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m The atmosphere at the 2011 Cincinnati Auto Expo is going to be electric, Page J2. m We introduce you to more than 50 new models, starting on Page J4. m While automakers join the hybrid/electric ranks, Toyota is expanding its Prius line, Page J51.

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he Enquirer Media and Cars.com Cincinnati Auto Expo, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association, roars into the Duke Energy Convention Center, Downtown, Thursday through next Sunday. Auto enthusiasts and shoppers can see the latest new models from hybrids, crossovers and trucks to SUVs and vans from 35 manufacturers. And read more about what’s new in the auto industry inside this section.

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What: Enquirer Media and isitors should get a Cincinnati.com Cincinnati Auto Expo, charge out of this year’s presented by the Greater Cincinnati Enquirer Media and Cin- Automobile Dealers Association cinnati.Com Cincinnati Where: Duke Energy Center, Auto Expo. They’ll get the first lodowntown cal peek at the much-talked-about When: Feb. 17-20 Chevrolet Volt, General Motor Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Corp.’s first mass-market electric Friday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, vehicle. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 After a couple of lean years – during which both GM and Chrysa.m.-5 p.m. ler reorganized through bankruptAdmission: $10; children 13 and uncy, annual industry sales fell below der, with a paying adult, free Thurs10 million cars and trucks, and hun- day and Friday. Children $2 Saturdreds of dealers went out of busiday and Sunday. Two-for-one ness – automakers and dealers are admission Thursday and Friday, 11 upbeat. a.m. to 6 p.m. Kroger offers $3 disIndustry sales in January were up 17 percent from last year, and to- count on tickets with a Plus card. tal sales this year are expected to top 13 million vehicles, up from 11.6 go on sale here until the end of this million last year. year at the earliest. But the gas and That enthusiasm should be reflected at the Auto Expo, the annual battery-powered hybrid is being featured in all of Chevrolet’s auto kick-off to the spring selling seashow exhibits around the country, son, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Associ- says John Hughes, Chevrolet Volt marketing manager. ation. “We hope people will see the The four-day event featuring some of the latest and greatest cars Volt as an invitation to rediscover and trucks from nearly three dozen Chevrolet,” he says. Since it was introduced to just a automakers gets in gear starting few markets late last year, GM has Feb. 17 at the Duke Energy Conbeen surprised by early customer vention Center. “The expo creates a lot of activity response. The Volt includes a four-cylinder in the market and gets people gas engine for long trips and a rethinking about their next purchase,” says Ron Joseph Jr., execu- chargeable battery with about a 40mile range for trips around town. tive vice president of family-owned List price is $41,000 but energy tax Joseph Auto Group. credits can reduce that to about Josh Sweeney, president of the $33,500. auto dealers group, says nearly all In the first full month of sales, the show space has been commitVolt sales outpaced Nissan’s Leaf ted to automakers. He expects attendance will be up 10 to 15 percent all-electric car, which debuted at over the past few years based on increased attendance at earlier shows held around the country. The dealers group doesn’t disclose attendance figures. Sweeney says visitors can expect to see more vehicles with higher mileage ratings, more hybrid vehicles and “one or two surprises.” More electronic gadgets to control cell phones, navigation aids and onboard entertainment for passengers also are expected to be featured. “There’s a lot of optimism out there,” says Robert Reichert, president of Kenwood Dealer Group Inc. in Deerfield Township, whose network of franchises includes Kings Toyota and Kings Chrysler. Kenwood’s newest franchise, Fiat of Cincinnati, isn’t slated to open until April, but the dealership hopes to display at the expo one of the new four-cylinder Fiat 500s it will be selling.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt: GM’s new hybrid was named Motor Trend Car of the Year. It features a gas engine for long trips and a battery with a 40-mile range for local driving. Tax credits bring the price to $33,500. the same time, 321 units to 86. “We only have an 18-day supply. We’re building them and shipping them as fast as we can,” Hughes says. GM, which only planned to produce 10,000 Volts the first year, last month said it’s accelerating its national roll-out by about six months. Beyond the Volt, Joseph says his family’s Columbia Chevrolet franchise has seen a lot of customer interest in the new Chevy Sonic, successor to the subcompact Aveo, and the new convertible Camaro,

which doesn’t arrive at the dealership until March. Five Camaros are already presold, he says. Rising gas prices may cause shoppers to look for more fuel-efficient models but isn’t likely to crimp overall demand, Reichert says. “About 2 million (older) vehicles are scrapped every year, and yet more people are driving. That translates into a market for more vehicles,” he says.

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2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible: Chiseled lines and muscular performance come with a standard V-8 engine with 426 hp. It’s also strong inside, winning sports car Interior of the Year from WardsAuto.com.

Lots of new models Among other new models expected at the expo: k 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302: Built on the spirit of the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, the 2012 version carries 444 horsepower and top speed of 155 mph. k 2012 Ford Focus: Projected at 40 mpg on the highway, the new Focus will offer an eco-friendly interior including the use of recycled blue jeans to dampen cabin noise. k 2011 Lexus CT 200h: The new hybrid vehicle due in dealerships in March is expected to deliver 42 mpg, which Lexus says would be the highest of any luxury model. k 2011 Ford Explorer: The allnew SUV includes safety features such as the first inflatable seatbelts and a 30 percent increase in fuel economy. k 2011 Mini Cooper Countryman: A four-door crossover version of the Mini Cooper, and about 16 inches longer. k 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: The South Korean automaker’s first hybrid, featuring lithium polymer batteries that Hyundai says are lighter and hold a charge longer. k 2011 Audi A8: A longer, lower and wider luxury sedan from Audi. The 4.2-liter, direct-injected V8 power plant is matched with a new eight-speed automatic transmission to improve performance and fuel economy. k 2011 Honda Odyssey: The allnew minivan features an improved 3.5-liter V-6 engine. A newly available, six-speed transmission improves fuel economy.

Auto writer’s top 10 for 2011 Car industry’s comeback fueled by great new vehicles By G. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News

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he auto industry made great strides during 2010 toward recovery from one of its darkest periods, with two of the three U.S. carmakers working hard to rebuild their businesses from the depths of bankruptcy, and the top Japanese company having to work through a series of embarrassing recalls. But out of all of that emerged some great new or redesigned vehicles of the new millennium, and in this report, I’ll outline the 10 models for 2011 that impressed me the most. They’re not in any particular order because each has its own place in the market. Among them are four new “green” cars, along with two great family-size crossover utility vehicles and two minivans that compete with each other. To make the list, all of them had to be brand-new or significantly redesigned for 2011. Here they are: Nissan Leaf: OK, somebody had to do it – take that leap of faith and finally introduce an all-electric, battery-powered mass-market car that produces zero tailpipe emissions all the time and has a mainstream exterior design that isn’t polarizing or outlandish, like some of the early hybrids and experimental electric cars. See Page J5 The Leaf is a stylish compact hatchback based on the Nissan Versa and has room for five adults and a good

amount of cargo. It can go up to about 100 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion battery pack and can be recharged with a home charger in about seven hours. Public fast chargers, still to be installed in most areas, can do the job in 30 minutes or less. Quantities will be limited until Nissan begins production of the vehicles in Tennessee in 2012. For now, they’re built in Japan.The end price will be under $25,000 with state and federal tax breaks. Chevrolet Volt: While General Motors didn’t go quite as far as Nissan and introduce a battery-only electric car, the Volt is the next best thing. Although it runs on an electric motor powered by a battery pack, there is a small gasoline engine onboard to send power to the battery pack when it needs recharging. The Volt, which costs somewhere in the low $30,000s after tax breaks are applied, can go up to 40 miles on a charge, and most recharging is expected to be done at home in owners’ garages. It also will be capable of hooking up to the same public chargers that the Leaf can use. It can go about 300 miles on a tank of gasoline, giving it a 340-mile range overall. It’s just now going on sale in a limited number of states. See Page J4 Hyundai Sonata: This South Korean automaker continues

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Olivier Chalouhi of San Mateo, Calif., smiles at becoming the first customer worldwide to get the all-electric Nissan Leaf. to wow the market with exciting new vehicles, and among the latest and greatest is the redesigned midsize Sonata sedan. The stunning new exterior design and well-crafted interior make this the sedan to beat in the midsize class. Hyundai even is offering a gasoline-electric hybrid model, the company’s first. See Page J39 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Chrysler may have been down and nearly out in 2008, but the company is making a comeback under guidance from Italy’s Fiat. For 2011 it has introduced this com-

pletely redesigned midsize crossover that carries on the Grand Cherokee tradition quite admirably. This five-passenger family hauler can be equipped to handle the toughest of offroad trails, just as one would expect of a Jeep. See Page J6 Ford Explorer: Here is another great remake of a 1990s icon similar to what Jeep has done with the Grand Cherokee. Ford converted its former best-selling sport utility vehicle from a truck-based design to the new crossover-style unibody construction and, in doing

so, probably has ensured a comeback for a nameplate that once graced nearly every suburban driveway. Even though it’s technically a crossover, the new Explorer can be equipped for serious off-road driving just like its predecessor. Good job, Ford! See Page J38 Nissan Juke: Who says small cars have to be boring? Certainly not Nissan, which already had a couple of winners in its stable with the Versa and the Cube (probably my favorite vehicle on the market today). The Juke builds on that success by providing an alternative to consumers who want more performance and style in an under-$20,000 economy car. While it’s built on the same underpinnings as the Nissan Versa and Cube, it’s a small crossover with a big personality, including some serious attitude created by its angular styling and turbocharged engine. It goes fast, looks mean and sips gas. What a great combination! Chevrolet Cruze: Chevy may have fallen on hard times for a while, in part because of its failure to create compelling new car models while concentrating on its great lineup of trucks. No more, though. The Chevrolet car line is now stronger than ever with such vehicles as the Malibu, Camaro and the new Cruze, a compact that replaces the Cobalt (itself a thinly disguised Cavalier). This is an all-new vehicle that proves GM can design a quality small car that can play in a crowded field with the best Japanese models. The Cruze just might be the top vehicle in its class. See Page J44

Honda Odyssey: The Odyssey has been around for a while and has been the topselling minivan brand for a few years. It has been pretty good, but for 2011, the Odyssey goes up a couple of notches to doggone great. It has the most familyfriendly interior design that Honda has come up with yet, and nothing was left to chance. See Page J49 Toyota Sienna: Not to be outdone by its biggest competitor, the Sienna minivan has been completely redesigned for 2011 as well, and will give the Odyssey more competition than before. This arguably is now the best minivan on the market because of its edge over the rest in roadhandling and overall performance. But the choice might come down to which brand the shopper looking for a Japanese minivan likes best – Toyota or Honda. You can’t go wrong with either one. See Page J10 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid: Yes, this is a luxury vehicle, and the only one on my list. And no, I can’t afford one, and neither can most of you. But if I could, this would be in my driveway. Quickly. The Cayenne already was a practical premium SUV, with prices for the base model running in the mid$40,000s – quite close to what you’d pay for the top model of some nonpremium SUVs. But now the Cayenne is offered in a gasoline-electric hybrid, giving consumers the performance of a sports car in the package of a family hauler – with the fuel economy of a midsize sedan. What a great combination, even at the $67,700 price.


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The Chevrolet Volt was born with a long to-do list. Resuscitate General Motors and defy critics of the company’s federal bailout. Demonstrate that GM can match Toyota’s green might. Prove that plug-in cars are more than a feel-good exercise. All told, the Volt was weighed down with so much political and social baggage that I was surprised it could pull away from the curb. So for me, it felt great to finally jump into the Chevy, ditch the debates and just drive. And you know what? GM has nailed it, creating a hatchback that feels peppy and mainstream yet can sip less fuel than any gas- or diesel-powered car sold in America. The Volt leaves you grinning with its driving-the-future vibe. Yet the car operates so seamlessly that owners need not think about the planetary gear sets, the liquid-cooled electrons and all that digital magic taking place below. Just don’t forget to unplug it when you back out of the garage. And plugging it in is what you’ll want to do, as the Volt was designed with an operating strategy entirely different from other hybrids. It is meant to be driven primarily on the energy stored in its battery; the gasoline engine’s contribution to moving the car is largely indirect, by

teries are warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles, GM says it engineered them to last 150,000 miles. Covering those same 40 miles would cost $4.80 in gasoline for a typical 25-mpg car, or $2.40 for the Prius driver who managed 50 mpg. Call the Volt quietly handsome, with a pleasingly sporty stance and uncluttered visage – aside from the unfortunate black plastic that underlines the side windows. The flush-mounted touchAssociated Press/Jeff Chiu panel controls look all “LoThe miles-per-gallon display in the new Chevy Volt. It gets the gan’s Run,” although they sometimes balk at an initial energy-use equivalent of about 112 mpg in battery mode. fingertap before responding. turning a generator that pow- tricity: 44 mpg overall, whip- Even so, the Volt’s vivid disers the electric motors once ping the EPA’s estimate of 35 plays – including a little the battery has been depletcity and 40 highway. With its green ball that hovers inside ed. 9.3-gallon gas capacity – pre- an animated circle – offer The Volt, which shares its mium fuel required – you can welcome feedback on how efbasic structure with the Che- exceed 300 miles per tank, in ficiently you’re driving. vy Cruze, can readily achieve addition to the initial EV Because the 5.5-foot-long the top end of GM’s estimate miles. That’s the crux of how T-shaped battery runs befor all-electric range: Driving the Volt maintains everyday tween the seats, there’s no gently, I managed 50 miles practicality while affording room for a fifth passenger. on a full charge. The next owners all-electric motoring Legroom is tight in back. morning, unplugging after a on short local trips. The hatch is also a bit four-hour refill from a 240Early adopters with the smaller than a typical comvolt charging dock, I drove means and mindset to buy a pact’s, although folding the like a normal commuter, cov- Volt – $41,000 on the window rear seats vastly expands the ering 41 miles to the Detroit sticker, but $33,500 after sub- space. Hamtramck plant where the tracting the $7,500 federal While the Volt’s cabin is Volt is built. tax credit, or $350 a month comfortable and whimsically Once its central display on GM’s sweetheart lease – futuristic, materials and fitscreen registered the last will plug in faithfully, rarely and-finish are more akin to mile of battery power, the sullying their Volts with a fu- its sibling, the Cruze – cerChevy switched into “extend- el nozzle. tainly not the luxury you’d ed range” mode, divvying As Chevy reminds us indemand in any other car at motive chores among the re- cessantly, a Volt owner can this price. markably quiet 1.4-liter gas travel 40 miles each day and But that’s a necessary engine upfront, its dual elec- never burn a drop, joule or trade-off, considering that tric motors and the 435calorie of gasoline (more, ob- each lithium-ion pack costs pound, 16 kilowatt-hour lithi- viously, if you can plug in GM an estimated $10,000. um-ion battery nestled below while at the office or shopYou can practically feel that the floor. ping mall). That owner will battery sucking money from Having delivered the ener- cover those first 40 miles for the interior. gy-use equivalent of about about $1.50 worth of electriciThe Volt’s payback is its 112 miles per gallon in batty on average, a figure that sophisticated operation. It is tery mode, the Volt continincludes electrical losses as not sporty per se, nor is it a ued to have admirable econo- the Volt draws some 12.5 limp noodle. The Chevy my with the gas-driven kilowatt-hours of juice to redrives like an especially quiet generator supplying the elec- fill the battery. While the bat- and trusty family car.

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What makes a Volt run? Five operating modes By Don Sherman

Volt tops 50 mph, it shifts into a higher range of gear ratios similar to any car The Chevy Volt is powith an automatic transwered by the most admission. Both electric movanced plug-in hybrid tors then draw electricity drive system that has yet from the battery pack to been engineered for mass power the front wheels. Series-hybrid propulsion: production. The system’s After the battery’s charge main components are is depleted, the gasoline these: k A 1.4-liter four-cylinengine automatically starts der gasoline engine capato provide the propulsion ble of 84 horsepower. energy. Motor A continues k A primary AC drive driving the wheels. Motor motor-generator rated at B, spun by the engine, op149 horsepower (Motor A). erates as a generator to k A secondary AC mosupply electrical current to tor-generator rated at 74 Motor A. At speeds below horsepower (Motor B). 30 mph, the transaxle’s k A continuously varilower gear is engaged. Series and parallel hybrid able transaxle. k A 16 kilowatt-hour propulsion: At higher cruislithium-ion battery pack. ing speeds, when the batk A 9.3-gallon gasoline tery is depleted the transtank. axle shifts to its higher A powertrain computer range of gear ratios. Motor manages these compoB, driven by the engine nents to deliver about 40 and operating as a generamiles of electric driving tor, continues supplying and an additional 300 or so electricity to Motor A. The miles of extended range engine also provides powtravel energized by gasoer to the front wheels. In line. Most of the battery’s this mode, the split becharge is obtained by plug- tween engine and motor ging the Volt into a 120- or power is about 2:1. In other 240-volt outlet. words, the gasoline engine Here are the car’s five provides 60-70 percent of distinct operating modes: propulsion power with the Battery-electric propulremainder from Motor A. Regeneration mode: Dursion: Motor A powers the front wheels through the ing deceleration, Motor A transaxle with electrical operates as a generator. energy drawn solely from The recouped electrical the battery pack. This energy restores a portion mode is used up to about of the battery’s charge. To 50 mph. assure a long battery life, Battery-electric propulonly 65 percent of the casion with both electric mopacity, or 10 kilowatttors operating: When the hours, is normally used. The New York Times

All-electric Leaf delivers solid feeling By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Nissan’s Leaf plug-in electric hatchback is an endearing car for people who don’t mind metering their mileage, planning ahead and sometimes tapping the electricity at a friend’s home while sharing dinner. The first all-electric car offered in the United States by a mainstream auto manufacturer since the early days of the automobile, the newfor-2011 Leaf has seats for five, a roomy, straightforward interior and a surprisingly solid, stable feel. Best of all for consumers who worry about the nation’s oil consumption and the environment, the Leaf is rated at 99 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent by the federal government for combined city and highway driving. This equivalent is based on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formula that seeks to translate a full charge of the Leaf’s 24-kilowatt lithium ion battery pack over seven hours at 240 volts into a comparison with a conventional, gasoline-powered car. Simply stated, the Leaf’s mileage rating – which amounts to 106 mpg in city driving and 92 mpg on the highway – is, by far, the top mileage rating for any major brand consumer vehicle. By comparison, the highest ranked mainstream, mid-size car to this point was the gasoline-electric hybrid Toyota

Seats have a decidedly thick foam feel, and the steeply raked windshield and uncluttered dashboard layout help give an airy, spaceship feel to the front seats. Fit and finish on the test car was excellent. Nissan says the maximum feasible range for the fully charged Leaf is about 130 miles; I never matched that with normal driving. Normally, Nissan says, it takes seven hours to fully charge the car with a 240-volt system. I didn’t have the 240-volt charge system for the test drive. I also didn’t have the optional quick charge port, which allows for the battery to charge to 80 percent of capacity in a half hour. So, I plugged the Leaf into a regular, 120-volt electric outlet in my garage, using a large, brick-like portable power converter, a thick, bright orange cord and a gasdispenser-like connection that plugged into the front of Provided/Nissan the car, above the bumper. With about 40 miles left, I’d The 2011 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric car. You’ll need to monitor the charge; Nissan says maximum range is 130 miles. plug it in overnight. By morning, the Leaf would be 90 Prius with a federal governso the full price may be offset had substantial heft and typiThe 80-kilowatt AC elecpercent charged. ment rating of 51 mpg in city by lowering a buyer’s tax bill. cal safety features like air tric motor generates 107 All too aware of the limited driving and 48 mpg on the Another all-electric car, bags. horsepower – more than the range and the fact that there highway. the Tesla roadster, also has Also impressive is how the Prius has. Torque is an imwas only one other compatiThe 2011 Prius can operate the $7,500 federal tax credit weight is distributed in the pressive 207 foot-pounds, and ble charging station in my arfor short distances on elecbut is a two-seat sporty mod- Leaf. In some gas-electric hy- since it’s all electric, it comes ea, I watched the mileage tric power, but the on-board el that has a starting retail brids, the weight of the enon fast, smoothly and steadi- like a hawk. electric motor mostly supple- price of more than $100,000. gine under the hood comly. I beat everyone away from I planned combined trips ments the car’s four-cylinder And Chevrolet’s upcoming petes with the weight of the stoplights – and in stealthy so I wouldn’t need to sit at gasoline engine. The gaso2011 Volt car, with on-board battery pack that’s typically silence. home and wait for the car to line savings that the Leaf pro- electric power plus gasoline under or aft of the rear seats. The steering is electric, recharge. vides come at a luxury-carengine, has a starting retail This can unsettle the suspen- but it didn’t have too much of One busy day, I asked a like purchase price. Starting price of $41,000. Toyota’s Pri- sion and create a sensation an artificial feeling. It was the friend if I could plug in at her manufacturer’s suggested re- us has a starting MSRP, inthat the vehicle is carrying brake pedal that took a bit of home while we ate dinner, tail price, including destinacluding destination charge, around three big guys in the getting used to; it managed because I worried about runtion charge, for the 2011 Leaf of just over $22,000. back seat. the regenerative brakes and ning low on power. But then is $33,600. The test Leaf handled in a There was none of this in stopped the car in the procI realized I didn’t have the Some states offer incenstable, solid way – more like the Leaf. Without the engine ess. cord with me, and she admittives and rebates for this new a regular car than I expected. heft in front, the Leaf’s The Leaf gear shifter also ted later she wouldn’t be electric car. And a taxpayer There was no lightweight, weight felt better balanced. isn’t a lever as much as it is a thrilled to power up my car can claim a $7,500 federal tax golf-cart feel. At more than The car was nimble and fit squat blob in the center con- on a regular basis, adding to credit for purchasing a Leaf, 3,300 pounds, the Leaf tester easily into parking spaces. sole. her electric bill.

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100 95 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 5 Product: ENQUIRER PubDate: 02-13-2011 Zone: Misc Edition: 1 Page Name: J4.0 Time: 02-16-2011 18:07 User: jmcmillan Color: Black Yellow Magenta Cyan

J4 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011

THE ENQUIRER

AUTO EXPO

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By Lawrence Ulrich The New York Times

The Chevrolet Volt was born with a long to-do list. Resuscitate General Motors and defy critics of the company’s federal bailout. Demonstrate that GM can match Toyota’s green might. Prove that plug-in cars are more than a feel-good exercise. All told, the Volt was weighed down with so much political and social baggage that I was surprised it could pull away from the curb. So for me, it felt great to finally jump into the Chevy, ditch the debates and just drive. And you know what? GM has nailed it, creating a hatchback that feels peppy and mainstream yet can sip less fuel than any gas- or diesel-powered car sold in America. The Volt leaves you grinning with its driving-the-future vibe. Yet the car operates so seamlessly that owners need not think about the planetary gear sets, the liquid-cooled electrons and all that digital magic taking place below. Just don’t forget to unplug it when you back out of the garage. And plugging it in is what you’ll want to do, as the Volt was designed with an operating strategy entirely different from other hybrids. It is meant to be driven primarily on the energy stored in its battery; the gasoline engine’s contribution to moving the car is largely indirect, by

teries are warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles, GM says it engineered them to last 150,000 miles. Covering those same 40 miles would cost $4.80 in gasoline for a typical 25-mpg car, or $2.40 for the Prius driver who managed 50 mpg. Call the Volt quietly handsome, with a pleasingly sporty stance and uncluttered visage – aside from the unfortunate black plastic that underlines the side windows. The flush-mounted touchAssociated Press/Jeff Chiu panel controls look all “LoThe miles-per-gallon display in the new Chevy Volt. It gets the gan’s Run,” although they sometimes balk at an initial energy-use equivalent of about 112 mpg in battery mode. fingertap before responding. turning a generator that pow- tricity: 44 mpg overall, whip- Even so, the Volt’s vivid disers the electric motors once ping the EPA’s estimate of 35 plays – including a little the battery has been depletcity and 40 highway. With its green ball that hovers inside ed. 9.3-gallon gas capacity – pre- an animated circle – offer The Volt, which shares its mium fuel required – you can welcome feedback on how efbasic structure with the Che- exceed 300 miles per tank, in ficiently you’re driving. vy Cruze, can readily achieve addition to the initial EV Because the 5.5-foot-long the top end of GM’s estimate miles. That’s the crux of how T-shaped battery runs befor all-electric range: Driving the Volt maintains everyday tween the seats, there’s no gently, I managed 50 miles practicality while affording room for a fifth passenger. on a full charge. The next owners all-electric motoring Legroom is tight in back. morning, unplugging after a on short local trips. The hatch is also a bit four-hour refill from a 240Early adopters with the smaller than a typical comvolt charging dock, I drove means and mindset to buy a pact’s, although folding the like a normal commuter, cov- Volt – $41,000 on the window rear seats vastly expands the ering 41 miles to the Detroit sticker, but $33,500 after sub- space. Hamtramck plant where the tracting the $7,500 federal While the Volt’s cabin is Volt is built. tax credit, or $350 a month comfortable and whimsically Once its central display on GM’s sweetheart lease – futuristic, materials and fitscreen registered the last will plug in faithfully, rarely and-finish are more akin to mile of battery power, the sullying their Volts with a fu- its sibling, the Cruze – cerChevy switched into “extend- el nozzle. tainly not the luxury you’d ed range” mode, divvying As Chevy reminds us indemand in any other car at motive chores among the re- cessantly, a Volt owner can this price. markably quiet 1.4-liter gas travel 40 miles each day and But that’s a necessary engine upfront, its dual elec- never burn a drop, joule or trade-off, considering that tric motors and the 435calorie of gasoline (more, ob- each lithium-ion pack costs pound, 16 kilowatt-hour lithi- viously, if you can plug in GM an estimated $10,000. um-ion battery nestled below while at the office or shopYou can practically feel that the floor. ping mall). That owner will battery sucking money from Having delivered the ener- cover those first 40 miles for the interior. gy-use equivalent of about about $1.50 worth of electriciThe Volt’s payback is its 112 miles per gallon in batty on average, a figure that sophisticated operation. It is tery mode, the Volt continincludes electrical losses as not sporty per se, nor is it a ued to have admirable econo- the Volt draws some 12.5 limp noodle. The Chevy my with the gas-driven kilowatt-hours of juice to redrives like an especially quiet generator supplying the elec- fill the battery. While the bat- and trusty family car.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2011 J5

AUTO EXPO

NISSAN

Battery charged Volt nails efficiency Gas-electric combo gem of high-tech

THE ENQUIRER

Real trip for the environmental-minded

What makes a Volt run? Five operating modes By Don Sherman

Volt tops 50 mph, it shifts into a higher range of gear ratios similar to any car The Chevy Volt is powith an automatic transwered by the most admission. Both electric movanced plug-in hybrid tors then draw electricity drive system that has yet from the battery pack to been engineered for mass power the front wheels. Series-hybrid propulsion: production. The system’s After the battery’s charge main components are is depleted, the gasoline these: k A 1.4-liter four-cylinengine automatically starts der gasoline engine capato provide the propulsion ble of 84 horsepower. energy. Motor A continues k A primary AC drive driving the wheels. Motor motor-generator rated at B, spun by the engine, op149 horsepower (Motor A). erates as a generator to k A secondary AC mosupply electrical current to tor-generator rated at 74 Motor A. At speeds below horsepower (Motor B). 30 mph, the transaxle’s k A continuously varilower gear is engaged. Series and parallel hybrid able transaxle. k A 16 kilowatt-hour propulsion: At higher cruislithium-ion battery pack. ing speeds, when the batk A 9.3-gallon gasoline tery is depleted the transtank. axle shifts to its higher A powertrain computer range of gear ratios. Motor manages these compoB, driven by the engine nents to deliver about 40 and operating as a generamiles of electric driving tor, continues supplying and an additional 300 or so electricity to Motor A. The miles of extended range engine also provides powtravel energized by gasoer to the front wheels. In line. Most of the battery’s this mode, the split becharge is obtained by plug- tween engine and motor ging the Volt into a 120- or power is about 2:1. In other 240-volt outlet. words, the gasoline engine Here are the car’s five provides 60-70 percent of distinct operating modes: propulsion power with the Battery-electric propulremainder from Motor A. Regeneration mode: Dursion: Motor A powers the front wheels through the ing deceleration, Motor A transaxle with electrical operates as a generator. energy drawn solely from The recouped electrical the battery pack. This energy restores a portion mode is used up to about of the battery’s charge. To 50 mph. assure a long battery life, Battery-electric propulonly 65 percent of the casion with both electric mopacity, or 10 kilowatttors operating: When the hours, is normally used. The New York Times

All-electric Leaf delivers solid feeling By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Nissan’s Leaf plug-in electric hatchback is an endearing car for people who don’t mind metering their mileage, planning ahead and sometimes tapping the electricity at a friend’s home while sharing dinner. The first all-electric car offered in the United States by a mainstream auto manufacturer since the early days of the automobile, the newfor-2011 Leaf has seats for five, a roomy, straightforward interior and a surprisingly solid, stable feel. Best of all for consumers who worry about the nation’s oil consumption and the environment, the Leaf is rated at 99 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent by the federal government for combined city and highway driving. This equivalent is based on a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formula that seeks to translate a full charge of the Leaf’s 24-kilowatt lithium ion battery pack over seven hours at 240 volts into a comparison with a conventional, gasoline-powered car. Simply stated, the Leaf’s mileage rating – which amounts to 106 mpg in city driving and 92 mpg on the highway – is, by far, the top mileage rating for any major brand consumer vehicle. By comparison, the highest ranked mainstream, mid-size car to this point was the gasoline-electric hybrid Toyota

Seats have a decidedly thick foam feel, and the steeply raked windshield and uncluttered dashboard layout help give an airy, spaceship feel to the front seats. Fit and finish on the test car was excellent. Nissan says the maximum feasible range for the fully charged Leaf is about 130 miles; I never matched that with normal driving. Normally, Nissan says, it takes seven hours to fully charge the car with a 240-volt system. I didn’t have the 240-volt charge system for the test drive. I also didn’t have the optional quick charge port, which allows for the battery to charge to 80 percent of capacity in a half hour. So, I plugged the Leaf into a regular, 120-volt electric outlet in my garage, using a large, brick-like portable power converter, a thick, bright orange cord and a gasdispenser-like connection that plugged into the front of Provided/Nissan the car, above the bumper. With about 40 miles left, I’d The 2011 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric car. You’ll need to monitor the charge; Nissan says maximum range is 130 miles. plug it in overnight. By morning, the Leaf would be 90 Prius with a federal governso the full price may be offset had substantial heft and typiThe 80-kilowatt AC elecpercent charged. ment rating of 51 mpg in city by lowering a buyer’s tax bill. cal safety features like air tric motor generates 107 All too aware of the limited driving and 48 mpg on the Another all-electric car, bags. horsepower – more than the range and the fact that there highway. the Tesla roadster, also has Also impressive is how the Prius has. Torque is an imwas only one other compatiThe 2011 Prius can operate the $7,500 federal tax credit weight is distributed in the pressive 207 foot-pounds, and ble charging station in my arfor short distances on elecbut is a two-seat sporty mod- Leaf. In some gas-electric hy- since it’s all electric, it comes ea, I watched the mileage tric power, but the on-board el that has a starting retail brids, the weight of the enon fast, smoothly and steadi- like a hawk. electric motor mostly supple- price of more than $100,000. gine under the hood comly. I beat everyone away from I planned combined trips ments the car’s four-cylinder And Chevrolet’s upcoming petes with the weight of the stoplights – and in stealthy so I wouldn’t need to sit at gasoline engine. The gaso2011 Volt car, with on-board battery pack that’s typically silence. home and wait for the car to line savings that the Leaf pro- electric power plus gasoline under or aft of the rear seats. The steering is electric, recharge. vides come at a luxury-carengine, has a starting retail This can unsettle the suspen- but it didn’t have too much of One busy day, I asked a like purchase price. Starting price of $41,000. Toyota’s Pri- sion and create a sensation an artificial feeling. It was the friend if I could plug in at her manufacturer’s suggested re- us has a starting MSRP, inthat the vehicle is carrying brake pedal that took a bit of home while we ate dinner, tail price, including destinacluding destination charge, around three big guys in the getting used to; it managed because I worried about runtion charge, for the 2011 Leaf of just over $22,000. back seat. the regenerative brakes and ning low on power. But then is $33,600. The test Leaf handled in a There was none of this in stopped the car in the procI realized I didn’t have the Some states offer incenstable, solid way – more like the Leaf. Without the engine ess. cord with me, and she admittives and rebates for this new a regular car than I expected. heft in front, the Leaf’s The Leaf gear shifter also ted later she wouldn’t be electric car. And a taxpayer There was no lightweight, weight felt better balanced. isn’t a lever as much as it is a thrilled to power up my car can claim a $7,500 federal tax golf-cart feel. At more than The car was nimble and fit squat blob in the center con- on a regular basis, adding to credit for purchasing a Leaf, 3,300 pounds, the Leaf tester easily into parking spaces. sole. her electric bill.

