Finding a place to cool off in Arizona is no easy task. You could stay inside an air-conditioned building, but then you wouldn’t get to see everything the Tucson area has to offer. Check out these welcoming places to stay cool near Tucson this summer!
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Located just a half hour drive from Tucson, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot summer day. The caves run an average of 72 degrees year-round. Visitors can take guided tours of the largest dry caves in North America. The 45-minute tour walks through the history of the cave. There’s plenty of time to take pictures, making this a memorable day trip for the family!
Bisbee is home to an average summer high temperature of 87 degrees, making it a warm spot to escape the summer heat. The border town is located near the Mule Mountains and is a two hour drive from Tucson. Unique architecture, welcoming restaurants, and an elevation of 5,000 feet make Bisbee a wonderful place to visit.
Mount Lemmon runs an average summer high temperature of 73 degrees. It sits around an hour and a half from Tucson. The peak reaches heights of over 9,000 feet, making it the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Summerhaven, a small community near the mountain top, is home to a number of cozy restaurants and businesses.
If you’re looking for a new ride to take to all these fun places, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi has been gaining ground over the past few years, and 2018 is turning out to be no different. Mitsubishi June sales skyrocketed 46 percent over the same time period last year. The Japanese automaker continues to gain ground thanks to vehicle affordability, style, and value.
The Mitsubishi Outlander led the charge with the largest sales gain, jumping from 2,313 in June 2017 to 3,380 units last month. Its affordability and impressive array of premium amenities have made it a top choice for drivers of all ages.
The 2018 Eclipse Cross arrives new for the model year, and the all-new crossover saw more than 800 units leave dealer lots in June alone. Upscale styling and a spacious interior make it a favorite of families.
More than 350 units of the fuel-efficient Outlander PHEV have left dealership lots so far this year, which is great considering it’s all-new this year. Its combination of high fuel economy and comfortable cabin make it a great choice for families who love spending time on the road.
So far, Mitsubishi June sales are keeping with the annual trend. Mitsubishi’s year-to-date sales at the midpoint of 2017 sat at just over 54,500 units. The end of June 2018 sets the Japanese automaker well ahead of where it was last year. Mitsubishi has sold more than 67,000 vehicles so far this year.
It’s time to celebrate! The Automotive Science Group just recognized Mitsubishi Motors as the “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and the “Best Economic Performance Brand”. These awards follow in the wake of the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV being given a “Best 5 All-Around Performance Award” for its segment last month, and alongside the announcement that the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage has been awarded the “Best Economic Performance Car” and “Best 5 All-Around Performance” titles.
To determine the recipients of these coveted awards, the Automotive Science Group (ASG) evaluates three major areas: environmental, social, and economic performance. The ASG evaluated 33 automotive companies and found that Mitsubishi Motors beats the competition be an average of 16%, pulling ahead to offer the best all-around value and performance of any automaker in 2018.
Just as the 2018 Outlander and Outlander PHEV have received spectacular acclaim since their release, so too has the 2018 Mirage. It received the “Best Economic Performance Award” for the second consecutive year and boasts “the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint of any conventional powertrain.” In addition, it earned a “Best 5” title out of 356 vehicles evaluated in its small car segment, outcompeting other cars as a result of its exceptional value, performance, and low costs of ownership.
With the Outlander platform and Mirage, the future of Mitsubishi looks bright. If you want to see either of these vehicles in person and take them for a test drive, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Summer is here, and it’s never fun getting stuck somewhere with broken air conditioning. Even worse is when your car’s air conditioning system stops working, making running errands and commuting to work an all-around unenjoyable experience. Sitting in the heat sweating with your legs stuck to the seat is an experience best left avoided. If you’re car’s air conditioning system hasn’t been performing as it should, or if you just want to look the system over, no time is better than at the beginning of summer. Here’s a guide on how to check your car’s air conditioning system and make sure it’s in proper working order.
First, check the fans, the temperature of the air flow, and your car’s air filter: These are simple checks that may resolve the issue without causing a headache. Check to make sure the fans are blowing and the air coming out is cool. If very little air is coming out, you will to check your car’s air filter to make sure it’s clear and not obstructing air flow. If these checks don’t resolve the issue, move on to step 2.
Check A/C compressor: The A/C compressor is located in the engine bay. To check to make sure that the A/C compressor is working, have your car on, the air conditioner running, and make sure that the compressor’s pulley is rotating. If it’s not, there could be a problem with the compressor and you will want to take your car into a service center to have the system looked at. If you’d like, you can add refrigerant and check for cracks in the system on your own, but it may be easier to have it looked at by a professional.
Sometimes checking your car’s air conditioning is a technical task you just don’t have time for in your busy schedule. Feel free to contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for an appointment if you need assistance.
As we become closer and closer to June and the official beginning of summer, many of us will be dreaming up summer road trips to take with friends or family members. Before setting out on your adventures, however, you should prepare your vehicle to face the heat and long hours of driving. Here are some tips on how to get your car road-trip ready for the summer months.
Check your oil, all fluid levels, and tires: Before hitting the road, you will want to perform a few basic checks on your vehicle. You will want to check your oil, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels. This last one is particularly important, as it helps keep the engine cool while on the go. You will also want to check your tire pressure and tire treads, making sure your tires are adequately filled and that your tires are in good shape for long hours of driving.
Clean or replace your cabin’s air filter: If you’ll be spending a lot of time in the car, you’ll want to make sure that your car’s air filter is clean or new (if you haven’t changed it in a couple years).
