Android Auto vs. Apple Car Play

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably noticed the increasing scope of smartphone integration into automotive infotainment systems. Vehicle manufacturers want your smartphone to accompany your time in the driver’s seat. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are the two mobile goliaths in the automotive space, but what’s the difference between the two? And how do they compare to the standard in-vehicle infotainment options?

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Both programs do essentially the same thing: project or mirror applications from your smartphone onto your vehicle’s infotainment system. Both have similar functions including phone, music, maps, podcasts, news, audiobooks, calendar, a virtual assistant, and any other third-party apps supported by the platform. The main difference is obvious: Android Auto is designed for Android users and CarPlay is designed for Apple iPhone users.

Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer. CarPlay is built into your iPhone’s iOS, so you don’t need to worry about clearing up storage to add another app. Android Auto works with most phones that operate off of Android 6 or newer. Phones with Android 9 or older have to download and install the Android Auto app. Android Auto is included with Android 10 and beyond.

Not all vehicles connect to these programs through Bluetooth, although most new cars do. However, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be connected to the vehicle by a USB port.

There are only slight differences between the two systems and most complaints are related to usability and stability. As with any new technology, there are bound to be bugs. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are solid options for drivers looking for a safer way to stay connected while driving. Die-hard fans of both Apple and Android will be satisfied with their respective infotainment system.

Built-In Infotainment Systems

Just like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in-vehicle infotainment systems deliver entertainment and information to drivers through audio and video interfaces. There are a variety of infotainment system features such as touch screens, smartphone pairing, tuners for multi-standard radio reception, multimedia support, and advanced vehicle functions like parking assistance, climate controls, and voice assistants.

So, how do these systems compare? One major difference is the expense. In many built-in infotainment systems, a subscription or expensive software updates are required for real-time data. CarPlay and Android Auto, however, are connected to the Internet through your smartphone and feature up-to-date data.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also more customizable than many built-in systems. Both systems allow users to customize the dashboard to suit their needs, which cannot be said for many in-vehicle systems.

Unlike CarPlay and Android Auto, in-vehicle infotainment systems are vastly different and opinions of each vary. Car shoppers must research differences between various cars’ built-in infotainment systems since each one offers different features and capabilities. One advantage of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is that they are consistent across every model, so drivers know exactly what they’re getting no matter which brand of vehicle they choose.

Deciding between these two systems is largely dependent on which phone you prefer. Both systems are effective, convenient, and easy to use. They may have some downfalls, but the technology is young and maturing fast. We expect both programs to be a standard feature on vehicles in the future. In-vehicle infotainment systems are complex and vary from brand to brand; many brands are moving away from traditional systems and featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or both. Whether you’re a loyal iPhone user or a die-hard Android fan, you can trust that your infotainment system will deliver.

Ultimately, the choice between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto likely comes down to personal preference…just like car buying itself. Try finding your vehicle with OneRequest. Or, if you’d like one of our automotive geniuses to find it for you, give OneRequest Concierge a shot.

EXPLAINED: Vehicle Warranties

“I am looking for an unreliable clunker that will have to be in the shop on a regular basis,” said no one ever. Reliability is often assumed when searching for and procuring a new ride. But lemon or not, repairs are inevitable. Dealerships will always offer warranty plans, and in the right circumstance, car warranties can be an effective hedge against future breakdowns. But how do you know what warranty to buy? What is a car warranty anyway?

Don’t worry! The OneRequest team is here to explain.

What is a car warranty?

A car warranty is a service contract in which the provider agrees to fix broken parts due to manufacturing design or installation. There are two main types of vehicle warranties: manufacturer’s warranties and extended warranties.

