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If you have a garage, make it your car’s permanent home. Reserving a garage space for your car instead of household items that could be stored elsewhere will help you avoid the accelerated wear and tear caused by prolonged exposure to the elements. If you store your car in a partially protected carport or use a car cover, regularly inspect underneath your hood for signs of vermin. Scheduled maintenance
Your car’s maintenance, engine oil, radiator antifreeze and other components might differ significantly from your last car. Following the maintenance schedule laid out in your owner’s manual is important to protect your vehicle. Making sure items like filters, struts and brake pads are replaced when needed will help protect other components, saving you money and unnecessary wear. Drive smart
Stopping or cornering too quickly can prematurely wear out your brakes and suspension. If you’re starting your car in the cold, take it easy at first - letting your car idle won’t help protect your car, but driving a little more methodically than usual while your car warms up will. Drive less
You don’t need to cut out the annual family road trip - highway miles are among the easiest miles you can put on your car. But eliminating unnecessary trips in everyday life can have noticeable results since the starting and stopping associated with short trips can be tough on your car. If you can cut down on driving by 5 miles per day for 10 years, you’ll save 18,000 miles of driving. Taylor estimates that those miles are worth $4,000 in parts, depreciation and gas.
Tire tips for winter driving Here are some ways to promote safety as you venture out in the snow: ■ Buy your loved one a set of winter tires: The Hankook Tire Winter Gauge Index revealed that 84 percent of Americans would not mind receiving tires as a gift and 35 percent would actually love it. ■ Plan accordingly: Winter tires are optimized specifically for icy, snowy conditions, providing enhanced traction to prevent skidding. Put snow tires on your car one to two weeks before the first anticipated snowstorm. ■ Have a kit handy: Keep in your car a winter driving kit consisting of a spare tire, ice scraper, snow shovel and brush, booster cables, a flash light and a blanket. ■ Check your tire carrying capacity and speed rating: Never overload your vehicle and when replacing tires, the speed rating of the replacement tires must be equal to or greater than that of the tire being replaced.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012 Special Advertising Section
2012 Honda Ridgeline
Sporty, tough T
he 2012 Honda Ridgeline four-door pickup takes advantage of innovative truck body construction and a steel reinforced composite bed to deliver true truck like capabilities like towing and honest-to-goodness cargo hauling. Equipped to the gills with innovative features and pickup truck firsts, the Ridgeline’s most unique feature is an In-Bed Trunk. Accessed by lifting up the hinged rear portion of the cargo bed floor, the In-Bed Trunk features 8.5 cu. ft. of secure, lockable and water resistant storage space. The spare tire is stored in a sliding tray inside the trunk and can accommodate a full-size spare tire. The Ridgeline half-ton pickup truck receives styling upgrades and improved highway fuel economy for 2012. Available in RT, RTS and RTL models, the Ridgeline adds an all-new Sport model for this model year. The new Ridgeline Sport adds the following features to the Ridgeline RT: exclusive black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels); exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround; leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; fog lights; rear privacy glass; all weather floor mats and black headlight and brake light housings. Power for the Honda pickup truck is generated by a 3.5L V6 engine with torque communicated through a five-speed automatic transmission and fully automatic four-wheel drive system. The Ridgeline’s standard Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive System (VTM4WD) is designed to transfer up to 70 percent of available torque to the rear wheels. Under normal conditions the VTM-4 system
THE 2012 HONDA RIDGELINE adds a sport model to its family, above, a 3.5L V6 engine, as seen above, and increase storage for hauling equipment.
channels all power to the front wheels. In case you might think that the Ridgeline is some sort of compromise under the skin, guess again. Honda engineers designed the truck to handle the kinds of towing and off-road duties most common to truck users. Standard equipment dedicated to this purpose includes transmission and power steering coolers, standard trailer hitch, a dual fan radiator, heavy-duty brakes and an exclusive fresh air intake system. The solid foundation of the Honda Ridgeline starts with a fully integrated truck frame with two longitudinal frame rails and seven high-strength steel cross members that create a fully boxed, deep channel ladder frame structure full integrated into the upper body of the vehicle. The Honda pickup truck boasts a
four-wheel independent suspension system with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link setup with trailing arm at the rear. Inside the airy cabin, the interior takes advantage of Honda’s unit-body packaging efficiency to deliver full-size interior space dimensions while maintaining a garage-friendly, mid-size exterior footprint. The driving position provides ergonomically comfortable access to large and easy-touse controls. Ridgeline’s large multi-function
console features a sliding armrest and sliding lower tray – each with a hidden storage area. Other console storage areas accommodate items both large and small like mobile phones, beverages, compact discs and portable digital music players. The 60/40 lift-up rear seats feature a storage area underneath large enough to accommodate a golf bag. Plus, the rear seating area can quickly convert for cargo duty by lifting the seats up to create enough room for a full-size mountain bike with the front tire removed. A low step-in height is combined with hand grips in the “A” pillar and “B” pillars for front and rear passengers facilitates cabin entry and exit. The front doors also have an oversized hand grip designed to pull the doors closed easily.
