2012 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 4X4 FFV

Engine

5.7L V8, 32 valves, 381 hp @ 5600 rpm
6 speed automatic transmission
13 mpg city / 17 mpg hwy

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 i SV 4-Door

Engine

2.0L I4, 16 valves, 148 hp @ 6500 rpm
5 speed manual transmission
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy

Overview
The Mazda 3 is a premium car in a compact package. It’s an affordable car that offers a pleasant interior environment, sporty handling, and useful space. Completely redesigned for 2010, the Mazda3 carries over into the 2011 model year with no significant changes.

Mazda3 comes as a four-door sedan or four-door hatchback.

The 2011 Mazda3 adds rain-sensing wipers, auto on/off headlights, bi-xenon headlights with auto-leveling, Adaptive Front lighting System, and LED rear combination lights to the Technology Package.

The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers. The back seat will fit two adults fairly comfortably, provided the front occupants aren’t too tall. In both the sedan and hatchback, the rear seats fold 60/40 to create a mostly flat load floor. Flip the back seats down in the hatchback and you’ll have lots of cargo room. With its sportier character, better looks, and more useful interior space, the hatch is our choice between the two body styles.

The Mazda 3 features a first-class cabin loaded with convenience features. Higher line models get a Multi-Information Display below the windshield that houses readouts for the vehicle information center, climate system, radio presets, and even the available navigation system. A unique cluster of buttons on the steering wheel controls these functions. The readouts are easy to see and the steering wheel controls work intuitively. The other controls are mounted high on the dash’s center stack, and are also easy to see and use.

On the road, the Mazda 3 feels firm and composed, with moderate lean in turns. The steering is sharp and precise, and the brakes provide a linear pedal feel. The suspension deals well with most bumps, though large ruts can pound through with the available 17-inch wheels.

Two engines are offered. Mazda 3i models come with a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that achieves an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg City/Highway. We found it provides adequate power for most needs. Mazda 3s models offer a sportier driving experience with the more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 167 horsepower and is available with a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic with manual shift capability.

Pros
Handles beautifly
Cons
material on seats can be better

Purchased As New

Anyone who drives this car remarks about how easy it is to handle. I enjoy driving this car.

Pros
Nice curb appeal, great preformance, reasonable price, reliability..
Cons
Road noise, road noise, road noise.

Purchased As New

We had previously bought a 2010 Mazda CX9 loaded …the car was a blast to drive with enormous options at a great price and tons of luxury. I needed something for myself better on gas and being in my mid forty’s, I wanted something appealing and comfortable to drive and mainly affordable. The 2011 i Touring Mazda 3 had all this. Go for the “i” model..only about $1000.00 more and you’ll be glad you did. You get a lot for a little-Cruise, Blue tooth, Aluminum wheels, back-seat cup-holder, keyless entry with trunk opening.

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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

Pricing Information

MSRP $19,499

Engine

2.4L I4, 16 valves, 162 hp @ 6000 rpm
5 speed manual transmission
20 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy

Pros
94 years of carmaking experience in Japan with 10 years/100,000 miles warranty! Great for us!!
Cons
Mitsubishi U.S. has done a crappy job of marketing one of its finest vehicles

Purchased As New

It just speaks volumes for the Mitsubishi Eclipse that the price is right, 94 years of carmaking experience as the oldest car builder in Japan, 10 years/100,000 miles warranty, nicely shaped design, powerful choice of engines and transmission, comfortable ride, loads of amenities or options, great reliability and durability, so why choose another brand which has so amny recalls and cheaply made cars or SUVs.\?

Pros
Still nice looking coupe
Cons
Underpowered same old engine and four speed auto trans is outdated

Purchased As Not Purchased

Tried one out for a good hour or so and am left with the feeling that this company could do so much more with this body style–just a flat power curve and old/outdated transmission feel…you will find, if you drive it that there is little difference between this 2012 and a 1998 model….Also to even mention this car in the same sentence as an Evo–is nutty–this car is no Evo…and, 28 mpg hwy for a “4” is not really that good….car needs mechanical overhaul and some substantial investing by Mitsu to be competitive in 2012.

