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Have Fun on Staten Island This Fall

Staten Island In Autumn

Staten Island is a great place to live and play. We get to enjoy the benefits of the big city, but with a smaller, more community-centered lifestyle. Now that summer is over, the weather will start to cool down and we will get to experience all that autumn has to offer. Here are a few ways to have fun on Staten Island this fall.

  • 1776 Peace Conference Celebration. Right after the Revolutionary War started, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge met with British Admiral Lord Richard Howe on Staten Island to try to bring an early end to the war. However, the negotiations failed, and the rest is history. Celebrate the 241st anniversary of this event on September 9th at Conference House Park.
  • Von Thun Farms. Every weekend starting on September 23rd, you can visit Von Thun Farms for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pick-your-own apples, hayrides, and more.
  • Staten Island Oktoberfest. On October 14th, the Staten Island Marine Corps League will host its annual Oktoberfest. There will be games, live music, food and drink for the whole family to enjoy.

What is your favorite way to celebrate fall on Staten Island? Here at Bell Mitsubishi, we love serving all of our friends and neighbors here on Staten Island during this season.

Affordable In-Car Technology in the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Modern drivers want modern features in their cars. However, if you are on a tight budget, you might discover that the technology you want is out of reach. This won’t happen if you choose the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage. It comes with cost-efficient in-car technology thanks to its low pricing and long list of standard features.

The base model comes equipped with a big seven-inch touchscreen system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. Higher trims add features like Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM, navigation, and even a Rockford Fosgate® sound system.

Driving the Mirage is an efficient 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. This engine is so efficient, that when paired with the continuously variable transmission (CVT), it delivers an EPA-estimated 37 mpg city and 43 mpg highway.* This makes it the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid vehicle in the United States. Just image what you could do with all the money you save from buying a Mirage.

Another thing that makes the Mirage so much fun is its wide range of color options. Choose from hues such as Wine Red, Sunrise, Infrared, and Saphire Blue.

Want to see if the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage is the right car for you? Come try it out today at Bell Mitsubishi.

Our Favorite Features of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

We’re sure you remember the Mitsubishi Eclipse, one of the world’s favorite vehicles for over 20 years, from its introduction in 1989 to its last release in 2012. This classic model has been rethought, reconstructed, and reinstated once again as a premium economical vehicle, only this time the Eclipse will take to the streets as a small SUV rather than a sports performance car.

There’s a lot to love about this vehicle, so let us walk you through some of our favorite features of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Complete Redesign

You know how all SUVs and crossovers seem to look the same nowadays? Well, not any more. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a totally one-of-a-kind aesthetic, from its powerful, aggressive pose to a head-turning rear design. In a market drenched by the bland, the new Eclipse Cross is a delicious shock to the visual palate.

Attainable Performance

The brand-new Eclipse Cross might be leagues beyond the Eclipses of years gone by, but it carries on the grand tradition of its high-performing ancestors with a direct-injection 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 engine and standard continuously variable automatic transmission, all for the low price of $21,000*.

Hello to High-Tech

Some of the finest features of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse can be found right inside the cabin with its cleanly-designed cockpit. A heads-up display, available Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM, seven-inch touchscreen, 360-degree camera, and more make driving the new Eclipse Cross an absolute dream.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be available to American drivers in early 2018. When it is released, come down to Bell Mitsubishi to test drive the new standard in small SUVs!

 

*No MSRP available. This is an estimated base MSRP for a 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Staten Island Museums — the Perfect Places for One More Summer Memory

Historic Richmond Town
Summer might be on its way out, but there is still plenty of time to load the kids into your trusty Mitsubishi and pay a visit to one of the many exceptional Staten Island museums. The many curiosity-inducing, family-friendly museums and historical centers are the perfect places to have some fun and get your kids back in the mood for learning before they head back to school.