2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon
Functional and efficient BY KEN CHESTER JR. Motor News Media Corporation
or 2012, the “v” in Prius is for versatile with the launch of a wagon version of the automaker’s popular hybrid vehicle. As the newest entrant in a growing Prius family of hybrid vehicles, the Prius v delivers an unparalleled blend of versatility and fuel efficiency in a comfortable, mid-size package. A new evolution in hybrid vehicles with excellent cargo space, the new Prius v will meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles while providing the same attributes traditionally found in the Prius DNA. “The Prius v brings leading-edge hybrid technology to customers who need more room and provides more cargo space than 80 percent of all small SUVs,” said Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter. “And because it’s a Prius, it produces 66 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle and will have the best mileage ratings of any SUV, crossover, or wagon sold in America. We think that’s a win-win for everybody.” With a balance between outstanding spaciousness, refined style, and smooth aerodynamics, Prius v has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which does not inhibit the vehicle’s convenient packaging. It is a new vehicle designed from the ground up, with a shape that evolved from Prius rather than being an elongated version. Keeping air resistance low is the familiar triangular Prius silhouette, adapted to a larger size. A flush surface from the front of the vehicle through the front pillar works with side “aerocorners” for exceptionally clean
airflow. The smooth front sheetmetal blends into a carefully designed roof and cabin, leading to an optimized cabin-end shape that acts to converge side and roof airflow. Wheels and wheel caps are designed with aerodynamic effects in mind. These measures and others also have the beneficial effect of suppressing wind noise. Offered in Prius v Two, Prius v Three and Prius v Five trim levels, power for the Prius v is generated by the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system as the current third-generation Prius. The system uses two high-output motors, one 60kw (80 hp) unit that mainly works to power the compact, lightweight transaxle and another smaller motor that
mainly works as the electric power source. As with current-generation Prius cars, Hybrid Synergy Drive is a series-parallel hybrid
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New cars focus on efficiency this year Technology driving fuel economy, better performance Today’s drivers are paying more attention to gas prices than ever before. Families are trying to save money wherever they can, and they’re discovering that one of their biggest monthly bills often comes at the gas pump. ●●●
That’s why today’s new cars are focusing so much on fuel efficiency. Not too long ago, car manufacturers were caught up in a horsepower war, bragging about who made the biggest, most powerful V8 engines. Today, though, they’ve changed their tune.
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2012 Dodge Challenger coupe
Modern American car muscle M
erging the best American muscle car characteristics with iconic design, world-class handling, powerful engines and modern technology, the Challenger SRT8 shares its running gear with the likes of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans. The exterior styling of the Challenger SRT8 392 pays homage to the great Dodge muscle cars of the 1970’s with its long, raised performance hood with a functional scoop, a front fascia with air dam and rear deck-lid spoiler. The bold A-line, or character line that runs from stem to stern, gives the all-new Dodge coupe an instantly recognizable muscle car profile. Retro dual rectangular exhaust outlets competes the look from the rear. For 2012, the Dodge Challenger SRT8® 392 adds even more high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the brand’s ultimate modern American rearwheel-drive muscle coupe. With almost 500 hp from the proven 392 cubic-inch
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Trucks can pull double duty for work, play There was a time when pickup trucks were just meant to do a job. These stripped-down work trucks were noisy, ugly and very basic — not exactly the kind of vehicles you could haul your family in. Today, though, is different. New pickups are built to a higher standard, with many of the same comfort and luxury features you can find in passenger cars, along with big, spacious cabins for carrying passengers in style. LUXURIOUS INTERIORS The most impressive thing about new trucks is just how nice their cabins
TRUCKS are the new family car with four doors, a nice ride and pull multiple duties.
have become. Gone are the days of carpetless floorboards and roll-up windows. Today’s trucks can be outfitted just like luxury cars. For starters, new trucks are available with the same creature comforts that are popular in sedans and SUVs — things like dual-zone climate control, navigation systems, DVD players and other entertainment options. From a comfort perspective, there’s really no reason to choose a car over a truck. The quality of new trucks’ interiors has also risen dramatically in the past couple of years. Most
pickups have been redesigned recently, offering quieter, more upscale feeling cabins that will leave you shocked if your truck is more than three or four years old. The improvement in that short time has been nothing short of astounding. NICE RIDE Another area where trucks have improved recently is in their ride and handling.
