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The Best Cars for Latinas to Drive in 2015

The Best Cars for Latinas to Drive in 2015
By Sue Mead

 

The technological development and great changes in fuel cost changes everything when it comes to purchasing a new car. The following line-up of cars, including SUV’s, trucks, and more have not only a modern look to them but they have great updates. Here are several options for you to strongly consider.

2015 Lexus NX:
2015 Lexus

This all-new, uber-cool CUV has been designed to carry four fit and active Millennials and Gen Xers and their sports gear. It comes in a turbo, a performance-minded F-Sport, and hybrid models and gets up to 33 mpg. Safe, smart and eco-friendly, the premium cabin has been infused with “inspired solutions” and a host of standard and available technology. Notable are the Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray for phones and other devices; a sunglasses holder with a removable mirror cover in the center console; and cup holders that cinch.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
The NX stands out in a sea of sameness: it’s eye-catching wearing a sizeable, bold grille; unique lighting designs; and great paint colors-like Ultrasonic Blue Mica! And honestly, who doesn’t want to transport or be seen with friends in a car like this?

 

2015 Chrysler 200:
2015 chrysler

This all-new four-door, five-passenger, mid-sized sedan has a fuel economy of 35 mpg and has more room, refinement, and power. Available in four trims, it comes with two engine choices and front-wheel drive and AWD versions. It has a number of segment-leading features such as a nine-speed transmission; perpendicular park assist (parallel park assist also); an 8.4-in. touchscreen multimedia command center that is the largest in its class; a disconnecting rear axle to enhance performance driving and fuel economy; adaptive cruise control-plus; full-speed forward collision warning-plus; lane sense departure warning-plus; and best-in-class 295 horsepower.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:

The ‘200’ has moved to a more upscale neighborhood. Notable is the athletic, coupe-like silhouette, interior accoutrements and safety. This car says you are serious about safety but don’t wish to give up on luxury either. And did we mention that the multimedia command center is magnificent?

 

2015 Kia 900:
KIA 900

This all-new, four-door, five-seat, top-of-the-line luxury sedan designed and engineered to compete with today’s high-end models. The long list of standard features includes up-to-date technology and safety elements. Trims are Premium V6 and V8; Premium V6 is available with a Luxury Package and Technology Package; a VIP Package is available on the V8. A premium cabin is topped by a large panoramic tilt/sliding sunroof, with power retractable sunshade.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
Kia’s new flagship is a modern and different twist on luxury, with livery dimensions and confident good looks. Illuminated door sills with a stainless steel scuff plate trim welcome you a plush and bright interior beset by interior accent lighting, genuine wood and Nappa leather. Are you the chica who forges her own path? This take on luxury might be different, but the risk here pays off.

 

2015 Acura TLX:
Acura TLX 2015

This new mid-sized performance sedan melds the TSX and TL models. It seats five in front or AWD versions, with two engine choices; four-or six-cylinder power comes with eight-and nine-speed transmissions. It gets up to 35 mpg. Standard “Jewel Eye” LED headlamps and three-dimensional pipe-lighting accentuate the swoopy and attractive exterior, while the cabin is punctuated with tasteful trims, a cache of modern-day technologies and one of the world’s best sound systems. AcuraWatch’s suite of safety systems brings confidence and poise. Top-of-the-line ‘SH-AWD’ is loaded with luxury and the quickest handling response.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
This new entry premium sedan has chops! Notable are the superb level of quietness, a true performance feel, and customizable stowage. This car says “I am a professional.” Career mujeres and those looking for luxury on a budget, will embrace this one!

 

2015 Porsche Macan:
porche macan

Porsche’s all-new Macan, its first entry in the compact SUV segment, is a five-seater that is highly-capable on and off-road road-and the most powerful in its class. It comes in two models; the Turbo with Sport Chrono Package clocks zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The sporty cabin has a cockpit feel, with high-quality materials, craftsmanship, and a host of luxury and technology features.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
Macan is the Indonesian word for tiger, chosen for the car’s sleek and powerful design and driving mission. In truth, it is more of a “sports crossover” or CUV. We love the highly-sculpted, elegant exterior penned with Porsche’s sports luxury DNA from all of its vehicles and its elegant interior. The truth? You had us at Porsche SUV… This car says he llegado.

