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Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

Swimming against the crossover tide.

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No doubt about it—if you think the roads and parking lots are filling up with tall, view-blocking crossovers and SUVs, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The four-door mid-size sedan, once the dominant form of family transport, has lost favor. Call it a sedan recession.

Nissan wants no part of that for its fifth-generation Altima —even if the sales surge of its own Murano. Pathfinder. and Rogue crossover SUVs is contributing to the sedan slide. The Altima is still the bestselling product in Nissan’s lineup, and so far this year, it’s just ahead of the Honda Accord for second-place sales honors in that segment (the Toyota Camry remains number one).

Energetic Flow

The fifth-gen Altima was all-new in 2013. so this update leaves the sedan’s bones largely untouched. The big change is the move to “Energetic Flow” styling, which consists of a more muscular front fascia, Nissan’s “V-motion” grille (which looks like a grille overhanging another grille), and boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights.

The likely theory being that if crossovers are selling like hotcakes, then adding some Murano visuals to the Altima should spur sales of the sedan. It doesn’t stop there: Energetic Flow design is now found on the newly excited surfaces of the smaller and soberer Sentra and on the more expressive and expansive Maxima.

In the cabin, the 2016 Altima’s refresh centers on expanding available technology, as well as hushing unwanted noise with added sound insulation and an acoustic laminated windshield. The Altima’s already pleasing interior gets a Murano-inspired center stack and console, but otherwise the materials, textures, and colors from the previous model continue. Particularly welcome are the Altima’s well-padded door armrests and form-fitting “zero gravity” front buckets—cloth-covered in our SV test car—that seem to comfortably accommodate a wide spectrum of posteriors.

Rear passengers don’t get the form fitting “Zero Gravity” seats, but ingress and egress into the Altima’s aft quarters is easy at least. Rear-seat headroom and legroom, while not as generous as that in the Volkswagen Passat. are mid-size-sedan appropriate. Six-footers can ride in back without asking the front-seat occupants to scoot their chairs forward. Fold-down rear seatbacks add cargo space for long items, expanding the 15-cubic-foot trunk, which otherwise is average for the segment.

All but the base Altima come with a 5.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. The system has handy knobs for volume and tuning flanking the screen, plus a few virtual buttons on the display and hard buttons alongside. Even better is the 7.0-inch unit that was in our test car—it comes with the navigation package, which is a $580 option on the mid-level SV and range-topping SL. The larger screen gives easier access to all of the mobile apps available in the NissanConnect system. For those buyers who want the latest in connected tech, the lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is a glaring omission, although Apple users can access their phone’s voice recognition through the vehicle, a function called Siri Eyes Free. Still, with a market bursting with 8.0-, 9.0-, and even 12.0-inch screens, the Altima’s seem small.

Last year’s port-injected, 2.5-liter four-cylinder returns with only minor changes, none affecting its performance. New engine mounts and a larger muffler help minimize engine drone, yet despite great-looking standard dual exhausts on all models, there’s no music coming out of them to quicken the pulse. In our testing, the 182-hp 2.5-liter’s 8.2-second zero-to-60-mph dash came up a bit short compared with the Chevrolet Malibu 1.5 LT (8.0), the Honda Accord Sport (7.6), the Mazda 6 i Touring (7.3), and the Toyota Camry SE (8.0). The 2.5’s mission is fuel economy, which improved to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 39 mpg highway for 2016 thanks in part to aerodynamic tweaks and standard grille shutters. For more performance, Nissan still offers the 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6. Over two weeks of being subjected to our admittedly lead-footed editorial-staff evaluation, we averaged 26 mpg.

Xtronically Yours

The Altima’s continuously variable automatic transmission, a key component to the car’s fuel-economy strategy, isn’t the complete downer these slushboxes once were. Nissan got into the CVT game early, and the Altima’s Xtronic CVT employs the third generation of its D-step Shift Logic, which under most circumstances simulates the gearchanges that happen in a traditional automatic transmission (up to seven “ratios”). There are brief moments when there seems to be little correlation between engine speed and throttle position, but much less droning is experienced than with CVTs of yore. Mostly, engine revs are exactly where they need to be to develop the power for any given road load and/or driving situation, with little or no delay. Drop the hammer from rest at a stoplight and the engine builds revs fairly naturally—it doesn’t just go roaring to redline and stay there until you lift. You’ll have to opt for the sportier Altima SR if you want shift paddles to manually row through the simulated gears.

Overall, the Altima is quiet with little or no mechanical sounds or road or wind noise disturbing the peace. Its 36 decibels at idle is especially quiet for the class. But things get a tad grainy when cruising with light throttle around 50 mph as the engine drops to 1200 rpm under light load.

Inside Track

The 2016 refresh also includes new dampers and rear springs, which provide a pleasing-enough ride quality. Body motions are reasonably well controlled, and the Altima’s electrically assisted power steering is nicely weighted. Nissan has retuned the steering this year for quicker response. Despite relatively smallish 215/55R-17 tires on our SV test car, turn-in was crisp, aided in part by the standard pseudo torque-vectoring system that pulses the brake on the inside front wheel in corners to improve steering response. The Altima tracks true on-center with little need for constant corrections, although there could be a better sense of the steering weighting up in corners.

Skidpad grip with the SV’s fuel-economy-optimized tires was a middling 0.81 g—down from the last Altima 2.5 we tested in 2013. The brakes inspired confidence with crisp top-of-the-pedal response, although the 192-foot stopping distance we measured from 70 mph (with some fade) is worse than the performance of its rivals.

Safe Bet

Within the Altima lineup, think of the SV we tested as the sensible-shoes choice. It comes standard with most of the equipment buyers seem to want, such as aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment, a touchscreen audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, and remote engine start. It also includes rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring, advanced safety features that cost extra or are not even available in some competing mid-size sedans. All the better to spot those increasing numbers of crossovers and SUVs, closing in fast.

Highs and Lows

Highs:

Quiet, upscale-looking interior; better-than-average fuel economy; new safety tech; decent value; it s not a crossover.

Lows:

Mid-pack performance, handling, and roominess; no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay; small touchscreen.

Model Research

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $28,395 (base price: $26,295)

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection

TRANSMISSION: continuously variable automatic

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 109.3 in
Length: 191.9 in
Width: 72.0 in Height: 57.8 in
Passenger volume: 101 cu ft
Cargo volume: 15 cu ft
Curb weight: 3272 lb

FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city/highway driving: 27/39 mpg
C/D observed: 26 mpg
*Stability-control-inhibited

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Lexus CT

Lexus CT

2016 Lexus CT200h

Coulda been a contender, if not for its Prius powertrain.

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Overview: The CT200h is essentially Lexus’s take on the Toyota Prius. (Let’s all forget that the HS250h ever existed, shall we?) The CT has been around in its current form since 2010, meaning it still uses the previous-generation Prius’s basic platform and gasoline-electric powertrain. As the least expensive ticket into the Lexus lineup, this relatively sporty-looking hatch could be construed as a competitor to entry-level luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class and the Audi A3 (the latter of which also offers a hybrid version. albeit one with a plug). But don’t be fooled by its rakish silhouette. The CT’s hybrid powertrain is focused on one thing and one thing only: fuel economy. It’s rated at a combined 42 mpg by the EPA, several mpg below the current Prius’s numbers but still well ahead of most other compact luxury cars. The CT also has the distinction of being one of the few remaining hatchbacks (we mean real hatchbacks, not those poseur higher-riding hatchbacks now called crossovers) to wear a luxury badge. With the trend toward crossovers stronger than ever, we wouldn’t be surprised if the next-generation CT, due within a year or so, gets more butch styling and a raised ride height to appeal to the multitude of shoppers who are enticed by the perception of ruggedness and practicality offered by an SUV.

What’s New: Since its launch six years ago, the only significant changes to the CT200h were made for the 2014 model year, when it received visual updates inside and out. It adopted the Lexus spindle grille design while the interior got a new steering wheel, shift knob, and infotainment technology. The optional F Sport package also received additional black trim, different wheels, and a mesh grille.

What We Like: The littlest Lexus is a sharp-looking thing, both inside and out. We like its hatchback proportions and exterior detailing, and the interior lives up to Lexus standards with its soft leather seats (hides are available only with certain option packages) and impressive fit and finish. It delivers on the fuel-economy front, too: We were able to average 36 mpg in mixed and sometimes aggressive driving without any hypermiling. The CT also handles reasonably well, with nicely weighted steering and a firm suspension that keeps body roll to a minimum, at least at lower speeds.

What We Don’t Like: You’ll be forced to get used to low-speed travel while driving the CT200h, because acceleration is downright lethargic. Getting to highway speeds is a struggle, as the CT takes more than 10 seconds to get up to 60 mph—that’s slower than nearly all of today’s economy cars, and even more sluggish than the latest Prius. the Two Eco, which performed the same task in 9.4 seconds. Because the CT is stuck with an older version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, it isn’t able to combine its gas and electric power sources as seamlessly as newer hybrids, and the four-cylinder drones noisily under hard acceleration. The decently tuned chassis is also let down by the vague feel of the brake pedal, and the mostly composed handling comes at the expense of ride quality, which verges on harsh when traversing rougher roads. For nearly $40,000 when fully loaded, we expect more refinement. And like most cars in this size class, the interior can feel pretty cramped.

Verdict: It could’ve been a satisfying hatch, but the hybrid powertrain is a letdown.

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Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

The family-value story.

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The new Honda Pilot rolls into the 2016 model year with a pricing spectrum that spans five trim levels and $16,425 from one end to the other, each step up tempting the prospective buyer with more goodies, right up to the fully loaded Elite model.

The big Honda clearly is aimed at folks whose motoring agendas include lots of hauling. It can tow—up to 5000 pounds with all-wheel drive, 3500 with front-drive. But more often than not, the payloads entail kids. We probably don’t really need to add that even though minivans are superior in almost all aspects of family hauling, Pilot prospects would rather donate their kids to science than be seen in something with those telltale sliding side doors.

There’s irony in this vehicular phobia, since the Pilot is a close cousin of Honda’s Odyssey minivan. structurally speaking. But image rules in this realm, and image is rarely rooted in rationality. Speaking of image, there are some within our walls who prefer the blockier looks of the previous generation to the slicker styling of the new. But slick is where the entire crossover segment is headed.

Our first test of the generation-three Pilot involved an Elite model, which includes everything in the vehicle’s extensive inventory of features. This time, we’re looking at one of the less expensive versions. If you draw your budgetary line at a Pilot EX, what do you get? What do you forego? Is there a performance sacrifice? And what do you save?

Quicker Sprints

Let’s start with performance. All Pilots are propelled by the same engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That displacement is familiar—the previous Pilot powerplant also was a 3.5 V-6—but the new engine essentially is the same as that used by the Acura MDX, and direct fuel injection gives it a 30-hp edge over its predecessor. This in a vehicle that’s substantially lighter, by as much as nearly 300 pounds, according to Honda. It’s also substantially quicker off the line.

What you don’t get with the lower trim levels—LX, EX, and EX-L—is the slick new nine-speed automatic transmission that comes with the Touring and Elite models. The LX, EX, and EX-L are equipped with a six-speed automatic. That’s one cog more than the previous Pilot, but the nine-speed does a better job of keeping the engine in the sweet spot of its power band. And it includes shift paddles, which aren’t part of the deal with the six-speed.

At the track, this front-drive EX model clocked a zero-to-60-mph time of 6.2 seconds, a whisker behind the all-wheel-drive Elite, even though the EX weighed 254 pounds less. (Blame the powerful V-6’s eagerness to spin the front tires during aggressive launches.) But all things being equal under the hood, the EX’s advantage in power-to-weight shows up as the drag race continues: It was a second quicker to 100 mph. Not that many owners are likely to push their Pilot to triple-digit speeds. But for those so inclined, we can report that the Pilot inspires confidence as speeds climb, right up to the governor-limited 112-mph top speed.

There’s confidence around bends, too. The new chassis is stiffer than its predecessor, spring rates are higher, and shock-absorber damping is firmer than that of the previous generation. This doesn’t make the Pilot a sports car; pushing hard in a set of switchbacks will still provoke moderate rock and roll, as well as abundant understeer. But as with exploring the Pilot’s top speed, the likelihood of owners testing its limits of adhesion is slight, particularly with kids onboard. And doubly so for those with kids prone to motion sickness.

Athough the steering could be quicker (3.2 turns lock-to-lock) and more informative at around-town speeds, the Pilot’s responses in emergency maneuvers are respectable by the standards for this class. Those maneuvers might not be quite as prompt in the lesser trim levels, a distinction we attribute to tires. Touring and Elite Pilots wear 245/50 tires on 20-inch wheels, whereas our EX test example was equipped with 245/60-18 tires. The setup produced a softer ride, at the expense of grip (0.75 g versus the Elite’s 0.80). Braking distances were almost identical for both vehicles and about average among three-row crossovers. This is not to say good. Let’s call it adequate.

