Road Trip Tips That Will Make Your Vacation Perfect

 

road trip tips

Whether you’re setting out on your road trip tomorrow or you aren’t going until July, it’s never too early or too late to implement some helpful hacks into your agenda to reduce your stress levels. Here are some of our favorite road trip tips.

First of all, you want to keep yourself and your passengers entertained on the drive, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Pre-load your mobile devices with apps, games, and videos—unless your car has a mobile hotspot, in which case you don’t have to worry about it.

Check out books for the kids and audiobooks for you to listen to on the drive from your local library. Another way to keep kids occupied is to get a map that will span your whole trip, laminate it, and have your kids follow along with marker so they can see your progress.

Keep your car clean and organized with easy food storage tricks, like keeping celery or pretzels in a half-empty jar of peanut butter, putting dry snacks in old coffee creamer bottles, and using a plastic cereal container as a small trashcan.

You should also download apps that will make your trip easier, like the SitOrSquat app that helps you find clean places to use the restroom and GasBuddy, which compares area gas prices and helps you find the cheapest ones.

These are just a few hacks to improve your road trip—find even more here. And if you’re looking for the perfect summer road trip car, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today!

Things to Do in Chicago in April

things to do in Chicago

Chicago is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and there’s always something going on. If you’re planning a visit for spring break or live here and are looking for something to do this weekend, check out these things to do in Chicago in April.

Coming up the weekend of the 23rd is C2E2, one of the most popular comic book conventions in the country. The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo features panels by major industry publishers like Marvel and DC as well as merchandise, costume contests, and more.

Sunday April 23 will see WingFest, which will be held by Time Out Chicago at Deuce’s and the Diamond Club, where they’ll be showing the Cubs game, so you can eat a huge variety of wings without missing it!

At the end of the month on April 30, check out the Chicago Humanities Festival, where writers, politicians, and artists will show off their works. It also boasts programs on a variety of topics like photography by black artists and clean water, in addition to a talk by Caitlyn Jenner.

These are just a few of the events going on in the second half of April, so check out the events page for more! We’re wishing you a great April from everyone at Biggers Mitsubishi.

What to Have in Your Car’s First Aid Kit

Having a well-prepared first aid kit can help ward off problems that could potentially ruin a road trip. There are dozens of items to pack, but odds are you don’t need every single one. Having the essential items in your first aid kit is the important part. Here’s a quick list of items to put in your car’s first aid kit from us here at Biggers Mitsubishi!

Car's First Aid Kit | Biggers Mitsubishi |  Elgin, IL

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  • Blanket/Clothes – Having an extra set of clothes is particularly important, especially if you plan on getting dirty to begin with. Drivers in colder climates will benefit from warm clothes and a blanket in the even that they break down on the side of the road. An extra set of clothes could also help in non-emergency situations as well.
  • Flashlight and Batteries – Getting caught in the dark isn’t ideal for anyone, especially if you have a problem with your vehicle’s charging system. Stow a flashlight and extra batteries, just in case. Being able to see and signal a passing car for help is essential for any modern driver.
  • Medical Supplies – Patching up a small wound, even temporarily, could stave off an emergency until you reach a doctor. Include gauze, bandages, pain relievers, and hand sanitizer in your first aid kit in case someone does get injured on the road.

New 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Bows in Geneva

Mitsubishi has been teasing a new SUV since January and now it’s finally arrived! The Japanese automaker showed off the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at the Geneva Motor Show. The Eclipse Cross boasts a sporty, streamlined design and is a prime example of just what Mitsubishi’s designers are capable of.

New 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross | Biggers Mitsubishi | Elgin IL

While it bears the name of the automaker’s discontinued sports car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will have a slot between the Outlander Sport and Outlander models. We first saw the Eclipse Cross in the form of the XR-PHEV Concept in 2013.

