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.
What are the Best Luxury Cars for Tall People?
July 6, 2022
Car shoppers who purchase luxury cars are willing to pay a higher price for high-end features and the vehicle that they want. Some car shoppers also could move to higher-priced luxury vehicles if they feel that they offer a more comfortable drive and more space. The headroom and legroom of a vehicle can impact the choice of vehicle for drivers who are taller than average. These drivers might need extra space to extend their legs or more headroom if they have a longer torso. What are the best luxury cars for tall people? The best luxury options for taller drivers include: * Cadillac Escalade * Mercedes-Benz S Class * BMW X5 (Sport Activity Vehicle) * Lexus LX * Tesla Model Y * Audi A8 * Lincoln Navigator SUVS OR SAVS MIGHT BE THE ROOMIEST Buyers who are reviewing the list might notice one common theme. Many of the recommended models are SUVs or SAVs (sports activity vehicles). This body type isn’t just heavier, but larger SUVs also provide more space for those in the front seat and in second or third row seats, too. Larger luxury SUVs are more expensive than smaller options. However, drivers who need the extra space and have the money to spend might not think twice about the splurge. Here’s what to know about each model, including the starting price, fuel efficiency specs, safety ratings, and, of course, the space specs for the front seat. CADILLAC ESCALADE The Cadillac Escalade has a starting MSRP of $77,795. It offers three-rows of space and has space for up to seven. It offers 42.3 inches of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom in the front seat. The Escalade can drive up to 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. MERCEDES-BENZ S CLASS The Mercedes-Benz S Class starts at $112,650. It offers a bit more fuel efficiency than the large Escalade; the S Class can get up to 21 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. It offers 39.3 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom in the front seat. BMW X5 (SPORT ACTIVITY VEHICLE) The BMW X5 is one of the more budget-friendly SUV/SAV models on the list; the X5 starts at $60,600. It offers average fuel efficiency for a larger SUV; it can get 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. It offers 40.8 inches of headroom and 39.8 inches of legroom for those in the front seat. The 2022 X5 received a Top Safety Pick award/rating (with specific headlights) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. LEXUS ES The Lexus ES has a starting MSRP of $40,950; it has two rows of seating and space for five. The LX offers the best fuel efficiency on the list; it can get 43MPG in the city and 44 MPG on the highway. It has 37.5 to 37.8 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom in the front seat. TESLA MODEL Y Looking for a spacious electric model? The Tesla Model Y is roomy and not one of the more budget-friendly luxe vehicles on the list. The Model Y starts at $62,990. The Model Y Performance offers an estimated range of 303 miles, while the Model Y Long Range offers an estimated range of 330 miles. The front seat of the Model Y provides 41 inches of headroom and 41.8 inches of legroom. The Tesla Model Y received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from the IIHS; this is the highest rating available. AUDI A8 The Audi A8 is a larger sedan that starts at $86,500. It offers 38.3 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom in the front seat. The fuel efficiency of the A8 is decent on the highway—it gets up to 28 MPG. In the city, though, the A8 only gets 19 MPG. LINCOLN NAVIGATOR Like the Cadillac Escalade, the Lincoln Navigator is a larger SUV with three rows that can fit up to seven to eight passengers. The Navigator has a starting MSRP of $77,635. Like many large SUVs, the Navigator’s fuel efficiency isn’t stellar—it gets 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. The Navigator offers a decent amount of space for taller drivers, though; it provides 41.8 inches of headroom and 43.9 inches of legroom in the front row. Best Luxury Cars for Tall People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Other-Models-Worth-Considering.jpg] OTHER MODELS WORTH CONSIDERING The list of models might not be the best choices for all tall drivers. Every driver has their own preference for what is the best vehicle for their needs and their personal comfort. Tesla’s Model X could be a better choice for