More Dimension, More Room

As noted in our test of the Elite model, the new Pilot is bigger than its predecessor, dimensional increases that translate directly to the interior. There’s even enough room in the third row for a couple of adults to perch without too much whining, although getting three people of any size to ride back there for more than a few miles is likely to provoke civil war. (In the Elite trim level, second-row seating is a pair of captain’s chairs, reducing the potential passenger count to seven.) Nonetheless, this is a distinctly more comfortable Pilot generation, its increased roominess augmented by more soft-touch surfaces and a much more attractive dashboard layout.

Although the cabin’s appearance has been improved, we can’t say the same for its function, owing to Honda’s relentless commitment to a touch screen for all secondary controls, great and small. Adjusting audio volume or changing stations in a moving Pilot, for example, is a hunt-and-peck challenge, no matter how smooth the ride quality. At least the Pilot is exceptionally quiet at all speeds—parental units won’t have to raise their voices much to yell at their kids. EPA ratings for the front-wheel-drive Pilot are 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, up 1 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway from the previous model. (Ratings are 1 mpg higher in the city with the nine-speed and 1 mpg lower all around with AWD.) We managed to beat the EX’s city rating, logging 20 mpg overall.

As noted, there are essentially five trim levels. But typical of Honda, the five are subdivided according to particular items of equipment. Thus, there are four different versions of the EX: 2WD and 4WD, with or without Honda Sensing (a package of collision-avoidance tech). There are no options or option packages. Each sub-category is treated as a separate model. At $34,330, our two-wheel-drive EX with Sensing was four rungs above the bottom of the Pilot pricing ladder, which begins with the two-wheel-drive LX at $30,895.

Honda Sensing includes automatic emergency braking, which will track the Pilot’s closing rate on traffic ahead (via camera and radar), decide whether the driver is paying attention, flash a warning, and apply the brakes if/when the driver fails to respond. It also includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and road-departure mitigation. The last two include system intervention to nudge the vehicle back to the middle of the road when it even thinks the Pilot is approaching an edge line. Its warning is a steering-wheel shudder that feels as though something might be coming undone in the front suspension—and is particularly annoying on two-lane back roads. The whole Sensing package adds a grand to the bottom line.

All-wheel drive, which is standard with the Elite, adds $1800. It’s available on all trim levels. Other fancy Elite standard features that are absent in the EX trim level: LED headlights, a panoramic power sunroof, an 8.0-inch touch screen with navigation and voice recognition, heated and ventilated leather power seats, a 540-watt 10-speaker premium audio system, a second-row DVD entertainment system, second-row heated leather captain’s chairs, and a power rear liftgate.

The EX isn’t exactly stark, with a standard features inventory that includes the 8.0-inch touch screen (minus navigation), seven-speaker audio with HondaLink infotainment, Pandora interface, fog lights, Honda’s passenger-side Lane Watch camera, remote engine start, and, in this test unit, the Honda Sensing package. So as always, it gets to be a question of what a prospective buyer considers essential in a family vehicle. Can you and your family be happy without a giant sunroof or navigation? Obviously, that one’s your call.

Highs and Lows

Highs:

Brisk acceleration, lots of room, versatile stowage, quiet at all speeds.



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2016 Ford Cars

Perhaps best known for icons like the F-Series truck line and Mustang sports car, Ford has more recently made a major push to down-size its vehicles with cars like the Focus and Fiesta. Smaller engines are also part of the mix with new EcoBoost technology using both direct-injection and turbocharging. The Blue Oval is also trending away from SUVs and towards crossovers, like the Explorer, Esape, Edge and Flex. Hybridsand electric vehicles are also catching on at Ford with the C-Max, Focus EV and Fusion hybrids all gaining popularity.

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Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

Van shoppers on a budget, take note. All others, look elsewhere.

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Overview: The sleek new Chrysler Pacifica may be getting all the attention lately, but its maker, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, isn’t quite ready yet to put all its minivan eggs in one basket. And so the Dodge brand is hanging on to its own minivan offering, the Grand Caravan —mechanical twin to the Pacifica’s predecessor, the now defunct Town Country minivan—for at least another year. Last redesigned for 2008, the Grand Caravan is getting old, and it is now being positioned as a budget minivan alternative with a low, low starting price of $24,590. The Grand Caravan’s top trim level costs only $33,490. At that price point, the Pacifica is just getting started, and a well-equipped version of the new Chrysler can take you all the way to $50,000.

What’s New: Not much has changed since Dodge dropped the then-new Pentastar V-6 engine into the 2011 Grand Caravan. Since then, a new entry-level American Value Package (AVP) trim brought the starting price down for 2012, and a new, sinister-looking Blacktop appearance package arrived for 2014. (On 2016 models, it’s priced from $395 to $695.) A few other equipment packages brought more features, including power sliding doors and a power liftgate, down to the midpack SE and SXT trim levels.

What We Like: Practicality reigns supreme in the Grand Caravan, as it should in a minivan. Chrysler’s Stow ’n Go seating system, which allows you to fold both the second- and third-row seats into compartments in the floor, remains a laudable innovation. No other minivan competitor (other than the Pacifica, of course) offers fold-flat second-row seats, and the compartments that swallow the folded seats provide a useful amount of underfloor storage space when the seats are erected and in use.

The driving experience remains solid, with the 3.6-liter V-6 delivering mostly smooth and strong power through its standard six-speed automatic transmission. The steering is nicely weighted and the handling is secure, even if the R/T model ’s supposedly “performance tuned” chassis doesn’t quite live up to its sporty billing—not that one expects sportiness to be a priority in a minivan.

What We Don’t Like: Everything about the Grand Caravan looks and feels old. With its blocky exterior styling, it looks dowdy next to the stylish and sleek Pacifica. Despite some updates over the years, the cheap plastics found throughout the interior remind us of Chrysler in its pre-bankruptcy days. The Stow ’n Go seats, while handy, also compromise comfort, since the small chairs skimp on padding so that they can fit into the underfloor compartments.

It’s no surprise that the dated Grand Caravan’s technology offerings are decidedly subpar. A central touchscreen isn’t even available on the AVP or SE models, and the 6.5-inch Uconnect screen, optional on the SXT and standard on the R/T, is old-school and less seamless in use than newer versions of the touchscreen system. Tech-savvy little ones in the back seats will be left fighting for USB ports to charge their devices; the Grand Caravan offers a maximum of only two USB charging ports in the back, while the Pacifica can be had with up to five ports spread across the three rows of seats. A few active-safety features are offered, namely blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, but only on the top R/T model. The Grand Caravan does not offer the lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning systems available on most other minivans.

Verdict: Gets the minivan job done for families on a budget—and that’s about it.

Model Research

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door van

BASE PRICES: American Value Package, $24,590;
SE, $27,090;
SE Plus, $28,190;
SXT, $30,290; SXT Plus, $31,390;
R/T, $33,490

ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 121.2 in
Length: 203.7 in
Width: 78.7 in Height: 69.0 in
Passenger volume: 164 cu ft
Cargo volume: 31 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 4550-4700 lb

FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 17/25 mpg

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Lexus GS

Lexus GS

Less power for less money.

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When the Lexus GS arrived in the early 1990s—the original Giugiaro-designed one—its mission was to challenge the reigning mid-size luxury sedans from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Accordingly equipped with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, the second-generation model made such a convincing case that it won 10Best Cars accolades for three years running (1998 through 2000 ). It has been some time, though, since we could rank the GS at the top of the field. The current, fourth-generation GS is in its fifth year of production and finds itself squaring off against a Mercedes-Benz E-class and a Jaguar XF that were new in 2016, an Audi A6 that was facelifted last year, and an all-new 2017 BMW 5-series.

Lexus isn’t standing still, though. For its 2016 midlife refresh. Lexus added the value-priced base model tested here with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That engine gives the newest GS variant a direct match for the 500-cc-per-cylinder fours that most of the European brands now have in equivalent models. The tail badge says GS200t, although the marketers call it the GS Turbo because, well, because Lexus marketers never had a turbo before, and it comes at a starting price that leaves some breathing room below $50,000, something you won’t find if you shop mid-size premium sedans at the German stores.

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In turbo 2.0-liter rear-drive form, the GS’s direct alternatives narrow to the BMW, the Mercedes-Benz, and the Cadillac CTS. The base Audi A6 and the Volvo S90 are front-wheel drive, and the Jaguar XF’s four-cylinder is a 180-hp turbo-diesel. The Cadillac’s turbocharged four is the outlier here, leading the pack with 268 horsepower, while the others cluster near 240.

With the only available transmission being a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic, the GS200t zipped from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds at the test track. We saw 60 mph in 6.5 seconds in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 with 4MATIC, while the CTS 2.0T did it in 6.2 and the A6 2.0T Quattro in 6.1. The BMW 528i needed only 5.9 seconds. but it’s being replaced for 2017. Note that the Benz and the Audi were all-wheel-drive cars, an option Lexus reserves for the six-cylinder GS350.

While it’s clearly not the quickest, the Lexus doesn’t feel inordinately slow. As long as the boost is up, it’s torquey enough to feel peppy moving its 3869 pounds in routine driving situations. Only at higher speeds does the drivetrain falter—and then only when you need to accelerate quickly. It takes a moment for the eight-speed to find the right gear and tap into the engine’s powerband, requiring that the driver plan ahead for a two-lane passing maneuver. This is not atypical for sedans this large with a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. The payoff is improved fuel economy: We measured 24 mpg in our testing, below its EPA combined rating of 26 mpg but much better than the 19 and 20 mpg we’ve measured in tests of the GS350.

Where this car excels is in its easygoing demeanor. The GS200t glides along, unperturbed by pavement irregularities, yet it remains composed on a challenging road. Aside from a little body roll, its chassis measures up in this field, returning a solid 0.86 g on the skidpad. The GS also stopped from 70 mph in 173 feet, a good but not outstanding performance for this class.

For those seeking to amp up the driving fun, Lexus offers an F Sport version of the GS Turbo. It brings a tauter suspension and a lot of other features but adds $7670 to the price, which puts it within $1000 of the $55,785 sticker on a GS350 F Sport with the stronger 311-hp V-6.

Still Searching

Lexus designers seem to be grasping for ways to make their infotainment controls distinctive, without much success in making them functional. There’s a clumsy touchpad in the NX crossover. while in some older designs such as this GS, Lexus still employs a vague and inconsistent floating controller on the center console that continues to frustrate. It’s like a poorly made version of the joysticks on the portable Sony PlayStation and demands too much attention to be a viable control option while driving—this is a case where Lexus would do well to follow some competitors who have replaced or augmented their similarly awkward remote controllers with touchscreen activation. The 12.3-inch multimedia screen that comes as part of the $1730 Navigation package, though, is well organized and gorgeous, and it offers split-screen viewing.

The infotainment story is disheartening, because the GS has an otherwise cordial cabin. The heated and ventilated perforated leather seats are supportive, the brushed-metal accents look classy, and the tight fits and surface finishes measure up to class standards. Our test car had some textured black trim that looked a little cheap on close examination but also avoided the problems posed by the widely used shiny piano-black alternative that emphasizes fingerprints and looks good only in the showroom. Lexus offers optional aluminum and open-pore wood trim, but they’re not quite as handsome as those found in Volvo and Mercedes cabins.

The now familiar GS’s 192.1-inch overall length is the shortest in the field, but the packaging works out well, yielding a competitive 98 cubic feet of interior space. The 18-cubic-foot trunk spanks its competition, which averages around 14, but the rear seats don’t fold to expand the cargo hold. Rear-seat legroom can feel tight for adults over six-feet tall, and the center tunnel is tall and wide. The front center console can be opened only if its lid is slid rearward on its track, which makes the rear center position even less useful—if you’re traveling any distance with a fifth occupant, one of them had better be a child.

For Lexus, this turbo engine makes a lot of sense. The powerplant already existed in the brand’s portfolio (it also is found in the IS200t and the NX200t ), and it improves fuel economy in a mid-size sedan. Besides, BMW and Mercedes are doing it, too, and you know how that goes. But, to customers, the GS Turbo’s most attractive feature might be that sub-$50,000 sticker. There are fancier and faster choices in the segment, but the GS200t is a solid, pleasant package at an accessible price.

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Highs:

Balanced chassis, smooth ride, sub-$50K price.



FIAT Cars: 2016 FIAT Prices, Reviews, Specs #hyundai #car


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Reintroduced back into the North American marketplace in 2011, Fiat offers four models built on the same theme. The 500 three door hatchback and 500c convertible slot in somewhere between a city car and subcompact while the 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth feature a serious dose of performance thanks to the 160 hp 1.4 L turbocharged engine. This year a four-door five-passenger much larger 500L joins the Fiat line-up.

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The Abarth s many flaws are easily forgiven

The Fiat 500X is a fashion forward cousin to the Jeep Renegade and the newest contender in the subcompact crossover segment. But does all that add up to a product worth paying for?

Who says convertibles are only for sports cars? The Fiat 500c is a drop-top without the seriousness of one.

Fiat inflated its retro-styled Cinquecento small car to create the 500L. It’s a crossover-like vehicle with a spacious cabin and unmistakable styling, but is that all this vehicle has to offer or is there more to the story?

