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Toyota Camry 2012 – A Review

Toyota Camry 2012

Toyota Camry 2012

The Japanese auto giant has beguiled the markets once again, this time with the inception of an enhanced version of the Toyota Camry. The Toyota Camry 2012 has thoroughly vivified the sedan segment of the automobile market and has come at a time when the competition is escalating to raging levels. The new Toyota Camry was released on the 23rd of August 2011 and upon being subject to further improvements, was re-launched in 2012. It hit the markets of several countries at the same time. The car comes with stupefying interior design features and looks.

Toyota has always been one of the most sought after auto companies in the world for its creativity in car structure and design. From the interior features to the exterior design, the speed, performance and everything else has been spectacular and the company has strived relentlessly to integrate every exciting feature that would allow a car to best suit present needs. This time, the company has launched another marvel, the Toyota Camry 2012.

The Mechanics and Performance:

The Camry comes with a 4 cylinder V6 engine that is capable of generating an engine power of nearly 178 Horse Power. The hybrid model of the vehicle is equipped with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine, capable of running at 200 HP. The spotless electro-hydraulic steering system of the vehicle is all that you would need to enjoy the ride of your life. The vehicle is fitted with a six speed auto transmission system. All the models, including the hybrid one come with the similar 6 speed auto transmission system. The car can go from 0 to 60mph in about 12-13 seconds. It delivers a mileage of 39 mpg on city roads and 41 mpg on the highway. The four wheel independent suspension makes riding as smooth as you can expect. The fuel tank capacity is 17 gal and the vehicle runs on regular unleaded fuel.

Interior Design 

2012 Toyota Camry

2012 Toyota Camry

The 5-seater vehicle comes with exquisite leather seats that are manufactured in Japan. The leather is either locally manufactured or imported from India. The layout of the seats and the craftsmanship involved is simply stunning. The interior of the 2012 Camry is slightly larger than the 2011 version of the vehicle. The music system is a 10 CD changer audio system. The vehicle also comes with awesome sound systems and has a USB port as well. Also included is a BLU logic hands free system. Other noted features that are part of the interiors include satellite radio, mp3 player, state of the art seat covers and GPS navigation system. The power steering makes vehicle control very easy. The car also comes with a 12v front power supply.

The Exteriors

The new Toyota Camry comes with an elegant external finish and is a thorough treat to the eyes without a doubt. The Camry has a width, height and length of 71.5, 58 and 189.2 inches respectively. The ground clearance of the vehicle is about 6 inches, perfect for almost any type of road. The front and rear tracks measure about 63 and 62 inches respectively. The wheelbase measures 109 inches and the overall weight of the vehicle is close to 4600 pounds. The P205 94S all-season tires come with wheel covers and can withstand the highest levels of stress. The steel wheels measure 16×6.5 inches.

Safety

Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry comes with a 10 air bag safety mechanism that ensures the highest levels of safety. The disc brakes with hydraulic brake boosters both in the front and the rear sides of the vehicle allows for effective breaking. The car comes with 4 head airbags as well. Toyota has also equipped the new Camry with superb engine immobilizers and emergency braking systems. The passenger and driver head restraint whiplash protection systems contribute extensively towards optimum safety. It is also fitted with an emergency interior trunk release. The car is very much in contention for making the list of safest luxury cars in the international markets.

The Ride

The car has a refined luxury quotient and is the smoothest ride you could ever experience on a sedan of this class. Its immaculate suspension and braking systems coupled with superb acceleration and control make it the perfect choice. The cruise controls on the steering wheel are incredible.

The Toyota Camry 2012 comes with a price tag of USD 21,900. With incredible after sales services extended by Toyota, the Toyota Camry 2012 is by far the perfect choice for those who are looking out for the perfect sedan.

 

How the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 Stands Out – Review

Volvo S60

Volvo S60

The recently showcased 2013 Volvo S60 T5 is all set to give a tough competition to other models belonging to the luxurious sports sedan category. This latest offering from the Swedish car manufacturer brings in a combination of style, comfort and performance blended together to give an extra edge to this model. This sporty sedan does not fail to impress you a bit even at high altitudes and this speaks volumes about its powertrain.

 

The Mechanics

The 2013 Volvo S60 T5 is powered with an all-wheel-drive feature that takes it to another level. With the inclusion of the Haldex AWD of the fifth generation, the S60 T5 guarantees a smooth drive even on snowy terrains. This upgraded AWD is almost 5 pounds lighter than the earlier ones and this in turn enhances the fuel efficacy. Although this AWD feature adds an extra $2000 to the overall cost, it is still a good bargain.

