The 2012 Mazda5 is a minivan with sliding doors, a vertical liftgate out back and room for up to six people in three rows. The 2012 Mazda5 has been completely redesigned and it is an evolution of the previous model ( the Mazda MPV). The new Mazda5 competes with other regular-size minivans or small crossovers, such as Kia Rondo, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Town&Country. The 2012 Mazda5 features all-new exterior styling, a new interior design and a larger engine.
The 2012 Mazda5 is a compact minivan available in three trim levels: Sport ( MSRP from $ 19,625), Touring ( starting at $21,625) and Grand Touring (at $24,025). The Mazda5 Sport comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, automatic climate control, full power accesories, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Mazda5 Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear spoiler, foglights, a trip computer and Bluetooth. The optional Moonroof&Audio package adds a sunroof, a six-CD changer and satellite radio. This package is standard on the Mazda5 Grand Touring which also adds heated mirrors, automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated front seats, driver lumbar adjustment and leather upholstery.
The new 2012 Mazda5 incorporates motifs from Mazda’s Nagare “flow” design language which is inspired by the beauty of nature and presents an elegant look not found in any existing vehicle today. The new 2012 Mazda5’s design is aimed to achieve a higher balance of functionality and design, while at the same time giving it a stylish new look that is immediately distinguishable from the box-like designs found on conventional offerings in the market.
Motifs adopted from the Nagare design language can also be found throughout the interior, from the lines above the dials and along the instrument panel to the stitch pattern in the seats and the design of the seat fabric. The overall ambience established is that of a sporty, high-quality cabin. The driver-oriented design of the interior positions the peak of the meter hood as the tall point, with all lines flowing from there to comfortably wrap around the driver. The instrument panel flows from the cockpit to the center panel and on to the passenger-side dashboard in a rippling effect that suggests a liquid sensation to the design.
With an overall length of 180.5 inches, width of 68.9 inches, height of 63.6 inches, and sitting on a 108.3-inch wheelbase, the 2012 Mazda5 delivers roomy comfort while being surprisingly compact. The long wheelbase helps give it extraordinary passenger space for its modest external dimensions, and the short front and rear overhangs enable better handling and parking ease. With a low drag coefficient of 0.30, it is aerodynamically efficient, cleaving the air quietly and maximizing fuel economy.
Every 2012 Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 157 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. This MZR 2.5-liter engine uses a cast aluminum cylinder block and high-strength, thin-walled sleeves as well as compact, light-weight pistons. Mazda’s Variable Induction System (VIS) is also utilized to improve low to mid range torque. The MZR 2.5-liter engine of 2012 Mazda5, gives a linear feel to acceleration, accurate response and a light, relaxing driving performance. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport, while a five-speed automatic with manual shift control is optional on the Mazda5 Sport and standard on Mazda5 Touring and Grand Touring. Fuel economy of 2012 Mazda5 is estimated at 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The 2012 Mazda5 comes with standard stability control, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, and more.
In 2012 Mazda5 review, the experts of thecarconnection.com website say about the new Mazda5:
The nimble and fuel-efficient 2012 Mazda5 appeals to parents who don’t mind being seen in a minivan but don’t want to feel like they’re driving one.
The 2012 GMC Savana is one of the most versatile and functional van of the market, that offers plenty of passenger seats and an abundance of drivetrain configurations. This GMC’s car offers seating for up to 12 passengers, while an extended-wheelbase version seats as many as 15 people. The competitors of 2012 GMC Savana include Ford E-Series and Mercedes Sprinter.
The 2012 GMC Savana is a full-size passenger van that’s offered in basic LS and well equipped LT trim levels. There are three different load ratings available (1500, 2500 and 3500). All three are offered in a standard-wheelbase configuration (with 12 passenger). The extended-wheelbase model (which can seat up to 15 passengers) is only available in the 2012 GMC Savana 3500 series. The 2012 GMC Savana is one of the only work vans that offers all-wheel drive.
The 2012 GMC Savana base LS models are equipped with 16- or 17-inch steel wheels, 12-passenger seating, rear privacy glass, front air-conditioning, vinyl upholstery, passenger-side swing-out doors and rubber floor covering. The LT model adds chrome exterior trim, rear air-conditioning, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, cruise control, a trip computer, full power accesories, a tilt steering wheel, visor vanity mirrors and OnStar emergency communications. All of the LT’s standard features are also available as options on the LS model. Other options of 2012 GMC Savana include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, six-way power front seats, remote ignition, Bluetooth and an upgraded sound system with a CD player and USB/iPod interface.
