2011 Honda FCX Clarity Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, A low volume, technological tour de force like the Clarity isn’t subject to the same update cycle as the Civic or Accord and heads into 2011 with no changes. The aim of the electric car is to give consumers a vehicle with a decent driving range and reduced emissions. The FXC Clarity meets such an aim; it is a vehicle that delivers 73 miles per gallon, it emits water vapors only, and it can cover 270 miles. The FCX Clarity by Honda may have some limitations, but the vehicle is serious evidence that fuel cell technology can indeed prove beneficial.
The FCX Clarity hosts a powertrain consisting of a battery, a fuel cell, an electric motor, and a storage tank for hydrogen. The fuel cell creates electricity from the reaction between oxygen and hydrogen. This electricity powers the motor and the wheels. The battery stores excess power from recovery systems as the regenerative brakes and the fuel cell.
The Clarity sounds like a dream vehicle, but at this point, it’s only offered in the state of California for a three-year lease at $600.00 a month. It must be serviced at the headquarter Honda facility in Torrance and it has to be fueled at stations selling hydrogen in the area.
Easily the most beautiful vehicle in Honda’s lineup, Clarity has a slick, swooping Kamm-back profile and special wheels to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. The aluminum intensive body comes in only one color, the deep garnet shown. Clarity’s cabin is as spacious as it is spacey, with high-tech controls and gauges. There is ample room for four adults on seats covered with specially designed plant based bio fabric — an industry first.
Driving dynamics rival everyday hybrids like Prius. Sophisticated suspension design and light curb weight provide for solid handling behavior. Acceleration isn’t impressive, but it is eerily quiet — as there are no gases combusting or gears shifting. Top speed is a believable 100 mph. Fuel economy numbers and 270 mile range are all the more impressive considering Clarity’s zero emissions vehicle status. No special safety equipment comes with Clarity. Front and front side airbags are standard as well as stability control, side curtain airbags, all braking aids (ABS, EBD, and BA) and collision mitigation braking system (CMBS).
Engines: 100 kW/134-hp AC electric motor
Transmissions: 1-speed automatic
Models: FCX Clarity
2011 GMC Acadia Price, Review
2011 GMC Acadia Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, GMC’s Denali trim level for the 2011 Acadia offers a host of upgrades for buyers looking to go upscale, including 20-inch rims, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and unique exterior trim pieces on the outside, and top grade leather and wood furnishings inside. Other updates to the 2011 Acadia range include OnStar’s Gen 9 package, new Cyber Gray Metallic and Gray Green Metallic colors, and an available eight-way power driver seat.
The GMC Acadia has been on the market since 2006. The Acadia is a crossover SUV, full sized offering sold with front-wheel or All-Wheel drive features and an array of configurations for seating anywhere from seven to eight people comfortably. The Acadia SUV is offered with a splendid array of features; the carmaker ensured that the consumer in need of a crossover would find the Acadia diverse and of high quality.
The Acadia hosts one powertrain: the 3.6 Liter V-6 engine with direct injection offering 288 horsepower/270 ft-lbs. of torque. The SUV has a six-speed auto transmission as well. The Acadia can tow 5200 pounds with ease, and the Front Drive configurations offer 24 mpg when on the highway too.
The 2011 models are also offered in a premium Denali configuration. The latter hosts exterior/interior enhancements. This full sized crossover hosts a honeycomb grille, leather and wood interior, a superb sound system, attractive monochromatic exterior components, and a Skyscape sunroof too. The Acadia fuses high quality with outstanding performance. In terms of style, the Acadia is definitely visually appealing and attractive.
Despite its crossover aspirations, the Acadia takes more of a traditional SUV approach to its looks, with a wide stance, exaggerated fender flares and a bold, aggressive grille adorned with the iconic GMC badge. All Acadia models offer three rows of seating, with GM’s Smart Slide feature –allowing for easier access to the third row — standard on all second-row configurations. Buyers have options ranging from base cloth seating to the Denali’s perforated leather. The Acadia offers an enormous 117 cubic feet of total cargo space. Options abound, including a heads up display, the SkyScape sunroof, rear-seat entertainment and a rear-view camera.
The 2011 Acadia is available with one engine/transmission combination, a version of GM’s high-feature, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine rated in the Acadia at 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A lower center of gravity as well as an independent front and rear suspension offers drivers a better overall ride than more traditional body-on-frame SUVs.
The Acadia has a wealth of safety options, including six standard airbags, which are complemented by GM’s rollover sensing system that can deploy the side airbags if it detects a rollover is underway. Helping to prevent any possible rollover is GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, as well as traction control, and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
Bodystyles: Crossover SUV
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali
EPA Fuel Economy
SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali RWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
SL, SLE, SLT-1, SLT-2, Denali AWD: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Price : $32,000 – $45,380