The all-new SUV boasts a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission that churns out 160 hp. Drivers can also opt for a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission instead. That engine, along with a PHEV powertrain, will launch later on.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will come with four-wheel drive and Active Yaw Control, a performance feature that launched on the Lancer Evolution sedan.

The interior brings a screen on the dash with a head-up display and touchpad controller. The new SUV also features 60/40 split rear seats and an interior appointed with silver and black accents.

We here at Biggers Mitsubishi can’t wait for the arrival of the new Eclipse Cross!

Get These Winter Accessories for Your Car

Here in Illinois, winter is the harshest time of year, which is why you should be prepared with these winter accessories for your car.

Winter Tire

Remote Starter

Get your car warm and ready before you step inside with a remote starter. Just a few minutes of warming up and you’ll be ready to go.

Seat Warmers

If your car doesn’t already come with them, consider getting some seat warmers. They range in price from $20-$100 per seat, but can make your commute so much cozier.

Winter Tires

Winter tires are entirely different than all-season tires. They are made with a unique rubber compound that helps them stay soft and pliable even under frigid conditions. In addition, they have unique tread patterns designed to cut through snow and slush.

Heated Wiper Blades

While they may cost more than $100 per set, they won’t get clogged with frozen snow and ice. You won’t have to pull over anymore just to maintain your visibility.

All Season Floor Mats

These heavy-duty rubber mats will help keep your carpeting clean when you’re dragging in all the snow, ice, and salt on your shoes. You can clean them easily with a simple hose down.

If you’re in the market for any of these winter accessories for your car, stop by our parts department here at Biggers Mitsubishi and we can help you out.

New Mitsubishi SUV to Debut in Geneva

At the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, to be held March 7th through 19th in Geneva, Switzerland, Mitsubishi has plans to unveil a brand new addition to its lineup. This new Mitsubishi SUV will join the Outlander Sport, Outlander, and Outlander PHEV SUV models currently sold by Mitsubishi.

New Mitsubishi SUV

Design

Mitsubishi has announced that the new vehicle will be a compact model that will have sharp styling characteristics. These will include a wedge-shaped belt line, a steeply raked rear window, a long wheelbase, and a strong character line running along the side. Together these features will give the new SUV a sort of coupe design with an active, athletic feel.

We got a glimpse of this design through a shadowy teaser image Mitsubishi previously released. But Mitsubishi didn’t announce where the new model would sit in the lineup. However, many in the industry suspect it will come in below the Outlander Sport to compete with models like the Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

Name

As for its name, Mitsubishi hasn’t announced that either. Autoblog suspects it could wear the Eclipse name, which was last seen on the sporty compact car in 2012.

 

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we are excited to see a new model coming to the Mitsubishi lineup! We can’t wait to learn even more about it when it makes its debut next month.

Innovative 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features Earn ‘Top Safety Pick+’

Once again, Mitsubishi has raised the bar for vehicle safety with the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, which was just named a “Top Safety Pick+” vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The new Mitsubishi Outlander Touring Package specifically earned the title, honoring the popular Outlander for the fourth year in a row. In its standard form, the new Outlander is equipped with Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring, and much more. So no matter where you go and who’s in tow, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features will keep you covered every time.

Safe Family in 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

If you upgrade to the Touring Package, you will find a long list of active safety features – from Adaptive Cruise Control to Lane Departure Warning – that continue to keep drivers safe even when they do not recognize their own danger.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features

Keep in mind that IIHS standards are higher than ever with new, rigorous testing standards that include the evaluation of headlights and much more. The new Mitsubishi Outlander scored nearly perfectly in every category.

When it comes to choosing your next vehicle, perhaps no factor is as important as safety. Thankfully, Mitsubishi has you covered, with the seven-passenger 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features? To take the vehicle out on a test drive, contact us or visit us any time, here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Kids Riding In 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander

Tips for Winter Driving in Chicago

Check out our tips for winter driving in Chicago.

Roads can be most dangerous in the winter.

