Have you ever wondered what the name of your car means or maybe how manufacturers come up with names? After all, we say names like Camry, Miata and Passat without pausing to think if those names have a meaning. Turns out almost every car name has some significance that can be grouped into 12 categories.
We recently published a study to find if buying a hybrid car is worth it and the price per mile on an EV. While the initial price of the hybrid trim is more expensive than a non-hybrid, the savings with superior fuel economy pays off in the long run, right? The results were surprising and it got us thinking if diesel cars are really worth the extra coin.
We conducted this study in a similar fashion to the hybrid study. We found models available with both diesel and traditional unleaded gasoline engines, equipped them comparably and then found the difference in MSRP. We calculated how many miles someone would have to drive a diesel car for the savings in fuel consumption to outweigh the increased price. The only real difference between the two studies is accounting for the cost of diesel fuel. [keep reading]
Crossovers combine the comfort and drive-ability of a sedan with the utility of an SUV. Since crossovers are one of the most Followed type of vehicle on Mojo Motors, we set out to find if a crossover is more car-like or more SUV-like. We studied 15 crossovers and their specs including engine size, horsepower, MPG, towing capacity, payload capacity and ground clearance. See exactly where your crossover falls below.
The “most car-like” crossovers are at the top with the city backdrop and the “most SUV-like” crossovers at the bottom in front of the mountain. During the analysis we had to define what makes a car and what makes an SUV. Keep reading to find out why we determined a CR-V is more like a Civic than a Suburban. [keep reading]
We wanted to see where ridesharing services were operating to determine where it is possible to survive without a car in the United States. In our evaluation, we looked at five of the most pervasive services: Uber, Lyft, SideCar, RelayRides, and ZipCar. Then we plotted the services on a map which you can see below. If you’d like to learn more about these services and other ridesharing companies currently operating in the US, check out the ultimate guide to ridesharing companies we put together.
It is expensive to own a vehicle. The price to buy one, the cost to repair, insurance premiums, parking and gas…it all adds up quick. Until recently, most Americans had no choice but to accept these costs as unavoidable. But now, a significant percentage of the population is adopting new forms of transportation. In many parts of the country, especially in big cities, ridesharing services have made it easy to get around without owning a vehicle. [keep reading]
The first car-sharing program originated in Europe in the 1970’s, but only lasted about two years. It wasn’t until the introduction of Zipcar in 2000 that car-sharing programs began to take off. Emerging technology has fueled the ridesharing revolution, helping to make companies like Zipcar effective through advances in both software and hardware. Users can reserve a car from home or from their phones and simply walk up, swipe a card and drive it away. In the case of car service alternatives like Uber and Lyft, the ability for drivers to find passengers based on GPS information made it easy to track down a ride to your next destination.
Considering how ubiquitous they are today, it is hard to believe that Zipcar and Uber didn’t exist five years ago. But they aren’t the only players with skin in the game. Thanks to millions in venture capital funding, there are new ridesharing companies cropping up all the time. Although many services are not available nationwide, or in some cases even outside of the tech-fueled state of California, they all claim to be the future of transportation. If you can’t handle all the ridesharing choices, you can always just buy a car. We can help. [keep reading]
We enjoy getting to the bottom of the stories making news, like where Tesla is allowed to sell cars or when you’ll be able to buy a driverless car. That’s why we decided to find out if buying a hybrid car is really worth it.
Hybrid trims can sometimes cost 20% more than their non-hybrid, internal combustion engined counterparts. But that hefty price tag gets the driver big savings at the pump, right? Let’s find out. [keep reading]
We already let you find out if buying a hybrid car is worth it and it got us thinking. Hybrid technology has been available for decades but it wasn’t until gas prices spiked in the mid 2000’s that they really grew in popularity. Despite becoming more popular on roadways, hybrids have yet to dominate American engine bays like the internal combustion engine. Why is that? Is it their asking price which can be 20% higher than a non-hybrid? Is it fluctuating gas prices?
We wanted to find out. Using monthly data from January 2013 through June 2014, we tracked the ‘Follows’ on hybrids and other vehicles received as a percentage of total follows on Mojo Motors. We used follows as the metric for activity since shoppers that follow cars want alerts when dealers drop prices. [keep reading]
It has been over 30 years since Scarface hit the big screen and Tony Montaña, played by Al Pacino, is still a cultural icon. Set in 1980’s Miami, the cult classic chronicles Tony’s turbulent journey from lowly Cuban immigrant to gold-spangled gangster to self-destructive drug kingpin.
The movie ends with Tony facedown and motionless in the ornate fountain in the foyer of his mansion. His body is riddled with bullets, and the water in the fountain turns to red as the camera pans up to the base of a Greek statue. The inscription at its base reads, “The world is yours.” [keep reading]
Move over Tesla, electric cars aren’t the only technology that is poised to disrupt the auto industry. In May, Google unveiled a prototype for a driverless car and since then, the entire automotive world has been keeping a close eye on the nascent technology. An automotive startup ourselves, everyone at Mojo Motors is paying attention to the phenomenon. [keep reading]
Humans and heavy machinery have always suffered a love/hate relationship. Lucky for us, that relationship has been caught on film since the early 1900’s.
This train crash above is from Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic, The General, is the most expensive scene in the history from the silent movie-era. The car fails below were all shot for free, courtesy of smartphones, GoPros and dash cams. [keep reading]