Toyota FT-86 II Concept Moves Closer to Production

Wednesday March 9th, 2011 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Toyota FT-86 II ConceptA new concept  of the Toyota FT-86 debuted at the Geneva Motor. The Toyota FT-86 II concept sports coupe, after making its original debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show with the FT-86 concept, seems to be moving closer to an actual production model.

Little information and specs have been released about the redesigned FT-86 II concept. However, we do know that it will use a 2.0-liter, four cylinder boxer engine with power driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

A few major differences between the original FT-86 concept version and the latest FT-86 II concept are the larger rear window and front grille, a new front bumper with a string of LED daytime running lights, and a different rear bumper with larger dual tail pipes.

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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Review

Monday March 7th, 2011 at 3:33 PM
Posted by: mash

By Mary Ellen Ash

Yays:

  • Excellent interior space – leg-room and storage
  • Standard All-Wheel Drive
  • Good MPG – 21 city, 27 hwy (25.5 mpg observed)
  • Integrated GPS, stereo, and Bluetooth
  • Extra large moonroof

Nays:

  • Minimalist center console
  • Cheap plastic interior and poor panel alignment
  • Uninspired vehicle design
  • Uncomfortable rear seating

Verdict: Not fancy or overly stylish, but it is rugged, reliable and versatile for many occasions

The Subaru Forester is one of Subaru’s best selling vehicles — a five-passenger mid-sized SUV that offers impressive interior and cargo space, good fuel economy,  and standard AWD  — making it a strong contender for active SUV shoppers and outdoor enthusiasts who are on a budget. Subaru is well known for building very practical cars, minimizing all the frills to give you an economical car that gets the job done. Period. As with its previous iterations, the current Subaru Forester is still a strong entry in the constantly growing mid-sized SUV segment and is comparable to its best-selling competitors from Honda and Toyota.

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX First Impressions Review

Wednesday January 19th, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Pros

  • Super performance value for modest outlay
  • Spacious enough to haul 4 adults or camping gear for the weekend
  • Handsome interior accoutrement
  • First class sport seats
  • Wider track, wider wheels mean greater stability

Cons

  • Thirsty 4-cylinder engine
  • Would be so much better with a dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Styling heavy handed
  • Hood scoop needs to disappear
  • Buy this one and you’ll have STI (305hp) envy

The latest incarnation of the Impreza WRX makes so much sense on so many levels that it’s hard to believe you only need to shell out $28,995 to buy the leather-shod Limited model. For skiers and outdoor adventurers, the new wide-body 5-door hatchback provides enough room to haul four adults anywhere in comfort. If you find yourself mired in snow, the Impreza’s continuous all-wheel-drive will outsmart drifts by apportioning up to 100 percent of available traction either fore or aft thanks to a viscous coupling, locking center differential.

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Video Review: 2011 Subaru WRX STI Sedan vs 2007 Subaru WRX STI

Wednesday January 12th, 2011 at 4:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011_subaru_sti_shootoutFor 2011 Subaru brings back the STI as a 4-door and a long list of improvements. How does this new model compare against the now “classic” 2007 design?

Owners claim that the 2007 STI was the “best” ever and the changes made to the model in subsequent model years softened the car and ruined its driving performance. Does the new 2011 STI model live up to its expectations?

Apologies in advance from Driving Sports TV for borrowing a certain format from another popular automotive show.

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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Review – Just like Christmas morning – you can't wait to open it up!

Wednesday November 24th, 2010 at 10:1111 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

By Holly Roberts

Pros:

  • Accelerates crazy fast
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Excellent handling ability
  • Back seats accommodate passengers easily (not cramped seating)
  • Really, really, really FUN to drive

Cons:

  • Bumpy ride could require a dose of Dramamine for passengers before riding on winding, bumpy roads
  • Release handle for gas door quirky and frustrating
  • Plastic interior dash and door panels feel like they came from a 1992 Corolla

I’ve driven a few Subarus, and have always liked them, but the WRX moniker has always escaped me.  I found that any time I mentioned that I’d be reviewing a WRX, guys faces lit up like a Christmas tree.  Is this something the female population misses out on? Is it not in our DNA to recognize the hot little sports car in hiding? Well, five seconds behind the wheel of this car made me understand the excitement that all of my male friends exhibited.  Wow. Wow. Wow. Did I say “wow”? A very impressive driving machine. Subaru actually seemed to make it bluer than the bluest blue you’ve ever seen (not really my style), but it sure was a blast to drive!

