2012 Volkswagen Beetle

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle has been completely redesigned and it is available in a coupe body style only. The Volkswagen Beetle is an icon in the automotive industry. Volkswagen produced the first generation in 1938. In 1998 the production was relaunched with the Volkswagen New Beetle. Now, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a modern interpretation of the original Beetle and it is sportier and more masculine. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a retro car that competes with other retro car such as the Mini Cooper or Fiat 500.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger hatchback available in Beetle, 2.5L Beetle and Beetle Turbo trim levels. The base Beetle comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, full power accesories, heated mirrors, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and an eight-speaker sound system. The 2.5L Beetle adds heated front seats with lumbar adjustment, floor mats, Bluetooth and an iPod interface. The Sunroof package adds a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition, keyless entry, a front center armrest, a multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen audio interface and a six-CD changer.

The Beetle Turbo adds to the 2.5L Beetle 18-inch wheels, sport seats, rear spoiler, foglights, alloy pedals and specific cloth upholstery. The Sunroof and Sound package adds shift paddles and a premium Fender audio system with subwoofer. An option on all Turbo models is a sport-tuned suspension.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is an automotive icon reinvented. Placing the original Beetle and the 21st century Beetle next to one another, it is clear that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical, but the overall look is bolder and more dynamic. The 2012 Beetle is 71.2 inches wide (3.3 inches wider), 58.5 inches tall (.5 inches lower) and 168.4 inches long (6 inches longer). The 2012 Beetle has now a powerful appearance with muscular tension.

The new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle offers an agile, driver-oriented coupe experience with a quality of materials that goes beyond all class limits. The car’s styling, ergonomics and quality interact to create a new, friendly car with a highly individual nature. Similar to the original Beetle, the new car has an extra glove box integrated into the dash.

Standard on the base and the 2.5L Beetle models is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while a six-speed automatic is optional.

The Turbo is the sportiest model of 2012 Volkswagen Beetle and it comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TSI gasoline engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automated manual (DSG) is optional.

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle comes standard with traction control, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and antilock disc brakes.

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2012 Honda Crosstour

The 2012 Honda Crosstour is based on the Accord sedan and combines sedan and SUV attributes resulting in a Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). The 2012 Honda Crosstour successfully combines the sporty roofline of Accord with an aerodynamic look and hatchback flexibility. The 2012 Honda Crosstour competes with Subaru Outback, Toyota Venza and Chevrolet Equinox.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour approaches the crossover SUV formula from sporty and fuel-efficient perspective while also maximizing the versatility, interior’s cargo capacity and premium feel. The 2012 Crosstour is available in EX ( starting at $27,755) and EX-L (MSRP from $ 30,805) trim levels.

The 2012 Honda Crosstour EX comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, foglamps, power front seats, keyless entry, dual zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer and an iPod/USB interface. The EX-L trim level adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, driver seat memory functions, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded sound system. A voice-activated navigation system is an option for the EX-L.

The Crosstour’s exterior design emphasizes a bold, aerodynamic look that also conceals an accommodating rear cargo area with a large, lift-over tailgate. Premium interior styling, appointments and details extend from the passenger compartment all the way through the cargo area. An under-floor storage area in the rear of the vehicle adds functionality, while reversible cargo floor panels accommodate dirty objects. Two new colors are available on all 2012 Honda Crosstour models: Basque Red Pearl ( replaces Tango Red Pearl) and Twilight Blue Metallic (replaces Glacier Blue Metallic).

The 2012 Honda Crosstour comes with two available engines. New for 2012 Crosstour is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 192 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The other choice is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) for power and efficiency. This VCM system is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders, based on current power requirements. This V6 engine produces 271 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is the only available transmission for the 2012 Honda Crosstour. Front-wheel drive is standard and the Real Time 4WD system is available on the V6 models.

Safety equipment of the 2012 Honda Crosstour includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, side curtain airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags, dual-stage front airbags and active front seats head restraints.

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2013 Acura MDX

The 2013 Acura MDX is a luxury midsize SUV with seating for seven, that provides a great combination of good value, sporty performance and interior comfort. The all-wheel-drive 2013 Acura MDX is one of the least-expensive SUVs in its class and offers decent fuel economy compared to other similar vehicles. The 2013 Acura MDX competes with BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GL Class and Lexus RX.

The 2013 Acura MDX (MSRP from $ 43,280) is offered in one well-appointed trim level with progressive add-on packages. Standard features of 2013 MDX include 18-inch wheels, foglamps, automatic xenon headlamps, a power liftgate, heated mirrors, heated eight-way power front seats, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker sound system with six-CD changer.

The Technology package adds upgraded leather upholstery, voice controls, a multiview parking camera, a navigation system and a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system with iPod/USB interface. The Advance package adds to the Technology package an adaptive suspension dampers, 19-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, auto-leveling headlamps, ventilated front seats, a collision warning system and a sport steering wheel. The Entertainment package adds heated second-row seats and rear-seats entertainment system.

Attention to detail and supple luxury distinguishes the MDX interior from competitors. Generous use of Milano premium leather with the available Technology Package, excellent look and feel of interior trim materials, front seat headrests with excellent comfort, upscale leather stitching, a thick steering wheel grip, and copious use of LED interior lighting make it clear that the MDX is focused on top tier luxury.

There are multiple configurations of the MDX’s three rows of seating allowing for seven passengers, or enabling a maximum useable cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet with center and rear seats folded. With all seats folded down, the MDX has a flat load floor that is perfect for hauling bulky items.

The 2013 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine has patented Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system applied to the intake valves, a computer controlled dual-stage intake manifold and an electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle system. A sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. EPA-estimated fuel economy of 2013 Acura MDX is 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

Standard safety features of 2013 Acura MDX include ABS, stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and more.

In the 2013 Acura MDX review, the experts from thecarconnection.com website, say about this SUV:

The 2013 Acura MDX has the luxurious design and space-efficient, versatile packaging that’s made high-end luxury crossover models the vehicle of choice among affluent U.S. families, but it has one addition thing that most of the other models don’t: It’s actually enjoyable to drive.

 

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