Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Check out the all-new digital instrument cluster in the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023
Front three-quarter view of the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV off-roading

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Technology Features

Level up your game with the new and improved 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV crossover SUV. Its striking exterior body design and invigorating LED headlights and taillights leave a trail of awesomeness as one watches it drive by. The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with a super-efficient 2.4-liter MIVEC engine with twin motors paired with a standard Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) for unmatched performance. You can cover up to 420 miles of total range in the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV before searching for the next gas or EV charging station. Check out the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s impressive digital instrument cluster and how to use it at Third Coast Auto Group in Austin, TX!


How Does the Hybrid System Works in a Toyota Vehicle?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023
2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid on the road

Toyota Hybrid System Video

Toyota has been at the forefront of hybrid technology throughout its history, reshaping the automotive sector with its pioneering Hybrid Synergy Drive system. For customers who own a Toyota hybrid vehicle or considering buying one, gaining insight into its mechanism is essential. For a comprehensive understanding of the operations of a Toyota hybrid system, delve into this blog post brought to you by Third Coast Auto Group in Austin, TX. Watch the Toyota Hybrid System video below to witness the mesmerizing technology in action.


The Basics of Car Transmissions: Types and How They Work

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023
Representation of a car transmission

What Is a Car Transmission? An Informative Overview 

Car transmission serves as a crucial component that enables smooth and efficient driving. Acting as the intermediary between the engine and wheels, the transmission translates the engine’s power into various gear ratios, providing the right amount of torque to move the vehicle at different speeds.  

To give you an informative overview of what car transmission is, we supply a video prepared by the folks at Toyota. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a pre-owned SUV, sedan, or truck in Austin, TX, look no further than Third Coast Auto Group! 


Don’t let an old car cause you to miss out on the latest technology

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
A person is connecting their phone to a vehicle's infotainment system.

How can I add hands-free calling to my car? 

Buying a used car can be a great financial move for a lot of buyers. Our team of product experts could talk all day about the advantages of buying a pre-owned vehicle over a new model. One small downside to taking a pre-owned vehicle home from the Third Coast Auto Group is that people might miss out on some of the latest technology. If you have a fear of missing out, our team is here to help answer the question, ‘How can I add hands-free calling to my car?’ There is a point, not all that long ago, when the federal government mandated Bluetooth connectivity be a standard feature to help people keep their hands on the wheel. There are some easy and affordable ways to add this capability after the fact.  (more…)

Are you breaking out the air fryer for Thanksgiving? Watch this first!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
A stock photo of a table set of Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Turkey Air Fryer Tips Videos 

We are just a week away from Thanksgiving and you may have chosen to scale back your plans to keep yourself and your family safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If it will just be you and your in-house family, you probably don’t need to cook a huge turkey in the oven, when there are other modern kitchen appliances at your disposal. Our team was talking about their modified Thanksgiving dinner plans and found these Thanksgiving turkey air fryer tips videos from the professionals at Consumer Reports. Regardless of what you choose to do with your holiday season, everyone at Third Coast Auto Group wants you to have a safe and happy time with your loved ones. If a new vehicle would make that easier, come talk to us when your schedule opens up again.  (more…)

What do you know about all-wheel-drive? Is it for you?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
A stock photo of cars in a dealership's showroom.

What are the pros and cons of having all-wheel-drive? 

One of the many great reasons to choose a pre-owned vehicle is that a buyers dollar can go a lot further. With that intrinsic value on the rise in the secondary vehicle market, people will be able to choose models with features and equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. We’ve found that all-wheel-drive is something that interests a lot of Third Coast Auto Group customers. So, what are the pros and cons of having all-wheel-drive? There are a few things you should know about this technology and how it can affect the way you drive. Let’s take a closer look at what our team of product experts found in an effort to help our customers.  (more…)

Your old car can use some new technology

Monday, October 26th, 2020
A stock photo of a smartphone and a Bluetooth ear piece.

Options for Aftermarket Infotainment Systems 

Modern automobiles are truly incredible. We (obviously) know that Third Coast Auto Group deals in pre-owned vehicles. However, the later model cars, trucks and SUV we’ve received at our various locations have some of the most advanced technology we’ve ever seen in the automotive space. The thought occurred to some of our product experts that our customers might want to know about some options for aftermarket infotainment systems. Just because the vehicle you take home from one of our dealership locations is a few years old, does it mean you can’t have the latest technology at your fingertips. Here are a few features you might want to consider adding to your car or truck today.  (more…)

Electric vehicles are coming, but they might not be ready for prime time — yet

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
A stock photo of a person plugging in an electric vehicle to charge its battery.

Are electric vehicles going to take over? 

Third Coast Auto Group might deal in pre-owned cars, trucks and SUVs, but we still need to keep our eyes on what is going on in the new vehicle marketplace. The coming trend seems to put a lot of focus on electrified powertrains. This got us asking the question, ‘Are electric vehicles going to take over?’ In the future, there will certainly be a place for electric vehicles but that isn’t the case right now. There are some challenges the technology needs to overcome, most notably range anxiety and charging infrastructure, although there are more. This video from the popular YouTube channel Engineering Explained shows you a few other issues with the current crop of electric vehicle technology. If you’re looking for something efficient and reliable, make an appointment with us today.  (more…)

Is outdated information preventing your vehicle from being at its best?

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
A stock photo of a person checking the oil in their vehicle.

Does synthetic oil still cause engine leaks? 

The car, truck or SUV that is sitting in someone’s driveway is likely one of the biggest assets a person can own. It only makes sense that people will want to make sure they can wring every mile they can out of that investment, and the best way to do that is to make sure that the vehicle is well-maintained. Regular maintenance is the best way to keep any vehicle of almost any age running in peak condition. One of the biggest challenges to this goal is outdated thinking. If you’re wondering, ‘Does synthetic oil still cause engine leaks,’ this is the kind of outdated information we’re talking about. While Third Coast Auto Group doesn’t have a service department, it is still a question that comes up a few times a month while we’re helping customers. Let’s take a look at a few things.  (more…)

Is remote start bad?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
A being savors the activation of remote start in a wintry clime while a concerned bird flies overhead.

Ramifications of Remote Start on the Engine and Environment

Remote start is a trendy amenity among modern drivers. Many individuals get great pleasure from the convenience of the feature, finding it can make a big difference in time and comfort, especially on cold, icy days. Getting into a chilly vehicle is, after all, a grating pain of the sort not often found elsewhere in the modern developed world.

However, some voices of dissent have come to ruin the remote start party by arguing that the feature hurts the vehicle engine and/or the environment. Is there truth to these arguments? Is remote start bad?