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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition imagery via Toyota Motor North via 360 MAGAZINE

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland

Toyota is taking the RAV4 Hybrid to a whole new level of adventure with the new 2023 Woodland Edition. Equipped with everything needed for an outdoor excursion, the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition is the first hybrid off-road special edition SUV for the brand.

The arrival of the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition to dealerships this fall also demonstrates our support for a charitable endeavor. To support local communities and make our public lands more accessible and enjoyable for Americans of all abilities, Toyota is proud to contribute $500,000 to the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) toward improving accessibility in these beloved spaces. Through local outreach projects, education programs and accessibility improvement efforts, Toyota and NEEF will make an impact that goes beyond the pavement.

TRD-Tuned & Ready

The new RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition, available in Midnight Black Metallic, Cavalry Blue and Ice Cap exterior colors, offers a distinctively rugged exterior and premium interior styling with the versatile features one would expect from the fifth-generation RAV4. Featuring a TRD-tuned suspension, the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition is engineered to enhance body control and small-bump isolation to help smooth out trails and rough city streets. Coil springs are tuned for an off-road focus and bump stops maximize compression-direction wheel travel. The twin-tube shocks feature internal rebound springs for optimal roll control and unique valving to help body control over large bumps and dips.

Designed with a focus on versatility and efficiency, the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition also comes standard with Falken WILDPEAK AT tires for optimal off-roading, raised black roof rack cross bars to pack an array of supplies for a weekend camping trip and a 120V inverter to power-up an array of compatible household items for a short day trip or an overnight camping excursion. Other mentionable standard features include:

  • Flow-formed Bronze-colored wheels for greater strength
  • Custom all-weather floor and cargo mats
  • Black badging
  • Black mud guards
  • Dual black chrome-tipped exhaust

And with the roominess to fit people, pets, and recreational gear – the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition also comes standard with features like LED projector-beam headlights and integrated fog lights. Handy storage abounds in the RAV4 Hybrid, including the console’s large volume, side-by-side cup holders and an open tray capable of holding small items. In addition, an in-dash tray within easy reach of the front passenger can hold electronics, sunglasses and other travel must-haves. Rear seat passengers will appreciate the spacious cabin. The rear cargo area features a reversible cargo floor insert as well as side nets for storing small items. The 60/40 folding rear seats easily expand the rear cargo area.

Hybrid+AWD for RAV4 Woodland Edition

Engineered to tackle urban, suburban and outdoor adventures, the fifth-generation RAV4 is built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform. With a boldly chiseled design inspired by Toyota’s tough trucks, this latest RAV4 amplifies the desirable crossover traits that made the first RAV4 an instant success a quarter-century ago. Depending on model grade and options, the current RAV4 can be whatever the customer needs it to be, from the exceptionally well equipped LE model to a technology tour de force plug-in hybrid, with various levels of luxury and adventure in between.

In any RAV4 Hybrid, the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) works in sync with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine to make the hybrid models performance and efficiency leaders of the RAV4 family. It is truly the no-compromise compact SUV.

In the hybrid models, a Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) is exclusively paired with an Electronic All-Wheel Drive system (AWD), making it possible to operate at all vehicle speeds. An improvement from previous generation, the rear axle motor operates proactively anytime rear torque would be beneficial to keep the vehicle on the driver’s intended line, or when conditions get slippery. The AWD system uses an independent electric motor at the rear wheels, rather than a torque-distribution system in the transmission and additional driveshaft to the rear.

New to RAV4: Toyota Audio Multimedia and Gauge Cluster Tech

RAV4 for 2023 will receive some updates across all trims, as well. For 2023, all RAV4 models have the new Toyota Audio Multimedia system.

Thanks to the Toyota Audio Multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota’s Texas-based Connected Technology team, RAV4 drivers will be at the ready thanks to a wide range of enhanced connectivity and convenience features, including being Over-the-Air (OTA) updatable. Users can interact with the system through intuitive touch and voice activation controls. With the available Connected Service Drive Connect trial or subscription, drivers and passengers have access to Intelligent Assistant, Cloud Navigation and Destination Assist. With Intelligent Assistant, simple phrases like “Hey Toyota” awaken the system for voice activated commands to search for directions, find Points of Interest (POI), adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperatures and more. Cloud Navigation, the available onboard navigation solution, utilizes the cloud to download the latest available map, traffic and routing information. To ensure users have the most up-to-date search capabilities, POI search is provided by Google Points-of-Interest data. Destination Assist also gives access to 24/7 live agent assistance to locate the next destination.

The new Toyota Audio Multimedia allows for dual Bluetooth® phone connectivity, with support for standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. With further connectivity, the RAV4 has an available Wi-Fi Connect trial or subscription that offers 4G connectivity for up to five devices – turning the RAV4 into an AT&T Hotspot. Adding to the already robust offering of audio playback ability with HD Radio®, USB data and a SiriusXM® Platinum Plan 3-month trial subscription, an active Wi-Fi Connect trial or subscription also enables the new Integrated Streaming feature, providing the ability to link separate Apple Music® and Amazon Music subscriptions to the vehicle for onboard control.

