2012 Nissan Juke

The 2012 Nissan Juke is a small crossover (with 20 inches shorter than the Rogue) and it comes with a number of optional features not found in some competitors, such as heated leather seats, navigation and push-button start. The competitors of Nissan’s five-seat Juke crossover include Subaru Impreza, Kia Soul and Scion xB.

The 2012 Nissan Juke is a four-door hatchback that is available in three trim levels: base S (starting at $19,990 MSRP), well-equipped SV (at $21,310) and leather-lined SL ( MSRP from $ 23,630 ).

Standard equipment of the Nissan Juke S includes 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, full power accessories, air conditioning, keyless entry, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The SV trim level adds to Juke a sunroof, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, satellite radio, upgraded upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Integrated Control (i-Con) system that allows to select Normal, Sport and Eco for throttle, steering and transmission response. The Nissan Juke SL comes standard with the above equipment plus foglights, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats and rearview camera. Other available options for all Nissan Juke models include Sport Accesory package, a Chrome package and Interior Illumination package.

For 2012, Juke features highly distinctive, sporty styling inside and out and fuses the best quality of a sport car, including a sporty driving position, dynamic handling and powerful turbo engine, with the best aspects of an SUV vehicle, such as a robust lower body, raised ground height, improved visibility and available all-wheel drive. Built on Nissan’s proven global B-platform, 2012 Juke features a powerful front and treatment with the turn signals integrated into the front fenders, a high beltline and coupe-like falling roofline. Other exterior details of 2012 Nissan Juke include body-colored outside mirrors and front doors handles and “hidden” rear door handles. The 2012 Juke color palette includes a range of eight exterior offerings: Sapphire Black, Cayenne Red, Graphite Blue, White Pearl, Chrome Silver, Electric Blue, Metallic Bronze and Gun Metallic.

The 2012 Nissan Juke interior is equally aggressive with bolstered front seats, a wide instrument panel and a unique center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a high-gloss paint. The interior of 2012 Juke offers segment competitive roominess and space for five adults. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility.

Every 2012 Nissan Juke is powered by a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine combines the best of both worlds – spirited performance and good fuel economy. The use of the turbo charger and intercooler help boost power, while the variable timing control for both intake and exhaust cycles improves low-end engine response. Two transmissions are offered – Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only). Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for 2012 Juke FWD models equipped with CVT and 25 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway for 2012 Juke FWD with 6-speed manual transmission. Juke AWD CVT models are rated at 25 / 30 mpg.

Al Castignetti, vice president Nissan Division North America says about Juke:

In just one year JUKE has shaken up the market with a boldness, style and sense of fun that has never been seen before – at a time when segment sales are expanding with buyers looking for just such a combination. Succeeding well beyond all expectations, JUKE is finding a wide, enthusiastic audience both here in North America and around the world.

The 2012 Nissan Juke comes with 6 airbags (dual front-impact airbags, dual front side-impact airbags and front overhead airbags), tire pressure monitoring system, antilock braking system with brake assist, panic alarm, remote security system, engine immobilizer and vehicle dynamic control with a traction control system.

The experts of cars.com website conclude about 2012 Nissan Juke:

The 2012 Nissan Juke is short on cargo space and legroom, and it has a hard time fitting a couple of kids in the backseat. However, it does offer a zippy driving experience, unique looks and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that makes it worth considering for tiny families or people without children.


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Mercedes-Benz GLK 2012

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is a compact crossover SUV and it features a defined exterior and a stylish interior, focusing on passenger safety and comfort.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class competes with luxury crossovers like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Acura RDX, Infiniti EX and Land Rover LR2. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK comes only with one model, the GLK350 (at $35,880 MSRP). With the optional all-wheel drive, its name becames GLK350 4MATIC (starting at $ 37,880 MSRP ).

Standard equipment of 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class includes 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear foglamps, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, eight-way power front seats, premium vinyl upholstery, a cargo cover, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six speaker sound system with a single-CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, driver memory functions, a power-adjustable steering wheel and auto-dimming mirrors.

The Comand package adds to standard GLK-Class a navigation system, real-time traffic, digital music storage, voice controls and a larger infotainment display. The Multimedia package is similar to Comand package but adds a rearview camera, an iPod interface and a six-CD changer.

