Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cars We Want To See as Convertibles

Those of us who love a drive in our convertibles know how great cruising around with the top down can be. The wind in our hair, the sun on our skin — we just can’t get enough. So we want more cars to offer a convertible option. Read on for the cars we most want to see turned into convertibles.

Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima has just about everything you could want in a sedan. As a five-seater, the 2015 model gets 38 miles to the gallon for highway driving and an impressive 27 MPG for city. It also has a sleek, streamlined design and a solid 2.5 liter, 16-valve DOHC inline-four engine, making it well suited for the convertible style. Just imagine taking the whole family out for a spin in your comfy new Altima convertible.

Ford Expedition

You may not have entertained the idea of a luxury SUV actually being refashioned into a convertible. By all means, that idea could be a pipe dream yet to be discovered years down the road. Even so, the Ford Expedition, with its powerful V6 engine, heated seats, and 22 MPG highway driving feature, would be a lot of fun to drive as a convertible, and offers a lot of new terrain to explore.

Dodge Challenger

A jewel in the Dodge car family, the Challenger is every car buff's dream come true when it comes to beauty, class and style. As a convertible, the Challenger would bring to the table its solid 3.6, V6 8-speed engine, 19/30 MPG gas specs and its handy rear-wheel drive. It could indeed be the muscle car of convertibles.

Ford F-150 Pickup

Ford already has a Mustang convertible out there on the market. But what fun could it be if the F-150 were ever made into a convertible? Imagine four-wheel driving out in the sticks with the top down or doing some heavy duty hauling with the sun and breeze all around you. The Ford F-150 as a convertible might be a curious sight, but it would also be the cat's meow for pickup fans who also love the look and feel of a convertible.

Chevy Silverado

Since we are already imaging pickups as convertibles, let's go one step further with the Chevy Silverado. Either the 1500, 2500 or the heavy-duty 3500 model would do well for this idea. With its solid, powerful body, impressive specs like a three-cylinder, V6 engine and flex fuel capabilities, the Silverado would be fun, easy and affordable to drive. The newer models coming out will have an eight-speed engine as well, giving even more power to this already impressive car.

Convertibles always catch the imagination of car buffs everywhere. These vehicles are synonymous with luxury, class, and beauty. Even with the models out on the market today, car fans know that some other kinds of cars can be perfect as convertibles.

Which model car would you like to see as a convertible? Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Last Remaining Beaches You Can Still Cruise Through

As fun as it is to spend the day at the beach, there’s just nothing that beats driving next to the sea with the top down and the wind in your hair. Beach driving is typically prohibited, but it's still allowed in a handful of places. We've hand-picked five of our favorites for your convenience.

  1. Corolla Beach, North Carolina - Best known for its wild horses, Corolla Beach in North Carolina's Outer Banks also happens to be a great beach driving destination. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted, and several rules and regulations apply. However, there's no better way to snag a pristine and secluded section of beach. After enjoying a drive, you can find the perfect location and spend the day and evening watching wild mustangs roam freely on the beach while dolphins frolick in the ocean.
  2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts - Beach driving is permitted along a significant section of the Cape Cod National Seashore known as the ORV Corridor. As the name implies, only off-road vehicles are permitted. Further, you must visit the Off-Road Permit Station in Provincetown to get a permit first. Once you do, though, you will be allowed to drive freely along this section of the seashore, which runs from Provincetown to Truro.
  3. Island Beach State Park, New Jersey - For the ultimate surf fishing and spectacular, sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and fun in the sun, the 10 miles or so of drivable beaches in this state park are second to none. Situated on Barnegat Bay, these beaches feature dunes, tidal marshes and some of the best surf fishing conditions around. You must obtain a permit, and only four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted to drive on the beach, but it’s worth it — driving visitors are met with unbelievable sea air and gorgeous views.
  4. Long Beach Peninsula, Washington State - Driving along this lovely, sandy peninsula has been permitted for nearly as long as cars have existed. Large sections of it are open to cars year-round while others are closed from mid-April until after Labor Day. Pristine and scenic, Long Beach Peninsula has hard-packed sand that's fun and easy to drive along. By exploring it by car, you can easily find a nice, secluded spot where you can enjoy a peaceful day of fun and relaxation.
  5. Daytona Beach, Florida - Perhaps the best known beach in the U.S. for driving is Daytona Beach, which boasts approximately 23 miles of packed sand stretching along the ocean and accessible via Atlantic Highway, which is also known as the A1A. At a price of just $10 per vehicle, this adventure is well worth it for some unbelievable ocean vistas.

If driving on the beach is on your bucket list, now is the time to visit one of the beaches listed above. You're sure to have the time of your life! Did we leave your favorite drivable beach off our list? Let us know in the comments below!