drivers who need more headroom. The Model X offers 41.7 inches of headroom and 41.1 inches of legroom. While it offers slightly more headroom than the Model Y, the Model Y beats out the X in legroom. For drivers with a longer torso, the X could still be the better option. The Model X has a starting price of $114,900. MotorBiscuit named the Genesis G90 as its top luxury pick for tall drivers. The G90 starts at $74,950. It offers 41.3 inches of headroom and 46.3 inches of legroom in the front seat. The G90 offers more space for tall drivers to stretch their legs than the Escalade, but it doesn’t offer quite as much headroom as the Cadillac. Best Luxury Cars for Tall People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Take-a-Test-Drive.jpg] TAKE A TEST DRIVE One spacious option on the list—the Lincoln Navigator—was actually noted to not be a great choice for tall people according to Consumer Reports. For many drivers, deciding the best car might not be related to looking only at stats and dimensions. A test drive might be the best way for drivers to discern their best and most comfortable vehicle. For car buyers looking at the best luxury models, the best sports cars or even the best hybrid or electric models, choose a few favorite models and visit the dealerships to schedule a test drive. Are the seats easy to position and adjust? Is the view obstructed in any way? Is the drive comfortable? Drivers might have their own opinion about whether or not a model is ideal for them. Some individuals who are very tall might need to focus on both the headroom and legroom; they also might need to adjust the seat to create the most comfortable position while driving. For some models, adjusting the seat back toward the second row could impact the space of passengers. If the car buyer has a family and the back seat is going to be used frequently for passengers, think about the front seat’s impact on that area if the seat needs to be reclined or adjusted. While luxury buyers might not be as focused on the budget as those who have less to spend, the budget still might have a limit. Shop for the models that don’t exceed the financial comfort zone. WHAT IS THE WORST LUXURY CAR FOR TALL DRIVERS? The choice of a new car is such a personal buying decision. The worst car for tall drivers is any car that doesn’t fit their driving needs or comfortably accommodate their height. While drivers might assume that small cars might be an impossible fit or even the worst option, this assumption isn’t necessarily accurate. Some smaller vehicles might offer more legroom or headroom that shoppers might realize. Don’t be fooled by a small car’s design. The interior could be spacious and might be a comfortable fit. Research the specs, and car buyers also can visit the dealership and sit in the car to feel it out. HOW TO RESEARCH CAR OPTIONS FROM HOME Buyers now spend more than seven hours researching and shopping for a car online. There are numerous tools that buyers can use from home to explore the models they are interested in purchasing. Download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars mobile site to explore thousands of makes/models using 3D interactive imagery, augmented reality or virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). The RelayCars app is free to download from Google Play or the App Store. Car shoppers can explore cars using interactive 3D car models that allow them to use their fingertips to turn the car or explore its interior. The virtual reality experience is available to consumers who have access to a Google Cardboard headset. Those with access to a smartphone or tablet can visit the RelayCars website to engage with the same 3D imagery that is available via the app. The mobile website also offers an augmented reality experience that lets car shoppers use the camera on their device to capture their environment and preview a chosen vehicle in that environment. RelayCars shows a 3D model of any car in augmented reality—view the car in the garage or the driveway. Both the RelayCars website and the app provide data and specs related to every model in its inventory. Research the MSRP and compare measurements of different SUVs. Car shoppers can even choose to preview vehicles in different paint hues to find their favorite paint color for their dream car. Use RelayCars to understand all the choices and simulate the dealership experience from home. Then visit the dealership to take a test drive and find the best vehicle and the most comfortable ride.