Winter can be an extremely difficult time of the year for driving. Even vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander can experience problems on the icy roads. Meanwhile, Chicago is a city well-known for its extreme weather conditions. Therefore, you can only imagine how difficult it is to drive in the Windy City during the winter months! In order to help winter driving a little bit easier, be sure to follow these tips for winter driving in Chicago.

  1. Avoid Cruise Control. Usually when you get a chance to use Cruise Control in a heavily congested city like Chicago, it is quite the fortuitous occasion. However, you may want to rely upon your own ability to speed up or slow down during the winter months, especially if there is a wintry mix on the ground.
  2. Do Not Stop on Hills. Your commute may involve having to ascend or descend a few hills throughout the city. If you cannot avoid this, make sure you avoid stopping while climbing up the hill if possible, as your car could start to descend that hill backwards.
  3. Keep Gas at Least Half Full. Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we are a group of glass half full sort of people, so we are optimistic about driving this winter. Nevertheless, you may want to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times, just in case you need an extra heat source on the road if you become stranded.

Chicago Cubs Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas seems to have come early this year for Chicago Cubs fans. After all, the Cubs have won the World Series in the first time in over a century! That is quite the momentous occasion, so in order to help the Cubs fanatic in your life celebrate, consider giving them one of these Chicago Cubs Christmas gift ideas:

  1. A Chicago Cubs Jersey. One of the best ways to show your support for your team is by wearing a replica of your favorite player’s jersey. With so many talented players in the Chicago Cubs roster, there are plenty of great jerseys to choose from.
  2. An Autographed Baseball. An autograph from a Chicago Cubs player is a highly sought after item. One of the easiest ways to obtain one of those autographs is by purchasing a baseball that has been signed by one of the Chicago Cubs superstars!
  3. World Series Champions Gear. The Chicago Cubs have made history by once again winning the World Series. Help the Cubs fan in your life capture a piece of this historical moment by purchasing Chicago Cubs World Series Champions memorabilia, with anything from t-shirts to banners and everything in between.

It’s a great year to be a Chicago Cubs fan, especially during the holiday season.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse: Top 5 Models for Mitsubishi’s Lost Car

Mitsubishi Eclipse through the years

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

Over the course of its production, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was one of the most popular sport coupes in the industry. With its sleek styling, powerful engine options, and an affordable price tag, the Eclipse was perfect for the American market. While it is no longer sold by the Japanese carmaker, who is focusing more on producing crossovers and SUV models, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is still worthy of remembering. Here is an overview of each Eclipse generation and what makes each model year so special.

1990-1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse

When the Eclipse first debuted back in the 1990 model year, it was part of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler called Diamond Star Motors. It quickly became one of the best affordable sport coupes available with its turbocharged engines and pop-up headlights. The high-end trim even came with an available four-wheel-drive option, which made it especially appealing.

1995-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The second-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse took the previous generation’s popularity and built upon it, coming back with a sleeker, more elongated style. This more athletic body style was a hit, as was the newly diversified trim lineup, which offered consumers more options than ever before.

2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

For the third generation, Mitsubishi decided to give the Eclipse an overhaul. The 2000 model was released as a completely new car based on the Mitsubishi Galant platform. It came with the choice of four gasoline-powered engines and the all-wheel-drive option was dropped from the available features.

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Based on the popularity of the second-generation’s sporty style, Mitsubishi decided to make the fourth-generation Eclipse even more athletic. It gave the sports coupe a hatchback body style and only two engine options to choose from—a 2.4-liter that put out 162 horsepower and a 3.8-liter V6 that generates 263 hp. With three trim levels, this model gave consumers better standard equipment, which included air conditioning, power windows, and a CD player.

2009-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The last and final generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse started with an October 2009 facelift. This update gave the GT trim a larger rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and Active Stability Control. It also gave the Eclipse a new GST Sport trim level, which offered sportier styling, too.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Eclipse;s history, head on over to our website at biggersmitsubishi.com.