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Ford Shelby GT500 __________________________________________ 3 Ford Fusion _________________________________________________ 3 Subaru Forrester ____________________________________________ 4 Subaru Impreza _____________________________________________ 4 Toyota Camry _______________________________________________ 6 Toyota Sienna _______________________________________________ 6 Toyota Tacoma ______________________________________________ 6 Toyota Tundra_______________________________________________ 6 Chrysler 200 _______________________________________________ 8 Dodge Durango _____________________________________________ 8 Jeep Grand Cherokee ________________________________________ 8 Lexus RX Series ____________________________________________ 10 Lexus ES 350 ______________________________________________ 10 Mercedes E-Class___________________________________________ 11 Ford Explorer ______________________________________________ 11 Cadillac SRX _______________________________________________ 12 Cadillac CTS _______________________________________________ 12 Infiniti QX56 _______________________________________________ 13 Ford Edge _________________________________________________ 13 Buick Regal ________________________________________________ 14 Jaguar XJ Series ___________________________________________ 15 Ford F-150 ________________________________________________ 15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ___________________________________ 16 Porsche Cayenne ___________________________________________ 17 Chevrolet Camaro __________________________________________ 19 Chevrolet Equinox ___________________________________________ 19
>>>>>>>>>>> LEGEND >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hybrid or Hybrid Option Enhanced Entertainment and Technology: high-tech gadgets, sound systems and DVD options
Kid-Friendly: makes riding with children easier and more comfortable (removable seats, DVD players, extra seating, etc.) Extended Cargo Space
Creature Comforts: keeps vehicle occupants comfortable (heated seats, glove compartment cooler, ample leg room, etc.)
High Performance: offers an outstanding driving experience with higher-than-average engine power
Above-Average Safety Features
2011: ARE YOU CHARGED UP? t’s the beginning of a fundamental shift in cars and in car culture. The forces perpetuating this shift – environmental, economical and political – are conspiring to literally drive new technologies closer to the forefront of automotive development. Vast sums from corporate and public coffers (including the taxpayer/owners of General Motors and Chrysler) have supplied billions of dollars in relief aid for ailing domestic multi-national corporations, not to mention the hundreds of millions more earmarked for alternative-energy-research-anddevelopment funding. Add to this the various levels of government that are prepared to hand out big-dollar cash incentives – our own money, actually – to entice us to purchase the electrified fruits of the automakers’ labor. The first of these new-wave eco-mobiles, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, will join a growing list of gasoline-electric hybrids that populate dealer showrooms. Many others are waiting in the wings ready to tout impressive fuel-economy numbers resulting from increasing on-board battery storage capacities, plug-in charging capabilities and extended electric motor ranges.
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Those who shun the next wave in vehicle propulsion will still wind up driving significantly more fuel-efficient models, regardless of size or type. Increasingly stringent government fleet-average fuel consumption regulations are right now driving automakers to produce more efficient cars, big and small. Many automakers are beginning to eliminate their thirstier engines while shrinking the size of others. Reduced consumption might be the target, since it’s measurable, but less pollution is the ultimate goal.
The automobile continues on its path to becoming a smarter, greener and far more efficient appliance than ever. Ironically, these same fuel-stretching cars and trucks are actually growing more powerful. Average horsepower and torque ratings appear to edge up each year in lock step with average fuel economy gains. Honestly, how bad can that be, since it points to greater efficiency from every drop of fuel? What does all this mean for new-car shoppers? Bottom line, it’s a win-win scenario for both the manufacturers and their customers. It’s proof that the automobile continues on its path to becoming a smarter, greener and far more efficient appliance than ever. Factor in pricing that for the most part remains laced with incentives, low interest rates and other inducements, and it’s hard to argue against the notion that 2011 and beyond will be banner years for automotive development, with a bouquet of exciting, enticing cars of all stripes for us to ponder, dream about and salivate over. That’s a shift we can all live with. It’s time to smell the roses.
THIS GUIDE HAS A RULE BOOK The information in this guide is accurate to the best of our ability and knowledge at the time it was written. We say this because manufacturers are completely entitled to make changes after this writing and often do. Therefore, you can expect some things to have changed from the time of writing to the time you’ve read the info here. Most importantly, some manufacturers haven’t ﬁnalized their lineups and all the options, etc., as of this writing, which means that we might include carryover pricing, features, etc., in some cases, and indicate it as such. Base price: Prices reﬂect the entry-level model in a given lineup. That is to say the price provided is the starting point. In most cases, prices have been provided by the manufacturer and then rounded up or down to the nearest $100 to reﬂect small changes that inevitably occur from time to time. It’s also because the prices provided here are intended as a gauge of affordability and are not today’s sale price, so do not quote these prices to your dealer. Prices do not include the tax you’ll pay, although most include the delivery charges (and are indicated as such where possible) which run from about $500-$1,000. Where pricing is not yet available, we’ve taken our best guess and added “(est.)” to the number. Type: For most people, the picture and the number of doors will be the best indicator of the vehicle type, but many vehicles are sold in different body styles, which are outlined here. Base engine (hp): The base engine and its horsepower rating in parentheses. Optional engines (hp): All the optional engines and their horsepower ratings in parentheses. Layout: Indicates the location of the engine and the wheels it drives. All-wheel-drive is generically used to denote vehicles that have the ability to vary the power split between front and rear axles. Transmissions: All transmission options across the range. The term “automatic” will be used to generically describe all automatics, whether electronically shifted, overdrive, or otherwise. MPG (city/hwy): Usually EPA or manufacturer estimates for city and highway consumption, given in miles per gallon, with the engine and transmission from which the consumption was taken found in parentheses (usually the base model). Safety: Tangible safety features that have a direct impact on survivability or prevention of a crash. We have elected to leave out tire-pressure monitoring as it is now mandated by law. Weight: Curb weights of the base models are indicated.
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FORD SHELBY GT500 FORD FUSION
>>>>> Ford Shelby GT500
>>>>> Ford Fusion
Looking good and going fast hasn’t always been a Mustang hallmark, but in recent years Ford has infused its decades-old steed with both traits and the Mustang-based Shelby GT500 is proof that the automaker remains resolutely passionate about performance. After a four-decade absence, the nameplate returned for the 2007 model year sporting a 500-horsepower 5.4-liter supercharged V-8. For 2011, the cast-iron-block has been replaced with an all-aluminum piece that’s lighter by a whopping 102 pounds. Output is now 550 horsepower. This beast isn’t really a beast on fuel as the GT500 achieves 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway, a gain of 1 mpg for each segment when compared to the 2010 model. Along with enhancing the performance, Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) that runs the GT500 program has added more wind- and roadnoise-reducing insulation. Convertible GT500s also benefit from a more rigid (by 12 percent) body structure that, according to one SVT engineer, makes this body style “act and feel more like a coupe without degrading the ride.” In addition, a new SVT Performance Package includes a stiffer suspension, limited-slip differential, more front and rear downforce, slightly lowered ride height and unique Goodyear Eagle tires mounted on lightweight 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. You can add other options, of course, including a giant glass roof and a navigation system, but they will obviously further inflate the car’s $49,500 base price ($54,500 for the GT500 convertible). Still, if you possess a healthy credit limit and want the best of the best – at least when it comes to Mustangs – the Shelby GT500 is tough to pass up.