Pros
94 years of Japanese car buiding experience, with high in technology!
Cons
Needs more air time in advertisement to let people know of its 94 yearsof carmaking!

Purchased As New

Tried out the Eclipse and I was immediately exhilarated by the driving performance it gives, the astonishing comfort, aesthetic looks, excellent fuel consumption for a performance sports car, reasonable price and unbelievable warranty of 10 years/100,000 miles

I love the Mitsubishi Eclipse lines and performance, not forgetting the affordable price and warranty compared with others in its class or category. The athletic manufacturing robots playing to assemble the Eclipse needs to be back in the commercial . Needs more advertising just like the 2009 commercial that robots building the car and passing the tires around & great song! I have confidence in Mitsubishi long experience in building cars (94 years in Japan) and they continue to produce fuel efficient with very good power plants that amazes me, just like the Mitsubishi Evolution X 2.0 liter engine that produces 291hp with tremendous acceleration and power.

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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure Plus Coupe

Pricing Information

MSRP $44,145

Engine

2.0L I4, 16 valves, 240 hp @ NL rpm
6 speed automatic transmission
not_listed mpg city / not_listed mpg hwy

Pros
snob appeal
Cons
$45,000 for a 4 cylinder??? R U KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!

Purchased As Not Purchased

test drove one…chuckled and took it back to the lot.
buzzes like a prius/ rav4.
$45,000?
you’re kidding, right???

Pros
what you want to drive to grandma’s house….
Cons
if grandma doesn’t live in the woods…..

Purchased As New

This is not a Found On Road Dead automobile….

It’s alive and breathing piss and vinegar out the tailpipe….

If you ain’t had your jollies out lately….

just put your soft hands around the steering wheel, sink your little lovely @ss down in the seat…

Crank those tiny little horses up and ride the wheels off the bitch….

it will make a madmilker out of you…

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

MSRP
$26,995 – $54,470

The 2012 Grand Cherokee is a 4-door, 5-passenger sport-utility, available in 7 trims, ranging from the Laredo 4X2 to the SRT8 4X4.

Upon introduction, the Laredo 4X2 is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter, V6, 290-horsepower, flexible fuel engine that achieves 17-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway. The SRT8 4X4 is equipped with a standard 6.4-liter, V8, 465-horsepower engine that achieves 12-mpg in the city and 18-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims.

The 2012 Grand Cherokee is a carryover from 2011.

Review:

Pros
V8 plus interior and exterior looks
Cons
Have not found anything I don’t like.

Purchased As New

It took me awhile to decide on the vehicle I wanted, and we looked at alot of them, but when I drove the Overland it had the best ride and the most comfort plus all the options I was looking for and a whole lot more. The interior and exterior were the exact color combo I wanted. The Overland had the best safety and crash ratings of all of them, and it was the only one that offered a V8 (5.7 hemi) which I like. We took it on a trip to Penna. in the mountains and got 21.5 mpg. Just driving it around town and back and forth to work I get 18.5 mpg on an average. Thats not bad for a hemi. I am very happy with my Overland and would reccomend it for anyone looking for a luxury SUV. The interior is elegant and very quiet and extremely comfortable. I just love this vehicle.

Pros
Great Power, Comfort and handling is really good. Shud be good on the snow.
Cons
Nothin so far

Purchased As New

I just bought A Brand New 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This truck is fabulous.

we ve decided to stay with the Jeep family for our second car.

Pros
V-6 power excellent, comfortable, highway noise is minimal
Cons
no 6 CD changer

Purchased As New

I have only had my Grand Cherokee 8 weeks. I have driven it to Maryland from North Carolina and back without any discomfort. (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis). I drove to Florida and back with same results. I wish I had bought the 4×4.

