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.
These are the Best Electric and Hybrid Vehicles for 2022
June 24, 2022
The options for electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more extensive each year. As the popularity of these energy-efficient vehicles increases, more manufacturers are meeting the demand with new models. General Motors is moving to an all-electric lineup, and manufacturers like Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai have released hybrid options for popular models. With so many hybrid and electric models from which to choose, how do buyers find their ideal option? Younger buyers focus on price, safety and fuel efficiency when shopping for a car. Based on these three criteria, here are the best electric and hybrid vehicles for 2022. Best Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Finding-the-Best-Hybrid-Model.jpg] FINDING THE BEST HYBRID MODEL Hybrid vehicles can be found in lower price ranges than fully-electric models. Some hybrids plug-in to charge the battery, but many do not need a plug. Hybrids combine the energy of electricity and standard fuel to power the engine. This energy-efficient mechanical design enables a hybrid to maximize the use of fuel, and many models offer more than 50 MPG. Typically, hybrids are the most fuel efficient when driving in the city. This differs from standard vehicles, which perform most efficiently on the highway. Drivers who tend to spend most of their commute in the stop-and-go traffic of city or suburban streets might gravitate to a hybrid model. THE CHEAPEST HYBRID MODELS Buyers on a tighter budget might want to find the least expensive hybrids on the market. Hybrids tend to be pricier than the standard vehicle, but buyers can still find some lower-priced options. MotorTrend rounded up the least expensive hybrid models for 2022; the five least expensive models include: * 2022 Ford Maverick XL FWD $19,995 * 2022 Hyundai Ioniq $23,600 * 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid $24,775 * 2022 Hybrid Elantra Hybrid Blue $24,775 * 2022 Toyota Prius L Eco $25,650 ABOUT THE LEAST EXPENSIVE MODEL ON THE MARKET Buyers who assumed the cheapest hybrid on the market was a sedan might be surprised to realize that it’s actually a pickup truck. The 2022 Ford Maverick XL FWD is priced economically at $19,995. It has enough space for five passengers and can tow up to 4,000 pounds (when fully equipped). The Maverick can get an estimated 42 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway and 37 MPG combined. Unfortunately, buyers who want this model might be in for a wait or a hunt. Ford is no longer accepting orders as buyer demand was so high. THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT HYBRID MODELS Hybrids are the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market (electric models are the most energy-efficient). However, the efficiency for hybrid models can vary considerably. Car buyers who face a long daily commute might want the hybrid that maximizes every drop of gas in the tank. The five most fuel efficient hybrid models include: * Hyundai Ioniq 58 MPG city / 60 MPG highway * Toyota Prius 58 MPG city / 53 MPG highway * Toyota Corolla 53 MPG city / 52 MPG highway * Toyota Camry Hybrid 51 MPG city / 53 MPG highway * Hyundai Sonata 50 MPG city / 54 MPG highway ABOUT THE MOST FUEL EFFICIENT HYBRID MODEL The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq is the most fuel efficient hybrid on the market. It offers 58 MPG in the city and 60 MPG on the highway. The Ioniq is priced a little less than $24,000 and is the second most affordable hybrid on the market. THE SAFEST HYBRIDS Many buyers review safety ratings of the vehicles that they are considering for purchase. Safety ratings and reports are available via the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Buyers can enter the make, model and year of any vehicle to review the safety report and understand how that model performed in safety tests. These are the hybrid models that received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS: * Honda Insight * Honda Accord Hybrid * Toyota Camry Hybrid * Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid * Hyundai Tucson Hybrid * Toyota Highlander Hybrid * Ford Explorer Hybrid * 2022 Volvo S60 T8 Recharge * 2022 Lexus ES Hybrid * Volvo XC90 * Toyota Sienna * Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Since all the models received top honors from IIHS, choosing one as the safest isn’t really an option. The list shows, though, that buyers can choose from many hybrids that offer top safety ratings. Find one that meets the budget and/or fuel efficiency expectations. Best Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Shopping-for-the-Best-Electric-Models.jpg] SHOPPING FOR THE BEST ELECTRIC MODELS Electric vehicles aren’t as plentiful as hybrids; however more companies are introducing new electric models. In addition, there are several companies like Tesla, Rivian and Lucid that only produce electric vehicles. Buyers who want an electric vehicle might be drawn to the fact that these vehicles don’t use any fuel, which means no trips to the gas station. However, buyers must keep their vehicle charged up to ensure that they don’t lose battery power during a commute. Most electric models come with a level 1 charger; this is just a plug that connects to a standard outlet in the garage. These chargers are not the most efficient way to charge these cars, though. Cars with a fully dead battery could take a day to charge. For this reason, buyers need to charge nightly (this ensures the battery stays replenished and doesn’t run too low). Buyers also could install a level 2 charger in their home. These chargers require a larger voltage, though. In addition, installation of these stations could be cost prohibitive for some car owners. Electric cars are the most energy-efficient vehicles available. They also don’t contribute to air pollution, as these vehicles don’t release harmful emissions. Some manufacturers are choosing to produce only electric models for their future. THE MOST AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLES Electric cars, trucks and SUVs are more expensive than traditional or even hybrid models. The models with the longest range can be more than $100,000. For those who want electric but don’t want to pay a high price for a new model, the five most budget-friendly electric vehicles include these models: * Nissan Leaf $27,400 * Mini Cooper Hardtop $29,900 * Chevrolet Bolt $31,500 * Mazda MX-30 $33,740 * Hyundai Kona Electric $34,000 ABOUT THE NISSAN LEAF The Nissan Leaf is the least expensive electric model on the market with a starting price of $27,400. The Leaf doesn’t get amazing range; its estimated range is between 150 to 226 miles. For those who need a lower-priced option and who might only use the vehicle for shorter commutes, the Leaf could be an ideal vehicle. THE LONGEST RANGE ELECTRIC MODELS Buyers who want an electric model with the longest range might prepare themselves to pay for a battery that’s capable of going the distance. The longest range models are some of the most expensive on the market. Here are the five electric models with the longest range: * Lucid Air Dream Edition Estimated range of 520 miles $169,900 * Tesla Model S / Tesla Model S Plaid Estimated range of 405 miles / Estimated range of 396 miles (Plaid) $99,900 / $135,990 (Plaid) * Tesla Model 3 Long Range Estimated range of 358 miles $55,990 * Tesla Model X Estimated range of 348 miles $114,990 * Mercedes-Benz EQS450 Estimated range between 340 and 350 miles $102,310 ABOUT THE LUCID AIR DREAM EDITION The Lucid Air has a starting price of $77,400, but only the Air Dream offers the extensive range that has allowed Lucid to outdrive Tesla. The Air Dream Edition is priced at $169,000. In addition, buyers who are interested in the model are likely not able to procure a new one; Lucid has closed the reservations. THE SAFEST ELECTRIC MODELS Electric models have earned top spots from the IIHS. Since there are fewer electric options than standard or hybrid models, the list of safest electric vehicles is shorter. However, these are the electric models that have earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS: * Tesla Model 3 * Audi e-tron * Audi e-tron Sportback * Volvo XC40 Recharge * Tesla Model Y USE RELAYCARS TO EXPLORE ALL THE HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPTIONS Car buyers can download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars mobile site to explore the best hybrid and electric models via immersive 3D models, augmented reality experiences or using virtual reality. RelayCars offers thousands of makes and models, and buyers can explore as many vehicles as they wish. The RelayCars app is free to download on both Google Play and the App Store. The app allows users to explore vehicles using either immersive 3D models or through virtual reality (with Google Cardboard). Interactive 3D imagery lets buyers explore cars using their fingertip; turn the car around and view it from any angle. Those who don’t wish to download the app also can visit the RelayCars website via their mobile device. The website offers an augmented reality showroom experience and the same 3D model interactions available via the app. With the augmented reality experience, site visitors can use their smartphone or tablet camera to capture any environment. The augmented reality technology will drop a 3D image of a vehicle into this selected environment. Preview cars in the backyard or see how they look in the driveway. RelayCars creates an immersive experience for buyers to explore different vehicles during their car buying journey. Download the app or visit the site to check out the entire RelayCars inventory.
