Compact Cars, Hatchbacks, Reviews, Suzuki »

13 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 3,352 views
2010 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Model: Suzuki SX4 SportBack
Engine: 2.0-literf DOHC I4
Horsepower/Torque: 150 hp @ 6,200 rpm/140 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 98.4 in.
Length/Width/Height: 162.8 x 69.1 x 62.2 in.
Tires: P205/50R17
Cargo volume: 15.5/43 cu. ft. (rear seat backs up/down)
Fuel economy: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/19.2 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gal.
Curb weight: 2,723 lbs.
Sticker: $18,513 ( $524 in options, no destination charge)

The Bottom Line: The SX4 SportBack is a small boxy “crossover” with a buzzy engine that does little to enhance Suzuki’s improving reputation.

Suzuki earned …

Cadillac, Luxury Cars, Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

13 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 2,431 views
2010 Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium

Model: Cadillac SRX Turbo AWD Premium
Engine: 2.8-liter turbocharged V6
Horsepower/Torque: 300hp @ 5,500 rpm/295 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 110.5 in.
Length/Width/Height: 190.3 x 75.2 x 65.7 in.
Tires: P235/55R20
Cargo volume: 29.2/61/2 cu. ft. (rear seat backs up/down)
Fuel economy: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Fuel capacity: 21.0 gal.
Curb weight: 4,307 lbs.
Sticker: $53,480 (includes $825 destination charge and $1,295 in options (rear seat entertainment system))

The Bottom Line: Cadillac’s smaller entry into the SUV market is a winner. Besides its traditional Cadillac tail fins, the …

Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers, Toyota »

10 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 2,097 views
2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LTD

Model: Toyota Highlander Hybrid LTD
Engine: 3.3-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque: 209 hp @ 5,600 rpm/212 lb-ft. @ 3,600 rpm + 167 hp @ 4,500 rpm and 247 lb.-ft. @ 0-1,500 rpm for electric motor
Transmission: Electronic CVT
Wheelbase: 109.8 in.
Length/Width/Height: 188.4 x 42.3 x 69.3 in.
Tires: P245/55R19 (full-size spare)
Cargo volume: 10.3/42.3/94.1 cu. ft. (behind 3rd row/behind 2nd row/behind 1st row)
Fuel economy: 27 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21.2 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 17.2 gal.
Curb weight: 4,641 lbs.
Sticker: $46,174 (includes $800 delivery charge and $5,054 in options)

The Bottom Line: …

audi, Reviews, Sports Sedans »

30 May 2010 | No Comment | 3,614 views
2010 Audi S5 Quattro

Model: Audi S5 quattro
Engine: 4.2-liter DOHC V8
Horsepower/Torque: 354 hp @ 7,000 rpm/325 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic
Wheelbase: 108.3 in.
Length/Width/Height: 182.5 x 78.0 x 53.9 in.
Tires: P255/35R19
Cargo volume: 12.0 cu. ft.
Fuel economy: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway/22.8 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 16.6 gal.
Curb weight: 3,924 lbs
Sticker: $66,350 (includes $825 destination charge and $11,925 in options)

The Bottom Line: All the Audi goodies in a powerful package with great styling. Even though it’s a coupe, it has plenty of room and …

Chevrolet, Reviews, Sports Cars »

30 May 2010 | No Comment | 2,342 views
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Model: Chevrolet Camaro SS
Engine: 6.2-liter V8
Horsepower/Torque: 426 hp @ 5,900 rpm/400 lb.-ft. @ 5,900 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 112.3 in.
Length/Width/Height: 190.4 x 75.5 x 54.2 in.
Tires: P245/45ZR20 (F)/P275/40ZR20 (R)
Cargo volume: 11.3 cu. ft.
Fuel economy: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway/17.3 mpg test
Fuel capacity: NA
Curb weight: 3,849 lbs.
Sticker: $30,995 base

The Bottom Line: The ultimate Camaro is the SS, which should compete well with the Mustang GT and dodge Challenger. It has all the ingredients – power, looks, performance – in a retro design …

audi, Luxury Cars, Reviews, Sports Sedans »

19 May 2010 | No Comment | 2,694 views
Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro MT6

Model: Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro MT6
Engine: 2.0-liter TFSI DO”HC turbocharged four
Horsepower/Torque: 211 hp @ 4,300-6,000 rpm/258 lb.-ft. @ 1,500-4,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 110.6 in.
Length/Width/Height: 185.2 x 71.9 x 56.2 in.
Tires: P245/40R18
Cargo volume: 12.0 cu. ft.
Fuel economy: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
Fuel capacity: 17.2 gal.
Curb weight: 3,704 lbs.
Sticker: $38,255 (includes $825 destination charge and $5,080 in options)

The Bottom Line: The A4 maybe near the bottom of Audi’s line of cars, station wagons and SUVs, but it isn’t at the bottom …

Chevrolet, Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

19 May 2010 | No Comment | 2,454 views
2010 Chevy Traverse AWD

SPECIFICATIONS

Model: Chevrolet Traverse AWD LTZ
Engine: 3.6-liter SIDI V6
Horsepower/Torque: 288 hp @ 6,300 rpm/270 lb.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 118.9 in.
Length/Width/Height: 205.0 x 78.4 x 72.8 in.
Tires: P255/55R20
Cargo volume: 24.4/68.8/116.4 cu. ft. (3rd row seats up, 3rd row seats down, 2nd and 3rd row seats down)
Fuel economy: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/14.3 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 22.0 gal.
Curb weight:4,925 lbs.
Sticker: $42,675 ( includes $775 destination charge and $1,915 total options ($1,445 rear seat entertainment, $395 red jewel tintcoat, $75 engine block …

Luxury Cars, Range Rover, Reviews, Sports Utility Vehicles / Crossovers »

12 May 2010 | No Comment | 8,575 views
2010 Range Rover Sport HSE

SPECIFICATIONS

Model: Range Rover Sport HSE
Engine: 5.0-liter V8
Horsepower/Torque: 375 hp @ 6,500 rpm/375 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Command Shift
Wheelbase: 108.1 in.
Length/Width/Height: 188.5 x 75.9 x 71.5 in.
Tires: 275/40YR20 (temporary spare)
Cargo volume: 33.8/71.0 cu. ft. (rear seat backs up/down)
Fuel economy: 12 mpg city/17 mpg highway/13.5 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 23.3 gal.
Curb weight: 5,540 lbs.
Sticker: $70,845 (includes $850 inland transportation charge and $9,350 in options)

The Bottom Line: The Range Rover is so much more capable than just about any other SUV …

Buick, Family Sedans, Films, Reviews »

31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,278 views
2010 Buick LaCrosse AWDCXL

The Bottom Line: LaCrosse, like all good Buicks, is a grey hair car. Check any Park Avenue on the road and it’s probably silver and the driver has silver hair. LaCrosse should shift that demographic down a bit. It’s super styling, great performance and comfort won’t turn away the grey hairs and should attract buyers with darker hair as well.

Mitsubishi, Reviews, Sports Cars »

21 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 3,528 views
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

SPECIFICATIONS

Model: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Touring
Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged four
Horsepower/Torque: 291 hp @ 6,100 rpm/300 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manual mode
Wheelbase: 104.3 in.
Length/Width/Height: 177.0 x 71.3 x 58.3 in.
Tires: P245/40R18
Cargo volume: 6.9 cubic feet
Fuel economy: 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway/17.2 mpg test
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gal.
Sticker: $43,959 (includes $720 destination/handling charge and $2,249 in options (special paint and navigation system))

The Bottom Line: If this is evolution, what have we evolved from? The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (or Evo) is obviously …

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