Ford claims its redesigned Fusion was the best-selling “domestic” car in 2009, and feels very confident in its abilities going forward. The current 2011 model features a bold, aggressive attitude with welljudged suspension, braking and steering systems. Much of the interior features a soft-touch “skin” that looks and feels upscale; the seats have plenty of side support and the coverings are also richer in appearance. The gauges are well-lit using an easy-to-read three-dimensional effect and ambient lighting brightens up the footwells and floor-console. The biggest changes for 2011 include new packages focusing on adding luxury and comfort, along with some minor technology tweaking. The base 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder remains in most models, while the optional 3.0-liter V-6 returns with 240 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 2.5, while a sixspeed automatic is optional but standard on both V-6s. Six-cylinder Fusions can also be had with all-wheel-drive, a feature not currently offered on any of the company’s direct competitors. The Hybrid combines a 156-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 106-horsepower electric motor for a net output of 191 horses. Ford claims the Fusion Hybrid can travel up to 700 miles on a single 17-gallon fill-up, or the equivalent of 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway. A capless fuel-filler system automatically opens and closes when you insert and then remove the pump nozzle. The optional blind-spot warning system puts lights in the side mirrors to warn of approaching traffic, while SYNC, Ford’s voice-activated communications system, operates cell phones, audio programming, vehicle diagnostics and emergency-call placement.
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Base price (incl. destination): $49,500 / Type: Two-door coupe convertible / Base engine (hp): 5.4-liter DOHC V-8 (550) Optional engine: None / Layout: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive Transmission: Six-speed manual /MPG (city/hwy): 15/23 (FWD) / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; std. sedan); anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,820
Base price (incl. destination): $20,400 / Type: Four-door, midsized sedan / Base engine (hp): 2.5-liter DOHC I6 (175 hp) Optional engine: 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 (240 hp); 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (263 hp); 2.5-liter DOHC I4 (156 hp) with 275-volt electric motor (191 combined) / Layout: Front-engine, front-all-wheel drive / Transmissions: Sixspeed automatic or manual, continuously variable (Hybrid) / MPG (city/hwy): 23/34 (2.4 lliter, manual] Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,285
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>>>>> Subaru Forester orester The Subaru Forester is probably the least-pretentious east-pretentious tall wagon out there, but it has plenty to be proud of and d even brag about. Although Subaru generally retained thee outgoing Forester’s proportions, the current model has been extended in most key dimensions. Those adjustments have certainly migrated the Forester’s profile further into sport utility territory as well as provided more passenger and cargo space. The enlarged interior features an attracactive dashboard and gauge/control panel plus a split-folding rear seat that featuress a center dual-cupholder tray that pops out from the seat cushion. Base models come with a new 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder (two pistons are placed on each side of the he crankshaft at 180 degrees) that still makes kes the same 170 horsepower as previous versions, ions, and d now makes slightly more torque. It also improves mproves fuel economy ratings: the 2011 model rings ngs in at 21/27 mpg city/highway versus 20/26. 6. Optional is a turbocharged dualoverhead-cam version of the 2.5 that generates nerates 224 horsepower. The first of two all-wheel-drive systems is a permanently engaged unit for five-speed-manual transmission models that splits the torque 50:50 under normal driving situations but transfers power to the front or rear wheels when needed. A continuously variable version comes with four-speed automatic-transmission-equipped Foresters that constantly monitors driving and road conditions and reacts accordingly. Manual-gearbox Foresters incorporate Incline Start Assist that keeps the vehicle from rolling backward when letting out the clutch on a steep incline. There are no real surprises when it comes to the standard-equipment list, which encompasses air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, height-adjustable driver’s seat, four-speaker audio system and power windows, locks and mirrors. Standard or available on upper-level models are climate control, alloy wheels, heated leather-covered seats, reclining back seat, power moonroof, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, premium 100-watt audio system and touch-screen navigation.
SUBARU FORESTER 2.5 XT TOURING
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $21,000 (2010) Type: Four-door wagon Base engine (hp): 2.5-liter SOHC H4 (170) Optional engine (hp): 2.5-liter DOHC H4, turbocharged (224) Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; four-speed automatic (opt.)
MPG (city/hwy): 21/27 (manual transmission)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,250
>>>>> Subaru u Impreza p Just two years after introducing ng its all-new Impreza lineup of all-wheeldrive compact sedans and hatches, hes, Subaru is making even more changes to keep the all-weather master even more competitive. The range has been trimmed for its own health, though, by nixing the top-level 2.5GT and its turbocharged rged engine. But that still leaves the 2.5i and the hiked-up Outback Sport to carry the four-wheel-drive flag.. A torquey 170-horsepower 2.5-liter horizontally ntally opposed four-cylinder is found under er every Impreza’s hood, while transmission ion choices include a five-speed manual nual or available four-speed automatic. All Imprezas arrive with (at least) ast) a four-speaker audio system, air conditiononditioning, cruise control and power windows, ndows, locks and mirrors, stability control to prevent a skid or spin, rear disc brakes and hill-start and -start assist (manual transmission only) a nd d rear inner-fender liners to cut some ome road noise. The extra-cost goody list includes a new six-speaker audio o system, power moonroof, climate control and leather-covered steering wheel, heel, shift-knob and parking brake gaiter. Both 2.5i and Outback Sport can n now be had with an optional touch-screen TomTom navigation system that can be removed from the car. As with all Subaru vehicles, the Impreza has an impressive suite of passive and active safety systems, including six airbags, standard anti-lock brakes and traction control. But the excellent all-wheel-drive system follows the philosophy that the best crash is the one you can avoid.
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX LIMITED
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $18,200 Type: Four-door sedan; four-door hatchback/wagon Base engine (hp): 2.5-liter SOHC H4 (170) Optional engine (hp): None
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK SPORT
Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; four-speed automatic (opt.)
MPG (city/hwy): 20/27 (manual transmission) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags;
side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,100
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TOYOTA SIENNA LE
>>>>> Toyota Camry
>>>>> Toyota Sienna
Toyota has been the hit-maker with its midsized Camry sedan, having sold more than the competition for eight straight years now. For the 2010 model year, the Camry sedan received a new grille, headlights, taillights and bumpers to complement its spacious and comfortable cabin and solid-build quality. The standard 169-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is strictly for the base and the LE and XLE trim levels. The rating jumps an additional 10 ponies for the sportier Camry SE due to some extra engine and exhaust massaging. The 2.5 can be hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic (standard on the XLE). If that’s not enough thrust, you can opt for the 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, and models so-equipped now use low-rolling-resistance tires to improve highway fuel economy by one mile per gallon to 29. Mechanically unchanged this year is the Camry Hybrid’s 147-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 45-horsepower electric motor that drive a combined 187 horsepower through a continuously variable transmission. The result is peppy acceleration and about 33 mpg during in-city driving and 34 on the highway. Physically, the hybrid gets its own more distinctive grille, restyled fog lights and 16-inch wheels. As usual, the Camry is a front-drive affair and comes with the essentials, including seven airbags. Even the base car comes with anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows/locks and 16-inch wheels. The LE’s highlights include a power driver’s seat and remote keyless entry. The sporty SE is the only model to come with standard 17-inch wheels while it also serves up a stiffer suspension, body cladding and unique interior/exterior styling cues. Among other amenities, the top-end XLE loads up with dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, power passenger seat and a rear-window sunshade.