Camaro Vs. Mustang Reliability: Which Cars are More Reliable?
June 20, 2022
Choosing the right car is never easy. After all, the modern market is saturated with quality choices. That’s a good thing, but it doesn’t make car buying simple, especially if you’re the indecisive type. However, one fact remains true no matter what: Camaros and Mustangs are both pretty great cars. But, which vehicle’s manufacturer makes the better, more reliable cars? That’s a complex question with a complex answer, but these insights should help you come to your own informed decision. WHAT MAKES A CAR RELIABLE? Before you can answer the question of which is better, Mustang or Camaro, you first have to understand what, exactly, makes a particular vehicle reliable. So, take some time to think first about the factors that lend themselves to real reliability. MARKETING DOESN’T REALLY MATTER If you’re like most people, then you may find that you’re drawn in by marketing and advertisements for specific vehicles. But, no matter how good the marketing, it’s never an entirely realistic indicator of whether or not a car is reliable. So, as you make your choice, make a concentrated effort to separate yourself and your perceptions from the marketing you may have seen. This can be more difficult than you might realize. Sometimes, marketing isn’t obviously marketing. Everyone knows a commercial is an advertisement. But, things like “reviews,” testimonials, or even “articles” can sometimes be paid for by the company to make their car look better than it is. So, keep an eagle eye out for real, unbiased sources that give you an accurate, non-paid representation of a particular car or brand. Usually, these are the only sources that will tell you both the good and the bad. You’ll also find that more marketing and more money spent on marketing don’t always equal a better, more reliable car. THINK ABOUT PERFORMANCE WITH PROPER CARE Since you can’t depend on marketing materials, what can you depend on? Well, one thing is how long a particular car typically lasts, on average, with proper care. That last part is important. Any car that is not properly maintained isn’t likely to last as long as one that is. Furthermore, all cars, just like any machines, do require some care as part of their upkeep. Thus, as you read real reviews and reports, look for signs that the person may not have taken care of the car. These reports won’t be as accurate as those where the owner did care for the car. Camaro Vs. Mustang Reliability [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Look-at-Ratings.jpg] LOOK AT RATINGS As you can probably tell, it can be hard to find reliable information about a vehicle. Even if you do find reviews written by real individuals, there are always other factors that could come into play and render that information less accurate. Thankfully, though, there are some third party companies not affiliated with any particular manufacturer. And, even better, many of these companies conduct the research for you and provide reliability ratings for various vehicles. If you’ve got your mind on a particular Camaro and/or Mustang, it’s worthwhile to compare their reliability ratings from major, trusted sites. Even those aren’t necessarily perfect, but they can give you a fairly good indicator of how long the car will last. ASK IN PERSON Direct person-to-person communication might seem a little old-fashioned these days, but it’s actually one of the best ways to learn how reliable a particular car is. If you want to hear real experiences and thoughts, find real people who own cars similar to the ones you are interested in. This might mean going to a car show, searching for relevant message boards, or just asking people you know who own a car you want to learn more about. They’ll often give you straight answers about what they like and don’t like about their cars. You can then use this information to aid you as you decide which vehicle to buy. ENJOY A HISTORY LESSON Often, the best cars are those that have been around for a long time. After all, a vehicle won’t have much “staying power” if it’s bad and no one likes it. Thus, invest some real research into particular cars. Learn about their history, problems that have plagued the brand in the past, and also what people have loved about them. For example, the first Camaro was released back in 1966, while the Ford Mustang first debuted two years earlier in 1964. Since their respective releases, many varieties have come and gone. But, with such long histories in the industry, it’s easy to find out more about each and every one. All it takes is a little digging and a willingness to learn on your part. Camaro Vs. Mustang Reliability [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Think-About-Mileage.jpg] THINK ABOUT MILEAGE As you conduct your research, remember that reliability isn’t just about how often a vehicle breaks down or has problems. It’s also about how easy and affordable it is to own and operate on a daily basis. As such, take notice of a vehicle’s fuel efficiency. If a car gets a lot of miles per gallon, it’s going to cost you less in the long run. If it’s a gas guzzler, on the other hand, you’ll have to think about whether or not you can live with that, especially if the vehicle is prone to other problems. DETERMINE DRIVEABILITY The most reliable cars are those that are easy to drive. They handle well and don’t surprise you by running off course easily. You might not think this matters that much in terms of reliability, but it does. If a car is hard to handle, you stand a greater chance of getting into an accident. If it’s easy to drive and responsive, on the other hand, your chance of damages and injuries can be significantly lower. HOW RELIABLE ARE CAMAROS? Now that you understand some of the factors that go into reliability and how to judge it, you can start thinking about these two vehicle types in particular. Be aware, though, that whether you’re comparing the 2021 Camaro SS vs. Mustang GT or any other combination of these cars, some things are subjective. What you like and deem attractive or reliable about a car may not matter to someone else and vice versa, so take all opinions and thoughts with a grain of salt. With that said, there is definitely a lot that people like about Camaros. For one thing, they typically come with excellent warranties, which really speaks to their reliability. Of course, you’ll have to see what kind of protection your specific dealer or seller offers, as this can definitely vary. These cars are also slowly but surely starting to incorporate more modern technology and features, all without losing their classic appeal. Furthermore, they’re known for being safe, easy to drive, and great at handling all kinds of road conditions. And, finally, they’re undeniably stylish. You’re sure to feel good about your car and yourself if you opt for a Camaro. Despite all these great factors in their favor, no car is perfect. Camaros do have some commonly noted cons. For instance, a lot of people complain about the cramped back seats on many models. If you’re hoping to cart around your friends or carry a lot of cargo, then a Camaro probably isn’t for you. Some models are also notorious for getting not-so-great gas mileage, which could mean spending more than you want on fuel. Also, you might have a hard time finding all-wheel drive on some varieties, which many consider a major red flag. Camaro Vs. Mustang Reliability [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/How-Reliable-Are-Mustangs.jpg] HOW RELIABLE ARE MUSTANGS? Now that you’ve got the skinny on Camaros, what about Mustangs? Well, one positive many people point out is that they’ve been around longer than their Camaro counterparts. Yes, it’s only by a couple of years, but some consider the Camaro a kind of not-as-great “copy” of the Mustang. There’s no real evidence to back that up, though, so don’t take it too seriously. What you should take seriously is how attractive and highly customizable these cars are. If you want a vehicle that you can easily make your own, a Mustang is a great choice. Plus, they are often a lot more affordably priced than people think. In fact, if you browse the prices on some newer models, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised. These cars may look expensive, but they tend to be priced well within reason. Be aware, however, that owning a Mustang tends to make you part of a community whether you like it or not. Mustang has lots of loyal fans, and they’ll come out of the woodwork to talk to you if you own one. You’ll probably be invited to a few car shows too, but for some people, that’s all part of the fun of owning a Mustang. On the flipside, not everyone likes the rounded design of most Mustangs. Also, all those available customizations and upgrades can get pretty pricey. THE BOTTOM LINE All in all, most car enthusiasts would agree that both Camaros and Mustangs are pretty great. Even better, most models are quite reliable. It all comes down to which variety of car you prefer. But, if you give it some real thought and consideration, chances are you’ll pick one you’ll be happy with, whether it’s a Mustang, a Camaro, or maybe even neither.
What is the Allure of Electric Trucks and Pickups?
