2011 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is a line of compact cars manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota, which has became very popular throughout the world since the nameplate was first introduced in 1966. The Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car of all-time. More than 35 million have been sold in the last 40 years. The name Corolla is part of Toyota’s naming tradition of using the name “Crown” for primary models: the Corona, for example gets its name from the Latin for crown, Corolla is Latin for small crown, and Camry is an Anglicized pronunciation of the Japanese for crown, “kanmuri”.

The 2011 Toyota Corolla is a five-passenger compact sedan available in base (starting at $15.900 MSRP), LE (starting at $17.600 MSRP) and S (starting at $ 17.770) trim levels.

Standard equipment of 2011 Toyota Corolla base level includes 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The LE adds keyless entry, power windows, variable intermittent wipers, power locks, six speakers and cruise control. The S adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport-look body kit, a rear spoiler, steering-wheel audio controls, upgraded cloth upholstery and an upgraded trip computer. The Premium package available on the LE includes 16-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, the sunroof and the upgraded audio system with an iPod/USB audio interface.

All models of 2011 Toyota Corolla are equipped with the 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 132 hp at 6000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to help optimize performance and fuel economy. Internal components are optimized to reduce friction. The 1.8-liter engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic Electronically Controled Transmission (ECT) on the base Corolla, while the LE\model features the four-speed automatic standard.

The 1.8-liter engine of 2011 Toyota Corolla has earned an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway with the five-speed manual transmission and 26 mpg city/ 34 mpg highway with the four-speed automatic transmission.

The 2011 Corolla is engineered to absorb and disperse impact energy throughout the entire body structure, including front and rear crumple zones. As part of the Toyota Star Safety System, Vehicle Stability Control automatically adjust engine output and the vehicle’s braking force at individual wheels to help control any discrepancy between where the driving is steering and where the vehicle is heading.

All 2011 Corolla models are equipped with six standard airbags, including advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and front-and-rear side-curtain airbags. Front seats integrate active headrests. The 2011 Corolla also features an energy-absorbing steering column.

The 2011 Toyota Corolla has a pleasing interior. Design is simple, while materials and patterns are traditional and understated. The trim materials look inexpensive, but not cheap. The Corolla’s driving position and front seats are tailored to a wider range of driver heights. A multi-information display presents a variety of information including outside temperature, instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, average speed and travel distance. The Corolla’s rear bench seat offers space and comfort for three adults. Three interior color schemes are available: Ash, Dark Charcoal and Bisque.

The Corolla’s design, created with input from styling studios in Turin, Italy, strikes a sporty profile. New 2011 exterior design changes were made on the front bumper, front lower grille, radiator grille, headlamps, rear combination lamp and rear bumper.

The Autochanel says about Toyota Corolla 2011:

The Toyota Corolla is a small, inexpensive car done well. If not luxurious, it’s much more than basic transportation. Sports sedan it isn’t, but there’s enough power to deal with any real-world traffic situation and a well-tuned chassis makes for a pleasant driving experience, all with a minimal appetite for regular gasoline.

 

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Chevrolet Equinox 2011

The Chevrolet Equinox is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle – CUV. With a five-seat cabin, a spacious interior with good cargo space, the 2011 Equinox competes with many similarly sized crossovers including the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa-Fe, Kia Sorento, Toyota RAV4 and Suzuki XL7. The Chevrolet Equinox was introduced in 2005 as a part of GM’s ”Theta” family of vehicle.

For 2011, the Chevrolet Equinox’s optional V6 engine now has E85 capability. Enhancements include heated cloth seats on 2LT models and a compass on LS models. A USB port, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity are now standard on 1LT models.

The new 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is available in LS (starting at $22.995 MSRP), 1LT (starting at $ 24.160), 2LT ($26.220), and LTZ (starting at $28.570) trim levels.

Standard equipment for the LS models of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox includes 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power front seats height adjustment and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The 1LT adds tinted rear windows, roof rails, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB audio interface. 18-inch wheels are added when the 1LT is powered by optional V6 engine. The 2011 Equinox 2LT adds remote ignition, automatic climate control, foglamps, heated fron seats, auto-dimming mirror, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker Pioneer stereo. The Equinox LTZ 2011 adds automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors, a power tailgate, driver memory functions and leather upholstery.

Every 2011 Chevrolet Equinox comes standard with a 2.4 liter four-cylinder in-line engine producing 182 horsepower at 6700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. Optional on all Equinox (except LS) is a 3.0 liter V6 engine that produces 264 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are standard paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on all models of 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. For 2011,  the 3.0 liter V6 engine is update to FlexFuel capability that allows the Equinox to operate on gasoline, E85 bioethanol or a combination of both. E85 comprises 85 percent bioethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The Equinox features Chevy’s signature global face: a two-tier grille and proeminent gold bowtie insignia. Strong fender shapes, a distinctive premium roofline, wraparound headlamps and dual round taillamps are additional elemnts that define 2011 Equinox as a true Chevrolet. Two new colors are disponible to the 2011 Equinox: Twilight Blue and a new shade of Summit White.