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The 500 can help revive Chrysler sales Small size, small price may appeal to American tastes By Chris Woodyard

mind that U.S.-market 500s actually will be assembled at Chrysler’s complex in ToluThe last time you could ca, Mexico, with engines buy a new Fiat in the U.S., from Michigan.) Michael Jackson’s Thriller The 500 “is special prodmusic video played endlessly uct,” having “become, in Euon MTV, cell phones were as rope, a fashion item,” says big as bricks, and Ronald Xavier Mosquet, the DetroitReagan railed at the Soviets based head of Boston Conwhile dispensing jelly beans sulting Group’s automotive from the Oval Office. practice who has worked on The Italian brand’s stylish both sides of the Atlantic. “It small cars vanished from the attracts a lot of young, urban American landscape 27 years professionals.” ago, victim of growing Asian The 500 minicar will arrive brand sales, low gas prices at up to 50 dealers by the end and a reputation for vehicle of March and 130 dealers by breakdowns. Few expected year’s end. Fiat to return. The long-term product Yet, it’s back. Fiat Automo- plan calls for adding more tive this month again will sell versions of the 500, then adda Fiat-brand car – the small, ing other Fiat models, and retro-styled Fiat 500 coupe possibly bringing back Fiat’s that’s been a hit in Europe Alfa Romeo brand. since rolling out in 2007. FiatAbout a fourth of Chryscontrolled Chrysler will over- ler’s more than 2,000 dealers see sales of Fiats in the U.S. in 119 markets seen as the In supervising the Detroit best for small-car sales automaker’s bankruptcy two growth were invited to apply years ago, the government for Fiat franchises, and the gave Fiat control in exchange company began awarding for providing small-car prod- them last fall. ucts and technology Chrysler With the effect of the reneeds as the Obama adminis- cession on dealers, there was tration’s 2016 gas mileage plenty of interest. AutoNamandates take hold. Chrystion, the country’s largest car ler’s lineup was among the dealership chain and already lowest in average gas milea Chrysler dealer, will have age in 2010 among big maksix Fiat locations. CEO Mike ers. Jackson thinks the 500 is a The 500, a Fiat signature vehicle that will touch buyers model, will begin to test that emotionally – and “if gas pricstrategy. es spike, it will sell like craThe goal is to gently re-es- zy.” tablish Fiat in the U.S. over In line with other subcomseveral years. Though the pacts, such as the Honda Fit 500 is cute and attentionor Ford Fiesta, prices for the grabbing, Fiat wants to avoid 500 will start at $15,500 for it being seen as a fad. the base model called the “We need to weave ourPop. The volume seller, howselves into American culever, is expected to be the ture,” said Laura Soave, the midlevel Sport model that executive tagged to head Fistarts at $17,500. at-brand marketing in the At the top is the Lounge, a U.S., at a San Diego press $19,500-to-start version that event for the 2012 Fiat 500. includes 15-inch aluminum To do that, Fiat intends to wheels, automatic transmisportray itself as a purveyor of sion and a sunroof. sophisticated European deIt got its EPA mileage ratsign, Soave says. ings last week: 38 mpg highThink Italian fashion mod- way, 30 city and 33 in comels, gelato and designer bined driving with the leather goods, not redfive-speed manual transmischecked tablecloths and the sion; 34-27-30 with the sixcast of Jersey Shore. (Never speed automatic Fiat expects USA Today

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The Fiat 500 will be slowly introduced in the United States, after some tweaks for the American market. the majority of U.S. buyers to take. Given its small size and price, Fiat would seem perfect for Generation Y buyers. Not surprisingly, Soave’s background includes a recent stint at Volkswagen, where she helped launch the youthful Rabbit. An ItalianAmerican who grew up in Michigan, she also spent a decade at Ford Motor. To lure Millennials intimidated by car buying, Soave plans to make sure that Fiat doesn’t mention the word dealership – they are “Fiat studios.” Salespeople? “Fiat specialists.” They’ll be trained to develop a more personal relationship with buyers, to escort them through the process. “We have a tendency to bounce (customers) around, not build a relationship,” Soave explains about why she’s changing the buying experience. Though she admits the 500 looks cute, she says she thinks as many men will buy one as women. “We don’t have a bud vase inside,” she cracks, a reference to a signature retro feature in the female-skewed Volkswagen New Beetle. A performance version of the

500 is coming, as well. Soave and other Fiat executives say they’re decidedly uncomfortable talking about likely buyers because they defy stereotyping. Passers-by admiring 500s lined up curbside in San Diego weren’t all young. And the young weren’t all crazy about it. One woman in the age group where Fiat expects to find its sweet spot, Vanessie Christensen, 23, thought the cars are too small. “I do a lot of sports, and they would never work for me,” the surfer said. But her father, Ron Christensen, 64, declared the Fiat 500 “cute as hell” and said he wants to buy one. He owned Fiats and Alfa Romeos decades ago. More recently, he says, he saw 500s in Europe, where it rolled out in 2007. He says he never had much mechanical trouble with his old Fiats, but many owners did, and the brand gained a reputation for being problem-plagued before it pulled out of the U.S. market. Reliability remains a brand issue, judging from J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Vehicle Ownership Satisfaction Study in Europe. Fiats were rated third-worst among car

brands sold in France, second-worst in Britain and at the bottom in Germany. Though Fiat’s surveys show most U.S. consumers have little memory of the brand’s last foray here, executives beefed up the warranty to try to allay reliability concerns. The 500 will come with a four-year or 50,000mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty. Routine maintenance is free for three years. Beyond reliability concerns, the 500’s other big challenge in the U.S. could be its size. The head of a 6foot, 2-inch front-seat passenger squishes against the sunroof; there’s a little more headroom in cars without the sunroof. Soave, however, boasts that there’s more interior room overall in the 500 than in the Mini Cooper – 85.1 vs. 81.6 cubic square feet – even though the Fiat is about five inches shorter. It’s also taller, however. Fiat executives play on nostalgia for the original 500. More than 4 million Cinquecentos (500 in Italian) were built from 1957 to 1975. Warm, fuzzy feelings worked for VW’s New Beetle and for BMW, with its revival of the Mini.

“To some extent, the Fiat will share that same (nostalgia) bump,” says Charlie Vogelheim of IntelliChoice. “It’s an iconic design.” Sensing it would be a winner, Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne pushed to bring the 500 into the U.S. as soon as possible. But Marchionne’s subordinates say they knew the car had to be adapted to better fit American consumers. There’s more insulation to reduce noise in the cabin and a softer-ride suspension than in Europe. The automatic is new. The rear wiper blade is designed to emerge undamaged from car washes. The gas tank, at 10.5 gallons, is larger because Americans drive longer distances. Cupholders were redesigned for larger drinks. Managers debated whether to add features, pitting practicality against style. Comfort won when it came to the pull-down armrest on the driver’s seat. “I went to the mat on the armrest,” says Mary Ann Quigley, product manager on the 500. The cruise control buttons went onto the steering wheel because adding a stalk “looked like it didn’t belong there.”

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Grand Cherokee steps up its game Improved inside and out By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Jeep’s flagship Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle is so improved for 2011, passengers might think they’re riding in a luxury vehicle. The interior of the new Grand Cherokee is impressively quiet, with supportive seats and well-arranged controls. Exterior styling is more rounded and modern than before, and the new V-6 engine is more robust than its predecessor. Best of all, the vehicle rides in a nearly refined manner on pavement, while still capably handling rugged off-road duty when needed. But don’t look for a bargain price. With seats for five, Grand Cherokees remain in the $30,000-andabove category, though starting retail price has declined by $499. Specifically, starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $30,995 for a 2011 Grand Cherokee with rearwheel drive, automatic transmission and new, 290-horsepower V-6. This contrasts with the $31,490 price for a base, 2010 Grand Cherokee with 210-horsepower V-6. With four-wheel drive, the 2011 Grand Cherokee starts at $32,995, and the top-level Overland model starts at $42,690. Substituting a 360horsepower, 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8 under the hood adds $1,495 to the price, no matter the model of Grand Cherokee. Competitors in the traditional SUV segment have been dwindling as Americans turn to lighter-weight, less brawny and more fuel-effi-

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Chrysler’s flagship SUV is updated this year, with more rounded styling, a new V-6 engine, redesigned interior and new suspensions. Starting price is $30,995. cient crossover SUVs with car-like ride. But Nissan’s 2011 Pathfinder, which has a starting retail price of $28,640 with 266-horsepower V-6, and Toyota’s 2011 4Runner with 270-horsepower and starting retail price of $30,335, are among those remaining. The Pathfinder and 4Runner each offer a third row of seats, but the Grand Cherokee does not. The Jeep brand – which dates to tough, nimble, offroad vehicles used in World War II – is well known for its rugged image. So it’s the smooth, easy-travel ride of the new Grand Cherokee that was most striking and memorable. In contrast with earlier Grand Cherokees, I didn’t

feel a lot of road bumps underneath me. Most were stifled and managed adeptly by the new, independent front and rear suspensions with isolated suspension cradles. The previous Grand Cherokee had a live rear axle, instead. Also note that the platform under the new Grand Cherokee is used by the pricier and tonier Mercedes-Benz MLClass SUV. This is because the development of the 2011 Grand Cherokee began years ago, when Mercedes’ parent company owned Chrysler, which is the parent company of Jeep. All this, plus a much more rigid body and newly tuned rack-and-pinion steering, allowed Jeep engineers to improve the ride and handling

of the Grand Cherokee markedly. The base, 3.6-liter, double overhead cam, Pentastar V-6 is new, too. Jeep boasts the powerplant is more fuel efficient than the lower-powered, base, 3.7-liter V-6 from last year. But the federal fuel economy rating of 16 miles per gallon in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway for a four-wheel drive, 2011 Grand Cherokee like the one I tested ranks in the lower half of SUVs on the market. I averaged 18.9 mpg over city and highway miles, without really trying to wring everything I could from the regular gasoline. But I was extremely satisfied with the engine’s performance -- no stressing for get-up-and-go, easy cruising

and inspired, but not thundering, response in city driving. Torque peaks at 260 foot-pounds at 4,800 rpm and seemed well matched for the 4,470-pound model with fourwheel drive that was the test vehicle. In fact, I wondered if I were to buy a Grand Cherokee whether I would be interested in upgrading to the top engine -- a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8 with 390 foot-pounds at 4,250 rpm. The fuel mileage rating drops to 13/19 mpg for a four-wheel drive Grand Cherokee with the Hemi. Still, it’s worth noting how large the Grand Cherokee fuel tank is. It holds 14.6 gallons, so the test vehicle could go well over 450 miles without a fill-up, even with the

kind of mileage I got. Everyone in the Jeep appreciated the good views out as we rode high above the pavement. But the seat cushion height wasn’t so high that I had to struggle to climb aboard. Ground clearance under the Grand Cherokee is a healthy 8.6 inches, and the front and rear body styling maximizes approach and departure angles for off-road situations. There are many features that Jeep continues to provide for committed off-roaders. These include a traction control system where a driver can select the type of terrain to maximize control and grip. Also, a Quadra-Lift air suspension system can raise the vehicle body by up to 4.1 inches above obstacles. But fewer than 8 percent of Grand Cherokee buyers go off-road. I appreciated the excellent fit and finish on the tester, and the cargo area behind the rear seats is bigger now -35.1 cubic feet vs. less than 30 cubic feet last year. Rear seats have more legroom -- now 38.6 inches. This is a bit more than the 38.3 inches reported in the second row of the Toyota 4Runner and the 34.2 inches in the second row of the Nissan Pathfinder. It’s comfortable riding back there, too, because 39.2 inches of headroom is nearly as much as the people in the front seat get. Front and rear door openings are larger this year, making it easier to get in and out of the Grand Cherokee. Many safety features are standard, including antilock brakes, electronic stability control, curtain air bags and even hill descent control. Government crash tests gave four out of five stars for Grand Cherokee passenger protection in a frontal crash and five out of five stars in a side crash.


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Fiesta offers hybrid efficiency with gas 4-cylinder engine produces best mileage of non-hybrids By Ann M. Job Associated Press

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is a small car with big-car features and technology and a top mileage rating of 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Best of all, the Fiesta gets the most out of every sip of gasoline without forcing buyers to pay a premium price for a hybrid power plant or fuss with the inconvenience of finding diesel fuel in town. Instead, the Fiesta uses an efficient four-cylinder gasoline engine. Combined with a city rating of 29 mpg, the Fiesta’s overall mileage rating of 33 mpg tops the previous best gasoline-powered, non-hybrid cars – the 2010 Mini Cooper and the Toyota Yaris that have a 32-mpg combined city/highway rating. But the Fiesta isn’t a barebones little car. It’s longer, wider and heavier than the Mini Cooper and Yaris. Even base Fiestas come with electronic stability control, curtain air bags, air conditioning and AM/FM stereo with auxiliary audio jack. A knee air bag that helps keep a driver properly positioned behind the steering wheel during a crash also is standard. And the front-wheel drive Fiesta sedans and five-door hatchbacks – all with seats for five – can be had with some items that are unusual in the small-car segment. Examples: Heated front seats, soft-touch dashboard areas and tri-coat exterior paint that has a luster like that found on pricier vehicles. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $13,995 for a base, 2011 Fiesta sedan with manual transmission and 120-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. The starting retail price

for a Fiesta sedan with automatic transmission is $15,065. But the Fiesta with the most attractive styling – a European look – is the hatchback, which starts at $15,795 with manual transmission and $16,865 with automatic. Note that Fiestas with sixspeed automatic get the top fuel mileage rating of 40 mpg on the highway. Fiestas with the five-speed manual transmission earned lower ratings. The pricing puts the Fiesta in the middle of the pack for small cars. The 2010 Honda Fit, which is sold only as a fivedoor hatchback, has a slightly lower starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $15,610 with manual transmission and 117-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. The 2010 Nissan Versa sedan with manual transmission has a posted starting retail price of just under $11,000. Buyers who want to load up their fuel-efficient small car with amenities will find plenty to choose from with the Fiesta. There are car “tattoos,” otherwise known as graphics, that dealers will install for $375. Interior lighting can change with the mood of the driver, at the push of a button. Leather seats are an option on higher trim Fiestas. Ford was the first automaker to install Microsoft’s Sync in-car connectivity system in its vehicles a few years back, and it’s available in the Fiesta with more features, including linking a Blackberry for listening to music via Internet site Pandora. But some Sync features have to wait. The system isn’t compatible with Apple’s popular iPhone yet and the navigation uses turnby-turn directions. The test Fiesta SES hatchback, built at a Ford factory

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The 2011 Ford Fiesta offers many amenities in its standard package. And Ford has installed Microsoft’s Sync in-car connectivity system in its Fiestas, with more features, including linking a Blackberry for listening to music with Internet site Pandora. in Mexico but based on the strong-selling Fiesta introduced last fall in Europe, impressed with its handling on twisty mountain roads. The car’s 16-inch Korean Hankook tires gripped the pavement nicely, and the electric power-assisted steering – one of the things that minimizes gasoline use – had a light feel but was precise and quick to respond. Brakes, however, got hot and were smoking after 35 miles of driving mountain switchbacks. The ride was a bit harsh, too, with lots of vibrations coming through to passengers on uneven pavement. The vibrating and the sporty

back-and-forth motions on the road curves even brought on a bout of motion sickness. The interior was quieter than I expected, with little noticeable wind noise. I heard the engine mostly during acceleration, but it wasn’t raucous or boomy. The 1.6-liter four cylinder is obviously tuned for fuel economy; get up and go wasn’t thrilling. Torque peaks at 112 foot-pounds at a high 5,000 rpm. The tester had the PowerShift automatic that’s Ford’s first dual-clutch, automated manual, and its operation felt like a regular automatic with torque converter. There’s no option of manually shifting

through the forward gears, however. Power came on smoothly. In hard driving in the city, highway and country roads, the car got just over 31 mpg. But three adults would scarcely fit in the back seat, and there’s no cover over the center console area in the front seat where passengers are apt to put things. Seats, though, were firm and nicely supportive. Also, while rear seatbacks fold down in both sedan and hatchback, they don’t rest flat. The Fiesta isn’t as roomy as some competitors. For example, though the Fiesta hatchback is about as long from bumper to bumper as

the Honda Fit, the Fit has 3.3 more inches of rear-seat legroom. The Fiesta also has less headroom than the Nissan Versa. And cargo capacity of 26 cubic feet in the Fiesta hatchback, with rear seatbacks folded, is quite a bit shy of the Fit’s maximum 57.3 cubic feet of cargo room. I liked the wide range of exterior paint colors, like Red Candy and Yellow Blaze Metallic, that Ford offers. The extra mirror for blind spot detection that was integrated into the regular outside mirrors took some getting used to but soon became a valued safety item.

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Sienna is a minivan that feels maxi Comfortable, with stylish upgrades By Ann M. Job Associated Press

It’s time to stop calling the Toyota Sienna a minivan. There’s nothing “mini” about the comfortable interior of this nearly 17-foot-long vehicle. Maybe it’s time to stop calling the Sienna boring, too. As a new, third-generation van with arguably its best exterior styling ever, upgraded interior and a new engine, the 2011 Sienna is noteworthy. It’s the first Sienna with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, and therefore ranks second best among vans in gasoline mileage with a 19miles-per-gallon city rating and 24 mpg on the highway. Only the 2010 Mazda5, which also comes with a four-cylinder engine, has a higher federal government fuel economy rating in the segment. But the Mazda5 is smaller and lighter weight. The Sienna also retains its all-wheel drive feature, the only one of the traditional minivans to do so. Best of all, the Sienna’s base manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is reduced from 2010, thanks to the fourcylinder engine. The base 2011 Sienna starts at $25,070 and has the 187-horsepower four-banger, automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The lowest-priced V-6powered 2011 Sienna, which has the same engine as last year’s model, starts at $26,310. This is up from the $25,350 starting retail price of the V-6-powered 2010 Sienna. The lowest starting retail price for a 2011 Sienna with all-wheel drive is $31,940. Allwheel-drive Siennas come only in the V-6. In comparison, the top seller in the segment, the 244-horsepower, 2010 Honda Odyssey with V-6, has a start-

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2011 Toyota Sienna: A new fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine gets improved mileage and good power when it counts. ing MSRP plus destination charge that’s higher than those of both the four-cylinder and six-cylinder 2011 Siennas – $27,585. The 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan starts at $24,095, but its base V-6 has just 175 horsepower, less than the Sienna’s new fourcylinder. The Sienna’s sales have declined over the years, putting the Toyota van in fourth place last calendar year in U.S. sales in the segment. But the new, attractive styling, which includes flared sheet metal at the fenders and a bolder front end, surely help the Sienna shake its previous bland look. The ride is still very compliant and comfortable for folks who don’t want to feel much of anything from the road beneath them. The test 2011 Sienna LE with four-cylinder engine even rode gently over speed bumps.

Front and second-row seats have long tracks to adjust legroom. There’s lots of interior storage, too. The vehicle rides on the same platform as last year’s model. But the front strut suspension and rear torsionbeam axle suspension are re-

tuned to keep the body more controlled and less wallowy. Still, a driver notices the vehicle’s mass and weight shifting as it goes through cor-

ners and curves, especially on off-camber roads. The Sienna stays on its line, but there can be an unsettled feeling for an aggressive driver. A new sporty Sienna, the SE, comes with a firmer ride, 19-inch wheels and tires and revised power steering. It starts at $31,360. Note that despite the positioning of the SE as a sporty van, it comes with the same six-speed automatic transmission and 3.5-liter, double overhead cam V-6, with 265 horsepower and 245 foot-pounds of torque at 4,700 rpm, that’s in other V-6 Siennas. The test LE Sienna, however, had the new 2.7-liter, double overhead cam fourcylinder that produces 187 horses and 186 foot-pounds of torque at 4,100 rpm. Mated to the six-speed automatic, the engine was quite capable and surprising for its strong

power delivery. It could be easy for many drivers to forget that there’s a four-cylinder under the hood, especially in city traffic where so many vans are used daily. On country roads where it needed to pass other vehicles efficiently, the test Sienna performed well. There was more engine noise during these situations, and the van didn’t jet right past others. But power came on responsively, nonetheless, and was confidence-inspiring, even if I did notice shift points from the transmission now and then. Fuel mileage was good, averaging 20.9 mpg in travel that was 70 percent on city roads and 30 percent at highway speeds. In contrast, the V-6-powered 2010 Honda Odyssey, is rated at 17/25 mpg by the federal government. The Sienna has a new, attractive interior for 2011. It’s more modern than its predecessor and seems reminiscent of the Toyota Venza crossover sport utility vehicle in its grouping of controls and clear presentation of gauges. The dashboardmounted gear shifter in the Sienna took some attention, though, as it didn’t have the natural feel of a floor-mounted shifter. Passengers loved the large side windows for the first and second rows in the Sienna, and the fact the second-row windows opened about two-thirds of the way was a plus. Front and secondrow seats also had oh-so-long tracks to shift legroom fore and aft. Cupholders and storage spots, which include two gloveboxes and a center console large enough to hold a purse, abound. But the rear-view camera monitor on the test vehicle was quite small. The Sienna comes with much standard safety equipment, including anti-lock brakes, curtain air bags for all three rows of passengers, electronic stability control and a knee air bag that helps keep the driver properly positioned behind the steering wheel during a crash.


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To borrow from an old, worn-out cliche: You can have your V-6 and drive it, too. That’s the word from Toyota about its 2011 Camry sedan with a V-6 engine that now gets up to 29 mpg. While it still hasn’t crossed the 30-mpg barrier, at least it’s an improvement over just a few years ago, when V-6 engines were barely pushing into the mid-20s with their highway mileage. EPA ratings for the 2011 model with the optional 3.5-liter V-6 are now 20 city/29 highway, up from 19/28 for the 2010 Camry. With the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, though, the ratings are considerably better: 22 city/32 highway with the sixspeed automatic transmission and 22/33 with the sixspeed manual. Toyota attributes the improved fuel economy primarily to new low-rolling-resistance tires, which are designed to operate with less friction against the road surface, allowing the vehicle to roll more freely. The V-6 is rated at 268 horsepower. But if you don’t really need the extra power of the V-6 – and let’s face it, most people don’t – it makes sense to stay with the four-cylinder to save gasoline and money. For the best fuel economy in a Camry, though, you just can’t beat the gasoline-electric hybrid model, with EPA ratings of 31 city/35highway. Trim levels for the 2011 models are base, LE, XLE, SE and Hybrid. The base and LE models come with 16-inch steel wheels; the XLE and Hybrid have 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; and the SE model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. Prices for the gasoline-only 2011 Camry begin at $19,720 (plus $760 freight)

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clave, which was introduced three years ago. Another new model, the EuropeanChevrolet and Cadillac designed, midsize Regal seseem to get the most attendan, joined the lineup for tion when people consider 2010. just how far General Motors Among the LaCrosse’s has come in the past few features for 2011 are front- or years in the development of available all-wheel drive, a compelling new vehicles. variety of new technological But while those two options and a choice of eibrands have charged forther a 182-horsepower fourward to help lead GM’s recylinder or 280-horsepower markable revival, the premi- V-6 engine. um Buick brand quietly has The basis for the Laaffected its own renaissance. Crosse design was the Buick Helping to lead that effort Invicta concept introduced at is the redesigned LaCrosse the 2008 Beijing auto show. sedan, introduced for 2010 Buick is the most popular and now entering its second luxury car in China, and the year with the new design. LaCrosse is sold in North One of the primary goals America and China. of GM in remaking the LaGM originally intended Crosse was to create a vehi- for the LaCrosse to have oncle that would appeal to a ly a choice of two V-6 enmuch younger audience gines, but the automaker than Buick traditionally chose to add the direct-inplays to – the over-50 (or jected, 2.4-liter Ecotec foureven -60) crowd. cylinder engine to the lineup The key to Buick’s future, in the middle of the 2010 GM reasoned, would be to model year. create some vehicles that For 2011, the 255-horseup-and-coming young execu- power, 3.0-liter V-6 that was tives could enjoy and even standard in the CXL frontget excited about. wheel-drive model for 2010 The LaCrosse seems to has been replaced by the be right on target, consider- four-cylinder. ing how many younger conThis engine offers great sumers stopped to comment fuel economy. on the vehicle and to praise Connected to the stanits good looks during my re- dard six-speed automatic cent weeklong test of the mi- transmission, it has EPA ratdlevel 2011 LaCrosse CXL ings of 19 mpg city/30 highmodel. way. That compares with 17/ Sure, the LaCrosse 26 for the discontinued 3.0-licaught the eyes of older ter V-6. consumers when I pulled inGM offers the same fourto busy shopping center and cylinder engine in the Regal restaurant parking lots, but and other vehicles, including it was amazing how many the GMC Terrain, Chevrolet 30-somethings stopped to Malibu and Chevy Equinox. look it over and to give it While it does make the their compliments. LaCrosse one of the most fuThese are people who el-efficient cars in its segwouldn’t have noticed most ment, it’s no slacker – of the Buick sedans of the there’s plenty of power for past, but this car apparently everyday driving. has something they find A four-cylinder engine compelling, and that’s good isn’t even offered on some of news for GM. the LaCrosse’s direct comThis vehicle’s stunning petitors, including the Linexterior and superb interior coln MKZ (except for the craftsmanship prove that hybrid version), Infiniti G37 GM can build cars with the and Acura TL. best of the Japanese and EuOther LaCrosse options ropean automakers, and any- that were segment excluone who thinks otherwise is sives, at least when the car ridiculously biased against was introduced, included a the American auto industry. rear-seat entertainment sysThe LaCrosse is a premitem ($1,295) and remote um midsize sedan that was start (part of the $1,350 Luxintroduced to help build on ury Package), both of which the success of Buick’s popu- were present on our test velar large crossover, the Enhicle.