It is the 1960s all over again. Cooper MINIs and 500 Abarths are roaming the streets like a pair of unrefined European hooligans. If you are a car enthusiast originally from across the Pond, the names John Cooper and Carlo Abarth are probably well known. But on our shores, only those with strong cases of

The family-sized 500L brings Fiat funkiness to a larger package, but does the 500L go too far in its quest to be different?



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Reintroduced back into the North American marketplace in 2011, Fiat offers four models built on the same theme. The 500 three door hatchback and 500c convertible slot in somewhere between a city car and subcompact while the 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth feature a serious dose of performance thanks to the 160 hp 1.4 L turbocharged engine. This year a four-door five-passenger much larger 500L joins the Fiat line-up.

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The Abarth s many flaws are easily forgiven

The Fiat 500X is a fashion forward cousin to the Jeep Renegade and the newest contender in the subcompact crossover segment. But does all that add up to a product worth paying for?

Who says convertibles are only for sports cars? The Fiat 500c is a drop-top without the seriousness of one.

Fiat inflated its retro-styled Cinquecento small car to create the 500L. It’s a crossover-like vehicle with a spacious cabin and unmistakable styling, but is that all this vehicle has to offer or is there more to the story?

It is the 1960s all over again. Cooper MINIs and 500 Abarths are roaming the streets like a pair of unrefined European hooligans. If you are a car enthusiast originally from across the Pond, the names John Cooper and Carlo Abarth are probably well known. But on our shores, only those with strong cases of

The family-sized 500L brings Fiat funkiness to a larger package, but does the 500L go too far in its quest to be different?



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Nissan now offers the Leaf in three trim levels. The budget-conscious Leaf S skips several items that were standard on all 2011 and 2012 models, including LED headlights, alloy wheels, and navigation. Above that, there is the mid-grade Leaf SV and then the range-topping Leaf SL.

The Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car ever, but it competes with various different vehicles that plug in–both other battery-electric cars and also plug-in hybrids, which use a gasoline engine to supplement their limited battery range. Those range from this year’s all-new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car to the more expensive but much more capable Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sport sedan.

The big change for 2016 in the Leaf was the addition of a larger 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which gave the Leaf a class-leading range of 107 miles. The base Leaf S model continues with the old 24-kWh pack, and a range of 84 miles, at a lower price. The bigger battery means that the Leaf offers more electric range than any other plug-in car except those from Tesla, starting at $70,000.

There have been essentially two versions of the Nissan Leaf since its launch as a 2011 model. The 2011 and 2012 models were built in Japan, with prices suffering from the expensive Japanese yen as a result. When Nissan moved Leaf production for North America to Tennessee, it made several important changes–and cut the price considerably. The company added a new base-level Leaf S model and made dozens of smaller changes to features and equipment in response to feedback from vocal and enthusiastic early owners.

The latest Leaf models start under $30,000, which means that for California buyers, the effective price after a $2,500 state purchase rebate and a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit can be below $20,000. Hawaii offers a $4,500 purchase rebate, Georgia offers a $5,000 income-tax credit, and there are a plethora of other state, local, and regional incentives as well. Those include the ability to travel with just a single occupant in the carpool lane on the crowded freeways of California.

Until 2016, all Leafs used a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack built into the car’s floorpan to power an 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor that drives the front wheels. The compact Leaf offers enough interior room to deem it a midsize car, and its weight of well over 3,000 pounds is clearly more in line with the larger category. Like all electric cars, which can develop peak torque from 0 rpm, it is brisk off the line. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is in the 10-second range, and top speed is limited to roughly 90 mph.

Electric range for the 24-kWh Leaf is rated by the EPA at 84 miles, but that number is not directly comparable to range ratings from previous years, as the states of battery charge–whether to 80 percent (for longer battery life) or 100 percent (for maximum range)–were not consistent among the years. Gentle driving can produce real-world range up to 15 percent higher. Owners quickly learn, however, that range can vary from 65 to 100 miles depending on speed, outside temperature, and how much use is made of the Leaf’s heater in cold weather.

Significant changes to the Leaf for 2013 included downsizing and relocating the battery charger from the load bay into the engine compartment, which expanded cargo capacity. Equally important to everyday usage was an optional 6.6-kilowatt charger (later made standard on all but the base Leaf S) that cut charging time for a fully depleted battery from seven hours to about four, using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. (That power is the same kind used for electric stoves and clothes driers.) All Leafs come with a 110-volt charging cord for use with standard household current, but most do not rely solely on it because it takes up to 20 hours to charge a fully depleted pack.

Most Leafs can also “quick-charge” up to 80 percent of their battery capacity within 30 minutes at special “DC quick charging” charging stations that work on the Japanese CHAdeMO standard. Those stations are still rare, but are being rolled out in regions–Oregon and Washington, parts of Texas–that are working aggressively to adopt electric cars.

All Leaf models except the base S include the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the car while it’s still plugged in, to reduce battery energy use. They can be controlled for this purpose through a website or smartphone app. The Leaf’s pale grey, coarse, velvety upholstery material is made from recycled plastic bottles and home appliances; a black interior and leather seats are options as well.

The Leaf remains more expensive to buy than a comparably sized gas-powered hatch. Its financial advantage lies in operation costs, which are significantly lower than burning fuel. Even with fluctuation of electricity prices from region to region, the Leaf wins; the national average price per kilowatt-hour is around 12 cents, meaning it costs on average 3 cents per mile. That’s compared to 16 cents per mile in a gas-powered car running at 25 mpg on $4/gallon fuel.



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Fourth place: Field of Dreams.

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The only car here sold exclusively as an electric should ace this test, right? Nissan s expensive and risky clean-sheet approach should give it no excuses for falling short of outright total domination. And indeed, the Leaf does a lot of things very well.

Push the blue button on the steering wheel and the nav display handily shows your range in concentric circles on the map, the larger one a one-way trip, the smaller for a round trip. Push it again to be shown the nearest charging stations. The center screen also can show you current energy consumption by both the drive motor and the car s auxiliary systems (the Fit and Spark also have a version of this), plus a full menu of energy data, from your consumption history to your recharge times based on several levels of charging power.

No question, the Leaf s creators fretted over its EV-centric details, even if the baggy styling could use a little work. The real problem for us is that the Leaf isn t as composed as the Focus and the Fit, and it isn t much fun to drive.

The Smart s last-place finish isn t the result of some grudge against tiny vehicles, even ones that look like Willy Wonka s car if Willy Wonka ran a Ukrainian cathouse. We totally buy the concept of the Smart, even applaud the former DaimlerChrysler for first putting it into production way back in 1998. We just don t buy its execution. In striving so earnestly to be different, Smart forgot to make a good car.

The handling is just bizarre. The steering is epically slow, and it s nearly impossible to take a clean line through a corner as the front and rear ends quibble over which way to go. From overhead, your path would look octagonal. Heading straight down a highway, your senses are prodded to confusion by strange side forces as the car stumbles over bumps and suddenly gets the wiggles for no obvious reason. The floor-mounted brake pedal is abrupt. Even if you never leave the city, where the Smart is designed to thrive, you ll still live in fear of hard stops, hard rights, and curved on-ramps.



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Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs: UPDATED

It’s a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing.

Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.

But what do today’s electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We’ve gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.

The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates–so many cars here may be available cheaper, for those eligible for specific credits or rebates.

MPGe figures listed below refer to the cars’ electric efficiency, unless otherwise stated.

16 kWh battery, 62 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 49 kW motor

Mitsubishi’s jellybean-style electric car has never been a strong seller in the U.S, but the Japanese automaker recently slashed its pricing, making it the cheapest electric vehicle on the market. You’re still saddled with low performance and those unusual looks, but some owners could drive from a dealership having paid less than $16,000 for their i-MiEV, if they’re able to maximize their use of incentives.

17.6 kWh battery, 68 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 55 kW motor

Smart’s Fortwo Electric Drive is one of the cheapest new electric cars on the market. You only get two seats, but you also get rid of the gasoline car’s jerky transmission. There’s enough power to make good progress now, and if you’re able to benefit from incentives, the price starts to look quite tempting. Convertible models are an extra $3,000 but top-down electric driving is a wholly pleasant experience.

18.4 kWh battery, 82 miles (EPA), 119 MPGe, 105 kW motor

Chevrolet has put the same effort into its diminutive Spark as it did the Volt, and has managed to improve the aerodynamics and interior to match the Spark’s electric aspirations. With huge torque on offer, performance is strong and the Spark EV is good fun to drive.

24 kWh battery, 84 miles (EPA), 114 MPGe, 80 kW motor

The Leaf is one of the better-known electric cars. While sales haven’t matched Nissan’s expectations and there have been issues with battery degradation in hot weather, the Leaf is still one of the most usable electric cars on the market. 2013’s price drop made the Leaf one of the more affordable electric cars on the market.

5.2 kWh battery, 11 miles (EPA blended), 6 miles (EPA all-EV), 95 MPGe, 60 kW motor (134-hp combined)

The Prius Plug-In is a little off the pace technologically these days, but its similarity to the regular, familiar hybrid means it’s ideal for drivers trading up from a regular Prius. The short all-electric range is disappointing to some–but in terms of sales, it’s actually one of the better-selling plug-ins around.

24 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 116 MPGe, 83 kW motor

Fiat’s 500e electric car may be a mere “compliance car “, but the engineers have done a great job–it’s nippy, fun to drive and probably a better vehicle than the gasoline version. Limited availability is a hindrance, though, and the price is pretty steep for such a small car. Oh, and Fiat’s boss would prefer you didn’t buy one–it’s costing him money.

7.6 kWh battery, 20 miles (EPA), 88 MPGe, 88 kW motor (195-hp combined)

Ford’s first plug-in hybrid challenger mixes good performance with impressive efficiency in electric mode. Like the Toyota Prius V, it’s a practical vehicle too, ready to handle everything family life can throw at it.

17.1 kWh battery, 38 miles (EPA), 98 MPGe, 111 kW motor

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt is on its way out as Chevy prepares to launch an all-new 2016 model in the second half of this year. Production is set to wind down soon in anticipation of the new model, but the current Volt has still been one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the U.S. over the past four years.



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Nissan now offers the Leaf in three trim levels. The budget-conscious Leaf S skips several items that were standard on all 2011 and 2012 models, including LED headlights, alloy wheels, and navigation. Above that, there is the mid-grade Leaf SV and then the range-topping Leaf SL.

The Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car ever, but it competes with various different vehicles that plug in–both other battery-electric cars and also plug-in hybrids, which use a gasoline engine to supplement their limited battery range. Those range from this year’s all-new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car to the more expensive but much more capable Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sport sedan.

The big change for 2016 in the Leaf was the addition of a larger 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which gave the Leaf a class-leading range of 107 miles. The base Leaf S model continues with the old 24-kWh pack, and a range of 84 miles, at a lower price. The bigger battery means that the Leaf offers more electric range than any other plug-in car except those from Tesla, starting at $70,000.

There have been essentially two versions of the Nissan Leaf since its launch as a 2011 model. The 2011 and 2012 models were built in Japan, with prices suffering from the expensive Japanese yen as a result. When Nissan moved Leaf production for North America to Tennessee, it made several important changes–and cut the price considerably. The company added a new base-level Leaf S model and made dozens of smaller changes to features and equipment in response to feedback from vocal and enthusiastic early owners.

The latest Leaf models start under $30,000, which means that for California buyers, the effective price after a $2,500 state purchase rebate and a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit can be below $20,000. Hawaii offers a $4,500 purchase rebate, Georgia offers a $5,000 income-tax credit, and there are a plethora of other state, local, and regional incentives as well. Those include the ability to travel with just a single occupant in the carpool lane on the crowded freeways of California.

Until 2016, all Leafs used a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack built into the car’s floorpan to power an 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor that drives the front wheels. The compact Leaf offers enough interior room to deem it a midsize car, and its weight of well over 3,000 pounds is clearly more in line with the larger category. Like all electric cars, which can develop peak torque from 0 rpm, it is brisk off the line. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is in the 10-second range, and top speed is limited to roughly 90 mph.

Electric range for the 24-kWh Leaf is rated by the EPA at 84 miles, but that number is not directly comparable to range ratings from previous years, as the states of battery charge–whether to 80 percent (for longer battery life) or 100 percent (for maximum range)–were not consistent among the years. Gentle driving can produce real-world range up to 15 percent higher. Owners quickly learn, however, that range can vary from 65 to 100 miles depending on speed, outside temperature, and how much use is made of the Leaf’s heater in cold weather.

Significant changes to the Leaf for 2013 included downsizing and relocating the battery charger from the load bay into the engine compartment, which expanded cargo capacity. Equally important to everyday usage was an optional 6.6-kilowatt charger (later made standard on all but the base Leaf S) that cut charging time for a fully depleted battery from seven hours to about four, using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. (That power is the same kind used for electric stoves and clothes driers.) All Leafs come with a 110-volt charging cord for use with standard household current, but most do not rely solely on it because it takes up to 20 hours to charge a fully depleted pack.