A manufacturer’s warranty ensures that your new vehicle is in proper condition. Manufacturer’s warranties cover the costs of repairs or replacements if the car incurs damages due to a manufacturing-related error. This type of warranty only covers damages deemed to be caused by the manufacturer. Most new cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

There are two primary types of manufacturer’s warranties: powertrain warranties and bumper-to-bumper warranties. Powertrain warranties cover basically anything used to power the car’s wheels. This includes the car’s engine, transmission, transfer case, drive shafts, axles, differentials, and drive box. A powertrain warranty’s coverage depends on the provider, so it’s important to understand your specific warranty’s terms.  Powertrain warranties typically last for five years or 60,000 miles.

Bumper-to-bumper warranties are the most comprehensive type of manufacturer’s warranty. They cover almost every part of your car between the front and rear bumpers. Most cars come with bumper-to-bumper coverage between three to five years. Just like powertrain warranties, their coverage is limited to damages resulting from manufacturing errors.

An extended warranty, on the other hand, is offered by manufacturers, dealerships, or independent providers at an extra cost beyond the vehicle purchase price. An extended warranty covers, in theory, repair or replacement of specified parts for a specified period—it can also simply add miles to the miles covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

What don’t warranties cover?

Most warranties do not cover accidents or normal wear and tear. Warranties generally do not cover damages caused by accidents, improper maintenance, misuse, aftermarket products, and any alterations made that the manufacturer warned against. Exclusions can vary based on the specific warranty’s coverage, so it is critical to ask questions and do your research on what exactly your vehicle’s warranty does and does not cover.

Are warranties worth it?

Vehicle warranties can be helpful in a sticky situation, but the truth is most people do not end up using them. Luckily, most new cars automatically come with a manufacturer’s warranty; the tough decision is deciding if you want to purchase an extended warranty.

Extended warranties can bring more peace of mind and reduce financial stress if you cash in on it. Extended warranties save you money on out-of-pocket repair costs and provide robust protection on costs not covered by factory warranties. Alternatively, they are an added expense and only pay for covered expenses. Extended warranties are a “use it or lose it” expense. Again, do your homework and be honest with yourself: is your used car going to demand lots of maintenance? If so, it is probably worth looking into an extended warranty.

Extended warranties aren’t the only option for protection. If you’re purchasing a reliable vehicle, have money set aside for potential repairs, and have auto insurance to cover basic repairs and damage, you have essentially the same coverage you would have with an extended warranty. If you’re worried about the expense of potential problems, it may make sense for you to explore extended warranties. They can also be good for used cars; extended warranties may help you reduce your out-of-pocket costs for service.

Ultimately, vehicle warranties have pros and cons. Luckily, most new cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty, so that decision is made for you. Extended warranties may be a good option for drivers looking for extra protection but having auto insurance and funds set aside for repairs can provide similar coverage.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

The relentless push for technology, efficiency, power, and speed has given all of us an astonishing selection of vehicles in the marketplace. But that drive for excellence comes with a side effect: model casualties. Today we say goodbye to the cars that left the production line in 2021. Can you hear Taps playing softly in the background? (cc: A Christmas Story).

The Volvo V60

It’s a tough time to be a wagon enthusiast in this country.  While the taller and more rugged version lives on in the V60 Cross Country, the statelier base model will no longer exist for the 2022 model year in America.  Fare thee well, V60!

The Volvo V90

Will it ever stop?!?  Just like its smaller stablemate, the V90 will be discontinued for the 2022 model year, leaving behind its conceptually similar V90 Cross Country sibling to carry the large wagon torch into the future.  As one of the more elegant wagons on the market, we will miss this car.

The Polestar 1

As much a design study as anything else, Volvo’s offshoot electric car sub-brand’s insanely gorgeous and undeniably refined hybrid sports coupe will say farewell after the 2021 model year.  With 1500 built, they will remain rare in the marketplace and important in both Volvo and Polestar’s history for years to come.

The Mazda CX-3

Having been essentially replaced by its slightly bigger CX-30, Mazda’s cute ute will take its final bow after five years of production.

