Myths About Fuel Efficiency Today

Miami Lakes Fuel Efficiency Myths

Mitsubishi Motors has placed their focus on crossovers for the time being, and aside from rumors that they may bring a truck back to the states, the lineup is down to three vehicles that aren’t a SUV or crossover. With the Lancer discontinued, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 will be the only two sedans left in the Mitsubishi lineup after the 2017 model year. That being said, although the auto market is shifting towards crossovers, there’s still a good percentage of the demographic that prefers smaller cars with a low center of gravity and higher fuel efficiency. Of course, if in the market for a crossover, don’t let some of the rumors of fuel economy stop you – you may be surprised.

Over Time, a Vehicle Will Lose Its Fuel Efficiency

The Mitsubishi Mirage may be called the most fuel-efficient sedan on the market, with 37/43 mpg city/highway, and some may think “So what? In a couple years that number will drop anyway, so why not just get a crossover?” They would be wrong. According to the EPA, a vehicle’s fuel economy, even a vehicle that’s ten years old, doesn’t significantly decrease if the vehicle is properly maintained. So not only do Mitsubishi models maintain an excellent fuel economy over their lifetime, but because Mitsubishi also offers some of the best warranties in the industry, Mitsubishi vehicles are great for someone who wants to keep their vehicle for a long time.  

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Limited Edition Added to Lineup

Miami Lakes 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Limited Edition

Mitsubishi recently announced some exciting news about the Lancer — a new Limited Edition trim will join the lineup soon. That means a new look, tons of goodies, and a final Lancer trim before Mitsubishi ends production on it for good. Best of all, it has a starting MSRP of $19,795 and will be available by the end of May 2017.

“The Lancer has a long-standing tradition of providing consumers unparalleled value at an attractive price, so it was only fitting we pay tribute to the sedan with a Limited Edition trim offering … With the addition of updated styling and advanced technology features, the Limited Edition Lancer is set to appeal to consumers who prioritize aesthetics and enjoy a connected car experience.” – Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America.

Sounds about right. The new Lancer Limited Edition trim will have the same engine and horsepower on the Lancer ES, but the engine is paired to Mitsubishi’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), an automatic transmission that seamlessly switches through gears without a loss of speed or expended fuel. That transmission boosts the vehicle’s fuel economy up to 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Mitsubishi and the Model A PHEV

Miami Lakes Mitsubishi Model A PHEV

“This is how we do it, this is how we do it!” Man, that song is old, but not as old as the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A. After 100 years of production and becoming a globally-known automotive company, Mitsubishi Motors is going to do something different to celebrate. They’re gonna bring back the Mitsubishi Model A, the first automobile they ever produced, and smack it onto the Outlander PHEV platform with all-new tech, but the same old look.

Yeah, you heard right. The Outlander PHEV, having never seen the shores of the states, will be sharing its powertrain with the new Mitsubishi Model A PHEV. We’re finally going to get to test out a Mitsubishi PHEV automobile for ourselves. Not only that, but it will be in a completely different vehicle. The Mitsubishi Model A may look a little dated, but that’s why Mitsubishi Motors North America has struck a deal with West Coast Customs to redefine the 100 year old automobile.

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Two Used Mitsubishi Vehicles Named Best Choice for Teen Drivers

Miami Lakes IIHS Names Used Mitsubishi Outlander Teen DriverMitsubishi Motors is changing the game this year. Maybe 100 years was their lucky number, because it’s been surprise after surprise lately. This year at the New York International Auto Show, they showed off the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and recently they popped up on the teen driving radar when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport top picks when shopping for a used car for a teen driver.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has been monitoring motor vehicle accidents for more than 50 years, making them a trusted organization when it comes to measuring vehicle safety. Recently, they put together a “best choices” and “good choices” list of used cars for teen drivers. To make the list, there are a couple of standards a car needs to meet:

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Debuts at NYIAS

Miami Lakes Mitsubishi Outlander Sport NYIAS

Over the last week, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) has been going on and many vehicles have debuted. New brand names are coming out of the woodwork for the electric and hybrid vehicles, the SRT Demon was unleashed, and new SUVs and crossovers, like the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, are blooming.

That’s right – blooming. Since Mitsubishi Motors was bought out of bankruptcy by Nissan-Renault, it’s been making headway for a new finish line. In addition to the recent news like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the Outlander Sport Limited Edition and Mitsubishi’s announcement about their own autonomous driving technology, we now know Mitsubishi has given the Outlander Sport over 100 changes for the 2018 model year.

