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Friday, March 17, 2017

What is the best used SUV?

If you are looking for the best SUV for your money, where do you start? Most of the major car manufacturers offer some type of SUV, Crossover, or Wagon. How do you decide what is best for you and what is the best value for your money?

Buying a used SUV

When buying a used SUV, you should ask yourself some important questions about size, usage, price range and fuel efficiency. SUVs come in small, medium, and large sizes and depending on the size of your family and how you plan to use your vehicle, the size of the SUV may give you a great start as to the type of SUV that would be most suitable.

For example, if you are a small family of four and your usage is mostly small, local trips, to and from school, sports practice, etc. then a small SUV may be just what you need. The small SUV will offer better gas mileage and will be easier to park for all those in-town trips.

If you have a larger family or perhaps you are a coach or soccer mom who is regularly transporting lots of children and gear, then a medium or full-size SUV may be required for both the seating and rear cargo capacity. The larger SUVs feature 3 rows of seats and the capacity to carry lots of luggage.

For those who take their SUVs off-road, 4-wheel drive and ground clearance are a must. Depending on the activities of the vehicle, other features may be desired, such as off-road bumpers, push bars, and grille protection. Learn more about these accessories before you buy as many aftermarket parts may void a manufacturer’s warranty.

For others, the desire for an SUV is simply the durable body style and elevated frame that offer an extra feeling of safety and security.

Where to buy used SUVs in the Tacoma and Puyallup areas

If you live in the greater Tacoma and Puyallup Washington area and are considering buying a used SUV, then shop the location that can offer you the best selection and the best prices. The Olympia Auto Mall proudly serves the greater Olympia area including Tacoma and Puyallup. With the largest selection of new and used SUVs, your trip to the Olympia Auto Mall will be well worth your time. In fact, make your visit even more successful by search our online inventory of new and used SUVs. The Olympia Auto Mall offers special e-Pricing, making your online search even more valuable.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

When is it time to buy a new car?

What makes you start to consider buying or saving for a new car? Is it after your cars has over 100,000 miles on it? 150,000? When you start hearing noises you’ve never heard before? Or, is it just that your best friend just bought a new car and you’re jealous?

Buying a new car

For many people, buying new cars is done on a schedule. They prefer a car that is under warranty and won’t unexpectedly have mechanical trouble, so they trade in their car every 3-5 years, upgrade to the latest model, or even switch manufacturers just to experience a variety in driving experience.

For others, the latest TV commercial showing you that your current vehicle is no longer the latest and greatest get them motivated. Tons of money is spent every year by the automobile manufacturers to lure you into the seat of a new car. Buying a new car can be expensive due to the depreciation in the first 3-4 years. However, if you have the money to spend on a new car, the technology improves every year and you will enjoy keeping pace with the improvements.

Where to buy new cars in the Tacoma area

If you live in the greater Tacoma Washington area and are considering buying that new car, then shop the location that can offer you the best selection and the best prices. Your time is valuable, so shopping for your next new car in an Auto Mall that can allow you to test drive all the cars on your bucket list and in your price range in one convenient location is a great advantage. You can also visit us online and search our entire inventory of new and used vehicles.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Experience the impressively upgraded 2017 Volkswagen Passat

With last year’s model experiencing an impressive upgrade, one wouldn’t think to expect many changes to the new 2017 Volkswagen Passat. Yes, the changes are subtle, but they’re important enough to make the new Passat a very attractive option if you’re looking at new cars for sale.

Standard safety features

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking will come as a standard across the board on all Passat models in 2017. This safety feature monitors the front of the vehicle, sounding a warning if a collision is imminent and automatically stopping the car if the driver doesn’t respond.

New trim lineup and features

Most of the changes to the 2017 Volkswagen Passat involve features available on the different trim levels: the SE trim will now include keyless access and push-button start, as well as the features offered with the previous model such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports, and heated leatherette seats.

The 2017 Passat’s R-line trim now includes the Composition Media touchscreen, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and heated leatherette seats. Some of these features were only available with the previous model when upgrading to the R-line Comfort Package.

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE with Technology is a new trim level, available as an ‘order only’ option, that allows drivers to add several features to the V6 engine models. These include LED headlights and taillights, remote start, Park Distance Control, and 18-inch-aluminum-alloy wheels.

Test drive the new 2017 Volkswagen Passat at a Volkswagen dealership in Olympia

To find out more about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat from a reputable car dealership in Olympia, visit Olympia Auto Mall today.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why the 2017 Subaru Forester is the torque of the town

Most changes in the 2017 Subaru Forester are subtle and what you would expect from a mid-cycle refresh: slightly revised exterior and interior styling and upgrades, a few new safety features… However, what makes the 2017 model stand out from other new cars for sale is the addition of brake-based torque vectoring as part of Subaru’s active safety suite.

Active Torque Vectoring

Active Torque Vectoring will now be available, but only on the top-trim version of the turbocharged, 250-hp Forester 2.0XT. This brake-based feature snubs the inside front wheel during cornering to reduce understeer and enable sharper handling and will be packaged as part of Subaru’s Eyesight active safety suite, which has also been upgraded.

Upgraded safety features

Eyesight has received a long overdue update for the 2017 Subaru Forester. New safety features include lane-keeping assist, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert, in addition to previous features such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning. Eyesight will be available on all Forester models except the 2.5i base trim.