Toyota’s California-based design studio likely had quite a challenge on its hands: make a box on wheels look cool and desirable. As before, there’s seating for up to eight passengers, or seven if the optional second-row high-back chairs are selected to replace the threeperson bench. On the top-level Sienna Limited, those chairs turn into reclining lounge seats that also feature swing-up foot rests for maximum self-indulgent travel (just try to pry the kids out of them). The third-row bench folds flat into the load floor when not needed. Along with being the only minivan available with optional all-wheel-drive (front-wheel-drive is standard), the Sienna now features a segment-exclusive four-cylinder base engine. This 187-horsepower 2.7-liter powerplant earns an estimated fuel-economy rating of 19/24 mpg city/highway. The now-optional 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 carries over from the 2010 model and is mandatory when all-wheel-drive is selected. The base Sienna and Sienna LE come with tri-zone air conditioning (driver, passenger and rear), multi-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel plus the usual power-controlled goodies. The SE includes a mesh-style grille, sporty body trim, taillights with tinted lenses, special instrumentation and interior trim, sport-tuned suspension and distinctive 19-inch wheels (17-inchers are found on base models). The XLE features climate control, power moonroof, leather-covered seats (heated in front) and power-sliding side doors, while the high-stylin’ Limited with its living-large lounge chairs also has keyless remote entry and push-button start, sliding first-/second-row floor console and a dualsliding moonroof. Optional is a unique dual-view 16.4-inch widescreen monitor that can display a single program or two programs, side by side, from two sources.
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Base price (incl. destination): $20,500; $27,300 (Hybrid) Type: Four-door sedan / Base engine (hp): 2.5-liter DOHC I4 (169/179) / Optional engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (268); 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (147) and a 45-hp electric motor (187 combined hp, Hybrid) Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive / Transmissions: Six-speed manual, sixspeed automatic (opt.); continuously variable (hybrid) / MPG (city/hwy): 22/23 (manual transmission) / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver’s-side knee airbag; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 3,260
TOYOTA TACOMA PRERUNNER CREW
Base price (incl. destination): $25,300 / Type: Four-door, minivan Base engine (hp): 2.7-liter DOHC I4 (187) Optional engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (266) / Layout: Front-engine, front-all-wheel drive / Transmission: Six-speed automatic MPG (city/hwy): 19/24 (2.7 liter, FWD] / Safety: Front airbags; sideimpact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control Weight (lb.): 4,280
TOYOTA TUNDRA LIMITED CREW
>>>>> Toyota Tacoma
>>>>> Toyota Tundra
Despite its midsized leanings, Toyota’s Tacoma still offers a base 159-horsepower four-cylinder that could use an upgrade. However, with a 20/26 mpg city/highway rating, it’s one of the more fuel-efficient small trucks in its class. If towing/hauling is more of a concern, the Tacoma turns up the wick to the tune of 236 horsepower via the optional 4.0-liter V-6. Outfitted with six standard airbags and traction and stability control to help keep the driver on track when the road surface becomes disagreeable, the Tacoma comes in the usual regular, extended Access-Cab and four-door Double-Cab models and your choice of rear-or four-wheel-drive for all. The box (available in two lengths) floor and walls in all cases are made of composite plastic that obviously won’t dent or rust. New for the 2011 model year is the T/X and T/X Pro packages that create customized looks without going beyond the dealership to get it. They include TRD (Toyota Racing Development) 16-inch black alloy “beadlock” wheels and 265/70R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail tires along with black tube side steps and a stainless-steel exhaust tip, while the Pro also adds a performance exhaust. Then there’s the ground-hugging X-Runner that specializes in picking off sports cars at local parking-lot autocross events. Packing a six-speedmanual transmission, tasty ground effects and a lowered stance, the X-Runner is a formidable driving tool that can haul more than lumber and tools to the job site.
Toyota appears to have reacted promptly to these challenging times by counterbalancing its big V-8’s penchant for gasoline consumption with a smaller and more efficient engine capable of handling most everyday hauling and towing chores. Although the mid-range 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 and top-tuned 381-horsepower 5.7 V-8 remain untouched, Toyota has warmed over the base 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 to produce a stout 270 horses. The upgraded engine earns a rating of 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Both V-8 Tundras operate using six-speed automatic transmissions, while the V-6 version employs a five-speed unit. Inside, the roomy cabin features plenty of stowage space with a laptopswallowing console plus a two-level glove box, with the lower level now redesigned for improved content organization. Also included are segment-first driver and front passenger knee airbags. Tundras will continue to be available in your choice of Regular-cab, extended-length Double Cab and four-door CrewMax with its extra-sized rear doors. Four-wheel-drive is optional on V-8-powered trucks. The stripped-down Work Truck Package features a vinyl-covered bench seat, old-school rubber floor mats and a simplified instrument panel. The exterior displays an all-black bumper and grille as well as non-power mirrors. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a new Platinum Package is offered only on CrewMax Limited pickups equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8. Along with a full load of luxury content, there are heated and ventilated seats, power sunroof and a surfeit of wood-grain trim.
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Base price (incl. destination): $17,200 / Type: Two-/fourdoor midsized pickup / Base engine (hp): 2.7-liter DOHC V-6 (159) Optional engine: 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 (236) Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel drive / Transmissions: Five-speed manual; four-speed automatic (opt. on I4); six-speed manual (std. on V-6); five-speed automatic (opt. on V-6) / MPG (city/hwy): 20/26 (2.7-liter, manual transmission, 4x2) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 3,250
Base price (incl. destination): $23,800 / Type: Full-size pickup truck / Base engine (hp): 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 (270 hp) Optional engine: 4.6-liter DOHC V-8 (310 hp); 5.7-liter DOHC V-8 (381 hp) / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel-drive Transmissions: Five-speed automatic; six-speed automatic / MPG (city/hwy): 16/20 (4.0-liter, RWD] / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver/front passenger knee airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 3,420
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>>>>> Chrysler 200 Chrysler’s claim is that nearly every system in the 200 is updated or new. Updated over what, you might ask? The new-ish 200 is based on the previous front-wheel-drive Sebring sedan platform but with much smoother front and rear styling tyling and LED lamps. The sides appear unaltered from the Sebring, although hough it has new mirrors. New Chrysler owner Fiat obviously felt that there wass enough worth in the Sebring platform to use it as a jumping off point for the he 200, as opposed to beginning with something brand new or even Fiat-based. ed. Underneath, a number of structural enhancements and suspension nsion changes improve ride quality and also cut down on noise (acousticc laminated front and side glass is also part of the package now). Inside, there’s the usual makeover ingredients such as a new instrument panel and upgraded seat design with new fabric and leather. There’s also plenty of what Chrysler calls “soft-touch” features, such as the armrests as well as better ventilation ducting. Overall, it’s a good tuneup over the Sebring. There’s no question that the 200 looks better, though, and the new optional engine should make it a much more lively ride for the whole family.. While the base powerplant is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, buyers can select a new ew Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6. Final power and economy numbers have not been en officially released, but 175 horses for the four-cylinder and 280 for the V-6 would be a close guess based on their use in other Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep models. The four-cylinder is coupled to the price-leader model’s four-speed automatic transmission, or you can specify a six-speed automatic. The latter is your only choice when it comes to the 3.6. This is about all for details for now, but Chrysler promises more information on fuel economy and pricing closer to the launch of the 200 late in 2010.
