Acura fans have a lot to be excited about this summer. With the 2015 TLX finally on its way, the newest entry in the brand’s lineup is causing quite the buzz. While we could talk at length about the TLX’s handsome good looks or its lavish interior, interested buyers may want to know what advanced technology the TLX sports that allows it to stand out among the sea of sterile sedans.
What truly sets the 2015 Acura TLX apart from its rivals is the vehicle’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which is now standard on all 2015 TLX models. Acura models by nature have a tendency to feel dialed-in to driver’s needs—and the 2015 TLX is no different. With a press of a button, IDS allows drivers to tailor their driving experience from among four selectable modes: ECON, Normal, Sport, and Sport+.
Drivers looking for the most fuel-efficient experience will likely want to stick to ECON, while drivers searching for more of a sporty and dynamic feel should opt for “Sport” and “Sport+” modes, which provide less electric steering assist, higher shift points for increased power, less engine noise cancellation, and more aggressive power distribution in SH-AWD models.
For those that like to have their cake and eat it too, “Normal” mode provides the perfect balance of performance and efficiency.
For more information on the 2015 TLX be sure to contact your local Acura dealer and schedule a test drive when the vehicle hits showrooms later this summer.
The 2015 TLX - It's that kind of thrill
Going on sale June 18, 2014 the 2015 Acura ILX lineup provides new luxury buyers with numerous ways to join the Acura family with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP1) starting at $27,050. The ILX is available in four grade levels offering different blends of performance and premium features plus Acura refinement and quality in a sleek, sporty and luxurious package.
The ILX is available with two powertrain choices:
- ILX 2.0-liter i-VTEC®, five-speed automatic transmission (5AT), 35 MPG rating (highway)2, available in standard trim, Technology Package or Premium Package
- ILX 2.4-liter i-VTEC®, six-speed manual transmission (6MT), 31 MPG rating (highway)2, with Premium Package
Acura - 2014 RDX
America's roads are always busy, but the summer months are particularly hectic. As millions of Americans head off for their annual summer vacation, you can expect long traffic jams and frustrated drivers.
Modern cars may be mechanically advanced, but they are still susceptible to heat, and the summer sun can be particularly hazardous for certain parts of your car. Allow our skilled service technicians to equip you with information pertinent to your warm weather journeys.
Hoses and Belts
Though it may seem rather obvious, it is very important to keep the engine cool when driving in the summer heat. Hoses help pump coolant to and from the engine while belts enable the fan to run effectively and continually cool your car's engine. In extreme heat, however, hoses can crack and belts can snap. You can check the hoses and belts yourself by looking for visual signs of wear or damage. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment with our service department before you set out on a summer road trip.
Modern cars have very effective cooling systems, which can counter relatively high extremes of temperature, but they have their limits. Aside from problems with hoses and belts, low levels of coolant, a leak in the radiator or a missing radiator cap can spell disaster if you are driving in hot weather.
Your car's tires are vulnerable throughout the year, however, under-inflated, over-inflated or worn tires can be particularly dangerous during the summer. Tire pressure changes as the temperature increases. If the tire is under-inflated, it can bulge outward and put pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. If this continues, the tire can eventually burst. If the tire is overinflated, you are also at greater risk of hydroplaning in the event of a rain shower. Contact our tire center team to avoid potential road hazards.
The car you drive relies heavily on oil, as this substance allows car parts to run efficiently. Heavy driving during the summer puts additional pressure on the oil, and on the oil filters in your car. Aim to change your oil filters as often as the owner's manual recommends, and certainly get them checked before you head off on a summer expedition.
Whether you are staying local this summer or driving hundreds of miles, we encourage you to contact us soon to protect your car from the rigor of summer heat.
The plan works like this:
We will reimburse you up to $500.00 of your deductible for any collision related damage for which you have a deductible on your Master Insurance Policy. Additionally this plan is extends to any vehicle you own that is a part of your Master Insurance Policy and has collision coverage.
Collision repairs must be performed by Jeffrey Automotive Group.
If you are currently carrying a zero deductible policy you can save annually for the next three years on your vehicle insurance by raising your deductible to $500.00; because should you experience a collision we will reimburse your $500.00 deductible!
This is just another reason why it is always worth going to “The Dealer Worth Knowing”!
You can't be sure how you will react in a car accident until you have experienced one. Even if you aren't physically hurt, the trauma during any accident can cause shock or fuzzy thinking at a time when you need to keep your wits. If you ever find yourself in an accident, insurance protection is vital, but it’s also important to remember these five tips:
1. Assess for accident injuries
If possible, assess yourself and any passengers for injuries and immediately call for medical assistance if necessary. Should anyone be seriously injured or unable to move, try not to move them unless there is threat of a fire or they are on the road where they could be hit by another car.
2. Safety first
For minor accidents, move both vehicles off the road for protection against moving traffic. If the damage to your vehicle is severe, keep it where it is until the police arrive. Turn on your emergency flashers to alert oncoming traffic.