The Mazda 6

As the current Mazda 6 leaves the market, word on the street is that it will be replaced by an Inline-6, RWD platform sedan on new chassis architecture intended to take the model and the marque upmarket.  As handsome as the last of the current generation is, we are truly excited to see the replacement!

The Toyota Avalon

For nearly 30 years, the Avalon has been sold in America as Toyota’s flagship luxury sedan.  It will be laid to rest after five generations following the 2021 model year.  We are happy it went out with a bang by means of the TRD version.

The Hyundai Veloster

Affordable, fun, and quirky.  The Veloster, in all trims except the top dog N performance model, departs the US market after the 2021 model year.  It will be remembered as “the car with three doors” and will present a good value in the pre-owned market for years to come.

The Toyota Land Cruiser

As the rest of the world anticipates the all-new, next-generation Land Cruiser 300-series, the Land Cruiser will leave the US market permanently after the 2021 model year.  It has been a staple of the those demanding no-compromise, go-anywhere needs.  As a favorite of the OneRequest staff, we predict their build quality and longevity will keep demand and prices of well-maintained pre-owned examples very high for years to come.

The PowerStroke Diesel V6 in the Ford F150

While F150 production has only been slowed by the current microchip shortage, Ford has decided to quietly and unceremoniously pull the plug on the 3.0L PowerStroke turbodiesel V6 engine in mid-July.  With their new EcoBoost V6 hybrid powertrain in the spotlight, the added complexity of offering a diesel option hasn’t proven successful enough to continue.  For those looking in the used truck market, the one-year only 14th generation F150 with this engine presents an underrated value proposition of power and efficiency.

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August 2021 New Cars on the Block

It’s another exciting month to build momentum into the second half of the year!  This month’s New Cars on the Block features limited editions, oddballs, and the future of personal transportation.  Do you have any favorites? Let us know on social media.

2022 Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition

Building off the success of the Defender 90 two-door and 110 four-door variants, this special edition Trophy Edition is based on the six-cylinder P400 X-Dynamic SE model and adds a plethora of standard off-road goodies and cool decals.  220 examples will be built at a cost of $91,350 and will include an invitation to the US Trophy Competition at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

2022 McLaren 765LT Spider

Another limited edition, this time from Great Britain!  The droptop version of McLaren’s 765LT will be similarly rare with 765 units to be built at a starting price of $388,000.  Expect all the thrills of a 750+ horsepower, track-ready automobile…and a top that folds in 11 seconds!

Morgan CX-T

Not wanting to miss out on the recent trend of Safari-inspired vehicles, Morgan has decided to enter the mix with its wood-framed Plus Four called the CX-T.  It will feature BMW 2.0L turbo power, a six-speed manual, an electronic limited-slip differential, and standard Maxxis all-terrain tires.  The price will be around $240,000 with production limited to eight units.

Nissan Frontier

Newly updated for the first time since…gulp…2005, the all-new Nissan Frontier refocuses its brand’s efforts in the mid-size truck category.  A lot has changed since the last time a Frontier was updated, so count on this vehicle having a plethora of updates in almost every category from technology, safety, capability, and personalization.

Airstream x Pottery Barn Trailer

Because we appreciate ALL vehicles and associated equipment, we thought you should be aware of this collaborative effort between Airstream and Pottery Barn.  Featuring the century-old timeless good looks of stainless steel on the exterior and now featuring an interior done up to the 9s by Pottery Barn, this fully furnished trailer asks you for $145,000 and a tow vehicle.

In Other News…

Lexus has updated the interface and technology in the older but still popular GX.  Now featuring a standard 10.3-inch touchscreen and available Nori Green Metallic paint from the LC Coupe, these updates should provide the technology that buyers have come to expect from a vehicle in the digital age.

Volvo will be updating most of its 60/90 series cars with 48V mild-hybrid technology for model year 2022.  Expect a few more MPGs, a bit more power, and smoother start/stops at red lights.

