Guide to buying a car with an infotainment system in 2018

Want to make your daily commute pleasurable? Our guide to buying a car with an infotainment system in 2018 gives you a quick insight into the top car models and what their infotainment systems have to offer!

Acura

Control Method: Acura has always been known for its penchant for combining luxurious features with superior performance to afford the user with a very pleasurable driving experience. This self-established benchmark rings true in the two-screen infotainment system that the company has incorporated into most of its models. A top-of-the-line 7” and 8” lower and upper display comprises of what Acura has dubbed an On-Demand Multi-Information Display. A jog controller and physical rotary also feature in the mix, allowing easy access to the interface when on the go.

One of its models, the ILX sedan to be precise, breaks the status quo and boasts of a standard 5” interface and an optional single 8” interface for higher trim levels. Another outlier, the NSX supercar, features a stunning single 7” touchscreen while the latest member to the Acura family, the 2019 RDX crossover, uses a 10.2” interface and a touch-sensitive console.

Smartphone Integration: Most models support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While 2019 RDX crossover only supports the latter, the makers soon plan to integrate its compatibility with Android Auto as well.

The company has introduced three strata of services, combinatorially known as AcuraLink. The Standard features offer the user with smartphone connectivity, navigation cues, free traffic updates and basic integration. However, Connect interface kicks things into overdrive by offering the user the option of interacting with their car from a distance, affording exceptional ease of access. The third tier, Premium, combines the features from its previous counterparts and also includes a 24/7 live concierge that allows you to interact with an Acura representative in real time and gain access to white-glove in-car assistance.

Sound and Music: When it comes to this particular component, the makers at Acura have outdone themselves. In a bid to replicate the high-quality sound performance similar to that of a recording studio, Acura has collaborated with Grammy award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner. This has allowed for the evolution of the widely acclaimed ELS Studio. You can tap into your favorite tunes through your digital library, the Internet or radio – all controlled through touchscreen operability.

The most primary functions to the music system can be very easily accessed through an interface located on the steering wheel – which means you never have to take your eyes off the road. The in-built DTS Neural Surround is capable of producing an impressive 5.1 multi-channel surround sound through a digital stereo. How can you enjoy this sound? Well, the interface comes with a total of 10 speakers – a 20cm subwoofer, four titanium dome tweeters, four mid-range and one centre mid-range – letting you cruise in style with a very enjoyable music experience.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The Acura Navigation System is accessible, quick and very convenient for the driver. It features an 8” full VGA display and allows for data access through a hard drive. Just as with a lot of the other features, the makers have mounted this interface in a control panel so that you don’t deviate your eyes from the road in order to operate it. This full-resolution system lets you tap into a huge database of every destination that allows you to search for a specific location – and to make it that much more convenient, it boasts of a voice recognition software in tandem with the traditional dial interface. Using the screen, you can plot your journey to a tee through freeways, forks, delays and detours with voice guidance and, if that wasn’t enough, there is even the option of 3D viewability – showing the masterful attention to detail that Acura invests in its cars.

 

Audi

Control Method: A majority of the Audi models in the market incorporate a high-end infotainment system known as MMI (Multimedia Interface). This is a godsend for you as a driver as you can access tons of information by using a rotary knob which features various shortcut buttons. Additionally, by using a 12.3” digital interface called Virtual Cockpit, your Audi allows you to easily interact with the infotainment interface. This uses a cluster operated system situated on the steering wheel to make things ergonomically pleasing. Now it might take a little getting used as operating the rotary knob instead of a touchscreen is tricky. That being said, it is undeniable that the MMI has structured and logically sequenced menus to make your driving experience extremely seamless.

Smartphone Integration: Just like most brands, the makers at Audi have gone above and beyond to ensure that each model is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The MMI gives you full control over your phone, music, apps (Whatsapp, Spotify, etc.) and navigation by using the USB which is compatible with the most common smartphone models. The end result is that you get to enjoy a completely streamlined connection between the car and the phone.

Sound and Music: The MMI is also responsible for delivering the best sound quality and is the centrepiece when it comes to top-notch vehicular features. The speaker arrangement includes tweeters and woofers, optimizing your acoustic journey. These speakers are distributed throughout the car to accommodate the most advantageous listening experience.

The Audi R8 takes these already superior features to a whole new level. This fourth-generation luxury sedan incorporates 3D acoustics at the rear of the vehicle. Moreover, 23 loudspeakers that have low-distortion neodymium magnets are capable of creating a crisp sound feedback. Four of these speakers are tailored for the spatial dimensions, adjusted to the height of the car and provide a sensory experience like never before.

Maps and GPS Functionality: If you’re looking for a quality and versatility, Audi’s infotainment system is second to none. Along with a high-end GPS interface, it allows you to receive weather forecast updates, navigate, access a travel guide assisted with Google street view visuals and tap into the Internet radio to stream your favourite music. The driver has full control over receiving route guidance relative to their location and that is completely aided by verbal and visual cues.

This MMI navigation has an impressive ten gigabytes memory in the Standard version which is stored on a hard drive, thus allowing 3D imaging. This proves just how expansive the MMI really is. The zinger is that the makers at Audi have admitted that it’s still in the developmental phase and will soon integrate even more features!

 

BMW

Control Method: Often described by drivers as being not only easy to use but also very colourful, BMW’s infotainment system, the iDrive, is ergonomically optimized and affords seamless operability. It is stationed high on the dashboard and paves the way for you to access advanced communication, audio and navigation services. You can control the system with the rotary jog dial located on the main console area. There are just a handful of newer makes that also support touchscreen operability.

The 5 and 7 series have a gesture recognition functionality. For example, to adjust your music, all you have to do is wave your hand to increase or decrease the volume. To make it easier to input destination addresses, there is a touchpad console that lets you write information thereon. This is especially handy when navigating. Such highly intuitive connectivity features promise you a very smooth and easy ride.

Smartphone Integration: Bear in mind that all BMW models come with the standard FM/AM/satellite radio auxiliary connectivity, Bluetooth and USB, and the user has to take it upon themselves to upgrade to iDrive if they so wish. The infotainment system is compatible with all the major smartphones and if you want to confirm whether or not your phone is compatible and which USB and Bluetooth features you can access, visit BMW’s website and do a compatibility check. A setback here is that, to enable compatibility with Apple CarPlay, you will have to spend an extra $300.

Because of the all-round cellular integration using BMW Apps, you can quickly access Pandora and Spotify as well as other services through the same system, making the iDrive a mainstay as far as intuitive infotainment systems are concerned.

Sound and Music: The Bang and Olufsen surround sound system is crafted by expert technicians to give you uncompromising acoustics. Coupled with a sleek CD player, the BMW 3 series comes with a well-integrated audio system, USB ports and AUX In. The HiFi loudspeaker system produces quality sounds when combined with the 10 top-of-the-line speakers. All of these features can be controlled through the multi-purpose steering wheel.

The 5 and 6 series, as well as the BMW X5 and X6, have sixteen 12,000 watt speakers that distribute the sound across the vehicle to provide a brilliant orchestra-esque effect. Safe to say, you will definitely be enhancing your driving with this superior listening experience.

Maps and GPS Functionality: BMW’s ConnectedDrive has an embedded SIM card that allows you access to a wide range of innovative features such as Concierge Services, BMW Teleservices, Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information, Intelligent Emergency Call (6AC), Online Search and more. All of these handy features let you have quick and easy access to the outside world should complicated situations present themselves.

The navigation system itself is a high-resolution colour screen that offers quick startup, tips to reduce gas consumption, fast route calculation and 3D map imaging. Even while updating to accommodate new features and information, the interface functions without restriction.

 

Buick

Control Method: Depending on the make, Buick incorporates either 7” or 8” LCD displays into MyLink – its communication and entertainment system. These are located in the instrument panel that allows you to tap, spread, pinch and swipe with immense ease as you access maps, scroll through lists and browse through your favourites.

The system also allows you to access the weather forecasts, audio operations and tap into your rearview camera on the screen as well as send hands-free texts or make calls. Buick is a brand that facilitates greater convenience for the driver at every step of the way. By incorporating proximity-sensing software, the interface is capable of recognizing your finger/hand as it approaches the screen and when you click on a button, the LCD pulses to denote that it has received the command.

Smartphone Integration: Besides the Cascada convertible that has an older rendition of Buick’s infotainment system, all of the models are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Using your iPhone or your Android device, you can tap into music, apps, podcasts and playlists, navigation functions and so much more – very seamlessly! You are allowed to manage the vehicle’s built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and connect up to seven cellular devices at a time within a 50km radius. As mentioned before, this intuitive infotainment system allows you to make hands-free calls and send texts to reduce the likelihood of you averting your eyes from the road. Buick does you one better. It also allows you to pair multiple devices so that you can take calls and play music simultaneously.

Sound and Music: The all-purpose MyLink touchscreen lets you control AM, FM and the satellite radio all at the push of a button. You can access several HD radio stations to elevate your driving experience to a whole new level. Activate and deactivate your audio settings just by using voice commands. Buick models come with high-performance speakers, that redefine the way you listen to music when on the road. This is reinforced in the 2018 Buick Verano which uses a 3.25-inch neodymium mid/high range speaker, located at the centre of the instrument panel, to provide exceptional sound quality. A Bose digital amplifier that offers the driver seven channels of custom equalization and proprietary digital signal processing, located in the rear quarter panel, makes this infotainment system a premium investment that definitely earns its keep.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Buick has incorporated a very intuitive GPS system to get you exactly where you need to go without a hitch. The MyLink system comes with an OnStar Guidance Plan that uses Turn-by-Turn Navigation. This features in all its 2015 and later models and is included in your package for a minimum period of six months. There are a number of ways to access the OnStar Navigation – you can press the blue button on the display interface and tell the advisor your destination; you can directly send the destination to your car by using the myBuick mobile app; you can input your destination into the IntelliLink Navigation system.

Because Buick is customer-focused, it constantly looks for newer and more innovative ways to upgrade MyLink every year. This is why new and altered roads, speed limits, signage, points of interest, addresses and other important data points are regularly incorporated into the system’s map update. And with every map update, your car’s routing functions will be optimized to guarantee that you stay on route and get to your destination on time.  

 

Cadillac

Control Method: Introduced in 2012 and subsequently overhauled in 2014, the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) touchscreen infotainment interface makes for a pleasurable and sublime driving experience. It incorporates gesture controls to swipe and zoom through the information on the screen. CUE uses top-of-the-line software and hardware, courtesy of Harman – Samsung’s subsidiary that designs and engineers auto products.

Because of its fast-growing popularity, General Motors plans to introduce CUE to its other makes – Chevrolet, GMC and Buick. The luxury brand has gone all out to ensure that the interface has a very distinct look and feel. CUE uses touch-capacitive adjusters to allow you to adjust audio volume and in-car climate functions. Owing to its 2014 makeover, the system has a new and improved graphics processing unit that GM claims is four times faster than its predecessor, affording the driver unparalleled image quality.

Smartphone Integration: CUE is a technological marvel and comes with built-in Bluetooth, USB, FM/AM and a satellite radio as well as auxiliary connectivity. In addition to these, you can also take advantage of the optional navigation, OnStar telematics support and Wi-Fi hotspot. Cadillac’s XTS, CTS and ATS models use a new and improved version to save your preferences to the cloud and this enables you to seamlessly transfer these from one vehicle to another.

Besides these, the system offers you predictive navigation to help save time when searching for your music or browsing through your favourites, and you can enjoy unrestricted connectivity with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Perhaps the most convenient gimmick yet is that all the menus on the interface are kept as simple as possible so that you can absorb the information with just a glance. This avoids you having to take your eyes off the road for long intervals to interact with the interface.

Sound and Music: Cadillac hasn’t skimped on its audio system in the slightest. The makers have gone above and beyond to ensure that you receive an immersive soundstage experience like none other. The Cadillac CT6 Bose Panaray audio system epitomizes this commitment to quality. It features a $3,700 optional interface that uses 34 speakers scattered across the cabin to give you the ultimate surround sound experience. It does so by combining discrete music channels to provide a uniform output. The audio quality itself is strong and crisp and the bass levels can be adjusted to be either subtle or pounding. That’s not all. The Panaray system is so incredibly intuitive, it has the ability to convert the clinical acoustics from the satellite radio into animated and soothing tones.

If you want to switch to FLAC files from the satellite radio, the interface does present certain issues. The iPhone doesn’t support FLAC and as such, there is a discernible sound difference in the Cadillac between a high-quality CD rip and a file purchased on iTunes. Similar issues are faced when using an Android device. All in all, the Panaray system does manage to deliver an outstanding sound quality that is not often found in vehicles at this price point.  

