2012 Ram 1500 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Ram 1500 Price, Review, Specs, For 2012, the Ram gets a slight increase in fuel economy and a new steering wheel. There are certainly basic requirements that you’d expect a pickup truck to meet. A truck has to be tough, both in practice and preferably in appearance as well. It has to tow and haul things that nothing else can. It has to have a robust V8 engine available along with four-wheel drive. The 2012 Ram 1500 satisfies all that, but then so do its competitors. Sure, one may be able to tow a little more or have a slightly tougher frame, but for the vast majority of jobs, any full-size pickup will get it done.

2012 Ram 1500 Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup available in multiple cab styles and bed lengths. The regular cab seats a maximum of three people on its standard 40/20/40 bench seat, and it can be had with either a 6-foot-4 bed or an 8-foot version. The extended cab (“Quad Cab”) can seat up to six in two bench rows and comes only with the 6-foot-4 bed. The crew cab model expands rear-seat legroom even farther, but is only available with a 5-foot-7 bed. There are four trim levels.

The base ST model (available in regular and extended cabs) comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, a locking tailgate, vinyl floor covering, air-conditioning, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, vinyl upholstery, a folding rear bench seat (extended-cab only), a tilt-only steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player with an auxiliary audio jack. The Power and Remote Entry Group adds keyless entry and power locks, mirrors and windows. The ST Popular Equipment Group adds cruise control, carpeted flooring, cloth upholstery and satellite radio.

Both of these equipment groups are standard on the SLT (available in all cab styles), which also adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a standard V8, chrome exterior trim, a power-sliding rear window and a trip computer. The Power Equipment Group adds 20-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a rear stabilizer bar and an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment. The Media Center 430 package adds a touchscreen interface, digital music storage, an iPod/USB audio interface, Bluetooth and an auto-dimming mirror. Also optional are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors.

The Sport (available in all cab styles) adds the above optional equipment along with a body-colored grille, 22-inch chrome wheels, unique bucket seats and console, and a floor-mounted shifter lever.

The top-of-the-line Laramie trim level (available in extended and crew cabs only) comes standard with virtually all of the Sport’s features, with a few differences (such as 20-inch wheels, a front split bench seat and two-tone paint) and added luxuries in the form of rear parking sensors, additional exterior chrome trim, remote ignition, fender flares, power-adjustable pedals, driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, wood-grain/chrome interior trim and an upgraded sound system with a subwoofer.

Many of the above features can be had on the SLT and Sport. Other notable options (depending on trim level) include an integrated trailer brake controller, a spray-in bedliner, a sunroof, “RamBox” storage bins mounted on the sides of the bed, a rear parking camera and a navigation system with real-time traffic. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available on Crew Cab models.

There are also a variety of packages available as well. The Outdoorsman (only available on four-wheel-drive trucks) includes highlights such as the 5.7-liter V8 (already standard on the Sport), all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, limited-slip rear differential, bucket seats with console, two-tone paint and fender flares. The Lone Star (available in Texas only) and Big Horn (available everywhere but Texas) are similar in that they bundle together a bunch of the SLT’s optional equipment along with special badging and trim.

2012 Ram 1500 Powertrains and Performance

The standard engine for the rear-wheel-drive Ram 1500 ST regular and quad cabs is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 215 hp and 235 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic is standard. Fuel economy is underwhelming for a V6, 14 mpg city/20 highway and 16 mpg combined.

The standard engine on the four-wheel-drive Ram ST and all SLT and Laramie models is a 4.7-liter V8 good for 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy with RWD is 14/20/16 mpg and 4WD drops the highway estimate to 19 mpg.

Standard on the Sport and optional on the SLT and Laramie trims is a 5.7-liter V8 good for 390 hp and 407 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed auto is standard. Fuel economy with 2WD is also 14/20/16 mpg, but 4WD is 13/19/15.

In performance testing, a 4WD 5.7-liter V8-powered crew cab model went from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 10,450 pounds — this is less than its competitors, but not by much.

2012 Ram 1500 Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2012 Ram 1500 includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

In government crash testing, the Ram 1500 received an overall rating of three stars (out of five), with two stars for overall frontal crash protection. The Crew and Quad cabs received an overall side crash rating of five stars. Oddly, the results were different in crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Here the Ram received the top score of “Good” in the institute’s frontal-offset test, but the second-worst score of “Marginal” in the side-impact and roof strength tests.

2012 Ram 1500 Interior Design and Special Features

The Ram 1500′s interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. The range-topping Laramie, with its wood-grain trim and leather upholstery, makes for a very posh pickup, but even the lower trim levels have an attractive design, well-textured materials and intuitively placed controls. The front seats, while rather soft, strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab’s rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle. If there is an interior quibble, it’s that the available touchscreen audio interface isn’t as user-friendly as the higher-tech electronics systems found in the Ford F-150.

The Ram provides plenty of standard and optional storage spaces. The center console bin is quite large, while the crew cab features watertight storage compartments under the rear floor as well as shallow bins under the flip-up backseat. Unique to this pickup is the optional RamBox feature, which places a pair of lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed. It’s a neat feature, though we’ve found the durability of the compartments isn’t as sturdy as one might expect.

2012 Ram 1500 Driving Impressions

With its body-on-frame construction, the 2012 Ram 1500 exhibits the sort of ride quality you expect from a truck designed to carry a payload of a half ton, but the coil springs in the rear suspension do much to maintain a comfortable ride on the highway when the cargo bed is empty.

We would steer potential owners away from the Ram’s base V6, which is not only underpowered for the pickup’s heft, but also offers no advantage in fuel economy. The 4.7-liter V8 is adequately powerful, but given that it also gets the same gas mileage as the 5.7-liter V8, it seems like a no-brainer to step up to the biggest engine available — if you have the extra money, that is.

The new six-speed automatic found in the V8 models helps optimize both fuel economy and towing ability, allowing the Ram to better compete with the Ford, GM and Toyota pickups. Still, one of the several optional axle ratios might be in order if you need to tow something, but keep in mind that this will come at the cost of fuel economy. The Ram’s light-effort steering also lacks any sort of feel, which can be unnerving on a narrow country road.

2012 Ram 1500 Price :

MSRP range: $21,820 – $46,270
Invoice price range: $20,416 – $42,474

2012 Ram 1500 Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5000
City (MPG) : 19
Hwy (MPG) : 28
Horsepower : 215@5200
Torque (lb-ft) : 235@4000
Wheelbase : 120.5
Length (in.) : 209.0
Width (in.) : 79.4
Height (in.) : 74.6

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Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift. Suzuki Swift is a new and be a future class. With a very beautiful design, this car is very suitable for yong people who needs speed and high lifestyle. This car with high technology, and also efficient.

Suzuki swift 2011 has a gasoline engine which has 1.2 liter. It choose to replace the old machine with 1.3 liter gasoline capacity. The new machine was completed wit VVTI, it cause an increase power until 92hp. This car has luxurious interior.

2011 Proton Exora Supreme Review & Price

Many people who like to travel with the family making the MPV vehicle as the primary choice. Car manufacturers were set up in droves MPV type car. Not to forget the new Proton MPV variant that issued the Supreme Exora with engine capacity of 1600 cc.

To determine whether MPV cars from Malaysia was able to compete with other MPV in Indonesia we find out.Proton Exora 4592 m in length, width and height of 1692 m. 1809 Beyond simply stunning design with a slightly bent lamp design. The back of the car is very similar to MPV cars from Japan, Mitsubishi Grandis.

Leather-clad interior is gray and fairly smooth. To the great relief of the passenger cabin. No less with MPV Toyota Kijang. But compared with the Honda Freed, Proton Exora more relieved.Adopts the front seat captain seat equipped with handrest on the inside. Features embeddable regular classified as radio, CD player, bluetooth.