New for 2023, RAV4 receives upgrades to both its Multimedia and Multi-Information Display screens, as well. An 8-inch Multimedia screen now comes standard on LE/Hybrid LE, XLE/Hybrid XLE, XLE Premium/Hybrid XLE Premium, Adventure and Hybrid SE, while TRD Off-Road, Hybrid XSE, Limited/Hybrid Limited, and Prime XSE now all come standard with a new 10.5-inch Multimedia display for 2023. Also new to RAV4 for 2023 is a 12.3-inch Multi-Information Display that comes standard on Limited/Hybrid Limited and Prime XSE. The 12.3-inch display is an optional upgrade on XLE Premium/Hybrid XLE Premium, TRD Off-Road and Hybrid XSE grades. A 7-inch Multi-Information Display screen is also now standard on LE/Hybrid LE, XLE/Hybrid XLE and Hybrid SE grades.

Standard Safety

The 2023 RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, Toyota’s suite of active safety systems. It includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that features enhancements over the previous generation, including the ability to detect an oncoming vehicle or a pedestrian at intersections when making a turn. The Pre-Collision System is designed to detect vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists and provide audio/visual alerts and automatic braking in certain conditions. Emergency steering assist is an additional function designed to detect pedestrians and stabilize the driver’s emergency evasive steering maneuvers and help prevent lane departure.

TSS2.5 on RAV4 also includes Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). Lane Departure Alert is designed to notify the driver via audible alert if it senses the vehicle is leaving the lane without engaging a turn signal. When DRCC is set and engaged, Lane Tracing Assist is designed to assist the driver by providing a slight steering force to help center the vehicle in its lane using visible lane markers or a preceding vehicle.

Automatic High Beams are designed to detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switch between high beam and low beam headlights. Road Sign Assist is designed to recognize certain road sign information using a forward-facing camera and display them on the multi-information display (MID).

In addition to the TSS 2.5 system, other standard safety features include Blind Spot Monitor, which is designed to help detect and warn you of vehicles approaching or positioned in the adjacent lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert can offer added peace of mind by helping to detect vehicles approaching from either side while backing out and alerting you with a visual and audible warning. Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking is designed to provide warning and if needed, implement brake control when there’s a possibility of a collision with a stationary object or an approaching vehicle while parking. In addition to TSS 2.5, the RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition is equipped with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Available safety technologies include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Bird’s Eye View Camera, Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) and Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system.

Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder also comes standard on RAV4. The feature can note whether a rear door was opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being turned on, or at any time after the vehicle has been turned on, with a reminder message in the instrument cluster after the engine is turned off, accompanied by multitone chimes.

Toyota Limited Warranty

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against perforation from corrosion for 60 months with no mileage limitation. Hybrid-related components that require repairs needed to correct defects in materials or workmanship are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. The HV battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is transferrable across ownership.

RAV4 also comes with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.

About Toyota

Toyota has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants.  By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.  With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit HERE.

About NEEF

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, creating opportunities for people to experience and learn about the environment in ways that improve their lives and the health of the planet. Congressionally chartered in 1990 as a 501c3 nonprofit to complement the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NEEF is a non-partisan, non-advocacy organization working to make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to people’s daily lives. Visit HERE.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition imagery via Toyota Motor North via 360 MAGAZINE
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition imagery via Toyota Motor North via 360 MAGAZINE
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition imagery via Toyota Motor North via 360 MAGAZINE
Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Car Maintenance with FixMyCar

Routine Maintenance Every Car Should Keep Up On

Get your oil changed at your house, FixMyCar comes to you

Our vehicles are one of the largest expenses we have in life, and we want to get the most out of them. According to Consumer Reports, people should be able to get 200,000 miles out of their vehicle, because of the way they are built today. One of the most important factors in being able to do that, however, is making routine maintenance a priority. Every vehicle needs routine maintenance in order to help with the longevity and overall user experience. 

We all want the most out of our vehicles, but many people tend to neglect things like routine maintenance, explains Prashant Salla, founder of FixMyCar. If you keep up on this then you are greatly improving your chances that your vehicle will last longer, thus saving you money in the long run.