Additional design features include a multi-dimensional hood and wraparound rear side glass and a wheels-at-the-corner stance. Equinox’s rocker panels are integrated into the doors to make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. They narrow the area over which a passenger must step, offering protection for pant legs that could brush against dirty rockers.

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox interior features thoughtful attention to detail that makes it an ideal family vehicle including a number of storage bins, an oversized glove box, a closed storage bin in the instrument panel above center stack and closed storage under the center armrest large enough for a laptop. The Equinox’s MultiFlex rear seat capability allows the seat to be moved for or aft nearly eight inches, for the best rear legroom in its class. With the 60/40 – split-back rear seat moved all the way forward, the cargo area of 2011 Chevy Equinox offers 31.4 cubic feet of storage.

The Edmunds says about 2011 Equinox :

The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox boasts character and refinement  two traits that were missing in previous-generation models, and indeed many small crossovers in general. With a rear seat that slides back to create an expanse worthy of a prom-night limousine, the Equinox easily counts rear legroom among its strengths

 

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Ford Taurus 2011

When it was first introduced for the 1986 model year, the Ford Taurus was a revelation in American cars. With styling that was completely different than anything else available on the market, combined with a very space-efficient design, the Ford Taurus suddenly made a lot of sense for U.S. families. The Taurus is Ford’s new flagship that offers full-size car interior dimentions, luxury car interior quietness, a top safety rating as well as advanced technology, to give it’s owners confidence on the road.

The Ford Taurus continues for 2011 with an upscale design, impeccable driving dynamics and class-leading technologies at a compelling value for full-size sedan buyers. The 2011 Taurus competes with Buick Lucerne, Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Genesis.

The 2011 Ford Taurus is available in SE (starting at $25.555 MSRP), SEL (starting at $27.755), Limited (starting at $32.155 MSRP) and top-performance SHO (starting at $38.155 MSRP) trim levels.

Standard equipment on the Ford Taurus SE 2011 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, cruise control, a six-way power driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, steering-wheel audio controls and a six-speaker with CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The 2011 Taurus SEL adds 18-inch wheels, automatic transmission paddle shifters, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio. Options on the 2011 Ford Taururs SEL include 19-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and leather upholstery. These items are standard on the 2011 Ford Taurus Limited, which also gets eight-way power front seats with lumbar and driver memory functions, a wood-trimmed steering wheel and an upgraded stereo with a six disc CD/MP3 player.

The top-of-the-line Ford Taurus 2011 SHO adds a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, xenon headlamps, a rear spoiler and keyless ignition/entry. The 2011 SHO Performance Package adds performance brake pads, recalibrated steering, stability control defeat, summer tires and 20-inch wheels.

The 2011 Ford Taurus SE, SEL and Limited are standard powered by a 3.5-liter 24 valve DOHC Duratec V6 engine that produces 263 horsepower at 6250 rpm and 249 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. The Front-Wheel drive is standard and the All-Whell-Drive is available optional on SEL and Limited trim level. The transmission is an six-speed Automatic (with paddle activation for SEL and Limited). The fuel economy for 2011 Ford Taurus with this engine is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway for FWD models and 17 mpg city/ 26 highway for AWD models.

The 2011 Ford Taurus SHO is powered by a 3.5 L Eco Boost V6 engine that produces 365 hp at 5550 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque at 1500-5250 rpm. A six-speed automatic with shift paddles is standard. Every Taurus SHO 2011 is a all-whell drive. The fuel economy for 2011 Ford Taurus SHO is 17 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway.

Every 2011 Ford Taurus comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Optional safety features include a blind-spot warning system, a cross-traffic warning system and rear parking sensors. A rearview camera is standard on Limited and SHO models and optional on the SEL.

 

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Dodge Caliber 2011 model

Dodge Caliber 2011 is a versatile five-door compact vehicle with a distinctive coupe-like profile that projects the strength, stance and functionality of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The Dodge Caliber 2011 is a fun, well-rounded package, combining the versatility of SUV with fuel-efficiency of a compact car.

The new 2011 Dodge Caliber is offered in five trim levels: Express (starting MSRP $17.380), Heat (starting MSRP $18585), Mainstreet (starting at $18.620 MSRP), Rush (starting at $20585 MSRP), and Uptown (starting at $20585).

The 2011 Dodge Caliber competes with other wagons and hatchbacks like Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra Touring, Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagon, Kia Soul and Mazda3.

