The Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck, available in three cab styles: Regular Cab, Access Cab (an extended cab with small rear-hinged doors) and Double Cab (crew cab with four full-size front-hinged doors). Regular and Access cabs come with 6-foot beds, while the Double Cab can be had with either a 5- or 6- foot bed. The 2012 Tacoma can seat up to five people in certain configurations. The competitors of 2012 Toyota Tacoma include Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota.
All three Toyota Tacoma styles are offered in a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel-drive PreRunner versions adopt the rugged look of their more off-road-capable siblings but without the added weight, reduced fuel economy and improved traction of actual four-wheel-drive versions. The X-Runner is a special high-performane of Tacoma, offering stiffer suspension, larger alloy wheels and summer tires for beter on-road performance, as well as a body treatment to match.
The Toyota Tacoma, still the best selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market by a wide margin, offers a restyled exterior look and a redesigned, upgraded interior in all 2012 models. New changes add comfort, usability and audio/infotainment performance.
For 2012, Toyota Tacoma shows a fresh face with a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper among other changes. The 2012 Toyota Tacoma interior gets a new look with a black high-contrast center console, switch plate covers, dash and upper door trim, while the SR5 grade features a new seat fabric design. Details that add up to more comfort and function include a larger, higher-resolution display for the available back-up camera, a new temperature gauge, available rear-view mirror with compass and HomeLink, vanity lamps added to sun visors, an additional overhead storage compartment and, on Access Cab models, a new rear-storage box.
For 2012, the Tacoma also takes a clear lead in the arena of in-car electronics, adding Toyota’s new Entune services to the option list. This includes Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, HD radio, satellite radio, text/e-mail reading, Pandora and iHeart Radio streaming and real-time traffic info.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is available with two engines. Most cofigurations come standard with a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder engine that produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on Regular and Access Cab models while the PreRunner Double Cab gets a four-speed automatic. EPA fuel economy for this engine in a two-wheel-drive with automatic is 19 mpg city/ 24 mpg highway. With four-wheel-drive this engine is rated at 18 mpgcity and 21 mpg highway.
The second engine is an 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on the four-wheel-drive Double Cab and X-Runner and available as an option on the Access Cab and Pre Runner Double Cab. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the V6, with a five-speed automatic available as an option. Epa estimates for two-wheel -drive with automatic in at 17 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway while the four-wheel-drive V6 is rated at 16 mpg city/ 21 mpg highway.
The well-equipped 4×2 Regular Cab model of 2012 Toyota Tacoma features standard air conditioning, a full-size spare tire, AM/FM CD four-speaker sound system, tachometer, digital clock, two instrument panel powerpoints with a lighter, dome lamp and rear mudguards. Regular Cab 4×4 models with the automatic transmission feature standard bucket seats. 2012 Tacoma Access Cab and Double Cab models add more standard features, including power windows and door locks, bucket seats and a center console. In Double Cab models, power mirrors and driver seat adjustable lumbar support are also standard.
Standard on all 2012 Tacoma models is the Toyota Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and Smart Stop brake override technology. Every Toyota Tacoma has standard three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side curtain airbags and a front advanced dual-stage airbags system.
Buick is a premium brand of General Motors (GM). Buick models are sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Taiwan and Israel with China being its largest market. Buick is currently the oldest American still-active automotive make and among the oldest automobile brand in the world. It originated as the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company in 1899, an independent internal combustion engine and motor-car manufacturer, and was later incorporated as the Buick Motor Company on May 19, 1903 by Scottish born David Dunbar Buick in Detroit, Michigan. The first Buick made for sale, the 1904 ModelB, was built in Flint, Michigan.
The all-new 2012 Buick Verano (Spanish for ”Summer”) is a compact luxury sedan and the Buick’s third new model in the past two years and first in the compact luxury segment. Based on the Chevrolet Cruze, the 2012 Verano is longer (by 2.9 inches), slightly taller (0.3”) and bit wider (0.8”) than Cruze. The front-drive 2012 Verano sedan comes in Standard (starting at $22,585), Convenience Group (starting at $23,785) and Lather Group (starting at $ 25,965) trims. The 2012 Buick Verano competes with Acura TSX, Audi A3, Infiniti G sedan and Lexus IS250.
John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing says about all-new 2012 Buick Verano:
Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick’s momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology. It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus
2012 Verano carries the modern Buick design cues introduced on the Enclave and interpreted for the LaCrosse and Regal. They include a bold, detailed black chrome waterfall grille, prominent blue translucent projector beam headlamps, portholes, chrome accents premium wheels and tailored body-to-wheel relationship. An arching roofline connects a steeply raked windshield and fast-stoping rear pillars to give the car a sporty profile that’s complemented by large 17-inch standard multi-spoke forged alloy sterling silver-finish wheels. A palette of rich colors enhances the premium look, including Clared Red Tintcoat and White Diamond. Other exterior color choices include Black, Olympic White, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Mocha Bronze Metallic.