Bentley has released a new carbon fiber wheel for its Bentayga SUV.  Apart from being gorgeous, it saves 13 pounds per corner and took five years of development to bring to fruition.  It will be offered exclusively through Bentley’s Mulliner bespoke program.

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Road Trip Playlist Starter Kit

No road trip is complete without the perfect playlist. You’re gonna need a LOT of songs for a cross country adventure, but as much as we’d like to, the boss won’t let us put 1,000 tunes in here. Instead, we assembled some classic road trip songs by decade. These 6 songs can be the foundation of anyone’s ultimate road trip playlist.

The 1970s: Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles (1977)

Before the vocals even begin, your foot gets a little heavy on the accelerator. “Life in the Fast Lane”is sure to appeal to your need for speed (PSA: we at OneRequest highly encourage being responsible and adhering to traffic laws. End of PSA). The iconic guitar riff at the beginning inspired the creation of the song. Joe Walsh played the riff as a practice warm-up before a rehearsal and the band loved it so much, they turned it into a song! The song itself carries a heavy message about the dangers of an irresponsible lifestyle, but “Life in the Fast Lane”has become a classic addition to driver’s road trip playlists, including ours!

The 1980s: I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar (1984)

Some of us fogies remember when speed limits across the country maxed out at 55 MPH. Sammy Hagar was driving in New York state at 2am when he was pulled over and ticketed for going 62 in a 55 zone. According to Sammy, he was the only driver on the road (besides the officer) and the officer told him “We give tickets around here for over 60.” Sammy’s response, “I can’t drive 55,” inspired the 80s hit. He wrote the song there on the spot and the rest is history! Surprisingly, it wasn’t Hagar’s biggest hit, but the song has stood the test of time as a classic road trip tune.

The 1990s: Everyday is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow (1996)

Sheryl Crow’s “Everyday is a Winding Road”is an ode to the open road and all its possibilities. Crowded House’s former drummer, Paul Hester, was the inspiration for the song. While Crow was on tour as their opening act, she witnessed Hester’s exit from the band. Hester (allegedly) told Neil Finn, lead singer of Crowded House who also sang backup vocals on the track, “Every day is a winding road… it’s time for me to veer off.” Crow wrote the song initially as a road song, but later said that its meaning grew to represent being in the moment. No matter how you interpret the song, Crow’s 90s hit is a great addition to our OneRequest road trip playlist.

The 2000s: A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton (2002)

If you’re on a trip to visit a loved one, Vanessa Carlton may be your muse with her 2000s hit, “A Thousand Miles.” The song illustrates Carlton’s unrequited love for a classmate while studying at Julliard in the 90s. Carlton’s love transcends distance; she has no problem traveling a thousand miles to get to him. The song became Carlton’s trademark song and made the top ten in several countries including the US, UK, Ireland, Poland, and France and was nominated in the “Song of the Year” category at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

The 2010s: Maps – Maroon 5 (2014)

When you think of 2010s pop music, there’s no doubt that at least one Maroon 5 song comes to mind. “Maps” was Maroon 5’s sixth straight top-ten hit and the lead single on Maroon 5’s fifth studio album, V. The song focuses on lead singer Adam Levine’s hope for a relationship despite the girl leaving him during a hard time. Though the song’s lyrics may be heavy, there’s no doubt the song is a catchy tune for any road trip.

The 2020s: drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo (2021)

Olivia Rodrigo struck gold with her 2021 hit “drivers license.” The song broke the Spotify record for the most streams of a song in a single week with 65 million streams in the week ending January 14, 2021. It is also part of Spotify’s “Billion Club” with over a billion streams on Spotify. Funny enough, Rodrigo struggled to get her driver’s license, but nonetheless she was successful on the charts and (eventually) at the DMV. Rodrigo’s breakout hit is a perfect addition to our OneRequest Road Trip playlist.

Click on this link to access our playlist starter kit on Spotify: Let us know your favorite road trip tunes, old or new, in the comments! And, as always, don’t forget to use OneRequest to find your new ride for your next road trip!

