Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review 2015 Ford Mustang

What new 

All-New 2.3L EcoBoost®

Mustang is out of the gate with its first-ever EcoBoost®engine - a 2.3L marvel of power.

  • 310 horsepower*
  • 320 lb-ft. of torque*
  • Best-in-class 21 city/32 hwy/25 combined mpg**

--edmunds Driving Impressions

Based on our initial drive of a 2015 Mustang EcoBoost equipped with the optional Performance package, the new Mustang is a significant step forward in terms of ride and handling. The turbo-4 puts forth a fairly smooth and impressively broad-shouldered spread of power that gives the car robust thrust around town.
Being 100 pounds lighter over the front tires than the V8, the EcoBoost's front end feels spry, turning crisply into corners with enthusiasm. Body roll is well controlled, too, and the summer tires' cling on the pavement is tenacious.
The new independent rear suspension has given the Mustang a big shot of refinement in the way it handles the blacktop, whether that pavement is smooth or riddled with ruts and bumps. The previous Mustangs' oftentimes jostling demeanor over broken pavement has been replaced with a supple, confident demeanor. The steering is precise and quick, though driving enthusiasts will likely desire more road feel.

Selectable Drive Modes*

Customizable driving preferences let you dial in the handling dynamics to your liking.

  • Select driving mode with a toggle switch on the center stack
  • Choose from four settings: normal, snow/wet, sport and track
  • Mustang adjusts its handling and response characteristics to optimize control

Available SYNC® with MyFord Touch®

Available voice-activated technology that helps you keep your eyes on the road and stay connected to your world.

  • Hands-free calling means you never have to miss a call. If your phone rings, you can answer with the push of a button, and you can make a call with the sound of your voice
  • Just plug in your compatible digital music player, USB drive or SD card and browse your music collection using voice commands.
  • Say “Bluetooth® audio” and you can listen wirelessly to whatever’s on your phone, even Pandora® internet radio.
  • You could have incoming texts read to you with audible text messaging.
  • Voice/touch climate control means you can just tell SYNC with MyFord Touch your preferred temperature and it will adjust to suit you.
  • 911 Assist® can use your connected mobile phone to call 911.28
And that’s just for starters.


Review 2015 Subaru Impreza

What's New for 2015

Every Impreza model is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) , meaning it exceeds California's stringent emissions standards and offers lower emissions than even some hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.


Using two cameras mounted above the rearview mirror to monitor traffic, EyeSight driver assist technology  can react to conditions even before you do. An alert will be sounded along with a visual warning when it senses danger of a collision. It can even apply the brakes automatically if you don't. EyeSight also optimizes cruise control and can warn drivers when they're swaying outside their lane. Another way Subaru technology is looking out for you.

--edmunds  Driving Impressions

The 2015 Subaru Impreza's four-cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration around town, but you'll need to plan ahead for highway passing maneuvers. Overall, the Impreza is one of the slower cars in the small sedan/hatchback class. Not helping matters is the CVT, which responds too eagerly to throttle inputs, increasing engine speed unnecessarily and amplifying the racket under the hood. At a steady cruise on the highway, the Impreza isn't any louder than its competitors, but the level of engine noise during harder acceleration grows tiresome. The manual transmission helps matters, but its abrupt clutch take-up can make it difficult to drive the Impreza smoothly in heavy traffic.
Around turns, the Impreza won't immediately wow you with its catlike agility. But if you press on more aggressively, you'll find that it's actually blessed with secure handling, precise steering and confident braking, particularly with the 17-inch wheels and tires. Another nice quality is the smooth and compliant ride. Even driven over broken pavement, the Impreza feels well built and substantial.


Impreza comes with 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, so you can fit three in the back with both rear seat-backs up or fold a seat down for extra cargo space. And with a choice of 4- and 5-door body styles, there's even more flexibility to fit your needs.

Available roof rails provide additional cargo-carrying capability. They're compatible with just about everything you need for a day trip or weekend getaway, including accessory attachments for kayaks, bikes, skis, and cargo carriers.


Five models and two body configurations add up to plenty of choices. Whether you want a sleek 4-door body style or a sporty 5-door hatchback, Impreza has you covered.


Review 2015 Audi S3 Sedan

  1. Engine size: 2.0L
  2. MSRP: From $41,100
  3. Horsepower: 292 HP
  4. MPG: 23 city / 31 highway
  5. Curb weight: 3,450 lbs
  6. Torque: 280 lb-ft

What's New for 2015

Go on a power trip
You want power. The S3 delivers. With its turbocharged 292-hp TFSI® engine, you can make short work of long trips. And with an S tronic® dual clutch transmission, the S3 can shift your perceptions on how fast a sports sedan can shift gears. It’s the type of power trip everyone can enjoy.*


Driving Impressions 

The 2015 Audi S3's turbocharged engine provides smooth and quick acceleration. Since this isn't one of Audi's more hard-core RS models, it's not going to pin you to the back of your seat with outrageous power, but there's a clear difference between the S3 and its less powerful A3 sibling. The automated transmission is also on point with its timely and quick shifts.

We've only driven an S3 fitted with the adaptive suspension so far. With it, the S3 feels agile and light on its feet. There is quite a bit of steering feedback, which should be welcome news for driving enthusiasts. That adaptive suspension can be switched between Comfort, Auto and Dynamic modes, the latter providing increased steering response and additional stiffness in the dampers. Dynamic mode makes for more precise handling and allows less body roll in the corners, though the price paid for this additional athleticism is a notably stiffer ride. The optional 19-inch wheels make things particularly rough, but if you're interested in the sportiest driving experience, this may be a sacrifice you're willing to make.

