The Best Family Car of 2017

There are so many different types of vehicles and it is key to find what fits your family the best. CarLife values buying a vehicle that is the best fit for you and your family, as well as one that has great automotive maintenance and repair options.

Style: Cars

Every car has a different style, feel and focus. The following cars were found to be the best family cars of 2017 by U.S. News. After examining the reliability, professional reviews, safety ratings, cargo volume as well as family-friendly features, the following were chosen out of a list of over 200 cars:

*Best Compact Car: Kia Soul
*Best Hybrid Car: Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
*Best Large Car: Kia Cadenza
*Best Large Luxury Car: Cadillac CT6
*Best Luxury Midsize Car: Cadillac CTS
*Best Midsize Car: Chevrolet Malibu
*Best Wagon: Subaru Outback

If, as a family, you feel a bit of a bigger vehicle is in order, there were several SUV and minivan style vehicles rated as well.

Style: SUV/Minivan

When deciding on a vehicle, if a car will not fit what you are looking for, getting a bigger vehicle may be beneficial in many ways. These larger vehicles are equipped with parking sensor systems and back-up cameras to eliminate blind spots. The top larger vehicles include:

*Best 2-Row SUV: Ford Edge
*Best 3-Row SUV: Honda Pilot
*Best Compact SUV: Honda CR-V
*Best Hybrid SUV: Toyota Highlander Hybrid
*Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
*Best Luxury 2-Row SUV: Lincoln MKX
*Best Luxury 3-Row SUV: Infiniti QX60
*Best Luxury Compact: BMW X3
*Best Luxury Large SUV: Cadillac Escalade
*Best Minivan: Honda Odyssey
*Best Subcompact SUV: Honda HR-V

Whatever you family needs, there are plenty of options to fit your needs and desires. For quality, affordable service for all vehicles, contact CarLife today!


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Car Facts We Bet You Don’t Know

There are so many things to know about cars, it would take years to learn everything. Each car has its own mechanical systems, its own unique driving experience, and its own visual appeal. CarLife (serving Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Glendale area) knows what makes cars tick and the most efficient way for them to run. We also found some great fun facts about cars for you to enjoy, just because. Check them out.

Fun Facts

Currently, there are around one billion cars in use on the earth.
*An estimated 165,000 cars are manufactured each day.
*That new car smell we all know and love, is made up of over fifty organic compounds.
*Up to nineteen girls can be packed into a smart car.
*The average car has 30,000 parts.
*The first car accident happened in 1891 in Ohio.
*The inventor of the cruise control, Ralph Teetor, was blind.
*The world record for miles on a car goes to Irvin Gordon, whose 1966 Volvo has over three million miles on it.
*95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked.
*In the early 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were seen as the “green” alternative.
*Up to 80% of an average car is considered recyclable.
*In 1895 the world’s first automobile race occurred, where the top speed was 15mph.
*In 1896, the world’s first speeding ticket was issued. The speed limit was 2 mph, and the driver was going 8mph.
*By U.S and European law, electric cars are required to make an artificial noise, in order to be safer for pedestrians.
*The Mini Cooper’s first sketch design was drawn on a napkin in Switzerland.

There are hundreds more crazy facts we could add to the list above.Maybe your vehicle has hidden little secrets? Contact CarLife today for all your automotive needs and to find out more about your vehicle!


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Auto Events in the Valley

Want a way to enjoy your passion without having to deal with auto repairs? What about a place to see the beauty of different vehicles, get tips for your own needs and have some fun with the family? Carlife (serving Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Peoria, and Glendale) is more than auto services and is here to be your fun guide for the summer. There are various car shows you can check out this Summer throughout the valley if you’re brave enough to combat the heat.


Car Shows

Whether you want to participate in car shows by showing off your gem of a car, or you want to come to ogle what is out there, we have the best spots for you!


5 & Diner Car Hop for live music and great cars
When: Every 1st Friday starting in June
Where: 5220 N 16th St. Phoenix, AZ
What Time: 6pm
Cost: Free to attend, drivers get 50% off their entree


-Hillbank Grand Opening Car Show

When: June 3rd
Where: 2180 W University Dr. Tempe, AZ
What Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: Free
All classics, hot rods, street rods, muscle cars and exotics are invited to attend. There will be prizes, trophies, lunch and door prizes involved!


-Rock & Roll Car Show
When: Every Saturday
Where: Scottsdale Pavilions, 9140 E Indian Bend, Scottsdale, AZ
What Time: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: Free
Whether you’re coming to look at the cars and bikes, or to get tips, this is a family, friendly event with shopping and food all around.


-Holbrook Route 66 Festival & Gunslinger Car Show

When: June 10th
Where: Downtown Holbrook, AZ
What Time: 8:00am-7:00pm
Cost: Free
This is a family friendly event where classic cars from across the nation come.There is live entertainment and food vendors along the historic route 66.


Whether you are wanting to participate with your car, or just go to the events to let your eyes feast on vehicular beauty, go to enjoy! Carlife looks forward to hearing about your adventures!



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How Dangerous is Drinking and Driving?

There are a lot of things in this world that work well together. Cookies and milk, Batman and Robin, hugs and kisses, Lady and Gaga, and auto repair Peoria and you have all proven to be some of the most successful combinations out there. However, not all dynamic duos are meant to be. Ranking amongst the top ten of least successful combinations in the world is drinking and driving.

 

Most people don’t intend any harm when they decide to drink and drive. However, while harm may not be intended it cannot always be avoided. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recorded that in 2014 nearly one third of all traffic-related deaths occurred from alcohol-impaired drivers. Their statistics also show that the younger a drunk driver is the more likely they are to be in a fatal crash. Other substances can influence our driving besides alcohol, as well. Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes have involved drivers under the influence of drugs (legal and illegal). So make sure to check if any prescribed medicines may influence your driving capability.

 

What if it’s only a little alcohol? Would it really impair a driver that much? An article on WebMD.com states, “…Drivers who tested positive for blood alcohol at levels well-below the legal BAC limit were more likely to be in severe car accidents than sober drivers largely because they drove significantly faster, were less likely to be appropriately using a seatbelt, and were usually driving the striking vehicle.” The CDC reports that even .02% blood alcohol concentration can impair visual functions and multitasking abilities.

 

Drinking and driving is very dangerous. Designating a sober driver or using taxi-type services such as Uber can instead mitigate the risk of drunk driving. So why take a chance? Thank you for driving safely and drinking responsibly.

 

Interested in travel destinations? View this Peoria auto repair’s blog on our site titled Travel Destinations: Arizona.

 

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