2012 Buick Verano Price, Review

2012 Buick Verano Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Verano is Buick’s new compact sedan that carries Buick design cues including a black chrome waterfall grille, blue translucent projector beam headlights, portholes and chrome accents. Like other Buick models, quiet-tuning systems are incorporates into the structure and materials of the Verano with the goal of creating an exceptionally quiet compact sedan that is even quieter than other larger cars. Inside the Verano aims to be comfortable and refined for a compact with upscale soft-touch materials, leading infotainment and ambient lighting. Verano is initially powered by a 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder combined with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will be offered later. Verano features standard OnStar safety and security technology that includes enhanced emergency, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics and navigation capabilities.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Buick Verano is offered in three trim levels that sound more like option packages, starting with the base model and going up to Convenience Group 2 and Leather Group.

The base Verano standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, keyless entry, remote ignition, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth (phone and audio streaming), OnStar telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and Buick’s IntelliLink smartphone-connectivity system.

The Convenience Group 2 adds heated sideview mirrors, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a power-adjustable driver seat. The Leather Group adds keyless ignition/entry, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker Bose audio upgrade.

Optional are a sunroof and a navigation system; neither one is offered on the base trim level. The Bose audio system is available on supporting trims, as is an Appearance package (chrome grille and rear spoiler).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Buick Verano is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is the only transmission offered.


Standard safety features for the 2012 Buick Verano include front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear-seat side airbags, front-seat knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and OnStar. In Edmunds brake testing, the Verano came to a stop from 60 mph in a class-average 122 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the 2012 Buick Verano is classified as a compact vehicle, it feels much more like a midsize. Head- and legroom are plentiful for four adults, though the rear center seat is decidedly less comfortable and is best used in a pinch. Throughout the cabin, materials quality is on par with other entry-level luxury sedans, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces and tightly fitted panels.

Among the available options, the Verano brings a whisper of technology with its IntelliLink system. Pairing with select smartphones, IntelliLink provides for streaming Internet radio like Pandora and Stitcher. Operation of this and other systems is thankfully easy, with well-labeled buttons and controls and a sharp touchscreen that is standard on all Veranos.

The trunk holds a maximum of 15.2 cubic feet of cargo, but that figure can drop to 14 cubes if you opt for the premium audio or tire/inflator kit. It’s certainly spacious for a compact sedan, and is further helped by a lack of wheelwell intrusions or drop-down hinges.

Driving Impressions

Knowing that the 2012 Buick Verano is based on the economical Chevrolet Cruze might deter some from considering it a luxury car, but the Verano has managed to exorcize some of the demons that plagued the Cruze. Unlike the Cruze, the Verano’s transmission provides smooth and quick gearchanges to suit the driver’s inputs. The steering is also more responsive and precise, with a decent amount of feedback. The main dynamic drawback to the Verano is its underwhelming acceleration; most competing models (particularly those with V6s) are quicker by a fair margin.

2012 Buick Verano Secs :

Engine: 2.4L I4
Power: 180 HP / 171 LB-FT
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time: 8.6 Seconds
Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,300 LBS
Towing: 1,000 LBS
Seating: 2 + 3
Cargo: 15.2 CU-FT
MPG: 21 City / 31 HWY
iPod input
Satellite radio
Side/Curtain Airbags
Stability Control
Traction Control

2012 Buick Verano Price :

MSRP range : $22,585 – $25,965
Invoice price range : $21,682 – $24,926


2012 Buick Regal GS First Drive Review

On paper, the Buick seems to have implemented the rice-rocket for the treatment of the popular Regal to make the new GS models. It took a small, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged and intercooled the bejeebers out of it to produce 270 horsepower and even hairier 295 lb-ft of twist; ran in paving-stones sized front brake rotors (14.0 inches in diameter, 1, 2 inches thick) clamped by the impressive-looking four-piston Brembo calipers; starched up suspension with stiffer springs, anti-roll bars, and (adjusted) Sachs shocks, and dress up the exterior with a more aggressive fascias, rocker panel extensions, and spoiler.

Little-drive front suspension GS ‘OPC Opel shared with AWD, and GS is set for North American road surface scabrous. In connection with the Turbo Regal, front and rear spring rates and rear anti-roll bar increased stiffness by 20 percent. Front bar carry over, but the geometry of attachment to the Struts Hiper provide some increase in the effective rate. Hard Buick Interactive Control System is standard on the GS, and three-mode suspension is approximately the same setting with the top two in IDCs optional Turbo, plus a tight GS mode that also alter the steering assist and ultimately will increase the shift speed and firmness of a six-speed automatic when arrived in mid-2012. Base GS is equipped with what looks like Turbo 245/40R19 all-season Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires (compound and unique construction) mounted on special wheels GS. Enthusiasts will want to choose to rubber 255/35ZR20 Pirelli PZero summer. GM claims they are good for the 0.90g-plus cornering (compared with 0.84 for SUN upper 19s and 0.82 for the Turbo).

Styling tweaks inside and outside are equally restrained. A gulp of air front fascia more deeply through the larger openings; back lets it out through the exhaust outlet is more prominent; rocker panel extensions accentuate simple suspension lowered, and there are satin chrome trim and a small lip spoiler on the decklid. The latter contributes to -0.11 with a coefficient of lift, resulting in modest net downforce while the overall drag coefficient only increased from .335 to .340. Inside are well supported sport leather seats, a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel; metal sport pedals; black piano black trim, and lighting measure that switches from blue to white when moving GS mode. Many options come standard on the Regal GS $ 35,310, such as stereo Harmon / Kardon speakers and nine, park-assist sensing, and rear side airbags. Options only paint colors, navigation, sunroof, and the Dubs. In all, GS price range tops out at $ 39K.

With the Regal GS, Buick is serving up gourmet nouvelle assist refinement and performance. But the big name chefs in the street in the Acura and Audi to sell their established to please people (TSX V-6 and A4 Quattro) for the same price. Perhaps the proof of the pudding will be in testing. Stay tuned.

2009 BYD F3DM Reviews

2009 BYD F3DM. As the latest star in a rapidly expanding portfolio of green, high-tech products, the all-new BYD e6 electric vehicle is being unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The five-passenger e6 will be marketed as a family-oriented crossover vehicle. What sets the e6 apart from other pure electric vehicles are its size and performance. With current battery capacity limited, most other manufacturers have elected to focus on small, lightweight EVs that stress efficiency over performance and range.

2009 BYD F3DM, as a young brand with a rich history of IT development and cutting-edge battery R&D, has the drive and extroverted personality to take an unconventional approach and manufacture cars that embody the company`s slogan, Build Your Dreams. That`s the spirit and underlying philosophy behind the e6. The high-tech e6 boasts the exterior dimensions of a typical American family vehicle, with ample interior space that provides substantial legroom and headroom for passengers, plus a generous luggage compartment. The e6 measures 179.3 inches (4554mm) long, 71.7 inches (1822mm) wide and 64.2 inches (1630mm) tall.


2011 Buick Regal Review & Price

2011 Buick Regal Review & Price, what car reviews, The new Buick Regal 2011 is a reincarnation of Regal. This markis identical with V6 power machine for the sports car. It is not the same with 2011 Buick Regal is a mid-size sedan. Buick is trying toattach the sport features new Buick Regal, but it is not convincing because the engine is left without a hint of V6. Instead, 2011 BuickRegal was more like Opel and Vauxhall Insignia Insignia Astra. Thebase engine is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 2.0 liters for the turbofour-cylinder type. Although no V6 included, the power of the Buick Regal sedan for2011 is still enough class. It has 182 hp direct injection engine T.

his new series is 2011 Buick Regal Buick Regal GS 2011 BuickRegal 2011 Buick Regal Turbo and CXL. The energy efficiency ofthe new Buick Regal is 20 to 30 mpg. The other brothers andsisters of these cars are faster and more powerful, but of course followed, but expensive price to pay. The luxurious interior remainstrue to the materials used in the best quality. The room in the back seat is spacious. The front seats are heated, so it is comfortable in cold weather. Navigation and entertainment, the car is obviouslyplanted by standard touch panel screen navigation, Bluetooth and XM Satellite Radio. 10 GB of storage and a place to Connect USBand Media Player is available.

Price for 2011 Buick Regal is $26,995 (includes the base 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and a six-speed automatic).

2012 Buick LaCrosse Price, Review

2012 Buick LaCrosse Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, For much of the last decade, Buick’s sedans held little appeal beyond those consumers still nostalgic about the traditions of this General Motors nameplate. But two years ago, Buick introduced its redesigned — and much improved — LaCrosse. Boasting modern styling, an elegant interior and impressive driving dynamics, the LaCrosse quickly became one of our more favored entry-level luxury sedans.