 

2015 Nissan Rogue:
Nisaan Rogue

This small crossover was completely redesigned for 2014 model year with a collection of new technologies; its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is matched to an Xtronic transmission that gets up to 33 mpg. New is an Eco mode for 2015. It comes in three models, front or AWD and an optional fold-flat 3-row for 7-passenger seating and Nissan says it has best-in-class pricing, fuel economy, cargo room and headroom. Rogue Select is the previous gen version that is value-priced in one model, with similar set-up, but fewer features.

 

What LATINA Stylethinks: We like the design mix of muscular and flowing exterior styling with wrap-around headlamps, the premium interior, and the innovative EZ Flex seating system and Divide-N-Hide cargo stowage. Do you live in your car? If so, celebrate. You’ve never seen space for storage like this before.

2015 Cadillac Escalade:
2015 Cadillac Escalade

This full-sized, luxury SUV has been completely redesigned. It comes in two wheelbases, with two or three rows of seats, and is available in 2WD and AWD, and three trims. GM says it’s the most powerful SUV in the world, with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 that gets more horsepower and torque but improved fuel economy up to 21 mpg. Technologies include standard CUE infotainment system and new 18-speaker BOSE surround sound, plus an astute assembly of additional communications, technology and safety features.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
It’s big, bold, beautiful, and has bling! Inside is a sumptuous mini-cabin laden with ingenuous use of space and crafty materials, like hand-stitched, hand-wrapped supple leather and genuine metal and wood trims. You will make more than just your dad jealous with this vehicle. Comfort and safety? Check!

 

2015 Chevrolet Suburban:
2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The 12th-generation Suburban has been upgraded with new advanced technologies and an enhanced ride. It can carry up to nine; offers up to 121.1 cu. ft. of stowage; comes in 2WD and 4WD; three trims; and an 8-cylinder engine that can operate on four to improve fuel economy. There’s a programmable power-opening liftgate; a rear-view camera; Chevy MyLink for phones, tablets, music and navigation, real-time traffic, weather and gas prices; and new OnStar 4G LTE, it’s a mobile hotspot!

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
Many think SUVs are a new craze, but this American icon is the industry’s longest-running model—now 80 years old! We like updated styling, increased comfort and functionality, top-level safety and its truck-like capability. Whether you have a large finca or familia, this won’t disappoint.

 

2014 Toyota 4Runner:
Toyota 4 runner

This four-door SUV comes in 2WD and 4WD and three grades. New looks outside bring LED tail lights, redesigned wheels and four new colors; updated inside with Entune audio; standard back-up camera; upgraded trailering; and improved ride. Nearly 2 million sold – 75 percent still on the road- with original ‘starter batter’-body-on-frame, high ground clearance, and off-road capability: fully-boxed frame and tough suspension.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
It’s more modern, comfortable and capable although many prefer crossovers like Toyota Rav4 and Highlander, with less-trucky ride and softer looks. However, the 4Runner has topped its segment for 4 of the past 5 years in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study-a good endorsement. We like top-level Limited with “urban ruggedness.” Whether you are truly a vaquera or just one in your corazón, this car will make your heart beat a little faster.

 

2015 Ford Expedition:
2015 Ford Expedition

Updates to this full-sized SUV that seats up to eight, comes in 2WD and AWD versions, and four trims include a new, more powerful engine, better fuel economy, and more advanced technologies, such as an 8-inch touchscreen, and passive entry. Available in two wheelbases, the longer gets third-row seats and best-in-class cargo space. Safety includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, plus front and rear traffic alert.

