New Jersey Fairs and Festivals

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There is so much to do in the summer! Besides the beach, New Jersey offers the best food festivals and state fairs! Take a look at some exciting upcoming events!

NJ Seafood Festival

When: June 12 – 13th

Where: Belmar, NJ

Time: 4 -9 pm Friday, 11-8 Sat. 11-6 Sun.

 If you’re craving crab legs soaked in butter or a lobster roll that is to die for, the Belmar Seafood Festival is the ultimate destination for seafood lovers, featuring 40+ Seafood Vendors.  Bring your beach items with you so you can spend the day there! A tonneau cover will block the sun from your items, to keep your drinks and sandwiches cool along the way!

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Oceanfest

When: July 4th, 2015

Where: Long Branch, NJ

Time: All day

I have been there before! It’s an awesome experience to see giant fireworks while sitting on the beach with family and friends, celebrating our country’s Independence Day! Spend that day at the beach and enjoy the fireworks at night. With a cargo net, you can load your trunk with your beach chairs and toys, without worrying about everything sliding around.

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NJ State Fair

When: June 19th – July 5th 2015

Where: East Rutherford, NJ

Time: All day

NJ State Fair is known for its delicious finger foods. It’s a great time for friends and family. There are rides, fireworks, magic shows, animal attractions, and much more.  There is so much to do, you may have to make more than one trip! With a Sienna or Highlander,  there are enough cup holders for everyone to place their favorite Slurpee drink.

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Portugal Day Festival

When: June 12th – 14th

Where: Newark, NJ

Time: All day

This event is infused with cultural fun! With delicious ethnic Portuguese food, the chance to buy your favorite soccer (or shall I say football) jersey, and music to get you moving; no matter where you are from, everyone will have a blast! Bring your dancing shoes, so in case you dance in the rain and mud, your All-Weather floor mats will keep your car clean and protected!

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Lambertville Food Fair

When: June 12th – 14th

Where: Newark, NJ

Time: All day

 Lambertville is one of the oldest cities in Hunterdon County. At the food fair, you can enjoy different types of food from trucks and local vendors! Make sure to bring your bike to ride across the New Hope- Lambertville Bridge over the beautiful Delaware River. Attach a bike rack to the tow hitch, and you are set for the adventure and delicious food that awaits you!

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No matter where you go this summer, make sure you have the right accessories to help keep your car clean and organized to help you get from adventure to adventure. We will help you pick the perfect accessory to get you going!

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2015 Toyota RAV4 Review

20150517_132107 I previously posted a list of local getaways with a suggested car. So to not be left out, my friends and I took our own mini getaway to Baltimore, Maryland for Preakness! We took a 2015 Toyota RAV4, to experience how it drives and all its features, and OMG – it was awesome!

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Getting ready to head out in the RAV4!

 

As I pulled up to my friend’s house, their jaws dropped as they watched the beautiful bright red RAV4 glisten in the driveway. We loaded our bags in the spacious rear, which has a button to automatically open it.  My friends hopped into the back seat and the first thing they noticed was the ample amount of leg room! Not only is there enough space, but they could even recline their seats so that they could sit as comfortable as possible.

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You know the rear is spacious when you can pack your bags…and your friends!

 

When I went to park, the one thing I LOVED was the back-up camera. This was my FIRST time ever driving a cross-over, so the back-up camera made it so easy for me to parallel park and to go in reverse.

Confession: my friends and I enjoy blasting our favorite songs. We customized the radio station playlist with the touch display screen, and easily connected our iPod, so we were always listening to our favorite tunes! With the Bluetooth and voice command features, we can kept in touch with our family and friends to keep them updated with all the fun we were having.

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The controls on the steering wheel help you stay focused and still be able to adjust the volume, use voice command and other features!

 

We always hung out at the shops and restaurants near the harbor. The navigation easily guided us to every place we visited. But the coolest feature that we used every day was the Open Table app, found in Entunes Suite App, which allowed us to make reservations in the car! If only it could get us all to agree on a restaurant in the first place!

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We decided to eat Cuban!
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Navigation is one of many features that make traveling easy and enjoyable! The Open Table app in Entunes was one of our favs!

 

But what was the cherry on top? For me, how eco-friendly the vehicle is with 24/31 mpg. The car started with 3798 miles, and ended the trip with 4200 miles. We only had to fill up the 16 gallon tank once! So you can finish jamming out to Journey without having to worry about stopping for gas so many times.