>>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $22,000 (est) / Type: Four-door, sedan / Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (175) Optional engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (280,est) / Layout: Frontengine, front-wheel drive / Transmissions: Four-speed automatic; six-speed automatic (opt.) / MPG (city/hwy): 21/30 (2.4-liter, est.] Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,380
>>>>> Dodge ge Durango g g
After suffering from a lack ck of product initiative by Chrysler’s previous owners, the new Fiat-backed team is playing catch-up by b introducing a slew of new, refreshed and revamped Chrysler-, Dodge-, D Jeep- and Fiat-branded vehicles. hicles. And that includes the Durango urango sport-utility vehicle that has returned to life despite being cashiered red after the 2009 model year. This time, though, the big “D” has been en designed off the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s unitized (frameless) eless) platform. That should be just fine with most buyers since the e new Jeep is receiving high marks for its stout architecture that’s capable apable of taking plenty of off-road abuse without twisting itself into a pretzel. Also highly regarded is the he 290-horsepower V-6 (Chrysler’s newest powerplant effort) as well as the optional 360-horsepower 5.7-liter “Hemi” V-8. The latter features eatures a variable displacement system that attempts to reduce fuel el consumption by shutting down half of the engine’s eight cylinders under der light load conditions. On the other hand, the Hemi-equipped Durango can tow heavy loads up to 7,400 pounds (6,200 pounds ounds for the V-6) and can also carry up to seven passengers when using all three rows of seats. And since the same designers who penned the GC’s interior ior also created the Durango’s interior, it should be a slam-dunk that comfort and will be fifirst rate. d roominess i ill also l b Along with four-wheel-drive, Durango options include a system that signals you when another vehicle is about to overtake you or is traveling in your blind spot(s). Another system alerts you when another vehicle is approaching from behind as you’re backing out of a parking stall. Dodge also brags that the Durango’s generous fuel tank will allow you to travel up to 500 miles without filling up.
>>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $31,000 / Type: Two-door hatchback / Base engine (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V6 (290) Optional engine: 5.7-liter DOHC V-8 (360) / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel-drive / Transmission: Six-speed automatic MPG (city/hwy): 16/23 (est.] / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 4,500 (est.)
>>>>> Jeep Grand Cherokee The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee represents a quantum leap eap for Chrysler’s ageless off-road brand. Overall length has been extended by nearly two inches, while ile three inches have been added to the width. Most significantly, the distance istance between the front and rear wheels grows by 5.3 inches, creating muchneeded rear-seat knee and leg space. For 2011, Jeep has replaced the Grand Cherokee’s base 210-horseorsepower 3.7-liter V-6 with a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter unit. Torque is up by 11 percent despite the smaller displacement. The 5.7-liter “Hemi” mi” V-8 remains optional with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. ue. Both powerplants come with five-speed automatic transmissions. All three GC models – Laredo, Limited and Overland – are available ble in either rear- or four-wheel-drive. For the latter, you’ll have your choice of Quadra-Trac uadra-Trac I with its single-speed transfer case or the more off-road-capable Quadra uadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II systems. Each features a two-speed transfer case with high and low gearset. Quadra Drive II includes an electronic limited-slip slip differential that will react to low-traction conditions quick enough to entirely prevent wheel spin. The Quadra Trac II or Quadra Drive II includes Jeep’s new SelecTerrain control with four separate traction settings: Sand/Mud; Snow; and Rock for off-road terrain plus a Sport setting for dry pavement. The base Laredo’s equipment includes the usual comfort and power-operated niceties, while the top two trims include 18-inch wheels (17s are standard), remote starter and bright bi-xenon (high and low beam) headlights that automatically adjust their intensity according to ambient light and oncoming traffic. The option list includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, 20-inch wheels, premium audio system and a power rear liftgate.
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>>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $31,500 / Type: Four-door sportutility vehicle / Base engine (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 (290) Optional engine: 5.7-liter OHV V-8 (360) / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel-drive / Transmissions: Five-speed automatic MPG (city/hwy): 16/23 (3.6-liter, 4x2)/ Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control Weight (lb.): 4,470
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LEXUS RX HYBRID RX450H LEXUS ES 350
>>>>> Lexus RX Series
>>>>> Lexus ES 350
The RX represents Lexus’ successful melding of luxury, comfort, safety and reliability, which means it’s easy to understand why the RX is the company’s best-selling model. The 2011 edition continues with this formula. If the exterior is a study in restraint, the cabin can be considered wildly fashionable. The dashboard flows dramatically across the control panel as if it was left in the sun too long. It’s visually arresting and totally unexpected in a Lexus. The body structure rests on a reworked platform highlighted by an independent rear suspension that, Lexus claims, makes the RX more comfortable and agile and provides an enlarged cargo area. Keeping the base RX 350 on pace is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 275 horsepower, while the six-speed “Multi-Mode” automatic transmission helps generate improved fuel economy. The gasoline-electric RX 450h functions with its own 245-horsepower version of the 3.5 V-6 but combines with up to three motor generators to produce 295 horsepower. So, the hybrid equates to more power than the gas-only RX 350 and a 32-mpg city rating, which is about 28 percent better than the RX 350. All-wheel-drive is also on the menu for the RX 350; its electronically controlled system sends 100 percent of the power to the front wheels under optimal road conditions but directs up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels when needed. Wall-to-wall convenience items include keyless access with push-button start. Available upper-level content ranges from leather seats, moonroof and voice-activated navigation to a premium sound system and a headsup windshield display for the speedometer and other key functions.
If you define luxury as complete isolation, peace and quiet, the Lexus ES 350 is right up your alley. As with all others before it, the ES is derived from the latest-generation Toyota Camry, but the similarities – both physical and visceral – end right about there. Carrying over from the redesign for the 2010 model year, the car’s business end sports a fresh grille, headlights and bumper, while the opposite end displays a tasteful set of taillamps. On the inside there are plenty of luxury trim bits and the center console features ample storage. Keeping the pilot pleased is a Camry-derived 3.5-liter V-6 connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. However, for 2011, the engine is tuned to run on regular fuel, rather than more expensive premium, but with a slight drop in horsepower to 268 from 272. Included in the base ES is dual-zone climate control, power sunroof, keyless entry and starting, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, power tilt/ telescopic steering column and traction and stability control to keep the vehicle tracking straight and true in adverse weather and road conditions. The optional Ultra-Luxury package comes with an all-glass panorama roof, heated and ventilated leather seats, auto-dimming outside mirrors, adaptive headlamps that swivel as the car’s direction changes and a power seat-cushion extender that provides more support for longer-legged drivers. With the optional Safety Connect, a live operator will summon help in the event of a collision, track your vehicle if it is stolen and respond if an emergency SOS button is activated. Models with navigation systems can also add Lexus Enform that includes Safety Connect plus a concierge service that can direct you to your destination, whether that’s home, a restaurant, theater or a gas station.
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Base price (incl. destination): $40,800 (RX 350); $44,100 (RX 450h) / Type: Four-door, front-/all-wheel-drive five-passenger sport-utility vehicle / Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (275) Optional engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 with electric assist (295) Layout: Front-engine, front-/all-wheel drive / Transmissions: Sixspeed automatic (RX 350); continuously variable (RX450h) MPG (city/hwy): 18/25 (RX 350, FWD) / Safety: Front airbags; front and rear side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; front knee airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 4,340
Base price (incl. destination): $36,400 / Type: Four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (268) Optional engine: None / Layout: Front-engine, front-wheel-drive Transmissions: Six-speed automatic / MPG (city/hwy): 19/27 Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver and passenger knee airbags; rear side-impact airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 3,600
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>>>>> Mercedes E-Class While the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a master at being something for everyone, the fact that there are now four different body styles for the E-Class for 2011 still shocks. Those looking for a better tan can now buy a drop-top Cabriolet version of the Coupe, and the five-door wagon makes its return as wealthy dog owners everywhere rejoice. E350-designated models come with the familiar 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, while E550 versions offer a 382-horsepower 5.5-liter V-8. Seven-speed automatic transmissions handle the shifting duties for the two engines and both can be had in rear- or all-wheel-drive, though only the sedan can be had with the latter. The wagon is the odd duck, only being offered with the V-6/all-wheel drive combination. The high-performance E63 AMG sedan features 518 firebreathing horses. The E-Class benefits from performance and safety technologies that are unique, or have trickled down from the S-Class line. Among the former is a camera-based adaptive high-beam-assist option that automatically varies headlight intensity depending on the vehicle’s proximity to oncoming traffic. The system will also switch to high-beam mode when the road ahead is clear. The E-Class is really in a class by itself in terms of safety, power and luxury.
