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2012 Lexus ES350 Specifications

March 13, 2015 by
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2012 Lexus ES350 photo

R&T Overview:

The Toyota Camry is America’s best-selling sedan. So if you take this already proven platform, pile on luxury features and bestow it with buttery-smooth refinement, you’re bound to have a winner—and Lexus does with its ES 350. True, its styling is conservative—but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Leather-trimmed seating, a one-touch tilt/slide power glass moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel are all standard. In fact, the ES 350 only comes one way: loaded, with a variety of options and packages. A new limited-production ES Touring Package offers 17-in. wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, Saddle Tan leather and Brown Walnut wood trim.

2012 Mazda CX-9 Specifications

March 7, 2015 by
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2011 Mazda CX-9 Review

R&T Overview:

With a bushel full of crossover vehicles on the market, the buyer has a wide range of choices. The Mazda CX-9 should be at the top of the list as it is reasonably priced, good looking, carries seven people and can be had with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. There are three models in the lineup: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The only engine is Mazda's 3.7-liter dohc V-6 with variable valve timing. It pumps out a healthy 273 bhp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, which enables towing loads of 3500 lb. Interior fitments are well done and features include climate control, Bluetooth phone capability and Sirius satellite radio. All in all, the CX-9 offers the utility of a minivan but without the stigma.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Specifications

March 16, 2015 by
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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced from 25995 Slightly Undercuts

R&T Overview:

The Malibu is similar in size to the slightly larger Impala, but just because the two cars share the bowtie logo on their grilles doesn't mean they drive alike. The Malibu feels light on its feet, which is great for handling response, and a real trick considering the Malibu could stand to skip a few lunches.  With this confident foundation, the standard stability control, traction control and 6-speed transmission programming make both the high-tech 2.4-liter four version and the roaring 3.6-liter V-6 model into “point-and-shoot” sedans. Although there is a manual-shift feature—a switch on the shift knob—the driveline works much smoother without using it. The Malibu's fastback styling intrudes slightly on rear head space, but comfort in front is top-notch.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Specifications

March 11, 2015 by
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2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Test drive and new car review - 2011

R&T Overview:

Base models come with a 1.8-liter four, but the Cruze missiles are powered by an efficient 1.4-liter turbo engine. It's a gutsier performer and worth the extra money for the acceleration, although economy is about the same as the base 1.8-liter non-turbo motor. This engine is standard in the Eco model, which is tuned to deliver the fuel efficency of a hybrid or electric car at half the price. The Eco is not a stripper—it has a host of weight-reducing technologies, optimized for top fuel efficiency, so the fuel efficiency will apply to any driving condition. There's a price for fuel efficiency and with the weight of the Cruze that means sluggish acceleration compared to its competition, although its 42 mpg highway mileage is excellent.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring Specifications

March 14, 2015 by
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Review 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring The Truth About Cars

R&T Overview:

In the compact-car segment, Hyundai's Elantra Touring continues to cut a wide swath for itself. New for 2012 is a Preferred Package option that includes 16-in. alloy wheels, optional roadside assistance kit and two new colors. The engine for the Touring is the tried-and-true 2.0-liter inline-4 with double-overhead camshafts and continuously variable valve timing. Output is 138 bhp at 6000 rpm and torque is 136 lb.-ft. at 4600. The gearboxes are a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic. The impressive aspect of the Elantra Touring is the 5-door design enables rear cargo volume of 65.3 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded down, so you can carry some impressive loads. Even with the seats in place, there is 24.3 cu. ft. of luggage space in back.