Drop ‘Em Off in Style: Back to School Rides

NFL training camps are underway, the nights are a tad cooler and parents everywhere are rejoicing: it’s back to school season! Non-parents, please remember that those flashing school xing signs mean to slow down in school zones! These are kids, people. Here are five perfect new cars to haul your kids around school this year.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica

2021 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler knows minivans and while the minivan life may not be the coolest, it has always been function over form and the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica gives you comfort, space and safety. Its second and third rows can be converted to storage to haul cargo instead of kiddos. The Pacifica is not only spacious, but also incredibly fuel-efficient with an estimated 488 gas driving range. It also comes in a hybrid model with a combined driving range of 520 miles. A minivan is a classic choice for families on the go, and the Pacifica delivers in all categories.

2022 Hyundai Tucson

2022 Hyundai Tuscon

The Hyundai Tuscon is a stylish compact-SUV that will turn heads in the drop-off line. It is sleek and “built for adventure” (Hyundai’s words) while also being comfortable and practical. The Tuscon offers a variety of driver-assistance and comfort features like emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an upgraded Bose stereo system perfect for grade school sing-alongs on the way to school. The Tuscon is a peppy, sporty SUV ready to make the other parents jealous.  

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is an ideal mid-size SUV for a growing family. It has a comfortable, spacious ride with a variety of driver assist capabilities like adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. The kids can relax comfortably in the Ascent’s captain chairs or chitchat out of Mom’s reach in the cozy third row. Not only is the Ascent ready for school drop-off, but its all-wheel drive system can take you on family road trips during any season. The Ascent is sleek, modern, and well-equipped for the new school year and beyond.  

2022 Kia Carnival

2022 Kia Carnival

The new 2022 Kia Carnival’s size and sleek look make it the perfect ride for any family, big or small. The Carnival’s spacious interior and overall length make it easy to load up the kiddos for a trip before the first day of school with plenty of room for all your luggage (or your kids’ giant backpacks). You can relax knowing the Carnival offers the latest and greatest in safety technology with lane-sweeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and more. The Kia Carnival is a modern ride ideal for back-to-school.

2021 Ford Bronco

2021 Ford Bronco

Who says parents can’t have a little fun? Welcome back the Ford Bronco! The 2021 Ford Bronco seats four (thus not recommended for large families), but it’s a fun, spunky ride for rugged parents (and parents who appreciate a reboot). The Bronco is well-equipped both for off-roading and trekking to school. The new Bronco’s impressive safety features like forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and auto emergency braking ensure parents can have fun and keep the family safe. If you’re looking for an adventurous vehicle this school year, the Bronco is a great option for you!

Ready to find your new ride for the new school year? Use OneRequest to make car shopping easy and stress-free while keeping your personal information protected. In the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school season, you may not have time to worry about finding a new car. Try OneRequest Concierge and let us do the car shopping for you!  

Explained: Popular Vehicle Body Types

Like us humans, vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. If you don’t self-identify as a car person (pro tip: if you aren’t sure, then you don’t), you may get a little lost in the nuanced differences between common body types. As usual, we are here for you! Check out the list below and make an informed purchase the next time you shop for a car.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, SUV is short for Sports Utility Vehicle. But since people don’t generally use these cars for sports or utility, it helps to think about the SUV as a mix between a passenger car and an off-roading vehicle. SUVs typically have five or seven seats. With the growth in popularity of SUVs, some brands have broken the category down further by deeming some vehicles small, medium, or large SUVs.


The traditional (boring?) but reliable (and occasionally sexy) sedan is a passenger vehicle that has separate sections for the engine, passengers and the cargo space. This set-up is commonly referred to as a three-box design, meaning that three boxes could be draw over the three main sections of a sedan. Sedans also have four doors and always seat five people, although there is some debate about whether a two-door car can qualify as a sedany. Fun fact: the name “sedan” comes from the Latin word “sedere,” which means to sit.