Ford Edge vs. Escape: The Differences Between these Two SUVs
July 4, 2022
In the 2000s, SUVs usurped minivans as the dominant family car on the road. In 2021, SUV models accounted for 75 percent of the most popular vehicles sold in the country; 15 out of the 25 best-selling vehicles were SUVs. Ford’s F-Series has remained the best-selling vehicle in the country for four decades. However, Ford’s SUVs also are popular with consumers. The Ford Escape was the 23rd most popular vehicle of 2021, and the Ford Explorer ranked 14th. The Ford Edge didn’t rank, but it’s another SUV option. What’s the difference between Ford Edge vs. Escape? Here are all the similarities and differences between the Ford Edge vs. Escape. FORD ESCAPE VS. EDGE SIZE The Ford Escape and the Edge mainly differ by the space that they offer. Both can fit up to five passengers. However, one offers a bit more legroom and headspace. The Ford Edge is considered a mid-size SUV/crossover. Ford offers five different trim levels. The Edge provides 40.2 inches of headroom in the front seat and 42.6 inches of legroom. The back seat offers 40.3 inches of head room and 40.6 inches of legroom. The Edge provides 73.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the front row. When only utilizing the space behind the back row, the Edge offers 39.2 cubic feet of space. Ford offers 10 different trim options for the Escape; there are numerous hybrid and hybrid plug-in models offered among these trims. The Escape S is the least expensive trim available. It offers 40 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom in the front seat. For the second row passengers, the Escape S provides 39.3 inches of headroom and 40.7 inches of legroom. The Escape offers 65.4 cubic feet of storage space behind the front row. The Hybrid and Hybrid Plug-In models only provide 60.8 cubic feet, however. Space behind the second row ranges from 34.4 cubic feet to 37.5 cubic feet (depending on the trim/model). While the Edge offers the most space for front seat passengers, the Escape gives the back seat passenger 1/10 of an inch more leg space. In addition, the Edge dominates the Escape for cargo space. Ford Edge vs. Escape [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Ford-Edge-vs.-Ford-Escape.jpg] FORD EDGE VS. FORD ESCAPE: THE PRICE OF BOTH SUVS Both the Edge and the Escape are offered in different trims; the Edge also allows buyers to select hybrid or plug-in hybrid options. Buyers can expect to spend more for the Edge. It has a starting MSRP of $37,145. The Edge ST is the most expensive trim and starts at $45,945. The Escape is the more budget-friendly option. The Escape has a starting MSRP of $26,760. The Escape Titanium Plug-In Hybrid is the most expensive trim in the Escape lineup; the Titanium Plug-In starts at $40,700. Ford Edge vs. Escape [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Ford-Edge-vs.-Escape-which-is-safer.jpg] FORD EDGE VS. ESCAPE: IS ONE SAFER? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides consumers with safety reports for every make and model. The IIHS conducts rigorous crash tests to determine the safety of vehicles. The safest vehicles are given a Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick rating/award. The difference between the two awards/ratings is that the vehicles that are named Top Safety Pick+ provide good/acceptable headlights as a standard feature. Those that receive the Top Safety Pick designation provide these headlights as an option. When comparing the Ford Edge vs. Escape, is one model safer than the other? Both the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Ford Escape received a Top Safety Pick rating/award. Those who feel safer with a larger automobile, though, might choose the Edge. Ford Edge vs. Escape [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Fuel-Efficiency.jpg] FORD ESCAPE VS. EDGE: THE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF THESE SUVS SUVs weren’t always known to be the most fuel efficient vehicles; some might even be gas guzzlers. However, the fuel efficiency of SUVs has improved over the years. Now many brands offer hybrid or plug-in hybrid options for popular SUV models. The Ford Edge is larger than the Escape, and it also is less fuel efficient. The Edge can get 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. However, the Escape can get 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. Buyers who choose hybrid options can further maximize their fuel efficiency; the Escape SE Hybrid (the least expensive hybrid) can get 44 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. WHICH