New technological developments in the suspension setup — particularly the rear suspension — mean today’s trucks handle more like cars than ever before. They’re not as rough and bouncy as they used to be, and the sheer silence at highway speeds in most new trucks is impressive. That quiet ride is helped by more refined engines. Newer trucks — whether diesel or gasoline — come
with engines that have been carefully developed to offer better gas mileage, quieter performance and more power than ever before.
a truck bed in back. The two rows of seats are just as spacious as many full-sized SUVs, and the big, wide doors make loading up the family a breeze.
FOUR DOORS If you’re going to be using your truck to carry friends and family, the four-door layout available on today’s trucks is a must. When you buy a fourdoor truck, you’re really buying an SUV up front and
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2012 Subaru Legacy sedan
Small cars have premium feel
Can-do refinement, luxury feel
Buying a low-priced compact car isn’t the same thing as buying a “cheap” car — at least not with the new 2012 models. These cars feel anything but cheap. Recently redesigned compact cars from American, Japanese, Korean and European brands are providing a more upscale, high-class feel than buyers are used to finding in low-priced cars.
he Subaru Legacy sedan features upgraded audio technology and additional standard equipment for the 2012 model year. The wide selection of models and powertrains, along with generous interior room and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive have made the midsize Subaru sedan a popular choice since the third-generation models were introduced for the 2010 model year. Offered in Base, Premium, Limited, 3.6R and GT trim levels, enhancements include new audio systems for Premium and Limited, while a month of free XM Select Satellite Radio service has been added for factoryequipped models. The Base model adds a new available Alloy Wheel Value Package, while Limited receives new standard fog lights. The current Legacy introduced a new Subaru design language that is also featured on the all-new 2012 Impreza models. The Subaru badge is the focal point of the grille, which features a squared off lower edge. Character lines arc from the grille and form power bulges on the hood, tapering off into the A-pillar. The coupe-influenced silhouette incorporates a large, airy greenhouse, and the powerful wheel arches and a short deck give the vehicle a sporty stance. The 2012 Legacy features three powertrain choices: Base models are powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder Boxer engine (with available PZEV rating) and bolted to a sixspeed manual transmission or the Lineartronic continuously variable automatic transmission
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THE LEGACY SEDAN RETAINS the crisp handling and balance for which Subarus are known while providing exemplary ride quality.
(CVT). The CVT is standard in the Limited. The GT is powered by a turbocharged/intercooled DOHC 2.5L four-cylinder Boxer engine teamed exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 3.6R is powered by a 3.6L sixcylinder Boxer engine and is exclusively equipped with a fivespeed electronic automatic transmission. As are all Subaru models,
every Legacy is equipped as standard with Symmetrical AllWheel Drive, an invaluable performance- and safety-enhancing system that sets Legacy apart among midsize sedans. The 3rd generation Subaru Legacy offers one of the roomiest interiors in the midsize category yet preserves the agility and funto-drive spirit that have long been hallmarks of this model line. A MacPherson-type strut front suspension is mounted to an engine cradle, and the engine is attached to the cradle using hydraulic mounts. The cradle is designed to also enhance crashworthiness in front. A double-
Ford Focus sedan sleek
ord has introduced its next best idea to the American motorist – the 2012 Focus four-door sedan and fivedoor hatchback. The all-new Focus sets a new standard in the small car segment, offering more technology and features than more expensive European cars, while delivering an expected 40 mpg, the only gasoline engine-powered vehicle with an automatic transmission in its segment to do so. Distinguished by its sleek and sporty design, the new Focus offers high standards of quality and craftsmanship and class-leading fuel economy, and it takes driving dynamics to a new level. Sharing a sporty character, both Focus body styles mark the next evolution of Ford’s acclaimed kinetic design form language. With its striking front end, sleek profile, dramatic rising beltline and athletic stance, the new Focus signals the rewarding experience awaiting a driver.
