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Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 Chevrolet Aveo Review

The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is an impressive sedan in almost every category. It has good mileage (27/35) and maneuverability is never a problem. The 2011 Aveo even comes with a relatively powerful 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. Although the base price includes manual transmission, the price $11,600 price tag is still attractive.

The upgrades made to the 2011 Aveo are very minimal. The new version comes with cabin air filter which is now standard in every vehicle and the sedan also comes with six months subscription with select OnStar services. Everything else is the same compared to the previous iteration of the Aveo.

The 2011 Aveo’s interior is not necessarily groundbreaking but it’s not disappointing either. The dashboard features a CD/MP3 player with AM/FM transistor and an additional jack for optional inputs. The leather seats should be good enough for casual driving and the back seats can easily fit two to three adults.

The only challenge for the Aveo is its exterior design. Although the design for the Sedan is relatively simple, Aveo has the stouter look which feels bulky from the outside. Of course, this doesn’t have any affect in its performance but many drivers tend to look for stylized design with performance. Unfortunately, Aveo fails to score in styling.

Another challenge for the 2011 Aveo is the competition. Although the vehicle is priced below the $12,000 mark, there are other vehicles that feature the same price point with better performance and design. The 2011 Aveo is only geared for those avid fans of Chevrolet who wanted the latest from the well known car manufacturer.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

2011 Toyota Yaris Review

The 2011 Toyota Yaris is one of a handful of models from Toyota that were recalled due to handling problems. With the reputation of Toyota, there are only two things you will expect – a perfectly working car or something that should be recalled. Fortunately, the 2011 Yaris is something that should be praised because it works well and offers something great to car owners.
The 2011 Yaris is a hatchback with very impressive mileage. It’s rate at 29mpg on city which is very impressive in its class. It can even reach up to 25mpg in an open road which pushes the boundary of an earth friendly vehicle. Of course, it comes with some disadvantages such as a lack of power but hatchbacks are built for city driving and the mileage alone is a very impressive feature.
But aside from mileage, the hatchback is built for family-type handling. The 2011 Yaris is offered in two transmission modes – the five gear manual transmission or the four gear automatic transmission. Either way, handling is a breeze in this vehicle. And because of the physical makeup of a hatchback, storing items for a long haul is not a problem.
If there’s one thing that should be criticized about the car, it is its slightly cramped seating. The seats are pushed forward so that additional space could be added in the back. But with a little bit of adjustment, this should not be a problem. Another concern is that the base price ($13,655 - $14,415) comes with very basic amenities and add-ons could be costly.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

2011 Subaru Impreza Review

Many car owners choose hatchbacks in order to save on expected fuel efficiency. Hatchbacks are relatively small but have impressive boot space at the back which is perfect for small families or people who just wanted to have a good, reliable car to use. The 2011 Subaru Impreza tries to be a great reliable vehicle however it comes with a higher price tag than the average hatchback on the market.
While the 2011 Subaru Impreza is a bit expensive, it tries to make up on performance and safety. The 2.5 liter, V-4 engine could churn out 170hp for its base price model with up to 4,400 in torque. But aside from power, the 2011 edition comes with all-wheel drive which increases the vehicles power. This is also complemented with wider track which increases handling. If you’re looking for power and precision control in a hatchback, this is a good choice.
However, most hatchback owners are looking for vehicles that have enough safety, good road performance with add-ons even at a base price. The 2011 Subaru Impreza unfortunately, does not come with additional upgrades on its base price. Car owners have to spend more so that they could upgrade to WRX model of the Impreza. The same base price with the expected add-ons and safety ratings have been achieved by Suzuki on its SX4 and by Mazda’s 3.
Overall, the 2011 Subaru Impreza is an impressive hatchback. However, it’s a bit more expensive and an upgrade is necessary to have something more powerful with improved handling.


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