Pros
Hemi power, decent gas mileage, superb interior, fantastic Nav system
Cons
5 speed auto needs to be a 6 or 7 speed

Purchased As New

We traded up from a 2005 nissan Murano that we had for 6 years and liked a lot, but out new Jeep Grand Cherokee blows it away. For a 350+ HP V8 we have been averaging over 18mpg in combined driving which is good. The Murano got 20 with a V6 with 50% less power. Interior material is superb. Ride is composed and quiet, although maybe a little stiff. Corners pertty flat for a SUV which is appreciated. The navigation system is excellent as is the voice recognition, that is spot on. Stock sound system with built in sub is very good and better than the Bose in my 11′ Maxima. We got a fantasic deal on ours that no SUV could match the features and performance for the price we paid. Very pleased. Only 4k miles so far though, so tough to comment of reliability.

Pros
Great value – Comfortable – Good looking – also has a sexy voice.
Cons
Could use more power and better miles per gallon – could handle better around the curves.

Purchased As New

I just bought my 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee two months ago – never owned a Jeep before. I am in love with this car – never thought I would say that about an American made suv. I have not bought an American automoble in years. I felt it was time and was afraid I was making a big mistake. I did order my jeep loaded with the 20″ wheels – Black on Black – It looks very sexy. Everyone else seems to agree. Very comfortable – however, not a sports car by any means – just relax and enjoy the ride.

Pros
21 mpg in city driving, Best ride of any SUV in it’s class. Its a Jeep.
Cons
From 0-2000 miles computer learns how you drive.

Purchased As New

We bought for life in Michigan and pulling our 5500 lb boat. It does both exceptionally. I drove every other SUV available and was proud to buy one made in Detroit. Pulling is easy with this Jeep. You don’t need the V8 either the V6 works has more than enough power. Stopping is also excellent.

Pros
Well built. Solid. Quiet. Smooth riding. Competent handling. Nice cabin.
Cons
Pricey for what you get.

Purchased As New

Bought a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4X4 V6 out-of-state and immediately set out on a 638-mile road-trip towards home upon leaving the dealership. Drove it non-stop except for pit stops along the way. Everything worked beautifully and the vehicle ran without problems. Never exceeded 60mph on the Interstates because of the new-engine break-in. Sirius radio was truly outstanding and made the trip fun. Gas mileage was only so-so overall but that could be due to a lot of factors and mountainous terrain. The passenger cabin was quiet and we could carry on a normal conversation. We have owned several 4×4 or AWD SUVs/CUVs over the past decades and this Jeep Grand Cherokee ranks with the best of them (Highlander, Pilot) and is an enormous improvement over the past generation of Jeep Cherokee 4X4 which we also owned. If reliability turns out to be as good as that of the Pilot or Highlander then it is indeed a contender. But the Jeep is pricey for what you get when compared to its competition. The competition does cost more, but also gives you a lot more for the same money. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is pretty sparse for the money but competent. My advice if you are in the market is to test drive each of the SUVs/CUVs available to you in that same class against the Jeep Grand Cherokee and then decide. The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee AWD (4X4 Hi-range only) Laredo is a worthy contender if you don’t need 4X4 Low-range. It truly is just as good as the Highlander or Pilot, maybe just not as refined, unless you choose an Overland Summit trim. We bought this Jeep Grand Cherokee for my wife’s daily driver. She chose it because of the styling first, and the color second. She likes it!

Pros
The media system is very good!.Very comfortable, luxury car.Easy to park ,easy to drive
Cons
The price in my country Brazil is veey high almost US $100.000

Purchased As New

I use to have 2 Liberty Cherokee 2006 and 2007 but this GRAN CHEROKEE is completely diferent and more economic than the old one Cherokee.
I recomend this very good car.