The Focus features new active grille shutters to block airflow through the cooling system when not required. In addition to an aerodynamic improvement at higher speeds, active grille shutters reduce under hood temperatures at low speed, increasing thermal efficiency. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been reduced and driving dynamics enhanced by the improved stiffness of the body structure, with 30 percent greater rigidity than the previous Focus model. Focus has also raised the benchmark to target class-leading driving quality, blending communicative steering with significantly improved ride quality Offered in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels, power for the Focus is generated by a completely new 2.0L gasoline direct-injection DOHC four-cylinder engine that has high-pressure direct injection.
wishbone rear suspension, mounted to a sub frame, provides an optimal combination of ride comfort, handling agility, noise isolation and interior roominess. Inside the passenger cabin, a four-dial instrument panel is augmented by a multi-information display with a trip computer located in the center of the dashboard. Rich looking appointments and details abound, including a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel (leather-wrapped in all but the base 2.5i and 3.6R models). An electronic parking brake with an electronic Hill Holder System eliminates the traditional parking brake handle, freeing up space in the center console.
In fact, the term “premium compact” is a description for an entire class of new cars that’s becoming more widespread, but it’s actually not a new idea — at least, not outside America. European brands have been pioneering the sale of small but luxurious cars for years. In Europe, where gas prices are far more expensive than in America, many drivers prefer small cars because they get good gas mileage, but they don’t want to sacrifice comfort. That led to the development of cars that were small in size but outfitted much more like big, expensive luxury cars, with high-quality interior construction and lots of high-tech options. Now that same European idea is being picked up by American, Japanese and Korean companies, who are all starting to make their smallest cars feel more luxurious.
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What is a crossover?
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survive the flogging of off-road driving. An ordinary car just isn’t strong enough to climb the Rubicon Trail, so SUVs placed big, boxy bodies on top of durable pickup truck frames so they could withstand the rigors of bumpy trails. There’s just one problem: most families don’t want to climb the Rubicon Trail. The added weight and bulk of a big, heavy frame and body meant SUVs got terrible gas mileage, similar to heavy-duty pickup trucks. They also drove like big trucks, with a rough, bouncy ride. Vehicle Design To solve that problem, auto Traditional SUVs were built in makers started making a new two separate parts: the body and kind of vehicle — called a the frame. crossover — that combines the A sturdy, heavy-duty frame is best attributes of cars and SUVs. critical if you want a vehicle to They may look like SUVs, but UVs were once the king of the American road. These big, four-wheel-drive vehicles may have guzzled gas, but families loved them because they could do so many different things at the same time: haul lots of kids, tow a boat, and take you to work in style. Today, though, SUVs have largely been replaced by crossover vehicles, cars that look like SUVs but are actually built quite differently. What is a crossover, and why are they so popular today? Here’s an explanation.
BECAUSE THEY WEIGH so much less, crossovers have significantly better gas mileage than SUVs.
they’re built completely differently. Unibody Structure
Instead of having a body riding on top of a frame, crossover vehicles have a unibody structure just like passenger cars. Cars started using a unibody layout — which is a one-piece body that provides rigidity like a traditional frame — because it offered better handling and far less weight than older, body-onframe designs. By eliminating the separate
frame, crossover vehicles don’t offer quite the same off-road capability of SUVs, but they create a much better on-road driving experience. Efficiency, Agility
Because they weigh so much less, crossovers have significantly better gas mileage than SUVs. If you’re currently driving a gas-guzzling SUV but don’t want to give up the space for your family, a crossover could be the perfect option. In fact, crossovers can do
much of what SUVs were designed to do in the first place. They have a big, roomy cabin, typically with a large cargo area for hauling supplies or luggage. Many crossovers are available with third-row seats and come with stylish, ruggedlooking bodies, even if they’re built much like ordinary sedans. Some are available with allwheel drive. That’s why so many Americans have made the switch recently.
