Interesting facts about Japanese family car

Family car segment has always been very interesting to all producers. This class of cars must meet many standards. Of course, the most important are rules related to safety. Each company performs hundreds of tests to make sure the car is safe to use. Modern cars have specially designed the front of the car. This part of the car has to amortize the shot, so that most of the kinetic energy received on themselves. This is solved in a way that the sheet metal is bent, the engine falls down, so it will not hurt people in the car.


First of all, family cars have to be comfortable to drive. Children can become very nervous if the ride uncomfortable. Thus, the dampers must be excellent. Seats have to be comfortable, and many models come with seats for children. With the great efforts of the whole community, the number of children died in traffic is drastically reduced.

Japan has a long tradition of family cars. In today’s market the most popular models are: Toyota Mark X, Mazda 6, Honda Accord, Honda Inspire. All of these models are characterized by a strong engine and great mobility.

Power engine in these devices ranges from 150hp to 200hp. Only 20 years ago, the family car had several weaker engines. The reason was that the fuel consumption at that time were higher than today. Also, the big advantage was made in alloy production technology. Today’s family car is a lot easier than 20 years ago.

Japanese cars have always been known for low fuel consumption. Usually, the combined fuel consumption of the listed models ranges from 28 to 34 mpg. This is much better than the family WV models (Passat and Golf for example) or from all US models.


Problems with tax quote in Japan

Many people made question: why Japanese cars are always shorter than 15.4 ft and narrower than 5.9 ft. The Japanese tax system is for much more stringent than in other countries. In Japan, the limit for the higher rates of taxation is described with dimensions of the car and engine displacement. So, in order to pay less tax, it is necessary that the car’s engine has less than 2l. This fact has led to the need to develop models which have a small engine displacement and high power. Only family models which are designed for export come out of these limits.

The model that should lead to new breakthroughs in the market is the 2018 Honda Accord. According to the announcement, it will appear at the end of 2017 years. Why will this model be interesting? First of all, it is because it will have a significantly better mpg than previous models. As we found out, Honda these days cease production of hybrid models of Accord automobiles.

On the other hand, Toyota announced that it will increase its efforts in designing cars with a fuel cell.

My experiences with agencies for renting cars

My hometown is the Ottawa. I am married and have four children. As you can imagine, just this fact, that should take care of many children is quite frightening. However, children are for me a great pleasure. The family is for me the most important thing in life. Another thing that I love are the journeys. We try to travel as often as possible. Most often that are excursions to places that were 100-200 mile away. However, occasional we travel to remote locations. This means that we are traveling by plane. Of course, we try to always travel with the same companies, in order to get the discount.


After we settle in a city, the first thing is to look for the rental car. And here’s the big problem: my family has 6 members. This means that we need a car with three rows of seats. There may be more to come to some problems. The point is that some agencies do not have big cars for rent. In such cases we are forced to rent  2 cars (which is very expensive), or to visit the tourist places with local travel companies.

What is the situation with a car in North America?

I have to commend Canada and the United States. In both countries you can rent big cars very frequent. Most often it comes Chevrolet Traverse or Toyota Sequoia. Sometimes we manage to even find Ford Transit 150 XLT with 9 seats, but this is very rare. In general, It is enough for us that SUV has just 6 seats. I personally love most when we rent a Toyota Sequoia because it has a low fuel consumption. On the other hand, this car has excellent characteristics of engine, so we might have to drive even offroad. This is especially important when you need to visit the beautiful nature. When we go on nature hikes, and sometimes rent a caravan. Usually we go away from the city and stay a few days in nature.

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The situation with cars with three rows of seats on other continents

As you can imagine, is not very good. In Europe are popular sedan cars. The main objective for all Europeans are low fuel consumption and smaller dimensions because of a problem with parking. In Italy and France, I could not find anything larger for rent than Citroen C4 Picasso. This MPV is excellent, but only in Grand variants. Only this model has three rows of seats. For all the happiness in Marseille on one occasion I was able to find this model and we were very pleased. It is very similar to the American SUV models, and we are especially thrilled that it had dual-zone air conditioning. In Great Britain I once had the opportunity to rent a Lincoln Navigator. We were lucky because the agency had only one copy and it was free for rent.

The biggest problems I had in New Zealand. There in no one agency was not able to find the car that I needed. While it looks on maps that it is a small country, New Zealand is actually very huge. A car is needed if you want to visit all that interesting places. Fortunately, airline tickets are quite cheap. Since we were staying on the northern island, all the local tours we did use a taxi service. For a tour of the south island, we used the plane.