Most people tend to stick the owner’s manual in the glove box or take it into the house and they forget about it from that point. When they do that they may not be aware of what routine maintenance things should be done. Even if they did look through the owner’s manual there is a good chance they will forget about it. Here is a list of routine maintenance that every car should keep up on:

  • Oil changes. Getting routine oil changes is one of the most important things one can do to help a vehicle last longer. The oil and filter should be changed every 3,000 miles, unless you have a newer vehicle that recommends more mileage in between them. Some newer vehicles have longer intervals.     
  • Remember tires. It’s important to have good tires in order to keep the vehicle moving along well, but also to help keep everyone in it safer. There should be a routine check of tire pressure and depth, and tires should be rotated regularly. It’s also important to make sure your vehicle has good tires since they are the only contact with ground. 
  • Fluids. Fluids are the blood of your vehicle. Making sure the level & condition of all fluids like engine oil, transmission oil, coolant & brake fluid is in good condition & is above the level recommended will make your vehicle last longer. 
  • Outside clean. If you want to protect the exterior of your vehicle it’s important to keep up on detailing it. This will help to provide a protective barrier from the elements, and it will keep it looking good. 
  • Roll with the seasons. There are seasonal issues that need to be addressed to ensure cars are running well in the snow, heat, etc. Having a seasonal checkup is a good way to have these issues addressed. Get it checked before you go a long drive to avoid any issues. 

It’s important to not ignore issues that come up, such as if something doesn’t smell or sound right, added Salla. The sooner you have issues taken care of the better it will be. Keeping your car in good running condition will help preserve it longer, thus saving you a lot of money over the years. A car is a lot like a human body, preventative care is essential.

Consumer Reports also says that if someone does get 200,000 miles out of their vehicle it could potentially save them $30,000 or more. The average vehicle will take around 15 years to rack up that many miles. 

FixMyCar specializes in providing maintenance & repair services outside your house. Not only is it convenient to get your car fixed outside your house or office but also affordable than taking your car to a dealership FixMyCar’s model doesn’t have the high overhead that shops do, so their  prices tend to be 20-30% lower than dealership or repair shops. Plus, it has been designed to allow mechanics to make a higher salary & have a good work-life balance      

Services being offered by FixMyCar include diagnostic issues, such as the car not starting, check engine light on, strange noises, or not being sure what is wrong with it. Other services include battery and starter replacement, brakes and light engine repairs, routine maintenance, such as oil changes, and used car inspections for those who are purchasing or selling a car. They recently launched a FixMyCar Oil Change Membership. Members enjoy peace of mind where they no longer have to worry about scheduling and getting oil changes. FixMyCar reminds and performs oil changes outside their members’ houses or offices as part of their membership offering. 

The company was founded by Salla in 2018, after he received an initial $250,000 in funding capital from a stranger he met at a bar. Later, he secured another $1.6 million in investor funding, including from the likes of Marc Randolph from Netflix’s founding. Salla came to America in 2012 from India, where he was earning $100 per month. In the Detroit area, he earned his master’s degree in automotive engineering, and has flourished in the industry. In addition to revolutionizing the auto repair industry, he is a great example of an American immigrant success story.

Currently, FixMyCar is serving the areas of Detroit, Dallas, and Houston. They are also moving into Austin, and eventually plan to have services being offered around the country. To learn more about FixMyCar, visit the site.

About FixMyCar

Founded by Prashant Salla, FixMyCar is a mobile mechanic service that is revolutionizing the automotive repair industry. Founded by Salla in 2018, the company has locations in several major cities in two states, with plans to continue expanding nationally. Salla is an immigrant from India who has been able to achieve the American dream since moving to the country in 2012. To learn more about FixMyCar, visit the site.

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FIVE AUTO REPAIR TIPS FOR WOMEN

FixMyCar comes to your house/office to fix your car, offering vehicle repair tips

According to research published in the “Journal of Marketing Research,” women are quoted higher prices for auto repairs when they are uninformed about the pricing of such repairs. When they have an idea of what it should cost they are no longer overcharged. The more women know about vehicle repairs the more they can help keep expenses down. They can also help ensure they are getting the best service overall when they follow a few helpful tips regarding repairs.

“Typically, women don’t feel comfortable going to the vehicle repair shop, because they feel they are not going to get fair treatment and may get overcharged,” explains Prashant Salla, founder of FixMyCar. “Being able to talk to mechanics directly about the car and seeing the actual repairs taking place outside their house, women (and men) feel much more confident about their car.”

FixMyCar is a company that is revolutionizing the auto repair industry, and one of their missions is to help customers feel more comfortable about their vehicles. Their business model is mobile, so the mechanic goes to the person’s home or office, making the repairs and doing maintenance extremely transparent and hence more trust. This makes it more convenient and comfortable for people, who need to have repairs and maintenance done to their vehicle.

