2012 Hyundai Genesis Price, Review

2012 Hyundai Genesis Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Hyundai has introduced an all-new model for 2012; the 5.0 R-Spec. This model packs a 5.0-liter V8 producing 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. The Genesis has more standard equipment including LED headlight accents and daytime running lights, and outside mirror puddle lamps. Hyundai has added a more aggressive front fascia with larger intake openings, and redesigned headlights and taillights.

The award-winning Hyundai Genesis enters 2012 as strong as ever, unfortunate news for Mercedes-Benz and BMW. It has received exterior design improvements, new direct-injection technology for its Lambda V-6 engine, a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and enhanced chassis tuning. The 3.8-liter engine produces 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, while the 4.6- liter engine produces 385 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque.

Hyundai has made the Genesis exterior even better for 2012, giving it a more aggressive appearance. This starts with the new front fascia and larger intake openings. Also, the headlights have been redesigned, adding LED accents and daytime running lights. The 17-inch alloy wheel design has been freshened. Adding to the sporty design is the side window surround that received a sporty brushed aluminum finish. New dual asymmetrical exhaust tips have been added, along with a new rear bumper fascia.

The interior of the 2012 Genesis is roomy, with a total volume of 125.3 cubic feet, and a cargo volume of 15.9 cubic feet. The interior is covered with woodgrain accents. Hyundai offers a seven-inch navigation touch screen with features such as XM Nav Traffic. The 4.6 and R-Spec models come standard with leather-wrapped dash and door trim inserts.

It all starts with the new R-Spec model. This sedan packs a lot of power with 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. However, there’s no mistaking that this is a large sedan with a curb weight of 4046 pounds, although the new eight-speed automatic transmission should improve driving dynamics.

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis has 8 airbags: dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags. A four-channel, four-sensor anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution is also standard.

Body style: Sedan
Engines: 3.8L V-6, 4.6L V-8, 5.0L V-8
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic
Models: 3.8, 4.6, 5.0 R-Spec

EPA Fuel Economy
3.8L: 19 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway
4.6L: 17 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway
5.0L: 16 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway

Price : $34,200 – $46,500

2012 Hyundai Genesis Price, Review

2012 Hyundai Genesis Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Genesis is Hyundai’s rear-wheel-drive sedan that first took Hyundai upscale to compete with entry-luxury sport sedans. Powered by V6 or V8 engines, Hyundai describes the Genesis as delivering the interior luxury of top European luxury sedans, world-class driving dynamics and the latest high-tech features at the price of entry-level premium brand vehicles. Hyundai has built a solid reputation with inexpensive, practical vehicles that offer a high level of content and with the Genesis Hyundai looks to move the brand up-market.

The Hyundai Genesis is aptly named. Although the Korean automaker’s luxury sedan isn’t creating a new segment from scratch, it has created a category in which performance, power, luxury and comfort exist in balance with incredible value. Simply put, no other car offers so much for so little as the 2012 Hyundai Genesis.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis is a full-size, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan available in 3.8, 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec trim levels (the numbers denote engine displacement).

The Genesis 3.8 comes standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (includes power lumbar), a four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a tilt steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB interface.

The Premium package adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, automatic wipers, power-folding side mirrors, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather dash and door trim, driver memory functions, a power rear sunshade, a rearview camera, a navigation system with real-time traffic, a 7-inch touchscreen interface and a 14-speaker Lexicon surround-sound system with a CD/DVD player.

The Technology package adds or supplements Premium package equipment with adaptive HID headlights, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, an electronic parking brake, upgraded leather upholstery, a ventilated driver seat, heated rear seats, an enhanced Bluetooth system, a rotary-knob based multimedia interface with 8-inch display, and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system with HD radio and an in-dash six-CD/DVD changer.

The Genesis 4.6 includes Premium and Technology features as standard equipment but substitutes a wood-trimmed steering wheel for a leather-wrapped piece. The Genesis 5.0 R-Spec incorporates all Premium and Technology package features, plus 19-inch wheels and sport-tuned transmission, suspension and steering. High-performance summer tires are optional on the R-Spec.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 gets a 3.8-liter direct-injected V6 that produces 333 hp and 291 pound-feet of torque. Like every Genesis, rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control are standard. Based on testing of last year’s less powerful Genesis 3.8, we expect the 2012 version to hit 60 mph in about 6 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

The Hyundai Genesis 4.6 features a 4.6-liter V8 good for 378 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque with regular gas, and 385 hp and 333 lb-ft of torque with premium. Estimated fuel economy is 17/26/20.

The Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec joins the lineup with a 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 making 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.

Safety

The 2012 Hyundai Genesis comes standard with antilock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front and rear side airbags and side curtain airbags. Parking sensors, lane-departure warning and a rearview camera are optional on the 3.8 and standard on the 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, meanwhile, awarded the Genesis the best possible score of “Good” in its frontal offset, side and roof strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

If not for the sweeping “H” logo on the Genesis’ steering wheel, most people would likely think they’re driving a Lexus. This is especially true of the fully loaded model, which offers a full complement of modern comforts and conveniences wrapped in interior materials that feel rich and well-built. The Genesis cabin clearly takes aim at the Japanese luxury standard-bearer, as even the crisp, bright electroluminescent gauges have a Lexus-like appearance.

Controls are well laid out throughout the Genesis price and trim range, while the task of commanding the more complicated available electronic systems — included with navigation — is accomplished with either a touchscreen or control knob and visual display. We wish there were stereo preset buttons with the latter setup, however, as it can take awhile to click and turn your way to the radio station you want. The multi-speaker Lexicon sound systems are also very impressive, with the 17-speaker version being one of the best systems found in any car at any price.

Befitting a luxury touring car, the front seats of the Genesis provide plenty of comfort for both driver and passenger on longer trips. The same can be said of the rear seats, which offer optional heaters, in addition to the ample head- and legroom afforded backseat passengers. The rear seats don’t fold down for additional cargo space, but a pass-through feature accommodates longer items that won’t fit in the 15.9-cubic-foot trunk.

Driving Impressions

The soft ride of most 2012 Hyundai Genesis models is a good indicator of the car’s luxury intentions, and thankfully it lacks the disconnected float that characterizes some other sleepy cruisers. When called upon, the Genesis can perform evasive maneuvers predictably and with little drama. Steering doesn’t provide much feedback, but it’s reasonably precise and suits the car’s purpose. Thanks to extensive sound insulation, the Genesis is also a remarkably quiet car.

Engine power also more evenly matches other premium brands, with Genesis V6 and V8 models delivering smooth and linear acceleration. The new 5.0 R-Spec is just downright fast, matching the acceleration potential of V8-powered sport sedans that cost thousands more. However, unlike its regular Genesis counterparts, the R-Spec suffers a firm ride over broken pavement that sets it apart in a bad way from those aforementioned sport sedans.

 

2012 Hyundai Genesis Specs & Price :

4dr Sdn V6 3.8L

Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
* MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V6 3.8L/231
* Horsepower: 333 @ 6400
* Torque: 291 @ 5100 3.8L/231

Price :
* MSRP: $34,200
* Invoice: $32,070
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $33,286

4dr Sdn V8 4.6L

Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
* MPG: 17 City / 26 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V8 4.6L/282
* Horsepower: 385 @ 6500
* Torque: 333 @ 3500 4.6L/282

Price :
* MSRP: $44,500
* Invoice: $41,204
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $43,003

4dr Sdn V8 5.0L R

Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
* MPG: 16 City / 25 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V8 5.0L/307
* Horsepower: 429 @ 6400
* Torque: 376 @ 5000 5.0L/307

Price :
* MSRP: $46,500
* Invoice: $43,044
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $44,889

2012 Hyundai Equus Price, Review

2012 Hyundai Equus Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Hyundai’s flagship 2012 Hyundai Equus successfully competes with the best sedans in the world, while adding a new level of customer experience to luxury car ownership. Since its introduction, Equus has outpaced its sales and market share expectations.

