Hottest Hatchbacks in the U.S

Hatchbacks are hotter than they have ever been here in the U.S. Not only are these cars small and nimble, but with modern technology and turbocharging, hatchbacks put out some good horsepower figures while getting wonderful Fuel Economy too!  [Read more…]

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Best Value Supercar

audi r8 spyder flordia sliderWhat defines a supercar? Well there are many great cars that can match the performance of a supercar like the Nissan GTR or the Chevrolet Corvette but these cars are not considered supercars. A supercar needs to be a vehicle that is out of reach for 99% of people. These cars have a high price tag. More than that though is the fact that a supercar is pure sex on wheels. The Audi R8 Spyder is a perfect example of a good value supercar. It has the looks to kill, the performance, and the sophistication. Until now, the only open-top Audi R8 came with the V-10 engine and cost $162k. With a new 430-hp V-8 engine, the car is now much more affordable at $127k but not much slower. [Read more…]

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Best Used Trucks Under $15,000

best used trucks under 15000  mainBuying a brand new pickup truck will set you back at least $30,000. Even the most basic stripped down compact truck still costs a pretty penny. Trucks are the workhorses of America and over the years they have grown from all business into business and family vehicles. Its not uncommon to see a truck loaded up with a family of 5 packed to the hilt with camping gear. Pickups provide great utility and if you cannot afford a brand new truck then the used truck market is your only choice. Below are a few of the best used trucks for under $15,000. [Read more…]

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Best Performance Sports Car for the Money

chevrolet corvette performance sports carThe recipe for the best performance sports car for the money is simple; the Corvette offers a broad range of models with the power out going from 437 horsepower to 647 horsepower. Under the hood lives the famous LS V-8 engine from Chevrolet that measures a generous 6.2 liters. The Z06 model gets an even larger displacement engine at 7.0 liters and finally the ZR1 gets the addition of a supercharger. Opt for the Z06 Ultra Performance Package and you get special black wheels hiding an impressive braking system worthy of an auto racer and a cool spoiler and running the full width out back. We will get to the performance numbers later but how does 0-60 MPH in 3.6 seconds sound? [Read more…]

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Best Retractable Hardtop Convertibles

aston martin db9 volante retractable hardtop convertibleTheir is just something about the driving enjoyment you get out of a retractable hardtop convertible. Having the option to enjoy the open air with the flip of a switch is AWESOME! Let’s say you are cruising along a mountain road and the sun pops out from behind the clouds and in seconds you can have that wonderful sun shining down on you; wind blowing through your hair. It truly is a marvelous thing, an experience not everyone can enjoy. In the traditional roadster or convertible, you are stuck open, and when it rains or it gets cold out, you are forced to hop out of the car and fold the top in a mess. The cloth eventually wears out, and before you know it, you will be just as wet with the top up as down. Modern engineering and design gives the motorist a new wonder; the retractable hardtop car. Automatically, the top goes up, wrapping you in a solid protective shell. And when the sun comes out again, you are able to enjoy the sun in all of its glory, without a care in the world, with no fear of having your excellent day be destroyed by getting dampened.

Most retractable hardtop convertibles blend in so well you cannot tell the difference between the standard model with a fixed roof. There are a handful of sexy hardtop convertibles out there and I have made a list of the Best Hardtop Retractable Convertibles for 2012. There are really 3 groups: 1) The entry level semi-luxury cars, 2) The mid-sized luxury convertible, 3) The high end sports cars. [Read more…]

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Best Gas Mileage Full Sized Truck 2012

best hybrid truck gas mileageDid you know there is only one hybrid truck on the market? And the fact that the Chevrolet Silverado can be bought with a hybrid powerplant gives it a huge advantage in the gas mileage department. The hybrid pickup truck is powered by a 6.0 liter V-8 engine that has electric motors that run on battery power for extra boost. These electric motors help boost the fuel economy of the truck to 20 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. [Read more…]

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Best Fuel Efficient Minivan for 2012

mazda5 in redThe Mazda5 minivan sports the best gas mileage in the van category. This fuel efficient minivan can get as much as 22 MPG in the City and 28 MPG on the highway. This is due to he small 2.3 liter engine and manual transmission. Yes a manual trans! The automatic nets 1 MPG less on both the highway and in the city. The Mazda5 follows the fuel efficient check list: it is lightweight, has a small engine, and a manual transmission. Oh and it seats 6 passengers. [Read more…]

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Best Used Pickup Truck MPG

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The 2011 Ford Ranger has the best used pickup truck mpg.  If you buy the base model with the 2.3 liter engine, you will be able to squeak out 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway with the manual transmission. The Ranger has been around for many years and thus it is not a super cool new truck that will turn heads when you’re out for a spin. It’s not supposed to though; the Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck with good gas mileage that is better suited to go off road or haul something. The Ford Ranger falls in the compact pickup market, it hasn’t got the looks to impress buyers who go for the looks but it is truly in its element when off road or towing/hauling stuff.  Its a really great all purpose little truck that has the highest fuel economy rating of any truck on the market, beating out even the Hybrid Silverado. The ride of the Ranger is a bit truck like and the interior is lacking in comfort and space for it to be able to compete in this huge market of the compact pickups. The people at Ford haven’t given the Ford Ranger a thorough makeover in about 10 years. 10 years is a long time for something to remain without a major face lift and interior refresh. Buts that’s ok because again the Ranger owns he best used truck MPG title and that is enough for most buyers. [Read more…]