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse gets even better thanks to a new hybrid powertrain. Serving as the LaCrosse’s entry-level model (last year’s base four-cylinder has been discontinued), the “eAssist” combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system to boost fuel economy to 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

Aside from basic variations in trim level, the interior of the 2012 LaCrosse stays the course, meaning you’ll find an elegant cabin with sweeping lines and rich surfaces, all set off by the generous use of LED accent lighting. The serene, roomy cabin is filled with useful features and amusing toys ranging from a rearview camera to a dual-screen video entertainment system. In fact, the only significant complaints we have are the small trunk and reduced visibility caused by thick roof pillars.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

For 2012, Buick has revamped the LaCrosse model lineup, replacing last year’s three relatively uncomplicated trim levels with no fewer than seven different variants.

Base models come nicely equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a power driver seat and partial-power front passenger seat, split-folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, OnStar, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. Next step up would be the Convenience model (1SD), which adds a power lumbar adjustment for the driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and remote ignition.

Spring for the Leather model and you get foglamps, heated mirrors with built-in turn signal repeaters, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a full power front passenger seat. The Premium 1 version adds rear parking assist, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror and driver seat memory settings. The Premium 2 (1SP) ups the ante with the 3.6-liter V6, keyless ignition/entry, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel and a power rear window sunshade. A Premium 3 model includes 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a 120-volt household-style power outlet and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is offered with one of two new engines. For buyers interested in maximizing miles per gallon there’s the new eAssist mild hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an 11-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This setup sends 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels by way of a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined with a number of clever aerodynamic improvements like automatically controlled shutters in the front grille, this powertrain results in impressive EPA estimates of 25 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

Buyers in search of additional thrust can opt for a new, more powerful version of last year’s 3.6-liter V6 that now puts out 303 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered here, but buyers do have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Despite the added power for 2012, fuel economy numbers remain virtually unchanged at 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 16/26/20 with all-wheel drive.


The 2012 Buick LaCrosse’s list of standard safety features includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and the OnStar telematics system. Rear-seat side-impact airbags and a blind-spot alert system are available as options. In Edmunds brake testing, a LaCrosse came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet — a bit longer than average.

Interior Design and Special Features

Slide behind the steering wheel of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and you’ll find yourself surrounded by an interior made up of graceful curves and upscale materials. Even after the sun sets, the cabin’s flowing lines are emphasized by soft blue ambient lighting that adds a classy touch.

If there’s a weakness in this artful design, it’s that the controls aren’t quite as straightforward and intuitive as some traditional Buick buyers might like. Just the same, we think the abundance of buttons and knobs used to control the audio, climate control and navigation systems is something most folks should eventually get used to.

The LaCrosse’s trunk is on the small side, however, with just 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Space is even tighter in models equipped with the new eAssist powertrain, where the hybrid battery pack reduces capacity to less than 11 cubic feet. A smallish opening can also make loading larger items problematic.

Driving Impressions

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the 2012 Buick LaCrosse is the driving experience. The steering feels precise, and handling is significantly better than you’d expect without sacrificing the plush ride quality one expects of a luxury sedan.

The additional horsepower that the engineers have wrung out of the V6 makes this engine even more attractive. More importantly, the new eAssist hybrid powertrain is much better suited to this application than the old four-cylinder, providing decent acceleration, very respectable fuel economy and highly refined operation.

2012 Buick LaCrosse Specs :

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, 182 hp, 172 lb-ft; AC induction electric motor assist, 15 hp, 79 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
Wheelbase: 111.7 in Length: 197.0 in
Width: 73.1 in Height: 59.2 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 3850 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 8.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.9 sec
EPA city/highway driving: 25/37 mpg

2012 Buick LaCrosse Price :

Avg. Paid:$30,373 – $38,651
MSRP: $29,960 – $38,270
Invoice: $28,762 – $36,739
MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy


2011 Buick Enclave Price, Review

2011 Buick Enclave Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, A new nine-spoke chrome-clad 19-inch aluminum wheel replaces a seven-spoke design, optional on CXL-1 and CLX-2. New paint colors are Cyber Gray Metallic, Dark Ming Blue and Gray Green Metallic. Buick plans to simplify its trim levels, which means the base CX model may soon be discontinued. Meanwhile, a new high-feature Acadia Denali competes with the Enclave in Buick-GMC dealers.

Offered as the first unibody, crossover sport-utility-vehicle is the GM Enclave with a Lambda platform. The Enclave brought about Buick’s reversal of its retiree image and positioned the car beneath the Cadillac divisional hierarchy. The Enclave has the same platform/drivetrain as the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC’s Acadia. It is offered with enhancements made to its standard equipment and its sheet metal construction.

The GM Enclave has ultra-smooth lines, gracious curves, and a sophisticated cabin. All of the latter features ensure the popularity of this vehicle. The CXL grade has become more popular than the carmaker anticipated too. This makes the GM Enclave serious competition for the Lincoln, Volvo, and Acura crossovers. While the average age of a buyer for Buick vehicles is 59-years-old, the Enclave is appealing to a younger market. The latter fact paved the way for novel LaCrosse and Regal sedans to enter the car segment.

After years of attempting modern interpretations of classic early 1950s Buick grilles on concepts and production cars, the Enclave finally got the look right. Enclave’s flowing, graceful lines set the tone for Buick’s design renaissance. While the CX has cloth seats, perforated leather is standard in both CXLs. The Enclave features rich tones and materials, elevating the model’s elegance above many other GM models and some of the Enclave’s competitors.

With added noise cancellation, acoustic-laminated windshield, laminated front door safety glass and triple door seals, Enclave cossets passengers. Its ride is smooth and supple, and handling is pretty good for such a large, plush crossover. Its direct-injection V-6 provides 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and towing capacity is 5300 pounds. Drivers will have trouble reaching EPA fuel economy numbers, however.

StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, a rollover sensing system, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, tire pressure monitoring and traction control are standard on the Enclave. Enclave’s six airbags include two side curtains that cover all three rows.

Bodystyle: Crossover SUV
Engines: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Models: CX, CXL-1, CLX-2

EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
AWD: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway


Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price, Review

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, If you want a fast, powerful, high torque capacity and magnetic ride suspension car, the Chevy Camaro ZL1 should be your ultimate choice. This new excellent most powerful Camaro from Chevrolet has left all its competitors behind as soon as it was unveiled. It boasts a V8 engine of supercharge LSA of 6.2 liters which makes it a beast on the road. The one sitting behind the steering wheel can’t escape an adrenalin rush while driving at 184 mph top speed. Powered by 580 horsepower and 6000 rpm, within 3.9 seconds the acceleration can be from nil to 60 mph.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 has automatic gearbox and offers 556 lb per feet torque at 4200 rpm. You will get fabulous smoothness owing to the Tremec TR6060 automatic transmission of 6-speed manual. It is backed up by a clutch system of twin disc of 240mm and along with a similar dual mass flywheel. The wagon has a low restricted filtration of air and supercharger housing enhances airflow. The unique system of induction improves engine efficiency. In addition, contrary to hydraulic systems the electric steering power system and supercharger intercooler ensures engine power consumption is minimized.

The car weighs 4000 pounds approximately adding to its muscular look. The leather seats in elegant black and microfiber suede covers ensure comfort and sophistication. The driver can concentrate on riving and still keep a track of the performance with the Head up display readout panel. This car has steering wheel with control for audio device and equipped with Bluetooth, USB port, rear Camera and amazing audio system. Chevy Camaro ZL1 has enhanced front fascia with raised aluminum hood, carbon fiber insert and fog lamps. The rear design includes diffuser, rocker panels and spoiler. The mystical black interior and the classic front fascia make it a sophisticated muscular car. The Camaro ZL1 is priced around $55,000 and every dollar is worthwhile for this amazing car.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3849
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 24
Horsepower : 426@5900
Torque (lb-ft) : 420@4600
Wheelbase : 112.3
Length (in.) : 190.4
Width (in.) : 75.5
Height (in.) : 54.2


2012 The Camaro ZL1 Price, Review

2012 The Camaro ZL1, what car reviews, 2012 The Camaro ZL1 builds upon the highly successful reborn Camaro, albeit with a heavy dose of steroids both in the cosmetic and performance departments – clearly taking direct aim at ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang.
To do battle, the ZL1 borrows the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 that is commonly found under the hood of the CTS-V models – but this time with even more power – making it the fastest production Camaro ever built.

