Five Perfect Rides for the Summer

Summer is the perfect time for a new car. Drivers can truly test every factor of their vehicle, and they can use their new ride for weekend road trips to the beach.

For those in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, King’s Automall is the perfect spot to purchase that new summer ride. The collection of dealerships provide an incredible selection of vehicles, and customers won’t be limited by one particular brand.

We’ve collected some of the best summer rides below, and you can find each of these vehicles at King’s Automall’s various individual dealerships. Whether you value a powerful engine, preventative safety capabilities, or comfort and entertainment features, each of these vehicles will deliver everything you need for those brief summer vacations.

Ford Mustang

2016 Ford Mustang Summer

The brand’s iconic nameplate is as powerful and able as ever. Drivers will truly be able to enjoy all of their vehicles’ capabilities during these upcoming summer months, but the Mustang has a particularly fun edge.

Drivers will benefit from this muscle car’s impressive engine offerings, including the 5.2-liter V8. The unit can pump out an incredible 526 horsepower and 429 pounds-feet of torque, meaning you can race to the beach in no time. Plus, thanks to the accompanying mechanics (including the MagneRide suspension and 3.73 TORSEN limited-slip differential), drivers will receive an optimal driving experience.

The cooled seats will keep you comfortable during those warm summer days. Of course, you could instead opt for the convertible model, which will provide drivers with all the fresh air they desire. Either way, occupants are assured optimal comfort.

Best of all, the vehicle is affordable. Starting at $24,145, you can enjoy all of the Mustang’s amenities without breaking the bank.

Chevy Corvette2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The Corvette’s a bit pricier than the Mustang ($55,400 MSRP for the Corvette Stingray), but it makes up for the added cost in a variety of different ways.

The incredible 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine provides all the power you’d need to reach your summer destination. With 460 horsepower and 465 pounds-feet of torque, drivers can expect a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds! If you want even more power, the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine pumps out an eye-popping 650 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque! Best of all, these units are all fuel efficient (the LT1 manual version delivers a 17 city/29 highway mile per gallon economy), meaning you can actually enjoy your ride without having to make constant pit stops to the gas station.

We all know that everyone likes to get out and drive during the summer, meaning drivers are more likely to get in an accident. Thanks to the Corvette’s array of safety functions, drivers can feel secure in this sports car. Preventative features like Traction Control will keep your vehicle from sliding around or losing control, while the xenon high-intensity headlamps provide maximum visibility on dark summer nights.

If you find yourself in an accident, the aluminum cage and innovative airbags (including a seat-mounted head and thorax system) will keep the occupants out of harm’s way. Getting in an accident in the middle of the summer can certainly be a bummer, but keeping everyone safe is of utmost priority.

Chevy Camaro

2016 Chevy Camaro

The Corvette’s spiritual sister vehicle is more affordable ($25,700) but just as impressive. The vehicle’s mechanics, led by the three engine options, will make those summer rides as enjoyable as possible. Inclusions like an aluminum suspension improve the car’s handling, while the body’s rigidity will lead to a “nimble,” easy-to-control ride.

You can roll down the windows and jam out to your favorite tunes, thanks to Chevy’s MyLink system. The seven- or eight-inch touch-screen allows drivers to access a variety of different applications, including SiriusXM satellite radio (the vehicle even comes with a 12-month subscription to SiriusXM All-Access). Drivers can enjoy this music via the nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, and they can keep their music player juiced thanks to the wireless phone charging pad.

Want some ambient lighting for those romantic summer nights? The interior spectrum lighting (available on the Camaro 2LT and Camaro 2SS) delivers 24 color lighting options for various aspects of your interior, whether it be the radio, the door trim, or the cup holders. Drivers can even access the enjoyable “show mode,” which provides occupants with a “full-color light show.”

Nissan Cube

The 2014 Nissan cube continues to stand out in a crowd with unique design elements such as the wraparound rear window, 58.1 cubic feet of cargo space and six standard air bags. The front-wheel drive cube is built on Nissan's proven B-platform and features a standard 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a choice of Nissan's advanced, smooth shifting Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmission.

How about an unconventional used option for the summer? The Nissan Cube could be the perfect choice for you. Although the vehicle was retired in 2014, customers should still be able to find the nameplate on dealership’s lots.

You wouldn’t necessarily associate this boxy ride with the summer, but the nameplate is actually a perfect choice for those traveling on weekend trips. The most notable factor is the versatile and roomy interior. Drivers can utilize 58-cubic-feet of space when they’ve folded down the rear seats, and owners can manipulate those seats to fit both luggage and passengers.

Similar to most of the vehicles on the list, the Cube also delivers an impressive engine. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine provides the pop that drivers are seeking, but its most noteworthy attribute is the incredible fuel efficiency. Drivers can expect a 27 city/31 highway mile per gallon efficiency, meaning your longer trips won’t require routine stops.

Ford Flex

2016 Ford Flex

While you’re waiting in that pesky summer traffic, you can certainly impress your fellow drivers with the 2016 Ford Flex. The vehicle is one of the most stylish SUVs, with the bright dual exhaust tips, “distinctive body-side grooves,” and chrome grille, which gives the vehicle its distinctive, sporty look.

This athletic design pairs perfectly with the engine offerings, especially the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Coupled with a reliable six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission (with paddle shifters), drivers should expect 365 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque. The accompanying all-wheel drive system will help emphasize that power, and it will also keep your vehicle on track during those rainy days.


These new and used models provide powerful and efficient engines, reliable safety features, and a plethora of comfort and entertainment amenities. That makes each of these models the perfect choice for the summer months.

Having difficulties choosing? That’s understandable. Luckily, you won’t have to travel far to check out each of these nameplates. Thanks to King’s Automall’s variety of available brands, you can personally inspect each of these vehicles before you make a final decision.

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