 2022 it hasn’t made the list. Instead, the Subaru Crosstrek has bumped into the 25th spot for Subaru. The Crosstrek is a crossover wagon and also is offered in a plug-in hybrid option. How do these two vehicles compare? The 2022 Subaru Outback starts at $27,645. It offers 26 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The Outback has space for up to five passengers. For those who need the storage room, the Outback provides 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seat. It has a maximum towing capacity from 2,700 and 3,500 pounds. The 2022 Subaru Outback received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from IIHS. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek is slightly more affordable with a starting MSRP of $23,145. The Crosstrek also is a bit more fuel efficient for city drivers—28 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. It can tow up to 1,500 pounds and offers space for five passengers. The Crosstrek offers less space overall for storage—55.3 cubic feet. It received a Top Safety Pick (with specific headlights) from IIHS. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is much more expensive than the standard option; the hybrid Crosstrek starts at $36,345. It can get an estimated 90 MPGe (this means miles per gallon equivalent). While the standard Crosstrek can tow 1,500 pounds, the hybrid has a more limited towing capacity of 1,000 pounds. It also offers less storage volume—43.1 cubic feet behind the front seat. Those who need more space and towing power might gravitate to the Outback. However, the Crosstrek is the more affordable option, and it’s also slightly more efficient in the city than the Outback. WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR VEHICLE IN AMERICA? Of all the vehicle models available on the market, the Ford F-Series has remained the most popular vehicle in America for about 40 years. Not only is the F-Series incredibly popular, but some models also can be very hard to find now that the supply chain is crunched. Ford released an electric model of its popular F-150 called the Lightning. The model proved to be such a hit with buyers that Ford has stopped taking orders. The manufacturer also ceased orders for its Maverick pickup truck model, which is a hybrid. Most Popular Cars in America [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/What-is-the-Most-Common-Car-in-America.jpg] WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CAR IN AMERICA? Car buyers might wonder about the most common car in America. Based on sales figures from 2021, the most common car (as defined as a sedan) might be the Toyota Camry. However, again, the F-Series is the most popular vehicle in the country. Insurify compiled a graphic that shows the most popular car in every state. In many states in the Midwest, the F-Series reigns supreme. However, both Illinois and Indiana love the Chevrolet Malibu. In California and Hawaii, the most popular vehicle is the Honda Civic. In Alaska, drivers prefer the F-Series. The Honda Accord is the most popular model in the Southeast—Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. In Maine, drivers prefer the Silverado. The most popular car can change from state to state. The Impreza even topped the list in Vermont. EXPLORE ALL THE MODELS WITH RELAYCARS Car buyers can download the RelayCars app for free via Google Play or the App Store to explore all the most popular vehicle models in virtual reality (with Google Cardboard) or via 3D interactive car models. Consumers also can visit the RelayCars mobile site on their smartphone or tablet to explore vehicles in augmented reality (or use the on-screen 3D models). With RelayCars, consumers can interact with digital models of any model they choose. The 3D models can be rotated using a fingertip to view the car from different vantage points. Car shoppers can even look inside the vehicle and explore the interior, too. The RelayCars’ mobile site also lets consumers use augmented reality technology to preview vehicles. The camera of a Smartphone or tablet can capture the user’s environment, and the experience will insert a model of the vehicle into this space. The RelayCars app and website also features specs and pricing data for all the models in the inventory. Shoppers can use RelayCars as a research tool to discover the best vehicles for their budget and to understand the features of each different option. RelayCars even lets car shoppers view models in multiple paint hues. Looking for the most popular cars in America? Use RelayCars to explore them all!
