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2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is not only full of luxury and performance, it stands out in its class because of the sleek and contemporary look. The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a beautifully designed car. This coupe like sedans is based on previous-generation E-Class. It shares number of major components and the structure with the E-Class. If you are looking for a car with distinctive styling, strong performance and a luxurious interior, give the CLS a test drive.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in two trim level; CLS550 and CLS63 AMG. The Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is powered by a powerful 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The Mercedes CLS63 AMG gets a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 507 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with a seven-speed gearbox with Sportronic manual-shift capability. The CLS-Class is a Four-Wheel-Drive vehicle but in normal condition only the rear wheels get power unless they are losing grip. Another version with 4.6L V8 engine is going to be added with the name “CLS550 4MATIC” in 2012 CLS-Class line up.

Inside the cabin, the interior is well finished with wood panels, chrome trim surrounds and premium materials with lots of details. Because of the coupe-like roof line on the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class the rear seats lacks head room, tall passengers might find their head touching the roof. Otherwise the cabin is full of comfort and luxury. The CLS-Class cars offer plenty of entertainment value to go along with their beautiful exteriors.

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Title › 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class features every convenience you’d expect from a premium luxury sedan including 10-way adjustable seats, glass sunroof, adjustable air suspension, four-zone climate control, LCD control center and Tele-Aid. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability protection, an advanced electro-hydraulic braking system, front airbags, front-side airbags, rear-side and side-curtain airbags. The CLS63 AMG adds an AMG-engineered suspension and a number of exterior upgrades unique to the AMG brand.

The 15.9 cubic feet trunk of 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers almost the same space as the E-Class sedan. In terms of interior comfort, the CLS makes for a great four-passenger sedan.

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2010 Mercury Mountaineer

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is a midsize SUV, identical to the Ford Explorer with some differences in exterior styling and equipment differences, the Mountaineer is basically an another version of the Explorer with extra premium features and softer suburban look. The Mercury Mountaineer is optional Four-Wheel-Drive SUV, while Ford Explorer is FWD vehicle. The Mountaineer offered decent off-roading capability along with good space for a medium-size family (with optional third-row seats), decent handling and ride quality. The Mercury Mountaineer is available in two trim-levels; base and Premier, rear-wheel drive is standard on both trims, with all-wheel drive optional.

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer is offered with two engine options; 4.0-liter V6 and 4.6-liter V8. The 4.0-liter engine makes 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. The optional 4.6-liter V8 engine puts out a peppier 292 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6, while the V8 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available with either engine. The V6 achieves 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway while the V8 consumes 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

The 2010 Mercury Mountaineer base model comes equipped with cruise control, full power accessories, a six-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, and a stereo with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. There are other optional features available as package called “Five-Passenger Value Package” and “Seven-Passenger Value Package”. The Five-Passenger Value Package adds driver memory functions, rear manual climate controls, leather upholstery, reverse parking sensors, running boards, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, heated power front seats, satellite radio and the Sync voice-activated communication and entertainment system. The Seven-Passenger Value Package includes the same features plus a 50/50-split manual-folding third-row bench. Sunroof is also available as stand-alone option.

The Mercury Mountaineer Premier comes standard with rear parking sensors, aluminum roof rails, leather upholstery, aluminum-trimmed heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, 18-inch chrome wheels, heated power front seats, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear manual climate controls, driver memory functions and Sync. Optional features on the Premier model include 20-inch wheels, tow package, a power-folding third-row seat, power running boards, a rear-seat entertainment system, second-row fold-flat bucket seats and a voice-activated navigation system with DVD audio and video capability and an internal hard drive.

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Title › 2010 Mercury Mountaineer

Standard safety equipments include antilock disc brakes and stability control with a rollover sensor, front-seat side airbags and first- and second-row side curtain airbags.

The interior looks neat and well arranged with the use high quality of materials. Second-row passengers have good leg and headroom, but the third row is narrow and low to the floor, tall adults might find the third row uncomfortable over long drive. The Seven-passenger Mercury Mountaineers can hold 83.7 cubic feet of luggage, while the five-passenger versions can hold 85.8 cubic feet.

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is affordable hatchback version of the Mitsubishi Lancer sedan. It looks as sleek and sporty as the sedan but hatchback design offers more cargo space than the sedan. But cost cutting in the Sportback is visible in the material used in the cabin. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback remains almost same as the 2010 Sportback except few minor changes or additions like Mitsubishi’s optional Fuse voice-activation system.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is available in two front-wheel drive trims – ES and GTS – and one all-wheel drive Ralliart trim. The ES is powered by a 148 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 145 pound-feet of torque and fuel economy of 24 in the city and 32 on the highway, while the GTS gets a 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 167 lb-ft of torque having fuel economy of 22 in the city and 31 on the highway. The Ralliart models gets a 237 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 253 lb-ft of torque and achieves 17 in the city and 25 on the highway.