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2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS: Buick’s quiet renaissance is built on a stunning exterior and superb interior craftsmanship, to attract up-and-coming, upscale young executives. The four-cylinder engine is standard on the base 2011 LaCrosse CX model ($26,995, plus $750 freight) and the front-wheel-drive version of the CXL ($29,055), which we tested. There also is an all-wheeldrive version of the CXL ($33,070), which comes with the 3.6-liter V-6 and a different six-speed automatic. This engine has 259 footpounds of torque and EPA ratings of 16 city/26 highway. The fourth model offered is the top-of-the-line CXS ($33,765), which also comes with the 3.6-liter engine and six-speed automatic, but has front drive. EPA ratings for this one are 17/27, and it includes most of the CXL’s amenities, plus real-time active-damping suspension; perforatedleather interior, and heated and ventilated front seats; and chrome-plated 18-inch alloy wheels. Nineteen-inch wheels are included with the optional Touring Package, which was not included on our tester. Standard CX amenities include premium cloth seats, rear spoiler, 17-inch wheels and XM satellite radio,

among others. The CXL model adds heated leather seats, dualzone automatic climate control, fog lights, outside mirrors with LED turn signals and puddle lamps, and 18inch alloy wheels. Our car did not have the full-time all-wheel-drive system, which includes an electronic limited-slip differential that is designed to deliver power to the wheel on each axle that has the best traction in icy or wet conditions. The CXL is quite comfortable, with sporty bucket seats in front and a roomy three-person bench in the rear. There’s a good-sized trunk, as well, which we tested out with a load of groceries and Christmas presents. Driving the car was quite pleasant, and the four-cylinder engine never seemed to bog down or have to labor to move us along. There was plenty of power for uphill freeway merges and passing. My only complaint was a lack of places to put cell phones and other portable devices other than to stick them in the dual cup holders in the console between the

front seats, which then rendered those spots unusable for drinks. We also didn’t find any convenient 12-volt power outlets in the dash. Among standard safety features are four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist; electronic stability control with traction control; and six air bags, including front seat-mounted side air bags and roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for both rows. The LaCrosse has a European-designed chassis and suspension system with realtime damping. Also standard is Buick’s QuietTuning, which GM describes as “an engineering process that reduces, blocks and absorbs interior noise to provide a distraction-free passenger environment.” An optional Driver Confidence Package ($1,440) on our car brought such hightech features as xenon highintensity-discharge headlights; a side blind-zone-alert system that gives a visual warning in the outside mirrors when a vehicle is in the adjacent lanes; and a headup display on the bottom of

the windshield within the driver’s view with speed, tachometer reading, radio information and outside temperature readout. We also had the front Entertainment Package ($650), consisting of a 384-watt, 11speaker Harman/Kardon premium audio system with USB port and 120-volt power outlet. The car also comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity. A Comfort and Convenience Package ($550) brought us even more: ultrasonic rear parking assist, self-dimming driver’s side outside mirror, and memory for the front seats and mirrors. Also included in the Luxury Package (besides the remote start) were upgraded perforated-leather seats with ventilated seats up front; a leather-and-wood-trimmed heated steering wheel; and a power rear sunshade. The optional in-dash navigation system with back-up camera setup was an additional $1,995. Red jewel tintcoat exterior paint tacked on $325. Total sticker price of our test vehicle was $37,410, including freight and options.

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Ford Motor Co. will be the second major automaker to begin selling a mass-market pure-electric vehicle when the 2012 Focus Electric hits showrooms late this year. No prices have been announced yet, but the Focus Electric is expected to compete head-on with the Nissan Leaf, which went on sale in December in a few states and will be available nationwide within the next year. Leaf prices begin around $33,000, but federal and state tax breaks can drop the final price into the low $20,000s, at least for the first few thousand customers. The federal tax credit is $7,500, but the amounts vary for state incentives. It’s expected that the Focus Electric will qualify for these breaks, as well. The Focus Electric will use essentially the same design and underpinnings of the redesigned 2012 Focus gasoline model, which also goes on sale later this year. Focus will be a five-door hatchback driven by an electric motor that gets its power from an onboard advanced lithium-ion battery pack. Ford designed the battery in partnership with Japan’s LG Chem. It will have a range of about 100 miles on a full battery charge. But the 240-volt

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The 2012 Ford Focus Electric will be released late this year. It is Ford’s first venture into the battery-only auto market. The car has a single-speed transmission and a top speed of 84 mph. Batteries can go for 100 miles before needing to be recharged. charging system that will be offered with the Focus, at a cost of about $1,500, will be able to recharge the battery in three to four hours. The Leaf’s 240-volt charger takes seven to eight hours and costs more than $2,000. Another difference between the Leaf and Focus chargers is that the Leaf’s must be hard-wired into the electrical system in the owner’s garage or parking location, while the charger for the Focus will be portable. It can be plugged into a 240-volt outlet, just like plugging in a clothes dryer or room air conditioner. That makes it portable, so Focus

Electric owners easily can take it with them when they move, Ford said. The Focus Electric is one of five new electrified vehicles Ford will bring to market over the next two years. The others include plug-in hybrids as well as traditional hybrids. The automaker already has hybrid versions of the Ford Escape compact SUV and the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans on the market. Also featured on the Focus Electric is “value charging,” designed by Microsoft, which Ford says will “help owners in the U.S. charge their vehicles at the cheap-

est utility rates, lowering the cost of ownership.” The car also will include a special version of the MyFord Touch driver-connect system designed for electric vehicles, and MyFord Mobile, which uses a smart phone application and website to let owners monitor charging and other functions of the car from remote locations. Ford says the 100-mile range of the Focus Electric should be enough for the “majority of daily driving habits of Americans.” There are lots of plans across the nation for the installation of public quick-

charging stations, but there are few available yet. The Focus and Leaf use the same charging connectors and technology, so either one can be connected to a public charger. The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, which also arrived in limited areas in December, is compatible with those public charging stations, as well. There is nothing funky or geeky about the Focus Electric’s appearance; it looks like a regular car. It will have badging identifying it as an electric model, though. Some of the hybrids we’ve seen were intentional-

ly given odd exterior designs to help proclaim their difference from gasoline-only cars. Surveys have shown that many hybrid buyers like that clear differentiation. They want their friends and neighbors to realize instantly that they are driving “green” vehicles. Inside the Focus Electric, there is room for up to five adults, with bucket seats in front and a three-person bench in the rear. The car has a singlespeed transmission and a top speed of 84 mph – which is about the speed a lot of people drive on the freeway during my morning commute (although some go even faster when the police aren’t looking). The Leaf’s top speed is about 90. The Focus Electric’s steering, handling and braking are much like those of the standard Focus, Ford says, as both cars use mostly the same steering, suspension and brake designs. There is one big difference, though: the electric motor is very quiet, almost impossible to hear, unlike the gasoline engine in the other Focus models. The Focus Electric makes about as much noise as an electric golf cart. Other standard features of the Focus Electric will include 15-spoke, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; a 60/40 split-folding rear seat; a Sony AM/FM/HD/CD/MP3 audio system with nine speakers and Sirius satellite radio; power windows/mirrors/door locks with remote; automatic climate control; push-button start; and a voice-activated navigation system.


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A8 a luxury sedan with less predictability Interior features creature comforts, technology By Ann M. Job

Meantime, the longerlength A8L, which accounts for the majority of A8 models High-brow luxury sedan sold in the United States bebuyers who don’t want to be cause it has an extra roomy stodgy or predictable have a back seat for titans of indusnewly updated choice, the try who are often chauf2011 Audi A8. feured around town, starts at Audi’s flagship four door $84,875 now, up 7.1 percent isn’t just longer, wider and from the $79,225 starting remore powerful than before. tail price for a 2010 model. Its new exterior styling is arThe 2011 A8 has a signifiguably the most distinctive cantly higher starting price and sporty of any executivethan the competing 2011 Lexlevel luxury sedan on the us LS 460, whose starting market. MSRP, including destination The 2011 A8’s well-crafted charge, is $66,255. interior also has features any The LS 460 has a 380tech-savvy business person horsepower V-8. The 2011 will love, such as a touch pad Mercedes-Benz S550 with where a driver can, with a fin- 382-horsepower V-8, starts at ger, write letters and num$94,525, and the 2011 BMW bers that are recognized by 750i with 400-horsepower V-8 the onboard computer as a starts at $83,875. phone number or a destinaWith a nod toward growtion. The idea is to keep driv- ing consumer sensitivity to er eyes on the road ahead fuel economy, Audi officials and not down on some knob note the 2011 A8 has better or onboard menu. fuel mileage than its predeAnd coming later in the cessor, even though the A8’s model year is a Google 4.2-liter V-8 engine now gensearch connection to the A8’s erates more horsepower and navigation system that will al- torque. low maps to be displayed as Specifically, the federal Google Earth images, as if a government gave the new A8 driver were at his or her lap- a rating of 17 miles per gallon top. in city driving and 27 mpg on The best part is that all the the highway, up from the 16/ interior creature comforts 23-mpg rating for the 2010 and technology as well as the A8. weighty solidity of the twoMuch of the improvement ton A8 don’t detract from a comes from the introduction car that’s also speedy, spiritof a new, eight-speed autoed to drive and capable on matic transmission in the twisty roads. 2011 A8. Just don’t expect the newBut premium gasoline still ly updated A8 to be inexpen- is required, and both Lexus sive or fuel thrifty. and Mercedes offer trendy, The base A8 comes with a gasoline-electric hybrid ver372-horsepower V-8 and has sions of their large, luxury a starting manufacturer’s sedans, while Audi does not. suggested retail price, includThis didn’t stop the new, ing destination charge, of jet black A8 test car from get$78,925. ting a lot of attention, particuThis is up 4.7 percent from larly from young professionthe $75,375 starting retail als who said their price of a 2010 A8. career-climbing hopes inAssociated Press

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The 2011 Audi A8 sedan is billed as a luxury sedan for tech-savvy buyers who want more space and power, but less predictability. The exterior of the vehicle is one of the sportier, more distinctive executive-level luxury sedans on the market. clude being able to own an Audi like this someday. Gazing wistfully at the A8’s striking new light-emitting diode headlamps, they admitted they wanted an A8 right now. I never heard this from young professionals when I drove a more conservatively styled Lexus LS 460. And because the A8’s sales are historically lower than those of the betterknown Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Lexus LS models, buyers of the new A8 can find their cars stand out in the crowd at the country club. The A8, however, is not a car you would want to slip into and just drive away. There’s just so much information available onboard and

so much tailoring that can be done to make the car fit a driver’s tastes. For example, in the test car, there were 22 adjustments for the massaging and ventilated driver seat, and the optional – for $6,300 – Bang & Olufsen audio system could be tuned just so. It also took time to understand the layers of menus the car offered through its largeknobbed Multimedia Interface (MMI) system. Audi tries to make it more organized via graphics that sort out the various menus plus an extra-big display screen that rises from the top of the dashboard and discreetly disappears when the car is turned off. But in all those menus, I couldn’t find the air pres-

sures for each tire, even though I did get a warning that the left rear tire on the test car had low pressure. Eventually, by kneeling in low-tech style on the pavement next to the tire, I located the nail that was deflating the tire. But this generously equipped sedan didn’t have a full-size spare to replace it with – only a limited-use spare. I had already driven the A8 rigorously and noted its competence on mountain twisties, its quiet coddling of drivers and passengers in city traffic and its forceful acceleration. The car’s 4.2-liter, double overhead cam, direct injection V-8 can generate 328 foot-pounds of torque at a

good mid-range 3,500 rpm, so the A8 responds quickly and smoothly with power. The zero-to-60-miles-anhour sprint reportedly takes just over 5 seconds, which is notable for a car this size. The tester had optional sport air suspension, which helped manage the car’s handling and shifting of mass as I darted around one curve after another. The 20-inch tires, all properly inflated at the time, gripped the pavement well, and brakes were strong and steady. The test car had variableratio steering, so it needed some heft at the steering wheel at higher speeds to adjust direction. But in parking lots, the steering was light, for easy maneuvering.

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Jetta takes on Americanized feel Upscale look, more room now featured By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Remember the old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”? Officials at German automaker Volkswagen may be taking it to heart at long last. Perhaps more than any previous VW Jetta, the redesigned-for-2011 five-passenger sedan is built for American tastes. It’s a bigger car with a bigger back seat for the kind of legroom that Americans demand, new sheet metal that makes the car look more upscale than before, and a lower starting retail price that puts the Jetta closer to top-selling compact sedans like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. In fact, the new Jetta’s rear-seat legroom of 38.1 inches is not only greater than the 34.6 inches in the back seat of the Civic, it surpasses the 37.2 inches in the back seat of the mid-size Honda Accord sedan. Overall, the Jetta is nearly 2.9 inches longer than its predecessor. The base 2011 Jetta with front-wheel drive carries a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $16,765 with manual transmission and 115-horsepower, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine. With automatic transmission, the lowest-priced 2011 Jetta starts at $17,865. These prices are still higher, by at least $360, than the major 2010 competitors in the segment. But the base model price tags are a long way from the starting retail price of more than $19,000 for last year’s model, which came with a bigger, more powerful base engine. The new exterior styling of the 2011 Jetta makes the car appear a bit more mainstream. But it also looks more upscale and is a welcome change from the previous Jetta styling; it had grown old. Inside, the changes bring

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The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta has been redesigned to give it more of an American feel. The car handles well on curves and still gets good mileage. The price has come down somewhat from last year’s model. mixed results. The dashboard plastic looks more utilitarian than last year’s Jetta. But controls and gauges are still attractively arranged. There’s a new radio faceplate that draws attention and provides better visibility to the display This also is the first year that the Jetta is available with push-button start as an option. VW’s Intelligent Crash Response System, that automatically turns off the fuel pump, turns on emergency flashers and unlocks the doors after air bags are deployed in a crash, is standard and is on the Jetta for the first time. And six air bags, electronic stability control and antilock brakes are standard on all models. Fans of VW’s fuel-thrifty engines will be happy to know the Jetta TDI — for turbodiesel injection — is in the 2011 lineup with the same 140-horsepower, four

The back seats of the Jetta have been improved for 2011. Also, the legroom has been expanded for more comfort. cylinder engine it had in 2010. But the TDI won’t be in showrooms until late this calendar year; trim levels of the gasoline-powered Jettas — S, SE, SEL and GLI — arrive starting in October from the assembly plant in Mexico.

The test car was the midrange SEL with 170-horsepower, five-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and nice standard features like 17-inch wheels, chrome-finished grille and navigation system with touchscreen. Of course, VW is known for its road handling and

ride, and the test Jetta wound its way through twisty roads and back-and-forth switchbacks with poise. I stayed in my lane on skinny two-lane roads without fuss, even at good speeds around curves. The more I drove, the more comfortable the driving became.

Despite the fact this 2011 Jetta’s suspension wasn’t tuned for sportiness, the car’s handling was pleasing. And the ride was not punishing or harsh for passengers, even on uneven pavement. All in all, I didn’t miss the previous year’s multilink rear suspension. A second Jetta SEL with sport suspension offered more body control through the switchbacks, but the ride became fatiguing on bumpy pavement. There was a good amount of road noise from the SEL’s 17-inch tires with and without sport package, particularly on ground-down concrete highway. But I didn’t notice wind noise. The steering has shifted from electric boost to hydraulic but the steering in the test cars felt linear and comfortable. To get to the lower starting price, VW installs a single overhead cam four-cylinder engine, generating only 115 horsepower and 125 footpounds of torque, into the base S model. This engine wasn’t in last year’s Jetta but was in an earlier generation. The base engine mileage estimates from the federal government of 23 miles per gallon in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway aren’t impressive, since the uplevel engine — a 2.5-liter five cylinder generating 170 horses and 177 foot-pounds of torque — has nearly the same fuel economy rating, 24/31 mpg. Both mileage ratings are for cars with automatic transmissions. The best Jetta for fuel mileage will be, as expected, the one with the turbodiesel. Mileage rating for that car has not been posted yet. I have always liked VW’s supportive seats, and the new Jetta has them, too. The back seat, commodious compared with last year’s Jetta, gave me enough room to stretch and extend my legs, though I still think driving with three adults back there might be a good idea for a short trip only. Rear seatbacks fold down so long items can slip through from the 15.5 cubicfoot trunk.


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Torque, power propel new F-Series F-Series Super Duty trucks are complete packages By Ann M. Job

price of a Silverado 2500 HD. Meanwhile, the 2011 Chrysler Ram starts at Get ready to retrieve your $31,980 for a 2500 Crew Cab jaw from the floor. The 2011 model with 383-horsepower, Ford pickup trucks generate gasoline V-8, two-wheel drive a jaw-dropping 735 footand short bed. Add a 350pounds of torque – enough horsepower diesel power to tow more than 20,000 plant, and the price is $7,615 pounds of trailers, heavy-du- more. ty equipment and the bigThe test Super Duty, an gest, most impressive fifthF-250 Crew Cab with diesel wheel campers around. and a long list of options, This is 85 more foottopped out at more than pounds than the previous $55,000 and was ready to Power Stroke diesel in haul people and stuff anyFord’s brawniest F-Series where in high style. trucks. I use “high” because this The revamped-for-2011 6.75-foot-tall truck was so heavy-duty Ford pickups also high up from the pavement, are more refined and have the door handles were at more electronics to tailor chest level. I could barely them to personal tastes than see the top of the Power does any competitor. Even Dome hood when I stood Internet connectivity next to this truck. Starting manufacturer’s Thank goodness the test suggested retail price, intruck had running boards at cluding destination charge, the side doors to help everyfor a base, 2011 F-250 Super one get inside. \ Duty Regular Cab model is Otherwise, I would have $28,995 with 385-horsepowhad to bring a ladder along. er, gasoline V-8, 8-foot-long The Power Stroke diesel bed and two-wheel drive. burbled and rumbled at An F-250 Super Cab mod- startup with typical diesel el starts at $31,120 with same sounds. But they didn’t preengine, two-wheel drive and pare me for how forcefully short bed. the truck moved forward And the biggest F-250 Su- when I pressed the acceleraper Duty, a Crew Cab model tor. Knowing this truck with four full-size doors and weighed more than 6,000 a spacious back seat, starts pounds, I expected a leisureat $32,480 with 385-horsely pace. power, gasoline V-8, autoBut bristling with more matic transmission, short than 700 foot-pounds of bed and two-wheel drive. But torque for the first time, and the star of the Super Duty – with all that power available the 390-horsepower, 6.7-liter at a low 1,600 rpm, the test Power Stroke turbo diesel truck showed it easily could V-8 with the awesome torque get up and running, and it – adds another $7,835 to the wouldn’t be sluggish and price. slow with a heavy load in Major competitors include tow. the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado The six-speed, heavy-duty, heavy-duty pickups that have automatic transmission is a retail starting price of new and worked smoothly to $28,960 for a 2500 HD with manage the power in all con380-horsepower, gasoline ditions – uphill, downhill and V-8, two-wheel drive and 8on straight roads. There’s no foot-long bed. manual transmission, but the A 397-horsepower, diesel automatic includes a manuV-8 adds $7,730 to the base matic mode where a driver Associated Press

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Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks’ available factory-installed class-exclusive fifth-wheel/gooseneck hitch prep package can make towing a horse trailer easier. can shift through the forward gears. The Super Duty’s newfound torque comes in the first Power Stroke engine engineered and built completely by Ford. Previous diesels came from Navistar International, but disputes with the company ended the relationship. As I drove the Super Duty, the clatter from the diesel didn’t intrude as much as expected. Ford revised the packaging and components of this hard-working, overhead valve diesel and, in the

process, reduced some noise. For example, the engine now has one sequential turbocharger, not two, and it’s fitted atop the engine. This is an industry first, and with new roller bearings moving the turbo shaft, plus new resonators in the intake and the extra sturdiness of the new compacted graphite iron block, noise and vibration emanating from the Super Duty diesel is markedly reduced. But it’s still not as quiet as the diesel in Mercedes-Benz

vehicles. Fuel mileage was a pleasant surprise, averaging 18 mpg (I drove two-thirds of the time on city and country roads, the rest on highways). The fuel tank holds more than twice what a small car does – 35 gallons, for a potential driving range, at my average mpg, of 630 miles. The federal government doesn’t provide fuel economy numbers for large trucks in this category, so there’s no comparison with government figures. Passengers riding in the

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Tundra full-size pickup punches up engine By C. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News

The Toyota Tundra fullsize pickup returns for 2011 with a new, more powerful base V-6 engine and a streamlined model lineup that the Japanese automaker says focuses on the 28 most in-demand configurations. In other words, there are fewer model choices, but they’re the ones that consumers have been most interested in buying. The simplification is designed to improve efficiency and to save money. Prices for 2011 range from $23,935 for the two-wheeldrive, regular-cab V-6 model to $42,455 for the Limited Crew Max four-wheel drive with a 5.7-liter V-8. The new base 4.0-liter V-6 engine for 2011, which is standard in the Tundra Regular and Double Cab models, produces 270 horsepower. That’s up from 236 horsepower for the 2010 models’ V-6 engine. Dual variable valve timing with intelligence has been incorporated into the V-6 engine to increase power and performance. That technology already is used in both of the V-8 engines offered in the Tundra. For 2011, the 4.6- and 5.7-liter V-8 engines remain in the Tundra lineup, producing 310 and 381 horsepower, respectively. They come with a sixspeed automatic transmission. The V-6 engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/ downhill shift logic, which helps eliminate annoying frequent shifting on hills. Toyota has made trailer sway control standard on all 2011 Tundra models, acknowledging that many fullsize pickup buyers use their vehicles for towing at least part of the time. It’s one of the main reasons people buy pickups.

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some road bumps came through to passengers. I wished for a tad more refinement. Still, I had no complaints with the way the 5-foot-6inch tall Sorento maneuvered on country roads By Ann M. Job and in the city. It held its Associated Press line without wallowing and The 2011 Kia Sorento is always felt poised. the most stylish looking SoSeats are up a ways rento sport utility vehicle evfrom the pavement, so paser. sengers have mostly good It’s also the first Sorento views out. But I didn’t have built in a U.S. factory, the to scramble to get in. first Sorento with unibody The tester had the upleconstruction like that used vel engine, and it got the for cars, and it’s the first ofmore than 15-foot-long Sofered in this country with a rento scooting along. four-cylinder engine. The vehicle didn’t feel But even shoppers who heavy; it seemed sprightly don’t know or care about the and energetic. big changes South Korea’s The 3.5-liter, double Kia made for its 2011 midsize overhead cam V-6 comes Sorento sport utility vehicle only with the six-speed auare likely to be impressed. tomatic. The newest Sorento, a The powerplant develsecond-generation model ops a healthy 276 horsebuilt in West Point, Ga., is power, which compares upscale in its exterior apwith 269 horses from the pearance, handles well and V-6 in the RAV4. There’s Provided/Kia no V-6 in the CR-V. has the best ride of any Sorento ever. The Sorento’s torque South Korea’s Kia has made big changes to its 2011 Sorento – including an upscale interior appearance and a better overall And last month, it was peaks at 248 foot-pounds at ride than former models. The Sorento also retains Kia’s 10year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. named a “top safety pick” 5,000 rpm, so this SUV after crash testing by the Indoesn’t charge forward. But surance Institute for Highway Safety. the response is more than adequate. Best of all, the 2011 Sorento retains Kia’s The RAV4’s V-6 torque peaks at 246 exemplary 10-year, 100,000-mile, limited powfoot-pounds at 4,700 rpm. ertrain warranty. The Sorento is about on par with The bad news: Starting prices for the most competitors in fuel mileage. sought-after models are up there with Honda I averaged 21.1 miles per gallon with Mercedes-Benz and Toyota SUVs. the V-6 in 60 percent city driving and 40 Starting manufacturer’s suggested repercent highway and with light passentail price, including destination charge, ger and cargo loads. is $20,790 for a 2011 Sorento with But it meant I needed to fill the two-wheel drive and six-speed man18-gallon fuel tank after some 320 ual transmission. miles. 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When equipped with fourThe 2011 Sorento offers first month’s payment wheel drive, Honda’s 2010 third-row seats, and they CR-V and Toyota’s 2010 were included in the test capitalized cost reduction RAV4 also have lower starting vehicle. They pull up and retail prices than the Sorento go down with remarkable title & license fees with all-wheel drive. ease and simplicity; other carLease at $499 for 33 months The CR-V 4WD starts at makers could learn from $0 Due at Delivery $23,575, and the RAV4 4WD them. cash due at signing 10,000 Miles Per Year starts at $23,875, while the 2011 SoBut these two most rearward rento AWD starts at $24,890. seats are best for children only. Typically Kia’s second most popular Legroom is a mere 31.3 inches. 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A test driver of the Jaguar XJ Supersport sedan said it took a few days to learn how to modulate the car’s power. supercharged V-8 under the On highways, the power long hood. just kept coming. I never had One push of the acceleraa moment when I thought tor pedal, and my body was the XJ was straining or toppressed into the seatback. ping out. Note that top speed The car seemed to jet foris electronically limited to ward with noticeable ease. 155 miles an hour, and zeroThe car’s throttle was to-60-mph time is less than 5 touchy, so much so that seconds, which is sports car slight pressure on the accelrange. erator could move the vehiGasoline consumption was cle swiftly out of the garage. I fierce, too. I managed 16 spent days learning how to miles per gallon in the test modulate the power. It just drive in combined city/highcould come on so quickly – way driving. I’d be up over the speed limit The federal government’s in residential areas before I rating for the XJ Supersport knew it, or riding the rear model that I had is 15 mpg in bumper of a vehicle in front city driving and 21 mpg on of me. the highway – similar to a No wonder. A full 461 foot- Ram pickup truck – and the pounds of torque comes on government notes that the by a low 2,500 rpm and concar uses premium gasoline. tinues to 5,500 rpm. With a truck-like 21.7-gallon

tank, the cost for a fill-up isn’t cheap. Still, for a car that’s almost 17 feet long, the XJ handled well. Body motions were controlled, though passengers felt road vibrations nearly all the time. Driver and passengers in the test XJ rested easily on leather-trimmed seats. But everyone rode close to the pavement, so views out were mostly blocked by taller vehicles. The car’s interior has luxury touches, include a dashboard swathed in leather. But carpeting didn’t seem to be as plush as in older XJs. Also surprising was the electronic instrument panel. The area in was black and bare at first, then would fill with what appeared to be

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V6 Mustang ramps up gas efficiency Power of revised engine right up there with V8 By Ann M. Job

ther the Camaro nor Challenger is available as a convertible. My test Mustang There’s value aplenty in was a 2011 Premium coupe the 2011 Ford Mustang. with automatic transmission For just $22,995, buyers that had shift-it-yourself conget more than 300 horsepow- trols that don’t require a er, a six-speed transmission clutch pedal. and the unmistakable sporty While buyers who demand looks of one of America’s fabrawny V-8 power may scoff, vorite icons. The newest the tester with new, 3.7-liter Mustang even has the best V-6 performed so well that I six-cylinder fuel economy rat- wondered if a V-8 is really ing ever in the car’s 47-year necessary anymore. The test history – 19 miles per gallon car bounded down highways in city driving and 31 mpg on with gusto, sounded throaty the highway, according to on full acceleration and rethe federal government. sponded quickly and impresAnd this comes from a sively to throttle demands. new V-6 whose 305 horseThe V-6 has modern doupower is just 10 less than the ble overhead cam technology V-8 that was in the 2010 Mus- and gets the most out of regtang GT. It’s a happy confluular gasoline — no premium ence of power and efficiency. required — via variable But it’s also surprising that it valves that operate on both shows up in a famous sporty intake and exhaust. There’s car. Mustang buyers typical- an honest-to-goodness dual ly don’t make fuel economy a exhaust, too. high priority. Compared with the previSold as a two-door coupe ous V-6, the new engine genand convertible, the 2011 erates power with ease. Mustang has a starting retail Torque peaks at a comfortprice of $22,995 for a V-6 cou- able 280 foot-pounds at 4,500 pe with six-speed manual rpm. This compares with 240 transmission. A six-speed au- foot-pounds in the old Mustomatic, which nets the top tang V-6 and 273 foot-pounds fuel economy rating, adds at 5,200 rpm in the Camaro. $995 to the price. A few passengers thought Gosh, these prices aren’t the Mustang test car had a far from the $23,305 starting V-8 in it, because engine retail price for a more hosounds were strong and the hum 2010 Honda Accord cou- power even stronger. pe with 190-horsepower, fourThe new powertrain also cylinder engine and manual gives the Mustang finesse. It transmission. no longer sounds rough. Mustang V-6 prices also The 5-liter V-8 is updated, compare favorably with the too, for 2011. Horsepower starting manufacturer’s sugnow tops out at 412 versus gested retail price, including 315 last year, and peak destination charge, of torque is up to 390 foot$23,530 for a 2010 Chevrolet pounds at 4,250 rpm versus Camaro coupe with 304325 last year. horsepower V-6 and manual Fuel economy numbers transmission. The lowest for the V-6 aren’t an aberrastarting retail price for a Cation. Despite aggressive drivmaro with automatic is ing, the test car managed just $24,525. over 22 mpg in combined Note that the top fuel city/highway driving. economy rating for the CaShifts from the automatic maro is 17/29 mpg with auto- transmission, which is a sixmatic transmission. speed, were well-timed for Meantime, a 2010 Dodge good power delivery, and the Challenger with 250-hormanumatic function worked spower V-6 starts at $23,695 well, too. and is rated at 17/25 mpg. The ride was surprising, There’s no manual transmis- too. For 2011, Ford engineers sion in the Challenger. Neiadjusted some suspension

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The 2011 Ford Mustang GT has an all-new 5.0-liter V-8 engine that uses advanced technology to deliver 412 horsepower and a best-in-class highway fuel economy of 26 mpg. The 2011 Mustang also offers 11 class-exclusive technologies. car didn’t scrape on driveway entrances, and handling overall was nimble, even in parking lots. Just be sure to leave enough clearance to open the long coupe doors without banging into adjacent cars. Rear window visibility is improved for 2011, thanks to rear head restraints that fold forward and rest against the seatback when the seats aren’t in use. There are just two seats in back, and they’re fine for children and small adults, although the large rear window means the back-seat can get hot on sunny days. Rear passengers in the A glass roof, available on 2011 Mustang V-6 and Mustang GT models, lends an entirely new di- test car also found they had to arrange their feet around mension to interior design. cables and a raised front-seat settings, and the result was a body gaps and interior trim head, the reading could flip track, and I really hated how test car that was buttoned pieces and stitching on the between 43 mph and close to front-seat passengers sat low, down on twisty roads yet leather seats well aligned and 50. as if in a hole, with no seat cruised nicely on highways consistent. Leather seat trim Mustang’s styling is famil- height adjustment. and didn’t punish passengers was part of the Premium iar and still old-school, with a The 13.4-cubic-foot trunk on city streets in need of remodel contents. long hood and sinister, has an opening that’s oddly pair. Electrically assisted Still, I couldn’t always read browed headlights. From the shaped, to accommodate the steering wasn’t as precise as my exact speed: The numdriver’s seat, I couldn’t see rear taillights. I’d like, but it was more than bers and markings on the the front of the hood, and a Also, be careful not to adequate. stylish, analog speedometer couple times, I bumped the damage the short antenna Fit and finish on the test are close together. Dependlower air dam on concrete that’s atop the rear fender, by coupe was excellent, with all ing on which way I held my curbs in parking lots. But the the trunk opening.

