2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Review – Getting by with only 312hp

Thursday May 19th, 2011 at 1:55 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Fold down back seat and trunk pass through
  • Stellar combo of wheels, tires spring rates and sway bars
  • Highly informative 4 gauge pack on center console

Misses:

  • Poor rear and lateral vision
  • Impeded rear seat access
  • Long reach for front seat belts

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Review – The new X3 is bigger, more comfortable, and a moving performer

Tuesday May 17th, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

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By Danny Chang

Pros:

  • Tight & confident handling
  • Decent acceleration
  • Refined interior & build quality

Cons:

  • Styling is a step back in time
  • 8-speed automatic is too shift-happy
  • Lacks personality

The second generation BMW X3 is almost the size of the first generation X5. BMW has added to the overall length, width and height, as well as a tiny bit to the wheelbase. The benefits are rear passenger legroom, headroom for all passengers and cargo room. Despite its bigger size, the second generation X3 still reminds you of the original, smaller X3, at least from the front. From the back, the new X3 resembles the new designs of the X5 and X6.

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2011 Ford Mustang Review – Driving impressions of the V6, 6-speed manual

Monday May 16th, 2011 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: twain

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By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • V8 performance with fuel economy that matches a V6
  • Seat comfort better than the Copacabana lounge
  • Intuitive and easy to use infotainment system

Cons:

  • Unable to integrate my iPhone and confusing Bluetooth controls
  • Rear seat configuration not child booster seat friendly

I Want to See You in the Morning

We recently drove the 2011 Mustang V6 Coupe “Premium Edition” which included leather interior, nav system, “Shaker” stereo, power seats, and the” Mustang Club of America” package (high performance 235/50/18 tires and styling accents). Additionally, this model had a 6-speed automatic, performance 3.31 axle ratio, HID headlamps, and rear view camera. As equipped, the base price of $25,845 swelled to $32,580.

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New Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Gets More Power and All-Wheel Drive

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: Derek

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTSPorsche engineers never sleep or if they do, they are dreaming of more ways of getting Porsche drivers to produce more endorphins by continually pumping up the performance factor of their sport cars and SUVs. The new 911 Carrera GTS, that was went on sale last December, is now available with intelligent all-wheel drive and 408 hp from their 3.8-liter flat six engine.

A redesign of the intake duct has added 23 hp, taking the peak power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. Consequently, the fire breathing engine has a more generous torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. This means 236 lb-ft of torque (320 Nm) is available from as low as 1,500 rpm; overall, the six-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 309 lb-ft of torque (420 Nm) across a broad engine speed range from 4,200 – 5,600 rpm.

The driver’s euphoria is further enhanced by an unmistakable acoustic signature from the sports exhaust system, and this unique character is supplemented by exhaust tailpipes finished in a distinctive black surface design.

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2011 Smart ForTwo

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: aquadog

smart fortwo Passion Cabriolet topdown

The 2011 smart fortwo features a 1.0-liter, I3, 70-horsepower engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. It comes in three trims, the pure coupe, passion coupe, and the passion cabriolet, which all achieve 41-mpg on the highway and 33-mpg in the city. The 2011 fortwo is currently the smallest production car available for sale in the U.S. and provides a solution for environmental efficiency with conservation of material, space and natural resources.

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2011 Hyundai Elantra

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Hyundai Elantra

The redesigned, fuel efficient 2011 Hyundai Elantra features a 1.8-liter, I4, 148-horsepower engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. It comes in three trims, the GLS M/T, GLS A/T, and the Limited, which all achieve 40-mpg on the highway and 29-mpg in the city. The 2011 compact Elantra has an all-new chassis with a fully independent suspension and a body that’s up to 49% stiffer.