Most Leafs can also “quick-charge” up to 80 percent of their battery capacity within 30 minutes at special “DC quick charging” charging stations that work on the Japanese CHAdeMO standard. Those stations are still rare, but are being rolled out in regions–Oregon and Washington, parts of Texas–that are working aggressively to adopt electric cars.

All Leaf models except the base S include the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the car while it’s still plugged in, to reduce battery energy use. They can be controlled for this purpose through a website or smartphone app. The Leaf’s pale grey, coarse, velvety upholstery material is made from recycled plastic bottles and home appliances; a black interior and leather seats are options as well.

The Leaf remains more expensive to buy than a comparably sized gas-powered hatch. Its financial advantage lies in operation costs, which are significantly lower than burning fuel. Even with fluctuation of electricity prices from region to region, the Leaf wins; the national average price per kilowatt-hour is around 12 cents, meaning it costs on average 3 cents per mile. That’s compared to 16 cents per mile in a gas-powered car running at 25 mpg on $4/gallon fuel.



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Toyota’s products, from the Yaris subcompact car to the Camry sedan to the Land Crusier SUV, have penetrated world markets and achieved major sales success. Other offering, like the Avalon, Venza crossover, Highlander SUV and Sequoia SUV have also done reasonably well, as have the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. Toyota’s Prius leads a range of hybrid vehicles that also includes the Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid. This year bold new versions of the Corolla and RAV4 were introduced with much more style than found in older models.

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Here s the inside scoop on how the Toyota Prius beat the Honda Insight in the hybrid sales war.

These for sale ads looks suspicious

Toyota engineers went to work on the S-FR concept, taking it from a cute sports car to an angry race car.  Toyota let its GAZOO racing division work its magic on the S-FR, installing big fender flares, hood vents, carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and large front and rear spoilers. Thanks to all these

A lot of fun can happen on an ATV, but you ve got to get your toy to the trails first. In the latest installment of our How to Truck series, we ll walk you through the steps required to safety load an ATV into the back of your pickup truck.

Toyota has revealed all the changes coming to the 2016 TRD Pro off-road lineup.



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Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs: UPDATED

It’s a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing.

Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.

But what do today’s electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We’ve gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.

The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates–so many cars here may be available cheaper, for those eligible for specific credits or rebates.

MPGe figures listed below refer to the cars’ electric efficiency, unless otherwise stated.

16 kWh battery, 62 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 49 kW motor

Mitsubishi’s jellybean-style electric car has never been a strong seller in the U.S, but the Japanese automaker recently slashed its pricing, making it the cheapest electric vehicle on the market. You’re still saddled with low performance and those unusual looks, but some owners could drive from a dealership having paid less than $16,000 for their i-MiEV, if they’re able to maximize their use of incentives.

17.6 kWh battery, 68 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 55 kW motor

Smart’s Fortwo Electric Drive is one of the cheapest new electric cars on the market. You only get two seats, but you also get rid of the gasoline car’s jerky transmission. There’s enough power to make good progress now, and if you’re able to benefit from incentives, the price starts to look quite tempting. Convertible models are an extra $3,000 but top-down electric driving is a wholly pleasant experience.

18.4 kWh battery, 82 miles (EPA), 119 MPGe, 105 kW motor

Chevrolet has put the same effort into its diminutive Spark as it did the Volt, and has managed to improve the aerodynamics and interior to match the Spark’s electric aspirations. With huge torque on offer, performance is strong and the Spark EV is good fun to drive.

24 kWh battery, 84 miles (EPA), 114 MPGe, 80 kW motor

The Leaf is one of the better-known electric cars. While sales haven’t matched Nissan’s expectations and there have been issues with battery degradation in hot weather, the Leaf is still one of the most usable electric cars on the market. 2013’s price drop made the Leaf one of the more affordable electric cars on the market.

5.2 kWh battery, 11 miles (EPA blended), 6 miles (EPA all-EV), 95 MPGe, 60 kW motor (134-hp combined)

The Prius Plug-In is a little off the pace technologically these days, but its similarity to the regular, familiar hybrid means it’s ideal for drivers trading up from a regular Prius. The short all-electric range is disappointing to some–but in terms of sales, it’s actually one of the better-selling plug-ins around.

24 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 116 MPGe, 83 kW motor

Fiat’s 500e electric car may be a mere “compliance car “, but the engineers have done a great job–it’s nippy, fun to drive and probably a better vehicle than the gasoline version. Limited availability is a hindrance, though, and the price is pretty steep for such a small car. Oh, and Fiat’s boss would prefer you didn’t buy one–it’s costing him money.

7.6 kWh battery, 20 miles (EPA), 88 MPGe, 88 kW motor (195-hp combined)

Ford’s first plug-in hybrid challenger mixes good performance with impressive efficiency in electric mode. Like the Toyota Prius V, it’s a practical vehicle too, ready to handle everything family life can throw at it.

17.1 kWh battery, 38 miles (EPA), 98 MPGe, 111 kW motor

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt is on its way out as Chevy prepares to launch an all-new 2016 model in the second half of this year. Production is set to wind down soon in anticipation of the new model, but the current Volt has still been one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the U.S. over the past four years.



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Perhaps best known for icons like the F-Series truck line and Mustang sports car, Ford has more recently made a major push to down-size its vehicles with cars like the Focus and Fiesta. Smaller engines are also part of the mix with new EcoBoost technology using both direct-injection and turbocharging. The Blue Oval is also trending away from SUVs and towards crossovers, like the Explorer, Esape, Edge and Flex. Hybridsand electric vehicles are also catching on at Ford with the C-Max, Focus EV and Fusion hybrids all gaining popularity.

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The iconic muscle car has been totally redesigned for the new model year and here s how well it performs.

Muscle car wars are alive and well in 2015. But what s the best bang for your buck? The Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE vs Dodge Challenger HEMI 392 Scat Pack Shaker vs Ford Mustang GT?

We take Ford’s new powerful, posh and expensive Explorer Platinum on the great American road trip to see if either are worth it in 2015.

Which car is the better affordable sports car?



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There have been three generations of Jeep Wranglers built since 1987, each one an evolution of the last. The model can be considered a successor to the CJ line of Jeeps, which also featured open tops, fold-down windshields, and solid off-road chops. The first Wrangler, known as the YJ, is unique in that it’s the only one to have used rectangular headlights. It was offered from 1987 to 1996 and came with a choice of four- or six-cylinder power and manual or automatic transmissions. Several appearance packages were offered over the production run including the Islander and very popular Renegade models.

The Wrangler is a convertible SUV that’s hard to miss, even with so many on the road. The automotive icon continues to pay homage to the design of WWII military Jeeps and has one of the more recognizable forms in the automotive world. The Wrangler is now available in both short and long wheelbases.

Competitors to the Wrangler continue to be few, with the closest being the Nissan Xterra and the now-deceased Toyota FJ Cruiser and HUMMER H3. GMC is said to be considering a competitor, but it will certainly not have the heritage of Jeep’s legendary off-roader.

MORE: Read our 2016 Jeep Wrangler  review for pricing with options, specifications, and gas mileage ratings.

Beginning in 1997, the utility vehicle got an upgraded suspension design to improve on-road comfort and roadholding, plus new engines to boost power and fuel economy. The so-called “TJ” built from 1997 to 2006 carried on the original two-door soft-top design, with instantly recognizable classic Jeep lines. In 2003, the Wrangler got its most capable production model yet, the Rubicon, named for the famous trail where Jeep tests its creations. And in 2004, a long-wheelbase Unlimited (LJ) model joined the line, bringing a roomier back seat and a little more storage, as well as a somewhat quieter ride thanks to its extended wheelbase.

Numerous upgrades arrived for the 1997–2006 Wrangler, including a return to the round headlights found on CJ models. It also added a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in 2003, the same year the automatic transmission was upgraded from three speeds to four. Trim packages expanded to add the Rubicon, beefed up with stronger front- and rear differentials, a 4:1 low-ratio transfer case and other off-road improvements. The Wrangler Unlimited (“LJ”) extended the wheelbase by 10 inches, offering more cargo room but still just two doors. A limited-production Sahara Edition also debuted in 2005, offering a range of desert-themed appearance upgrades inside and out.

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In 2007, the introduction of the “JK” Jeep Wrangler turned the Unlimited into a four-door model with an available hardtop roof. The old AMC in-line six-cylinder engine (which dated all the way back to Rambler days) was replaced with a 205-horsepower, 3.8-liter Chrysler V-6 that year. The two-door model is still available and comes in both hardtop and soft-top versions, and the doors on all models are still removable.

Given its extreme off-road abilities, the Wrangler has never been known for on-road manners, but with this generation the streetability has improved greatly. The long-wheelbase Unlimited provides the best ride of any Wrangler yet, and a series of powertrain and suspension changes have further enhanced things for both models. Both models are larger than before, with greater comfort for passengers and rom for their stuff, and the Wrangler now offers such niceties as power windows and locks with a remote, items only dreamed of before.

Overall, with its classic looks, superior off-road capability and unique packaging, the Jeep Wrangler manages to stay relevant despite continuing largely with tradition. Ride quality, comfort, steering, and even occupant safety might not be up to the standards of some daily road commuters or families, but if you head to the trails on the weekends the Wrangler is king.

You might even be happy with a used Wrangler if you’re a serious trail hound and expect some dents, scrapes, and gouges. Meanwhile, new Jeep Wranglers come priced from less than $24,000 to about $40,000, with the latter being the loaded top-of-the-line Rubicon.

The Wrangler received a heavily revised interior in 2011, with an all-new instrument panel and upgraded materials throughout the cabin—plus better noise insulation. For 2012, Jeep then added its new 285-hp Pentastar V-6 to the Wrangler. Hooked to a stout five-speed automatic or six-speed manual, the new engine yields much quicker acceleration and better responsiveness compared to the 3.8-liter pushrod V-6 it replaced.

The Wrangler received a few additional changes for 2013, limited to comfort and convenience additions like new LED map lighting, interior lighting, and available Alpine speakers. A new easy-lift top mechanism was also introduced for 2013. Jeep also offered a Moab special edition that borrowed much of the Rubicon’s look, but without its front locker and super-low 4:1 ‘creeper’ transfer case–which gave it a more affordable price, too.

Changes for 2015 include the usual new paint colors and trim packages, as well as a new standard eight-speaker audio system, a new nine-speaker system that includes a subwoofer, a package that bundles steel wheels with 31-inch tires for Sport models, and a Torx tool set that’s standard on all models, allowing owners to remove the windshield or doors wherever they are. And for 2016, the Wrangler gained a new Black Bear Edition that includes off-road rock rails, five-spoke black wheels, Silent Armor tires, and some other blacked-out details.

In addition to the standard Sport, Sahara, Willys, and Rubicon models and their variants, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are offered in a variety of special-edition packages and models. Currently, those offerings include the military-inspired Freedom edition, the Willys Wheeler, the Rubicon Hard Rock, and the X.

A next-generation Jeep Wrangler is expected for the 2018 model year, and is expected to offer more modern underpinnings throughout—including an available turbo-diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The changes would be aimed at improving the iconic model’s safety and fuel economy, while ensuring that it lives on and retains its rugged capability.

Used Jeep Wrangler Models

The Jeep Wrangler is the world’s only four-wheel-drive convertible SUV. It’s an off-road specialist that attracts hardcore users, so buying one secondhand means knowing more about it than usual. Has it been modified? How often is it taken off-road? Since it’s also popular with first-time drivers, the Wrangler also shows up often on used-car lots in four-cylinder form, or as an Unlimited–a longer-wheelbase model with either two or four doors, depending on the model year.



Minivans Buyers Guide – 2016 Minivan Prices, Reviews and Specs #car #comparisons


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2015 Minivan Buyers Guide

Minivans remain the practical choice for families of all sizes, as they continue to offer unmatched utility in an efficient, easy-to-live-with package. Most minivans offer three rows of adult-sized seating that have been cleverly designed to maximize cargo capacity. They may be boring, but nothing matches their utility.

What s New for Minivans in 2016?

Most families with space needs beyond typical a sedan’s capacity opt for a crossover or SUV. Not the market it once was, a few key players continue to carry the minivan torch into the 2016 model year.

But just because choices are limited doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. Ask a parent, coach or really anyone who owns one and you’ll probably hear the same thing: there are times when a van just can’t be beat.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Minivan

Choices are few in the minivan world today. The staple Dodge Grand Caravan still exists, but 2016 will probably be the last year it s sold before it gets discontinued. The Chrysler Town Country, the Dodge s corporate twin, is a more luxurious offering and is still a popular choice. Honda. Toyota, Kia and Nissan still offer minivans as well, with neither the Odyssey, Sienna, Sedona or Quest receiving major changes this year.

What s Coming for Minivans in 2017?



Ford Cars: 2016 Ford Prices, Reviews, Specs #car #rentals


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2016 Ford Cars

Perhaps best known for icons like the F-Series truck line and Mustang sports car, Ford has more recently made a major push to down-size its vehicles with cars like the Focus and Fiesta. Smaller engines are also part of the mix with new EcoBoost technology using both direct-injection and turbocharging. The Blue Oval is also trending away from SUVs and towards crossovers, like the Explorer, Esape, Edge and Flex. Hybridsand electric vehicles are also catching on at Ford with the C-Max, Focus EV and Fusion hybrids all gaining popularity.

