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The Best Guide To Finding Your Ideal Electric Ride

 

The appeal of electric vehicles is at an all-time high. With the growing push and even enforcement in some countries for businesses to lower their emission levels, many automakers are restructuring their platforms towards fully electric cars. 

On the other hand, there are still plenty of skeptics, particularly in North America over concerns regarding cost, choice, and charging. If you’re a newbie in electric car shopping, the process may seem a bit daunting at first. Here are some tips and tricks to help you understand the right vehicle for you.

Determine What You’re Looking For

Electric vehicles can be fun to drive and don’t necessitate nearly as much maintenance as a gasoline-powered car nor produce as many emissions. However, even in knowing that you want an electric car, it can still be daunting to know which one to choose from. 

“Is it basic transportation? Or is it an expression of yourself and your personality?” said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book. “Cars are a statement about their buyers. If they weren’t, there wouldn’t be a Mercedes.”

Gasoline or not, cars a statement for anyone, it could be for status and style like with Mercedes-Benz or Tesla or it could be centered around affordability.  Those who prefer luxury EVs will likely involve more avant-garde technologies, but realistically, the general public will prefer more bargain-friendly brands. To put into perspective, non-luxury brands like Nissan typically start their EVs around $30,000, (plus destination fee), while brands like Mercedes-Benz may start around $100,000, (plus destination fee).

Figure Out How and Where You Will Charge

Those who make the first switch towards an electric should first determine the location of where their main charging location will be. For most people, the ideal place is in the comfort of their own home, however, since the newer cars and trucks will have the ability to drive on 200 miles or more with a single charge, some may choose to “refuel” as needed while at work or a public charging station. 

It is worth noting that charging an electric vehicle at home will take much slower…like close to 24 hours slow just to reach a full charge. It is for this reason that many buyers choose available 240-volt outlets, like the ones used by large kitchen appliances, which would usually require hiring an electrician to do the installation.

“You’re basically installing something unique for the electric car — there is a cost associated with that,” said Alistair Weaver, editor in chief of Edmunds.com.

Another factor to consider is how outside conditions could affect the range of the vehicle, for instance, cold weather can significantly cut down a vehicle’s scope. Nevertheless, while range anxiety is real, experts say that it’s often overblown. According to Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports, many owners of electrics don’t even charge their cars on a daily basis simply because they don’t need to.

Understand What You Can Afford

Yes, believe it or not, it is possible for the average consumer to afford an electric car. While it is true that gasoline vehicles are cheaper, keep in mind that EVs, federal and state breaks, utility grants, among other savings can help to counteract the price.

With electric vehicles, the federal government offers a $7,500 tax credit. Though it doesn’t offer it as much for Tesla’s or GM’s, it is still available for many other brands, such as the Pacifica Hybrid. A new 2021 minivan has a starting price of $40,620, (plus destination fee) but after the federal tax credit, this can drop down to around 33,000. On top of this, states, cities, and some companies even offer incentives for companies for buying EVs or installing chargers at home.

What’s more, it’s cheaper to own an electric car. According to Consumer Reports, the average EV owner will spend 60 percent less to charge their car, no matter if it’s a sedan, truck, or an SUV. Moreover, these types of drivers will spend far less on repairs and maintenance, especially since no oil changes will be needed.

If you’re really looking for a deal, buying a pre-owned EV is an option. However, as with any used car, make sure to make a personal assessment such as the quality of the battery. It could also be a great choice for a second car for short errands or trips.

Consider A Plug-In

With all of that said, fully electric vehicles may not be for everyone…at least not yet. Fisher said it best when he commented “If you’re interested but not really sure you want to commit, these plug-in hybrids are kind of a gateway,”

Many electric vehicles aren’t suitable enough to meet the needs of families, such as not having enough rows or space for equipment. Also, some individuals may not be able to easily charge at or near their hopes. This is another reason why Fisher recommends a plug-in.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Speaking of plug-ins, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan has the ability to run on 32 miles on a full charge before switching to the gasoline engine. It would work great for those who want to go on long-distance trips without worrying whether or not their charging stations are nearby.

Miami Lakes Automall is selling the stellar 2021 Pacifica minivan in different trims and at different prices. Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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Is Chrysler Stellantis’ Secret Weapon?

