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May 24, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Enhancing the Minivan with More Family Friendly Features

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-_005PFvccuspi2fb73c8beg4e1rriv9d-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterWhen my second child arrived 13 years ago, my husband and I recognized that my small Honda Civic coupe was insufficient for our family's needs, but when we decided to step up to a minivan, I chose to drive my husband's sedan and let him become the "Minivan Dad." For more than 30 years, minivans have been the ultimate family haulers, offering comfort and convenience, as well as practical flexibility for people and cargo; unfortunately, they've never been perceived as "cool."

Chrysler aims to change that perception with the introduction of its new seven- or eight-passenger Pacifica multipurpose vehicle, promising stylish design, cutting-edge technology, an all-new efficient hybrid powertrain (the segment's first), as well as all the comfort and convenience features we have come to appreciate in Chrysler's previous people movers.

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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Offers Innovative Back Seat Entertainment

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-kids in back 2-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterTaking a driving vacation with your kids always seems like a fantastic idea. Until that nagging back seat refrain, "are we there yet?" begins.

A good road trip gone wrong? Well, not if you’re driving the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the company’s newest minivan designed with everything parents could think of including an app titled, “Are We There Yet?”

The app displays the distance remaining to the destination and estimated arrival times -- all presented in a fun, colorful, and child-friendly graphics.

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May 23, 2016

2016 Toyota Camry: Just What Jane Q. Public Wants in a Mid-Sized Sedan.

2016_Toyota_camryToyota has been deft at combining its quality engineering with an eye for what Jane Q. Public wants in a mid-sized sedan.

The Camry received a significant makeover in 2015 with just small upgrades for the 2016 model year. The Camry — built in Georgetown, Kentucky — can boast being “America’s Car” as it has been among the country’s best-selling cars for many years.

The Toyota Camry remains the top-selling mid-sized sedan in America, but it has plenty of competition nipping at its rear tires. To Toyota’s credit, it has improved the Camry’s handling and steering responsiveness compared with the previous version. The Entune connectivity set-up works well to integrate your smart-phone and deliver app-based services to the cabin. A supremely competent sedan that checks all the boxes for most buyers.

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Keep Your Hands on the Wheel

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Don’t be distracted by fiddling with your phone while driving.

Surfing through the radio or your MP3 player to find a good song is just another distraction that takes your attention away from the road, so choose your music playlist ahead of time, and ensure everything is properly connected before starting the engine. Let your passenger control the music so you can keep your hands on the wheel. You’re going to see all your friends at Prom, so there’s no need to be texting or on the phone while driving!

Get all nine #Prom Driving Safety Tips here at AskPatty!

 

May 20, 2016

Car Deals and Discounts for 2016 College Graduates

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A new car can be an important part of leaving school to set off on a professional path.

Getting the degree was undoubtedly expensive, so to assist recent graduates as they ease onto a new road, many manufacturers offer special incentives – such as cash rebates, low down payments, and flexible leasing – and financing offers that may include relaxed credit requirements, discounted percentage rates, no requirements for a co-signer, waived security deposits (on leases), and even deferred payments on their new car purchases.

Program offers and requirements vary by manufacturer, so here’s a list of currently available programs to help 2016 graduates find their fit:

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Make a Plan

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Make sure you have a safe plan for Prom night

Know where you are and where you’re planning to go, and be sure to discuss your plans with your friends and parents ahead of time so you all get to your destination safely. Know your route so you don’t get lost on dark and unfamiliar roads, and be sure to contact your parents if your plans change. And remember to charge your cell phone and have it with you -- and even your spare battery, just in case you need it.

Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Even worse, according to teendriversource.org, the fatal crash rate of 16-year olds is nearly twice as high at night, while 58 percent of teen nighttime crashes happen between 9pm and midnight.

Ensure your special event is nothing but a smooth ride!

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May 19, 2016

The 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles: American Women Drive to Record Results in the Sahara Desert

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by Sue Mead

It’s not uncommon for a family member or friend to donate a kidney or give medical support to loved ones in a time of need, but a different matter entirely to donate your vehicle’s air compressor in the middle of a competition!

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What is the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles?

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The 26th-annual edition of the legendary off-road event began with a prologue day March 23, 2016, in Erfoud, Morocco, and officially concluded 10 days later with a prize-giving ceremony in the coastal city of Essaouira. There were six scored legs of off-road competition, including two marathon legs, that sent teams out on their own for two days at a time overnight alone in the desert in improvised camps, without mechanical support.

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