The engine with 5 cylinder capacity is turbocharged to generate 250 horsepower and

Volvo S60

Volvo S60

create a torque of 266lb-ft in a normal city drive. It also consists of an optional Over-boost feature which has the capacity to enhance the torque productivity to 295 lb.-ft. The upgraded engine model uplifts the entire torque scale to 4200rpm. The automated transmission system is designed to facilitate easy and rapid gear shifts. The 2013 S60 T5 model can switch over to the sport mode in a jiffy. This improved model performs fairly well in fuel efficiency as it provides an EPA of 20mpg in the city and nearly 29mpg on the highway.

The powerful engine in combination with all-wheel-drive feature provides a smooth and comfortable drive. In normal drivetrain, the torque is distributed amidst the front and rear with a ratio of 95/5 but in tough conditions it instantly regresses to a 50/50 ratio. The drive experience is awesome in highways. It also manages to pull the car to as high as 9000 feet altitude. The electronic system powered with torque vectoring is designed to generate extra power and supply it to the outer wheel during sharp turns. This in turn enhances the gripping power of the tires. The appropriately weighed steering is highly responsive.

The Exteriors

The S60 T5 Volvo is styled to make it more attractive. The outer body with well-contoured lines adds a touch of elegance. While the front portion is sharper, the rear end is more wedged. The trunk of this car is aptly sized which is trimmed accordingly to hold adequate luggage.

The Interiors

Volvo Interiors

Volvo Interiors

True to the Swedish style, the interior has been kept subtle and is accessorized minimally. The basic T5 model is upholstered with T-Tec fabric which gives absolute comfort. This can be further enriched with well combined Beech wood and leather to give a touch of glamor to the entire look. The dashboard is designed with high quality material to give it adequate softness and style. A 7 inch wide LED screen is placed at the central point of the dash board where information regarding the audio system and the climatic conditions are displayed.

Apart from the standard features, the interior is loaded with additional features like Bluetooth feature, windshield wipers with rain sensors, high definition radio system and automated climate controls. The keyless start-button feature and the rear mirror with automatic dimming feature are some of its latest additions. It also provides full parking assistance. The front seats are very comfortable and provide enough leg space. The rear seats are not as cozy as the front seats. The cushioning at the bottom of the rear seats is quite low and does not provide ample leg space. You also have an option of adding upgraded features like glass Moonroof, state-of-the-art navigation system, high-powered xenon headlights and a latest entertainment arrangement with DVD players for the rear seats.

Safety Features

Volvo S60

Volvo S60

The overall structure of the car gets full support from the Dynamic Stability Traction Control or DSTC. It gets immense grip from the torque vectoring feature. Along with a set of six front and side airbags, it has a load of other safety features like brake system powered with anti-locks and Whiplash Protection to provide appropriately cushioned headrests for the front seaters. The Pedestrian Detection feature with automated brakes and the City Safety feature aim at providing a safe drive within the city as the car stops on its own as soon as it senses any kind of physical hindrance. These enhanced safety features have helped this model to acquire the highest five-star rating in all parameters by the NHTSA.

The basic T5 model has a starting price rate of nearly $32,000 and an upgraded T5 model may be priced at $38,000. It actually depends on how many extra features you intend to include. This luxury sports car with high-end features is definitely worth the money.

 

2012 Jaguar XK – Review

2012 Jaguar XK

2012 Jaguar XK

When Jaguar releases a car, you can surely expect something interesting and powerful. With the 2012 Jaguar XK, patrons of Jaguars are not going to be disappointed. The powerful car has an overall ranking of 9.5 out of 10. In fact, it ranks 10 out of 10 in all major aspects except fuel economy, which is a bit low when compared to the current industry standards. Nevertheless, for people who thrive on power, comfort and style, the Jaguar beauty is a great choice. The car is available in both coupe and convertible models.

The Mechanics

Jaguar XK comes with a V8 5.0 liters engine which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.2 seconds. With a capability of pumping out 385hp and a torque of 380 lb-ft, this car is one powerful beauty. Adding to the delight of driving this energetic machine is the six speed automatic transmission which transmits smoothly. Purists might be disappointed in this regard because the XK is not equipped with manual transmission. So, it is all automatic, whether you like it or not.

