New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
The 2012 Ford Focus SE

The 2012 Ford Focus SE review: affordability, economy and no sacrifices

I recently had a chance to spend some time with a 2012 Ford Focus SE, a sporty C-segment sedan that illustrates how far the American compact sedan has come with incredible fuel economy, a low price and loads of amenities – meaning that owning an affordable American compact no longer means driving a bare bones vehicle with no soul.
The Lexus CT200h Premium

The 2012 Lexus CT200h review: bringing luxury to the affordable hybrid

The key issue facing the hybrid automotive segment in North America is that hybrids can either be affordable or luxurious but with the 2012 Lexus CT200h, a new car buyer who wants the efficiency of a modern hybrid and true luxury amenities can have just that without a massive shock to the savings account – with a price starting under $30,000.
The Fisker Karma EcoChic Sedan

The 2012 Fisker Karma review - the ultimate electric luxury sedan

Since I first laid eyes on the Fisker Karma at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, I have been enamored with the high performance electric luxury sedan with extended range capabilities and earlier this week, I was among the first journalists to drive the production ready Fisker Karma on US soil – a drive that met every expectation that I have had for the sleek new sedan over the past 4 years.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 - reinventing the American muscle car

When the Dodge Charger was reintroduced as a full sized four door sedan for the 2006 model year, some Mopar faithful grumbled about the addition of the “extra doors” but as the new Charger powers through its second generation with a sleek new exterior design – the only people who could question whether the 2012 Charger SRT8 car is deserving of the Charger name are those who haven’t been behind the wheel.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 could be the best muscle there ever will be

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 packs a supercharged V8 engine first offered in the Cadillac V-Series models along with a high tech suspension system that has made its rounds in General Motors’ Corvette ZR1 and Z06 supercars. These are two features of many that help make the 2012 Camaro ZL1 one of the most amazing performance cars of all time but is the new super Camaro one of the best muscle cars of all time - or is it the best muscle car there will ever be?
The 2012 Porsche Boxster S

The 2012 Porsche Boxster S drive review: 0-Awesome in under 5 seconds

The 2012 Porsche Boxster S is a great looking car with a surprising amount of passenger and cargo space but the most exciting part of the Boxster S is driving it...as whether blasting down the highway or cutting along a twisty country road - the 2012 Boxster S provides an incredible rush.
The 2012 Porsche Boxster S

A 2012 Porsche Boxster S review - an entry level sports car with a supercar's spirit

The Porsche name is well known for being among the most well respected performance/luxury brands in the world and while the 2012 Boxster S is Stuttgart’s "entry model" – this car is a beautiful example of what Porsche can offer to those who are looking for a European sports car sans the six figure budget.
The 2011 Toyota Venza

Close-up: The 2011 Toyota Venza is the ultimate blend of car, truck

The Toyota Venza made a good impression on us when we first checked it out back in 2009. It was a nice size and shape, with oversized wheels and a roomy interior, but at that time we didn’t get to drive it very far. Recently we had the opportunity to take the 2011 Toyota Venza on an extended road trip, finding it even more likable than we at first imagined.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt in silver

TorqueNews review of the 2011 Chevy Volt: 109mpg and endless range

Since it was announced that the Chevrolet Volt would be making it to production, I have eagerly awaited my chance to review the first electric vehicle from an American automaker. Having spent a week cruising the streets of Detroit in the Volt, I was amazed both at the incredible fuel economy levels but also the fact that this electric vehicle can very easily serve as a long-distance daily driver.
2012 Kia Rio 5 door has an attractive price starting below $14,000

Review: 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door Substantial Improvement in Many Ways Including Price

The hot spot in the automotive world right now is the B class or sub-compact segment as most folks know it. Sweet in that hot spot is Kia with the 2012 Rio five-door hatchback currently in dealers and the four-door sedan that rolls out by year’s end. The base 2012 model has the same price as the 2011 model but much more value.
2012 Infiniti M56

Review: 2012 Infiniti M56 Comes Packed with Luxury, Performance, Technology

The previous generation Infiniti M56 was always a likable luxury performance sedan. It had a sense of oomph to it while providing a luxurious, comfortable ride. The one thing it lacked was a real sense of design but not so with the 2012 Infiniti M56. Gone is the bland exterior that was not in keeping with the rest of Infiniti's sharp looks.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Photo by Don Bain

Close-up: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Having known owners who are avid evangelists for the top of the line Jeep, we decided to give the 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 a thorough test in its true element – the Rocky Mountains at altitudes over 8,000 ft. Those who dwell at such altitudes and those who regularly commute between businesses or homes in the city and mountains have long considered the Grand Cherokee the reliable standard of mountain life and mobility.
2011 Dodge Challenger Rallye Reivew

TorqueNews review of the V6-powered 2011 Dodge Challenger Rallye

While the Hemi powered Challenger R/T and SRT8 392 might get the lion’s share of attention, the new 3.6L Pentastar V6 adds some much needed power to the entry level 2011 Dodge Challenger and the Rallye package allows it to look a great deal like the more powerful counterparts packing V8 engines.

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