The 2012 GMC Savana offers four different powertrains. The 1500 series features a 5.3-liter V8 engine with 310 hp and 334 lb-ft of torque, paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy for this engine is 13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.
The 2012 GMC Savana 2500 series (rear-drive only) comes with 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 280 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for 2012 Savana 2500 with 4.8-liter is 11 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.
The 2012 GMC Savana 3500 series comes standard with a 6.0-liter V8 engine that produces 323 hp and 373 lb-ft of torque. A 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 engine is optional. This diesel engine produces 260 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV that combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional SUV. With seating for up to seven or eight in three rows, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse shares Lambda platform with the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse continues to be one of the most popular large crossovers, thanks to its balance of efficiency, spaciousness and safety. This SUV competes with Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX9, Hyundai Veracruz and Ford Flex.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is available in LS ( MSRP from $ 29,150 ), LT ( starting at $ 32,610) and LTZ ( at $ 38,885) trim levels. Standard equipment on the LS model includes 17-inch steel wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-passenger seating, split-folding second- and third-row seats, air conditioning and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT trim level is offered with a choice of two sub-trims: 1LT and more upscale 2LT. The 1LT package of 2012 Traverse offers 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth. The 2LT adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, remote ignition and a 10-speaker Bose sound system with a USB/iPod interface.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ comes with 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power-folding mirrors and heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory functions. Other optional highlights are: a navigation system, dual sunroof and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
With up to 116.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space (second-row seat folded and third-row seat/cargo management remove) the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers the most storage capacity of any vehicle in its segment. Traverse’s interior blends refined styling, technology and attention to detail. The instrument panel has a dual-cockpit design that is a hallmark of Chevrolet’s heritage, while its “low and away” position enhences outward visibility.
In 2012 Chevrolet Traverse review, thecarconnection.com website says about this large SUV:
The Traverse has a tight, quiet cabin with excellent noise suppression and a remarkably smooth ride. Solid, high-quality switchgear, an intuitive control layout, and clear displays complete this very family-friendly package. The only letdown is that plastics tend to be somewhat dull, with Build quality and switchgear in the 2012 Traverse is superb and equal to or better than most rival imports.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has a unique profile with a smooth and flowing design that characterizes the global face of Chevrolet. Elements such as chrome-ringed grille inserts and large wheel-and-tire combinations highlight the vehicle’s attention to detail. Standard exterior details include chrome door handles, rear spoiler integrated over the liftgate window, turn signals integrated in the outside mirrors and deep-set grille inserts with a chrome-ringed trim.
There is only one one engine/transmission available for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse: a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. This V6 engine is rated at 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque on LS and LT models (that come with single exhaust), and jumps to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque on the LTZ thanks to a dual exhaust.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive 2012 Chevrolet Traverse are 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway, while for all-wheel-drive Traverse they are 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Standard safety features of 2012 Chevrolet Traverse include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows.
The new 2013 Ford Flex is a full-size SUV that offers three rows of seats. This new seven-passenger, three-rows crossover comes equipped with the new generation of MyFord Touch, rear inflatable belts, and more. The new 2013 Ford Flex competes in the popular crossover segment with other cars, such as Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander. For 2013 Flex model, Ford has added a lot of new standard or optional features including ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, more powerful V6 engine and electrically driven power steering on all models.
The new 2013 Ford Flex is a full-size crossover SUV vehicle that can seat up to seven adults and carry more luggage at the sometime it is a modern equivalent of what to be the family station wagon but it offers much more comfort, practicality and joy to drive on any road.
The new 2013 Ford Flex, the largest SUV model of Ford, as Explorer and Expedition, is available in six- or seven-passenger configurations and it is offered in three trim levels: SE ( starting at $30,885 MSRP ), SEL ( MSRP from $33,285) and Limited (from $39,230 MSRP).
The 2013 Ford Flex SE is the most affordable model and it comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, cruise control, rear parking sensor, automatic headlights, a six-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a 60/40-split second row seat. The SEL trim level adds 18-inch wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a six-way power front passenger seat, MyFord Touch electronics interface with a large central touchscreen, two USB ports and enhanced steering-wheel controls.
