Outdoor Events Near Tucson in March

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 2Arizona 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 30Presidio 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 11-12Tucson 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.

New Mitsubishi SUV Named Eclipse Cross

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.

Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi we are very excited to learn more about the new 2018 Eclipse Cross!

New Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Revealed at Chicago Auto Show

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.

We here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi like what we see when it comes to the new Outlander Sport!

Tips for Driving in the Rain

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.

Tips for Driving at Night: Maneuvering in the Dark

Tips for Driving at Night
Driving at night can be dangerous due to low visibility, nocturnal animals, and more. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for driving at night.

Driving at night can be dangerous due to low visibility, nocturnal animals, and more. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for driving at night, from the basics to more complex issues.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things to do is aim your headlights. Not all drivers realize that your headlights are actually adjustable, but this is a great way to improve visibility. You can find the instructions in your owner’s manual, but we do suggest bringing your car to a specially trained technician. Adjusting them too high can blind other drivers, which can create serious issues.

Spend some time dimming your dash and instrument panel. Most modern cars let you easily adjust the lighting on your dash display. If you can’t find the buttons, consult the manual. We suggest spending a few minutes at night to adjust the brightness levels—usually dimmer is better. Also, be sure to avoid using map/dome lights when driving at night, as this can disperse light into your eyes and all around the cabin.

Look for animals when driving at night as well. The best way to do this is to look for their eyes, as racoons, deer, and other animals’ retinas reflect your headlights. Remember, if you see one deer, there are likely more nearby. Dusk and dawn are often the busiest times for animal activity.

Finally, don’t stare at oncoming lights. Some drivers have extremely bright headlights. If they are blinding, look at the white line on the side of the road until they pass. If the driver behind you is shining their headlights into your rearview mirror, you can tilt it down about 45 degrees for some relief.

Mitsubishi EV Technologies Get a Boost Thanks to Nissan-Renault Partnership

Mitsubishi EV Technologies
According to CNET, Mitsubishi EV technologies are set to get a boost from some innovative Nissan and Renault designs, including the LEAF and Zoe platforms.

Mitsubishi is teaming up with Nissan to develop some cutting edge green technologies. Now that Nissan has a controlling stake in the Mitsubishi Corporation, the company will be using some of the innovative platforms found in Nissan-Renault electric vehicles. This could be the breakthrough many green advocates have been waiting for.

According to CNET, Mitsubishi EV technologies are set to get a boost from some innovative Nissan and Renault designs, including the LEAF and Zoe platforms. These two models come with next-generation technologies, including lithium-ion battery-storage systems, electric motors, and more. When paired with existing Mitsubishi technologies, including the innovative i-MiEV system, the new partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi is especially promising.

“We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV,” said Takashi Shirawa, head of Nissan European R&D. “The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet.”

In other words, little is official when it comes to new vehicles and designs. However, we do know that the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the best-selling PHEV model in Europe, and it’s likely to appear in the US as an exciting new alternative in the crossover segment. We can’t wait to see what happens over the course of the next year or so, especially in terms of green technologies.

Signs You Need New Brakes

Keeping track of the braking system is something drivers tend to forget about or simply overlook. As one of the most important safety systems in a vehicle, ensuring that your brakes are in top condition should be a priority for most drivers. Fortunately, modern braking systems give plenty of warnings before they need to be replaced. Here are a few signs you need new brakes from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

  1. Screeching – Created by metal rubbing against metal, modern braking systems make a high-pitched screeching sound when the brake pads are nearly gone. Loud enough to be heard with the windows rolled up, the screech shouldn’t be ignored and drivers would do well to make a service appointment sooner rather than later.
  2. Seeing – Did you know it’s possible to actually look at your brakes on modern vehicles? By looking through the wheel spokes, drivers can see what’s left of the brake pad pushed against the rotor. If there isn’t at least a quarter inch of pad left, make a service appointment to have your braking system inspected.
  3. Vibrating – Vibrations in the brake pedal are a sign of warped rotors and indicate that the brake pad can’t grab the rotor’s surface evenly. Generally caused by long periods of braking, like when driving down steep hills, a vibrating brake pedal warrants a trip to a certified service department.

Next-Generation Mitsubishi Outlander Spotted Testing

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander - Tuscon, AZ
The Outlander pictured here will be receiving slight tweaks that will make it even better.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a favorite compact SUV of enthusiasts and the average driver alike. The current generation has been around for a while, which led to many believing that the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was right around the corner. Now the next-generation Outlander has been spotted testing and the spy photos are pretty revealing.

The new model will take cues from the 2013 and 2015 XR-PHEV concepts, a welcome move, given the brand’s skilled hand in styling. The look won’t be quite as sporty but the front end and sloping roof are here to stay.

The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will likely be more compact to compete with models like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.

Several photos gave a sneak peek at the interior, which features a new layout with the infotainment touchscreen on top and plenty of chrome and silver details.

The new Outlander will likely come stocked with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A new plug-in hybrid model is also rumored as well. Both models will come with front-wheel drive. Rumors of an all-electric Outlander have been flurrying around the industry but there’s no confirmation from Mitsubishi yet.

We here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi can’t wait for the arrival of the next-generation Outlander!

Great Ways to Have Fun in Tucson

When you come to Tucson, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just visiting, there is always something new to see or do. If you’re looking for something new to do, here are five ways to have fun in Tucson.

  1. Explore the Outdoors. The Tucson area is a unique part of the United States with a wide range of outdoor activities. Some of the best places to explore include the Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
  2. Learn about history. Here in Tucson you can learn about local history and even history from further afield. Try visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum or the Mission San Xavier del Bac with over 400 years of history within its walls.
  3. Eat some food. With more restaurants than you could ever need, Tucson offers plenty of options for delicious food. Be sure to enjoy some authentic southwestern cuisine.
  4. See a show. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional stage play or something a bit more laid back, Tucson has what you need. Visit the Gaslight Theater and you’ll get dinner along with a fun show.
  5. Have some fun. There are numerous festivals in the city throughout the year, including the All Souls Procession held the first weekend of November each year.

How do you like to have fun in Tucson?

What Are the Benefits of Dealership Financing?

The majority of car buyers opt to pay for their cars using a car loan. Buyers have lots of choices when it comes to choosing their loan and most financing experts recommend getting pre-approved for a loan before starting the car shopping process.

However, even if you have already secured a loan through your bank, you still have another option: dealership financing. The benefits of dealership financing can actually save buyers hundreds or thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

Dealership financing departments, like the one here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, have access to a wide network of lenders. This means we may be able to secure better loan terms than you were able to find yourself.

Another benefit is simply convenience. When you choose dealership financing, you can pick out your car, settle on the price, and sign all the paperwork in the same place. You won’t have to drive to a bank to complete the loan process.

Dealerships also have access to exclusive financing offers from the manufacturer. These offers can include things such as low or no interest, or a percentage of “cash back.” However, these offers are usually only available for buyers with excellent credit.

The next time you’re shopping for a car, be sure to see what financing the dealership can offer you.