BUICK

1st US Regal since 2004 well-composed With roots in Germany, sedan offers smooth ride By Ann M. Job

Standard safety items include front and side air bags, head curtain air bags, Buick’s reputation as a electronic stability control premium American brand and traction control. takes a new turn with the In terms of price, the Renew-for-2011 Regal midsize gal CXL models come in besedan. tween the traditional sales The five-passenger car leaders of the four-cylinder, that wears the well-known midsize sedan segment, Regal name this year is such as the Toyota Camry nothing like the old Regals. and Honda Accord, and the Gone are the six-cylinder more luxuriously appointed, engines, the wallowy ride V-6-powered, midsize seand the senior citizen styldans, such as the Toyota ing. Avalon and Lincoln MKZ. The 2011 Regal – the first For example, a decently Regal in U.S. showrooms appointed 2011 Camry SE since 2004 – is attractive with 169-horsepower, fourand modern, powered by cylinder engine and autofour-cylinder engines, and it matic transmission starts at rides and handles with com- $24,250. Meantime, the posure not traditionally exstarting retail price for a pected of a Buick. 2011 Lincoln MKZ with 263The early 2011 models horsepower V-6 is $35,180. aren’t even built in the UnitThe test Regal with noned States. They come from turbo engine and option a German factory, which package that added power has been building the seadjustable front-passenger dans as Opel Insignias for seat, sunroof, Harman KarEuropeans for a couple don sound system and rear years. Buick’s parent compa- parking sensors, topped out ny, General Motors Co., at nearly $30,000. owns Opel. I wouldn’t have recogBut Buick pricing still is nized this car as a Regal. It a bit on the premium side. has a pleasing exterior apStarting manufacturer’s sug- pearance that’s neither oldgested retail price, including style nor weird. No one destination charge, for a looked twice or asked about 2011 Regal with 182-horsethe test car. But at the rear power, direct-injection, four- of the car, styling reminded cylinder engine is $26,995. me of the old Pontiac G6. A turbocharged, 2011 ReMuch of the engineering gal with 258-horsepower on the new, front-wheel four cylinder starts at drive Regal occurred at Ger$29,495. many’s Opel, helping to exCurrently, both models plain why this Regal procome in CXL trim only, with vides drivers and many luxury features stanpassengers with a sense of dard, including leatherconnectivity to the road. trimmed seats, leatherThis wasn’t a trait of many wrapped steering wheel, Regals of the past. Bluetooth connectivity, XM Steering in the test car satellite radio, automatic du- had good, on-center feel, al-zone climate control and and I heard and felt mild vi18-inch wheels. brations as the tires went Associated Press

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the 2011 Regal provides drivers and passengers with a sense of connectivity to the road. over manhole covers and other road imperfections. Yet, overall, the ride wasn’t harsh or overly firm. The Regal tester was a car that would be easy for most any driver to turn on and just drive comfortably. Drivers would be hard pressed to tell that there’s only a four-cylinder under the hood. In the test car with naturally aspirated, 2.4liter, double overhead cam, Ecotec four-cylinder, power came on steadily and with good "oomph." Helping boost four-cylinder horsepower to 182, as opposed to the 169 horses in a four-cylinder Camry, is direct injection of the fuel. It’s a feature that European carmakers such as Volkswagen AG have mastered to get the most power out of engines. In the naturally aspirated Regal, peak torque is 172 foot-pounds at 4,900 rpm,

and while it’s not all there at slow speeds, there’s enough that drivers don’t have to feel like they’re sitting ducks as they merge into traffic. Obviously, the pricier turbo Regal is more powerful, with 220 horses and 258 foot-pounds of torque at a low 2,000 rpm. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions. Neither version of Regal, though, is a fuel-sipper. The best federal government fuel mileage rating for the 2011 Regal is 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway for the non-turbo car, like the one I tested. This is nearly the same as the 20/30-mpg rating that the government gives to the V-6-powered Honda Accord midsize sedan with 271 horsepower. In the test Regal, I managed just under 20 mpg dur-

ing my drive, which nearly 70 percent of which was in the city. Thus, with a gasoline tank capacity of 18.4 gallons, I could only go about 350 miles before needing a fillup of regular unleaded gas. Premium fuel is recommended for the turbo Regal. The Regal’s interior is a well-laid-out space that’s quiet and devoid of most gimmicks. Seats provide good padding and support, particularly in the front, where the seat cushions are lengthy. But the leather had such a thick, durable feel, some passengers assumed it was good-looking vinyl. The three-spoke steering wheel with built-in controls for the driver information center and radio adds a sporty touch. Lighting and sizing of the gauges are done well, though the gasoline and

temperature gauges are positioned strangely. When the gas gauge needle points downward, the car still has half a tank left. And when the temperature gauge needle points to the 3 o’clock position, the engine temperature is dangerously hot. There’s decent, 37.3 inches of legroom in the back seat, which is about the same as in the Honda Accord. Rear headroom suffers a bit because of the Regal’s sloping roofline, but it’s nice to see rear door windows that go down all the way. Trunk space measures a competitive 14.25 cubic feet. The Regal line will be changing in coming months. Regal production will shift to a GM factory early next year. And CX trim level models with less standard equipment are planned for the 2012 model year.


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Hatchback makes cute, efficient debut Vehicle outperforms others in its class on gas mileage By Ann M. Job

$15,530, and the uplevel Mazda Touring version with upgraded interior, fog lights The bright, neon-green and rear spoiler starts at exterior ensured no one $16,185. missed my 2011 Mazda2 test By comparison, the Honda car. But it was the hatchFit five-door hatchback with back’s maneuverable small 118-horsepower, four-cylinder size and fuel economy that engine started at $15,650 for really caught everyone’s atthe 2010 model year, and the tention. Scion xD hatchback started New for 2011, the diminuat $15,620. Pricing for 2011s tive Mazda2 is the first hasn’t yet been announced. smaller, so-called B-segment The 2011 Nissan Versa car that Mazda Motor Corp. hatchback has a starting reof Japan has brought to the tail price of $14,270. United States in some seven While reluctant to characyears. terize the Mazda2 as cute, I Less than 13 feet long and admit that opening the home lighter than many small garage each day and seeing hatchback competitors, the how little space the car took Mazda2 is a nimble, five-door up made me smile. There’s handler whose 100 horsenothing intimidating about power engine provides a sur- this little car, outside or inprisingly sprightly ride, parside, where the gauges and ticularly with the five-speed controls are fairly simple to manual transmission. use and understand. Even better, the Mazda2 I appreciated that the outperforms most other Mazda2 retains the circular small hatchbacks, such as air vents on the dashboard the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa that are in other Mazdas. and Scion xD, in gasoline They can be cranked around mileage. to about any direction and The top U.S government angle and make adjusting air fuel economy rating for the flow around your face and Mazda2 is 29 miles per galbody easier than in many lon in city driving and 35 other cars. mpg on the highway with But, because passengers manual transmission. in the Mazda2 sit at car This makes the Mazda2 height on the road, I didn’t the fourth-best non-hybrid like having my views small car in the United blocked by every pickup States in gas mileage, actruck, sport utility vehicle cording to the government. and van in front of me. Also, Only hybrids, diesel-powered a few times, when drivers cut Volkswagens and the Ford me off in traffic, I wondered Fiesta, Mini Cooper and Toy- whether the Mazda2 was so ota Yaris have received small that they didn’t see me higher fuel mileage ratings. coming. Best of all, the Mazda2 is Still, the ride and driving Mazda’s price leader. Startwas impressive for such a ing manufacturer’s suggestsmall, low-cost car. ed retail price, including desThe 1.5-liter, double overtination charge, of $14,730 head cam four cylinder has for a 2011 Mazda2 is $5,705 variable valve timing and less than the starting retail worked well with the manual price of Mazda’s previous en- transmission to give the car try car, the Mazda3. a frisky personality. Peak With automatic transmistorque rating is 98 footsion the 2011 Mazda starts at pounds at 4,000 rpm. Associated Press

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The 2011 Mazda2 makes its debut this year. The small vehicle (under 13 feet in length) offers good handling and fuel economy and the price is more than $5,000 less than the Mazda3, the company’s previous entry vehicle. The 100 horses and 98 foot-pound of torque don’t sound like much until the Mazda2’s light weight is factored in. Weighing barely 2,300 pounds with manual transmission, this little hatchback is lighter than the Fit, Mini and Versa. As for safety, the Mazda2 comes standard with the usual safety equipment, such as front, side and curtain air bags, antilock brakes and stability control. Even traction control is standard. The test Mazda2 bounded up hills, was a zippy city traveler and did well on highways, all without the engine sounding overly stressed. The interior isn’t exactly quiet, but it’s not noisy, either.

The gearshift lever, locatthe car – the Mazda2 didn’t ed at the lower part of the bob up and down too badly center of the dashboard, over highway expansion rather than in the center con- cracks. sole, had a notchy feel, but I Generally, body motions never missed a shift. in this front-wheel drive car A four-speed automatic felt damped and nicely conalso is available, but it adds trolled. $800 to the price and reducRear-seat legroom is an es the city and highway mile- abbreviated 33 inches but age rating by 2 mpg. headroom is commendable Overall, in a test drive at 37 inches. with about 60 percent city Cargo room measures driving, the test car averaged 13.3 cubic feet behind the just over 32 mpg without any rear seats. But folding down effort to maximize mileage. the 60/40-split rear seatPassengers felt some vibacks is easy and expands brations. But it wasn’t a the space to nearly 28 cubic harsh ride. feet. Even with a relatively There are few factory-insmall wheelbase – the disstalled options for the Maztance from one wheel on one da2. For example, there’s no side of the car to the other navigation system or leather wheel on the same side of seats, but leather-wrapped

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Nissan’s iconic Z sports cars return for 2011 with only minor changes after a complete redesign just two years ago, the automaker says. The lineup for the new model year comprises the 370Z Coupe, 370Z Roadster and Nismo 370Z. Coupe models begin with the base version with a sixspeed manual transmission for $30,610 (plus $750 freight). With a seven-speed automatic, the base Coupe is $31,910. The Coupe Touring models are $35,280 with the sixspeed manual and $36,580 with the seven-speed automatic. Convertibles are a bit higher priced, but lots more fun. They start at $37,520 (plus freight) for the base Roadster with the manual gearbox and $38,820 with the automatic. The Touring Roadster models are $41,070 with the manual transmission and $42,370 with the automatic. At the top of the line is the Nismo Coupe, which lists for $39,990 (plus freight). Nissan calls the Nismo “a tuner Zenthusiast’s dream” and says it’s the most powerful production version of the Z-car ever produced. It comes with a 350-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, “racing-inspired” styling inside and out, a special suspension and super-lightweight forged alloy wheels. For 2011, the only change is the new Gun Metallic exterior color. No automatic transmission is offered, and there is no convertible Nismo version. Other features of the Nismo include an “H-configured” exhaust system design, muffler tuning and special engine control module. The close-ratio transmission comes with Nissan’s

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Midsize Kizashi gathering attention Sporty sedan among best in its class By G. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News

Suzuki, the Japanese automaker known in the United States mostly for its motorcycles and sport utility vehicles, now has one of the market’s best midsize sport sedans, but it’s suffering from a lack of attention. The Kizashi, introduced for 2010, just might be the best car nobody’s heard of, but Suzuki aims to fix that with a clever new ad campaign that began airing on national TV during Christmas week. In the ad blitz, themed “Kizashi Kicks,” Suzuki attempts to show consumers that the car has the “driving excitement, luxury and safety attributes of a premium sedan,” the automaker says. The Kizashi has the potential to help Suzuki rebound in the U.S. market, where its sales were off 38 percent last year compared with 2009. December was a bright spot, however, as sales rose 40 percent from the same month in 2009. They also rose 12 percent from November, with the Kizashi the company’s secondbest seller behind the popular SX4 subcompact sedan and crossover models. For 2011, the Kizashi returns with a new Sport trim package standard on the midlevel GTS and top-of-the-line SLS models, which Suzuki says “adds a host of external and internal modifications, including a more muscular front fascia with chrome accents and lower grille, bodyside sill extensions, lower body-side molding with chrome accents, a trunkmounted spoiler, custom lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels appropriate to a flagship vehicle, unique sport steering wheel, and contrasting stitching on the leather seats, shift boot and emergency brake boot.” The result, the company said “is a sport sedan with crisp handling enveloped in a well-controlled ride, one typically found in more expensive, premium sport sedans.” Other changes include a new standard continuously variable transmission for the SE model; upgraded 235/4518 tires mounted on alloy wheels; a 10-way power driver’s seat with three-position memory; cruise control; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shifter and parking brake lever. The Kizashi already is an award winner. AutoPacific gave the sedan its 2010 Vehicle Satisfaction and Ideal Vehicle awards, and Consumer’s Digest named it a “Best Buy.” Competing in the segment dominated by such import brands as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Kizashi (pronounced “kee-zahshee) is the largest car produced by Suzuki, offering seating for up to five people and an exterior design that adds a bit of a sporty flair to this often-dull vehicle class. Prices begin at an affordable $18,999 (plus $745 freight) for the base S model with six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive and $21,999 for the S version with a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (something that most of its competitors don’t offer at any price). Kizashi also comes in the SE, GTS and SLS trim levels, with prices topping out at $27,149 for the SLS all-wheel drive. Even the S models come with lots of standard features that either cost extra or aren’t even available on some of its competitors. Among these are push-button keyless start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a ninespeaker audio system with steering-wheel controls, electronic stability control, projector-beam headlights, power windows/mirrors/door locks, front seat-mounted side air bags, roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for both rows, and ambient and footwell lighting. Some of these features push the Kizashi toward the near-luxury segment – which includes such vehicles as the Toyota Avalon and Nissan

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2011 Suzuki Kizashi: Suzuki’s largest car, this midsize sedan adds sporty flair to this often-dull class that includes the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Kizashi prices range from $18,999 to $17,249, with lots of standard features that cost extra on other models. Maxima – but at prices thousands of dollars less than those cars. Moving up to the SE model – which ranges from $21,899 (two-wheel drive) to $23,249 (all-wheel drive) – brings the CVT and other extras mentioned above. Prices begin at $22,899 for the GTS Sport two-wheeldrive model with manual transmission, or $23,999 with the CVT, and $25,349 for the all-wheel-drive version with the CVT. Extras on the GTS include a 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with 10 speakers and Bluetooth audio streaming, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a power moon roof and paddle shifters for the CVT. The SLS Sport model starts at $24,699 with front drive and the manual transmission and $25,799 with the CVT. Added amenities include leather upholstery, power passenger seat, heated front seats and outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors (with graphic display) and a universal garage/ gate opener.

Under the hood of all models is a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 170 footpounds of torque with the manual transmission and 180 horsepower with the CVT. This engine has a zeromaintenance, self-adjusting timing chain rather than the timing belt that most competitors have. Anyone who has owned a vehicle with a timing belt knows how expensive it can be to replace the belt, which has to be done at regular intervals or the entire engine can be ruined. The Kizashi comes with a rigid unibody structure that has received the top ratings in frontal- and side-impact tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also meets NHTSA crash standards that don’t take effect until 2014. All-wheel drive is available at all trim levels. This is a full-time system that works automatically to deliver power effectively to the wheels with the most traction. The system can be turned on or off by the driver and helps keep the vehicle stable on all

The Kizashi’s interior includes standard features including push-button keyless starts, dualzone automatic climate control, and power windows, mirrors and door locks. road surfaces, wet or dry. The front sport seats, which have map pockets in their backs, are quite comfortable, as is the Kizashi’s back seat, as long as there are no more than two adults back there. The middle position in the rear is best left to smaller children. A 60/40 split allows the rear seat to be folded in sec-

tions or all together to add cargo space. There is a rear center armrest with a trunk pass-through and cup holders. EPA ratings for the Kizashi are 21 mpg city/31 highway with front drive and the manual gearbox, with 16inch wheels; 20/29 with the manual, front drive and 17- or 18-inch wheels; 23/31 with

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2011 Accord: Refreshed styling, better mpg Hard not to admire this perennial favorite By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Even in troubled economic times, the long-running Honda Accord remains the second best-selling car in the United States. And no wonder it stays popular. The Accord sedan is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine and earned top scores recently in newly revised, tougher crash testing by the federal government. With refreshed styling, the 2011 Accord gets better gasoline mileage than its 2010 predecessor, too. The new federal government fuel economy estimates of 23 miles per gallon in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway for the 2011 Accord sedan with four-cylinder engine, for example, are the best of all large, 2011-model sedans except for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata with four-cylinder engine. One of Honda’s bestknown nameplates, the Accord has a higher starting retail price this model year. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $21,930 for a base, 2011 Accord sedan with 177-horsepower four cylinder and manual transmission. The lowest-priced Accord sedan with automatic has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $22,730. Accords also are sold as coupes, with a starting retail price of $23,530 with a 190horsepower four cylinder. The higher-powered, 190horse four cylinder is offered in the sedan, too, and a 271-horsepower V-6 is available in both the Accord sedan and coupe. Competitors include the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, which has a starting retail price of $19,195 with 198-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. The starting retail price is $20,915 with automatic transmission. Another competitor is the

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The 2011 Honda Accord SE Sedan is built in Marysville, Ohio. The Accord sedan is a Consumer Reports recommended buy and earned top scores in newly revised, tougher crash testing by the federal government. 2011 Toyota Camry, which starts at $19,962 for a base model with 169-horsepower four cylinder and manual transmission. A base Camry with automatic starts at $20,884. But note the Camry is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a mid-size car, not a large car like the Accord. EPA bases the size on interior volume of the auto. For decades, the Accord and Camry have been rivals bidding to be America’s best-selling cars. In 2010, the Camry beat out the Accord again to claim the top-selling-car crown, but Camry sales declined last year from their 2009 levels, while Accord car sales increased to 282,530. An additional, recent model – the Accord Crosstour – is more of a tall, five-door wagon in the style of today’s crossover sport utility vehicles. But it added another 28,000 sales in calendar 2010 on top of the 282,530.

The test Accord – a 2011 SE Special Edition sedan that included luxury appointments leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, driver’s seat two-way power lumbar and leather-wrapped steering wheel – was roomy, comfortable for both front and back seat passengers and nimble in its handling. It looked pleasant, too, with new grille, front bumper and trunk lid. But it wasn’t as jazzy-looking as the two-door Accord coupe or some newer competing sedans, like the Sonata. Still, it’s difficult not to admire the Accord’s base, 2.4liter, double overhead cam four cylinder with Honda’s variable valve system mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The powerplant delivered smooth, capable power that was surprising for moving the lengthy sedan along without stress. The 16.2-foot-long Accord sedan is 3 inches longer than the Sonata and 5 inches

longer than the Camry. It’s wider than these major competitors, too. But in a sign of Honda’s careful attention to weight, the Accord sedan’s weight of 3,279 pounds was just about the same as a comparable Sonata’s and a bit less than a comparable Camry’s. As a result, the test Accord sedan responded readily when I pressed the accelerator pedal, and I merged into traffic without hesitation. The Accord’s 161 footpounds of torque at 4,300 rpm isn’t exactly sporting, but it comes on steadily and deliberately to power this large sedan nicely on the roads. I noticed shift points now and then, and I heard the engine under hard acceleration. But the overall power delivery was fine, especially considering that the gasoline gauge didn’t move very much. I managed to get more than 23 mpg on the test drive, which involved 70

percent city driving. The Accord sedan wound through mountain curves with poise that I didn’t expect for such a large car. The double wishbone front suspension and rear multilink suspension didn’t mask road imperfections, however, as passengers readily felt road vibrations, even as tires passed over manhole covers. I didn’t notice much wind noise, but I heard some road noise in the test car. It seemed like every day I tried to elevate the driver’s seat beyond its already topheight position. After driving taller vehicles, I felt a bit low to the pavement in the Accord and I fussed over having to endure blocking views of the backs of vans and pickup trucks. The rear seat is nicely accommodating, even for three adults, if needed. There are 37.2 inches of legroom back there, exceeding the 34.6 inches in the back seat of the Sonata. The Accord’s 38.5 inches of rear-seat headroom

is more than the Camry’s. The Accord sedan’s trunk looks roomy, with 14.7 cubic feet of space. There’s more space available when rear seatbacks fold down. But the Sonata has a 16.4-cubic-foot trunk and the base Camry offers 15 cubic feet back there. The test Accord came with many standard safety features, including electronic stability control, antilock brakes, anti-whiplash front head restraints and curtain air bags. But beyond the leatherappointed interior, there were few extras. Even the underside of the trunk was bare metal, with no lining or trunk lid handle that I could find. Last month, Honda announced some 2011 Accords with V-6 engines are the subject of a safety recall. The company said front suspension bolts may not have been tightened properly, which could result in a loss of steering.

MERCEDES-BENZ

E-Class Cabriolets stylish, ride smoothly Both models include many standard features By Ann M. Job

Audi A5 Cabriolet, which has a starting retail price of $42,875 with turbocharged The new-for-2011 Mercefour-cylinder engine, and the des-Benz E-Class Cabriolets 2010 BMW 650i Convertible, are stylish cruisers – but a which starts at $86,175 with bit old-fashioned. 360-horsepower V-8. The open-top, 2011 E350 Despite their E-Class and E550 look pretty on the moniker, these Cabriolets road, ride smoothly and ride on a rear-wheel drive have the latest amenities platform that shares a lot and technology to make with the smaller, lowereven cool-weather driving priced Mercedes C-Class semore comfortable than exdans. pected. But like past MerceBut the new convertibles’ des Cabriolets of the early striking exterior styling, 1990s, the E-Class Cabrios well-crafted interior and 15.4have fabric soft tops, not the foot-length ensure that the more complicated and Cabrios don’t come off as weighty retractable hardtops entry-level Mercedes. that are common today. And The tester, an uplevel so the E-Class convertibles E550 with 5.5-liter, double offer a good amount of overhead cam V-8, surprised trunk space. with its calm, cruising perStarting manufacturer’s sonality in city traffic and suggested retail price, inwas an easy, welcoming car cluding destination charge, for everyday use. for the E350 Cabriolet with Thanks to a nicely 268-horsepower V-6 is damped suspension, passen$57,725. The uplevel E550 gers didn’t feel many road with 382-horsepower V-8 bumps, and even vibrations starts at $65,675. were predominantly mild. Both models come with With roof closed, the interimany standard features, inor was strikingly quiet for a cluding leather-trimmed soft-top convertible. I noseats, seven-speed automatic ticed that typical loud transmission, dual-zone clisounds from nearby trucks mate control, tilt and teleand the roar of Harley moscoping steering wheel, 18torcycles in the lane next to inch wheels and adjustable, me were kept to a mini14-way, power front seats. mum. Mercedes engineers Standard safety items incall the fabric top an acousclude front and side air tic roof, and it’s made thick bags, a driver air bag to and sturdy to insulate help keep the driver proper- against the weather and ly positioned behind the noise. steering wheel during a It also goes up or down frontal crash, electronic sta- in 20 seconds with the bility control and pop-up touch of a button. rollbars that deploy in a rollBut I had to search to over crash. find the button. It’s tucked Competitors in the fourunder a small, leatherpassenger luxury convertible trimmed cover in the center segment include the 2011 console. Associated Press

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The open-top 2011 E350 and E550 have fabric soft tops, as opposed to the more complicated retractable hardtops that are common today. They also offer a good amount of trunk space. One of the hallmarks of the E-Class Cabrios is how much Mercedes did to include features that make these cars warm and less windy when the tops are down. One feature is the Airscarf, which blows heated air onto the backs of front-passenger necks through small air holes between the head restraints and the top of the seatbacks. Mercedes put this feature into its SLK two-seater. Now, it’s improved and effective in the E-Class Cabrios. Mercedes also has its new Aircap – a panel that a driver can activate from the top of the windshield to help direct air flow over front and rear passengers. With side windows up, it seems to be most beneficial for people in the front seat, rather than

the back. But it left me wondering: Isn’t a convertible ride supposed to feel like you’re in the open air and not just under a big sunroof? These convertibles have structural reinforcements for a stable ride, without shakes when the roof is down. The reinforcements also add weight, making the cars feel solid. Specifically, the test E550 Cabriolet had a curb weight of more than 4,000 pounds, which is about what a GMC Canyon pickup truck with V-8 weighs. Fuel mileage isn’t the best for the four-seat E550, and it uses premium gasoline. The federal government rating is just 15 miles per gallon in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway. My test driving average was less than 19 mpg, but I

didn’t try to maximize mileage. The strong power from the throaty V-8 was intoxicating and I enjoyed the rush that came when I pressed firmly on the accelerator. Peak torque is 391 foot-pounds, and it comes on at 2,800 rpm and holds to 4,800 rpm. This is enough for a zero-to-60-milean-hour sprint in just 5.1 seconds, according to Mercedes. The base engine, a 3.5-liter V-6, generates 258 footpounds of torque starting at 2,400 rpm. The Mercedes has little “arms” that bring the frontseat shoulder belts forward so driver and passenger don’t have to twist around to grab them after they get in the car. The two back seats are

nicely cushioned and sculpted. But they remain a bit cramped in legroom and, when the roof is on, headroom. I used every bit of the 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space when the roof was folded down. When the roof was atop the car, I had a full 11.8 cubic feet of storage room in the trunk. Last month, the 2011 EClass Cabriolet was among C- and other E-Class models named in a safety recall of 85,300 cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a loss of power steering fluid could lead impair a driver’s ability to steer properly. Convertibles aren’t the only new models for the EClass line. There’s a new, fifth-generation, 2011 E-Class Wagon, too.


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New Juke eccentric but affordable Wagon, hatch or SUV, one distinctive personality By Ann M. Job Associated Press

The name isn’t the only thing that’s different about Nissan’s new, small, tall Juke hatchback. New for 2011, the fiveseat Juke looks bigger than it is and has eccentric front styling. Round headlights can be mistaken for fog lamps and turn signal lights are positioned so high by the hood they can be seen from the front seat. The only engine in the relatively lightweight Juke is Nissan’s first-in-the-UnitedStates direct-injection, turbocharged four cylinder that generates an impressive 188 horsepower and uses premium gasoline. The decidedly distinctive personality of the Juke as well as the affordable purchase price are likely attractions for buyers. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $19,760 for a base, Juke S with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that operates for the driver like an automatic. Buyers must pay more to pair the turbo four cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. Starting MSRP, including destination charge for a 2011 Juke with manual and front-wheel drive is $21,060. The lowest-priced allwheel drive Juke starts at $21,260 and has a CVT. Allwheel drive Jukes come only with CVT. Juke competitors run the gamut from boxy small cars to small sport utility vehicles. The 2011 boxy, five-door Kia Soul, which has virtually the same outer dimensions as the Juke, has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $13,995 with man-

ual transmission and 122horsepower, naturally aspirated four cylinder. Another competitor, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson sport utility vehicle that’s 9 inches longer from bumper to bumper and a couple inches wider than the Juke, has a starting retail price of $19,540 with manual transmission and $20,540 with automatic. Base engine in the Tuscon is a 165-horsepower naturally aspirated four cylinder. Don’t be surprised if people label the Juke differently. It looks like a small SUV, and riders sit up a good bit from the pavement, which is nice. But the federal government’s fuel rating agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, labels the Juke a small station wagon, and many journalists describe the Juke as a hatchback, albeit a bit taller and beefier-looking than other hatchbacks. The test Juke was a midrange SV trim model with all-wheel drive and topped out, with optional navigation system, at just under $24,000. I admit I never really warmed to the Juke’s front styling, and the vehicle’s side profile looks a bit unbalanced, too. Designers for the Juke were primarily in Nissan’s European offices and worked with the Japan studio. Nissan, headquartered in Japan, is partnered with France’s Renault auto company, and the Juke styling wouldn’t have surprised me a bit if it was on a Renault. Once I got inside the Juke, the outer appearance was no big deal as the Juke’s 3,183 pounds was nicely balanced and controlled, even in aggressive

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Designers for the Juke were primarily in Nissan’s European offices and worked with the Japan studio. Nissan, headquartered in Japan, is partnered with France’s Renault, and the Juke styling wouldn’t be surprising a bit if it was on a Renault. driving. There was comfortable steering, too – not too light and not too heavy. The torque-vectoring allwheel drive can shift power from front to rear wheels and to a single wheel to aid in steering and control. With all-wheel drive turned on, the test Juke swept around mountain curves with poise, and body motions were well managed. Handling was pleasant in the city, too. The Juke’s turning circle is a small-car-like 37 feet, and the tidy size of the 13.5foot-long Juke meant I squeezed into parking spaces easily. Metal pillars, though, at the sides of the Juke windshield and at the sides of the back window were noticeably thick and blocked my views as I made left

turns and backed out of parking spaces, respectively. I grew tired of feeling most road imperfections coming through to passengers and hearing noises from the road – loud clunks over manhole covers and sounds of passing trucks. There didn’t seem to be much sound insulation in the test Juke. I heard the Juke’s 1.6-liter, direct-injection, turbo engine, too, and enjoyed its spunk. Torque peaks at 177 footpounds starting at a low 2,000 rpm and carries to 5,200 rpm, and I felt the good, strong pull of power as I accelerated. It was strong enough that with the Juke tester in frontwheel drive, I noticed torque steer – the unnerving tug of the steering

wheel to one side or the other when the car started up forcefully from a stop. Note that all-wheel drive Jukes come with a button that can lock the system in front-wheel drive. Torque steer abated but didn’t completely disappear during aggressive driving when I stayed in all-wheel drive, which I did most of the time. This all-wheel drive system in the Juke can apply as much as 50 percent of the torque to rear wheels to help maintain traction, and did a good job on slick pavement during the test drive. Mileage, however, was disappointing, at 21.6 miles per gallon in combined city/ highway travel that was 65 percent city driving. The federal government rating

for the all-wheel drive Juke is 25/30 mpg. Complicating this fuel usage is the fact pricey premium gasoline is recommended in the Juke for best engine performance. So, a fillup of the Juke’s 13.2-gallon tank can cost more than $40 at today’s prices, and my range, given my mileage, was some 285 miles. The back seat, with only 32.1 inches of legroom, can feel cramped for long-legged riders. But windows on the rear doors go down all the way, and rear seatbacks split and fold down to provide nearly 36 cubic feet of rear storage space. Front and rear seats feel like hard, yet supportive, foam, and there was little in the test Juke SV that conveyed luxury or plushness.