Maps and GPS Functionality: CUE has proven itself to be every bit a driver’s dream navigation system. It affords such a wide and diverse range of options that getting to your destination on time is guaranteed. You have the option of using voice commands to input a destination, saving an address, cancelling or changing a route midway without losing out on too much time, detecting points of interest that lie in your chosen path, searching through a wide database of addresses and finding the fastest and most efficient routes to drive to your destination with the utmost confidence.

Cadillac has an exciting new update planned for 2018. Just by updating your maps you will have access to thousands of miles of new lanes, roads and freeways. You can also tap into the latest points of interest in your destination area, browse through an updated database of business and residential addresses and review new signs, speed restrictions and turn restrictions. If you want to sidestep traffic delays or make an impromptu pit stop at a tourist hotspot, then CUE definitely has you covered!

 

Chevrolet

Control Method: Chevrolet’s infotainment system has made a name for itself as far as simplicity, responsiveness and user-friendliness are concerned. General Motors uses IntelliLink (an alternative branding for MyLink) in its other brands (Buick, Opel, Vauxhall and GMC), and its functionality is very similar to MyLink’s – aside from the graphics. MyLink comes with either a 7” and 8” touchscreen navigation besides other optional methods. For instance, you can access the Performance Data Recorder that uses your on-track laps to record telemetry and video information. This feature is available in certain models like the Corvette and Camaro and makes it extremely convenient if you plan to post the recorded information to YouTube later. Additionally, you can use imply voice commands to operate the media, tuner and phone features on the system with incredible ease. You can gain access to the hands-free vehicular climate control settings without batting an eyelid. This goes a long way to help ease the distraction off of operating the interface and instead, lets you focus solely on driving.

Perhaps what makes the MyLink such a favourite with tech junkies is its easy-to-scan text and icons coupled with a generous helping of analogue controls. Another model, the Bolt EV to be precise, kicks the traditional infotainment features up a couple of notches. Using an 8” display, it also offers information about its battery charge time so that you know exactly what to expect before you embark on your journey.

Smartphone Integration: Compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Windows, there isn’t much that Chevrolet’s system can’t do by way of smartphone integration functions. Offering you in-built OnStar telematics connectivity, you can enjoy unlimited hours of FM/AM/satellite radio when on the go. MyLink also supports USB connectivity, Bluetooth and auxiliary devices to make your experience that much smoother.

What the interface lacks in graphics (these aren’t the most impressive when compared to other mainstream infotainment systems), it makes up for in other departments. You have the pleasure of streaming over 100,000 radio shows and podcasts on demand using the Stitcher mobile app. MyLink also doubles up as a powerful 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can accommodate up to seven devices at a time without any restrictions.

Sound and Music: Chevrolet reinforces its commitment to owner satisfaction at every step of the way. MyLink is no exception in this regard. On the home screen, you have the ability to access your audio settings, making your interaction with the system extremely hassle-free. Engineered to deliver phenomenal acoustics, some of the models come equipped with top-of-the-line Bose sound systems.

With the Chevrolet Bolt, you can enjoy premium sounds with 7 high-performance speakers that also include one Richbass woofer. The Corvette kicks things into high gear. There are several packages that you can choose to invest in. One of these includes a premium Bose sound system that boasts of SurroundStage and Centerpoint technologies and 10 high-performance speakers. Alternatively, you could opt for the package that offers 9 high-performance speakers and delivers similar acoustics at a lower price.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Getting to your destination is an absolute breeze with the Turn-by-Turn navigation and the OnStar Guidance – a mainstay GPS feature in most Chevy models. Because convenience is key with the manufacturers at GM, there are several options that you can choose in order to input your destination; you can tell the Advisor exactly where you want to go after pushing the blue OnStar button; you can relay your destination through the myChevrolet mobile app; you can input a destination into the MyLink system.

So that you remain on par with the ever-changing road infrastructure, MyLink is updated every year with new roads, speed limits, signage, points of interest and addresses to provide you with extremely accurate information. With every map update, your system’s routing functions are optimized, guaranteeing that you stay on the right course and reach your destination on time, every time.

 

Chrysler

Control Method: The Uconnect 4 infotainment system as seen in the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler 300 is definitely one for the books as far as quality and unparalleled performance go. With a whopping 8.4” display, or a 7” display available with certain Pacifica minivan trims, you get to enjoy stunning visuals, quick responses and easy-to-navigate menus. Being that the manufacturers at Chrysler always put that extra level of detail into their products, the Uconnect Theatre lets you stream movies on the optional rear displays – perfect if you have a restless toddler in the backseat!

The on-screen controls allow you to interact with the interface while exerting minimal effort. Chrysler also has a slew of physical buttons to augment most operations but those are somewhat redundant, considering the on-screen controls. Moreover, Uconnect offers hands-free operability of the technology that includes navigation, voice commands, entertainment and phone systems. Without compromising on driver control, you can easily exert full control over your car’s connectivity.   

Smartphone Integration: Supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity not to mention satellite radio, two USB ports and auxiliary connectivity and Bluetooth, the Uconnect sure knows how to pack a punch! Perhaps, a bit of a shortcoming here is that both the USB charging ports and the Aux-In port is located in the central console storage bin. Some drivers might see this as an odd layout considering there are none on the dash within convenient reach.

As you cruise down the street, the UConnect lets you quickly scroll through and use a wide range of apps such as Tidal, MixCloud, iHeartRadio, Whatsapp and Google Play Music that are compatible with both Android and iOS. Given that the screen itself is quite a large and accommodating display, there is plenty of real estate for each app to optimally display information and run simultaneously with each other. While UConnect doesn’t come with a wireless charging pad, the Bluetooth does support Siri Eyes Free. However, Google Assistant is not included in the package. This intuitive infotainment marvel also lets you press a single button to activate the Voice Command functionality that far surpasses Siri and can even run when CarPlay is activated.

Sound and Music: UConnect uses Voice Command that lets you call text and access music that is stored on your USB stick or your Smartphone. For its 300C model, Chrysler uses Boston Acoustics. The basic models come with this standard audio package and it is capable of producing clean, powerful and balanced acoustics like no other. You have the option of upgrading to the SRT Design-spec 300C which has a touchscreen sat-nav and a speaker system with integral 20GB hard-disk. The in-car audio system doesn’t leave you hanging. It has a pre-loaded Gracenote compact disc database that can be used for conveniently ripping and storing all your favourite tunes from your CDs. The long and short of it? You can enjoy unlimited access to 1600+ tracks with absolutely no need to lug around your iPod. The system also supports 3.5mm external audio sources.

There are several infotainment systems that produce far more advanced acoustics than the UConnect. However, considering how affordable the latter is, we couldn’t possibly fault it. The system uses big drive units located at an optimal distance from the driver and this helps amplify the sound quality. Besides this, the Boston Acoustics package lets you crank up the bass quite significantly without giving in to that lagging effect that some sounds systems have. All in all, the superior acoustics make this sound system a keeper!

Maps and GPS Functionality: UConnect prides itself on partnering with Garmin – manufacturers of the most superior navigation systems in the world. The GPS is loaded with over 6 million points of interest and boast of highly-detailed maps. With the infotainment’s capacitive 8.4-inch screen that is thoroughly responsive, the UConnect makes swiping and zooming practically effortless – a feature that lets you interact with the maps quickly. This means that you can get directions fast without ever taking your eyes off the road. It features lane assist technology that highlights and guides you to the right lane and makes unfamiliar roads that much easier to navigate.

The unparalleled functionality doesn’t end there. You can also enjoy realistic 3D road signs and junctions en route on the display, with arrows that highlight the proper direction to your destination. Besides the turn-by-turn directions that provide personalized voice directions, you can also get your exact coordinates, the nearest intersection and addresses and the closest police stations, hospitals and gas stations.

 

Dodge

Control Method: Dodge models employ an older version of the UConnect interface as seen in Chrysler vehicles. However, the system is nonetheless jam-packed with highly intuitive features that promise you a very pleasurable ride. The UConnect system itself is constantly being evolved to meet safety, security, lifestyle and information needs. The Dodge Charger and Challenger come with either 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreens. Both of these support Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, aux and USB ports and satellite radio. The Journey model, the oldest in Dodge’s line, comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen and is compatible with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, USB ports and Bluetooth plus aux.

To interact with the system, you can use the extra on-screen displays to change vehicle settings. These controls even let you monitor engine data and record your acceleration and brake times. It must be said that the on-screen climate controls aren’t all that user-friendly. To augment the on-screen controls, Dodge provides its drivers with physical buttons as well that some might, perhaps, view as redundant.

Smartphone Integration: The most exciting thing about Dodge’s infotainment system is that your smartphone integrates seamlessly with it and lets you text hands-free and take calls on-the-go. Because the interface supports Apple CarPlay, all you have to do is plug in your iPhone and gain access to Apple Maps and Apple Music – either through the touchscreen or by using Siri to voice your commands. With Android Auto, you can groove to Google Play tunes and enjoy Google Maps, voice recognition and easy touchscreen navigation no matter where you go.

With SiriusXM Guardian, you can lock or unlock your vehicle remotely as well as kick-start the engine. If that wasn’t enough, you can also send destinations from your smartphone to the inbuilt navigation system with unbelievable ease. Even the longest of road trips become a blast with the unlimited number of entertainment options offered by this system. This tech is activated with a single touch letting you access over 150 channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio as well as the latest news, sports updates and the likes.

Sound and Music: With its top-tier sound system, the makers at Dodge pull out all the stops to provide an exhilarating driving experience. It is a self-described brain and brawn interface that combines innovation with state-of-the-art technology. The 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 comes with a standard Sound Group Package that offers a 6-speaker system and a 276-watt amplifier capable of delivering high-quality acoustics. The Sound Group 2 package in certain trims do allow you to access 9-Alpine speakers to elevate an already sublime listening experience. This also includes a 506-watt amplifier and a subwoofer. There is yet another upgrade for those who demand an even more superior listening journey. With the Harman Kardon Premium Sound Group, you can enjoy unsurpassed acoustics created by 18 speakers, two subwoofers and 900-watt amplifiers.

While you can access the standard radio, Dodge has created a few trims that enable access to HD radio stations. With a few models, you can opt to have radio 3.0 in the cab. Along with Apple Music and Google Play, you have the option of streaming over 45 million tracks without interruption, making you a master of the road and a master of your musical experience.

Maps and GPS Functionality: As already mentioned, not only can you activate your vehicle’s engine remotely using your smartphone, you can also send directions directly to the infotainment system using Send & Go as well as easily locate your parked car with the Vehicle Finder app. The intuitive UConnect system receives constant updates as highways, streets, lanes and road infrastructure evolve. This means that the driver gets to enjoy access to up-to-date maps, turn restrictions, address, points of interest and street signage as well as traffic updates.

The 8.4-inch interface can be upgraded to support SiriusXM traffic navigation and travel data. The system is so advanced, in fact, that it can provide routing accuracy, estimated arrival times and be updated should you switch your destination en route – ensuring that you do not waste any time getting to where you need to go. This complex stream of data is so well integrated within the system that interacting with it is child’s play. In addition to what is already a feature-rich navigation interface, you can also avoid idling in traffic jams as UConnect reroutes you quite accurately, thus reducing fuel costs. Rest assured that, every time you get behind the wheel of your Dodge car, you will enjoy an optimized driving experience!

 

Ford

Control Method: Ford’s infotainment system has come miles and miles from its original rendition – the MyFord Touch. While this early version was error-prone and very difficult to navigate through, the current Sync 3 infotainment system features responsive touch screens, voice-command activation and intuitive menus. This enables the user to interact with the system more freely and easily.

The base models feature non-touchscreen AM/FM radio, USB and auxiliary inputs and basic voice command features. However, the stark upgrade in the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system has completely revamped the game. It uses 6.5 or 8-inch interfaces and accommodates satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and other optional navigation functionalities. To augment the touch screen interactivity, Ford’s infotainment comes with physical volume and tuning knobs for your convenience. The interface is also perfect if you want to adjust the climate control settings as well as the heated steering wheel settings quickly.

Smartphone Integration: The Sync 3 has long since proven to be every tech junkie’s dream infotainment system. As mentioned before, it is compatible with Android and Apple smartphones and you can remotely access your vehicle’s features as well as track its location using your phone. You can start, lock, unlock and check the fuel levels easier than ever before with your device. Newer models with the Sync Connect offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot option that lets you connect up to 10 devices simultaneously. This hotspot can be accessed within a 50-feet-radius of the car, letting you browse the internet with immense ease.

While the overall system might not be the most attractive thing out there, it does allow for tremendous user-friendliness as it lets you integrate the AppLink app to things like AccuWeather forecasts and Slacker internet radio. Additionally, with the Sync AppLink, you can launch and interact with all your favourite mobile apps using voice control or swiping through them on the highly responsive touchscreen.