IS BIGGER FORD EDGE OR FORD ESCAPE? Both the Edge and the Escape can fit up to five passengers. However, the Edge is the larger SUV; it offers more cargo space behind both the front seat and the second row, too. The Edge also provides more space for the front seat passenger and the driver, too. The Escape barely nudges out the Edge for legroom (it offers 1/10 of an inch more of space). EDGE VS. ESCAPE: WHICH HAS A BETTER HISTORY OF DEPENDABILITY? Every year, J.D. Power names one vehicle in each class or segment as the most dependable. The award is based upon the scores of car owners; models are three-years old when rated (2021 winners were 2018 models). The Edge and the Escape were placed in different categories based on their size differences. The Ford Escape placed 8th for dependability out of 13 compact SUVs. The Escape received a total score of 80. For Quality & Reliability, it received an 83. When rated for Driving Experience, it received a 79. It only received a 76 for Resale Value. The Ford Edge placed 11th out of 19 midsize SUVs for dependability. The Edge received a total score of 80. For Quality & Reliability, it received an 82. When rated for Driving Experience, the Edge scored an 80. It received a 77 for Resale Value. Overall, both the Edge and the Escape received comparable dependability scores. However, the Edge scored slightly better for Driving Experience and Resale Value. However, the Escape scored slightly higher for Quality & Reliability. Car buyers can review years of dependability scores for different models going all the way back to the model year 2000 (rated for dependability in 2003). Reviewing these scores through the years can help buyers spot trends for different models and how they consistently rank by owners. FORD ESCAPE VS. FORD EDGE: WHICH MODEL IS THE BEST? Both the Ford Escape and the Ford Edge score fairly evenly when compared by dependability and safety. For buyers, the choice between the two may come down to size, price and fuel efficiency. The Escape is the most affordable choice. In addition, the Escape lineup also includes many different hybrid options. For buyers who want to maximize their fuel consumption, the Escape could have the edge over the Edge. Other buyers might need the space offered by the Edge. Those who need to haul lots of sports gear or equipment might prefer the Edge. What about towing capacity? Is one model better for buyers who need to tow small trailers? Both the Escape and the Ford Edge have a towing capacity between 1,500 and 3,500 pounds; while the Edge is larger, the size doesn’t give it greater towing power. USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE BOTH MODELS Buyers might not be sure which model is best for them. While dealerships could offer a slideshow of images for the Edge and the Escape, these one-dimensional images might not provide the info that buyers need to make their final choice. RelayCars allows buyers to explore both the Escape and the Edge using immersive imagery and experience. Download the RelayCars app to preview vehicles using 3D interactive imagery or virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). Download the RelayCars app for free via Google Play or the App Store. Car shoppers also can visit the RelayCars mobile site to explore models, too. The mobile website lets visitors explore cars via 3D imagery or augmented reality. How does this work? The 3D imagery is interactive; just use a fingertip to turn the vehicle around or explore the interior. With augmented reality, car shoppers can use the camera on a smartphone or tablet to capture their environment; the augmented reality experience will display a 3D interactive image into this space. Navigate the experience using the camera on the device. Walk around the vehicle and explore it. When choosing between two similar models like the Escape and the Edge, RelayCars can provide immersive data to enable shoppers to fully understand the size and design differences. Images aren’t just pictures; they are interactive experiences. Look around the interior of each model; check out the space in the back seat and the front seat, too. RelayCars also provides pricing for each different make/model and specs, too. Compare models using this data and to better understand how each measures up related to power, space and more. RelayCars includes thousands of makes/models in its inventory. Buyers can explore as many vehicles as they want. The site is open 24/7, and this means buyers can research their options anytime and from anywhere. Download the app or visit the website today to start exploring.