Beyond expectations, not to mention description. True, one vehicle can’t be all things to all people. But maybe it can meet the needs and desires of say, seven. Combining sedan-like performance, all-wheel-drive SUV confidence and Mercedes-Benz safety in a luxurious package with first-class seating for up to seven, the R-Class practically defies categorization while redefining practicality.
>>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $50,300 (sedan); $47,700 (coupe); $57,700 (cabriolet); $57,100 (wagon) / Type: Two-/four-door, mid-luxury rear-wheel-drive coupe/sedan/convertible/wagon Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (268) / Optional engine (hp): 3.0-liter DOHC V-6, turbo-diesel (210, E350 BlueTEC sedan); 5.5-liter DOHC V-6 (382) / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/all-wheel-drive Transmission: Seven-speed automatic / MPG (city/hwy): 17/24 (V-6) Safety: Front airbags; front-pelvic airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver’s knee airbag; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,830
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>>>>> Ford Explorer You have to admire Ford’s tenacity in sticking with the 21-year-old Explorer nameplate, even though the new version borrows only its name from the previous sport ute. The older Explorer’s traditional body-on-frame construction has yielded to unitized (frameless) architecture that’s common to most passenger cars. It’s still rugged enough to tackle all but the roughest terrain and trailer up to 5,000 pounds in the process. Additionally, the new “Ex” is nearly 100 pounds lighter than the truck-ish 2010 edition. The interior (also car-like) provides room for up to seven passengers, or six when the second-row bench is replaced by optional lounge chairs. Both the second and third rows fold flat for maximum storage but fall short of the space offered in the previous Explorer as well as that of many current competitors. Ford states that the base 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6’s asyet-undisclosed city/highway rating beats the outgoing model’s 210-horsepower V-6 by some 20 percent. Just as impressive is the optional turbocharged 237-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (on FWD models only) that reportedly achieves 30-percent-better fuel economy than the previous V-6. Base Explorers arrive with most of the expected trappings for this class of vehicle, while the mid-range XLT adds a coded keyless entry pad, back-up warning system, automatic headlamps and heated outside mirrors. The Limited includes dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable pedals, rear-view camera, push-button start and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
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Base price (incl. destination): $29,000 / Type: Four-door sport-utility vehicle / Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (290) Optional engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (237) Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheel-drive / Transmission: Sixspeed automatic / MPG (city/hwy): 20/26 (2.0-liter, est.) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags with rollover protection; traction control; stability control; anti-lock brakes Weight (lb.): 4,300 (est.)
CADILLAC CTS-V COUPE
CADILLAC SRX CUV
>>>>> Cadillac SRX
>>>>> Cadillac CTS
Cadillac definitely improved its fortunes with the SRX’s redesign for the 2010 model year, blending modern styling, a luxurious and spacious cabin, and more fuel-efficient engines. The SRX is more car-like than a truck-based sport utility vehicle, which makes perfect sense since it’s built on a unique car-based chassis. However, the SRX provides seating for up to five people and a choice of a 265-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 or an optional 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 delivering 300 horsepower. The base engine feels a bit overwhelmed in stop-and-go driving, which makes you wonder why Cadillac didn’t begin with the 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 available in the CTS. You can also choose between front- and all-wheel-drive with the base engine, although the latter is standard when the turbo engine is selected. A six-speed automatic transmission directs power to the appropriate wheels. Among the SRX’s many standard features is a power liftgate, 18-inch wheels (20-inchers are optional), sideimpact airbags and stability control to keep you pointed in the right direction with the shiny side up. One of the biggest sunroofs in the industry is optional. Standard is adaptive remote start that can adjust the cabin temperature, fire up the defroster and get the heating/cooling process of the seats underway, all from up to 200 feet away.
The new CTS Coupe probably won’t appreciate in value like a rare book or painting, but it does possess enough style to be considered a piece of rolling sculpture. It’s a derivative of the CTS sedan, which is also the basis for the CTS Sport Wagon spin-off introduced for the 2010 model year. Aside from a dramatic sweeping roof that abruptly ends just behind the rear wheels, equally distinctive is the Coupe’s lack of conventional door handles (replaced by a hidden electronic touch pad) and hardtop styling with no pillar behind your left elbow. To maintain its sports-luxury persona, the Coupe’s base engine is a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 instead of the sedan’s base 270-horsepower 3.0. But for truly outstanding performance, the Coupe can be had in CTS-V trim that includes a 556-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that comes from the CTS-V sedan. A sixspeed manual transmission is standard on both the CTS and CTS-V, while an automatic with driver-controlled steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons is available for both. All-wheel-drive is a $3,200 option for the V-6 Coupe, but requires the automatic transmission. Standard content includes many of the features built into the sedan, but extras include keyless access and remote push-button start as well as a performance suspension with 18-inch all-season tires. The extensive list of available options includes 14-way adjustable Recaro-brand front sport seats and premium leather and wood trim.There are also numerous technology updates to the CTS line for 2011 as well as free maintenance for four years.
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>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $36,000 (sedan); $39,000 (coupe/ wagon); $64,300 (CTS-V sedan) / Type: Four-door sedan/wagon; two-door coupe / Base engine (hp): 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 (270); 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 (304) / Optional engines (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 (304); 6.2-liter OHV V-8, supercharged (556) / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/ all-wheel-drive / Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.) / MPG (city/hwy): 17/26 (base 3.6-liter) / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 3,845
Base price (incl. destination): $34,700 / Type: Four-door tall wagon Base engine (hp): 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 (265) / Optional engine (hp): 2.8-liter DOHC V-6, turbocharged (300) /Layout: Front-engine, front-/all-wheel-drive /Transmission: Six-speed automatic MPG (city/hwy): 18/25 (V-6, FWD) / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 4,220
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>>>>> Infiniti QX56 The 2011 edition of the big “Q” employs some of the e familiar styling themes that appear to be working well for other members of Nissan’s up-level division (Nissan hass its own version of the QX56 called the Armada). It’s part of a brilliant makeover that has turned a pricey and somewhat underpowered tall truck into a sleek, strong, sexy – but still pricey– all-weather tourer. The taste police will have no quibbles with the QX’s design, especially the interior that features three rows of leather-covered seats (including a pair of pillowy front buckets) along with a smidgen of wood-like trim. There’s room for up to seven souls, or eight if you delete the second-row throne chairs in favor of a split-folding bench. Along with stiffening the QX’s ladder frame and in the interests of delivering a quieter and more controlled ride, Infiniti’s engineers also bulked up the standard-issue 400-horsepower (25 percent more power than the previous QX) 5.6-liter V-8 that features reduced emissions and improved fuel economy. The all-new seven-speed automatic transmission comes with a fluid warmer that helps reduce fuel consumption during start-up. The optional all-wheel-drive system is a dual-range unit that can direct up to 50 percent of the torque to the front tires when the rears start to slip. Entering the QX’s inner sanctum will leave you with little change from your $60,000 check, or leave you owing more if you attack the lengthy option sheet a bit too enthusiastically. However, a burbling V-8 and the smell and feel of perforated cowhide engulfing your posterior could ultimately win you over to the QX56 way of living large.
