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2010 Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix is a sporty crossover based on the now Corolla platform with all-new interior. Matrix is available in seven trim level, Matrix Base 5-Spd MT, Matrix Base 4-Spd AT, Matrix S 5-Spd MT, Matrix S 5-Spd AT, Matrix S AWD 4-Spd AT, Matrix XRS 5-Spd MT and Matrix XRS 4-Spd AT with two engine options.

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2010 toyota matrix

The Toyota Matrix base model comes with the 1.8liter DOHC 16-valve dual independent VVT-i 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 128lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm. With the five-speed manual, the Matrix gets 26mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway with a slight decrease with the four-speed automatic to 25mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway respectively.

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sporty, crossover, Corolla, DOHC, 16-valve, standard, safety, stability, control, cargo-space, headroom, comfortable, utility

The Toyota Matrix S and Matrix XRS come with the 2.4Liter DOHC 16-valve VVT-i 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower, 26 horsepower over the 1.8L engine and an extra 34 lb.-ft of torque. Fuel consumption drops from the 1.8L engine at 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway with the five-speed manual and 21mpg in the city and 29mpg on the highway. The S also comes in an all-wheel drive model (S AWD 4-Spd AT) that comes standard with the four-speed automatic. The fuel consumption drops to 20mpg in the city and 26mpgon the highway respectively.

Standard features in Toyota Matrix are air conditioning w filter, tilt steering column, power steering, AM/FM/CD with four speakers, 115-volt power outlet, 60/40 split rear seats, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, intermittent wipers, outside temperature gauge, remote keyless entry with remote tailgate release, cargo nets and track system with tie-down hooks, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and rear-window defogger with timer.

All models come standard with safety equipments such as an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution with Brake assist, vehicle stability control with traction control, front airbags for both the driver and passenger as well as seat-mounted side airbags, active headrests and front and rear side curtain airbags and direct tire pressure monitor system.

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Title › 2010 Toyota Matrix

The new Toyota Matrix is sportier, sexier, with phenomenal cargo space. It offers plenty of headroom for tall drivers and passengers. The upright sitting stance that allows for easy access and comfortable all-over visibility. There is 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. The rear seat is split 60/40 and pressing a button flips the seat down to provide a completely flat floor capable of holding 53 cubic feet of cargo. Storage compartments and cargo nets provide owners with maximum utility. Front passenger seat also can be folded down.

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2011 Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a five-seater two door or four door compact family hatchback. Golf is available in six trim, 2.5L 2 Door, 2.5L 2 Door PZEV, 2.5L 4 Door, 2.5L 4 Door PZEV, 2.0L 2 Door TDI and 2.0L 4 Door TDI.

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2011 volkswagen golf


The Volkswagen Golf 2.5L 2 Door is equipped with a standard 2.5liter engine producing 170horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque that achieves 22mpg in city and 30mpg on highway. A 5 speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 6 speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

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compact, hatchback, equipped, engine, manual, overdrive, turbo, suspension, system, sunroof, premium, VW, stability, control, composed

The Golf 2.0L 4 Door TDI is equipped with a standard 2.0liter turbo, diesel engine producing 140horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, that achieves 30mpg in city and 41mpg on highway. A 6 speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. A 6 speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.

The Volkswagen Golf base 2.5L includes air-conditioning, 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, heated outside mirrors, cruise control, a trip computer, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, split-folding rear seats, metallic interior trim and an eight-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player.

The Volkswagen Golf TDI trims adds a sport suspension, a leather-wrapped shift knob and brake lever, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, floor mats, and an upgraded sound system with touchscreen controls, satellite radio, split-folding rear seats with a center armrest and pass-through, Bluetooth, an indash CD changer and an iPod interface.

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Title › 2011 Volkswagen Golf

Other otional features includes Cold Weather package and a sunroof. Bluetooth is optional on the Golf 2.5L. The TDI models comes with options like a premium Dynaudio sound system, adaptive xenon headlights, rear seat airbags and a navigation system.

Standard safety features in VW Golf include front-seat side airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability control and head curtain airbags.