Interior and exterior

The exterior of the 2017 Forester features subtle changes, such as LED accent lights, a reshaped hexagonal grille, and revised wheel designs. Inside, there’s a new steering wheel design (with optional heating on certain models) as well as improved soundproofing and Saddle Brown leather seats as a trim upgrade on all Touring models.

Other features that will be more accessible as trim options for the 2017 Subaru Forester include keyless access, automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and Subaru’s X-Mode traction system and hill-descent control.

Test drive the new 2017 Subaru Forester at a Subaru dealership in Olympia

To find out more about the 2017 Subaru Forester from a reputable car dealership in Olympia, visit Olympia Auto Mall today.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The 2017 Mazda 6 - A family sedan with a sporty side

Between 2017’s new cars for sale, the Mazda 6 shines as a superb family vehicle that is a pleasure to drive. The 2017 Mazda 6 combines comfort and safety with a sleek design and enhanced luxury features for an overall better driving experience.

New driving features

The 2017 Mazda 6 is one of the vehicles in Mazda’s lineup that will be debuting G-Vectoring Control, which makes fine adjustments to engine torque that induce load transfer toward the front axle as the steering wheel is turned off-center, resulting in improved steering response. This adaption allows for smooth, quick cornering - lending a sporty feel to the Mazda’s driving capabilities.

Also, new to the 2017 Mazda 6 is an upgrade to the i-Activsense safety features, which can now detect pedestrians in addition to other obstacles. In addition, the upgraded i-Activsense package now includes traffic-sign recognition (including speed-limit, no-entry, and stop signs), and the emergency braking function operates up to 99 mph.

Luxury interior styling

While the exterior styling of the 2017 Mazda 6 has barely changed, when it comes to the interior you can expect a host of new luxury features, such as a new steering wheel design (with optional heating), a full-color TFT driver information display, and improved sound proofing.

A new Premium Package offered on the 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring is what truly takes this sedan to new heights of luxury. Included in the Premium Package are Nappa leather seats (in a choice of black or almond) with titanium gray piping and stitching, LED interior map lights, heated rear seats, darker metal trim, and the upper trim and headliner available in black. Displaying typical Mazda attention to detail, the Premium Package also features a steering wheel stitched using the specialized Japanese Chidori technique.

Test drive the new Mazda 6 at a Mazda dealership in Olympia

To find out more about the 2017 Mazda 6 from a reputable car dealership in Olympia, visit Olympia Auto Mall today.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Drive the open road dream in the 2017 Ford Mustang

Could there be a car more classically American than the Ford Mustang? With over 5 decades of heritage, the new 2017 Ford Mustang combines the bold styling and thrilling driving capabilities that fans have come to expect, with a couple of exciting new features. If you’re on the lookout for new cars for sale and are in the market for a sports car, this updated icon will surely get your engine revving.

What’s new for the 2017 Ford Mustang?

Exterior and interior styling of the 2017 Ford Mustang haven’t changed much. After all, why fix what’s not broken? Ford introduces 3 hot new colors for the 2017 model - Ruby Red Metallic, Lightning Blue, and Grabber Blue - to replace the Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange.

The most significant change, however, is the accessibility of the previous Ford Mustang GT’s Track Package option. What was formerly an optional upgrade will now be standard on all 2017 Ford Mustang GT models. These features include an aluminum tower-to-tower brace, a high-downforce, deck-lid spoiler, engine oil, transmission and differential coolers, and Ford’s MagneRide damping system.

Available upgrades on the Ford Mustang have also evolved slightly - offering greater flexibility when customizing extras. Two new packages are available: an Electronics Package and a Convenience Package (previously the Tech Package which could not be combined with the Track Package).

The Electronics Package includes SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system. The Convenience Package includes all features of the Electronics Package, in addition to replacing the Ford Mustang’s manual Recaro seats with leather-trimmed power-sports seats.

If it’s ultimate performance that you are after, then take a look at the awesome Shelby GT models available.

Test drive the new Mustang at a Ford dealership in Olympia

To find out more about the 2017 Ford Mustang from a reputable car dealership in Olympia, visit Olympia Auto Mall today.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A buyer's guide to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ

As Ford’s premium brand, the Lincoln has - for some - been a disappointment in previous years. This is no longer the case with the 2017 Lincoln MKZ which has received a complete upgrade - including an incredible new 400 horsepower  engine - thoroughly elevating it to a new status amongst other new cars for sale in the luxury market.


Exterior styling changes to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ are subtle. Most notable are the new signature front grille (this will be the first Lincoln to feature this styling change), adaptive LED headlights, and a Lincoln logo ‘welcome mat’ projecting from the side mirrors when the car is unlocked at night.


Inside, the MKZ has been vastly remodeled, with buttons and knobs replacing the previous sliding controls. The interior styling is elegant and luxurious, with the top of the line trim featuring a center console trimmed in real aluminum. For added convenience, four high-speed USB charging ports (two of which can be accessed by passengers in the rear) are included, as well as 2 choices of Revel-branded Harman/Kardon audio systems (14- or 20-speaker set-up).


New to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ is autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, all-speed adaptive cruise control, and the latest version of Ford’s park assist system. In addition, the MKZ will debut the MyLincoln Mobile app to enable remote locking, unlocking, and starting via smartphone.

Find a Lincoln dealership, Olympia

To find a car dealership in Olympia and find out more about the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ, visit Olympia Auto Mall today.

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