Spring Events Near Tucson

Spring has arrived in Arizona. Now is the perfect time to head outside and enjoy all that the area has to offer, especially before the heat of summer comes. Here are some of the best spring events near Tucson to add to your calendar.

Agave Heritage Festival

This festival runs from April 23 through May 5 and celebrates everything about the agave plant. It is an adults-only festival and you have to be at least 21 years of age to attend. There will be dinners, exhibits, talks, and tours across several venues including The Carriage House and Maynards Market & Kitchen.

Wilcox Wine Country Spring Festival

The Arizona Wine Growers Association will present the best wine the state has to offer at this annual event. It will run May 18 and 19 at the historical Railroad Park in Wilcox. It has been named one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America.

The Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival

If your dad loves Mexican food, take him out for Father’s Day to this fantastic festival of food. Head to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa on June 15. There are a few hotel packages available if you want to turn it into a full weekend event. The festival includes food demos, live music, education classes, and, of course, samples.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Earns KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Award

If you are looking for a way to maximize your vehicle dollars, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander is a wise decision. Not only is the Outlander the most affordable three-row crossover in its class, but it also recently earned a Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own award.

“Outlander offers consumers one of the best value packages in an incredibly popular segment, and Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award is a testament to that value,” said Mark Chaffin, COO, MMNA. “Boasting the lowest projected long-term operating costs in its segment, the Mitsubishi Outlander continues to impress consumers and offers the safety, dependability and conveniences they are looking for in a CUV.”

The KBB 5-Year Cost to Own awards are given out to the vehicles with the lowest predicted ownership costs over the course of five years. This includes the initial purchase price along with state fees, fuel costs, insurance, depreciation, and maintenance and repair costs. The Outlander was praised for its low cost, lower rate of depreciation, and low state fees.

Enhancing the Outlander’s value even more, beyond five years, is its 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. The Outlander has also been recognized for its safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick, when equipped with available safety equipment.

Experience the 2019 Outlander for yourself when you stop by Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. You’re sure to fall in love with this affordable, well-rounded CUV.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Features Cosmetic Updates

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

The refreshed 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport receives a handful of major cosmetic changes for the upcoming model year. Although it isn’t a full redesign, the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport keeps things fresh to attract new fans.

Ever since the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport first appeared on the American market back in 2011, it has been a stylish option for active families. And thanks to the care designers paid to the crossover, the Outlander Sport continues to look as fresh and new as ever.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport features a new and improved front fascia for a contemporary vibe. Updated slim headlights, wide fog lights, and a skid plate take their cues from the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The new model also includes updated taillights with LED lighting and a skid plate.

The interior of the 2020 Outlander Sport delivers two minor details. Chrome and piano-black trim add an upscale look to the crossover. A larger eight-inch touchscreen display comes standard for the 2020 model year.

There’s no word on whether or not the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will feature a new engine. However, considering the model borrows several features from the Eclipse Cross, the turbocharged engine isn’t out of the question.

Contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for the latest news on the 2020 Outlander Sport model. You can also stop by to test-drive any of our shiny new 2019 models.

Buying a Used Car

Used Auto Dealership

Buying a used car is a big deal. After all, it’s a major investment that will need to last you for several years. Check out these helpful tips to ensure you buy the right used car.

Set a Budget

The first part of making any major purchase is setting and sticking to a budget. Determine how much you can afford per month. Don’t forget to include any state fees, like registration, and insurance. It’s a good idea to calculate your annual routine maintenance costs, as well.

Check the Vehicle History Report

Checking the vehicle history report is one way to boost your confidence when buying an older model. Most dealerships will provide a free vehicle history report for every model on the lot. By requesting a copy, you can make sure the car was properly cared for, has a clean title, and hasn’t undergone any major repairs.

Take a Test Drive

Once you’ve found the car you want and reviewed the vehicle history report, it’s time to take a test drive. Contact the dealership and schedule the test drive at your convenience. By scheduling ahead, you can ensure that the dealership will have the car ready for you when you arrive. This will help save time as you shop for your next ride.

While on the test drive, make sure to check the air conditioning and heat functions. Roll down all the windows and make sure the controls are within your reach. Drive like you normally would on your daily commute to ensure that the car is comfortable and performs smoothly.

Stop by Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to browse our current used-vehicle inventory. We’ll help match you with an auto that suits your needs and preferences.

Best Road Trip Games Adults Won’t Hate

Family Road Trip

Every road trip movie has a scene with some gruelingly boring road trip game that everyone in the car clearly hates having to play—but road trip games don’t have to be terrible. If you’re on the road with your kids or just a group of adult friends, here are the best road trip games adults might just have fun with.

Musical Games

Bring some fun to your long drive with pop culture-themed games, like Battle of the Bands, where one person picks a song category and two other players each play a song. The first player decides which one wins! There’s also the Singing Game, where you go around singing a song lyric each and the next player has to sing a line from a different song with related lyrics.

Games that Make You Think

Most road trip games are pretty mindless, but games that let you focus your attention on thinking hard will make time fly by. One example is the Name Game, where you name a celebrity and the next player has to name another celebrity whose name starts with the last letter of the last celebrity’s name. It doesn’t have to be a famous person—pick any category that interests you!

Word Games

Word Association and Alphabet Categories are two more games for a carful of wordsmiths. In Word Association, one person says a word and the next person says the first word that comes to mind and so on. In Alphabet Categories, you pick a category like food or instruments and name something from that category for each letter of the alphabet.

Are you ready for a road trip, but your car is not? Come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to find something better.

Seriously, Don’t Do the Bird Box Challenge While Driving

Bird box

Bird Box, the wildly popular new Netflix film adaptation of the Josh Malerman novel by the same name, has earned a place in internet history by achieving the peak of pop culture prestige: it inspired a meme.