The Volkswagen Golf is an effortless car to drive, and feels composed and solid on the road. Good soundproofing in the cabin makes it one of the quietest in its class. The cabin is surprisingly specious and comfortable. Two adults can sit comforatably on the rear row with enough head room and leg room. The boot is large compared to other hatchbacks and can hold up to 12.4 cubic feet of load.
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Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback one of the most versatile and comfortable cars on the road. The five seater Subaru Outback is a tall wagon available in a number of trim levels – Outback 2.5i, Outback 2.5i Premium, Outback 2.5i Limited, Outback 3.6R, Outback 3.6R Premium and Outback 3.6R Limited.

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2011 subaru outback


The Subaru Outbacks 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited are equiped with 2.5liter engine.The Subaru Outbacks sport 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited are equiped with 3.6liter enigen.

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versatile, comfortable, wagon, equiped, enigen, manual, transmission, CVT, package, interior, system, equipment, gearbox, torque

The Subaru Outbacks base 2.5i come with features like 4-wheel disc brakes, a 6-speed manual transmission, power windows and locks, air conditioning, 16-inch wheels, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel as standard. Outbacks comes with option of Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.

The Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a leather steering wheel, auto up/down driver’s window and fog lights. Other upgarde options are all-weather package, Lineartronic CVT, a 440-watt Harman Kardon stereo and a sunroof.

The Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited adds all-weather package, a 4-way power adjustable passenger seat, the Harman Kardon stereo, CVT, climate control and a leather-trimmed interior. Going with a Limited opens the door to options such as a navigation system and a sunroof.

The Subaru Outback 3.6R line has a bigger engine and 17-inch rolling stock as standard equipment, the Premium and Limited trims comes with the same equipment as seen in the 2.5i trim, except for the CVT gearbox, which is available only in the 2.5i.

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Title › 2011 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback 2.5i trims are powered by a 2.5-liter engine producing 170 horsepower at 5600rpm and 170lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The Outback 2.5i is equiped with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed delivers 19mpg city, 27mpg highway, while the CVT delivers 22mpg city, 29mpg highway.

The Outback 3.6R is equiped with a bigger 3.6-liter boxer six engine producing 256horsepower. A 5-speed automatic is the only option in the Outback 3.6R. The Outback 3.6 delivers 18mpg city, 25mpg highway.

The Subaru Outback cargo area is quite large. With the rear seats down, the outbreak sports can store 71.3 cubic feet of cargo volume. Driving position, quietness, comfort and overall quality inside the Outback is on par with the competition.

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Suzuki Kizashi Overview And Specs

Suzuki Kizashi is a fun to drive sedan with some nice equipment for a decent price.

The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is offered in four trims – Kizashi S, Kizashi SE, Kizashi GTS and Kizashi SLS. Standard features on the S include dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows,

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an AM/FM/CD stereo with USB port, door locks and mirrors, push-button starting, and 16-inch tires on steel wheels with wheel covers. The SE adds a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels.

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sedan, equipment, price, cruise, control, bluetooth, options, navigation, connectivity, traction, engine, transmission, comfort

The Kizashi GTS adds fog a sunroof, lights, audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming and cell phone connectivity and 18-inch alloy wheels. The top of the line Kizashi SLS adds heated front seats, rear park assist, a 4-way power front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and automatic headlights. Other options include the all-wheel-drive system with heated outside mirrors and a navigation system with a rearview camera.

The Suzuki Kizashi also offers some optional features like iPod connectivity, a 425-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, heated seats, a navigation system.

Standard safety features in all trims includes a tire-pressure monitor, dual-stage front airbags, side-curtain airbags for front rows, front and rear side airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and traction control.

The Suzuki Kizashi comes with a single engine option, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 185hp at 6500 rpm and 170lb-ft of torque at 4000rpm with the standard 6-speed manual transmission, or 180hp, 170lb-ft of torque with automatic transmission(CVT). The all-wheel-drive system is available only with the CVT.

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Title › 2011 Suzuki Kizashi

The Suzuki Kizashi with the CVT and 16inch wheels covers 23mpg city, 31mpg highway. The Kizashi with manual transmission and 16inch wheels covers 21mpg city, 31mpg highway. The AWD version covers 23mpg city, 30mpg highway which comes equiped with 16inch wheels. According to Suzuki a hybrid system will be offered in the next two years. Mostlikely a Turbocharged 4cylinder and a V6 engines also will be available.