These are All the Toyota SUV Models and Crossovers in the Lineup
July 15, 2022
Toyota is known for producing relatively budget friendly, safe and dependable vehicles. SUVs are one of the more popular vehicles in the country, and three Toyota SUVs were among the best-selling vehicles of 2021. In fact, the Toyota RAV4 was the fourth most popular vehicle in the country. Car buyers who are researching SUV options will discover 10 Toyota SUV models and crossovers in the brand’s 2022 lineup. The models include: * Highlander * Highlander Hybrid * Venza * C-HR * RAV4 * RAV4 Hybrid * RAV4 Prime * Corolla Cross * 4Runner * Sequoia What is the Difference Between a Crossover and an SUV? There are several crossovers in Toyota’s lineup, and car buyers shouldn’t conflate the crossover with the sports utility vehicle (SUV). There are a few differences that make these two body types distinct. SUVs are built on a truck chassis; this makes the vehicle heavier. Crossovers are built on a standard car body. While they offer similar passenger space as an SUV, a crossover is lighter than the SUV. In addition, SUVs often can be equipped with four-wheel drive and other features that make them ideal for off-road adventures. Crossovers are designed more for the standard roads, although there are exceptions. Autobytel rounded up a list of crossovers that can handle off-road treks. The RAV4 was among the models listed; while some consider the RAV4 to be a smaller SUV, it’s also categorized as a crossover. Car shoppers will find, though, that crossovers could offer three-rows of seating and similar cargo space as an SUV. The interior could be very similar, and, again, it’s the body weight and the driving capabilities that make these vehicles very different. Toyota SUV Models [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Toyota-Offers-Numerous-Hybrid-SUVs-that-Maximize-Fuel-Efficiency.jpg] TOYOTA OFFERS NUMEROUS HYBRID SUVS THAT MAXIMIZE FUEL EFFICIENCY With the price of gas always subject to supply and demand, the cost at the pump can fluctuate dramatically. Car buyers who aren’t ready to plug in an electric model might consider a hybrid SUV. Since larger SUVs tend to be gas guzzlers, choosing a hybrid or plug-in hybrid increases the driver’s MPG and can help save money at the pump. Toyota offers four hybrid SUVs: Highlander Hybrid, Venza, RAV4 Hybrid and the RAV4 Prime (a plug-in hybrid). Hybrids are more expensive than their standard counterparts. However, drivers who use their SUVs for longer commutes could save a decent amount of money on fuel costs. HIGHLANDER HYBRID The Highlander Hybrid starts at $39,555 and can get 36 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. While the standard Highlander is more than $4,000 less expensive, it only gets 21 MPG in the city and 29m MPG on the highway. For those who rack up the majority of their mileage in the city, the hybrid is the ideal choice. The Highlander Hybrid has space for seven to eight passengers (depending on second-row seating options). It can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The 2022 Toyota Highlander received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); the hybrid was not separately rated. VENZA The Venza is only available as a hybrid; there isn’t a standard gas-consuming model. The Venza starts at $33,240 and can get 40 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. The Venza has space for up to five passengers. It also received a Top Safety Pick rating/award from IIHS. RAV4 HYBRID The RAV4 Hybrid starts at $29,575 and can get 41 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. The RAV4 has space for up to five passengers. It can tow up to 1,750 pounds. The RAV4 received a Top Safety Pick (with specific headlights) from IIHS; the hybrid was not separately rated. RAV4 PRIME The RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid that starts at $40,300. The Prime is the most fuel efficient of the RAV4 models and can get up to 38 MPG or 94 MPGe (using the battery). Like the Hybrid, it has space for five. However, the Prime offers a better towing capacity; it can pull up to 2,500 pounds. TOYOTA’S STANDARD SUVS AND CROSSOVER MODELS Car buyers who aren’t bothered by trips to the pump or who simply don’t wish to pay a higher price for a hybrid can select from numerous standard SUV models and crossovers from Toyota’s lineup. HIGHLANDER The Highlander is one of the largest SUVs offered in Toyota’s lineup. The model starts at $35,855 and can fit seven to eight passengers (depending on the second row seat choice). The Highlander can get 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds and received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from IIHS. C-HR The C-HR starts at $24,130 and is one of the least expensive SUVs/crossovers in Toyota’s lineup. It can get 27 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway and has space for up to five passengers. The C-HR received a Top Safety Pick rating/award (with specific headlights) from the IIHS. RAV4 In 2021, the RAV4 was the fourth best-selling vehicle in the country. The 2022 RAV4 starts at $26,975 and has space for five. It can get up to 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. It offers a towing capacity between 1,500 and 3,500 and received a Top Safety Pick award/rating (with specific headlights) from the IIHS. COROLLA CROSS The Toyota Corolla also is one of the most popular vehicles in the country; it placed 12th among the best-selling vehicles of 2021. The Corolla also is offered in a crossover designed dubbed the Corolla Cross. It starts at $22,245 and can get 31 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The Cross has space