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Thankfully, Mary knew how to pump gas herself! She taught the rest of us Jersey gals!

 

After driving the RAV4 for the entire weekend, I am slightly concerned I won’t be able to readjust back to my own sedan, because I really did fall in love with how nicely it drove. I encourage all of you test drive the RAV4, just you can see and feel how it drives. Trust me, once you get behind the wheel, you won’t want to leave!

 

 

Weekend Getaways!

Sometimes it’s the simple staycations and mini getaways that are most memorable. No matter what anyone says about New Jersey, it is undeniable that there are many great places to visit and it is conveniently located to other fun-filled cities. With beautiful summer weather already making an appearance, here is a list of local getaways to help you start planning!

  1. New York, New York

The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, The Empire City, no matter what you call it, New York City is an international hot spot. There is always something happening, so just because we are local, it doesn’t mean we should take it for granted! Whether you decide to spend the night, there is always something to see, hear, and feel. From museums, to theatre, to a nice stroll in Central park, the list of activities is endless. Cruise in style with the top down in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and with navigation system, you can easily drive around every block, turn, and bridge!

2015 MX-5 Miata

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  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whether you’re a history buff, a thrill seeker, or someone looking to have a one of a kind meal, there is something for everyone! Philly is home to America’s first zoo, the Liberty Bell, and of course…the Philly cheesesteak! When looking for parking next to your favorite cheesesteak joint, use the Corolla’s back-up camera to take the pressure off from parallel parking on tight city roads. So cave in to your midnight cheesesteak cravings, there is always adventure waiting in good ol’ Philadelphia!

2015 Toyota Corolla

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  1. Atlantic City, New Jersey

Beach, casinos, nightlife, boardwalk the list goes on…what’s not to love about Atlantic City? AC has become a popular center that hosts the hottest concerts and shows. Carpool with friends in the RAV4 and hit up the huge shopping outlet or Guy Fieri’s new Chophouse restaurant (for all the Food Network fans). There is enough leg room to pack your friends…and your shopping bags!

2015 Toyota RAV4

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  1. Washington D.C

Home to some of the most popular museums like the Smithsonian, and of course the President of the United States, our nation’s capital is a must visit! Make a presidential statement in the Mazda CX-5 as you tour DC’s beautiful historic attractions by day and the local town by night. With MAZDA CONNECT, you can listen to your favorite tunes and keep up with the latest news in sports and social media trends along the way!

 2015 Mazda CX-5

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  1. Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey/Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, the Delaware Water Gap is a breathtaking scenic recreation area with hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking! The CX-9 will help you get from trail to trail. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing swim or an exciting white water rafting ride, there are endless amounts of activities to do during your stay; with the USB port, you can ensure that your phone and camera are ready to capture every moment.

2015 Mazda CX-9

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  1. Boston, Massachusetts

In Boston, you get a whole lot of everything. No matter the season, in the city that loves sports, you can always catch a game, so make sure that your trunk space is tailgate ready! So whether you’re heading over to relive the Boston Tea Party or out for the city nightlife; Boston surely won’t disappoint. No distance is too long with the Sienna’s two screen DVD player and Entunes application; everyone can stay entertained in their own way.

2015 Toyota Sienna

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  1. Lake George, New York

Power your windows down and get ready the hit the road with your family or friends up to Lake George. Whether your grabbing fishing items, or your whole boat, a Highlander and a tow hitch will help you drive over all your gear so you can enjoy the lake to the fullest! With camping accommodations, haunted attractions, Lake George is perfect getaway opportunity that offers a whole lot to its visitors.

2015 Toyota Highlander

 

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I hope this list helps you get started with ideas for a mini vacation! Whether you want to stay local in New Jersey or travel past the state borders, there are many awesome places to see in and near the best state in the country! And whether you’re touring through a city or traveling rocky terrain, make sure your car is ready!

So if you are looking for a new vehicle, or the right accessories to help you get around, stop on by so we can help you get ready for your weekend getaway! Pack your bags and get ready to hit the road, Jack!

Summer Dream Car!

What do you see yourself driving this summer? If the answer is a sleek sports car; then set aside all preconceived notions of the hassles of getting into a trendy vehicle, because Scion has made it much easier to get behind the wheel of the FR-S and tC.

