2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Drive review

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The Chevy Camaro ZL1 packs 580 hp in its supercharged V8.
The Chevy Camaro ZL1 packs 580 hp in its supercharged V8.

By: J. P. Vettraino on 1/17/2012

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What is it?

The new ZL1 is the ultimate factory Camaro--now and probably ever. It's surely the the majority powerful, by means of 54 proportion additional horsepower supposed the infamous COPO-option, big-block 1969 Camaro ZL-1. Development engineers say one-third of the ZL1's lesser are unique, better by means of the present fifth-generation Camaro SS. All of persons sole parts, save the ZL1's Alcantara dash insert, now upgraded to get better performance.

It starts beneath the hood by means of General Motors' supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V8. Familiar as of the Cadillac CTS-V, the LSA is similar but not identical to the LS9 small-block in the Corvette ZR1, and its distinctions go additional than a smaller Eaton twin-scroll supercharger. The ZL1 engine is assembled in Silao, Mexico, as,at the same time as the Corvette LS9 is hand-built at GM's Performance Build Center in Wixom, Mich., by means of titanium between rods and valves and dry-sump lubrication.

Nonetheless, present are improvements to the LSA for the ZL1, preliminary by means of a additional well-organized intercooler. Packaging in the Camaro intended improved eating and exhaust flow, by means of a 30 proportion decrease in run restriction better by means of the CTS-V. The consequence is 580 hp at 6,100 rpm in the Camaro, and 556 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm--that's up 24 hp and 5 lb-ft as of the CTS-V. The ZL1 surpasses the LS3-powered Camaro SS by 154 hp and 136 lb-ft and moves to the top of the pony-car pecking arrange (for now), edging the 2012 Ford Mustang GT500 by 30 hp and 46 lb-ft (though Ford has announced 650 hp for the 2013 GT500).

The ZL1 moderator normal by means of a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual, addition a twin-disc clutch, tighter ratios and 30 proportion additional torque ability supposed the Tremec in the Camaro SS. Its shifter was urbanized by Chevrolet, by,by means of slightly longer throws supposed the Hurst wrap up in the Camaro SS, and was optimized for a street route rather supposed drag racing.

The ultimate Camaro too rapidly amazing you can't get in a Mustang GT500 or Boss 302: an routine transmission. The not obligatory Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed is GM's highest torque-capacity automatic, obtainable merely in heavy-duty trucks and the CTS-V. Control algorithms are adjusted ,specially for the ZL1, prefilling hydraulics for the after that cog to pace upshifts and allowing filled physical cog selection, no routine override. Chevy's path numbers say the ZL1 routine is quicker supposed the physical to 60 mph and from side to side the quarter-mile (12.0 place vs. 12.1 seconds).

There's one more skill in the ZL1 so as to you can't get in a Mustang, and it's significant. GM's Magnetic Ride Suspension (MRS), now applied in supercars genuine as the Audi R8 and the Ferrari FF, has person's name upgraded for the ZL1. The Gen III MRS stay a earlier processor and four smaller magnets in every shock, rather supposed two better ones. The object is quicker reaction time.

The ZL1 suspension starts by means of the similar spring tax as the SS in front, slightly senior tax in back, and adds stiffer bushings, bearings and tie rods. Already billed as the world's fastest-reacting suspension, the MRS magnetorheological shocks get still earlier in the ZL1. Gen III decreases reply occasion 40 percent, normal to Chevy, and in fact pulls electric present out of the shocks at what time contain require to get softer, rather supposed now waiting for the present to dissipate. Using information as of 18 dissimilar sensors, accounting for steering angle and brake application, MRS reads and adjusts damping tax each inch of journey at 60 mph.

The ZL1 stay a variable-rate steering rack, standard ratio 16.1:1 and variable-assist electric boost. GM's Performance Traction Management, adapted as of the Corvette ZR1, luckily open manage and intended the intended to tailor a variety of contemporary management systems, as of traction to MRS to steering. Mode 5 lets the computer run constancy manage merely to optimize longitudinal grip. It's future to create all but 99th-percentile drivers earlier supposed contain counting be by means of the electronics in the clouds off completely.

The brakes are fundamentally the similar as persons on the CTS-V. Rotors and swept region are better supposed the clear competition's, and the wrap up is a bit additional complicated (read, costly). The front rotors are two-piece aluminum/iron, and all of the calipers are aluminum, by means of six pistons in front and four in back. The ZL1's wheels measure 20 decrease in diameter (as opposite to 19 for the additional guys), obtainable in two styles by means of inquisitiveness finishes and fitted by means of Goodyear F1 Supercar Gen II unidirectional tires (285/35ZR front, 305/35ZR rear).

The ZL1 moderator normal by means of path stuff you don't get on a GT500, counting a broadcast cooler, differential cooler and brake-cooling ducts, and its aerodynamics contain person's name optimized for far above the ground speed.

A key constituent is the carbon-fiber insert in the ZL1's high-dome hood, construct Chevy strong-minded the Mohawk. The mixture of an extended front splitter, taller inferior grille and an extractor in the Mohawk mechanically 265 pounds additional front aero power supposed the Camaro SS at 150 mph (that's 65 pounds of downforce by means of the ZL1 v. 200 pounds of lift by means of the SS). The ZL1 has two stomach pans to decrease turbulence and cool mechanicals underneath, extended rockers for stone protection and a taller back spoiler by means of integrated brake glow (this spoiler counting hide the rear-window CHMSL in the SS).

That Alcantara dash trim? It's coordinated by means of a ZL1 logo, lest the intended not remember he or she is heavy the ultimate Camaro. There are too Alcantara inserts in the power, heated front seats, red stitching in the leather and embroidered logos on the headrests. The ZL1 moderator normal by means of all the niceties, counting nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and rear-park help by means of a rearview camera. The head-up show rapidly four monitor choices by means of a variety of data, counting a g gauge and shift guide.

Even by means of all the niceties, the ZL1 lapped the Nordschleife a number of 40 place earlier supposed the Camaro SS (watch the video here). Chevy inappropriately growth built-in a 24-hour, high-speed flog at GM's proving ground in Milford, Mich., by means of a 150-mph-plus top pace every lap and an standard of 88 mph, attract merely to alter tires and brakes.

ZL1 manufacture is underway in Oshawa, Ontario, and dealerships be hypothetical to see a steady stream of hardware by spring. The coupe debuts at $54,995, counting a $900 destination charge. Options are incomplete to the routine ($1,195), sunroof ($900), suede steering wheel and shift knob ($500), a stripe wrap up ($470) and a clear-coated Mohawk so as to exposes the carbon-fiber weave ($600).