For third-row seats can be folded up parallel to the floor of the cabin. Conditions that support your hobby a long journey and brings a lot of luggage such as suitcases. Unfortunately the third seat feels cramped. Passenger knee stuck in the back seat of a second.

Machine is turned on, rauman engine is very smooth. Speedometer lamp technology adopted European car where the lights flash when the engine started.

At night, the lights dimmed speedometer to minimize glare level riders. The panels on the dashboard and easy dootrim functioned and easy to reach by the driver.

Transmission lever placed in D. Gas pressured subtly adjust the concept car that was for the family. So no need Geber Campro CPS engine 1.6-liter four cylinder DOHC 16 V which can give off power 125 hp at 6500 rpm and torque of 150 Nm at 4500 rpm.

Gearshift feels smooth. Unfortunately, the machine when it howled like stuck in low rpm around 1500-2000 rpm.

Proton claims the car can move from point Exora 0-100 km / h with a time of 15.5 seconds. Maximum engine speed is claimed to reach 165 km / hour.

Fun is not only transmission option D, there are also 2.3 and L that can be enabled to rise and fall.

So if you want to feel the beat of the engine at the beginning, you can plug in the automatic transmission lever L. Engine roar was heard up to the passenger cabin, but the usual things.

When asked to drag the front and rear suspension MacPherson strut and torsion beam able to withstand turbulent road. When the maneuver to the left and right, suspension capable of reducing fairly well. Character suspension is softer than Innova, but when the roads have been invited to perform very well.

Proton Exora braking system uses ventilated disc brakes in front and drum in rear. And for the safety of Supreme Exora already apply SRS airbags.

Now, for features like Proton is really preparing Exora value plus the integration of television at the top center of the folded. Features like providing its own pleasure for the rear passengers.

And in the afternoon, rear passengers do not have to worry about overheating. For Proton Exora a blower AC until the third row seat. Located on the roof and more integrated than a Toyota Avanza. AC funnel more like the Toyota Innova.

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Suzuki Equator Price, Review, Specs

Suzuki Equator Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Equator is the first midsize pickup truck ever offered by Suzuki. Developed in conjunction with Nissan and based on the Nissan Frontier, the Equator made its world debut at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. Design elements separate the Equator from the Nissan with Suzuki elements in the hood, front fenders, grille, bumpers, front fascia and tailgate. Suzuki expects the Equator to be a perfect companion to the brand’s powersports products, including ATVs, motorcycles and Suzuki-powered bo.

Suzuki offers a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, while the Nissan stops at five years and 60,000 miles. The drawback here is that warranty work must be performed at Suzuki dealerships, which are outnumbered considerably by Nissan dealers. If a Suzuki dealer is conveniently close to you, however, the 2011 Suzuki Equator should be an enticing midsize pickup.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Suzuki Equator is a midsize pickup truck that is available in extended- and crew-cab body styles. Extended cabs are available in Comfort, Premium and Sport trims, and all come with a 6-foot bed. Crew cabs are available in Sport and RMZ-4 trims. The Sport comes with either a 5-foot or 6-foot bed, while the RMZ-4 has the short bed only. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the Comfort and Premium trim in the extended cab, while the Sport extended cab and crew cab can be had with either rear or four-wheel drive. Finally, the RMZ-4 crew cab with its short bed is only available with four-wheel drive.

The entry-level Equator with its 15-inch steel wheels has bucket seats and an interior center console, but little else in the way of convenience features. Buyers who desire air-conditioning will have to spring for the optional Comfort package, which also includes a four-speaker sound system with a CD player. The Premium adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sliding rear window, a tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, full power accessories and upgraded cloth upholstery. Opting for the Sport gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, a spray-in bedliner and movable tie-down cleats in the bed.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2011 Suzuki Equator comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, and a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 261 hp and 281 lb-ft. The V6 is only available for crew cabs and 4WD variants, while the four-cylinder is available only in the lower-trim extended-cab models. The four-cylinder is matched to either a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic (standard on the Premium). The V6 is equipped with a five-speed automatic only.

Properly equipped, the Equator can tow up to 6,300 pounds, while payload maxes out at 1,471 pounds. Fuel economy estimates range from 19 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for the rear-drive extended cab with the inline-4 engine to 14/19/16 mpg for the 4WD crew cab with its V6.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on all trims. Traction and stability control are standard on Sport and V6 models. Hill-hold and descent control is standard on the four-cylinder Sport and V6-powered long bed and RMZ-4 models.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2011 Suzuki Equator makes use of small reverse-opening doors for extended cab models to allow rear passenger access to the fold-up jump seats. As you would expect, rear-seat passenger space is quite cramped. The crew cab has conventional rear doors and a larger rear cabin, but rear cabin space is still smaller than that of a Dodge Dakota or Toyota Tacoma. To the Equator’s credit, its cabin features an attractive design, intuitive controls and comfortable front seats. There is an abundance of hard plastic surfaces, but no more than you’ll find in other compact/midsize pickups.

Suzuki Equator Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3686
City (MPG) : 19
Hwy (MPG) : 23
Horsepower : 152@5200
Torque (lb-ft) : 171@4400
Wheelbase : 125.9
Length (in.) : 206.6
Width (in.) : 72.8
Height (in.) : 68.7

Suzuki Equator Price :

MSRP range : $17,595 – $28,950
Invoice price range : $16,892 – $27,792

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2011 Suzuki SX4 Review & Price

When you first see the small SUV crossover vehicle car, it is seen there is no change is too significant. Suzuki just did a refresher on the SX4, with HID headlights have become a standard feature.

From the outside, if not observant, it seems nothing has changed. Unless you pay attention to the main lamp, and the front grille faces made for a little more sporty.

In previous SX4 headlamp only has 2 parts, this time for the SX4 SX4 has 3 sections in the headlamp (main light) and using HID lamps.

At the time of the day is not too clear headlamp differences between the SX4 and SX4 latest long this time.

White light from the headlamp SX4 lights were so bright like fire on a stage. Focus and evenly. We had no trouble for the night journey.

Although the highlight is sharp, do not make other motorists glare, because the distance SX4 lights low enough so as not to disturb the view of the rider from the opposite direction.

Inside the cabin, like something is missing in the middle of the dashboard. Yes, Multi Information Display (MID) disappeared, and replaced the audio subwoofer.

But, when glancing at the meter cluster, it turns MID joined the speedometer and other indicators, to be an equivalent of an energetic and dynamic in this SX4 facelift.

As for the SX4 engine is still the same as the old 1.5-liter DOHC VVT engine.

Price : $ 13988

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi Price, Review, Specs

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, If you are on the lookout of a brand new stylish family car, look no further than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi this time which is claimed to be an amazing ensemble of style, space & usability. Here are the key features of the car:

• Very appealing design
• 7 seat MPV
• Available in both diesel and petrol variants
• High Fuel Efficiency
• Double AC accompanied by climate control, Tilt-power 3 spoke steering plus mounted control
• auto down power windows
• Central locking and keyless entry
• Available in different colors such as blazing red, silky silver, torque blue, midnight black, glistening grey and arctic white

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi can be characterized with low maintenance, appealing design as well as a very robust make. It comes up with all the features of an authentic sedan in its own compact design. It is seven seats MPV and is released in both the diesel and petrol variants. The petrol version runs on 1372cc 1.4 l K series which delivers around 70 Kw with 6000 rpm & an optimum torque of nearly 130 Nm with 4000 rpm. The best part of the engine is that it’s highly fuel efficient. The diesel version runs on DDiS L 1196cc diesel engine producing 66 Kw with 4000 rpm & 200 Nm with 1750rpm.

