Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Is The 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Best in Its Class?

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is probably the vehicle that launched the whole concept of luxury SUVs. When the first of these SUVs was launched in the early 90s, Jeep ceased to be the sole province of outdoor enthusiasts, building contractors and other rough-and-ready types. Instead, it became a mainstream vehicle for discerning drivers who wanted the perfect combination of ruggedness and practicality with luxury and style. Unlike the Jeeps of old, most of these vehicles never saw the rough terrain that it was designed to handle, and when it did, it was more likely to encounter difficult driving conditions at a ski resort than at a cattle ranch.

This heritage continues today, with the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the first release of this storied model under the present Chrysler-Jeep management and ownership team. Not only is it the best in its class, but its affordable price puts it in a class of its very own, much in the way that the first models occupied their own niche while simultaneously leading the pack of other vehicles that might have been similar in some ways but just could not compete against the true original.

The Grand Cherokee was always the best in its class as far as design is concerned. The design of the 2010 model retains the winning edge of its predecessors but adds a few distinguishing touches that update the basic exterior design. Inside, the image is one of comfort combined with practicality; the dashboard is arranged in a user-friendly linear fashion and does not include extraneous displays and the seats are comfortable but not adorned with superfluous trim or extremely soft cushioning.

As far as performance is concerned, the 2010 Grand Cherokee is a clear leader. The standard 3.7-liter V-6 puts out 210 horsepower and is equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission. This standard powertrain is more than adequate for most drivers, but performance seekers are best served by the optional HEMI V-8, with its 357 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque that puts it on the same level as many a performance sedan. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options are available, and the top model, the SRT-8, is a four-wheel drive performance machine that is based on the HEMI V-8 engine. The other two trim packages available for the 2010 model are the basic Laredo package, that is more than sufficient for those who plan to use their Grand Cherokees as family vehicles, and the Limited package which adds more of a luxury feel to the basic model.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been a reliable choice for drivers who want the power and performance of an SUV with the luxury and handling of a sedan. The 2010 model continues to follow in the tradition that Jeep established for this luxury SUV at its inception, as it continues to lead the SUV pack as far as design, quality and value are concerned. The vehicle that created its class retains its position at the top of the class.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Choosing The Correct Windshield Wiper Improves Winter Driving Safety

With winter looming many drivers prepare their vehicles for winter by installing a set of winter tires. While these are essential for safe driving, many fail to recognize windshield wiper blades are just as important.

There are hundreds of brands and types on the market. Which ones are the best for winter driving?

There is no easy answer to this question. There are a number of factors that come to play when deciding. The wiper blades you select must match your vehicle and be suitable for the climate in which you are driving.

Most vehicles come with all-purpose blades installed from factory. These are adequate for clearing the windshield in most mild climates but are rarely suitable for winter driving. With snow, ice and salt a reality of winter driving, having the correct wiper blade is essential for safe winter driving.

You can choose from winter, silicone, shaker, standard or heated wiper blades. Each has its own unique use. Some are better suited for mild climates while others are designed exclusively for harsh winter conditions.

When winter approaches it is advisable for drivers to choose winter wiper blades. These are designed to handle snow and ice and survive the harsh conditions typically associated with winter driving.

Most winter wiper blades will prevent snow and ice from accumulating and clear the windshield's surface during driving.

However, it is recommended you choose a blade with a tough rubber surface and a body made of a heavy gauge steel. This will allow it to resist severe winter conditions and changes in temperature that cause other blades to freeze and become ineffective at clearing the snow from the windshield.

Some manufacturers have improved on the standard winter wiper blade by making the surface of silicone instead of rubber. This allows it to last longer than rubber ones and provides better clearing capability.

Other manufacturers offer a vibrating wiper blade known as a shaker blade. These help dislodge snow and ice from the wiping surface and helps prevent any accumulation of debris while driving. These types of wiper blades are effective in many different driving climates not just winter.

Shaker blades are typically more expensive to purchase and more complex to install. However, they offer superior visibility for the driver when compared to standard winter or silicone blades.

Drivers can also opt to install heated winter windshield wiper blades on their vehicles. These have small heating elements inside the rubber cleaning surface and melt both the snow and ice during operation.

Drivers activate the heating element with a switch installed inside their vehicle. These heated blades offer superior clearing capability over any other blade on the market. These are also the most expensive to purchase and the most complex to install.

No matter which type of wiper blade you choose, you can improve the effectiveness of your choice by using a washer solution designed for winter use. This will help prevent snow and ice from accumulating on the windshield and allow the blades to work better.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Things to Watch Out for When You Rent an Exotic Car

Many people ask themselves why they should rent an exotic car. The first reason should be - everyone wants some form of luxury in their life; an exotic car fulfills that desire. Yeah, when you are going to buy a car, you can opt to buy a normal, cheap and affordable car. But you keep a rental car for a short period of time. So why not experience the thrill of driving an exotic car when you can? Just try to picture it - you are driving an exotic car along the highway, roof down, your hair flying in the wind. Do you not want to feel that?

There are some things you should be careful about when renting an exotic car. First, you need to choose your rental car company sensibly. Research a little on the internet before you choose your company. Try to read comments by customers who rented a car from those companies. While you are searching, you might stumble upon some great offers which will get you your car in a very low price.

After you choose a few companies, you need to contact them and ask them which cars they have in their lot. Be clear about everything you want in the car. Make sure your desired car have them. Try to book the car quite a few days before you actually need it. This will ensure the availability of the car. Always remember that more things you will ask for in your car, the more costly it will be. If you do it ahead of time, at least you will have a clear idea about the budget.

Once you are done choosing the company and the car, enquire about the car's health. Check every inch of the car very carefully because they will charge you for any damage you did not point out when you rented it. Do not expect the rental agency sales executives to be helpful with pointing out damages; you have to do it on your own. Check everything, even the trunk.

The last thing you should be careful about it the insurance policy. Your own insurance may cover any vehicle you drive but make sure you run it by your insurance company first. Rental companies will want you to do rental insurance. Do not fall into the trap. Do not spend extra on rental insurance when you do not have to.