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Friday, June 15, 2018

Choosing the Right Class of RV

The first step in considering an RV is to think about what you plan to do with your RV and your vacation time.

1    Will you be staying mostly in RV parks, or in remote locations?
2.     How many travelers will you be bringing?
3.     Who is going to drive the vehicle?
4.     Will your vacations tend to be longer trips (3+ weeks) or shorter trips?
5.     Will you be traveling year-round? in the cold weather?
6.     Will you be taking the RV into nearby city for sightseeing? Is parking and maneuverability important?
7.     Do you have any special storage needs? Bikes, kayaks, dogs/kennels, trade-show supplies, etc?

The first thing to decide is whether you want a motorized RV or a towable one. If the journey itself is the draw, then perhaps a motorized RV is for you. Most people start with a towable, specifically a pop-up.

Towable RVs

Pop-up or tent trailers come in 8’, 10’, and 12’ sizes and have most of the same amenities as a travel trailer. Travel trailers also come in different sizes (ranging from a small 9’ up to around 40’). It is important to consider sleeping arrangements and living space for your family as you evaluate each. The final towable is the 5th wheel. These require a pickup truck to tow, and the size of the 5th wheel will dictate the towing capacity of the truck. The nice part about a towable is that once you arrive at your destination, you set up your Tent Trailer, travel trailer, or 5th wheel and you have your car, truck, or SUV for local sightseeing.

Motorized RVs

There are 3 classes of motorized RVs – Class A, Class B, and Class C. The Class B is built on a van chassis with a raised roof. They are very easy to drive and have many of the same amenities as the Class A & C, just more compact. The Class A motorhomes are big on size and luxury; sizes ranging from 22’ to 45’. They are offered with both gas and diesel engines and can come with almost any amenity you can dream of. The more amenities, the bigger the price tag. The Class C motorhome can be almost as luxurious as the Class A but are generally smaller and more affordable. While the motorized RVs are cumbersome to park in an urban area, you can tow your car behind for use once you have set up camp.
There quite a range to choose from so consider all of the above. Another great recommendation is to talk to an RV specialist who can really help you find the right options at the right price.
Washington State has many beautiful parks for day use and overnight camping. In addition, Olympia Washington has an Auto Mall that caters to RV sales. With knowledgeable staff and a convenient location just off Highway 101, we are here to properly outfit you for your camping vacation.
Enjoy the great outdoors in just the right RV; we look forward to helping you!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Off-Roading Possibilities

Off-Roading, the sport of driving your vehicle on unsurfaced terrain, takes many forms. Recreational off-roading can include dune bashing, desert racing, cross-country, mudding, rock crawling, and raids. Some of these off-road challenges require customized vehicles and accessories like winches and specialized shocks.
However, today’s trucks and SUVs are amazing machines. While they are built to comfortably transport you and your gear on paved roads and highways, they are equipped to take you off the pavement and onto the dirt as well.
Going off road sounds fun and adventurous, but it is not always as simple as it sounds. If you are headed into the wilderness in your 4x4, here is some good advice to help you prepare:

Know Your Vehicle

There are several features in your truck or SUV that will help during your off-road adventure. The first is traction control, offered on most vehicles today. Some traction control systems are more involved than others but basically use either the brakes or the 4x4 mechanics to limit wheel slip. Some offer settings to accommodate the anticipated need. Be sure to read your owner’s manual to understand your specific traction control system and what to expect.

Locking differentials effectively locks the turning of the left and right wheel together to reduce slipping. Normally, the inside wheel turns more slowly as you corner your vehicle, allowing the onboard computer to adjust and shift power where its most needed. Locking the differential on a trail eliminates inconsistent speed between the left and right sides which can affect traction. The locked differential forces both wheels to spin at the same rate, making sure the power remains with wheel with the most traction.

4WD High and 4WD Low are also important to understand and use properly when off-roading. The low and high refers to the gearing of your transfer case. 4WD Low provides more torque and is most suitable for low-end speeds. 4WD High is better for higher speeds and to maintain momentum.
Washington State has some excellent trails for off-roading:
  •  Mount Walker
  •  Overland Loop Trail
  • Walker Valley Trail
  • Capitol Peak Trail
  •  Deep Park Road
  • Naches Pass Trail
  • Evans Creek Trail

To name a few.