Enhancements to the 2012 model build upon this momentum. Most notably, the 2012 Hyundai Equus will now feature Hyundai’s most powerful engine ever, the new direct injection 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine. The new engine produces 429 horsepower and is mated to a new in-house eight-speed transmission providing 2012 Hyundai Equus drivers more power and refinement.

2012 Hyundai Equus specs

The 5.0-liter cylinder bore was increased from 92 mm to 96 mm for a total displacement of 5.0 liters (5,038cc). In addition to the large displacement, direct injection technology has been added. This high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi) dramatically increases power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Compression ratio has been increased from 10.4 to 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency and output. The Tau also receives a revised bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.

This new V8 engine still offers all of the premium engine technology from the 4.6-liter V8, including Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, fuel economy is estimated at 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 engine is coupled with a new Hyundai-developed eight-speed transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability. The new transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by more than six percent compared to last year’s six-speed.

PREMIUM REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE ARCHITECTURE
2012 Hyundai Equus is the third rear-wheel-drive product in Hyundai’s lineup and boasts an excellent 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling and more refined steering characteristics. 2012 Hyundai Equus reduces interior noise levels and improves ride and handling with a stiff, light-weight body structure. The use of high-tensile steel in critical areas throughout the unibody provides 2012 Hyundai Equus with significantly higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body structure weight, despite having a spacious interior cabin.

LUXURY SEDAN STYLE WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES
The design of the 2012 Hyundai Equus is handsome and pleasing to the eye. The rear-end treatment is progressive with bold taillights, strong shoulders and an overall look of precision. This look is accomplished through fully-integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips and rear LED turn signal indicators. The side silhouette is refined, with character lines that accent the rear fenders and a new satin chrome side window daylight opening finish.

Upfront is a subtle horizontal radiator grille and well-proportioned headlamps with jeweled detailing. LED turn signals are inside the HID headlamps along with an adaptive front lighting system with white LED position lamps. The lower air intakes are bold and add to the positive reaction of the overall design. To assist in parking and navigating blind corners and alleys in urban driving, there is an optional forward-view cornering camera integrated into the grille.

2012 Hyundai Equus price

The hyundai price is still unknows, becuse the hyundai still working the car.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Price, Review

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Elantra Touring is Hyundai’s compact 5-door hatchback that joined the Hyundai lineup for 2009 alongside the Elantra sedan that was redesigned for the 2007 model year. The Elantra Touring is based on the i30 CW model designed for the European market and is the first compact 5-door with standard Electronic Stability Control. Compact and functional with a practical 5-door hatchback design, the Elantra Touring features sport suspension, responsive steering and available 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels for sporty driving dynamics.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring may have Elantra in its name, but it’s not to be confused with Hyundai’s handsomely styled four-door sedan. “Touring” indicates that it’s a hatchback, and a pretty good one in fact. However, the Touring is actually based on the previous-generation Elantra, and while it has many virtues, this hatchback can’t boast the new Elantra sedan’s many new strong suits.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is a four-door hatchback available in two trim levels. Standard equipment on the base GLS model includes 15-inch steel wheels, heated outside mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio. Opting for the Preferred package gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, cruise control, driver seat height and lumbar adjustment, upgraded cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer and a retractable cargo cover.

The SE trim level includes the Preferred package items, but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and heated front seats. SE models with the manual transmission get a sport shifter.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with an output of 138 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is an option.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg for combined driving with a manual transmission, while automatic-transmission models get 23/30/26 mpg.

Safety

All 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring models include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the Elantra Touring’s interior was always pleasant enough in a utilitarian sort of way, Hyundai — and many of its competitors — have raised the bar significantly. As such, the cabin’s lack of style really makes it stand out in a crowd, and not in a good way. From a purely functional perspective, though, the dashboard’s simple gauges and controls are easy to see and operate.

The cabin gets good marks in terms of space, with adult-sized headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats. Not surprisingly there’s an abundance of cargo room here too, including 24 cubic feet with the rear seats up and an impressive 65 cubic feet with them folded down — a number that’s on par with some small crossover SUVs.

Driving Impressions

The one place it’s possible to put the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring’s shortcomings aside is on the road. Though the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine’s 138-hp output may not sound all that impressive, it manages to feel a lot more sprightly than that number might suggest. That said, the engine does sound a bit strained when pushed hard.

Another pleasant surprise is the nicely tuned suspension, which produces good handling, though the steering feels a little too light. The combination of decent ride quality and a quiet cabin only add to the overall driving experience.

 

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Price :

MSRP range: $15,995 – $20,295
Invoice price range: $15,539 – $19,443

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2937-3080
City (MPG) : 23
Hwy (MPG) : 31
Horsepower : 138@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 136@4600
Wheelbase : 106.3
Length (in.) : 176.6
Width (in.) : 69.5
Height (in.) : 59.8

Jaguar XJ Price, Review

Jaguar XJ Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The people would generally go for a car from this manufacturer, would have it in common knowledge, that the overall looks of this car would be excellent, and along with a peak performance that many people would not expect from such a high-end car, one would generally find that this is one of the ultimate car that they would love to own. Having an extreme pricing, one would generally expect that many luxurious items and facilities would be thrown in this car is added features, and the manufacturers of this car do not disappoint you at the all in such a regard. The fuel economy is not that good, but that is expected from such a high-end car with a very good engine, and many features that actually consume power more.

The space and comfort of this car is excellent, and you could generally say that luxurious things have been built for this car, and they have been the landmark for luxurious cars in all categories. People having driven this car have only told good things about this car, and the steering and the gearbox along with the handling and the riding of this car is excellent, something that is expected from such a car.

Base Price TBA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) 4045
City (MPG) 16
Hwy (MPG) 23
Horsepower 385@6500
Torque (lb-ft) 380@3500
Wheelbase 119.4
Length (in.) 201.7
Width (in.) 74.6
Height (in.) 57.0

Jaguar XJ Price

Price for this Jaguar XJ is $67000 (update for September 2011)

Jaguar XJ Review and Features

Get ready to feel the powerful ride with the all new Jaguar XJ, the latest launched model by the extremely stylist brand Jaguar which is now loaded with a very strong V GEN III petrol engine 5.0 L tremendously charged AJ 8-cylinder along with high tech technology comprising of four-valve which will provide its owner a peak power of 385 PS at 6,500 rpm along with 515 Nm stir up at 3500 rpm.

Engine:

The extremely charged 5000cc engine of Jaguar comes with ‘ZF 6 speed transmission’ attached to it. This all-new model from the house of Jaguar, Jaguar XJ can be tagged as a luxury sedan which is filled with sophisticated and advanced technology and exciting features comprising of Active Differential Control, Adaptive Dynamics with continuous damping variable and air suspensions, quick power steering, front parking aid, LED tail lights, windscreen wipers that can sense rain, four zone climate control along with TFT-LCD instrument which is 12.3 inches and many more.

Mileage:

With the AJ V8 GEN III engine fitted with this latest model of Jaguar, XJ along with 5.0 L V8 petrol it guarantees you a maximum power of 385 PS at 6,500 rpm. It also produces a maximum torque of 515 Nm at 3,500 rpm which is no doubt quite impressive. The ‘ZF six-speed automatic transmission’ installed in Jaguar gives great strengths to power train which utilizes every drop of the fuel in your car, not wasting even a single drop. The standard mileage provided by Jaguar XJ is 5.8 kilometer per liter if you are driving in the city and 10.5 kmpl if you are on the highway.

Pick Up and Acceleration:

The super power train offers you maximum performance due to the ‘ZF six speed automatic transmission’ installed in the XJ which also gets the full credit for enhancing the easy handling of this recent model by Jaguar.