The Lighting package adds to Mercedes-Benz GLK350 bi-xenon headlamps, headlamp washers and LED running lamps. The Full Leather Seating package adds interior accent lighting and extended leather trim further available in special request colors.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This dual overhead (DOHC) V-6 engine is both efficient and exhilarating. Continuously variable timing of both the intake and exhaust valve coupled with a dual-stage intake manifolds helps the V-6 provide 100% of its peak torque from 2,400 – 5,000 rpm, ensuring immediate response with every throttle input.

A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard on the 2012 GLK. 4MATIC all-wheel drive is optional. The industry’s first 7-speed automatic transmission remains one of the most versatile automatics on the market. A wide range of closely spaced ratios delivers the ideal response for virtually every driving situation, for smooth cruising, quick acceleration, and thanks to two overdrive, better highway fuel efficiency. The 4MATIC all-wheel drive adds confidence and control in any season or road condition. This system optimizes torque to every wheel and integrates ESP (Electronic Stability Program) for maximum effectiveness in corners and slippery conditions.

The safety and security systems of Mercedes-Benz GLK include 11-way air bag protection, seat belt technology, NECK-PRO front head restraints, antilock disc brakes with brake assist and more.

The autos.aol.com website concludes about Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class:

The Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class is a compact SUV that offers smooth, fast highway performance with decent fuel economy. It performs well on rugged terrain, better than most of the vehicles in this class.



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Volkswagen Jetta 2012

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a midsize sedan available in S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, TDI and GLI trim levels. Available with gas or diesel engine, the five-seat Jetta competes with Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Suzuki Kizashi.

The new 2012 Volkswagen Jetta has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Its new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor – resulting in superior performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.2 inches long, 57.2 inches tall and 70 inches wide, it is more than 2.9 inches longer than previous Jettas.

On the front end of the car, the design is defined by prominent horizontal lines. The high-gloss black radiator grille and the car’s trapezoidal headlights help create a distinct look. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the V-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides and the shoulder section provides dynamic and muscular styling.

A common conceptual thread throughout the car is the intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments. Along with new redesigned steering wheel, drivers will enjoy a more comfortably and ergonomically designed gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and navigation systems. The console section is also slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Additionally, the round instruments are now in a more optimal viewing range with the multifunction display located between them.

All 2012 Volkswagen Jetta S sedans come standard with power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control and an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack. The 2012 Jetta SE adds vinyl upholstery, heated seats, satellite radio, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, a locking glovebox and floor mats. Leather trim on the steering wheel and audio controls on it come with a Convenience package. A Sunroof package adds touchscreen controls for the audio system and the retractable glass roof.

2012 Jetta TDI sedans are equipped like the SE with a touchscreen navigation system as an option. The Jetta SEL takes the SE’s standard equipment and adds 17-inch wheels, rear disk brakes, fog lamps and keyless entry. A Sport package with tighter suspension settings, grippy seats and metallic trim is available for this model.

The top-of-the-line Jetta GLI comes with an impressive powertrain (from GTI), sport bucket seats with red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel with red details, aluminum pedals and interior trim, fog lamps and 17-inch wheels. Options include 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual zone climate control and heated front seats.

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta S come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 Jetta with this engine is 23 mpg city / 29 mpg highway with the automatic and 24 mpg city / 34 mpg highway with the manual.

The 2012 Jetta SE and SEL get a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. It gets the same transmission as the S model. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway for the automatic and 23 / 33 mpg for the manual.

The 2012 Jetta TDI features a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel inline-4 that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and Volkswagen’s six-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox is optional. The 2012 Jetta GLI comes with an 2.0-liter TSI engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and it is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Optional on the GLI is the 6-speed DSG manual transmission.

Standard safety features of 2012 Volkswagen Jetta include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for the both rows, active front head restraints and more.

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2012 Toyota Avalon

The full-size five-seats Avalon is the flogship sedan of Toyota and also its largest passenger sedan car. The 2012 Toyota Avalon comes with a long list of standard features but it is also the most expensive car in its class. 2012 Toyota Avalon competes with Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Genesis, Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus.

The 2012 Toyota Avalon is available in base (MSRP from $33,195) and Limited (MSRP from $ 36,435) trim levels. This Toyota’s car evokes a time when travels was sophisticated, elegant and comfortable.

