Posts from ‘Quick Look’

Jan
01
2005 Buick Terazza

2005 Buick Terazza

Buick gets its first minivan for 2005. Terraza shares its basic design with the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6, and Saturn Relay. All basically add an SUV-style nose to the 1997-2004 GM minivan design to create what GM dubs the “crossover sport van.” Terraza is the costliest, most luxurious version, and is the only one to come standard with automatic load-leveling rear suspension. Terraza offers CX and uplevel CXL models.

Jan
01
2004 Volvo C70

2004 Volvo C70

A substantial price cut marks the swan-song season for Volvo’s C70 convertible.

Jan
01
2004 Dodge Sprinter

2004 Dodge Sprinter

Dodge Sprinter is a rear-drive utility van that replaced the Dodge Ram Wagon in 2003. Sprinter is based on van sold in Europe as a Mercedes-Benz and is intended for commercial use–though both cargo and passenger models are offered in the US. All have two front doors, a sliding side door on the passenger side, and swing-out rear doors. Two models are offered, a 2500 and 3500.

Jan
01
2004 Isuzu Rodeo

2004 Isuzu Rodeo

Isuzu’s oldest SUV gains a new engine for 2004 while losing its 2-dr model and 4-cyl engine.

Jan
01
2004 Mitsubishi Diamante

2004 Mitsubishi Diamante

Another facelift takes Mitsubishi’s slow-selling flagship sedan into the 8th year of its current design. Diamante returns in base ES, sporty VR-X, and luxury-oriented LS trim.

Jan
01
2004 Isuzu Axiom

2004 Isuzu Axiom

Isuzu’s crossover SUV gains 20 hp for 2004. Axiom is basically a midsize Rodeo SUV with a sleeker body.

Jan
01
2004 Oldsmobile Alero

2004 Oldsmobile Alero

A final run of Collector Editions brings down the curtain on Alero and the Oldsmobile brand for 2004.

Jan
01
2003 BMW Alpina Roadster

2003 BMW Alpina Roadster

BMW’s limited-edition, high-performance 2-seat convertible changed character midyear, dropping its manual-transmission edition for a new automatic-transmission version. Prepared by Alpina, a German aftermarket tuner closely associated with BMW, the Alpina Roadster V8 replaces the Z8 in BMW’s 2003 model line. It retains the Z8’s internal “skeleton” structure made largely of aluminum and keeps the power soft top and removable hardtop.

Jan
01
2002 Toyota Solara

2002 Toyota Solara

Toyota’s midsize coupe and convertible gain a new engine for 2002 but retain the foundation of the 1997-2001 Camry sedan. Solara is an offshoot of the far-better-selling Camry, which for 2002 is redesigned on a new, slightly larger platform. Solara styling is freshened inside and out for ’02, and 4-cyl models switch to the new Camry 2.4-liter engine, which has 21 hp more than the 2.2 it replaces. V6 Solaras retain a 200-hp 3.0. Coupes are available with manual or automatic transmission regardless of engine; all convertibles have automatic. Convertibles come with a power folding top with heated glass rear window. Front side airbags are a Solara option. Antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and leather upholstery are among features standard on the uplevel Solara SLE and optional on the base SE model.

Jan
01
2002 Daewoo Nubira Wagon

2002 Daewoo Nubira CDX Wagon

ABS is no longer available on the larger of Daewoo’s two subcompact cars. Nubira comes as the SE sedan and CDX wagon.