2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class Price, Review

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a compact two-seat roadster introduced by the luxury automaker back in 1997 and hailed as one of the first modern retractable hard-top convertibles. Preceding other hard-top convertibles like the Lexus SC, Chrysler Sebring and even Mercedes’ own SL, the SLK combined sporty good looks with a rear-wheel drive layout and slotted into the market as the automaker’s entry-level convertible.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has long been known. In the past that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing, but the completely redesigned 2012 SLK re-enters the fray with bold new styling, a fuel-efficient new base engine and most importantly, a lot more fun behind the wheel.

The SLK will be offered with a pair of engine choices. At the top of the heap is a 304-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 in the SLK350 that helps the roadster scoot to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds with its standard automatic transmission. The German automaker says that this combination is capable of a 23 mpg combined fuel consumption figure.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is a two-seat convertible with a retractable hardtop roof. There are SLK250 and SLK350 trim levels, which are primarily differentiated by engine.

Standard equipment on the SLK350 gets 18-inch wheels and sun-reflective leather upholstery, automatic wipers, LED running lights, auto-dimming rearview and driver mirrors, cruise control, automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats and four-way lumbar adjustment, driver memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio and a USB audio jack.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350 gets a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The seven-speed auto is standard. In performance testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds — a few tenths slower than the Z4 sDrive35i. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.

Safety

Every Mercedes SLK comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, knee airbags and side airbags that cover the abdomen and head. Also standard are rollbars and the Attention Assist system, which monitors the driver for signs of inattention or drowsiness. The optional PreSafe system anticipates an imminent crash and automatically takes measures to better secure occupants.

Interior Design and Special Features

As the new SLK’s interior design closely mimics that of the Mercedes SLS, owners of the range-topping supercar may be a little miffed that their car essentially shares the same cabin with Benz’s cheapest sports car. Too bad for them, but SLK owners will enjoy the same restrained dash styling and top-notch materials and construction. Controls are virtually identical to those found throughout the Mercedes lineup, meaning you’re not missing out on functionality or features just because you’ve bought a two-seater.

Driving Impressions

The SLK has always been more about touring than outright sport, but thanks to its new suspension tuning and well-sorted steering, this is the best-handling SLK to date and delivers quite a few grins around the corners. Of course, the pinnacle of classic, razor-sharp roadster handling remains the Porsche Boxster, but falling short of that standard isn’t something to be ashamed of.

 

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Specs :

Engines & Power
Standard Engine : 3.5L 302 hp V6
Horsepower : 302 @ 6500 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) : 273 @ 3500 RPM

Transmissions
7-Speed Automatic Overdrive : Std.
Fuel Economy
City (mpg) : 20
Highway (mpg) : 29

Comfort & Convenience
Sunroof : N/A
Air Conditioning : Std.
Power Windows : Std.
Power Door Locks : Std.
Leather Seats : Std.
Power Seats : Std.
Max. Seating : 2
Number of Doors : 2

Entertainment
Cassette Player : N/A
CD Player : Std.
Nav. System : Opt.

Safety
Airbags : Driver Passenger Side
ABS Brakes : Std.
Traction Control : Std.
Stability Control : Std.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Price :

Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $54,800
Base Invoice Price : $50,964
Destination Charge : $875

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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Price, Review, Specs