3. Stay calm and ask questions
No matter who is at fault during an accident, this is not the time to freak out or become overly emotional. Remain calm and with a clear head assess what happened and be ready to ask questions.
- Know exactly where your insurance information is located and other identification you'll need to meet your legal requirements.
- Write down the names and contact information for all witnesses.
- If you are not at fault, and the accident wasn't serious enough to involve a police report, do not let the other driver talk you into letting them mail you a check for the damage to your car. If they claim they don't have insurance, ask questions about their car registration, name, and contact information, and give them your insurance information. Tell them you will be contacting your own agent to report the accident.
- If possible, take a photo of both cars showing the damage and license plates.
4. Admit no fault
Answer no questions about fault with anyone except a police officer or your insurance company. Give no statements to the other driver's insurance company or your words might be twisted and used against you. You also shouldn't sign any legal documents from the other insurance company, especially if you feel they are pressuring you for an early settlement that you feel isn't sufficient to cover your damage.
5. Immediately report the accident to your insurance company
This is the moment when you'll finally understand why you pay monthly premiums for insurance protection. Carry your agent's name and phone number in our car and make the call as soon as possible. The sooner you contact them, the sooner they can help you with your claim.
Keep a folder in your car with all your insurance contact information and this tip list. This way you'll have all the information you need to help you think more clearly if you’re stressed during an accident.
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Hamburgers aren’t just America’s favorite food; they are practically America’s favorite pastime. We like them grilled, griddled, baked, and fried, and we like them served with an assortment of toppings, sauces, and cheeses.
If you are looking for something other than the usual lettuce, tomato, and onion, these Mozzarella Caprese Burgers offer a fresh Italian spin on an American classic. With mild mozzarella, fresh sweet basil, garlic, and ripe tomato, Mozzarella Caprese Burgers offer big, fresh flavors that your whole family will love.
Mozzarella Caprese Burgers
Total prep time: 35 minutes
Active time: 20 minutes
Inactive time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 quarter-pound burgers
1 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, smashed minced
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 hamburger buns
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
4 (1/4-inch) slices fresh Mozzarella
4 (1/2-inch) slices tomato (Beef Steak or any other preferred)
5-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Mix the ground beef with the garlic and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divde the beef into four equal parts and shape into hamburger patties. Sprinkle both sides of each patty with salt and pepper and place the patties in the hot skillet, taking care not to overcrowd the skillet. Sauté each patty for 4 minutes, until browned on one side, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes, until browned and cooked through, or to taste. Transfer the patties to a paper towel-lined platter to drain.
Separate the hamburger buns and spread the top and bottom layers with the butter. Arrange the buns, buttered-side down, on a cookie sheet, and bake for 6 minutes, or until the buns are toasted and slightly brown. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and set aside the top halves of the buns; do not turn off the oven.
Immediately place the hamburger patties on the bottom halves of the buns. Add a slice of tomato to each burger and drizzle 1/4 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over each tomato slice. Sprinkle a quarter of the chopped fresh basil over each tomato and cover with a slice of mozzarella. Drizzle olive oil over the cheese and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the burgers in the oven and bake for 5 minutes, or until the mozzarella starts to melt. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Drizzle 1/4 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over each burger, place the top halves of the buns on top, and serve warm.
Summertime is sometimes called the “season of trauma” because the number of accidents and injuries increases along with the temperature. While grills and swimming pools are accident hot spots around the home, car accidents caused by collision or accidental run-over incidents are also all too common during summer. To avoid a crash or another emergency situation, keep the following tips in mind to reduce summertime accidents.
Limit alcoholic beverage intake
Hot weather means more outdoor events such as picnics and barbecues. For many people, when it’s hot, nothing quenches their thirst quite like a cold beer—or two, or more. It’s easy to forget how much alcohol you’ve consumed in social settings where you’re having fun.
Know the alcohol limits in your state, and remember that even a few drinks can affect your ability to drive safely. Only shortsighted individuals turn down a gracious offer for a ride home or feel it’s a personal insult when someone suggests that they call a cab. If you don’t take precautions when drinking, you risk serious ramifications should you have an accident while “under the influence.”
Collisions caused by animals or insects
Humans are not the only ones more active during summertime—so are animals and insects that can pose dangers to drivers. Many species of animals, such as deer and raccoons, feed at night and frequently run across roads or highways. Pets left to roam are another summertime hazard that can result in a car crash if you swerve to avoid an obstacle and instead crash into another car or a tree.
You’ve probably experienced an annoying insect flying around the inside of your car to the point that it distracts you. Keep your windows rolled up and use your air conditioner to avoid this problem. Should you be unable to keep your windows closed, stay calm and pull off to the side of the road before attempting to control a buzzing bee or other unwanted intruder.
More people walk and cross streets when the weather is nice. Children are also out of school and are outside playing, riding their bikes or skate boarding. When pedestrian traffic increases, so do the risks for accidents, bodily collisions, pedestrians that are run over by cars, and other emergency situations. Drive more slowly through residential areas and keep an eye on joggers and people using recreational equipment, especially children.
