Archive for November, 2012

Nov
30
Consumer Guide Automotive Editors' Choice Award

The award-winning Prius family: Prius Plug in (top left), Prius (top right), Prius v (bottom left), and Prius c (concept version shown).

Consumer Guide Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, objective new and used car reviews for more than 45 years, has announced the recipients of its 2013 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2013, just 26 Best Buys have been awarded, providing clearer, easier choices for consumers.

Toyota’s entire line of 2013 Prius models wins the first-ever Editors’ Choice Best Buy Award, which recognizes them as the pinnacle in value, features, and driving experience among 2013 vehicle choices. This year’s Best Buy list showcases vehicles from the hundreds of available cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks.

The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive’s 2013 Best Buy Awards can be viewed at:

2013 Best Buy Award Winners

Or look for the magazine Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buys 2013 at newsstands across the U.S. starting December 4.

Nov
29

2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

Chrysler used the 2012 Los Angeles Auto show to introduce a couple of new variants of two of the company’s best-known models.

Nov
29

2013 Dodge Charger Daytona

At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Dodge displayed a version of its Charger large car endowed with a limited-edition trim package called Daytona.

The package is offered on the Charger R/T and Charger R/T Road & Track trim levels. Those come with the company’s 370-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine with 5-speed automatic transmission, xenon headlights, and soft-touch interior materials with aluminum accents. The R/T Road & Track adds a rear spoiler, special axle ratio, 20-inch wheels shod with all-season performance rubber, a recalibrated ECU (Engine Control Unit), heated and ventilated sport seats, and a memory system for the driver seat, power-adjustable pedals, and the steering column.

Nov
29
Outlander PHEV Debut

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi is celebrating 30 years in the U.S. auto market. To help mark the occasion, the Japanese automaker introduced a limited-edition version of the 2013 Outlander Sport compact SUV—along with an all-new 2014 Outlander compact SUV—at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Nov
29
2013 Civic

2013 Honda Civic EX-L

In one of the most anticipated reveals of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda pulled the wraps off the 2013 Civic.

Nov
29
Mazda 6 Diesel

2014 Mazda 6

After a couple lean years, Mazda is launching a double-barreled attack on two of the auto industry’s most competitive segments for the 2014 model year. The left-hand jab comes in the form of a more-powerful version of its CX-5 compact SUV. What the company hopes will be the right haymaker is its redesigned 6 midsize sedan.

Nov
29

2013 Bentley Mulsanne MDS

It was fast, faster, and fastest for Bentley at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The British purveyor of ultra-high-end vehicles showcased two production vehicles and one race car at its booth.

Nov
29

2014 Kia Forte

Kia made its statement at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show by revealing updated versions of its Forte compact sedan and Sorento midsize SUV.

The 2014 Kia Forte sports a brand-new look, with cues inspired by the brand’s Optima midsize sedan. The car is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model, and it has a roomier interior and more available power.

Nov
29

2013 Mini Paceman

The 2013 Mini Paceman made its North American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Though seen in concept form at several previous auto shows, the Paceman on display in Los Angeles is a production-ready model.

Nov
29

2014 Porsche Cayman

Making its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was a revamped version of Porsche’s entry-level coupe. The 2014 Porsche Cayman delivers more power, but with the promise of lower fuel consumption, all while retaining the same thrilling driving experience that’s a hallmark of the brand.

Cayman will return in Base and high-performance S trim levels. Each has a horizontally opposed “flat” 6-cylinder engine and the choice of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission. The Base uses a 275-horsepower 2.7-liter engine while the S has a 325-horsepower 3.4-liter unit. Depending on engine, transmission, and whether or not you select the optional Sport Chrono Package, 0-60 mph will come anywhere between 4.4 and 5.1 seconds.

Base models will start at $52,600. The Cayman S commands an $11,200 premium. The 2014 Porsche Cayman is scheduled to reach dealerships in spring 2013.

Due a bit sooner than Cayman is the new 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4. This is the all-wheel-drive version of the company’s flagship sports car. Porsche is basically bringing the Carrera 4 in line with the rear-drive 911 Carrera, which was redesigned for the 2012 model year.

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