In addition, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXi comes with 5 paced manual transmission mechanism. It’s good to inform that this car is designed for front wheel driving and sports very stylish interiors that make it all the more appealing. It’s a very space efficient vehicle with a length of 4265 mm and a wheelbase of 2740 mm. The vehicle comes with 2 airbags, multiple information display and roof mounted Air Condition vents in the last and 2nd row traveler seats.

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2011 Suzuki Kizashi Price, Review & Picture

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, In the Kizashi’s case, it’s an entire philosophy, as the 2011 Kizashi is an all-new model from the ground up. Suzuki’s first serious midsize sedan entry focuses for the first time on building a superior vehicle not just offering a low-cost alternative. The Suzuki Kizashi for 2011 is a brand new model entering the sedan segment by the Japanese carmaker. The Kizashi is a popular mid-sized sedan offering which is sport-oriented. The vehicle has spectacular dynamics, a plethora of features, and good value. If you are on a budget, the Kizashi is the vehicle you have been anticipating.

The Kizashi comes with a single engine option: the 2.4 L 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated motor. It has four levels of trim, all of which are paired with AWD or front-wheel drive. The Gearbox options include a continuously variable tranny or a 6-speed manual transmission. If you want the Kizashi for sport, you will want the CVT offering.

The Kizashi’s amenities on standard models include things like dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition/entry, and a multifunction steering wheel. Higher trims come with things like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, and a power driver’s seat, among other amenities. The price of the Kizashi is competitive as well, thereby making this a leading sedan in its segment: one consumers cannot help but notice.

The Kizashi looks sporty from first glance. With a low roofline, short tail and 18-inch wheels as standard in the upper trim levels, Suzuki has built a sedan that just begs to be driven — and driven hard. While the Kizashi is short relative to the competition, overall interior space is very good, with plenty of room for those over six-feet tall in the front or rear seats. Cabin materials are high quality and a tilting/telescoping steering wheel is standard.

On the road, the Kizashi rides comfortably, yet firmly. Body roll is moderate, but the Kizashi turns in with an eagerness that is against the class norm and delivers minimal understeer, especially for a front-wheel-drive sedan. The 185-horsepower four-banger is more than up to the task and with the manual transmission, the Kizashi feels just like a mini sports sedan light, nimble, and willing. Front driver and passenger front airbags are standard on the Kizashi, as are front and rear side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. Traction control and stability control are also both standard.

Bodystyles: 4-door sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, CVT
Models: S, S AWD, SE, SE AWD, GTS, GTS AWD, SLS, SLS AWD

EPA Fuel Economy
S: 21mpg city/31mpg highway (manual); 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway (automatic)
GTS, SLS: 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway
SE, GTS, SLS, S AWD: 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway
SE AWD, GTS AWD, SLS AWD: 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway

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Subaru Impreza STI CS400

Subaru Impreza STI CS400. This is the new car from cosworth. It collaborated with Subaru. The design is very elegance. Maximum speed from this car is 400 hp in 750 rpm. It give result a sport car with spee 0 until 100 km / hours. It just spend 3.7 second/ 100 km. wow… an amazing car.

This car made from England. It an limited edition because only produce in 75 cars and only sold in England.

The new 2011 Subaru Forester Price, Review, Specs

The new 2011 Subaru Forester, what car reviews, The new 2011 Subaru Forester is well equipped with totally new engine, in addition to updating the level of equipment for different equipment choices.For 2011, Subaru engineers decided the key engine update 2.5-litre 4cylinder. And you do not necessarily make that stronger, since the capital remains unchanged at 170 greater torque 170 to 174 binary. You may think that the upgrade provides very little benefit, and they can also keep your old version.

2011 Subaru Forester specs

However the changes, includinglengthening a stroke piston & reduce the cylinder diameter to decrease vibrations, the compact combustion chamber and optimization of the combustion of fuels. As the previous version of the engine in a factory together with the default automatic 6speed & transmission 5speed manual transmission is entirely optional.

2012 Subaru Forester is the 4-door sports car, utility, which seats five passengers. New Forrester is accessible in 3 models, the model entry level 2.5 X 2.5 X L.L. Bean model & 2.5 XT model. All models come well-equipped full-time (AWD) all wheel drive. An entry level 2.5 x model is being powered by the 2.5-liter engine H4 which is rated 165 horsepower. Fuel economy rating of 2.5 x model are 21 mpg on city streets & 28 mpg on the highway. A 2.5 x model is well equipped with 5 speed manual transmission. A model 2.5 X L.L. Bean has been powered by litre 5 H4engine, which is Rated at 210 horsepower. Fuel economy rating of 2.5 X L.L. Bean are 19 mpg on city streets & 23 mpg highway. 2.5 XT model is powered by 2.5-liter Turbo engine with 4 cylinders and rated 224 hp.

The new model x Forster 2012 comes with power windows, cruise control system, air-conditioning system, 100 Watt am, FM, CD, 16-inch frames; entry keyless remote. Senses XS Forster models equipped with automatic climate control, 6disc changer, which is located in the dashboard and steering wheel, shifter, which is wrapped in carpets, leather. Model XT Forster 2012 comes with roof rails, front seats, which are heated, handkerchief, and a music system with subwoofer and 7speakers. All versions of foresters Subaru 2012 well-equipped with ABS, while XS and XT models come with brake disk return, active head restraints, as well as side Aero effect.

2011 Subaru Forester price

The 2012 Subaru Forester must dealers ‘ showrooms in September 2011. Prices for the 2012Subaru Forester were not available for this review in a timely manner but they are not expected on their model-year 2011 levels increase substantially. Expect a 2012 Forster base price range of about $ 21,500-$ 31, 500. (Estimated basic prices in this review include the manufacturer destination fee; Subaru of reimbursement for the 2011 Forester was $ 725.)

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2012 Toyota and Subaru FT86 Price, Review, Specs

2012 Toyota and Subaru FT86 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on a shared four-cylinder sports car that will be sold in two versions, beginning near the end of 2011. Largely engineered by Subaru, the cars will get a rear-drive platform consisting of a steel structure with aluminum body panels. A small, 2.0-liter flat-four engine made by Subaru will sit low behind the front-axle line. Toyota previewed its FT86 concept at last year’s Tokyo auto show; Subaru has yet to show its cards.

Neither automaker has released official names, but it is rumored that Toyota may revive “Celica,” which has been on hiatus since 2003. “FT” means “future Toyota,” and the “86” serves as a reminder of the rear-drive AE86 Corolla of the 1980s that has achieved cult status among drifters. Designed at Toyota’s European studio in the south of France, the FT86 concept’s shape is expected to enter production unchanged.

2012 Toyota and Subaru FT86 specs

Toyota’s boss, part-time racer Akio Toyoda, recognizes that the brand lacks emotional appeal and doesn’t offer gobs of driving pleasure, so the company hopes the new car will inject some fun into the lineup. For Subaru, the new vehicle brings a dedicated rear-drive sports car to the company’s stable of all-wheel-drive hatchbacks, wagons, and sedans. But Subaru has built its reputation and much of its sales success on extolling the virtues of all-wheel drive, so how the sports car will change Subaru’s heading remains to be seen.

Toyota thinks it will be plenty for sporty acceleration, thanks to the 86′s emphasis on low weight and low center of gravity. Toyota hasn’t officially unveiled the curb weight, but rumblings around the Internet indicate that the coupe will tip the scales at about 2,600 pounds. This means that the each of the 86′s ponies has to pull about 13.2 pounds of car, that’s a weight-to-power ratio that, on paper, translates to acceleration that is slightly better than a 2012 Mazda Miata or a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T.

Toyota also makes it a point to note that the horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine is mounted low and aft in the engine bay to promote a lower center of gravity and a 53:47 weight balance between the front and rear axles.