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2011 Honda CR-Z Review: A hybrid hot hatch? Not quite, but still a fun little car

Wednesday May 11th, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Honda CR-Z
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Slick shifting 6-speed manual transmission
  • CRX-like handling
  • Decent fuel efficiency
  • Eye-catching exterior design

Cons:

  • Unimpressive acceleration
  • Fuel efficiency should be much better
  • Interior needs some work

Ever since Honda pulled the plug on the CRX 20 years ago, loyal fans have been waiting for the rebirth of this popular sporty compact hatchback. Having owned 2 CRXs myself, I have spent many an hour wondering why Honda abandoned such a perfect combination of smart styling, peppy performance, and impressive fuel efficiency.

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2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Review – A coupe joins the league of extraordinary gentlemen

Tuesday May 10th, 2011 at 1:55 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe Sport
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Inconspicuously Fast
  • Affordable
  • Handsome

Misses:

  • Pretext back seat
  • Weak XM SAT reception
  • Stick Shift Vibrations

The Infiniti G37 Sport is Nissan’s gentrified version of the 370Z. Its defanged appearance is the perfect antidote to the Z’s frontal overbite. Its Gentleman’s Club interior reconstitutes the Z car’s objectionably plastic cabin into a mature environment replete with dual zone climate control, power adjustments for steering wheel position, and infinitely configurable leather sport seats . But the G37 coupe has lost none of the Z’ intense sporting character as a result of the cosmetic transformation. The Infiniti’s 3.7 liter V6, good for 330hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, rivals the identical power plant in the Z for brisk acceleration. The 6-speed manual transmission shifts with precision and alacrity. The stick is short, the leather festooned knob a pleasure to hold. The G37S will run the quarter mile in under 14 seconds at over 105mph, and complete the 0-60mph sprint in just 5.4 seconds.

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2011 Ford F-150 4×4 SVT Raptor Review – The most off-road capable truck Ford has ever built

Monday May 9th, 2011 at 2:55 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Now with four full-size doors with the Supercrew version
  • New cab configuration increases interior volume and allows for more comfort for rear passengers
  • Large 36 gallon fuel tank
  • Unique Raptor motor roar
  • SelectShift automatic transmission as close to a manual transmission as an automatic can be

Misses:

  • Large 36 gallon fuel tank
  • Uncomfortable upright rear seating position

If Popeye owned a pickup, the Raptor would be it. When you fit the 6.2 liter, 411hp engine to this 4×4’s beefy frame, you’ve got way more muscle than a tin of spinach. No other truck in our care has ever engendered so many conversations. Most of them began with the question, “Is that the Raptor?” because lots of truck fans have been on the lookout for this stout rig since it was announced at the beginning of the 2010 model year. However, the mid-year addition of the $3,000 optional 6.2 liter V-8 motor, which produces 434lb-ft of torque, is just what the hefty 5,850 lb Raptor needed to make it fly. If you need a power boost for passing, the 6.2 is your ticket to the fast lane. On back roads, just drop the massive shift lever into second or third gear, and the Raptor will jump obligingly when you prod the accelerator. On the freeway, in the “Drive” gate, a stomp of the gas pedal instantly drops the rig into passing gear. The 6.2 liter V-8 rocks the truck slightly at idle, and sounds like a motorboat at full chat. It’s a delightful motor that failed to use a full tank of gas during a week of heavy-footed driving.

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2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Review – VIP luxury meets racetrack-ready performance

Friday May 6th, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Jaguar XJL
Pros

  • Gobs of supercharged V8 power
  • Surprisingly nimble handling
  • Yacht-like interior luxury
  • Sublime B&W sound system

Cons

  • Outdated 6 speed transmission
  • Less than roomy interior
  • Sluggish touch screen interface

The days of the lumbering land yacht are over, or so it would seem, after driving the new 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged. Buying a large luxury sedan like the XJL used to mean lots of cushy, roomy opulence, with the priority firmly placed on pampering over performance. Now, with close to 500 hp under the hood and huge, sticky sports car tires at the corners, this big Jag can do VIP duty in the evening and hit the racetrack the following morning.

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