2012 The Jaguar XF Price, Review

2012 The Jaguar XF, what car reviews, 2012 The Jaguar XF ranks 1 out of 13 luxury large cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 47 published reviews and test drives of the Jaguar XF, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
with an updated look, an interior filled with high-tech toys and standard V8 power, the 2012 Jaguar XF offers impressive performance, but lacks the comfort of some competing luxury large cars.

2012 The Jaguar XF specs

The Jaguar XF is available in four trim levels: base, Portfolio, Supercharged and XFR. Both base and Portfolio trims receive a 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, while the Supercharged and the XFR offer 470 and 510 horsepower, respectively, with the help of a supercharger and the same 5.0-liter V8.
All XF models come standard with a 7-inch touch screen display which controls audio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, climate control and navigation. Rear parking sensors, heated front seats and push-button ignition also come standard. Portfolio, Supercharged and XFR trims also come equipped with larger wheels, front parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, a backup camera and an upgraded, suede-like headliner
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The XF performance is very good, More high-performance sedan than luxury cruiser, the 2012 Jaguar XF offers nimble handling and standard V8 power that sets it apart from other lluxury large cars. Still, you can’t get the XF with all-wheel drive, which is an available option on much of the competition.

The XF interior is good, Unique features such as a start button that pulsates red, vents that rotate open and a gear selector that rises from the center console on start-up give the 2012 Jaguar XF a high-tech feel that many rivals can’t match. Still, the XF loses points for its sluggish multi-media interface and lack of rear seat leg room.

The XF exterior is good too, the XF is a clear departure from previous design cues. For 2012, Jaguar has upped the ante with small updates that make the XF look more like its big brother, the jaguar JX. The grill sports a more upright design, while head lights and tail lights have been reworked, giving the XF a sleeker and more aggressive look. Reviewers love the updates, especially since the XF boasts sportier sheet metal than many of its luxury large car rivals.

2012 The Jaguar XF price

Base models start at $53,000, while Portfolio models add $6,000 to the price tag. Opt for a supercharged powerplant, and the price will jump to roughly $68,000 for an XF Supercharged or $82,000 for an XFR.

2011 Jaguar XKR Review

2011 Jaguar XKR Review, what car reviews, The second-generation XK was new design features for Jaguar when it debuted in model year 2007, more angular than the original but still unmistakably Jaguar. Much of that look up at the XF and the new XJ. It is the right elegant, and announces performance with classic British understatement. A little more chrome, a new front bumper, LED taillights, and a revised spoiler highlight of the 2011 XKR’s styling refresh. Jaguars are nice cars, but in recent years they seemed to have fallen from the radar. Cars like the Ford Mondeo-based X-type Jaguar is somewhat dull their image because it seems they are more concerned about profits, putting out a good product.

Now ready to roll in 2011 and fortunately Jaguar seems to be back on track with cars like the Jaguar XKR 175. I am a huge fan of GT cars as they are, to me anyway, the perfect car for my driving style. They are rear wheel drive, front engine and generally have oodles of power which they use to swallow miles. Matt Farah of smoking Tire has just gotten his hands on the new Jaguar XKR 2011 175, and according to him, this thing is epic. The great thing about Matt is that he is a pull no punches, honest reviewer – something rarely seen these days, plus he cracks me up.

2012 Jaguar XF Price, Review

2012 Jaguar XF Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Jaguar XF is definitely different from the other models of the brand. Jaguar XF was launched back in 2008 and the engines were same that of the S type cars of the brand. The car has the sloping roof line and it was launched after the C-XF concept attracted much attention in the 2007 Detroit Auto show. The car has its distinctive features and therefore stands out from the other cars in the brand. The interesting cuts give that stunning look to the car that you would love to own. The car is amazing with modern design with a classy exotic interior. Jaguar XF is available in three versions- the diesel engine, petrol engine and supercharged engine.

Performance – the 5.0 litre V8 petrol version of the Jaguar provide you with the speed of 100kmph in 5.7 seconds. The best part is that it does not affect the exhaust emission or fuel efficiency. The supercharged engine provides with a mileage of 11.5kmpl if you are driving on the highway. It offers 8.7kmpl on an average in the city whereas 13kmpl on the highway. 625Nm at 5500 rpm is the peak torque level that can be attained by the car. V8 petrol engine ensures a lifetime experience along with amazing high power. Acceleration and pick up is extremely impressive.

Comfort – it is a very comfortable and luxurious car. The interiors are more like that of a sports car than of a sedan car. Remote controlled boot, power windows, audio controls, power steering and many other features make the car a comfortable place to be in while you are driving.

Handling – the latest technology is being used to keep your car safe. The car is equipped with smart key system, remote controlled central locking, 8 airbags, parking sensors and electronic stability program and front- rear cameras.

2012 Jaguar XF Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4067
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 23
Horsepower : 385@6500
Torque (lb-ft) : 380@3500
Wheelbase : 114.5
Length (in.) : 195.3
Width (in.) : 80.8
Height (in.) : 57.5

2011 Jaguar XJ Reviews, Specifications, Prices

2011 Jaguar XJ Reviews, Specifications, Prices, what car reviews, The new for 2011 Jaguar XJ was redesigned from the ground up to continue the British brand’s sharper new image, first introduced via the smaller XF model. The XJ is generally available in four trim levels in SWB and LWB versions. The UAE and some other GCC markets will only see the Premium Luxury, Portfolio and SuperSport versions, all in LWB form.

The XJ Premium Luxury and the Portfolio will be available with a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8. The XJ Portfolio can also be optioned up with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8. The SuperSport comes exclusively with a higher-tuned 5.0-litre supercharged V8. In 2011, a GCC-specific 3.0-litre V6 base model was introduced. All models are rear-wheel-drive mated with 6-speed automatic gearboxes.

Features include an aluminium body, air suspension, “Adaptive Dynamics” continuously-variable damping, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, “Active Differential Control” and quick-ratio power steering. Customers can have their choice in colours, veneers and leathers. Inside the car, there is a 12.3-inch LCD with virtual Instruments, Dual-View 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, optional 1200W Bowers & Wilkins system, hard drive and connectivity for portable audio and video devices via a “Media Hub.” Other available features include a panoramic glass roof, power accessories, automatic climate control, electric seats with ventilation, turning headlights and more.

Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, stability control, ABS, pre-charged braking technology, blind-spot monitoring, tyre pressure monitor and more. The V6 is available in regular or long-wheelbase form, while the V8 is only available in long-wheelbase form, with regular-wheelbase models available upon request.
The XJ’s interior has also been seriously re-worked. Taking little in the way of influence from the smaller XF, the new XJ features a unique, wrap-around dash, complete with plenty of wood and leather accents. A large LCD screen is front and center while rounded air vents give the XJ’s cabin an air of sportiness.

A push button ignition and JaguarDrive Selector gear switch — the same found in the XF — bring the big cat up to speed with 21st century luxury motoring. Optional features include a 1,200-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system, hard drive-based audio and navigation systems and connectivity for external audio and video devices.

Technical features of the new XJ include an air suspension, Jaguar’s continuously variable damping Adaptive Dynamics system and Active Differential Control.