Here Are 5 Auto Repair Tips:

  • Get it in writing. When you take your vehicle somewhere for a repair or maintenance, get in writing what is being done and the rate that you were quoted. This will help you avoid a situation where you are verbally quoted one price and then when you go to pay it’s much higher.
  • Use your owner’s manual. Getting to know your owner’s manual is a good way to help keep up on what your vehicle needs to stay in top condition. Often times, the answer to common issues are found in the owner’s manual, but people don’t think to look there. If you no longer have yours, you may be able to find a PDF copy online.
  • Keep up on routine maintenance. The routine maintenance on your vehicle is important to keeping it running good. If you fall behind in this area your vehicle will likely have issues that arise. Routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tune ups, are affordable and can keep your vehicle running great longer.
  • Find a mechanic you trust. It’s important for women to trust their mechanic so they feel they are being well taken care of, rather than being taken advantage of. When you find a mechanic you trust you will know you are getting a fair deal.
  • Keep track of what has been done. It’s always a good idea to keep a log or file with all of the work you have had done to the vehicle. This will help you if things are recommended that you know you recently had done, as well as when you go to sell the vehicle. Don’t try to rely on memory about what has been done, because you will not remember everything. Keep an envelope or file where you can keep all the receipts of work that has been done.

“Women love FixMyCar, because we make the process of getting your car fixed extremely transparent, convenient, quote upfront and we don’t upsell. Our best customers and members are women, and they tell us one of the reasons they use our service repeatedly is because of the excellent customer service,” added Salla.

Mobile repairs are also more affordable than going to a dealership or a repair shop. The mobile service model doesn’t have the high overhead that shops do, so the prices offered tend to be 20-30% lower than dealership and repair shops. Plus, it has been designed to allow mechanics to make a higher salary.

Services being offered by FixMyCar include diagnostic inspections, such as car not starting, check engine light on, strange noises, or not being sure what is wrong with it. Other services include battery and starter replacement, brakes and light engine repairs, routine maintenance, such as oil changes, and used car inspections for those who are purchasing or selling a car.

FixMyCar also launched a membership program where you sign up for a quarterly or yearly membership and they schedule and perform all your vehicle’s oil changes outside your house or office. This new membership comes with an unlimited oil change package, which is the first in the industry and allows customers to not worry about their vehicle’s oil changes. Not only do members get free oil changes scheduled and delivered to their house, but they also receive discounts on all other services provided by FixMyCar.

The company was founded by Salla in 2018, after he received an initial $250,000 in funding capital from an angel investor he met at a bar. Later, he secured another $1.6 million in investor funding, including from the likes of Marc Randolph, Netflix’s founding CEO, Richard Wolpert, HelloTech’s founder & CEO, John Kobs, ApartmentList.com’s Founder & CEO. Salla came to America in 2012 from India, where he was earning $100 per month working as a mechanic while studying Mechanical Engineering. In the Detroit area, he earned his master’s degree in automotive engineering, and has flourished in the industry. In addition to revolutionizing the auto repair industry, he is a great example of an American immigrant success story.

Currently, FixMyCar is serving the areas of Metro Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. They are also moving into Austin, and eventually plan to have services being offered around the country. To learn more about FixMyCar, click HERE.

About FixMyCar:

Founded by Prashant Salla, FixMyCar is a mobile auto repair marketplace that is revolutionizing the automotive repair industry. Founded by Salla in 2018, the company has locations in several major cities in two states, with plans to continue expanding nationally. Salla is an immigrant from India who has been able to achieve the American dream since moving to the country in 2012.

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How to Negotiate Used Car Prices: A Basic Guide

Are you looking for a used car? Before you sign on the dotted line, there are some things you need to know beforehand while on your search.

You might be wondering how to negotiate used car prices and get the best deal possible. Below we’re going to share some useful tips that will help you become a negotiating pro.

Take Your Time

A professional salesperson can smell someone desperate to make a purchase from a mile away. They will take time to turn on the charm and push you towards paying a higher price for a car that isn’t worth that value.

The first tip we’re going to offer when buying a used car is to take your time. You need to take your time to research the car that you’ve got your eye on and the price that other used cars are being sold for.

Check Online Reviews

Reviews will share with you the advantages and disadvantages of doing business with a specific car dealer. The reviews will tell you whether or not the sellers in this business provide fair deals or are just trying to sell a car.

If most reviews don’t show the dealership in a positive light, you should think about doing business with other dealerships. The best dealerships go as far as letting customers know the benefits of buying used cars, like thecoolcarguys.com.

Set Aside Time

Above, we mentioned that when you negotiate car price for a used car, you need to take your time. When you go to see the car, you need to set aside some time to spend at the dealership because you will need to take your time there too.

You need to give yourself time to trade in another car if that’s what you plan to do. You also need time to take the car that you’re purchasing for a test drive to ensure that it’s in a condition suitable for someone that’s going to buy it.

Once you’ve done those things, you will need time to negotiate until you come to a price you’re comfortable paying.

Get Preapproval

Getting preapproved through a bank for financing before you go to the dealership will help to save you some time. It will give you an idea of how much you can spend according to your approval.

Knowing how much you’ve been approved for will come in handy when you’re negotiating your prices.

How to Negotiate Used Car Prices the Right Way

There are several things to know when it comes to how to negotiate used car prices before making your final purchase. The first thing you need to do is some research on the car you want to buy and what it typically sells for when it’s not brand new.