June 17, 2022
Kelley Blue Book (KBB) recently published an article detailing that younger men (those less than 35) are gearing up for the electric pickup truck. KBB reported that Cox Automotive (its parent company) found that these buyers are more likely to purchase a plug-in pickup. What’s the allure of the electric truck, though? How will these models compare to their fuel-injected counterparts? There are many new pickup trucks that are about to drive into the market; electric options include: * Ford F-150 Lightning * Rivian R1T * 2022 GMC Hummer EV * Tesla Cybertruck * Chevrolet Silverado EV WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS ABOUT THE ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCK? KBB reported that older buyers (those over 35) were more likely to stick with standard fuel-injected pickup trucks. In fact, more than half of these buyers revealed they would only consider purchasing gas-fueled pickups. The concerns about these new plug-in pickups also were noted by KBB; some buyers weren’t happy with the price points, but towing capacity also was a concern. The Ford F-Series currently offers the best towing capacity on the market. Even the smallest F-150 is capable of towing up to 11,300 pounds when fully (and properly) equipped. How do these electric models compare in price and towing? Here’s what buyers need to know about each model. FORD F-150 LIGHTNING Buyers who want a new Lightning are out of luck unfortunately. Orders have closed, as the demand was incredibly high. The Lightning is the electric version of the F-Series, which has reigned as the best-selling vehicle in the country for about four decades. The F-150 Lightning is priced at $39,974. This is nearly $10,000 more than the standard F-150’s starting price. The Lightning also has a towing capacity capped at 7,700 pounds. With an estimated range of 300 miles, though, drivers can feel confident in going the distance with this truck. RIVIAN R1T The Rivian R1T is one of two models offered by the electric automobile company (the other option is an SUV). The R1T has a starting price of $67,500, much higher than the Lightning. However, the R1T offers better towing capacity; it can pull up to 11,000 pounds. According to Rivian, the R1T has an estimated range between 260 and 400 miles; the discrepancy is due to different battery and motor options. 2022 GMC HUMMER EV The Hummer EV is offered in both a pickup and an SUV. The pickup truck model is priced at $108,700; as a Hummer model, the pickup might lean a bit more luxury. Can this pickup pull its weight in towing capacity? The Hummer pickup has an estimated maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds—the lowest on the list. Can the Hummer EV take on long distances without fully zapping its battery? The Hummer EV pickup has an estimated range of 329 miles, which is decent. TESLA CYBERTRUCK When will the Cybertruck officially hit the streets? No one really knows. However, this model has created a lot of buzz. Unlike the other models on the list, the Cybertruck doesn’t feature a standard pickup truck design. Instead, the Cybertruck is angled and sculptural and fits its futuristic model name. The Cybertruck also is among the lower-priced electric truck options; in fact, the Cybertruck has a starting price of $39,900. However, the all-wheel drive model can soar to around $69,900. The Cybertruck is expected to have a towing capacity of up to 14,000 pounds (the highest of all the electric models). In addition, Tesla’s Cybertruck is expected to outdrive its competitors on a full charge. The Cybertruck is expected to have an estimated range of 500 miles. CHEVROLET SILVERADO EV General Motors announced its intent to go to an all-electric lineup. It should come as no surprise that an electric Silverado is expected to debut sometime in 2023. Interested buyers can reserve their electric truck now. With a starting price of $39,900, the electric Silverado is in the same price range as the Lightning and the Cybertruck. The Silverado EV is expected to have a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. The Silverado will have the second best estimated range among the electric pickups (second to Tesla) and will offer an estimated range of 400 miles. Electric Trucks and Pickups [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/How-Do-the-Electric-Models-Compare-to-the-Standard-Pickup-1024x1024.jpg] HOW DO THE ELECTRIC MODELS COMPARE TO THE STANDARD PICKUP? The concerns of older buyers might be related to how much weight these electric trucks can tow and perhaps their price, too. How do the electric models compare to the standard models? The most popular pickup trucks in 2021 were the Ford F-Series, the Ram Pickup and the Chevrolet Silverado. These pickups are offered in half-ton, ¾ ton and full ton models. Each upgrade offers better towing capacity and a higher price tag. One of the key differences between the electric models and the standard models might be related to the engine design. While many electric models offer engine options that could improve performance in some way, the towing capacity appears limited to all the electric pickups. Tesla’s Cybertruck offers a towing capacity of up to 14,000 pounds, but, again, the F-150 can tow (when fully equipped) up to 11,500 pounds. The F-150 is the smallest truck among the F-Series lineup. The F-250 can tow up to 15,000 pounds. The F-350 can tow up to 20,000 pounds (when fully equipped). Both the Ram pickup and Silverado lineups offer better towing capacity with larger models. Buyers of these fuel-injected pickups can choose the model that fits their towing or hauling needs. With electric models, the lineup seems more limited. There isn’t the option to fully equip a model to improve on the towing capacity. In addition, many of these electric base models are more expensive than the base (or starting MSRP) of their standard counterparts. Buyers who need a pickup truck for heavier loads might not feel that the upcoming electric options can carry the weight of the standard models. They also might feel that their money can be used to invest in upgrades for these trucks that enhance both the drive and the power of the vehicle. Electric Trucks and Pickups [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Electric-for-a-Younger-Buyer.jpg] ELECTRIC FOR A YOUNGER BUYER? The younger buyers might focus more on the ecological impact of the electric future. Diesel and gas-guzzling engines emit pollution into the air. While improvements have been made to reduce the emissions that add to air pollution, the environmental impact still remains a concern. Younger buyers, therefore, might be more in tune with the greener thinking that focuses on conservation and lessening the individual’s carbon footprint. One way that buyers can decrease their impact on the environment is to decrease their energy use—removing fossil fuel dependence is one solution. The electric vehicles that are about to hit the highways are the first generation—the beginning of an electric pickup future. How these models perform and how buyers embrace them could be a pivotal factor in determining if these plug-in pickups even have a future. Yet, for major auto brands (like GM), there may be no going back to the gas fumes of the past. GM is embracing an electric future, and others will perhaps join in on this trend. Younger buyers are eyeing these electric trucks, and if the younger generation wants electric, demand will perhaps rule what is supplied. ARE ELECTRIC TRUCKS IN SHORT SUPPLY? Buyers who are beginning to get excited about the prospect of owning an electric pickup might have quite a wait. While Rivian and Tesla appear to still be taking orders for the R1T and the Cybertruck, those who want an electric Lightning are out of luck (for now). Ford has seen such a surge in interest and orders that they ceased accepting additional orders. However, the Silverado also can be ordered. Buyers also can reserve a Hummer EV. With the popularity of the Lightning, it might be a good idea to place an order for an electric truck sooner rather than later (if a buyer really is committed to the purchase). Those who are on the fence about these models, though, might wait to see how these models perform once they hit the streets. The next generation of electric pickups could offer additional towing power, longer ranges and maybe a more affordable price, too. While some buyers want to immediately purchase the next new model, waiting for a later option also could be a good decision if the buyer just isn’t ready to commit. Manufacturers continually improve upon existing models, and, as the electric future is just beginning, the later electric models could be more impressive than the introductory pickup models. Should all buyers be prepared to electrify their future? Again, GM is moving to an all electric lineup. Others could join in on this trend. Electric might be the future of driving. As popularity for these models becomes electrifying, consumers may begin to see more charging stations integrate into their communities. Buyers who are concerned about the price of electric models also might wait to see if future models begin to focus on more budget-friendly price points. As electric vehicles begin to gain mainstream acceptance, prices might decrease and become more affordable. Cautious consumers may simply wait to see what the electric future holds before driving off the lot in a new electric plug-in vehicle.
