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In this question and answer video, Aaron answers a question from a fan about which car is better. Daniel asks “Which is the better sports car for the price? The Mazda Miata or the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86?” I answer Daniel’s question by explaining the differences between the MX-5 Miata and the Subaru BRZ and Toyota FT86 twins. Those differences make all the difference in this one. Got a question for us? Hit us up in the comments below, on our website, or on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media (all linked below). Have at it!

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Holly is not only the Vice President of CGI, but got to that position by learning the ropes and becoming a race driving instructor. She talks about why women should get into motorsports, gives tips on improving performance and safety, and more. All while hot cars fly by on the track behind her. Check it out!

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Jay sent us a question. “The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570 are virtually the same SUVs except some cosmetic small changes so why so much price difference?”

That’s a good question, Jay. The reality is that there’s only about a $1,000 price difference between the base model Cruiser and the base model LX570. If you’re asking why a fully loaded LX570 (~$91k) is more expensive than a one-price-fits-all Land Cruiser ($85k) then I can answer that: options.

The LX570 has a host of things in it that the Land Cruiser cannot have. Things like better seating, more infotainment, better rear seat entertainment, a better warranty, better wheels, etc. There are lots of options available for the Lexus that aren’t on the Toyota.

Still, the price difference is pretty small. We’re talking about 12% at its widest gap and barely 1% at its lowest. That’s nothing compared to the gap between, say, a Chevrolet Traverse and a Buick Enclave.

Hopefully this helps with your question. Thanks and let us know if you want to know more!

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There are usually four cameras in that 360-view to make the single image your’e seeing. There is no camera atop the car, that vehicle image is virtual. If you leave your coffee mug or briefcase on top of the car, it won’t show up on that 360 camera view.

The cameras are located underneath each side mirror, at the rear of the car, and on the front of the car. The front camera is most often located underneath the manufacturer’s emblem or just under the grille and atop the bumper. The rear camera is usually at about the midpoint of the rear hatch/trunk.

All four cameras are tuned and positioned to get a specific view for their location. These views are then stitched together on the vehicle’s infotainment screen around a virtual image of the vehicle’s rooftop.

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A recent Quora query went like this: What is the safety effect of rear-facing car seats and forward-facing car seats/boosters? 

My answer was pretty simple:

You’re describing three different things here. So it’s worth looking at each individually.

The infant seat, which faces rearward in the car, is equipped with two items that are the primary safety items on them: a 5-point harness and a seatback facing towards the most likely collision point. The 5-point harness not only secures baby in the seat, but it also spreads the load of an impact across the little one’s torso, which lowers the amount of stress on any given point of baby’s body. The rear-facing seat means that in a forward collision, which is the most likely collision point at speed, the G force of the sudden stop is absorbed by the baby’s back and ribs, again spreading the load of the impact. Specifically, this spread of forces backwards supports baby’s head and neck.

The forward-facing child safety seat, similar to that infant seat, also has a 5-point harness and secure anchor to the car’s seat so it won’t move on impact. Unlike the rear-facing seat, however, the forward-facing seat puts all of the forward impact forces onto the child’s body front (torso), but still spreads it with the 5-point harness. The larger child should be able to take this impact.

Finally, booster seats are nothing more than devices used to position a child so that the car’s built-in seatbelts are correctly positioned on the child’s body. They basically raise the child upwards so that the shoulder part of the belt goes over the child’s shoulder and across his/her chest. Without the booster, the seatbelt would likely be across the child’s chin or neck; neither of which is safe in an impact. At this point, a child is considered large and strong enough to take the same body forces as an adult in terms of G-force distribution.

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