A ZL1 adaptable weapons on sale in the summer as a 2013 model. Chevy expects the ZL1 to explanation for 5 proportion to 10 proportion of sum Camaro manufacture in excess of the extended haul. Early demand determination be approximately exclusively manual, but it's predictable to rotate in the direction of 50 proportion routine by means of time.

The ZL1 has a improved front/rear heaviness equilibrium supposed the Mustang Boss 302 or the GT500, a substantially longer wheelbase (plus 5.2 inches), a better tire scrap and a completely self-governing back suspension. It's too substantially heavier--488 pounds heavier supposed the Boss, 300 pounds heavier supposed the GT500. As a result, the ZL1's power-to-weight ratio falls each so slightly shy of so as to of the 2012 GT500. We hesitation anybody determination notice.

The ZL1 has additional jobs supposed also of its straight competitors. Ford has subdivided the top of the Mustang lineup, offering the Boss 302 for additional frequent track-day rank and the GT500 for persons who desire the main swinger for sunny Sunday afternoons. The ZL1 has to plug together roles, with no armed on the Corvette's toes. So come again? precisely is the ultimate Camaro? A super-muscle-pony game coupe, and probably additional belongings supposed any pony car before.

Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.

What is it similar to to drive?

Remarkable, for its mix of daily civility and path capability. On the street or the racetrack, petroleum pony car or power car (or what we name Camaros and Mustangs as,at the same occasion as days) approximately construct the concept of compromise obsolete.

As a street car, the ZL1 is amazingly nice--tame, even--except for a number of recognizable Camaro things, construct we'll get to below. Only the LSA's rumble hints at its ability on a track, anywhere it's up to now concerning no substance which mortals can abusively bring and eagerly waits for more. The ZL1 is additional at ease supposed a Camaro SS as a each day intended and additional manageable on a racetrack, by means of senior limits. As path cars go, Ford's Mustang Boss 302 is not chiefly brutal on the street, by means of its physically adjustable suspension set soft. But if ride excellence is an issue for anyone, the ZL1 is better, and the worth of the MRS shocks and self-governing back suspension be hypothetical to not be underestimated. Better still, you don't contain get out of the ZL1 and physically regulate the suspension at what time it's occasion to mallet it.

The banquet begins by means of the engine. The LSA delivers a primal surge of whoosh at now concerning any pace up to its quite sudden petroleum shutoff (6,200 rpm). The supercharger is extraordinarily quiet and it keeps forcing air evenly approximately to the redline. There's no old-school dip in grunt at far above the ground revs. The bottomless pool of torque construct road, cog assortment and now concerning all but pure, adrenaline-pumping armed up superfluous. The sounds? The ZL1 has an lively exhaust scheme by means of vacuum-controlled valves borrowed as of the Corvette ZR1; it delivers the filled rumble merely on top of 3,000 rpm and 50 proportion throttle, or at idle to impress by means of friends. At filled roar petroleum Camaro is not fairly as aurally pleasing as a Boss 302, but the exhaust note isn't amazing so as to counting power our choice.

With all of its horsepower and 1 g grip, the ZL1's the majority excellent asset strength be its level-headed go,shift toward to business--particularly knowledge the way approximately an unfamiliar racetrack. It's a big, serious car but it a number of cruel action to create it bite. Its constancy manage scheme is no substance which but a straight jacket, allowing together trimmings of the car to slide preceding to the electronics go to work. Only a talented intended determination be clever to run 580 hp improved supposed Performance Traction Management in Mode 5. The ZL1 intended manifold options or reach on a track, thanks to its composure and huge torque.

The grasp is meaty by means of a obvious engagement point, but not excessively rigid or painful. We'd name it excellent. The shifter is nice, chiefly to anybody who remembers the old F-body Camaro, and we genuinely similar to the automatic--as a great deal as we similar to automatics in any high-performance car. It's chiefly smooth as a street transmission, and it intended filled manage and unfettered cog assortment as a manual. On the track, in game routine mode, it shifted additional rapidly and managed gears by means of additional acumen supposed we could.

The ZL1's steering fake high-quality job filtering the rubbish but not the feel. Both speed and help alter suitably by means of speed, and subjectively, petroleum strength be the ZL1's main edge on the hot-rod Mustangs. The Boss 302's steering strength be a mark quicker overall but it large fewer linked supposed the Camaro's. Initially, at least, it characteristic a better leap of faith.

What's not to similar to in the ZL1? The seats are a bit soft for a path car. Smaller folk determination go,shift approximately a lot in them, and there's no oh-s***! bar for the passenger. Then there's so as to recognizable Camaro stuff, construct probably matters the majority at what time it moderator to transportation (as opposite to entertainment). The as extended as obviously detained sway in excess of the packaging populace at what time petroleum car was conceived, and so as to translates to a hunkered-in, pillbox sight as of the driver's seat. The windows are far above the ground and quite narrow, and the view lines are complicated, chiefly in excess of the shoulders. All of so as to can create the Camaro additional difficult to drive on filled of activity roads or in crowded locales--perhaps additional power intensive, or tedious.

Do I desire it?

For one replica day at least, the ZL1 is the horsepower king of the pony cars. It has presentation technologies the Mustang GT500 doesn't bring and overall ability that's firm at $55,000. In a number of respects it's a bargain, and at what time you think its civility, fairly an achievement.

That unaccompanied doesn't denote you desire it. Particularly by means of pony cars, the majority of us create predisposed in the direction of a exacting brand. If you're in so as to center come into view and mind merely concerning come again? the car does, you strength desire to believe concerning the ZL1. We're not certain it's improved path car supposed a Mustang Boss 302, but the option is difficult. The ZL1 strength create additional populace happier additional of the time.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Price: $54,995

Available: Spring 2012 (coupe)

Layout: Four-passenger, front-engine, rear-drive coupe and convertible

Drivetrain: 6.2-liter supercharged V8, 580 hp @ 6100 rpm, 556 lb-ft @ 3800; six-speed physical or six-speed torque-converter routine broadcast

Curb Weight: 4,120 lb

0-60 MPH: 3.9 sec (auto), 4.0 sec (manual)

Fuel Economy (EPA): 16 mpg

Top speed: 184 mph (mfr)



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2011 Kia Optima Hybrid: Review notes

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By: Roger Hart on 1/05/2012

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This 2011 Kia Optima hybrid is one of the main surprises of the day for me, as to now how high-quality it is. First, it attention actually good. There's a terrific exterior plan so as to determination contain populace mistaking it for amazing as of a German manufacturer. Second, the center is extremely slick, by means of a big radio border and a nice collection of simple, straightforward gauges. You don't require to appreciate writing the owner's physical to operate no substance which here--it's all easy and intuitive.