for five passengers. It received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the IIHS. 4RUNNER The 4Runner is Toyota’s most ruggedly designed SUV and can tackle off-road thrills; it offers space for up to five passengers, but buyers can upgrade to three-rows of seating that offers space for seven. The 4Runner starts at $38,105. However ,it isn’t the most fuel-efficient option in Toyota’s lineup; the 4Runner only gets 16 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway. SEQUOIA The Sequoia is a full-sized SUV with three rows of seating and space for seven to eight (depending on the seat configuration). The Sequoia starts at $50,500 and has the lowest fuel efficiency in the lineup —13 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the highway. However, buyers who choose the full-size Sequoia might desire space and size over fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, buyers on the hunt for a 2022 Sequoia might be out of luck; Toyota notes on its website that inventory is low. Toyota SUV Models [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/bZ4X-is-Toyotas-Upcoming-Electric-SUV.jpg] BZ4X IS TOYOTA’S UPCOMING ELECTRIC SUV Toyota is adding an additional SUV/crossover to its lineup in 2023. The bZ4X is an all-electric model that will start at $42,000. It will have an estimated range of 252 miles and will offer enough space for four passengers. Forbes explains that the model’s name stands for ‘beyond Zero.’ Toyota SUV Models [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/RelayCars-Allows-Buyers-to-Explore-Toyotas-Entire-Inventory.jpg] RELAYCARS ALLOWS BUYERS TO EXPLORE TOYOTA’S ENTIRE INVENTORY Car buyers considering an SUV or crossover from Toyota can download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars mobile site to explore all the available 2022 models. The RelayCars app is free to download on both the App Store and Google Play. The app includes two interactive experiences for car exploration. Shoppers can use a virtual reality showroom (with Google Cardboard) or interact with immersive 3D imagery of SUV and crossover models. Select a favorite vehicle and use a fingertip to rotate the 3D car model on the screen. Car shoppers can look at the model from any angle. In addition, the RelayCars app also lets buyers peek inside the vehicle and look at all the interior features. Those who don’t want to download an app also can visit the RelayCars website to use the same on-screen 3D models as the app. Visit the site from a mobile device to explore cars on the screen and interact with vehicles. In addition, the mobile site also offers an augmented reality experience. With augmented reality technology, the camera from a smartphone or tablet captures the user’s environment. They can select any model from the RelayCars inventory and view the vehicle in the environment captured via the camera. RelayCars also lets users view vehicles in different paint colors to see what hue is the ideal choice for their personality and style. Both the RelayCars website and app also feature pricing information and specs for every vehicle; compare models and research the starting price of different Toyota SUVs and crossovers. Consumers can use RelayCars to explore all their options to find the best vehicle for their budget and their driving needs. RelayCars never closes, and there is no limit to the number of vehicles the user can explore. Drop a luxury model into the garage, preview different paint colors on an SUV or price out different sedans. RelayCars is a consumer’s one-stop shop for researching and exploring vehicles!
How Long Do Batteries Last in Electric Cars?
July 13, 2022
Electric cars are noted for their energy efficiency and their eco-friendly design. These cars don’t emit harmful pollutants into the environment; in fact, they don’t even have a tail pipe. While standard cars are powered by gas (or fuel), electric cars are powered by a battery that is charged via an electrical current. They don’t rely on a pump, instead they rely on the plug. The time needed to charge an electric car varies by the type of charger used. In addition, the range each car can travel on a full charge also varies by make/model. How long do batteries last in electric cars? This answer could actually refer to two different questions: * What is the life of an electric car battery? * What is the range of the electric car? How Long Do Batteries Last in Electric Cars [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/How-Long-Does-an-Electric-Car-Battery-Last.jpg] HOW LONG DOES AN ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY LAST? All electric cars include an estimated range related to how far they can travel on a full charge. Most drivers probably won’t max out this range for a number of reasons. Waiting until the battery is completely drained would leave a driver stranded, and different issues can impact the car’s range. Driving habits and car functions that impact the range of an electric car include: * Driving up a hill * Using the heat/air conditioning * Driving speed * Carrying excess weight (like towing) * Wind * Tire tread Most of these factors also influence and can wreak havoc on a standard automobile’s fuel efficiency. While driving habits can decrease or increase the car’s estimated fuel efficiency, similar habits also can increase or decrease the estimated range of an electric vehicle. Unfortunately, drivers don’t have control over going uphill or the wind. However, they might be able to maximize their range by opting to turn off their air conditioner and maintaining their tires. Checking the tire pressure and making sure to rotate the tire regularly can help maximize the