New Car Finder

The iconic muscle car has been totally redesigned for the new model year and here s how well it performs.

Muscle car wars are alive and well in 2015. But what s the best bang for your buck? The Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE vs Dodge Challenger HEMI 392 Scat Pack Shaker vs Ford Mustang GT?

We take Ford’s new powerful, posh and expensive Explorer Platinum on the great American road trip to see if either are worth it in 2015.

Which car is the better affordable sports car?



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Nissan now offers the Leaf in three trim levels. The budget-conscious Leaf S skips several items that were standard on all 2011 and 2012 models, including LED headlights, alloy wheels, and navigation. Above that, there is the mid-grade Leaf SV and then the range-topping Leaf SL.

The Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car ever, but it competes with various different vehicles that plug in–both other battery-electric cars and also plug-in hybrids, which use a gasoline engine to supplement their limited battery range. Those range from this year’s all-new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car to the more expensive but much more capable Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sport sedan.

The big change for 2016 in the Leaf was the addition of a larger 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which gave the Leaf a class-leading range of 107 miles. The base Leaf S model continues with the old 24-kWh pack, and a range of 84 miles, at a lower price. The bigger battery means that the Leaf offers more electric range than any other plug-in car except those from Tesla, starting at $70,000.

There have been essentially two versions of the Nissan Leaf since its launch as a 2011 model. The 2011 and 2012 models were built in Japan, with prices suffering from the expensive Japanese yen as a result. When Nissan moved Leaf production for North America to Tennessee, it made several important changes–and cut the price considerably. The company added a new base-level Leaf S model and made dozens of smaller changes to features and equipment in response to feedback from vocal and enthusiastic early owners.

The latest Leaf models start under $30,000, which means that for California buyers, the effective price after a $2,500 state purchase rebate and a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit can be below $20,000. Hawaii offers a $4,500 purchase rebate, Georgia offers a $5,000 income-tax credit, and there are a plethora of other state, local, and regional incentives as well. Those include the ability to travel with just a single occupant in the carpool lane on the crowded freeways of California.

Until 2016, all Leafs used a 24-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack built into the car’s floorpan to power an 80-kilowatt (107-horsepower) electric motor that drives the front wheels. The compact Leaf offers enough interior room to deem it a midsize car, and its weight of well over 3,000 pounds is clearly more in line with the larger category. Like all electric cars, which can develop peak torque from 0 rpm, it is brisk off the line. Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is in the 10-second range, and top speed is limited to roughly 90 mph.

Electric range for the 24-kWh Leaf is rated by the EPA at 84 miles, but that number is not directly comparable to range ratings from previous years, as the states of battery charge–whether to 80 percent (for longer battery life) or 100 percent (for maximum range)–were not consistent among the years. Gentle driving can produce real-world range up to 15 percent higher. Owners quickly learn, however, that range can vary from 65 to 100 miles depending on speed, outside temperature, and how much use is made of the Leaf’s heater in cold weather.

Significant changes to the Leaf for 2013 included downsizing and relocating the battery charger from the load bay into the engine compartment, which expanded cargo capacity. Equally important to everyday usage was an optional 6.6-kilowatt charger (later made standard on all but the base Leaf S) that cut charging time for a fully depleted battery from seven hours to about four, using a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. (That power is the same kind used for electric stoves and clothes driers.) All Leafs come with a 110-volt charging cord for use with standard household current, but most do not rely solely on it because it takes up to 20 hours to charge a fully depleted pack.

Most Leafs can also “quick-charge” up to 80 percent of their battery capacity within 30 minutes at special “DC quick charging” charging stations that work on the Japanese CHAdeMO standard. Those stations are still rare, but are being rolled out in regions–Oregon and Washington, parts of Texas–that are working aggressively to adopt electric cars.

All Leaf models except the base S include the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the car while it’s still plugged in, to reduce battery energy use. They can be controlled for this purpose through a website or smartphone app. The Leaf’s pale grey, coarse, velvety upholstery material is made from recycled plastic bottles and home appliances; a black interior and leather seats are options as well.

The Leaf remains more expensive to buy than a comparably sized gas-powered hatch. Its financial advantage lies in operation costs, which are significantly lower than burning fuel. Even with fluctuation of electricity prices from region to region, the Leaf wins; the national average price per kilowatt-hour is around 12 cents, meaning it costs on average 3 cents per mile. That’s compared to 16 cents per mile in a gas-powered car running at 25 mpg on $4/gallon fuel.



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Fourth place: Field of Dreams.

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The only car here sold exclusively as an electric should ace this test, right? Nissan s expensive and risky clean-sheet approach should give it no excuses for falling short of outright total domination. And indeed, the Leaf does a lot of things very well.

Push the blue button on the steering wheel and the nav display handily shows your range in concentric circles on the map, the larger one a one-way trip, the smaller for a round trip. Push it again to be shown the nearest charging stations. The center screen also can show you current energy consumption by both the drive motor and the car s auxiliary systems (the Fit and Spark also have a version of this), plus a full menu of energy data, from your consumption history to your recharge times based on several levels of charging power.

No question, the Leaf s creators fretted over its EV-centric details, even if the baggy styling could use a little work. The real problem for us is that the Leaf isn t as composed as the Focus and the Fit, and it isn t much fun to drive.

The Smart s last-place finish isn t the result of some grudge against tiny vehicles, even ones that look like Willy Wonka s car if Willy Wonka ran a Ukrainian cathouse. We totally buy the concept of the Smart, even applaud the former DaimlerChrysler for first putting it into production way back in 1998. We just don t buy its execution. In striving so earnestly to be different, Smart forgot to make a good car.

The handling is just bizarre. The steering is epically slow, and it s nearly impossible to take a clean line through a corner as the front and rear ends quibble over which way to go. From overhead, your path would look octagonal. Heading straight down a highway, your senses are prodded to confusion by strange side forces as the car stumbles over bumps and suddenly gets the wiggles for no obvious reason. The floor-mounted brake pedal is abrupt. Even if you never leave the city, where the Smart is designed to thrive, you ll still live in fear of hard stops, hard rights, and curved on-ramps.



New and Used Jeep Wrangler: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection #car #tax #online


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There have been three generations of Jeep Wranglers built since 1987, each one an evolution of the last. The model can be considered a successor to the CJ line of Jeeps, which also featured open tops, fold-down windshields, and solid off-road chops. The first Wrangler, known as the YJ, is unique in that it’s the only one to have used rectangular headlights. It was offered from 1987 to 1996 and came with a choice of four- or six-cylinder power and manual or automatic transmissions. Several appearance packages were offered over the production run including the Islander and very popular Renegade models.

The Wrangler is a convertible SUV that’s hard to miss, even with so many on the road. The automotive icon continues to pay homage to the design of WWII military Jeeps and has one of the more recognizable forms in the automotive world. The Wrangler is now available in both short and long wheelbases.

Competitors to the Wrangler continue to be few, with the closest being the Nissan Xterra and the now-deceased Toyota FJ Cruiser and HUMMER H3. GMC is said to be considering a competitor, but it will certainly not have the heritage of Jeep’s legendary off-roader.

MORE: Read our 2016 Jeep Wrangler  review for pricing with options, specifications, and gas mileage ratings.

Beginning in 1997, the utility vehicle got an upgraded suspension design to improve on-road comfort and roadholding, plus new engines to boost power and fuel economy. The so-called “TJ” built from 1997 to 2006 carried on the original two-door soft-top design, with instantly recognizable classic Jeep lines. In 2003, the Wrangler got its most capable production model yet, the Rubicon, named for the famous trail where Jeep tests its creations. And in 2004, a long-wheelbase Unlimited (LJ) model joined the line, bringing a roomier back seat and a little more storage, as well as a somewhat quieter ride thanks to its extended wheelbase.

Numerous upgrades arrived for the 1997–2006 Wrangler, including a return to the round headlights found on CJ models. It also added a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in 2003, the same year the automatic transmission was upgraded from three speeds to four. Trim packages expanded to add the Rubicon, beefed up with stronger front- and rear differentials, a 4:1 low-ratio transfer case and other off-road improvements. The Wrangler Unlimited (“LJ”) extended the wheelbase by 10 inches, offering more cargo room but still just two doors. A limited-production Sahara Edition also debuted in 2005, offering a range of desert-themed appearance upgrades inside and out.

The new Jeep Wrangler

In 2007, the introduction of the “JK” Jeep Wrangler turned the Unlimited into a four-door model with an available hardtop roof. The old AMC in-line six-cylinder engine (which dated all the way back to Rambler days) was replaced with a 205-horsepower, 3.8-liter Chrysler V-6 that year. The two-door model is still available and comes in both hardtop and soft-top versions, and the doors on all models are still removable.

Given its extreme off-road abilities, the Wrangler has never been known for on-road manners, but with this generation the streetability has improved greatly. The long-wheelbase Unlimited provides the best ride of any Wrangler yet, and a series of powertrain and suspension changes have further enhanced things for both models. Both models are larger than before, with greater comfort for passengers and rom for their stuff, and the Wrangler now offers such niceties as power windows and locks with a remote, items only dreamed of before.

Overall, with its classic looks, superior off-road capability and unique packaging, the Jeep Wrangler manages to stay relevant despite continuing largely with tradition. Ride quality, comfort, steering, and even occupant safety might not be up to the standards of some daily road commuters or families, but if you head to the trails on the weekends the Wrangler is king.

You might even be happy with a used Wrangler if you’re a serious trail hound and expect some dents, scrapes, and gouges. Meanwhile, new Jeep Wranglers come priced from less than $24,000 to about $40,000, with the latter being the loaded top-of-the-line Rubicon.

The Wrangler received a heavily revised interior in 2011, with an all-new instrument panel and upgraded materials throughout the cabin—plus better noise insulation. For 2012, Jeep then added its new 285-hp Pentastar V-6 to the Wrangler. Hooked to a stout five-speed automatic or six-speed manual, the new engine yields much quicker acceleration and better responsiveness compared to the 3.8-liter pushrod V-6 it replaced.

The Wrangler received a few additional changes for 2013, limited to comfort and convenience additions like new LED map lighting, interior lighting, and available Alpine speakers. A new easy-lift top mechanism was also introduced for 2013. Jeep also offered a Moab special edition that borrowed much of the Rubicon’s look, but without its front locker and super-low 4:1 ‘creeper’ transfer case–which gave it a more affordable price, too.

Changes for 2015 include the usual new paint colors and trim packages, as well as a new standard eight-speaker audio system, a new nine-speaker system that includes a subwoofer, a package that bundles steel wheels with 31-inch tires for Sport models, and a Torx tool set that’s standard on all models, allowing owners to remove the windshield or doors wherever they are. And for 2016, the Wrangler gained a new Black Bear Edition that includes off-road rock rails, five-spoke black wheels, Silent Armor tires, and some other blacked-out details.

In addition to the standard Sport, Sahara, Willys, and Rubicon models and their variants, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are offered in a variety of special-edition packages and models. Currently, those offerings include the military-inspired Freedom edition, the Willys Wheeler, the Rubicon Hard Rock, and the X.

A next-generation Jeep Wrangler is expected for the 2018 model year, and is expected to offer more modern underpinnings throughout—including an available turbo-diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The changes would be aimed at improving the iconic model’s safety and fuel economy, while ensuring that it lives on and retains its rugged capability.

Used Jeep Wrangler Models

The Jeep Wrangler is the world’s only four-wheel-drive convertible SUV. It’s an off-road specialist that attracts hardcore users, so buying one secondhand means knowing more about it than usual. Has it been modified? How often is it taken off-road? Since it’s also popular with first-time drivers, the Wrangler also shows up often on used-car lots in four-cylinder form, or as an Unlimited–a longer-wheelbase model with either two or four doors, depending on the model year.



Luxury Cars Buyers Guide – 2016 Luxury Car Prices, Reviews and Specs #repossessed #cars #for #sale


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2015 Luxury Cars Buyers Guide

The luxury market is getting bigger and better with more offerings in various segments for 2016. There are also numerous models getting major updates for the 2016 model year while some automakers are expanding new additions to their lineups.

What’s New for Luxury Cars This Year?

In 2015, we saw several luxury automakers step into the crossover and SUV segment. Jaguar for example, unveiled the production F-Pace while the Bentley Bentayga made its official debut. In addition, Range Rover introduced an Evoque convertible model while the Tesla Model X finally went into production and into the hands of customers.

For 2016, we ll be treated with Hyundai s new luxury Genesis sub-brand, with the G90 replacing the outgoing Equus. Compact crossover shoppers can also check out the Infiniti QX30, which made its debut at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.

Then there is of course, the Alfa Romeo Giulia that will be available in a Quadrifoglio model packing 505 horsepower from a Ferrari-sourced 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. With a price tag of around $70,000 and touting the Nurburgring record for production four-door sedan, the Giulia could be the luxury sports car enthusiasts will flock to.