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all of the available options, is the 3500 version of the Sierra HD, which is the only GMC’s redesigned 2011 model available with dual Sierra Heavy Duty pickups rear wheels on each side. are here, including the firstThis is the “dually” conever Denali version, a premi- figuration that allows for um model that combines the towing heavy trailers and utility of a big pickup with carrying heavy loads in the the luxury of a fine automo- bed. bile. Adding the Denali model While prices for the new- takes the Sierra HD to its est Sierra Heavy Duty pickhighest level ever in passenups begin at $27,965 (plus ger comfort and conve$995 freight) for the regular- nience. cab, 2500-series two-wheelBut even the base models drive model, the Denali ver- of these trucks are wellsion is priced at $45,865 equipped and quite car-like (plus freight and options). inside, and there are many There are Sierra Heavy choices of upgrades to allow Duty models available in consumers to outfit the vehiregular-cab, extended-cab cles to suit their needs. and Crew Cab versions, in As the Denali, it comes either the 2500 or 3500 size, with a range of standard with varying cargo bed comfort and infotainment lengths and either rear- or features, along with a maxifour-wheel drive. mum conventional towing The Denali option, capacity of 15,600 pounds though, is offered only on with the diesel engine – the 2500 Crew Cab model enough to tow a 34-footwith four-wheel drive and long, three-axle travel trailer, the standard-length cargo GM says. bed. Among the special Denali Under the hood of the exterior features are a fourDenali model (in base form) bar chrome grille with are the same 6.0-liter Vortec round air inlets, body-color V-8 engine and six-speed bumpers, chrome door hanGeneral Motors heavy-duty dles and trim, and 18-inch or automatic transmission used 20-inch (an $850 option) polin other GMC and Chevrolet ished-aluminum wheels. Exheavy-duty pickups for 2011. terior color choices are But my guess is that most black, stealth gray or white. buyers will opt for the 6.6-liInside is where the Denter Duramax diesel engine ali upgrades really make ($7,195) and six-speed Allitheir mark. son automatic transmission The roomy cabin seats ($1,200, required with the five adults quite comfortably. diesel engine) that came on Interior features include our Denali tester. brushed-aluminum trim, The diesel is the most power-adjustable pedals, popular engine choice in the heated 12-way power leather heavy-duty pickup line. front bucket seats, a Bose With the diesel, the premium surround-sound trucks now have a cruising audio system with CD playrange of up to 680 miles, er and XM satellite radio, and they also can be operat- dual-zone automatic climate ed on the new B20 biodiesel control, power-adjustable fuel, the automaker said. front lumbar support, tilt Not offered in the Denali leather-wrapped steering trim, but still able to be wheel with audio controls, dressed up quite nicely with cruise control, self-dimming San Antonio Express-News

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Among special Denali exterior features are a four-bar chrome grille, body-color bumpers and 18-inch or 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels; the interior seats five adults comfortably and features heated 12-way power leather front bucket seats. rearview mirror, universal garage opener and colorkeyed carpet with carpeted mats. Optional amenities on our tester included the 20-inch wheels; an in-dash, touchscreen navigation system with XM NavTraffic ($2,250); heated and cooled front seats ($650); power sunroof ($895); rearview camera system ($450); chrome running-bar steps ($689); and a heated steering wheel ($150). Total sticker price with the diesel engine and other options, along with the freight charge, came to $61,189, which is right up there with some of the top luxury sedans. Other Sierra HD models come with a new three-bar grille, louvered hoods, fullwidth chrome front bumper

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MITSUBISHI

Lancer Ralliart: A milder wild child Features all-wheel drive, 18-inch Yokohama wheels By Norman Mayersohn

a tall leap up from the 148horsepower ES ($17,755). It falls well below the top-dog If you are the sort who Evolution (at $34,755, nearly plans to spend this weekend twice the cost of the base poring this year’s road race model). schedule, the Mitsubishi The Ralliart – rated 17/25 Lancer Ralliart probably isn’t in city/highway mpg by the your dream ride. EPA – does not get the Not a hard-edged rally Evo’s exterior embellishreplica like its overachieving ments, like fender bulges sibling, the Lancer Evolution and vents, but it does have sedan, nor the license-enthe important equipment: alldangering beast that a Subwheel drive, naturally, and aru WRX STI can be, the 18-inch Yokohama tires. The Ralliart is a middling memdrivetrain incorporates limitber of the hot compact class. ed-slip differentials front and It has neither the horsepow- rear, and a console switch er nor the pavement grip of for the computer-controlled those class leaders, which is center differential offers setexactly why it’s the smarter tings for paved road, gravel buy. or snow. Not that the Ralliart is a The dual-clutch transmis98-pound weakling, getting sion can be shifted manually desert sand kicked in its using paddles on the face by the boy-racer set. steering column. In Sure, its 237 horsepower Mitsubishi’s layout, the padfalls well short of the Evo’s dles are stationary, not turn291 horses, and it lacks the ing with the steering wheel fancier suspension bits that – a setup I much prefer. The give the evil Evo its go-kart gearbox is fast and sure handling licks. No matter. when pressed hard, though For the reality of the roads I it seems easily confused in usually drive, the Ralliart’s relaxed driving, reluctant to power is easily sufficient (ze- automatically downshift ro to 60 in 5.5 seconds, acwhen you ease into the gas cording to Motor Trend) pedal at highway speeds. and it does have the same 6Spending time in the drivspeed twin-clutch transmiser’s seat is certainly a lot sion as its big brother has, more satisfying than taking as well as a price tag some long gazes across the $6,000 friendlier. parking lot. While the profile But never mind all that. view is easy enough on the The reason to give the Raleyes, the nose is, in current liart top consideration is for fashion, an atrocious what it doesn’t have: the blacked-out maw, the internerve-jangling chassis and cooler tucked just out of knife-edge power delivery harm’s way. The view from that make the Evo and WRX the rear is slightly better, esSTI such fun on a racetrack pecially when equipped with or in back-road workout ses- the Touring Package, which sion. Fun for a while, that is, deletes the adolescent affecuntil the bass-drum exhaust tation of a rear wing, an afand the pounding of crafliction of so many cars of tered Interstates make daily this ilk. driving tiresome. All that can be forgiven The Ralliart dwells in a once you’re on the road. readily justified middle The steering is fast and diground in Mitsubishi’s line rect, though it could use of Lancer Sportbacks, as the more feedback. Same story four-door hatches are called, on the brakes: competent, The New York Times

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While the nose of the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart isn’t the prettiest thing to look at, the profile view is easy enough on the eyes, and the view from the rear is slightly better, especially when equipped with the Touring Package. but buyers in this class thing from handling to fuel might appreciate more feel. economy. Shoppers should I’d also take a bit more feed- also take note that as a perback from the notably formance model, the Ralliart smooth engine in the form carries less warranty coverof more rasp from the dualage than the vanilla Lancers: exhaust pipes. three years or 36,000 miles The interior is dressed up basic coverage (vs. five with sporty touches like alu- years/60,000 miles for ES minum pads on the foot ped- and GTS Lancer Sportbacks) als, and Mitsubishi provides and powertrain coverage of its FUSE hands-free system five years/60,000 (vs. 10/ to link your personal elec100,000). tronics with the car. There’s But let’s keep things in 13.8 cubic feet of cargo perspective: this is a car space, expanding to 46.6 whose every sound and with the back seats folded. touch urge the driver to A serious weight-reducpush a little harder, brake a tion program would improve little later, rev the engine a almost every aspect of the little higher. In my hands it Ralliart’s dynamic capabiliwould rarely see 20 mpg, I ties. The car comes in at suppose, but I’d be grinning The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and expands to 46.6 with the back nearly 3,600 pounds, and all the way to the gas staseats folded. that negatively affects every- tion.

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Luxury car buyers don’t have to pay a premium to get a hybrid anymore. The first gasoline-electricpowered hybrid at Lincoln dealerships, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid, has the same sticker price as the gasoline-only, 2011 MKZ – $35,180. But it’s the hybrid version of MKZ that can deliver more miles from every gallon of gas. Virtual flowers and leaves “grow” on a colorful display in the instrument cluster as feedback for fuel-efficient driving. The newest MKZ, which is a sibling of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, also ranks as the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America, even topping longtime hybrid seller Lexus. The federal government fuel efficiency rating for the MKZ Hybrid is 41 miles per gallon in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway, compared with the 35/34-mpg rating given to the 2011 Lexus 250h. Hybrid cars can have higher city mileage ratings because city driving provides more opportunities for the gasoline engine to be supplemented by the onboard electric motor, thereby reducing fuel demand. The test MKZ Hybrid didn’t look noticeably different from non-hybrid MKZ sedans. The front end is showy with a prominent chrome-colored grille, and the car won’t be confused with any other non-Lincoln sedan. I found the nearly 16-foot-long, midsize sedan to be neatly proportioned – not too big and not too small – so parking and driving was easy. Inside, the display in the instrument cluster is dazzling and colorful. The displays would slide horizontally across the open cluster area and position themselves in a way that reminded me of the opening credits of a movie. There’s information galore there in front of the driver in the MKZ Hybrid, but it was the speedometer and the virtual plant that kept me most preoccupied. Though the MKZ, like the Lexus 250h, only uses a four-

cylinder engine to mate to the onboard electric motor, the instant-on torque from the electric motor in the MKZ gave a zestful “oomph” when I would start up and give good propulsion. And when the internal combustion engine joined in as speed picked up, the transition was seamless in the test car. There was no roughness or hesitancy as I had experienced in some other, early hybrid systems. Combined horsepower in the MKZ Hybrid with the 2.5liter, double overhead cam Duratec four and electric motor is 191. Peak torque from the engine is 136 foot-pounds at a low 2,250 rpm, so everyday driving around the city felt nicely energetic, and I had to keep an eye on the speedometer. The MKZ Hybrid, even with the engine working, was so darned quiet inside and smooth over road bumps that I could easily enjoy the ride and suddenly find myself above the speed limit. The only transmission is a continuously variable transmission that helps optimize fuel use but doesn’t make the engine sound like its revving constantly, as some CVTs do. When I wasn’t modulating speed in the test car, I was working earnestly for best mileage, and day after day, I found myself expecting to top the previous day’s fuel economy. Indeed, I never got less than 32 mpg and got up to 34.6 mpg during the test drive in driving that was 60 percent in the city and 40 percent on the highway. And weirdly, I and others in my family looked forward to seeing that virtual green plant with the white flowers thriving in the instrument cluster. Note that the regular, gasonly MKZ has a 263-horsepower V-6 but is rated at only 18/27 mpg. As in other hybrids, the trunk in the MKZ Hybrid has just 11.8 cubic feet of space compared with the 16.5 cubic feet in the trunk of a gas-only MKZ. The reason is that much of the space aft of the back seats and under the rear parcel shelf is needed for the battery pack that

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The federal government fuel efficiency rating for the MKZ Hybrid is 41 miles per gallon in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway, compared with the 35-34-mpg rating given to the 2011 Lexus 250h. stores power for use by the electric motor. Still, getting most items into and out hybrid’s trunk was not difficult. The MKZ Hybrid comes with many standard amenities, and some, such as the heated and cooled front seats, are extras in other cars. There were more than $6,000 worth of options on the tester; the premium THX audio system that was memorable for its crystal clear tones. Standard safety equipment includes front, side and curtain air bags, antilock brakes and Ford’s Belt Minder system for ensuring safety belt use. The pricing was noteworthy, too. For years, hybrid versions of regular gasoline vehicles debuted with buyers having to pay a price premium because of the added technology and complexity in the hybrids. But the MKZ does not follow that pattern. Note that the regular, gasonly MKZ has a 263-horsepower V-6 but is rated at only 18/27 mpg. As in other hybrids, the trunk in the MKZ Hybrid has just 11.8 cubic feet of space compared with the 16.5 cubic

The interior of the MKZ Hybrid features dazzling and colorful displays, which slide horizontally across the open cluster area in a movie-credit-esque fashion. feet in the trunk of a gas-only MKZ. The reason is that much of the space aft of the back seats and under the rear parcel shelf is needed for the battery pack that stores power for use by the electric motor. Still, getting most items into and out hybrid’s trunk was not difficult. The MKZ Hybrid comes with many standard amenities, and some, such as the heated and cooled front seats, are extras in other

cars. There are seats for five in this hybrid, though the rear seats are most comfortable with just two people. I sat without fuss back there, thanks to 38.7 inches of headroom and 36.7 inches of legroom. Seats, front and back, provided both support and a bit of cushion. There were more than $6,000 worth of options on the tester; the premium THX audio system that was memorable for its crystal clear

tones. Standard safety equipment includes front, side and curtain air bags, antilock brakes and Ford’s Belt Minder system for ensuring safety belt use. The pricing was noteworthy, too. For years, hybrid versions of regular gasoline vehicles debuted with buyers having to pay a price premium because of the added technology and complexity in the hybrids. But the MKZ does not follow that pattern.

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and drive the Civic on city streets amid traffic and on open highways. The 14.8foot-long car merged easily and maneuvered without fuss, helped by a small, 35.4foot turning circle. Many road bumps were muted by By Ann M. Job the suspension, which inAssociated Press cluded MacPherson struts You can’t tell from recent up front and a multi-link rear. sales figures that Honda’s Overall, the ride was complilong-running Civic small car antly well-managed, not walis months away from a new, lowy or harsh. ninth-generation model deToo bad road noise was but. The current, 2011 Civic loud, and I found myself is selling fine, even setting a turning up the volume of the record for December sales at radio often so I could continyear-end 2010. ue to hear above the noise. Honda’s 2011 Civic retains Fit and finish, including body the successful formula that panel gaps outside and has made the Civic a perenniseams and gaps inside the al top 10 seller in the United test car, were impeccable in States – a reputation for relithe tester. ability, good fit and finish, a The 12-cubic-foot trunk ofselection of engines and fered less space than the transmissions, interior comElantra sedan and Corolla. fort and good fuel economy. Much of the Civic’s trunk Pricing isn’t a bargain, howspace is below the rear winever. dow. Two adults would be Provided/Honda the best fit in the back seat. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, includ- Honda’s 2011 Civic, including the EX Sedan, remains a top 10 seller in the United States because of its reputation for reliability Three people across sit closeing destination charge, is ly. and fuel economy. $16,355 for a base, 2011 Civic The Civic sedan’s backDX coupe with 140-horsepow- transmission, undercuts the near the windshield, are so the 1.8-liter, single overhead out of five stars and frontal seat legroom of 34.6 inches er, four-cylinder engine and Civic and others with a start- large and bright that drivers cam four cylinder provided protection rated at four out of is more than the 33.1 inches manual transmission. The ing retail price of $15,550. passing by can look over and good propulsion for a notfive stars. Neither the Corolla in the back seat of the 2011 lowest starting price for a The test 2011 Civic was a see what speed you’re travel- weighty car. nor Elantra have 2011 crash Elantra but less than the 36.3 2011 Civic sedan with the mid-range LX sedan whose ing. So, there’s no excuse for At the same time, fuel test ratings. inches in the back of the lonsame 140-horse engine and exterior styling looked a bit not knowing how fast you’re economy for the 2011 comMost safety equipment is ger-length Corolla. manual is $16,555. Prices go dressed-down. It was pleastraveling in this car. pact sedan is near the top of standard on all 2011 Civics, Consumer Reports gives up to $27,900 for the top, ant-looking enough, but The test Civic LX sedan the class. The tester, with au- including curtain air bags, the Civic its top, “better than leather- and navigationthere wasn’t a richness or up- with five-speed automatic tomatic transmission, had a antilock brakes and antiaverage” reliability rating. equipped 2011 Civic gas-elec- scale appearance. transmission wasn’t a sporty federal government rating of whiplash head restraints for But because electronic stabiltric hybrid model. The Civic interior, howev- model, so I didn’t zoom off 25 miles per gallon in city front-seat passengers. But ity control is not available on Competitors include the er, with its low-cowl dashfrom standstill like a rocket. driving and 36 mpg on the electronic stability control all Civic trim levels, the mag2011 Toyota Corolla, which board and airy feeling for But the car wasn’t sluggish, highway. and traction control, which azine does not give the regustarts at $16,360 for a sedan front-seat passengers, was either. It responded readily The Civic test car didn’t come standard on every Colar 2011 Civic a “recomwith 132-horsepower, fourcomfortable and welcoming. and steadily as it accelerated. feel cheap or unsubstantial. rolla and Elantra, are availmended” label. cylinder engine and manual Every control was within Peak torque is 128 footThere was a solidity in the able only on the top-level CivSome car buyers may be transmission, and the new, easy reach, and though it pounds at 4,300 rpm. In con- ride akin to that of the bigger ic EX-L sedan for 2011. worried about the Civic’s fu2012 Ford Focus, which took some getting used to trast, the 2011 Elantra’s four Honda Accord. But the federSteering in the Civic LX ture after Honda said last starts at $16,995 for a sedan the two-level instrument dis- cylinder torque peak of 131 al government’s newly rewas neither loose nor year it won’t be selling Civics with 140-horsepower, fourplay in front of the driver, the foot-pounds comes a bit later vised crash test ratings for weighty, and steering inputs in Japan. But Honda officials cylinder engine and manual information was well-arin the power band, at 4,800 2011 put the Civic sedan in a brought confident response. say American car buyers will transmission. Pricewise, the ranged. rpm. mediocre ranking. Overall, Brakes, too, worked well, continue to get all the Civics 2011 Hyundai Elantra sedan, In fact, the blue digital The Civic LX also weighed the car’s rating was three out with predictable, steady rethey want. After all, Civic was with a 148-horsepower, fourspeedometer numbers that in well below 3,000 pounds – of five stars, with a side crash sponse. the sixth best-selling vehicle cylinder engine and manual appear at the top display, 2,754 pounds, to be exact. So protection rating of just two It was easy to just get in in the country in 2010.


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RX 450h offers utility of an SUV with fuel economy of a compact car By G. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News

With all the interest in going “green” with vehicle purchases these days, Lexus offers more choices than any other auto brand when it comes to gasoline-electric hybrid luxury models. There are five in the Lexus lineup, beginning with the all-new CT 200h compact hatchback, followed by the HS 250h midsize sedan, RX 450h midsize crossover, GS 450h sport sedan and LS 600h large sedan. For families, the RX 450h might be the best choice, as it offers the utility of an SUV, including seating for up to five people and lots of cargo space, but the fuel economy of a compact car. Redesigned just a year ago, the 2011 RX 450h (base price $43,235 plus $875 freight) is the hybrid version of the popular Lexus RX crossover utility vehicle series. Gasoline-only versions begin at $37,975 for the twowheel-drive model. The four-wheel-drive RX 450h lists for $44,825, compared with $39,375 for the four-wheel-drive version of the RX 350 gasoline model. Originally introduced as a 1999 model, the RX quickly became the best-selling Lexus vehicle; it also holds the position as the top-selling luxury SUV. The current version is the third generation of the gasoline-only models, which started out as the RX 300. The first hybrid version, initially called the RX 400h, arrived for 2005. Based on the chassis of the Toyota Camry sedan, the RX has a first cousin in the Toyota lineup, the Highlander. There also is a Highlander hybrid, with 2011 prices beginning at $37,290 (plus $810 freight) for the frontwheel-drive model and $42,945 for the four-wheel drive. Both introduced the concept of the crossover utility vehicle to their brands, and even though they have the same underpinnings, exterior styling is different. Inside, there is another big difference: The Highlander is offered in a seven-passenger version, created by adding a two-person, third-row seat. The RX comes only with two rows of seating and a capacity of five. The RX and Highlander both offer carlike ride and handling, as well as interior comfort, with the higher profile of a sport utility, giving them the basic attributes of a crossover. The second generation of the RX arrived in 2004 as the RX 330, renamed because of its larger 3.3-liter V-6; and for 2007, the name changed again, to RX 350, with the introduction of a 3.5-liter V-6. As with the original RX 400h, the newest RX hybrid version combines a V-6 gasoline engine with an electric motor at both the front and rear for all-wheel-drive, and the V-6 with an electric motor only in the front for the front-drive model. Gasoline-only and hybrid models share most of their exterior and interior components, but the hybrid has some differences, including a unique grille, along with hybrid badges, blue-trimmed Lexus logos, a special front bumper, unique optional 19inch wheels, blue-tinted headlights and taillights, and optional LED headlights. The RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, rated at 275 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with the gasoline version, and EPA fuel-economy estimates for the front-drive model are 18 mpg city/25 highway. But with the hybrid, the ratings are much better: 32 mpg city/28 highway for the front-drive model and 30/28 for the all-wheel drive. The RX hybrid model comes with a different 3.5-liter V-6 engine, using the socalled Atkinson cycle technology. It has total combined gasoline-electric horsepower of 295, up 27 from that of the previous generation. The gasoline engine in the hybrid is rated by itself at 245 horsepower, up from 208 in the 2009 RX 400h. But the attraction of the hybrid model is not just the

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The RX 450h might be the best choice for “green” families, offering seating for up to five people and lots of cargo space, but with the fuel economy of a compact car. The RX 450h is the hybrid version of the Lexus RX crossover utility vehicle series. fuel economy, it’s also about the power. It provides the equivalent of V-8 power with mileage ratings better than some vehicles with four-cylinder engines. Improvements in the newest model’s hybrid drive system included an exhaust-heat recovery system that reduces engine warm-up time, giving the vehicle improved fuel economy and lower tailpipe emissions. Also new is a cooled exhaustgas recirculation system that helps boost mileage, although only very slightly. The all-wheel-drive hybrid model, which we tested, gets power for the rear wheels from a second electric motor mounted in the rear. The electric motor in the front helps drive the front wheels, but also is used to start the engine. Both hybrid versions come with a continuously variable automatic transmission. A smooth ride and comfortable seats are a key part of the RX package, keeping everyone happy on a long trip. But the pep of the gasoline-electric drive combination is nice to have, especially when you really need it for certain uphill or passing situations. Our all-wheel-drive feature came in handy on a road trip that included some serious snow driving. There is even a selectable driving mode called “Hybrid Snow.” While we didn’t have to deal with any ice, the RX did great on loose powder and hardpacked snow. All RX models come with a double-wishbone rear suspension, which allows for more cargo space and easier loading. Other features include a hard-disk drive navigation system with a new “remote touch” controller, as well as “casual language” voice recognition; adaptive front headlights; a back-up camera, either included with the navigation system or as a stand-alone item, with the screen built into the rearview mirror. The navigation system does not have a touch screen now, however, which seems like a step backward. The previous model’s touch screen was replaced by a computer mouse-style hand controller built into the front of the center console between the driver and front passenger. But it’s harder to use than a touch screen and takes more of the driver’s concentration away from the primary task: driving the vehicle safety. While it isn’t as confusing as the i-Drive system on many BMW models, which combines audio, navigation and climate-control functions, the Lexus system takes some getting used to and begs the question, “What were they thinking?” There are simple volume and tuning knobs for the radio, though, items that have been disappearing on other automakers’ audio systems in favor of often quite-confusing new electronic controls. There are cup holders be-

tween the front seats, but they were not quite as usable as they should have been. And a major disappointment was the lack of sufficient – or even convenient – power outlets for our electronic gadgets. There were no 12-volt outlets in the dash; the only two we found were buried deep inside the center console be-

tween the driver and front passenger and were hard to reach. The car has molding around the side windows and the bases of the doors. Standard are 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; 19-inch wheels are optional and were included on our tester as part of the $4,800 Luxury Package. Also included in the

package were the leather interior, moon roof, power retractable outside mirrors, mud and snow tires, wood and leather steering wheel and shifter, a side-view monitor, power rear hatch and an adapter for connecting an iPod or other music player to the audio system. The wide-angle side-view monitor is on the passenger

side, and its view comes from a camera mounted on the outside mirror. This is designed to help the driver maneuver into a parking space. Other options on our tester included a navigation package ($2,465), which also brought the back-up camera; a Comfort Package ($825), which added rain-sensing wipers along with heated and ventilated front seats; and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams and washers ($1,825). The headlights are designed to turn slightly in the direction the vehicle is turning. We also had an audio upgrade ($110), which brought 12 speakers and a six-disc CD changer in the dash, and a rear cargo net ($59). Total sticker on our vehicle was $55,784, including freight and options. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, hill-assist control, seat-mounted front side air bags, side-curtain air bags for both rows, driver and front-passenger knee air bags and active front headrests. Also available is a pre-collision system with adaptive cruise control ($1,500) that uses radar to predict a frontal collision, then activates brake assist and retracts the driver and front passenger’s seat belts to prepare for the impending crash. A navigation system combined with a rear DVD entertainment center is $4,980 and includes LCD screens behind the two front headrests.

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Athletic Z4 ragtop roadster all about the ride – and bragging rights By Ann M. Job Associated Press

If you envy folks who can enjoy local scenery with the top down, you’ll be positively jealous of anyone behind the wheel of BMW’s 2011 top-level Z4 roadster. The 2011 Z4 boasts the most horsepower – 335 – of new-model, regular-production convertibles with fewer than eight cylinders. The engine also generates quick low-end “oomph” with peak torque of 332 foot-pounds coming on by 1,500 rpm and continuing to 4,500 rpm – a significant range that makes this Z4 forceful in both city and highway traffic. Zero to 60 miles per hour in a surprising 4.7 seconds, to be exact. With a heavy, substantial feel – thanks in part to a retractable hardtop roof – and sexy styling, this Z4 provides a distinctly different kind of roadster ride. But it sure is pricey. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $46,875 for a 2011 Z4 with regular 255-horsepower, six-cylinder engine and manual transmission. With automatic transmission, the 2011 Z4 starts at $48,250, and the up-level Z4 that’s the highlight of the lineup – with the 335-horsepower, twin-turbo six-cylinder — starts at $52,775. By comparison, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK with 228-horsepower six cylinder and manual transmission starts at $48,525. Needless to say, the Z4 isn’t fuel efficient. The threeliter, double overhead cam, twin-turbocharged, inline sixcylinder, gasoline engine is used here for only a twoseater. Yet, the car is rated at just 17 miles a gallon in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway. That’s using premium gasoline, too. And during my test drive in the city and on the highway, I wound up in the 19.5 mpg range, meaning I needed to stop well before 300 miles to fill up the tank. Several sport utility vehicles, including the gasolinepowered Mercedes MLClass sport utility vehicle with six-cylinder engine, have higher fuel mileage. Ah, but it’s the way you travel in the Z4 that appeals. Passenger and driver sit low in the car, in typical roadster fashion. It’s not as fun these days as it was in the heydays of roadsters, decades ago, because today’s roads carry so many pickups and SUVs that obscure roadster views. I even looked up from the Z4 to see the top of the trunk lid on a Ford Taurus. The Z4 starts up with a throaty sound and keeps it going during acceleration. The test car passed others swiftly. With just a nudge of the accelerator pedal, the car sped up, and turbo lag was negligible. I had to monitor the speedometer all the time, because the Z4 tester crept up to higher speeds easily. It’s a car that doesn’t want to be second or third in line or mired in traffic. There’s too much power for that kind of travel; it’s hard to moderate your speed. Open roads proved to be the best showcase areas. On straight-aways, the Z4’s power propelled the car strongly and forcefully. Passing on two-lane roads was a quick maneuver and didn’t require long distances of planning and anxiety. On curvy mountain roads, the car carved up the switchbacks. But the rear end had a way of stepping out if the driver was going too fast. Drivers tailor their ride with the push of a button, selecting normal, sport or sport-plus mode for slightly stiffer ride and shift pattern changes in the transmission. And on the test car, the adjustments made electronically in these different modes were noticeable. Paddle shifters at the steering wheel worked well for quick shifts. But the variable speed electric power steering had an artificial feel at times. The ride can be noisy, because of wind noise when the top is down and road noise from the sizable, runflat tires. The Z4 can’t fit a spare

tire into the back, because room is needed to stow the hard top when it’s down. So, storage space is sparse. Indeed, even with the car’s hard roof in place atop the vehicle, there’s just 8 cubic feet of trunk space. With the roof down, much of this is

taken up by the hardtop, and items must be rather narrow and soft-sided to fit comfortably in the trunk. The car looks best and feels like it has a roomier interior when the roof is off the car. The hard top is power operated, so there’s little

for a driver to do but listen to some whirring motors and watch the stacking of metal roof pieces. It takes 20 seconds. The Z4 has much standard safety equipment, including antilock brakes, brake fade compensation,

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200 an improved version of the Sebring Exterior and interior both upgraded, with better suspension, handling By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Chrysler’s long-running Chrysler Sebring mid-size sedan is gone, sort of. The four-door, five-passenger, mid-size sedan is revamped for 2011 and given a new name – Chrysler 200. New exterior styling gives the 200 the pleasing looks of other modern family cars. The interior is nicely upgraded, too, with betterlooking plastics and other materials. There’s a newly invigorated V-6 for upper level models, and it generates a generous 283 horsepower, which is more than the V-6 in the Toyota Camry. The suspension and steering in the 200 are improved, too, from what was in the Sebring sedan, so ride and handling have a modern feel. Best of all, the starting retail price of the Chrysler 200 is lower, by $875, than the posted starting retail price for a 2010 Sebring sedan. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $19,995 for a 2011 200 LX with the carryover-from-2010 four-cylinder engine that develops 175 horsepower. The lowest starting price for a 200 with the 283-horsepower V-6 is $23,790. All Chrysler 200s come standard with automatic transmission, though the base, LX cars get a carryover four-speed automatic, while upper level sedans get a six-speed transmission. Competitors include some of the best-known family sedans on the market, such as the 2011 Honda Accord, which starts at $21,930 for a sedan with 177-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and manual transmission, and the 2011 Toyota Camry, which starts at $20,580 with 169-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Pricewise, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, with a 198-horse-

power, four-cylinder engine and starting retail price of $19,915, is more competitive with the low starting price of the Chrysler 200. I liked the styling of the test Chrysler 200 – especially the front where a shiny, silver-colored grille was nicely proportional to the rest of the car, which was painted Stone White. In contrast to some other autos, the 200’s grille is neither too big nor too small. But I discovered that the 200 looks so much like other sedans that the tester blended in at parking lots. Styling cues, here and there, are reminiscent of the familiar Camry and the Ford Focus. Still, the attractive appearance is a definite improvement from the ho-hum rental car image that the Sebring sedan had developed over the years. The standard Chrysler 200 engine is the 2.4-liter four cylinder that was in last year’s Sebring sedan. Peak torque is 166 foot-pounds at 4,400 rpm, which is on par with many other sedans. But note the 2011 Hyundai Sonata’s four-cylinder is more powerful in both horsepower and torque, which is 184 foot-pounds at 4,250 rpm. The test 200 was a midlevel Touring model that had the optional V-6. This 3.6-liter, double overhead cam V-6 gave the test 200 strong power for city and highway driving. I readily heard the engine doing its work, though. I also noticed shift points at times as the transmission went through the gears, and frankly, there are cars out there with smoother trannies. Most of the time in city driving, the 200’s transmission quickly moved up to the overdrive gear – sixth – to maximize fuel mileage. But when the car was in overdrive, the response was a bit lazy when I wanted to make minor increases in speed, and this was noticeable. Still, power came on well when I

pressed hard on the accelerator pedal, and there was good get up and go. Torque peaks at 260 footpounds at 4,400 rpm. Note that the Camry’s V-6 generates less horsepower and torque – 268 horses and peak torque of 248 footpounds at 4,700 rpm. The 200 is so new, the publicized fuel economy numbers are still estimates, and no listing is available on the federal government’s website. The V-6’s estimate is 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway, which is close to the 20/30-mpg rating for the V-6-powered, 2011 Honda Accord and the 20/29-mpg rating of the Toyota Camry with V-6. But during the Chrysler 200 test drive, where 65 percent of the driving was in the city, I managed just 20.6 mpg. The Chrysler 200 isn’t a particularly quiet sedan to drive. I heard ba-booms when tires rolled over manhole covers and major road bumps. But steering was more precise than in the Sebring, and the test 200 had a much more buttoned-down feel on curvy roads than did its predecessor. The interior, with silvercolored accents, is a definite step up from the Sebring sedans of old. Gauges and controls are arranged for easy reach and usage and include audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, even in base 200s. The light-emitting diode lighting in the instrument cluster, with outside temperature reading, adds a classy touch. I liked that the driver’s seat height adjustment provided for a good range of movement. At 5 feet 4, I could put the seat up high enough that I could look "through" the windows of some taller cars and even compact pickup trucks and see the traffic farther ahead. But the 200’s tall rear

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The starting retail price of the Chrysler 200 is lower than the posted starting retail price for a 2010 Sebring sedan by $875. Starting retail price for a 2011 200 LX is $19,995. trunk lid was a problem when I backed up. It prevented me from seeing much of anything behind me. Meantime, the metal pillars around the rear win-

dow blocked views out when I was backing out of parking spaces. The Chrysler 200 comes with virtually all safety equipment standard, includ-

ing curtain air bags, antiwhiplash front head restraints, electronic stability control and traction control. Look for a convertible version of the 200 in 2012.