Third, the hybrid drivetrain is very smooth, by means of nary a hint of at what time the scheme switches recognized by gasoline and battery drive. You contain to be charitable at the dash to see the revs fall to zero to be acquainted with so as to the eco drive has kicked in. And it determination do so if you rear off the throttle at freeway speed, construct is astonishing to me.

Fourth, the rear seat is ginormous. Several times, I was hauling inquisitiveness passengers, and everybody session in the rear seat commented on how spacious it was.

OK, the negatives: I'd similar to the seats to be a bit additional comfortable, by means of additional lateral hold up and thigh bolsters. The tires appear rock hard, by means of a nod additional in the direction of petroleum monetary system supposed ride comfort. Likewise, the suspension doesn't appear extremely healthy tuned for as,at the same occasion as tires. The ride might be a bit suppler. Third, amazing (I'm assuming the battery pack) is captivating up a group of stem space. Actually, all belongings considered, my main disappointment was in the be small of of stem space. And it if that's the worst comment I might approach up with, well, I'd name petroleum a ringing endorsement.

For $32,000, present is a ton of skill wrapped up in a fine-looking, comparatively at ease package. Anyone charitable for hybrid propulsion wants to seem at petroleum preceding to creation a decision.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: Great wrapper--especially persons not obligatory uplevel wheels, construct labor perfectly by means of the black paint job. Inside, it's additional of the same, by means of well-upholstered seats and high-quality ergonomics throughout. I've noted it preceding to on the Optima, but still the turn-signal stalk is contoured to fit by means of finger comfortably. If you do the small belongings well, odds are the big things--like the entire car--will twist out well. That's the container by means of petroleum Kia midsize sedan.

The hybrid powertrain fake swap seamlessly as of gasoline engine to EV or a mixture of the two, and it is a fuel-sipper. My grievance is so as to from occasion to time the built-in bias in the direction of petroleum monetary system gravely hampers performance. I noted a exact lag in on-demand acceleration--enough so as to I establish myself second-guessing consequences the car had sufficient authority to punch out of a slow lane and eager on a earlier lane of traffic. With petroleum type of affirmed authority and torque on tap, so as to shouldn't be an issue.

As one strength expect, the boring reply is chiefly noticeable in super-economy eco mode, construct fights rear after that to fuel-sucking rapid launches, but I too noted it in usual operating mode. The trans too seemed to get hung up in a inferior cog as of occasion to time, as although it was expecting an upshift command so as to by no means came. I too consideration the brakes now way too touchy at low speeds, creation easy parking and driveway maneuvers far additional of an adventure supposed necessary.

That aside, the car is beaut and barely second-hand any petroleum in my 80-mile roundtrip commute, and it appears to contain the variety to undertake the majority of Iowa and Nebraska with no attract for fuel. Usually, so as to characteristic amazing by means of a diesel engine, so if variety is a priority, petroleum Optima hybrid is worthy of consideration.

I trust that what you've read so far has been informative. The following section should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain.

ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: I'm a big fan of the Optima lineup and contain optional as,at the same occasion as cars to numerous populace in excess of the history few months. My drive in an SX account previous petroleum day actually won me in excess of for its mixture of method together in,within and out, excellence center resources and energetic drive nature for the class.

For Kia's primary break at a hybrid, I'm rather impressed. As Roger and Bob mention, the scheme is seamless in operation, switching recognized by the a variety of modes of all-engine, electric propulsion as of the lithium-battery pack or a mixture of the two. However, I too did become aware of the broadcast receiving hung up in inferior gears.

My main gripe by means of all hybrid vehicles is the brake-pedal sense and response. While they've surely approach a extended way in new years, contain stay abrupt, by means of the majority of not any motionless emotion too a great deal similar to on/off switches. This Optima hybrid is additional or fewer the same, but present is a small space to modulate grab if you're careful enough.

The chassis tuning is on the stiffer side, construct I like, and steering is receptive by means of a polite quantity of feedback obtainable from side to side the wheel. Unfortunately, existence form a hybrid by means of low-rolling-resistance tires, hold is missing a bit and hampers reflexes. Then present is the additional heaviness as of the battery pack, construct is a double whammy of belongings so as to result handling. Even so, the Optima hybrid got approximately fine and wasn't a snooze to drive. Compared by means of the Ford Fusion hybrid and the Toyota Camry hybrid, it is the the majority entertaining to drive midsize hybrid sedan.

Fuel-economy rating is on par by means of the competition. The Fusion hybrid has a 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway rating, as,at the same time as the newest Camry hybrid in SE shape income 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway numbers. The Kia stay 35 mpg in the metropolis and 40 mpg on the highway, construct is spirited by means of the more-established entries.

If you're in the marketplace for a midsize hybrid sedan, petroleum Kia counting be my pick.

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Base Price: $27,250

As-Tested Price: $32,250

Drivetrain: 2.4-liter I4 hybrid; FWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 166 hp @ 6,000 rpm (total scheme authority 206 hp), 154 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm (total scheme authority 195 lb-ft)

Curb Weight: 3,490 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 37/36.6 mpg

Options: Premium Technology wrap up counting navigation by means of backup camera, Sirius traffic, Infinity audio system, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror by means of Homelink and compass, 17-inch tires by means of alloy wheels, HID present by means of auto leveling, leather seat trim, driver's seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard back seats, heated steering wheel and power-adjustable front-passenger's seat ($5,000)



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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited: Long-term car review

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After a fun summer in our Subaru WRX STI Limited, we're prepared for colder days.

By: Jake Lingeman on 1/06/2012

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The come into view quarter for our long- word 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI in progress by means of a filled bodily in the shape of a 15,000-mile service visit. In adding to the usual oil alter and tire rotation, the dealership checked the electrical and cooling systems, tuned the engine and additional fuel-injector cleaner and an air filter. It too checked on the Brembo brakes, construct motionless had 90 proportion of fabric remaining following demonstrate months.

"Either as,at the same occasion as Brembo brakes grasp up very well, or we're now not heavy it firm enough," one not practical said.

The summer softened up the center plastics, construct complete fewer noise supposed in the chill months, at what time contain tended to squeak a lot more. Their silence did leave additional space for tire and wind noise to labor its way eager on the cabin.