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Mercedes-Benz GLK was first shown in concept form at the North American International Auto Show in January 2008. The concept was very close to the production model which debuted later in 2008 at the Auto China in Beijing. While a diesel was on display in China, the U.S. initially receives the GLK350 exclusively. Unlike the brand’s M-Class, the new GLK-Class features an angular design similar to the legendary G-Class. The GLK is the fifth SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is the second-cheapest Mercedes you can buy in this country, and yet you’d never guess it by the way it looks, feels and drives. Close the GLK’s doors and the metallic thump is reminiscent of closing a bank vault — all that’s missing is that spinning wheel thing. Drive over railroad tracks and the GLK feels as if it’s made from a solid block of concrete — there’s no jarring or jiggling greeting your backside. This sort of impenetrable feeling is a hallmark of Mercedes’ current lineup and certainly makes any sort of anticipated GLK price premium seem worth it — though in reality, the GLK is actually quite competitively priced.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class consists of only a single model: the GLK350. When equipped with all-wheel drive, it receives a 4Matic moniker.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear foglamps, roof rails, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, MB-Tex premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a cargo cover, Bluetooth, the COMAND electronics interface and a six-speaker sound system with a single-CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Premium 1 package adds a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof (optional separately), rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory functions, front-seat four-way power lumbar adjustment, a compass and satellite radio (optional separately). The COMAND package adds a navigation system, a larger infotainment display, real-time traffic, digital music storage and voice controls. The Multimedia package is similar, but adds a rearview camera and an iPod interface (optional separately). A six-CD changer can be added to both of these packages.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional.

Safety

The GLK comes standard with stability control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist and brake drying, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and driver/passenger pelvic airbags. Parking sensors and Mercedes’ mbrace emergency telematics are optional.

Interior Design and Special Features

The GLK’s cabin looks as if its designers stuck exclusively to rulers when penning the many surfaces — there’s barely a rounded edge to be found. While this produces a rather austere and stark environment (particularly in black), the interior is solidly crafted with top-notch materials and tight panel fits. The standard MB-Tex vinyl upholstery is not only nicer than many makers’ real leather, but we actually thought it was leather until we peeked at our GLK test car’s equipment list.

Cabin controls can seem a little complicated at first, but the combination of physical dash buttons, steering wheel controls and the multifunction COMAND knob are a reasonable solution to complicated stereo, navigation and telephone functions. The climate controls are the standard Benz units, which means they are fairly simple to use. They are mounted a little low in the GLK, though.

Maximum cargo capacity is 54.7 cubic feet, which is less than every compact and midsize competitor (often considerably so). The same goes for backseat room, making it a better choice for singles or couples without kids rather than families. Headroom is ample for all passengers.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK’s most notable characteristic is the rock-solid feel its chassis and unibody construction display over every bump and road imperfection. Even the worst potholes and railroad tracks are greeted with a muted thump and absolutely no body shudder or unpleasantness transferred to your backside. The ride may be on the firm side for some people, but the GLK is otherwise a nicely tuned luxury vehicle that glides along freeways with confidence and comfort.

Through corners, the GLK feels very much like the tall C-Class it is. It remains well-planted despite its top-heavy nature, and its steering is well-weighted and offers plenty of feedback. We wouldn’t describe the GLK as particularly fun compared to an Audi Q5 or BMW X3, but it seems just right for its likely clientele.

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Price :

MSRP:$35,880
Invoice price:$33,368

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4012
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 23
Horsepower : 268@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 258@2400-5000
Wheelbase : 108.5
Length (in.) : 178.3
Width (in.) : 74.25
Height (in.) : 66.9

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Price, Review

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The newest supercar from Mercedes is all new. Unlike the McLaren that it replaces, this car is solely designed and engineered by Mercedes. Even the 6.2-liter V-8, which was sourced from the SL63 AMG, had so many significant changes more than 120 redesigned parts that it has a new internal designation. Top speed is said to be 197 mph.

Mercedes-Benz as well as McLaren were not completely happy with the SLR supercar. The vehicle was engineered by both carmakers. In 2011, the SLR has been displaced by the SLS AMG by Mercedes-Benz. The SLS demonstrates the first time in nearly forty years that Mercedes has crafted a vehicle sporting gullwing doors. Ingress and egress is only minimally compromised with such an addition.

The SLS is just under 183 inches long — slightly longer than the SL — and is a mere 49.3-inches tall. It is rounded corners and aerodynamically slippery, with gorgeous gullwing doors. But it isn’t pretty from every angle.

The cabin is sports-car pure, yet still contains bits of die-cast aluminum brightwork. Its design was inspired by aircraft cockpits; the dashboard has a wing-like shape with electroplated vents. The center console is made from matte metal.