In the cabin, the compact GT 86 is revealed to be a 2+2 with an actual rear seat, although exactly how useful the back seat will be in a vehicle that’s actually about an inch shorter than the Nissan 370Z, but if Toyota figured out how to fit 3-plus adults in an iQ, it should be able to work similar magic here as well.

2012 Toyota and Subaru FT86 price

Toyota is aiming for a recommended price just over $30,000 for its rear-drive FT-86 coupe when it goes on-sale here mid-2012.

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2012 Subaru Tribeca Price, Review, Specs

2012 Subaru Tribeca Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Now in its fourth year of production, the Subaru Tribeca is a solid midsize crossover SUV. About the size of a Toyota Highlander, the Tribeca seats seven. It’s loaded with technology, starting with its world-class all-wheel-drive system, and offers a luxurious cabin.

The Subaru Tribeca is powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine with horizontally opposed cylinders (called a boxer six) rated at 256 horsepower. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 16/21 mpg City/Highway. All models come with all-wheel drive and a 5-speed SportShift automatic with a manual shiftgate.

Tribeca has good power, and it’s smooth and quiet at highway speeds. Subaru is a leader in all-wheel drive technology so the Tribeca boasts one of the best systems in its class, making it a superb choice for foul weather. The handling is sure-footed and agile for a vehicle this size, the all-wheel drive giving it a secure feeling that encourages spirited driving.

Walkaround

The look of the Subaru Tribeca hasn’t changed significantly since it was re-styled for 2008. It’s a nice-looking vehicle. But if the 2006 original went too far in being funky with its Alfa Romeo grille, the current model looks bland with its Chrysler grille.

The near-rectangular grille is swept back and a little wider at the top, like that of so many other SUVs and crossovers. It flows into a gentle bulge at the center of the hood, while the lights to either side curve back and around into the fenders.

Along the sides, the body panels are mostly vertical, though not slab-like; their expanse is broken by mild fender blisters circling properly proportioned tires and wheels. Beginning at the trailing edge of the front door and even with the door handles, a soft crease grows as it moves rearward, giving the rear portions substance before ending in the wraparound taillights. An understated character line etched into the doors and running between the wheel arches draws attention to the matte-black rocker panels on Premium and Limited and subtly reminds us of the Tribeca’s 8.4-inch ground clearance. The steeply raked windshield and A-pillars pull the eye up and over the tall glasshouse to a spoiler laid atop an acutely angled back window. The standard alloy wheels, with their five split spokes, look handsomely sturdy.

Interior

Inside is a luxurious and upmarket cabin. We felt comfortable immediately after climbing in. The organic, almost-wholesome sweep of the dash as it flows into the door panels creates cocoon-like comfort zones for driver and front-seat passenger. It’s a stunning styling statement. A little more time behind the wheel revealed that it’s not perfect, however. The front seat cushions could be deeper for more thigh support, and back support isn’t great, especially in the bolstering, especially against slippery leather.

The rounded center stack spreads outward onto the dash like in the shape of a Y. The primary audio control knob is centered within ready reach of the driver and front-seat passenger. The heating and ventilation controls are really cool, with big knobs that feature digital readouts. The front passenger’s air conditioning temperature control knob is thoughtfully positioned facing the passenger. The stereo handles MP3 media, and includes an input jack in the center console. An elaborate information screen and (optional) navigation system display are centered in the upper half of the dash with controls that are accessible to both the driver and front passenger.

The touch-screen navigation system includes a rearview camera, a great safety and convenience feature. When the driver shifts the transmission into Reverse, the navigation system’s center LCD display shows what the color camera detects within its field of vision behind the vehicle. Reference lines help guide the driver. In everyday use, rearview cameras make parallel parking easier and quicker. A rearview camera can help alert the driver to hazards that are difficult to see otherwise, such as a child sitting on a tricycle behind the vehicle. On models without navigation, the image is displayed on the rearview mirror, but the image is smaller and, we think, less useful.

Driving Impression

The Subaru Tribeca is enjoyable to drive regardless of weather conditions. It’s powered by a 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that makes 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Subaru’s 3.6-liter boxer six delivers competitive performance in a class filled with excellent V6s. Only slight pressure on the gas pedal brings up responsive power, sufficient for passing.

The transmission is smooth and responsive. Shifts up and down are managed almost seamlessly. Even when shifted manually using the SportShift there is only the slightest interruption in the energy flow. When using the SportShift, the Tribeca will shift up a gear automatically at engine redline; it will not, however, drop down a gear without the driver tapping the lever forward. Blips are programmed into aggressive downshifts, like a sports car. We often found it easiest to put it in Drive and let it do its own shifting, since it did such a good job on its own.

Fuel economy isn’t a standout feature, however. The Tribeca earns an EPA rating of just 16/21 mpg City/Highway. This is likely due to weight and all-wheel drive.

2012 Subaru Tribeca Price :

Subaru Tribeca Premium ($30,495); Tribeca Limited ($32,495); Tribeca Touring ($35,795).

2012 Subaru Tribeca Specs :

Gas Mileage : 16 mpg City/21 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas : Flat 6, 3.6L
EPA Class : Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name : 3.6R Premium
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Passenger : Capacity 7
Passenger : Doors 4
Body Style : Sport Utility
Transmission : 5-speed automatic transmission

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2012 Subaru Legacy Price, Review, Specs

2012 Subaru Legacy Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Legacy is the new fifth-generation model of Subaru’s midsize all-wheel-drive sedan that was redesigned for 2010. Like all Subaru models since 1998, the Legacy is available only with all-wheel drive. Debuting for the 2000 model year, the third-generation Legacy was more mainstream than its predecessors and added to the model’s popularity. For 2005, Subaru introduced the fourth-generation Legacy, with fresh styling, better handling and more power. In 2008, the Legacy went to an all-sedan lineup, with all wagons now in the Outback line. The 3.0 R Limited was added as the new flagship of the Legacy model.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger sedan available in seven trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium, 3.6R Limited and 2.5GT Limited.

Every 2.5i comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat; the standard features list also includes a four-speaker stereo with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and steering-wheel controls. An optional Alloy Wheel package adds 16-inch alloy wheels and an All Weather package adds a windshield wiper de-icer, heated side mirrors and heated front seats. Bluetooth is available as a port-installed system that relies upon its own small speakers rather than the stereo system.

The 2.5i Premium trims include 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, an auto up/down driver window, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB/iPod interface.

The 2.5i Limited adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the All Weather package, a four-way power passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite radio. This stereo is optional on the Premium CVT trims. The 2.5GT Limited adds a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, bigger brakes, a hood scoop, a sunroof (optional on all other trims but 2.5i), leather upholstery and unique interior trim.

The 3.6R models are essentially the same as the 2.5i models, but gain a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, bigger brakes and 17-inch alloys for all models. The Premium also gets the All Weather package. Optional on the Limited trims is a Navigation System package, which adds a touchscreen interface, voice controls, a rearview camera and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Powertrains and Performance

All 2012 Subaru Legacy models come with all-wheel drive as standard, and buyers have a choice of engines and transmissions. The base 2.5-liter horizontally opposed (a.k.a. “boxer”) four-cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission (which includes a hill-holder feature) is standard on the base 2.5i and 2.5i Premium, while a CVT is optional on those models and standard on the 2.5i Limited. With the CVT, the 2.5i can be had with Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) certification in states with California emissions standards.

A CVT-equipped 2.5i that we tested went from zero to 60 mph in a mediocre 9.4 seconds. Estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the CVT. The manual is notably worse at 19/27/22.

The 3.6R features a 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder good for 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed traditional automatic transmission is standard. It takes 7.1 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, which is slightly below average for the class. Fuel economy is an estimated 18/25/20.

The 2.5GT gets a turbocharged version of the base model’s boxer-4 and produces 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission choice. It goes from zero to 60 mph in a rapid 5.7 seconds. Estimated fuel economy is 18/25/21.