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I think the car rental agencies are not focused on the market of large families. Maybe they should consider that procurement bar after a great vehicle, because in addition to large families, it can happen that  someone appears with a larger company of friends that requires transportation. I hope that with the advent of SUV with low fuel consumption, this problem will be solved.

Intimidated By Successful Women In Pricey Autos?

I truly believe that most men are immensely intimidated by women driving expensive autos such as Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Porsche.

Men like to think of themselves as “caretakers” and when they see a successful, powerful woman driving an expensive automobile it threatens their masculinity and they can’t seem to handle it. A lot of them will become spiteful and make assumptions like “It’s probably her father’s car” or “Her family brought it for her” or “She probably has a rich husband”. Incorrect on all counts; I actually paid for my luxury car in CASH, with money I earned from my own business (which was very successful for many years).

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Personally, I have encountered drastic differences in the way that I am treated depending on what car I drive. When I used to drive an older early 90’s model Honda Accord guys used to try to talk to me all the time when I was driving. Now that I drive a luxury car, it really seems like everyone is super intimidated by me. Especially if my car is nicer than theirs! (Not that it matters, but most of the time, it is!) As a successful and independent woman, I don’t care at all what kind of car a guy drives; I could care less to be honest.

Let’s take a look at a high performance luxury car; take the Infiniti G37 for example. I figure most men would be quite intimidated by a woman driving it because the G37 is generally thought of as a very powerful and high performance car. The engine is six cylinder 3.7 Liter 330hp engine which is a lot more powerful than the average car. Pricing for the G37 starts at around $32k.

I have actually heard some guys state on internet message boards that powerful cars like Mercedes AMG, Porsche’s and Aston Martin’s are “wasted” on female drivers because apparently we are “afraid” to push the car to its limit by driving fast. What a bunch of nonsense! I have seen plenty of women “floor it” and hit very high speeds. Just because we are females doesn’t mean we can’t fully appreciate top cars. Anyone can appreciate the “performance” aspect of a car and really ride it hard on the freeway.

Now let’s look at an auto that is completely different; the Accord by Honda. Standard engine is a V4 with 190 hp. The Accord has a solid reputation for being a durable, reliable and efficient auto. Pricing starts at around $21k.

How to find good Suv for your family

As everyone knows, the sales of the cars in the world reaches its peak in the last few years. From all other continents, the most explosive sales growth is in Asia. The best-selling vehicle types in Asia are SUV. According to some reports, in the last 5 years, sales grew by 14%. This figure was more than enough for all car manufacturers to start to improve existing SUV models. Many companies have opened production plants in China and India. The production plants in this two countries greatly exceeds the production in all other countries.

How to choose good vehicle for your needs?

When we talk about SUVs, we can tell them apart on several grounds. The first and most important is the number of seats. There are models with only 5 seats, and those with 8 seats. People who have large family are the biggest buyers of these models. According to the size, SUVs are divided into small, medium and full-size. Depending on the number of seats we share the SUV with two rows of seats and the one with three rows of seats.

Half a year ago I was in a big dilemma. Since due to business travel long distances, I needed a car that is durable, but no big spending. On the other hand I have a large family (4 children), so I needed a model that can carry at least 6 passengers. To help all those who find themselves in a similar dilemma, I’ll describe 3 most popular SUV models that meet these requirements.

 Comparison of 3 SUV’s

The first model that I took into consideration was 2017 Sequoia Limited. This trim level have taken into consideration because it had the best ratio of price and equipment offered from all other Sequoia. This model has all the features that were essential to me. First of all there is a great engine and great towing capacity. Due to the provided comfort during the driving this SUV is ideal for going on vacation. Because of its 8 seats, it is ideal for families with many small children. The only potential sticking point is fuel consumption. It should be taken into account that the current fuel is extremely cheap so that will be the case probably in the next 2-3 years. So, for a short and medium term, this model is closest to my wishes. For 3 years I will probably opt for a hybrid model, but there is still plenty of time until then.


Another model that has interested me was Chevrolet Impala. The first criterion was met, because this model has 8 seats arranged in three rows. The interior of this model was done with a lot of aesthetic and practical details. When I test drove this model I was pleasantly surprised few times by the fact that the designers have thought on all the little things. Fuel economy is not very good. The reason for this is the V8 engine with 360 hp. This vehicle should choose anyone who wants to go on further travels. The equipment is impressive and includes realy great touch-screen, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear camera. We should also commend the excellent audio stereo system.