range. HOW LONG DOES ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY LAST WITH A WARRANTY? Car buyers might be curious about the life expectancy of their vehicle’s battery pack. Replacing an electric car’s battery is an expensive repair, and it might even be more sensible to just buy a new vehicle when the battery has reached the end of its life. The battery pack featured in an electric vehicle might differ by make/model. Every manufacturer also offers its own battery warranty. This warranty is an important spec to consider when purchasing an electric vehicle. Again, replacing the battery isn’t budget-friendly. How expensive is battery replacement? According to Just Jerry, it can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $18,000 to replace the battery of an electric car. Battery warranties vary; Toyota offers a 10-year or 150,000-mile battery warranty (whichever comes first). Tesla offers different warranties for different models; models typically provide an 8 year warranty, and can range from 100,000 to 150,000 miles. However, the Model 3 Long Range offers an 8-year, 120,000-mile warranty (whichever comes first). Car shoppers should read the fine print on warranties to understand their duration and what they cover or don’t cover. How Long Do Batteries Last in Electric Cars [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/How-Long-Does-an-Electric-Car-Battery-Last-on-the-Road.jpg] HOW LONG DOES AN ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY LAST ON THE ROAD? Range for an electric vehicle might be more important than fuel efficiency is for a standard model. Gas stations are everywhere, and are seemingly included on almost every street. Electric models are relatively new to the streets, and not all areas have embraced their rise. When taking any electric model for a long journey, car owners might have to map out charging stations along the way (depending on the length of the trip). While cars with longer ranges might induce less stress for drivers, the battery could be drained sooner when drivers are caught in traffic or using the air conditioner. For this reason, when taking an electric car on a long trip, range might make or break the joy of the journey. Again, vehicles offer varying ranges. The longest-range electric model currently on the market is the Lucid Air Dream; it offers an estimated range of 520 miles (it has a starting price of $169,000). Tesla’s models offer different ranges; some can drive more than 400 miles. However, the Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive has an estimated range of 272 miles. Car shoppers who wonder how every electric model compares according to range can check out a list compiled by Eco Cost Savings; it includes the ranges of 277 different models. The 2021 Mini Cooper SE has the lowest range of modern electric models on the market; the Mini Cooper SE has an estimated range of 110 miles. HOW LONG DO BATTERIES LAST IN ELECTRIC CARS? There is not a simple or singular answer related to how long batteries last in electric cars. When considering the estimated range, all cars offer different stats. Again, driving habits could impact the range. The life of a battery also could be dependent on the battery type. However, since the battery is a costly replacement, car buyers should review the manufacturer’s battery warranty. The longer warranties could be a comfort to car owners. Many drivers replace their vehicle frequently, and they might not worry too much about the life of their battery. In addition, as manufacturers improve upon the design and mechanics of electric cars, both the range and the battery life might lengthen with newer models. How Long Do Batteries Last in Electric Cars [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/What-is-the-Best-Electric-Car-for-Battery-Life-or-Range.jpg] WHAT IS THE BEST ELECTRIC CAR FOR BATTERY LIFE OR RANGE? Car buyers all have different criteria for what defines the best vehicle. While the range of an electric car might be an important factor to consider for buyers, it might not be the most important factor for all buyers. Some car shoppers want an electric car for city driving. They might not have any intention of taking the vehicle on a long road trip or even journeying far beyond home. These buyers might gravitate to electric models because they are a cleaner option and they don’t require standard fuel. As the price of gas soars, car buyers might view electric cars as a way to avoid the pump. However, if car buyers need their electric car for a long commute, they might consider the range and the availability of public chargers in their area. CHARGING OPTIONS AND ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY LIFE Many electric car owners will opt to charge their car overnight at home. For home-charging, car owners can either use a level 1 charger or a level 2 charging station. The level 1 option is a standard plug that can be used with a regular home outlet. However, the level 2 charging station requires a 240-volt outlet. Some homes are not equipped with this electrical capacity and would need to hire an electrician to upgrade their voltage. Level 2 chargers are more costly to install (even for homes that offer the required voltage). These charging stations offer a faster charge, allowing car owners to completely charge their vehicle overnight. Level 1 chargers don’t provide the same amount of charging power. They might only be able to partially charge a vehicle overnight. When considering an electric vehicle, car owners also might research which charging option would work best for their driving needs and their budget. Not all cities or towns offer convenient (or