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Posted in cars, Reviews on October 1st, 2011 by admin
Tags: 2011, 460, 8 speed, burnout, cruise control, donut, engine, fuel, gs, gs460, hp, interior, Lexus, MPG, pics, pictures, price, radar, review, specs, speed, sport, V8
Lexus is known for producing cars that are very refined and very smooth, almost to the point of making the driver feel disconnected from the car, which results in an unenjoyable experience for a real driving enthusiast.
When Lexus dropped off the 2011 GS 460, we instantly appreciated its sports sedan looks and hoped that Lexus had given it a sporty feel to match – then we took it for a short drive. It was our worst fear – Lexus had given the GS the looks of a sports sedan, but there was nothing sporty beyond that. The suspension was soft, the steering was loose and it had aggravatingly slow acceleration.
After the disappointing initial drive, we took some time to familiarize ourselves with the interior and with which features were controlled by buttons and which features were controlled by the large touch screen monitor in the center of the stack. While taking inventory of the buttons and switches, we made some discoveries that would change everything. There was a switch to put the suspension in sport, there was a switch to adjust the power and torque output, there was a traction control button and the transmission had a sport mode.
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Posted in cars, Reviews on August 27th, 2011 by admin
Tags: 1.4, 50, 6 speed, auto, burnout, Chevrolet, chevy, cruze, eco, engine, focus, ford, fuel, fuel economy, fuel efficient, horsepower, hybrid, manual, MPG, mph, options, pictures, price, review, specs, stick, turbo
Despite boring looks and performance to match, there is something special about this car. The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, when equipped with the six-speed manual gearbox, is the most fuel efficient, gasoline powered, non-hybrid car in America.
We have what many consider a lead foot, and because of this, we usually manage MPG numbers significantly lower than the manufacturer’s ratings. The window sticker on the 2012 Cruze Eco says 28/42 MPG, however, our own testing shows those numbers are pretty conservative. We managed a very impressive 30 – 33 MPG in the city and an equally impressive 50 MPG on the freeway, even with our lead foot.
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Posted in cars, Reviews on July 22nd, 2011 by admin
Tags: 0-60, 2011, accord, altima, camry, es, fuel, fuel economy, Honda, horsepower, hp, Lexus, MPG, Nissan, pics, pictures, review, se, specs, toyota, v6
When one thinks of the Toyota Camry they think of reliability, practicality, functionality and in reality it’s these -itys that make the Camry so great.
Even with those thoughts in mind, it is fun to take a look at the sporty side of ordinary. Case in point: Our test vehicle, a 2011 Camry SE. Our Camry came with the largest engine offered, a 3.5L V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 foot-pounds of torque. The SE is the sportiest trim level available on the Camry and comes standard with 17-inch wheels and aggressive body styling, which makes it more closely resemble its sister car – the Lexus ES. When was the last time “aggressive” and “Camry” were used in the same sentence?
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Posted in cars, Reviews on June 13th, 2011 by admin
Tags: auto, automatic, autospotters, beeville, Cadillac, electric, Escalade, ford, fuel, fuel economy, fuel efficient, Goliad, gt, Hennessey, horsepower, hp, hybrid, luxury, MPG, mph, Mustang, performance, pictures, Platinum, power, range rover, review, specs, Texas, Texas Mile, tx, V8
We took another trip to the ultimate one-mile challenge – the Texas Mile. The May 2011 event was a big deal for the Texas Mile, it was the inaugural running at their new home located at Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas and the first ever running of the Texas Mile in May. For those who do not know, the Texas Mile is an event that allows drivers to see how fast their vehicle can go in a standing mile, and until May 2011 it has always been held at the Goliad Industrial Airpark in Goliad, Texas.
The May event was also a big deal for Autospotters because we became too large to fit the crew and gear, comfortably, into one car – so for the first time ever, we took two cars. Not just any two cars, but a 2012 Ford Mustang GT convertible and a 2011 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Hybrid. The fact that both vehicles have four wheels and took us to the Texas Mile is about where any comparison ends.
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