Effects of heat exhaustion
During heat waves, or if you live in desert climates, your car can turn blistering hot on the inside and can cause heat exhaustion if you don’t prepare properly. Driving a car in the hot sun can cause dehydration and fatigue if you aren’t drinking enough water or keeping your body cool. Always wear protective sunscreen when you go outdoors, even if you will spend most of your time in the car. If your car has an air conditioner, use it on hot days unless you have no choice except to open the windows.
Warm weather visibility
Summer conditions can also cause accidents due to poor visibility. Accidents happen when the bright glare of the sun causes temporary blindness resulting in a collision. Keep a good pair on sunglasses in your car and be sure to wear them when driving as well as making good use of your car’s sun visor. You can’t drive safely if you can’t see the road.
Be aware that hot weather increases your risk for accidents. To reduce summertime accidents and to avoid a collision or other emergency, be more vigilant when you get behind the wheel.
Buying a car for the very first time can seem like a daunting, overwhelming task. Luckily, with the right information and research, you can break down the process into a few straightforward steps. We have created a list of simple tricks and tips on what car to buy, how to buy it, and where to buy it.
10. Establish a realistic budget
This budget is based on what you can afford per month. The ideal is to pay with cash, but finance options and loans are more frequently used. Firstly, examine your cost of living in major areas, such as housing, food, health insurance, etc. Once you have calculated those costs, your remaining budget can be spent on a car payment, fuel, car insurance, and mechanical maintenance.
9. Know what you can spend monthly
A general guideline is that your monthly car payment should not be more than 20% of your take-home pay. Make sure to note that your level of financial debt is different from your monthly commitment. Your other costs-of-living should always be taken into consideration when making your final car budget, be it long-term or monthly payments. It is also very important to know your credit history before beginning this process. Having a personal copy of your credit report can be extremely helpful, and you can buy single reports or package deals from large national credit bureaus, such as Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
8. Establish your transportation needs
Given the cost of fuel, insurance and — in many cities — monthly parking, don't buy what you don't need. Do you have a large family or lead a carpool? A minivan, wagon, or SUV may be the right choice for you. Is good gas mileage or four-wheel drive a necessity in your daily life? Focus on what will be useful in the long run. You also should decide if you want to buy a new car or look into used automobile options. Both options have benefits and drawbacks, so it comes down to your transportation needs and your budget.
7. Identify and prioritize your wants
Spend some time considering what your priorities are for your new car. For example, do you want to focus on easy maintenance, advanced safety features, excellent gas mileage, or a good price? Your first automobile purchase doesn’t need to be your be-all/end-all dream car, but it should be a choice that you will be happy with in the future.
6. Do your research
Take advantage of the numerous online resources available to you before buying your new car. If possible, try to find out what the dealer price is and negotiate up from that figure. It is much better to do it that way as opposed to starting with the sticker price and working down. You should read car reviews in magazines and online to gain a better understanding of the car that you are interested in purchasing.
5. Locate a convenient dealership
Once you have done your research, compare dealer locations, prices, and showroom environments. Try to stay away from dealerships where two-thirds of the sales staff are sitting or standing at the front entrance. Rely on your own research and don’t fall for advertising. Remember that competition will get you the best price. Know what other dealers are charging for the same car ahead of time and use that knowledge to your advantage.
4. Ask to see service records and vehicle history reports
This is incredibly important if you are planning to buy a used car. You can access vehicle history reports by the vehicle identification number (VIN) and even by the license plate. These reports can reveal whether it has a salvage title, which means it has been declared a total loss by the insurance company, or if the odometer has been rolled back. Before you buy a used car, have it inspected by a trusted mechanic or request a mobile inspection.
3. Take a test drive
Nothing is more important in your decision process than how you feel behind the wheel. Test-driving a car not only tells you if this is the right car for you but also if this particular car is in good condition, especially when taking used cars into consideration. Take at least half an hour, and try stop-and-go routes, freeway merging, and interstate speeds. Simulate the conditions of your normal driving patterns and pay attention to how well the car meets your daily driving requirements.
2. Know your finances before buying a car
Have your own financing and loan approvals ready before you go into a dealership to purchase a new car. Talk with your credit union, bank or insurance provider (many have the capability and desire to finance your car purchase), and line up your financing in advance. Know your credit history and remember that it is illegal for anyone to run a credit check on you without your permission.
1. Negotiate and secure the deal
Make a low opening offer that is close to the dealer price and work your way up from there. Decide ahead of time how high you will negotiate, and leave when you have reached your limit. Choose a dealer that doesn't try to tack on unnecessary additional fees. For example, a car that needs to be ordered from the factory should not cost more than the cars in the lot. Leave the dealership if you get hungry or tired. You can always come back another day, and it is important that you are thinking clearly and rationally while negotiating and purchasing a car. Lastly, close the deal and enjoy your first car!