Complementing Verano’s precisely crafted, premium-accented exterior is an interior marked by exceptional seat comfort and support as well as premium soft-touch materials including ambient lighting inspired by the LaCrosse. Metallic and wood trims and warm ambient lighting make the cabin an inviting environment. The instrument panel blends with an integrated center stack that hauses the infotainment display, climate controls and radio controls.
The new 2012 Buick Verano is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine with dual-overhead camshafts, variable valve timing and E85 capability that produces 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual shift control. EPA gas mileage for 2012 Buick Verano is 21 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway.
The new 2012 Buick Verano has a lot of standard safety features for the class. An impressive 10 airbags, which include knee airbags, come with all models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and six months of OnStar with automatic crash response come standard.
Thecarconnection.com says about this new 2012 Buick’s model:
The 2012 Buick Verano is a comfortable compact sedan that feels like a luxury car but isn’t priced like one.
Available in LS, LT and LZ trim levels (with 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LZ and 2LZ submodels) the five-seat Malibu is Chevrolet’s entry in the important midsize segment. Its competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry. The Malibu sedan marked Chevrolet’s strengthered focus on the midsize passenger car segment, and the honors it has collected since its 2008 model year launch – including North American Car of the Year, Consumer’s Digest Best Buy and IIHS Tp Safety Pick – confirm it’s a worthy competitor. The Malibu’s continued popularity among consumers is the real prize, however, as Malibu sales continue to rise by double digits.
The standard equipment for the entry-level LS of 2012 Chevrolet Malibu includes 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear backseats, cruise control, full power accesories, air-conditioning, keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. The next step-up of 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is the LT, which is subdivided into 1LT, 2LT and 3LT models. The equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, body-color outside mirrors and side moldings, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a USB audio jack. The 2LT and 3LT come with all that plus remote ignition, additional power driver seat adjustments, upgraded upholstery, heated front seats and Bluetooth.
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LZ models come with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated outside mirrors, a sunroof, LED taillights, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.
The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu features a strong stance and bold proportions that reinforce its substantial feel. The 2012 Malibu exterior has clean, pure lines and wheels pushed to the corners, as well as a visually lower, yet longer, greenhouse and shorter deck. Clean and elegant body sides are interrupted only by distinctive wheel-oriented forms that suggest an aggressive, stable stance. A rear profile with Corvette’s cues evokes Chevrolet’s performance heritage.
The interior’s attention to detail matches the Malibu’s exterior, with an ergonomic design using premium materials that convey quality and value. An integrated, flowing instrument panel features a Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit design with prominent gauges backlit in blue and metalic or wood grain accent.
The standard engine on the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that produces 169 hp at 6400 rpm and 160 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 Chevrolet Malibu with this engine is 22 mpg city/ 33 mpg highway.
A 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine is available on 2012 Chevrolet Malibu 3LT and 2LZ models. This engine produces 252 hp at 6300 rpm and 251 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. Fuel economy for this engine is estimated at 17 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway. All 2012 Malibu models come with an six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control.
Safety is another strong suite of the 2012 Malibu. All models have standard anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, as well as dual front, side and curtain airbags. The 2012 Chevrolet Malibu is the only model in the segment to provide OnStar, which uses GPS and cellular technology to automatically call for help in the event of moderate to severe crash, provide route guidance or remote vehicles diagnostics.OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada.
It’s one of GM’s best-executed products of the past few years, and even in its final year on sale, the 2012 Chevy Malibu still ranks highly for its spacious cabin, smooth performance and handsome silhouette.
says thecarconnection about 2012 Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan that appeals to shopers looking for a practical, affordable, economical small sedan. Competitors of this five-seat sedan include Kia Forte, Honda Fit, Mazda3, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. The current-generation Nissan Sentra debuted in 2007, making the 2012 Sentra model one of the oldest small sedans available this year in terms of design.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra is offered in six different trim levels, including four mainstream models based on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (2.0, 2.0S, 2.0SR and 2.0SL) and two high-performance variants powered by a 2.5-liter engine (SE-R and SE-R SpecV).
The entry-level 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 starts with 15-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power windows and locks and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S adds 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, power mirrors and a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an iPod interface.