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>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $57,650 / Type: Four-door sportutility vehicle / Base engine (hp): 5.6-liter DOHC V-8 (400) Optional engine: None / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/fourwheel-drive / Transmission: Seven-speed automatic MPG (city/hwy): 14/20 / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor.; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control / Weight (lb.): 5,590
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Beauty and brains. HP and MPG to match. few new capabilities up its sleeve in this latEdge gets noticed. It’s just part of its est iteration.** The innovations just keep on nature. From the bold front grille through the coming, making your life easier and driving fluid shapes and smooth lines that run the safer. length of its body, Edge looks like nothing The 2011 Edge looks great and has revoelse on the road. With a sleek roof, an aerolutionary driver technology. And its performdynamic shape and a commanding profile, ance is every bit as impressive. The new Edge is ready for action. 3.5L V6 engine with Ti-VCT (twin-independEdge is nothing short of revolutionary. ent variable-cam timing) delivers best-inEdge introduces the industry-first MyFord class 285 horsepower plus unsurpassed fuel Touch™, a new breakthrough technology and one of 11 class-exclusive features.* This economy.* 27 hwy mpg, EPA-estimated on SelectShift models, FWD.** Want to up the available system connects you to your vehiante? Go with the Edge Sport model powcle in an entirely new and intuitive way, ered by a new 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 cranking out changing the way you interact with every power ratings that are best in vehicle system. Then there’s Starting at class: 305 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of SYNC®, an available voice-actitorque. It's a higher-performvated communications and ing version of itself. entertainment system that has a
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The Edge has been a staple in the Ford lineup since its 2007 modelyear introduction, picking up at least some of the sales slack from the once-mighty Explorer sport ute. Although not as rugged as the Explorer, the Edge’s modern styling, significantly improved fuel economy and similar pricepoint has attracted plenty of interest. For 2011 the updated Edge makes an imposing visual statement, but the alterations run deeper than the massive nosepiece that appears influenced by Ford’s F-250 Super Duty pickup. The most noticeable revisions – at least if you’re seated behind the wheel – are the three new powerplants. The base 3.5-liter V-6/sixspeed-automatic-transmission combo used in the SE, SEL and Limited trims has 20 more horsepower – now 285 – than 2010. Ford is bragging up the improved 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway numbers, compared to the outgoing model’s 18/25 rating. The option sheet is headed by the MyFord Touch voice- and touchscreen-activated controls that replaces most of the traditional instrumentation with two 4.2-inch diagonal screens positioned on either side of the speedometer, plus one eight-inch screen in the center stack. Together with a game-controller-style “smart” button on the steering wheel, MyFord Touch manages a variety of climate, communications, navigation, infotainment and other vehicle functions in a fairly intuitive fashion and without the usual buttons and switches littering the control area. There are also touch-based controls for the audio volume and ventilation fan speed. Cabin-temperature settings can also be programmed into the system, according to each of the vehicle’s two keyless ignition fobs. So far, no competitor has really stepped up to the plate to best this excellent family hauler. The latest iteration simply keeps it on the edge.
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Base price (incl. destination): $28,000 / Type: Four-door sport-utility vehicle / Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 (285) /Optional engines (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V-6 (305); 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (237) / Layout: Front-engine, front-/all-wheel-drive / Transmission: Six-speed automatic MPG (city/hwy): 19/27 / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; sidecurtain airbags with rollover protection; anti-lock brakes; stability control with anti-rollover software / Weight (lb.): 4,080
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>>>>> Buick Regal The Euro-originating Buick Regal was created as the Opel Insignia and was judged good enough to capture the he 2009 European Car of the Year award; it might actuallyy win a few trophies in North America as well. The automobile’s clean, yet expressive look is a far cry from just about any other Buick ever built. It’s in the same size range as the Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Lexus IS 250. However, its trunk space and rear-seat legroom is significantly greater than in all three competitors. The mid-sized stance likely won’t win over many of the brand’s traditional large-car buyers, but the Regal stands a good chance of attracting younger shoppers with impressively shaped sheetmetal, jewel-like nose and restrained use of chrome trim. The upscale European influence can be clearly seen inside with plenty of stitched leather and wood trim that’s offset by a tasteful amount of satin nickel brightwork on the door panels, steering wheel and center console. The standard powerplant is a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter unit that originates from the Buick LaCrosse, while a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder packing an estimated 220 horsepower will be available partway through the model year. Both engines transmit their power to the front wheels by means of six-speed automatic transmissions. First-year Regals will be sold only as fully loaded CXL models, which means plenty of power-operated and luxury-oriented content will be part of the standard package, which is in keeping with the car’s entry-luxury status. A console-mounted control knob that operates the optional premium audio, navigation and Bluetooth-enabled phone systems is available, as is the Interactive Drive Control System offered on turbo-equipped versions. This feature electronically adjusts the suspension travel and transmission shift points according to three different settings: Normal for all-around use; Tour for maximum passenger comfort; and Sport mode for maximum road holding. The system also adapts to individual driving styles by altering the suspension, steering effort and throttle response.
BUICK REGAL CXL
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $27,000; $29,500 (turbo) Type: Four-door sedan Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (182) Optional engine: 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (220, est.) Layout: Front-engine, front-/all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic; six-speed manual (available with 2.0)
MPG (city/highway): 20/30 (2.4-liter)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-
curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,600
2011 REGAL — DRIVER-CENTRIC ENVIRONMENT
2011 Buick Regal
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>>>>> Jaguar XJ For the past 40 years, the Jaguar XJ closely guarded d its old-boy heritage and old-school styling. Well, we can unequivocally report that school’s out. arger Visually, the biggest feline in the fleet has become a larger offshoot of the XF sedan that arrived for the 2009 model year. Both share a similar mesh-style grille, although the XJ’s snout and hood extends well forward of the front wheels and the windshield appears more steeply raked. The exciting bodywork, including a built-in panoramic glass roof, represents high fashion of the first order and sets the Jag defiantly apart from its European and Asian rivals. Up to five passengers are treated to a confluence of sumptuous leather seat cushions, genuine wood trim and crisp metallic brightwork, all of which smacks of oldworld British craftsmanship. As before, the XJ can be ordered in either short- or long-wheelbase versions, with the latter providing an additional five inches of rear-seat legroom. Both sizes of the XJ can also be ordered with a choice of three V-8 engines that originate with the smaller XF. The starting point is a 385-horsepower 5.0-liter unit, while optional is a supercharged 5.0 that slingshots output to 470 horsepower. At the top is a 510-horsepower version of the 5.0 that belongs to the XJ Supersport. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line. The Jag won’t be outdone when it comes to amenities, with even the least expensive ($72,500) XJ fitted with an impressive array of content that would rival even more expensive luxury conveyances.
The stunning result of taking a very different road. YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CAR LIKE THIS BEFORE BECAUSE NO ONE HAS EVER THOUGHT OF A CAR LIKE THIS BEFORE INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW XJ.
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*Jaguar Platinum Coverage includes all factory recommended scheduled maintenance for five years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Wear and tear items are limited to brake pads, brake discs, brake fluid changes and wiper blade inserts based on factory specified wear limits or intervals. All work must be performed by an authorized Jaguar dealer. For complete details on Jaguar Platinum Coverage, including warranty and maintenance coverage and exclusions, please visit your local Jaguar dealer or JAGUARUSA.COM.
