by David Cohen

There is only one word that can describe the new Cadillac XTS sedan––luxury.

The Cadillac XTS vehicle uses two of the brand’s DNA, being big and leading technology. With complete entertainment and information system, the XTS is the first to receive the Cadillac User Experience (CUE) two uniquely advanced entities, a like tele-matics system with iPad like controls.

The dash board is completely digital and very impressive. You can watch the little tachometer hum up and down as the car’s engine idle adjusts.  The control button in the center is very simple but elegant, and the speedometer, analog-style needle, and the navigation screen can be changed from a performance focused to a complete digital style in seconds.  

This high tech design of the dash board  gives you the illusion of driving a futuristic car. The screen that can sits still for 20 seconds while the surrounding controls and icons fade away, can reappear so fast when you move your hand towards it.

Roomy enough for any tall person, the XTS won’t be as comfortable for three people sitting in the back.  With higher grade leather coating every possible surface and all seats,  Alcantara headliner, soft brushed aluminum mixed with beautiful wood and heated back seats, the Cadillac XTS has the best car interior I have seen in any Cadillac models in decades.

The safety Driver Awareness Package includes a vibrating driver seat, rear cross traffic and forward collision alerts, lane departure and blind spot warning systems, and three distance settings in the collision alert make the Cadillac XTS to be safer than ever before.

With great standard Brembo brakes, fast reacting dampers, magnetic ride shock absorbers, and light steering, the XTS performs as one might expected and far more capable machine than most will ever need.    
 
But there is one area where the XTS fails to impress, it’s the power-train. Motivated by the same 3.6-liter V6 engine and with 304 hp and 264 torque, the XTS is good, but not great. The V6 power-train and front-drive configuration appear to be the only compromises made in offering a full-sized luxury sedan at a mid-size price of $55,810.

Overall, there is no rival car that can match the extensive technology or luxury the XTS model has to offer. The Cadillac XTS is in a league of its own.
      

 
 
by David Cohen

The first electric car that runs on more than electricity

Buying a new car is always a big decision, especially when making the switch to electric. You may have even owned an electric car before, but you've never owned one that can also run on gas. 

General Motors has giving us the Chevy Volt 2012, the perfect car that bridge between hybrid to a full performance electric vehicle with extended range. 

The energy is stored on board in a 16–kWh, T–shaped lithium-ion battery. The battery powers the electric drive unit, which is capable of meeting full vehicle speed and acceleration performance while driving the car electrically for an initial range without using a drop of gas. And when Volt's electric range has been used up, a gas engine works with the electric motors to keep you going. So whether you want to go crosstown or cross-country, you're free to drive wherever youwant, efficiently. And even though Volt plugs into any standard 120 V household outlet, if you don't have a chance to charge it, all you have to do is fill it up just like you do with your car now.

If you wonder what it is like driving the Volt, there will be only three words to describe it––A terrific experience.  The Volt is quiet, smooth and fast at start up, unlike gas engine cars which need time to build up the power. And that's not all, the Chevy Volt can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only nine-seconds.

With a tax credit of $10,000 (on federal and state) and many corporate incentives, this green car priced at $39,995 is not cheep, but in the long run for the money you will be saving on gasoline and the tax credit the Volt is a good buy.  

As one of  the most talked about car, no wonder why the Chevy Volt won the title of the 2011 North American Car of the Year.
 
 
With a turbocharger, aggressive bodywork and large 18-inch wheels, The 2012 Volkswagon Beetle Turbo is certainly bringing the old beetle "bug" into the 21st century.
The new slicker look, the extra power and good performance credentials make the new  Volkswagen's workhorse 2.0-liter turbo beetle more appealing to men. With 200 hp,  and 207 lb-ft of torque with an EPA rated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, the Turbo is fast and powerful enough to get you out of any corners quickly.
The design of the 2012 Beetle is magnetic  and unique. The new turbo "bug" is 6" longer and 3.3" wider, 18" dual-tone alloy wheels, and it is closer to the ground compare to the previous Beetle models. The power sunroof, Monsoon audio with a six-disc CD changer, leather seats, power windows and mirrors, keyless remote entry, stainless-steel foot-pedal cladding, and tasty aluminum trim touches inside, all make the turbo more sporty and luxurious.

Both Turbo and TDI models get additional gauges mounted on the dash that show oil temperature gauge, a clock with stopwatch function and a boost pressure gauge.

In addition to upgraded brakes and VW’s XDS electronic limited slip differential, Turbo models get a fully independent rear suspension.

Start at $23,395, the 2012 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle is certainly a step in the right direction. The good news is, Volkswagen is working on a quicker version of the Bug to show up in the near future.
 
 

Range Rover Sport HSE is now even more stylish, purposeful and smart with a new Premium Dark Finish grille finish, a new gloss black fender vent surround and new body-colored door handles. For even greater levels of comfort and technology, the Range Rover Sport HSE specification includes seats in luxury leather and the driver’s seat features Electric Lumbar Support and three memory settings; also included are electrically adjustable, heated powerfold exterior mirrors. The Parking Aid has been extended to include the front of the vehicle, while a Rear View Camera helps reversing by displaying a wide-angled image on the Touch-screen. For extra style, there are striking 19 inch 15-spoke alloy wheels.
The Range Rover Sport HSE start at  $60,895.
 
 
by David Cohen
There is nothing quite like the Jaguar XK Coupe that can fire up like a torpedo to make you feel like the king of the road. With distinctive design and superb performance, this is the Jag that will ensure you have the best ride of your life. The Jaguar XK Base includes a 5.0L V-8 385HP engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extensions, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19" aluminum wheels, cruise control, and an ABS and drive-line traction control. Prices start at $120,850.
 
 
by David Cohen

The Volvo XC60 continues to captivate a new generation of Volvo buyers, while continuing to attract those who are loyal to the brand.