If you are looking for a combination of performance of this level and fuel efficiency, you will be disappointed, not just with Jaguar XK but with most of the cars in the current market. When the performance is so powerful, the car does consume more fuel. For the Jaguar XK, you have to be satisfied with 15mph in the city and 22mph on the highway.

Exteriors

Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK

The exteriors of Jaguar are a piece of artistic beauty. The sleek, smooth streamlined body will make you pant for it. The curves and lines blend into each other so smoothly that it is a feast for the eyes and a machine worthy enough to be placed among the Da Vinci works in Louvre. The LED headlights, trademark oval Jaguar grilles, the fluidly sloping hood and the large 20 inch wheels add a lot of value to the visual appeal of the car.

Interiors

After you manage to take in the exteriors and when you step into the car, your spirits won’t plummet. The car is as stunning from the inside as it is from the outside. Jaguar surely does not compromise on its luxury. The futuristic dashboard with stylish metallic trims brings a beautiful class to the interiors of the vehicle. Steering is equipped with audio controls. Power seats are operated with chrome switches which are fitted on the door panels. The highlight of the interiors is the huge LCD touchscreen which can be used to operate navigation controls, audio and climate controls. Although extremely functional, the touch screen is a slight disappointment with respect to touch responsiveness. In all, Jaguar has put a lot of thought into designing the cabin and it has come out to be very well organized and functional.

Other features in the car include leather seating, power windows, keyless entry, telescopic multifunctional heated steering, bluetooth equipped with audio streaming, USB port, six CD music system and Sirius satellite radio. The cherry on the cake is the Bowers and Wilkins 525 watt surround sound music system.

Safety Features

Jaguar XK Convertible

Jaguar XK Convertible

Nothing much has been added in terms of safety features in the 2012 version. However, the little enhancement which has been done is significant and improves safety by several notches. The usual safety features such as dual airbags at the front and rear are present. Adaptive headlights and active cruise control are present as well. Anti-lock brakes are present and so are stability and traction control. These two features can be customized if you plan to use the car in the sports more often.

Parking sensors are provided both at the front and rear. In the 2012 model, a rearview camera has also been included, which beefs up safety of the car. A very significant addition in the convertible model is roll bars which pop up when the car senses an impending overturn. Enhancing the overall strength of the exteriors and improving safety measures is the aerospace grade aluminum body.

Driving Experience

The driving experience is awesome. The car performs well in normal and snowy terrains. However, in the sports mode, the throttle is a bit rough. Also equipped are advanced features such as Adaptive Dynamics package which has been built for extreme shock absorption, which makes the car very smooth even on bumpy roads. Brakes are easy to operate and powerful.

When this beauty bellows, people stop to take notice.

All these wonderful features are available at $85,500.

 

Top Selling Models and Why They Made It Into This List

2012 saw a lot of new cars in the market. There were a streak of electric cars which were appreciated by American drivers. Nevertheless, some of the old models were still some of the best selling ones. Toyota and Honda led the list. Read on below for the top selling car models in America and why they got to be top selling.

2012 Toyota Camry

2012 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

According to records of up to April 2012, the latest model of Toyota Camry, XV50, was the highest selling car in the United States with 36,820 sales in one year. Compared to last year, the increase in sales was 20.9 percent. From the date of release, the car has sold 142,225 vehicles and the overall increase in sales has been 32.6 percent. This 4 door sedan comes with 6 speed automatic transmission, dual exhaust and a 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine. It pumps out a torque of 170 lb-ft and a power of 200 HP. Its USP is its fuel efficiency, low rolling resistance and a beautifully sleek body. The drive is smooth and cost effective and this killer combination has propelled this car right to the top. It costs $22,055 for the basic model.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

In the past year, Honda Accord has sold 35,385 cars which is an increase of 25.6 percent over last year’s sales. From the time of its launch, Honda has sold 96,517 Accords at an overall increase of 2.3 percent in sales. The 2012 model has been stated to be the best among all other models released so far. It is also among the safest cars, having obtained five star rating for safety features. Excellent fuel efficiency is another strong factor in favor of this 4 cylinder 16 valve V6 engine vehicle. It comes with 5 speed transmissions and gives a mileage of 20 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined. Accord costs $24,500 for the basic model.