free) charging stations for electric vehicles. While electric car manufacturers might offer free charging at public stations for a designated time period (as a purchase perk), eventually, the free offer will expire. Public charging stations can vary in cost, and car owners might be quite expensive. USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPTIONS AND COMPARE STATS, TOO Car shoppers can download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars mobile site to explore thousands of makes and models using 3D imagery, augmented reality or even virtual reality experiences (with Google Cardboard). The RelayCars app is free to download via Google Play or the App Store. With the RelayCars app, car shoppers can choose the vehicle they wish to explore. The app will allow shoppers to explore the vehicle using a 3D image of the model; use a fingertip to rotate the car and view the exterior from any angle. Shoppers also can explore the interior features of the vehicle, too. The app also offers a virtual reality experience. However, users must have access to a Google Cardboard headset to explore cars via virtual reality. Car shoppers also can visit the RelayCars mobile site using their smartphone or tablet. The website offers the same 3D imagery experiences as the app, and it also provides an augmented reality experience. Use the camera on a mobile device to capture any environment, and an image of a selected vehicle will drop into this environment. Both the RelayCars mobile site and app also provide specs and pricing information on every make and model. Compare prices or estimated ranges on favorite electric vehicles. Shoppers also can view their favorite vehicles in different paint hues. With RelayCars, shoppers can interact with vehicles from home. Explore all the options, then visit the dealership to explore those models in person.
What is the Rack and Pinion on a Car?
July 11, 2022
Drivers take the mechanics of their car for granted until something goes awry. One issue that a car owner might have faced is when the steering wheel doesn’t easily turn or might turn a bit too easily. Modern vehicles are equipped with power steering, which makes it easier for the driver to navigate the car. Before power steering the wheel was very difficult to turn. Power steering systems simplify the steering mechanics, including the rack and pinion. What is the rack and pinion on a car? The rack and pinion translates the rotation of the steering wheel into the mechanics needed to move the tire. Car and Driver explains that these gears are linear (rack) and circular (pinions) in design. Rack and Pinion [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/How-Do-Rack-and-Pinions-Work.jpg] HOW DO RACK AND PINIONS WORK? The rack and pinion translate the movement of the steering wheel into the navigation of the tires. How do these gears work? The rotation of the pinions moves the rack gear (which is linear), and the rack tells the tires to move left or right. Every time the driver turns the steering wheel, they are activating the rack and pinion mechanics on the car. However, not all vehicles are equipped with rack and pinion mechanics. Car and Driver explains that large SUVs and trucks use “recirculating ball steering” mechanics. Rack and Pinion [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/What-Happens-if-the-Steering-Rack-Fails.jpg] WHAT HAPPENS IF THE STEERING RACK FAILS? Rack and pinion systems need both gear types operating in order to guide the wheels on the car. What if the pinions rotate, but the steering rack fails to engage? The site Carparts.com explains that if the rack is starting to malfunction, drivers might notice that the steering wheel will be much easier or harder to turn than normal. If drivers start to see signs that their steering is functioning differently, they need to take the vehicle into a mechanic ASAP. No driver wants to have their steering system fail on the road. DOES THE STEERING RACK AND PINION NEED TO BE SERVICED? Many mechanical systems on a vehicle need to be serviced at certain mileage milestones. Proper maintenance is key to ensuring that a vehicle stays in good condition and is safe on the road. In addition, keeping a vehicle properly maintained also can help the car enjoy a longer lifespan. While there aren’t any notable milestone markers that align with servicing the rack and pinion (or steering system), many auto experts note the signs of a troublesome rack and pinion system. With the power steering design of most modern cars, the rack features pistons that require fluid. This fluid might leak from wear and tear on the system, and leaks can cause issues with the steering. If the steering system has sprung a leak, drivers might notice a ‘burning oil’ odor or see pink (or reddish) liquid under their car. Moog also explains that steering will be compromised. When drivers notice any fluid leaks, a burning smell or have changes in steering, again, get the vehicle checked immediately. REPLACING OR REPAIRING POWER STEERING RACK When a car owner has their car inspected by a mechanic, they might find out that their power steering rack is malfunctioning. Can the rack be repaired or does it need to be replaced? The Cost Guys explain that the rack is typically not the part that fails (it’s a very sturdy part). However, if the part does need to be replaced, the site reports that it would cost anywhere from $800 to $4,000. Why does the cost vary so much? The Cost Guy’s note that the repair varies by make and model. THE COST OF REPLACING RACK AND PINION STEERING If the steering system fails, this is bad news for the driver. Again, drivers should be aware of any changes to the steering