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Tax Creditable Vehicles

Miami Lakes Tax Creditable Vehicles

Tax season comes to an end this weekend. Did you enjoy the tax credit for owning a hybrid or electric vehicle? Wait, you didn’t know about that? Might want to fire up TurboTax and give it another go, because if you bought a vehicle (all electric vehicles and some PHEVs) that qualifies for a federal tax credit, you can subtract that amount from the money you owe the federal government.

Tax Creditable Vehicles

Yes, you read that right. If you bought a hybrid or electric vehicle in 2016, you are eligible for a tax credit. We mentioned back in March the tax credit for hybrid, PHEV, and electric vehicles (EV), and in February we covered a tax deduction for a Ram truck. There are many other vehicles that can save you some money, and Miami Lakes Automall has a few of them available. Take a look at this list:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – $7,500

Kia Optima PHEV – $4,919

Mitsubishi i-Miev – $7,500

Chevrolet Volt – $7,500

Chevrolet Spark -EV  $7,500

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Avoiding Car Damage and Mess from the Beach

Miami Lakes Beach Proof Car

Do you like to go to the beach? Do you hate all the sand in your car that comes with it? Do you wish you could leave the beach … at the beach? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we’ve got some news for you. Here’s some things you can do to keep your car in good condition, even if you’re a beach bum.

Talkin’ ‘Bout the Car Wash, Yeah

Sometimes, it’s as simple as keeping your car, truck, or what-have-you clean. In the summer, the sun is out and it’s hot and it’s super bright. Car paint and finishes are vulnerable to all that sunlight and the finish can start to crack, peel, and bleed. Okay, not bleed, but you get it.

Best thing you can do to avoid damage to the finish is wash your car regularly and put on a coat of wax. Be it at the local gas station or in your own driveway, washing a car and applying protective wax at least once a month, and biweekly when temps are soaring, will help a lot. When coming back from the beach, don’t go straight to scrubbing — that leads to possible damage from salt air and any sand caught on the car. Instead, just rinse it down and wash it later.

Keeping the Sand Out

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Mitsubishi Has Autonomous Vehicle Tech After All

Miami Lakes Mitsubishi Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Mitsubishi is entering the autonomous car game, and it’s about time. It’s a surprise this motor company was about to go down last year with all the new vehicles they have coming out. Maybe they were going for dramatic effect, or just needed a helping hand. Either way, after 100 years, Mitsubishi Motors continues to go on strong.

Yeah, it’s been 100 years since Mitsubishi Motors formed in Japan. We wondered what would come of them going forward, and wouldn’t you know it’s one surprise after another. First it was the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Then it was the teased Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition trim, now hitting dealerships. So what’s next?

Autonomous cars vehicles is what’s next. A lot of crazes are hitting the automotive industry – crossovers and SUVS, hybrids, electric vehicles and trucks, and autonomous cars a.k.a. vehicles that can drive themselves. We were starting to think Mitsubishi Motors was far from entering this race, but they were just warming up. Surprisingly, the autonomous tech they’re discussing came from one of the other Mitsubishi brands, Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

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Mitsubishi Fuso’s Plans for a Fully Electric Commercial Truck

Miami Lakes Mitsubishi 2017 Fuso Electric Trucks

Mitsubishi has a lot more going on these days now that they have started working with the Nissan family. Interestingly enough, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that recently debuted didn’t have a single third-party hand in its design – it’s all Mitsubishi. So while Mitsubishi Motors may have a few tricks left in their passenger vehicle division, its other brands are also making some changes. Soon to come to the U.S. are Mitsubishi’s all-electric commercial trucks.

We discussed the many different brands and technologies developed by Mitsubishi last year, and one of those brands, Fuso, makes commercial trucks. Recently, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. announced an upcoming, limited-production line of fully electric trucks that will be made available in the U.S., Japan, and Europe by 2018. Known as the eCanter, it will be the first fully electric plug-in truck produced by a major truck manufacturer.

This isn’t the first time Mitsubishi is introducing an entirely new electric design. In fact, they’ve been researching electric technology since the ‘70s, so it’s nice to see them applying all of that research into a tangible product.

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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Debuts at Geneva International Motor Show

Miami Lakes 2017 Geneva Motor Show 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The 2017 Geneva International Motor Show started this week, and all kinds of new cars and car concepts are being shown off. One vehicle in particular got our attention a little ways back, and now that’s it’s here, we can’t wait to check it out. It’s time to find out all the buzz going on about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

You may remember we talked about the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a few weeks ago when there really wasn’t a lot of information about it. What we, and the rest of the world knew, was Mitsubishi was resurrecting an old compact sports car that died off back in 2012. It didn’t sound like a good idea, but with Mitsubishi Motors shifting its focus to SUVs and crossovers, it quickly became apparent they weren’t just reviving the Eclipse, they were turning it into a crossover!

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