The film’s main characters live in a world filled with monsters the sight of which makes humans kill themselves, so they protect themselves by wearing blindfolds when they go out. Naturally, the film’s fans—and then the entire internet—challenged themselves to go about their day in blindfolds.

The Bird Box Challenge, like the cinnamon challenge and the Tide Pod challenge before it, is sweeping the nation—often at the expense of public safety. A 17-year-old girl in Layton, Utah, for instance, took on the challenge while driving, pulling her hat down over her eyes and inevitably crashing into another car.

It should go without saying that you should never drive without being able to see. Both the Bird Boxer and the driver she hit came out of the accident unscathed, but it could have been much more serious. Don’t do the Bird Box Challenge while Driving—in fact, if you’re going to blindfold yourself, stay home. The general public will be safer for it.

If someone else driving like an idiot hits your car, come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to see what we have to replace it.

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Tucson

Valentine's Day

Although many Americans face Valentine’s Day in the middle of dreary wintertime, if you live in Tucson you have no such problem. Instead, there are plenty of opportunities to turn up the romance and spend the day out and about with your loved one. Here are some Valentine’s Day date ideas in Tucson.

  • Plan a picnic: Pack up a romantic picnic with all your favorite snacks, including some luscious chocolate covered strawberries. A picnic dinner can easily turn into a romantic stargazing session under the night sky, allowing you to spend some quality time together away from pesky technology. For such an evening, consider venturing to Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon, or a favorite outdoor spot that you and your loved one share.
  • Spend the night in: If you want to avoid packed restaurants on Valentine’s Day, consider cooking a delicious dinner of your loved one’s favorite cuisine. Light some candles to make the dinner feel extra special, and take a nighttime stroll afterwards to enjoy the evening together.
  • Have a surprise up your sleeve: If you and your loved one have been talking about doing something in the Tucson area for months – like trying a new restaurant or checking out a cool music venue – Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to finally do so. Surprise your loved one with a thoughtful plan that shows you’ve been listening.

If you’re looking for a ride to truly impress your date, consider a new vehicle from Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

Easy ways to keep your car clean

Clean Car

For the new year, many of us have made resolutions to be neater and more organized. However, we often overlook our vehicles when we make such resolutions. Since we spend so much time in our cars commuting to work, running errands, and cruising around town, it’s a great idea to keep your car nice and tidy so being in it is an enjoyable experience. Here are a few easy tips to keep your car clean:

  • Keep baking cups in the cupholders: Let’s face it: your vehicle’s cupholders almost definitely have crumbs in them. An easy way to keep them clean is by placing baking cups in them, which will catch future debris and make for easy cleanup.
  • Keep a small duster in the glove compartment: You don’t usually think of your car getting dusty, but it definitely does. To easily pick up the dust, store a small duster in your glove compartment.
  • Put important car docs in a file folder: Glove compartments are usually a mess of pertinent driving papers. A simple way to tidy this up is to get a file folder to store everything neatly. With such a system, you can easily store any future service documents.
  • Get a seat cover for pets: If you often travel with your furry best friend, get a seat cover for pets, which will make it so pet hair doesn’t get stuck in the seats and passengers don’t get covered in it later.

Visit us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi if you’re looking for a new car to keep clean in 2019.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Named Green Car Journal 2019 Green Car of the Year

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was named the Green Car Journal 2019 Green SUV of the Year at the AutoMobility LA event, which was part of the Los Angeles Motor Show that took place at the end of November.

Green Car Journal recognized the Outlander PHEV as one of Mitsubishi’s many successful efforts to bring electrified vehicles to the average buyer at affordable prices. Even with a relatively low price tag, Mitsubishi doesn’t skimp on advanced hybrid electric technology, ride quality, or interior comforts.

The world’s bestselling plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV offers impressive utility along with powerful performance and utility. Its popularity exemplifies the growing consumer interest in vehicles that have a low impact on the environment and still emphasize practicality.

Sporting a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with hybrid tech, the Outlander PHEV has up to 22 miles of all-electric range, an estimated 74 MPGe, and Mitsubishi’s innovative Super All-Wheel Control system.* Plus, you can charge up the battery in seconds with DC fast charging.

The Outlander PHEV’s advanced hybrid technologies, including all-electric driving, impressed the editors at Green Car Journal, which is the most prestigious voice in the green car world. According to editor and publisher Ron Cogan, the Outlander PHEV has “clearly earned its distinction as the 2019 Green SUV of the Year.”

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

*PHEV has a combined MPG of 25. EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage will vary.

New Year’s Car Care Resolutions

Car Interior

It’s almost 2019, which means it’s time to start thinking about how we want to use this fresh start to commit ourselves to being more productive and responsible. Consider adding these New Year’s car care resolutions to your list for improved car performance.

Make a maintenance schedule—and stick to it

Routine maintenance is one of the most important parts of car ownership, but it’s also one of the most neglected. Check your manual to see what maintenance you need to get done and when, and start setting up appointments. You can even get help from your dealership or auto shop to come up with the schedule.

Keep it clean

It’s hard to find the time and energy to clean your car, especially in the winter, but it’s vital to the health of your car. Clean it out regularly, and also get regular car washes. During the winter, make sure you wash the undercarriage as well to get rid of any salt that could cause rust.

Do maintenance at home

We all say we’re going to check our fluids once a month, but how many of us actually do? Make 2019 the year you check your oil regularly, keep your washer fluid topped off, and notice when one of the fluids is draining quickly so you can fix leaks before they get dangerous and expensive.

If you need to catch up on routine maintenance, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.