mechanics of their vehicle. Car owners should not drive the vehicle when there are issues with the steering. If the price to just replace the rack varies considerably, how much would it cost a car owner to repair the entire rack and pinion system? Sites vary related to the exact cost for repairing the system; the price might hover around $1,000. Again, though, estimates vary. A steering system that is leaking fluid could be a bit more complicated to fix. Moog explains that leaks can be a difficult repair, and the entire system might simply need to be replaced. IS A RACK AND PINION SYSTEM AN OPTION? Car buyers might have many choices for upgrades on their vehicle. Buyers can choose their vehicle’s color, interior options, sound system upgrades and much more. Can buyers opt for a different mechanical design of their steering system, though? Most cars are equipped with rack and pinion mechanics, and the steering system is not typically an amendable option for a vehicle. While SUVs and large trucks might offer a different steering design, typically the mechanics of a vehicle are the standard. Rack and Pinion [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Do-All-Vehicles-Include-Rack-and-Pinion-Steering.jpg] DO ALL VEHICLES INCLUDE RACK AND PINION STEERING? The majority of today’s vehicles include rack and pinion mechanics to guide the steering of a vehicle. However, Car and Driver explains that larger vehicles like some trucks and SUVs incorporate a recirculating ball steering system. In addition, while the modern mechanical design of cars typically includes power steering, there are vehicles that don’t utilize the power steering system. The Alfa Romeo 4C does not have power steering, and it might be the only car that lacks this modern mechanical system. Some might wonder if drivers in NASCAR use power steering. These cars do utilize power steering to ease navigation. However, Flow Racers explains that power steering was not always the norm for races. RACK PINION STEERING: THE BASICS THAT DRIVERS NEED TO KNOW Rack and pinion steering operates via circular pinions that move the vertical (or linear) rack gear to allow the tires to be turned left or right by the steering wheel. This mechanical system is part of a driving function that most car owners don’t think about until part of the system starts to fail. Power steering rack and pinion systems could start to malfunction or even leak fluid. Drivers should schedule a service check-up with a mechanic and stay off the roads when they notice the following issues: * A burning oil smell * The steering wheel is easier or more difficult to turn * Red or pink fluid leaking from the vehicle Leaks can sometimes be expensive to repair, and vehicles might need a full rack/pinion replacement. Costs for this repair vary according to the make/model. For some vehicles, this repair might not be incredibly expensive, for others, though, it could be quite high. Car buyers who are shopping for a new vehicle can’t choose the steering mechanics for their vehicle. Most cars offer rack and pinion steering, while larger SUVs and trucks are designed with a circulating ball steering system. STEERING SYSTEM WARNING LIGHTS Some drivers might receive a warning on their vehicle that something is amiss with their rack and pinion steering. Modern vehicles might offer a steering system warning light that illuminates when there is an issue with this system. The steering system warning light appears on the instrument panel, and it looks like a small steering wheel with an exclamation point. When this light illuminates, don’t drive the vehicle and schedule an appointment at the dealership or with a reputable service center. Typically, once the light illuminates, the power steering already is compromised. This means that the steering wheel will be very difficult to turn. USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE VEHICLE OPTIONS Rack and pinion steering components aren’t really a feature that car buyers might be researching when shopping for a vehicle. However, understanding the basic mechanics of a vehicle’s steering can help car owners understand how their car operates and identify when the system might be failing. Car shoppers can download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars mobile site to research all the details about different vehicles and explore models using interactive 3D models, virtual reality (with Google Cardboard) or augmented reality. The RelayCars app is free to download via Google Play or the App Store. The RelayCars app lets car shoppers explore thousands of makes/models in a virtual reality showroom (for those with a Google Cardboard headset) or on-screen via 3D interactive models. Use a fingertip to turn the model of the car to see the exterior design from any angle or look around the interior. Visit the RelayCars mobile site on a tablet or smartphone to utilize the same 3D model interactive features found on the app. In addition, those who visit the mobile site also can explore cars in augmented reality. Just capture any environment with a smartphone or tablet camera, and RelayCars will drop a selected vehicle into the space. Both the RelayCars website and app include expansive details for every model, too. Research the vehicle’s price and interior and exterior specs. In addition, RelayCars also enables shoppers to switch out the paint hues for every car in the online inventory. Check out thousands of cars from home at any time. RelayCars doesn’t limit the exploration, and shoppers are free to research and explore as many cars as they wish. Simplify the research process and transform the shopping experience into an interactive and fun journey.