Other models have gotten some minor updates, like the Mercedes-Benz SL that received a facelift in time for the 2015 L.A. Auto Show. Mercedes will follow it up with the debut of the new E-Class sedan, while Volvo continues its resurgence with a new S90 model.

Cadillac will usher in a new series of crossovers in 2016, starting with its new XT5. The Porsche Panamera will also get a redesign while Macan shoppers can now opt for the GTS model sporting 360 hp.

All eyes will be on Lexus as it is expected to revive the SC nameplate with a luxury coupe model. Prototypes have been spied testing worldwide in 2015, so it is more than likely that the Japanese automaker will finally introduce something in 2016.

What’s coming?

Expect to see Volvo expand its lineup quickly this year, as well as Aston Martin who is looking to continue building on its recent success. Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW will refresh additional models in their lineup, while Audi will introduce its hot TT RS to the world. In terms of tech, this year will be a big year with more semi-autonomous driving functions heading to production cars. Now that Tesla s autopilot mode has been integrated into the Model S, other automakers will follow with their own versions as we get closer to more self-driving cars.



Toyota Cars: 2016 Toyota Prices, Reviews, Specs #used #car #auctions


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2016 Toyota Cars

Toyota’s products, from the Yaris subcompact car to the Camry sedan to the Land Crusier SUV, have penetrated world markets and achieved major sales success. Other offering, like the Avalon, Venza crossover, Highlander SUV and Sequoia SUV have also done reasonably well, as have the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. Toyota’s Prius leads a range of hybrid vehicles that also includes the Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid. This year bold new versions of the Corolla and RAV4 were introduced with much more style than found in older models.

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Here s the inside scoop on how the Toyota Prius beat the Honda Insight in the hybrid sales war.

These for sale ads looks suspicious

Toyota engineers went to work on the S-FR concept, taking it from a cute sports car to an angry race car.  Toyota let its GAZOO racing division work its magic on the S-FR, installing big fender flares, hood vents, carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and large front and rear spoilers. Thanks to all these

A lot of fun can happen on an ATV, but you ve got to get your toy to the trails first. In the latest installment of our How to Truck series, we ll walk you through the steps required to safety load an ATV into the back of your pickup truck.

Toyota has revealed all the changes coming to the 2016 TRD Pro off-road lineup.



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2016 FIAT Cars

Reintroduced back into the North American marketplace in 2011, Fiat offers four models built on the same theme. The 500 three door hatchback and 500c convertible slot in somewhere between a city car and subcompact while the 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth feature a serious dose of performance thanks to the 160 hp 1.4 L turbocharged engine. This year a four-door five-passenger much larger 500L joins the Fiat line-up.

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The Abarth s many flaws are easily forgiven

The Fiat 500X is a fashion forward cousin to the Jeep Renegade and the newest contender in the subcompact crossover segment. But does all that add up to a product worth paying for?

Who says convertibles are only for sports cars? The Fiat 500c is a drop-top without the seriousness of one.

Fiat inflated its retro-styled Cinquecento small car to create the 500L. It’s a crossover-like vehicle with a spacious cabin and unmistakable styling, but is that all this vehicle has to offer or is there more to the story?

It is the 1960s all over again. Cooper MINIs and 500 Abarths are roaming the streets like a pair of unrefined European hooligans. If you are a car enthusiast originally from across the Pond, the names John Cooper and Carlo Abarth are probably well known. But on our shores, only those with strong cases of

The family-sized 500L brings Fiat funkiness to a larger package, but does the 500L go too far in its quest to be different?



Ford Cars: 2016 Ford Prices, Reviews, Specs #car #jam


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2016 Ford Cars

Perhaps best known for icons like the F-Series truck line and Mustang sports car, Ford has more recently made a major push to down-size its vehicles with cars like the Focus and Fiesta. Smaller engines are also part of the mix with new EcoBoost technology using both direct-injection and turbocharging. The Blue Oval is also trending away from SUVs and towards crossovers, like the Explorer, Esape, Edge and Flex. Hybridsand electric vehicles are also catching on at Ford with the C-Max, Focus EV and Fusion hybrids all gaining popularity.

New Car Finder

The iconic muscle car has been totally redesigned for the new model year and here s how well it performs.

Muscle car wars are alive and well in 2015. But what s the best bang for your buck? The Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE vs Dodge Challenger HEMI 392 Scat Pack Shaker vs Ford Mustang GT?

We take Ford’s new powerful, posh and expensive Explorer Platinum on the great American road trip to see if either are worth it in 2015.

Which car is the better affordable sports car?



Sports Cars, Fast Cars, Cool Cars, Exotic Hot Cars Pictures Specs #touch #up #paint #for #cars


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Sports Cars – Fast Cars – Exotic Cars

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Tips to prevent car theft, safe driving tips, how to save fuel, how to choose the right car, how to keep your old car running like new, hot cars, and more.

To own a beautiful sports car is everybody’s dream, glamorous and thrilling they usually come with a heavy price tag to match, with most models starting in the upper tens of thousands, the coveted, luxury sports cars can surpass a million.

McLaren Super Sports Car – The new McLaren super sports car – MacLaren MP4-12C.

Ford Mustang 2010 – New muscular, sculptured exterior design for the popular sports car.

E85 Viper World Speed Record – New world record for a street car in the standing mile.

2009 Dodge Challenger Video – Detailed video of the brand new super sports car.

2009 Corvette Coupe Video – Detailed video of the Corvette and a nice Porsche Panamera Ride

Audi R8 GT3 Video – The new race sports car from Audi. And the Audi R8 FSI Quattro

Lamborghini Murcielago Video – The glorious Lamborghini Murcielago sports car.

Drag Race with Sports Cars – Drag race between Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 599 GTB, Porsche 911 GT2 and Nissan GT-R.

Tesla Sports Car – Test drive video of the Tesla Roadster electric sports car. George Clooney Has A Tesla . too.

Car Crash Video – An amazing race car crash caught on video. Formula One Car Crash Video

Many more cars and new features coming soon. Stay safe – Don’t drink and drive!



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Model Years and Variations:

There have been three generations of Jeep Wranglers built since 1987, each one an evolution of the last. The model can be considered a successor to the CJ line of Jeeps, which also featured open tops, fold-down windshields, and solid off-road chops. The first Wrangler, known as the YJ, is unique in that it’s the only one to have used rectangular headlights. It was offered from 1987 to 1996 and came with a choice of four- or six-cylinder power and manual or automatic transmissions. Several appearance packages were offered over the production run including the Islander and very popular Renegade models.

The Wrangler is a convertible SUV that’s hard to miss, even with so many on the road. The automotive icon continues to pay homage to the design of WWII military Jeeps and has one of the more recognizable forms in the automotive world. The Wrangler is now available in both short and long wheelbases.

Competitors to the Wrangler continue to be few, with the closest being the Nissan Xterra and the now-deceased Toyota FJ Cruiser and HUMMER H3. GMC is said to be considering a competitor, but it will certainly not have the heritage of Jeep’s legendary off-roader.

MORE: Read our 2016 Jeep Wrangler  review for pricing with options, specifications, and gas mileage ratings.

Beginning in 1997, the utility vehicle got an upgraded suspension design to improve on-road comfort and roadholding, plus new engines to boost power and fuel economy. The so-called “TJ” built from 1997 to 2006 carried on the original two-door soft-top design, with instantly recognizable classic Jeep lines. In 2003, the Wrangler got its most capable production model yet, the Rubicon, named for the famous trail where Jeep tests its creations. And in 2004, a long-wheelbase Unlimited (LJ) model joined the line, bringing a roomier back seat and a little more storage, as well as a somewhat quieter ride thanks to its extended wheelbase.

Numerous upgrades arrived for the 1997–2006 Wrangler, including a return to the round headlights found on CJ models. It also added a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in 2003, the same year the automatic transmission was upgraded from three speeds to four. Trim packages expanded to add the Rubicon, beefed up with stronger front- and rear differentials, a 4:1 low-ratio transfer case and other off-road improvements. The Wrangler Unlimited (“LJ”) extended the wheelbase by 10 inches, offering more cargo room but still just two doors. A limited-production Sahara Edition also debuted in 2005, offering a range of desert-themed appearance upgrades inside and out.

The new Jeep Wrangler

In 2007, the introduction of the “JK” Jeep Wrangler turned the Unlimited into a four-door model with an available hardtop roof. The old AMC in-line six-cylinder engine (which dated all the way back to Rambler days) was replaced with a 205-horsepower, 3.8-liter Chrysler V-6 that year. The two-door model is still available and comes in both hardtop and soft-top versions, and the doors on all models are still removable.

Given its extreme off-road abilities, the Wrangler has never been known for on-road manners, but with this generation the streetability has improved greatly. The long-wheelbase Unlimited provides the best ride of any Wrangler yet, and a series of powertrain and suspension changes have further enhanced things for both models. Both models are larger than before, with greater comfort for passengers and rom for their stuff, and the Wrangler now offers such niceties as power windows and locks with a remote, items only dreamed of before.

Overall, with its classic looks, superior off-road capability and unique packaging, the Jeep Wrangler manages to stay relevant despite continuing largely with tradition. Ride quality, comfort, steering, and even occupant safety might not be up to the standards of some daily road commuters or families, but if you head to the trails on the weekends the Wrangler is king.

You might even be happy with a used Wrangler if you’re a serious trail hound and expect some dents, scrapes, and gouges. Meanwhile, new Jeep Wranglers come priced from less than $24,000 to about $40,000, with the latter being the loaded top-of-the-line Rubicon.

The Wrangler received a heavily revised interior in 2011, with an all-new instrument panel and upgraded materials throughout the cabin—plus better noise insulation. For 2012, Jeep then added its new 285-hp Pentastar V-6 to the Wrangler. Hooked to a stout five-speed automatic or six-speed manual, the new engine yields much quicker acceleration and better responsiveness compared to the 3.8-liter pushrod V-6 it replaced.

The Wrangler received a few additional changes for 2013, limited to comfort and convenience additions like new LED map lighting, interior lighting, and available Alpine speakers. A new easy-lift top mechanism was also introduced for 2013. Jeep also offered a Moab special edition that borrowed much of the Rubicon’s look, but without its front locker and super-low 4:1 ‘creeper’ transfer case–which gave it a more affordable price, too.

Changes for 2015 include the usual new paint colors and trim packages, as well as a new standard eight-speaker audio system, a new nine-speaker system that includes a subwoofer, a package that bundles steel wheels with 31-inch tires for Sport models, and a Torx tool set that’s standard on all models, allowing owners to remove the windshield or doors wherever they are. And for 2016, the Wrangler gained a new Black Bear Edition that includes off-road rock rails, five-spoke black wheels, Silent Armor tires, and some other blacked-out details.

In addition to the standard Sport, Sahara, Willys, and Rubicon models and their variants, the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited are offered in a variety of special-edition packages and models. Currently, those offerings include the military-inspired Freedom edition, the Willys Wheeler, the Rubicon Hard Rock, and the X.

A next-generation Jeep Wrangler is expected for the 2018 model year, and is expected to offer more modern underpinnings throughout—including an available turbo-diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The changes would be aimed at improving the iconic model’s safety and fuel economy, while ensuring that it lives on and retains its rugged capability.

Used Jeep Wrangler Models

The Jeep Wrangler is the world’s only four-wheel-drive convertible SUV. It’s an off-road specialist that attracts hardcore users, so buying one secondhand means knowing more about it than usual. Has it been modified? How often is it taken off-road? Since it’s also popular with first-time drivers, the Wrangler also shows up often on used-car lots in four-cylinder form, or as an Unlimited–a longer-wheelbase model with either two or four doors, depending on the model year.



Minivans Buyers Guide – 2016 Minivan Prices, Reviews and Specs #scion #cars


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2015 Minivan Buyers Guide

Minivans remain the practical choice for families of all sizes, as they continue to offer unmatched utility in an efficient, easy-to-live-with package. Most minivans offer three rows of adult-sized seating that have been cleverly designed to maximize cargo capacity. They may be boring, but nothing matches their utility.

What s New for Minivans in 2016?

Most families with space needs beyond typical a sedan’s capacity opt for a crossover or SUV. Not the market it once was, a few key players continue to carry the minivan torch into the 2016 model year.

But just because choices are limited doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. Ask a parent, coach or really anyone who owns one and you’ll probably hear the same thing: there are times when a van just can’t be beat.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Minivan

Choices are few in the minivan world today. The staple Dodge Grand Caravan still exists, but 2016 will probably be the last year it s sold before it gets discontinued. The Chrysler Town Country, the Dodge s corporate twin, is a more luxurious offering and is still a popular choice. Honda. Toyota, Kia and Nissan still offer minivans as well, with neither the Odyssey, Sienna, Sedona or Quest receiving major changes this year.

What s Coming for Minivans in 2017?



