Boating isn’t the first thing you imagine when you think of the dry deserts and sprawling canyons of Arizona, but you’d be surprised to find that there are tons of lakes and rivers in the state that offer some of the most fun boat adventures you’ll find anywhere. Here are the best Arizona boat adventures to check out this summer.
The Saguaro Lake has the Desert Belle, a big ferry that cruises around the river and even features music on weekend nights. You can also get on a tour boat in Lake Havasu City and tour the Colorado River or take a twilight dinner cruise on Canyon Lake. If you’d rather steer the boat yourself, though, there are plenty of lakes and rivers for that too.
Go kayaking in the Colorado River at Black Canyon and see the emerald green cove, or rent a paddleboard and take it out on Lake Powell, a beautiful lake surrounding by towering rock. For a more urban experience, take a pedal boat for two out on Tempe Town Lake. And of course there’s no better way to spend your weekend getaway than with the water to wine tour on the Verde River, located near the Alcantara Vineyard.
Arizona is a beautiful state, and there are tons of campgrounds where you’ll discover things you never expected. Whether you’re an Arizona native or you’re just visiting, here are some of the best Arizona campgrounds to check out this summer!
One campground is Bear Canyon Campground, which is located on Bear Canyon Lake and surrounded by trees for a secluded experience. If you’re looking for a spot on the water, another option is Hilltop Campground, which is on Lynx Lake in the Prescott National Forest.
The Dairy Springs Campground in Coconino National Forest is near Lake Mormon and is teeming with plenty of gorgeous hiking trails. Coconino is actually home to quite a few beautiful campgrounds, like Pine Flat Campground near Oak Creek and Manzanita Campground.
Christopher Creek Campground in Tonto National Forest is on a first-come first-serve basis and is located on the Mogollon Rim. If you want to stay at the Grand Canyon for a while instead of just taking a day trip, camp overnight in Grand Canyon National Park at the Desert View Campground, which has 50 available sites.
Many families that need room for seven or eight passengers usually don’t have bigger budgets for a brand new car. This is where Kelley Blue Book’s list of 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles comes in handy. For the fourth year in a row, the Mitsubishi Outlander has earned a place on this prestigious list.
This year, the 2017 Outlander takes the top spot as the most affordable crossover on the list. Along with its exceptional affordability, the Outlander was recognized for its well-equipped interior, off-road abilities, and excellent warranty.
The Outlander comes with one of the best warranties in the industry: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.
Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA, said, “Outlander offers consumers a quality vehicle with room for seven passengers at an affordable price and is backed up with one of the leading warranties in the industry. We are proud to have Outlander recognized for its value proposition by one of the most reputable organizations in the industry.”
Now that summer is here, it’s time to have some fun! Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we love living and working in Tucson. Here are some great June events in Tucson that you should consider attending.
National Trails Day. On June 3rd, celebrate America’s greatest recreational trails with a visit to Mt. Lemmon in Coronado National Forest. You can also explore other local areas including Catalina State Park, Oracle State Park, or Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Spacefest VIII. From June 8th through the 11th, the JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort will host the annual reunion of NASA Apollo astronauts, astronomers, space scientists, authors, and fans. Ticket costs range from $20-$30 per day (children 12 and under are free).
Mexican Food Festival. On June 17th, just in time for Father’s Day weekend, head to the best 23 miles of authentic Mexican food in the state. This area includes the City of South Tucson, lower midtown, and downtown. In addition to enjoying the great food, there will be food demonstrations, live music, and more.
Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers Days. This fun festival is hosted by the city of Tombstone and runs from June 23rd through June 25th from 8am to 5pm each day. There will be street entertainment, food, a parade, and more.
Which of these summer events are you planning to attend?
Cleaning your car in winter sounds miserable, no matter what climate you live in. The cold weather is slowly fading, which means warm spring weather will be arriving soon. Take the time to clean your car now so you can enjoy the weather when it finally arrives. Check out these informative spring car cleaning tips from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Wheels – While you may expect a massive amount of dirt and grime to have built up in the wheels, odds are you’ll still be surprised by how much is hidden by the hubcaps. Remove the hubcaps in order to begin scrubbing the wheels and wheel wells. Doing so reduces the wear on your tires and rims, while also reducing the chance of any major problems in the future.
Trunk – Many drivers tend to throw items right into the trunk if they don’t need it at that moment. Spring is soon approaching, which means now is a great time to dig everything out in preparation of picnics and traveling.
Windows – Wet salt can do a number on your windows and can blur your vision. Use window cleaner and a towel to leave behind a crystal clear view that allows you to take in your surroundings; don’t forget about the windshield.