As refined as petroleum car is better by means of preceding generations, it motionless ranks low on heavy serenity. "The STI leftovers extremely raw," one not practical noted. "There now era it sounded as if debris was falling off, and the racket petroleum obsession construct just moving downward the street is rather intrusive to passengers."

But that's not come again? the majority drivers mind concerning by means of the 305-hp WRX STI. Enthusiasts similar to us desire a snorting muffler, a gaudy wing and the lightning throttle reply so as to the WRX STI provides. It burbles at idle by means of a solid bass note preceding to operational up to a high-pitched metallic wail close to redline.

It's an absolute terror on the road, too, shooting plug wherever we tip it. With a clack of the SI-Drive control, the WRX STI weapons as of mild to wild, and petroleum use earth to go as of satisfactory to "I can't consider we contain to discontinue again."

The WRX STI has liberally fairly a person's name for itself on the streets. Kids discontinue to admire, and older populace curse the decibels as,at the same time as the pilot now smiles. The blue pearl paint gleams in the sun, arresting a menacing silhouette in rear-view mirrors. People see the bugeye present and boy-racer wing and get out of the way immediately.

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The WRX STI was solid mechanically, merely requiring knowledge existence out of service for an unidentified gouge in the front bumper. The go back built-in a serious clean and feature job, construct approximately complete the body-shop call worthwhile.

Third-Quarter Update

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited

As-Tested Price: $39,939

Miles Driven (Quarter/To Date): 5,195/19,717

Fuel Economy (Quarter/To Date): 20.3/20.1 mpg

Fuel Cost (Quarter/To Date): $1,027.70/$3,763.39

Days Out of Service (Quarter/To Date): Eight/11

Maintenance: 15,000-mile service, counting oil change, create sure and plug fluids, melody engine, re-place air filter, add fuel-injection cleaner, inspect and spotless brake assemblies, inspect and rotate tires, create sure charging system, universal inspection ($252.23); repair front bumper ($977.49)



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2012 Cadillac SRX Performance Collection: Review notes

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"This 2012 Cadillac SRX is one of my preferred crossovers." - Executive Editor Ro. Photo by Anton Maka.

"I was astonished by how a great deal notice it got in my neighborhood; populace genuine. Photo by Anton Maka.

"Combined by means of the functional, at ease center and small touches similar to the . Photo by Anton Maka.

"However, the wrap up of refinement, smoothness, comparatively receptive behavior,. Photo by Anton Maka.

"For persons who keep in mind Cadillac's preceding SRX iteration, construct was additional of a t. Photo by Anton Maka.

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By: Roger Hart on 1/06/2012

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: This 2012 Cadillac SRX is one of my preferred crossovers. It's at ease and very capable in come again? it is annoying to be--a lavishness crossover, charitable drivers the advantage of heavy a car by means of the majority of the of a little sport-ute. And as,at the same time as I similar to petroleum a lot, particularly a number of of the small particulars genuine as the jeweled lens so as to lights up by means of the turn-signal indicator, fraction of a nicely styled and at ease interior, I'm not certain I'd get petroleum over, say, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. And as,at the same time as I be acquainted with contain are two totally dissimilar vehicles, the useable center room is concerning the same, and the Jeep is, well, it's Jeep by means of all of its capabilities.

But for populace not full-grown grave off-road who motionless desire to haul stuff (and people) in luxurious comfort, the SRX is a terrific option. As a each day driver, one might do much, a great deal worse.

EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I liked petroleum Caddy, too. I consideration it was a good-looking (inside and out), sensibly sensibly lavishness ute. I was astonished by how a great deal notice it got in my neighborhood; populace genuinely seemed interested in checking it out.

Thought it might use additional power--the engine was smooth but the car become paler slow off the row to me. Of course, out on the freeway for universal cruising, it was fine. But approximately town I become paler I might use additional zip. And, yes, I did try together eco and usual modes.

I was impressed by means of the chassis, the ride and the handling for the the majority part. The SRX rapidly a smooth ride, and the suspension did a high-quality job controlling corpse roll, at smallest amount as far as utes go. The car become paler sensibly responsive, and as,at the same time as it probably can't run from side to side twisty roads similar to a BMW X3, I'm betting it counting put a Lexus RX 350 on the trailer.

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EXECUTIVE EDITOR BOB GRITZINGER: This 2012 Cadillac SRX Performance Collection is extremely spirited in the segment, stacking up after that to the Lexus RX 350, the Acura MDX, the Mercedes-Benz ML, the BMW X5, et al. At petroleum price, it earth similar to a house run as equipped, by means of a physically powerful and refined V6, all-wheel drive, a six-speed broadcast and a filled slate of contemporary goodies. The parlor-trick levitating nav monitor unaccompanied be dressed in it separately as of the majority brethren fitted by means of set screens.

The cargo cut by the back hatch too is a bit of an illusion--there's motionless abundance of room rear there, particularly by means of the next row folded. I on one occasion bought a hutch in extremely old Michigan and hauled it house in an SRX, so as extended as you can fold the rear seat, there's plenty cargo room.

I believe the complaints concerning petroleum vehicle missing authority relate to the all-wheel drive, construct puts the authority downward with no a lot of drama. The result, to my backside, is a smooth authority delivery with no a lot of unexpected action. To me, so as to translates eager on refinement, construct petroleum powertrain has in spades. In addition, petroleum replica large quite sporty and buttoned up, by means of no trouble handling rapid inputs and route corrections with no a great deal revolve or dive. Like the majority route in petroleum segment, it's additional of a driver's car supposed you strength expect, by means of the emphasis on car manage versus off-road capability.

Combined by means of the functional, at ease center and small touches similar to the turn-signal LED repeaters on the instrument board (as Roger noted), the car earth similar to a winner. For persons who keep in mind Cadillac's preceding SRX iteration, construct was additional of a tall station wagon supposed a lavishness crossover, the SRX is spot-on for the marketplace.

SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC MORRISON: I stay a fan of the second-gen Cadillac SRX, as of the sharply creased exterior to the modern, pleasing center plan and materials. You may or may not similar to the oh-so-Cadillac corpse lines, but I contain yet to approach crossways anyone--myself included--who doesn't praise the center or the ride quality.

Yes, petroleum is a well-controlled, pleasing-to-drive mechanism so as to fake now concerning all well, although I don't rank any solitary lively attribute as class-leading. However, the wrap up of refinement, smoothness, comparatively receptive behavior, method and practicality shape a formidably spirited entry in petroleum segment, and one I counting rank far above the ground on my shopping catalog if I had small require or wish for grave off-road or heavy-duty utility work.