The third model is Honda Civic. From all mentioned models, this model has the best fuel economy. The MPG is actually just over 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. In the case that fuel consumption was the main criterion, I would still chose this model. Civic has a weaker engine of the Impala, and lower towing capacity, which amounts to 5,000 lbs (Impala has the entire 8,000 lbs). Honda Civic has excellent specification accessories which includes: Lane Departure, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front and rear camera and excellent dual-zone air condition.


As a conclusion, I can state that I have chosen model. In short, for all the listed qualities I chose Toyota Sequoia Limited for my next car.

Purchase of a used vehicle

Purchase of a used car is always a challenging task. Whether you need it for work or for personal use, you should pay attention on many things. For this reason, I decided to do a little reminder to help all those friends who read this.


Sit down and decide exactly how much you can afford, taking into consideration the cost of the whole package. Allow for insurance premiums, road tax, MOT, petrol, repairs and servicing. And while you may be able to snap up a classic, prestige or sports car at a great price, in the long run you’ll probably end up paying out more on insurance, fuel, maintenance and repairs.

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Investigate your options thoroughly, look at the different grouping bands so that you keep your insurance premium low, check out the cost of a typical repair and compare prices from different organisations.


Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people out there, so when going to view a car, ensure:

  • You have someone with you to give a second opinion – two pairs of eyes are better than one
  • Go during broad daylight – darkness and wetness and can hide a mutilude of sins
  • Always meet the seller at their house so you can check they are genuine
  • That all documentation tallies up:
  • That a private seller’s name and address match those in a Registration Document or log book.
  • All the documentation you would expect to find is available such as the Registration Document or log book (V5)
  • Receipts for repairs, servicing and insurance records are available
  • The vehicle has an MoT certificate (on vehicles over 3 years old)
  • Check VIN numbers, registrations, dates, names and addresses and any other details you can cross check
  • That the vehicle has a valid tax disk
  • There is no outstanding loan on the car, which would make you liable for loan repayments


Always test drive a car – not just to listen out for strange noises, but to make sure they are no ‘blind spots’ and that the car feel comfortable.
Check the steering, the braking and whether the car ‘pulls’ to one side. How does the engine sound?

TOP TIP: Make sure you are insured to drive the car, either under your own, or the seller’s, policy.

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If you are confident that the vehicle is in order, it is always good practice to arrange an independent survey by one of the motoring organisations (click here to find out who offers what), and if the seller won’t agree to this, then you have to ask yourself why.

These independent surveys will help find any faults, plus will be able to pin point if the car has been involved in a major accident, then ‘patched up’.

Once the survey has been carried out, you can then decide whether the vehicle is a good buy; whether you need to renegotiate a price..or whether you simply don’t touch it with a barge pole!

Beginning of the story

I’m reading through Matthew and today is chapter 2…we all know the story.  The Magi come to visit the newborn King and run into Herod.  They go to worship and then go home a different route…and all is well.  They’re obedient…God is honored…and everyone is happy.  Oops…maybe not.  Actually the Magi are obedient and soon after parents all over the city are crying out in heartache as their baby boys are killed.  This isn’t the way it’s supposed to work.  We often hear said that “the safest place is in the center of God’s will”.  This is usually stated from a nice, safe,  air-conditioned worship center located in the heart of the bible belt. The truth is…being obedient to God always has a price…the question is who will pay it?


Joseph and Mary were obedient…the Magi were obedient and yet it was unknown families that paid the price.  Usually the price isn’t as severe as death…usually it’s more manageable.  Right now we’re loving where we are…loving our city…loving our life. Sure we do without our favorite restaurants and favorite snacks…but for us this is our life.  The price for our obedience is often paid for by our families in the US.  They don’t quite understand why we have to live this life.  They miss us…the miss the grandkids.  They don’t see us on birthdays or Christmas…they don’t get to come to sports activities or dance recitals. They pay the price.

What an interesting way to start the story of Jesus….a lineage that’s less than stellar…an unmarried, young mother…ridicule…gossiping mouths as they see pregnant Mary….a venomous king. There’s no fanfare…no royal reception. The story begins with a strong sense of foreshadowing…this is truly God stepping into humanity…into the thick of the human condition.  What a beautiful story!