2012 The Camaro ZL1 specs

The chevrolet camaro ZL1 has returned from the SAE with an official rating of 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, beating out the 1969 ZL1’s 427 cubic inch V8 by more than 150 horsepower.
The engine that packs such a ferocious bite is an all-aluminum LSA supercharged small-block chevrolet engine, complete with six-bolt main bearing caps that clamp and lock in the forged steel crankshaft to the deep-skirt block on the engine’s lower end, along with a 1.9-liter Roots-style supercharger that crams air into the engine thanks to a four-lobe set and with the aid of an intercooler.

Chevy says it has modified the LSA engine specifically for the ZL1, including a less restrictive air filter, dual inlet paths and improved airflow throughout the supercharger housing. Chevy also made use of a more efficient intercooler and electric power steering system, all things that help add up to give the ZL1 a power advantage over the similar engine found in the cadillac CTS -V vehicles.Of course, with that much power one needs specially designed transmissions to handle the high output without being prone to failures. To address that, Chevy beefed up its Tremec TR-6060 to MG9-spec, which means it can handle 30 percent more torque. This is achieved through the use of a strengthened output shaft, high-strength rear housing and additional roller bearing.

One very unique feature of the ZL1 is the availability of an automatic transmission. While the notion of adding an automatic transmission may make some enthusiasts cringe, the reality is those with pockets deep enough to purchase this car may very well prefer a six-speed automatic transmission over a do-it-yourself type tranny.
To handle that duty, Chevy has the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission, which benefits from two additional pinion gears, additional clutch plate and strengthened output shaft and gearset. There are also three drive modes: Drive, Sport and Manual, depending on the driver’s preference at the time.

Magnetic Ride Control
Another major selling point of the ZL1 is the use of GM’s third-generation of Magnetic Ride Control. This technology uses valve-less damping and Magneto-Rheological fluid technology in its shock absorbers to control resistance. Essentially, the system can magnetize particles to change the flow resistance on the fly and adjust the ride from hard to soft, or soft to hard.
The third-gen system uses new twin-wire/dual-coil dampers at all four corners, rather than a single, larger single-core on the outgoing generation. The new system allows for even more precise control and a wider range of comfort levels, allowing up to 1,000 adjustments per second.The MRC system has three preset settings: Tour, Sport and Track.

Performance Traction Management system
The final trick up the ZL1′s sleeve comes in the form of a performance traction management system intended to used on the track or at drag strips. PTM is standard equipment, having been born in the Corvette ZR1.

PTM works by integrating magnetic ride control, launch control, traction control and electronic stability control to work together optimally depending on the environment and task at hand.

There are five pre-set modes:
Mode 1 – Traction control set for wet conditions, with stability
control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
Mode 2 – Traction control set for dry conditions, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Tour.
Mode 3 – Traction control set on Sport 1, with stability control on and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
Mode 4 – Traction control set on Sport 2, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Sport.
Mode 5 – Traction control set on Race, with stability control off and Magnetic Ride Control set on Track. Launch control tuned for VHT-prepped drag strips.
This means the ZL1 can be set to work according to the driver’s preference for just about any situation encountered on the road, track or on the strip.

2012 The Camaro ZL1 price

The chevrolet camaro ZL1 base price is $54,995, there are only six options on the ZL1, starting with the choice of transmission. An extra $1,185 will get you a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Adding bright aluminum wheels will set you back $470, as will stripes. A sunroof is priced at $900, while the carbon fiber hood insert is $600. Finally, a suede package for the steering wheel and shifter is $500. Leather interior is standard, along with heated power seats, and a nine-speaker audio system with USB port and Bluetooth.


2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, For 2012, the Traverse undergoes no major changes. On the outside, the Traverse treads on the more conservative side when it comes to style, with subtly contoured sides and Chevy’s corporate grille dominating the front.

The Traverse’s styling is inoffensive. It suits the mission, we suppose, but there’s not much excitement in the mildly contoured shape, nothing of the flair that you’d find in the chunky, trucklike GMC Acadia and flowing, curvilinear Buick Enclave that share the Traverse’s platform. The Chevy’s simple, elegant, even spare, and that has its own charm. The design influence from other Chevy products is clear, especially up front where a Malibu-like split grille sits tall. The lack of detail makes the rear end of the Traverse as forgettable as any minivan, though, and the same holds true for the interior–it’s functional, but not exciting, by any means, and the sheets of hard, dull plastic that wrap the dash and doors could use an upgrade.

The Traverse is Chevrolet’s full-size crossover SUV with seating for up to eight occupants. Based on the same architecture as the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, the Traverse incorporates design cues from the Malibu sedan. The Traverse offers the passenger and cargo capacity of larger SUV with better fuel-efficiency due to a 3.6-liter V6 with direct-injection technology and towing capacity of 5,200 lbs.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Traverse check in at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway (opting for all-wheel drive drops each of these figures by one respectively). Chevy claims that the Traverse’s highway fuel economy is the highest to be found in any eight-passenger crossover.

The well-equipped interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. An efficient, direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse comes in three trim levels: the LS, the LT and the LTZ. Each trim is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The interior of the Traverse retains the two-tone color scheme that seems to be making its way around Chevy of late. Depending on your choice of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs, seating capacity is seven or eight. The Traverse is well equipped in all forms, with standard features like cruise control, rear climate control, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, and power windows/locks. Optional equipment like automatic climate control, a rear entertainment system, navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated front seats help to keep everyone comfortable and entertained on long trips. An available power lift gate is another convenience which means you don’t have to set down packages or children to open the back.

The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers great fuel economy which will make drivers happy, and plenty of interior features which will make the passengers smile as well.

One of the safest vehicles on the road today, the 2012 Traverse earns nearly perfect crash-test scores. Overall, the NHTSA gives it five stars, with a four-star rating for front impacts and five for side impacts. The IIHS names it a Top Safety Pick, too. Along with standard airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, Bluetooth and parking sensors, the Traverse can be fitted with a rearview camera, to help with its middling visibility to the rear quarters.

All 2012 Traverse crossovers come with a tilt/telescopic wheel; power windows, locks and mirrors; cruise control; Bluetooth; and an AM/FM/XM/CD sound system. Major options include the rearview camera; a power liftgate; heated and cooled front seats; and a DVD entertainment system. The top-spec LTZ can be equipped with 20-inch aluminum wheels; a rear spoiler; dual exhausts; and a panoramic sunroof.

2012 Chevrolet Traverse specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4720
City (MPG) : 17
Hwy (MPG) : 24
Horsepower : 281@6300
Torque (lb-ft) : 266@3400
Wheelbase : 118.9
Length (in.) : 205.0
Width (in.) : 78.4
Height (in.) : 72.8

2012 Chevrolet Traverse Price :

MSRP range: $29,430 – $40,805
Invoice price range: $27,959 – $38,765


2012 Chevrolet Suburban Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Suburban is Chevrolet’s full-size extended wheelbase SUV that was first introduced as the Chevrolet Suburban Carryall in 1935. The real predecessor to today’s Suburban was introduced in 1973, a new design with four doors and available 9-passenger seating. For 2012, the Chevrolet Suburban receives updated versions of the optional navigation and rear-seat entertainment systems.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV is offered in 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models. Both are available in the base LS and midlevel LT trims, while the top-shelf LTZ model is available as a 1500 only. The Suburban comes standard with an eight-person seating capacity, but an available 40/20/40 front bench increases that to nine.

The LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, side assist steps, roof rack side rails, power front bucket seats with a center console, a 50/50-split third-row seat, tri-zone manual climate control, full power accessories, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear-seat audio controls with headphone jacks, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface. The LT adds foglights, roof rack crossbars, a locking rear differential, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starting and an upgraded Bose sound system with a six-CD changer.

The Suburban LTZ gets 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, a rear air suspension, a blind-spot warning system, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, driver seat memory settings, upgraded front seats with heating and ventilation, power-folding heated second-row seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hard-drive-based navigation system, a rearview camera and a premium 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system with digital music storage.

Many of the features that are standard on upper trim levels are available on the LS or LT via packages or individual options. Other major options for the Suburban include 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retracting running boards, a heavy-duty towing package (with an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control and hill start assist), an off-road package and a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

Powertrains and Performance

Chevrolet offers two engine choices for the 2012 Suburban. The 1500 model comes with a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A 6.0-liter V8 that pumps out 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque is standard on the 2500. Both V8s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. With either the 1500 or 2500 model, buyers have a choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive. The 4WD Suburban is offered with a choice of either a traditional two-speed transfer case or a single-speed unit without low-range gearing (not available on LTZ).

