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.
There are a few green flavors that go perfectly with St. Patrick’s Day, so make sure to incorporate them! Genius Kitchen suggests chocolate-mint dream cookies with chocolate drizzle and green frosting, as well as crème de menthe brownies, a big brownie version of Andes chocolates. Yes, please!
Chocolate-dipped matcha shortbread cookies are also bound to be a hit, especially paired with green tea, or make a delicious matcha cheesecake! And don’t forget lime—gooey key lime bars and lime cheesecake squares are a fantastic addition to your St. Patrick’s Day dessert menu.
You don’t have to have a green flavor to make it green, though! Add green food coloring to your marshmallow fluff for green rice crispy treats, or make cupcakes with shamrock sprinkles on top. Any dessert can be St. Patrick’s Day-themed if you’re creative!
If you’re in the Tucson area around St. Patrick’s Day, pay us a visit at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi! We can’t wait to see you!
Tucson is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the southwest, and the many events and festivals we have throughout the year are proof of this. From street fairs to concerts to museum events and everything in between, there are tons of things to do in Tucson in March.
At the very beginning of the month, catch Monster Jam®, which will take place over the weekend of March 2 to March 4 and puts on an incredible monster truck show in the iconic Tucson Arena and Convention Center. If you’re not interested in big trucks, try the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair the same weekend, where you can visit over 400 arts and crafts booths and much more.
Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
The week of March 4, see the 25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. A series of concerts, master classes, a gala dinner, and even a youth concert organized by artistic director Peter Rejto will leave you amazed by the world-class talents of these musicians.
Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts
Toward the end of the month, you won’t want to miss the Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts, a two-day festival with over a hundred artists and exhibitors in every art medium, plus performances, activities, and food vendors.
Choosing your New Year’s resolution now is a great way to get ahead. Plus, by planning carefully, you may be more likely to achieve your goals. That’s why we at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have created a list of ideas for your next resolution. Whether you’d like to exercise more or you’d simply like to learn something new, there is something for everyone.
Most people are more likely to stick to their resolutions if they pick specific goals. Daring to Live Fully suggests eating fewer calories as one of the top resolutions. You should always consult your doctor before making major dietary changes, but one of the best changes for those who want to lose weight is eating fewer calories. Set a goal for each week. Maybe one week you’ll cut back 50 calories a day, while the next you can cut back 100 calories.
Next, try to read more. Reading is not only a great way to learn, but it’s also a relaxing experience for most people. If you like fiction, try reading the top 10 American novels of all time. Like poetry? Try to read all of the British Romantics or everything from the Beat Generation. If you like nonfiction, there are a score of memoirs published every year that are worth consideration. Again, setting specific goals will help you stick to your resolution.
Other great resolution ideas include getting more exercise, meditating once a week, or hiking more often. You can also organize all your documents, create a business plan, or try to learn a new hobby like knitting, fishing, or the guitar. You can’t go wrong with these resolutions.
New Year’s Eve is one of the most memorable days of the year, making it the perfect time for a party. Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re created a list of tips for planning a New Year’s Eve party. From games and food to music, we’re including several things that every party should have. Above all else, you can creative a festive celebration while also keeping all your attendees safe.
According to Real Simple, games are a must. You’ll want to keep your partygoers entertained, and simple games are a great way to break the ice. For example, you can play a guessing game by having attendees write their resolutions on a card and having everyone else guess who it is. Alternatively, you could play a fill-in-the-blank game with resolution ideas.
Next, get the right snacks. While some people make a traditional pork and sauerkraut dish for New Year’s Day, you’ll be safe with snack food at your party the night before. Almonds and carrots are a great healthy choice, though some may prefer shrimp cocktails, chips and dip, or even cheese fondue. Champagne is a classic drink, though you may also want to experiment with Prosecco. Naturally, be sure to get designated drivers if partygoers plan to drink.
Finally, get the right music. Classic songs include “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Ella Fitzgerald and “Let’s Start the New Year Right” by Bing Crosby. ABBA has a “Happy New Year” song, and “Funky New Year” by the Eagles is bound to set the right tone. As the ball drops, you may also want to consider “Auld Lang Syne” by Mariah Carey. These are just some of the songs to include on your New Year’s mix. With the right games, snacks, and songs, you’re bound to have a blast.