Standard equipment on the base 2012 Avalon includes 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming driver mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, foglights, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a sunroof, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, a reclining rear seat, leather upholstery, a rearview camera mounted in the rearview mirror, a nine-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, audio jack and a USB/iPOD interface and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

The 2012 Avalon Limited adds xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a power passenger seat, keyless ignition/entry, heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade and a 12-speaker sound system. A voice-activated touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic is optional for both Avalon models.

The 2012 Toyota Avalon projects an elegant presence. A wide, substantial grille ties into projector headlamps. The headlamps, which combine multi-reflector halogen high beams with halogen or HID (only available on Limited grade) low beams, use “light pipes” to create a signature night-time appearance.

The 2012 Toyota Avalon shows off a contemporary style inside as well. The generously spacious and elegant interior is fitted with comfortable seating and thoughtfully integrated amenities. Coordinated colors and rich new wood-grain style materials convey the rich elegance of a luxury sedan. The instrument panel of 2012 Toyota Avalon incorporates visually attractive and easily readable Optitron gauges that use graduated white illumination with white pointers. These are set inside smoked lenses and deep chrome rings that add depth and a sense of luxury.

The 2012 Toyota Avalon is powered by a 24-valve DOHC (dual-overhead cam) 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 hp at 6200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. This engine is equipped with the dual VVT-i electronic valve-control system. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all Avalon models. The 2012 Toyota Avalon fuel economy is  EPA  rated of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg highway. The 2012 Toyota Avalon is certified as an ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle).

Standard safety equipment on the 2012 Toyota Avalon includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, seven airbags (including a front knee airbag for the driver and side curtain airbags for both rows), active front head restraints and more.


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Honda Pilot 2012

The 2012 Honda Pilot is a midsize crossover SUV offered in four trim levels – LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring – and available in front- or four-wheel-drive (pricing from $ 28,470 to $40,820 MSRP). The Honda Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia and Dodge Durango.

Honda was one of the first automakers to the market with a full-size crossover SUV with three rows of seating. When the Pilot debuted (with 2003 model year), it helped define a new automotive segment, aimed squarely at the needs of American buyers who required plenty of seating and cargo options, yet were looking for something other than a minivan or top-heavy SUV. The new Honda Pilot is a powerful crossover SUV, engineered for quality and durability, as well as high levels of functionality and comfort.

The 2012 Honda Pilot LX model comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, keyless entry, automatic headlights, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, 60/40-split second- and third-row seats and a seven-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and CD/MP3 player. The EX model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, foglights, an eight-way power driver seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls and 26 GB og digital music storage.

The EX-L upgrades include a power liftgate, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, heated front seats, a rearview camera, a new multi-informational display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The high-end Touring model of 2012 Honda Pilot adds roof rails, parking sensors, driver memory functions, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a 10-speaker premium sound system.

The 2012 Pilot‘s new grille and front fascia replace the prior model’s grille insert with a distinctive three-bar horizontal design. Reconfigured multi-reflector halogen headlights and turn signals contribute also to the new Honda Pilot’s look. A new front air dam and optimized strakes help reduce frontal area and unwanted air turbulence, both of which impact fuel economy.

Interior styling changes are designed to increase refinement troughout the cabin also enhancing the intuitive nature of the controls. The instrument panel uses a more unified color theme with less contrast between panels. The redesigned center stack adds a subtle U-shaped character line and different textures to create a layered effect on the panel. The tailgate features a lift-up glass hatch for convenient access to the rearmost cargo area. The Pilot’s 18.0 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row matches or exceeds the trunk space of a typical large sedan. For maximum cargo space, the second and third rows fold flat into the floor to create 87.0 cubic feet of storage capacity.

The 2012 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) technology with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). The VCM system allows the V-6 engine to operate in six-cylinder mode for power and four- or three-cylinder mode for efficiency. This engine generates 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only available transmission.

Fuel economy of 2012 Honda Pilot place this car near the top of its segment, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway on 4-wheel-drive models and 18 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway on 2-wheel-drive models.

Safety technology of 2012 Honda Pilot includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure that helps reduce the amount of crash energy reaching the passenger compartment and can enhance frontal collision compatibility. Standard safety equipment of 2012 Honda Pilot also includes antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.


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