With 563 horsepower and an estimated 3573-pound curb weight, the SLS AMG’s weight/power ratio is an impressive 6.3:1, and it reaches 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Paddles allow quick, easy shifts. Switching from hard acceleration to hard braking and taking the SLS through tight turns near the adhesion limits of the tires don’t bother this car in the slightest. Yet the suspension also excels at absorbing bumps in the road.

AMG’s three-stage stability control is standard on this car, as are eight airbags. Ventilated, perforated compound disc brakes come with the SLS AMG, and larger ceramic carbon brakes are available.

Bodystyles: Coupe
Engines: 6.2L V-8
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic
Models: SLS AMG

EPA Fuel Economy
14 mpg city/19 mpg highway

Price : $183,000

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price, Review, Specs

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The C-Class is the Mercedes-Benz entry luxury sedan and coupe. The sedan was redesigned for 2008 and receives updated for 2012 while a coupe version is offered for the first time. Also new for 2012 is the C36 AMG Coupe Black Series, the most powerful C-Class ever produced with a 510-horsepower normally-aspirated 6.3-liter V8 engine combined with the AMB SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission. The C-Class was introduced in 1993 as a 1994 model to replace the 190 sedan. The first C-Class Coupe was introduced for 2002 and continued through the 2005 model.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is available in sedan and coupe body styles, both of which are available in C250, C350 and C63 AMG trim levels. The sedan is furthermore available as a C300 4Matic, while the coupe gets an added C63 AMG Black Series.

The C250 and C300 trims all come standard with 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats (with adjustable lumbar), MB Tex vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming interior and driver-side mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack, a USB audio jack and HD radio. The C300 4Matic adds all-wheel drive and a V6 engine.

In sedan form, the C250 and C300 are further differentiated into Luxury and Sport sub-trims. These differ in wheel design, suspension tuning, styling details, steering wheel design and interior trim type. When equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive, the Luxury also includes a comfort-tuned suspension. The Premium 1 package adds on four-way adjustable lumbar support for the front seats, heated front seats, driver memory functions, a power-adjustable steering wheel, split-folding rear seats and a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and an iPod interface (optional separately as well).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 201 hp and 229 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic are standard. According to Mercedes, the rear-drive C250 goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and at the time of this writing, this engine was estimated by Mercedes to achieve 24 mpg combined and 30 mpg highway.

The Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 228 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, and it’s the only C-Class that gets all-wheel drive. According to Mercedes, it, too, goes from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and the manufacturer assesses fuel economy at 20 mpg combined.

Under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz C350 is a 3.5-liter V6 good for 302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes estimates a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and fuel economy of 21 mpg combined.

With the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, you get a 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque; add the AMG Development package and hp gets bumped up to 481. A seven-speed automated manual transmission is standard. In Edmunds performance testing of the previous C63 with its more conventional transmission, it shot to 60 mp in 4.4 seconds (the new transmission may be good for a tenth or two off that). Fuel economy is estimated by Mercedes to be 16 mpg combined.

The C63 AMG Black Series gets a more powerful version of the 6.2-liter V8 good for 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. AMG says it’ll hit 60 in 4.2 seconds.

Safety

Every 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, a driver knee airbag, front side thorax airbags, front side pelvic airbags and full-length curtain airbags. Also standard is Mercedes Attention Assist, which monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness and inattention. Rear side thorax airbags are standard on the coupe and optional on the sedan. Other safety-oriented options include the Lane Tracking package — which adds a blind-spot warning system and a lane-departure warning system — and Mercedes-Benz mbrace emergency telematics.

Interior Design and Special Features

Just tugging on the C-Class’ door handle makes you feel as if you’ve cracked open an impenetrable vault. This model’s interior was always beautifully crafted and it gets even better for 2012, though its austere ambience and angular design may still convey a less luxurious feel to some. Additional wood or metal trim for 2012 helps in this regard, while opting for a two-tone color scheme adds at least a small amount of warmth and excitement.