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Cars

A car is a huge investment, so it’s important to get the best one that’s right for you. Whether you’re a parent in need of a bigger car for weekly soccer carpools, or a young adult wanting a zippy sports car, there are a myriad of options to choose from. You may think that buying a new car will be a difficult process, but once you read this guide and use our filters, you’ll find that your decision will be much easier. Consider the following factors when weighing your options:

Price. If you’re buying on a budget, this may be the most significant aspect for you. Keep in mind that there are five different financial factors that influence the price of a vehicle—the down payment or upfront cost, monthly payment, sales tax, registration fees, and insurance premiums—so make sure to calculate in these figures when determining if a car is within your budget range.

Space. It is also important to think about the amount of space and cargo you need. If you have a big family, a mini-van’s third passenger row might be necessary. Or, if you have a boat, you’ll need a truck with towing capabilities.

Type of Transmission. An additional element to consider is whether you would prefer a stick (clutch) to an automatic transmission. While an automatic is easier to drive, a manual transmission is cheaper and requires less maintenance. See the box below for more information regarding the differences between manual and automatic transmission. (Primary filters: Drive type, Horsepower, Transmission.)

After you’ve narrowed down your choices to a short list of cars that meet your requirements, do a side-by-side comparison to see how they stack up against one another. Once you have a few promising candidates, it’s time to go for the test drive!



Toyota Cars: 2016 Toyota Prices, Reviews, Specs #cheap #car #rental


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2016 Toyota Cars

Toyota’s products, from the Yaris subcompact car to the Camry sedan to the Land Crusier SUV, have penetrated world markets and achieved major sales success. Other offering, like the Avalon, Venza crossover, Highlander SUV and Sequoia SUV have also done reasonably well, as have the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. Toyota’s Prius leads a range of hybrid vehicles that also includes the Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid. This year bold new versions of the Corolla and RAV4 were introduced with much more style than found in older models.

New Car Finder

Find Your Local Toyota Dealer

Here s the inside scoop on how the Toyota Prius beat the Honda Insight in the hybrid sales war.

These for sale ads looks suspicious

Toyota engineers went to work on the S-FR concept, taking it from a cute sports car to an angry race car.  Toyota let its GAZOO racing division work its magic on the S-FR, installing big fender flares, hood vents, carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and large front and rear spoilers. Thanks to all these

A lot of fun can happen on an ATV, but you ve got to get your toy to the trails first. In the latest installment of our How to Truck series, we ll walk you through the steps required to safety load an ATV into the back of your pickup truck.

Toyota has revealed all the changes coming to the 2016 TRD Pro off-road lineup.



Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs: UPDATED #car #auctions #sydney


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Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs: UPDATED

It’s a hot topic whenever anyone mentions electric cars: pricing.

Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.

But what do today’s electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We’ve gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.

The prices do not include any local or federal tax incentives or rebates–so many cars here may be available cheaper, for those eligible for specific credits or rebates.

MPGe figures listed below refer to the cars’ electric efficiency, unless otherwise stated.

16 kWh battery, 62 miles (EPA), 112 MPGe, 49 kW motor

Mitsubishi’s jellybean-style electric car has never been a strong seller in the U.S, but the Japanese automaker recently slashed its pricing, making it the cheapest electric vehicle on the market. You’re still saddled with low performance and those unusual looks, but some owners could drive from a dealership having paid less than $16,000 for their i-MiEV, if they’re able to maximize their use of incentives.

17.6 kWh battery, 68 miles (EPA), 107 MPGe, 55 kW motor

Smart’s Fortwo Electric Drive is one of the cheapest new electric cars on the market. You only get two seats, but you also get rid of the gasoline car’s jerky transmission. There’s enough power to make good progress now, and if you’re able to benefit from incentives, the price starts to look quite tempting. Convertible models are an extra $3,000 but top-down electric driving is a wholly pleasant experience.

18.4 kWh battery, 82 miles (EPA), 119 MPGe, 105 kW motor

Chevrolet has put the same effort into its diminutive Spark as it did the Volt, and has managed to improve the aerodynamics and interior to match the Spark’s electric aspirations. With huge torque on offer, performance is strong and the Spark EV is good fun to drive.

24 kWh battery, 84 miles (EPA), 114 MPGe, 80 kW motor

The Leaf is one of the better-known electric cars. While sales haven’t matched Nissan’s expectations and there have been issues with battery degradation in hot weather, the Leaf is still one of the most usable electric cars on the market. 2013’s price drop made the Leaf one of the more affordable electric cars on the market.

5.2 kWh battery, 11 miles (EPA blended), 6 miles (EPA all-EV), 95 MPGe, 60 kW motor (134-hp combined)

The Prius Plug-In is a little off the pace technologically these days, but its similarity to the regular, familiar hybrid means it’s ideal for drivers trading up from a regular Prius. The short all-electric range is disappointing to some–but in terms of sales, it’s actually one of the better-selling plug-ins around.

24 kWh battery, 87 miles (EPA), 116 MPGe, 83 kW motor

Fiat’s 500e electric car may be a mere “compliance car “, but the engineers have done a great job–it’s nippy, fun to drive and probably a better vehicle than the gasoline version. Limited availability is a hindrance, though, and the price is pretty steep for such a small car. Oh, and Fiat’s boss would prefer you didn’t buy one–it’s costing him money.

7.6 kWh battery, 20 miles (EPA), 88 MPGe, 88 kW motor (195-hp combined)

Ford’s first plug-in hybrid challenger mixes good performance with impressive efficiency in electric mode. Like the Toyota Prius V, it’s a practical vehicle too, ready to handle everything family life can throw at it.

17.1 kWh battery, 38 miles (EPA), 98 MPGe, 111 kW motor

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt is on its way out as Chevy prepares to launch an all-new 2016 model in the second half of this year. Production is set to wind down soon in anticipation of the new model, but the current Volt has still been one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the U.S. over the past four years.



FIAT Cars: 2016 FIAT Prices, Reviews, Specs #car #blue #book


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2016 FIAT Cars

Reintroduced back into the North American marketplace in 2011, Fiat offers four models built on the same theme. The 500 three door hatchback and 500c convertible slot in somewhere between a city car and subcompact while the 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth feature a serious dose of performance thanks to the 160 hp 1.4 L turbocharged engine. This year a four-door five-passenger much larger 500L joins the Fiat line-up.

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The Abarth s many flaws are easily forgiven

The Fiat 500X is a fashion forward cousin to the Jeep Renegade and the newest contender in the subcompact crossover segment. But does all that add up to a product worth paying for?

Who says convertibles are only for sports cars? The Fiat 500c is a drop-top without the seriousness of one.

Fiat inflated its retro-styled Cinquecento small car to create the 500L. It’s a crossover-like vehicle with a spacious cabin and unmistakable styling, but is that all this vehicle has to offer or is there more to the story?

It is the 1960s all over again. Cooper MINIs and 500 Abarths are roaming the streets like a pair of unrefined European hooligans. If you are a car enthusiast originally from across the Pond, the names John Cooper and Carlo Abarth are probably well known. But on our shores, only those with strong cases of

The family-sized 500L brings Fiat funkiness to a larger package, but does the 500L go too far in its quest to be different?



Nissan Leaf Reviews – Nissan Leaf Price, Photos, and Specs – Car and Driver #cheapest #car #insurance #for #young #drivers


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2013 Nissan Leaf SL

Fourth place: Field of Dreams.

2016 Nissan Leaf Nissan Leaf 2016 2.0 1.0 5.0

The only car here sold exclusively as an electric should ace this test, right? Nissan s expensive and risky clean-sheet approach should give it no excuses for falling short of outright total domination. And indeed, the Leaf does a lot of things very well.

Push the blue button on the steering wheel and the nav display handily shows your range in concentric circles on the map, the larger one a one-way trip, the smaller for a round trip. Push it again to be shown the nearest charging stations. The center screen also can show you current energy consumption by both the drive motor and the car s auxiliary systems (the Fit and Spark also have a version of this), plus a full menu of energy data, from your consumption history to your recharge times based on several levels of charging power.

No question, the Leaf s creators fretted over its EV-centric details, even if the baggy styling could use a little work. The real problem for us is that the Leaf isn t as composed as the Focus and the Fit, and it isn t much fun to drive.

The Smart s last-place finish isn t the result of some grudge against tiny vehicles, even ones that look like Willy Wonka s car if Willy Wonka ran a Ukrainian cathouse. We totally buy the concept of the Smart, even applaud the former DaimlerChrysler for first putting it into production way back in 1998. We just don t buy its execution. In striving so earnestly to be different, Smart forgot to make a good car.

The handling is just bizarre. The steering is epically slow, and it s nearly impossible to take a clean line through a corner as the front and rear ends quibble over which way to go. From overhead, your path would look octagonal. Heading straight down a highway, your senses are prodded to confusion by strange side forces as the car stumbles over bumps and suddenly gets the wiggles for no obvious reason. The floor-mounted brake pedal is abrupt. Even if you never leave the city, where the Smart is designed to thrive, you ll still live in fear of hard stops, hard rights, and curved on-ramps.



Minivans Buyers Guide – 2016 Minivan Prices, Reviews and Specs #smart #car


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2015 Minivan Buyers Guide

Minivans remain the practical choice for families of all sizes, as they continue to offer unmatched utility in an efficient, easy-to-live-with package. Most minivans offer three rows of adult-sized seating that have been cleverly designed to maximize cargo capacity. They may be boring, but nothing matches their utility.

What s New for Minivans in 2016?

Most families with space needs beyond typical a sedan’s capacity opt for a crossover or SUV. Not the market it once was, a few key players continue to carry the minivan torch into the 2016 model year.

But just because choices are limited doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. Ask a parent, coach or really anyone who owns one and you’ll probably hear the same thing: there are times when a van just can’t be beat.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Minivan

Choices are few in the minivan world today. The staple Dodge Grand Caravan still exists, but 2016 will probably be the last year it s sold before it gets discontinued. The Chrysler Town Country, the Dodge s corporate twin, is a more luxurious offering and is still a popular choice. Honda. Toyota, Kia and Nissan still offer minivans as well, with neither the Odyssey, Sienna, Sedona or Quest receiving major changes this year.

What s Coming for Minivans in 2017?



Luxury Cars Buyers Guide – 2016 Luxury Car Prices, Reviews and Specs #car #sales.com


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2015 Luxury Cars Buyers Guide

The luxury market is getting bigger and better with more offerings in various segments for 2016. There are also numerous models getting major updates for the 2016 model year while some automakers are expanding new additions to their lineups.

What’s New for Luxury Cars This Year?

In 2015, we saw several luxury automakers step into the crossover and SUV segment. Jaguar for example, unveiled the production F-Pace while the Bentley Bentayga made its official debut. In addition, Range Rover introduced an Evoque convertible model while the Tesla Model X finally went into production and into the hands of customers.

For 2016, we ll be treated with Hyundai s new luxury Genesis sub-brand, with the G90 replacing the outgoing Equus. Compact crossover shoppers can also check out the Infiniti QX30, which made its debut at the 2015 L.A. Auto Show.

Then there is of course, the Alfa Romeo Giulia that will be available in a Quadrifoglio model packing 505 horsepower from a Ferrari-sourced 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. With a price tag of around $70,000 and touting the Nurburgring record for production four-door sedan, the Giulia could be the luxury sports car enthusiasts will flock to.

Other models have gotten some minor updates, like the Mercedes-Benz SL that received a facelift in time for the 2015 L.A. Auto Show. Mercedes will follow it up with the debut of the new E-Class sedan, while Volvo continues its resurgence with a new S90 model.

Cadillac will usher in a new series of crossovers in 2016, starting with its new XT5. The Porsche Panamera will also get a redesign while Macan shoppers can now opt for the GTS model sporting 360 hp.

All eyes will be on Lexus as it is expected to revive the SC nameplate with a luxury coupe model. Prototypes have been spied testing worldwide in 2015, so it is more than likely that the Japanese automaker will finally introduce something in 2016.

What’s coming?

Expect to see Volvo expand its lineup quickly this year, as well as Aston Martin who is looking to continue building on its recent success. Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW will refresh additional models in their lineup, while Audi will introduce its hot TT RS to the world. In terms of tech, this year will be a big year with more semi-autonomous driving functions heading to production cars. Now that Tesla s autopilot mode has been integrated into the Model S, other automakers will follow with their own versions as we get closer to more self-driving cars.



Compare Cars by Price, Specs, Reviews #value #of #my #car


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Cars

A car is a huge investment, so it’s important to get the best one that’s right for you. Whether you’re a parent in need of a bigger car for weekly soccer carpools, or a young adult wanting a zippy sports car, there are a myriad of options to choose from. You may think that buying a new car will be a difficult process, but once you read this guide and use our filters, you’ll find that your decision will be much easier. Consider the following factors when weighing your options:

Price. If you’re buying on a budget, this may be the most significant aspect for you. Keep in mind that there are five different financial factors that influence the price of a vehicle—the down payment or upfront cost, monthly payment, sales tax, registration fees, and insurance premiums—so make sure to calculate in these figures when determining if a car is within your budget range.

Space. It is also important to think about the amount of space and cargo you need. If you have a big family, a mini-van’s third passenger row might be necessary. Or, if you have a boat, you’ll need a truck with towing capabilities.