Sound and Music: Long distances and daily commutes fly by with Ford’s innovative and ingenious B&O Play audio system that truly elevates the consumer experience. A team of music specialists at Harman collaborated with Ford to produced refined acoustics over a period of 24 months. To get the audio just right, about 1,200 hours were invested into each vehicle. This has manifested in a next-level custom-tuned audio experience for the driver.

Ford focuses on everything from amplification to speaker placement in order to negate unwanted vibrations, no matter where the listener is seated. The Ford EcoSport features a B&O Play system with 10 speakers and 9 amplified channels – all propelled by a 675-watt digital signal processor. On the other hand, the Ford Expedition uses a B&O Play system with 12 speakers and 10 amplified channels – powered by a 1,100-watt digital signal processor. To any tech-savvy driver, it’s clear that the cleverly devised speaker architecture and measurements (carefully tailored for every Ford model) are what deliver consistently high-quality acoustics.

Maps and GPS Functionality: With the latest Ford navigation system map, locating new roads, points of interest, addresses and street names is a breeze. The regular updates to the GPS system ensure that you can always identify the most efficient routes, thus saving on money and time. The Sync 3 allows you to browse through tons of navigation options, either through voice control or by using the light-tap touchscreen.

To further complement this experience, Ford has partnered with Sygic, a GPS app, that is available to both Android and iOS smartphone users. Using AppLink to seamlessly integrate Sygic to the Sync 3, the driver is able to project navigation apps directly onto the vehicle’s touchscreen from their smartphone. This means that you never have to take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel when receiving turn-by-turn directions.

 

Genesis

Control Method: The Genesis infotainment system is a force to be reckoned with.

With the affordable and bite-sized G80, the driver enjoys an infotainment software that has all the standard features along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The highly responsive and intuitive 8-inch display also gives you the option of adding a 9.2-inch screen that comes with a rotary controller on the centre console. Similar to Hyundai’s Blue Link infotainment system, the G80’s system quickly responds to on-screen touch commands and also displays clean and easy-to-peruse menus that can be easily navigated through with a scroll wheel. This avoids the driver getting distracted from the road in order to interact with it. Overall, the software boasts of a clean and bright display that promises to impress with its clarity, size and user-friendliness.  

Smartphone Integration: The G90 features a 12.3-inch touchscreen and supports AM/FM, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports. The interface is compatible with SiriusXM traffic and travel information and also lets you charge your smartphone wirelessly. The major pitfall here is that it isn’t compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. As previously mentioned, Genesis’s improved infotainment – the G80 – does support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additionally, the G70 doesn’t have a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot or LTE which drastically cuts down on the driver’s ability to stay connected. With the Bluetooth, the driver is able to use Google Assistant and Siri Eyes Free. The primary USB port is located in the lower part of the dash, accompanied by the Aux-In port and the 12-volt socket. Here, you can also find a Qi wireless charging pad with a rubber cover that makes cleaning very easy.

Sound and Music: Coupled with its engineering excellence, Genesis has proven itself to be a music connoisseur by partnering with state-of-the-art audio giant, Lexicon. The Genesis G80 model boasts of an impressive 17-speaker Lexicon system. This premium audio system offers stunning surround-sound acoustics to rival that of a customized theatre, thus giving you unparalleled tonal accuracy. The package comprises of one 100mm mid-range speaker located at the centre front for rich and full tones, one 25mm tweeter to create the highest frequencies on each track, four 80mm mid-range speakers located at the front and rear door to bridge the gap between the tweeter and the bass, four 160mm mid-woofers to send the most optimized sound to every seat and five compact 25mm tweeters that lets you enjoy the full harmonics of your favourite music.

Besides these, the car also comes with two 80mm mid-range speakers on the rear deck, one 250mm Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer and one 900-watt 12-channel amplifier to balance tonal blending and enhance the overall quality of the track.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Genesis has made it easier than ever before for its tech-savvy customers to communicate with their vehicles. You now have access to millions of miles of roads, highways, streets, signages, traffic updates, points of interest and the likes. It is estimated that roads change about 15% every year across North America. With Genesis’ latest and ongoing navigation updates, you can discover the best routes on-the-go, thus facilitating greater familiarity and security no matter where you go.

Besides these, the infotainment system does you one better. You can also view new hotels, restaurants, banks and other such in-demand locations that are constantly shifting. In the long run, not only will you be able to reach your destinations with more efficiency, but you will also save big on fuel.

 

GMC

Control Method: With its state-of-the-art infotainment system, GMC has chosen to follow in the footsteps of Buick and Chevy by offering a rebranded version of the same. You get to enjoy none-too-shabby visuals on a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen display depending on the trim level. Using the myGMC app you can perform a wide range of functions remotely such as locking or unlocking your vehicle, sending destinations to the navigation system, viewing your car’s diagnostic data and locating your vehicle.

To curb the possibility of you getting distracted while driving, you can send texts or make calls while keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. GMC has gone above and beyond to streamline this process even further. Just by pushing a conveniently located button, all you have to do is say the name of any of your phone book’s contacts and the infotainment system dials the number for you. What’s more, via simple voice commands you can also access the Natural Language Voice Recognition that lets you stream unlimited tracks in your playlist and access radio stations without so much as batting an eyelid!

Smartphone Integration: GMC’s system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and lets you carry out several hands-free tasks with your phone. With the built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, stay connected to information, entertainment and people with unbelievable ease. It supports up to seven devices simultaneously and lets you stream music, access your apps and the likes. You can also connect up to ten different Bluetooth-enabled devices – from music players to smartphones.

Because the focal point of this technological phenom is user-friendliness, the system also alerts you of incoming texts, reads them out loud and is even capable of responding by using the system’s pre-programmed database of responses. Using Siri Eyes Free, you can also compose texts and emails via voice commands. This keeps you connected and informed no matter the situation. It gets better. The infotainment system is compatible with SiriusXM that can be activated at the touch of a button. You can quickly access over 120 channels including comedy, sports, news, talk shows, commercial-free music and more!

Sound and Music: Long rides are a drag. GMC’s infotainment system lets the miles fly by without you even realizing. You can enjoy FM, AM, SiriusXM satellite radio as well as tons of international radio stations. The GMC Terrain delivers superb sound quality with the Pioneer Premium Audio System. The 250-watt 8-speaker system boasts of a powerful DSP amplifier that not only creates a tight bass but also produces high-frequency acoustics. The sound is altered between the left and right speakers, creating an immersible and spacious sound environment for all passengers.

Besides that, the system also comes with a 3.5” centre speaker for precise reproduction of vocals, optimally positioned tweeters to smoothly deliver high-frequency sound waves, 6.5” low-mid range speakers to emulate a live sound stage, 6.5” rear full range speakers to guarantee that rear passengers enjoy the same experience and an 8” dual voice coil subwoofer that delivers powerful tones and fresh energetic bass sounds. What more could you ask for?

Maps and GPS Functionality: The GMC infotainment systems come with in-built navigation as an option with a couple of its high-trim models. This intuitive piece of tech lets you access maps from multiple viewpoints, updated traffic information, turn-by-turn driving directions and your most frequently used routes and destinations – all from your car’s touchscreen. The system itself is extremely easy to activate as you can do so by either pushing the Destination button or the on-screen Navigation icon. Not only is the interface customizable, you can also avail of the audio prompt feature so that you never have to take your eyes off the road.

 

Honda

Control Method: Honda is a car brand synonymous with affordability and quality. It’s infotainment system, HondaLink, doesn’t fall too far from the tree in this regard. With the lower trim levels, you can expect to enjoy a 5-inch display. With higher trim levels, 7- or 8-inch touchscreen interfaces are at your disposal. While these systems are quite responsive and easy to use, there is a noticeable lack of physical tuning and volume buttons on most models. However, the Honda Accord has addressed this inconvenience.

Some users do complain that the on-screen graphics (especially on the 7-inch screens) are a little too crude for their liking. The 8-inch screens have more than made up for this shortcoming. They boast of high-resolution and fresher graphics as seen in the tile-based layout in the Odyssey and Accord. However, there are a lot of functions that require you to hop through several menus to be executed. It should be said that there are other features that do help this infotainment save face. The HondaLink can be fully integrated with Pandora internet radio and also provide the option of reading out your texts so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.

Smartphone Integration: The standard version doesn’t offer either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay compatibility. However, higher trim levels rectify this issue. HondaLink lets you enjoy customized assist, service and connectivity features that will make for an extremely pleasurable ride. The HondaLink First Generation lets you seamlessly connect compatible smartphones which means you can access social media, your contacts, music and so much more. On the other hand, with 2014 and later models, you get the HondaLink Next Generation which lends you unlimited access to radio, news, talk and sports stations, podcasts and audiobooks, local listings for coffee and food, and more.

What’s more, the HondaLink app also lets you access tons of your favourite tracks through iHeartRadio. If that isn’t for you, you can always use the several other Live stations or better yet, create a Custom station consisting only of your favourite music – all available at your fingertips!

Sound and Music: Honda believes that the perfect soundtrack makes even the dreariest of rides more exciting. Its 450-watt, 10-speaker premium audio system that comes standard with its Civic Sedan almost lives up to this standard. The Honda Civic Hatchback Turbo has a slightly better infotainment system, however, the acoustic quality is still subpar and it does not include a CD player. If you’d like to enhance your listening experience, the 550-watt 11-speaker premium audio system comes standard on the Elite model.

There are quite some customers who complain about the quality of their stereo in Honda’s factory audio system. The most common amongst these complaints is the fact that the audio quality is mushy, pitchy and weak at best. The best solution to this dilemma is to add a subwoofer to the mix. This will nicely augment the existing system and provide a sturdy foundation for all your favourite tunes. It greatly relieves the small interior speakers from having to take on heavy bass frequencies.

Even a single 10” subwoofer and a 250-watt amplifier would add quite nicely to the overall sound quality. The amplifier will replace the insufficient factory Honda audio speakers to give you a truly mind-blowing acoustic experience.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The HondaLink Navigation app lets you access a comprehensive navigation system right from your compatible smartphone. You can use turn-by-turn navigation and view real-time street navigation to guide you to your destination without any delays. The destination address that you set into your phone shows up on the Display Audio System’s 7” touchscreen. This will let you pinch, swipe or tap your way into new territory.

You can control the app through the button on your steering wheel or through the virtual keyboard. To avoid barring your on-screen view, the keyword vanishes when you’re in motion. The app even comes with a parking mode option that puts a pin on the map so that you can identify your vehicle in a busy parking lot. Perhaps a downside is that the service provides only a limited amount of features with the built-in system. If you want to diversify the available features, you might have to pay a fee of CAD $84.99.

 

Hyundai

Control Method: Hyundai’s BlueLink navigation system is both simple to navigate and attractive to the eye. While it may not be the most sophisticated infotainment system in the market, BlueLink boasts of a sensible layout menu, fast processors and an adequate number of backup analogue controls. It uses a 7” or 8” touchscreen interface depending on the model you invest in. Some describe Hyundai’s touchscreens as not having the flashiest graphics, however, they more than makeup for that in legibility, ease of use and speed.

If you choose to go for a larger screen, you can expect great resolution. The smaller screens that come standard with most Hyundai models are not quite as impressive.

With the 2018 Hyundai Accent, you will get a 5” touchscreen that has auxiliary ports as well as a USB jack to connect your devices to the interface. The 7” touchscreen is a more advanced piece of tech and is offered with SEL and Limited trims. The larger screen also offers SiriusXM satellite radio.

Smartphone Integration: There are a ton of features you can enjoy with BlueLink. The infotainment system is compatible with AM/FM, Bluetooth, satellite radio, auxiliary and USB connectivity and also offers optional navigation. The USB port itself is located on the back of the center console, allowing the driver easy access. Every Hyundai model supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Most users have confirmed that the Auto and CarPlay integrations are phenomenal and that the built-in navigation is very convenient to interact with. On certain higher trim models, you can enjoy wireless phone charging as well.

Hyundai offers users free software updates that are available through myhyundai.com. These updates allow the user to access a do-it-yourself feature for smartphone integration, thus expanding the availability of the multimedia system. This makes for a more layered and enjoyable ownership experience.

Sound and Music: When accessing your playlists, podcasts and radio stations, there’s nothing more important than outstanding acoustic quality. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV crossover knows how to perform as promised! Different available models will naturally vary ever so slightly in sound quality. The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe XL Ultimate, Luxury and Limited (all these come with an 8” HD touchscreen and 12 speakers in the standard version) and the Santa Fe Sport 2.4L Luxury (comes with an 8” HD touchscreen and 12 speakers in the standard version) are great options for those drivers looking for a premium sound quality experience.