When we say truck around here, we mean pickup trucks–light duty vehicles where the passenger section is closed, but the cargo space is open. No, your SUV is NOT a truck. The open cargo space of a truck is typically called a truck bed. It is an immutable fact that truck beds are awesome. You can put pretty much anything you want in there except your annoying siblings.


You know what a convertible is, right? Ultimately what makes a convertible a convertible is the ability for the driver to use the vehicle with or without the roof in tact. This means that drivers can literally feel the wind in their hair while driving, although many newfangled convertibles are designed to minimize the tangles. Fall–or as we like to call it around here, “convertible season”–is just around the corner. Have you found your convertible yet?


OK, now it gets tricky. A coupe is similar to a sedan, but what makes it a coupe is only having two doors versus a sedan’s four doors–again, not everyone agrees with this. Generally speaking, a coupe has less interior space than a sedan. Coupes have two main passenger seats in the front and sometimes also feature two smaller “back seats.” This isn’t in any of the literature, but coupes should be fast because….well, just because.


Hatchbacks are like sedans, but not. The rear door of the vehicle opens upward (the “hatchback”), allowing a driver to access the interior or the cargo space. Wait, you might say, “sedans have a trunk that opens upwards.” Yes, you are correct. The distinguishing element is minimal, but next to each other, hatchbacks and sedans do have different appearances. Sometimes you just know it when you see it. Hatchbacks are like that. Look, we don’t make the rules here.

Sports Car

Zoom zoom. Sports cars are sleek, fast, and designed for performance. As a general rule, among car types, sports cars have the highest top speed, best acceleration, and the tighest handling. Sports cars are easily recognizable on the road to car enthusiasts…and cops (mind the speed limit).


Vans are a great option for large families or groups. These vehicles seat seven to eight passengers, on average, and come with impressive cargo space. Minivans are great for personal vehicles. Vans can also be used as commercial or work vehicles due to the passenger seats and storage space.

Now that you know the main characteristics of each vehicle body type, you’re ready to start car shopping. Submit a Request at and join the community of OneRequesters who are anonymously shopping for their next car.

OneRequest Concierge Locates Rare Jaguar XJR

Who do you call when you’re looking for a hard-to-find luxury sedan? OneRequest Concierge! Jeremy Brann was looking for a specific vehicle but was left with little time to dedicate to car shopping after work. One day, Jeremy stumbled upon OneRequest’s Instagram account. 

“I wasn’t looking for this service, but as soon as I clicked on it and read what you guys do it kind of sounded like what I wanted,” said Jeremy. 

Many people aren’t aware that car concierge services even exist. Jeremy told us, “I didn’t know there was such a thing as concierge car shopping services.” 

Jeremy browsed the OneRequest site and decided to give it a try. After submitting his Request, Jeremy was contacted by his personal Concierge. Jeremy knew the specific type of vehicle he was looking for and communicated that to his Concierge. Jeremy liked that he could provide his desired specifications and conditions and then hand off the car search to his Concierge. He thought to himself, “This is perfect, this is exactly what I want.”

His Concierge set up searches to find available 2001-2003 Jaguar XJs in a few trim levels. “I wouldn’t have thought of that,” Jeremy said. 

Jeremy described himself as a car nut and is very familiar with car shopping sites. He was impressed that his Concierge knew of even more resources using OneRequest’s extensive search abilities. “This immediately broadened the reach of my search and took all of the effort out of it,” said Jeremy.  

Jeremy shared that he appreciated the regular updates on the search from his Concierge. Jeremy enjoyed being involved without having to do the work. “I didn’t want to completely remove myself from the process,” he said. The Concierge team works with each Requester to determine the best means of communication. 

Jeremy’s 2001 Jaguar XJR

Jeremy’s Concierge presented him with options on a regular basis that met his Request criteria. After a few weeks of searching, Jeremy selected a 2001 Jaguar XJR at a great price point with low mileage. “It’s a great looking car,” Jeremy said. “As soon as my wife saw it, she said it really is a great color.” 