 

Jaguar XJ Prices :
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $72,700
Base Invoice Price : $66,884
Destination Charge : $875

2011 Jaguar XJ Specifications :
General
• Body Style : Sedan
• Size : Fullsize
• Market Segment : Luxury
• Weight : 4045 lbs

Exterior
• Length : 201.7 in.
• Width : 74.6 in.
• Height : 57.0 in.
• Wheelbase : 119.4 in.
• Ground Clearance : TBD
• Front Track : 64.0 in.
• Rear Track : 63.1 in.
• Weight Distribution : TBD
• Drag Coefficient : TBD

Interior – General
• Seats : 5
• Passenger Volume : TBD
• Cargo Volume : 15.2 cu. ft.
• Cargo Volume (Seats Folded) : TBD
Interior – Front Row
• Volume : TBD
• Leg Room : 41.0 in.
• Head Room : 39.5 in.
• Shoulder Room : 55.4 in.
• Hip Room : TBD
Interior – Second Row
• Volume : TBD
• Leg Room : 39.0 in.
• Head Room : 37.2 in.
• Shoulder Room : 55.1 in.
• Hip Room : TBD

Propulsion
• Fuel Type: Gas
• Engine Type : 5.0L V8
• Power : 385 hp @ 6500 rpm
• Torque : 380 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
• Transmission : 6-Speed Automatic
• Highway Fuel Economy : 23 mpg
• City Fuel Economy : 16 mpg
• Forced Induction : None
• Direct Injection : Yes

Chassis
• Layout : Rear Wheel Drive
• Front Suspension : Double Wishbone
• Rear Suspension : Multi-Link

Wheels
• Front : 19″ Aluminum
• Front Tires : 245/45R19
• Rear : 19″ Aluminum
• Rear Tires : 275/40R19

Trailering & Hauling
• Trailer Weight : TBD
• Payload
• Tongue Weight : TBD

2011 Jaguar XF Price, Review

2011 Jaguar XF Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The XF’s 4.2-liter V-8 has been replaced with new direct-injected 5.0-liter V-8s that offer more power. A new high-performance XFR model was added to the top of the range while the Supercharged model bowed out, only to return in late 2010 as a 2011 model with the new 5.0-liter supercharged V-8. A new Portfolio package for the Premium model adds more luxury touches including contrast stitching, suede headliner, a new wood veneer and deep-pile carpets.

Rapidly becoming Jaguar’s volume car, the XF is paving the style revolution for the well-known British carmaker. The XF entered the market in 2008 displacing the aging S Type. It has improved the position of Jaguar in the segment for elite, luxury cars that host grade A engines, exceptional chassis, and modern features.

The XF is offered in several different configurations; it comes as an XF base model sporting a 5.0 Liter V-8 engine with 385-horsepower or you can get the XFR, sport performance vehicle with a 5.0 Liter V-8 engine and 510-horsepower married to a six-speed automatic transmission if you desire. The Jaguar XF is helping the carmaker re-distinguish itself as a high-class car manufacturer; it’s loaded to the brim with exceptional materials and plenty of technologies.

The Premium XF car hosts a portfolio package too which adds on luxuries. Inside one will find wood veneers, contrast stitching, and deep-pile carpeting. The XFR has an edgy exterior and it has enhancements that highlight its sportiness. Certainly, the Jaguar XF will help the carmaker regain the elite luxury car lead.

The 2011 Jaguar XF is a clear departure from conventional Jaguar styling that boasts a solid mix of classic cues and modern designs that make the car a stand-out in any crowd. A bevy of large, stylish wheels complete the look. The XF comes with strong luxury credentials including standard leather, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and starting, a premium stereo with satellite radio and auxiliary inputs and heated seats.

The 385-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 is as solid a base engine as you’re going to find in the segment where the XF plays. Performance buffs will prefer the 510-hp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the XFR, the returning Supercharged model offers a comfortable middle-ground with 470 horsepower. The XF’s transmission offers several settings for various surfaces and performance. Driver and passenger front and side airbags are standard, as are full-length side curtain airbags. Electronic aids include Stability and Traction Control, Corner Braking Control and Emergency Brake Assist.

Bodystyles: Sedan
Engines: 5.0L V-8, 5.0L supercharged V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Base, Premium, Supercharged, XFR

EPA Fuel Economy
Base, Premium: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Supercharged, XFR: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway

Price : $52,500 – $79,600

Infiniti EX35 Price, Reviews, Specs

Infiniti EX35 Price, Reviews, Specs, what car reviews, Crossover SUV shoppers, by the very nature of the vehicle they seek, are a demanding bunch. They’re looking for something that drives like a sedan yet is a capable people mover and competent cargo hauler. That’s a tall order to fill. But not everyone seeking this versatility wants a vehicle that has all of these traits in equal portions. Some drivers are willing to sacrifice a measure of utility in exchange for an extra helping of sport. Enter the Infiniti EX35.

The EX35 — part of a growing group of small luxury crossovers — has the “sport” part covered thanks to its mechanical similarity to Infiniti’s highly regarded G Sedan. Packing a powerful V6 and sharp reflexes, the EX35 offers exceptional performance. It also boasts numerous high-end luxury features. The main downside is that the EX35 lacks rear-seat passenger headroom and cargo capacity relative to some rivals. Still, if you’re more concerned about driving than people- and cargo-hauling, the EX35 is one of the best bets in this segment.

The Infiniti EX35 was introduced for 2008 and remained unchanged until 2011 when its name was officially changed to Infiniti EX. Actual vehicle changes consisted of a new seven-speed transmission that improved fuel economy, and some newly available equipment.

The Infiniti EX35 built between 2008 and ’10 was available in two trim levels: base and Journey. Both came standard with a 297-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. Buyers could choose either rear- or all-wheel drive. Standard features on the base model included automatic climate control, power front seats (heated on AWD models), leather upholstery, an iPod/USB audio interface and a back-up camera. The Journey added niceties like a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering column, Bluetooth and heated front seats. Among the options were a Bose audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system. Also available was the Around View Monitor video system, which used four “top down” cameras at each corner to assist with parking maneuvers.

Since it came with the same engine as the G35 sedan as well as similar suspension components, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the EX35 shined in terms of driving dynamics. During testing it showed strong acceleration, taking only 6.6 seconds to get to 60 mph, and provided stable, predictable handling without a sacrifice in ride comfort. The EX35 also stopped from 60 mph in just 118 feet, an impressive number for a crossover SUV.

The Infiniti EX35 rewards you with a lively experience behind the wheel, it doesn’t exactly put the “utility” in “sport-utility vehicle.” The EX35 is short on rear cargo room compared to its competitors, and the rear seat offers just 28.5 inches of legroom — also substantially less than what’s available in rival models. However, for singles and couples drawn to the comforts and conveniences of SUV ownership, the elegant Infiniti EX35 is an appealing option. It’s got plenty of power, and it also boasts one of the best ride/handling balances of any premium compact crossover. If you don’t need a lot of space for kids, pets or cargo, we think the EX belongs on your short list of used small luxury crossover SUVs.

 

Infiniti EX35 Price :

MSRP range: $35,800 – $39,500
Invoice price: Not released

Infiniti EX35 Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3753
City (MPG) : 17
Hwy (MPG) : 24
Horsepower : 297@6800
Torque (lb-ft) : 253@4800
Wheelbase : 110.2
Length (in.) : 182.3
Width (in.) : 71.0
Height (in.) : 61.9

2011 Infiniti QX56 Price, Review

2011 Infiniti QX56 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The second-generation 2011 Infiniti QX gets a complete redesign from the ground up. “All new” labels can be affixed to the body-on-frame structure, 5.6-liter V-8 engine, seven-speed automatic transmission, independent control-arm suspension, elegant sheetmetal, and posh seven- or eight-passenger interior. Advanced technology defines the full-size luxury-SUV segment; thus, the QX enters the market with such features as hydraulic body motion control and blind-spot warning.

The Infiniti QZ is opulent; it is a rebadged Armada by Nissan assembled in Mississippi in a Canton-based plant alongside the Armada too. The QX for 2011 will lose its Nissan roots and will be assembled in a Kyushu-based plant in Japan instead of in the states.

The Nissan Patrol is the carmaker’s replica of the Land Cruiser by Toyota; the Patrol proved a leader in its segment for many years because it handles rough driving regions and rough terrain all over the globe from Africa to Asia. This reputation bodes well for the QX as the carmaker attempts to compete with Cadillac’s Escalade, the Land Rover Range Rover, and Lexus’s LX 570.

The QX is a lot like its predecessor since it houses a 5.6-Liter V-8 engine; but this present incarnation will have 400 horsepower and direct injection instead of the 320 horsepower in earlier predecessors. It will also sport variable valve timing, improved fuel-efficiency, and power improvements. The QX for 2011 has a new body design, reduced vibration and interior noise, a lush interior, and an independent suspension.