Durango vs. Grand Cherokee: Here are the Differences and the Similarities
June 13, 2022
Full-size and some midsize SUVs offer space for up to seven or eight passengers. The larger SUVs also provide lots of cargo space for gear, equipment and anything else that needs to be hauled. Midsize and larger models typically have the power to tow heavier loads and many can even take on the tougher terrain of off-road adventures. The Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks as the fifth most popular vehicle in 2022 and was the eighth most popular vehicle sold in 2021. However, the Grand Cherokee is often regarded as a pricier SUV, but, for budget-savvy buyers, is the Dodge Durango a more affordable option? When comparing the Durango vs. Grand Cherokee, here are the major details for each model that will be highlighted: * Price * Towing capacity * Off-roading capabilities * Safety features * Passenger Space * Fuel efficiency * Dependability (2018 model data) JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VS. DODGE DURANGO: PRICING UP THE DIFFERENCE Jeep isn’t necessarily a luxury brand, but the prices of the models can hit luxury prices. Depending on the features that buyers select, the price of any model can soar well beyond the base (or starting) MSRP. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a starting price of $38,720, but buyers can choose from seven trims. The Summit Reserve is the most expensive trim, with an MSRP starting at $65,175. Buyers on a budget might assume that the Dodge Durango is a lower-budget option. In fact, the Durango has a starting MSRP that is higher than the base model of the Grand Cherokee. The Durango starts at $36,995. There are seven different trims for the Durango, and the SRT 392 is the most expensive option with a starting MSRP of $68,590 (slightly higher than the Summit Reserve). In addition, the Trailer-Tow Group IV package bumps the price by more than $1,100. Towing capacity tells more about the differences between the two base models of these vehicles. DODGE DURANGO VS. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE: WHICH MODEL PULLS THE MOST WEIGHT? Some buyers choose a full-size SUV because they need a vehicle capable of towing a small camper or maybe even a boat. Not every buyer wants a pickup truck, and, as SUVs are built on a truck chassis, larger models often offer decent towing capacities. The Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,200 pounds; even the higher-priced Summit Reserve tops out at this capacity. However, when fully equipped, the Dodge Durango can tow up to 8,700 pounds. For buyers looking for the highest capacity for towing, the Durango outperforms the Cherokee. Durango vs. Grand Cherokee [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Hitting-the-Rocky-Terrain.jpg] DURANGO VS. GRAND CHEROKEE: HITTING THE ROCKY TERRAIN The site Four Wheel Trends reviewed the Dodge Durango’s off-roading capabilities. It noted that the Durango was “…an average off-road vehicle.” The site also stated that the Durango didn’t offer the protective features of a Jeep. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, is built for rough adventures. In fact, the Jeep Grand Cherokee (as well as other models) are Trail-Rated and tested in cold weather conditions and driven over boulders in Rubicon. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VS. DODGE DURANGO: THE SAFETY FEATURES AND RATINGS Safety ratings are important for many buyers. How protective are these models? Can they withstand a crash? Consumers can review crash test reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to better understand a vehicle’s performance related to safety and crash protection. Neither the 2022 Dodge Durango nor the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee (the latest model reviewed) received a safety award/top safety rating from the IIHS. DODGE DURANGO VS. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE: CAN THESE MODELS FIT EIGHT PASSENGERS? Both the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are ‘mid-size’ SUVs, but both models have three-rows of seating. Families who need the most space possible might look for models that can fit up to eight passengers. The base Grand Cherokee can only fit up to five passengers. However, buyers can upgrade to models that include the third-row of seating. With the third row, the Grand Cherokee can fit up to seven passengers. The Dodge Durango doesn’t require the buyer to upgrade for a third row of seating; even the base model includes space for up to seven passengers. For those who need the most space and are on a bit of a budget, the Dodge Durango might be the better option. Durango vs. Grand Cherokee [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Saving-at-the-Pump-or-Gas-Guzzlers.jpg] DURANGO VS. GRAND CHEROKEE: SAVING AT THE PUMP OR GAS GUZZLERS? SUVs aren’t known for their fuel efficiency. Are the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee gas guzzlers? Will buyers need to budget more to drive these SUVs? The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers decent fuel efficiency for an SUV. The Grand Cherokee can get up to 19 MPG in the city and up to 26 MPG on the highway. Fuel efficiency could be decreased, though, when towing. The model has a 23 gallon tank, and The Driver Adviser explains that some engines require premium gasoline. The Dodge Durango offers the same fuel efficiency as the Grand Cherokee. Again, though, towing may impact the MPG. The Durango has a 24.6 gallon gas tank. Durango owners can typically opt for regular unleaded at the pump but some engines might require higher grade fuel; check the owner’s manual for recommendations. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VS. DODGE DURANGO: THE DEPENDABILITY BASED ON 2018 MODELS Reliability of a vehicle can be the difference between constant visits to the mechanic and low-maintenance car ownership. J.D. Power releases names one vehicle in each class for its dependability award; models are analyzed by owners over three years of driving. Winners in 2021 were 2018 models. How did the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee fare for dependability? Did one score better than the other? Both the 2018 Dodge Durango and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee were placed in the mid-size SUV category. The Kia Sorento was named the most dependable mid-size SUV. The Jeep Grand Cherokee placed 15th (out of 19 models), and the Dodge Durango placed 17th. The Jeep Grand Cherokee received a total score of 78. For Quality & Reliability, it scored a 77. For Driving Experience, the Grand Cherokee received a score of 83 and an 82 for Resale Value. The Dodge Durango received a total score of 76. For Quality & Reliability, it received a 79. For Driving Experience, it tied the Grand Cherokee with a score of 83. However, the Dodge Durango performed low for Resale Value—it scored a 68. Durango vs. Grand Cherokee [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/What-Model-is-the-Best-Buy.jpg] GRAND CHEROKEE VS. DODGE DURANGO: WHAT MODEL IS THE BEST BUY? Shoppers who are considering the Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango might wonder which model is the best buy. The answer depends on the buyer’s driving needs and perhaps the budget, too. The Dodge Durango provides the best towing capacity. Those who need to pull larger trailers might opt for the Durango. However, the Dodge Durango is priced higher than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Buyers who need the best option for off-roading adventures might prefer the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This model is true to its roots and is built to take on rough trails. Those who want the most passenger space might opt for the Durango, which comes standard with three rows of seating (and can fit up to seven). The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the third-row in upgraded options. The lowest-priced Cherokee can seat up to five. The safety ratings of the two models can be compared by visiting IIHS’ website. Search vehicles by make and model to review the safety report. Neither the 2018 Dodge Durango nor the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee ranked very high for dependability, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee slightly nudged out the Durango by a few points. The Durango scored low for Resale Value, while the Grand Cherokee held its value fairly well after three years. EXPLORE THE DURANGO AND THE JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE WITH RELAYCARS Buyers who are interested in comparing the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee can download the RelayCars app or visit the RelayCars’ mobile site to explore both models. The RelayCars app is free via Google Play and the App Store. The app features two immersive experiences to preview vehicles. Users can explore thousands of makes/models using virtual reality (Google Cardboard is required) or they can explore models using immersive and interactive 3D models. With the virtual reality experience, users enter a virtual car dealership that allows them to see any model and walk around it, too. Both the app and the mobile website let users explore vehicles with 3D interactive models. Use a fingertip to turn the vehicle in any direction and see it from any angle. The mobile app also includes an augmented reality experience; use the camera of a smartphone or tablet to drop a vehicle into any space. The vehicle will appear as a 3D graphic in whatever environment the user views through their mobile device camera. Preview cars and SUVs in the driveway or garage and explore it at home. RelayCars’ app and website also features specs and price data for its entire virtual inventory. Using RelayCars, consumers can simulate the in-person dealership at home and shop for a new one any time. Download the app or visit the mobile site today!