Safety

Every 2012 Subaru Legacy comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the 2.5i turned in a good performance, coming to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet; the 3.6R was in the same ballpark. The 2.5GT stopped in an excellent 111 feet.

In government crash tests, the Legacy earned an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for overall front crash protection and four stars for overall side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Legacy its perfect score of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Subaru Legacy’s interior design is sleek and sophisticated, but some might find the overabundance of silver paint unattractive. Though the interior plastics look upscale, most of them are hard to the touch and lack a premium feel found in some competing models.

The seats are comfortable, with plenty of headroom and rear seat legroom. In terms of technology, iPod control and streaming Bluetooth audio are available, but not on the base models. We’ve found that the nav system’s functionality is hampered by fussy controls and small touchscreen icons; also noteworthy is the poor sound quality from the base audio system. We highly recommend the Premium trim or available Harman Kardon upgrade if audio quality is a priority. Trunk space is an average 14.7 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Subaru Legacy provides a smooth ride and respectable handling. Drivers expecting the 2.5GT model to be a sleeper sport sedan will be disappointed, though, as its suspension tuning is the same as all other Legacys. The base 2.5-liter engine is adequate, but outright acceleration trails that seen in some of the speedier family sedans. The 2.5GT’s turbocharged engine is much more of a thrill, though the mandatory manual transmission will limit its appeal. That leaves the new 3.6-liter flat-6 as the main draw for those wanting some punch.

2012 Subaru Legacy Price :

MSRP range: $19,995 – $31,595
Invoice price range: $18,926 – $29,442

2012 Subaru Legacy Specs :

Engine Gas Flat : 4, 2.5L
EPA Class : Midsize Cars
Style Name : 2.5i Manual
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity : 5
Passenger Doors : 4
Body Style : 4dr Car
Transmission : 6-speed manual transmission

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2012 Subaru Impreza Price, Review, Specs

2012 Subaru Impreza Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The regular 2012 Subaru Impreza has been completely redesigned. Highlights include a more fuel-efficient engine, updated styling and a roomier and higher-quality interior. Last year’s high-performance WRX and STI variants carry over unchanged. The Outback Sport has been discontinued.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza is available as a sedan or hatchback. Both come in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited trim levels, while the hatchback adds 2.0i Sport Premium and 2.0i Sport Limited trims. The WRX and STI trim levels are high-performance versions of the previous-generation Impreza.

The Impreza 2.0i comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 65/35 split-folding rear seats, a trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player.

The Impreza 2.0i Premium adds 16-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, cruise control, an adjustable front center armrest, a cargo cover (hatchback), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and steering-wheel controls. The Alloy Wheel package adds 17-inch wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. The All-Weather package adds heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer and heated front seats.

The 2.0i Limited includes both of the Premium’s packages and adds automatic headlights, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a rear center armrest, a touchscreen audio interface and HD radio.

The 2.0i Sport Premium adds to the regular Premium equipment 17-inch wheels, roof rails, two-tone body color, different upholstery and the All-Weather package. The 2.0i Sport Limited adds to this the regular Limited’s extra items.

The Premium, Limited and Sport Limited can be equipped with a sunroof and a navigation system, the latter of which includes a touchscreen interface, voice controls, HD radio, satellite radio and real-time traffic.

The WRX is a high-performance version of the previous-generation Impreza and differs in many areas from the regular model. WRX, WRX Premium and WRX Limited trim levels are available. The base WRX is equipped similarly to the 2.0i Premium, but includes a turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, special 17-inch wheels, summer performance tires and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. The WRX Premium adds a sunroof, a windshield wiper de-icer and heated front seats. The WRX Limited adds xenon headlights and leather upholstery. A navigation system is optional on both the Premium and Limited, but is of an older design than the one found on the 2.0i.

The WRX STI is equipped similarly to the base WRX, but ups the performance ante even further. It gains a six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch wheels, high-performance tires, Brembo brakes, front and rear limited-slip differentials, SI-Drive vehicle settings, an even more aggressively tuned suspension and a bigger hood scoop along with xenon headlights, heated seats and faux-suede and leather upholstery. The WRX STI Limited adds foglights, 18-inch BBS wheels, a sunroof and leather upholstery. A navigation system is optional on the STI trims as well. A choice of XM or Sirius satellite radio providers is a dealer-installed option along with a wealth of other accessories.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i models feature a 2.0-liter, horizontally opposed “boxer” four-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and 145 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and is coupled to a “symmetrical” all-wheel-drive system with a 50/50 front/rear power distribution. Optional is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) coupled to a different all-wheel-drive system that proportions more power to the front wheels, but vectors power rearward when traction is needed. In states with California emissions standards, this engine is available with Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) certification.

The Impreza WRX gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that produces 265 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual and the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system are obligatory. In Edmunds testing, a WRX went from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, which is the quickest time among similarly priced high-performance compacts. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19/25/21.

The STI gets a version of the same engine boosted up to 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard. It went from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds and achieves fuel economy of 17/23/19.
Safety

Every 2012 Subaru Impreza comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. The 2.0i models also have whiplash-reducing head restraints and a driver knee airbag.

Interior Design and Special Features

In terms of interior design and quality, the all-new Impreza 2.0i models represent a big leap forward from the previous generation; this Subaru now has one of the nicer cabins in the class. The dash and door sills have soft-touch trim, panel gaps are tighter and the design is more elegant. Although the available touchscreen infotainment interface is better than before, it’s still a bit crude compared to those found in the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Subaru stereos are also known for substandard sound quality.

The WRX and STI are a different story, since they are based on the car the 2.0i replaces. The cabins are filled with hard plastics, and the fit and finish isn’t of the highest quality. The touchscreen controls are also frustrating to use. Though these cars are great to drive, these compromises in cabin comfort affect your daily enjoyment.

Whether new or old, the Impreza features a spacious interior. The new 2.0i version is even bigger than before and compares favorably to the Volkswagen Jetta, itself now nearly a midsize car. Cargo space is also up for 2012, as the 2.0i sedan’s trunk now holds 12 cubic feet (versus 11.3 in the WRX/STI), while the hatchback swallows 22.5 (versus 19.0) with its rear seats in use.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i offers secure handling, nicely weighted steering, solid-feeling brakes and a ride that’s compliant but nicely buttoned down. Its new four-cylinder engine returns excellent fuel economy for a car with all-wheel drive, but acceleration is a bit off the pace. For folks living in the snowbelt, the extra traction and peace of mind that all-wheel drive provides will likely be worth pokier acceleration.

There’s absolutely nothing pokey about the turbocharged WRX, which offers truly impressive performance for the money. Among high-performance compact sedans and hatchbacks, nothing can touch it in a dead sprint. The WRX STI kicks it up a few more notches thanks to limited-slip differentials front and rear, powerful Brembo brakes, a six-speed manual transmission and a turbocharged rush of acceleration whenever the throttle is wide open. Ride quality for the WRX models is acceptable considering the available performance.

2012 Subaru Impreza Price :

MSRP range: $17,495 – $22,595
Invoice price range: $16,734 – $21,423

2012 Subaru Impreza Specs :

Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2910
City (MPG) : 25
Hwy (MPG) : 34
Horsepower : 148@6200
Torque (lb-ft) : 145@4200
Wheelbase : 104.1
Length (in.) : 180.3
Width (in.) : 68.5
Height (in.) : 57.7

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2011 Subaru XV Crossover Spec Price Review

Subaru introduced a new crossover concept, namely XV. According to Subaru, is a crossover SUV with a more stylish appearance.

The new concept called “Protren” which derives from a combination of professional tools and trendy design. Precisely, Subaru defines itself that crossover is the functional integration for the professional and stylish appearance of urban and stylish.