Here are a few of our all-time favorite Staten Island attractions:

Fort Wadsworth

Located right in Tompkinsville, Fort Wadsworth is one of the oldest military forts in the United States. This daunting stronghold used to be impossible to enter (especially if you happened to be British in the 18th-century), but nowadays it’s easy to access: Fort Wadsworth has free admission and is open dawn to dusk.

Historic Richmond Town

This collection of 28 landmarked buildings lets kids and adults alike live like they’re back in the late 1600s, using 17th-century tools and exploring the oldest schoolhouse in America. Richmond Town is open from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, with daily guided tours at 2:00 and 3:30 pm.

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Staten Island Children’s Museum is the ideal spot to let your kids run wild to explore and learn. With ultra-fun exhibits and activities, like a real fire truck, insect house, and a functioning foghorn to toot in the Sea of Boats, there’s zero chance of boredom here!

If you think you may need a new transporter to get your brood to-and-fro this school year, stop by Bell Mitsubishi today to see our wide selection of family-first vehicles!

Lancer Evolution Could Return as New Mitsubishi Crossover

Lancer evolution

It’s no surprise to the auto world that Mitsubishi has a few new SUVs and crossovers in the works; the company announced themselves that the brand would be taking a new, crossover-focused direction following the success of the Outlander. This announcement was swiftly followed by the discontinuation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a performance-focused variant of the Lancer nameplate. Now, however, rumors are flying that a new Mitsubishi crossover could revive the Evolution name.

The rumors sprung into existence following an interview with Mitsubishi’s chief operating officer Trevor Mann, who stated the company is currently considering the possibility of bringing a more performance-oriented vehicle back into the lineup. The kicker in his statement, however, was that the new performance flagship “doesn’t necessarily have to be a sedan.”

Interestingly, this vague announcement comes on the heels of the unveiling of Mitsubishi’s upcoming Eclipse Cross. The new crossover, which fills a segment between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, takes the “Eclipse” name from the sports coupe in Mitsubishi’s lineup in the 90s.

So, will we be getting a new Mitsubishi crossover that will carry on the “Evolution” name? That remains to be seen. But Mann has given us a few pieces of the puzzle, and, paired with Mitsubishi’s track record of resurrecting dead badging, we at Bell Mitsubishi have a theory or two of our own.

Outdoor Activities for Families on Staten Island

Staten Island

After you’ve gotten a month or so into summer, it can be hard to cook up ideas for outdoor activities for families. That’s why we at Bell Mitsubishi have a few suggestions for what to do around Staten Island.

Historical Homes and Architecture

The 267-acre Conference House Park is not only beautiful, but contains four historic buildings. Other attractions like Fort Wadsworth, the Alice Austen House, and the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum are sure to interest history buffs. New York City’s only historical village – Historic Richmond Town – is sure to delight you and your family with period costumes and an authentic cultural experience.

Staten Island Zoo

Who doesn’t love animals? Come see all sorts of critters at the local zoo, ranging from the cute and friendly to the unusual and dangerous. Plus, it can be educational for the little ones.

Biking and Hiking

Staten Island offers visitors and residents alike a variety of scenic, green spaces, preserved for your enjoyment. Many of the parks in the area have well-maintained trails on which you can hike or bike. Just remember to bring snacks!

Kayaking

A more unusual and unique way to explore the beautiful sights of Staten Island, kayaking can be fun for the whole family. Slather on some sunscreen, rent a kayak or two from a local rental shop, and head out for a peaceful day on the water.

Whether you’re exploring the local town or headed out into the wild, Staten Island provides plenty of outdoor activities for families.

Routine Summer Car Maintenance

The summer heat is rolling in which means you’re running out of time to take care of some crucial routine car maintenance! Ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained is important to enjoying summer, especially if you plan on taking any long road trips. Here are a few routine summer car maintenance items to take care of from us here at Bell Mitsubishi!