The controls are straightforward for this class of car, and Mercedes’ optional COMAND electronics interface is fairly easy to use; the iPod interface is particularly user-friendly. The COMAND screen no longer pops out of the dash like before, and it seems like a good change to us, as it’s a cleaner look and one less thing to go wrong.

Though the sedan is bigger than previous C-Class editions, it’s hardly the best choice for growing families. Some might find a child seat difficult to install in the narrow, bucketlike backseat positions, and the 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side. As for the coupe, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s definitely not a good choice for families, but then two-door luxury cars seldom are. Its trunk of 11.7 cubic feet is average-sized for the small luxury coupe class.

Driving Impressions

Regardless of whether you opt for the 2012 C250, C300 or C350, Mercedes’ entry-level luxury car boasts precise steering and handling, as well as overall driving dynamics that measure up just fine compared to other sedans and coupes in the segment. Despite their somewhat sporty character, the Sport variants are never harsh on the road and can tackle long road trips with ease. The Luxury variants ride a little softer and have a quieter exhaust system, resulting in a more serene driving environment.

Though the C250′s four-cylinder isn’t as potent as the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Audi A4/A5, its performance should be suitable for most drivers; the C300 4Matic offers slightly more power and all-weather traction. With the C350, you get an engine that’s truly compelling; this V6 has a sharp, responsive character and increased hp for 2012

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Price :

MSRP range: $34,800 – $61,430
Invoice price range: $32,364 – $57,130

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3538
City (MPG): 21
Hwy (MPG) : 31
Horsepower : 201@5500
Torque (lb-ft): 229@2200-4300
Wheelbase : 108.7
Length (in.) : 180.7
Width (in.) : 69.7
Height (in.) : 54.8

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Price, Review & Picture

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, There is a new limited edition for 2011 the SL550 Night Edition, of which 100 will be produced. It comes with matte black paint, premium black leather, 19-inch AMG wheels, and silver painted brake calipers. All models get tire-pressure monitoring, HD Radio, and Sirius Traffic. Quartz Blue is new paint color. The SL600 model and amazing SL65 Black do not return.

The two-passenger SL-Class is held precious and is honored by Mercedes-Benz; the carmaker launched the vehicle in the 1950s for the purposes of racing. The SL translates as Sport Leicht or Sport Light, and it is a successful endurance race car. After many incarnations, the SL-Class is a vehicle that is an expression of status. Presently, models are luxurious, they have lots of brightwork, and it is heavier than ever before.

The SL-Class has a heavier body weight but that doesn’t dampen its abilities; the car has had powertrain increases over time. The SL Class 2011 model is a 2010 carryover. Three motors are offered including the 5.5-Liter or V-8 with 518 hp, the 6.0-Liter V-12 with 604 hp, and the 6.2-Liter V-8. The V-8s are joined to a seven-speed auto tranny; the V-12s are joined to a five-speed auto.

The modern-day SL is streamlined, low-slung, and large. Whether you prefer coupe or convertible, the SL can satisfy both, as the retractable power hardtop keeps the lines attractive whether the top is up or down.

The cabin is awash in luxury leather and wood, and all of the creature comforts you would expect at this price range. Both seats are 12-way adjustable and heated, and navigation and a 10-speaker audio system are standard.

Even though the SL-Class may be perceived as more boulevard cruiser than track performer, the convertible gets up to speed in a hurry. The S550, by Mercedes’ estimates, takes only 5.3 seconds to get to 60 mph. That number goes down to 4.5 seconds in the SL63 and 4.2 in the SL65. The AMG models offer three-stage traction control and Speedshift transmission.

Four-wheel discs with four-channel ABS and brake assist are standard, as are stability control and traction control. Dual front airbags, head-thorax side-impact airbags, and a driver knee airbag also come standard.