Crossover including compact and can be seen from its dimensions, length x width x height: 4450 x 1800 x 1620 (mm), wheelbase 2636 mm. Characteristics that are not less interesting than this crossover is the engine embedded, namely boxer DOHC, 2.0 liter. However, power and torque produced by this machine can not be explained.

Furthermore, these machines combined with the CVT transmission Lineartronic or transfer of power to the entire wheel or all-wheel drive (AWD). A unique feature of this AWD, working symmetrically. That is, right and left axles the same length. Crossover appearance more manly by installing tires 245/45-ZR19.

No less interesting is the appearance of the car interior. Jok coated silver white which gives a sense of comfort and steadily occupied. This seat design gives the impression of a casual appearance, sporty, and of course keep the style.

Another feature is proud of the LCD monitor mounted on the center panel. According to Subaru, this screen function display three different information, the navigation, audio, and working conditions of the vehicle. This monitor has been using touch screen technology.

Other sophisticated equipment is a security system that is named “EyeSight” to help drivers monitor the conditions in the vicinity. This device consists of an LCD monitor that is placed between the meter combination (middle) and stereo camera. Through these screens, the driver can see the surrounding circumstances which were recorded by the stereo camera EyeSight!

Specifications
• Length: 4,450 mm
• Width: 1,800 mm
• Height: 1,620 mm
• Wheelbase: 2,635 mm
• Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder Horizontally-Opposed DOHC engine
• Transmission: Lineartronic (CVT)
• Tire size: 245/45 ZR19
• Passengers: 5
• Price : not yet available

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2011 Subaru Outback Price, Review & Picture

2011 Subaru Outback Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, A new feature for the 2011 Subaru Outback is a rear vision camera, added to Premium and Limited models, which is bundled with the Power Moonroof package. The rear vision camera includes an auto-dim mirror with Homelink, compass display and a 3.3-inch hi-resolution display in the mirror. Manual folding mirrors have been added and models equipped with harmon/kardon audio now feature XM satellite radio.

In 2010 and 2011, the Subaru Outback was identified as the SUV of the Year by Motor Trend. The award winning SUV is well-balanced. The manufacturer engineered the vehicle with a great ground clearance, spectacular handling, a spacious cargo area, and fantastic off road abilities. This SUV also delivers superior fuel economy and equally superior performance. The Subaru Outback is a crossover that is synonymous with versatility.

Consumers are surprised by the power that the Outback has since it hosts a four or six cylinder motor. Its curb weight is all of 3700 pounds so the engines deliver enough power to haul the vehicle and additional weight. The absence of additional cylinders does not affect the Outlander’s performance. This SUV is dependable, reliable, and competent.

The Subaru Outback appeals to the consumer looking for a vehicle to drive on a day to day basis and the consumer seeking a vehicle for off road excursions. Ideal for the commuter or the outdoorsy type, the Outlander delivers a quiet, smooth, easy ride since it can deal with every kind of road condition.

A new color, Caramel Bronze Pearl, replaces Harvest Gold Metallic. Ruby Red Pearl, previously only available on the Legacy and Tribeca, is now available on the Outback. To go with the new exterior colors, Subaru is now offering a new Ivory interior.

The Outback 2.5i, Limited and Premium all share the same 2.5-liter 170 hp, 170 lb-ft flat four engine while the 3.6 R, Limited and Premium share the new 3.6-liter 256 horsepower, 247 pound-feet flat six engine. All Subarus come with the automaker’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, aiding in performance and safety in all weather conditions.

The Outback’s available and optional safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, and an all-wheel drive.

Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.5L H-4, 3.6L H-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission
Models: 2.5i, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Premium, 3.6 R, 3.6 R Limited, 3.6 R Premium

EPA Fuel Economy
2.5i: 21-22 mpg city/27-29 mpg highway
2.5i Limited: 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway
2.5i Premium: 19-22 mpg city/27-29 mpg highway
3.6 R: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
3.6 R Limited: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
3.6 R Premium: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway

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2011 Subaru Forester Price, Review & Picture

2011 Subaru Forester Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, For the 2011 Subaru Forester, the biggest news is addition of the slightly updated 2.5-liter H-4 to all 2.5X models, which has been massaged in order to slightly improve fuel efficiency. The engine’s torque has increased slightly to 174 pound-feet, although horsepower remains the same at 170. The 2011 models also get a new audio system and backup camera setup depending on trim level, in addition to an optional, removable, 4.3-inch Tom Tom navigation system.

The 2011 Forester has also been refreshed. It now has a 2.5-Liter H-4 motor in the Forester 2.5X models; the motor offers greater fuel efficiency. The Forester offers 170 horsepower/174 ft-lbs of torque. Features include things like a removable Tom Tom navigation system, a new stereo system, a new backup camera, and additional niceties depending on the trim level selected.

The Forester handles well and it has great driving manners. It comes with AWD and off road abilities. The carmaker has recognized what a consumer wants in a vehicle and will soon be swapping out the aging four-speed auto tranny with a newer five-speed tranny. The change will result in vehicle that is practically unstoppable in the vehicle segment.

The Forester has always been a clean, sleek looking vehicle, but the most recent changes have made it even better. The Forester now has a slightly more rugged look while still maintaining the character it has always had. The Subaru Forester’s interior has a modern look and feel to it but some of the materials feel a bit on the low end side. The clever packaging gives you plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The 2011 models also get several new changes to interior entertainment, including a new audio system and backup camera setup which is available depending on trim level. A removable, 4.3-inch Tom Tom navigation system is also an option depending upon trim. Bluetooth is now standard on all but the base model

2011 Subaru Forester gets the slightly updated 2.5-liter H-4 for all 2.5X models, which has been massaged in order to slightly improve fuel efficiency. The engine’s torque has increased slightly to 174 pound-feet, although horsepower remains the same at 170. The XT gets the turbocharged version of the same engine but power bumps up to 224 hp and 226 lb-ft. Unfortunately you can only get the outdated four-speed auto in the XT. The Forester features four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, dual front, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, stability and traction control, full time all-wheel drive.

Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engines: 2.5L H-4, 2.5L turbocharged H-4
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual
Models: 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Limited

EPA Fuel Economy
2.5X: 20-21 mpg city/ 26-27 mpg highway
2.5XT: 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway

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2011 Subaru Exiga 2.0i Reviews And Price

Before we talk about its capabilities, let us first consider Subaru Exiga design. In the outer sector, this Japanese car feels sporty. The line that coursed through her body felt simple. But hidden behind the many advantages it’s simplicity.

In the cabin, the driver and passengers are served a relief space. Good for legs and head. Just as was the third-row seat feels a little cramped leg room even though it was treated with the feel relieved that created panoramic roof is applied in this car.

Our first test car that was carrying 2.0i Subaru Exiga Horizontally-Opposed engine with a capacity of 2,000 cc, DOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve.

Machine was turned on, the roar of flowing gently. The sound of this engine and the atmosphere outside the cabin is not so sound that makes this car feel comfortable.

But when the gearshift position moved from P to D and the gas pedal in the stampede, the new Subaru Exiga toughness revealed.

While still in the city, the transmission of an E-4AT SportShift considered very helpful and makes the driver does not feel tired at all. Moreover, the response was fairly highly capable machine.

Speed of 160 km per hour can be felt without any interruption at all giddy.

Exiga sized body also feels nimble 4.740×1.775×1.660 mm divides the city. His ability to run was tested when it gets road swing. Exiga 2.0i engine has a power of 148 PS at 6,000 rpm with torque of 191 Nm at 3200 RPM.

