Listening to your favorite tunes while driving is one of the best things you, as a casual driver, can do when getting from A to B. FM transmitters serve as a bridge between older car audio systems that lack connectivity and your phone. That said, FM transmitters are just as useful with newer audio systems. Moreover, they are a simple plug-and-play solution that allows instant connectivity. The market offers a great variety of FM transmitters, but these are some of the best options currently out there.
Although most vehicles still use conventional halogen bulbs, LED technology has come a long way and more and more vehicles come with LED lights as standard. Small, energy-efficient, and brighter than the standard halogen lights, LED technology is already on its way to becoming the standard in the automotive industry.
If your car does not come with LED lights from the factory, fear not as there are plenty of renowned manufacturers selling high-quality conversion kits for a wide variety of vehicles. As with other replacement automotive products, variety is plentiful, and choosing the right LED lights can be difficult. Luckily, we have compiled a list with some of the best options currently on the market.
Best Radar Detectors - Reviewed
Although we do not condone speeding we understand that sometimes people need to drive above the speed limit. Whether you’ve been stuck in traffic and got an opening, you have to urgently get somewhere, or you just want to stretch your ride’s legs a bit, speed cameras could make your life difficult when you decide to “rest” your right foot on the gas pedal.
That’s where a radar detector may prove to be extremely useful, as long as they are legal in your region. There are countless offerings from various manufacturers, at different prices. If you are wondering which one to get, the list below might be the best place to start.
All-season tires are widely-regarded as the best all-round solution for all driving conditions. The general perception of all-season tires is that they have a mediocre performance, both in summer and winter driving conditions. For that reason, many still invest in dedicated sets of tires for the different periods of the year. However, with the advent of tire technology, you can now get an all-season tire which performs well, regardless of temperature or surface. That said, the tire market is almost as competitive as the automotive market which means it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of options you have to choose from. But fear not! We have taken the time to narrow down the best performers when it comes to all-season tires. Without further due, here they are.
The Best Car Upholstery and Interior Cleaner - Review and Buyers Guide
People generally take care of the exterior of their vehicles, either wiping the dust off or giving it a proper wash often. Some folks who love their vehicles to the bits even detail it themselves or get it done from outside to make it look shiny and new at all times. But, often, the interior is neglected. We may clean the dash and stuff once in a while, but what about a deep cleaning?
The cabin tends to get dirty and spoilt quite often, and things get even worse if you use the vehicle to transport stuff regularly. And, if you have light-colored upholstery and panels, well, God bless you. The cabin cleaning and detailing requires extra effort, and to help you out with that, we’ve listed some of the best car upholstery and interior cleaners money can buy.
2020 Ferrari P80/C - Quirks and Features
The Ferrari P80/C does not adhere to no rules, no regulations. It is a one-off, race-track only, special edition Ferrari born after four years of painstaking development and of the necessity to match the automotive art of before with the automotive perfection of today. This is the one and only Ferrari P80/C, and this is what you need to know about it.
2019 Toyota RAV4 - Quirks and Features
As one of the most anticipated Toyota vehicles in recent years, the newest 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuted as a completely redesigned model. With an all-new exterior, new modern-age interior, and more tech than ever, the new RAV4 managed to jump up the highest step in the imaginary hierarchy of the compact SUV segment in one swing. Safety was paramount for Toyota engineers, and the new RAV4 now has a full safety suit as standard. This includes features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist. No other similar car has a safety suit as comprehensive as the one in the Toyota RAV4 in its standard form. Regardless of all the imaginable family-friendly features, the Toyota RAV4 somehow managed to stay cool with an appeal that never ends. Now, I’m going to give you 12 awesome facts about the new 2019 Toyota RAV4.
10 Facts To Prove That The 2019 Range Rover Evoque Is Worth Every Dime
As one of the most successful Land Rover products of all time, the Range Rover Evoque has just been thoroughly reworked. Despite looking eerily similar to the first generation car, the new Evoque is actually entirely new - based on an all-new platform, with all new exterior and interior looks, and most importantly, with the tech that complements the change and launches the Evoque into the premium stardom of the future better than ever before. As you may know by now, the looks in themselves do not make a car premium.
Heritage, brand recognition, buyer base and, of course, the technology, do that as well. One needs to build on all of these virtues to be considered premium. And, the Range Rover Evoque has it all. Novel approach by its engineers injects a new life into it with the help of the introduction of some amazing features.
I am listing ten must known facts about the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. It’s quite something.