 

The multinational automaker, Stellantis, is undoubtedly a strong competitor in the automotive market due to its extensive portfolio of car brands such as Fiat, Jeep, Ram Trucks, Alfa Romeo, and many others. Dodge clearly gets the most attention from Stellantis, therefore, it appears that the automaker views it as its knight and shining armor. However, there is one brand that has the key advantage and that’s Chrysler.

This year, Chrysler was the talk of the automotive town in good ways with its award-winning Pacifica minivan, but then, in some not-so-good ways with chatter that Stellantis might be giving this subsidiary the boot. Contrariwise, Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis quickly shot down these rumors. But the question remains: What’s next for Chrysler?

The Chrysler company only has three nameplates, which are the 300 sedan, the Pacifica minivan and Voyager minivan. It doesn’t seem like it, but the automaker still has a lot to work with. Although sedans and minivans are no longer a hot ticket on the market, Chrysler has found a way to make it work for them.

Starting off, the Pacifica has been the heavyweight champ in its segment for its unbeatable interior technologies and overall design. Even though Stellantis is rich with brands, it’s poor with singular products that continually reach first place in its division. Be that as it may, with their Pacifica model, it repeatedly gets the limelight and even more so with its Hybrid variant, due to its adeptness in handling and changeability.

This next vehicle may seem questionable, but hear us out first. Once upon a time, the Chrysler 300 sedan was the big man on campus in the mid-2000s and was often used by celebrities or prolific figures. At some point, the hype died down, to where many critics have questioned why the automaker even bothers with the car anymore. While these concerns are valid, the 300 is still a valuable nameplate, and the only thing that needs to change is the image, especially since the style has pretty much stayed the same since its 2005 debut. Nevertheless, the real equity is in its unique and powerful HEMI V8 engine, which still astounds us with its exhilarating acceleration, rumble, and force.

If we’re really digging deep as to why shutting out Chrysler would be bad for business, it’s that Stellantis needs a brand that creates a distinction between its broader companies such as Ford, Volkswagen, or Toyota. Many U.S. car buyers don’t even know what Stellantis is yet, and eliminating this iconic American brand would only cause further confusion.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like Stellantis needs to take our word for it because they haven’t shown any real signs of giving up Chrysler in the first place. 

Miami Lakes Chrysler

For Chrysler fans who can’t get enough of the 2021 Pacifica or their 300 model, Miami Lakes Automall has you covered! We have a great selection of Chrysler vehicles that range in a variety of different trims and prices. These models are also filled with fun features such as with the Pacifica that comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display with Uconnect 5 infotainment, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and even a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Those who are interested in any of these models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Shows That Its Hot Stuff In The Windy City

 

Chicago Auto Show Debut

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica made its debut this month at the Chicago Auto Show. The event has been held annually during the month of February for the past 118 years, its also the largest auto show in North America. This year the event was held from February 8th to 17th.

The 2021 Pacifica was added to the minivan lineup. It was the brand’s first all-wheel-drive in the minivan category since 2004 and the only rival to the all-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna. Its also been four years since Chrysler debuted the Pacifica minivan, so it’s better late than ever for this vehicle to get a fresh coat of paint.

In the front of the Pacifica, it has a new fascia with a bigger grille, headlights that are reshaped and air inlets that are more forceful. The back has also been restyled, it has a taillight that is full-width and stretches from each edge. These modifications are minimal but just enough towards keeping the 2021 minivan looking fresh without essentially changing its unique characteristics.

The Pinnacle is positioned as the most exclusive trim of the Pacifica lineup, it includes wood and piano black trim, quilted Nappa leather-upholstered seats which have a pair of lumbar pillows to match in the captain chairs of the second-row, as well as high-tech features like standard automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control.

The powertrain is without a doubt the highlight of it all, as it is composed of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system activates in the front-wheel-drive for the majority of the time for efficiency, but when it counts, it can send up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels. Additionally, the Pacifica is perfectly calculated and deliberate as it can harness all-wheel-drive before the wheels get too slippery during storms; This is possible due to the monitoring of the temperature, the use of windshield wipers, steepness of the road, among other attributes.

A significant upgrade is the reintroduction of the all-wheel-drive Town and Country. Although the Town and Country was discontinued back in 2004 due to the introduction of Stow’n Go seating, by virtue of some genius engineering, both features will now coincide in the same minivan.

For 2021, the entire lineup for Pacifica will get a minimal redesign, this will include Chrysler’s newest Uconnect 5 infotainment system; It has wireless Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto smartphone integration, Alexa, Tom-Tom navigation as well as a 10.1-inch touchscreen that has a new interface layout.