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban ranges from a high of 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 17 mpg in combined driving for two-wheel-drive 1500 models to a low of 10/15/12 mpg for the four-wheel-drive 2500.


The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban’s list of standard safety features includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, GM’s OnStar emergency communications system, front-seat side airbags and a three-row side curtain airbag system with a rollover sensor. A blind-spot warning system is also available on the LTZ trim.

Interior Design and Special Features

Though it may not be as stylish as some of Chevy’s more recent models, the Suburban’s passenger cabin is still handsome and well made. Furthermore, controls and gauges are both easy to see and simple to operate.

With the available 40/20/40-split front seat, the Suburban can fit up to nine passengers, a total bested only by some full-size vans. Passenger capacity drops to eight with the standard front bucket seats and just seven on LTZ versions equipped with standard second-row buckets. It should be noted, though, that the third row is a 50/50 split and the middle passenger will be sitting on the split between the seat pieces. Space in the third row is also no better than in Chevy’s Traverse or the Ford Flex, which are both easier to climb into.

Cargo capacity is impressive, with 137 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats — 17 more than the Toyota Sequoia and 40 more than the Nissan Armada. Making use of all this space can be a hassle, however, as the heavy 50/50-split third-row seats must be removed, an outdated process that’s both strenuous and awkward.

Driving Impressions

For a vehicle that weighs roughly 3 tons, the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban performs surprisingly well. Acceleration is decent without passengers or cargo. Load it up, however, and the 5.3-liter V8 produces acceleration that’s best described as adequate. The Suburban’s size and weight also impact its handling — nimble it is not. The suspension does manage to provide a fairly smooth ride just the same, a quality enhanced by the relative quiet of the passenger cabin.

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Price :

MSRP range: $41,995 – $57,890
Invoice price range: $39,055 – $53,838

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5687
City (MPG) : TBD
Hwy (MPG) : TBD
Horsepower : 320@5200
Torque (lb-ft) : 335@4000
Wheelbase : 130.0
Length (in.) : 222.4
Width (in.) : 79.1
Height (in.) : 76.8


2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new subcompact, available in both sedan and four-door-hatchback configurations. The Sonic is Chevrolet’s new small car that boasts a youthful, sporty design in both 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan body styles.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact that’s available as a sedan and a four-door hatchback. Both body styles come in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ.

The LS includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a four-way (manual) adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split rear seat, a trip computer, OnStar and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. A six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player and satellite radio is available as an option.

LT models add the LS trim’s optional six-speaker setup, along with heated side mirrors, full power accessories and upgraded cloth upholstery. Additionally, this trim is eligible for a Connectivity Plus Cruise package that includes cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an iPod/USB audio interface and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. LT models equipped with an automatic transmission get a remote vehicle starter system with this package. The LT trim is also eligible for a Wheels and Foglamp package that includes 16-inch wheels and foglamps.

With the top-of-the-line LTZ trim, you get the LT’s standard features and the amenities in the Connectivity Plus Cruise package, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A sunroof is available as an option.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard engine on the 2012 Sonic is a 1.8-liter inline-4 that makes 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. LT and LTZ models are available with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-4 that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the 1.8 liter, with a six-speed automatic available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the turbocharged 1.4, and it’s the only transmission available with this engine.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for the 1.8-liter engine with the manual transmission, with the engine getting 25/35/28 with the automatic. Chevy’s estimates place the turbocharged 1.4-liter at 29/40.


All 2012 Chevrolet Sonic models come standard with stability control, antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and side-impact airbags for all outboard passengers (front and rear).

In government crash testing, the Sonic received a perfect five stars for overall protection, overall frontal protection and overall side protection. This is the strongest performance currently in the class. The Sonic was rated a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, receiving a top score of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Sonic’s industrial-theme cabin is handsome to look at, with a thoroughly modern feel. Materials quality is respectable, though there are some cheap-looking plastics in evidence. Controls are logically clustered and clearly labeled, making it easy to find one’s way around the center stack. Factory-installed navigation isn’t offered, but given the wide range of inexpensive portable and handheld nav systems on the market, we don’t see this omission being a problem for most shoppers.

The front row offers good shoulder and headroom, and rear passengers benefit from legroom that’s among the best in the segment. Luggage capacity on the Sonic hatch is midpack, at 19 cubic feet; maximum cargo capacity is 30.9 cubic feet, well behind that of rivals like the Fit and the Accent. The sedan’s trunk accommodates 14 cubic feet of luggage, making it among the roomiest in this segment.

Driving Impressions

With the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, you get engaging handling that doesn’t come at the expense of a comfortable ride. Ride quality is firm enough to paint a realistic picture of the road, while at the same time being accommodating enough to buffer undue harshness. The car’s steering is one of its high points — light in parking lots but well-weighted and natural-feeling at speed. In total, the Sonic drives like a bigger, more composed car than you would expect.

Both of the Sonic’s engines offer good performance for this segment. The turbocharged 1.4 is especially torquey and peppy, offering 0-60-mph acceleration that’s almost a full second quicker than that of some rivals. The cabin is relatively quiet both on surface streets and on the freeway.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Price :

MSRP range: $13,865 – $18,625
Invoice price range: $13,518 – $17,694

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Specs :

* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* MP3 Player
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* MP3 Player
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control

* 1.8L 4-cyl. engine
* Automatic transmission
* Up to 26 cty/35 hwy mpg
* Bluetooth
* iPod input
* Satellite radio
* Side/Curtain Airbags
* Stability Control
* Traction Control


2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Chevrolet Silverado, works hard to live up to its reputation as the ‘strongest, most dependable and longest lasting truck on the road.’ The 3500 HD is the ‘one-ton’, full-size heavy duty pickup of Chevy’s truck line-up. Like all Silverados, the 3500 HD is available in a wide array of bed sizes, wheelbases, drive types and cab sizes, as well as a variety of trim levels.

The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD is available in a Work Truck, an LT and an LTZ trim. The standard 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine’s new camshaft profile helps the engine produce more torque lower in the rpm band, for improved launch feel and a greater feeling of overall performance when towing a trailer and at higher altitudes. This engine can also be configured to run on E85 when ordered with a Fleetside pickup box. The revised and optional 397-hp/765 lb-ft torque B20 biodiesel-capable Duramax 6.6-liter diesel provides even more towing capabilities and all engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic Allison transmission. The stiff, fully-boxed frame provides durability and improves the overall ride, while supporting increased capability. The torsion bar front suspension allows for a greater front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). The rear suspension uses wider leaf springs – now asymmetrical to reduce axle hop �?? that contribute to improved ride and handling characteristics and increased rear GAWR. Large 4-wheel disc brakes deliver smoother, more immediate and confident-feeling performance and diesel engines include an exhaust brake. Stability control, hill start assist and a trailer sway control system are standard on single rear wheel trucks. Available features include mobile WiFi, USB connectivity, rear back-up camera, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, OnStar 9.0 and a navigation system.

For 2012, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Truck introduces two new exterior colors along with various changes in optional equipment. Cruise control and vertical camper style mirrors are now standard on the Work Truck trim as well.


While GM is trying to differentiate the Silverado and Sierra, their common silhouette is hard to overcome, even with unique front fenders, grille, bumpers, headlamps, cargo box and taillamps. There’s also still a strong family resemblance with the Chevy Tahoe/Suburban. Exterior features include:

* Wide rear-door opening on extended-cab models to load passengers, cargo
* Available 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
* Available EZ Lift tailgate
* Available fog lamps
* Available power sunroof


The Silverado offers two distinct interiors. Interiors of the WT, LS and LT are more work-oriented while the LTZ draws inspiration from the SUV lineup. Besides interior fabrics and colors, the dash layouts are different. The easiest way to tell the difference is that work trucks have two glove boxes and LTZs have one. The Silverado cab is spacious and well-organized. The work trucks come standard with vinyl seating; cloth or leather is available. The LTZ can have heated and cooled front seats, a Bose stereo and a larger center console.