Jeremy has had his car for a few weeks now and couldn’t be happier. He shared that OneRequest Concierge increased his confidence in the likelihood of getting a good result while simultaneously decreasing the effort on his part.

“The experience was great.” Jeremy even told his friends, “If you’re shopping for a car, I would highly recommend it. It was super easy and really helpful.” (Dear Jeremy’s friends, We are happy to help you find your next car – just submit a Request!) 

If you’re searching for a specific vehicle, look no further. OneRequest Concierge has an expert team ready to help you find your perfect car. Submit a Request at

Throwback! Iconic Cars Through the Decades

From guttural muscle cars to quiet and airy EVs, a variety of cars have dotted the automotive landscape over the years. The OneRequest team compiled a list of iconic models through the decades.

1950s– Chevrolet Corvette

A legend is born! The fifties marked the birth of the Chevrolet Corvette, perhaps the first American sports car icon. Chevrolet designed the Corvette for sports-loving, fun-seeking drivers. Though initially the Corvette’s performance was rocky, by the end of the decade, several redesigns helped the Corvette come into its own. Its agility, style, and comfort built its 60-year legacy and led other manufacturers to follow Chevrolet’s lead.  

1960s- Volkswagen Beetle

Known by many as the VW Bug, the Volkswagen Beetle, officially named the Type 1, is still one of the best-selling cars in history. The Bug was affordable, fuel-efficient, and easy to repair. In 1963, Sports Illustrated called the Beetle the “most easily recognized car on earth.” For a generation that wanted something different, the Bug was the perfect personification of freedom and uniqueness. Though the Bug technically first hit American markets in 1949, the success of VW’s unique advertising in the sixties and the Bug’s starring roles in both The Love Bug and the hippie movement made it a beloved part of sixties culture. 

1970s- Oldsmobile Cutlass

You may be wondering why a Cutlass is on this list. Known as one of America’s “Most Popular Cars,” Oldsmobile sold over one million Cutlass models just from 1978-1979. Though the Cutlass was first introduced in the sixties, the seventies were when it began to thrive. By the end of 1972, the Cutlass was ranked third in its industry. The Cutlass appealed to buyers looking for comfort, reliability, and affordability. Its size, luxury features, and middle-of-the-road price made it popular with a wide audience.

1980s- DeLorean DMC-12

Great Scott! Thanks to Back to the Future, the DMC-12 will always be an iconic representation of 1980s pop culture. Its gull-wing doors, rear-mounted engine, and steel, unpainted body gave it a uniqueness among the cars of the time. With only about 9,000 in production, the DMC-12 is a coveted model with an active enthusiast community. The DMC-12 remains a 1980s legend. There are rumors that DeLorean is bringing back the DMC-12 in the fall of 2021. We hope the revamp comes with a Flux Capacitor!

1990s- Honda Accord

As if the Cutlass wasn’t surprise enough, we selected the Honda Accord as an iconic nineties car. Over 816,000 Honda Accords were sold between 1990 and 1991. Though it was only the best-selling car for two years of the decade, the Accord was featured in Car and Driver’s “10 Best Cars” list 6 times throughout the nineties. The Accord was (and still is) an affordable, reliable mid-size sedan that you can’t go wrong with. It may not be the sleekest car on this list, but the Accord is strongly representative of the nineties automotive scene: buttoned down and sensible.

2000s- Toyota Prius

The Prius is synonymous with the word “hybrid.” The Toyota Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle and paved the way for other manufacturers to offer their own hybrids. The first Prius was a sedan, but the second-generation hatchback released in 2004 defined the look of the Prius from then on. Its impressive fuel efficiency and comfortable size made the Prius a hit with both environmental conscious and non-green buyers alike.  Without the Prius, would we be on the verge of an electric revolution in 2021? Who knows!