Toyota Prius

 

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius has seen an astonishing growth in the American market with the latest figures showing a growth of 102 percent. It has sold 25, 168 cars in the last year alone, among the total sales of 86,027. The overall growth is stated at 55.7 percent. The car has a lot of things going in its favor, especially with so many new features included in it. Working in favor of the car are its excellent fuel efficiency, spacious cargo, comfortable drive, great backseat room, excellent safety features and lots of hi-tech goodies inside. It gives a mileage of 51 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the highway and 50 mpg combined. The only reason why the Prius could not make it to the top is because of the uncomfortable driving position. Also in line for scope for improvement are the noise levels and low quality interior materials.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla has sold 24,804 vehicles in the past year and the growth rate has been 2.4 percent. Although the vehicle has shown a positive swing, the overall sale figures, from its time of release have fallen by 7.6 percent. The car gives a mileage of 27 in the city and 34 on the highway. Factors which work in its favor are the presence of simple controls, a quiet cabin and comfortable drive. Besides these, the cost of the car at just $16,000 is extremely attractive. The cost does seem to be the major selling factor because rest of the features including acceleration and cabin interiors are not very impressive.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Honda Civic has had a mixed year. While the overall growth rate has increased by 10.7 percent, the sales this year have fallen by 8.8 percent. The car sold 24,423 cars this year compared to the total sales of 101,592 vehicles since its launch. Honda Civic Coupe begins at a base price of $15,755. It gives a mileage of 41 mpg and if you are looking for more fuel efficiency, you could always go in for the hybrid Civic which gives much more. It is a comfortable car, if you are not looking for extreme performance. At its rate, it is definitely worth the purchase.

Apart from these five models, Ford F Series turned out to be the biggest seller in the large sedan and truck category.

 

Is the 2012 Kia Rio Sedan For You? – A Review

2012 Kia Rio

2012 Kia Rio

The B-segment range of Kia cars has been revamped with the development of the 2012 Kia Rio Sedans. Kia Rio Sedan statistics show that this car accounts for 30 percent of Kia Rio sales – the remaining 70 percent is from its hatchback version. For those who prefer the Sedan, Kia Rio 2012 offers a number of features to be appreciated by this section of consumers. Here is an overview of all the features that are packed in the 2012 Kia Rio Sedans.

Mechanics

Rio can boast of a powerful performance with 138HP and 120 lb-ft torque. It has a 1.6 liter engine that contains dual continuously variable valve timing and direct injection, both of which enable it to achieve excellent fuel consumption figures. In the city, the Rio returns 30 miles per gallon while on the highway 40 miles per gallon is an easily achievable figure. Zero to sixty miles takes 9.5 seconds. On all models of the Rio, driver-activated Active Eco System is provided. It optimizes engine and transmission settings thereby keeping the car on a higher gear and conserving fuel. The engine is 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic transmission. The 4 cylinders operate smoothly and the transmission shifts with ease, providing quick response and without any discernable driveline shock. Six speed manual transmission is also available but Rio manufacturers opine that more than 90 percent of drivers prefer the automatic.

Interiors

The Rio offers several features such as the navigation system, UVO Bluetooth and infotainment system developed by Microsoft. Another standard feature on LX trim version of Rio is seat height adjuster for driver. In the EX trim, power windows are provided. Other features are Bluetooth connectivity with voice activation controls mounted on steering for use of hands free mobile phones. Steering column is telescopic and rear seats can be folded 60/40.

The SX trim is meant to add a sporty look and feel to the car. Metal pedals and metal grain are used, a Supervision meter cluster is installed, the steering wheel comes leather wrapped and map light with sunglass holders are added. There are also illuminated vanity mirrors, cruise control and trip computer.

The interior of the Rio is spacious and comfortable for the passengers. Adequate room is provided for drivers with large physiques as well. The cargo space is 13.7 Cft. The cloth upholstery on the seats is smooth and breathable. The soft touch door panel is attractive. The driver’s seat offers height adjustment. The front buckets have good natural retention and support. Rear seat space is small.

Exterior Design

The Rio’s proportions are fairly balanced. This gives the Rio an attractive look. Swept-back head-lamps make the hood appear longer. A gentle character line rises upward from the bottom of the front wheel to the door handle of the driver. Without the line, the side would appear as a plain slab. The Rio can boast of sculpted flanks, bow-tie grille and a rounded profile to give it a classy appearance.

The LX trim offers side mirrors, body colored door handles, 15 inch wheel and 185/65 R-15 tires. The EX trim has additional features of some standard conveniences like door-locks and keyless entry. For customers looking for more features, the SX trim incorporates standard 17 inch wheels with 205/45 R-17 tires, LED daytime running and rear combination lamps, fog lamps, heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and duel chrome tip exhaust.

