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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Great Trails Around Phoenix For Your 4×4

Don’t be one of those people who buy a 4×4 and never put it to the test! If you own a four wheel drive truck, Jeep or other SUV that has been sitting patiently in your garage since you bought it, here are a few trails for both beginners and more experienced off-roaders! It’s a great time now that the weather has begun cooling off to truly enjoy the outdoors. Need a tune-up and/or a check on your tires and suspension before you hit the trails? Schedule your appointment with CarLife Phoenix auto services experts in Glendale, Gilbert, or Scottsdale.

 

Four Peaks

 

If you live in Mesa, Gilbert or Apache Junction, you probably see the Four Peaks pretty clearly on a daily basis. Isn’t it about time you see them up close and personal? This easy to moderate trail is about 3 hours each way if you decide to do the entire trail with multiple side trails to explore. You’ll see off-road vehicles of all types cruising through these breathtaking mountains. As soon as you get off the highway (Hwy 87), and get on the dirt road (FS 143), you’re on the trail! Click here for more details.

 

Apache Trail

 

This trail is rated easy, so it’s great for you first time off-roaders! It begins paved and gives way to dirt with blind curves and tight switchbacks so still be careful! You’ll get treated to awesome views of the Salt River from above along with Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Take Idaho Road north through Apache Junction and take Highway 88 northeast to get to this trail. Click here for more details.

 

Sycamore Creek

 

Another easy to moderate rated trail, Sycamore Creek is located on the north side of the Four Peaks Wilderness and the creek is less than a mile from the highway so you’ll get plenty of time to enjoy it! Click here for directions and more information.

 

Be sure you come prepared anytime you go off-roading, even if it’s just a quick outing. Better to be safe than sorry! It’s always a good idea to bring tools, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, food, water, emergency blankets, along with a shovel, tow strap and a flashlight.

 

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Best Little-Known Road Trip Destinations in Arizona!

Who doesn’t like to get away from the daily grind? With the holidays right around the corner and the weather starting to cool down, now might be the perfect time to go on a weekend road-trip and explore some of the less heralded, but equally beautiful parts of Arizona! Be sure to stop by your nearest Carlife location for all of your pre-trip Phoenix auto services and say hello to the open road for us!

Historic Bisbee, Arizona

With Halloween right around the corner, why not visit one of the neatest “haunted” spots in the state. This former mining town just a few miles from the border of Mexico has transformed into a quaint artistic community complete with murals, antique shops, and the famous Copper Queen haunted hotel! Around 3 hours Southeast of Phoenix, Bisbee is a perfect weekend destination that you can reach from the comfort of your vehicle. (Don’t forget to check out Wild West landmark Tombstone, AZ on your way there!) Built right into the mountainside and complete with historic buildings, when you’re in Bisbee you’ll feel like you’re cruising through the narrow streets of a small town in Italy!

Picturesque Greer, Arizona

This gem in Eastern Arizona is tucked away at elevation in the White Mountains. Around 4 hours east of Phoenix, this mountain valley is a beautiful paradise for outdoor enthusiasts with actual changing seasons for those of us in the Phoenix area who don’t get to experience true seasons. Explore the Little Colorado River, hike, camp, fish and ski your way to an amazing adventure in Greer, Arizona.

Scenic Tubac, Arizona

Another artistic spot on our list, Tubac is a scenic village whose motto is actually ‘where art and history meet’. This area–about 2.5 hours south of Phoenix–was settled by the Spanish in 1752, but has been home to native cultures for over 11,000 years! Historic Old Town Tubac features genuine adobe buildings, a museum, as well as artistic sites like the Tubac Center of the Arts which hosts popular events like The Festival Of The Arts.

Inspired to take a trip? When you get back, be sure to tell us all about the awesome adventures you’ve had while you’re getting your Phoenix auto services taken care of and preparing for your next weekend getaway! Contact us for all of the necessary maintenance to keep you and your vehicle on the open road for years to come.

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (9/22/2016) Gabriel Millos (Flickr)