The FR-S is one of the most affordable sports cars in the market, and it does not compromise on luxury features like the 6.1 inch touch screen that comes standard with HD Radio. With a USB connector, Bluetooth, and an eight speaker system, the 2015 FR-S is dynamic and powerful.

To further help with costs, Scion offers the Service boost, which covers maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles; and with 34 MPG, the money that you save on gas and maintenance can be used on your favorite summer activities!

The innovations made to the 2015 model offers a smoother performance, so come on in and take this beauty for a test drive… and turn that fantasy into a reality!

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MSRP: $28, 149

The tC is another sporty option; it is front – wheel drive and comes as a hatchback.  If you truly desire an exclusive vehicle, the tC Release Series 9.0 is a limited 2015 edition designed by Cartel Customs, with only 2,000 available nationwide. From the two-tone exterior, panoramic moon roof, to the fine trimming with orange accents, the attention to detail makes this vehicle unlike any other.

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MSRP: $25,110

Scion builds cars with you in mind. The FR-S and tC are easily customizable, and with plenty of options available, you can create a vehicle catered to your taste.

Gift Ideas for Graduates!

grad_capCommencements are around the corner, if you’re thinking about rewarding your hardworking graduate with a new car, we want to make sure that you get the perfect one to help them cruise through their next chapter!

Here is a list of suggestions that are affordable, great on gas, and have a sleek style that anyone will love.

Mazda3

The Mazda3 is the combination of the best innovated luxury features that offers drivers full control of the road. The stylish center console allows you to browse between applications on Mazda Connect, which includes infotainment apps like Pandora and HD radio, navigation, Twitter, and Facebook through voice command or the all-powerful Commander Control. The Mazda3 comes standard with Bluetooth, voice recognition, two USB ports, auxiliary port, and the display screen.

According to US News, “Critics praise the Mazda3 for its excellent handling, precise steering and note [that] it is one of the most enjoyable cars in the class to drive.” With 184 horsepower, the Mazda3 is a powerful and sleek vehicle.

MSRP: $20,135

EPA –EST: 40 HWY MPG

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Toyota Corolla

The Corolla’s aerodynamic design and stylish interior will catch anyone’s eye on the road. The LE comes standard with features including the back-up camera, Bluetooth, voice recognition, USB port, auxiliary port, and the display screen. It also offers optimal safety features including eight airbags and whiplash- injury lessening seats.

To help make things easier, ToyotaCare is offered with every new lease or purchase of the Corolla, covering maintenance costs for the first two years or 25,000 miles, and 24-hour roadside assistance for the first two years regardless of mileage.

Did you know that 90% of all Corollas sold in the last ten years are still on the road today? The revamped Corolla is dependable, ready to be driven through new and exciting adventures.

MSRP: $19, 615

EPA – EST: 37 HWY MPG

 

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Toyota RAV4 AWD

With great stability at highway speeds, the RAV4 is the perfect vehicle to take on new adventures through all-weather conditions. The Entune App Suite now encompasses the complete audio display stack of your vehicle – including Bluetooth, voice recognition, USB port, aux port, and the display screen.

It also offers 37.2” leg room, so sitting in the back, no longer feels like you are sitting in the back.

Toyota is committed to creating vehicles with longevity, so  it is not surprising that  90% of RAV4s sold within the past ten years are also still on the road.

MSRP: $26,430

EPA-EST: 31 HWY MPG

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Mazda CX- 5 Sport AWD

The 2015 Mazda CX-5 received a 5-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA and was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS; so it’s perfect for exploring!

Meticulously redefined with poise and power, the CX-5 is designed with SKYACTIV Technology to help reduce fuel consumption and emission, while still offering a powerful and safe driving experience.

The 2.5L SKYACTIV  engine helps achieve class-leading EPA estimated fuel efficiency, with 33 HWY MPG, without compromising space. The CX-5 offers lots of leg room, which comfortably seats five plus gear. Regardless of the weather or terrain, the Smart traction technology helps you conquer different challenges on the road.

It also comes with the Mazda Connect package, which allows the driver full control of applications like the navigation and infotainment system through voice command or the Commander Control on the center console.

MSRP: $25,575

EPA-EST: 33 HWY MPG

 

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At Crystal Toyota and Crystal Mazda, we have various rebate offers to help graduates get into the car of their dreams!

Congratulations, you have earned it!

Cheers!