For 2012, a revised navigation radio is available. It has an updated screen and an integrated hard drive that eliminates the need for map discs. With the available dealer-installed Wi-Fi system, the Silverado can be even more of a mobile office. The split-bench rear seat in crew cabs can be folded to expand load space. Interior features include:

* Standard air conditioning
* Standard AM/FM stereo; CD stereo available
* Standard tilt steering wheel; available steering-wheel audio controls
* Available power-sliding rear window
* Available integrated trailer brake controls

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

* 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with iron block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 260 pounds-feet of torque
* 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 305 pounds-feet of torque
* Flex-fuel 315-hp (gas) or 326-hp (E85), 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block, two valves per cylinder and 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas), 348 pounds-feet of torque (E85)
* Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block and two valves per cylinder that makes 417 pounds-feet of torque
* Four- or six-speed automatic transmission


GM’s electronic stability system includes rollover mitigation technology. Roof-mounted side curtain and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard on all half-ton models. GM says its seat belt pretensioners activate during rear-end impacts. Safety features include:

* Four-wheel antilock brakes
* Traction control
* Available OnStar alerts authorities after a crash
* Trailer-sway control and hill start assist
* Available rear parking sensors
* Available backup camera

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Price :

MSRP range: $30,160 – $46,425
Invoice price range: $28,350 – $43,175

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Specs :

Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) 5768
City (MPG) TBD
Horsepower 360@5400
Torque (lb-ft) 380@4200
Wheelbase 133.6
Length (in.) 225.0
Width (in.) 95.9
Height (in.) 77.3


2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Price, Review

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Avalanche’s standard stability-control system now includes trailer sway control and hill start assist for 2012. Heated seats are also now standard on the LT, while the LTZ gets a heated steering wheel. The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is essentially a cross between two popular body styles: part four-door crew-cab pickup and part full-size SUV. To create it, Chevy designers and engineers grafted a 5-foot-3 pickup bed onto the underpinnings of the brand’s venerable Suburban SUV, creating a unique truck that combines the best qualities of both.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is a full-size crew-cab pickup with a removable rear window and fold-down midgate. There are three trim levels available: the base LS, midrange LT and premium LTZ.

The LS features 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a roof rack, a composite cargo bed, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, side assist steps and a removable three-piece bed cover. Inside you’ll find dual-zone manual air-conditioning, cruise control, six-way power front seats, 60/40-split rear seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, Bluetooth, OnStar and a six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and rear-seat audio controls. A 40/20/40 front bench seat is optional on the LS and increases seating capacity to six. The Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, remote ignition and power-adjustable pedals.

The LT adds to the base LS equipment foglights, rear parking sensors, a locking rear differential, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, remote ignition and a seven-speaker Bose sound system. Eighteen-inch wheels are optional. The Luxury package adds power-folding mirrors, eight-way power front seats with power lumbar adjustment and driver memory, leather upholstery and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The top-of-the-line LTZ includes the Luxury package, but adds 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension with automatic load leveling, a driver-side auto-dimming mirror, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, real-time traffic, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. Power-retractable side steps are optional.

The Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package available on the LT and LTZ adds a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and on the LT, navigation and real-time traffic. Optional wheels in 20- and 22-inch sizes are available on all trims.

Add the Z71 Off Road package and you get specialized springs and shock absorbers, upgraded 18-inch off-road tires, front recovery hooks, a skid plate and a high-capacity air cleaner. The Z71 looks different, too, thanks to beefy fender flares, an aggressive front fascia and tubular side assist steps.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is offered with a choice of either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. LS and LT 4WD models get a single-speed transfer case, while a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing is standard on the LTZ and available as an option on other trim levels.

Under the hood, all three Avalanche models get a 5.3-liter V8 that generates 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Properly equipped, the Avalanche can tow up to 8,100 pounds — about 2,000 pounds less than a Silverado. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined for both 2WD and 4WD models.


Standard safety features on the Chevrolet Avalanche include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, plus GM’s OnStar emergency communications system. For 2012, the standard stability control system now includes trailer sway control and hill start assist.

Interior Design and Special Features

Getting into the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche requires a bit of a climb, but once you’re there you’ll be rewarded with a good-looking interior trimmed with quality materials. As you’d expect from a vehicle with working-class roots, designers also paid careful attention to function with well-placed gauges and easy-to-use controls (though most buttons are a little too small). Poor visibility is an issue, however, so we’d strongly recommend the rearview camera that’s standard on the LTZ and available as an option on other models.

The cabin also offers comfortable seating for up to six passengers with the 40/20/40-split front seat available on the LS. The standard front bucket seats are supportive and separated by a center console with a large covered storage box, air vents and audio controls for rear seat passengers.

While all these passenger-oriented comforts set it apart from full-size pickups, the Avalanche distinguishes itself from full-size SUVs in its cargo-hauling capacity. Folding the rear seats forward while leaving the rear window and hard tonneau cover in place creates a huge cargo area, which is secure thanks to the lockable cover and tailgate. Taking advantage of the Avalanche’s full pickup-like carrying capacity does require removing and stowing both the rear window and bed cover, however.

Driving Impressions

From behind the wheel, the first thing you notice about the 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche is that it accelerates smartly for such a large vehicle. Handling and steering feel are both better than you’d expect from a pickup, though the truck’s super-size dimensions and equally large blind spots to the sides and rear make maneuvering in tight quarters a challenge. On the upside, the Avalanche drives a bit smoother and quieter than a traditional pickup design.

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Price :

MSRP range:$36,800 – $50,305
Invoice price range:$34,224 – $46,784

2012 Chevrolet Avalanche Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5462
City (MPG) : 15
Hwy (MPG) : 21
Horsepower : 320@5400
Torque (lb-ft) : 335@4000
Wheelbase : 130.0
Length (in.) : 221.3
Width (in.) : 79.1
Height (in.) : 76.6


2011 Chevrolet Impala Price, Review

2011 Chevrolet Impala Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 3.5-liter V-6 is flex-fuel capable. The Luxury Package adds leather heated front six-way power buckets, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, Bose eight-speaker audio, one year XM subscription, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal home remote and heated power side mirrors. Bluetooth is standard on 1LT, optional on 1LS, 1FL and 2FL. New 1FL and 2FL fleet models are similar to LS and 1LT.

Introduced in 2006 is the most recent Impala. At this time, plans for upgrading the Impala are scheduled for 2014. The most recent configuration has minor refreshments tacked onto the original 2000 configuration. Essentially, the Impala is the oldest sedan on US highways, seconding only the discontinuation of the Ford Crown Victoria.

Several years ago, the Impala V-8 SS configuration was discontinued: the vehicle was GM’s last car to offer the outmoded overhead valve 3.5 Liter or 3.9 Liter V-6 motor. The vehicle is offered with a single transmission option: the four speed auto gearbox. This makes the Impala’s features and design outdated. What’s more, the Chevy Malibu is bigger than the Impala and the vehicle will have had two upgrades before its sibling.

The Impala is a large sedan hosting front wheel drive. If the car buyer is seeking a family oriented vehicle or they desire a car offering up enough legroom, the Impala is sure to satisfy. Additionally, since the Impala’s redesign is well into the future, when compared to the Malibu, it’s often assigned a more affordable price tag.

The familiar Impala design continues with no major sheetmetal changes for ’11. Body color side moldings are standard on all models, except on police and taxicab packages. The Luxury Package includes a standard rear spoiler. Impala LT and LTZ feature dual-zone climate control providing a variance of up to 12 degrees. Single-zone climate control is standard on LS. LTZ comes with leather interior standard, while LS and LT have cloth seats.

Ride, handling and performance can best be described as adequate for the Impala’s target audience. With its aged chassis and drivetrain, this Chevy is for the buyer who only cares about value and interior comfort. Fuel mileage, however, is impressive. The 3.5-liter engine is rated 211 horsepower and the 3.9-liter is rated 224 horsepower, about equal to today’s best four-cylinder turbos.

Six airbags, including side curtains are standard. It also has StabiliTrak, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, front belt pretensioners, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) and tire pressure monitoring.

Bodystyle: Sedan
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 3.9L V-6.
Transmission: 4-speed automatic.
Models: 1LS, 1FL, 1LT, 2FL, 1LTZ.

EPA Fuel Economy
1LS, 1FL, 1LT, 2FL (3.5L): 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway
1LTZ (3.9L): 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway


2011 Chevrolet Cruze Price, Review & Picture

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Based on GM’s global Delta platform, the large Cruze compact sedan replaces the unloved Cobalt. Suspension is MacPherson strut/coil spring front suspension and z-link torsion beam rear, and the optional turbocharged four is all-new. Cruze is designed to elevate Chevy’s small car reputation, with interior design and materials designed to be a step up from the midsize Malibu.

The Chevrolet Cruze for 2011 has front-drive and is a midrange alternative to the Chevrolet Cobalt. The Cruze is emblematic of GM’s transitioning and a symbol of the company’s rebirth following its financial difficulties from a few years back. Regardless of the fact that the carmaker has failed to profit on smaller vehicles, GM is still trying to profit from their four-door Cruze sedans.

The Cruze has a midsized car trunk space, and the base configuration, originally offered in 2009, comes with a 1.8 L four-cylinder motor that could be improved since it delivers substandard performance. The Cruze is 70.7 inches wide and 181 inches long. It has a height of 51.8 inches and its wheelbase dimensions are 105 inches.