Bodystyles: Convertible
Engines: 5.5L V-8, 6.2L V-8, 6.0L V-12
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic
Models: SL550, SL63 AMG, SL65 AMG

EPA Fuel Economy
SL550: 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway
SL63 AMG: 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway
SL65 AMG: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway

Price : $102,600 – $198,750

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Price, Review

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, There is a new limited edition for 2011 — the SL550 Night Edition, of which 100 will be produced. It comes with matte black paint, premium black leather, 19-inch AMG wheels, and silver painted brake calipers. All models get tire-pressure monitoring, HD Radio, and Sirius Traffic. Quartz Blue is new paint color. The SL600 model and amazing SL65 Black do not return.

The two-passenger SL-Class is held precious and is honored by Mercedes-Benz; the carmaker launched the vehicle in the 1950s for the purposes of racing. The SL translates as Sport Leicht or Sport Light, and it is a successful endurance race car. After many incarnations, the SL-Class is a vehicle that is an expression of status. Presently, models are luxurious, they have lots of brightwork, and it is heavier than ever before.

The SL-Class has a heavier body weight but that doesn’t dampen its abilities; the car has had powertrain increases over time. The SL Class 2011 model is a 2010 carryover. Three motors are offered including the 5.5-Liter or V-8 with 518 hp, the 6.0-Liter V-12 with 604 hp, and the 6.2-Liter V-8. The V-8s are joined to a seven-speed auto tranny; the V-12s are joined to a five-speed auto.

In 2009, the SL-Class was redesigned. The car retains the same dimensions and basic structure as earlier models. This car comes in a convertible too. If you want a hardtop roadster with a retractable roof, this vehicle is ideal.

The modern-day SL is streamlined, low-slung, and large. Whether you prefer coupe or convertible, the SL can satisfy both, as the retractable power hardtop keeps the lines attractive whether the top is up or down. The cabin is awash in luxury leather and wood, and all of the creature comforts you would expect at this price range. Both seats are 12-way adjustable and heated, and navigation and a 10-speaker audio system are standard.

Even though the SL-Class may be perceived as more boulevard cruiser than track performer, the convertible gets up to speed in a hurry. The S550, by Mercedes’ estimates, takes only 5.3 seconds to get to 60 mph. That number goes down to 4.5 seconds in the SL63 and 4.2 in the SL65. The AMG models offer three-stage traction control and Speedshift transmission.

Four-wheel discs with four-channel ABS and brake assist are standard, as are stability control and traction control. Dual front airbags, head-thorax side-impact airbags, and a driver knee airbag also come standard.

Bodystyles: Convertible
Engines: 5.5L V-8, 6.2L V-8, 6.0L V-12
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic
Models: SL550, SL63 AMG, SL65 AMG

EPA Fuel Economy
SL550: 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway
SL63 AMG: 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway
SL65 AMG: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL Class Price, Review & Picture

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL Class Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The 2011 CL-Class lineup features a restyled body and cabin and new mbrace telematics. The CL550′s 5.5-liter V-8 has been replaced by a 4.6-liter, 429-horsepower direct-injection V-8 with 47 more horses and a whopping 185 pound-feet more torque. The CL63 gets a new twin-turbo 5.5-liter direct-injected V-8 with stop/start technology, plus AMG’s seven-speed multi-clutch trans. CL65 now offers more power, and there are several new safety systems on all models.

The CL-Class by Mercedes-Benz is the vehicle manufacturer’s largest coupe offering sporting a wheel base of 116-inches. The car is shorter than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The CL-Class has a similar styling to the S-Class and when the latter vehicle got a redesign the CL-Class was also redesigned. In 2011 models, new changes have been made including the addition of extravagant wheel arches, assertive contouring, and an angular nose and tail.

There are not many coupes offered at this price or size. The CL-Class resides in an elite group; The vehicle is a competitor of Bentley and Jaguar offerings. Car buyers that choose the CL-Class can choose from the V-8 or V-12 motor. Both engines are joined to a seven-speed auto tranny. The V-8, direct injection, twin-turbo engine offers 429 horsepower and the CL-Class comes with all-wheel-drive too.

The CL-Class offers a great deal of power and its steering is refined. The car buyer will be more than pleased in his or her investment. The rear seating is somewhat compromised however, so if you demand spaciousness, opt for the S-Class instead.

