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  • Top 8 places for families to visit in New England

    Nothing says, "Summer," better than a family vacation! If you're looking for the next best adventure to take the whole family on (pets excluded), then read on to see some ideas on where you can go.  Remember - don't forget to pack snacks!

    New England Aquarium The New England Aquarium is a staple in the book of great vacation spots. It's located on the Boston waterfront and is one of the few places you don't have to drive the whole way to, as there are numerous spots where you can park your car and explore the city along the way to it.

    TripAdvisor boasts that the attraction's 200,000-gallon water tank is the main attraction - it's located right at the heart of the building and stairs are built vertically alongside it so children can have every vantage point when trying to point out their favorite fish. Make sure someone finds Nemo before you leave!

    Vermont Teddy Bear Factory If your family likes the Build-A-Bear workshop, they'll love the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. … more

  • Best of the Best: Hybrids

    Tags: Review, Toyota, Ford, Porsche, Audi

    Hybrids have slowly but surely gained traction on the market. JD Power and Associates expects the environmentally friendly vehicles to account for around 7.3 percent of all car sales by 2020.

    Don't wait any longer to get involved in the trend - it's here, and some of the best hybrid cars the world has ever seen are available. Read this list to see which model suits your driving preferences:

    Toyota Prius C Outstanding fuel mileage is what every driver wants from a hybrid, which is why the Toyota Prius C tops the list. According to Car and Driver magazine, the Prius C gets 53 miles per gallon in the city and 46 mpg on the highway - all for the affordable base cost of around $20,000.

    The Prius is synonymous with the word hybrid, so it makes sense that the C model would reign supreme. It's a little less powerful than the normal Prius, with 99 horsepower to power the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, according to Edmunds. It tops out at a little over 100 mph, which is just about the … more

  • Comparison: 2016 Ford Fusion vs. 2016 Mazda6

    Tags: Review, Comparison, Ford, Mazda

    For this battle of the sedans, we're taking a look at the 2016 Ford Fusion and the 2016 Mazda 6. The four-door market is saturated with excellent quality cars, making it difficult for first-time buyers to narrow it down to just one choice.

    This article should help shine some light on each car's strengths, and which type of driver they're best suited for.

    Exterior Both of these cars have the quintessential four-door design every sedan has. That doesn’t mean you should write either of them off just yet.

    The Fusion is a bit more aggressive in terms of styling with ripples on its hood and a lengthier cab design. It clocks in at nearly 16 feet long and almost 5 feet high, according to Edmunds. It gives two more inches of front leg room, though it lags slightly in rear hip room. Overall, both cars have similar metrics, and the Mazda 6 is just a few inches shorter in length and height.

    Interior When it comes to space, the Fusion seems to have the competition beat. It has a … more

  • Car Ed 101: Summer Car Care Tips

    Tags: Car Ed 101, Car Care, Summer

    Summer is here and with the warm weather comes a storm of new concerns for car owners. Relax - we've taken guessing out of the game and are providing you with a complete list of things you should accomplish before you hit the road.

    Top everything off Before you load up the car with beach chairs, coolers and boogie boards, make sure it has everything it needs to run at 100 percent. AutoTrader recommends checking all fluids, like brake, windshield and antifreeze. Filling them yourself is easy and can keep some money in your pocket when you bring the car in for maintenance.

    While you're at it, check the air pressure of your tires as well. It's important to remember that gas expands when it's hot outside, so make sure not to overfill it. Keeping optimal pressure in your tires can result in better fuel economy, which can go a long way on road trips, AutoTrader reports.

    After you've done some minor repairs, take your car to an auto body shop to see if it needs any new parts, like an oil … more

  • Will distracted driving become a thing of the past?

    Tags: self-driving, Review

    Driving on the highway can sometimes feel like going through an all-you-can-eat buffet of distractions. You have your cell phone users, the talkers, the eaters and the "doers," who seem to constantly move around and look away from the road.

    There have certainly been times for everyone where they've been waiting for a light to change to green, only to have to wait longer until the driver in front of them looks up from their lap. This is the relatively safe side of distracted driving. Unfortunately, there's a dangerous side, too.

    Just drive Distracted driving has many shapes and forms, though texting seems to be the most pervasive. According to Distraction.gov, a U.S. government sponsored website focused around educating the public on distracted driving, distracted driving killed 3,200 people in 2014 alone and injured another 431,000.