The XC60 is all about performance and value. The new dynamic package, available for the T6 AWD, includes Volvo's four-c active chassis, speed sensitive power steering and dual xenon gas discharge headlights with active bending light.

For those who seeking value in the XC60, you will engine provides 240 horsepower with ULEV II emissions rating or 230 horsepower with PZEV (partial zero emissions vehicle) rating. Front-wheel drive is standard while AWD is optional. Every XC60 features a standard 6-speed gear automatic transmission.

The premier level trim has much to offer. From two laminated glass panels, power sunshade, dark tint rear windows, silver roof rails, side window trim, aluminum inlays for the steering wheel, and a power passenger seat.

The trim can be enhanced with a power tailgate that has programmable memory setting, keyless drive with personal car communicator (PCC), two-way car communication, and more.

Continuing Volvo's quest as a pioneer and leader in vehicle safety systems, the XC60 introduces the world's first city safety driver support system. This unique system is aimed at preventing or mitigating the likelihood of a collision by employing a closing velocity sensor. Depending on the closing speed, city safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the XC60 to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen the impact.

To address other safety concerns, Volvo has developed efficient features to help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of accidents caused by distraction and driver fatigue. The tech safety package includes adaptive cruise control with queue assist, collision warning with full auto brake, pedestrian detection with full auto brake, distance alert, driver alert control and lane departure warning.

For more information go to www.volvocars.com/XC60
 
 
 
 
by David Cohen

Starting at $13,600, the sporty 2012 Kia Rio with 5-Door is very stylish but economical vehicle that offers up to 40 mpg on the highway. I was impressed by the level of standard features this model has to offer.  As a basic compact car, the Rio might very well compete with the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit.

Some of the features included in the Rio are an audio system with three free months of satellite radio, an auxiliary audio input jack, a USB port for connecting MP3 players, full iPod and MP3 control via the audio head unit, and a CD player and a steering wheel-mounted controls. An optional Power Package is available that includes automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, and remote keyless entry.

Another impressive feature is the optional Idle-Stop and Go (ISG) technology. This money-saving feature turns the engine off when the vehicle is stationary, for example  at a stop light or in traffic, and automatically restarts the engine when the driver releases the brake pedal. This feature can be found in most hybrid vehicles, and for the first non-hybrid vehicle Kia says that it will earn you an extra mile per gallon both the city and on the highway.

I feel that although the Rio’s 1.6-liter engine does well, but it could use more power. However, for my personal taste, this is true of many other cars. The Rio offers balanced steering and is very roomy and comfortable. The Rio’s sophisticated style and generous features are two of the main reasons the younger buyers will find this model appealing. However, without a doubt the Rio is a good buy for everyone, especially those on a budget. No other car can compete with its price.

As many people in the automobile industry say, “good things always come in small packages.”

For more information go to www.kia.com/Rio.
 
 
by David Cohen

The Mitsubishi Lancer SE appears to be one of the best compact sedans that Mitsubishi has on the market.  Powered by a 148-horse-power engine with a 2.4 litter turbo-charged, and all-wheel drive control (AWD), this sedan is ready to perform.

The Lancer has a fuel efficient MIVEC engine, seven standard airbags, fuse hands-free link system, and tuned suspensions that will be responding to the way you drive.

All the Lancer models come with a standard five-speed manual transmission, and Mitsubishi’s first continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional, except on the Ralliart, which comes with a quick-witted automated-clutch manual transmission.

In terms of safety, Mitsubishi’s Lancer received the highest rating for front and rear-impact safety The Lancer also offers increased rigidity, crumple zones for collision safety, a seven-airbag  safety system and anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution to help ensure that drivers stay in control.

The Lancer offers some high-tech features that enhance its style. The keyless ignition, automatic climate control, a touchscreen navigation system, hard-drive music storage, and bluetooth connectivity are among the features that make this sedan so luxurious.

With all that said, there are two important issues with this vehicle. First, the materials used for the interior lacks quality, and second, the driver-side front seat isn’t roomy enough to accommodate tall people.

Overall, I don’t feel this car is anything great or anything to rave about  except for the powerful Ralliart that makes driving a solid and fun experience.

Starting at $23,285.00, the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer is only good for shoppers who don’t mind paying top dollar for adequate performance.  Stick with the competition to get a lot more for your money.
 
 
2011 Buick Regal CXL Sedan
Friday, December 10. 2010

Starting off as a muscle-y sport coupe in the 1970s and later dabbling in the mid-sized sedan market in the late ‘90s, the 2011 Buick Regal may have finally found its niche as a luxury sports sedan. Its modern aerodynamic lines, signature tail lamps, 18” painted alloy wheels and integral rear spoiler instill the car with a sporty character while still possessing a roomy, comfortable four-door interior lacking in most sport coupes. By adding all the standard interior bells and whistles—such as leather upholstery, lumbar seat adjustments, power everything, a fully-equipped electronic console ergonomically designed for the driver’s easy and efficient use—the Regal lives up to its luxury sports-sedan status in every way, save for the its four-cylinder engine (Drivers looking for a little more oomph may opt for the available manual transmission).
However, four cylinders is a small concession considering the standard MSRP of this modern-day luxury vehicle runs in the low $26,000s. Throw in the “Comfort & Convenience Package,” a power sunroof, a few extra safety features and a premium nine-speaker system and the price tops off at $31,030—still several thousand dollars less than many comparable cars in the same class.