Infiniti labels the QX, which is 1.4-inches longer, 1.1-inches wider, and 3.8-inches lower than its predecessor, as “rugged, sophisticated, and captivating.” Given its chrome grille, LED taillamps, body-color running boards, and available 22-inch wheels, the label appears accurate.

Wearing a $60,000 price tag, the QX is tailored with an interior befitting a luxury SUV. Navigation, Around View Monitor, and Bose audio are standard. Options include semi-aniline leather seating and a DVD system with dual seven-inch monitors.

A new 5.6-liter 32-valve direct-injection V-8 motivates the QX with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy, thanks in part to the seven-speed auto, is up 10 percent versus last year. Buyers have a choice of standard rear-wheel drive or available All-Mode four-wheel drive as well as an optional hydraulic body motion control system that reduces body lean when turning.

The QX is equipped with dual front, front side, and front/rear curtain air bags; stability and traction control; and available blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, and intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning.

Bodystyle: SUV
Engine: 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Models: QX56 2WD, QX56 4WD

EPA Fuel Economy
14 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Price : $58,700 – $61,800

2011 Infiniti M37 Price, Review

2011 Infiniti M37 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Virtually every aspect of the 2011 Infiniti M is new, including fresh styling inside and out, more powerful engines, improved fuel efficiency, and more technologically advanced features. Resembling a plus-sized G sedan, the M is quicker, thanks to a 330-horsepower V-6 and 420-horse V-8, yet, with a standard seven-speed auto, more fuel miserly. Infiniti’s Forest Air air-conditioning feature and blind-spot intervention raise the technology bar.

The 2011 M by Infiniti will enter the vehicle into the car’s third generation and the car is the flagship offering of the carmaker. The interior is attractive, lush, and well-appointed. The driving manners are excellent too.

The newest M is wider/longer than earlier versions; it has an M37 3.7 Liter V-6 engine or a M56 5.6 Liter V-8 motor. The 2011 spring model will come with the M35 V-6 hybrid and an included battery made of lithium ion. The hybrid will offer the best fuel-efficiency and will be the cleanest car ever made. The M56/M37 will be coupled with an automatic, 7-speed transmission, All Wheel Drive, and will host 20-inch alloy wheels in the sport package. Inside the M is a user-friendly center stack, 10.3 cubic-feet of cabin space, and premium woods and leathers.

Up in length and width but down in height, Infiniti’s fresh flagship wears curvaceous sheet metal draped over available 20-inch wheels (18-inchers are standard). The sculpted fenders and low-slung, upright grille come from the voluptuous Essence concept. A new deluxe touring package adds super soft semi-aniline leather, suede-like headliner, and unique Ash trim hand-buffed with genuine silver powder. Available Forest Air provides humidity control, a breeze mode that alternates airflow, and auto recirculation.

The M37′s 330-horsepower V-6 moves the sport sedan from 0-to-60 in 5.3 seconds and gets fuel economy of 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway to boot. For more go, there’s the M56′s 420-horsepower V-8 that drops 0-to-60 to 4.6 seconds (and fuel economy to 16 city/25 highway). Enthusiasts will appreciate the sport package’s steering wheel-mounted magnesium shift paddles and larger Akebono brakes. A new four-mode (standard, eco, sport, snow) Infiniti Drive system comes standard.

Infiniti’s Safety Shield adds the world’s first blind-spot intervention system (selective braking intervenes to pull the car back into its lane) to lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, intelligent cruise control, and distance control assist safety systems.

Bodystyle: Sedan
Engines: 3.7L V-6, 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Models: M37, M37x AWD, M56, M56x AWD

EPA Fuel Economy
M37: 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
M37x AWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
M56: 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway
M56x AWD: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway

Price : $47,050 – $49,200

2011 Infiniti G37 Price, Review

2011 Infiniti G37 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, To commemorate the brand’s twentieth year in the U.S., Infiniti is offering Anniversary Editions of the G in all three bodystyles. Painted in a special gray hue and featuring unique red leather trim, the Anniversary Editions come with a seven-speed automatic, navigation, sport package and four-wheel active steer (sedan, coupe), climate-controlled seats (convertible), revised fascias, and new alloy wheels with W-rated summer tires.

The G model by Infiniti is now in its second generation; the sedan, coupe or convertible configurations are available. The Infiniti G has a luxurious cabin, exceptional driving dynamics, and superb acceleration. The vehicle has a 3.7 Liter V-6 motor married to one of two trannys: the six-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed, downshift, rev-matching, automatic gearbox. The former gearbox is offered with paddle shifters crafted out of magnesium.

The coupe and sedan configurations are fitted with ATESSA ET-S All Wheel Drive for car buyers demanding excellent on the road grippage. The G also comes in a convertible configuration too; it has a hardtop, smooth folding roof that opens or closes in roughly thirty seconds. All configurations have an engine offering 325 horsepower. The G conquers zero-to-sixty in 6 seconds and gets 24 mpg.

The Infiniti G has an optional package offering eighteen or nineteen-inch alloy wheels, speedy steering, and high performance, four-wheel disc brakes. The G is crafted to compete with the 3 Series by BMW and car buyers will find that G less expensive than the competition.

Even after a few years on the market, the second-gen G line still looks fresh, what with a wave-style hood, double-arch grille, sweeping character lines, and L-shaped HID headlamps. Sporty wheels, ranging from 17 to 19 inches, complete the sport/luxury image.

Arguably the finest in their class, G interiors come standard with leather trim, power front seats, automatic climate control, aluminum trim, intelligent key, and pushbutton start. Options include Bluetooth, navigation, back-up camera, and heated seats.

A 3.7-liter, 24-valve V-6 motivates the various G models, offering specific outputs for each — 325 horsepower for convertible, 328 for sedan, and 330 for coupe. A six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic are available on all models. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on coupes and sedans. A front control-arm/rear multi-link suspension and available 19-inch alloys deliver decidedly sporty dynamics.

Standard on all Infiniti Gs are six airbags (dual front, front side, and front/rear curtain), HID headlamps, front-seat active head restraints, and electronic stability control. In case of a rollover, convertibles receive second-row fixed head restraints with pop-up roll bars.

Bodystyles: Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
Engine: 3.7L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic
Models: G37 Coupe, G37 Coupe Journey, G37x Coupe AWD, G37 Coupe Sport 6MT, G37 Convertible, G37 Convertible Sport 6MT, G37, G37 Journey, G37x AWD, G37 Sport 6MT

EPA Fuel Economy
G37 Coupe, G37 Coupe Journey, G37, G37 Journey: 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
G37x Coupe AWD, G37x AWD: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
G37 Coupe Sport 6MT, G37 Convertible, G37 Sport 6MT: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
G37 Convertible Sport 6MT: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Price : $33,250 – $46,950

2011 Infiniti FX35 Price, Review

2011 Infiniti FX35 Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, For 2011, FX receives standard Bluetooth hands-free phone capability as well as USB/iPod connectivity. For FXs without navigation, a 2GB music hard drive is now part of the Bose premium audio system. Conversely, for FXs with navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, XM NavWeather, and Zagat restaurant guide are now included. Infiniti has also simplified the FX’s exterior/interior color combinations.

Fusing luxury, performance, and utility is the FX by Infiniti. The FX is a luxury vehicle and a serious competitor in its segment. Nevertheless, the FX is substandard in terms of utility; it only offers 34.6-inches of legroom in the rear and 32 cubic-feet of cargo space. Meanwhile, the ML by Mercedes Benz sports 42.2 inches of legroom and 32.4 cubic-feet of cargo space.