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2011 Infiniti QX56 2WD

Pricing Information
MSRP $58,700

Engine

5.6L V8, 32 valves, 400 hp @ 5800 rpm
7 speed automatic transmission
14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy

Expert Reviews
2011 Infiniti QX56
Redesigned with new frame, new engine, fresh styling.
Jim McCraw, NewCarTestDrive.com

Overview
The Infiniti QX56 has been completely redesigned for 2011. Lower and wider than the outgoing truck, it’s swoopier and far more eye-appealing than the previous QX SUV. The 2011 Infiniti QX56 comes in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, with a five-mode all-wheel-drive system controlled by a wheel on the console.

The Infiniti QX56 competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX 570, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Audi Q7, and Range Rover. Some would say that all of these full-size sport-utility vehicles are outdated concepts because of their size, weight and fuel economy, but Infiniti believes the segment, which has shrunk to a third of its former self, is important. Infiniti says there are still families who need seven or eight seats and 8500-pound towing capability, and we agree.

For 2011, QX56 has a completely new look, with a lot of the oddball design touches taken out. The rear of the roof no longer dips down at the third seat, a boon to third-row headroom. The rear side door handles are now on the same plane as the front door handles. The squared-off fenders have been rounded off, and the pillars are now blacked out instead of painted, to give the QX56 a more unified look from end to end. The front and rear bumpers are more fully integrated into the design, the tow hitch receiver is hidden behind the rear bumper, and the chrome strips on the bodyside are gone. And, yes, those are portholes in the front fenders, the right side decorative, the left side functional for engine air intake. The entire nose of the QX56 is far more rounded, and helps create a drag coefficient of 0.37, quite good for such a barn-sized truck.

The frame underneath is new, with new fully independent suspension calibrations, premium shock absorbers, automatic rear load-leveling, and an optional feature that no other truck in the class offers. It’s a closed hydraulic circuit that connects all four suspension units and moves hydraulic pressure from front to back and side to side as the truck moves, keeping the body from leaning over in corners. In effect, the system replaces conventional sway bars. The body itself has thicker sills, a new steel tailgate ring, is some 26 percent stiffer, and uses a new generation of body mounts for quietness. The new body generates zero front and zero rear lift in the wind tunnel.

A 5.6-liter, 32-valve, double overhead-cam V8 engine, now fitted with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing and lift, produces 400 horsepower and 413 foot-pounds of torque, figures very close to the power and torque of the high-performance M56 sedan, and some 25 percent more power than the previous engine, with a 14-percent improvement in fuel economy.

The QX56 powertrain for 2011 features a new 7-speed double overdrive transmission to provide first-gear acceleration for the 5600-pound truck and its cargo or trailer, and good highway fuel economy at the same time. The 7-speed automatic transmission has adaptive shifting to match each driver’s driving style, with manual shift override, including a sporty throttle-blip provided on manual downshifts.

Four-wheel-drive versions of the QX56 will have a selector switch on the console offering automatic, four-wheel-drive high, four-wheel-drive low, low lock, tow mode and snow mode. The auto mode moves engine torque back and forth between front and rear axles up to 100 percent rear, but no higher than 50 percent front.

The QX56 wheelbase has been shortened 2.1 inches to 121.1 inches for sharper handling, and the front and rear tracks are wider. Body width has increased by 1.1 inches, the length by 1.4-inches and the overall height lowered by a huge amount, 3.2 inches. With all the body, chassis and interior changes, the new QX56 is about the same weight as the old truck.

Like every modern luxury SUV, the 2011 QX56 line carries plenty of electronic technology onboard to make driving safer and more enjoyable. An industry first on this SUV is the use of a tire pressure inflation indicator system. When the driver is adding air to a tire at a service station, from an aftermarket compressor or an air tank, the system honks the horn and flashes the hazard flashers when correct tire inflation pressure is reached, thus eliminating the fill-and-check, fill-and-check ritual with a tire pressure gauge.

Pros
Roomy, amazing comfort, gadgets galore
Cons
poor gas economy

Purchased As New

We’ve had this car for 2 months now and it is our dream car. A head turner that is powerful and responsive. Deceptive in its speed a ticket can be had if you don’t pay attention. Effortless acceleration, nimble and solidly built. If only the mpg was a little better.

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