2012 Volvo XC70

The 2012 Volvo XC70 is a crossover wagon that has a roomy and comfortable cabin with more cargo space than some larger SUVs. The Volvo XC70 is comfortable, practical and safe and has an expressive design, all this making the XC70 to be an elegant car for an active urban life. The 2012 Volvo XC70 competes with Buick Enclave, Ford Flex, Mazda CX-9, Audi Q5 and Subaru Outback.

The 2012 Volvo XC70 is a five-seat wagon available in two submodels – 3.2 (starting at $ 32,950 MSRP) and T6 (MSRP from $ 39,100) – that are further broken into trim levels. The Volvo XC70 T6 is available with all-wheel drive only, while the 3.2 is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the 2012 Volvo XC70 3.2 includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, roof rails, foglamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions, a 40/20/40 split rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an iPod/USB audio interface. The 3.2 Premier trim adds a sunroof, leather upholstery and rear privacy glass. The Premier Plus trim adds keyless ignition, keyless entry and front and rear parking sensors. The Platinum trim adds a rearview camera and a navigation system.

The T6 version of these trim levels offers the same equipment but other engine, standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and upgraded instruments. The Climate package adds automatic wipers, heated front and rear seats and an air quality sensor. The Technology package adds warning systems for impeding collisions and adaptive cruise control.

The 2012 Volvo XC70 has been developed and balanced to give a first-class driving experience, based largely on pliant ride and secure road holding allied to high stability. Stability is particularly important when driving with many passengers and a lot of luggage. Thanks to the design of the body structure and the optimised use of different grades of high-strength steel, torsional rigidity was increased by no less than 15 percent compared to the previous XC70 model. The chassis technology has been further developed to provide even more stable and more controlled road manners.

The engine for the 2012 Volvo XC70 3.2 is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder that produces 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Volvo XC70 T6 comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive is standard. All 2012 Volvo XC70 models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Volvo XC70 comes standard with ABS, traction control, stability control, hill descent control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints and Volvo’s City Safety feature that helps drivers avoid collisions with vehicles in front of them.

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2013 Subaru Outback

The 2013 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger sport utility wagon that received for the 2013 model year a more efficient four-cylinder engine, a restyled front end with new headlights, grille, front bumper and fog lights, revised suspension tuning and an updated continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2013 Subaru Outback competes with Toyota Venza, Audi Allroad, Volvo XC70 and Honda Crosstour.

The 2013 Subaru Outback is offered in six trim levels (the numbers refer to engine type): 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited. The Subaru Outback base 2.5i comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accesories, air-conditioning, roof rack rails with fold-out crossbar, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seats and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface and auxiliary audio jack.

The Outback 2.5i Premium model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, foglamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system. The 2.5i Limited includes leather upholstery and wood trim, automatic climate control and the Harman Kardon sound system. A touchscreen navigation system with voice controls and rearview camera is also available for the Limited. Standard equipment of Subaru Outback 3.6R models is almost identical to the 2.5i models.

The 2013 Subaru Outback models debut Subaru’s new EyeSight driver-assist system which integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. Projected to be one of the most affordable such technologies available in the U.S. market, EyeSight uses a stereo camera design developed by Subaru to provide a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.

The Subaru Outback is smart-sized compared to other 2-row crossover vehicles, featuring a mid-size interior in an easy-to-maneuver and off-road-capable wagon. The Outback provides the crisp car-like handling with the versatility of an SUV. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance is higher than for many large SUVs and crossovers while maintaining a low step-in height. Total passenger volume of 105.4 cu. ft. and maximum cargo capacity of 71.3 cu. ft. (with the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded) rivals that of larger, heavier vehicles. The Outback also features a rear cargo area that is deeper and wider than in many SUVs.

The all-wheel-drive 2013 Subaru Outback is offered with two different engines. The 2.5i models use a new 2.5-liter DOHC Boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. This new engine produces greater low-end torque across a broad speed range, making the 2013 Outback 2.5i models feel more responsive in everyday driving. This engine comes paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new Lineartronic CVT. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i models are 24 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway with CVT and 21/28 mpg with manual transmission.

The 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R versions come with a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine that produces a 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission offered is a five-speed automatic with shift paddles.

The 2013 Subaru Outback comes standard with stability control, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).


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2012 Kia Sedona

The 2012 Kia Sedona minivan offers style, comfort, convenience and performance at a great price. The Kia Sedona is only Korean-brand minivan on the market and it has generous dimensions and unibody construction that offers impressive and functional luggage and passenger space and sophisticated ride and handling. The competitors of 2012 Kia Sedona include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town&Country.

The seven-passenger minivan Kia Sedona is offered in LX (MSRP from $ 24,900) and EX (starting at $ 29,190) trim levels.The standard 2012 Kia Sedona LX comes with 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, roof rails, full power accesories, front and rear air conditioning, a fold-down table between the front seats, 60/40-split fold-flat third-row bench seats, a tilt steering wheel with audio controls, cloth upholstery, cruise control and a six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with USB/auxiliary input jack. A DVD entertainment system for rear seat is available.

The EX trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, foglamps, a power tailgate, power-adjustable front seats, a trip computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood interior trim, chrome exterior trim, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual power-sliding doors. The Luxury package adds to EX a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated front seats and leather upholstery.

All 2012 Kia Sedona models come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an impressive 271 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with Sportmatic clutchless shifting is the only available transmission. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The 2012 Kia Sedona offers an extensive list of standard safety features including six standard airbags (dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags for all three seating rows), active front headrests and a four-channel, four sensor ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Additional standard safety equipment for 2012 Kia Sedona includes a Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The experts of thecarconnection.com website say about 2012 Kia Sedona:

The aging Kia Sedona still offers the usual minivan virtues of people-carrying and cargo-toting, but there are newer, more flexible, safer choices.


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