Make sure your air conditioning is in good working order: Driving around in the heat is no fun, so you will want to check your car’s air conditioner, making sure all parts are in good shape and that it’s in proper working order.
If your vehicle isn’t quite ready for a long road trip, come see the team at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for a new car or the repairs your current ride needs.
This month, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Outlander were honored with a top award from the Automotive Science Group. The Outlander received the coveted “Best 5 All-Around Performance” award, which is no easy feat: the group considered 372 models for this competition.
The Outlander was chosen for its exceptional performance, value, and smart engineering, with the Automotive Science Group citing the Outlander as outperforming its competitors by an average of 22%. This prestigious award is given to the “top five automobiles in each vehicle class that the organization determines to achieve the highest combined environmental, economic, and social performance scores.”
The Outlander is no stranger to smart performance, especially when it comes to the PHEV model. The 2018 Outlander PHEV boasts 74 MPGe and an all-electric driving range of 22 miles – which is perfect for the daily commute and most everyday driving needs. With the standard Super All-Wheel Control system, the Outlander PHEV combines all the SUV capabilities drivers desire with the eco-friendly efficiency drivers deserve. The standard Outlander model doesn’t fare poorly either: it offers 30 mpg on the highway.
We couldn’t be prouder of the Outlander PHEV and Outlander for receiving this award. To learn more about this vehicle or to add it to your garage, come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
A few years ago, when the revamped Mitsubishi Outlander appeared on the market with several family-friendly revisions, the automaker announced plans to expand the crossover/SUV lineup and move away from its reputation for practical, budget-friendly sedans. That move proved to be a good strategy, and now, the Outlander family has expanded to include the Outlander Sport and the Outlander PHEV. To the surprise of experts everywhere, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales seem to be leading the charge when it comes to Mitsubishi’s success in 2017.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was available globally a few years ago, with its U.S. launch being repeatedly delayed due to the fact Mitsubishi wanted to revise the nameplate and add a few upgrades before bringing it stateside. This seems to have been a wise choice. 2017 was Mitsubishi’s best year in sales since 2007, and the brand overall had a sales growth of 7.7% over the previous year due to breaking the 100,000 milestone for vehicles delivered.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales are defying expectation. While selling 623 units in 2017 may not sound impressive when compared to other, more traditional vehicles on the market, the plug-in hybrid SUV brings a new niche of customers to the Mitsubishi brand. Outlander PHEV sales are only expected to increase over the following three-year period.
This 21+ event is a daily recurring event for the duration that takes place at different times and locations, such as the Carriage House, Mission Garden, Tumamoc Hill, and more. Celebrate the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of the agave plant in the Tucson area.
Are horse races more your style? The Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo Association is holding the Sonoita Horse Races for the 103rd year in a row, providing a fun opportunity for guests to enjoy a good, old-fashioned weekend of heading down to the derby.
Celebrate the Wild West’s most famous officer of the law at this free, two-day event with live street performances, costumed entertainers, a stagecoach, a chili cook-off, and even gunfight skits in historic Tombstone, Arizona.
This spring, we at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi recommend that you take the time to explore the outdoors around Tucson. With various national parks and outdoor wonders to discover, we think it would be a shame if you didn’t take advantage of all that the surrounding Tucson wilderness has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite parks and outdoor areas that we strongly recommend.
Sabino Canyon: This popular natural wonder is located on the northeast edge of the Catalina Mountains. Stroll around, enjoy the views, and pack a picnic for a fun and scenic afternoon. If you’d like, you can venture into the surrounding Coronado National Forest, which offers various trails for hiking and horseback riding.
Lemmon Ski Resort: This is a versatile attraction that you can enjoy year-round. Venture to the top in winter for some quality skiing, or hike the mountain’s trails in the summer.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park: While here, you can take an informative and thrilling tour of the cave, learning all about its interesting history. Its also comfortably cool, providing a nice respite from hot Tucson weather. The area also has a museum to learn about local wildlife.
Saguaro National Park: Head to Saguaro National Park to experience the famed saguaro cactus that only grows in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy the park by a taking a relaxing driving tour, or venture out into the heat and hike to get closer views.
Take a break and head outside this spring. For a vehicle ready to take you anywhere, come see us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Just this past February, the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross landed in the states. As a compact crossover SUV, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is part of one of the fastest growing segments. In spite of the tough competition, the Eclipse Cross distinguishes itself due to its vibrant design, fun driving experience, and advanced features.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The 2018 Eclipse Cross is not the only Mitsubishi vehicle recently released within the United States. This past December, Mitsubishi released the Outlander PHEV, a mind-blowingly innovative vehicle. It is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV – and also features standard all-wheel drive. This vehicle offers two electric motors, as opposed to the traditional one, allowing the Outlander PHEV to supply electric power directly to both the front and rear axles. What’s more, it has an MPGe of 74 miles. At Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re thrilled that these two vehicles are now available in the states.
The Eclipse Cross offers similar levels of innovation and adventure to American drivers, while also offering a dash of daring design. It comes with a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine as well as the same Super All-Wheel Control system as the Outlander PHEV. Its advanced tech far exceeds competitors, offering a standard 7-inch infotainment system, Head-Up Display (HUD), power-sliding panoramic sunroof, and more fun and desirable features that are sure to delight drivers.
To learn more about the Eclipse Cross and to take it for a test drive, come see the team here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.