What is a Continuously Variable Transmission?
July 8, 2022
When shopping for a new vehicle, car buyers typically can select from an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. The difference between the two is that an automatic transmission adjusts or shifts gears without any engagement from the driver, while a manual transmission requires the driver to shift the transmission into a new gear using the stick shift and clutch mechanisms. Most cars come standard with an automatic transmission, but some car owners prefer the control of the manual transmission; particular vehicles (like sports cars) often feature manual transmissions. Automatic transmissions could be designed as a continuously variable transmission. What is a continuously variable transmission and how does this benefit drivers? ABOUT CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSIONS J.D. Power explains that a continuously variable transmission (CVT for short) differs from a standard automatic transmission in that there are numerous gear ratios instead of a set number. The benefit of more gear ratios is that the car can adapt to the driving habits of the particular driver, thus offering greater fuel efficiency. According to J.D. Power, CVT also provides a smoother transition between gears. For this reason, the site notes that a CVT is often referred to as either “shiftless” or “single-speed.” WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CVT TRANSMISSION? Car buyers might wonder if there are any added benefits in choosing a CVT transmission. Carfax explains that these transmissions are often included in vehicles with smaller engines (like a four-cylinder) to maximize the power of that smaller engine and provide better acceleration, too. Carfax also notes that the CVT makes driving uphill less of an arduous climb in that the CVT doesn’t have to hunt for the right gear. In addition, the continuously variable transmissions “…also eliminate abrupt downshifting when additional power is needed for passing.” The biggest pro of the CVT, though, might be the fuel efficiency it helps provide. Carfax explains that CVTs are lighter than standard automatic transmissions. Continuously Variable Transmission [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CVT-vs.-Automatic.jpg] CVT VS. AUTOMATIC: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? A continuously variable transmission—or CVT—is a type of automatic transmission. However, the difference between the two is that the CVT includes more shift ratios. This enables the transmission to adjust for different driving needs. Like the automatic transmission, though, the CVT doesn’t require the driver to manually shift gears. Again, the CVT automatically adjusts to accommodate different driving situations. CVTs are typically included in vehicles with smaller engines and hybrid vehicles, too. Since they are lighter, they can help maximize fuel efficiency. WHAT ARE CVT TRANSMISSION CARS? CVT transmission cars are becoming more popular on the market. Again, smaller engine vehicles might include this type of transmission. Hybrid models also might utilize CVTs. Popular 2022 models with continuously variable transmissions include: * Buick Encore GX * Chevrolet Malibu * Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid * Ford Escape Hybrid * Toyota Avalon Hybrid * Kia Forte * Honda Accord Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CVT-Transmission.jpg] CVT TRANSMISSION: WHAT CARS INCLUDE CVT AND ARE THEY AFFORDABLE? Many 2022 models include a CVT—or continuously variable transmission. Buyers who are looking for affordable vehicles with this type of transmission can choose from the following budget-friendly models: * Kia Forte $19,090 * Chevrolet Malibu $23,400 * Honda Accord Hybrid $27,720 Continuously Variable Transmission [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/CVT-or-Manual.jpg] TRANSMISSION: CVT OR MANUAL? The difference between a CVT and a manual transmission is night and day. Again, the CVT is a type of automatic transmission that offers more gear ratios than the standard automatic. Drivers don’t need to shift gears; the car does it automatically. However, a manual transmission requires the driver to shift gears as the driving need changes. For example, drivers will need to switch gears when driving up a hill. Switching gears using a manual transmission requires the driver to use a gear shift in combination with a foot clutch. Driving a manual transmission is a completely different experience than driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission. Drivers need to be constantly aware of what gear is required for a specific driving function. However, a manual transmission allows speed control for the driver. At one time, manual transmission was the only option for vehicles. Today, most models are equipped with automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is so common that less than 20 percent of today’s drivers have the know-how to navigate a manual transmission. CVT AND HYBRID MODELS Car buyers who are interested in purchasing a hybrid model might find that several hybrids are equipped with a continuously variable transmission. This transmission could help the hybrid maximize power, too. Hybrid models are more expensive than standard