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Sporty hybrid sells for under $20,000 CR-Z offers efficiency and comfort By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Honda is at it again – building a fuel-sipping, twoseat gasoline-electric hybrid car. This time, though, the car is not just thrifty, it’s comfortable and lively. With a starting retail price of $19,950, the 2011 Honda CR-Z, coming to showrooms in August, is slated to have the lowest starting price for a hybrid in the United States from a major automaker. The CR-Z also is expected to be the only hybrid in the country offered with a manual transmission. The six-speed stick shift CR-Z is fun to drive while delivering a government fuel economy rating of 34 miles per gallon for combined city and highway travel. Highway mileage alone is rated at 37 mpg. The $19,950 is for a base CR-Z – which stands for Compact Renaissance Zero with manual transmission. The other transmission available is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which pushes the government fuel economy rating to 37 mpg for combined city/ highway travel and highway mileage rating to 39 mpg. Drivers operate a fuelconscious CVT as they would a regular automatic transmission. A CR-Z with CVT has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $20,600. The CR-Z competes with larger hybrids that have back seats. These include Honda’s Civic Hybrid, which remains in the lineup and

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The Honda CR-Z doesn’t look or feel like a cheap, thrifty car. The CR-Z (shown here in the EX model) is wedge shaped with a high liftgate that doesn’t interfere with rear vision. It seats two and has 25.1 feet of cargo space. starts at $24,550 as a 2010 model, and the Toyota Prius, which starts at $22,150 as a 2010 model. The CR-Z doesn’t look or feel like a cheap, thrifty car, though. It is a tidy, easy-to-park package stretching just 13.4 feet from bumper to bumper. This is just 15 inches longer than a Mini Cooper. The CR-Z is wedge shaped with a liftgate so high it comes to near chest level on me. To aid driver views out the back of the car, both the liftgate and small, upright rear area above the bumper have glass in them, a la the Honda CR-X sporty car. At the front, the CR-Z has a gaping mouth grille area that’s similar to some Audi

models. Inside, there are attractive upholstered seats, hightech gauges and a good amount of standard equipment, including mesh-covered sport seats, 160-watt AM-FM stereo with CD player and six speakers, USB and MP3 interfaces, automatic climate control, rear window wiper, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control as well as curtain air bags. Given the limit of two passengers and cargo space that tops out at 25.1 cubic feet, which is enough for two golf bags or a couple of suitcases, Honda officials aren’t looking for huge sales of the CR-Z. The company’s initial sales target is 15,000 for the

first year. In comparison, the Toyota Prius, which is the best-selling hybrid in the United States, tallied 139,682 sales in calendar 2009. In some respects, the CR-Z harkens back to Honda’s groundbreaking history in the U.S. hybrid market. Honda was the first major carmaker with a gas-electric hybrid car for sale here in December 1999, and it was a two-seat Honda Insight. But compared with the early Insight’s lightweight, flimsy feel, rough ride, odd, bug-like exterior styling and thin, uncomfortable seats, the new CR-Z is a significant upgrade. Using the chassis from the Honda Fit small car, the CR-Z is wide enough – 68.5

inches – that passengers don’t feel cramped. Seats are bolted low to the floor, so headroom inside is a commendable 36.9 inches. Too bad, though, that the front passenger doesn’t get seat height adjustment. There’s not a tinny sound when the long CR-Z doors close. Just be sure to watch how closely you park to other vehicles. I loved the easy, shortthrow shifting of the manual transmission in the test CR-Z. The clutch pedal took just the right amount of leg muscle, and power delivery was linear. The car moved in a sprightly manner in normal mode, where I passed other cars without much delay on flat roads. But a sport but-

ton on the CR-Z dashboard immediately added some verve to the acceleration by adjusting engine throttle response, electric motor power assist and the power steering effort. Fuel economy isn’t best in sport mode, but there’s also an econ mode where the engine operates for optimal fuel economy, and the air conditioner is managed for a lighter load on the engine. The CR-Z suspension is nicely compliant and not punishing. But note: There’s much road noise from the tires. For all the spunkiness of the CR-Z around town and in passing maneuvers, the gasoline engine is pretty much the same one as in the Honda Fit: A 122-horsepower, 1.5-liter, single-overhead-cam four cylinder with Honda’s variable valve technology. Unlike the Fit, the engine is mated to a 10-kilowatt electric motor that adds up to 13 horsepower at a very low 1,500 rpm. The electric motor, which comes on and off on its own as needed, also contributes up to 58 foot-pounds of torque at 1,000 rpm, which explains the decent acceleration. The four-cylinder engine’s torque tops out on its own at 123 to 128 foot-pounds, depending on the transmission. Regular gasoline is all that’s needed, and the electric motor recharges on its own from the engine and regenerative brakes. To save gas, the CR-Z also turns off its gas engine on its own when the car is coming to a stop. There are many fuel mileage indicators in the CR-Z, including a circle that changes color in the instrument panel to denote fuelsaving driving (green) or fuel-draining driving (red).


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2011 Journey offers significant upgrades Boasts V-6 engine, redone interior, high-tech features By G. Chambers Williams III

Included are dual-zone manual air conditioning, active head restraints, premiThe Dodge Journey cross- um cloth seats, cruise conover gets some significant trol, tilt-and-telescopic upgrades for 2011, including steering column and a new V-6 engine, a comsteering-wheel audio conpletely redone interior, a re- trols. designed suspension system Among other standard and some cool new highfeatures are power wintech features. dows/mirrors/door locks Built on the chassis of the with keyless enter-and-go, ilDodge Avenger sedan, the luminated cup holders, amJourney arrived two years bient LED lighting for the ago as the first midsize driver and front passenger, crossover in the Dodge line- outside temperature display, up, giving dealers a vehicle tinted glass, power/heated to compete against such rifold-away black outside mirvals as the Toyota Highland- rors, 16-inch steel wheels er, Ford Edge, Nissan Mura- and Chrysler’s high-tech no and Honda Pilot. Uconnect Touch 4.3-inch Like the Highlander and screen CD/MP3 audio sysPilot, the Journey is availtem with six speakers. able with a third row of seatWith the MainStreet moding and can hold up to sevel, the new 3.6-liter Chrysler en passengers. Pentastar V-6 engine is stanFor 2011, the model linedard, along with a six-speed up has been given some automatic transmission and funky new names, beginning a choice of either front- or with the base model, now all-wheel drive. called the Express. Last This engine is rated at year, this was the SE model, 283 horsepower and 260 with a starting price of foot-pounds of torque, up $20,845 (plus $750 freight). from 235 horsepower and Prices have not been an232 foot-pounds for last nounced yet for 2011, but year’s 3.5-liter V-6, which they’re not likely to rise has been discontinued. EPA much. ratings are 17 mpg city/25 Other models, in order highway with front-wheel from bottom to top, are the drive and 16/24 with allMainStreet, Crew, R/T and wheel drive. Lux. Also available with five- or The Express is the value seven-passenger seating, the model, and it comes only MainStreet includes most of with Chrysler’s 2.4-liter inthe Express model’s fealine four-cylinder engine, a tures, along with power/ four-speed automatic transheated fold-away body-color mission and front-wheel outside mirrors, dual bright drive. exhaust tips, the Uconnect The four-cylinder is rated audio system with Sirius satat 173 horsepower and 166 ellite radio, and 17-inch alufoot-pounds of torque, and minum wheels with premiEPA fuel-economy ratings um all-season tires. are 19 mpg city/25 highway. With the Crew model, This is not a strippedyou’ll get the equipment down model with few ameni- from the MainStreet, includties. The Express is loaded ing the V-6 engine, along with standard features and is with a choice of front- or allconfigurable for either five wheel drive and five- or sevor seven passengers. en-passenger seating.

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The Journey is available with a third row of seating and can hold up to seven passengers. It arrived two years ago as the first midsize crossover in the Dodge lineup, and competes with the Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and others. Other standard Crew features include fog lights, bright door handles, a roof rack with chrome side rails, a reclining front passenger seat, a second-row 60/40 Tilt n Slide seat, cargo net, overhead-console storage, Chrysler’s Flip n Stow front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and illuminated visor mirrors. But that’s not all. The Crew also comes with threezone automatic climate control; a 115-volt power outlet; six-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar support; remote start; driver and passenger one-touch up/down power windows; automatic headlights; securi-

ty alarm; a child observation mirror; driver information center; 19-inch aluminum wheels with satin-silver finish; the Uconnect Touch 8.4inch screen CD/DVD/MP3 system with six premium speakers, a subwoofer and Uconnect Voice Command; and all-season premium touring tires. The R/T (road/track) model, which won’t arrive until spring, also gets the V-6 engine and six-speed automatic, as well as front- or all-wheel drive and either five- or seven-passenger seating. It has everything from the Crew model, along with a special cloth interior; R/T badges; 19-inch aluminum

wheels, with satin-carbon finish; and a body-color grille and door handles. At the top of the line is the Lux, also offered with front- or all-wheel drive and either five- or seven-passenger seating. Along with the amenities from the Crew, the Lux comes with a leather interior, rearview camera, rear parking aid, universal garage opener, premium instrument panel, premium speaker system and 19-inch chrome-aluminum wheels. Chrysler said the new Journey has a smoother, quieter ride, thanks to changes designed to reduce noise and vibrations in the cabin. It has premium

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Explorer becomes less truck, more car Ride’s smoother, mileage is good, options abound By Ann M. Job Associated Press

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle is changing into a softer SUV with an underlying platform that’s used by a car for a smoother ride. One of Ford Motor Co.’s most popular vehicles, the Explorer also looks less truckish for 2011, with new styling that’s more like a crossover SUV than an upright, squared-off truck. There are many new Explorer features, too, including inflatable rear seatbelts that are a first in a production vehicle. They’re a $120 option, available later in the model year. Perhaps most notable is the new Explorer’s V-6, which is standard, and generates 290 horsepower, just two horses less than what a previous Explorer’s V-8 delivered. Yet, with computer management of the six-cylinder engine, plus six-speed automatic transmission, the 2011 Explorer has a commendable fuel mileage rating from the federal government of 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway. A turbocharged, four-cylinder engine promises better gasoline efficiency and is due later in the model year. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, has gone up only $595 from the 2010 Explorer – to $28,995 for a base, twowheel drive 2011 Explorer with V-6. The lowest starting retail price for a fourwheel drive, 2011 Explorer with V-6 is $30,995. Pricing for the 2-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder Explorer hasn’t been announced. Explorer competitors include the 2011 Kia Sorento, which has a starting retail price of $26,190 with V-6 and $23,190 with naturally aspirated four cylinder, and the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, which starts at $29,999 with V-6. The Explorer, which debuted in 1991, switches to a car-like platform and unibody construction to attract consumers who have turned increasingly to the so-called

crossover SUVs to get away from the truckish ride of early truck-based SUVs and to get better fuel mileage. The new Explorer’s platform has its roots in the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS cars. I could tell immediately that the test Explorer XLT 4WD rode more smoothly than earlier Explorers. Even on uneven surfaces, the ride was less bouncy, less harsh and more compliant than in earlier models. The body and mass of the vehicle feels more buttoned down through curves and turns, though at more than 4,600 pounds, the test Explorer still had a lot of weight. Engineers used more high-strength steel in the new Explorer, which makes the body stiffer and easier to manage. This steel construction also helps the suspension tuning be more precise for better driving dynamics, and it shows in the 2011 Explorer. The test vehicle’s electric power-assisted steering – which helps save gas – had good on-center feel and was comfortable. With the exception of some road noise from the tires and a bit of wind noise from around the outside mirrors, the interior was quite quiet, and everyone rides high over the pavement as there’s 8 inches of ground clearance. The 3.5-liter, double overhead cam V-6 with twin independent, variable camshaft timing sounded strong and delivered power in a steady, predictable fashion without straining. But the automatic transmission seemed to hunt for the best gear when I was driving through mountain twisties. Torque peaks at a decent 255 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm, and with optional tow package, towing capacity is a hearty 5,000 pounds. Note that the Explorer’s horsepower is more than the 276 from the Sorento V-6, the 281 in the Traverse, and the 250 in the Honda Pilot. The V-6-powered Sorento, which is about a foot shorter in length and a bit narrower than the new Explorer, has higher government fuel economy, though,

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For 2011, the Explorer has switched to a car-like platform and unibody construction. Explorers have evolved in their 20 years of production to offer a smoother ride.

The second row seats offer inflatable seat belts. The seats also can be positioned to easily load and unload small children in safety seats. at 20/26 mpg. The Explorer doesn’t have a low-range transfer case anymore for rugged off-roading, but electronically-controlled four-wheel

drive with three driving modes – for sand, snow and normal – will fit the bill for nearly all prospective buyers. The Explorer doesn’t

scrimp on interior room. The new, 16.4-foot-long Explorer is some 5 inches wider and nearly 4 inches longer in overall length than its predecessor and feels

roomy. With nearly 40 inches of legroom in the second row, I could extend my legs while sitting behind the driver. In the third row, there’s nearly 38 inches of legroom and my knees did not touch the second-row seatbacks. Additionally, because the second-row seats can slide forward and back on tracks, passengers can adjust and share legroom to accommodate everyone. Mothers will appreciate that the Explorer’s second row can slide quite close to the back of the front row, for easier reach to babies in car seats. All buyers will like the powered seatbacks that make stowing third-row seats easy. The cargo floor is flat and totals 80.7 cubic feet when second- and thirdrow seats are folded down. Ford offers its Sync voicecommand system in the new Explorer, and there are new features that work with it, including TeleNav that uses a handy, 16-gigabyte SD card to store maps, addresses and landmarks.

ACURA

TSX Sports Wagon an SUV alternative Good mpg, and it still packs power

from the sedan. Not available is the six-speed manual transmission from the TSX sedan. The transmission comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters that allow the driver to shift manually without having to use a clutch. By G. Chambers Williams III Standard amenities inSan Antonio Express-News clude a power glass moon The all-new Acura TSX roof; dual-zone automatic cliSport Wagon is now on sale, mate control; leather interior; expanding the compact TSX power front seats; 17-inch, sedan line for 2011. five-spoke aluminum wheels; Base price is $31,820 (inpower windows/mirrors/ cluding freight) for the wagdoor locks; premium sound on, which is almost identical system; Bluetooth hands-free to the sedan from the front to phone connection; and a the back of the rear seat, USB port and auxiliary jack where it gets an extension to for connecting portable mucreate the squared-off open sic players through the vehicargo area. cle’s audio system. “The all-new TSX Sport High-tech features include Wagon is a smart alternative an optional hard-disk based for those needing added utilinavigation system with an 8ty,” said Jeff Conrad, Acura’s inch, high-resolution color sales vice president. “With monitor and AcuraLink Realthe Sport Wagon, the cusTime Traffic and Weather tomer simultaneously enjoys with radar-image mapping. the benefits of sports-sedan Also available is the really performance along with SUVnice Acura/ELS Surround like cargo capacity.” Premium Audio System, The wagon, which has which has a hard-disk drive front-wheel drive, comes for onboard music storage. with the same four-cylinder Among the included safety Provided/Honda features will be Acura’s Adengine as the base TSX sedan. EPA fuel-economy ratvanced Compatibility EngiAcura describes the exterior of the TSX wagon as having a European-style design that incorporates “bold wheel arches,” 17ings are 22 mpg city/30 high- inch aluminum wheels, a sloping roof and a “chiseled, muscular body.” neering body structure, front way. seat-mounted side air bags, For now, the 280-horsewagon/crossover models as which begins about $800 cles, which are popular with The exterior has a Europe- roof-mounted side-curtain air power V-6 available as an up- replacements for larger higher but has about the the Generation Y crowd for an-style design that incorpobags for both rows, electrongrade in the TSX sedan will SUVs and crossovers. same interior space. which this vehicle is intendrates “bold wheel arches,” 17- ic stability control; antilock not be offered in the wagon. These wagons provide the There are bucket seats up ed. inch aluminum wheels, a brakes with electronic brakeBut it could be added later, fuel economy and comfort of front and a rear bench with a There is a removable side sloping roof and a “chiseled, force distribution, tire-presespecially if the wagon sells passenger cars, along with split-folding seatback in the panel in the cargo area that muscular body,” Acura says. sure monitoring and LATCH well and consumers clamor some of the cargo-hauling ca- rear to hold up to five people allows for loading wide items Under the hood is a 2.4-lichild-seat connections. for the peppier engine. Acura pabilities of sport utilities. comfortably, but no third row such as golf clubs, and there ter, double-overhead-cam, The wagon is 189.4 inches is projecting sales of about Major competitors include is offered to expand passenare under-floor storage bins four-cylinder engine with long, which is 3.8 inches lon4,000 wagons a year. comparably sized wagons ger capacity. where valuables can be hidcomputerized variable valve ger than the sedan. The TSX is yet another in and small crossovers, includWith the rear seat folded, den while the vehicle is timing. It’s rated at 201 It’s 72.4 inches wide and a series of small wagons that ing the Volvo V50, Infiniti there is 60.5 cubic feet of car- parked. These would be horsepower and 170 foot57.9 inches high and has a automakers have been EX35, Subaru Outback, Audi go space, and the rear hatch good for state and national pounds of torque – the same 106.5-inch wheelbase, the rolling out in response to ris- A4 Avant (which starts about opening is 28 inches high, parks, where vehicle breakas in the sedan. It’s connectsame as the sedan’s. It’s also ing gasoline prices and the $5,000 higher) and even Acu- which can accommodate ins are common in remote ar- ed to a five-speed automatic the same width as the sedan, increasing popularity of small ra’s own RDX crossover, items such as mountain bicy- eas. transmission, also borrowed but 1.2 inches taller.


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Sonata a best-seller for good reason Roomy, stylish, not expensive By Ann M. Job Associated Press

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedan is selling at a record pace, and why not? With styling that makes the new, sixth-generation Sonata look richer than its under-$20,000 base price, the Sonata is arguably the most stylish of America’s mainstream family sedans. It has more trunk room and cubic-foot passenger volume than the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and it’s fuel efficient, too. In fact, the 2011 Sonata has more horsepower – 198 generated from a direct-injection, four-cylinder engine – than the comparable four-cylinder-powered Camry, Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion sedans. And none of the major Sonata competitors has Hyundai’s generous 10year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and fiveyear/60,000-mile new-vehicle warranty with unlimited-mileage roadside assistance. All this comes with every 2011 Sonata – plus heated outside mirrors, cool bluecolor gauge illumination, shark fin-style exterior antenna, power door locks and mirrors, a full complement of safety equipment, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a base, Sonata GLS is $19,915 with manual transmission. With automatic transmission, the lowest-priced 2011 Sonata starts at $20,915. In comparison, the topselling family sedan for years, the Toyota Camry, has a 2011 starting retail price that’s $565 higher – $20,480 with manual transmission and 169-horsepower four-cyl-

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Volvo’s boxy years are long gone. But even as the company has bent its 90-degree designs into slinkier shapes, there’s something a bit square about its safety obsession. Don’t get me wrong; everyone appreciates a safe car. But the nurturing values that Volvo promotes in its family first cars – like the terrific XC60 crossover – can come off as prissy to buyers of sporting machines. Especially if those buyers suspect that “safety” is the car’s point, with a few sprinkles of excitement tossed on as a garnish. And when a good citizen like Volvo does proclaim a breakthrough in BMW-style performance, with cars like the first-generation S60 sedan, the results often raise a question: Um, have you guys ever driven a BMW? Now, the company that sometimes sees drivers as Bubble Boys, in need of protection from any suggestion of sex or pinprick of sensation, is promoting its remade midsize sedan in national ads as the “naughty S60.” Unexpectedly, they’re right; the naughty tag isn’t just ad agency hyperbole. Think of the S60 not as Ralph Nader but as a younger Hugh Hefner. This Swedish sedan – the first new model since Ford sold Volvo to the Chinese automaker Geely – plays up, and plays on, the curves. And it does so with such panache that the usual water-cooler arguments over sport sedans – which mainly flatter BMW, Audi, Cadillac, Mercedes or Infiniti – must now include a word for Volvo. That’s especially true for the S60 T6 model. Its splashy first impression is aided by a 300-horsepower, 3-liter turbocharged in-line 6 with standard all-wheel drive. This month, Volvo is adding a front-drive S60 T5 as a 2012 model, powered by a 5-cylinder turbo with 250 horsepower. The T5 comes at a reasonable base price of $31,850, compared with $38,550 for the T6. And the less expensive version will save more money with its excellent federal economy rating of 30 mpg on the highway (20 in town), versus 26 highway, 18 city for the T6. For the T6, seat-of-pants impressions are magnified by the engine’s lusty 325 poundfeet of peak torque. That is much more than any rival, including the BMW 335i, Audi A4 2.0T, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G37 or Mercedes C350, and it matches the rating for the big 4.4-liter V-8 in the Volvo XC90 crossover. The result is a cool, quenching rush of turbo power, and a car that can storm from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, barely behind the BMW and Infiniti but still provocatively quick in this class. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Volvo without something from the safety wizards in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their latest is Pedestrian Detection, a camera- and radarbased system that can automatically stop the S60 to avoid striking someone at speeds below 22 mph. At higher speeds, the system can at least markedly slow the car before impact, possibly the difference between a fatal accident and a trip to the hospital. The system complements Volvo’s City Safety, first offered on the XC60, which does the same trick to avoid collisions with cars if a distracted driver fails to hit the brakes. While City Safety is standard, the S60’s pedestrian protection is part of a $2,100 technology package that includes adaptive cruise control, a collision-warning system with full auto-braking, and monitors for both following distance and lane departure. For obvious reasons, I tested the system not with a human volunteer, but with a stationary dummy named Bob. Behind the wheel of the S60, I shot toward the dummy several times at up to 22 mph. The hardest part was resisting an almost primal urge to hit the brakes. When I ignored a flashed visual warning inside the car, the Volvo braked itself forcefully and left Bob unscathed, stopping with about a foot to spare even when I was sure the dummy was toast.