Cab of a Truck: What Buyers Should Know about Crew Cab vs. Extended Cab Options
July 1, 2022
Pickup truck models are the three most popular vehicles in the country. The Ford F-Series has reigned supreme as the top vehicle for the past four decades. Through the years, pickup trucks have evolved to include more room for passengers. The cab of a truck once only held one passenger and the driver. Now buyers can choose between many sizes for a cab or a truck. What are the cab sizes and what is the difference between the crew cab vs. extended cab? Cab sizes for pickup trucks include: * Crew Cab * Double cab * King Cab * Supercrew * Supercab * Extended Cab CREW CAB VS. DOUBLE CAB Buyers might notice two terms for cab options: crew cab and double cab. Are these cabs the same size? The crew cab of a pickup truck can fit the ‘crew.’ It has two seats in the front and a standard full-seat in the back. J.D. Power explains that this cab option was introduced in the late 1950s but rose to popularity in the 1990s. This cab option offers four doors for easy passenger access. The double cab is smaller than the crew cab. The double cab offers a back seat for passengers, but some cabs feature smaller doors to access the backseat. The seating area in the back also is a bit tighter. Those who want a spacious option for children or extra passengers might choose the crew cab. However, a double cab could be fine for smaller children or just as an extra space for friends. Both cab sizes can fit up to six people. KING CAB VS. CREW CAB The King Cab is a cab option that is available for the Nissan Titan and Nissan Frontier. The King Cab on Nissan trucks offers four doors and a back seat space. However, the doors to the backseat only open from the inside. The King Cab is relatively similar to the double cab. In comparison to a crew cab, the King Cab offers less space in the back and smaller doors. SUPERCAB VS. SUPERCREW The SuperCab is a Ford cab option. Like the double cab and the King Cab (for Nissan), this cab option offers a tighter backseat and smaller doors that open backwards. The SuperCab has space for six. The SuperCrew is Ford’s crew cab option. It features four-doors and seats up to six. The back seat is more spacious than the SuperCab. SUPERCAB VS. CREW CAB Ford’s SuperCab is designed similarly to a double cab. Thus, it differs from the crew cab, because it offers less space in the back seat and has smaller doors to access that space. However, both a crew cab and the SuperCab have space for up to six passengers. Difference Between Crew Cab and Extended Cab [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Difference-Between-Crew-Cab-and-Extended-Cab.jpg] DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREW CAB AND EXTENDED CAB An extended cab is a reference to a cab that is larger than the standard cab. Extended cabs offer a second row of seats for passengers. Extended cabs might offer smaller doors, but they also might not offer extra doors. Extended cabs are not as big as crew cabs. Chevrolet offers an Extended Cab for its Colorado model; this cab can include a bench back seat or jump seats. DOUBLE CAB VS. CREW CAB Ford offers the SuperCab, Nissan offers the King Cab and Chevrolet offers the Double Cab. They are all designed similarly and are smaller than the crew cab. The difference between Chevrolet’s Double Cab option and a Crew Cab relates, once again, to the door design to the backseat and the space in the back, too. However, Sweeney Chevrolet explains that Chevrolet’s Double Cab is a bit bigger than the extended cab. There is more room in the back of the Chevrolet Double Cab option, but it’s not as spacious as a crew cab. EXTENDED CAB VS. CREW CAB: IS ONE BETTER? The extended cab is a smaller option than the crew cab, but both cabs have their advantages. For example, larger families might need the space of the crew cab backseat. Some truck owners might just like the extra space that the extended cab provides for gear or just as an option for extra passengers. Since the extended cab is smaller, it’s also more affordable. Crew Cab vs. Extended Cab [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Supercrew-vs-Supercab.jpg] SUPERCREW VS SUPERCAB: WHICH CAB IS THE MOST AFFORDABLE? SuperCrew and SuperCab are associated with Ford trucks. The following models offer SuperCrew cabs: * Ford F-150 * Ford Lightning * Ford Ranger * Ford Maverick The SuperCab is associated with the F-150. However, buyers might not be able to locate a new F-150; the