Key Features

- Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights
- Panoramic sunroof
- Leather seating surfaces
- Audi drive select
- BLUETOOTH® streaming audio and wireless technology preparation for compatible mobile phone - Full LED headlights 
- MMI® navigation plus with voice control, MMI® touch and Audi connect® 
- Bang & Olufsen® Surround Sound System with 14 speakers and 705 watts 
- Audi side assist Parking system plus with rear view camera

Review 2015 BMW X1 sDRIVE28i.

34 mpg hwy* 
240 horsepower 
2.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo, inline 
4-cylinder engine 
Rear-wheel drive 

Two engines are available in the 2015 BMW X1. The sDrive28i and xDrive28i models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that is powerful and efficient. Both of those models ("sDrive" equals rear-wheel drive, "xDrive" means all-wheel drive) are mated to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and feature an auto start/stop function that cuts engine operation at idle. This function saves fuel, but its startup can be jarring. Thankfully, disabling start/stop is easy an easy adjustment from the cockpit. Those seeking the most power should look to the xDrive35i, which features a turbocharged 6-cylinder that puts out 300 horsepower, 60 more than the 4-cylinder. That larger engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All X1 models use premium fuel. BMW does not specify a tow rating for X1.

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Review 2015 Toyota Prius Hatchback

Body style: Hatchback 
MSRP: From $24,200 
MPG: 51 city / 48 highway 
Horsepower: 134 HP

Acceleration in the Toyota Prius is far from sprightly, but it should be adequate for most buyers. Four driving modes -- Normal, Eco, Power and EV -- allow the driver to choose the optimum powertrain configuration depending on conditions. Eco is measured and sluggish, but returns the best fuel economy. Power is useful for entering freeways or driving on hills. EV mode locks out the gasoline engine, but allows only a maximum speed of 25 mph and requires at least a half-charged battery pack.



With a Smart Key18 fob in your pocket or purse, push the Power button, and you are ready to go. If the battery power is low, the gas engine may start instead, otherwise Prius will move on battery power alone. If Prius senses it needs more power than the battery can provide, the gas engine will take over.

Remote Air Conditioning System 

Part of the Solar Roof and Deluxe Solar Roof packages,8 Remote Air Conditioning19 can cool the cabin of Prius before you get in by activating the electric air conditioning compressor. Using your key fob, you can turn the air conditioning system on from up to 30 yards away, and run it on hybrid system battery power for up to three minutes.

Fuel consumption info

Don’t use more gas than you need to. With the Multi-Information Display, you can monitor the gas mileage of your Prius with an instantaneous readout of your current mpg and average historical mpg over time.


The 2015 Toyota Prius features straightforward controls that jut out toward the driver in a "floating console" that provides a storage tray underneath. It's stylish and also helps maximize cabin space. The digital instrument panel features a floating layer that displays audio, temperature and trip computer information when the driver touches those controls on the steering wheel, minimizing eye movement. Some drivers might find the overall design a bit cluttered, however. Potentially more irksome though, is the lack of useful range provided by the telescoping steering wheel, which doesn't extend far enough to reach some drivers.


Review 2015 Toyota Rav4

What's New for 2015

Eight airbags 

RAV4 comes with eight airbags,24 including our driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, front- and second-row Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA), and a driver knee airbag and a front passenger seat-cushion airbag.

Integrated backup camera ,Bluetooth® connectivity, Navigation ,Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite ,JBL® audio & USB port/aux audio jack.

Powertrains and Performance

RAV4’s standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine develops 176 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque for brisk acceleration and great drivability. And with its Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) technology, it gets surprising fuel economy too.

The front-drive RAV4 is EPA-rated at 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway) in LE and XLE trim (with a slightly lower 30 mpg highway rating on the Limited); these are good, but not class-leading numbers for a small crossover. All AWD models are rated at 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway).

Room for fun

RAV4 offers up to 42.6 inches of front leg room and 37.2 inches of rear leg room, so it can accommodate four of your favorite six-foot passengers with room to spare. Friends and family riding in the rear seat will feel like first-class passengers too. With the pull of a handle, they can recline the rear seatbacks and enjoy the ride.
from edmunds
Overall, the RAV4 is similar in personality to Honda's CR-V, and more demanding drivers might find it less enjoyable to drive than sportier crossovers like the CX-5 and Escape, which have more responsive steering and sharper acceleration. If comfort is your overriding priority, though, the Toyota should do right by you. Additionally, if you ever need to venture off the beaten path, the RAV4's available AWD system quickly applies power where it's needed for optimum traction, giving it a decent amount of off-road ability.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review 2015 Nissan Pathfinder

Driving Impressions

The only engine on offer is a 2.5-litre diesel that produces 187bhp and a healthy-sounding 332lb ft of torque. Unfortunately, it disappoints in real-world driving because it feels weak low down and doesn’t like to be revved. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while an automatic is available as an option on top-spec cars.

YES, 7

Best In Class Passenger Volume

Fill it up with seven passengers, and the Pathfinder still has room for up to 16 cubic feet of cargo[*]. Drop the 3rd-row and you’ve got more than 47 cubic feet, or drop both the 2nd- and 3rd- rows and you’ve got a virtually flat space with 79.8 cubic feet of cargo for your seriously big loads. There’s also a large under-floor storage area that keeps valuables out of sight. It’s easily accessed whether the 3rd-row is folded or upright, giving added cargo room even when you have seven passengers along for the ride.[*]


Standard safety features on the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard on all Pathfinders except the base S, which can't get these items even as an option. The SL and Platinum come with a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Platinum comes with a more deluxe surround-view camera system that is optional on the SL.
In government crash tests, the Pathfinder received five out of a possible five stars overall, with four stars for total frontal-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safetyawarded the Pathfinder its highest score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.