The 2011 C-Class receives a new hood, grille, and fenders, and a new exterior color, Magnetite Black, is available. There are also LED turn signals and taillights. The C-Class rolls on 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels depending on trim level and options. The CL-Class seats four. Leather seating, 14-way power heated and vented seats and an 11-speaker harman/kardon audio system are standard. Alcantara headliner, Bluetooth interface, iPod integration, and heated steering wheel are available.

The smallest engine, now a twin-turbo V-8, adds nearly 200 pound-feet of torque for 2011. The largest engine also has more power: 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. All four provide smooth, seemingly endless power backed by a choice of seven-speed automatics. Despite its large size, the CL-Class’ handling is top-notch; AMG options make straight-line 0-to-60 runs even more entertaining and braking power even more impressive. Dual front airbags, front and rear side airbags, driver-side knee bag, and full-length head curtain are standard. Also standard are four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, stability control, attention assist, active lane keeping assist, and active blind spot assist.

Body styles: Coupe
Engines: 4.6L V-8, 5.5L turbocharged V-8, 6.0L V-12, 6.2L V-12
Transmissions: 7-speed automatic
Models: CL550 4MATIC, CL63 AMG, CL600, CL65 AMG

Price : $113,150 – $209,300

2011 Nissan Armada Price, Review & Picture

2011 Nissan Armada Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, For 2011 the Armada’s lineup has been shuffled. The new SV and SL replace the previous SE and Titanium, respectively, while the top-of-the-line Platinum continues unchanged. New exterior (Espresso Black) and interior (Almond) hues are added to the color palettes. All two-wheel-drive models now come with a 2.94 rear axle ratio, helping increase towing capacity to 8200 pounds.

The Armada is an SUV from Nissan. It stems from the ladder frame F-Alpha platform. It is a full sized vehicle with the attributes of a truck if considering its payload and towing abilities, but it still looks sporty. The Armada can achieve zero-to-sixty in 6.8 seconds. It brakes from sixty-to-zero in 128 feet, and it has a eight seater, spacious interior. The vehicle is practical and spacious. It has a second row of seats that fold flat for even more space. The last row of seating has a 60-40 split so more cargo area is supplied too. The Armada is fitted with a 5.6-Liter V-8 engine coupled to a five-speed auto tranny.

This SUV grips the road for a .76g of lateral grip due to the inclusion of a control arm suspension. It rides like a sedan. It has exceptional handling an ergonomic styling. The V-8 Armada Endurance uses E-8 Flex Fuel or regular unleaded. It has a mediocre fuel economy delivering 12 mpg/18 mpg. A new model will appear in a year, based on the Japan-sourced Patrol. Armada’s two-box design, out since 2004, has aged well, thanks in part to a bold front grille, flared fenders, and “hidden” rear door handles. Available exterior equipment includes fog lamps and a chrome roof rack. With a long 123.2-inch wheelbase but relatively short 207.7-inch overall length, the Armada manages to deliver impressive room for eight passengers and up to 97.1 cubic feet of cargo space. A gated floor-mounted shifter provides a carlike experience.

A 5.6-liter Endurance V-8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque motivates the Armada with gusto. Paired to a five-speed automatic, the 5.6 pushes the 5700-pound Armada from 0 to 60 in under seven seconds. The full-size eight-passenger Armada features a heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame and control-arm suspension, both of which contribute to 0.76 g lateral acceleration. The Armada comes fitted with front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the last for outboard occupants in all three rows. The Armada also gets front-seat active head restraints, stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Bodystyle: SUV
Engine: 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Models: SL, SV, Platinum

New Car for new market

New Car for new market – what car reviews, Sportage is a jeep or SUV type vehicles manufactured by KIA Motors Automotive Company. This car was launched in late 1993. KIA Sportage has 2 generations, the Sportage I (1993-2003) and the Sportage II (2004-present). Entered Indonesia through CBU Build Up that means the Kia Sportage is not assembled in Indonesia. However, as a manufacturer of Indonesia pledged to sell the Kia Sportage is assembled in Indonesia. Although the price is affordable, safety equipment is to install the ABS and EBD control systems suppose to control braking and airbag seven points, and is equipped with Cruise Control. Sportage I and II are very economical in terms of fuel consumption to reach 13.5 kilometers to a liter of gasoline. For diesel engines, Sportage I and II can reach 20 kilometers to a liter of diesel. While Kia Sportage 2700cc engine can only travel 7.5 km a liter of gasoline.