Washington State has some excellent vehicles for you to off-road in, especially at the Olympia Auto Mall. If you are exciting about off-roading but need an appropriate vehicle (truck or SUV) for the adventure, visit the Auto Mall’s convenient location just off Highway 101 in Olympia. 9 great dealers and 8 brands and lots of knowledgeable staff to properly outfit you.
Happy off-roading, and we look forward to seeing you!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

2018 VW Beetle

Has there ever been a more iconic car than the VW Beetle? Designed by Ferdinand Porsche (yes, that Porsche) in 1938, the Beetle has been a mainstay in the Volkswagen line-up and is the longest running and most manufactured car of a single platform ever made.

The 2018 Beetle is quite different than the 1938 model. 18” alloy wheels, power sunroof, rear spoiler, and premium sound systems are just a few of the options that have come about over the 80-year history of the Beetle.

The basic exterior design has remained recognizable and consistent through the years, however, the fit, feel, and technology inside the car is vastly different. Creature comfort options include:
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto for music streaming
  • Ambient LED lighting
  • Navigation, weather, sports, and information on a 7” touch screen
  • 400-watt Fender premium audio system
  • Push button start


The icon got a bump in speed for 2018 with a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine and an available 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode for real driving fun. All that fun and 33 highway mpg.


“While the size of the Beetle has grown, and its technology and safety features are as modern as any other car, its essence remains.” This is what KBB.com says about the 2018 Beetle. With safety features like blind spot monitoring, intelligent crash response, high-strength steel safety cage, and automatic post collision braking system, it is no wonder this car retains a high safety rating.
Come visit Volkswagen of Olympia in the Olympia Auto Mall and experience what 80 years of German engineering can produce. Once behind the wheel, you will be able to feel it for yourself.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

2018 Subaru Outback

With six models to choose from, the 2018 Subaru Outback offers up a wide variety of options, inside and out. The Outback is way more than a wagon that is an attractive alternative to larger SUVs.
It has more cargo space than some of it’s larger competitors, yet still achieves a 24-mpg overall rating and a smaller price tag. From the base model 2.5i to the very well-equipped 3.6R Touring, there is an Outback that can suit just about anyone’s driving and lifestyle requirements.
Some nice additions to the 2018 version are Apple Car Play and Android Auto, both designed to interface with your favorite music provider. This is standard on all models. The technology does not end there. The 8” touch screen controls navigation, audio functions, and your favorite apps. Most models feature a 12 speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system with 576 watts.

Standard Symmetrical All Wheel Drive

Designed for optimal balance and an even distribution of power for maximum traction, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive makes for exceptional stability, impressive efficiency, and a quick response to driving conditions.

Durable SUBARU BOXER engines combine with a Lineartronic® CVT transmission to deliver up to a fuel-efficient 32 MPG highway.


Once inside the cabin, you can enjoy all the cool options Subaru has to offer, such as:
·         60/40 split folding rear seatback
·         Power rear gate with adjustable stopping points
·         10-way power seats with 2 position memory
·         Heated front seats
·         Heated mirrors


The Outback earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick Award with good performance in crash testing and a superior rated front crash prevention system. The optional EyeSight system includes forward collision warning, autonomous braking and throttle control, and lane-sway and the lane-departure warning and assist. Models equipped with EyeSight also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning, welcomed features that are now standard equipment on the Limited and Touring models.
We invite you to the Olympia Auto Mall and Hanson Motors Subaru and check out all the 2018 Subaru Outback models. You will not find a better vehicle that has 34 cubic feet of storage, all wheel drive, tons of safety and performance options, and a very high customer satisfaction rating. Come in and take a test drive soon. We look forward to seeing you.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

2018 Mazda CX-5

Mazda has completely redesigned the CX-5 for 2018 for a more mature and capable compact SUV. Improved ride comfort, and interior quality combined with typical high craftsmanship from Mazda, make this a very attractive choice in an extremely competitive market.

2018 sees the CX-5s ride improved, making it more nimble, comfortable, and responsive. It now ranks among the top in its class in ride and comfort.

Powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, the CX-5 has plenty of responsive power while maintaining a 24 MPG combined rating.

Interior & Safety

The re-design efforts have also improved the overall quietness inside the cabin, with thicker glass, better carpeting, and upgraded sealing efforts, all making this the quietest SUV in the non-luxury market. While inside the quiet cabin, you will enjoy plenty of cool features and technology. Navigation with an SD map card for easy updating capabilities, a premium sound system, and an intuitive 7” touch screen with voice commands is just a few of the amenities you will find. With soft cushions, supple leatherette, and grippy suede, the CX-5's front seats are comfortable and have an upscale presence. The seats are roomy with just enough lateral support to hold you in place. The driver’s seat on our Touring model has six-way power adjustability.

Safety features are what you would expect from Mazda. Collision warning, lane departure avoidance, blind spot warning, and rear traffic warning just to name a few.

Make the short trip to the Olympia Auto Mall and visit the knowledgeable staff at Lincoln & Mazda Of Olympia and let them show you all the changes Mazda has made to the MX-5 for 2018. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 Lincoln MKX

Distinctive by design is the best description for the new 2018 Lincoln MKX. Consumer Reports says this crossover from Lincoln rivals the BMW X5 and the Lexus RX 350 in their overall road test scores. With luxury you came to expect from the Lincoln brand combined with good performance, comfort, and safety, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this vehicle.

The re-designed 2018 model comes with an option of 2 power plants. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin turbocharged V-6 that delivers 335 hp. The second is an even more powerful 3.7-liter V6. Behind both is a very smooth 6-speed automatic transmission.

You will appreciate the driving experience this car delivers with well weighted steering, and 3 adjustable driving settings: Normal, Comfort, and Sport which allows you to dial in the ride you are looking for. Whether you are picking up the kids or driving on a winding road, this car can adapt.

Once inside, the creature comforts are everywhere. Beautiful materials on the dashboard and door surfaces are what you would expect from Lincoln. Nice wood and chrome accents finish off the cabin and tailored seats are covered with soft, perforated leather. Seating for 5 adults is no problem with big doors to make entering easy.

Once you are on the road, enjoy the premium sound system, large touch screen display, and the Lincoln voice command navigation center.

Safety features include:

•    Forward collision warning
•    Pre-collision braking
•    Blind spot warning
•    Rear cross traffic alert
•    Lane keeping warning system

When you combine all the luxury, technology, performance, and safety features, you can see why the 2018 Lincoln MKX is turning heads of industry experts and more importantly…drivers.

You can experience all this SUV has to offer at the Olympia Auto Mall. The friendly folks at Lincoln & Mazda of Olympia would love to share all the features of the MKX with you and set up a test drive. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Kia Stinger

2018 Kia Stinger

Kia has branched into sports-sedan territory with its new four-door 2018 Stinger. It was designed as a thoroughbred rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with an aggressive stance. Performance, styling, and practicality, all combine to make KIA’s first entry into the sports performance sedan category a worthy effort.

Two versions are available, the standard model features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 255 hp. This engine is very smooth and responsive and is combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you are looking for a sportier and performance minded feel, then the Stinger GT is for you. The GT model is powered by a 3.3-liter turbo V6 that produces 365 hp. With an available all-wheel drive option, Kia now has a true sports sedan in its line-up.

The interior is very clean and stylish, featuring round dash vents, toggle switches, and nice satin-chromed buttons. The steering wheel is stitched leather and feels great in your hands. The driver’s seat has four-way adjustable settings including lumbar support. With traditional knobs and buttons, the Stinger has a classic, yet modern look and feel.

Technology has it’s place as well as all the performance features. It has options like an eight-inch display with navigation, Apple or Android Car Play, and USB ports. Dual heat zones, heated front seats, and even a heated steering wheel are just a few of the creature comfort ad-ons available.

Tons of safety features make the Stinger a very safe car to drive. Collision warning, blind spot detection, and pedestrian detection just to name a few.

Hanson Motors Kia would like to schedule a test drive for you. That is the best way to experience the first performance sedan form Kia. They are conveniently located in the Olympia Auto Mall, just a short drive from Tacoma, Puyallup, and surrounding areas. Be one of the first to sit behind the wheel of this really cool car.

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