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It’s a new year, and chances are you started 2015 with a list of resolutions a mile long. If we’re all honest with ourselves, keeping our new year’s resolutions can be a lot harder than we expected it to be. Whether you want to lose weight or live a greener lifestyle, each good intention comes with its own set of challenges. The truth is, sometimes we need all the help we can get to stay motivated. And there’s really nothing more motivating than a new car or vehicle related gadgets. Here are 5 things that can help you stay on track and make 2015 your most productive year yet.

1. Take More Family Trips
Road trips are a great way to bond, and spend quality time with your family. The Nissan Quest minivan can help you keep this resolution intact with its generous spacing configurations and kid friendly set up, including a conversation mirror that enables the driver to make eye contact with the kids in back without turning around. It has an extensive range of seating options available, including a quick-release, fold-flat, second and third row seats, as well as plenty of cargo space. Power-sliding side doors and a rear hatch enhance the vehicle’s convenience. All these features ensure the Quest minivan is a great choice for any family trip, whether you’re picking up groceries or going on a vacation .

2. Be More Environmentally Friendly
Do more than just reuse and recycle. Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle this year. The Toyota Prius is America’s favorite hybrid vehicle, and for good reason. They’re fun to drive, look great and their fuel economy is practically unmatched in today’s market. There are tons of options in the ever growing Prius family to choose from, including a classic hatchback and even an electric only model, so you’re sure to find a car that suits your style as well as your social consciousness.

3. Save More Money

If you’re still driving a heavy duty truck or a gas guzzling SUV and don’t really NEED that large of a vehicle for work or family, look into buying a car with better gas mileage. Buying a car with better gas mileage will get you more bang for your buck and chances are you can probably afford the switch from your current vehicle with trade in value. Also, skip the expensive car washes and waxings, and learn how to manage those maintenance tasks yourself. Keeping your vehicle clean on your own will save you money, keep your ride looking good and give you a whole new appreciation for your car.

4. Get Fit
Lose the health club membership and get fit by spending time in Nature’s gym, the great outdoors. Of course, you’ll need a car that can get you there and the Subaru XV Crosstrek is the vehicle to do it. Turning the wheels is a 148-horsepower, 2-liter flat-four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. The car’s flat design also keeps the vehicle’s center of gravity low for better stability on and off pavement. The XV Crosstrek is also fitted with all kinds of gear for when the weather turns sour, (including heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icers) making it the perfect companion for taking on the elements while you get into shape.

5. Keep Up To Date On Car Maintenance
Don’t let the little things pile up and become big things. If you notice your car is making a strange noise, or something just isn’t quite right, don’t wait for it to get worse. You, your passengers and the safety of other drivers is at stake if you’re operating a vehicle that isn’t in its optimum condition. Make a special effort to find a local auto shop to support, a place where you can get your car taken care of by people you trust. It’ll do wonders for your peace of mind and help you stay safe, as well as organized.

By Matt Stewart