2010s- Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S entered the automotive scene in 2013. Unlike some other manufacturers who are electrifying existing models, the Model S was designed to be electric from the start.  Named “the best car ever tested” by Consumer Reports after its 99 out of 100 score, the Model S represents Tesla’s pioneering efforts in the electric market. The Model S is a luxurious, high-performance electric vehicle that is strongly representative of the 2010s and the heightened focus on the electrification of the automotive landscape.

2020s- ???

Which models do you think will define the automotive scene of the 2020s? Let us know in the comments or on our socials!

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July 2021 New Cars on the Block

What a month! The summer months are typically packed with new vehicles announcements joining brand’s line-ups. The automotive industry is still dealing with inventory issues, but that didn’t stop these announcements. Which one is your favorite? 

2022 Aston Martin Valhalla

2022 Aston Martin Valhalla

Aston Martin is back with a new mid-engine hyper car.  Called the Valhalla, the car will feature Mercedes-AMG power by means of a 4.0 twin-turbo V8, combined with three electric motors.  It is expected to cost around $800,000, but that means it should also qualify for a federal electric vehicle tax refund. Cha-ching!

2022 Audi RS3

2022 Audi RS3

Following the debut of the A3 and hard core S3, Audi debuts its most driver-centric and track-focused version of its sedan in the 2022 Audi RS3.  The RS3 has upgrades in seemingly every tangible performance category, this compact hot rod will bring back the charismatic turbocharged inline five-cylinder motor and standard Quattro all-wheel-drive, now featuring torque vectoring.

2022 BMW 2-Series

2022 BMW 2-Series

Thundernight Metallic.  Yes, that is the name of BMW’s newest color on its second generation of the 2-series.  Back with fresh sheet metal and still featuring BMW’s powerful and efficient four- and six-cylinder engines, we predict this car will remain dear to the enthusiast’s heart.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

Following the Veloster N, the Elantra N marks Hyundai’s second foray into high performance N versions of its standard cars.  Featuring the same 286 horsepower Turbo 4 cylinder and choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed dual clutch automatic, it is time to recognize that Hyundai intends to be a serious competitor in the segment. 

2022 Jeep Compass

2022 Jeep Compass

The ever-popular Compass gets a mid-life refresh, including minor exterior tweaks and a major interior overhaul.  With prices starting well under $30,000, this new interior should make it even more appealing.

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

Concluding a ten-year production run of Lamborghini’s most successful flagship mid-engine V12 car to date, the Aventador Ultimae includes a host of visual and performance cues from the multitude of limited editions of the past decade.  As Lamborghini’s swan song to naturally aspirated V12s, we do not expect the 350 coupe and 250 convertible Ultimaes to hang around for long.

2022 Porsche Macan

2022 Porsche Macan

It is unusual for a particular model to get two refreshes between complete overhauls, but that’s just what Porsche has done with the Macan.  The Turbo is dropped and the new top dog in the model range is now the GTS, which takes over most of the Turbo components from the 2021 model year.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

Fresh to market as the new top model in the Cayenne line-up, the Turbo GT does everything better than their existing ultimate super SUV, the Turbo S.  Pricing starts at $182,150.

2022 Volkswagen GTI / Golf R

2022 Volkswagen GTI / Golf R

The updated 8th generation of the Golf will finally get its GTI and R variants, once again providing customers with high performance driving and hatchback practicality.  They remain a fan favorite and provide perennial bang-for-the-buck value.

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition

It is hard to believe but Passat production is ending after the 2022 model year.  Insisting that the car go out with a bang, Volkswagen is releasing a final edition to properly send off the mid-size sedan.  In a limited run of 1973 cars (to commemorate the first model year), the Passat Limited Edition will feature various hidden cues to the Chattanooga, TN plant that has been producing them since 2011.  In our opinion, one of the 423 vehicles made in Racing Green Metallic is the way to go!

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