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.

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.

Fall Events in Tucson

Check out Events in Tucson, like the Willcox Flyer Bike Ride

Looking for something to do this fall? We’ve curated a list of the perfect events in Tucson to carry you into the next school year.

Willcox Flyer Bike Ride – September 1, 2018

The 6th Annual Willcox Flyer Bike Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. at Historic Railroad Ave Park. Select from a 33- or 66-mile out and back course and enjoy live music and food vendors in Railroad Ave Park when finished.

Tucson Fall Gem Shows – September 6-9, 2018

If you’re interested in entering the world of gems and the art of lapidary, these gem events around town will be perfect for you.

Arizona Theatre Company Season-opener: Native Gardens – September 8-29, 2018

You’ll have many chances to see this entertaining comedy at the Temple of Music and Art.

Arizona Underground Film Festival – September 14-22, 2018

The 11th annual festival will show independent films in genres like Horror, Experimental, and Animation.

My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend and Country Craft Fair – September 15-16, 2018

It’s never really fall until you’ve enjoyed a slice of fresh apple pie, is it? This event lets you sample apple pies and more, including a pancake-with-apple-pie-and-syrup breakfast and apple-smoked burgers.

Tucson Greek Festival – September 27-30, 2018

Enjoy Greek food and entertainment at this annual event held at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. In addition to traditional foods like Greek cheese and olives, you can shop vendors selling gorgeous jewelry, cookbooks, and more.

If you need a new ride to keep up with your fun in the Tucson sun, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to learn more about our inventory of new and used vehicles.

Rap Artist Harry Mack in Mitsubishi Campaign, “Harry Mack Freestyle Test Drives”

The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is fun to drive as it is, but imagine if you were driving it with a talented artist rapping to you from the passenger seat. That’s what happens to a series of unexpecting customers during their test drives in recent social media campaign put together by Mitsubishi, known as the “Harry Mack Freestyle Test Drives.”

The campaign was launched with the intention of creating commercial-like videos as fun and memorable as a ride in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. In the video, rap artist Harry Mack acts as the salesperson at the Mitsubishi dealership. When the passengers ask to take a test drive, he joins them and then begins rapping about the various features in the crossover—versatile driving modes, a panoramic sunroof, an infotainment system, and so on.

The “Harry Mack Freestyle Test Drives” commercial is a fun way to present all of the details that make the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross stand out in a way that viewers—and test drivers—will remember. Even those who aren’t regularly on social media can expect to learn the Harry Mack rap soon, as the campaign is in the process of transitioning from YouTube alone to a national broadcast spot.

If you’re thinking of testing a Mitsubishi vehicle for yourself, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for more information.

Places to Cool Off in Arizona This Summer

Cool off in Arizona at Mount Lemmon

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

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

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 June Sales Jump 46 Percent

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross contributed to Mitsubishi June Sales
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross contributed to stellar Mitsubishi June Sales.

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.

To take home a Mitsubishi of your very own, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

Automotive Science Group Honors Mitsubishi Motors With Industry-Leading Awards

Mitsubishi Logo On Wheel

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.

How to Check Your Car’s Air Conditioning System

Service Technician Checking Car Air Conditioning System

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.

  1. 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.
  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.