The ES and GTS models are paired with a five-speed manual transmission, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The Ralliart is paired with a six-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift transmission (TC-SST) with paddle shifters.

Standard features on the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback base ES include 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, rocker-sill bodywork extensions, keyless entry, a tilt-only steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer, a 60/40-split rear seat with a center armrest and a four-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. Beside getting a more powerful engine the GTS adds 18-inch alloy wheels, aero-style bodywork pieces, Bluetooth, chrome exhaust tips, a sport-tuned suspension, keyless ignition/entry, full power accessories, automatic climate control, sport front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, manual driver-seat height adjustment, the Fuse voice-activation system and a six-speaker stereo with a USB port. The Ralliart adds an automated dual-clutch manual transmission, satellite radio and keyless ignition/entry. Most of the features on top end models are also available as standalone or packaged option along with some additional options.

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Title › 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Standard safety features in 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback include front-seat side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and stability control. Antilock brakes are also standard, with four-wheel disc brakes on the GTS and Ralliart and rear drums for the ES.

While the look and performance of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback makes it score high in the segment the interior drags it down in the list. The material used in the cabin lacks quality. The seats are quite comfortable, with a generous amount of legroom. The cargo is large enough with 13.8 cubic feet of storage and expands up-to 47 cubic feet when the 60/40 split rear seats are folded down. With an adjustable cargo floor the GTS can hold up to 52.7 cubic feet of load.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet


The Mercedes-Benz E-Class used to comes in form of sedan and coupe, in 2011 Mercedes added convertible and brought back wagon in the E-Class line up. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class also gets diesel-fueled V6 engine as option. Mercedes-Benz is offering the E-Class Cabriolet in only two trim levels in US, based on engine choice; the E350 with a V6 and the E550 with V8 engine. The one-inch thick soft top folds down in 17 seconds with a push of a button. While the top is on it does a good job of keeping wind noise out.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 268 horsepower, along with 258 lb-ft of torque with fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The 5.5-liter V8 in the E550 delivers 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy is around 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Both the engines, specially the V8 produces enough power for the E-Class to give it plenty of speed. Both the E350 and E550 make use of a 7-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class falls in mid-size luxury category with all the amenities one would expect from a Mercedes including CD/FM/MP3 with 8 speakers audio system, DVD player with 7-in. screen, Bluetooth enabled devices, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, voice activated controls, 3-memory adjustments for driver side include exterior mirrors, seat and steering wheel, tire pressure monitor, keyless entry, multi-function remote, multi ways adjustable front seats and power soft convertible top.

There is long list of optional features packaged as “Premium Package I” and “Premium Package II”. Package I includes COMAND with navigation system, heated front seats, premium harman-kardon audio with HD radio and Sirius satellite radio hardware, rearview camera and rear-glass sunshade. Package II includes Package I plus ventilated front seats, a bi-xenon active light system with automatic high-beam control and headlight washers, and keyless entry. There are few standalone options like rear-seat DVD entertainment.

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Title › 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Safety features include advanced antilock brakes and electronic stability program, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor, nine airbags: dual frontal, front-passenger side-impact torso, driver’s knee-protection, front passenger side-impact pelvis, and full cabin head-protection curtains. Rear passenger side-impact airbags are optional.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet’s cabin is almost same as the sedan version. The front seats are leather-covered and gives firm, supportive cushions. The cabriolet has two decently sized rear seats, but short on legroom. The trunk measures 11.5 cubic feet, but with the top down the cargo space reduces 8.8 cubic feet.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class


The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is difficult to categorize from its shape, it is not a sedan, not a SUV, neither looks like a wagon. It is larger than a crossover and drives like a sedan. The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has been the roomiest and most comfortable passenger car since it was introduced in 2006. In 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class gets some major face-lift, keeping it carrying capabilities almost same.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class is offered in two trims, the R350 4MATIC and the R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC. Standard equipment in both iterations includes a sunroof, an AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, faux leather upholstery, a 60/40 split-folding second-row seat, a universal garage door opener, self-leveling rear air suspension, automatic headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety equipment consists of front side airbags, side-curtain airbags for all three rows, dual front airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, rear park assist, anti-lock brakes with emergency brake assist, active front head restraints, traction control and electronic stability control with trailer stabilization. To help avoid a potential accident the R-Class also comes with Mercede‘s Pre-Safe system.

The R350 4MATIC is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque having fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, while the R350 BlueTEC has a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine that makes 210 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque achieving 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Both engines are paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Both versions come standard with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The 3.5-liter engine reaches Zero to sixty mph in 8 seconds while the 3.0-liter engine takes 8 seconds.

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Title › 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Inside, the Mercedes-Benz R-Class only thing you wo’nt miss is space and comfort. The second-row seats offer enough headroom and legroom for even tall passengers. The third row is also spacious and comfortable to accommodate two adults without complaint, although the short seat bottoms will limit long-trip comfort. The R-Class is also offers good amount of cargo space. Both the second- and third-row seats fold flat to create a large, 85-cubic-foot cargo area. The Mercedes-Benz R-Class has 42.2 cubic feet of cargo space when the third-row seats are folded. Being a Mercedes R-Class offers smooth and comfortable ride.