Entering the United States car market, the Cruze comes with a 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder motor as an option for car buyers; the latter competes against Hondas and Toyotas. An eco-friendly configuration hosting aerodynamic modifications including a six speed manual transmission, a .4 inch lowered body, and lower grille shutters. It passes EPA testing since it delivers 27/40 mpg.

The efficiently packaged sedan features an arched roofline and a relatively long wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs. As if from Chevrolet’s heyday, tailored lines make the Cruze look more expensive than it is.

Like the Malibu, the high trim-level LTZ features two-tone interior and heated leather seats. Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, XM satellite radio, OnStar, a navigation system and a nine-speaker Pioneer audio system are among the options.

The Cruz ECO model has less sound-deadening than other versions, saving about 275 pounds. Its low-rolling resistance tires squeal easily in tight corners while its taller gearing lengthens its acceleration times. The Cruze LTZ with its standard 18-inch wheels is the sport sedan version, sacrificing some ride quality for sharp handling. The LT with the base suspension nicely compromises ride and handling.

Chevy claims a class-leading 10 airbags, including front, side curtain bags, front and rear outboard seat airbags, and knee bags, first in its class. StabiliTrak with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes is standard.

Bodystyle: Sedan
Engines: 1.8L I-4, 1.4L turbocharged I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, LTZ, ECO

EPA Fuel Economy
LS, LT, LTZ (1.8L): 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway (automatic)
LS, LT, LTZ (1.4L): 24 mpg city/36 mpg highway (automatic)


Is Car insurance really cheaper for women?

Is Car insurance really cheaper for women?, what car reviews, Car insurance is a necessity for any driver; this is including the women drivers. In most cases, car insurance for women drivers tends to be cheaper than that given to men. However, most women think their insurance is equally as expensive as that for men. This is because insurance companies have a more positive attitude towards women drivers; hence, offering them cheaper insurance options. Some of the reasons why this is the case, are discussed below.

1) Women tend to go cheap on automobiles

Women’s priorities tend to differ largely with those of men. As a result, women tend to buy cheaper and more manageable cars, because having a fancy car to them is not as important as having the latest designer hair do, dress or that shoe that every sophisticated woman has. Therefore, in case an accident, the cost incurred for insurance claims for such cars is much less. This is the main reason for insurance companies to have cheaper insurance rates for women.

2) Women tend to be better drivers than men

It is a proven fact that women are better and safer drivers than men. Most women will always make it during their very first test drive, as compared to the men, in as much as they are slow learners. This is a clear sign of their attentiveness, which is later transferred practically when driving their own cars. This can be proved by the fact that most women drive at the expected speed limit, as required of them by law. This will of course reduce their rate of accidents and if they take place, the accidents are not as serious as those caused by male drivers.

3) The type of road accidents

The road accidents that women drivers tend to get involved in are in most cases less damaging than the ones that involve men. This is because most women tend to follow traffic laws and are more careful drivers on the roads. These laws include driving within the required speed limits, avoiding careless overtaking, and not using cell phones while driving, among others. They also tend to avoid driving in bad weather conditions as compared to the male drivers.

4) Insurance companies favor women drivers

Most insurance companies have policies stipulated for women drivers being cheaper than that of men, which lead to lower insurance premiums. This is done to attract women drivers who happen to be more of assets to insurance companies as compared to their male counterparts.

5) Traffic Offenses

Looking at the statistics of the persons charged with traffic offenses, it is true that men are more compared to their women counterparts. Traffic rules and regulations were put in place to ensure safety on the roads while driving. Women will rarely be found committing traffic offenses, hence leaving them on the safe side. This will of course minimize the accidents that they would have been involved in, hence fewer or no claims. Some of these statistics are what has caused the car insurance companies to come up with stiffer insurance policies for men in terms of premiums than that of women.

6) Long Distance Driving

Another factor that contributes to cheaper insurance premiums for women is that most women tend to shy from long distance drives. This is very important since most accidents occur in the course of long journeys. As a result, this will reduce the rate of expected accidents involving women drivers. The number of accidents caused will mostly involve men who might be driving very expensive cars. The rate of premiums paid for expensive cars is more compared to that paid in for cheaper automobile.

5) Masculinity vs. Femininity

Science has proved that men are led to drive at very high speeds and are in most cases found to be on the wrong due to their high levels of testosterone. It is a true and proven fact that over-speeding and having traffic faults will lead to accidents, in most cases. Since men are very good at competition, you would realize that male drivers they will in most cases want to challenge each other. This is opposite with the female drivers.

Yes it is true that car insurance for women is way cheaper because of the above reasons. But not all car insurance companies have the cheaper insurance policy for women in place. It is therefore, advisable to carry out a thorough research on the different insurance companies, to see what they have to offer.


2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Price, Review

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid gets minor enhancements to its navigation system. If you’re trying to be environmentally friendly, then the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is not the way to do it. It achieves 21 mpg combined, which is a 5 mpg improvement over the regular Escalade and a huge savings in fuel for a truck, but pretty abysmal by the expectations of a traditional hybrid. It’s better for the planet, but maybe not better for you. In green metaphorical terms, it’s like picking the Exxon Valdez over the Deepwater Horizon.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a full-size SUV available in base and Platinum Edition trim levels. It seats seven people with standard second-row captain’s chairs and eight with the optional second-row bench.

Standard equipment includes 22-inch wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, running boards, a power liftgate, automatic HID headlights, foglamps, a roof rack, heated power-folding mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, a blind-spot warning system, rear parking sensors, a sunroof, remote ignition and keyless ignition/entry. Inside you get tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated 10-way power seats with driver memory functions and four-way lumbar adjustments, leather upholstery (first and second rows, third-row vinyl), power-adjustable pedals, a power tilt-only steering wheel, heated second-row seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Electronic features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar emergency communications, a navigation system, a touchscreen interface, voice controls, a rear seat entertainment system and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and rear controls.

The Platinum Edition gets unique front styling, 22-inch chrome wheels, LED headlamps, power-retractable running boards (optional on base), leather-covered dash and door tops, upgraded seat leather, contrasting stitching, upgraded wood trim and heated and cooled cupholders. For the Platinum, the entertainment system gets dual display screens mounted in the front headrests.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Escalade Hybrid is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 working in conjunction with a battery pack mounted under the second-row seat and a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors located inside a unique automatic transmission dubbed “Two-Mode.” GM engineers say that combined output with the electric motors is 379 horsepower. The Escalade Hybrid can be had with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.


Standard safety features on the 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system and OnStar emergency communications.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid’s cabin is nearly identical to that found in the conventionally powered version, boasting a stylish contemporary design with top-quality materials and finish. The layout of its controls is straightforward and their operation is intuitive, including the standard navigation system.

There’s room for as many as eight, but the rearmost seats offer cramped legroom for all but small passengers. When it comes time to load up with cargo, those 50/50-split third-row seats also don’t fold away conveniently like those in competitors; they are heavy and awkward to remove, and must be stored elsewhere. Once they’re out, though, there are 109 cubic feet of maximum cargo space available.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid exhibits two distinct personalities depending on your motoring mode. At low speeds with a light load, this Escalade can travel in electric-only fashion, which makes for an especially peaceful cabin atmosphere devoid of mechanical vibration and noise. At higher speeds, though, you’ll hear the various sounds of the hybrid powertrain at work, while the ride quality suffers from the heavy 22-inch wheels and stiff low-profile tires, which transmit every bump in the road directly to your backside.

The cylinder deactivation system goes about its work seamlessly, as it automatically shuts down and restarts engine cylinders when appropriate. The regenerative braking system takes some getting used to, however, as it gives surging feedback through the pedal as you attempt to come to a smooth stop. There’s also the matter of acceleration. While the regular Escalade is surprisingly quick, the Hybrid is beaten off the line by some four-cylinder-powered compact SUVs.

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Price :

MSRP range:$74,135 – $88,435
Invoice price range:$69,316 – $82,687

2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5871
City (MPG) : 20
Hwy (MPG) : 23
Horsepower : 332@5100
Torque (lb-ft) : 367@4100
Wheelbase : 116.0
Length (in.) : 202.5
Width (in.) : 79.0
Height (in.) : 75.9


2012 Dodge Challenger Price, Review

2012 Dodge Challenger Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, To the uninitiated, the 2012 Dodge Challenger might seem like just an overgrown retro-mobile. Indeed, when this classic nameplate returned for 2008, it certainly looked like a slightly plus-sized version of the original early 1970s Mopar icon. It was also very fast (at first just the 425-horsepower SRT8 was available), surprisingly comfortable and spacious enough to seat four adults with ease. But many people felt that the reborn Challenger was too bulky and not agile enough for a performance car. In other words, it was more like the original than perhaps some folks wanted. Furthermore, the later-introduced V6 version — burdened as it was with nearly 2 tons of boulevard bruiser — was too slow for something that made such a powerful visual statement.