Safety Features

The 2012 Rio has a number of standard safety features. Rio has a high tensile strength steel structure which includes an innovative halo body construction which provides safety during collisions. There are six air bags, high impact door beams, height adjustable front seat belts , three point seat belts for all sitting positions. Lower anchors and tethers for children are also provided. Safety measures include electronic stability control, a four wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), vehicle stability management (VSM) and assists control for hill start.

Driving Experience

For a driver, the drive stays comfortably stable even at 70 miles per hour. The electric steering system gives a light feel and the vehicle is reasonably responsive. The brakes are instant and strong and there is a firm feel of the pedal under the foot. The six speed automatic readily down shifts when additional power is needed to pass slow traffic. The stick shift performance of the manual transmission is equally good. The navigation system is easy to use but the GPS component is lacking because of its outdated graphics. SXS have a more sport-tuned suspension but the improvement in ride quality is marginal. Rio may not give you the aggressive driving you might expect but it can produce a comfortable ride and good maneuverability.

 

How the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback Dazzles – A Review

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback is an extraordinary driving machine satisfying its users in more ways than one. The Golf R owes its parentage to R32 first brought in the USA in 2004. It had a 240 HP, 3.2 liter narrow angle V6 engine with 6 speed manual transmission and was quite a rarity in those days. It was an all-wheel-drive car, very fast and a pleasure to drive. The R 32 came back in 2008 with some added features like a 6 speed twin clutch automatic transmission (known as DSG). The 2008 version however did not prove that popular—possibly due to high price and automatic transmission problems. Now comes the Golf R which looks quite menacing or rather imposing in the presence of other Hatchbacks.

Mechanics

Golf R has 4 cylinders, tuned for 256 HP and 243 lb-ft of torque. In performance the Golf R is set to out power both the 2004 and 2008 versions of R 32. The engine looks like a superior version of the GTIS turbo-four. It has a turning circle diameter of 35.8 feet. The fuel holding capacity is 14.5 gals. It returns 19 mpg in city drives and 27 in highways. During test drives the trip computer in the car showed 16 mpg in suburban areas. The recommended fuel is unleaded premium rated.

There is criticism in some quarters about small cars with turbo charged 4 cylinder engines. The VW Golf R with the 2.0 TSI demolishes these criticisms. It is due to the upgrades built in the Golf R design –like the quick acting all-wheel drive which gives a grip as firm on snowy roads as on dry roads, improved acceleration on dry roads and ease of negotiating awkward bends.

Interiors

The interiors of the Golf R uses soft – touch materials and tight seams. The sport seats are contour fitting and can vie with any other car in its class. Leather is used in its interior lavishly. The leather strapped steering wheel is extremely comfortable and its squared bottom is an invitation to the sporty drivers. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard in the Golf R. This allows the driver and passengers to control the temperature settings independently. Passenger capacity is 5 but the rear seat is really comfortable for 2. One optional package is available. It is a combination of navigation system, sun-roof, Dynaudio-branded audio system and keyless start Special 18 inch wheel with all-season rubber. There is however no summer tire option.

Exteriors

The Golf R is available in white, red, gray, black and a new shade specific to R version called rising blue. The Golf R is 165.8 inches long, 70.3 inches in wide, 57.5 inches in height and has a 101.3 inch wheel-base. It weighs 3325 pounds. It is rated to carry a max of 1225 pounds which is quite impressive considering its pick up ability. The passenger’s space is 15.3 cu.ft.

Safety Features

The VW Golf R uses a fourth-gen proactive Haldex system. The hydraulically activated system manages the driving forces and weight transfer much quicker than the previous Haldex AWD system. The 2012 Golf R, on test drives in mountain roads and ice-racing circuits has been found to be fully under control even when going round the racing circuit curves at 6500 VPM. It has all other safety features such as air bags, anti-lock brakes and traction and stability control.

Driving Experience

Golf R comes only with an all-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Driving the car is a delightful experience for an ace driver. The clutch action is light. The engagement is smooth. The gear lever moves precisely to the delight of every driver. The car does not jerk in traffic and does not suffer from too little power even in low speed when the clutch is engaged.

In a stop-go situation, a 4 cylinder engine with a turbo charger and a stick shift usually gives a jerky response. These engines generally need some revving to garner enough power while moving from a stop and often need a lot of clutch slipping to gently pick up speed. This limitation is entirely absent in the 4 cylinder turbo charged Golf R.