The FX is presently in its second generation. In 2010, the SUV is offered with a DOHC V-6 3.5 Liter, FX35 with 300 hp or a V-8 5.0 Liter FX50 with 390 horsepower. Both come married to a 7-speed automatic gearbox with downshift rev-matching. The Infiniti FX has power steering that’s speed sensitive, a front control arm/rear multilink suspension, and 4-wheel disc brakes. Standard features in the FX50 include rear active steering, All-Wheel-Drive and Around View Monitor inclusions.

The FX exonerates itself by offering high style and speed. It’s made of attractive sheet metal and it hosts eighteen, twenty, or twenty-one-inch alloy wheels. It has gracious exterior curves, an impressive powertrain, and excellent driving manners.

With available 21-inch Enkei wheels, the Infiniti FX, with its fenders flared and dark chrome grille subtly sparkling, commands attention on the road. A fusion of “power and grace,” the FX is a bold, aggressive standout.

Infiniti’s range-topping crossover delivers an upscale interior replete with standard leather seats, Bluetooth phone capability, intelligent key, hand-stained maple wood accents (FX50), and a 300-watt Bose sound system with satellite radio. The optional Around View Monitor is a must.

The FX35 boasts a 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 good for 303 horsepower, while the FX50 ups the ante with a 5.0-liter 32-valve V-8 that churns out 390 horses. Both engines are paired to a standard seven-speed automatic with available magnesium paddle shifters. For a sizeable SUV, the FX handles and brakes well, thanks to a sport-tuned four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel vented disc brakes.

In addition to an array of airbags (dual front, front side, and side curtain) and stability and traction control, the FX is available with intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, and lane departure prevention and warning.

Bodystyle: SUV
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 5.0L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Models: FX35, FX35 AWD, FX50

EPA Fuel Economy
FX35: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
FX35 AWD: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
FX50: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Price : $42,850 – $44,300

2012 Kia Soul Price, Review

2012 Kia Soul Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, A few changes have been made to the 2012 Kia Soul. The major change is the increased engine power and fuel efficiency. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine now puts out 135 horsepower, an 11 percent increase from last year, and the 2.0-liter engine produces 160-horsepower, a 13 percent increase from last year. Technologies have been added such as gasoline direct injection and a new Infinity sound system. The exterior has been refreshed for the 2012 model year.

The Soul is Kia’s version of the Scion xB, or as many people call it, the box car. You could call the Kia Soul a box with flair. This vehicle has sold very well for Kia, introducing a different kind of audience to the brand. The Soul has won a variety of awards since its introduction in 2009, including a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Heading into 2012, the Soul receives a few changes. The refreshed five-door hatchback receives an updated look, as well as more power.

The Kia received two upgraded engines that provide both more power and better fuel economy. The first is a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 135 horsepower, an 11 percent increase from last year’s model. The other engine is a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower, a 13-percent increase. Both engines provide very respectable fuel economy numbers; 28/34 mpg city/highway for the 1.6-liter and 27/33 mpg city/highway for the 2.0-liter engine. The interior of the Soul is very much like its exterior; futuristic looking. In fact, it received the Ward’s AutoWorld “Grooviest Interior Award” in 2010. The dashboard is uncluttered and numerous controls can be found right at the driver’s finger tips on the steering wheel, including cruise control, stereo functions, and Bluetooth.

The Soul features an edgy exterior. While many would refer to it as a box, some might consider it a box with flair. It features a low, wide stance and an angled window line. Other features include a chrome-accented grille, body color door handles and side mirrors, and 15-inch steel wheels. The Soul! Is equipped with LED headlights and taillights, a body colored bumper, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The interior of the Soul is somewhat futuristic looking. An uncluttered dashboard and numerous controls right at the driver’s fingertips make this a user-friendly driver’s car. You can operate the stereo functions, cruise control, and Bluetooth directly from the steering wheel. This is a fairly wide car, which creates a very roomy interior at 40.2 inches of headroom in the front, and 39.6 inches of headroom in the rear. A floating center stack is the focus of the interior, which features Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as MP3 capability. Black cloth seats engulf the rest of the interior.

The Soul received an increase in power for 2012, although there’s no hiding its subcompact economy car roots. The 1.6-liter engine received an 11 percent horsepower boost, placing it at 135 horsepower. The 2.0-liter engine received a 13-percent increase in power, placing the horsepower for 2012 at 160. Kia offers a six-speed automatic transmission and six-speed manual transmission.

The Soul comes equipped with a number of standard safety features. These include six airbags as well as Electronic Brake Distribution, and Brake Assist System. Also standard is Hill-start Assist Control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Body Style: Five-door hatchback
Engines: 1.6L, I-4; 2.0L, I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic; 6-speed manual
Models: Base, +, !, Sport

EPA Fuel Economy
Soul: 28 mpg city/ 34 mpg highway
+,!, sport: 27 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway

2012 Kia Sorento Price, Review

2012 Kia Sorento Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Kia will make a new direct-injected 2.4-liter engine available in its Sorento crossover for the 2012 model year. “The new engine is almost certainly going to boost gas mileage on the Sorento,” writes USA Today. The Sorento’s current 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine already gets an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway in two-wheel drive models and 21/27 mpg city/highway in four-wheel drive models, which are both high for an affordable midsize SUV. Kia says that it will also give its biggest SUV the company’s new UVO hands-free infotainment system, and a manual transmission will now be available. The engine’s new direct injection system will up its horsepower from 175 to 200, according to Autoblog, who says that “with those new features, the big Kia crossover can really dance with the big guns from the likes of Ford.”

However, the changes for 2012 aren’t all for the better. While a third row of seats came standard on LX V6 models, it will now be an option. Though 2012 models are already being sold at dealerships, Kia hasn’t posted much information about the next model year on their website, which is still touting 2011 models. This means that until more information is available, we won’t know how much it will cost to upgrade to the UVO entertainment system, the new direct-injected engine, or the third row of seats. As soon as we hear more about pricing or other news, we’ll post it in our review of the Kia Sorento.

The Sorento’s dynamic excellence extends beyond the powertrain. The steering is very well done. The wood-and-leather steering wheel in the SX model is thick, pleasing to hold, and features thumb rests in the 10 and 2 positions. The hydraulic steering is calibrated to provide consistent, linear response throughout the range of motion, though at lower speeds some might prefer something a bit lighter in feel. In any case, this setup is far superior to the electric steering systems in other Kias, and we will lament its eventual passing in the quest for incremental gains in fuel economy.

The Sorento’s brake pedal provides quick response to input and features excellent feel, allowing the driver to fine-tune pressure and bring the Sorento to a smooth, drama-free stop every time. The pedal went a bit soft after several miles of switchback roads, but even when the pads were heated up on a warm day, braking remained faithful enough to execute a panic stop.

 

2012 Kia Sorento Specs :

Exterior

The Sorento’s creased lines and Acura-like headlights have a clear resemblance up front to the Forte and Optima sedans. Exterior features include:

* Seventeen-inch wheels are standard
* Fog lights, rear spoiler and 18-inch alloys are optional
* EX models have a new wheel design
* The more powerful four-cylinder has dual exhaust tips

Interior

Like the Forte, the Sorento’s dashboard houses each gauge within a separate portal and places major audio and climate controls on an elevated central dashboard section. The second row folds flat into the floor; so does the optional third row. Interior features include:

* Air conditioning
* Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
* A CD stereo with USB/iPod compatibility
* Available dual-zone automatic climate control
* Available 12-speaker Infinity stereo
* Available navigation system
* Available heated leather seats
* Available panoramic moonroof

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

* Standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 175 horsepower and 169 pounds-feet of torque
* Newly available 191-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
* Available 3.5-liter V-6 makes 276 hp and 248 pounds-feet of torque
* All-wheel drive is optional.
* Kia’s all-wheel-drive system offers a lockable center differential to route constant power to both axles, should you need to get out of some heavy snow or mud

Safety

Standard safety features include:

* Antilock brakes
* Traction control
* Electronic stability system
* Six airbags and active front head restraints

2012 Kia Sorento Price :
MSRP range: $21,250 – $34,850
Invoice price range: $20,530 – $32,720
Price with options: 11 trims available

2012 Kia Rio Price, Review

2012 Kia Rio Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Rio is Kia’s entry-level sedan that was redesigned for the 2006 model year and received exterior detail updates for 2010. In 2011, Kia again redesgined the Rio and Rio 5-door hatchback, giving the cars the more aggressive look of other Kia models such as the Optima and Sportage.. The Rio is one of the lowest priced sedans sold in America, but Kia strives to offer a full-feature vehicle with a stylish appearance. Kia first entered the U.S. market in 1994 with the Sephia, however, the first Kia sold in the U.S. was actually the Ford Festiva, which Kia built for Ford from 1987 to 1992.