While the engine choice will be made 2.0-liter capacity and 2.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol and diesel type which consists of 1.7-liter and 2.0-liter. As Tucson is sold in the North American market, the latest Sportage will tuck 6-speed transmission. The engine generates maximum power of 166 horsepower, available in two variants of the transmission, the six-speed manual and automatic. Kia, an affiliate company of Hyundai Motor Co.., targets sales of 140,000 units of the new Sportage this year, including 37,000 units for the domestic market. New Kia Sportage 2011 brings new innovations applied to sports utility vehicle (SUV) this. It was there in the front seat, and later will become an option. Sportage is equipped with front seat heating and ventilation system developed by Amerigon Incorporated (AI).ower, available in two variants of the transmission, the six-speed manual and automatic. Kia, an affiliate company of Hyundai Motor Co.., targets sales of 140,000 units of the new Sportage this year, including 37,000 units for the domestic market. New Kia Sportage 2011 brings new innovations applied to sports utility vehicle (SUV)

No more gas guzzling: the SUVs that skimp on fuel

The old gas guzzling image of the SUV is being left behind as a slew of recent models show fuel efficiency is now one of the top priorities for drivers and manufacturers.

Hybrid vehicles in particular are at the forefront of this trend, with big motoring names pouring resources into ensuring that going green no longer means compromising on performance.

There are always going to be other factors, but if outright efficiency is your main criteria for finding the right SUV, then the following should make your list of top the five:

Ford’s latest hybrid is placed by numerous car sites including Edmunds as a top SUV choice for sheer miles-to-the-gallon efficiency. Its 2.5-litre engine utilises green technology that Ford has been developing for over a decade to achieve a superb 34 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.

Fitted out with a 3.5-litre engine, going from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds, the Lexus packs a punch while coming in not far behind the Ford in terms of pure efficiency at 32 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

Using Mazda’s own SKYACTIV technology, the CX5 crossover SUV has a 2.0-litre engine that produces 155 hp. Praised by consumers and industry experts on its release earlier this year it also averages 30mpg.

A hatchback SUV which is nippy and stylishly designed, the Juke is also among the skimpiest in fuel consumption at 27 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway. Its 1.6-litre engine and 188 hp translates into an impressively sporty drive.

Evening out at 28mpg in city and highway conditions, the Toyota packs plenty of power with a 3.5-litre engine, while also being the model with the most cargo space. At the higher end of the SUV price range, this model delivers what it what it promises to.

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Drill Baby, Drill

Technology has outpaced regulation when it comes to the latest advances in oil and gas drilling and extraction. However, with both state and federal regulations under development, the law may soon catch up.

At the federal level, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) plans to release a set of revised proposed regulations addressing hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) by the end of March. A copy of the regulations, which will apply to drilling activities on federal lands, was recently leaked ahead of its publication in the federal register. The proposed regulations, originally released last May, have been revised in response to public comments. The revised regulations drop a pre-drilling compliance certification requirement, and although the rules would require disclosure of fracking chemicals to BLM, such disclosure would be made after drilling and would be subject to potential trade secret protection. The regulations additionally require that operators have an appropriate management plan for flowback water and set standards for well bore construction. Notably, unlike the original version, the revised regulations appear limited to fracking as opposed to other drilling techniques, such as “acidizing.”

The BLM is not the only federal agency looking into possible fracking regulation. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency is currently studying the effects of fracking on drinking water sources, something that could become a steppingstone to water quality based regulations.