    Modern technology should be a means to an end of distracted driving with the inclusion of Bluetooth and GPS, but instead, it has ramped up the rate of … more

  • Best of the Best: SUV/Crossover for your camping trip

    Tags: Best of the Best, Toyota, Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru, Ford

    Camping season is here and if you don't have a great vehicle for it, you may not make the best of your experience. You'll need a unique car that has the cargo space for food, a tent and gear, along with the roof space for a kayak or two.

    Some campers will even need the towing capacity for a boat. It certainly doesn't hurt if it's stylish and has a powerful engine under the hood, either.

    2016 Toyota Sequoia The 2016 Toyota Sequoia is a massive SUV with towing capacity that matches. It can easily navigate wooded areas, maneuver rocks and keep up top speeds while towing or weighed down by heavy cargo. Its infotainment features can't be taken for granted either, as the interior comes decked out with everything you would want for a road trip.

    Toyota gave this model a 5.7-liter, eight-cylinder, 381 horsepower engine that gets 13 miles per gallon in the city and 17 on the highway, according to Edmunds. The end result is an SUV with up to 7,400 pounds of towing capacity - one of the best … more

  • The Perfect Road Trip Playlist (w/ Spotify Link)

    Tags: Fun, Summer, Tips

    What's a summer road trip without a great playlist to go along with it? If you're gearing up for an extended vacation on the road, you'll need some sweet jams and catchy tunes to sing along to. Click here for the Spotify link.

    The perfect playlist is different for everyone, but here's our crack at the best 25 songs (in no particular order) that are must have's as you set the car on cruise control this summer:

    1. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd This classic singalong will immediately brighten the mood of everyone in the car, no matter which state you're driving to. Crank the volume and roll down the windows as you blast this iconic melody and make Ronnie Van Zant proud.

    2. Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane When a song gets you to scream at the top of your lungs, you know it's done its job. Tom Cochrane created the quintessential road trip number with "Life is a Highway," and even the quietest member in the vehicle will have no choice but to belt it out.

    3. Ramblin' Man - The … more

  • Car Ed 101: How to check and change your oil

    Tags: Car Ed 101, Car Care, Change Oil

    Next to replacing a tire, changing your oil is one of the most important tasks a car owner can complete. Motor oil is to vehicles what water is to human beings - try to operate without it, and you'll quickly experience some issues.

    A number of issues could stem from bad (or no) oil, so it's important to know your way around it. Here's a guide to checking and changing your vehicle's oil:

    1. Prepare Before you do anything, make sure the car is off and has been for quite some time. According to Consumer Reports, it varies whether automakers suggest having a semi-warm or cold engine in order to check oil. Consult your owner’s manual to see which method is right for you. While you're at it, also check to see which type of motor oil your engine takes.

    Next, grab a rag, preferably light-colored, a socket wrench, oil filter wrench and drain pain, gloves, a car jack and a funnel. Now that you have all of this ready, let's check that oil level.

    2. Check dipstick Open the hood and find … more

  • Car Ed 101: Maximize space in your SUV

    Tags: SUV, Road Trip, Summer, Car Ed 101

    Whether you're going camping or visiting Cape Cod for the day, when you run out of space in your vehicle, the trip instantly takes a turn for the worse. This is the moment when children in the backseat have to hold coolers on their lap, or when you try and tie down something that really shouldn't be on the roof of your car.

    This article focuses on getting the most space out of what you have available so your family - like the Griswold family from National Lampoon's Vacation - can sing along to their favorite road trip songs without having to worry about dropping something.

    The Griswolds should buy a new car It's hard to create space in a vehicle that simply doesn't have it. Your family of five may have trouble fitting everything in the trunk of a sedan, and trucks don't have the legroom you'd want for a long car ride. SUVs make the perfect choice for a classic Griswold adventure.

    There are a couple of different types of SUVs, though mid- and full-size should be first on a … more

  • Car Ed 101: What is a doc fee and why am I paying it?

    Tags: Car Ed 101, Fees

    Car contracts can be confusing for first-time buyers. They're often peppered with numbers and foreign phrases, which can give even the most diligent customer anxiety.

    The doc fee is a common listing found on contracts, yet many people don't know why - that's why we're here to help.

    What is a doc fee? Just like any business, a company has to pay all of its employees involved in the process. Let's take the restaurant industry, for example. The price you're paying for a meal isn't just reflective of the cost for food and drinks, but everything that goes into it. Cooks are among those operating expenses - the people that make your food, but aren't necessarily always in mind when you take your credit card out.

    When you buy a new car, the dealership will have to use back-office resources to prepare the car for the street. According to Cars.com, the doc fee is simply a price associated with filling out the paperwork necessary so you can drive your new vehicle off the lot. The expense … more

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