demand for these models is high. Crew Cab vs. Extended Cab [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Truck-Cab-Sizes-Depend-on-the-Brand.jpg] TRUCK CAB SIZES DEPEND ON THE BRAND Truck cab sizes are brand-based. This means that certain cab names are only associated with specific brands. For example, Nissan offers the King Cab, Ford’s cab choices are SuperCab and SuperCrew. Chevrolet offers extended cabs and double cabs. Typically, the crew options for brands are very similar in that they offer the most space in the backseat. However, buyers might have to size up the different smaller cabs to find their best option. In addition, some cab sizes also can include different bed sizes. WHAT IS A CREW CAB? A crew cab pickup is one of the most spacious options on the market. For those who want the most room for back seat passengers, the crew cab is the best choice. These cabs offer space for three in the backseat; the passenger space is accessible via full-sized doors. In addition, the leg room and head room is comfortable and more spacious than smaller cab sizes. SUPER CAB VS. CREW CAB Ford’s SuperCab or SuperCab is smaller than its SuperCrew cab, and the SuperCab also will be smaller than the standard crew cab offered by other brands. Buyers should remember that the crew cab can fit the entire crew comfortably. This is the most spacious cab size for families or those who want the most space for extra passengers. However, crew cabs will be more expensive than a SuperCab, Double Cab, extended cab or King Cab. The price of a Crew Cab pickup is in the mid-$30K range. Smaller cabs will be slightly more affordable. The popularity of pickup truck models, though, might make them hard to find in some areas. Ford currently has stopped taking orders for several pickup models, including its new electric F-150 Lightning. Used trucks also might be more expensive, as the price of new cars have risen because of the low supply and high demand. CAB OF A TRUCK: ALL THE OPTIONS Buyers might be overwhelmed with all the options for pickup truck cab sizes. The cab of a truck might be noted by different names. Ford has SuperCrew and SuperCab options. Nissan offers the King Cab. Chevrolet offers extended cabs and double cabs (crew cabs, too). Buyers might research the different cabs from brands to decide their best cab size option. Buyers will find that larger cabs are associated with higher prices. However, the price of pickup trucks also depend on their size (the engine, too) and other factors. Cab options also might offer buyers the choice to extend the size of the truck bed. Again, every brand has different design options for their truck models. USE RELAYCARS FOR IMMERSIVE TRUCK EXPLORATION Buyers might be completely confused about the space of pickup truck cabs. While many buyers can go online and review slideshows of truck models offered by dealerships, these one-dimensional photos can only provide so much visual information. RelayCars allows buyers the option to research different trucks via immersive 3D models and augmented reality or virtual reality experiences, too. RelayCars helps simulate the in-person shopping experience at home or from any location. Download the RelayCars app to explore all the options using 3D models or virtual reality (for those with Google Cardboard). Car buyers can interact with thousands of makes and models via 3D imagery; use a fingertip to turn the truck around and understand its design or look around the vehicle to explore its interior space. The RelayCars mobile site lets car buyers explore the same 3D models as the app. In addition, the site also offers an augmented reality experience. Use the camera from a smartphone or tablet to capture any space in the environment, and the augmented reality tool will drop a chosen vehicle into that space. View pickup trucks in the garage or anywhere. Both the RelayCars app and the mobile site also provide pricing data and all the specs for every vehicle in the online inventory. Compare different pickup truck models, and find the model that fits into the budget. Buyers also can use RelayCars to explore cars that they aren’t even interested in purchasing. Explore luxury models or even sports cars. With RelayCars, the search for a vehicle is an immersive adventure, and buyers can have fun looking at the vast number of makes/models in the inventory. There is no limit to the number of vehicles buyers can explore; enjoy the journey!
BMW 330i vs. Mercedes C300: Which Model is the Best?
