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2013 Lexus ES350 Specifications

December 8, 2012 by
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Winding Road Driven 2013 Lexus ES350

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It's no secret that Lexus is a division of Toyota and that many of its vehicles are based on more plebian Toyota products. So it stands to reason that when a new Toyota model bows, its Lexus equivalent will soon follow suit. Such is the case with the new ES 350. Based on the new Toyota Camry introduced last year, the all-new 2013 ES builds on this proven platform with oodles of luxury features and the refinement you'd expect from a Lexus. Now in its sixth generation, the new ES features edgier styling outside and standard NuLuxe synthetic leather inside. The real stuff is also available, as are a number of luxury option packages. Feeling green? Then go for the new Lexus ES 300h hybrid, for an EPA estimated 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway.

2013 Lexus ES300h Specifications

August 10, 2012 by
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2013 Lexus ES350 ES300h Hybrid Photo Gallery of Official

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Lexus pulled the veil off its new ES today at the New York International Auto Show. There will be two models offered, the ES 350 and ES 300h. The ES 350 is powered by a gasoline 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i that produces 268 bhp. It comes mated to Lexus’ electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) that’s been designed to deliver good performance, smoother shifts and improved fuel efficiency through use of low friction materials. The ES 300h is a hybrid version of the sedan that features a new low-friction VVT-i-equipped 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine that utilizes a sophisticated power management system and has a 12.5:1 compression ratio. This engine, combined with a beltless electric motor, is designed to improve fuel economy and durability, and a near zero evaporative fuel system helps reduce emissions. Power will be 200 hp combined. The ES 300h hybrid offers four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV, the last allowing short drives at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases performance and responsiveness. Lexus says the ES 300h will get 39/40 mpg city/highway.

The new ES ought to handle better than its predecessor, thanks to suspension and steering changes and a stiffer body. Opposite-wound coil springs on the front suspension enhance straight-line stability, while revised rear suspension geometry and improved shock absorber damping characteristics enhance ride comfort. A reduction in the steering gear ratio delivers better steering feel. Increased body rigidity is achieved through lightweight, high tensile strength steel, added bracing and additional spot welds. Despite the car’s larger size, the weight of the new ES is reduced by almost 90 pounds.

The ES will be equipped with standard 215/55R-17 low rolling resistance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, and for the first time, available 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels.

The car’s exterior design adopts the new Lexus signature “spindle” grille, making it look remarkably similar to the new GS sedan, but this isn’t a bad thing. The new ES features a lower, progressive profile and clean, continuous styling lines from front to rear. The wheelbase of the new ES has been lengthened by 1.8 inches, while the overall length of the vehicle has grown by just one inch, resulting in a more spacious interior. Look for the new ES to reach dealer showrooms in August of this year.

2012 Ford Focus 5-door hatchback Specifications

April 3, 2012 by
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2012 Ford Focus 5-door hatchback photo

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The long-awaited new Focus turns out to have been worth the wait, challenging small-car perceptions with an upscale combination of amenities and technology. More to the point, it’s a hoot to drive and frugal, too, thanks to a direct-injected 2.0-liter I-4 boasting twin independent variable cam timing. Not enough? Sometime in mid-2012, the 2013 Focus ST (photo) will make its debut, packing a turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 and 6-speed manual. Handling has always been a Focus strength, but now typical front-drive understeer is all but missing thanks to standard torque-vectoring control that distributes torque between the drive wheels to improve cornering traction and turn-in. Then there’s the Focus Electric, said to recharge in half the time of a Nissan Leaf.

2012 Honda Pilot Specifications

April 6, 2012 by
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2009 Honda Pilot Review

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Honda’s midsize SUV receives a Hollywood makeover with a big, bold three-bar grille and sleeker front fascia. The eight-passenger cabin gains a redesigned instrument panel along with upgraded audio systems. Honda also has improved fuel economy for the standard 3.5-liter V-6 equipped with Variable Cylinder Management technology. The Pilot continues to offer a choice of four trim levels with front- or awd. Select the top Touring model and be treated to a wealth of luxury features including a DVD rear entertainment system, navigation, Bluetooth, backup sensors and a handy power tailgate. Cargo carrying versatility remains the Pilot’s forte with second- and third-row seats that fold flat into the floor revealing 87.0 cu. ft. of space for gear.

2013 Volvo S60 Specifications

July 29, 2012 by
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2013 Volvo S60 Polestar Performance Concept breaks cover EmotorAuto

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All new last year, the S60 line has been expanded with the spicy R-Design. Targeting enthusiasts, its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 puts out 325 bhp and 354 lb.-ft., versus the now midrange T6 AWD's 300 bhp and 325 lb.-ft. A sport chassis with front strut brace, lower ride height and monotube rear dampers enhance handling. Unique exterior and interior styling cues are also part of the deal. Budget shoppers smitten with the S60's gorgeous styling should take note of the front-drive T5. A 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo with 250 bhp mates with a 6-speed Geartronic to deliver up to 30 mpg on the highway. Safety innovations include Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, part of the optional Technology Package. Luxury abounds inside the cabin. All models are fitted with the Volvo Sensus, which manages infotainment features.