Another tech-savvy feature includes the FamCAM, a video system that enables the driver or front passenger to over-see second-row passengers, perfect for keeping an eye on the little critters should they get too rowdy. The zoom feature also allows one to monitor infants in the rear-facing seats. Moreover, kids that are slightly older in that row will love the built-in games from the available rear entertainment system.

Why You Should Care

Minivans aren’t known for being the hottest vehicles out there in comparison to that of a sports car, but when it comes to practicality for a large family with a lot of cargo, it’s tough to beat. Besides, the Pacifica’s styling makes it feel more like an incredibly large sedan than a crappy old station wagon and it’s also easier to drive.

Miami Lakes Auto Mall

Those interested in the new 2021 Pacifica will have to wait until the end of this year in order to make a purchase, but don’t fret! Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a plethora of updated Chrysler Pacifica models with different trims and colors to choose from. Visit our online dealership website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Fiat Chrysler May Get A New Name For The New Year

Towards the end of last year in 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merged with french auto company PSA Group in order to become a global powerhouse, thus becoming the fourth-largest automaker company with a combined market value of roughly $50 billion. This year, according to Mopar Insiders, Chrysler’s brand is making even more headway by deciding to remove its famous name…well, at least thinking about it. Other brands owned by FSA such as Dodge, Jeep, and Ram have and continued to bring in the most profit for the company, but due to Chrysler’s small lineup its cars don’t always get much traction, so it might not be that surprising for a rebrand of sorts on the name.

Typically when two companies merge, they also agree on a new name as a way to identify themselves as one new organization. For nearly 100 years, Chrysler has gone through several name changes such as the Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s been reported that with the new merge between FCA and PSA, the two companies have agreed not to use either of their existing names. This marks the first time in Chrysler’s history in which the name may not be used outside of the company’s brand. 

A statement was made by Walter P. Chrysler’s great-grandson, Frank Rhodes to Mopar Insiders about the matter, “It has been a long time coming. That being said, we need to preserve the brand and at least it looks safe for now. Carlos Tavares, CEO PSA, said he would keep all of the brands,” Rhodes said. “Chrysler should expand and go after Lincoln. I did think of a corporate name, PFC Corporation. However, I heard that none of the existing corporate names will be used. The fact is that Tavares has the leading vote, 6-5, and however you slice the cake, he and the French Government are in control. Remember how Chrysler and Mercedes had a ‘merger of equals?'”

Despite the possibility that Chrysler’s name may be no more, this does not mean that the brand itself is going extinct. Merges and partnerships with the FSA haven’t always worked out for the best; On the contrary, this latest deal should aid in speeding up product cycles and have a greater overall structure between these core brands.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Speaking of reputable names, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited is an absolute must-have for large families who need a lot of space for their luggage and themselves, as it 8 available seats and an unbelievable amount of cargo space.

Standard features include a Uconnect radio system, heated front and rear seats, a tilt steering wheel, Blind Spot Detection, Brake Assist, a navigation system, power moonroof, as well as remote keyless entry.

On optional feature on Limited trims is the Red S Appearance package. It gives the interior a bright and sporty pop of color. It also adds a few embellishments on the exterior by adding a Red S and Black Noise liftgate badges with Velvet Red inserts.

The starting price for the 2020 Pacifica Limited is roughly $42,000 (plus destination fee). It also has a basic 3-year warranty for 36,000 miles as well as a five-year powertrain warranty for 60,000 miles.

For more information, please visit our website Miami Lakes Auto Mall. Representatives are standing by!

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Miami Lakes Automall is an Edmunds Five Star Dealer Award Winner

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Looking for a new car from a dealership that won’t waste your time or try to trick you? Head to Miami Lakes Automall, we are Edmund’s Five Star Dealer Award winner because we are serious about customer service.

But don’t just take our word for it, to earn the award Miami Lakes Automall has earned 20 sales reviews with five-star ratings. We have also maintained a 4.5-star rating from sales reviews for the past two years.

 

Whether looking for an SUV, minivan or muscle car, with seven brands and tons of used car inventory, we help all of our customers find the perfect car and at a good deal. With seven brands in one location, Miami Lakes Automall has customers who come from far and wide because they want options when they shop and they want to feel comfortable with their sales associate. Read the rest of this entry >>