If, however, you looking to be a little more cost-cautious and are willing to skimp a little on sound quality, you could opt fo any of the remaining 2018 Sante Fe XL and Sport models.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Given that you lead a very travel-intensive lifestyle, you rely heavily on your navigation system to get you places – fast! This is why it’s very important to stay abreast of map updates to enjoy the best experience. Studies show that roads and places of interest change roughly around 15% every year. When you have the latest maps on hand, you can save time by taking the most optimal routes. In the long-run, this bodes very well for your fuel consumption!

With Hyundai, you can download the latest map versions as and when they are made available. Map updates usually occur a couple times a year. You can gain access to thousands of kilometres worth of new roads, over 700,000 restaurants and 7 million points of interest. You will also be able to avail of other nifty features such as an enhanced user interface, updated junction views, detours, signages and so much more. However, these updates are available for select models only. You will have to visit the official website to know whether your car qualifies.

 

Infiniti

Control Method: The Infiniti QX30 offers a 7” touch screen with its standard version. The QX80, on the other hand, offers an 8” HD display. The QX50, Q60 and Q50 all boast of a dual-screen system that has the 8” display as the upper touchscreen and the 7” display as the lower touchscreen. All Infiniti models come with a jog dial to augment their touch support features. Depending on what you’re comfortable with, you never have to take your eyes off the road when interacting with the system.

Most users are very happy with Infiniti’s single screen systems and do not report any major issues. However, they have stated that the navigation graphics, in particular, are a bit dated. Additionally, the in-built functionality is not as impressive as the company makes it out to be. When assessing the dual screen interface, the lower screen features crisp graphics, while the upper screen is somewhat lacking. All in all, the Infiniti infotainment system does seem to be lagging behind a pace or two compared to its more advanced rivals.

Smartphone Integration: Perhaps the biggest drawback with this infotainment system is that it doesn’t support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Owing to the lack of this major feature, it puts Infiniti’s system way behind its counterparts. It is compatible with basic FM/AM/satellite radio and Bluetooth. The standard versions come with auxiliary connectivity and a USB port.

With the Bluetooth hands-free phone system, you have the freedom to receive and make calls on the go. This is a great feature as it allows for better accessibility, greater convenience and safer communications. To know which models and trims offer this particular feature, you will have to visit the official website. All in all, Infiniti is aware of its shortcomings and is taking steps to catch up with the competition. Recently, it revealed plans to release a top-of-the-line system in its next-gen cars somewhere around 2020.

Sound and Music: Infiniti’s audio system promises to pack a punch. It uses award-winning inventors to completely transform the way you listen to music while on the road.

The Q50 features a Bose performance system that has 16 high-performance speakers, AudioPilot, Centerpoint, Advanced Staging, SurroundStage and Active Sound Management technologies. The Q60 features a similar ensemble with 13 high-performance speakers. The Q70 does you one better. It brings to the table 14 high-performance speakers, TrueSpace signal processing and 5.1 digital signal processing besides the other standard features mentioned above. You also have the option of choosing the 10 speaker package.

With this top-of-the-line acoustic package by your side, you’re sure to have an enjoyable ride!

Maps and GPS Functionality: Infiniti focuses on fuel efficiency – not just about miles per gallon but also how quickly you can get to your destination using the most direct route. A couple of times every year, it updates the navigation system to provide you with the latest addresses, signages, detours, points of interest, roads, restaurants and much more. As highways and streets evolve, your system map does too so that you’re never left in the lurch en route.

Depending on the map update you choose, you can access modified data that will hone the accuracy of your navigation system’s estimated travel times and routing predictions. It uses high-tech lane guidance to help you approach junctions. To pave the way for further convenience, you can use the text-to-speech voice recognition so that you never have to take your eyes off the road.

Infiniti promises functionality and accuracy and helps you avoid unwanted traffic violations.

 

Jaguar

Control Method: Jaguar’s infotainment technology comprises InControl system that has been divided into two models: Touch and Touch Pro. Both models deploy touchscreen navigation method, though the operation may vary slightly as per the car make you choose. The basic Touch system which comes as standard on XE, XF and F-Pace models has an 8-inch display screen flanked by buttons to the right and left for home, navigation, camera, settings and so on. The TouchPro system is more advanced and exciting, expanding to a massive 10.2-inch central display, sans the buttons, and hosting various on-screen buttons along the bottom for you to explore, such as phone, music, navigation, parking assistance and more.

When it comes to driver display, the standard display on Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace models features 2 analogue dials with a colourful 5-inch digital panel in the middle to show driving-related information. You can use your steering wheel controls to modify information in this central panel, as well as customize a lot of other car options, without using the main display at all.

Smartphone integration: You can connect your smartphone through the USB port. Jaguar also supports iPod compatibility and gives you 3.5mm aux input if you wish to connect other hardware. Moreover, you’ll also have regular Bluetooth support for calling.

Jaguar supports Connect and Connect pro connectivity systems that will expose you to more options in case you want to use your smartphone. Through this functionality, you can get remote access to a host of features, such as preconditioning the interior of car remotely, remote lock and unlock etc.

Jaguar doesn’t support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, instead, the brand focuses on using its in-built InControl Apps. The idea is – you need to download the Jaguar app on your phone and when you connect your phone to the car, that provides a bridge to actually use the app. Though it’s a bit restricted than Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can use many InControl apps to enhance your driving experience.

Sound and Music: Jaguar essentially offers 3 sound system options: standard audio which entails 6 speakers, 80W; Meridian sound system which entails 11 speakers and subwoofers, 380W; and Meridian surround sound system comprising of 17 speakers, 825W. The availability of these sound systems is in part tied to the fact whether or not you have Touch Pro or Touch system in your vehicle.

On XF, XJ and F-Pace models, you can also have a TV, given that you have the specified TouchPro version. However, you can watch through the front display only when the vehicle is standing still.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps in Jaguar models shouldn’t be a drawback as all models have some form of navigation. TouchPro models have taken navigation to the next technologically advanced level through Pro navigation feature that lets you enjoy 3D mapping. The TouchPro combined with Connect Pro can make the navigation more engaging – allowing you to view real-time traffic, along with an ability to arrive at the destination and continue through public transport or on foot using the same app.

 

Jeep

Control Method: All Jeep models feature at least 7 and 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 4.  A voice-activated, comprehensive in-dash infotainment system, Uconnect comes either as a factory-installed or dealer-installed option. The level of Uconnect functionality you can access depends on which model of Jeep you have. The Compass, Renegade and new Wrangler all provide 5-inch touchscreen on their base models, with older Uconnect software version 3 which doesn’t support Android Auto or CarPlay. Uconnect system boasts of clear and bright graphics with simple navigation menus and quick response. You’ll love to play around with on-screen climate controls (on Jeep with a 7 and 8.4-inch display), though the automaker also provides buttons for most operations.

Smartphone Integration: Besides standard Bluetooth connectivity, the Uconnect system enables WiFi and mobile hotspots functionality which brings forth utmost convenience when combined with the voice command system. In some newer models, you also get to text hands-free and charge your smartphone wirelessly through the centre console. The latest version of UConnect also supports CarPlay and Android Auto which will expose you to a whole new avenue of exciting features to explore.

Sound and Music: The sound quality of Jeep Uconnect systems is second to none, with Alpine, Beats Audio, Infiniti, Harman Kardon and Boston Acoustics multi-speaker sound systems throughout Chrysler lineup. Many new models even have inbuilt HD sound (besides HD video). The entertainment will be a non-stop event when you have access to a bundle of options such as SiriusXM satellite radio, rear seat dual screen Blu-ray/DVD player, and more.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The maps feature in Uconnect lets you find the points of interest easily and quickly through 3D graphics and a detailed view of cities, terrains and landmarks. The sensor-assisted GPS does a great job in giving you the accurate position of your car – this feature is especially handy when you travel through underground parking garages, tunnels or other areas where GPS signal is highly likely to be obstructed.

 

Kia

Control Method: Kia has a 7 or 8-inch touchscreen on all its models, along with an upgraded UVO3 that integrates the infotainment and telematics system into one interface to ensure the driver stays entertained and informed. Right from the roadside assistance with just a push of a button to 911 Connect in an emergency, Kia is clearly on its way to set a benchmark. The touchscreen is not as feature-rich as some prominent car makers, but it works flawlessly. The 2019 K900 model has a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation as standard, together with a rotary controller to operate the interface.

Smartphone Integration: Bluetooth wireless and USB port connectivity are standard on Kiya. Moreover, every Kia vehicle supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in addition to Pandora internet radio -a feature-set that has turned into more of a necessity than a luxury to have in a car these days. Well, here’s more – hands-free calling and texting, as well as the ability to add your favourite places on the smartphone app to sync with Kiya, and have all your trip info in one place.

Sound and Music: All Kia vehicles are equipped with Infinity’s advanced audio technology to ensure an enjoyable audio experience for all music lovers. The Logic 7 technology gives excellent sound quality in the enclosed environment of a vehicle. Kia Optima has 12 speakers placed in 8 different locations along with 11-channel DSP amplifier for a harmonically rich sound, whereas the Sorento model has 11-channel amplifier comprising 12 speakers in 10 locations to deliver top quality sound.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Kiya UVO includes in-built navigation technology with GPS, Google Maps, voice recognition and SC card feature. Through CarPlay, you can get suggestions on where you want to go, depending on the past addresses in your iPhone.

 

Land Rover

Control Method: An 8-inch touchscreen comes as a standard feature, with optional Land Rover InControl Pro – a 10-inch system with navigation. The Range Rover Velar is equipped with a much-enhanced infotainment system referred to as Touch Pro Duo that flaunts twin 10-inch touchscreens. The function of the lower display is to operate the secondary functions such as seating and climate controls. The dual touchscreen system means you can view and interact with more than one features at the same time, for example using the upper screen for maps navigation while the lower screen is playing your favourite video.

Land Rover also integrates special menus detailing off-roading info such as 4-wheel-drive status and the car’s angle. An impressive addition is a head-up display that lets you keep your eyes on the road whilst driving, projecting transparent driving related info directly on the windscreen.

Smartphone Integration: Land Rover doesn’t support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To compensate for this, Land Rover facilitates 3 features through Connect: InControl Apps that will allow you to use compatible smartphone apps on your car’s touchscreen; 3G Wi-Fi hotspot that will allow other occupants to connect to the internet (up to 8 devices); and Remote Premium that lets you interact with your car from a distance, such as viewing fuel levels, windows, doors etc., and setting the cabin temperature in advance remotely.   

Sound and Music: The Touch Pro integrates Meridian sound system to deliver excellent sound quality through up to 12 speakers and a dual channel subwoofer. Trifield technology blends the surround and centre channels with right and left channels to provide a consistent experience for the occupants. However, this function is available only on selected models. Some other audio features on Touch Pro that are worth mentioning are cabin correction and digital dither shaping.

Land Rover pays equal attention to rear-seat entertainment, encompassing 2 independent 10 or 8-inch screens placed on the front headrest, along with headphones and wireless remotes.  

Maps and GPS Functionality: Navigation Pro is further enhanced by Connect Pro, allowing it to learn the regular routes and update you on the traffic, ETA and other relevant aspects. The graphical interface on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport is boosted immensely through virtual instrument display that ensures you have a high-tech 3D map viewing experience.

 

Lexus

Control Method: The design and interface of Lexus infotainment system exceed the expectations, especially in the LS model that boasts an impressive 12.3-inch centre display, along with a 24-inch head-up display. There is a huge scope for customization, for example, you can customize a particular image to welcome you whenever you hop on the car. The dynamic touchpad and steering-wheel controls are also intuitive and fluid. An optional upgrade is a 10.3-inch display screen operated by Remote Touch Interface, which resembles a mouse controller embedded on the centre console.

Smartphone Integration: Lexus offers AM/FM/satellite radio, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users, USB and auxiliary output and input for Scout GPS app. Just like Toyota’s Entune suite, Lexus has an Enform app suite that allows you to use certain apps that are downloaded on your smartphone. The 2019 ES is the only model that facilitates Apple CarPlay connectivity, but no Android Auto.   

Sound and Music: Lexus promises superb sound experience in all its models through a high-quality premium audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. The ES 350 boasts of a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system that exemplifies hi-end audio quality for music enthusiasts. The higher you go in Lexus models, more improved sound experience you can expect to get from your Lexus car.   

Maps and GPS Functionality: Lexus has a rich infotainment system which is further enhanced through a dynamic navigation feature that monitors the traffic while planning different routes for you, by using onboard connectivity. Besides the standard functionality of providing the users with information on their points-of-interests, it will stay current with new map content.