The brakes in Golf R are firm and quick acting. The steering has the correct road feel and the right amount of power steering response. The chassis is firm and does not make the ride harsh. Volkswagen Golf R is welcomed by die hard VW fans as a car with superb engines, a well-designed suspension that can deliver good speed safely and add lots of driving pleasure.

 

Why the 2013 XTS Sedan is Cadillac’s Best Car – A Review

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

The 2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan is powerful and sophisticated – a combination which can seldom be resisted. Known to be the most technologically sophisticated vehicle from the Cadillac house, the XTS sedan offers luxury like very few others. If you are a gadget junkie, this will be the car of your dreams. Read on below for a detailed review of this enchantress and see if you have it in you to resist her.

The Mechanics

The 2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan comes with a V6, 24 valve 3.6 liter direct injection engine that pumps out 304 hp. It generates a torque of 264 ft-lbs and 5200 rpm. The transmission ranges over 6 speeds and the sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds. This luxury sedan does not claim to be a sports car; the focus is here on the smoothest and the most luxurious drive, which is exactly what you enjoy in the sedan. The mileage of the sedan is 17mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The car comes with both forward wheel drive (FWD) and all wheel drive (AWD). Capacity of the fuel tank is 19.0 liters and it uses the normal unleaded fuel.

The Exteriors

2013 Cadillac XTS looks like how a sleek luxury sedan should look. It is stylish, classy and impressive. The wheels are painted alloy 19 x 8.5 inches in size. They are all season tires. The roof defogger and variable intermittent wipers add a dash of style, in addition to being highly functional in bad weather. It has got a sunroof as well. The sedan is also equipped with cargo tie downs. The length of the sedan is 202 inches and the width is 72.9 inches. When all seats are in place, the cargo capacity is 18.0 cu ft. It is available in different color ranges.

The Interiors

The interiors of the sedan are very spacious, as you can make out from the measurements. You have a whole lot of gadgets in the sedan. The instrumentation panel consists of a clock, compass, low fuel warning system, tachometer, display for external temperature and trip computer. The entertainment console is complete with 8 Bose premium brand speakers, mast antenna, CD player integrated with radio and MP3, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, iPod integration, auxiliary input for audio, USB connection, a slot for a memory card and radio data system. Not content with these, the manufacturers have also made space for pre-wired phone, Bluetooth hands free phone with wireless data link and a detailed and advanced navigation system. A heated steering wheel enhances comfort of driving.

Safety Features

The safety features are admirable. In other words, nothing has been left to chance. The car comes with airbags for the front, back and sides (10 airbags in all), child seat anchors, anti theft alarm system, child safety lock at the back seats and comfortable headrests in the front. To make driving safer the car has cornering lights, anti braking system on all four wheels, emergency braking system, ventilated disc brakes for the front and back tires, running lights for the daytime, engine immobilizer and much more. The car also comes with traction control and stability control, electronic brake force distribution, multi adjustable headrest at the back, tire pressure monitoring system and post collision safety system. You have a backup camera as well.

A highlight of XTS is CUE integration. CUE is an acronym for Cadillac User Experience. This is a touch screen measuring 8 inches and works like an iPad. It understands voice commands as well. The working of this system is very similar to that of an iPad. In fact, Cadillac has customized its CUE to be compatible on iPad as an app. CUE is a great piece of technology.

Cadillac XTS comes as a strong competition for the biggies in the industry – the Mercedes, Audi and BMW high end luxury sedans. Cadillac is of course a lot cheaper. Although Cadillac’s CTS and XTS look similar when you first look at them, there is a whole lot of difference between the two models. While CTS is meant for performance, XTS is meant for more than performance. It is meant to be a family sedan which can comfortably accommodate five people. Luggage space is also provided accordingly. So, the XTS is roomier, can hold more cargo space and is extremely practical.

The XTS comes with a 4 year or 50,000 mile warranty. The cherry on the cake is that this sedan is priced starting from $45,000. Yes, we can now see your thin wall of resistance crumbling and we don’t want to blame you for giving in.

 

2012 Ferrari FF Hatchback Lives Up to its Luxury Status – A Review

 

2012 Ferrari FF

2012 Ferrari FF

Ferrari FF 2012 is a two door hatchback model from Ferrari, the Italian manufacturer. The car comes with innovations that increase its functionality. As with the brand Ferrari, drivers never have to complain about the power, speed and cruise control. The FF comes with all these advantages. This price of this luxury car starts at $295,000. Read on below for a detailed review.

