2012 GMC Savana Passenger Van

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.

 

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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.

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New Toyota Camry 2012

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.

 

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Suzuki Kizashi 2012

The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is one of the best compact sedans on the market and has a lengthy list of standard equipment. Lively handling and available all-wheel drive make the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi one of the most fun-to-drive affordable midsize cars. The name “Kizashi” means “something great is coming” in Japanese. This Suzuki’s car competes on the market with Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.

The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is available in S, SE, Sport GTS and sport SLS trim levels. The 2012 Kizashi S comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accesories, keyless ignition and entry, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat and a seven-peaker stereo with USB port and iPod interface. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and cruise control are standard on Kizashi S with CVT. The SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel-mounted audio control and an eight-way power driver seat with memory settings and power lumbar adjustment. Leather upholstery is available as an option on the S and SE trims. Both S and SE models are offered with the new Crimson Red Metallic exterior color.

The 2012 Kizashi Sport GTS adds 18-inch wheels, foglights, sporty exterior treatments, a sunroof, a sport-tuned suspension, a 10-speaker stereo system and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Sport GTS models with AWD receive steering-wheel-mounted shift padels.

The top-of-the line Kizashi Sport SLS adds heated sideview mirrors, automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, heated front seats, parking sensors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A navigation system with a rearview camera is optional on the Kizashi Sport SLS.

Suzuki has taken advantage of its expertise in the compact car segment to efficiently execute spacious interior proportions that afford comfort and practicality while minimizing wasted space. Along with cabin proportions that reward Kizashi drivers and passengers with comfort and roominess, Suzuki provides a contemporary, upscale interior feel in line with vehicle’s on-road performance characteristics. The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi also offers extensive sound insulation to help suppress road, tire and wind noise.

Available premium leather is supplemented by three-stage heated front seats and three-position memory program for the driver’s seat. In addition, both cloth and leather seating benefit from Suzuki’s attention to detail, including French seams, hard cover rears and high-density, low fatigue foam. Other standard premium choices include ambient overhead and footwell lighting, felt flocked glove box and center console storage tray, soft-woven headliner and A-pillars and leather door pull-straps.

The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, Sport GTS and Sport SLS with front-wheel drive, while a CVT is standard on the SE and AWD models. The engine delivers 185 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque with the manual transmission and 180 horsepower with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Engineered from conception to be all-wheel-drive capable, the Kizashi offers intelligent all-wheel-drive (i-AWD), a system with highly advanced controls that evokes and promotes a natural sense of driving enthusiasm and safety. Kizashi’s nest-generation i-AWD system is a rare option on its class, as this performance feature is more often found among luxury offerings. Engineered to provide outstanding traction in inclement weather, the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system delivers both enhanced traction in low-friction situations and enhanced cornering capabilities.

Estimated fuel economy for 2012 Suzuki Kizashi is 21 mpg city / 31 mpg highway for FWD models with manual transmission, while the CVT models are rated at 23 mpg city / 31 mpg  highway. The AWD Kizashi models are rated with 22 mpg city / 29 mpg highway.

Standard safety features on all 2012 Suzuki Kizashi include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front and rear side airbags and side curtain airbags.

The experts from autos.aol.com conclude about 2012 Suzuki Kizashi:

The Suzuki Kizashi is a small sports sedan that offers more standard equipment than its competitors, including safety features, at a slightly lower price. The S and SE models offer much, and for more money there are Sport models, plus optional all-wheel drive. The engineering is excellent, with a solid four-cylinder engine, transmission choices including a high-tech CVT with paddle shifters, an exceptionally rigid chassis, tuned suspension offering a compliant ride and great cornering, and precise brakes.

 

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Buick Enclave 2012

The 2012 Buick Enclave is a comfortable, luxurious and capable family hauler that combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car, with the cargo capability and high seating position of a sport utility vehicle. The Buick Enclave offers three rows of seats standard, with seating for up to eight people. The 2012 Enclave competes with Acura MDX, Lexus Rx350, Lincoln MKT and Volvo XC90.

The 2012 Buick Enclave is a large SUV that is offered in four different trim levels: Base (MSRP from $36,350), Convenience Group (starting at $ 37,270 MSRP), Leather Group ( at $ 40,250) and Premium Group ( from $ 43,615 MSRP ).

The Buick Enclave Base model is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, bi-xenon headlights, heated outside mirrors, a power liftgate, cloth upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

The Convenience Group trim level adds rearview camera, rear parking assist and remote starting. The Leather Group adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and driver memory settings. The top-of-the-line Premium Group adds 19-inch chrome wheels, heated power-folding outside mirrors, adaptive xenon headlights, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering column, and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system.

The 2012 Buick Enclave is roomy but its fluid lines and curved surfaces create the illusion of a smaller vehicle. Classic Buick design cues include a waterfall grille with a bold, tri-shield emblem and V-shaped portholes. On Buick Enclave review, the experts from autos.aol.com say about this large SUV:

The exterior design of the Buick Enclave is more elegant and refined than that of the GMC Acadia, which is deliberately truck-like. The Enclave carries the latest Buick design language. The protruding vertical bar grille and vestigial portholes on the hood make sure you know it’s a Buick.

The Enclave interior complements the exterior with a luxurious, warm and inviting environment featuring premium soft-touch, low-gloss materials. Attention to detail is evident in the fit and finish of all interior elements including the instrument panel. Enclave is the only crossover in its segment equipped with QuietTuning, Buick’s exclusive engineering process designed to reduce, block and absorb unwanted noise from entering the cabin.

Even with three rows of seating, Buick Enclave still provides 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat when the cargo management system is removed. Enclave offers 115.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row when the second- and third-row seats are folded. A second row, 60/40-split bench seat and power sunroof are available on all models.

All 2012 Buick Enclave models are powered by a 3.6-liter direct injected V-6 engine with variable valve timing that produces 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic electronically-controlled six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Enclave is offered with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 Buick Enclave is 24 mpg highway/ 17 mpg city on FWD models and 22 mpg highway/ 16 mpg city on AWD models.

Standard safety features of Buick Enclave include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and more.

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