These are the 10 Most Popular Vehicles of 2022
June 10, 2022
Every year, Car and Driver releases a list of the best-selling vehicles. While dealerships have only entered the second sales quarter of the year, Car and Driver has already provided a round-up of the cars, trucks, and SUVs that are popular sellers. Are the most popular vehicles from 2021 holding onto their strong sales figures or have new models bumped out last year’s favorite vehicles? For consumers looking for a new car, these are the 10 most popular vehicles of 2022. * Ford F-Series * Dodge Ram Pickup * Chevrolet Silverado * Toyota RAV4 * Jeep Grand Cherokee * Toyota Highlander * Toyota Camry * Honda CR-V * GMC Sierra * Chevrolet Equinox Most Popular Vehicles of 2022 [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/The-Most-Popular-Vehicles-are-Pickup-Trucks.jpg] THE MOST POPULAR VEHICLES ARE PICKUP TRUCKS In 2021, the most popular vehicles were the Ford F-Series, the Dodge Ram Pickup and the Chevrolet Silverado. All three models continue their sales dominance. More than 140,000 Ford F-Series trucks have already been sold, and the year isn’t even half over. Last year, Ford sold more than 726,000 F-Series trucks. This year, Ford also has added a new F-Series model—the electric F-150 Lightning. Interest in the electric truck has been so overwhelming that Ford has halted orders. Most Popular Vehicles of 2022 [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SUVs-also-Dominate-the-Top-10.jpg] SUVS ALSO DOMINATE THE TOP 10 Car buyers might notice something interesting about the top 10 most popular models. Nine out of 10 models on the list are either a pickup truck or an SUV. Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V are small SUV models that have remained popular choices for consumers. While the RAV4 has held onto its position as the fourth best-selling vehicle, the Honda CR-V has actually slid a bit in popularity compared to 2021—it ranked as the fifth best-selling vehicle. However, the Toyota Highlander and the Jeep Grand Cherokee have received a bump in sales so far. The Highlander took the ninth spot in 2021 and now it’s the sixth most popular vehicle. In 2021, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the eighth most popular (or best-selling) vehicle, and now it’s the fifth most popular (the spot once held by the CR-V). The GMC Sierra—another pickup truck—also has become a popular choice for buyers this year. GMC has sold more than 56,000 Sierra trucks this year. In 2021, a total of 248,924 GMC Sierra models were sold (it ranked in the 13th spot). THE TOYOTA CAMRY: ONE POPULAR SEDAN The Toyota Camry stands alone among the list of popular vehicles for 2022; the Camry is the only sedan among the top 10 best-selling vehicles. In 2021, the Camry was the sixth most popular vehicle. Right now the Camry ranks as the 7th best-selling vehicle. What makes the Camry such an in-demand vehicle? The Camry checks all the must-have boxes for many consumers: it’s budget-friendly, fuel-efficient and safe. The Camry has a starting MSRP of $25,845, and while it isn’t the least expensive sedan on the market, it’s still at an accessible price point. Another selling point? The Camry is great for commuters or those who want to maximize their gas mileage; the sedan gets 28 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway. The Camry also is available in a hybrid model, although the price jumps to $27,980. The hybrid offers great fuel efficiency and gets 51 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway. In addition, the 2022 Toyota Camry received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is the highest safety rating awarded. Most Popular Vehicles of 2022 [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/About-the-Top-Five-Most-Popular-Vehicles.jpg] ABOUT THE TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR VEHICLES The five most popular vehicles in the U.S. have remained consistent from 2021 rankings, with the exception of the fifth spot—the Jeep Grand Cherokee overtook the Honda CR-V. Like the Camry, these vehicles are popular with consumers for a reason. For the top three, though, popularity might not correlate to price, safety ratings or fuel efficiency. FORD F-SERIES The Ford F-Series includes multiple truck models, including the F-150, F-250, F-350 XLT, F-450 XLT, etc. The F-Series ranges in price, but the starting MSRP for the half-ton F-150 is $30,495. The F-250 XLT, F-350 XLT and the F-450 XLT are so popular they can no longer be ordered; Ford also notes on its website that dealership inventory also might be limited. Trucks are not known for their amazing fuel efficiency; the F-150 can get about 25 MPG combined. However, towing and extra weight in the bed could impact the gas mileage. What makes the F-Series so popular? Some buyers might focus on the F-Series’ towing capacity. Hotcars also explains that the F-150 also features a payload of 3,325 pounds. Essentially, the specs of the F-150 can’t be beat (or maybe even matched) by its competitors. The F-150 also has been the best-selling vehicle in the country for about four decades. DODGE RAM PICKUP The Dodge Ram Pickup is offered in multiple models, including the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500. The Ram 1500 has a starting MSRP of $35,900, making its base price more than $5,000 more than the F-150. However, the Ram does get fairly decent fuel efficiency for a pickup. The 1500 can get 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. Again, though, extra weight might affect these figures. CHEVROLET SILVERADO Sometimes Chevrolet’s Silverado is right behind the F-Series, but, recently, it’s been usurped by the Ram. The Silverado also is offered in 1500, 2500 and 3500 models (plus a few more offerings). The starting MSRP for the 1500 is $33,800—a mid-range price that puts it between the F-150 and the Ram 1500. The Silverado 1500 has a maximum towing capacity of 13,300 pounds. It offers similar fuel efficiency as the Ram—23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. TOYOTA RAV4 The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling small SUV on the market. Like the Camry, the RAV4 offers an affordable price point, a great safety rating and decent fuel efficiency. The RAV4 has a starting MSRP of $26,525. It can get up to 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 received a Top Safety Pick rating/award (when equipped with certain headlights) from the IIHS. JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE There are many buyers who are Jeep loyalists. While the Honda CR-V earned its place as the fifth most popular vehicle of 2021, the Grand Cherokee seems to be passing the CR-V in sales numbers. The 2022 Grand Cherokee has a starting MSRP of $35,735. The Grand Cherokee offers a third row of seating and has space for up to seven passengers. It is—as of current sales figures—the best-selling third-row SUV. Buyers considering a Grand Cherokee might want to focus on highway mileage. The Grand Cherokee gets 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. WHAT IS THE LEAST POPULAR CAR FOR 2022? The most popular cars could point to buying trends, but some models—like the F-150—have been best-sellers for years. What cars aren’t so popular, though? Are there any cars that are simply being shunned by buyers? The site Brake for It listed cars to avoid in 2022. The list included the following models: * Ford Ecosport * Kia Telluride * Mitsubishi Mirage * Toyota Mirai * Hyundai Nexo WHY TO AVOID THE ECOSPORT? Brake for It reports that the Ecosport is being discontinued; the 2022 model will be its last. The site details that the small SUV doesn’t offer great gas mileage, its infotainment system isn’t modern, and it doesn’t offer great safety features. WHY IS THE TELLURIDE TO BE AVOIDED? Nothing is wrong with the Telluride. In fact, it’s a popular vehicle. So popular, in fact, that Brake for It reports that it’s selling quite high. The higher prices are why buyers might avoid purchasing a Telluride. THE MITSUBISHI MIRAGE HAS GREAT GAS MILEAGE The Mitsubishi Mirage made the list because, apparently, its great fuel efficiency is its only standout feature. The Mirage has a three-cylinder engine, and, per Brake for It, doesn’t have a quality interior. The site also noted that the Mirage didn’t have great reliability ratings. TOYOTA MIRAI AND HYUNDAI NEXO SHARE ONE BAD FEATURE The Mirai and the Nexo both made the list for the same reason: they are hydrogen vehicles. Unfortunately, there aren’t many hydrogen stations available across the country. While electric stations are limited in some areas, hydrogen stations are almost non-existent beyond certain regions. Brake for It included many other models on its ‘avoid’ list. Even the Silverado made the list. Buyers who are researching cars they want to purchase might check out the cons listed for the vehicles highlighted by the site. THE YEAR ISN’T OVER! While Car and Driver ranked the best-selling models of 2022, the year isn’t even half over. There are still nearly seven months left for car buyers to purchase their dream vehicle. It’s doubtful that any model will outsell the F-Series; if it hasn’t happened in about four decades, 2022 probably isn’t going to be the outlier year. Will the CR-V end up in the top five again? Will the Silverado overtake the Ram? Could there be a vehicle shortage that affects 2022 sales? Consumers will have to wait until the year’s end to find out what cars were the most popular in 2022 and which models sank in sales.