The system combines the speed-and-distance measurement of a radar unit with a camera and sophisticated computer algorithms. The camera confirms an endangered pedestrian by comparing its real-time images against a huge database of human walkers, picking out details like heads and swinging arms to avoid false alarms. The system operates

at up to 50 mph, but isn’t yet reliable enough to work at night, when the majority of pedestrian injuries occur. Considering his unbeatable view of the Volvo’s looming shape, I might have asked Bob to assess the styling. Even a dummy could see that the S60 handsomely advances Volvo’s evolution from boxy-and-utilitarian to today’s dynamic, fine-boned

designs. The S60 nods to current fashion with the coupelike arch of its roof. But the rest of the car takes now familiar Volvo cues – the slender hood, sprinter’s stance, flared rear haunches and a pert, cliffhanging rear deck – and heightens them to create the prettiest Volvo sedan yet. Compared with the previous S60, the new model

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It’s designed to transport your family safely while keeping them ensome consumers, they still Quest versions is a 3.5-liter tertained and comfortable. offer the best solution for V-6 engine with 260 horsehauling a big family around power and 240 foot-pounds many other premium amenithat folds down from the town or on a cross-country of torque. It’s connected to a ties of the more expensive ceiling; an advanced climatejaunt. continuously variable autotrim levels, but it’s not exactcontrol system with auto airFor 2011, other Quest matic transmission. The new ly a stripped-down economy recirculation feature; Niscompetitors include the alQuest is EPA rated at 18 model, either. san’s blind-spot warning sysways strong Dodge Grand mpg in the city and 24 on Standard S features intem; and high-intensity-disCaravan and Chrysler Town the highway. 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from road surface bumps and jolts. The back seat has exemplary room. I could extend and stretch out my legs, make multiple adjustments on the outboard seats and recline the seatbacks to get comfy. Usually, this treatment is reserved for frontBy Ann M. Job seat riders only. Associated Press All around, the interior Most people don’t buy big, was elegantly trimmed in heavy, luxury sedans for leather and wood. I just their gasoline mileage. There wished the large knob in the are many other vehicles – center of the console belower-priced, too – that excel tween the front seats didn’t at fuel economy. have to obscure the main raBut government goals for dio volume control that’s atmospheric carbon reduccloser to the front passenger tion, plus competition among seat. This knob, by the way, automakers, can do funny operates the controls and things to the car marketplace menus seen via the large disand help explain why Germaplay atop the dashboard. It ny’s Mercedes-Benz now has many features but can sells a gasoline-powered, hyfeel clumsy at times as you brid version of its flagship Sscroll through the comClass sedan. mands. The new-for-2010 S400 HyAnd I found I had to turn Provided/Mercedes-Benz on the front-seat massage brid is the first mass-production car to use a lithium ion function every time I started The Mercedes S400 Hybrid is the first mass-production car to use a lithium ion battery to store and supply power. The hybrid battery to store and supply up the car. It didn’t stay in also has the lowest starting retail price of any S-Class. electric power. The 120-volt the seat memory setting. battery is more compact and rope, about global warming. The cocoon-like atmoer alone as “full” hybrid vehi- fact, the S400 Hybrid’s fuel The lithium ion battery adds less weight to the car These luxury hybrids also sphere continues with the cles do. rating ties with that of the lit- benefit is obvious as soon as than do nickel metal hydride can help assuage the conheavy feel to the doors when The get up and go isn’t tle, two-seat Mercedes the trunk is opened. Unlike batteries and has high enersciences of wealthy car buythey are opened and closed sporty. The car is too heavy SLK300. the Lexus cars, where the gy density for its size. ers who want a big, impresand the mass of the more for that. But it’s smooth and Just as important in Eubig nickel metal hydride batThe Mercedes S-Class hy- sive sedan wearing a badge than 2-ton car that’s carefully decently forceful. The power rope, the S400 Hybrid protery pack scarfs up valuable brid also has the lowest start- from a luxury carmaker, not managed over bumps and system is controlled by a duces 21 percent lower cartrunk space, the lithium ion ing retail price of any S-Class: from Honda. through twisty road curves computer that’s constantly bon dioxide emissions. battery is in the S400 Hybrid $88,825, including manufacOn the outside, the more and corners. calculating the optimal mix Unfortunately, though, the engine compartment. So, turer’s suggested retail price than 17-foot-long, four-door The S400 Hybrid is the on- of gas engine and electric S400 Hybrid uses pricey, pre- trunk space is the same 16.4 and destination charge. This S400 Hybrid looks like other ly S-Class offered with a V-6. power. The driver just drives mium gasoline. cubic feet that’s in other Scompares with the $92,475 S-Class models, with tradiThe others have higher-pothe car, and shifts are hanMercedes, which has foClass models. starting retail price for a tional Mercedes styling. wered V-8 or V-12 engine. dled imperceptibly by the cused on strong, fuel-efficient The S400 Hybrid comes base, 2010 Mercedes S-Class Inside, though, the differBut the 275-horsepower, 3.5- seven-speed automatic trans- diesel engines to maximize with many standard safety with no hybrid system. ent information displays let liter, double overhead cam mission. mileage but doesn’t offer a features, including some not Competitors include the drivers know this is a differV-6 producing 258 footThe S400 Hybrid mileage diesel-powered S-Class mod- found in other cars, such as 2010 Lexus LS600h, which ent kind of Mercedes. Even pounds of torque in the S400 rating is 19 miles per gallon el in the United States, is late side air bags for rear-seat has a starting MSRP, includ- the quiet interior – created Hybrid is supplemented by in city driving and 25 mpg on coming into the hybrid car passengers and Mercedes’ ing destination charge, of by extensive sound deadenan electric motor capable of the highway by the U.S. gov- segment. Still, its S400 HyPre-Safe automatic crash pro$109,675, and the 2011 BMW ing plus the gasoline engine generating 20 horsepower ernment. I managed nearly brid beats the Lexus LS600h tection system. 750i ActiveHybrid, which turning off by itself when the and 118-foot-pounds of torque 21 mpg during the test drive in government fuel ratings, Intriguing additional feastarts at $103,175. hybrid system determines for added “oomph” while the in a mix of city and highway though the Lexus has a V-8, tures include a radar-conNone of these hybrid luxu- the car is stopped in traffic car is moving. travel. The U.S. government instead of a V-6, engine. nected high-beam headlight ry sedans is a high-volume and could take the opportuniThis Mercedes sedan, rating is the best of the SBut the Mercedes brakes system that automatically seller. But each helps adty to save fuel – adds a new however, is a “mild” hybrid, Class models. 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the new engine are 21 mpg city/27 highway with the manual or automatic, up There may be a good sefrom 20/27 (manual) and 20/ lection of affordable compact 26 (automatic) last year. crossovers on the market, There are a few other but there’s just one that changes for 2011 as well, comes with four-wheel drive after a complete redesign as standard equipment on all just two years ago. All 201l models: the 2011 Subaru For- models have a new grille, ester. along with an upgraded inAbout the same size and strument panel with a “softer, shape as its major competitextured material for entors, such as the Honda CR-V hanced interior appearance,” and Toyota RAV4, the Forest- Subaru says. er has a roomy interior with Inside, there are bucket seating for up to five people. seats in front and a three-perUnlike a few in this class, son bench seat in the rear. though, it does not offer a The cargo area is huge, with third row for additional pasmore than 30 cubic feet of senger capacity. space. It can be expanded by The Forester also has a folding down the 60/40 split long list of standard equiprear seatback. ment even at the entry-level For our Christmas shopprice of $20,495 (plus $725 ping chores, the Forester freight) for the 2.5X model came in quite handy. The with a five-speed manual cargo area had plenty of transmission and $21,695 room for gifts and groceries with a four-speed automatic. (piled on top of the suitcases Prices range as high as of two visitors we picked up $29,995, which brings the at the airport). top-of-the-line 2.5XT Touring Standard on the base 2.5X model with a 2.5-liter, turbomodel are an AM/FM/comcharged, 224-horsepower pact-disc stereo with four boxer four-cylinder engine speakers, plus an auxiliary inand four-speed automatic. put jack; manual air condiThe base engine for 2011 tioning; power windows/miris a new 2.5-liter boxer fourrors/door locks with remote; cylinder, rated at 170 horsetilt steering wheel; cruise power. That’s the same control; three 12-volt power horsepower as last year’s outlets; trip computer; carbase engine, but the torque peted floor mats; multifuncrating is now 174 foottional center console box pounds, up from 170. with sliding arm rest; 60/40 Subaru has added a 2.5X split-folding rear seat; rear Touring model for 2011, with wiper and washer; and reprices beginning at $27,995. mote keyless entry. Unlike the 2.5XT Touring Safety gear includes elecmodel, this one doesn’t get tronic stability control, fourthe more powerful engine; it wheel antilock brakes with has the 170-horsepower box- electronic brake assist, tireer. pressure monitoring, dayThe company says the time running lights, engine new boxer engine, so named immobilizer anti-theft sysbecause it is flat and the cyltem, front seat-mounted side inders are horizontally opair bags and roof-mounted posed, “improves on the For- side-curtain air bags for both ester’s already impressive rows. fuel efficiency.” Our test vehicle was the EPA mileage estimates for model next up on the list: the San Antonio Express-News

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The 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X starts at $20,495. The compact crossover comes with standard four-wheel drive. 2.5X Premium, which begins at $23,495 with the manual gearbox. The automatic, which was included on our tester, added $1,000 to the price. Included on the Premium, in addition to items carried over from the base model, are a 10-way power driver’s seat, privacy glass, a panoramic power moon roof, roof rails, steering-wheelmounted audio switches, a reclining rear seatback, retractable rear tray, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 17inch alloy wheels and the capability to add Sirius satellite radio. A detachable in-dash Tom Tom navigation system is

available as part of a navigation and all-weather package ($1,095), which was included on our vehicle. In spite of being one of the least expensive nav systems available for in-dash installation, this is one of the best I’ve used. It just goes to show that more expensive things aren’t always better. The weather-related extras in the package were heated exterior mirrors, a windshield-wiper de-icing system and heated front seats. Also included were a Bluetooth phone connection and a USB port for the audio system. A back-up camera is optional ($199), but comes only

with the navigation/allweather package and automatic transmission. This is a feature I recommend buying anytime it is available. It was not installed on our tester, however. Next up is the 2.5X Limited, beginning at $26,495. It includes the automatic transmission and features from the Premium model, as well as leather seats, steering wheel and shifter handle; stainless steel exhaust tips; automatic climate control; fog lights; cargo-area tray; and the all-weather package with additions to the audio system such as Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, HD radio, 4.3-

inch LCD display, six speakers and iPod connection. Available on the Limited is a different touch-screen navigation system ($1,800) with a 7-inch screen and included back-up camera. With the new 2.5X Touring model comes the automatic transmission, most of the Premium model’s amenities and special features such as high-intensity discharge headlights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, silver roof rails, one-touch folding rear seatbacks, dualzone automatic climate control, Sirius satellite radio and electroluminescent instruments. There’s also a 2.5XT Premium model ($26,995), which gets a big performance upgrade – the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine – along with an automatic transmission, decorative engine cover, stainless steel exhaust tips, fog lights, rear spoiler, telescopic steering column, 17-inch alloy wheels, hood scoop, aluminum-alloy accelerator and brake pedal covers, and a 10-way power driver’s seat. The 2.5XT Touring model has the turbo engine, automatic transmission and other XT Premium features, as well as an upgraded audio system, leather seats and dualzone automatic climate control. The second touchscreen navigation system also is available on the Touring models, along with the back-up camera, for an additional $1,600. Although we had the base engine, our test vehicle had plenty of power, but it did seem to be straining to deliver that power at times, and it gets a bit noisy when it’s pushed hard. I would have expected a five- or six-speed automatic transmission by now to help improve highway fuel economy. The four-speed is getting to be outdated. Total sticker price for our vehicle, including freight and options, was $26,315.

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Included on this one are the 1.4-liter turbo engine and automatic gearbox, along Chevrolet has created a with a six-way power driver’s new star in the compact seat, leather seats/steering market with the introduction wheel/shifter, cruise control, of the 2011 Cruze, a stylish Bluetooth connection, USB and fun-to-drive sedan that port with audio interface, looks a lot more expensive steering-wheel audio conthan its starting price of trols, remote starting, auto$16,275 (plus $720 freight) matic climate control, autoseems to suggest. dimming rearview mirror, The Cruze replaces the rear parking assist and 18Cobalt in Chevy’s lineup, inch alloy wheels. and while the Cobalt was a Cruze options include an nice vehicle in its own right, in-dash navigation system the Cruze represents a sigwith 40-gigabyte hard drive, nificant improvement; pause-and-play radio, and caenough so that’s it’s not pability to download audio even fair to compare the CDs and to transfer MP3 two. files from a USB memory As for how it stacks up card; a Pioneer audio system against its competitors, the with nine speakers and 250Cruze is roomier and more watt amplifier; heated seats; fuel-efficient, and also has and rear parking assist. more standard safety feaAlso available is an RS aptures, GM says. pearance package ($695), inEven though the Cruze is cluded on our tester, which priced to compete in the added rocker-panel moldcompact-sedan class, its inte- ings, unique front and rear rior has the space of a midfascias, an upgraded instrusize. It’s roomier and has ment panel, fog lights and a more cargo capacity than rear spoiler. the competing Honda Civic Our tester also had the and Toyota Corolla. The optional 17-inch alloy wheels Cruze has 95 cubic feet of ($395), which brought fourpassenger space, compared wheel antilock disc brakes; with 90 cubic feet for the crystal red metallic exterior 2011 Civic and 92 cubic feet paint ($325); and a compact for the 2011 Corolla. spare tire ($100) in place of a Other competitors include tire sealer and inflator kit. the Ford Focus, Nissan SenTotal price of our car, intra, Mazda3, Hyundai Elancluding freight and options, tra and Accent, Kia Forte, was $22,910. Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Inside, our tester was Impreza and Volkswagen quite elegant, looking more Jetta. like the cabin of a small LexThe Jetta has been redeus than a Chevrolet. The signed for 2011, and a new curve-around dash melds alElantra will debut in a few most seamlessly into the weeks. front door panels, and the inFive versions of the Cruze terior materials and finish are available, beginning with are well beyond the quality the base LS at the $16,995 usually found in cars in this price. It includes a 1.8-liter price class. Ecotec four-cylinder engine GM says the Cruze has a and six-speed manual trans“Corvette-inspired twin-cockmission and has EPA ratings pit motif” with “grained, softof 26 mpg city/36 highway; touch components and lowwith the optional six-speed gloss trim panels.” There are automatic, the ratings are large, easy-to-read analog in22/35. struments, and a driver-inforStandard even on the base mation center is standard. model is GM’s OnStar sysThe headliner is made of tem with turn-by-turn naviga- a knit material designed to tion, air conditioning, power help make the passenger windows/mirrors/door locks compartment quieter, and with remote, a driver-inforthe seats are color-keyed to mation center and XM satel- the instrument-panel trim. lite radio. The front bucket seats are The Cruze 1LT model quite comfortable, and there starts at $18,175 and comes is a roomy bench seat in the with a turbocharged 1.4-liter rear that can hold three Ecotec four-cylinder engine adults, with decent headand a six-speed automatic room and legroom. transmission, as well as 16Exterior styling looks inch wheels. more like that of the classy For those wanting the Malibu sedan than the Cobest fuel economy, there is balt this car replaced, with a the Cruze Eco model, also decidedly European flair to beginning at $18,175, and in- it. There is a two-tier grille cluding the 1.4-liter turbo en- with the Chevy bowtie logo, gine with a manual transmis- and the body has a steeply sion. This one has EPA raked windshield, arched ratings of 28 city/42 highroofline and sloped rear end way, or 26/37 with the opdesigned to give it the look tional six-speed automatic. It of a sporty coupe rather than also comes with 17-inch alloy a sedate sedan. wheels with ultra-low-rollingOther features include a resistance tires and ensculpted hood and short rear hanced aerodynamics. deck similar to those of the Next is the 2LT model, new Camaro, and the wheels which we tested. It starts at have been pushed to the $20,675 and also comes with four corners to allow for the automatic transmission more interior space. and turbo engine. Mileage The trunk has 15.4 cubic ratings for this engine/trans- feet of space, and the 60/40 mission combo are 24 split-folding rear seatback city/36 highway. can be folded down to inAt the top of the line is crease cargo capacity when the Cruze LTZ, which starts the seat isn’t needed for pasat $21,975. sengers San Antonio Express-News

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With a price tag starting at $16,275, the Cruze is designed to compete in the compact-sedan market. It’s roomier and has more cargo capacity than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Driving this car was more fun than a practical, affordable sedan ought to be. The 1.4-liter engine with the turbocharger gave me excellent power for every situation I experienced, even some uphill runs to get onto freeways – easily joining the traffic at the posted speed limit. The six-speed automatic shifts quite smoothly, and it never seemed to be hunting for the proper gear. Again, this car had the feel of a premium sedan, not a car that most of us can afford. For those really wanting to crank up the fuel economy, the Cruze Eco model challenges some of the hybrids on gas mileage. the car’s 42 mpg highway rating (with the manual gearbox) comes close to the 43 mpg of the 2011 Honda Insight and the 45 mpg of the 2011 Honda Civic hybrids. That’s better than the 36mpg highway rating of the Ford Fusion hybrid and the 34 mpg of the Lexus HS 250h compact hybrid sedan. To give the Cruze Eco better fuel economy, GM says it has used a variety of special features including a lower front grille, lowered ride height, unique 17-inch wheels and those special low-rolling-resistance tires. Even so, the Eco can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 10 seconds with the manual transmission and nine seconds with the automatic. With its 15.6-gallon fuel tank, the cruising range of the Eco model is more than 600 miles. Standard on all Cruze models are 10 air bags, making it one of the safest cars in its class. They include front, side and knee air bags for the driver and front passenger, and roof-mounted side-curtain air bags for both rows of seats. Also standard are electronic stability control and four-wheel antilock brakes. Its safety features and performance in crash tests earned the Cruze a 2011 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Cruze is the first in a family of all-new Chevrolet small and compact cars, GM says. It’s built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, which added 1,200 employees and received $350 million in upgrades to accommodate the new model.

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Known for its fine, dieselpowered vehicles with noteworthy fuel economy, Germany’s Volkswagen AG is adding a gasoline-electric hybrid sport utility model for 2011. It’s not that VW is turning against diesels. The automaker is covering all the bases, particularly in the United States where hybrids like the Toyota Prius have been a growing market segment for a decade. VW’s first mass-production hybrid – the 2011 Touareg Hybrid – is selling alongside the 2011 diesel-powered Touareg TDI and the non-hybrid, gasoline-powered Touareg FSI. But it’s the Touareg Hybrid that will rank highest in city mileage, according to company estimates. The hybrid model also retains the Touareg’s hardy 7,700-pound towing capacity and full-time four-wheel drive while being loaded with standard luxury amenities like leather-trimmed seats, panoramic roof, heated steering wheel and seats and a navigation system with a huge dashboard display. It is, in many respects, the most technologically advanced of all VWs and incorporates a supercharged V-6 – borrowed from the sporty Audi S4 – that’s ready to deliver impressive power. Parent company VW owns luxury brand Audi. The VW hybrid also has a new, eight-speed automatic transmission with two “eco” modes for fuel-efficient driving, regenerative braking that captures energy so it can be stored for later use by the onboard electric motor, and automatic shutting off of the engine when it’s not needed. Not surprisingly, the new Touareg Hybrid carries the highest starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of all 2011 VWs: $61,385. That compares with the $45,270 starting retail price for the gasoline-only-powered 2011 Touareg and the $48,770 starting retail price of the 2011 turbodiesel Touareg. Competitors to the Toua-

reg Hybrid include the 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid SUV, which starts at $56,665, and the 2011 Lexus RX 450h, which starts at $44,110. While there are some minor updates to the Touareg exterior – for example, new light-emitting diode lighting accents the headlights now – most significant changes for 2011 are under the metal. VW changed the suspension, softening it a bit for better on-road driving and lessening the focus on off-road duties. The reason: Officials said U.S. consumers perceive that off-road vehicles can be harsh-riding on pavement. Besides, not many American Touareg drivers go offroad. So, for 2011, the Touaregs have swapped out some heavy-duty suspension components and added a lighterweight torsion differential. Steel springs remain in the suspension, and a transfer case and several off-road electronic aids, such as hill descent control, are still there. But the net effect is a smooth, firm-riding, lighterweight Touareg – by at least 330 pounds – than last year. Passengers were comfortable in the five-seat tester, and the interior was quiet enough to keep most road noises out of the cabin. Note the Touareg has grown slightly in length and width, helping to provide better passenger room. For example, rear seats now have 2.7 more inches of knee room. I’ve enjoyed the Touareg TDI with 3-liter turbo, direct injection diesel V-6. For 2011, it delivers 406 foot-pounds of torque starting at a low 1,750 rpm. Horsepower is just 165, but the nearly 16-foot-long 2011 turbodiesel Touareg sprints energetically from stoplights and has a fuel economy rating of 19 miles per gallon in the city and a commendable 28 mpg on the highway. That easily tops the 16/23mpg rating of the base, nonhybrid, gasoline-powered Touareg FSI whose torque maxes out at 265 foot-pounds from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. Now, though, the new Touareg Hybrid offers more torque than the diesel-po-

wered Touareg. Plus, drivers don’t need to search for filling stations that sell diesel. Specifically, the Touareg Hybrid is rated at 428 combined foot-pounds of torque from the gas-electric powerplant. Combined horsepower is 279. Yet the expected fuel mileage rating for the hybrid is 21/25 mpg, which is competitive with the diesel model. The city mileage, in particular, is strong because the hybrid can travel on electric power only in short, lowerspeed spurts. And the engine turns off when the vehicle is stopped at traffic lights, thereby saving fuel. My gasoline mileage in the Touareg Hybrid wasn’t far off the mark from the estimated government rating – 20.1 mpg in combined city/ highway driving. Still, the Touareg Hybrid zipped along as if it were far lighter than its 5,135 pounds. It went up hills with gusto and could easily have been mistaken for a “regular” gaspowered car except for one thing – the brakes. They were difficult to modulate for smooth, even braking. Sometimes they’d work predictably and let me slow and then stop as I wanted. Sometimes, though, they’d grab. The big center dashboard monitor provided lots of feedback about the workings of the electric motor and the charge status of the battery pack. And the wood-swathed center console, high ride height above the pavement and nicely crafted interior made for a comfortable, upscale atmosphere. The nickel metal hybrid battery pack is in back, under the cargo floor, where a spare tire usually is located. There’s no spare in the hybrid, just a patch kit for the 19-inch tires. Safety features are standard, including antilock brakes, electronic stability control, curtain air bags, hill descent control and antiwhiplash front seatbacks and head restraints. The Touareg won’t be the last gas-electric hybrid from VW. Company officials expect to add a hybrid car, probably a Jetta, in 2012.

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The redesigned Hyundai Elantra compact sedan represents yet another element of the South Korean automaker’s big push to introduce seven new models in a two-year period. It follows last year’s rollout of the new Tucson compact crossover, Sonata midsize sedan and Equus luxury car, and it has the same “fluidic sculpture” exterior that has become the new Hyundai design theme. The look is quite luxurious for a small, affordable car. The starting price is just $14,830 (plus $720 freight) for the base GLS model, and it tops out at $21,980 for the Limited Premium model, which comes with a variety of luxury amenities. This is the fifth generation of the Elantra, which grows a little bit as each new iteration arrives. The 2011 model, though sold as a compact, actually has enough interior space to qualify under EPA rules as a midsize car. There is 110.4 cubic feet of space, of which 95.6 is reserved for passengers and 14.8 for cargo in the spacious trunk. That’s larger than the 2011 Toyota Corolla, with 104.3 cubic feet of interior space; the 2010 Honda Civic, with 102.9; and the 2011 Ford Focus, at 107.2. But it’s on par with two other compacts – the all-new Chevrolet Cruze (110) and the Nissan Sentra (110.5). The car comes with a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an available sixspeed automatic transmission that give it EPA fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city/40 highway, an improvement of 18 percent over the previous Elantra. The mileage is the same for either manual- or automatic-transmission models. Among the premium amenities offered in the Elantra – and rare in this class – are a touch-screen navigation system with rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, and a heated rear seat. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control and

antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. Styling includes Hyundai’s signature hexagonshaped grille and sweptback headlights, which the company says were meant to give the car a “compact athletic face.” Standard or optional are 15-, 16- and 17inch alloy wheels. Also available are fog lights and outside mirrors with built-in turn signals. The new engine cranks out 148 horsepower and 131 foot-pounds of torque and weighs 74 pounds less than the 2.0-liter four-cylinder it replaces from the previous generation Elantra. The block and head are made of aluminum, which accounts for most of the weight reduction. The car is available with a six-speed manual transmission, or the new automatic, which comes with Shiftronic controls for manual shifting without having to use a clutch. Hyundai says this is the first car in its lineup to get the six-speed automatic. The new Elantra is just an inch longer than its predecessor, but the wheelbase is 2 inches longer, which should help give it a smoother, more stable ride. The width is the same as before, but the car is nearly 2 inches lower – giving it a more aerodynamic shape for better fuel economy. It has electric power steering that is designed to change the level of steering assist depending on vehicle speed. The car has a tight

turning radius of 34.8 feet. The interior is roomy and comfortable, with craftsmanship evident throughout – also unexpected in this under-$20,000 vehicle class. Among standard features are air conditioning, a tiltand-telescopic steering column and a 172-watt AM/ FM/CD/XM satellite radio audio system with six speakers and auxiliary/USB inputs. Optional is a 360-watt system with an external amplifier. Other available extras include a touch-screen navigation system on the GLS and Limited models, and there are such features as XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Stock Ticker and Sports Ticker. Also available is a proximity-key system with pushbutton start, a power sunroof, one-touch up/down driver’s power window and leather seats. There are six standard air bags, including front seatmounted side air bags and roof-mounted side-curtain bags for both rows. Fourwheel disc brakes are standard, while some competitors still have drum brakes on the rear. The best-selling model will be the Elantra GLS with automatic transmission, Hyundai says. It lists for $17,080. All Hyundai models come with a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, five years of free roadside assistance and a 10year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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US auto industry off to solid start in January By Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher Associated Press

Americans gave automakers a confidence boost in January. They bought more cars and trucks and showed a still-fragile auto industry that they were ready to replace their clunkers in 2011. Sales of cars and light trucks in the United States rose 17 percent from a year earlier to 819,895. That’s still below the 1 million sold in January 2008, before most people felt the impact of the recession, but better than the last two years, when January sales fell below 700,000. Nearly all big car companies reported double-digit gains for the month, a sign that the slow recovery in U.S. auto sales that began in 2010 remains on track. While the recovery could falter if turmoil in the Middle East pushes up gas prices or unemployment stays high, the industry was happy with what it saw last month. “January signals a good start to the year for us, for the industry, and we think it’s a good sign for the overall U.S. economy,” said Don Johnson, vice president of U.S. sales for General Motors Co. Car buyers went shopping for just about everything. Sales of redesigned SUVs such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer were strong. People also snapped up small cars such as the Nissan Versa and Honda Fit. Pickup sales remained robust, continuing a streak that began last year thanks to growing demand from construction crews and other small businesses. Ford F-Series sales rose 30 percent. Crossovers, which combine the roominess of SUVs with car-like handling, also did well. Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox, for example, rose 35 percent. Last January, rental-car companies and other businesses fueled the recovery in auto sales as they began to restock their fleets after the

recession. But last month, individual buyers propelled sales. GM said its sales to individuals rose 36 percent, while its fleet sales fell 7 percent. Ford Motor Co. saw a similar trend. January sales for the industry hit an annual rate of 12.6 million when adjusted for seasonal changes, a good start to a year in which many analysts expect sales of around 13 million. Last year automakers sold 11.6 million cars and trucks in the United States Deals are helping move the metal. Car companies threw in more discounts in January, with incentives hitting an average of $2,576 per vehicle, said Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry analysis at car pricing site TrueCar.com. The lowest interest rates in decades also spurred sales. Banks and finance companies have loosened up on credit in recent months, and people with good scores can get annual interest rates as low as 4 percent on car loans, said Paul Ballew, a former chief economist at GM who is now at insurance firm Nationwide. Plus, automakers are subsidizing loans so the rates fall even lower. “If you’re paying more than 2 to 3 percent on a loan, you’re probably not shopping hard enough,” Ballew said. Fuel costs aren’t a major factor in what customers are buying, because people have adjusted to rising gas prices, Toprak said. Prices were hovering around $3.10 per gallon at the end of last month, 44 cents higher than a year earlier. But they could be a bigger factor for car buyers if they hit $4 a gallon. Toprak said that’s likely given recent unrest in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. GM and Chrysler Group LLC led the way in sales last month, each reporting 23 percent increases compared to last January. GM’s Cadillac brand saw a 49-percent increase thanks to

demand for the new CTS coupe, which went on sale last fall. GM also logged 321 sales of the Chevrolet Volt, an electric car with a backup gas engine. The only other electric car on the market, the Nissan Leaf, sold 87 for the month. Toyota Motor Corp. recovered from January 2010, as sales rose 17 percent. Last January, it lost an estimated 20,000 sales after it recalled eight models because of defective gas pedals. Toyota struggled to regain customers all last year, but now says it’s keeping them – and stealing them from other brands. Toyota truck sales rose 37 percent for the month, led by the RAV-4 small SUV. Car sales were up 15 percent. The Corolla compact and Prius gas-electric hybrid each rose more than 20 percent. Ford sales rose 9 percent, partly because of a significant decrease in fleet and partly because of the discontinuation of the Mercury brand at the end of last year. Ford sold 248 Mercurys in January, 5,000 fewer than the same month a year earlier. Other automakers reporting sales: m Hyundai Motor Co. said sales rose 22 percent. Sales of the revamped Sonata sedan, which went on sale early in 2010, nearly doubled in January, while sales of the newly redesigned Elantra rose 26 percent. m Honda Motor Co. said sales rose 13 percent. The CR-V was Honda’s top-selling model as sales rose 69 percent. Honda also increased its incentives by 45 percent, to $2,074 per vehicle, the biggest jump in the industry, according to Toprak. m Nissan Motor Co. sales rose 15 percent on the strength of its Rogue crossover, which saw sales jump 72 percent. m Kia Motors sales rose 26 percent, led by the Sorento, which blends the features of a car and an SUV, and the newly redesigned Optima sedan.

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wheel antilock disc brakes; but as with most hybrids, the CT 200h also will have Prices begin at $29,150 “regenerative braking,” (plus $875 freight) for the which uses the inertia of the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h vehicle as it’s slowing down gasoline-electric hybrid, to turn the electric motor inwhich goes on sale in early to a generator, sending March, according to Toyota. charging power to the The CT 200h is a comonboard battery pack. pact, five-passenger hatchAlso standard will be elecback and will be the least tronic stability control and expensive luxury hybrid on traction control, electronic the market. It also will be brake-force distribution and the lowest-priced Lexus brake assist, which helps model for 2011. the driver apply the brakes This will be the fifth hymore thoroughly in a panicbrid for Lexus and the ninth stop situation. overall for Toyota, which The CT 200h will have has four others that are sold eight standard air bags, inunder the Toyota brand. cluding knee bags for the “For just $1,000 more driver and front passenger, than the cost of a nonluxury seat-mounted side (thorax) hybrid, buyers can indulge bags for the front, and roofin a CT 200h with our prov- mounted side-curtain air en Lexus Hybrid Drive tech- bags for both rows of seats. nology,” Mark Templin, Among optional safety group vice president and gear will be a pre-collision general manager for Lexus, intervention system with rasaid in announcing the dar cruise control, which price. “Lexus hybrids curpaces the vehicle to the rently make up 90 percent of speed of the car it’s followall luxury hybrid sales in the ing and warns the driver if a collision appears to be immiU.S., so you can imagine nent. At that point, the brakhow excited we are to coning system is automatically tinue our leadership in this charged so it’s ready if the market with the CT 200h.” driver hits the brake pedal Toyota says the car will in a panic. The front seat produce “60 percent fewer belts automatically are smog-forming emissions locked at that point, as well. than the average new car” The CT 200h is the first and will be EPA-rated at 43 mpg city/40 highway, using compact hybrid from Lexus, and also the first dedicated regular unleaded gasoline hybrid model in the premiand an electric motor. The car has a continuous- um compact class. There will be no corresponding ly variable automatic transgasoline-only version, just as mission, and there are four there is no gas-only model operator-selected driving of the Toyota Prius hybrid modes – EV, Normal, Sport and the midsize Lexus HS and Eco – which Toyota 250h sedan, which was insaid “can help enhance eitroduced last year as the ther performance and dynamic ability, or driving effi- first dedicated Lexus hybrid. Other Lexus hybrids alciency, fuel economy and ready on the market are the emissions.” RX 450h crossover and the There also will be a full GS 450h and LS 600h searray of safety features just dans. like other Lexus models. As for the four driving One of those will be fourSan Antonio Express-News

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show the driver when the car is being driven in the most economical manner. With the EV mode, the car can be driven on its electric motor alone for up to about a mile at less than 25 mph; even in this mode, the gasoline engine will start and begin powering the car if it exceeds those parameters. Toyota has not yet equipped any of its hybrids for highway driving on their electric motors like the new Nissan Leaf electric car and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid are. The CT 200h is similar to the new Toyota FT-CH dedicated compact hybrid, which was introduced at the De-

troit auto show in January. It does have a different drive system from that of the FT-CH, however, The CT 200h comes with basically the same hybrid system as that of the 2011 Toyota Prius, which includes a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor-generators, one of which is used to power the drive wheels along with the gasoline engine. It’s a full-hybrid system, which will allow the car to run on the electric drive motor or the gasoline engine or a combination of the two. The nickel-metal-hydride battery pack, under the rear cargo area, recharges while

the gasoline engine is running or the car is decelerating. Standard features include steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a synthetic leatherlike interior fabric, fold-flat rear seat, keyless entry and start, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, front sport seats (with eight-way power driver’s seat) and the Lexus Safety Connect system, which is similar to GM’s OnStar. Among other amenities are a six-speaker premium audio system with a CD player, auxiliary and USB inputs, integrated iPod control, Bluetooth connection and XM satellite radio.