The Mechanics

The powerful Ferrari FF comes with some great engine and transmission features. The V12 6.3 liter engine pumps out a torque of 504 lb-ft and a horsepower of 651hp. The seven speed transmissions which are semi-automatic enable the car to zoom up to 208 mph. The car accelerates from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.7 seconds. The balanced engineering of the vehicle works tremendously in its favor. The huge engine is mid front mounted which implies that it is placed in the front of the car but the mass concentration is at the rear of the front wheels. This innovation enhances balance of dynamics when the car roars forward at full throttle. Also, the entire weight of the car is extremely balanced with 47 percent mass concentrated at the front and 53 percent mass concentrated at the rear. This almost even distribution greatly enhances balance.

FF marks a special milestone for Ferrari because it is the auto giant’s first 4 wheel drive car. In fact, the name FF stands for Ferrari Four because of this reason. Ferrari FF comes with a special innovation called 4WD Drivetrain. This technology reduces the weight of the car by 50 percent. The weight of the car is only 4140 lbs. This reduction is directly reflected in an increase in mileage. The car provides 11 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on highways. The technology also gives more power to the wheels when the car travels in snow or comfort mode. This car comes with all the benefits that accompany a Ferrari as well as enhanced functionality and practicality when compared to other models of the similar range.

The Exteriors

2012 Ferrari FF

2012 Ferrari FF

The exteriors of Ferrari FF are built using aluminum which gives it strength and endurance. The design of the car is called “shooting brake”. It means that the car’s look is more inclined towards sports model when compared to hatchback model. The car comes with three doors, two to the sides and one to the back. The streamlined roof design curbs drag that could be created due to vacuum as the car courses forward. Side grilles are provided at the front wheels so that air can escape and the car is not lifted off the road because of air pressure when it moves at high speeds. The rear has a sliced off pattern. Although the design does affect the perfect streamline at the rear end, enhanced luggage space makes up for it. The wheels are stylish alloy wheels performance tires.

The Interiors and Safety

The spacious interiors are done in aniline leather and you have six color choices. The dashboard consists of two electronic panels which provide current running information. The steering column has also been provided with electronic controls. What works in favor of the interiors is the leg space which is really large. So, tall drivers can be pretty comfortable. The advanced engineering that goes into Ferrari is clearly manifested in the contract that the vehicle offers – it has higher power, is more spaciousness, has numerous features and yet, it weighs almost half of the other similar models.

Safety has been given a lot of importance in the Ferrari FF. with excellent traction features such as 4 wheel anti-braking system, traction and stability control, active suspension system and tire pressure monitoring system, safety of driving has been taken care of. The car comes with three air bags – one for the driver, one for the passenger and one to the side. In order to enhance road visibility, the car has been equipped with daytime running lights, optional electrochromic rearview mirror, intermittent wipers, rain sensing wipers, variable intermittent wipers. Accident prevention features such as hands free wireless and optional features such as rear parking aid and backup camera are provided. Also included are anti-theft system and advanced alarm system.

Warranty

Ferrari FF comes with twenty four months manufacturer’s warranty for the basic factors, drivetrain and corrosion.

With all these features, along with the stunning shape and power of Ferrari, the FF is a much desirable car to have. Although you have to spend a bomb on it, the cost is well worth this beautiful beast.

 

Why the 2013 Dodge Dart is a Great Car (at an Affordable Price)

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart

The 2013 Dodge Dart is a gasoline sedan which offers good performance and great features. The visual appeal of the car is stunning. It is available in a wide range of choices. You can choose a Dodge Dart from among twelve colors and fourteen variations in interiors. Three models are available. Dodge Dart SE is the basic model, while the SXT is more powerful and well designed. The other two higher models are RALLYE, LIMITED and R/T. Read on below for a thorough review of the basic SE model which starts at $15,995.

