2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review

CarLocate Team, August 14, 2013, 03:33PM
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the full package. This five-person vehicle is ideal for the typical daily commute, as well as a little off-road exploring. Bouncing back from past complaints about the vehicle, the Grand Cherokee has improved ride quality, fuel economy, and interior accommodations.

Boasting a handful of new features, this new and improved Jeep Grand Cherokee includes: revitalized exterior design, a new 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and an updated interior with innovative technology features. Better fuel economy is a result of the vehicle’s new eight-speed automatic transmission and turbodiesel V6 engine.

The Toyota 4Runner is this SUV’s biggest competitor, except it doesn’t offer a V8 or diesel option or an interior as nice as the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The only thing that the 4Runner has against the Grand Cherokee is that it offers a lower price; however, the new features of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee make this do-everything midsize SUV worth every penny.

To read a full review of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, click here.

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Technology is the Future of Safer Driving

CarLocate Team, August 6, 2013, 10:01AM
Eventually, cars will be driving and parking themselves at this rate of constant advances in technology. Safety technology is already becoming apparent in production cars; thus, allowing these vehicles to think and react to danger before the driver has the chance to do so. Safer cars have the ability to eliminate stress and danger from the daily driving routine.

Here are some of these new safety features:

Night Vision:
Being on constant alert as a driver and/or passenger in a vehicle is not always an easy task. Not everyone has the best vision or the ability to be completely focused on the road and things around it. 

Night vision boasts thermal imaging and infrared radiation that allows the car to discover potential issues before you or your headlights. Sophisticated cameras capture images that are displayed on dashboard-mounted screens or head-up displays, enabling the road to illuminate in a way that the headlights cannot. 

This technology strives to help drivers avoid people or other objects that may cross in front of them.

Pedestrian-Friendly Hoods:
As much as we don’t like to think about it, the truth is that sometimes accidents happen and every now and then pedestrians are involved in collisions. In an effort to decrease the blow of front-impact collisions for pedestrians in these situations, automakers have tried to redesign hoods and bumpers. 

This technology is still in the works; however, automakers have been working on grille designs/shapes that have a higher and flatter point of impact. Furthermore, car-mounted sensors have the ability to detect if a pedestrian has been hit, then pop up the hood to modify the angle of impact which can prevent severe head damage.

Drowsy Driving Warnings:
Long-distance driving is extremely tiring and eventually, we all run out of coffee and energy drinks. Falling asleep at the wheel and swerving off the road can end in serious consequences—automakers are trying to eliminate these drowsy driving behaviors by detecting them and notifying the driver.

Mercedes’ is working on software that will display a coffee mug icon if the driving style resembles that of a drowsy driver. Other distracted-driver monitors use cameras and facial recognition software to sense the erratic driver behavior.

Lane-Departure Warning:
Tight lanes and larger vehicles do not always mix well, especially on the highway when it’s not always an easy task to stay perfectly in the lane. Lane-departure warning systems use laser sensors and cameras that depend on clearly painted lane markers. If the driver veers out of their lane, the system will vibrate the seat or steering wheel and, in some systems, the vehicle will steer itself back into the lane.

Birds-Eye View:
Parking takes a great deal of practice in order to perfect the seemingly simple task. Far too often, drivers assume they have more room than is actually there. This birds-eye view seeks to eliminate minor mishaps by strategically placing cameras throughout the vehicle in areas including: under the side-view mirrors, in the hood, and under the trunklid. In some vehicles, drivers have the option of selecting one camera view in order to get a certain view, resulting in more precise movements.

Active Braking:
An active braking system acts off of cameras that can detect possible dangers in the way of your vehicle and applies to the brakes to avoid a collision. Furthermore, some systems notify the driver before taking automatic action, serving as a “pre-crash” prevention method. This feature will be especially helpful in cities with heavy traffic and stop-and-go situations. 

Blind Spot Detection:
Passing on the highway and merging can be disastrous when we miss those blind spots, then collide with the car next to us. Most blind spot detection systems serve as suggestions to drivers and can be overridden. 

Crashes can be avoided with this technology by sending visual and/or auditory warnings to the driver. These systems use sensors or lenses to detect the presence of adjacent vehicles. 

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The Right Way to Test Drive a New Car

CarLocate Team, August 1, 2013, 01:21PM
No matter what kind of impression a person gets of a car they researched online, their outlook can be completely different after they test drive that car. Although it is important to get the facts before physically test driving the car, consumers must be able to picture themselves driving this vehicle every single day. 

Take your time.
 A new car is a major decision that requires a great deal of money and is also something that you’ll have to live with for a number of years. Take the car on a variety of roads and try to replicate your daily driving routine. 

Park it.
Parking is an essential part of driving, so it’s important to make sure that you’re comfortable with parking your new car before purchasing it. How easy is it to parallel park? Are there big blind spots? Is it maneuverable enough to meet your everyday routine? Can you get in and out easily? 

Play with technology and special features.
Is the infotainment system easy to use? Test out the speakers, play with the radio, and connect your phone to make sure the special features work. Ask if there are other features that you might be missing or how to use them. Lastly, try folding the seats up and down or moving them forward and backwards. It’s important to test features that you know you will use in your everyday life.

Test the handling as the driver and passenger.
No matter how pretty a car looks, the handling is what will really make an impact on the driver. Remember, this is something you will likely be driving every single day, so make sure it has the desirable suspension, good braking performance, exceptional steering, and the right amount of power. Test out the passenger seat to see if your friends/family would enjoy riding in it.

Listen for anything and everything.
During your test drive, turn the radio and the car salesman off so you can listen for any problems with the vehicle. Common complaints can be anything from rattles and clunks to wind noise while driving. It’s important to make sure that the vehicle won’t lead to expensive repairs in the future or potential safety issues.

Don’t fall into a false sense of security.
A new car does not make it a perfect one. Be just as careful as you would testing a used car and scrutinize every single part of the vehicle. Check for problems with the interior of the vehicle, the paint job, scratches, etc. 

Bring a friend.
It’s always beneficial to have a second and honest opinion. Bring a friend or family member because they might be able to catch things that you don’t see. They can also act as a voice of reason if you’re ready to jump right into buying a new car without thinking things through.

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