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $72,500 Type: Four-door sedan / Base engine (hp): 5.0-liter DOHC V-8 (385) / Optional engines (hp): 5.0-liter DOHC V-8, supercharged (470/510) / Layout: Frontengine, rear-wheel-drive / Transmission: Six-speed automatic / MPG (city/hwy): 16/23 (base 5.0-liter) / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability control; traction control / Weight (lb.): 4,050
ALL COMPARISONS ARE WITH PREVIOUS XJ MODELS. ©2010 JAGUAR LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA, LLC
www.BakerMotorCompany.com 1511 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
FORD F-150 XL REG
>>>>> Ford F-150 The sheer number of combinations for modern full-size pickups is mind-boggling. Not including paint colors and interior trims, there are four box lengths and three cab sizes (regular, extended SuperCab and four-door SuperCrew), not to mention both rear- and four-wheeldrive availability. But the big news for the 2011 model year is that all the previous engines have been replaced, largely thanks to the Ford Mustang. The 4.6- and 5.4-liter V-8 engines are out, while the Mustang’s 3.7-liter V-6, the Ford Flex’s 3.5-liter turbocharged “Ecoboost” V-6 and the new “Coyote” 5.0-liter V-8 have climbed aboard to seriously boost power and efficiency. A new 411-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 is standard on this truck, as it is on the 2011 F-150 SVT Raptor 4x4. Standard gear includes special shock absorbers that stiffen as they compress to keep the truck from bottoming out or becoming too tippy while cornering. The giant 35-inch-tall all-terrain rubber has been mounted on 17-inch wheels that are positioned farther outboard from the fenders to a point where the Raptor’s width has been increased by more than seven inches compared to a standard F-150. For the 2011 model year, the Raptor is available in four-door Crew Cab as well as last year’s regular-cab model, making it much more versatile. Beyond the standard air/cruise/tilt/power content, the F-150 is available with a handy steel step that folds down from the tailgate. This feature works in conjunction with a folding grab handle for extra support when clambering into the pickup bed. Available folding box steps positioned ahead of the rear wheels also provide easier bed access.
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $23,000 (2010) Type: Two-/four-door pickup / Base engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V-6 (N/A) / Optional engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V-6, turbocharged (N/A); 5.0-liter DOHC V-8 (N/A), 6.2-liter SOHC V-8 (411) / Layout: Front-engine, rear-/four-wheeldrive / Transmission: Six-speed automatic / MPG (city/hwy): N/A Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags with rollover protection; anti-lock brakes; stability control Weight (lb.): 4,740
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>>>>> Mitsubishi Outlander Sport The Outlander Sport is a spin-off of the current Outlander wagon. agon. ncer In fact, both models use the same platform as the compact Lancer sedan, but with a 14.6-inch reduction in overall length reduction when compared to the Outlander, the Sport actually appears radically different. From stem to stern the design is cohesive and clean cut. It also works well with the Lancer Evolution-style open-mouth nosepiece that Mitsubishi claims was inspired by jet fighter air intakes. Thrust is provided by the Lancer-based 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is fitted to the base ES frontwheel-drive models, while a continuously variable (CVT) unit is optional on the ES but standard in both the two- and all-wheel-drive SE versions. Paddle shifters that control the six artificial steps (designed to emulate the more familiar operation of a conventional automatic) are part of the CVT package. The Sport’s optional all-wheel-drive is controlled through a knob on the floor console. Under normal driving conditions, the vehicle remains in front-wheel-drive, but when tire slip is detected, up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque can be directed to the back wheels. The AWD unit can also be set to the “Lock” position that maintains a 60:40 torque split when the situation calls for maximum traction from all four wheels. The base Sport ES includes a goodly assortment of standard features that will please most bargain hunters. Opting for the $22,500 SE adds climate control, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, upgraded seats and 18-inch alloy wheels (16-inch steel rims are standard). Among the suite of options are a mega-sized sunroof, mega-watt sound system and a navigation/rear-view camera combo. The Sport might not entirely live up to its name, but for style and substance, this shrink-wrapped wagon should make it to the big leagues.
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $19,300 Type: Four-door compact sport utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4 (148) Optional engine: None Layout: Front-engine, front-/all-wheel drive Transmission: Five-speed manual; CVT (opt.)
MPG (city/highway): 24/31 (manual transmission) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; driver’s knee airbag; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,100
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER XLS
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>>>>> Porsche Cayenne Although derided by company faithful as a heresy to o the es, Porsche brand, the Cayenne sport-ute has paid its dues, le the company has and its way, by being the most successful selling vehicle built so far. After eight years on the market, it was definitely time for a redesign to answer most of the complaints leveled against it over the years. The result is a Cayenne that’s larger and longer but doesn’t look it. Proportionally, the Cayenne looks meaner and more able to handle itself on- and off-road. Base models ditch the old 3.6-liter V-6 for a new Porsche-designed piece that produces 300 horsepower. S models use the familiar 4.8-liter V-8 from the Panamera sedan that produces 400 horsepower, while the twin-turbocharged version produces 500 horsepower. The odd model out is the S Hybrid. Porsche’s first hybrid-electric model shares the 333-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that’s in many Audi models (Audi and Porsche attend family picnics together), and adds a 47-horsepower electric motor for a total output of 380. Thankfully, every Cayenne retains its superb off-road ability, thanks to standard ride-height control, locking differentials and a whole herd of electronic systems, like hill-descent control and hill-hold to keep you from rolling down a hill out of control. The interior is where Porsche shines, with Panamera-inspired touches such as the five-gauge instrument cluster and the heavily slanted center console and dash. As with any Porsche, the standard features are reasonable; however, the list of options to personalize your Cayenne is astounding, and everything from carbon-ceramic brakes to a high-end Burmeister-brand audio system can be chosen individually.
Starting from $74,400
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $48,000 (base); $64,500 (S); $68,500 /(S Hybrid); $106,000 / Type: Four-door sport utility / Base engine (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 (300) / Optional engines (hp): 4.8-liter DOHC V-8 (400); 3.0-liter DOHC V-6, supercharged with electric assist (380); 4.8-liter DOHC V-8, turbocharged (500) / Layout: Front-engine, four-wheel-drive / Transmissions: Six-speed manual; eight-speed automatic with manual shift control / MPG (city/highway): 20/23 (Hybrid) / Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 4,400
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Go to the Mazda website and a little green creature speeds around the page. The rollover menu down the left is particularly quick to react, although once you click to see more about your vehicle, the all-important menu is overpowered by a collection of seemingly unrelated information, such as “Play DriverVille,” which links to a Facebook page.
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Kia’s website was ranked in the top ﬁve in the United States, along with Honda, Acura, Inﬁniti and Mazda: getting concise and clear information across to viewers in a speedy manner. The vehicles switch on the screen in front of your eyes and the handy “explore” button is large and relatively intuitive.