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Cleaning Auto Upholstery

Cleaning Auto Upholstery, what car reviews, If there is one way for a car owner to get new life out of their vehicle, then it is to clean the interior a bit. Properly cleaning auto upholstery can help any car owner get a new found appreciation of their vehicle, while at the same time presenting a nicer face for those others that may end up taking a ride in it. While the unfortunate truth of the matter is that cleaning auto upholstery is a task that will have to be done repeatedly, it is a task that can be done relatively quickly and easily.

1. Vacuum first. A vacuum cleaner can be a huge help in cleaning auto upholstery. The reason for this is that the vacuum will pick up and remove quite a bit of the loose dirt, dust, and grime that can collect in your car. Use the vacuum to go over as much of the car as you can reach. If you want, you can also actually remove the front seats of the car itself to help reach the upholstery that is under it. All you need to do (if you decide to do this) is loosen the bolts that anchor the seats to the car. However, this is only necessary when you are doing some deep cleaning.

2. Apply a lint roller. Even the use of a vacuum will not remove every little thing that could be stuck on your upholstery. A very helpful tool in getting the final bits of hairs, threads, or lint that may still be stuck on the seats is a lint roller. All you really need to do is roll the linter roller over the upholstery, and it will remove the remaining bit of debris that the vacuum missed.

3. Line the floor. Get some old newspapers and lay them out on the floor of the car. Once you have this done, you can begin wiping out any remaining dirt, dust, or grime. Often these can be found in the nooks and crannies of the seats, but it is best to use a damp cloth to help brush this stuff up. Not only will the cloth help to pick up a majority of the missed items, but the newspapers will catch whatever is missed by the cloth.

4. Wipe it all down. If your upholstery is leather, then you will need to also do a little bit of “scrubbing.” In this case though, the scrubbing is more of a wiping. Get some gentle leather cleaner from your local auto parts store, or from the local car wash. Follow the directions on the cleaner, and begin wiping down the leather interior of your car.

5. Tackle the stains. If you happen to have any particularly difficult stains, you will need to use some stronger methods to remove them. Grease stains can be removed from leather seats by simply applying a layer of mineral oil, and then rubbing some salt into it. For cloth seats, you should use a degreasing dish soap to help remove the stain. Repeat the applications, scrubbing, and wiping away until you have actually removed the stain. For most unknown stains you can simply use a bit of club soda to get it out. Be sure that you wipe the dampened cloth in a circular pattern though, starting in the middle of the stain and working your way outwards.

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Car Engine Repairs : Replacing a Battery

Car Engine Repairs : Replacing a Battery, what car reviews, Replacing a battery is one of the easiest and most common auto maintenance tasks. That being said, just because it is one of the most common and easiest tasks, does not make it any less dangerous. When performing any type of automotive maintenance, you should take some basic safety precautions, especially when you are working with electricity.

Materials and Tools:

* Adjustable wrench
* Wire brush
* Proper automotive battery
* Rubber gloves
* Clean cloths
* Water (clean)

Steps:

1. Remove. Locating the old battery under the hood of your car. You should see two terminals, or posts, one colored red and the other black. The red post is typically the positive ( ) and the black one is usually the negative (-). Remove the keys from the ignition and then remove the cables from the battery terminals. Disconnect the black one first, then the red one. Remove the battery. If it won’t come out, look for any clamps that might be holding the battery in place. Remove them and you should be able to lift the battery out.

2. Clean. If the battery tray appears to be dirty, use some clean water and the wire brush to clean it. Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from any battery acid that could be on the tray. Dry everything off. You don’t want to put a new battery into the tray if it is still wet.

3. Replace. Install the new battery by reversing what you did in step 1.

4. Dispose. Take your old battery to an automotive supply store. They often have the proper methods for disposing of used batteries and do it either for free or a minimal charge.

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Adding Power Steering Fluid

Adding Power Steering Fluid, what car reviews, Many people think that adding power steering fluid is nothing more than just opening the appropriate reservoir cap, and pouring a couple of bottles down. Whenever you go to add power steering fluid, in fact when you go to add any fluid to your engine you really need to check the level of the fluid first. Fortunately, the whole process of checking and adding power steering fluid is not a long or drawn out one. In fact the entire process takes maybe 10 minutes, and that is if you are being slow about it.

Materials:

* Power Steering Fluid
* Rags
* Funnel
* Adjustable wrench

Steps:

1. Engine. When engines are running, the temperature can get really hot, and this high temperature can cause fluids to boil, so you need to be careful since this hot fluid can burn you. I usually think that it is best to check the power steering fluid on your car when it has not been running for a little while. This allows you to get a fairly accurate idea of how much fluid is in the system, as well as keeping you safe.

2. Locate. Now, you need to locate the power steering reservoir. This is going to be in the engine compartment, so open your hood and look to see if you can find a clearly labeled cover. If you can’t find that cover, then simply look to the belts. Near the belts should be a pump that has a reservoir on top of it (it can be either plastic or metal).

3. Check. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, your reservoir could be see-through or not. If it is see through, then look to see if the level of fluid is at the proper level or not. On these see-through reservoirs there should be two clearly marked indicators, one that says “hot” and the other that says “cold.” These indicate the temperature of the engine. If you have been running the engine recently then simply look at the hot, whereas if you have let the engine sit for a little while you need to look at the cold. If you don’t have a see-through reservoir then remove the cover, attached to this cover should be a small dipstick. Wipe this dipstick clean using one of your rags, and reinsert into the reservoir. After you have reinserted the dipstick pull it back out, and check to see where the fluid level is at. Same rules apply as with the see-through reservoirs.

4. Fill. Once you have an idea of whether your power steering fluid level is low or not, you can go ahead and fill it up. Use your funnel to help you get as much of the fluid into the reservoir as you can.

5. Check. Chances are you are going to need to check the fluid level as you add more. To do this you just simply need to repeat steps 3—5 as needed.

6. Clean. Once you have filled the power steering fluid to the proper you are pretty much finished. All that is left is to clean up any mess you have made, using your rags to wipe up any spills and to wipe off the funnel.

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How to Change a Flat Tire Safely

How to Change a Flat Tire Safely, what car reviews, Having a car means that you are now open to a lot of places due to the freedom of transportation. You can go from one place to another, wherever you want, whenever you want it. But the possibility that you might get stuck on a spot because of a flat tire is also high. It is unexpected and might happen at deserted and secluded places. So what’s the best thing to do? The answer to that question is to learn how to change a tire all by yourself. Knowing this knowledge will help you when the scenario finally arrives. Here’s a step by step guide on how to properly change you flat or blown up tire with or without help.

Step 1: Move to Safe Grounds
When you finally realize that there’s a problem with your tire, maneuver to a stable, flat and traffic-free spot. First, you would need to switch on your emergency flashers so that the other drivers would know that there’s something wrong with your car. Once that you’ve settled in a flat ground area, apply the emergency brake so your car won’t roll and would stay in place while you’re working on it. If you’re going to fix a tire from the front, it’s best to put something strong and heavy, like a stone or brick, at the rear tires; vise versa.

Step 2: The Jack
It is now time to get your tools, and the first one is the jack. You need to place it at the frame beside the tire that you will be replacing. Placing it at the right spot, which is the metal portion of the frame, is very crucial. If you’ve put it wrongly, the molded plastic along the bottom of the car might crack once you’ve lifted it with the jack. Secure the jack in place; make sure that it is entire supporting the car.

Step 3: Loosening Up
We now need to remove the nuts, which should be done counterclockwise, then the hub cap. You can use the wrench, either an average cross wrench or the wrench that comes with your car, to loosen up the nuts. Make sure that the right wrench slips into a nut and would not jangle. Nuts are very securely put on, so it might need some force to loosen them up. If it is a bit harder than expected, you can apply more force into the wrench, but make sure it is the right way, so you would not be tightening it more.

