5 Best Highline Cars Under $35,000 for Driving in Washington D.C.

Driving in Washington D.C. is a daunting prospect if you’re looking for a quick trip or easy commute. Every year an average of 82 hours are lost to rush-hour slowdowns in the area. This growing congestion makes D.C. one of the most difficult places in which to drive. A comfortable ride is crucial if you want to survive the crush of traffic with relative ease. Try these highline vehicles that are [affordable and] packed with amenities.

2016 Acura TLX

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The Acura TLX offers a superior driving experience that is similar to that of the Audi A4, the Mercedes C-Class, and the more competitively priced BMW 3-Series. Fast and fuel-efficient, this luxury sedan is a smart pick for D.C. drivers who are looking for a zippy yet affordable way to tackle their commutes. The base TLX features heated side mirrors for winter convenience and dual-zone automatic climate control to keep your passengers comfortable in any season. With both an upper 8-inch display screen and a lower 7-inch screen, you can easily manage everything from the 7-speaker audio system to the smartphone app integration.

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

If you’re looking for a compact crossover with smart safety features, look no further than the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class. All packages come with a 5-year subscription to mbrace2 Connect, which offers roadside connection, diagnostics, and web services. Chrome roof rails, premium vinyl upholstery, and 18-inch alloy wheels create a sleek and attractive package that will look sharp cruising the streets of D.C.

2015 Audi Q3

The 2015 Audi Q3 offers a quiet and comfortable ride, featuring a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four with a six-speed automatic transmission. Heated power leather seats ensure ample comfort for long D.C. commutes, while the power liftgate makes it easy to streamline long shopping trips around the area. Though it’s sizable enough for comfort, it’s a more compact crossover than others in its class, making it easier to maneuver and park in congested Washington D.C.

2015 BMW 2-Series

Fast and powerful, the 2015 BMW 2-Series offers an eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.0-liter turbo four with 248 horsepower. This is the highline vehicle to pick if you want superior handling, quick acceleration, and good fuel efficiency. The only drawbacks are the relative lack of storage space and the compact back seat. For singles and couples in the DC area, however, this is a perfectly sized pick.

2012 Infiniti M

For horsepower in a luxury sedan, look to the 2012 Infiniti M. This vehicle outperforms competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, the Audi A6, and the BMW 5-Series. This mid-size choice is handy for those who want more space than the BMW 2-Series, but less than what you’ll find in a crossover SUV. Active noise control makes this car noticeably quieter than competitors and the 4Wheel Active Steer feature gives you more agility and control for navigating complex parts of the city. Washington D.C. has the third-highest time commute in the country, but you can at least ensure the comfort of your daily travel in one of these smart, affordable, luxury vehicles.  

Looking at Infiniti’s New VC-T Engine

Nissan launched the Infiniti brand in 1989 to compete in the luxury vehicle market offering everything from sedans to convertibles. Their innovation continues today. Infiniti just unveiled their breakthrough Variable Compression-Turbocharged (VC-T) engine at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016. More than 20 years in the making, this is the first technology of its kind and is set to revolutionize the way internal combustion engines work. Here’s what to expect from the new VC-T engine.

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Select Auto Imports 10th Annual Veterans Day Fundraiser Donates $37,265 for Veterans and Their Families

Veterans_Day-thanks Alexandria, VA: November 18, 2016 –This year Mike Haji and the community of Select Auto Imports customers, friends, and families raised $37,265 for the Walter Reed Society from November 1st, 2016 to November 14th, 2016.

Founded in 1996 to benefit Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Walter Reed Society now serves the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Bethesda. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the District of Columbia (EIN 52-1961196), the Society invites all friends of WRNMMC to join and help support the patients, family members, and staff at this institution in the spirit of Walter Reed, the man and his legacy of medical excellence and service to our Nation’s Finest.

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Mercedes-Benz Invests in Electric Intelligence

Recently at Paris’s auto show, Mercedes-Benz revealed some exciting news. The luxury automaker has been pouring research and design effort into an all-electric sub-brand. The company revealed a gorgeous concept car and a long list of goals for these new electric vehicles. Electric vehicles, or EVs, have yet to make a big splash in the automotive market, though many automakers are manufacturing them. Is Mercedes-Benz the company poised to turn EVs into a must-have for every driver?

Introducing Mercedes-EQ: An All-Electric Brand


Mercedes-Benz is working on a new brand: Mercedes-EQ. This all-electric brand aims to release four EVs by 2020, and seven by 2025. Though electric vehicles already exist on the market, the technology is relatively new, and few automakers have tapped into it in a way that makes people rush to the dealerships to trade in for an EV. (more…)

The 5 Best Porsche 911s of All Time

In 1963, Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson created the 911, which took after the Beetle-based 356. Since then, driver enthusiasts have salivated at the distinction that these three numbers bring to the automobile industry. While all Porsche lovers have different reasons for branding a certain 911 as their favorite, here are a few which are likely to make you nostalgic about the past and revved up for the future.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7


This is a street-legal version of the same model found on the track. According to the 24 Hours of Daytona, Targa Florio, and 12 Hours of Sebring racing competitions, this auto is a winner. Its wider wheels and aerodynamics increase stability over previous models. A well-kept version of this vehicle runs about half a million dollars.

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5 D.C. Shopping Districts to Visit in Your Luxury Vehicle

So you’ve just bought an elegant luxury vehicle and want to update your wardrobe accordingly. Washington DC has several excellent shopping districts to explore. These five will have you filling up your trunk with shopping bags in next to no time.

Downtown DC


CityCenterDC is a fairly new kid on the Washington DC block — a mixed-use space with retail shopping, condominiums, apartments, and offices. CityCenterDC is in the heart of Downtown DC and is a vibrant 10-acre space filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, and public space. Here you’ll find plenty of high-end retailers like Burberry, Dior, Gucci, Kate Spade New York, and Louis Vuitton. There are 500 parking spaces, or you can drop your vehicle at the on-site car wash while you browse the shops.

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6 Tips to Prepare Your Car for Fall

Getting your car ready for fall is essential to making sure you drive safely and comfortably throughout the season. When the crisp air sets in and the leaves start to change, you can set your mind at ease knowing you’ve taken the steps to prepare your vehicle for the season.

Be Prepared for Changes in Weather


Prepare Your Car for Fall - Select Auto Imports

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5 Fastest Cars for Under $50,000

Fifty thousand bucks is not a small chunk of money, but if you’re talking about world-class speed it’s not a large sum. If you’re in the market for a nice new car, soon enough you’ll be spending at least $30 grand. When spending that much money on a car, you might as well be driving something fast. What is fast? Is it zero to 60? Is it top speed? Is it quick around corners? Or is it that “wow” feeling when you get behind the wheel and stomp the accelerator? It’s a combination of all of that.

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