Redesigned for 2012, the Kia Rio receives improvements in just about every area. Similar to Kia’s other recently redesigned models, style is a priority — both the Rio’s exterior and interior have a bold look for this vehicle segment. The new Rio is larger than before, and that translates into more interior and cargo room.

Under the hood is a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection technology. With 138 horsepower, it will be one of the most powerful cars in its class. It will come paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and that helps the Rio get what Kia promises is 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. A start-stop technology similar to that found on hybrid vehicles will be an option.

WELL-EQUIPPED WITH LOTS OF OPTIONS

Take the 2012 Kia Rio 5-door hatchback for example. It has four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, a driver’s seat height adjuster, map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, a trip computer, sliding centre console armrest and 60/40 split folding rear seats as standard.

Spend some extra dollars and you can get an upgraded sound system with satellite radio, rearview camera, power folding mirrors, rain sensing wipers, a push button start, heated seats and even a heated steering wheel. Yes folks, this little car is the first sub-compact to offer a heated steering wheel. It should be safe also, as it has 6 airbags standard.

HANDSOME OUTSIDE, EXCELLENT INSIDE

From a styling point of view, it might not be a clear winner in its segment, but it certainly is pretty enough for people to notice. Designed by the talented Peter Schreyer, the Rio does seem to mimic the work he did while he was designing Seats, a subsidiary of Volkswagen.

One feature many car companies (and customers) spend time designing is the exhaust pipe. On the Rio, it is completely hidden. This gives the back a uniformed and clean appearance. But it you do prefer chrome exhaust tips, Kia will do that for you.

If you want an econo-car with a luxury car interior, then this is the one to look at. It’s excellently designed, the interior looks clean and high-tech, and the quality of the fit and finish is easily well above average. Over all it’s well above what anyone expects from this category of car and we applaud Kia for raising the bar.

SOLID POWER

In short, it is fine. It is not going set the road on fire nor will it make your heart beat faster, but then cars in this category aren’t meant to be aimed at enthusiast buyers anyway. What it is suppose to do – ie. transport you and your family with groceries – it does well.

Powering the new Rio is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder unit that benefits from direct fuel-injection (they like to call it GDI). It is the same unit as found in a Hyundai Accent and makes an identical 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque – which is plenty. The engine can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. The manual also comes with hill assist, which holds the car in place for two seconds either on hills to prevent rolling. Anyone who drives a manual on a daily basis will appreciate this feature.

STAR-STOP FOR BETTER CITY FUEL ECONOMY

A unique feature for Kia on this engine is the Idle, Stop and Go (ISG) system, which in theory would shut the engine off at traffic lights to conserve fuel. The engine would then fire up as soon as you touch the gas pedal. ISG is an optional feature on the Rio, and sadly all the test cars at the launch did not have this system for us to test. Perhaps the system is still being refined. However, the Rio is the first sub-compact to offer a stop and go system.

What we were able to test is the new “active ECO” system. This feature is engaged by pressing a button located on the left side of the dash, behind the steering wheel. Once activated, the active ECO cuts down on revs and shifts gears earlier to conserve fuel. EPA rates the Rio’s fuel economy at 30-mpg in the city and 40-mpg on the highway – 31-mpg with the ISG system. We averaged around 37 mpg on our run, which means these figures are quite honest.

On the hilly roads around Mount Rainier, the active ECO system was quite obvious. The car takes on a calmer demeanor, and since we were on a twisty mountain road, we quickly got out of the eco-mode and tried to have some fun.

This engine might produce a decent enough amount of grunt, but it does not sound happy being worked. For most, it is a non-issue, but enthusiasts will be hoping and praying for an optional engine, hopefully one with a turbo.

2012 Kia Rio Price :

MSRP range: $13,600 – $17,700
Invoice price range: $13,335 – $16,880

2012 Kia Rio Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : TBD
City (MPG) : 30
Hwy (MPG) : 40
Horsepower : 138@6300
Torque (lb-ft) : 123@4850
Wheelbase : 101.2
Length (in.) : 166.9
Width (in.) : 67.7
Height (in.) : 57.3

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Price, Review

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, Kia Motors America (KMA) is one of the automotive industry’s current fuel economy leaders, and that position was strengthened with the launch of the 2011 Optima Hybrid, the brand’s first hybrid vehicle in the U.S.

Designed to appeal to consumers looking for a stylish and well-appointed sedan that does not sacrifice style, comfort, performance or value for fuel efficiency, the Optima Hybrid offers the same combination of head-turning design and modern amenities that earned critical and consumer acclaim for the Optima following its debut, and adds a more fuel-efficient drivetrain and state-of-the-art lithium-polymer battery pack to deliver up to 35 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and a class-leading 40 mpg2 on the highway.

Hybrid Powertrain

The Optima Hybrid uses both electric and gas power plants to propel the car, either in tandem or independently, while achieving an EPA-estimated 35/40 mpg city/highway, 37 mpg combined.

The electric motor can power the car on its own — even up to highway speeds when driving conditions and battery level allow. In short, when you hammer on the accelerator the two systems work together, but when cruising at higher speeds the electric (EV) mode kicks in for as long as the battery’s charge allows.

All this interaction works seamlessly and almost imperceptibly, unless you’re looking at one of the information screens that detail the process. A small color display between the gauges is standard, and the optional navigation system provides more detailed information on a dashboard touch-screen.

Steering and ride comfort were similar to the standard Optima four-cylinder I tested previously, but I thought the hybrid’s overall experience was quieter.

Braking was nice and linear, a trait new hybrids have developed despite using regenerative setups to recapture energy for the battery.

The hybrid battery cuts into trunk space, as it does in nearly every hybrid sedan. In the Optima, cargo space goes from 15.4 cubic feet in the regular version to a very small 9.9 cubic feet in the hybrid. The Toyota Camry goes from an identical 15.4 cubic feet in the gas-only model to a very respectable 13.1 cubic feet in the hybrid version. Plus, the Optima Hybrid’s rear seats don’t fold flat.

Equipment

Navigation, leather and other options can be had, but only as part of a single option package called the Hybrid Premium Technology Package. For $5,000, it adds a panoramic moonroof, a navigation system, an eight-speaker stereo, a power passenger seat, leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels and high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Safety

The Optima Hybrid earned a five-star overall crash test score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, that agency’s highest honor. Very few cars on the market currently hold both designations.

The Optima Hybrid comes with a standard array of airbags, including side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats and seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants. You can read about more safety features here.

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2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Price :

MSRP:$25,700
Invoice price:$24,020

2012 Kia Optima Hybrid Specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3490
City (MPG) : 35
Hwy (MPG) : 40
Horsepower : 166@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 154@4250
Wheelbase : 110.0
Length (in.) : 190.7
Width (in.) : 72.1
Height (in.) : 57.1

2012 Kia Forte Price, Review

2012 Kia Forte Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Kia Forte is a new entry into the compact car field with contenders like Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Focus, and Chevrolet Cobalt. By comparison, including exterior, interior, performance, and price, the Forte looks awfully good.