The 2013 Ford Flex Limited adds 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, xenon headlights, a power liftgate, keyless entry, keyless ignition, driver memory functions, perforated leather upholstery, a 110-volt power outlet, a navigation system, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.
Optional on all models are roof side rails, multipanel rear sunroof and tow package. The new 2013 Ford Flex comes in nine exterior colors, including three new colors for 2013 model year: Ruby Red, Deep Impact Blue and Kodiak Brown. Customers also can choose from body-color roofs, or two-zone with white, gray or black available on the Appearance Package.
The new 2013 Ford Flex features SYNC with the new generation of MyFord Touch, making it easier to manage information, control features and adjust settings. MyFord Touch includes two 4.2-inch screens in the instrument cluster and an 8-inch screen in the center stack.
Every 2013 Ford Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This new Ti-VCT (Twin independent variable camshaft timing) engine is projected to deliver more fuel economy with 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
Optional on the 2013 Ford Flex Limited is the old turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that produces 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and all-wheel drive.
The new 2013 Ford Flex comes standard with stability control, ABS, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, a second-row inflatable seatbelts and more.
The new 2012 Toyota Camry is a front-wheel drive, five-passenger, four-door sedan which has been the best selling car in America every year but one, since 1997. Toyota made the best-selling Camry even better with a redesign for 2012 thanks to its excellent fuel economy, refined performance and high-quality interior.
The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry has roomy interior, best-in-class non-hybrid, non-diesel fuel economy, relaxed ride and smooth engine. The 2012 Toyota Camry competes with Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion.
The 2012 Toyota Camry is offered in L ( MSRP from $22,055), LE (starting at $22,600), SE (from $ 23,220) and XLE (at $24,775) trim levels. Toyota Camry Hybrid is considered a different model. The 2012 Toyota Camry L features 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, power mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, split-folding rear seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six-speaker CD sound system with auxiliary input and USB jacks.
The Toyota Camry LE adds power locks, remote keyless entry, auto headlamps, Bluetooth streaming audio and a control touchscreen interface. The SE includes 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, foglamps, heated exterior mirrors, sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. SE models get 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, and an upgraded display interface that adds navigation, HD radio, voice recognition, web integration and more.
The luxurious Toyota Camry XLE reverts to the LE’s suspension setting and adds heated exterior mirrors, a sunroof, dual zone automatic climate control and an eight-way power driver seat. A rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard on Toyota Camry XLE with V6 engine.
The 2012 Toyota Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with more spacious interior, improving driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before. The 2012 Camry employs an elegantly simple but modern form, emphasizing a wider, lower stance that previous models. Headlights show a more dynamic shape, with a pronounced curvature of the main-beam unit merging into the bumper cover. The rear lamp clusters wrap tightly into the body sides, with their top sections extending into the trunk panel. Accentuating the new body design are two new colors: Attitude Black Metallic and Clearwater Blue.
While featuring nearly the same external dimensions as the previous model, the 2012 Toyota Camry offers a more inviting and spacious interior. A new dashboard design, modified seat locations, redesigned seat and “lean” door and pillar all combine to add both real space and greater perceptual spaciousness while also enhancing outward visibility. The new 2012 Camry provides the added functionality demanded by consumers, yet keeps its controls straightforward and intuitive to use. Control knobs impart a high-precision feel when used. Special attention was paid to function and comfort with the center console design. Soft kneepads on both sides add comfort for the driver and passenger. The front section offers a 12V accessory connector and an USB port for iPods and other media devices.
The new 2012 Toyota Camry is offered with a choice of two engine. Base Camrys are powered by a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) engine with ACIS (Acoustic Control Induction System). This engine produces now 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 Toyota Camry with this engine is rated at 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
Another available engine in the SE and XLE grades of 2012 Camry is an DOHC 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque with EPA-estimated ratings of 21 mpg in city and 30 mpg highway, the best for any current V6 midsize sedan.
The 2012 Toyota Camry L, LE, SE and XLE models come equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers a sequential manual shift mode using the console shifter.
2012 Camry features Toyota’s Star Safety System wich includes VSC, TRAC, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. All 2012 Toyota Camry models are equipped with 10 standard airbags. The front-passenger’s knee airbag and rear-seat side airbags are new to Camry.
In 2012 Toyota Camry review, thecarconnection.com webside concludes:
The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it’s probably just your style.