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Best Light Duty Truck 2012

best light duty truck the 2012 toyota tacomaWhy is the Toyota Tacoma the Best Light Duty Truck for 2012? Well the Tacoma has a low MSRP Price at just under $17k, great fuel economy at 21 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, and the Tacoma comes in a bunch of different configurations. Continuing the work begun at the start of the previous version in 2005, the 2012 Toyota Tacoma light duty truck now presents a more civilized and versatile look without sacrificing its original purpose which is both utility and adventure. For its 40th anniversary, the Tacoma offers a neat but discreet facelift. Force first, with a more imposing stature: the front is redesigned to become more aggressive, the hood is adorned with an air inlet, whose role is not only aesthetic, and space is also important well in the cab and on the loading tray. Light Duty Pickup trucks in the US are much more than just commercial vehicles; they are a symbol of use and fun. Use because a light duty small pickup can tow and haul much more you could ever need, and fun because playing off-road in the U.S. is a huge past time. Moreover, since nothing fundamental is changing Toyota Tacoma Mk7 gently with a new grille made from chrome cross bars that extend visually the face of the pick up. It’s little but it’s much better than the existing grille that seems to stretch up everything and narrowing the frontal aspect of the vehicle. The bumper is also changing in s “drawing inspiration from the other Toyota bumper. The bucket and the back of pick up but do not change for a more modern look the new Tacoma offers less massive alloy wheels that drive the pace of the work vehicle.

Different Cabin Configurations

The Best Light Duty truck: the Toyota Tacoma offers three different Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab. With a combination of two trim levels and engines; the range is comprehensive and addresses the needs of all users. Inside, the new Tacoma benefits but also some tissue aluminum inserts in the center console and steering wheel in order to be less hardy. The handset is slightly revised instruments to lighter and lighter in appearance while the plastic change of shades of gray for better perceived quality. There is even a Tacoma 4×2 in a simple cabin capacity and a maximum cargo volume. The double cabin of our test is, conversely, the one whose platform loading is shorter (1.52 m). It is also the most civilized of all with a level of comfort and roominess of a sedan worthy back. No unnecessary luxury on board, but nothing is missing. Engineers have even pushed up the Americanization place no less than 9 cup holders (not including the glove box and those in the rear load sill)! The driver can easily find a proper driving position and passengers benefit from air conditioning (manual). Our Tacoma was equipped with a navigation system with touch screen which can not be blamed as the curious lack of MP3 compatibility, while the basic version of the radio series is equipped.

Tacoma Light Duty Engine Choices

2012 toyota tacoma v6 vvti engineThe 2012 Toyota Tacoma comes with a choice of 2 engine types. The first engine is a 2.7 liter 4-cylinder that makes 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque. This engine may be small but it provides the best fuel economy at 21 MPG in the City and 25 MPG in the highway. The other engine is a 4.0 liter V-6 that makes 236 horsepower ad 266 lb-ft. of torque. The V-6 engine gets good fuel economy at 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. Finally highway users will certainly appreciate being able to blend into the flow of traffic without exploding consumption figures. The 4-speed automatic transmission available as an option is also a major change: it really transforms Toyota pickup. While the shift lever to the manual transmission is similar to that of a small truck with its large size and huge displacements, the automatic transmission allows for a smooth ride and we particularly appreciate the silent operation of the engine belt speed controlled. Conversely, the sound is much more rustic fully loaded with the manual transmission. In the end the difference is such that approval is tempted to say that the true civilian version of the Tacoma is equipped with automatic transmission, manual transmission giving a utilitarian driving. In addition, the figures for maximum speed and acceleration are once will not hurt, for the benefit of the automatic transmission.

Light Duty Truck that can still go Off-Road

best light duty truck off roadWith a solid rear axle and leaf suspension, Toyota is still very traditional, so why change a formula that has proven itself? Indeed, the traditional ladder chassis is much stiffer, and the usual tremors cash on pickup with an empty content are at a level acceptable for everyday use. All commands respond with precision and allow driving without surprise, with the exception of turning radius that makes the anticipation required maneuver. No electronic aids to driving is available. The driver will have to remain vigilant, particularly when the road is wet and empty as the vehicle under these conditions, an evasion of the rear soon arrived – remember that the Tacoma remains powered on the road – and the presence of a differential limited slip is not a safeguard, in contrast to a persistent misconception. side crossing, the Tacoma is comparable to a 4×4 dedicated to this exercise. Indeed, despite the long wheelbase and the presence of steps (incidentally very valuable for boarding), ground clearance and angles of attack and can output a severe trekking over rough terrain. The range offers a reduction in short perfectly adapted to the evolution on steep slopes, and retain control of the mastodon on the reliefs of the Pyrenees mud proved easy, despite the selection of staff to keep the Toyota road tires, which proves to Moreover confidence in the abilities of the Tacoma.

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Best Looking Luxury Car for 2012

best looking luxury car for 2012The Audi A7 made its public showing at the Paris Motor Show in 2010 and was considered the best looking car at the time. Since that time the 2012 Audi A7 has been taking up some of th market share that the Mercedes CLS and BMW 5-series GT currently hold. And Audi has designed a car that has become the envy of the luxury car world. Combing great looks, luxury amenities, and tons of technology; the 2012 Audi A7 could soon become king of the luxury car world. The top range A7 will set you back some $59,250 which is not a lot compared to some of the other high end luxury cars out there on the market that are not as good looking. [Read more…]

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