Jessi, Bogi and Cristy Lee on the "All Girls Garage" Set. Photo provided by Whitney Gonzalez

Behind the Scenes at Velocity’s ‘All Girls Garage’ Studio

Here at Be Car Chic, we’re all about making our readers – especially women – feel confident in their ability to care for their cars. I love the idea of promoting other women who share our love for the automotive industry. When I attended the Michelin “Women and Tires” event in March, I had the […]

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Talking Tesla Model III and electric vehicles with Bill Press

I made my first appearance in studio with The Bill Press Show this morning to talk one of Bill’s and my favorite subjects – cars! Bill enjoys hearing about the latest in advanced technology vehicles, so we chatted about the recently announced Tesla Model III – a smaller, more affordable Model S that is supposed to come in […]

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The Fray concert with the Buick Regal GS at #GMSummerSeries

We had a great time checking out the #GMSummerSeries with Drive the District on Wednesday night. General Motors invited Be Car Chic to enjoy The Fray at local venue, Wolf Trap National Park. BCC editor, Melanie Batenchuk, brought along Mr. Car Chic plus two friends / bonafide car gals – Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Farleigh Wolfe. The […]

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These dads up the ante on Toyota’s #SwaggerWagon

You may recall the last time Toyota launched its Sienna minivan using the #SwaggerWagon nickname paired with ridiculous raps from parents. This time, Toyota teamed up with creative dads to showcase the new 2015 Toyota Sienna through the company’s first-ever online vehicle launch. Check out each of their videos below. Which is your favorite? Created […]

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Driven: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE with Touring

Be Car Chic Ranks the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC with Touring  (1 = worst; 5 = best)  Our hopes that the Outlander SE would disprove our recent theory that Mitsubishi’s heyday is long gone have not come to fruition. The Outlander, while nicer than the Sport model, still lacks refinement and the realization that […]

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Tips for Driving in the Rain

Now that the Atlantic Hurricane Season is well underway, and you are (hopefully) all stocked up with flashlights, batteries and nonperishables, we wanted to share a few tips to prepare you for safe driving in the rainy weather the season promises. Use Your Headlights Illuminating your headlights during inclement weather not only improves your visibility, […]

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Jean Jennings of Motor City Masters on truTV

Q&A with Jean Jennings of Motor City Masters on truTV

A few weeks ago, I had the fortune of watching the premiere episode of Motor City Masters in the company one of the show’s judges, Jean Jennings of ‘Jean Knows Cars’ fame. It was a delight to celebrate her accomplishments in the automotive community by gathering around a big-screen TV and cranking up the sound […]

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This map shows the current eVgo Freedom Stations in the DC metropolitan area as of June 2014.

NRG eVgo Network’s updated stations map for DC

NRG eVgo has been expanding its Freedom Station presence in the D.C. metropolitan area. We recently got a copy of their latest EV charging station and wanted to share. As electric vehicles gain popularity in our region, we want to keep you apprised of where you can juice up that LEAF, i3, or Tesla in […]

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Made in Montgomery: 2015 Hyundai Sonata anything but average

Hyundai invited Be Car Chic to be among the first 100 journalists to experience the new 2015 Sonata. We ventured to Montgomery, Alabama to meet the latest from the Korean manufacturer in the midst of a bustling year of new product introductions for the company. Montgomery is rich in history in many aspects, and one recent […]

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How’s the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited stack up?

Be Car Chic Ranks the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited (1 = worst; 5 = best)  We recently tested the new Santa Fe Limited and we really liked it overall. Read the nitty gritty details in our full review here. Do you have any feedback on this sport utility from Hyundai to add? Overall Ranking: […]

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Road trip to Charlottesville with the Santa Fe Limited

Sometimes a car gal just needs to get away. Last weekend, I met up with my best friend of nearly 20 years for a girls’ getaway in Charlottesville, Virginia. I haven’t spent much time in C’ville (that’s what they call it) in my nearly 10 years as as Virginian, so I was excited to explore […]

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Marci Fisher, Vehicle Line Director of the 2015 Ford Mustang

We All Think Women Are Amazing

BY Chase Adams | Contributor It comes as no surprise to me that 66% of the entire world, men and women alike, think the world would be a better place if men thought more like women. It also doesn’t surprise me that the land of old glory thinks even more highly of women, with 73% […]

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Technology Spotlight: Adaptive Cruise Control

BY Chase Adams | Contributor Most new cars today come equipped with Cruise Control, which was introduced decades ago as a way to reduce highway fatigue. Set the speed and forget it. Perfect for hours of highway driving. Over the last decade a number of cars have offered Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which further reduces […]

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Ford announced today plans to back it's popular Edge CUV for 2015 at its annual Ford Trends Conference in Michigan.

Ford Goes Further With All-New 2015 Edge

BY Chase Adams | Contributor Ford announced its all-new 2015 Edge mid-size crossover. You’d be forgiven for forgetting the current Edge, which is bookended by the excellent Escape and Explorer CUVs in Ford’s lineup, but no longer. The new Edge has unforgettable styling and impressive technology to compete for the mid-size crossover buyer’s hard earned […]

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to Win a Set of Michelin Tires

As you may have heard, we are giving away a set of Michelin tires to one lucky participant in honor of our “Distraction Free Friday” campaign. We’d love to hear your thoughts on distraction-free driving. Read more about the giveaway, here. Good luck! Enter using the form below. Your last chance to enter is June […]

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Letters to the Editor: #DistractionFreeFriday edition

The following is a letter I received from my boss when I worked at the car dealership back in college (in reply to my request for others to participate in our #DistractionFreeFriday contest and giveaway). He was a great mentor to me, and I’m thankful that today’s technology allows us to remain in contact. If you […]

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Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

It’s been a long time since I’ve driven a Mitsubishi. I learned to drive on a Mitsubishi. My mom had a 1995 Diamante wagon in hunter green. It was a great car and I thought it was pretty cool at the time because it seemed to be ahead of its time. (It had steering wheel […]

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Are you a distracted driver?

Watch this compelling video and then take action by sharing YOUR distraction-free story with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter via #DistractionFreeFriday. Enter our contest and giveaway, and you could wind up saving lives AND with a new set of Michelin tires. Details here.

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Giveaway: Share your distraction-free driving habits

As you may have read, Whitney got the chance to experience first-hand the importance of tire safety at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds. We shared with you a look into a few of the scenarios with hopes that you will remember to consider your tires before leaving your driveway. In keeping with our ongoing Distraction Free […]

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Kia delivers luxury for less with its sub-$20k Soul

What better way to venture to outer space like Kia’s fan favorite hamsters than in a Solar yellow Soul? I enjoyed the Soul much more than I expected to. After trying out the 2013 model, I was left disappointed by what visions of grandeur I had formed in my head about this car. But not […]

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