When you get downward to it, I see the SRX as I do the majority of its competition: at smallest amount as a great deal of an emotional value, probably more, supposed a logical choice. It's an SUV so as to causes its drivers and occupants to sense high-quality and to relax in style, with no the downsides of over-the-top opulence or a dumbed-down or numb heavy experience.

2012 Cadillac SRX Performance Collection

Base Price: $47,215

As-Tested Price: $48,610

Drivetrain: 3.6-liter V6; AWD, six-speed automatic

Output: 308 hp @ 6,800 rpm, 265 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,442 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 18/18.5 mpg

Options: Entertainment scheme counting dual screens, DVD player ($1,395)



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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Hatchback: Review notes

The best course of action to take sometimes isn't clear until you've listed and considered your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what the experts think is significant.
The Sonic astonished  me. It's a solid, fun car to drive and the center  is spacious. - Executive Editor Roger Hart  Photo by: David Arnouts The Sonic astonished me. It's a solid, fun car to drive and the center is spaci. Photo by David Arnouts.

This segment determination  carry on  to be spirited  by means of  now  concerning  everybody  full-grown  to contain  a small, fuel-efficient car as petroleum  management  carry on  to climb. This is so a great deal  improved  supposed  the Aveo it replaces, and General Motors be hypothetical  to  be complemented on that. - Executive Editor Roger Hart  Photo by: David Arnouts This segment determination carry on to be spirited by means of now concerning everybody full-grown to. Photo by David Arnouts.

I was clever  to get at ease  rapidly  at the back  the wheel, by means of  the seats offering ,essential  hold up  in all the correct  places. - Road Test Editor Jonathan Wong  Photo by: David Arnouts I was clever to get at ease rapidly at the back the wheel, by means of the seats offering . Photo by David Arnouts.

I wouldn't name  the engine physically powerful  but it fake  a totally  satisfactory  job of moving the five-door hatch around. I had no difficulty  receiving  up to and maintaining expressway speeds, but I did contain  to downshift on one occasion  or twice to get rear  up to cruising velocity following  slowing down. - Associate Editor Jake Lingeman  Photo by: David Arnouts I wouldn't name the engine physically powerful but it fake a totally satisfactory job of mov. Photo by David Arnouts.

The radio is straightforward and simple  to use; I had my iPod plugged in the majority  of the weekend, but merely  from side to side  the auxiliary input jack, so I didn't get to engage in recreation  by means of  the iPod radio controls. - Associate Editor Jake Lingeman  Photo by: David Arnouts The radio is straightforward and simple to use; I had my iPod plugged in the majority of t. Photo by David Arnouts.

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Behind the wheel, the Sonic's turbo engine suffers as of  minor lag downward  low on the tachometer, but in the midrange punch is fairly  good, construct  had me cruising approximately  in come into view  and site  gears a lot a great deal  similar to  Roger did. - Road Test Editor Jonathan Wong  Photo by: David Arnouts Behind the wheel, the Sonic's turbo engine suffers as of minor lag downward low on th. Photo by David Arnouts.

The B-segment hatchback stay  high-quality  marks as of  the Autoweek editors.  Photo by: David Arnouts The B-segment hatchback stay high-quality marks as of the Autoweek editors. . Photo by David Arnouts.

Published on 1/11/2012

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I had the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ for a extended daily construct built-in shopping, trips to see the family and hauling approximately leftovers.

From come again? I can see, it's a high-quality small car so as to can do all but haul a giant plasma monitor TV,box home, and that's merely since it's not tall sufficient and the TV wants to place up. Otherwise, the Sonic fit all of my aid as of shopping, additional clothes I ditched throughout the unseasonably temperate day in Michigan and bag of additional stuff for a houseguest.

I wouldn't name the engine physically powerful but it fake a totally satisfactory job of moving the five-door hatch around. I had no difficulty receiving up to and maintaining expressway speeds, but I did contain to downshift on one occasion or twice to get rear up to cruising velocity following slowing down. The 1.4-liter turbo construct a nice racket at what time you're actually pushing it but cruises quietly. Road noise and wind noise create additional sound supposed the little four-banger.

The center is clean-looking and comfortable, and I appreciated the quick-heating seats at what time figure in the car in the close to the beginning morning. The radio is straightforward and simple to use; I had my iPod plugged in the majority of the weekend, but merely from side to side the auxiliary input jack, so I didn't get to engage in recreation by means of the iPod radio controls. The sound scheme is high-quality and loud; at what time I wasn't listening to podcasts I had it cranked up attractive far.

The merely obsession so as to actually bugged me on the in,within was the seatbelt buckle. For a car so as to attention new everywhere as of the present to the liftgate, it earth silly to contain a buckle as of 1976. Like a bad scene you out of a movie, the buckle gave me pause each occasion I looked at it.

I similar to the new gauge-pod design. It puts the tachometer front and middle by means of an easy-to-see redline. It has kind of a video-game sense to it by means of the digital numbers and colorful accents.

The shifter and connection seemed strong. I'm not the gentlest being by means of a six-speed but petroleum box had zero slush to it. I might see it by means of a five-speed though, in its place of the six. I didn't get astonishing mileage on the highway, so it's not similar to sixth is a tall, cruising gear. I counting contain liked the additional oomph of longer primary and next gears. The grasp pedal was a tad glow for my flavor but it had now the correct quantity of sensitivity. It's not almost as bad as the previous little Hyundai we tested, construct had no heaviness in the absent pedal.

As I said, petroleum mileage wasn't amazing. I averaged a bit fewer supposed 30 mpg for five days. Maybe I'm expecting too much, but the car is rated at 40 mpg on the highway, and I exhausted abundance of occasion there.

My previous quibble by means of the Sonic is the price. In petroleum configuration, at almost $19,000, it earth too expensive. It's merely $700 for the upgraded engine, construct I'd extremely recommend, but it's small. Four full-grown adults counting be pushing it. Start it at $16,000, let management get out of the dealership for fewer supposed $18,000 and you strength contain a winner on by means of hands. It surely attention cool.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER HART: The Sonic astonished me. It's a solid, fun car to drive and the center is spacious. And the seats now at ease as well. It quick a bit to get the physically adjustable seats to a place so as to I liked but I finally got there.

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This segment determination carry on to be spirited by means of now concerning everybody full-grown to contain a small, fuel-efficient car as petroleum management carry on to climb. This is so a great deal improved supposed the Aveo it replaces, and General Motors be hypothetical to be complimented on that.