Next, you need to set aside time to spend at the dealership before purchasing the car. Now that you know how to negotiate, scroll through the other posts we’ve published in this section.

Lotus Type 49 illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Buying a new car is going to cost you a pretty penny. The average cost of a new car currently sits at over $40,000.

It’s why you should consider buying a used car instead. You can get one for just a fraction of the cost of a new car, and in a lot of cases, it won’t be that much older than a new one.

Before you jump into buying a used vehicle, though, you need to know what to check when buying a used car. The last thing you want to do is come home with a used car that isn’t going to last you very long.

Here are some of the top things to look for when buying a used car.

How Many Miles Are On the Car?

One of the first questions to ask when buying a used car is about how many miles are on it. You can tell a lot about a car based solely on the number of miles that have been put onto its odometer.

The more miles that a car has on it, the more wear and tear it has endured. You might want to shy away from investing in a used car that has more than 100,000 miles on it unless you want to plan on having to do a lot of repairs and maintenance to it.

It’s worth noting that you can get 200,000 miles out of most cars these days. But even still, you should be careful about buying a car with too many miles on it.

How Many People Have Previously Owned the Car?

In addition to checking out how many miles are on a car, you should also take the time to see how many people have owned it in the past. It might help to shed some light on how well a car has (or hasn’t!) been maintained.

The fewer previous owners that a used car has, the better it has likely been maintained over time. You may want to shy away from buying a used car if it has had several owners in the past.

Has the Car Been Involved in Any Accidents?

When you’re considering what to look for when buying a used car, you should, of course, check to see whether or not a car has been in an accident or, worse, multiple accidents. You don’t want to buy a car that has been in a handful of crashes over the years.

It’s not the worst idea in the world to buy a used car that was involved in a minor fender-bender in the past. It might be a good way to get a great deal on a used car that is still in great shape.

But you should be wary about buying a used car that has sustained damage during a number of accidents. It might not be safe enough for you and your family.

Ask Yourself These Questions When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a little bit of a stressful process. But it’ll all be worth it in the end if you’re able to secure a great car for a great price.

Keep all the tips for buying a used car that we’ve talked about here in mind as you try to do it. It’ll make the process go so much smoother than it would otherwise.

Read through the other articles on our blog for more tips on buying a car.

Polestar 2 illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

The Best Cars for Technology

There are some people that view cars simply as a mode of transport. Then there are other people who love their car and want to have all of the latest features to enjoy. In particular, a lot of those people want the newest and best technology so that their travels can be easy and fun. The tech can be a deal breaker when you are searching for a new pride and joy. If you are someone that loves technology, here are the best cars you can look at for leasing or purchase.

Audi A8

If you are looking for a luxury sedan that is going to offer you speed, comfort and the latest tech, we recommend the Audi A8. This German automaker never lets you down and it comes with a host of cool features that make driving easy. This includes automated driving features that help with parking, garages and traffic jams. You can still get to your destination on time but with less effort. There is a touch infotainment system for road trips and there is a high-quality satnav to get you there.

BMW 5 Series

BMW is one of the most popular car makes in the world. This means that they do not disappoint when it comes to the latest technology. In particular, they know how to do in-car entertainment. The BMW 5 Series, as well as many other models, now have an advanced infotainment system that allows driver and passengers to enjoy Wi-Fi and even a web browser from inside the vehicle. So, on your car’s display, you can surf Facebook and message your friends and if you enjoy the occasional sports bet, place the odd wager on Unibet Pennsylvania during your travels.

Tesla Model 3

If there is one vehicle that has been gaining a lot of attention recently it is the Tesla Model 3. Of course, this is the latest electric car that everybody wants. But it is also packed with some amazing technology that you will not find anywhere else. We are talking about a 15-inch landscape touchscreen, which is unusual for inside a car. You can do everything from navigate to your next location to play games. There is also Wi-Fi for your passengers to enjoy. We cannot talk about the Tesla Model 3 without mentioning the autopilot modes. This makes driving a lot easier and you can take your hands off the wheel

Kia Ceed

The Kia Ceed is a reminder that you do not always have to spend a fortune to buy a high-tech car. This is one of the most affordable vehicles on our list but it still has some fantastic technology features that you are going to love and use every day. For example, enjoy smart cruise control, as well as blind spot collision warning. Parking is also made easy thanks to the smart assistance features. When it comes to in-car entertainment, you are covered thanks to the touch screen. There is even a wireless smartphone charger that is going to make sure you have juice when you arrive at your destination

Computer illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

11 Interesting Facts About Ford Mustangs

Since Ford introduced the sports car to the American public in 1964, the car has sold more than 10 million times and firmly established itself as the epitome of American sports car design. 

There are several facts about Ford Mustangs that you may find fascinating. You can learn more by checking out our list here. 

1. Mustang Was Not the Only Name Considered

Ford designer John Najjar, a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is credited with suggesting the Mustang name.