The Best Hybrid Cars for Tall People
June 8, 2022
Tall drivers might need additional head space or legroom to be comfortable during the drive. No one wants to be squished in the driver’s seat as they try to navigate the roads. Not every popular vehicle is a good fit for every driver. Tall drivers might worry about hybrid models and the space they offer. In the past, hybrids were compact and perhaps space constrained (think the Toyota Prius). Now, though, hybrids come in all sizes and many offer plenty of space for tall drivers. The best hybrid cars for tall people include these spacious and budget-friendly models: * Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid * Hyundai Sonata Hybrid * Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid * Honda Accord Hybrid * Honda Insight Hybrid Cars for Tall People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/A-Few-Considerations-for-Taller-Drivers.jpg] A FEW CONSIDERATIONS FOR TALLER DRIVERS Those who are taller in stature or who might just have longer legs might look for a few features in their vehicle to simplify their space needs and maximize their comfort. While headroom and legroom are obvious space needs, consider these features, too (some might be upgrades, though): * Power seats (this can make positioning seats a bit easier) * Memory seats (this feature could let drivers program their seat position) * An extra spacious back seat (this can provide even more room to adjust the front seat) * Adjustable steering wheel Not all vehicles might offer every option. In addition, some buyers might not wish to pay an additional charge if these features are upgrades for a particular vehicle. However, these features could make the drive a bit more comfortable for those who are taller, plus features like memory seats also are extremely convenient since car owners won’t constantly have to readjust their seat. ABOUT THE BEST HYBRID CARS FOR TALL DRIVERS The best hybrid cars for tall drivers also could include luxury or premium models. However, this list focuses specifically on vehicles that are budget-friendly and accessible to all buyers. Those who are looking for spacious hybrids can compare models based on headroom and legroom. Safety also could be a concern for buyers. Most models on the list received top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 2022 SUBARU CROSSTREK HYBRID The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is priced at $36,345. Drivers looking to maximize fuel efficiency will appreciate that the Crosstrek Hybrid can get up to 90 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). How spacious is the Crosstrek Hybrid? It offers 39.8 inches of headroom in the front seats and 43.1 inches of legroom in the front. The Crosstrek Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid, and owners could opt for either a level 1 or level 2 charger. The level 1 is a cord that plugs into a standard outlet. However, the level 2 is an additional cost and requires a 240 volt outlet; the level 2 charges faster than the level 1. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This is the highest safety recognition from the IIHS. 2022 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID The 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is fairly economical for a hybrid mode; it has a starting MSRP of $27,350. The Hybrid can get up to 54 MPG combined (city and highway). Taller drivers will appreciate the extra space in the Sonata. The Sonata Hybrid offers 40 inches of headroom for front seat passengers and 46.1 inches of legroom in the front seat. The 2022 Hyundai Sonata received a Top Safety Pick award/rating (with specific headlights) from IIHS; the Hybrid did not have a separate safety report. 2022 HYUNDAI SANTA FE HYBRID The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $34,300, which is more affordable than the Crosstrek. It offers 36 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway and 34 MPG combined. The Santa Fe isn’t the most fuel efficient option, but city drivers could appreciate the bump in efficiency. The Santa Fe Hybrid offers the most space of the models listed. The Santa Fe features 41.2 inches of head room and 44.1 inches of space to stretch out the legs. The standard Santa Fe received a Top Safety Pick+ award/rating from IIHS. However, the IIHS did not provide a separate safety report for the hybrid. 2022 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID The 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $27,320 and offers 48 MPG in the city and 47 MPG on the highway. The Accord Hybrid offers plenty of head and leg room for taller drivers. The front seat has 42.3 inches of legroom for drivers who need to stretch their legs. Those who have a longer torso will benefit from 39.5 inches of head room. The 2022 Honda Accord received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from the IIHS. However, the hybrid did not have a separate safety report. 2022 HONDA INSIGHT The 2022 Honda Insight has a starting MSRP of $25,760, making it the most affordable model on the list. The Insight also offers great fuel efficiency—55 MPG in the city and 49 MPG on the highway. How much space does it offer for taller drivers, though? The Insight provides 37.5 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of leg space in the front seat. The Insight also received a Top Safety Pick+ rating/award from IIHS. WHAT MODEL OFFERS THE MOST LEG ROOM? Car buyers might have different space needs. Tall drivers might have longer legs and want a hybrid model that offers the most leg room. Of all the models on the list, what hybrid has the most leg room? The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the best choice for leg room; it offers drivers 46 inches of space to stretch the legs. WHAT MODEL OFFERS THE MOST HEAD ROOM? Some tall drivers need more head room. They might sit higher and need that extra space. What model offers the most head room? The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is the best choice for those who need extra head room. The Santa Fe Hybrid offers 41.2 inches to help ensure that drivers don’t have to crouch down while driving. Hybrid Cars for Tall People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/What-About-Fuel-Efficiency.jpg] WHAT ABOUT FUEL EFFICIENCY? Taller drivers might simply look for the hybrid with the most space in the front seat. However, fuel efficiency might play a part in the decision, too. A hybrid model typically is more fuel efficient than their standard model counterparts. The most fuel efficient hybrid that also offers extra space for taller drivers is the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid. The Crosstrek is a plug-in hybrid and offers up to 90 MPGe. The Crosstrek Hybrid also is the most expensive option on the list, with a starting MSRP of more than $36,000. ADD THE PRIUS TO THE MOST SPACIOUS LIST, TOO! Gone are the days when fuel efficient vehicles like hybrids were smaller or more compact. When the Prius first debuted it might have been more spacious than many realized. The Prius became en vogue among celebrities. Today’s models offer space for taller drivers and many include spacious back seats for passengers, too. The 2022 Prius offers 39.4 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom. In fact, it can be added to the list of spacious hybrid models for tall people. While those small Prius models might seem diminutive, they actually are fairly spacious for drivers. Hybrid Cars for Tall People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Dont-Forget-the-Test-Drive.jpg] DON’T FORGET THE TEST DRIVE Analyzing specs can help car buyers understand what hybrid models could be best for their height. However, the best way to determine if a vehicle is a comfortable fit is to take it for a test drive. While the front seat specs might seem spacious, drivers could find that the vehicle isn’t comfortable to drive. Maybe they still have to move the seat back, and this could create a smaller space for potential back-seat passengers. In addition, the space of a car doesn’t tell the whole story. The driver might not feel that the car has decent acceleration. The seats might not be comfortable. Maybe the steering wheel isn’t easy to adjust. Taking a test drive lets potential buyers test out different aspects of the vehicle. Buyers might even have a list of two or more models that they want to compare. Take them for a test drive to determine the model that is the best fit and offers the smoothest ride. If drivers feel that they need to move their seat back towards the rear passenger space, they might have a partner or friend sit in the back to determine if moving the seat impairs the back space. This could be a problem if the car needs to have back seat space for children or other family members. Consider a test drive to be a final interview for the vehicle. If the potential buyer isn’t impressed, they might keep looking. RELAYCARS CAN HELP BUYERS FIND THE BEST CAR Drivers who want to find the best hybrid can visit RelayCars’ website via a mobile device or download the app. RelayCars includes thousands of images of makes and models that buyers can explore when they are researching their vehicle options. RelayCars’ mobile website lets buyers explore vehicles via 3D imagery on the screen. Use a fingertip to rotate the car to check it out from any angle. The mobile site also gives buyers the option to explore cars in an augmented reality showroom. Drop a model of a vehicle into the real environment. The RelayCars app lets buyers explore vehicles via 3D imagery or using virtual reality technology (with Google Cardboard). Interact in a virtual space with favorite vehicle models. Car buyers also can use RelayCars to find all the data on their favorite models. Compare MSRP and vehicle specs of different models. When buyers are ready to purchase their car, they can visit CarSaver.com (a RelayCars partner). Ready to explore and research? Download the RelayCars app today!