 

Mazda

Control Method: Starting from the 2018 model year, each new Mazda car is proud is have a 7-inch centre touchscreen, referred to as Mazda Connect by the automaker. There is also a rotary knob on the centre console, apart from the touch interface, that can be used to operate the system. The entire infotainment system has been found to be fairly responsive to the inputs, with sharp graphics and fluid navigation features. However, one thing that may put off ardent car lovers is that once the car is on the move, all the touch controls will be locked out, leaving you to use the Command Controller knob or voice commands instead.    

Smartphone Integration: AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB ports, Stitcher internet radio, and support for Aha, Pandora are some standard features on Mazda. Optional features include navigation and satellite radio which you can get based on the trim level. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable on all Mazda models, but fortunately, the automaker is now planning to introduce support for both these systems on its 2018 Mazda6.   

Sound and Music: Mazda ensures uninterrupted music experience for occupants through AHA radio, Stitcher radio, Bluetooth audio, AM/FM radio, CD player, Aux and USB mode. Automatic Level Control is a remarkable feature that adjusts the sound quality and audio volume as per the speed of your car. The AutoPilot Bose sound system will continuously adjust the audio settings to cancel the background noise while taking into account the vehicle speed. To ensure a more spacious and wider sound field, Mazda integrates Bose surround sound functionality that converts stereo signals from existing radio, MP3s or CDs to achieve precision in sound quality.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Keeping up with advanced technologies, Mazda allows you to enjoy 3D views of cities and landmarks. Primary features of the Mazda navigation system include on-screen speed limit, traffic patterns depending on historical data, and an advance alert on the right driving lanes and upcoming exits. Moreover, Mazda Connect also provides map updates for three years –  beginning when your car has travelled 63 miles with SD card inserted.

 

Mercedes

Control Method: Mercedes uses the Comand infotainment system which may slightly vary in different versions based on the model range and age of each car. The system has a dashboard-mounted display which is operated through a touchpad and scroll wheel. While more affordable Mercedes models such as A-Class, B-Class and C-Class have a free-standing iPad-like display, the upmarket makes such as the S-Class and E-Class come with a slick built-in setup featuring a pair of 12.3-inch display screens. The menu structure is logical, making the navigation simpler through rotary dial and touchpad.

All the future Mercedes models will be using a more technologically advanced touchscreen system called MBUX that uses 7 or 10.25-inch screens, together with impressive voice controls.

Smartphone Integration: Comand system offers USB, Bluetooth and Auxiliary connectivity, in conjunction with Satellite/AM/FM radio. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported as well. Wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi hotspots are optional features though.    

Sound and Music: Many Mercedes cars such as CLA have a Harmon Kardon Logic 7 stereo that features maximum audio output of 450 watts. The entire system consists of tweeters, subwoofers and a DSP amplifier, along with 12 speakers in different locations in the vehicle, so that everyone in the vehicle can fully enjoy a high-quality sound.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Most Mercedes vehicles integrate GPS tracking system, and a hard drive for storing points of interests, maps and so on. The maps are generally in 3D view to deliver a more realistic view of the route. You can even choose to integrate the navigation aspect into the car’s audio system for receiving detailed voice instructions. Some other features include optional lane recommendations, alert on highway signs and exit ramps.

 

Mitsubishi

Control Method: For most of its lineup, Mitsubishi provides a standard 7-inch touchscreen that can be operated through the touchpad positioned on the centre console. The menus are straightforward, though the response time is a little sluggish. Mid-grade versions of Outlander Sport feature a 6.5-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.   

Smartphone Integration: Mitsubishi offers the FUSE hands-free link with Bluetooth system so that you can make phone calls as well as control music through a simple voice command. The FUSE system has an advanced speech recognition software embedded into it, which lets you link more than one phone with the system, thus multiple people can get their voice recognized to use the command.

Sound and Music: With Mitsubishi, the best sound system is 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium that comes with a 10-inch dual voice coil subwoofer, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, Dolby Volume, DTS Neural Surround and Digital Signal Processing.

Maps and GPS Functionality: If you have a model with a 7-inch touchscreen, you’ll get to have a 3D touch-based navigation system that displays road speed limits, expanded points-of-interests, and real-time traffic updates; yearly map updates are offered as well. It’s all free, meaning you don’t have to spend on subscriptions.

 

Nissan

Control Method: Nissan offers a variety of infotainment systems depending on the car model, for example, standard models such as Versa, Titan/Titan XD, and Frontier have a 5-inch touchscreen, whereas other models such as Versa Note, Kicks and Rogue come with 7-inch screens. Some cars such as Maxima, Armada and Pathfinder have an 8-inch screen as a standard feature. NissanConnect infotainment system which is available in most new models is simple and easy to use, even for those who are not very tech savvy. Apart from the steering mounted controls, the system also works smoothly with voice commands, allowing you to use most apps just by talking to your car.

Smartphone Integration: Only a handful of Nissan cars come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, such as the Kicks, Murano (optional), GTR, Leaf (optional), Rogue and Maxima (optional). The 370Z lineup comes with a basic CD/FM/AM system with a couple of added features, aside from Auxiliary and Bluetooth connectivity.  The 2019 Altima is expected to have an 8-inch touchscreen (as a standard feature), with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Google Assistant voice, Siri Eyes Free, Satellite radio and Bluetooth – navigation is going be an optional feature.

Sound and Music: The sound quality of basic AM/FM/CD is good, though you can go for Single DIN (2-inch tall) or double-DIN (4 inches tall) aftermarket models. The Nissan Altima has an optional Bose Premium audio system – a 9-speaker audio system with a Bose amplifier which strategically spreads sound in the cabin.      

Maps and GPS Functionality: Navigation is optional in many Nissan cars, which doesn’t make much of difference if you have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The Nissan GT-R makes navigation a breeze through its 8-inch touchscreen with various special displays showcasing car and engine related data. The cars with NissanConnect system can avail the benefits of built-in map system and SiriusXM traffic that provides real-time route and traffic avoidance info to ensure a calmer, safer drive.    

 

RAM

Control Method: RAM uses Uconnect infotainment system which is one of the most responsive and easiest ones to use in the market currently. The 2019 RAM 1500 has a 5-inch touchscreen as standard, and you’ll also love the 8.4-inch touchscreen available in step up models. The new RAM 1500 has a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system that impresses, attracting comparison to the Tesla’s tablet-like infotainment display. It’s responsive and lightning fast, with a crisp and bright screen, making driving I. Since it is essentially 2 of 8.4-inch screens combined together, the system can display 2 apps simultaneously, however not like the integrated navigation and Apple Carplay at once.        

Smartphone Integration: The 2019 RAM 1500 offers USB and Auxiliary inputs, as well as AM/FM. The system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen which is standard on the Laramie model, but optional on Rebel and Big Horn, comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, in addition to satellite radio. Hands-free calling and voice text reply features are pretty awesome, though voice texting is not compatible with iPhone.

Sound and Music: The availability of SiriusXM Satellite Radio enables you to enjoy more than 150 channels, encompassing news, comedy, entertainment, commercial-free music and a lot of other programming. Using Bluetooth Streaming audio, you can link up to 10 smartphones to your car, and prioritize as per your desires.

Maps and GPS Functionality: Navigation is a piece of cake with RAM’s infotainment system that will guide you to your destination through sensor-assisted GPS technology. With SiriusXM Travel Link, you can get in-depth weather information such as weather maps, 5-day forecasts, storm alerts, fuel prices in the area, sports scores and a lot more.

 

Subaru

Control Method: Subaru uses StarLink smart access platform in all its models, with touchscreen sizes varying as per the car model. Depending on the Subaru car you want to buy, you can choose from 6.4-inch, 8-inch, 6.2-inch, 7-inch, and 6.1-inch infotainment system. The infotainment system with a 6.5-inch multi-gesture, high-resolution touchscreen has an intuitive swipe and scroll function. On higher trim levels, Subaru offers a voice-activated GPS system, as well as a Harman Kardon amplifier and speaker.    

Smartphone Integration: Almost all models of Subaru have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features, as part of StarLink system; BRZ is an exception. The Premium models have a 6.2-inch display that offers Auxiliary and USB ports, CD player, Bluetooth, connectivity for Aha, Stitcher and Pandora Internet Radio, and satellite radio. The 7 and 8-inch touchscreens have more integrated apps, such as iHearRadio and Stitcher Internet radio, Glympse social navigation, Yelp and eBird.   

Sound and Music: In 6.5-inch screens, a 4-speaker set is standard for base trim levels, whereas a 6-speaker set can be found on higher trim levels for select models. With the 6.2-inch system, you’ll have a lot of options to stay entertained, including iPod/USB integration, Bluetooth streaming audio and AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA, and a free 3-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.   

Maps and GPS Functionality: The responsiveness of maps in 7-inch infotainment system is beyond impressive. You can select horizontal or vertical map view as per your preference, as well as use the compass there to add value to your navigation experience. Other features that you’ll love to use while driving includes updated traffic-related alerts pertaining to your route, a walkthrough of the route in advance, and finding places of interests nearby such as restaurants, gas stations etc. You can activate the voice command button on your steering wheel to get turn by turn voice-commands.

 

Tesla

Control Method: As you probably already know, Tesla is “next generation” in everything it does, and the same is true when it comes to its car infotainment system. Living up to the brand’s stellar reputation, Tesla Model X and Model S rely on a whopping 17-inch screen for most of their control options which looks like a massive piece of tech. Through its latest model 3, the brand has upped the ante by getting rid of the traditional gauge cluster and using a centre 15-inch screen for many secondary vehicle functions, including even the mirror position, wipers and lights – now that’s something most Tesla’s counterparts would like to aspire for.

The interface is as awesome as it can be, allowing you the flexibility of either using the entire screen just for one app, or splitting it vertically to display many apps and even swap the apps, top to bottom. Want to listen to your favourite tracks while navigating through the map on the same screen? Tesla has you covered.

Smartphone Integration: Model X and Model S have Bluetooth, built-in web browser, 2 USB ports and FM and HD radio; no AM radio like most electric cars. Neither of these systems, however, support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Thanks to the bigger size, all menus for actions like hands-free calling are clear, bold and big to ensure drivers’ convenience.   

Sound and Music: Tesla has equally impressive multimedia playback, allowing you to play tunes from your smartphone or mass storage devices, stream music via TuneIn radio and numerous other internet radio stations. Model S comes with a 7-speaker array for a base price, though you can upgrade to Ultra High Fidelity Sound package – a 12-speaker combination including 8” subwoofer that delivers remarkable sound quality to each individual in the cabin. For a richer sound, you can always go for more powerful amps. What this means is that if you go for pano roof, you’ll have a different setup than another individual who has a solid roof.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The navigation is made simpler and easier through Google Maps across the gigantic tablet-like screen. Swiping around the map is a breeze through multi-touch support, whereas other activities like zooming in and out feel like working on those fancy, extremely high-tech machines.

 

Toyota

Control Method: Like Nissan, Toyota has a great variety in its infotainment systems as per the model. Many models have 7 or 6.1-inch touchscreens, such as Corolla, Yaris, Prius, Highlander, Tundra and Tacoma, whereas the 86 and C-HR have only 7-inch screens. The Sequoia, Prius C and 4Runner have a 6.1-inch touchscreen only, and the Land Cruiser has a massive 9-inch display. The in-built Toyota Entune infotainment system has been designed to integrate the functionality of a smartphone into the centrally mounted touchscreen display.

The Toyota Yaris iA is an exception and uses MazdaConnect infotainment system (based on the Mazda2). Another exception is Toyota Prius Prime that has a 7-inch display as standard, but also offers a portrait-style 11.6-inch touchscreen as an optional upgrade on some trim levels.

Smartphone Integration: Many newer Toyota models are available with Entune 3.0 – an updated version of infotainment system that introduces a wider feature-set comprising Bluetooth, AM/FM and USB and auxiliary inputs. Some upgraded models have added more features such as Scout GPS navigation through a connected smartphone, and satellite radio. With Entune app on your connected smartphone, you can gain access to apps such as NPR One, Pandora, and Slacker. No Toyota vehicle supports Android Auto, and the Corolla hatchback with an 8-inch touchscreen as standard is the first and only model to facilitate Apple CarPlay support.    