Type of Transmission. An additional element to consider is whether you would prefer a stick (clutch) to an automatic transmission. While an automatic is easier to drive, a manual transmission is cheaper and requires less maintenance. See the box below for more information regarding the differences between manual and automatic transmission. (Primary filters: Drive type, Horsepower, Transmission.)

After you’ve narrowed down your choices to a short list of cars that meet your requirements, do a side-by-side comparison to see how they stack up against one another. Once you have a few promising candidates, it’s time to go for the test drive!



Toyota Cars: 2016 Toyota Prices, Reviews, Specs #car #scrappage


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2016 Toyota Cars

Toyota’s products, from the Yaris subcompact car to the Camry sedan to the Land Crusier SUV, have penetrated world markets and achieved major sales success. Other offering, like the Avalon, Venza crossover, Highlander SUV and Sequoia SUV have also done reasonably well, as have the Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. Toyota’s Prius leads a range of hybrid vehicles that also includes the Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid. This year bold new versions of the Corolla and RAV4 were introduced with much more style than found in older models.

New Car Finder

Find Your Local Toyota Dealer

Here s the inside scoop on how the Toyota Prius beat the Honda Insight in the hybrid sales war.

These for sale ads looks suspicious

Toyota engineers went to work on the S-FR concept, taking it from a cute sports car to an angry race car.  Toyota let its GAZOO racing division work its magic on the S-FR, installing big fender flares, hood vents, carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and large front and rear spoilers. Thanks to all these

A lot of fun can happen on an ATV, but you ve got to get your toy to the trails first. In the latest installment of our How to Truck series, we ll walk you through the steps required to safety load an ATV into the back of your pickup truck.

Toyota has revealed all the changes coming to the 2016 TRD Pro off-road lineup.



Best Portable Car Battery Charger: Specs and Prices to Consider #used #cars #for #sale


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Best Portable Car Battery Charger: Specs and Prices to Consider

January 27, 2012

When looking for a portable car battery charger. before deciding on a specific charger, you need to determine what your needs may be and whether or not you want a corded version. In the following paragraphs, you will be presented with the best versions of each type.

Corded Portable Chargers

If your battery is very low, you will need a corded portable battery charger. Schumacher makes some of the best portable corded battery chargers on the market. With output levels of up to 50 amps to ensure you are able to fully recharge the car battery and ensure optimal car battery life. The low level charge rate of 10 Amps is capable of providing the deep charge required to make sure the battery has the most amount of charge possible, which ensures optimal car battery life. Another type of charger is the trickle charger. This type of charger has a charge rate of 1 to 2 Amps. This ultra low charge rate ensures that the car’s battery is kept fully charged, which also ensures the longest possible car battery life. Average prices for Schumacher battery chargers will be based on the output levels of the particular charger. Trickle chargers will cost between $20 and $50 dollars, depending on extra features, like output selection and selectable 6, 12 or 24 volt output. Higher output battery chargers will be slightly more expensive, being between $30 and $80, for outputs up to 50 Amps. A corded portable battery charger is required if your battery is extremely discharged. This is because they receive their power from a constant electrical power source.

Cordless Portable Chargers

Cordless portable battery chargers are also known as either battery boosters or jump start boxes. This is because instead of being powered by an electrical cord plugged into a power outlet, they have a high current battery in the enclosure which provides the boost required to start your car’s engine. This type of charger or booster is also classified by the current output it is capable of delivering. Duralast makes some of the most popular battery boosters, with most car dealerships using them to start cars on their lots with dead batteries. Prices on this class of charger/booster also depend on the output they are capable of. A 7 Ah booster from Duralast will cost on average between $35 and $50. Additionally, Duralast makes an Extreme Duty 700 Amp booster/charger that is capable of supplying a peak of 900 Amps instantaneously with a cost of between $70 and $90, depending on where you buy it and your geographic location. The most convenient feature of this type of booster/charger is that you can charge it up at home or work and put it in your trunk for later use on the road, or when you’re away from an AC electrical source.

The preceding paragraphs describe the differences between corded and cordless portable car battery chargers and average prices for them.

Related Questions and Answers

Is the Car Battery Tender Different from other Car Battery Chargers?

A car battery tender is a charger that will charge your battery, and then automatically switch to a float charge mode when required. Battery tenders will ensure that your batteries are also charged over long period of inactivity by supplying low voltage float charges over a long period of time. In short, a battery tender charges, maintains the charge and prevents the battery from overcharging as compared to a trickle charger. Trickle chargers cannot control the voltage of the battery after it has become fully charged. They do increase it up to 20 volts or more, which can create gassing inside the battery, making it dangerous.

Do You Have to Get a Battery Charger Dependent on the Car Battery Group Size?

Usually when you buy a car battery, the particular car battery group size is printed on the side of it, or on the top. Please check you are getting the right battery charger for the particular battery size. There are several different kinds of batteries, and mixing them up with different chargers can be dangerous. If you have a matched set of chargers and battery sizes, then you can do the charging yourself. Almost all car makers provide chargers that will charge their entire range of batteries no matter what size. If in doubt, check the manufacturer’s instructions and hand the battery over to a garage to get it charged.

Is a Car Battery Conditioner a Good Alternative to a Car Battery Charger?

Car battery conditioners are useful in reducing sulfation inside your battery. These devices are simple machines that can reduce the sulfur content inside the battery that are usually responsible for the battery dying out when it’s stored for a long period of time. If you use a battery conditioner, the device will charge your car battery and reduce accumulated sulfur inside and even in older batteries. A good car conditioner will also maintain the charge of your battery and prevent any future sulfation inside the newly charged battery. There are cheap and expensive models in the market and you can choose the right one you want.



FIAT Cars: 2016 FIAT Prices, Reviews, Specs #car #id


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2016 FIAT Cars

Reintroduced back into the North American marketplace in 2011, Fiat offers four models built on the same theme. The 500 three door hatchback and 500c convertible slot in somewhere between a city car and subcompact while the 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth feature a serious dose of performance thanks to the 160 hp 1.4 L turbocharged engine. This year a four-door five-passenger much larger 500L joins the Fiat line-up.

New Car Finder

The Abarth s many flaws are easily forgiven

The Fiat 500X is a fashion forward cousin to the Jeep Renegade and the newest contender in the subcompact crossover segment. But does all that add up to a product worth paying for?

Who says convertibles are only for sports cars? The Fiat 500c is a drop-top without the seriousness of one.

Fiat inflated its retro-styled Cinquecento small car to create the 500L. It’s a crossover-like vehicle with a spacious cabin and unmistakable styling, but is that all this vehicle has to offer or is there more to the story?

It is the 1960s all over again. Cooper MINIs and 500 Abarths are roaming the streets like a pair of unrefined European hooligans. If you are a car enthusiast originally from across the Pond, the names John Cooper and Carlo Abarth are probably well known. But on our shores, only those with strong cases of

The family-sized 500L brings Fiat funkiness to a larger package, but does the 500L go too far in its quest to be different?



Nissan Leaf Reviews – Nissan Leaf Price, Photos, and Specs – Car and Driver #automobile


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2013 Nissan Leaf SL

Fourth place: Field of Dreams.

2016 Nissan Leaf Nissan Leaf 2016 2.0 1.0 5.0

The only car here sold exclusively as an electric should ace this test, right? Nissan s expensive and risky clean-sheet approach should give it no excuses for falling short of outright total domination. And indeed, the Leaf does a lot of things very well.

Push the blue button on the steering wheel and the nav display handily shows your range in concentric circles on the map, the larger one a one-way trip, the smaller for a round trip. Push it again to be shown the nearest charging stations. The center screen also can show you current energy consumption by both the drive motor and the car s auxiliary systems (the Fit and Spark also have a version of this), plus a full menu of energy data, from your consumption history to your recharge times based on several levels of charging power.

No question, the Leaf s creators fretted over its EV-centric details, even if the baggy styling could use a little work. The real problem for us is that the Leaf isn t as composed as the Focus and the Fit, and it isn t much fun to drive.

The Smart s last-place finish isn t the result of some grudge against tiny vehicles, even ones that look like Willy Wonka s car if Willy Wonka ran a Ukrainian cathouse. We totally buy the concept of the Smart, even applaud the former DaimlerChrysler for first putting it into production way back in 1998. We just don t buy its execution. In striving so earnestly to be different, Smart forgot to make a good car.

The handling is just bizarre. The steering is epically slow, and it s nearly impossible to take a clean line through a corner as the front and rear ends quibble over which way to go. From overhead, your path would look octagonal. Heading straight down a highway, your senses are prodded to confusion by strange side forces as the car stumbles over bumps and suddenly gets the wiggles for no obvious reason. The floor-mounted brake pedal is abrupt. Even if you never leave the city, where the Smart is designed to thrive, you ll still live in fear of hard stops, hard rights, and curved on-ramps.



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Tips to prevent car theft, safe driving tips, how to save fuel, how to choose the right car, how to keep your old car running like new, hot cars, and more.

To own a beautiful sports car is everybody’s dream, glamorous and thrilling they usually come with a heavy price tag to match, with most models starting in the upper tens of thousands, the coveted, luxury sports cars can surpass a million.

McLaren Super Sports Car – The new McLaren super sports car – MacLaren MP4-12C.

Ford Mustang 2010 – New muscular, sculptured exterior design for the popular sports car.

E85 Viper World Speed Record – New world record for a street car in the standing mile.

2009 Dodge Challenger Video – Detailed video of the brand new super sports car.

2009 Corvette Coupe Video – Detailed video of the Corvette and a nice Porsche Panamera Ride

Audi R8 GT3 Video – The new race sports car from Audi. And the Audi R8 FSI Quattro

Lamborghini Murcielago Video – The glorious Lamborghini Murcielago sports car.

Drag Race with Sports Cars – Drag race between Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 599 GTB, Porsche 911 GT2 and Nissan GT-R.

Tesla Sports Car – Test drive video of the Tesla Roadster electric sports car. George Clooney Has A Tesla . too.

Car Crash Video – An amazing race car crash caught on video. Formula One Car Crash Video

Many more cars and new features coming soon. Stay safe – Don’t drink and drive!



Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car – Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED


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Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car & Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED

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2013 Audi TDI range

Diesel cars may keep a lower profile than hybrids or battery-electrics, but they’re a good option for drivers looking to reliably save fuel.

Many efficiency-focused gasoline cars and some hybrids have achieved stellar window-sticker fuel-economy ratings, only to fall short in the real world.

Diesels generally don’t have that problem. In fact, they’ve been known to exceed EPA-rated highway figures in regular driving.

Thanks to mandated particulate filters and urea injection, today’s diesels are also much cleaner than the soot-spewing models many American drivers remember from decades ago.

Below is the Green Car Reports guide to every 2015 and 2016 model-year diesel car and truck on sale in the U.S. with full powertrain specs and fuel economy for each.

2015 Audi A3 TDI, New York City, Nov 2014

The Volkswagen Group is very enthusiastic about diesels, something that’s immediately apparent from looking at the lineup of its luxury Audi brand.

Starting from the bottom, the 2015 Audi A3 TDI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are mandatory with the diesel, which gets an EPA-rated 36 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway).

Next up are the mechanically-similar A6 TDI and A7 TDI, both of which use a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with 240 hp and 428 lb-ft.

Both models are offered solely with an eight-speed automatic and quattro all-wheel drive, and get the same 29 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 38 mpg highway).

2015 Audi A8 L

Audi also offers the same powertrain in the larger A8 sedan, which loses 1 mpg in the combined and 2 mpg in the highway category to its smaller siblings.

The Q5 and Q7 SUVs share the six-cylinder powertrain as well, although the Q7 is only rated at 406 lb-ft of torque. They return 27 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway) and 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway), respectively.

Note that an all-new Q7 TDI is due for the 2016 model year, with an upgraded 3.0-liter V-6 expected to produce 272 hp and 443 lb-ft.

The Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid variant will feature a diesel engine, although recent reports claim the U.S. version will get gasoline power instead.

2015 BMW X5

BMW offers a wide array of diesels, including three sizes of sedan, two sizes of SUV, and even a station wagon.

That last model is the 328d Sports Wagon which, along with the 328d sedan, uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

The sedan is available with either rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, while the wagon is all-wheel drive only. An eight-speed automatic is mandatory on all models.

The rear-wheel drive 328d sedan returns 37 mpg combined (32 mpg city, 45 mpg highway), while the all-wheel drive sedan and wagon return 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway).

2015 BMW 328d sedan and Sports Wagon

In the middle of the sedan lineup sits the 535d, with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 255 hp and 413 lb-ft. As in the 328d sedan, an eight-speed automatic is paired with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The former gets 30 mpg combined (26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway), while the latter loses 1 mpg in the highway category.

There’s also a larger 740Ld xDrive that uses the same powertrain as the 535d xDrive, with mileage reduced to 26 mpg combined (23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway).

In addition, diesel versions of the X3 and X5 SUVs share powertrains with the 3 Series and 5 series respectively. All-wheel drive is mandatory for both.

The 2015 X3 xDrive 28d is rated at 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway), while the X5 xDrive 35d is rated at 27 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway).



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