However, Ford designers and executives considered at least two other front runners before selecting Mustang: Cougar and Torino. Panther is also said to have made the shortlist.

Ford design leaders initially did not prefer the name Mustang. The first Mustang prototype was named the Cougar.

Ford engaged advertising agency J. Walter Thompson to research the proposed names, and Mustang proved the market’s preference.

Account Executive Frank Thomas said the American public liked the name “because it had the excitement of wide-open spaces and was American as all hell.”

2. Mustangs Gallop Left

The Ford design team present several Mustang logos, including one based on the Knight chess piece.

After deciding on what became the famous galloping horse logo that we know today, the question became – should the logo be galloping left or right?

Ford designer Phil Clark first drew the logo facing left. But many Ford designers preferred the horse galloping right because racehorses gallop right on the track.

Legendary Ford boss Lee Iacocca settled the debate saying “the Mustang is a wild horse, not a domesticated racer.”

3. The Mustang Was Meant for the Everyday Person

The Ford Mustang was introduced to the public in 1964 with its price prominently displayed on all print advertising – $2,368.

This price was $1000 lower than the nearest competition.

True to its market, Gail Brown, a Chicago schoolteacher, bought the first retail Mustang. She still owns the car today.

Even today, visit stevemarshfordsales.com and learn that the Mustang is priced below its punch.

4. The Mustang Introduced the American Sports Car and Beat the Competition

Ford originally forecast about 100,000 Mustang sales in the first year. More than 400,000 Mustang’s ultimately sold in the year. 

The market for American sports cars was a race between car manufacturers and Ford brought a winning package that allowed the Mustang to dominate throughout the 1960s. 

Plymouth, a Chrysler brand, beat the Mustang to market by two weeks, introducing the Mustang’s then closest rival, the Barracuda.

The Mustang and the Barracuda were both based on established economy cars – the Mustang built on the Ford Falcon, and the Barracuda carried the Plymouth Valiant heritage.

Ford outperformed Plymouth in this race on two fronts – options and design.

Ford unveiled three Mustang body styles – coupe, convertible, and fastback. Ford also offered varied engines ranging from economy to high performance. 

Plymouth offered a single Barracuda.

Mustang design also beat the Barracuda’s design.

Many historical car enthusiasts praise the design of the Barracuda but suggest that the car simply did not push design boundaries as Mustang did.

By the mid-1960s, Chevrolet introduced the Camero and Pontiac brought the Firebird. The competition for American sports car supremacy had begun.

5. The Mustang Unveiled With a Media Blitz

Before the design of the first Mustang was finalized, Buhlie Ford, a nephew of Henry Ford II, took a Mustang convertible on a drive and parked the car in front of the Detroit Free Press. The Free Press published photos in what was considered a marketing coup.

Ford then unveiled its new Mustang with a media blitz.

The day before its public unveiling, on April 16, 1964, Ford released an advertising campaign on the three major TV networks. 29 million Americans were introduced to the Mustang that day.

The next day, when the car was officially unveiled in New York, Mustang ads ran in more than 2,600 newspapers.

The same month, April of 1964, the Mustang appeared on the cover of both Time and Newsweek. Lee Iacocca credited the Mustang’s cover presence with selling 100,000 extra cars.

6. The Mustang Joined the Military

Ford sold the Mustang to U.S. military personnel based in Germany through the military PX system between 1964 and 1978.

The Mustang sold to American soldiers was called the Ford T5 and was trademarked in Germany by truckmaker Krupp. 

7. The Mustang and Ford’s Italian Connection

In the 1960s and 1970s, Ford’s design and engineering teams battled with Italian car manufacturers such as Ferrari to be the world’s renowned car designers and producers.

For more information on this epic battle, do yourself a favor and watch Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford vs. Ferrari.

Beginning in 1975, teams at Ford’s Dearborn headquarters and at the Ford-owned Italian Ghia studio competed to design the car’s all-new, third-generation body.

The final design, known as the Fox body, ultimately included inputs from both the American and Italian teams.

8. Ford Almost Introduced a Mustang Station Wagon

Ford, on several occasions, considered four-door or front-wheel editions of the Mustang family.

In 1964, Ford designed at least one four-door Mustang sedan that could have been included in the car’s initial launch.

Since 1964, Ford has designed at least three versions of a Mustang station wagon. All three designs made it as far in the design process as full-sized clay models.

One station wagon concept even made it as far as a functional prototype. 

9. The Mustang Is a Movie Star

Mustangs have appeared in films and on TV shows more than 3,300 times in the past 50 years, according to Iceland Mustang Club’s research.

Steve McQueen’s Mustang 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt might be the most famous Hollywood appearance.

10. The Mustang Goes to the Races

The Mustang has served as the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500 on three occasions — in 1964, 1979, and 1994.

11. This Mustang – What You Miss Most in the White House

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said the hardest thing to leave behind when he became U.S. President was his ice blue Mustang convertible.