Oil

Oil lubricates, cools, and protects the engine, and effectively works to prevent a major breakdown and costly repair later in the vehicle’s lifespan. The extreme summer heat can result in thinning of your old oil, and that won’t end well, especially if you’re in the middle of a family road trip. Save yourself both time and money by getting an oil change before summer arrives!

Tires

Keeping your tires properly maintained will result in better fuel economy, a smoother ride, and a pretty penny in savings. Start by checking to see if you have enough tread on your tires for optimal traction on wet roads. Next, check the tire pressure and inflate (or deflate) to the manufacturer-suggested level. Finally, look for any abnormalities, like bulges. Don’t forget to rotate your tires!

Wipers

Heavy spring rains after winter’s ice likely did a number on your windshield wipers. Fortunately, a new set is cheap and easy to install. Simply check your owner’s manual for instructions. It only takes a few minutes!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Named Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicle

Three-row SUVs tend to cost a pretty penny, but the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander serves as an exception to the rule. The 2017 Outlander has proven itself both on- and off-road, making it perfect for a family vacation and hitting the trails on the weekend. Capable of seating up to seven passengers, there’s room for the whole family.

The latest model is more than just a spacious three-row SUV, though. It was also declared the “Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicle” on Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 list.

Kelley Blue Book compares the top 10 seven- and eight-passenger SUVs under $29,000. Using the Fair Purchase Price as of March 2017, the Mitsubishi Outlander takes first place with a price of just $22,614.

“A 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is about as far from everyday as a 7-passenger SUV can get. With proven off-road credentials, a feature-rich cabin and a great warranty, there’s really very little to argue with,” said the editors at KBB.com.

It seems as though consumers agree. The Mitsubishi Outlander three-row SUV performed just as well this April as the last. The smaller Outlander Sport saw a 2.8% increase in sales compared to April 2016.

We here at Bell Mitsubishi are happy to see the Outlander continuing to perform exceptionally well!

 

All-Season Tires vs. Summer Tires

summer tires in water

Winter tires are a popular option during the colder months, but one of the most rarely talked about kinds of tire is the summer tire. So what are summer tires, and what are the benefits of them?

“Summer tires” is kind of a misnomer. While summer tires aren’t ideal for winter, they’re great in spring, summer, and fall. They’re better at driving on wet and resisting hydroplaning than all-season tires, but they have little to no grip in the snow.

On the other hand, all-season tires, which most cars come pre-equipped with now, are mostly fine throughout the year, but they’re a compromise—they don’t perform as well during spring, summer, and fall as summer tires, and they don’t perform as well in winter as winter tires. If you don’t want to spend the money or take the extra time to switch over to winter tires when it gets cold, all-season tires are a good choice.

If you do want to take the time out, though, consider switching your all-season tires out for summer tires. You’ll experience better traction in the rain thanks to the softer grip, and when the cold weather hits, just spend an hour putting your winter tires on. You’ll be amazed how much better your car does in the snow with them!

For more information about tires or to schedule a service appointment, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive Reviews

Mitsubishi Motors logo

Mitsubishi first announced that the plug-in hybrid version of its popular mid-size crossover would be coming to the US in January of last year, and though it hasn’t debuted in the US just yet, first-drive reviews of the 2017 model are rolling in. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to go on sale in the States sometime this summer.

The Outlander PHEV has been a smash hit in Europe and Australia, ranking as the best-selling electric car in Europe since its release in 2013. Recently released in Australia, the new Outlander PHEV has received a big styling refresh as well as engineering updates for better fuel economy and performance.

First drive reviews report that the Outlander PHEV comes with plenty of standard features on its base LS trim, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, and more. The luxurious Exceed trim offers features like heated seats and a power liftgate.

The 2017 Outlander PHEV adds fast-charging as well as an EV mode, whereas previously it was only available in a hybrid drive mode. The all-electric mode is nearly silent, according to reviewers, and it brings in gasoline power when needed for big bursts of speed or as the battery power gets low.

For more information about the upcoming Outlander PHEV, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

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