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2011 Mazda Mazda2


When everyone going for green and fuel efficient cars, Mazda came with all new 2011 Mazda 2, Mazda’s first B-segment vehicle for America since the 323. The Mazda 2 is not only comfortable and reliable but it is priced quite aggressively in its segment. But it falls behind when it comes to cargo space or rear seats leg-room.

Mazda 2 is available in two trim level; Sport and Touring. The Sport comes standard with full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning and a four-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary input jack. Stepping up to the Mazda 2 Touring trim will get you 15-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, fog-lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer, cruise control, upgraded cloth seats with red piping, and two additional speakers for the audio system.

One can also opt for few optional features like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a removable Garmin navigation system and a center console with an armrest.

Standard safety features in the 2011 Mazda 2 include antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and stability and traction control.

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Title › 2011 Mazda 2

The 2011 Mazda 2 is powered by a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine (the only engine option) that produces 100 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is available as optional. The fuel economy is around 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway for the manual transmission and 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for the automatic. It can reach zero to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds with the manual.

The interior of the Mazda 2 is compatible with the other cars of this segment. The front seats are relatively comfortable and offer enough room for taller adults but the rear seats lack leg room and looks flat. The Mazda 2 has a relatively small cargo space with capacity of 13.3 cubic feet. With the 60/40-split seats folded the cargo space increases up to 27.8 cubic feet.

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2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

When it was launched the MINI Cooper was the smallest car available in the U.S. It achieved popularity within short period of time despite not being the fastest or most practical car but for being different. In 2011 MINI introduced the Countryman, the first 4-door vehicle from MINI. Compared with the Cooper, the MINI Countryman is much bigger in size, it offers more rear cargo space, more room for passengers.

The 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman is offered in three models: base, S and S ALL4. Standard equipment include tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary input jack, trip computer, cooled glove box and 17-inch alloy wheels. The S model adds sport seats and fog lights. There are numbers of other individual optional features available.

Standard safety features include dual front airbags, curtain side airbags, traction control, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags and electronic stability control.

The Countryman is offered with two upgraded versions of the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine found in the current MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper Clubman. The base model produces 121 horsepower and 118lb-ft of torque having fuel economy of 27mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway. The Countryman S gets a turbocharged version of the 1.6 that produces 181 horsepower and 188lb-ft of torque achieving 26mpg in the city and 32mpg on the highway. The top of the line S ALL4 gets the same engine but fuel economy goes down to 25mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway. The S ALL4 model gets MINI’s first all-wheel-drive system.

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Title › 2011 MINI Countryman

Though 2011 MINI Countryman larger than other MINIs, but seats only four because of the two rear bucket seats. The materials used on the dashboard are appropriate for the price. The seats are supportive, and front passengers have plenty of headroom and legroom. There is plenty of room for two adults in back, even behind two larger adults up front. The MINI Countryman offers more driver and passengers storage options, and is offered in two configurations: a one-piece unit that runs the full length of the two seating rows, and a two-piece version with shorter rails front and rear.

There is a decent 18 cubic feet of space in the cargo area. The rear bucket seats do folds down but do not fold flat. With the seats folded the cargo space increases up-to 40 cubic feet.

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2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid


Since the launch Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has overtaken the title of most fuel-efficient luxury hybrid from the Lexus HS 250h. It is not only the most fuel efficient car – it is large in size and has got more luxury features. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is available only in one trim, though buyrs can choose from from number of optional features as package. The most notable feature on the KKZ Hybrid is a high-tech Sync system, which features a large, LCD touch-screen interface for operating things such as climate control, entertainment and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

A navigation package is available as option, a blind-spot awareness system and a voice-activated navigation system is a part of the navigation package. Above the navigation package another optional package is available called “ultimate Package”, which adds all the features of navigation package plus a power moonroof, wood-veneer trim, flashy 17-inch chrome wheels and adaptive HID headlights

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine found in the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The 2.5-liter engine and its small electric motor produce a combined 191 horsepower and 136 lb-ft of torque, and the combo puts power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is only available with front-wheel drive. It achieves an inpressive 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway and can reach up to 47 mph on all-electric power without using a drop of gasoline.

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Title › 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is adequately equipped for safe driving. Some of the safety features are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows, SOS Post-Crash Alert flashes lights and sounds horn. traction control and an electronic stability system as standard. Optional safety features include blind spot warning system and optional backup camera.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a comfortable cabin specially the high-quality leatherseats wrapped seats. The cabin is quiet, but the sound of the continuously variable transmission can be annoying. The trunk is surprisingly roomy for a hybrid, but because of the narrow opeing loading large objects might be difficult.

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