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Sportage spiffier, with lots of bonuses 4 cylinders surprisingly powerful By Ann M. Job Associated Press

The 2011 Kia Sportage is the ritziest Sportage sport utility vehicle ever, and yet it comes with only a four-cylinder engine. It’s not as odd a combination as it sounds. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder can generate as much horsepower as last year’s Sportage V-6 and makes the SUV feel comfortably powered while earning higher fuel economy ratings from the federal government. Meantime, the 2011 Sportage’s sleek new exterior and new features, such as panorama glass roof and Microsoft in-vehicle communication and entertainment system, give Kia’s least expensive SUV a pleasantly modern atmosphere. Best of all, the new Sportage includes surprising items that aren’t standard in many competitive models. For example, even the base Sportage has standard Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio that has three free months of service, and steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth. Another bonus: Like all Kias, the Sportage comes standard with lots of safety equipment, such as curtain air bags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, traction control and even hillstart assist to help drivers easily get the vehicle moving after stopping on an upgrade. With all the changes, retail prices for this new Sportage are up some $1,300 from 2010 models. But the Sportage remains competitive among compact crossover SUVs. The front-wheel drive, 2011 Sportage has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including

For the record, the new Sportage is rated at 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. This compares with 21/26 mpg for Nissan’s Rogue with allwheel drive and 21/27 mpg for an all-wheel drive Honda CR-V. There was a good amount of road noise that came through to the interior of the Sportage, and it can be fatiguing. Passengers felt vibrations quite often as the Sportage traveled over road bumps and uneven pavement. The front independent suspension uses MacPherson struts, while the back has new independent multilink design that helps maximize cargo space. Steering was comfortable, and while I could feel some body lean in curves and turns, body motions overall were nicely managed. While the tester was a top-of-the-line model topping out at near $30,000 with leather-covered seats, panorama roof, rearview camera and other add-ons, the basic package of the Sportage at a lower price still can convey a quality ride and be impressive. Heated and cooled front seats are offered for the first time and worked Provided/Kia fast in the test Sportage EX. The Sportage has a sleek new interior and exterior for 2011, with many nice standard features such as Bluetooth wireless con- But only the driver gets seat height adjustment, so at 5 nectivity, satellite radio with three free months of service, and steering-wheel-mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth. feet 4, I felt like I was sitting than its predecessor and 3.5 hood, because the power is in a hole when I was in the destination charge, of the same platform that’s in inches longer from bumper front passenger seat. well-managed and the en$18,990 with manual transthe 2010 Hyundai Tucson. In the back seat, I had to gine doesn’t sound buzzy. mission and 176-horsepower, Hyundai’s automotive group to bumper. But in height, based in South Korea owns the new Sportage is 2.3 inlift myself just a bit to get inThe most popular trans2.4-liter four cylinder. With both Hyundai and Kia. But ches shorter, which helps mission will be the six-speed side. Large side windows automatic transmission, the the Tucson and Sportage explain why the back winprovided good views out. automatic, which worked lowest-priced 2011 Sportage When exiting, I reached the smoothly in the test Sporstarts at $20,990 and the low- look nothing like each other, dow provides a condensed and the 2011 Tucson has a view out back for the driver. tage. But a six-speed manual pavement with my tiptoes. est-priced Sportage with allThe 2.4-liter, double over- is available on the base vehiBe aware that the rear liftwheel drive has a starting re- higher starting retail price of $19,540 with manual transhead cam four cylinder in gate handle is low and right cle. tail price of $22,490. mission and two-wheel drive. the test vehicle worked well I only got 18 miles per gal- atop the back bumper. Rear In comparison, the 2010 Truth is, the Sportage to get the more than 3,100seatbacks don’t go down full lon in combined city/highNissan Rogue, another pound Sportage moving way fuel mileage on my first flat, and cargo space tops small, four-cylinder-powered doesn’t look like a Sportage anymore, either. The boxy quickly down city roads and drive, not the 23 mpg rating out at 54.6 cubic feet, which crossover SUV, has a startshape is gone, replaced by a flat highways. Torque peaks that the government gives is less than the 57.9 cubic ing retail price of $21,260 at 168 foot-pounds at 4,000 feet in the Rogue. he all-wheel drive Sportage. with automatic transmission, flowing roofline and styling that’s more urban than outrpm, and there was some Microsoft’s UVO – meanThe 18 mpg, by the way, was 170 horsepower and twodoorsy. The size is a bit larg- noisiness during passing ma- the fuel economy rating for ing “your voice” – includes wheel drive. Another comer than the 2010 Sportage as neuvers on slight uphill voice recognition so you can last year’s Sportage. But latpetitor, the 2010 Honda dimensions here and there grades, but the SUV still per- er driving was better, gartalk to the Sportage to get it CR-V, starts at $22,325 with are tweaked, contributing to formed well overall. I susto dial the phone and nering 20 mpg in combined automatic transmission, 180 a roomier feel inside. pect some drivers and paschange music. UVO isn’t city/highway travel, and I horsepower four cylinder For example, the new sengers might forget only a didn’t really try hard to max- available until later in the and two-wheel drive. Sportage is 2.1 inches wider four banger is under the model year. imize mileage. The new Sportage uses


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engine. But even the Volkswagen GTI – a European-bred, turThe Volvo C30 three-door, bocharged hatchback – has small hatchback sure isn’t a a lower starting price than “me-too” car. Three years the C30. The 2011 VW GTI after it came to the United three-door model has a startStates as Volvo’s smallest ve- ing retail price of $24,460 hicle here, the not-quite-14with manual transmission foot-long C30 with distincand 200-horsepower, turbotive, large rear liftgate glass charged, four-cylinder enand four seats has sold in gine. A 2011 VW GTI threesuch low volumes that it’s door hatchback with autostill a rarity on most roads. matic starts at $25,560. And now that Volvo of Meantime, the 2010 Mini Sweden has been sold to Cooper starts at $19,500 with Zhejiang Geely Holding 118-horsepower, four-cylinGroup Co. of China and the der engine and manual new owner is assessing Vol- transmission and goes up to vo’s products, little is chang- near $30,000 with turbo four ing near term for the C30, cylinder. except the price, a slight Volvo previously was styling update and stiffer owned by Ford Motor Co., suspension for an uplevel and the sale to the Chinese model. automaker was just finalized Starting manufacturer’s in August. suggested retail price, inU.S. versions of the C30 cluding destination charge, still come from a factory in for the 2011 C30 increased Ghent, Belgium, that built $500 from 2010. The base the C30 when Volvo was model starts at $25,450, with owned by Ford. manual transmission and And the 2011 C30 is still 227-horsepower, turbobased on a front-wheel drive charged, five-cylinder enplatform that Ford engineered jointly with Mazda gine. With automatic transand Volvo engineers. Ford mission the 2011 C30 starts previously held a sizable at $26,700, and the uplevel stake in Mazda, too. C30 with sporty R-Design The test car, an uplevel body kit and sport suspenC30 R-Design, showed off sion starts at $27,800 with the new, more aggressive manual transmission. front styling for 2011. With These base prices are trapezoidal headlamps and higher than those of many the characteristic Volvo small hatchbacks, which cross-grille badge slash, the helps explain the C30’s low C30 is easy to pick out in a sales. parking lot and doesn’t look For example, Honda sold like Japanese-styled hatchmore than twice as many of backs. its five-door Fit hatchbacks The rear end is left alone, in one month – 6,363 in August – as the 2,991 C30s that retaining the big, oddly Volvo sold so far all this year shaped glass in the liftgate in the United States. Starting that can give everyone walking by a good view of what is retail price of the 2010 Fit is stored in the rear cargo area. $15,650. It’s true the Fit has Inside, the C30 has a minionly a 117-horsepower, nonmalistic appearance on the turbocharged, four-cylinder Associated Press

dashboard, where gauges and controls aren’t overdone with colors and gadgetry. In fact, the lack of color display for the radio and ventilation seemed old school compared with today’s more brightly appointed car interiors. Note the C30 tester did not include a factory-installed navigation system. But it still topped $33,000. The R-Design model is the sportiest version of C30. Its body kit makes the car seem lower to the pavement than a regular C30. But the pieces at the front weren’t low enough to scrape the pavement when I entered driveways, thank goodness. Under the body, there’s an R-Design sport suspension that for 2011 was made even stiffer with new springs, dampers and roll stabilizers all working to control the body and make for a taut ride. Combined with 18-inch performance tires, the test car rode harshly and loudly over many road bumps. The C30 R-Design did handle mountain twisties with confidence and agility, and I enjoyed the quicker steering response that comes with the R-Design package. But I was surprised at the 38.1-foot turning circle for such a small car and for a Volvo. The Volvo S40 sedan has a turning circle of just 34.9 feet. The C30’s 227-horsepower, 2.5-liter, turbocharged, double overhead cam fivecylinder engine is in the base model and the R-Design. It has good get up and go starting at 1,500 rpm when torque peaks at 236 foot-pounds and continues to 5,000 rpm.

Racecar for Super GT Series provides base for Honda model based company axed plans for a revamped V10 version Honda Motor Co., Jaof its NSX supercar in 2008 pan’s third-largest autoamid the global financial crimaker, said a racecar built sis. It ended production of for the nation’s Super GT the S2000 roadster in 2009. Series is the base for a new Plans to develop a sports mass-market sports model car may signal the auto init is developing. dustry’s recovery from the “We definitely want to global recession, which led bring a new sports car into to Honda withdrawing from the market and we’re workFormula One racing in Deing toward that,” President cember 2008 as it refoTakanobu Ito told reporters cused resources on develtoday in Tokyo. The racecar, oping fuel-efficient called the HSV-010 GT, will mass-production vehicles. compete in the Super GT Se- This week Honda raised its ries’ GT500 class this year, full-year profit forecast 30 he said. billion yen to 530 billion Honda said in December it yen ($6.5 billion). may resume development of Honda fell 0.1 percent to sports cars after the Tokyo3,515 yen at the 3 p.m. close Bloomberg News

in Tokyo trading. The shares reached the highest level since Sept. 10, 2008, on Feb. 2, and have gained 9.3 percent this year. The company will also host this year’s Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at its Suzuka Circuit from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9. The carmaker spent about 20 billion yen a year operating its Formula One team, excluding costs to develop engines and cars, then-President Takeo Fukui said at the time. Honda’s HSV-010 GT racecar helped the automaker win the driver and team championship titles in Japan last season.

The redesigned-for-2011 Honda Odyssey is longer and wider than other major minivans, but it’s still tops in fuel economy. With sleeker styling and lighter weight than its predecessor, the roomy, V-6-powered 2011 Odyssey with sixspeed automatic transmission is rated at 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway by the federal government. For 2011, Variable Cylinder Management, which can automatically deactivate engine cylinders when they’re not needed, such as when the van is coasting, is standard on all Odysseys. It previously was reserved for the top Odyssey models. Best of all, perhaps, for everyone riding long distances in this van, the Odyssey has voice recognition commands for navigation and song selection as well as a 16.2-inch, ultrawide, splitscreen-capable display that folds down from the ceiling behind the front seats for good viewing by second- and third-row passengers. The system has HDMI technology, too, and because of its wide, rectangular shape, this screen does not block a driver’s view out the back of the vehicle. This rear entertainment system is on certain Odyssey models. But all Odysseys still have the one-hand, fold-and-flip down, split rear seats that fit smoothly into a recessed cavity to make way for a flat cargo load floor. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for the 2011 Odyssey is $28,580. The test model, a top-ofthe-line Odyssey Touring Elite with all available factory features already on it, was priced at $44,030.

All Odysseys come with a 248-horsepower V-6 and automatic transmission. Minivans, as they’re still called, waned in popularity in the last 10 years as families moved to sport utility vehicles, which have become increasingly car-like in ride and amenities. But the Odyssey remains a consistent top seller, though quality ratings have slipped. In the latest J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study released in June, before the 2011 Odyssey was out, the predecessor Odyssey didn’t rank among the top three minivans. Toyota’s Sienna, the Kia Sedona and the Grand Caravan held those spots. Still, it’s easy to see why families – young and old – can enjoy this new, fourthgeneration Odyssey. Interior space is generous and pleasant, and this includes a noteworthy 42.4 inches in the third row seats. Indeed, thanks to the lengthened body, passengers in all three rows have at least 40 inches of legroom. And the new, extra-wide sliding door openings were a dream as elderly, less mobile passengers entered and exited without fuss. Everyone liked that the passenger floor is flat, too. Passengers also commented about the nicely padded leather-trimmed seats. They don’t feel like thick, hard foam but have some give in them as people sit down. Plus, the Odyssey has the most anchor and tether points for installation of child safety seats of any normal production vehicle – five. So families with quintuplets will have no problem. The wide front center console is well thought out. The covered storage area is large enough for most purses, and the top of the cover has a

high enough lip to keep cell phones and other loose articles from tumbling out during turns. The console can even be removed entirely, if a driver needs to move from the front to the back seats without going outside. The navigation screen in the dashboard is large, and letters and numbers are good-sized and easy to read. The Odyssey is a tad bit lower to the ground now, so the step up is a bit easier to make. But everyone continues to sit up well above the road, and the driver and front passenger, in particular, can see above cars and down the road. The ride is quite smooth. I felt only big road bumps a bit harshly. To make the new Odyssey more aerodynamic, the windshield is more steeply raked than before, and the roof rack is gone. So wind noise is reduced. Passengers still hear a good amount of road noise from the tires, though, and sounds from a loud diesel semi-hauler came through readily into the test Odyssey. Driving the test van, I had ample power from the 3.5-liter, single overhead cam V-6 – no matter if I was merging into city traffic or passing on a highway. Torque peaks at 250 footpounds at 4,800 rpm, and because the new Odyssey is about 75 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the vehicle moves right along. Shifts from the six-speed transmission were smooth, and while I could hear the engine as it accelerated, the sounds were pleasant, not strained, even when the van carried six people. The bright green letters “ECO” illuminate every time the engine cylinders are deactivated to conserve fuel. Honest, that’s the only way a driver knows the van is saving fuel by using fewer engine cylinders.

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QX56 model getting sharp new look Second generation version adds features, standards By G. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News

The second generation of Infiniti’s full-size luxury SUV, the QX56, has arrived for 2011 with a starting price of $57,850 (plus $950 freight) and seating for up to eight people. That price brings the base QX56 two-wheel-drive model, but we went a bit more upscale with our tester: It was the four-wheel-drive version, which begins at $60,950. With a bunch of options, including some pretty cool technology such as lanechange departure and return, our tester topped out at $74,470. It doesn’t take that much to have a nicely equipped QX56, though, if you can do without the four-wheel drive and all the extras that ran up the price of our test model. Or you could buy essentially the same vehicle with a less pretentious name and price by choosing the Nissan Armada, with 2011 base prices ranging from $37,910 to $52,890 (plus $950 freight). But there are lots of new features and more standard content on the 2011 QX56; and for the first time, it’s being built in Japan rather than in the Nissan factory in Canton, Miss. The first generation of the QX56 was built on the same assembly line with the Armada in Canton, but production was moved to Japan last year to make more room for Nissan to build its new line of commercial vans at the Mississippi plant. Nissan now assembles the QX56 in Kyushu, Japan. The Armada and the full-size Titan pickup, upon whose chassis these two SUVs are based, continue to be built at the Canton plant. The QX56 has been one of

the bright spots in the Infiniti lineup in the past year, with total sales of 11,918 for 2010, up 85 percent from the 6,440 sold in 2009. The Armada was an even bigger seller, with total 2011 deliveries of 19,344, up 95 percent from the previous year’s 9,903, Nissan reported. These vehicles were once thought to be on the brink of oblivion, when gasoline prices spiked in mid-2008 and large SUVs and pickups remained unsold on dealer lots. Sales began rebounding in 2009, however, and have been mushrooming since. Nissan says the new QX was designed to offer “a true five-star travel experience,” and it can hold the whole family while also pulling trailers weighing up to 8,500 pounds. Under the hood of all models is a new 5.6-liter V-8 engine with variable valve timing and direct gasoline injection. It’s rated at 400 horsepower and 413 foot-pounds of torque, and it has 25 percent more power than the previous model’s engine. Even so, fuel economy has been improved by 10 percent. EPA ratings are 14 mpg city/20 highway for two- and four-wheel-drive versions. The direct gasoline injection is mostly responsible for the improved mileage, but another factor is the new seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode and downshift rev matching. It replaces the previous model’s five-speed automatic. This is a very powerful – and quite smooth – drivetrain, with plenty of zip for passing or driving up mountain grades, even with a bunch of people on board. The vehicle is built on

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There are lots of new features and more standard content on the 2011 QX56, and for the first time it’s being built in Japan rather than in the Nissan factory in Canton, Miss. new, stiffer frame, designed to enhance ride comfort as well as to reduce interior noise and vibration. Ride and handling were surprisingly smooth and sure for a big vehicle riding on a steel truck frame. Interior creature comforts of the QX56 are in line with those of a high-end premium sedan. Long highway trips are as easy as around-town jaunts. Two captain’s chairs can be selected for the middle row instead of the threeperson bench, cutting capacity to seven passengers. But with the two rear bench seats, there is a fold-down center console that serves as an armrest and cup holder. Among other new features are a standard around-view monitor that gives a bird’seye view of the vehicle on the dash monitor; a Bose audio system, with 13 speakers; and a new automatic climatecontrol system. There is new exterior styl-

ing, but it’s still easily recognizable as a QX56. The 2011 model is 1.4 inches longer, 1.1 inches wider and 3.8 inches lower than the 2010. Among the changes are a new chrome grille, xenon headlights with optional washers and integrated front fog lights. To improve aerodynamics – and fuel economy – the new model has a front chin spoiler, rear liftgate spoiler and redesigned outside mirrors. It has a 0.37 coefficient of drag, and there is “zero lift” from air passing underneath, thanks to that low front spoiler, Nissan says. Standard are 20-inch wheels, but 22-inch wheels are optional; and there are six exterior colors available. Our tester came with a very pleasing “Mountain Sage” exterior and “Wheat” leather interior. Also included are new LED taillights; heated/pow-

er-folding outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, courtesy lights and reverse tilt-down feature; body-color running boards and integrated front and rear splash guards in the wheel arches; roof rails; a power/sliding/ tinted glass moon roof; and a power rear liftgate. Optional are self-leveling adaptive headlights, designed to move slightly in the same direction as the vehicle to provide illumination of the area into which the car is turning. The QX56 is designed to be comfortable for eight adults, not with a back seat that’s better left to the kids. Even with a full load of passengers, there is more than 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row – about the same as in a full-size sedan. Among standard amenities is the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, which also includes a back-up cam-

era system. Leather seating is standard, but semi-aniline leather is available as part of the Deluxe Touring Package ($6,950), included on our vehicle, which also brought 22inch, nine-spoke aluminumalloy wheels with all-season tires; a hydraulic body-motion control system; heatedand-cooled front captain’s chairs; a heated second-row seat with a remote tip-up feature for easy access to the third row; mocha burl wood interior trim; headlight washers; second-row footwell courtesy lights; and an advanced climate-control system. Also on our tester was the Theater Package ($2,450), which added a rear DVD entertainment system with dual 7-inch monitors on the backs of the front bucket seats. It comes with a pair of wireless headphones and a 120-volt power outlet for connecting game consoles.

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Prius introducing family of hybrids Toyota set to expand its gas-electric lineup By G. Chambers Williams III San Antonio Express-News

Prius has become almost synonymous with “hybrid,” with nearly a million of the Toyota gasoline-electric model already sold in the United States alone since its introduction in 2000. Now Toyota plans to capitalize further on the success of the Prius by introducing a whole family of hybrids bearing that name, beginning with this summer’s arrival of the 2012 Prius V hybrid crossover. Next will come the 2013 Prius C, set for early next year. It’s a sporty compact model that will be the lowestpriced Toyota hybrid and will compete against the new Associated Press Honda CR-Z hybrid that arrived for 2011. Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda introduces the Prius V midsize hybrid-electric vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Toyota says the Prius C will be a “small city-centric” hybrid at “an entry price States. for families who need the ex- tal stewardship.” on or SUV. It has a rear roof tronic shift lever and fourpoint” and with “superior fuel The PHV will be nearly tra cargo space for sports None of the Prius models spoiler designed to improve mode drive selection – noreconomy.” identical to the regular Prius gear and such. Think soccer will have a gasoline-only airflow, which reduces drag mal, power, eco and EV It’s designed for “young hatchback model now on the moms. counterpart, and Toyota says and helps save fuel. The car (electric only). singles and couples who market and will have the Toyota already has a larg- Prius eventually will be its has a 0.29 coefficient of drag, As with the current Prius, want an eco-sensitive, highsame gasoline engine, which er hybrid crossover, the mid- best-selling nameplate. That which is on par with many there will be a long list of mileage, fun-to-drive Prius,” allows it to go farther and size Highlander, which can honor now rests with the sports cars. high-tech options, including the company said, adding faster than the electric motor be configured for up to seven midsize Camry sedan, which Passengers will have LED headlights, radar cruise that it will have the highest and battery combination. The passengers. The five-passen- is the nation’s top-selling car. higher seating positions than control and the advanced fuel economy of any “cord13-mile range on electric ger Prius V will compete in The Prius V will have the in the Prius hatchback, mak- parking-guidance system less” hybrid. Fuel-economy power probably would work the compact crossover class, same drive system as the ing the cabin more like that that can parallel park the car estimates have not been anfor many people’s daily com- where the only hybrid model current Prius hatchback. of an SUV. There are bucket on its own. nounced yet, however. mutes. now offered is the Ford EsPreliminary mileage ratseats in front and a three-perStandard safety gear inThen by mid-2012, Toyota Only 14 states – Arizona, cape. Behind the rear seat, ings are 42 mpg city/38 high- son bench in the rear. cludes seven air bags (such will introduce the Prius PHV California, Connecticut, the Prius V has 34.3 cubic way, which compares with 51 The rear seat slides back as front seat-mounted side – plug-in hybrid vehicle – de- Maine, Maryland, Massachu- feet of cargo space, and that city/48 highway for the 2011 and forth, and the back reair bags and roof-mounted signed to go up to 13 miles at setts, New Jersey, New York, can be expanded dramatical- Prius hatchback. clines up to 45 degrees. The side-curtain bags for both speeds of up to 60 mph on Oregon, Rhode Island, Verly by folding down the rear The gasoline engine is a seatback has a 60/40 split so rows), four-wheel antilock battery power alone. Its lithi- mont, Washington, Virginia seatback. Even the front pas- 98-horsepower, 1.8-liter four- it can be folded down in secdisc brakes with electronic um-ion battery can be reand New Hampshire – will senger seatback can be fold- cylinder. With the electric tions. brake-force distribution and charged from a 110-volt pow- get the Prius PHV initially. ed forward to accommodate motor, total horsepower is Optional will be a plastic brake assist, an energy-aber source in three hours, or Those states now account for longer items, such as snow 134. panoramic moon roof over sorbing body structure with 1.7 hours with a 220-volt three-fifths of all Prius sales, skis. While the Prius V has a the front and rear seats, with impact beams and leg-abcharger. Toyota said. The rest of the Toyota says that expandcompact exterior, there is 50 power retractable sunshades. sorption pads, a new front Toyota showed off the pro- states, including Texas, will ing the Prius lineup will percent more cargo space The plastic makes it 40 seat design meant to help reduction version of the Prius get the PHV sometime in broaden its appeal “to all agthan in the Prius hatchback. percent lighter than a compa- duce whiplash injuries, elecV and a concept of the Prius 2013. es and lifestyles,” and all the Its EPA classification is “mid- rably sized glass moon roof, tronic stability control with C at the recent Detroit auto For now, though, the bigvehicles bearing the Prius size station wagon.” Toyota says. traction control, and Toyota’s show, along with the PHV, gest news is the impending name will have the “same The overall look is quite Among standard features new Smart Stop brake-overwhich already is in the hands introduction of the Prius V, core values of high fuel econ- similar to that of the current are air conditioning, keyless ride system (it automatically of 150 people who are testing which gives Prius lovers an omy, low emissions, proven Prius, but the rear end is push-button start, back-up cuts power to the wheels them across the United SUV-style alternative, perfect technology and environmen- squared off like that of a wag- camera, parking switch, elec- when the brake is applied).

The 66 safest vehicles on the road The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognized 66 vehicles as winners of their top safety pick award for the 2011 model year. The award honors vehicles for their ability to protect motorists in front, side, rear and rollover crashes. The vehicles must have anti-rollover technology called Electronic Stability Control, or ESC, and strong scores in roof strength tests.

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Avalon offers luxury without ostentation Appealing looks, roomy comfort among features By Ann M. Job Associated Press

Toyota’s largest sedan sold in America, the Avalon, shows up on some interesting lists. It’s one of the 10 “most comfortable cars” in a Kelley Blue Book ranking. At Automotive.com, the Avalon is among the top 10 “cars for seniors,” and it’s one of the 10 “least expensive to insure” at Insweb.com. Buyers of the 16.5-foot-long Avalon get a roomy, full-size car with many luxury features and appealing looks that were spruced up for 2011 by a new, shiny grille and higher rear trunk lid. The Avalon is, as Kelley Blue Book reports, eminently comfortable. At the same time, it’s not ostentatious or overwhelming, the way some luxury-branded sedans are. It is, however, pricey. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a base, 2011 Avalon is $33,205 with 268-horsepower V-6 and automatic transmission. Many other large, mainstreambranded sedans have lower starting prices. For example, the 2011 Ford Taurus, with 263-horsepower V-6 and automatic transmission, has a starting retail price of $25,995. Even a 2011 Taurus Limited with allwheel drive is just $34,445 to start. The Avalon is not offered with all-wheel drive. The 2011 Buick Lucerne has a $30,495 starting retail price, including MSRP and destination charge. The Lucerne comes with a 227-horsepower V-6 and automatic transmission. And the 2011 Hyundai Azera starts at $26,270 with 270-horsepower V-6 and automatic transmission. The test Avalon Limited topped out at more than $38,000, which puts it amid many luxury-brand sedans. But finding a $38,000 luxury car with the kind of spaciousness inside that the Avalon has is nigh impossible. With 58.2 inches of shoulder room, the Avalon’s back seat can honestly carry three adults without much fuss. The legroom back there is nearly 41 inches and

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The 16.5-foot-long Toyota Avalon sedan is roomy, full-size car with many luxury features and appealing looks that were spruced up for 2011 by a new, shiny grille and higher rear trunk lid. It’s built on the front-wheel drive platform of the Camry but is bigger and laden with a lot of amenities. is just a tad shy of the 41.3 inches of legroom available for long-legged drivers in front. This compares with 56.9 inches of shoulder room and 38.1 inches of legroom in the back seat of 2011 Ford Taurus. The Taurus is 5.4 inches longer, overall, than the Avalon. The two cars are pretty similar in headroom. For 2011, the Avalon is the first in the segment to have rear seats that recline, so both legs and backs of passengers rest nicely. I liked the seat cushions front and rear. They weren’t overly firm, as in some European cars, and they weren’t soft as pillows where you might sink in too low. The Avalon cushions were in between, even if they didn’t have much lateral support. Many consumers already know the Avalon is built on the frontwheel drive platform of the Camry but is bigger and laden with a lot of amenities. For example, the Camry is 8.4 inches shorter, from bumper to bumper, than the Avalon and is

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an inch narrower. But the Avalon looks and feels a lot bigger. Perhaps most memorable was the quiet interior of the Avalon compared with the interior of a Camry. Driving the Avalon, I didn’t hear wind noise on the highways, and barely any road noise. Even loud semi-haulers going by didn’t raise a decibel inside the Avalon, though I admit I felt some wind buffeting the car when the big rigs passed on windy days. There’s only one engine for the Avalon – the same 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter, double overhead cam V-6 that’s the uplevel engine for the Camry. Torque peaks at a good 248 foot-pounds at 4,700 rpm, and it moved the Avalon from startup quickly. The 3,300-pound car didn’t loaf around when the accelerator went down, and all the shifts in the six-speed transmission were silky smooth. The Avalon isn’t a sporty car, for sure. But it’s not a big sluggish sedan, either. One nit: I didn’t care for the odd-

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ly placed notches in the gear selector. It’s not a straight shot down from Park to Drive. The Avalon’s six-speed, electronically controlled transmission is a step up from the four-speed automatic that’s in the 2011 Buick Lucerne and helps explain why the Avalon’s fuel economy rating from the government – 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway – is higher than the Lucerne’s 17/27 mpg. During the test drive, with 60 percent city driving, I managed 24.8 mpg. Fit and finish on the test car was excellent, inside and out, and I liked how knobs and buttons are good-sized and gauges are easy to read. It seemed as if everywhere I pressed my hand – top of dashboard and inside top of doors, top of center console storage area, etc. – was relatively soft to the touch. The perforated leather seats had a luxury feel, too. A flat tire was a quick, 10-minute fix as my husband and I hauled out the full-size spare – yes, they still

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exist – from the 14.4-cubic-foot trunk and replaced the punctured tire. There’s a good amount of body motion in the turns and curves, and while Avalon riders don’t float above the road, they don’t feel many road bumps or vibrations. Consumer Reports has suspended its “recommended” status for the Avalon and seven other Toyotas following issues with safety recalls involving Toyota vehicles. While 2011 government crash test results aren’t out yet, the 2010 Avalon, which had the same structure as the 2011 model has, earned five out of five stars in government laboratory crash test results involving both frontal and side crashes. Perhaps the list that matters most for Avalon these days is Toyota’s U.S. sales, where the Avalon is the only Toyota-branded car whose U.S. sales this year are higher than they were last year. Avalon sales through August were up 5.3 percent from what they were in the same period in 2009.

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