June 27, 2022
Car manufacturers tend to produce similar models as brands compete for sales and popularity. To consumers, models released by rival brands might look incredibly similar. However, each manufacturer or brand has their own signature features that set them apart from their competitors. BMW and Mercedes-Benz are luxury car manufacturers that offer many similar SUVs, sedans and electric models, too. The BMW 3 Series typically competes with the Mercedes C Class lineup. The BMW 33i is regarded as the competitor for the Mercedes C300 model. When comparing the BMW 330i vs. Mercedes C300, which model is the best? Here’s how these two models compare by price, dependability, base features, fuel efficiency and safety. BMW 3 SERIES VS. MERCEDES C CLASS: ONE BRAND OFFERS MORE VEHICLE OPTIONS The BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class lineup both offer numerous different models. When comparing the BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes C Class, consumers will notice that one brand has more models in their model segment. BMW offers four models in its 3 Series, while the Mercedes-Benz C Class lineup includes two different options. The BMW 3 Series includes the following vehicles: * 330i * 330e (electric) * M340i * M3 The Mercedes-Benz C Class includes just two models: * C300 Sedan * C300 4Matic Sedan BMW 330i vs. Mercedes C300 [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Price-of-Luxury-Sedans.jpg] BMW 33I VS. MERCEDES C300: THE PRICE OF LUXURY SEDANS Price might or might not be a factor for luxury car buyers. While some consumers might have a bottomless budget and buy what they want, others might be a bit more frugal. The BMW 330i is the lowest-priced model in BMW’s 3 Series. The Mercedes-Benz C300 Sedan also is the most inexpensive option of the two models in Mercedes’ C Class. The BMW 330i is available in two options: the standard 330i Sedan and the 330i xDrive Sedan. The 330i Sedan has a starting MSRP of $41,450, while the xDrive Sedan starts at $43,450. What’s the difference between the two? The 330i Sedan has rear-wheel drive, while the xDrive Sedan features ‘xDrive all-wheel drive.’ The C300 also is offered in two options: the C300 Sedan and the C300 4Matic Sedan. The C300 Sedan has a starting MSRP of $43,550, while the 4Matic Sedan starts at $45,500. The C300 Sedan has rear-wheel drive, but the 4Matic offers all-wheel drive capabilities. BMW 330I VS. MERCEDES C300: WHICH IS MOST DEPENDABLE? J.D. Power names a car in every segment/class as the dependability award winner. Models are three-years-old when they are ranked, and the scores are based on the ratings of car owners. J.D. Power explains that “This rating focuses on the type and number of problems owners experienced during the preceding 12 months with their 3-year-old vehicle.” Both the 2018 3 Series (for BMW) and the 2018 C Class (from Mercedes-Benz) were placed in the Compact Premium Car category. They each received a composite score of 80. However, the 3 Series was ranked just above the C Class. The 3 Series received a score of 82 for Quality/Reliability, an 82 for Driving Experience but only a 75 for Resale Value. It placed 10th overall. The C Class received an 80 for Quality/Reliability. However, it nudged out the 3 Series for Driving Experience; the C Class scored an 84 in this area. The C Class also received a 75 for Resale Value. It placed 11th overall for the Compact Premium Car category. The dependability of 2022 models won’t be evaluated until 2025. However, consumers trying to decide between the C Class or the 300 Series can review previous scores for both options. J.D. Power offers dependability data on models going back to the year 2000. BMW 330I VS. MERCEDES C300: STACKING UP THE STANDARD FEATURES Luxury automobiles are pricier than the more basic models, but they also offer high-end features that could make the price worthwhile. Luxury features come standard in many luxury or premium models. How does the BMW 330i compare to the Mercedes-Benz C300 by the features they offer? The BMW 330I includes welcome light carpet (this illuminates the ground when the door is opened), a power moonroof (with sunshade), 3-zone climate control, SensaTec upholstery, BMW ConnectedDrive, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, power front seats, and more. The Mercedes C300 offers many luxury standard features, including power front seats (with a memory option), heated front seats, folding rear seats, a year of Mercedes me service, LED ambient lighting (64 hues), remote start (via app), MB-Tex upholstery, power tinted glass sunroof (featuring tilt/slide) and much more. Consumers will notice that many features are similar. Both brands come standard with their own branded upholstery options—BMW offers SensaTec, and Mercedes offers MB-Tex. In addition, both offer their own car connectivity (Mercedes