The cabin looks and feels comfortable with plenty of room. The rear seat has enough room for average size adults. Rear-seat comfort is aided by a fold-down armrest with a pair of cupholders. The trunk is 13.3 cubic feet of volume. Foldable rear seats makes large storage room for long objects.

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Porsche Cayman Overview And Specs

The Porsche Cayman is a driving enthusiast’s dream car, with an exquisitely beautiful design and a powerful engine. Weighing less than 3,000 pounds and sporting a midengine layout, the Cayman handles well and is nimble when driven in a spirited fashion.

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The 2010 Porsche Cayman comes in two models with options the ‘Cayman Base’ and ‘Cayman S’. There are numerous choices exterior paint colors, in seats, upholstery colors, wheel sizes and designs, custom colors and custom leathers.

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beautiful, powerful, engine, sport, exterior, performance, cruise, control, suspension, designs, horsepower, equiped, transmission

Standard equipment on the ‘Cayman Base’ includes front and rear foglamps, 17-inch wheels, summer high-performance tires, eight-way adjustable seats, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with CD player. The Cayman S gets 18-inch wheels and a nine-speaker sound system.

The Cayman’s comes with other optional features like a limited-slip rear differential lock, ceramic composite brakes, different wheel sizes and designs, adaptive suspension, a rear window wiper, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, rear parking sensors, PDK shift paddles, a sport exhaust, automatic climate control, fully powered heated seats, ventilated seats, two different sport seat designs, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, an iPod interface, Bluetooth, voice controls, satellite radio, an in-dash or remote six-CD changer, a seven-speaker sound system upgrade for the base Cayman and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system for either model. The Sport Chrono package adds a lap timer and adjustable driver settings.

The Porsche Cayman is equiped with a 2.9liter six-cylinder engine producing 265 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. The Porsche Cayman S comes equiped with a 3.4-liter engine producing 320 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

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Title › Porsche Cayman

Both cars come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the seven-speed PDK automated manual is optional. The base car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, while the Cayman S reaches that speed in about 5 seconds.

The Porsche Cayman is a two seater car, there is plenty of room inside for two. There is a 150litre front boot, plus up to 260 litres in the split-level deck atop the mid-mounted engine and gearbox.

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2011 Nissan cube

The Nissan cube is an attention seeking odd looking car, it grabs onlookers’ attention in a way no entry-level compact does.

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The base 1.8 Nissan Cube comes standard with all the key desirables, CD player with aux input for a portable audio player, such as power accessories, keyless entry, 15-inch wheels and a multitude of safety features. The Cube S adds upgraded cloth and cruise control, the Cube SL adds features like 16-inch alloy wheels, standard continuously variable transmission,

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and an upgraded stereo with iPod connectivity, along with few additional conveniences. The Cube SL is the only available factory option for the cube. It packs in numerous techno-conveniences, including parking sonar and intelligent key.

The prepackaged custom Nissan Cube Krōm comes with features like aggressive front and rear fascias, unique 16-inch alloy wheels and a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer. The Krom also includes titanium-color interior trim, aluminum-trimmed pedals, 20-color ambient lighting and black/gray cloth upholstery.

The Nissan Cube is equiped with standard safety features like Air Bag System with dual-stage front airbags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The Cube also comes with a LATCH systems that secures car seats.

Every Nissan Cube is front-wheel drive and features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 122 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. The base Cube and Cube S come standard with a six-speed manual, while a CVT is optional on the S and standard on the SL and Krom. A Cube S with the CVT accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds.

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Title › 2011 Nissan cube

With the manual transmission, the Cube achieves an 24 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. All models come standard with traction control and Nissan’s stability control (VDC-Vehicle Dynamic Control).

The Nissan cube cabin is specious. There are plenty of headroom and legroom, aided by a sliding and reclining rear seat. Around back, a large rear door conveniently opens away from the curb to reveal a 11.4 cubic feet of storage space. After droping the split folding rear seats, and space improves significantly to 58.1 cubic feet. Seats have the cushioning of a dorm room sofa and offer about as much lateral support. The overall ambiance remains bubbly and inviting.

