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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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EQS buyers will have access to two years of free charging.

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The Mercedes-Benz EQSis set to start hitting dealers' lots in just a few months, and the automaker is working drum up excitement for the all-new EV. Today, Electrify America announced that it will partner with Mercedes to offer charging services to buyers of the upcoming vehicle.

The agreement means that EQS owners will have two years of free charging, which includes 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations. The services go a step further, however, and will include the ability to plug and charge. This means that EQS owners who have activated their Mercedes me Charge accounts can start a free charging session just by plugging the vehicle into the charger. Electrify America says that no authentication or initiation steps will be required.


2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS is due to hit the market in late 2021.Mercedes-Benz


The agreement between Mercedes-Benz and Electrify America will also extend some services to future EQ battery-electric vehicles, as well as future Mercedes plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company notes that there may be costs to charge for those vehicles, but drivers will still be able to use the Mercedes me app to initiate sessions.

As more automakers jump in the EV game, free charging partnerships are becoming a bigger deal. Just last month, Hyundai announced that buyers of its Ioniq 5 EV will receive two years of free charging from Electrify America, and Ford offered free charging to its Mustang Mach-E customers, also through Electrify America, though The Blue Oval's offer only extended to 250 kilowatt-hours.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The partnership with Electrify America will provide access to chargers across the country.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS itself is Mercedes' first vehicle in what will become an electric sub-brand for the automaker. It will hit the market as a 2022 model late in 2021, and will be offered in two models. The entry level machine features 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the up-level EQS 580 4Matic will see 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Beyond its electric powertrain, the EQS will offer several advanced tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen. Even the passenger gets a display in the new car, as a second 12.3-inch screen will be positioned on the right portion of the dash.

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The F-Type P450 cars replace the P300 and P380 as part of the Jaguar lineup.

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Two new versions of the Jaguar F-Type are on the horizon. New versions of the model have been created to further the car's luxury proposition and both are powered by a roaring V8 engine. The new P450 variants replace the P300 and P380 models currently in the lineup. Jaguar is keeping the F-Type R around.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450

The 2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 will be available as a coupe or convertible in P450 RWD or P450 R-DYNAMIC AWD grades. All varieties come with a 444-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood that achieves 428 pound-feet of torque. An electronic active differential is standard. In all configurations, the car gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The car has received minor exterior updates from the 2021 model.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

In a nod to its suburban buyers, the F-Type has a Quiet Star mode that allows a more subtle roar out the back side of the car upon startup. Drivers who don't care about keeping quiet can switch the car in to Dynamic mode and let the rumble out.

Each F-Type P450 rides on 20-inch wheels, has larger brakes than traditional F-Type models, and has the switchable exhaust. Double J-Blade daytime running lights feature up front while new slender rear lights allow the body of the car to speak for itself.

Buyers who get the F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD get bespoke badging; a gloss black front splitter, side sills, valance, and venturi; auto-dimming, power- folding, heated door mirrors with memory; and 20-inch Style 6003, split-spoke, gloss Dark Grey with Contrast Diamond Turned Finish Wheels.

2022 Jaguar F-Type P450 The interior sports a refined appearance.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Monogram stitch patterns on the car's seats and interior accents in Windsor Leather and satin-finish Noble Chrome enhance the interior. Additionally, there are "Jaguar Est.1935" markings on the center console finisher, glovebox release button surround, and seatbelt guides. Six-way electric power seats are standard on F-Type P450 RWD, while F-Type P450 R-Dynamic AWD adds 12-way electric memory front seats, electrically adjustable steering column with memory, Delta Aluminum Center Console, and R-Dynamic branded metal treadplates as standard equipment.

A 12.3-inch driver information display is standard.

F-Type P450 is available in 11 standard exterior colors, and can be ordered in over a dozen custom SVO paint finishes. It starts at $69,900 for the P450 RWD Coupe and $79,900 for the R450 R-Dynamic AWD Coupe.

2022 Jaguar F-Type R

The F-Type R is the pinnacle of the Jaguar lineup with torque on-demand all-wheel drive, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics control technology, a double wishbone front and rear suspension, and electric power-assisted steering.

It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph thanks to its 575-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. All-wheel drive is standard.

This model starts at $103,200.

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