Last year, however, revisions to the steering, brakes and suspension gave the Challenger the moves to match its muscle. And thanks to a new 305-hp V6 that also boasts better fuel economy than the lackluster engine it replaced, the base Challenger is now more competitive with its V6-powered rivals. Also introduced last year was a new engine for the top-dog SRT8: a mighty 392-cubic-inch (6.4-liter) 470-hp V8. The old-school, cubic-inches specification is a nod to the famous (for older car guys, anyway) 392 Hemi of the late 1950s.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is a five-seat coupe available in three trim levels that each correspond to a different engine: SXT, R/T and SRT8 392.

The SXT’s standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, full power accessories, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear A/C outlets, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls), a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The optional SXT Plus package adds foglights, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated visor mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity/streaming audio and an upgraded sound system with satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SXT is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard. EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

The Challenger R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 that when paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission cranks out 376 hp and 410 lb-ft. When hooked up to the available five-speed automatic, output drops slightly to 372 hp and 400 lb-ft. In Edmunds testing, a manual-equipped Challenger R/T went from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds; the automatic raises that to 5.8 seconds. Fuel mileage estimates are 16/25/19 for the automatic with the manual getting about 1 mpg less.


Every 2012 Dodge Challenger comes standard with antilock disc brakes (size and power differs based on trim and certain option packages), stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

Unlike the Dodge Challenger’s distinctive-looking exterior, the interior is quite bland. A few styling cues, like the large beveled dashboard and distinctive shifter knobs, are reminiscent of Challengers past, but overall, the interior experience pales in comparison to its retro-themed rivals. Rearward visibility, because of the car’s chunky rear roof pillars, is also poor.

Despite a slightly confusing audio interface, however, the interior is quite functional and its materials are of good quality, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The gauges feature a cool cobalt-blue glow. A relatively small-diameter steering wheel that’s well-contoured makes for a pleasant interface between the car and driver.

The front seats in most Challengers are wide and flat, which doesn’t do much for lateral support, but they’re exceptionally comfy for long-distance drives. The SRT8′s have better bolstering and are also covered in leather and faux suede. The rear seats are surprisingly roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. The backseat also features a 60/40 split-folding back, a fold-down armrest and a middle seat for tiny/good-natured folks. At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger’s trunk is positively enormous for this segment and bigger than those of many midsize sedans.

Driving Impressions

While all 2012 Dodge Challengers are blessed with a ride quality that’s comfortable enough to keep your mom happy when you pick her up from the airport, the base tuning of the SXT is pretty floaty. We highly recommend going for the Super Sport group’s performance-tuned suspension, which brings with it more responsive steering and brakes. Or you could just get the R/T, which comes standard with those upgrades, plus the big V8 that, as expected, will have your mother screaming with anger or delight as you tear away from Arrivals. That goes double for the SRT8 392. Overall handling is pretty respectable, particularly with the R/T and SRT8 392, though competitors like the Mustang or Genesis Coupe are noticeably more agile.

2012 Dodge Challenger Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3834
City (MPG) : 18
Hwy (MPG) : 27
Horsepower : 305@6350
Torque (lb-ft) : 268@4800
Wheelbase : 116.0
Length (in.) : 197.7
Width (in.) : 75.7
Height (in.) : 57.1

2012 Dodge Challenger Price :

MSRP range: $24,995 – $43,995
Invoice price range: $24,175 – $42,555


2012 Citroen DS5 Review

Citroën DS5 is the first Citroën model to feature HYbrid4 diesel hybrid technology. The advanced HYbrid4 system delivers 200bhp; four-wheel drive capability; emission-free electric power for the city; and an acceleration boost function for the open road – with total CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The assertive front end instantly identifies Citroën DS5 as a member of the DS family. There is an oversized air intake, a large chrome-finished grille housing the chevrons and a new LED light signature. A distinguishing feature, DS5 boasts chrome-finished ’sabre’ inserts stretching from the top of each headlamp to the windscreen.

The rear design takes Citroen DS5’s on-road presence to yet another level. The car stands firmly on wide tracks, emphasised by two tail pipes built into the rear bumper and highlighted by a rear signature featuring six light guides.

For its motor show debut in Shanghai, DS5 appears in a one-off livery as the Citroën DS5 White Pearl. The cabin features ebony-coloured full-grain leather, contrasting subtly with silver-flecked overstitching. Interior detailing includes decorative inserts in Markassa ebony and a highly reflective fascia, created by applying several layers of lacquer. Citroën DS5 White Pearl also sports specially designed 20-inch alloy wheels.

2011 Dacia Duster Price, Picture, Review

2011 Dacia Duster Price, Picture, Review, Dacia Duster is because the Euro-5 compliance, there is no pollution of the vehicle. Dacia Duster in the 2010 4 × 4 is equipped with Bosch 8.1 ABS and electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist EBV. 2010 Dacia Duster measures 4.31 meters and 1.82 meters wide and has a ground clearance 200mm with 30 degree approach angle and departure angle greater than 35 degrees.

Starting in June, Dacia Duster will go on sale in the Middle East, Ukraine and parts of Africa as a Renault. Lap will spread to other parts of the world in 2011.

Up to five adults comfortably fit in the Dacia Duster. Available space for both front and rear passengers the same as what you see in the sedan Dacia. Renault has made sure that all safety features include a car to drive safely. Dacia Duster has a 8.1 ABS, electronic brake force distribution EBV or the strengths and Emergency Brake Assist to ensure passenger safety.

For that much almost everywhere, but to see England, I reasoned they both should be as cheap as chips and better. Now, after the last push Dacia Duster, I can confirm, would dusters reasonably priced and well made to the opposition to brush.

2011 Dacia Duster Pictures


Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8

Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8. Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8. Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8. This is a very a fashionable car. It available in two models 300 s6 and 300 s8 with a really good desain. This car with full accessories.
Chrysler 300 s6 and 300 s8
Machine specifications:

S6. S8 chrysler 300 has tuned feature suspension performance shock
Use goodyear eagle RSA (Road Safety Association)
Efficient fuel
250 hp (186 kw) for 24 valve
It offers a driving comfort for the customer. It will come in Chrysler dealer on spring 2010, SO,, let’s check it out

The cabins of the new Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8 models exude a serious, athletic-interior theme. A uniquely designed steering wheel with carbon weave is accented with red stitching and brushed silver spokes. Beautifully bolstered Dark Slate Gray leather front seats are track-tested and feature an embroidered “300 S” logo on the seatback. Specially perforated Dark Slate Gray suede fills the front and rear seats, seatback and seat cushion with hints of red accent beneath. The Dark Slate interior theme continues around the driver and passenger side and is highlighted with brushed aluminum accents on the instrument panel center stack, center console side trim and upper-door trim. Carbon-weave door-pull handles with red accent stitching finish off the interior of both 300 S6 and 300 S8 models.

The Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8 models feature a performance-tuned suspension with performance shocks, steering, all-season performance Goodyear Eagle RSA tires and performance brake linings. The 2010 Chrysler 300 S6 delivers its driving excitement through a fuel-efficient, 250 horsepower (186 kW) 24-valve 3.5-liter high-output V-6 engine with Auto Stick, capable of 25 highway mpg.

Chrysler 300 S8 offers exceptional performance with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, which generates 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 389 lb.-ft. (527 N•m) of torque and features fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology that provides as much as a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy. Mated to a quality-proven five-speed Auto Stick transmission, the 2010 Chrysler 300 S8 delivers 25 highway mpg.

The 2010 Chrysler 300 S6 and 300 S8 will arrive at Chrysler dealerships in the spring of 2010.

2011 Citroen Price & Review

2011 Citroen Price & Review, what car reviews, DS4 will be launched with a choice of five very smooth and efficient Euro 5 engines. These are two HDi diesel engines – a 110 HDi (also known as e-HDi versions) and 160 HDi – both new Citroen cars diesel particulate filter. Three petrol engines – VTI 120, THP 155 and THP 200 is new – that was developed in collaboration with BMW. New THP 200 – based on 1.6-liter engine – thank you for providing a flexible service and performance with a power (147 kW) (min 275 nm at 1700 rpm) torque in abundance – with a low CO2 emissions just 149g/km.

