New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
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.

TorqueNews review of the 2011 Ford F150 FX4 EcoBoost - part 1

Recently I had a chance to spend 8 days behind the wheel of the 2011 Ford F150 FX4 with the innovative EcoBoost – the twin turbocharged V6 that Ford claims will beat the V8 competition – and after driving this high tech V6 there is no question why this has become the most popular engine option in the F150 lineup.

2011 LA Auto Show expecting over 50 automotive debuts

With still four months until show time, The2011 Los Angeles Auto Show announced it expects more than 50 vehicle debuts Nov. 16 and 17. Following historic changes within the industry itself, the LA Auto Show continues to showcase fuel-efficient vehicles including all-electrics and other alternative fuel technologies. Innovations in design, luxury, performance as well as cutting-edge technology have become the hallmark of the L.A. Show.

RMDE III: Riding, driving the High Plains on Day 1

A significant aspect of the Rocky Mountain Driving Experience held June 15-16 is the opportunity to drive the latest models from numerous manufacturers on the open highways of Colorado’s high plains as well as venturing up the highest paved road in North America, often in the company of a brand representatives. This adds a real world component to the significant if less common experience provided by the off-road and track aspects of the two-day event.

A week in the life of the 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat - inside and out

I recently had the pleasure of spending a week behind the wheel of the 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat, which included a nice long road trip to the Mecum Indy Spring Classic along with the duties of daily driving tasks – all of which clearly displayed the improvements made to the Avenger compared to the previous model year.

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