Regulatory efforts are also heating up at the state level. For example, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”), released a “discussion draft” set of rules in December that would require oil companies to notify state officials at least 10 days prior to fracking and to disclose fracking fluid chemicals on the website FracFocus.org, unless such chemicals are protected as trade secrets or confidential business information. The draft rules also require well testing to assure that the well can withstand fracking force, and a public posting of information about the testing results and where fracking is scheduled to occur at least seven days before drilling.

Other recent California initiatives are also aimed at fracking. For example, SB 395 would have water produced during the drilling processes treated as hazardous waste. Other bills introduced in California would similarly subject fracking to greater scrutiny. For example, some of the provisions in proposed laws would require avoidance of seismicity risk, require oil companies to demonstrate that use of fracking would present no threat to public health and safety, require full disclosure of well construction materials and chemical use, and provide for citizen suits for disclosure failures. The California South Coast Air Quality Management District also appears ready to propose regulations governing fracking and its impact on air quality.

Between BLM and DOGGR’s proposed regulations, state legislative efforts, and indications of other possible rules, drilling oversight promises to be a big focus this year. How those efforts will impact the use of hydraulic fracturing in California remains to be seen, especially as domestic production of oil and gas surges, stimulating economic activity and reducing dependence on foreign sources. In the least, as both industry and environmentalists ramp up their arguments, we can expect a year of hearty debate over fracking related techniques and other technological developments in oil and gas exploration and production.

The Great Ethanol Caper – A Seemingly Good Idea Gone Wrong

It is a rare event indeed when oil industry, environmental groups, poverty advocates, taxpayer groups and livestock growers all unanimously agree that a federal program has gone horribly wrong. But that is exactly what happened with respect to the federal ethanol in gasoline mandate. How did this come to be?

While the concept of adding ethyl alcohol, commonly referred to as “ethanol,” to gasoline dates all the way back to the early 1900s, a real push for such a result began in the 1970s by corn growers. It finally gained some traction in the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, which mandated that oxygenates be added to gasoline to make it burn more cleanly in areas with poor air quality. While methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) became the oxygenate of choice based primarily on its price, leakage of the chemical from underground storage tanks (and because it migrates faster and farther in soil and groundwater than other gasoline components) resulted in the product being banned and a switch by fuel manufacturers to corn-based ethanol. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 cemented the role of corn-based ethanol by including a Renewable Fuel Standard that required all gasoline sold in the nation to be comprised of 5 percent oxygenate. In 2007, that requirement was revised to require increasing amounts of oxygenate in every year up until 2022. However, starting in 2012, the amount of corn-based ethanol that could be added to gasoline was capped, and the remaining oxygenate requirement had to be filled by so-called advanced biofuels — oxygenates made from cellulosic biomass such as switch grass. If transportation fuel manufacturers failed to achieve the required levels, the law required that they purchase “waiver credits” instead. Unfortunately, while cellulosic biomass and other biofuels may someday become readily available, no such fuels for commercial use were produced in either 2011 or 2012.

This series of events, caused by federal policy, has produced a number of negative consequences that have given birth to the strange coalition of forces mentioned above, who are now lobbying Congress and the EPA to make drastic changes in the mandate. Among those consequences are the following: With respect to corn-ethanol, a huge percentage of all corn grown in the United States (at least 40 percent), which produces about 40 percent of the world’s total corn supply, has been diverted from food and animal feed production for use in fuel, resulting in an increase in the cost of corn-based products that has been estimated to be as high as 68 percent, which in turn has increased world hunger and caused rapid deforestation in order to plant more crops. Because that deforestation increases the amount of greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere, many experts have now concluded that ethanol causes greater harm to the environment than the gasoline it is intended to replace. With respect to advanced biofuels, fuel manufacturers have been forced to obtain waiver credits, costing millions of dollars for biofuels they did not purchase because the products do not exist, driving up the cost of providing another essential consumer commodity — motor fuel.

It will be interesting to see how this well-intentioned fiasco finally gets sorted out.