A Brief History of the Nissan Z

The Z-series of cars from Japanese manufacturer Nissan kick-started a love affair in America when the 240Z hit our shores in 1969, becoming the icon of sporty imports. Take a journey down memory lane with a brief history of the legendary Nissan Z.

The 240Z

Nissan didn’t win any awards for engineering when they shipped the Datsun 240Z to the U.S. in 1969, but they were the first to produce a high-end performance car in a price range that fit the average American budget. The 240Z’s 2.4-liter single-overhead-cam engine, 151 horsepower, and a four-speed manual transmission launched the Z from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.8 seconds. At only $3601, the 240Z was an instant success and Americans bought 16,215 in their first model year.

The 280Z and 280ZX

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The 3 Fastest Cars for Under $25K

When comparing automobiles, it is easy to assume a car’s price has a lot to do with the way it performs on the road. After all, you get what you pay for. However, automotive advances and manufacturers’ increased focus on young drivers have changed the marketplace for quick, sporty cars. Affordable performance is no longer out of the question. If your new car budget tops $60,000, you’ll have no problem finding the speed and handling you are looking for in a high-end performance auto. But what if your bankroll is a modest $25,000? Is it still possible to get around Memphis, Tennessee, in style without sacrificing speed and maneuverability?  The road to frugal performance starts with a close look at these sporty stand-outs, each available with a sticker price below the $25,000 threshold.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

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Few sports cars have enjoyed the loyal following experienced by Mazda’s Miata line. Since the early 90s, fans of the car’s speed and style have embraced the two-seater’s classic lines. The car was originally designed in the image of timeless British roadsters such as Triumph and MG, so the Miata gives drivers the same close-to-the-road driving experience as these sports classics. Aside from its styling, however, the car is modern in every way. The Miata Sport’s motor puts out more than 150 horsepower, moving the lightweight car from 0-60 miles per hour in under six seconds. But it’s the car’s balanced weight distribution and advanced suspension you’ll appreciate most as you take tight turns in downtown Memphis.

Honda Civic SI Coupe

Honda’s reliability and solid resale value are two practical reasons to consider this time-tested classic, but you’ll forget about these sensible concerns the minute you unleash the Civic’s VTECH inline four-cylinder motor. The SI power plant generates more than 200 horsepower, giving you ample pedal for merging onto I-40 or hopping the bypass to East Memphis. Roomier than a true sports car is, the Honda Civic Coupe doubles as everyday transportation. But don’t be fooled by its pedestrian exterior. Cornering, acceleration, and braking are all top notch. The Civic will take you from 0-60 MPH in 6.6 seconds and its Hondalink technology works with your smartphone to provide navigation and other functions.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Veloster’s shifting packages includes a dual clutch option much like an automatic, as well as a manual transmission setup. To experience the Veloster at its best, driving enthusiasts should complement its 200 HP motor with the manual version, creating a performance hatchback that belies its price. In addition to turbocharged performance, the Hyundai Veloster moves design trends forward with a three-door configuration. The driver’s side door is full-sized, while the passenger entry is split in two for easy access to the rear compartment. Among this year’s crop of affordable fast cars, this Hyundai is an ideal Memphis daily driver for those with high handling expectations. Horsepower costs money, but you may be surprised how far your budget goes in today’s performance car market. These are only a few of the sporty options available to Memphis buyers with $25,000 to spend.

Summertime Road Trip Essentials

Summer’s here, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to take the Great American Road Trip! There’s nothing better than taking a trip with your friends and family and enjoying some stunning scenery along the way. However, you’ll need to make sure you pack everything you might need. Here is a handy checklist so you can be certain you’re all set for the perfect road trip.

A Spare Tire + Spare Keys

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A flat tire is a major setback on a trip, especially when you’re hundreds of miles away from your destination. Make sure you have a good spare tire along so you can get yourself back on the road in no time at all. It’s worth practicing changing a tire yourself so that if the worst happens, you won’t need to wait around for a mechanic to arrive and fix things for you. It’s also worth bringing along a spare set of (more…)

Memphis Makes Winter Joyful

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Memphis is a fun place all year-round — the music, the vibe, the food, the people, Graceland, and the famous Beale Street. Things don’t slow down in winter. Several festivals and events liven things up all through the winter season.

Jingle Bell Run – Nov. 12

Get a bunch of runners together, dress them up in holiday costumes and jingle bells, make it for a good cause, and you’ve got one fun and festive fundraiser! The Jingle Bell Run is a 5K fun race / 1-mile walk that gets the holiday spirit going while raising funds for the Arthritis Foundation. (more…)

4 Ways to Protect Your Car from the Harsh Winter Weather

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Winter driving not only comes with its own hazards but also takes its toll on your car. Snow, sleet, and frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your trusty automobile. Preparing your car for winter makes for safer driving, protects the engine, and helps maintain the value of the vehicle.

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How to Decide if You Should Buy a New Car Before the New Year

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Deciding to buy a new car is never a decision to be taken lightly, and it can be especially stressful at the end of the year. Although you have no doubt that a new car would be nice, your budget may be stretched thin after summer vacations and holiday gift-buying. If you’re struggling with questions of necessity, practicality, and affordability, here’s how to decide if you should buy a new car before the new year.

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Mix Fun With Sense in the Chevy Malibu

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It’s not often you find a sedan that manages to combine stylish design, fun, and practicality and that does it well. If you’re searching for a car with a bit of pizzazz this year to drive around on the wonderful roads of Memphis, you’re in luck thanks to the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu.

Chevrolet has gone the extra mile with this car to give it the panache and style missing from other midsize vehicles. Here’s how the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu stands out from the crowd. (more…)

Best Cars to Get Your Teenage Driver

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Buying your teenager their first car is an exciting yet daunting process. Most teens look forward to the freedom that comes with car ownership, but parents mostly want peace of mind. With safety features being a top requirement for cars made in the last 10 years, it’s much easier to find the best cars for a teenage driver. Among the top features parents look for in a car are safety, fuel economy, and price. Let’s take a look at three top-rated cars for teenagers, which all have an MSRP under $25,000.

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6 Tips for Driving Your Car in Rainy Conditions in Memphis

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It rains more often in Tennessee, Memphis, than many other places. If you live in this city or plan to drive through it, it’s important to know how to safely drive in the rain to prevent automotive accidents. From maintaining your vehicle to making smart decisions on the road, safe driving is critical here.

Turn Headlights On

One of the easiest and most effective ways to stay safe when driving in the rain is to simply turn your headlights on. It’s easy to forget to do so when it starts to downpour and you’re focused on driving carefully. However, if it is raining hard enough for you to turn on the windshield wipers, you must also turn on your headlights. It is a Tennessee safety law.

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5 Most Stolen New Cars

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Each year tens of thousands of vehicles are stolen in the United States. Despite the tireless innovation of car manufacturers and new police technology, automotive theft still happens. The risk is higher with older vehicles that lack increased security measures such as remote shut-off features. However, new cars continue to be stolen, too.

Some makes and models consistently make the list of the most stolen, regardless of model year. The list represents automobiles that are high in demand, prevalent, or lacking in security features. These models are consistently among the most stolen models as reported by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) in their annual reports.

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