 

What LATINA Style thinks:
Enhancements add more of what matters, plus a refreshed exterior, a more luxurious and quieter interior, and Ford’s popular EcoBoost V6 with turbocharging. We love the all-new, top-of-the-line Platinum edition, with uplevel interior appointments. Notable is good ingress and egress, driving ergonomics, and excellent visibility. This is NOT your mom’s minivan. Who says estilo and familia can’t go together?

 

A LATINA Style Staff Perspective

 

2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

When Toyota says you are getting more for your money, you really are with the new redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry. Toyota redesigned it from floor to roof, changing or re-engineering nearly 2,000 parts. Only the roof remains unchanged, and it caps off the boldest Camry body ever. You’ll enjoy the great handling and comfortable ride with the transformed Toyota Camry. New electronics in the 2015 Camry help reduce driver distraction, in-demand advanced safety features include Pre-Collision System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Auto High Beam Lane Departure Alert, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine produces 178 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque. It’s teamed with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, and the combination offers EPA-estimated 25 MPG city / 35 MPG highway fuel economy.

 

2015 Toyota Prius

2015 Toyota Prius

The 2015 Toyota Prius hybrid stands apart from any other car, not because of its high fuel economy promises but for its 2015 special edition absolutely red and blizzard pearl colors. Accentuated by 17-inch wheels with a unique dark metal finish, in addition to all the standard equipment in the Prius Three trim level, the special edition features an interior trimmed with black SofTex® seats and dark gray stitching, blue front footwell illumination, and dark chrome accents on the door grips, and more. On the plus side, the side mirrors include turn signals. We don’t think anything can get better than the EPA estimate fuel economy ratings of 51 MPG city / 48 MPG highway / 50 MPG combined.

 

2015 Lexus RC

Consumer Reports’ Tips on Car Seat Safety

Have you ever thought about the way that you travelled in a car when you were a child with the way your children do now? Have you ever reminisced about riding around in the “way back” without any seatbelts much less any child seats and thought “and I made it”? The most recent data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that child passenger deaths have decreased 43 percent from 2002 to 2011 for children under 12. That improvement is attributed mostly to the fact that children are now buckled up and using appropriate child restraints, including boosters. Despite these statistics, child restraint use among Hispanics is lower than for any other ethnic group for children between the ages of 1 and 7 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

So while the overall trend is positive, you need to be aware of the importance of using a child restraint for every trip. Here are a few of the most recent recommendations to keep you up to speed.

PRESS RELEASE GRAPHIC Vital Signs CVD Sept 2013 FINAL

 

Rear-facing longer

Despite the desire to move your child to a forward-facing orientation for ease-of-travel or so that they can see better, resist as long as you can. A child facing rearward is safer in a crash than one who faces forward. Consumer Reports, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend keeping them that way until they’re 2 years old.

 

Convertible as second seat

In order to keep a child rear-facing until the age of 2, it’s likely that you’ll be purchasing a convertible seat (one that can be oriented rear and forward facing) as your second seat. Despite the fact that many rear-facing infant seats have weight limits between 30 and 35 lbs., most don’t have the height capacity to match.

 

LATCH labeling changes

Did you know that the lower LATCH anchors – the lower bars between the seat cushion and seatback for attaching child seat – have a maximum weight for which they can be used? Once the weight combination of the child and child seats reaches 65 lbs., they need to be installed with the vehicle seatbelt rather than LATCH. New requirements for labeling of child seats will make this transition clearer by showing a maximum weight for LATCH use on each seat. This change will mainly affect forward-facing seats when toddlers are heavy enough for it to apply.

 

Tether use

Recent surveys show that parents are only using the top tethers for their forward-facing seats only about half the time. Our testing, and that of others, shows that this simple step can significantly reduce the forward movement of a child in a crash, especially the motion of the head. Reducing that forward movement is critical to avoiding head injuries, the most serious type of injuries for children. Hook up that top tether for all forward-facing installations.

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