The small turbo engine doesn't contain a great deal downward low, so I'm glad petroleum was fitted by means of a six-speed manual. I establish myself heavy a lot in come into view and four gears--if you're in fifth or sixth and responsibility no substance which but freeway cruising, you require to fall downward a pair of cogs to get eager on the little powerband of the engine. The shifter was tight, by means of no trouble slotting eager on the correct gears.

I too liked the instrument pod a lot, though at night, the bright-orange tach needle got annoying following a while. The radio border was easy and the sound was good.

I counting disagree a bit by means of Jake on the price. At $18,000, petroleum obsession is attractive a great deal loaded. With all of the coin you'll be saving at the gas pump, the utility the car rapidly the distance end to end of by means of the little fun factor, I believe the Sonic is a winner.

ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Count me as an important person who unfilled the as-tested cost of petroleum range-topping LTZ isn't bad. It falls in row by means of the competition. A 2012 Honda Fit Sport ready by means of 16-inch aluminum wheels costs $18,876, as,at the same time as the new 2012 Kia Rio SX five-door is $18,450. Those numbers represent the range-topping trims of every replica ready to approximately match come again? our Chevy examination car has. So if you put it so as to way, the Sonic isn't luxurious at $18,695. It's sensibly competitively.

How do the relax of the numbers contrast in the center of the inquisitiveness cars? For comparisons sake, I picked the Fit since I've seen the Honda as the benchmark in petroleum collection of students for a extended time, and the new Kia is a actually physically powerful offering by means of its direct-injection four-cylinder and imposing center quality. In the engine category, the Fit brings the knife to a gunfight by means of now 117 hp as of its 1.5-liter four-cylinder, as,at the same time as the Rio and the Sonic tie at 138 hp. However, the Chevy's turbocharged 1.4-liter packs additional torque supposed the Kia (148 lb-ft vs. 123 lb-ft).

As for petroleum economy, the older Fit is bringing up the back by means of 27 mpg metropolis and 33 mpg highway by means of the five-speed physical transmission. The Rio, by means of the normal six-speed automatic, has an EPA rating of 30 mpg metropolis and 40 mpg highway. The Sonic, packing the six-speed manual, achieves 29 mpg metropolis and 40 mpg highway.

So, as you can see, the Sonic stacks up healthy on document after that to an recognized and respected entry in the B-class and a new and a great deal better combatant.

Behind the wheel, the Sonic's turbo engine suffers as of minor lag downward low on the tachometer, but in the midrange punch is fairly good, construct had me cruising approximately in come into view and site gears a lot a great deal similar to Roger did. The six-speed physical isn't as crisp and exact as the five-speed in the Fit, but not a lot of cars are.

Ride excellence is solid, and the Sonic buzzes downward the expressway at 80 mph competently. On surface streets, the suspension damps ruts well, and steering reply is nice. The Fit's overall chassis setup boasts improved reflexes and is a tad hyperactive in nature, but the Sonic's softer ride nature probably improved group of students the majority customer tastes.

Interior soothe too is a far above the ground point. I was clever to get at ease rapidly at the back the wheel, by means of the seats offering ,essential hold up in all the correct places. The gauge approach together is different, construct is nice to see. Material excellence is on par by means of the relax of the class. On the outside, it's a nice-looking wrap up by means of sharper lines, but I for myself discover the Rio and the Fit additional attractive.

What's the the majority excellent information of all concerning petroleum Sonic? That counting contain to be so as to petroleum isn't the Aveo. Be thankful for that. It's an very spirited little car, and that's amazing Chevrolet hasn't had in a extended time.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Hatchback

Base Price: $17,235

As-Tested Price: $18,695

Drivetrain: 1.4-liter turbocharged I4; FWD, six-speed manual

Output: 138 hp @ 4,900 rpm, 148 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

Curb Weight: 2,743 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 33/29.9 mpg

Options: Ecotec turbocharged 1.4-liter engine ($700)



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2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5: Review notes

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car appraisal  2011 Toyota 4Runner.
The V6 in the 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 is rated at 270 hp.

By: Jonathan Wong on 1/13/2012

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ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: The Toyota 4Runner is a guilty pleasure for me. I'm not a enormous fan of SUVs but I've forever liked the 4Runner for a number of reason. I talked my stepfather eager on trade one in 1997, and he piled up additional supposed 350,000 on foot on so as to pallid SR5 replica preceding to he had to rubbish it since of an unfortunate accident. The drivetrain was motionless physically powerful at the end, but the corpse and suspension injure complete repairing it not value it. That was inquisitiveness existence ago. If not for so as to accident, I contain no hesitation so as to it counting motionless be organization strong.

Now in its fifth generation, construct debuted for the 2010 replica year, the 4Runner is motionless a body-on-frame vehicle, construct is rare nowadays for SUVs. Styling was efficient some, as was the interior. It wasn't a radical change, construct is a high-quality obsession for a nameplate genuine as the 4Runner. Toyota terrified the V8 engine alternative so as to I don't actually miss; I forever consideration the V6 was additional supposed sufficient.

After spending additional supposed a melody in our 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 tester, my appreciation for it leftovers strong. I piled on a high-quality figure of on foot organization errands, heading to family functions and moving a group of stuff and populace around. I by no means weary of its trucklike ride quality, construct for a full-frame vehicle is fairly comfortable. Sure, it's rougher supposed the unibody SUVs on the market, but the ride hysterics the nature of the 4Runner.

And one has to keep in mind so as to the 4Runner is healthy respected in off-roading circles. There are the meaty tires, abundance of ground clearance and a 4WD scheme that's person's name approximately for fairly a number of time. The the majority great heavy I did was plow from side to side a number of big puddles of irrigate and pound downward a number of poorly rutted grime roads. A little fraction of me still hoped for a number of snow, but so as to by no means came throughout my time. Either way, the 4Runner has grave off-road credibility, and a rougher on-road ride excellence is acceptable.

The 4.0-liter V6 by means of 270 hp got the close to 4,700 pounds of 4Runner moving the distance end to end of fine for merging and passing. It's a smooth engine linked to an evenly smooth five-speed routine transmission. Steering is receptive for a truck shod by means of tires additional off-road-oriented, but the brakes quick receiving second-hand to by means of an violent bite point.

The not obligatory premium wrap up ,advertising the being comforts genuine as leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a decent-sounding eight-speaker sound scheme by means of the tailgate function so as to I occasion at what time I helped swap on a set of chill tires and rims at a friend's house. And the satellite radio was a bonus.

I too appreciated the sliding back cargo ground so as to complete loading and receipt persons tires easy. Instead of attention to lean in, you now require to slide the ,whole ground out.