16 Astonishing Facts About The New McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT
Facts about the new McLaren Speedtail will reveal just how much of a technological marvel the new car really is. It is like the opposite of the Senna, which is all about downforce, cornering, and track abilities. The Speedatail, also known as the Hyper-GT, is a long distance cruiser made to make impressive speed runs, create a luxurious ambiance for its three occupants, and be the fastest thing on the road. Previously, we have seen it in the BP23 prototype guise. Now, however, McLaren delivered something extraordinary - a true McLaren F1 successor. At least a spiritual successor as this one doesn’t have a naturally aspirated V-12, and it is built of materials so advanced that the F1 feels like a relic in comparison.
Nevertheless, the looks of the Speedtail just reveal how dedicated designers were to creating the fastest car possible. No wonder it looks a bit like a Jaguar XJ220, or a bit like a puffed up Volkswagen XL1.
First Driving Impression: An Honest Take on the 2018 Tesla Model S
The first time I ever saw the Tesla Model S was sometime in 2012 or 2013 at one of the car shows in Europe. I will guess that it was in Geneva. I left the Tesla stand a bit underwhelmed by its interior, but the performance, the size, and the sheer fact that someone is buying an electric car like that was more than enough to show me its importance. After that, I drove it only once. And not for a long time at that.
Now, finally, I got my third chance with the Tesla Model S at the Continental AG organized event called the #blackchili. In Nice. Yup, the South of France. I know, I am a lucky guy.
This time I had the Tesla Model S for 40 or so miles. Not the P100D, but the one with 373 horsepower. More than enough, believe me. Considering I drove the car for less than 50 miles, it may seem like I don’t have anything to write home about. How can I call this a short test drive then!? Well, I can because I will tell you about the Tesla Model S from the perspective of a guy who drove European cars all his life, and who never really had an EV stint like this.
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Vs. 2019 BMW X5
Please welcome the heavyweight SUV showdown. This is the Mercedes-Benz GLE versus the BMW X5. No, you will not find out which one is better, nor will I suggest you get one over the other. You will, however, find out how two of the most astounding SUVs of today stack one against another. How do they differ? Do they bring anything new? How cool are they?
I am well aware that many hate SUVs because they find them too flamboyant and too aggressive for the world we live in, but the matter of the fact is that SUVs have become a staple of car design, leaders of technology development, and models that make a lot of money. Every SUV you buy fuels a bit of money into the development of the really cool stuff. So, as far as I’m concerned, you should buy them as much as possible.
With the recent introduction of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, SUV fandom becomes even richer.
Is There Any Meaningful Difference Between The Maserati Levante GTS And The Maserati Levante Trofeo?
Revealed at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Maserati Levante GTS showed that Maser knows a thing or two about making really fast luxurious cars. SUVs or not. It does not matter to them. The new car features a Ferrari-built 3.8-liter, turbocharged, V-8 with 542 horsepower, can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it can hit a top speed of 181 mph. It is the supercar of SUVs. Or as Maserati would put it, the new Levante GTS is the Maserati of SUVs. I like this one better.
While this sounds really impressive, this is not the first time that Maserati smashed a Ferrari V-8 into the Levante. Only a few months ago, the Italian company revealed the Maserati Levante Trofeo with the same V-8 only tuned up to 590 horsepower. That one is a tad faster, a tad meaner, and $50,000 more expensive. Why in hell is the Levante Trofeo so much more expensive than the Levante GTS that is priced at $120,000?
Father’s Day Special: Gift Ideas For A Gearhead Dad
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th, and you’re drawing a blank on what to get him. But don’t stress – we’ve got you covered with nine gift ideas for the motor-minded dad in your life. We’ve got a little bit of everything in here, from the useful, to the fun, to the entertaining, with all sorts of price ranges and budgets covered. We’ve even got a few suggestions for anyone looking to go above and beyond for their dad this year. So ditch the tie and “#1 Dad” coffee mug, and go with one of these suggestions instead.
And don’t worry – you don’t have to know the engine code for your Pop’s ride or how a carburetor works to make the right selection here. Even auto novices will be able to pick the right choice from this list. So, without further ado, here we go… and oh yeah – Happy Father’s Day!
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Tested: 3M Headlight Restoration Kit
Let’s face it – the sun is not good for your car. It fades the paint, it dries and cracks the dashboard, and it yellows and damages the plastic bits along the exterior, including the plastic headlight lenses. Well, 3M has a product that helps reverse sun damage on headlight lenses by gently sanding away the damaged layer of plastic to restore a fresh surface that’s free of discoloration and scratches. 3M wanted me to try my hand at restoring my 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer’s faded lights, so they sent me their heavy-duty restoration kit.
The all-inclusive headlight restoration kit came with everything I needed except for a household drill and microfiber rags. But since I’m at least halfway handy around the house and a self-respecting man, I already had both on hand. It also helps to have a spray bottle of water handy.