The 2.0 SR model adds styling cues from its sportier siblings including distinctive front and rear fascias, foglamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The 2012 Sentra 2.0 SL adds to SR a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless/ignition entry, Bluetooth and an upgraded stereo system. The 2012 Sentra SE-R trim level is equipped similaly to the 2.0 SR but adds 17-inch alloy wheels, performance-oriented suspension tuning and cloth sport seats.
Enhancements for 2012 include a new Technology Package, which is offered with the Sentra 2.0S. In addition, three packages (disponible from 2011 Sentra 2.0 SR) continue into 2012: the Moonroof Package, Convenience Package and Special Edition Package. The Special Edition Package combines all of the features of the Moonroof Package, Technology Package and Convenience Package at a substantial savings over what those package would cost individually. Nine exterior colors are available for 2012 Nissan Sentra: Metallic Blue, Blue Onyx, Espresso Black, Red Alert, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Gray, Super Black, Red Brick and Aspen White.
All 2012 Nissan Sentra ”2.0” models are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that generates 140 hp at 5.100 rpm and 147 lb-ft of torque at 4.800 rpm. Sentra 2.0 model comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. The Xtronic CVT automatic is standard on Sentra 2.0S, 2.0SR, and 2.0SL.
The fuel economy for 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 models is: 24 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway for manual transmission and 27/34 mpg for CVT.
Following Nissan’s longstanding formula of delivering serious performance in affordably priced sedans, the 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R SpecV are ideal vehicles for performance buyers who want aftermarket-style appearance and performance features straight from the factory. Built on a foundation of the roomy, comfortable and versatile Sentra sedan, they are also vehicles that offer a great deal of practicality. Both models are again equipped with a range of performance-oriented equipment and features (versus non-SE-R Sentra models), including unique exterior and interior appearance modifications.
The 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R and SE-R SpecV are powered by a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that produces 177 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and 200 hp and 180 lb-ft, respectively. The Sentra SE-R is equipped with Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, while the SE-R SpecV is available exclusively with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
Sentra SE-R achieve an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city / 30 mpg highway while 2012 Nissan Sentra SE-R SpecV is rated with 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
All 2012 Nissan Sentra models feature standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), along with standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS). Other safety features for the 2012 Sentra include Nissan Advanced Air Bags System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, and more.
In his 2012 Nissan Sentra review, the Automobile.com says about this sedan:
The Nissan Sentra is a longtime member of the economy sedan class, and it’s with good reason that the Sentra has lasted for so long. If you want a car that’s roomy and affordable, and basically OK looking from the street, the Sentra might be the car for you. Sure, it’s not styled so heads will turn when you pass. But you’ll also pay it off fast, and do so in relative comfort.
The 2012 Kia Forte is a line of compact cars fitting between the subcompact Kia Rio and the mid-size Kia Optima in Kia’s lineup and it is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes with numerous safety features. It is sold a sedan, a 5-door hatchback and a coupe (named Kia Koup). Competitors of Kia Forte include Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nisan Sentra, Mazda3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cobalt.
The 2012 Kia Forte sedan is offered in three trim levels including the entry-level LX (at $15.200 MSRP), mid-level EX (starting at $17.600 MSRP) and sporty SX (at $19.100 MSRP). The 2012 Kia Forte hatchback and coupe are available in EX and SX trims only.
Standard equipment on the Kia Forte base LX model includes 15-inch steel-wheels, a six-way-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering column, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, four-speaker sound system with CD player, a USB/iPod interface and Bluetooth. The 2012 Kia Forte EX models come with keyless entry, air- conditioning, trip computer, iluminated vanity-mirrors, cruise control, full power accesories and a six-speaker sound system.
The Kia Forte SX comes equipped with a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, more powerful 2.4-liter engine and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The 2012 Kia Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder inline engine that makes 156 horse power at 6200 rpm and 144 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. The sporter SX comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder DOHC-CVVT engine that produces 173 hp at 6000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4.000 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on LX models while EX and SX model come equipped with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled Sportmatic automatic transmission.
Keeping a relatively small footprint without sacrificing comfort for up to five passengers, Forte sedan and Forte 5-door come with a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall width of 69.9 inches and overall height of 57.5 inches. The Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness and gives the Forte sedan and Forte 5-door taut, responsive handling, a smoother ride quality and greater refinement than its competitors.
2012 Kia Forte offers an impressive array of standard safety equipment, featuring front active headrests, dual advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, four-wheel disc brakes with an Antilock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and a Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a Traction Control System (TCS) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Like all Kia models, the 2012 Forte and Forte 5-door are covered by a comprehensive warranty program10, which offers consumer protection at an exceptional value. Included in this program are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.