me or ConnectedDrive for BMW). BMW 330I VS. MERCEDES C300: THE FUEL EFFICIENCY CAN IMPACT CHOICE Gas prices depend on supply and demand. When prices are on the rise, car buyers might be more cognizant of the fuel efficiency of the vehicles they choose. Which model gets better gas mileage? Here’s how the two compare. The BMW 330i offers decent fuel efficiency; smaller vehicles typically provide the most miles per gallon on the road. The BMW 330i can get 26 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The Mercedes C300 is much less fuel efficient than its BMW competitor. The Mercedes C300 only gets 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Buyers who want the most fuel efficient model might gravitate towards BMW. BMW 330I VS. MERCEDES C300: THE SAFETY RATINGS The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases safety reports for vehicles related to crash tests. Car buyers can search for vehicles by make/model and year to review the safety report and understand how the model fared in crash tests. IIHS also awards the safest cars with a Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick rating. The difference between these two is related to headlights; while the Top Safety Pick+ winners offer acceptable/good headlights as standard, the Top Safety Pick winners only offer these headlights as an available option. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS. The 2022 BMW 3 Series received a Top Safety Pick award/rating from IIHS. The C-Class barely nudges out the 3 Series. BMW 330i vs. Mercedes C300 [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Which-is-the-Best-car.jpg] BMW 330I VS. MERCEDES C300: WHICH IS THE BEST? The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series are comparable in many respects. However, BMW might be the least expensive option based on starting MSRP stats. The difference in price, though, isn’t huge. Both offer similar dependability scores, although the 3 Series scored higher than the C-Class for Quality/Reliability. Mercedes nudged out BMW’s 3 Series for Driving Experience. Both scored a 75 for Resale Value. The standard features for the 330i and the C300 also are comparable. Buyers might opt for a more luxurious leather interior, as this option does not come standard. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer their own branded standard upholstery. BMW’s 3 Series is the more fuel efficient option. Buyers who want to maximize their fuel might choose this model for its fuel efficiency. Both models received good safety scores from IIHS. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class bumped the BMW because of headlights and earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award. Is one model better than the other? That might just depend on the opinion of the consumer. Both models have their own advantages. Buyers might test drive both models to find out which is the better car for their needs and lifestyle. BMW 330i vs. Mercedes C300 [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Explore-Both-Models-from-Home-Using-RelayCars.jpg] EXPLORE BOTH MODELS FROM HOME USING RELAYCARS Consumers who are comparing the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class can download the RelayCars app or use the RelayCars mobile website to explore both models–and thousands of other vehicles–using interactive technologies. The RelayCars app is free to download from either Google Play or the App Store; the app lets buyers explore cars via 3D immersive models or in virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). Those who don’t want to download the app can choose to explore vehicles on the RelayCars’ mobile website from their phone or tablet. The mobile site lets car shoppers interact with 3D vehicle models on their screen or use augmented reality to explore cars. With augmented reality, car shoppers can capture their environment using their smartphone or tablet camera. The augmented reality experience will drop a 3D model of a selected vehicle into this selected environment. Both the app and the mobile site also allow users to explore a vast inventory of vehicles via 3D interactive car models. The cars can be rotated 360 degrees using a fingertip; car buyers can view cars from any angle. They also can swap out the paint hue and explore the interior, too. The RelayCars’ app also features a virtual reality option for car buyers to preview any car from the RelayCars inventory in a virtual reality showroom. However, users must have access to Google Cardboard to enjoy the virtual reality experience. Use RelayCars to explore different makes/models to better understand specs and prices, too. RelayCars offers extensive information on every car in the inventory. With RelayCars, buyers can enjoy numerous interactive preview experiences to explore all their options and help them find the best vehicle.