The kit comes with a step-by-step guide with full-color photos and tips. As for the actual hardware, it comes with three levels of sanding media, rubbing compound, a compound pad, a drill mount for the sand paper, and a finishing wax designed to protect the plastic from future discoloration. Oh, and before you tear your garage apart looking for masking tape like I did, the 3M kit includes that too.
So let’s dive into this weekend project to see what 3M’s headlight restoration kit is all about.
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3M Trizact Kit Proves Stuff Does Buff Out
You know the old saying, “That’ll buff out.” It’s usually found in the comment section, said in jest when talking about caved in body panels or the smoldering shell of a crispy Italian exotic. Well the idiom can return to its roots of honest paint repair thanks to an easy, do-it-yourself kit found at most automotive parts shops and big-box retailers. It’s the Trizact Precision Scratch Kit from 3M.
It involves a three-step process that uses a household power drill and water to remove light scratches and paint imperfections. It’s designed to be simple enough to use for everyday people with little to no experience of paint repair.
Like most folks, my daily driver’s paint has seen better days. Small scuffs and scratches can be found on several body panels, making my 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer look like, well, a 12-year-old SUV. So you can imagine my excitement when 3M reached out about trying the new Trizact kit. I gladly let them send me a few samples. Here’s my experience using 3M’s newest system.
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I am testing a set of winter tires from Cooper Tire to see how much benefit a driver in the snow belt will receive, and so far I have learned a lot. With lots of ice, slush and just plain freezing temps on clear roads, I have discovered why winter tires are a smart purchase. That said, I really can’t give a full review of these tires unless I get a chance to test them in real heavy winter conditions. As it happens, Cooper was holding a winter-tire testing event in Canada, and our tires were on the list of included products.
I asked if I could follow the team up to Canada to give the tires a good flogging on ice and snow, and they were more than happy to oblige. As a bonus I got a chance to test out a new all-season tire that is supposed to be nearly as good as winter rubber in the snow, I was able to test a more performance-oriented SUV winter tire, and I even learned how to drift a BMW on ice. If you remember the mayhem that happened the last time I got to be a tire tester, well, it happened again. This time we killed a Jeep though, not a Corvette.
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With press cars rolling across my driveway each week for testing, my personal vehicle has found itself sitting neglected. There have been months on end when my trusty Chevrolet Trailblazer doesn’t move from its home under the carport. While it’s technically covered, its right rear flank is exposed to the elements – not to mention the endless Florida pollen that piles all over the maroon paint. I had often though about getting a car cover, but had never made the move.
Luckily Empire Covers contacted me about trying their Titan 5L car cover. Turns out, the Titan 5L is designed to be an all-weather, 100 percent waterproof cover that’s backed by a seven year warranty. It might be a bit overkill for my carport, but its rugged design would mean I wouldn’t have to worry about strong winds ripping it off.
The cover arrived a few days later via the big brown van. Inside the box was everything needed to attach the cover, along with a storage bag made of the same five-layer material as the cover. After treating the Trailblazer to a well-deserved wash and a few hours of drying, it was time to install.
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We’ve all been there. You get up to head to work, or your driving down the highway when suddenly your car dings and there is a lovely check-engine light on the dash. This is soon followed by a trip to a local parts store to have the code checked for free, followed by a lengthy discussion with some mechanic somewhere about the problem with your car. Unfortunately many shops, especially dealers, don’t want to take your word for it and demand to run the codes themselves, at a cost to you.
If you are a fan of doing things yourself, and you want to put an end to annoying scenarios like this, maybe you should check out this nifty little device from Lemur. It’s called the BlueDriver, and it’s a Bluetooth-enabled OBD-II scanner that pairs to your smartphone. Not only is it a tiny tool that is always connected to your car, it lets you show your diagnostic codes to any mechanic on the spot. No more arguing about what the code reader at the parts store said. We have seen tools like this before, but Lemur thinks theirs is one of the best.
I’ve been testing one for a few months now. I’ve had it in everything from my Volkswagen Golf to a Porsche 911, and I have a lot to say about this little thing.
Read on to learn more about the Lemur BlueDriver OBD-II reader.
A few weeks ago I asked if you should use winter tires on your car, even if you don’t see that much snow. Well I have since slapped a set of winter rubber from Cooper Tire on my daily driver and have spent a few weeks trekking through the gray, wet and slushy mess that is winter in East Tennessee. So far the tires have seen rain storms that turned to ice storms, snow in the Appalachian mountains, clear roads but with temperatures in the single digits, and even a few random warm days with temps near 60.
Overall in the last month or so, I have experienced three of the four seasons with my winter tires and I have lived to tell the tale. But more than that, I have learned a lot about what makes my tire choice a smart decision in this climate, and what makes it seem less intelligent.
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