J.D. Power rates automaker websites, so we ask the obvious question: what makes a good one? And, we make some observations of our own. By JOE KNYCHA WHEELBASE MEDIA
As more people just like you turn to Internet research in your quest for a new vehicle, car companies are stepping up with websites geared to providing all the information you’ll need – and then some – to make informed decisions. Websites that focus on user-friendliness and usability over flash and blatant and tiring brand promotion are more likely to see customers enter their showrooms intent on taking a vehicle for a test drive, suggests a study by J.D. Power and Associates. Power’s 2010 Manufacturer website Evaluation Study found that Honda and Kia rank highest with American buyers for being “prime examples” of particularly straightforward sites that focus on providing appropriate information for shoppers easily and quickly. Both sites performed well in each of the four measures examined: speed; appearance; navigation; and information/content, said Arianne Walker, J.D. Power director of marketing and media research. Following Honda and Kia in the top five rankings are Mazda, Acura and Infiniti. In a sign that most manufacturers “get it,” nearly two-thirds of the 33 websites evaluated ranked at or above the industry average, Walker noted. The lowest-scoring websites, she said, paid more attention to edgy, brand-centric design and their own marketing objectives, “rather than focusing on traditional ease of navigation and user access to information and content to meet shoppers needs.” A similar J.D. Power survey undertaken in Canada revealed that potential buyers who like a carmaker’s website are more likely to test drive a vehicle from that company’s lineup. Spokesman Ryan Robinson pointed to the growing importance of a carmaker’s website in attracting prospective buyers, finding that 60 percent of shoppers in the market for a new vehicle
in the next year “have already visited a manufacturer’s website.” And twice as many shoppers visit a manufacturer’s site compared with a third-party site, Robinson said. As a result, it is crucial for manufacturers to provide an “effective and satisfying” site, particularly when it is likely to result in increased showroom traffic. Lexus ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the Canadian survey, with Mazda second and Toyota third. Of those surveyed, 40 percent were also more interested in broader site functionality, such as the ability to schedule a sales or service appointment or complete a credit application online, compared with 30 percent only a year ago, further blurring the lines between the online and off-line shopping experience. Although advanced functionality was once thought of as more of a novelty, “shoppers are becoming increasingly comfortable using these functions and have come to expect them,” Robinson said. “Making sure such options are present and easy to use may go a long way in improving the overall website experience for shoppers.” So what makes for good website design? Shelley Lowery, Web guru at www.Web-Source.net, says it largely comes down to the same four measures examined by J.D. Power, with clear, uncluttered and clean presentation foremost among them. “A website is a direct reflection of a company and its business,” she said. “If a site doesn’t look pleasing or professional to the eyes at first glance, its perceived value and the value of its products and services will be low.” Neither are potential customers inclined to wait more than a few seconds for a site to download to their browser, so it must load quickly. Content with value, and not just links, are the third most important consideration, she said.
Easily as elegant as the Acura site, the Inﬁniti page also features information that drops down when you rollover the vehicle you want to ﬁnd out more about. The site is highly detailed with excellent photography.
Acura’s elegant website is reﬂective of its cars. Roll over the vehicle name and the information window automatically drops down. The “interactive showroom” allows you to spin the vehicles on a turntable for a 360-degree view.
“If you want visitors to stay at your site, provide the quality content they’re looking for in a nicely organized fashion. Give them a reason to want to explore your site and to continue to visit your site in the future.” That will also certainly involve content that not only informs, but which also entertains and changes or refreshes regularly. Lowrey offers a list of 35 definite no-nos guaranteed to turn off visitors, prominent among them poor load time and appearance, poor spelling and grammar, no contact information, poor content and difficult navigation. Other website mistakes include using pop-up messages, too much advertising, multiple use of different fonts (also a sin in print publishing), large and slow-loading graphics and overuse of animated (moving) graphics. Some auto websites manage to achieve an equitable balance between using unique design elements – which helps set them apart from the competition – and usability, Walker said. The MINI website, which ranked 10th out of 33 in the United States, uses a brand-oriented design scheme and nontraditional visual elements and images. “However, this is balanced by the use of traditional navigation menus throughout the website,” Walker said.
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>>>>> Chevrolet Camaro After a hugely successful introduction for the 2010 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro returns in 2011 to play a little game of one-upmanship with the revised Ford Mustang. The base LS and LT are now motivated by an upgraded 312-horsepower (up from 304) 3.6-liter V-6 fitted with either a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic. The small bump is actually a sharp punch to the jaw of the Mustang and its base 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6. Conversely, Ford came out with new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 to go toe-to-toe with the Camaro SS and its 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 426 horsepower with the six-speed manual transmission or 400 with the six-speed automatic. The latter combo is equipped with a fuel-saving feature that shuts down half of its eight cylinders when coasting or under light load. SS models add beefier Brembo-brand brakes, lowered ride height, sport suspension, exclusive 20-inch wheels (18- and 19-inchers are standard) and a performance mode setting for the traction and stability control systems, which are vital to preventing this rear-drive machine from becoming too tail happy. Since the best Mustang is offered with a 550-horsepower supercharged V-8, Chevrolet will counter with a Z28 Camaro that features the supercharged Corvette ZR1 engine, detuned to the level of the Cadillac CTSV (556 horsepower). While the Camaro’s general shape is retro-inspired, the lines are crisper and more up-to-date with just the right amount of bulge in the fenders and creases in the body panels, which looks sinister in the new Synergy Green Metallic paint. For the new convertible model that goes on sale in early 2011, however, sinister is not really the word of the day, although the car looks quite upscale. The convertible is available with the V-6 or the 6.2-liter V-8. It’s a greatlooking shell for an interior that’s a mix of new and classic themes that will delight die-hard Camaro-istes; they’ll positively swoon over the twin centergauge pods and console-mounted dials like those found in early Camaros, while some trims get a standard head-up display.
CHEVROLET CAMARO 1LT
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $23,500 Type: Two-door sports coupe Base engine (hp): 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 (312 hp) Optional engine (hp): 6.2-liter OHV V-8 (426-400 hp) Layout: Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic (opt.)
Mileage (city/hwy): 18/29 (V-6, automatic)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-
curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,780
OPENING SOON: 2011 CAMARO CONVERTIBLE: 2LT SHOWN IN CYBER GRAY METALLIC
>>>>> Chevrolet Equinox Chevrolet delivered a real winner with its second-generation Equinox, thanks to its neatly creased sheetmetal and generous passenger space. But, curiously, style won over substance as storage space with either the rear seat in place or folded flat decreased by close to 10 percent compared with the outgoing 2009 model. Clever touches abound, like the integrated rocker panels in the doors that reduce entry step-over height. (They also help keep pant legs from brushing up against the vehicle’s lower body area.) The interior is likely the Equinox’s best asset. It’s simply gorgeous and includes dual gloveboxes, easy-to-read twin gauge pods and plenty of handy storage bins. There’s also a versatile split folding rear seat that can be adjusted fore and aft over an eight-inch range to optimize legroom or cargo capacity. A 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder reigns as a base engine, with its 21/32 mpg city/highway fuel economy that embarrasses most of the competition. Optional is a 3.0-liter V-6 with 255 horsepower that earns a 17/25 mpg rating and is now Flex Fuel capable, meaning it can burn E85 gasoline/ethanol blend. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine as is all-wheel-drive. A wide assortment of standard equipment (air conditioning, cruise control, keyless remote entry and power windows/locks/mirrors, etc.) is included on base versions; moving up into the top-line models adds climate control, heated leather seats, 18-inch wheels, extra trim, and premium audio. With its new color choices for 2011, friendly interior and thriftier power options, the Equinox projects a more fashionable presence and one that appears eager to pack up the gang and tackle the tasks at hand.
CHEVROLET EQUINOX 2LT CUV
>>>> DETAILS >>>>>>>>>>> Base price (incl. destination): $23,500 Type: Four-door, front-/all-wheel-drive mid-size sport-utility vehicle Base engine (hp): 2.4-liter DOHC I4 (182) Optional engine (hp): 3.0-liter DOHC V-6 (255) Layout: Front-engine, front-/all-wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Mileage (city/hwy): 21/32 (2.4-liter, FWD) Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-
curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control Weight (lb.): 3,770
CHEVROLET EQUINOX INTERIOR
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