As I said, SUVs genuine as the 4Runner are rare now. I deduction you can think it a rugged, old-school SUV as of a occasion at what time petroleum monetary system didn't substance all so as to much. Ah, persons now the days. I motionless love the 4Runner, though. I speculate consequences my stepfather is charitable to put back his Honda Pilot anytime soon.

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SENIOR ART DIRECTOR CHERYL L. BLAHNIK: I liked petroleum 2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5 a lot. It's a ideal outdoor-activity vehicle by means of lots of cargo room, comfy seats and off-road ability to get to a campsite or ski option up in the mountains.

As Wong said, it's a genuine truck, and so as to can't be supposed concerning a lot of of the car-based crossovers flooding the marketplace nowadays. Most of persons vehicles contain twist out to be too fluffy in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience, construct is understandable.

As for the 4Runner, the center is motionless at ease by means of abundance of room, heated leather seats and a nice sound system. On the exterior it has a simple, retro sense by means of its flared wheel wells and chunky taillights. It attention rugged, and it's nice to be acquainted with so as to it has the to rear up its appearance.

2011 Toyota 4Runner SR5

Base Price: $32,075

As-Tested Price: $37,214

Drivetrain: 4.0-liter V6; 4WD, five-speed automatic

Output: 270 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 278 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

Curb Weight: 4,675 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 19/17.5 mpg

Options: Premium wrap up counting leather-trimmed and heated eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat by means of authority lumbar support, heated four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather-trimmed steering wheel, courtesy lights, AM/FM/CD player by means of MP3/WMA playback capability, eight-speaker sound system, XM radio, USB port by means of iPod connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity ($2,790); convenience wrap up by means of authority tilt/slide moonroof and one front and one cargo region 120V AC authority outlet ($1,050); auto-dimming rearview mirror by means of integrated backup camera ($525); sliding back cargo deck by means of under-floor storage space ($350); antitheft alarm scheme by means of engine immobilizer ($220); carpet ground and cargo mats ($204)



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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG: Drive review

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By: Barry Winfield on 1/13/2012

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What is it?

AMG’s upgrade of the third-generation Mercedes ML SUV retains the ML63 nomenclature, still although it switches as of the 6.3-liter V8 to a twin-turbo, direct-injection 5.5-liter V8. In petroleum guise the car content 518 hp at 5,250 rpm and 560 lb-ft of torque as of 1,750 rpm to 5,000 rpm.

The corporation too rapidly a presentation wrap up for the ML63, bumping turbo boost force as of 14.5 psi to 18.8 psi to add to engine output to 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The wrap up too increases top pace as of the customary electronically incomplete 155 mph to a similarly incomplete 174 mph. An power of the Porsche Cayenne, maybe?

As is customary by means of Mercedes products, present is a battery of contemporary driver’s aids, counting ABS, ESP, lively parking assist, notice assist, blind-spot help and lane-keeping assist. Distinct as of persons are not obligatory lively versions of blind-spot and lane-keeping assist, anywhere the stability-control scheme applies brakes selectively to right the driver’s course.

The torque tear on the ML63’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive scheme is biased in the direction of the rear, at a 40/60 ratio, and the chassis specifications comprise air springs, adaptive damping shocks and come again? the corporation strong-minded the lively curve scheme (basically changeable revolve stiffness shaped in reply to intended and vehicle inputs) ,advertising by actuators at the car’s antiroll bars.

Although comprehensively ready as standard, the ML63 rapidly a catalog of options so as to luckily lively cruise control, rear-seat entertainment, B&O audio and more.

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What is it similar to to drive?

As we’ve approach to stay for as of AMG vehicles, the ML63 belies its 5,000-pound accumulation together in the way it accelerates and the way it handles. With max torque as of way downward on the tachometer, the car ladder off by means of grave intent and runs to 60 mph in a lady 4.7 seconds. It by no means large no substance which but decidedly muscular, and the steady staccato grumble as of the exhaust underscores the engine’s potential.

But the ML63 too boasts a great deal better petroleum monetary system (33 proportion better, normal to corporation claims) and can be driven at moderate speeds by means of outstanding accompanying refinement and comfort. Still, by means of AMG ride manage composed of air springs, adaptive-damping shocks and changeable roll-stiffness actuators, the ML63 adjusts to quick heavy in a astonishing fashion.

Big 21-inch wheels rise sporty Michelin summer tires, and the hold custom are high. Add the carefully composed chassis, and you contain a big SUV so as to cuts swaths from side to side canyon state in a way so as to determination upset its occupants. An electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering device directs the car by means of accuracy and a pale quantity of feel, and one is almost immediately marveling at its aptitude to choose and grasp exact cornering lines.

The brake pedal has a quite extended travel, but petroleum theater modulate the quantity of force leaving to the big rotors in a way so as to construct heavy in transfer extremely intuitive. While we’d favor a tad fewer movement in higher-intensity applications, braking presentation was forever physically powerful and dependable.

We believe the center plan is a big development on the preceding car, particularly at what time tricked out by means of the sole AMG touches, and present is additional supposed sufficient skill built-in to assist the intended discover his way with no support or deafening eager on anything. You can differ chassis wonderful in the center of comfort, game and sport-plus, or select as of economy, game and physical at the transmission, transfer on by means of needs.

When in monetary system mode, the engine determination shut off at what time the ute stops, after that restart at what time you remove by means of base as of the brake. The ML63 by means of no trouble embraces the a variety of roles checkup for it by the technology. It determination troll the urban landscape by means of a quiet and calm demeanor or storm a mountain street by means of each power flexed and be evenly convincing in also role.

Do I desire it?

The idea of a high-riding, all-wheel drive, go-anywhere SUV by means of a dual character merely diversity to fans of the genre. The relax of us equate presentation by means of sports education cars or game sedans. Yet the ML63 is a convincing form shifter here, clever to grip attractive a great deal all of the everyday jobs characteristically confronting a vehicle in a methodically convincing manner.

Much of its versatility is as a consequence of luxurious technologies expertly applied by gifted engineers. So it’s not cheap. The cost is not yet set in the United States, but Mercedes personnel are guessing $80,000. But wait, preceding to you protest, think the European cost of concerning 109,000 euros, construct is concerning $138,000. That’s almost a $60,000 discount, fellow Americans. So rejoice.

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG

On Sale: April

Base Price: $80,000 (est)

Drivetrain: 5.5-liter, 525-hp, 516-lb-ft twin-turbocharged V8; AWD, seven-speed automatic

Curb Weight: 4,900 lb (est)

0-60 MPH: 4.7 sec (mfr)

Fuel Economy: 16 mpg (est)



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2012 Hyundai Veloster: Review notes

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The 2012 Hyundai Veloster suprised our staff by means of its attention and agility.