Why Was the 2023 Nissan Z Release Date Delayed?
June 3, 2022
Many drivers have been anxiously anticipating the release of the 2023 Nissan Z. This cool new car was originally set to make its debut in the spring of 2022. Now, however, the release date has been moved to the summer of the same year. This particular car isn’t the only one to be delayed either. There are many vehicles that aren’t going into production as expected and for a variety of reasons. With that said, though, most feel that the long wait will be worth it once the car finally does become available to the public. WHY IS EVERYONE SO EXCITED? With supply chain issues sweeping the post-pandemic world, it’s not really a surprise for the Nissan Z to have a delayed release. But, why is everyone in such a fit over this car not coming out when it should? Well, for one thing, people have been really excited for it. It’s the successor to the incredibly popular Nissan 370Z. So many people love that car and are loyal to it, so they were super hyped to see what Nissan would come up with next. Furthermore, it has an impressive V6 engine that everyone is talking about. Beyond the engine and neat features, though, people were just plain primed for a spring release. Many first got wind of the delay when the Japan debut was pushed back. Some may have convinced themselves that the problems would resolve and that they’d be able to check out the car as planned. But, as is often the case, the delayed overseas release was telling of what was in store for the United States as well. WHISPERS AND RUMORS There’s another factor at play here too. When something unexpected happens, people like to start talking. They come up with reasons all their own for why a delay might have happened. For example, you may have heard some people making wild claims about major problems with the vehicle. You may even have been told that the iconic brand is going under. Thankfully, none of these rumors are based in fact. The reason for the delay is actually a lot smaller and simpler. But, people do love to talk, and the more they talk, the more rumors spread, which adds to anticipation, fear, and just general gossip. However, don’t pay any of that any mind. Instead, rely on more trusted sources to deliver the straight facts. A STATEMENT WAS RELEASED Speaking of trusted sources, who better to deliver the truth than Nissan itself? The company came out with a statement and confided that the reason for the delayed release was, in fact, a supply chain issue. This should come as no surprise since many other automakers have faced similar problems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the company did not specify what specific shortages it is facing, it is likely they are similar to those of other automakers, including: * General supply shortages * Shipping delays * Microchip shortages * Impacted communications with suppliers. Why Was the 2023 Nissan Z Release Date Delayed [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/No-Pricing-Details.jpg] NO PRICING DETAILS While people are definitely concerned about the late release of the 2023 Nissan Z, many are more concerned about the lack of details related to the car. In particular, a lot of people are desperate to know its asking price, especially those who are planning on buying it as soon as possible. Based on past pricing trends and brand history, though, most industry experts are speculating the vehicle will have a starting price right around the $40,000 mark. Of course, that’s still just a guess, though an educated one, so the exact pricing may vary once the release finally happens. TRIM LEVELS While exact pricing might not be public knowledge just yet, there are a few facts that have been verified. One of the big ones is that the car will come in three different trim levels. The names for each trim have also been released. These include: * The Z Sport * The Z Performance * The Z Proto Spec THE Z SPORT Despite the fact that the car hasn’t been released yet, there’s still quite a bit of information about each available model. It all starts with the Z Sport, the most basic iteration of this much-talked-about Nissan. It may not have all the fancy features of some of the upgraded options, but it does have a nice, comfortable interior. Also, like so many Nissans, it’s rumored to have plenty of cool features, including performance seats and lots of entertainment and information technology too. THE Z PERFORMANCE If you’re hoping to take things up a notch with your next Nissan, the Z performance is the perfect choice. While it’s still set to be reasonably priced, the buzz is that it has a better suspension system than the most basic model. It also has cool 19 inch wheels, and the brakes boast bigger rotors too. Why Was the 2023 Nissan Z Release Date Delayed [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/The-Z-Proto-Spec.jpg] THE Z PROTO SPEC While the Nissan Z Proto Spec sounds pretty neat, don’t get too excited. The word on the street is that it will be a limited edition car with less than 300 produced in the United States. Even if you won’t be one of the lucky few to own one, it’s still worth checking out if you get the chance. It’s a nice throwback to the 2020 Z Proto. WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU WAIT With any luck, the 2023 Nissan Z, in all of its varieties, will be released very soon. But, until that happens, what are you supposed to do? If you were planning on making it your next big purchase, you really only have two choices. You can either wait it out, or you can opt for another vehicle, even another Nissan. If you go with the first option, pay careful attention to the latest car news. You may even want to check the Nissan website daily for updates. If you opt for the second, know that there are tons of amazing Nissans out there, as well as many reasons to love these incredible cars. STYLE AND SOPHISTICATION No matter which Nissan you ultimately choose, whether that’s the newest option or not, you’ll be treated to a stylish design. That’s just one of the things the brand is known for. In particular, its cars feature a distinctive grille and surprisingly sporty styling that car enthusiasts just love. Of course, there are a few Nissans that break the mold, but they still look great. So, consider all of your options and all of the styles before you decide how to proceed. A GREEN CHOICE If you care about Mother Nature and are doing your part to reduce the size of your carbon footprint, Nissans are definitely for you. Just look for the ones that feature the Pure Drive branding. These vehicles are designed to lessen CO2 emissions and come with environmentally-conscious engines. SPACIOUSNESS No matter how cool or efficient a car, it’s hard to love if it’s cramped and uncomfortable. Luckily, that’s not really a problem with most Nissans. They’re designed with comfort in mind and typically feature spacious front and back seats. That’s why they’re commonly recommended for taller drivers and passengers. But, really, anyone who wants to stretch out and enjoy the ride (or drive) would do well to choose a Nissan. RELIABILITY Everyone wants and deserves a reliable car, and Nissans fit the bill. They are known for being made from high quality, durable materials. While you should treat them with care just like you would any car, they can definitely take a beating if it comes down to it. Of course, every car will have its own reliability rating, Nissans included, and you should pay attention to those ratings as you make your purchasing decision. Online reviews written by real customers can also be helpful. SHOULD YOU WAIT IT OUT? As you can see, there are lots of things to appreciate about virtually every Nissan. But, what if you really had your heart set on the 2023 Nissan Z? If that’s the case and you know you’re going to be disappointed with anything else, even another NIssan, go ahead and wait it out. You could always lease a car in the meantime or keep on driving your old vehicle for a while longer than planned. Also, if you don’t really need a new car any time soon, waiting just makes sense. After all, you deserve the vehicle you truly want. SHOULD YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING ELSE INSTEAD? The Nissan Z is slated to come out soon, but that’s not soon enough for everybody. If you’re absolutely desperate for new wheels, you might want to make another purchase in the meantime. Remember, cars aren’t forever. You could always sell your current vehicle or trade it in in order to get the Nissan Z when it comes out. Plus, who knows? You might end up with a car you really love and decide to keep it even after the big debut. There’s no doubt about it. Delayed release dates are frustrating, but Nissan does have some good reasons for the hold-up. How you handle it on your end is up to you. But, now that you’re armed with this information, you can at least make a more knowledgeable choice.