The Mechanics

The Dodge Dart comes with a 2.0 L, 4 cylinder and 16 valve dual overhead cam engine which turns a torque of 148 lb-ft and 160 HP power. The Tigershark engine provides fantastic power and enhances the efficiency of the vehicle. As a result, the car gives a great mileage of 25 in the city, 36 on the highway and 29 overall. The wonderfully aerodynamic design and performance works to enhance fuel efficiency. The powerful and efficient engine is also known to reduce emissions. The car is said to have one of the most sophisticated transmission lines in its class. The car comes with 6 speeds transmissions in both manual and automatic version. The smoothness and functionality of automatic transmission is enhanced with the provision of the PowerTech automatic transmission feature along with AutoStick. Another feature in its favor is Hill Start Assist. The provides more control while driving up hill because this feature maintains a few additional moments of brake pressure when the driver steps on the accelerator pedal from the brake pedal. In all, the performance of the car is satisfactory.

The External Visual Appeal

2013 Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart

The Dodge Dart is an excellently styled compact car. The shape has been built over the basic Fiat Alfa model. But the final product looks much sleeker and streamlined. The width is 1.5 inch more and length is 3.7 inches more than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The car has the distinctive American sedan appearance. Adding to the beauty of the car are its projector head lamps and laser brazed roof with a trapped hood design. The Dodge signature grille in the split crosshair pattern has been matched with the color of the body.

The Interiors

The interiors come with a lot of new features which gives the driver a feeling of driving a futuristic car. The instrumentation is highly functional and stylized. The combination of white, black and red make the instrumentation panel looks extremely attractive. One of the most attractive features is Uconnect which enables drivers to use mobiles hands off. The audio system mutes automatically when you receive calls. You can also give a few voice commands which are stored by the system. Uconnect comes with a highly efficient touch screen and Bluetooth functionality. This feature is available in SXT and RALLYE models as an optional and is standard in LIMITED and R/T models.

Safety Features

Dodge Dart comes with sixty safety features which propel it to being one of the safest cars in its class. Ten airbags have been included in the car for all round protection. In addition, the car has four wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control and much more.

 

Best Cars for Senior Citizens

Cars for Seniors

Cars for Seniors

Senior citizens like youngsters have every right to own a car and exhibit their driving skills. This makes them more independent and instills a lot of confidence. According to various surveys, there are almost 20 million senior citizen drivers in U.S and the number is believed to double in the years to come. This in turn proves the liberated and high spirited nature of the elderly drivers. However, as ageing progresses it brings with it various physical limitations that may make driving quite risky and uncomfortable. Markets are flooded with cars of various models and specifications. This huge assortment of cars provides ample scope for the senior citizens to select a car based on their health limitations.

There are various cars that are completely safe and are designed to accommodate the specific driving requisites for elderly people. The Toyota Rav4 is a favorite among senior citizens. This crossover model has a lower body that makes it reachable. The audio and climate controls are easy to understand and it has a thick steering wheel that aids easy gripping. The Buick Lucerne and the Cadillac DTS with user-friendly and latest features are also preferred by the senior citizens.

The Lexus LS 460 is stuffed with high-end features that provide hassle-free and smooth driving experience. The cutting-edge guidance system with a backup camera provides the required assistance to the senior drivers. The heated and totally adjustable seats are an added bonus. Its remote ignition system and car warming system are highly beneficial.

The extremely spacious Toyota Prius is another favored car. The voice-automated navigation system, alterable steering wheel and Bluetooth technology makes it a perfect choice for the senior citizens. The Toyota Sienna is also embedded with remote backup camera and spacious and adjustable seating arrangement that makes it suitable for the older generation.

Although elderly people are more cautious while driving and sincerely abide by the traffic rules, there is a natural and gradual deterioration of their driving skills. Therefore elderly drivers need to select appropriate cars with special features for comfortable and risk-free driving. As ageing advances, the reflex system of the body tends to weaken and results in delayed reactions. This health issue makes the senior drivers more vulnerable to accidents. The first and foremost factor that they need to consider is the safety aspect of a car. Apart from the regular safety features like ABS, anti-skid system, traction control and multiple airbags, the car should possess special safety features like rear view camera, all-wheel drive and enhanced warning alert systems.

Back pain is one of the most common problems faced during old age. Cars with proper and modifiable seats allow the elder drivers to adjust accordingly and enable relaxed driving. Poor visibility is also commonly associated with old age. Cars with good front view, large windows and mirrors larger than the normal sizes are perfect for them. The car should also have a display panel on the dashboard with perfect clarity so as to be viewable for senior drivers. Large doors also benefit old people as they can conveniently slip into the driver’s seat. Senior citizens are more comfortable with simplified control panels rather than the modern and complicated ones. Cars with extra added features like tilt and telescopic steering wheel, adequate back support and heated seats provide immense comfort.