Step 4: Lifting It Up and Screwing Out
You will now lift the car with the jack, pump it up until it is high enough that you can easily take off the tire. As you lift, make sure that the car is in a stable state. If there are any complications, lower the jack at once and fix it again, until you are assured that it is in place and the car will be safe as you lift again. Now, you will have to take off the loosened nuts and the entire tire itself. Just a piece of advice, place your flat tire under the car, so if ever the jack would create some problem, your car will land on the wheel, preventing severe damages.

Step 5: Spare Tire
Now, you will have to put the spare (new) tire at the hub. Align its rim on the wheel bolts, and then you can now put on the lug nuts. At first, it might turn easily, but make sure that they are all secure, snug and tight. Tighten them with the wrench (by hand) and take time turning each of the nuts. There’s no need to rush, besides, “slowly but surely” is a very handy way to fix a tire. If you think that you have tightened enough the nuts, don’t overdo it. You have more chance to tighten it again once you’ve taken off the jack and the car’s tire is back on ground again.

Step 6: Lowering It
Lower your car slowly, once it’s on the ground again, tighten the nuts more until you are satisfied and assured that they are now completely intact on the tire. Put the jack aside and put back the hub cap. You can now put your old tire at the compartment at the back and you can now drive away again, safely. Hopefully, your drive will be safe, but if you’ve really secured and turned those lug nuts tightly, there will be no problem at all, until you arrive at a mechanic that can fix your old tire so that you can use it again at your expense.

Yes, changing and fixing a flat or blown up tire can be a lot hassle, but we need time and patience to really replace it properly and ensure the safety of the passengers of your car. It might look intimidating at first, but fixing tires is actually easy, once you get the hang of it. More tips, always have a spare tire with you, wherever you’ll go, so that you will have it in case of emergencies that you can never expect. Ensure that you also have the tools with you, so you have things to work with the tires. Be responsible and don’t be afraid to replace a flat tire, if there is no one to help, then you have to do the work. Familiarize the procedure, or you can actually practice at home, so you will get the hang of it. It’s also best to always check your tires, or your entire car, before going out. Safety is a huge factor with cars, not just the sleek style or performance. Now with these steps, you can be sure that you’ll never be stranded again, even if you’re all by yourself.

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Fixing Rust Spots

Fixing Rust Spots, what car reviews, When we get older we start to show our age and our cars and trucks do the same thing. Vehicles show their age through rust spots and fixing these spots on a car requires a little cosmetic work. In order to complete this project, you need some sandpaper (rough and fine), automotive car paint, primer, and clear coat. A paint sprayer would be ideal for this job, but the purchase price of such an item can be prohibitive, so try renting one instead. If this is beyond your financial means, then you can use spray paint, but use extreme care and apply an even coat each time you use it.

1. Prep. Sand the area until it is clear of the rust. For the really tough or large spots use the rough grit first and then work your way down to the finer grits. You’ll know you are finished when you run your hand over the area and you don’t feel any noticeable difference in level between the painted and non-painted area.

2. Prime. Apply a thin coat of primer to the area and allow it to dry for a minimum of 10 minutes. Rub the area lightly to make everything nice and smooth. Repeat this process at least two more times.

3. Paint. Apply a thin coat of paint and allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes, lightly sanding between each coat to ensure smoothness. It might take several coats to get an exact match to the existing paint, but the work is going to be worth it. After you have applied the final coat of paint, let it sit for about 90 minutes.

4. Clear Coat. Clear coat is a protectant layer that helps keep your paint job nice and sparkly. Apply this the same way you applied the paint and primer. Allow about 15 minutes between each coat for it to dry. You should only need about three coats.

5. Wash/Wax/Clean. Clean the car thoroughly and wax it. Take a step back and admire your work.

Fixing Your Windshield Wipers

Fixing Your Windshield Wipers, what car reviews, If you turn on your wipers and they don’t work properly, there are a couple of things you can check. The first rule, however, is to be safe: If you turn on your wipers and they are not cleaning your windshield so you can see out properly, signal and pull over to the side of the road. It is easier to solve the problem if you aren’t trying to dodge traffic or worrying about other vehicles you can’t see very well.

If you tried to turn on your windshield wipers and neither one of them came on, then it is possible you’ve blown a fuse. Take a look in your vehicle’s fuse box and see if you can locate the fuse that controls the wipers. Replace it with a fuse of the same rating and see if your wipers start working again.

If your wipers still don’t work (neither one of them moves), then it is possible that some control circuit or the wiper motor itself needs replacing. Check with your local auto repair shop to see if they can test and repair the wipers.

If you try to turn on the wipers and only one of them moves, there is a good chance that the cause is a loose wiper arm nut. On most cars, wiper arms are secured to the motor rod through the use of a securing nut. If you look at the base of the wiper arm, you may see a plastic cap that can be removed. Slip a small flat-blade screwdriver under the edge of the cap and pry it so that it pops open. Under the cap you should see a nut that fastens the wiper arm. Tighten this nut using an adjustable wrench, and try your wipers again. If they work properly, then you can replace the cap over that covers the nut. If they don’t work properly, then you’ll need to visit your auto repair shop.

The most frequent failure of windshield wipers is that they don’t move smoothly across your windshield and remove all the rain or snow there. If this is the case, then you will probably need to replace the wiper blades. These are inexpensive and can be purchased at any auto parts store. Check the guides inside the store, and they will let you know the proper blades to get for your car’s make, model, and year.

Replacing wiper blades is generally straightforward and can be figured out by looking at the blades that are already on your wipers. Check the instructions that came with the replacement blades as well, as there may be some special directions for the new blades. Normally it only requires a small screwdriver and loosening or fastening two small clips.

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Fixing a Window that Won’t Roll Up

Fixing a Window that Won’t Roll Up, what car reviews, While there are any number of things that can go wrong with a car window, they all pretty much boil down to one of two problems. The first is that the glass of the window can actually break, and that is a can of worms that is completely different. The second most common problem is that a window won’t roll up (or down). Fixing a window that won’t roll up can be a fairly involved task, though it is one that most people can undertake if they are willing to follow a few simple instructions.

1. Remove the paneling. Before you can actually begin fixing a window that won’t roll up, you will need to disconnect and remove a couple of items. The very fist item that you will need to disconnect is the battery. This way will help to greatly reduce the possibility accidental electrocution. Once you have disconnected the battery, you need to begin removing the door panel so that you can take a look at the mechanical insides of the door. Typically this can be accomplished by unscrewing some of the screws that are right behind the door handle, and then removing the panel from the plastic rivets that hold it in place.

2. Check the positioning. Take a look through the holes in the sheet metal that help protect the glass when the window is rolled down. What you are looking for is to see if the glass has somehow become dislodged or off kilter from the track in some way. If the glass is off track, realign it and do a quick test to see if it works. You may also need to take a look at the tracks themselves to see if they have become misaligned.

3. Inspect crank operation. Manual windows are lowered and raised by turning a simple hand crank. Turn the crank a couple of times to see if the scissor shaped jack system it is attached to is operating properly. If the crank does not operate properly and move these arms, then the window will not raise. In cases like this the entire system will need to be replaced, and should be taken to a professional to get the work done.

4. Inspect electronics. Powered windows have another step that you will need to do in addition to seeing if the crank and jack system work. Simply put, all you really need to do is check to see if the fuse and wiring circuit that runs to the motor are in good condition. If you don not have a voltmeter to test out the electrical current in the wiring, you may simply want to take the window into a professional to be worked on.

5. Repair the problem. In the event that you notice that the problem is something that you can repair yourself, then go ahead and do it. For anything that you don’t feel up to doing the work yourself then have a professional do it for you.

6. Replace the paneling. Once you have repaired the problem, you still have one step left. That simple step is to put the door back together. As long as there wasn’t all that much work to do, then all you need to do is replace the door paneling and reattach the screws that hold it in place.

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