All machines are equipped GSR manual transmission with six gears. DS4 is the second model of online typical style of the DS. DS4 combine repair and improvement of a dynamic coupé body flexibility, and creating practical aspects of daily life that are very large in a compact design – 4.27 m (l), 1.81 m (w) and 1.53 m (h).

Combination-style 2 +2 coupe with the practice of the door, offers three large chair behind the DS4, integrated access through the rear door handles hidden, resulting in transparent body line. This limited edition of 750 vehicles also places special emphasis on the trim interior, Mistral / Lama leather upholstery and dashboard trim, air vent surrounds, interior door handle trim, gearshift lever in the same glossy black as the roof, addition to this distinctive atmosphere, the Citroen DS3 Serie Noire, the MyWay navigation and hi-fi.


2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price, Review

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Town & Country is Chrysler’s premier minivan that was updated for 2011 with revised exterior styling, interior updates and new technology features. Chrysler introduced the first minivans in 1983 with the Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. The luxury Town & Country was added in 1992, all-wheel drive became an option for 1992 and a second sliding door was added for 1996. For 2008 the Chrysler Town & Country received a total makeover with all-new designs for the exterior and interior, more than 35 new or improved features and more powertrain options. The wheelbase is two inches longer than the previous model and the ride and handling have been improved.

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country adds standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all trim levels. Town & Country Limited receives new Sapphire Blue interior lighting and a combination leather and wood steering wheel. New exterior colors are True Blue, Cashmere Pearl and Crystal Blue.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is offered in three trim levels: Touring, Touring-L and Limited.

The entry-level Touring model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, a roof rack, power sliding doors, a power tailgate and rear parking sensors. Inside you’ll find air-conditioning, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, power-adjustable pedals, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, full power accessories (including second-row power windows and third-row power vents), a conversation mirror, a back-up camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 115-volt AC power outlet. Electronic features include a rear-seat entertainment center (second-row screen), Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker CD sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and digital music storage.

Moving up to the Touring-L model gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming outside mirrors, remote ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and second- and third-row window shades. The top-of-the-line Limited model adds xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, Bluetooth, a navigation system, an additional third-row screen for the entertainment system and a nine-speaker premium audio system.

Some of the standard features found on the upper Town & Country trim levels can be added to the lower trims via optional packages. Other major options include a sunroof, a power-folding third-row seat and an upgraded center console.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.


The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country comes with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, full-length side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags and a driver knee airbag. A blind-spot monitor and a rear cross-path detection system are also standard. In Edmunds brake testing, the Town & Country came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, an average distance for a minivan.

Interior Design and Special Features

Last year’s complete makeover brought with it a nicely trimmed cabin stocked with quality materials and a pleasing design. Positioning the Town & Country as a luxury vehicle means an interior that is downright posh on the top-of-the-line Limited trim level.

Unlike other minivans that require the awkward removal of the middle-row seats to achieve maximum cargo capacity, the Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seats fold flat into the floor. Operating these surprisingly comfortable seats is fairly simple, as only a quick tug of a strap and a few gentle yanks are required to make them disappear into the floor.

The third-row seats are also comfortable, but headroom might be tight for taller folks, while shorter folks may find the aggressive tilt of the seat cushion akin to sitting in a dentist’s chair. The 60/40-split third-row seat can be had with a slick power-folding option and can also be flipped backwards to create comfortable seating for tailgate parties and the kids’ soccer games. Several Edmunds editors of different heights noticed that the driver seat and pedals are mounted too close together, even when moved to the widest setting offered by the power adjustments.

Driving Impressions

The muscular engine and confident handling on winding roads make the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country a contender. But segment leaders like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna still offer more refinement. The Chrysler’s engine, while powerful, sounds and feels rougher, and there’s an odd whistling noise under deceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job of keeping power on tap, but gearchanges can sometimes be jarring. The steering effort is slightly heavier and the suspension is a bit less compliant as well. On the highway, we’ve also noticed some creaks and squeaks, although nothing compared to older models.

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Specs :

Engine Specifications
Size, liters/cu. in. : 3.6/220
Horsepower @ rpm. : 283 @ 6400
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm. : 260 @ 4800
Availability : Standard
EPA City / highway mpg
6-speed automatic : 17/25

Fuel Data
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : N/A MPG
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : N/A MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : 20.0 gal

Drivetrain Specifications
Drivetrain : Front-Wheel Drive

Interior Specifications
Front Headroom : 39.8 in
Front Hiproom : 57.6 in
Front Legroom: 40.6 in
Front Shoulderroom: 63.0 in
Passenger Capacity: 7
Second Headroom : 39.7 in
Second Hiproom : 64.8 in
Second Legroom : 36.3 in
Second Shoulderroom: 64.7 in
Third Headroom : 37.9 in
Third Hiproom : 48.7 in
Third Legroom : 31.8 in
Third Shoulderroom : 62.0 in

Exterior Specifications
Curb Weight : 4507 lbs
Height, Overall : 68.9 in
Length, Overall : 202.5 in
Min Ground Clearance: 6.1 in
Tread Width, Front : 65.5 in
Tread Width, Rear : 64.8 in
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : 39.1 ft
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : N/A ft
Wheelbase : 121.2 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors : 76.9 in

Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material : Aluminum

Front Tire Size : P235/60R16
Rear Tire Size : P235/60R16

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Price :

MSRP range: $29,995 – $38,995
Invoice price range: $28,790 – $37,070


2011 Chrysler Review

2011 Chrysler Review – Chrysler barely survived 2009, only staying alive thanks to an arranged marriage to Italy’s Fiat. Aside from the fast-tracked Fiat 500, most fruits of this union won’t reach dealer showrooms for some time, but the new ownership has already breathed signs of life into the Pentastar’s once-dormant product pipeline.

In Detroit, Chrysler showed a rebadged version of the Lancia Delta. Such rebadges would be one way to quickly give Chrysler some more fresh product, especially with the U.S. return of Alfa Romeo in doubt once again.

Here’s what the future holds in store for Chrysler beyond the aforementioned 500 and upcoming 2011 300:

Small, midsize Fiat platforms, Multiair engines for Chrysler, Chrysler’s V-6, rear-drive platform for Alfa

Sergio Marchionne saved Chrysler from certain postbankruptcy death last year. Outsiders have placed a lot of faith in Fiat’s superstar chief, although his five-year plan revealed last November raises the question of whether Chrysler will soon be selling much more than rebadged Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and Lancias.

While North American Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealers have been consolidating in order to reduce product overlap, three of those brands now will share small Fiat underpinnings across several model lines.

Brand president Olivier Francois says Chrysler will share exterior styling with Lancia, of which Francois also is president. Ralph Gilles, still in charge of Chrysler Group design, also leads Dodge Brand and plans to upgrade its image and interiors, with variations ranging from “sweet and simple” to “uptown luxury” and “ultimate performance” SRT. How will “uptown luxury” Dodge differ from Lancia-based Chrysler? Probably in marketing more than material difference.

Fiat will apply its Multiair technology to Chrysler’s new line of larger-than-2.0-liter fours and its new Pentastar V-6. And Chrysler will build Fiat’s Multiair 1.4-liter four in its Dundee, Michigan, engine plant, and share its larger fours and Pentastar V-6 with Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. The Pentastar is “protected” for downsizing to smaller displacements, important for Europe. It features a cast-aluminum block and dual-continuously variable cam phasing.

2011 Chrysler Review

2011 Chrysler Review – Sergio Marchionne saved Chrysler from certain postbankruptcy death last year. Outsiders have placed a lot of faith in Fiat’s superstar chief, although his five-year plan revealed last November raises the question of whether Chrysler will soon be selling much more than rebadged Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and Lancias.

While North American Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram dealers have been consolidating in order to reduce product overlap, three of those brands now will share small Fiat underpinnings across several model lines.

Brand president Olivier Francois says Chrysler will share exterior styling with Lancia, of which Francois also is president. Ralph Gilles, still in charge of Chrysler Group design, also leads Dodge Brand and plans to upgrade its image and interiors, with variations ranging from “sweet and simple” to “uptown luxury” and “ultimate performance” SRT. How will “uptown luxury” Dodge differ from Lancia-based Chrysler? Probably in marketing more than material difference.

Fiat will apply its Multiair technology to Chrysler’s new line of larger-than-2.0-liter fours and its new Pentastar V-6. And Chrysler will build Fiat’s Multiair 1.4-liter four in its Dundee, Michigan, engine plant, and share its larger fours and Pentastar V-6 with Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. The Pentastar is “protected” for downsizing to smaller displacements, important for Europe. It features a cast-aluminum block and dual-continuously variable cam phasing.