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Video: 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI First Drive

Friday July 23rd, 2010 at 12:77 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
The 2011 Subaru WRX STI, with its iconic rear wing, receives a new body style this year. Under the hood is a 305 horsepower Subaru Boxer powerplant. Suspension tuning techniques, such as lowering the ride height to 5.9 inches, using stiffer front stabilizer bar and rear springs (the latter by 18 percent), and stiffer subframe bushings, were aimed at improving steering precision to further minimize mid-corner corrections.

Also new are standard 18-inch Enkei aluminum wheels that are 17 lbs. lighter than before, or silver BBS® forged alloy wheels for drivers who like to stand out from the crowd.

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Subaru Impreza Featured User Review – Super Stealthcar

Thursday July 1st, 2010 at 11:77 AM
Posted by: mswig

2006 Subaru ImprezaFeatured User Review: 2006 Subaru Impreza
3 years, 50k miles, and stealthier than a ninja warrior

by Martin Swig

Price Paid: $17000.00 from Ann-Arbor dealer
Review Date:
July 1, 2010
Overall Rating:
5 of 5
Value Rating
5 of 5
Used product for:
3+ years

Summary:
In late 2006, my son entered his freshman year at the University of Michigan. He went there carless, but we decided he should have wheels after his first semester. We set a price limit of $15000, decided to buy new rather than used, and narrowed our choice to three vehicles: a VW Rabbit, Suzuki SX-4 or a Subaru Impreza (which broke the price barrier by $2000) We easily eliminated the Rabbit; no all-wheel drive for Michigan snow. We bypassed the SX-4, though not so easily. In fact I later bought one of those for myself.

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2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Review – A safe car for the storm of the decade.

Friday February 19th, 2010 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: Francois

2010 Subaru Outback visiting Bear Valley, CA

By Francis Cebedo

Good:

  • New double-wishbone rear suspension and other chassis enhancements deliver smoothest, quietest ride ever in an Outback.
  • 9 cubic feet more room over previous model
  • Ample hidden storage compartment under the rear panel
  • Excellent fuel economy at 22 city/29 hwy
  • Feels ultra safe
  • 6-speed manual
  • Reclining rear seats
  • Innovative parking brake release
  • Very comfortable travel car

Bad:

  • Redesign is tall and unattractive
  • 170 hp engine feels underpowered
  • No turbocharged or diesel engine options
  • Very uninspired handling car
  • It’s a safe and practical car but the fun is less
  • Side mirrors do not fold back
  • The heated seats seem to completely shut off and on for long periods

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2009 LA Auto Show Focuses on the Future of Small Cars

Wednesday December 16th, 2009 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

LA Auto Show logoLos Angeles’ Best in Show

By Greg Gaillard

Small, sporty and efficient are back. Overall, the American market continues to drift in the doldrums, but there are signs of life in segments that embrace these values. It’s no accident that during the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program many of the trades were from large SUVs to much smaller vehicles such as Toyota’s Corolla, Ford’s Focus and Honda’s Civic. People are ready for right size cars and the 2009 LA Auto Show proved that manufacturers are ready to respond with a brace of efficient and exciting choices. If the industry can market these new cars properly, we won’t need another government subsidy to keep people in small and efficient vehicles.

As a show, LA feels like a return to reality from the preceding, concept-heavy Tokyo spectacle. While there were certainly a fair number of concepts at LA, the big news was how manufacturers were positioning themselves to take advantage of trends in the US market. CarReview is happy to report that it’s all good. There will be plenty of green tech to go around and a fair dose of sport to go along with it. Below are some of the highlights:

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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