These simple cleaning tips should get your car shining bright for spring. If you decide you want a new vehicle, feel free to visit us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi and we’ll be happy to help!
Older drivers will likely remember the stylish Eclipse sports coupe that ruled the road before leaving the market for good in 2012. Mitsubishi is reviving the name for a new vehicle, but it isn’t a sports coupe. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be a small, value-oriented crossover designed to offer drivers the best the industry has to offer.
The Eclipse Cross fits nicely between the existing Outlander Sport and Outlander with a similar wheelbase and 173.4-inch length. The next Outlander Sport is likely to shrink while the standard Outlander will grow, according to Mitsubishi.
The upcoming model features a sleek, attractive design and upscale interior designed to offer a new level of comfort. The standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission and produces more than the Outlander’s 166 hp. The crossover will also feature the driver’s choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations.
As for technology, the 2018 Eclipse Cross features available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a head-up display, and much more. The crossover will officially go on sale early next year; European markets will see the new vehicle sooner.
Spring is officially just a few weeks away, but here in Arizona we’re already enjoying ideal weather. That means it’s time to head outdoors now before temperatures reach triple-digits in a few months. Here are some great outdoor events near Tucson in March that you should consider adding to your calendar.
March 3-5 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention: Wander the streets of Old Tucson and you’ll feel like you’ve actually stepped back in time; arrive in a costume for even more fun. There will be train rides, concerts, street performers, and so much more.
March 1-April 2 – Arizona Renaissance Festival: Go back to the 16th century and watch jousting knights, watch actors perform live on stage, explore over 200 artisan stands, eat as many turkey legs as you can, and have a day filled with fun.
March 1-April 30 – Presidio Museum Walking Tours: This museum recreates the original Presidio, which encompassed about 11 acres of what is currently downtown Tucson. With these tours, you can get a more in-depth look at what daily life looked like in the late 1700s.
March 11-12 – Tucson Festival of Books: If you love books, be sure to head to this festival that will host more than 350 authors for panel discussions, presentations, and more. There will also be a special program for visitors of all ages.
Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we are looking forward to heading outdoors this month and having some fun.
In just a few days, at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, Mitsubishi is going to show off the latest addition to its lineup, a new Mitsubishi SUV, which will be called the Eclipse Cross.
The Eclipse name is borrowed from the popular, sporty coupe model that Mitsubishi sold from 1989 through 2011; the Cross part of the name is short for crossover. With this name, Mitsubishi aims to merge the two segments together into a dynamic form that drivers of all types can truly appreciate.
In the image Mitsubishi released when it announced the name, the Eclipse Cross is shown in a vivid high-saturation red, which Mitsubishi says is meant to evoke the brilliant color seen during a total solar eclipse.
Mitsubishi will officially unveil the new Eclipse Cross on March 7th at 11:15am, which is 3:15am here in Tucson. So, when we wake up that day, we’ll get the full details for this all-new Mitsubishi model. Size-wise, it will fit in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. We also know that it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a top competitor in the small crossover segment and now it’s getting a boost. The new Limited Edition trim officially debuted at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, sporting new design enhancements and plenty of technology. The new Outlander Sport maintains its surprisingly affordable price despite the new high-end features.
Thus far, the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has done a spectacular job at bringing all the features drivers want without the ridiculously high prices. Plenty of standard equipment and technologies come loaded into the new Limited Edition trim, continuing the value-oriented offering from the Japanese automaker.
“We’ve now taken that approach one step further by integrating additional standard equipment and technology into the Limited Edition at a price point that is unprecedented within the broader CUV segment,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and COO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Starting at just $21,995, the new Limited Edition trim boasts styling cues like black 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, exclusive badging, and more. Inside, drivers can expect a sport-inspired design completed with aluminum pedals. Comfort features include heated front seats while tech-savvy drivers will love the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Traveling in wind and rain increases the chance of an accident, which is why taking proper precautions is incredibly important. If you must, drive, do so safely. Here are a few helpful tips for driving in the rain from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Slow Down – Driving a little slower than normal is a necessity in the rain, as it gives you more time to stop. Slowing down will also help prevent your car from hydroplaning and potentially causing you to lose control of the vehicle altogether.
Stay Aware – Strong storms tend to bring high winds which can lead to disaster on the road. Larger vehicles are prone to drifting in and out of their lanes as a result of high winds more so than smaller cars. Make sure to keep your eyes open and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Doing so will give you more time to react and come to a stop in the event of an accident or emergency.
Lights – Driving with your lights not only helps your own visibility but it helps other cars see you amid the rain and gray background as well. Make sure your headlights work properly and change out any burnt bulbs. Some states will give you a ticket for driving in the rain without your headlights on.