Cube has an overtly unique style and lighthearted nature that sets it apart from the crowd. Nissan’s Web site allows fans to build and reserve their own “cube Mobile Device.”

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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse


The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse is an Affordable Sports Cars.

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2011 mitsubishi eclipse

The Eclipse one of the most popular sport car because of its sleek styling, powerful engines, a decent amount of comfort and affordability. Eclipse is available in hardtop and convertible(Spyder) options. The Mitsubishi Eclipse is offered in base GS, GS Sport and GT trim levels. All are front-wheel drive and share their basic platform with the Galant sedan.

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affordable, sports, popular, sleek, engines, comfort, hardtop, convertible, accessories, power, safety, torque, manual

The base trim GS comes standard with air-conditioning, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 50/50-split rear seatback and a six-speaker sound system with CD player.

The GS Sport adds a sunroof, xenon headlights, foglights, heated leather front seats, heated power mirrors, a six-way power driver seat, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system with six-CD changer, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and steering wheel controls. The GT adds a standard V6 engine, a bigger rear stabilizer bar, bigger rear brakes, large rear spoiler and automatic climate control. The Spyder includes a power convertible roof.

Safety features in the Mitsubishi Eclipse includes stability control, four-wheel antilock brakes and front seat side airbags. The coupe features front side curtain airbags and the Spyder gets side airbags. There are no rear head restraints.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse GS are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Eclipse GS comes with a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic is optional on the GS and standard on the GS Sport.

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Title › 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Estimated fuel economy with the automatic is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. The Eclipse GT gets a 3.6-liter V6 producing 265 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard. Estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined

The Eclipse’s cabin is both stylish and simple. The front seats are well-contoured and supportive, but the upright rear seats have no head restraints and they it does not to provide much headroom. The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse features 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The Eclipse Spyder, however, only provides 5.7 cubic feet.

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2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

The cabin is comfortable and spacious, and the trunk’s 11.8 cubic feet of storage. The Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan hybrid are almost identical.

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2010 mercury milan hybrid


The hybrid system consists of a 156-hp, 2.4-liter four-banger hooked to a 106-hp electric motor. The system’s total power output is 191 horsepower, taking it to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. In terms of fuel economy it gives 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. When traveling under 47 mph, the system forces itself into battery-only, electric-vehicle mode often and appropriately, and the engine cuts in and out smoothly and relatively unobtrusively during such shifts.

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spacious, hybrid, electric, economy, battery, engine, control, auxiliary, sunroof, system, stability, comfortable, storage

The Mercury Milan Hybrid accelerates slightly faster than a four-cylinder 2010 Milan. The Mercury Milan Hybrid uses electronically-assisted steering. The Milan Hybrid offers a very light steering feel that can take time to grow accustomed to. The brakes are also electronically-assisted and gives a soft feel.

The Mercury Milan Hybrid comes in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, foglamps, cruise control, keyless entry and keypad code exterior access, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, eco-friendly cloth upholstery, an LCD gauge cluster, the Sync electronics interface system, and a six-speaker stereo with a six-CD/MP3 changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

Options include the Moon & Tune package that adds a 12-speaker surround-sound system and a sunroof. The voice-activated navigation system includes DVD audio and video capability, 10GB of digital music storage and Sirius Travel Link. The Driver’s Vision package adds a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera and cross-traffic alert.

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Title › 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

Standard safety equipment includes front, electronic stability control, side and curtain airbags, antilock brakes, traction control and rear parking sensors. A backup camera and blind-spot warning system are optional.

The cabin is comfortable and spacious, and the trunk has got 11.8 cubic feet of storage. The battery of the 2010 Milan Hybrid is located partially in the trunk. That robs the hybrid model of some space, making it a midsize car with a trunk size closer to that of many small cars. The hybrid model does not offer folding rear seats. The Mercury Milan Hybrid has two cupholders and two bottleholders in the front row and two cupholders in the rear seat’s armrest. There are a couple of convenient cubbies, including one in front of the gearshift and another at the base of the center stack.

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