The Forte boasts class-leading interior space, and, in our opinion, class-leading looks. The interior is classy and intelligently designed, which is to say everything is there where you need it. The seats are comfortable and supportive.

The Forte uses modern four-cylinder engines, notably a 2.4-liter in the upscale SX, which also has an available five-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic manual shifting.

The 2012 Kia Forte and its 5-door hatchback sibling remain relatively unchanged from the 2011 model year. Fuel economy for the Forte and Forte 5-door improves for 2012 to 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway, a 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway improvement over previous years.

Lineup

The 2012 Kia Forte is available as the bare-bones LX, the well-equipped EX, and the fully equipped SX.

Forte LX ($13,695) uses Kia’s trusty 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with double overhead cams, and a 5-speed manual transmission, with a four-speed automatic optional ($1000). Upholstery is cloth. Air conditioning and a 60/40 split rear seat are optional ($1500), while power windows, door locks and cruise control are not available. Standard equipment includes a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 satellite sound system with USB and aux input jacks, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Forte EX ($15,795) comes with air conditioning, a six-speaker sound system, power windows, power doors, power mirrors, keyless entry, 60/40 split rear seat. The manual transmission comes standard, but there are two optional automatic transmissions, a four-speed and a five-speed. Wheels are the same 15-inch steel, but five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels are optional. Options include leather upholstery with heated front seats and a power moonroof.

Forte SX ($17,195) uses a 2.4-liter engine with a six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic ($1000). A sport-tuned suspension is standard, along with larger front brake rotors, and 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. The upholstery is a sporty cloth, with metal-finish interior trim and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Full leather is optional. Fog lamps are standard.

Safety features that come standard on all Kia Forte models include frontal and front side airbags, airbag curtains, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and a tire pressure monitor.

Walkaround

The new Kia Forte is a looker. It’s an excellent example of clean styling, nothing really fancy but with all the right lines. It’s not a big car, and it doesn’t look big.

It’s shaped like a wedge, or appears to be, from the swept-back grille and headlamps carrying through climbing shoulders on the sides of the car, back to the short rear deck. From some angles it looks aggressive, from others subtle. Even the rear door seams carry this wedge line. The Coefficient of Drag is a low 0.29, reflecting the clean wind-cutting shape.

Refreshingly, there are no squared flares over the rear wheelwells. The large taillights have nice angles, and wrap horizontally around the corners of the car and into the trunk lid. The roofline is coupe-like. The 10-spoke alloy wheels on our SX were especially terrific looking. Body-colored mirrors and door handles, hooray.

The front fenders are subtly boxed, but there are no trendy flares there, either. The front valance between the grille and low air intakes is not bulky, as with too many cars, and the three black screened intakes that run the full width of the chin are tidy and businesslike.

The hood, too, is short, accenting the wedge. The short hood and deck mean efficient construction with no excess in overhangs, because the overall length is correct for the compact sedan class. It’s got a long wheelbase and wide track for its size, which is the key to all the good proportioning.

Interior

The short hood and rear deck pay off in interior space. The Kia Forte has one of the roomiest interiors in the compact sedan class, with a total of 96.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. That’s 3.3 cubic feet more than the 2009 Subaru Legacy. And the Forte’s trunk space of 14.7 cubic feet is best in class, matching the redesigned and enlarged midsize 2010 Legacy.

Headroom is good front and rear, while front legroom is ample and rear legroom is 35.0 inches, good for a compact sedan.

The front bucket seats are excellent, in classy leather out of its league for a compact sedan. Great firm but not tight bolstering. Nice 60/40 split rear seat with fold-down armrest with two cupholders.

Driving Impression

The Forte EX gets an EPA-estimated 25/34 mpg City/Highway with either the manual transmission or four-speed automatic, compared to the 23/31 mpg of the 2.4-liter Forte SX with the five-speed automatic. Given the performance difference, fuel mileage and lower base price by $1400 would be the only reason to choose the EX. And, considering there are many other worthwhile SX features, the loss of meat is not worth the savings. In other words, we’d spring for the SX.

However there might be an exception. There is a Fuel Economy Package with the EX, including five-speed automatic, electric power steering, a smart alternator, silica tires for low rolling resistance, and an aerodynamic kit that costs $1600, making an Eco EX about the same price as a sporty SX, but it raises the fuel mileage to 27/36 mpg. So if fuel economy is your priority, this is the best choice.

Kia’s 2.4-liter engine can’t match the reputation of the Mitsubishi 2.4-liter that powers not only the Lancer, but also many Chrysler products, from Jeep Patriot to PT Cruiser. The SX makes a fine 173 horsepower, and its 168 pound-feet peaks at 4000 rpm. It’s fun to work the transmission to use the power; the Sportmatic manual mode in the five-speed automatic makes shifting easy.

Forte is a brand-new car and it uses a new ground-up chassis, caging 63 percent of the cabin with high-strength steel, plus ultra high-strength steel in the side sills. This increases rigidity and improves handling. The Forte replaces the Kia Spectra and there’s like no comparison in the chassis feel, if not overall quality.

Front suspension is your basic MacPherson strut with coil springs, while in the rear there’s nothing fancy, a torsion beam axle again with coil springs. The SX front brakes use 11.8-inch vented discs, and the rears 10.3-inch solid discs, employing an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Plenty big and responsive for a car of this weight, we can say after using them hard through a twisty section. EX brakes are the same, but with 11.0-inch front discs.

2012 Kia Forte Price :

MSRP range: $15,200 – $19,600
Invoice price range: $14,900 – $18,670

2012 Kia Forte specs :

Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2729
City (MPG) : 25
Hwy (MPG) : 34
Horsepower : 156@6200
Torque (lb-ft) : 144@4300
Wheelbase : 104.3
Length (in.) : 178.3
Width (in.) : 69.9
Height (in.) : 57.5

2012 The Grand Cherokee Price, Review

2012 The Grand Cherokee Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, the grand cherokee its a luxury and amenities SUV without sacrificing off-road cappability. The grand cherokee is a premium SUV with unibody construction and independent rear suspension. The grand cherokee was introduced in 1992, and in 1993 the grand cherokee became the first vehicle in its class to offer a v8 engine. In 1999 the grand cherokee was redesign for the first time in the history and the third-generation grand cherokee followed for the 2005 model year.

2012 The Grand Cherokee Specs

The grand cherokee will be completed by a diesel engine, but for the first launched will be limited on united states on 2013.this SUV maybe will come as the same version of the europe. The europe grand cherokee powered by a 3.0liter v6 engine, it can make a 190 horse power and 324.5 lb-ft (440 Nm) or 241 hp and 405.7 lb-ft (550 Nm).That engine will be united with gearbox or 5 speed automatic transmission, as the result, this grand cherokee have a big power and perfomance.

Firstly, the grand cherokee acceleration 0 until 62 MPH(100KM/hours) it need a 10,2 second,and the top speed is 119 MPH(191KM/hours),and the fuel effension is 28.4 mpg (8.3 liter/100 km). But in the last version,it only takes 8,2 seconds from 0 until 100KM/hours,and the top speed 126 MPH(202KM/hours).with a same fuel effension.

Chrysler will fasted the grand cherokee production with 1,100 new worker on Jefferson North Assembly Plant in the next years.

2012 The Grand Cherokee Price

The grand cherokee price its $26,995 to $54,470 MSRP and the invoices price $26,615 to $51,968.The 2012 Grand Cherokee, which goes on sale next month, will reportedly benefit from a $3,220 price decrease versus the 2011 model. This means that the base Laredo trim level with two-wheel drive will now carry an MSRP of $26,995. It also means that the resale value of your 2011 model has likely just taken a pretty severe whack.

The folks at Kicking Tires point out that the lower base price may be a reflection of higher price points for option packages and the removal of once-standard equipment. For example, the 2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo came standard with an eight-way power seat, whereas the 2012 model does not. What’s more, the Laredo’s leather seating package now costs a whopping $5,300 instead of $4,000.