Sound and Music: Who doesn’t love the deep vibrations and amazing clarity of sound while cruising through the open road? Toyota adds more to this experience by introducing JBL sound quality in all of its vehicles; Camry features a revolutionary Clari-Fi music restoration technology, with 8-speaker set and 800W amplified power, whereas Tundra has a massive 12-speaker set with 8-channel DSP AMP and 440W amplified power. The Land Cruiser integrates exceptional off-road prowess and delivers engaging sound to occupants, through its amazing JBL Synthesis 7.1 Surround sound, 14-speakers set, 605W amplified power and 11-channel DSP AMP technology.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The Scout GPS Link is an improved version of the previous one, introducing helpful features such as by-the-turn directions and local searches. By upgrading to Entune 3.0 Premium Audio system, you can get access to additional features such as Dynamic Navigation and Remote Connect, so you don’t have to worry when you are on to exploring every nook and cranny of the destination city. What’s more, you’ll also enjoy having access to Sirius XM, Siri Eyes Free, The Weather/Traffic Suit, and an advanced voice recognition feature.  

 

Volkswagen

Control Method: Volkswagen has attempted not to fall behind its counterparts in the infotainment realm through the introduction of touch-screen system as standard in all new models. The newer 8 and 6.5-inch displays are crisp, bright and effortless to use whilst driving, with fast response time. Especially the 8-inch display is quite easy to view and serves its purpose of making navigation easier well. In models with Digital Cockpit (E-Golf, 2019 Jetta and Golf R), you have the freedom to completely avoid the infotainment screen, and move to a full-colour digital cluster to gain useful information right in your sightline.

Smartphone Integration: The models with 6.5-inch touchscreen provide Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, along with Bluetooth, USB and Auxiliary connectivity. The 8-inch version adds a satellite radio and CD Player, and there is an optional upgraded version providing built-in navigation. Using Car-Net App-Connect which is available on select models, you can access certain smartphone apps right from the dashboard, such as messaging, music, maps and more.

Sound and Music: Volkswagen has teamed up with Fender in select vehicles to enhance drivers’ road trip music experience. The Beetle models have the Fender Premium Audio system that consists of 400 watt of power and 9 speakers, which delivers uncompromised clarity at high or low volumes, detailed mid-range tones, and a powerful bass response – the perfect recipe to create raw emotions of a live performance. The front dual-voice coil speakers cut through the noise or other distractions, providing you with excellent sound quality.

Maps and GPS Functionality:  The Car-Net system has an integrated satellite navigation functionality that will make it easy for you to get around. The mapping system will give you live weather and traffic updates, closest gas station alerts, sports scores, and much more. SiriusXM is also available with a 3-month trial to provide drivers with effortless entertainment experience.

 

Volvo

Control Method: Sensus touchscreen infotainment system, which is a standard on all new Volvo models, features a 9-inch portrait-style touchscreen stationed on the dashboard. The platform is intuitive and gives all basic functions on the home screen for drivers’ convenience. An optional head-up display and voice control enables you to keep your eyes on the road. The overall design is clutter-free, with an easy-to-use and intuitive interface. Most vehicle functions such as car settings, climate control etc. can be controlled through Sensus.

Smartphone Integration: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard features across the XC90 lineup. Other standard features include Aux input, Bluetooth phone and audio, USB and voice command; 4G LTE and mobile wi-fi are optional.

Sound and Music: Each Volvo vehicle has a state-of-the-art audio system that delivers the finest quality of sound. The Sensus Connect System on the 2018 XC60 features a premium sound system by Bowers and Wilkins comprising 15 separate loudspeakers, 1400W output and a 10-channel amplifier, which means you are sure to have an immersive sound quality while listening to your favourite music on the go.

Maps and GPS Functionality: The Sensus Navigation feature can be operated using the steering wheel or voice controls, with road directions shown conveniently on the large touchscreen. With in-car apps that come as part of Navigation suite, you can share your location with family and friends, locate the best parking spot, find a coffee place in the city, and send the destination from your phone to your car (using Volvo On Call app). Additional benefits include real-time traffic information, free map updates and an ability to synch meeting destination from the personal calendar with the navigation.

What To Look For When Purchasing A New Vehicle?

2018 is veering its end and many are already looking forward to purchasing a brand new 2019 vehicle. In the past decade alone, we have seen an immense amount of new technology and features being rolled out every year. From infotainment systems to vehicles that drive themselves, it’s no surprise that many anticipate the next year of vehicles and the features they will have to offer. Aside from new, futuristic features and aesthetic upgrades, the price is another proponent a plethora of individuals take into consideration when purchasing a new vehicle. Our dealer invoice reports can help provide you with the best possible deal so you can get behind the wheel of your much-deserved new vehicle.

Many allocate a budget for their new vehicle and have a general idea of what they are looking for (i.e., infotainment system, drive-type, heated seats, etc.). When looking for a new vehicle, there are many factors to keep into consideration. Whether you are looking to drive the car for a year or for the next 10, there are key aspects that you should look at.

 

Affordability

It’s no surprise, a new vehicle is a large purchase. Our report can help you save a good amount on your new vehicle to help alleviate some of the stress associated with parting with a large amount of your hard earned money. Veering away from the initial cost of the vehicle, there are monthly costs associated with any and every one. Insurance, fuel economy, and maintenance of long-term costs you must consider prior to purchasing a new vehicle. The vehicle may cost less upfront, but could potentially possess higher insurance rates or a higher frequency for maintenance. Certain vehicles (mainly luxury and sports vehicles) require a higher octane when it comes to gas. The difference may seem minuscule at the pump, however, the cost can add up. Ensure you are fully aware of, not only the initial cost of the vehicle but the long-term costs associated with it as well.

 

Reliability

When you are making such a large purchase, the last thing you want is for everything to come crashing down. Prior to purchasing your new vehicle, do some research and see what existing owners of the vehicle are saying. Reliability is a huge factor and essentially, it is what determines how long your car will last and it’s ability to get you from point A to point B. If owners of the vehicle you are looking to purchase and discussing the barrage of issues they are facing, it may be worth investing your hard-earned money in a more reliable vehicle.

 

Safety

Safety is a critical factor when it comes to purchasing a new vehicle. Whether you drive solo or you are carrying precious cargo daily, safety is extremely important. Safety in vehicles has certainly come a long way in the past decade alone which vehicles boasting features such as blind spot detection, lane departure warning, rear-view cameras, and many more. Prior to rolling out, all vehicles must pass standardized safety tests which will determine whether or not they are safe for the roads and for the consumers. Since all cars that are on the road have passed these tests, they are all deemed safe. Do consider, however, the technology associated with safety. Many new vehicles come equipt with a vast amount of safety technology and it is imperative to familiarize yourself with it in the event you require it.

 

Functionality

Many Canadians spend a good amount of time in their vehicles. From long drives to simply sitting in traffic during rush hours, cars tend to become a second home. If you are someone who does copious amounts of driving, whether by yourself or with others, you want to ensure your new vehicle is functional and provides comfort (just not TOO much, you don’t want to fall asleep behind the wheel!). Infotainment systems, heated seats/steering, vast interior space, and interactive technology are some components that relate to vehicles overall functionality.

 

Drive-type

Many sacrifice drive-type if the vehicle they are looking to purchase possesses all of the components outlined above, however, this does not mean it should be disregarded. A vehicles drive-type correlates substantially to its ability to perform in various road conditions. For example, a rear-wheel drive vehicle exudes high power and speed, however, they are not ideal for winter conditions. On the other hand, 4-wheel drive vehicles perform exceptionally well in poor conditions, however, they tend to cost more. Determining the best drive type for you depends on where you live, the typical climate, when you do the most driving, and your budget.

Looking for a new vehicle takes time and research and for good reason, it is one of the largest purchases you will make. With new 2019 models rolling out, it’s important to ensure the vehicle you want has all the components necessary to keep you satisfied.

Can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a new 2019 vehicle? You don’t have to! Contact us today and we will help you get that new ride AND save you money!

Ice Removal Tips to Ensure Winter Doesn’t Get the Best of your Vehicle

You just got your brand new car and leveraged your car cost report to save you money on your new purchase – you couldn’t be happier! Summer has come and gone and now you’re wondering how well your brand new car is going to handle this winter. Snow on the ground, freezing cold weather, and salt everywhere. We know how it goes, every morning is a struggle to get rid of the ice that had just built up overnight.

The biggest nuisance of owning a car in the tough winters of Canada is dealing with the ice that seems to build up anywhere on your car that it can. Your windshield, headlights, and mirrors seem to build a coat of ice, right after you’ve taken the last coat off. If you are parking outdoors for long periods of time, the accumulation of ice can be daunting to take off. Aside from the laborious task of chipping away at all that ice, getting a workout just to make sure your vehicle is safe to drive, it can also be very time-consuming. Check out our ice-free car tips to help you save time and energy this winter!

 

Morning Ice Removal

 

The first and most practical tip is simple: always keep a reliable windshield scraper in your car. Windshield scrapers are equipped with two sides, one for cracking and shaving ice off of the glass and another that acts as a brush to clean off any excess snow or ice off your vehicle. It’s well worth investing in one of these brushes as it is a major contributor to getting rid of ice and snow that builds up on your vehicle.

An extremely simple but effective way of melting off snow and ice off of your car is by making a DIY spray. Mixing 3 parts vinegar and 1 part warm water creates a solution that is perfect for melting and preventing ice from building up on your vehicle. Simply pour and watch the ice melt away!

If you’ve got more time on your hands, you can always blast the heater using the windshield feature, the ice on your windshield will melt off slowly but surely. This method takes a lot longer but is effortless on your end. This method typically works best if you have a remote start, which many new vehicles can allow for; this allows for your car to defrost without you having to physically wait for it to do so.

 

Overnight Ice Removal 

 

An effective ice removal hack is to place a large plastic sheet or any waterproof cover across your windshield overnight. This simple hack helps you to reduce the amount of time it takes to get the snow off of your windshield. Just pull the sheet off of your windshield and you’re good to go!

If placing the sheet over your windshield isn’t right for you, we suggest you park your car facing east at night. By doing this we leverage mother nature’s strengths, the sun rises in the east so your windshield will naturally be getting a sun shower. On cloudy and dark days this won’t work but we suggest doing it anyway and hoping for some sun to shine through.

 

Frozen car door or handles

 

We’ve all been there, you’re running late and can’t spare any more time. You hurry out to your car and try to get in but your door is frozen shut. The best way to combat this common Canadian problem is to spray some cooking spray or WD-40 the night before. Spraying either of the two on the rubber seals that outline your door will ensure that you’re able to get into your car tomorrow morning, worry-free.  

If you find that it is not only your door but your car handle is frozen as well, simply use some hand sanitizer to defrost your handles! It even works if your keyhole is frozen as well, put some sanitizer onto your key and it’ll slide right in!

 

Our tips and tricks will help ensure a safe ride for you and your family! Your brand new car should be treated well and used to get you around town safely and secure.

 

Contact us today to find more ways to save money on your brand new ride!

 

Best Bang for your Buck Car Deals this Winter

When it comes to looking for a new vehicle, there are several things that are important to take note of: how the car functions and fits with your needs as a driver, the longevity of the vehicle, and price. Now that winter is here and the end of the year is quickly approaching, 2019 models are officially rolling out. This means that there are potential car deals for 2018 models, perfect for those looking for a new car with a great price tag attached.

In addition to car deals coming out, Car Cost Canada is able to provide even further rebates with its service! With accessibility to dealer reports, you are able to see the rebates, discounts, and the value of the vehicle you want, broken down for a better understanding. Utilizing our report allows you to negotiate a price with dealers that are cost-friendly to you – which is why combining that with potential car deals will create great savings for you.

Keep reading to learn about the vehicles that have great rebates and have great benefits:

 

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is decked out with a luxurious cabin experience; standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and pending on the version of the car you’re looking for, leather-wrapped interior seating is common. The spaciousness of the vehicle seats 5 and the back seats recline up to 12 degrees. With the rear seats folded, the back can offer 1,934L of cargo space. There is a variety of technology that is combined into the system and provides integration of multimedia functions and key driving and vehicle information. Lastly, this vehicle offers the keyless push to start and go button, pushing for driver convenience.

Since this is a bigger vehicle in size, it provides further convenience for the winter because it will be a stronger vehicle to push through the snowstorms.

 

2018 Hyundai Tucson

This vehicle provides an influx of technological capabilities such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay that allows for an effortless integration of your phone applications. Like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it has the push button to start and has customizable interiors that include heated seating. Since it is a smaller car, there is less space but even with that being said, the rear seats folded still provide cargo space of 1,754L.

When it comes to the performance of the vehicle, there is technology integrated to help with safety precautions such as hill-start assist control and downhill-brake assistance – which prevents unwanted movements and provides consistent speed in various conditions. This is helpful in the winter where there are already slippery roads but you are able to have this type of integrated tech to further ensure the safety of you as a driver and your passengers.

 

2018 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is an awarding winning mid-size sedan. With built-in technology of blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, there are a multitude of safety features that assist the driver. There is also a screen component that provides rear camera display.

