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These are the best vehicles for social distancing

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If these cars could come with a Hallmark card that reads, "When you don't want to be at home, but also shouldn't go out in public" (opens card) "Congratulations on your new car" they should. The models on this list offer many creature comforts, but also provide a number of features that make them perfectly suited for social distancing behaviors, whether it be during the Covid-19 outbreak or any other time.

If you're in need of a new car but don't want to visit a dealership, remember, you can virtually shop for new cars using Cadillac Live or purchase a used car online through sites like Carvana. And, keeping a packet of sanitizing wipes in the glovebox to use to wipe down gas pumps and windshield washer fluid station wands, isn't a bad idea.

Land Rover Discovery

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With its off-road prowess and plush accommodations, the Land Rover Discovery is ready, willing, and able to take you far away to the desolate corners of civilization. Plus, the Disco has some great features like standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, fog lights, blind spot monitoring, and power lift gate. Navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera are available.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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There's a fair amount of parents complaining about being stuck in the house all day with their children. Why not pile them in the plug-in hybrid version of America's plushest minivan? The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can comfortably seat seven and it can go 32 miles without using any gasoline meaning less time touching dirty fuel pump handles.

Ram 1500

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The Ram 1500 is plenty capable of towing and hauling but when it comes to leaving the house with your most precious cargo during an epidemic, the truck's creature comforts show through. Many drive-ins are opening up and the Ram's reclining second row and abundant passenger space make the model a great choice to take to the movies. Plus, you can set up a few chairs or tent in the bed to enjoy a more unique experience.

Subaru Crosstrek

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Latch you kayaks, skis, snowboards, or bicycles to the top of the Subaru Crosstrek and head out to your favorite recreation facility to take advantage of communing with Mother Nature in solitude. The Crosstrek has good cargo space, standard all-wheel drive, and can go nearly 600 miles between fill ups.

Mercedes-Benz Metris

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The Chicago Auto Show debut of the Mercedes-Benz Metris camper van was just in time. Though you might not have the lead time to order one of theirs, you can DIY a camper van from and of the Mercedes van models, new or used.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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New electric luxury vehicles

Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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