In 1994, Clinton briefly drove his beloved Mustang around Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the then head of the Mustang Club of American called the President “a rabid Mustanger like the rest of us.”

Learn Facts About Ford and Become a Rabid Mustanger

Since that famous press conference in 1964, the Mustang has become a part of Americana.

The Mustang is different – it is a wild horse, not a domesticated racehorse. It still brings the excitement of wide-open spaces and was American as all hell.

Visit your local dealership for a test drive and you will see why. Learn more about the history of this legendary car and you might find yourself a rabid Mustanger.

road trip illustration by Rita Azar

The Best Time to Purchase a Car

Six Expert Pointers on the Best Time to Purchase a Car 

Before you drive off into the sunset with your dream wheels, these tips for buying a car based on day, month, and holiday sales could offer massive savings: 

1. Do Your Car Shopping Early in the Week 

Naturally, most people tend to have more time on their hands over the weekends when browsing or shopping for a new car. But, in order to bag a better deal, you really should avoid weekends when car shopping. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are the ideal days of the week for purchasing a car. This is due to less customer traffic, which means a better chance of driving away with a better deal. 

Car dealerships are also crowded over the weekends, which results in less personalized attention. This makes price negotiation difficult.

So, stick to the early days in the week and take advantage of those limited opportunities when car dealerships are at their quietest. 

2. Shop Later in the Year (and Month) 

Buying a new car at the turn of a new year is never a good idea. Instead, stick to later months in the year such as October, November, and December. Car dealerships generally have sales quotas and sales goals they have to meet by these later months in the year. 

Shopping for a car at this time could be work to your advantage as salespeople intend to settle with their sales goals and quotas in mind.

The same goes for car shopping later in the month. Sales quotas tend to sync up with the end of each calendar month, but it’s not always exact. Try to schedule your new car shopping for the 26th, 27th, or 28th of the month.

3. Take Advantage of Holiday Sales 

This really is a no-brainer when it comes to shopping for any large purchase. Holidays periods throughout the year offer deeply discounted prices compared to other months — so take full advantage. 

Some of the best holiday periods to keep in mind include:

• Memorial Day weekend: summer is an expensive time of year to buy a car, but prices are always discounted over the Memorial Day holiday

• Black Friday: car dealerships take part in the Black Friday sale craze just like any other retailer, and you can save big

• New Year’s Eve: it may seem like an odd time, but this is one of the best days of the year for car shopping as dealerships are facing monthly, quarterly, and yearly quotas and sales goals

• Labor Day weekend: this a great time to purchase a car based on car selection and competitive pricing

Bear in mind that end-of-year holidays and sales goals are also driven by annual bonuses. Naturally, salespeople want to meet their quotas so that they can receive their commission. This makes for the best chance of securing a great deal on your dream car. 

4. Plan Your Shopping Based on Car Model Closeout

What is does it mean when a car is on closeout? Basically, this when a newer, updated model of the same car is being brought in, so older models are on closeout.

Car dealerships tend to have limited space when they receive their latest car models, and they need to move ”old” stock. This is another great time to get in a good car deal as older models need to be sold. 

If you can hold out on buying the most up-to-date car model, purchase an older model instead and save yourself thousands of dollars.

But keep in mind that many car shoppers use this same strategy. Most manufacturers release new car models in the summer but don’t wait too long to make your move as older car models can sell out very quickly. 

5. Consider the Car’s Design Cycle

Car models are constantly being updated. Some car models are also completely res-designed altogether. It may be a good time to shop for your car when the manufacturer is about to implement a completely new design cycle of the car. 

You could save serious amounts of money on the outgoing design model as the stock needs to be sold. This is a great tip if you are more of a bargain hunter, and not too focused on being a trendsetter! 

6. The Best Time of Year to Buy a Used Car

If you have your eye on a used car, October-December is the best time of year to consider buying second-hand.

These months tend to coincide with peak season and new-car buyers. This means that the number of trade-ins increases exponentially at car dealerships. Basically, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to second-hand car options.

The greater number of trade-ins at a dealership also makes for better prices — especially if a dealership wants to meet its end-of-year quotas. 

Get Your Auto, Art, Design, Travel and Health Fix 

Now that you know more about the best time to purchase a car, you’ll know that you really shouldn’t rush into a car purchase. Holding out pays off in the long-run. 

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Chris Walker × Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels hosted the first-ever Hot Wheels Legends Tour Virtual Stop, bringing together the most unique custom-builds from around the country to compete for a chance to be turned into an iconic Hot Wheels die-cast.
 
As of late, a team of judges including Hot Wheels designers, Hoonigan auto experts and top motorsports athlete Colette Davis crowned Chris Walker from North Branch, Minnesota with his 1959 Chevrolet El Camino the winner of the first-ever Hot Wheels Legends Tour Virtual Stop. Chris and his custom build will join finalists from Legends stops around the country at SEMA Auto Show where one winner will be selected to become the next Hot Wheels 1:64 scale die-cast.