The Optima uses more than 50% Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) and the hot-stamping of components in 16 core stress areas boosts the body structure for better driving dynamics and quieter rides. This vehicle is a front-runner for convenience and built-in safety, which becomes helpful in the winter as the stressful weather can become dangerous.

 

2018 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is known for being a great balance between sport and utility. It is a well-equipped car with great built-in features that prove to be an impressive choice. Similar to the Kia Optima, the Toyota RAV4 has safety tech that is similar but they all fall under the umbrella of a system called Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The TSS comprises of technology that helps the driver’s awareness, decision making, and vehicle operating.

When it comes to the exterior, it has a sport and aerodynamic feel that balances the function with form. Body panels are honed out to smooth out airflow and the stabilizing fins and shark fin antennas help to reduce highway turbulence.

 

Overall, each of these vehicles has great features and allows for driver and passenger comfortability while utilizing it. With the year ending, each of these cars has cash rebates and deals that put them at unbelievable prices and using Car Cost Canada, you are able to find further rebates and deals that will push for a bargain while you find a car that fits for you!

Contact our team today to learn about how you can use our site to find the best price for your new vehicle!

Rear-Wheel-Drive and Winter Weather: How to Safely Get Through the Harsh Elements of the Season

The winter weather has already covered some places in Canada and for those who haven’t been visited by slush and snow yet, it is just around the corner. The transition from fall to winter is one of the most critical transitions for your car. There is a lot of preparation required in order to ensure optimal safety in the harshest season. For many, winter means bringing out that economical SUV and storing away that beast of a sports car. For some, however, they prefer to drive their fast ride all-year-round. A lot of sports vehicles are equipt with RWD (Rear-Wheel-Drive). Although RWD boasts incredible performance in the summer, it’s not ideal in winter conditions. Rear wheel drive vehicles are typically cheaper when compared to AWD (all-wheel-drive), FWD (front-wheel-drive), and 4WD (four-wheel-drive) and typically provide the most power. For these reasons, RWD vehicles are still widely considered and purchased across Canada when one is looking for a powerful new vehicle for a good deal.

Most sports and performance vehicles are equipt with rear-wheel-drive. With a RWD vehicle, the power is transferred from the back two wheels, providing substantial power. Whilst they offer speed, performance, and a smooth drive, they are not the ideal drive type in the winter. RWD vehicles tend to fishtail which can lead to spinouts on the road. However, it’s important to keep in mind that RWD vehicles aren’t useless in the harsh winter weather. As a matter of fact, all vehicles were once rear-wheel-drive, prior to the days of high-end, great traction tires. A majority of cabs and law enforcement vehicles still use rear-wheel-drive in today’s day and age. Although not ideal, RWD vehicles can still perform in the winter; they simply require a little more care when facing the brutal winter elements.

 

Winter tires are essential

Winter tires provide significantly more traction than all-season or summer tires and while it’s important to put them on any vehicle, it’s especially important when it comes to a RWD vehicle. Rear-wheel-drive vehicles tend to lose traction quite easily, ergo, having tires with increased traction can help reduce the chances of fishtailing. Typically, winter tires should be put on when temperatures reach 0 and ideally before any snowfall hits. In Canada (with the exception of Quebec), it is not illegal to not have winter tires on your vehicle throughout the season, however, it is highly recommended as a safety precaution.

 

Have extra weight in the back of your vehicle

Fishtailing is the main downfall of RWD vehicles in less than ideal weather and while it cannot always be prevented, it can be minimized. Often times, those who drive their RWD vehicles all year-round find that adding extra weight to the back of their vehicle can minimize the effect of fishtailing. Adding extra weight to the back of your vehicle can help evenly distribute weight throughout the entire car. Cinder blocks and bags of sand are efficient in providing a good amount of weight to distribute throughout your vehicle. Although you may have to sacrifice some trunk space or your back seats for a few months, it really does help when it comes to reducing the effects of the dreaded fishtail.

 

Slow it down

Rear-wheel-drive vehicles are typically known for their performance. Many sports and racing vehicles are equipt with RWD because it offers the most power in correlation to speed and performance when compared to other types of drivetrains. In the warmer months when the roads are free from slush, snow, and ice, RWD exude powerful performance, however, in the winter months, it’s important to slow down. When driving a high-performance sports vehicle, it’s tempting to utilize all its power, however, this can be especially dangerous in the winter. High rates of speed can cause the tires to spin out and if traction is broken, skidding is inevitable. Take your time, ease off the gas, and avoid high rates of speed. No matter what vehicle you drive, taking it slow is essential, especially in winter!

 

Understand your vehicle

You just purchased your new RWD vehicle. You scored a great deal using our dealer invoice reports and you are elated. You cannot wait to get your new vehicle on the road, but before you do, it’s best to fully understand how it works. Before you get in your new RWD vehicle and hit the highway for an hour-long commute in the dead of winter, take your vehicle for a short spin around the block or to an empty parking lot. Provided you are in a controlled area where you cannot hurt yourself or others (i.e., an empty parking lot), practice skidding, accelerating, and braking. Knowing how your vehicle moves in these instances and what to can vastly improve your confidence and safety on the road as the driver of a RWD vehicle. It takes time to fully understand how your new vehicle works, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t getting the hang of it just yet. Understanding how to maneuver a RWD takes research and practice, but once you get into the swing of things, the differences will start to seem minimal.

 

Although RWD vehicles are not known as “winter-made vehicles”, you can still safely commute in them provided you follow the steps outlined above. Choosing a RWD vehicle and doing so with our dealer invoice report can save you a significant amount of money and come the warmer months, you won’t want to drive anything else!

 

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Get the Most Out of Your Vehicle Lease

Deciding whether to lease or finance a new car is a dilemma car buyers face quite often. Car shoppers have long seen leasing as nothing more than a complicated style of renting due to the lack of ownership of the vehicle and restricted mileage. However, there are several favourable perks to leasing a car. Lower monthly payments and in often cases, better cash incentives are starting to win over consumers across Canada. Sacrificing mileage for lower monthly payments is a tradeoff that many consider, especially if you live in a big city, such as Toronto or Vancouver and drive a short distance in your day to day life.

Purchasing a vehicle is one of the largest purchases one makes, ergo, it’s not something one needs to rush into. Leasing a vehicle provides you with the freedom of knowing that you are not committed the vehicle at hand if you are not fully satisfied with it. Leasing is especially favourable amongst car enthusiasts who look to have the newest and best model without spending an arm and a leg. Depending on your individual needs, leasing may be the best option for you when it comes to your next new vehicle.

We’ve gone ahead and derived 3 money saving tips for you to apply on your new lease, check it out!

Figure out what leasing is all about

Before being able to snag a great deal on a lease, you need to know the difference between leasing and financing a brand new car.

The common misconception about the difference between the two is that financing allows you to own a car while leasing doesn’t. This isn’t particularly true, a financer does not completely own the car, it is only theirs once it is paid off in full, including interest. This is even more apparent when the loan term is 60,73 or 84 months long, meaning the vehicle is not yours until 5,6 or 7 years later when the car has depreciated and old enough to sell.

Leasing, however, does not entail you to become the owner of the vehicle but it does let you drive the vehicle for enough time to fall in love and then out of it, on average, a 4-year lifespan with the vehicle. Leasing also gives you the chance to buy the car out at the end of the lease at its depreciated price. So if the car depreciated 60%, then you will only cover that amount in your upcoming monthly payments. You also get the opportunity to lease another car with the dealership, letting you experience the newest tech and advancements in the flagship models.

Change your kilometre Allowance:

An easy way to lower your monthly lease payments is by lowering your kilometre allowance. Of course, you can only do this if your daily commute/schedule allows for it, but the dollars you’ll save is worth considering. Changing your kilometre allowance by only about 4000 KMs can lower your lease by up to $50 dollars and although it may seem like a small amount of money when considering the average 48-month lease, you’ll save $2400 dollars.

Get a dealer invoice price report

Using an online tool like Car Cost Canada’s dealer invoice price report is a great way to save money on your new lease. The website allows you, the consumer, to avoid all the negotiations with the dealership and save as much money as possible.

Instead of going into a dealership and paying hidden fees, Car Cost Canada’s dealer invoice price report presents you with the price the dealer pays for the car and then shows you all the hidden fees that are added onto the vehicle. Car Cost Canada even connects you with a local dealer that works directly with Car Cost Canada, eliminating any awkward confrontations and promoting a friendly, welcoming and cost-efficient transaction. Finally, add a 3% dealer markup and boom – you walk away with the best price possible.

Use these three tips and make sure you save every dollar possible on your brand new lease – remember every dollar counts when you’re in a long-term lease!

What Drive Type will Help you Combat Winter Weather?

The temperatures are dropping, dark clouds fill the sky, night time is falling earlier, you know what that means? Winter is just around the corner and whilst winter is home to many great things such as skiing, tobogganing, candy canes, and warm drinks galore, it is also home to some less-favourable weather conditions. Ice, snow, slush, sleet, rain, and salt riddle the roads in the colder months, hence why switching to winter tires that can grip these surfaces better is imperative. Whilst switching to winter tires is essential and typically the first step once the temperature drops, many don’t consider another key factor that affects a vehicle’s performance in winter: drive-type. There are four drive-types and each one determines how a vehicle drives in various conditions. Doing a throughout vehicle comparison can help you find the best vehicle to combat the harsh winter weather and also provide a smooth, comfortable drive all year-round. The big question now is, what drive-type can withstand winter and all it has to offer?

All-wheel-drive (AWD)

A significant amount of vehicles are AWD and for good reason. AWD vehicles tend to be extremely safe and can easily adapt to a variety of surfaces. An AWD system involves engine power being sent to all four wheels which will give the traction needed to get through snowy roads. In comparison to other types of drive, all-wheel-drive is by far the best when it comes to its ability to combat the road elements winter throws upon us. AWD was once only available in specific makes and models, however, due to its impressive performance, it is now the standard with most makers. All-wheel-drive vehicles are also the easiest to handle in such conditions, making them a great choice, especially for those new to the world of driving. Adorned with a set of quality winter tires, an AWD vehicle is sure to keep you safe even on the harshest winter days.

Front-wheel-drive (FWD)

Front-wheel-drive vehicles weight distribution is shifted towards the front unlike all-wheel-drive vehicles, where the weight is distributed equally amongst all axels. FWD vehicles do an impressive job when put up against winter weather. The weight of the engine sits on top of the drive wheels which allows it to push through some pretty nasty weather. Whilst you will have the ability to safely drive from A to B (which let’s face it, that’s pretty much what we need when driving), you will be sacrificing some performance. Due to the displacement of power being shifted to the front, FWD vehicles typically lack in the speed department. The wheels that steer the car are also responsible for propelling the vehicle which in turn, will cost you some points on the speed and performance scale. Albeit, you most likely don’t want to be doing any high-speed maneuvers in the winter. FWD vehicles are an economical choice for those who like to take it easy, enjoy the drive, and get through some rough weather.

Four-wheel-drive (4WD)

If you’re looking for a vehicle that will take on the toughest of terrains, look no further than a 4WD vehicle. This drive type is typically seen in trucks and all-terrain vehicles. This drive-type works in a couple different ways, operating as a four-wheel-drive or, at times, a 2-wheel-drive vehicle. When in 2WD mode, the vehicle’s traction drops, ergo, lessening the grip the vehicle has on the road. When in full 4WD mode, however, these vehicles are designed to handle various, difficult terrains including deep, heavy snow, slush, mud, and unpaved roads. Similar to a FWD vehicle, 4WD sacrifices speed but makes up for that with its powerful drivetrain. Do consider the fact that 4WD vehicles carry a lot of additional weight and tend to be more costly. If you drive short distances are don’t partake in much or any offroading, you are not getting bang for your buck. If, however, you enjoy off-roading in the summer and just getting through the roads safely in the winter, a 4WD is the vehicle for you.

Rear-wheel-drive (RWD)

Speed, power, performance- all qualities that rear-wheel-drive vehicles possess. Most sports/performance vehicles are RWD, which comes as no surprise when you see the power and speed these vehicles give off. With RWD vehicles, power is sent to the rear wheels, propelling your vehicle from the back when you step on the gas. Whilst this all sounds great, rear-wheel-drive vehicles are the less-favourable when it comes to vehicles fit to endure winter roads. They are infamous for fishtailing and breaking traction on snowy roads and sometimes, simply on wet surfaces. Whilst they are still drivable in the winter and many Canadians who own a RWD adapt to how they work, they require caution and care when driving. They are incredibly fast vehicles and while they will still give you that speed you want on snowy surfaces, it is best to slow down on harsh days to avoid a dangerous fishtail or spinout. If you are all about performance and speed, a RWD vehicle is best suited for you, but keep in mind, you will have to put all that on hold come the winter months to ensure you are in the safest position you can be in.