The Best Sports Cars for Tall People Ranked by Price
June 1, 2022
Tall individuals might have challenges when shopping for a vehicle. The driver’s seat needs to offer enough head space, and drivers also need enough space so that they aren’t crunched while trying to steer and maneuver the gas and brake pedals. Drivers don’t want their knees up to their chin. Space can be especially tight in sports cars, many of which are designed with only two seats. Those with back seat space might let tall drivers move their seat back to provide even more room. The best sports cars for tall people offer enough room for comfortable driving, but some also are quite affordable for those who have a limited budget.. Autobytel offered a list of recommendations for the best sports cars for tall people. The most affordable sports cars on the list included: * Chevrolet Camaro * Dodge Challenger * Ford Mustang * Honda Civic Coupe * Fiat 500 All five of these models are fairly budget-friendly, at least for sports cars. Compared to luxury brands like Infiniti and BMW or high-end couture-adjacent vehicles like Bentley and Lamborghini, the five most affordable sports cars for tall people might seem like a bargain. How fast are these models, and how much do they cost? Here’s what buyers need to know about the best options for taller drivers. The Price of Space [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/The-Price-of-Space.jpg] SPORTS CARS FOR TALL PEOPLE: THE PRICE OF SPACE Buyers might be more than willing to pay for speed and acceleration. Sports cars are designed to look cool, but they also are designed for function—the function of speed. Sports cars and muscle cars are not among the cheapest models on the market, but there are a few that are more affordable than a buyer might assume for this type of automobile. Here’s how the models stack up by affordability: * 2019 Fiat 500 MSRP $17,750 * 2018 Honda Civic Coupe Estimated Price: about $22,990 * 2022 Chevrolet Camaro MSRP $25,000 * 2022 Ford Mustang MSRP $27,205 * 2022 Dodge Challenger MSRP $29,450 ABOUT THE MODELS The Fiat 500 and the Honda Civic Coupe can only be purchased as older models. While the Honda Civic continues to be a popular selling on the market, the coupe design is no longer available. In addition, the Fiat 500 was discontinued in 2019. For buyers interested in a pre-owned Fiat 500 or Honda Civic Coupe, the prices might vary depending on the features, mileage and the market, too. Currently, used car prices are higher than normal. Buyers who want a specific model might need to research their options to find the best price for the budget. Among the new models on the list, the most affordable option is the Chevrolet Camaro, which has a base MSRP of $25,000. Upgraded features, though, will increase the price tag for buyers. BEST SPORTS CARS FOR TALL PEOPLE: WHAT MODEL IS THE ROOMIEST? The best models for tall people should include plenty of space for the driver. How much front seat space is available in each of the most affordable sports cars? Here’s how each model ranks for space in the driver’s seat: * Chevrolet Camaro Front seat leg room: 43.9 inches Front seat head room: 38.5 inches * Dodge Challenger Front seat leg room: 42 inches Front seat head room: 39.3 inches * 2022 Ford Mustang Front seat leg room: 45.1 inches Front seat head room: 37.6 inches * 2018 Honda Civic Coupe Front seat leg room: 42.3 inches Front seat head room: 38.2 inches * 2019 Fiat 500 Front seat leg room: 40.7 inches Front seat head room: 38.9 inches (2018 model) The 2022 Ford Mustang offers the most legroom for drivers. However, the 2022 Dodge Challenger offers the most headspace. Depending on body type and build, buyers might zero in on one of these measurements. Some individuals have a longer torso, but others have longer legs. ARE SPORTS CARS SAFE? Safety might be another key factor when buyers are shopping for the best sports cars. While sports cars are known for their speed, some also perform well in crash tests. The safest option on the list was the 2018 Honda Civic Coupe, which earned a Top Safety Pick rating/award (when equipped with certain headlights) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Buyers can visit the IIHS website and search vehicles by make and model to review their safety ratings and the safety report. Sports Cars for Tall People [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/The-Sports-Cars-with-the-Best-Acceleration-and-Top-Speeds.jpg] THE SPORTS CARS WITH THE BEST ACCELERATION AND TOP SPEEDS While taller buyers might have several choices for sports cars that would offer plenty of space and a comfortable driving experience, speed could be another buying point. What models on the list offer the quickest acceleration and top speeds? The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, for example, can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.25 seconds. The 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody can reach speeds of 203 MPH. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds (a hair slower than the Challenger). The Shelby GT500 has an estimated top speed of 220 MPH. The 2022 Chevrolet Camaro can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 3.5 to 6 seconds. The top speed for the Camaro is noted as 183 MPH. Stats for the Fiat 500 are a little more sluggish. The 2019 Fiat 500 can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.7 to 8.7 seconds. The 500’s top speed is around 132 MPH. The 2018 Honda Civic Coupe also is a bit slower to accelerate. The Coupe can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.9 to 8 seconds. The little Coupe also has a maximum speed of about 132 MPH. Base model stats for the Challenger and the Mustang are a bit more difficult to pin down. It’s important for buyers to understand that the quoted stats were for upgraded models. The Shelby GT500 isn’t a base model. In fact, it’s quite an investment; the Shelby costs more than $76,000 for a new 2022 model. WHAT’S THE BEST SPORTS CAR FOR TALL PEOPLE? There are five affordable sports car models that are great choices for those who are taller. The 2022 Mustang offers the best space for leg room, while the Dodge Challenger offers the most headspace. Every individual’s body type can be different. For this reason, buyers might want to rank their favorite models according to price, speed (or features) and, of course, space. To ensure that the car is the best fit, they can take a test drive. While stats can help buyers better understand the space of each model, driving the car is the best way to determine if it’s comfortable or roomy enough. Again, some drivers might need more head room. Others might want more space for their legs. Base MSRP stats include just the most basic standard features for the vehicle. Any additional upgrade that the buyer chooses will add to the cost. In addition, the Fiat 500 and the Honda Civic Coupe are no longer in production. Buyers who want to purchase these models would need to search used models. Since the price of used inventory has increased because of issues with the supply chain, prices may vary by region. However, availability also could be crunched. RELAYCARS CAN SIMPLIFY THE RESEARCH FOR A NEW CAR When buyers want to research different makes/models before visiting a dealership, they can use RelayCars to better understand the design and space of different vehicles. Buyers can access RelayCars by downloading the RelayCars app or visiting the RelayCars website on a mobile device. Using the RelayCars app, buyers can explore thousands of vehicles via immersive and interactive 3D imagery or in virtual reality (for those with Google Cardboard). Using just a fingertip, buyers can interact with an image of their favorite models; turn the car around and explore the interior, too. RelayCars also lets buyers view the car in different paint hues. Every model in RelayCar’s virtual inventory can be viewed in every paint trim offered by the manufacturer. This lets buyers decide what color fits their preference and their personality. Buyers also can surf onto the RelayCars website to explore vehicles via 3D imagery or even in augmented reality. The augmented reality option, though, can only be utilized when the website is accessed via a mobile device. Augmented reality lets car buyers preview their favorite vehicles in their own environment. Drop a vehicle into the garage or explore it in the driveway. The camera on the phone will display the 3D augmented reality image in whatever environment the user selects. Walk around the car and explore it. Both the RelayCars app and the mobile website provide pricing, specs and other data for every vehicle in the RelayCars inventory. Using this information, buyers can compare different vehicles or better understand the features of favorite vehicles. RelayCars also has partnered with CarSaver.com. With CarSaver, buyers can find the best car for their driving needs at the best price for their budget. Use RelayCars and CarSaver to simplify the new car search, save time and compare prices of all the most affordable sports cars that are designed for tall drivers.