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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Craziest Cars

Have you ever wondered what people have come up with when creating or inventing cars? Let’s find out! Here at Carlife, we love everything about automotives from repairs, to services to custom cars. We love to embrace what people have done and the way their minds work. Everyone has a mind that works entirely different that anyone else, and is wired so specifically, like each car. When we look at the past cars from the 1954 oldsmobile to the present 2017 Audi R8, we realize the beauty behind the make up. Each part was individually designed in the vehicles and took creative minds to build such beauty.

Craziest Car Ideas

People have come up with amazing ideas and ways to improve their vehicles. Just a hand full of ideas we have found are:
-Grass car-covered in grass from top to bottom
-Double Car- a car stacked on top of another car. Pretty scary if you ask me.
-Telephone Car- shaped and created like an old school telephone
-Wooden Car- the body is made entirely of wood.
-Art Car- all of the craziest types of art in order to express who they are was all over.

The point is that people get creative. They release whatever is in their heart onto their vehicle. It is impressive, noteworthy and admirable.

A vehicle is not just about transportation. People are passionate about their cars because the car becomes a part of their motivation of moving forward in life. It creates opportunities for people to be seen in a different way, a way to express who they are, and who they want to be.

In what way does your vehicle express who you are? How is your personality shown in your car? Come to Carlife and let’s chat about your car and what we can do for you!


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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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Driving in Style

You know what goes great with cars besides speed, wheels, and Gilbert Mesa auto repair? We’re talking luxury baby, that’s right. Sweet, sweet luxury. Everyone wants it but how many can afford it? While most of us may never make the kind of cash to own top-of-the-line luxury vehicles, let’s take a moment to live vicariously through the upper echelon of society.

 

First of all, you can get those cars with the doors that open up at slanted angles. Yes, the classic “I’m rich and I don’t care who knows it” doors. The press-a-button-to-open kind. An obvious must-have feature of any true luxury enthusiast. You’ve probably seen them in movies like the Dark Knight where Bruce Wayne rolls up in his fancy car that costs more than most of us make in a year. Are they necessary? No. Does it matter? Not when you’re Batman.

 

The 2011 Volvo S80 comes complete with a heartbeat sensor, according to autobytel.com (AB).This safety feature is capable of detecting heartbeats, as you may have suspected. It’s purpose is to let the owner know if someone is hiding in their car. Because if you’re rich you’re more likely to have kidnapping problems. Nobody wants to be kidnapped. #richproblems

 

If you’re rolling up in a Rolls Royce these days, a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead to be exact, you’ll be riding in style. TheRichest.com (TR) states that these vehicles can come installed with a lit up car ceiling designed to look like the night sky. And who wouldn’t want that? Plus, it only costs $12,000. A steal!

 

We’ve all heard of cars with fancy leather but what about Granite? Yes, according to TR, while used mostly in homes, granite trim is also an option for your vehicle. Because it’s not just about what’s on the outside. The inside matters, too. Gotta love granite.

 

And did you know the 2014 Honda Odyssey comes with a built-in vacuum cleaner? Oh yeah, luxury cleaning at its finest. According to Odometer.com, it’s real. Some doubted it, but where are they now? Driving their dirty cars on the road, that’s where.

 

This last feature is functional and awesome at the same time. Here’s a hint: it’s night vision. AB states that the navigation display of a 2011 BMW 7 Series vehicle will go all Navy Seals on those dark and scary roads so you can navigate your way easily at night. Plus, it comes coupled with a Pedestrian Detection system that detects if animals and pedestrians are on the side of the road. And it alerts you. It’s the kind of feature perfect for those rich, tactical espionage types.

 

Well it’s time to come back down to reality folks, where ceilings look like ceilings and doors have to be opened by hand. But don’t let this paradigm shift get you down. Yes, we might get kidnapped in our own vehicles because we didn’t have enough money to afford a heartbeat sensor and, yes, we might have to look at the actual night sky. But, what we do have is each other! Aww… So have a good day, drive safe, and if you’re ever having car problems stop by your favorite Gilbert Mesa auto repair shop!

 

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