Chris built this car in his garage in just 60 days, before debuting it at the Las Vegas RatCity Ruckus Show. Nicknamed the “Hulk-Camino,” the car is made from all ’59 El Camino sheet metal and is powered by a small-block Chevrolet engine. There is a 700R4 Monster Transmission in the vehicle, with independent front suspension and coil over shocks. With American racing wheels and Mickey Thompson tires – the ‘59 El Camino is a true life-sized Hot Wheels! 

Toyota Avalon TRD

By Abigail Baldwin × Vaughn Lowery

Los Angeles traffic is a sea of homogeneity and it’s hard for your car to stand out amongst the sprawl of uninspired sedans and low-performance hatchbacks. The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is the perfect, unique commuter car that’s practical while also making a standout statement. The sleek, high-performance vehicle is perfect for a youthful executive with a small family in tow. It’s red accents, curved tail lights, and high-speed performance variants set it apart from the dull monotony of the commuter car market.

Design

The design of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is sleek and vigorous. It’s low to the ground, and 1.8 inches longer than a Toyota Camry, giving it a sporty look. Driving the Avalon TRD makes a visual statement with a massive grill. The taillights are elegant and concave, above TRD exhaust tips, and the side-skirts feature a unique red pin-striping detail.

Toyota has continued its uses of the push-button start and keyless entry features with the Avalon TRD. The car also features a remote start by holding down on the unlock button on the key, allowing you to start your car from inside the house on a cold day. The key also includes a trunk button that gracefully opens the exceptionally spacious trunk.

The interior of the Avalon TRD is airy and luxe. The black leather features red contrast stitching to match the vibrant red seat belts, red piping accents on the seats, and the exterior pinstripe. No one has to fight for shotgun because the back seats have ample legroom, two charging stations, and a convenient center armrest that has a drop-down cup holder for everyone’s Starbucks…

The attention to detail includes the front seat door panel, which is padded leather with classic window and mirror controls. The red piping and cloth inserts make the heated front seats sporty and comfortable. The red contrast stitching is incorporated throughout the interior of the vehicle, including the steering wheel. The dashboard and gages have a simple, uncluttered look. The center console matches the sporty aspect of the car and doesn’t skimp on handy features: four USB charging stations, a Qi-compatible wireless charging station, two cup holders, and a button parking brake below the shift. A large sunroof set into the dark leather ceiling completes the luxurious interior.

Technology

The state-of-the-art technology enhances the commodious interior of the Avalon TRD. The Avalon TRD features cruise control on the steering wheel and a back-up camera with multiple angle options. The media center is a touch screen and provides voice activation Bluetooth for handsfree calling and music control. The voice control button is placed on the steering wheel for easy access. The Audio Plus system includes eight speakers for surrounding sound. The media center has an audio jack and a USB 2.0 port. The car is Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatible, as well as Scout®, GPS Link, Siri®, and HD Radio™ compatible. This model also offers an HD radio with a SiriusXM® 3-month All Access trial.

Performance and Safety

What’s most unique about the 2020 Avalon TRD is that it’s a commuter sedan with multiple performance variants. The car includes eco, normal, and sport modes. The Avalon TRD has an incredibly luxurious and sporty feel. It is an 8-speed automatic with the option of manual gear shift, using steering wheel tabs or the traditional stick shift.

The car has an almost silent start and minimal road noise. It has a responsive, natural feeling throttle and fast acceleration. The 2020 Avalon has two-piston brake calipers. The breaks are smooth with a gradual bite and require that you push halfway down to get a more dramatic break. The 2020 TRD has a lower center of gravity and stiffer springs than the previous Avalon model. It features 19-inch rims, lighter than the standard, s, and the car has updated, track-tuned suspension. Also, the special suspension accompanies a 15.8 gal fuel tank capacity, a 3.5 L V6 engine, and a horsepower of 301 hp. With a curb weight of 3,638 lbs and an MPG of 22 city/31 highway, the Avalon’s features are space and resource-efficient. The steering is a bit heavier than the previous Avalon but still exceptionally light, allowing for flat turns with a great grip.

The Avalon TRD has great visibility, with additional trunk windows on either side. The car’s protective system offers fast response times and enhanced vehicle stability control for a safe drive you can trust. It includes ten airbags: driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Additionally, the 2020 Avalon has front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Overall, the 2020 Avalon TRD is a unique, luxury vehicle with safety and security you can feel, and style you can see.

Pricing

The 2020 Avalon TRD goes for $45,000 before market adjustment, making it a competitor for Audi and BMW models. The suggested retail price or MSRP starts at $42,375. The TRD, however, is larger than the competition, with a more spacious and luxurious interior, and its own sleek, red-accented look. Additionally, the TRD comes with a memorized steering wheel position and a higher fuel economy when compared to the 2020 Nissan Maxima.

For updated pricing details and a closer look at the model, visit Toyota’s website.