Every drive-type has its ups and downs. Some perform between on smooth surfaces and others perform better amongst harsh elements. It’s imperative you understand the differences of all the drives prior to purchasing a vehicle to ensure you are getting the best possible vehicle for your situation, your family, your driving experience, and your location.

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From Engine to Electric: BMW’s Dive Into Battery-Powered Vehicles

Electric vehicles are becoming more prevalent, so much so, that you will most likely see at least one on your commute. Electric vehicles work just like your smartphone; plug it in and charge it up and because they contain fewer parts, they are typically cheaper to maintain and run. This is enticing to consumers, of course, giving them peace of mind when it comes to their vehicle, hence, why so many are making the switch to electric. One huge brand to come out with electric and hybrid vehicles is BMW. BMW is known for their advanced technology, pristine attention to detail, and the power their vehicles all hold. With an added touch of luxury, BMW has mastered the craft on constructing visually-appealing, safe, and still powerful electric vehicles. BMW electric cars cost more than the average vehicle, but the overall savings and benefits make the initial fee well worth it.

In recent years, BMW has released a fully electric vehicle and a hybrid. This was a complete 180 for the brand that is so used to making powerful, roaring engines, however, they have mastered the craft. The i3 model is an economical hatchback; great for families or those looking for a luxury, electrical vehicle without spending an arm or a leg. The i8 model, on the other hand, is a hybrid sports model, geared toward car enthusiasts who love the rush of a BMW whilst simultaneously cutting fuel costs. Each car comes with its own unique features and with our dealer invoice reports, we can help you save money on one of these innovative models.

BMW i3

The BMW i3 is unique, to say the least. This hatchback boasts a look like no other, but don’t be fooled by its funky frame, this car is incredibly durable. The performance-oriented car is jam-packed with futuristic features, including an impressive infotainment system. Similar to any other electric device, you simply plug the car in and let it charge. At home chargers are available; taking less than 3 hours to charge from 0%-80% as well as public charging stations, taking less than 30 minutes to charge from 0%-80%. While charging the vehicle takes longer than filling up your tank, the range is impressive with the i3 delivering a 130 to 160 km range and the i3 REx delivering 260 to 290 km, on a single charge.

The i3 is loaded with an abundance of safety features, making it a great family vehicle. From BMW Assist eCall™ to impact sensors to a smart anti-theft alarm system, this vehicle is protected both on and off the road. Despite the fact that the i3 is a Rear-Wheel Drive vehicle, it is surprisingly durable in the winter. Many current owners of the i3 stated they were hesitant about a RWD vehicle in the winter but were pleasantly surprised at it’s handling and traction on those gruesome winter days. The heat pump and insulated battery also protect the vehicle from harsh climates which will aid in reducing energy consumption by approximately 30% as well as aid in keeping your vehicle up and running when most vehicles tend to give up. The i3 is the perfect car for those looking for a great feat of German engineering, families, and those who want to make the switch over to an electric vehicle without paying an arm and a leg.

BMW i8

Power, speed, durability, functionality, aesthetically-pleasing; these, and more, are all the great factors the BMW i8 encompasses. If you are looking for the ultimate luxury, hybrid vehicle, look no further than the i8. This vehicle is a hybrid, meaning it runs off of both fuel and battery power. Whilst the all-electric range pales in comparison to the i3, delivering 53 km on a single charge, it’s range can be extended through the use of fuel. One thing the i8 certainly does not sacrifice is power. Boasting 374 horsepower and 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds, this vehicle is perfect for any car enthusiast or thrill-seeker out there (just don’t race on public roads!).

The i8 is designed for those looking for an upgraded, luxury sports vehicle with its own unique characteristics. The i8 comes loaded with the same safety features as the i3, making it a safe, sports vehicle. The i8 also comes stocked with a powerful 280-watt amplifier, scissor doors, and the unique BMW i “U-shape” brake and headlights, ensuring you will not be missed when you hit the road in this beast. This BMW model cost significantly more than the i3 model, starting at $147, 500 CAD, but rest assured, it is worth every penny. Loaded with power, durability, speed, safety, and luxury, the i8 is certainly the way to go when considering a luxury, hybrid vehicle.

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Best Bang for your Buck Fall Vehicles

Fall has officially begun. Bring out the sweaters, watch the trees change colours and ditch the old summer beater you used for all your trips to the cottage, beach days and late nights, it’s time to get a new car! Were here to help, we’ve handcrafted a list of the best of the best – check out our list of the best new car deals in Canada.  

Best New Compact/Small Car:

Our choice for the best compact car in Canada is the 2019 Honda Fit, starting at an ever so affordable – $15,490 the Fit is a great option for anyone looking at the compact/small car market. Don’t let this compact car fool you, the Honda Fit is packed with features and assistive technology. The car comes fully loaded with Honda sensing technology to ensure you get from point A to point B safely, equipped with Apple Carplay & Android Auto, heated power door mirrors and four different seating modes. Oh, and did we mention – the Honda Fit boasts 7L/100 KM, how’s that for fuel economy?

Honorable Mentions:

2018 Chevrolet Bolt – MSRP Starting From $44,400

2018 Fiat 500L Sport – MSRP Starting From $25,495

2018 Mazda 3 – MSRP Starting From $16,000

2018 Kia Rio –  MSRP Starting From $14,795

Best Luxury Compact/Small Car:

The 2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron is the car of the future. Half gas, half electric and is an absolute head turner. The car starts at $40,900, which is surprisingly affordable considering the car has 204 HP and 612 KM on a full charge. The interior of the car is just as futuristic as the exterior; the best part about the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron is that you get to enjoy Audi’s virtual cockpit and feel guilt free because you’re driving an eco-friendly car!

Honorable Mentions:

2019 B-Class  – MSRP Starting From $35,900

2018 BMW i3  – MSRP Starting From $48,750

Best New Midsize Car:

The 2019 Toyota Camry, starting at $27,850 is the powerhouse in the midsize car division. This isn’t the Camry we’ve all grown to know – Toyota has completely remodeled the car with a sleek, modern design and upgraded the interior with stylish accents and much needed technological advancements. The Camry has a variation for everyone, whether you’re looking for a 2.5-litre hybrid engine or a 3.5-litre V6 equipped with paddle shifters, the 2019 Camry is the midsize you need in your life.   

Honorable Mentions:

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid – MSRP Starting From $33,090

2019 Hyundai Sonata – MSRP Starting From $24,899

2018 Chevrolet Malibu – MSRP Starting From $24,045

2018 Ford Fusion – MSRP Starting From $22,488

Best Luxury Midsize Car:

The 2018 BMW 550i starts at $83,000 and although the price is high, it’s justified. This mid-size has it all, gorgeous from every single angle and can go from 0-100 Km/h in just 4 seconds. That’s fast. Really Really fast. The car has a mind-blowing 455 Horsepower under the hood and is equipped with BMW’s renowned M aerodynamics package. The BMW550i is the perfect ride if you’re looking for both elegance and top of the line performance.

Honorable Mentions:

2018 S6 Sedan  – MSRP Starting From $92,200

2018 BMW M3 Sedan – MSRP Starting From $77,550

2018 BMW M4 Coupe – MSRP Starting From $78,350

2018 Infiniti Q70L  – MSRP Starting From $64,620

2018 A6 Sedan  – MSRP Starting From $61,000

2018 Audi A4 Sedan  – MSRP Starting From  $41,350

Best New SUV:

Ford is Canada’s Best Selling Brand of SUVs and it should come as no surprise that the 2018 Ford Edge is at the top of this list. The Edge starts at an extremely reasonable $32,999 and has been awarded an impressive 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Edge is perfect if you’re looking to mix style with practicality. Loaded with features like Available Lane-Keeping and Adaptive Steering the Edge is guaranteed to give you an experience you won’t forget.

Honorable Mentions:

2019 Toyota Sequoia –  MSRP Starting From $60,965

2019 Subaru Ascent – MSRP Starting From $35,995

2018 Toyota Rav4 LE – MSRP Starting From $27,750

2018 Honda CR-V CVT – MSRP Starting From $27,290

2018 Nissan Rogue S – MSRP Starting From $26,298

2018 Hyundai Tucson – MSRP Starting From $24,999

Best New Luxury SUV:

The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace is the perfect SUV for you if you’re looking for something with both style and everyday practicality. The F – Pace comes in two engine types, either diesel or gasoline. Staying true to Jaguar standards, under the hood we have an ever so impressive V8 550 Horsepower, supercharged engine. It has enough cargo space to pack your family and the groceries in without compromising comfortability, all while driving home safely thanks to its emergency braking, lane keep assist, and front and rear parking aids. The car starts at $51,500, making it our top pick for the best luxury SUV in Canada.

Honorable Mentions:

2018 BMW X6 – MSRP Starting From $73,350

2019 Acura MDX – MSRP Starting From $56,596

2018 Audi Q5 – MSRP Starting From $45,450

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 – MSRP Starting From $39,200

Best Pickup Truck in Canada:

We’re Canadian, so we are used to the harsh weather and it doesn’t intimidate us. When you need to work outside, you need a truck that can perform. The 2018 Ford F-150 is that truck, starting at $30,549. there are upgrades for whatever job you need this beast of a truck for. The truck is just as technologically advanced as it is rugged, loaded with 360 Degree cameras, Cross Traffic Alerts, Pre Collision Assists, and FordPass Connect . The Ford F-150 can boast awards such as; Motor Trend Truck of the year, J.D Power 2018 Power & Performance award and the Kelly Blue Book – Pickup Truck Best Buy of 2018 award. The Ford F-150 is easily the best truck in Canada.

Honorable Mentions:

2018 Nissan Titan –  MSRP Starting From $36,498

2019 Ram 1500 –  MSRP Starting From  $34,595

2019 Toyota Tacoma – MSRP Starting From $31,525

2018 Silverado 1500 –  MSRP Starting From $31,245

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How to Care for your New Car

Now that you are officially a new car owner, how does it feel? Are you excited to drive around and be able to get around the city with ease and convenience?

As exciting as purchasing a new vehicle is, especially with great deals and prices from Car Cost Canada, there are a couple of things to take into consideration so that you know how to best take care of your vehicle during the colder months. Before the freeze of winter comes about, it is a good idea to go for an inspection to see if there are any loose bolts or parts that may require a touch-up.

Keep reading to learn more about specifically what you should take note of:

Air Filter

If you purchased your vehicle during the summer, chances are dust and pollen has accumulated in your air filter. Without a clean air filter, you could potentially face decrease to the airflow, horsepower, and engine performance of your vehicle. Keeping in mind the weather conditions in winter, you do not want to have these issues during those months.

Autumn is the perfect opportunity to give your car some new air, by replacing an air filter. It usually only takes about a half hour and is something a car owner can do on their own. An inexpensive opportunity to maximize your vehicle use.

Battery Checks

Although newer vehicles usually do not run into these issues, it is a good idea to check for any issues that may appear and to adapt of a habit of checking on your battery. A couple years into a vehicle, the battery may start to fail. Having it checked by a local mechanic will ensure that it is in good working order, and if not, they can be fixed before it causes a real issue on the road.

Having jumper cables in your car is also useful in case of emergencies both for you or someone else.

Check your Tires

Ensure that your tires are properly inflated and can provide sufficient wet traction. The winter months come with lots of snow and ice which means that your tires need to be able to withstand that weather. Whether you have all-season tires or winter tires, ensure that you know what tires you have and their capabilities so that if you need to change them before the first snowfall, you do so.

Engine Checks

When you go in for a battery check with your mechanic, have them check the engine as well. You want to ensure that the oil, antifreeze, belts, and hoses are all operating regularly.

The oil should be changed regularly, antifreeze alternates between 2-5 years and hoses should be checked for leaks while belts are checked for signs of stress. Being aware of the state of each of these components will give you an idea of the performance of your vehicle and if any posing dangers lie ahead.

Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid

Usually, wiper blades only last 1-2 years and washer fluid is in constant need of being refilled. You will go through gallons of washer fluid as the autumn weather transitions into messy and cold winter months. Since wiper blades and wash fluid helps to clear your view of your windshield, it is imperative that those get replaced and refilled.

Overall, when it comes to a new vehicle, ensuring that an autumn checkup is completed is the best way to ensure your car is safe on the road. When you purchase a new car, you want to provide the utmost care for it and by following the tips we have provided, you will be able to do so!

If you are looking for a new vehicle and have your eye on purchasing it, check out Car Cost Canada. We are able to provide free dealer invoice reports and help you negotiate the best prices for your new car so that you can drive in style while knowing you saved. Contact our team today for more information.