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New ... Continued from 1D You’ve probably seen the ads on TV and in newspapers. Often the biggest headline isn’t about how much horsepower a new car makes, but what kind of gas mileage it gets. And that’s really impressive. Fuel-Saving Technology
Hybrid cars have gotten a lot of attention for using electric motors to help improve gas mileage, but they’re not the only fuel-saving vehicles around — not by a long shot. Ordinary gasolinepowered vehicles are applying new technologies to save fuel. From direct injection in the engine to weight-saving body materials, the newest vehicles have been engineered first and foremost to get better mileage than their predecessors. That’s not to say they’re slow, though. One of the most remarkable things about this march of technology is that many new cars are coming out with greater horsepower than before, and also better fuel economy at the same time. Not Just Compact Cars
eather, traffic information, television now available in some new cars Most people have heard of satellite radio and GPS. They use satellites orbiting the Earth to beam information to your radio and navigation system, keeping you entertained and letting you see where you’re going on a map. But that’s just the beginning. The vast majority of today’s new cars are available with navigation systems and satellite radio, and more luxurious vehicles are starting to use satellite technology in new and innovative ways. Here’s a look at three ways satellites are keeping new cars connected.
systems can often show weather data for areas you’ll be traveling to. A few systems can even display an image of the weather radar for your area, making your driver’s seat feel like the cockpit of an airliner.
THE VAST majority of today’s new cars are available with navigation systems and satellite radio and even TV.
a huge difference in your day. With some new cars, avoiding heavy traffic is made easier thanks to information from satellites. Traffic Data On new cars equipped If you drive in big cities, with a satellite-linked you know how crucial it navigation system - typican be to have the latest cally, but not always, traffic information. something available on Wrecks and traffic jams luxury vehicles - your can turn your commute navigation screen can into a nightmare, so actually recommend knowing how to avoid changes to your route clogged freeways can make based on the latest traffic
Just like at your house, some new cars are available with satellite TV. The most affordable and widespread system comes from Sirius Satellite Radio. The Sirius satellites actually broadcast a few TV channels directly to your car - typically just a information in your area. how it will work for you. A few children’s channels, test drive will let you see it perfect for entertaining If the system senses a in action. traffic jam somewhere on youngsters riding in the your route, it will re-route Weather back seat. Similarly, some satellite you to take a different path Other, more expensive that avoids the congestion. systems can beam weather systems are typically used It’s a smart, intuitive sys- data to your car, alerting on RVs. These satellite you of severe storm outtem that can make your receivers will show a full breaks or other conditions suite of TV channels just life easier. Be aware, though, that that you should be aware like you’d receive at home, of. even if you buy a car with even while you’re driving Satellite radio receivers at highway speeds. They’re satellite-linked navigation, have channels available traffic data isn’t available rare and pricey right now, where you can listen to in all areas. It’s usually but it’s a peek at what weather and traffic infor- could become more popuonly available in major urban areas, so check with mation in many areas. And lar if prices drop in the satellite-linked navigation future. your local dealer to see
recirculation (EGR) system that helps warm the engine quickly, reducing fuel consumption when Continued from 1D the engine is cold. Torque is communicated to the street through a system that can provide power electronically controlled either from the engine alone, or continuously variable automatic the motor alone, or any mix of transmission (eCVT). both. A hybrid control computer In addition to the standard manages the system so that optidriving mode, Prius v drive sysmum power is delivered according tem also includes an Eco driving to driver demand. It uses a mode, an EV driving mode, and a start/stop system and regeneraPower mode. In Power mode, tive braking to conserve fuel and recharge the battery upon decel- enhanced mid-range response enables easier coping with slopes eration. and mountainous terrain. In EV Hybrid Synergy Drive is built mode, the Prius v can run on bataround a specially adapted, efficient 2ZR-FXE 1.8L four-cylinder tery power alone for short disengine that runs on the Atkinson tances and lower speeds, up to cycle. Key components include an about a mile. In Eco driving mode, electric water pump that requires the engine management system prioritizes fuel economy, managno belts, and an exhaust gas
ing throttle response and limiting power consumption from the air conditioning. Inside the passenger cabin, the Prius v emphasizes overall proportion with spaciousness and flexibility for active families. Comfortable seating for five is specifically designed for young families. Sliding second row seats allow for easier ingress and egress and rear-storage flexibility, with a 45-degree recline for greater comfort. The 60/40 split, folding rear seats present four different seat arrangements that provide excellent usability for passengers and luggage, while a fold-flat front-passenger seat allows for extremely long cargo. The driver is kept informed via a center-mounted instrument
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Another thing to remember is that fuel efficiency isn’t just about little economy cars. Many bigger vehicles — including some powerful luxury cars — are paying more attention to their gas mileage than in the past, result in vehicles that are simultaneously comfortable and fuel-sipping. One example is the slew of new three-row crossover vehicles that get more than 30 miles per gallon. These new vehicles can do much of what traditional SUVs once did, including having three rows of seats, but they go a long way on a gallon of gas. Pickup trucks are in the same category. They’re being redesigned at a rapid rate to save gas.
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