fuel-injected vehicles. However, hybrids provide greater fuel efficiency, allowing car owners to save money on gasoline. The following hybrid models include CVT: * Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Starting MSRP: $46,978 Fuel Efficiency: 520 miles (estimated range with combined fuel and electric) * Ford Escape Hybrid Starting MSRP: $30,185 Fuel Efficiency: 44 MPG city / 37 MPG highway * Toyota Avalon Hybrid Starting MSRP: $37,850 Fuel Efficiency: 43 MPG city / 44 MPG highway * Honda Accord Hybrid Starting MSRP: $27,720 Fuel Efficiency: 48 MPG city / 47 MPG highway CVT TRANSMISSION VS. AUTOMATIC A continuously variable transmission is a type of automatic transmission. However, the way the CVT works is different from the standard automatic. Again, CVTs include more gear ratios. They can transition a bit more smoothly and can help maximize power for smaller engines. As these transmissions also are lighter, they can help provide greater fuel efficiency. This is why they are used in hybrid models. Both CVTs and standard automatic transmissions don’t require the driver to utilize a clutch or gear shift. As driving needs change, the transmission automatically adjusts. WHAT IS CVT? The term CVT is simply an acronym for continuously variable transmission. Maxwell Ford gives consumers a primer on how CVTs work. While a standard automatic transmission will shift per a specific number of gears, the CVT provides more variation and uses a pulley system. The dealership explains the transmission’s mechanical design: “One pulley connects to the engine, the other one links to the transmission. The belt transfers the power between them. As the name suggests, this transmission modifies setups continuously. This allows the vehicle’s engine to run more efficiently.” WHAT IS CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION? Continuously variable transmissions are found in vehicles with smaller engines and hybrid models, too. These transmissions use a pulley system to adjust the vehicle’s speed and power as needed for different driving scenarios. Since CVTs are automatic transmissions, drivers don’t need to engage a clutch or use a gear shift. The car does all the work. CVT TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS While continuously variable transmissions can help maximize power and fuel efficiency, they aren’t free of issues. Some CVT transmission problems include: * More expensive repairs * Noisy operation * Overheating * Acceleration loss Car and Driver also explains that if the belts become too stretched, the transmission will die. In addition, some car owners don’t like the noise associated with CVT. While the site explains that some drivers also might miss the feel of a car changing gears. When the CVT needs to be repaired, Car and Driver reports that these repairs are often more expensive. WHAT IS CVT TRANSMISSION AND SHOULD BUYERS CHOOSE THIS TRANSMISSION? Continuously variable transmission can be referred to as CVT or even CVT transmission; it’s all the same reference. While CVTs can provide a seamless gear change and help maximize fuel efficiency and power, should buyers gravitate towards vehicles with this transmission type? Sometimes car owners have a choice of the transmission, and sometimes they don’t. Before focusing on choice, car owners should research what transmission is standard with the vehicle they want. For example, a CVT might be included in hybrid models or vehicles with smaller engines. Even if repairs for CVTs are more expensive, this type of transmission could help those driving smaller engine vehicles enjoy better acceleration and help maximize the engine’s power, too. Hybrids might include a continuously variable transmission to help the vehicle provide the most miles per gallon possible in the city and on the highway. USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE ALL DIFFERENT VEHICLE OPTIONS Car shoppers who are unsure what type of vehicle they want can download the RelayCars app or the RelayCars mobile website to explore different makes/models using 3D imagery, augmented reality and even virtual reality experiences (for those with Google Cardboard). The RelayCars app is free to download via Google Play or the App Store. The app provides access to thousands of makes and models that car shoppers can choose to explore using interactive 3D imagery. Turn the vehicle around with just a fingertip to look at it from any vantage point or explore the interior by touch navigation. Those with Google Cardboard also can preview cars in virtual reality. Those who wish to visit the RelayCars mobile site on their smartphone or tablet can explore cars using the same immersive imagery as the app. However, the website also provides an augmented reality experience. Use the camera on a tablet or smartphone to capture any environment, and a model of the vehicle will appear thanks to augmented reality technology. RelayCars also provides all the specs and pricing information for every model in its inventory. Review the starting MSRP and check out if the vehicle offers CVT. Use RelayCars to explore and research cars to simplify the car shopping experience; RelayCars never closes, and visitors can preview and explore as many vehicles as they wish. Download the app or visit the mobile site today.