With a lengthy list of standard features rarely found on entry-level compact vehicles, including side-curtain airbags, chill zone cooled-beverage storage bin, Uconnect phone with voice command, iPod control, Sirius Satellite Radio and remote keyless entry, the 2011 Dodge Caliber offers consumers a small-footprint vehicle with the right amount of attitude that’s also fun to drive.

The 2011 Dodge Caliber, assembled in Belvidere, Illinois with a listed 73% U.S. content, receives improved steering feel, additional functions for the navigation system and standard stability control for all trim levels.

The entry-level Express model of Dodge Caliber 2011 comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and a four-speaker FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio/USB jacks.

The Mainstreet trim level of Dodge Caliber adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, a sportier suspension, foglights, a power-adjustable driver seat and a rechargeable flashlight. The Uptown model adds automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system.

The Sporty 2011 Caliber Heat trim adds 18-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, Sport-tuned suspension and cloth interior trim. The Caliber Rush adds 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a premium audio system with a touchscree interface and 30-GB hard drive.

Each Caliber 2011 model has uniquely tuned suspension to suit a particular style of driving.  Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control is tuned for on-road activity during normal operation. Caliber antilock brakes are designed to help provide added traction in slippery braking conditions. Independent front suspension coupled with power rack-and-pinion steering helps Caliber stick to the road.

Standard on Express, Heat, Mainstreet and Uptown is an 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in-line DOHC 16-Valve Dual VVT engine that produces 158 hp at 6.400 rpm and 141 lb-ft of torque at 5.000 rpm. Standard on 2011 Dodge Caliber Rush and optional on Uptown is an 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Dual Overhead Cam 16-Valve Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine with 172 hp at 6000 rpm and 165 lb-ft of torque at 4.400 rpm.

The standard transmission for Caliber Express, Heat and Rush is a 5-speed manual and standard for Caliber Mainstreet and Uptown is a Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT).

Fuel economy of 2011 Dodge Caliber  is decent for this compact class car. The 2.0-liter engine returns EPA estimates of 24 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway with manual transmission and 23 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway with CVT. For the 2.4-liter engine of 2011 Caliber EPA estimates is 23mpg city/29 mpg highway for manual and 22/27 mpg for models with CVT.

The USNews opinion about 2011 Dodge Caliber is:

When you separate it from the competition, there’s nothing wrong with the 2011 Dodge Caliber’s interior. The front seats are roomy, and the back seats can fit two adults. The cargo area is also large enough to meet most shoppers’ needs.

 

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2011 Mitsubishi Galant

The midsize five-passenger 2011 Mitsubishi Galant combines a sleek exterior and tasteful cabin with premium amenities and advanced safety technologies, presenting itself as viable sedan in today’s market. 2011 Mitsubishi Galant competes with the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Acord and Toyota Camry.

The American-built (on the Mitsubishi Company’s factory in Normal, Illinois) 2011 Galant is available in two trims level: the base ES (starting at $21.899 MSRP) and the top-of-the-line SE (starting at $24.299 MSRP).

A new design feature for the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is a reduction in the vehicle’s ride height by half an inch. Not only does this imbue the handsome Galant with an even sleeker-looking stance, but it also improves the car’s aerodynamic efficiency, thus leading to a slight increase in fuel economy. Another rich-looking aesthetic enhancement to the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is the addition of the stylish new chrome belt line molding for a more upscale appearance.

Standard features on the 2011 Mitsubishi Galant ES include 16-inch steel wheels, full power accesories, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, cruise control, driver-seat height adjustment and a six-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary audio-jack.

The SE of 2011 Galant adds a power sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a back-up camera, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls), an eight-way power driver seat (with lumbar adjustment), heated front seats, Bluetooth, navigation system, color 7-in. touchscreen LCD and an eight-speaker audio system with six-CD changer and satellite radio.

Front and center inside Galant’s warm-looking interior is the tall center console waterfall that is done up in a handsome silver finish, its controls a thoughtful blend of knobs and buttons that never overwhelm the senses both visually and in functionality.

All models of 2011 Mitsubishi Galant are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder in-line, 16-valve SOHC engine with MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) and multi-point injection. This engine produces 160 hp at 5500 rpm and 157 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. A variation of this engine has been certified as a Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV) and it is available in California, Maine and Vermont. The transmission is an Sportronic 4-speed automatic, for all 2011 Galant models.

The fuel use estimates for 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is 21 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant comes standard with front seat-mounted side impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, dual-stage front airbags, supplemental restraint system ( SRS ), 5-mph front and rear bumpers, traction control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution ( EBD ), tire pressure monitoring system and more.

In the Mitsubishi Galant 2011 review thecarconnection says:

Mitsubishi Galant is one of those vehicles that should have been replaced a while ago, but it hasn’t been–and it’s the longest-lived family four-door on the market, since it was last redesigned in 2004.

 

 

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