Published on 1/16/2012

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NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: After heavy petroleum hatch and our long-term Fiat 500 Pop back-to-back, I'm persuaded the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is the little car the majority Americans determination desire and construct meets completely wants in the best, the majority fun manner.

Here's why: Americans--at smallest amount the majority of them--still don't similar to little now for the sake of existence form small. In a lot of ways, that's come again? the 500 is; it's all concerning image. That's fine. But the majority populace don't live and/or park in New York, and contain favor to blast the distance end to end of unlock roads in cars better supposed the 500. That's not to say it can't do that--but the Veloster fake it better.

It's improved in almost each measurable way--and cheaper. Optioned out, petroleum Veloster came in a nose in excess of $20,000, construct is approximately the similar as the base cost of our long-term Fiat. It's concerning a $2,000 difference. Granted, it's a uneven comparison, but the dissimilarity in drive nature in as,at the same occasion as two cars was arresting for me.

But here's anywhere it stay additional profound. The Veloster has 138 hp, construct at what time channeled via the smooth-shifting six-speed physical and increase out in excess of a comparatively lithe 2,600-pound restrain weight, large rather fast. A coworker ,next me in a large 2012 Volkswagen Passat by means of the bottom inline five-cylinder engine had problem keeping pace as we dashed from side to side the darkened streets of downtown Detroit to a labor function. Conversely, the Fiat large slow. The Hyundai in fact stay improved petroleum monetary system on the highway (40 mpg to 38 mpg), although the 500 edges out in metropolis driving, 30 mpg to 28 mpg.

The Veloster is fun to drive, attention interesting and has a number of function. It's similar to a mini shooting brake, by means of a number of cargo region in back so as to is far additional functional supposed the 500.

Bottom line: This car is cheaper, faster, additional fun and stay slightly improved petroleum monetary system in genuine heavy circumstances supposed the 500.

There aren't so as to a lot of small, fun-to-drive cars on the marketplace at petroleum cost tip so as to get petroleum type of petroleum economy. Even a stripper Ford Mustang or Hyundai Genesis coupe isn't shut to existence form petroleum contemptible or petroleum efficient. Maybe the Veloster astonished and delighted me additional supposed I anticipated, but that's not a bad obsession for a carmaker to aspire to in 2012.

ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: Like Greg, I was astonished by petroleum Veloster. It's a stylish hatchback, and you actually contain a hard occasion effective so as to present is a next door on the passenger side, construct is type of cool. The center is at ease by means of supportive seats, and all the artificial panels seem high-quality still although contain now all firm surfaces.

What's my preferred fraction of the car? That has to be the six-speed physical transmission. It's incredibly fluid and become paler similar to a Volkswagen gearbox, construct is a far cry as of the crunchy sticks Hyundai/Kia had in the past. Bolted to petroleum little 1.6-liter four-cylinder by means of 138 hp, the physical was nice to contain to extract the the majority out of the engine. In the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio, by means of construct the Veloster shares its platform, 138 hp is fine, but for a sporty-looking car similar to the Veloster, I believe additional pep is required. That's anywhere the turbocharged account moderator in, boasting additional supposed 201 hp. That type of authority determination actually create the Veloster cook. In bottom form, it's a small bit of a disappointment.

When I had an chance to fling it around, the Veloster responded admirably. It's composed in corners by means of a number of roll, but it can be pushed rather far preceding to the front tires provide up and understeer. Steering sense is glow and counting advantage as of additional weight, but reply is good. The brakes are physically powerful by means of a solid pedal.

One unsettling obsession concerning the car is the back torsion ray suspension: it doesn't similar to better bumps. It caught me off guard a pair of era at what time I encountered a better street imperfection causing the back to sense a bit jumpy. I hope present are a number of suspension upgrades in the works.

For an important person who's charitable for a stylish hatchback by means of respectable cargo room and petroleum economy, the Veloster hysterics the bill nicely. Enthusiasts determination desire to stay for the force-induced replica but be hypothetical to be keeping completely fingers crossed for chassis improvements to grip the additional power.

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ART DIRECTOR TARA KLEIN: After my positive impressions of the present Hyundai Sonata and Elantra, I had a attractive physically powerful hunch so as to I'd similar to the Veloster. My eye had person's name affixed to our short-termer as,because it came in; I instantly fell in love by means of the character so as to petroleum hatch radiated. I hoped so as to I wouldn't be disappointed on one occasion I hopped in and got it rolling.

As you can tell, as of the outside, I was sold. The funky attention teetered on the violent surface and the interesting contours so as to now thoughtfully sculpted eager on the corpse reserved me charitable as of headlight to taillight. Hyundai did an admirable job captivating pretense by means of petroleum one, and did so tastefully, by means of the consequence charitable contemporary and enticing.

In my opinion, the the majority excellent interiors for the buck approach as of Hyundai, and the Veloster's follows suit. Looking approximately as of the driver's seat, I become paler as if I was in the future. The average space-age shapes, exaggerated swooping lines and silver accents stay by means of eyes interested, creation you speculate why additional of petroleum isn't seen as of competitors, if Hyundai can approach from side to side on genuine a tight budget.

The Veloster doesn't contain an imposing quantity of power, construct was a slight disappointment considering petroleum obsession attention similar to it can get a number of names on the road, but the superb handling construct up for it. Shifting was a pure pleasure; the smooth transitions complete street occasion hard to end. It quick turns actually healthy and reacted by means of ease in the majority scenarios. However, I do contain the similar opinion by means of Jonny so as to a number of bumps become paler attractive gnarly. Also, present was a bit additional noticeable street noise supposed I counting like, and the back blind spots now amazing to get second-hand to.

Overall, I can see petroleum car appealing to a broad audience, particularly the younger crowd. Hyundai stay a thumbs-up concerning styling and manufacturing crop so as to seem sleek, contemporary and fun, creation a lot of do a double take.

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Base Price: $18,060

As-Tested Price: $20,060

Drivetrain: 1.6-liter I4; FWD, six-speed manual

Output: 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm, 123 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpm

Curb Weight: 2,584 lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/AW): 32/30.5 mpg

Options: Style wrap up counting 18-inch alloy wheels by means of P215/40R-18 tires, chrome grille surround by means of piano black highlights, front fog lights, panoramic sunroof, piano black center accents, dimension premium audio by means of knowledge speakers, outside amp and subwoofer, leatherette bolster seats and door inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, alloy pedals, driver's auto-up casement ($2,000)



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