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2011 Saab 9-5

The 2011 Saab 9-5 is the first car from Saab since GM sold the brand to the Dutch super-car brand Spyker. Despite the change of ownership, the 9-5 remains almost same, it shares the same platform as the Opel Insignia and shares engines with the Regal and Cadillac SRX. The 2011 Saab 9-5 remains almost same as the limited 2010 versions. In 2011 Saab added a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The 2011 Saab 9-5 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim level: Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo6 XWD and Aero. Standard features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog-lamps, keyless ignition, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, driver memory functions, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The Turbo4 Premium adds power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, headlight washers, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry and remote ignition. Optional Technology package includes a lane-departure warning system, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, advanced parking assist and a head-up display. The Rear Passenger package adds tri-zone automatic climate control, rear seat audio controls, and a DVD entertainment system with two front-headrest-mounted screens. Other individual optional features include a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen and 10GB of digital music storage.

The 2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4 comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4 cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with an optional six-speed automatic, which is standard on all other 9-5 models. Fuel economy is around 20mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway, but the automatic achieves 18mpg in the city and 21mpg on the highway.

The 9-5 Turbo6 XWD and Aero get a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system are standard with along with a a six speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy stands at 17mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway.

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Standard safety features in 2011 Saab 9-5 include front and rear side airbags, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Being a luxury sedan the 2011 Saab 9-5 cabin is quite roomy and comfortable apart from the rear row head room, tall passenger might find the roof touching their head. The trunk is an especially large with 18.2 cubic feet of loading space.

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2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost combines latest technology and Rolls-Royce’s signature design trend. The Rolls-Royce is known for its performance and craftsmanship in automobile industry and a brand for the rich and famous. The Ghost was launched after Rolls-Royce’s success with the phantom, it is smaller, more powerful and more affordable ultra-luxury sedan. The Ghost is 17.1 inches shorter, 3.3 inches lower and 1.6 inches narrower than the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Each of the Ghosts are custom made according to the buyers choice, each ghost (mostly hand made) takes 20 days to built.

The Ghost share about 20 percent of its components with BMW‘s 7-Series, but they are totally different car when it comes to design and luxury. Components such as suspension anti-roll stabilization, dynamic and cornering brake control, dynamic stability and traction control systems have all been adapted, redesigned or tuned to work seamlessly with the powerful Ghost.

List of features in Rolls-Royce Ghost is unmatchable which includes a very detailed and long list of custom options like Silver Satin finish for the aluminum hood, larger 20-inch alloy wheels — chromed or not — and a camera system etc.

Optional driving and safety systems include a clear and effective heads-up display, a lane-departure warning system, an infrared Night Vision camera, high-beam assistance that automatically dips the bright xenon lights for oncoming traffic and an active cruise-control system.

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with direct injection that produces 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. This new engine is derived from the 6.0-liter V12 found in the 7-Series but uses larger pistons from the 4.4-liter V8 to bring displacement up by 0.6 liter. This 6.6-liter engine is paired with a new, slick-shifting 8-speed automatic gearbox. It can accelerates from zero to sixty in just 4.8 seconds and can reach up-to maximum speed of 155 mph. Fuel-economy is around 20mpg combined.

Being a super-luxury car the Rolls-Royce Ghost it provides lots of space and the ultimate comfort. Both rows of seats are cushy and provides good lateral support. The multi-way adjustable seates (seats adjustments are stored in memory) adds to the comfort. The most recognizable interior feature shared with BMW 7-Series is the clear control screen at the center of the instrument panel which displays menus arranged according to Rolls-Royce’s interpretation of BMW’s latest iDrive system.

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2011 Porsche Panamera

The 2011 Porsche Panamera, was launched in the 2009 and it was Porches’s first four door sedan to compete luxury sedan category. It was quite successful in getting attention in a short period of time as luxury sedan out of Porsche’s sports car heritage. It competes successfully with top ends segment cars like the Aston Martin Rapide or the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class, It combines all one would look from a luxury car, performance, good look, comfort and luxury.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera is a four-passenger, four-door hatchback that is offered in five trim levels; Base, 4, S, 4S and Turbo. The Porsche Panamera Base and 4 are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The base can sprint zero to 60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds. The Porsche Panamera S and 4S receive a 4.8-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Panamera S can reach zero to 60 mph in either 5.2 seconds while the 4S can achieve that within 4.8 seconds.

The Panamera Turbo gets a twin-turbocharged version of the same V8 engine producing an impressive 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo can make zero to sixty in 4.0 seconds. An optional Panamera Turbo Kit increases the performance with titanium alloy turbines and engine management tweaks, boosting the Panamera Turbo’s output to 540 hp and 590 lb-ft.

Every Panamera is equipped with a ZF-engineered seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The Panamera Base and S are rear-wheel drive cars, while the Panamera 4, 4S and Turbo are all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is around 18 mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway for the Base variant, the 4 achieves 18mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, the s and 4s have 16/24 mpg while the top end Turbo achieves 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera Base and Panamera 4 comes equipped with long list of standard features including adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a power rear hatch, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a sunroof, eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions, a cooled glove-box, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 60/40-split rear seatback and rear bucket seats. Also standard are a hard-drive-based navigation system and an 11-speaker CD audio system. The only difference between Panamera Base and Panamera 4 is the drive system, the 4 has all-wheel drive while the Base is a rear-wheel drive. The Panamera S and all-wheel-drive 4S also gets all the above features as standard.
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2011 Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra always has been an affordable and popular car as a family sedan. But with time it kept losing its place to it competitors like Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, which cost about the same but comes in better design and equipments. Nissan recently started upgrading Sentra, in year 2007 it was redesigned, In 2011, Nissan gave the Sentra standard stability control, traction control and antilock brakes, enhancing safety features to make it more class competitive. Fuel economy also got a little improvement. Overall Nissan Sentra scores well with high fuel economy, spacious seating and with decent llist of features.

The Nissan Sentra gets two engine choices, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.0L engine produces a healthy 140 horsepower and can achieve 24mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway while the 2.5L engine delivers 177hp with fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. while the top end variant Sentra SE-R Spec V increases the engine output up to 200 hp with fuel economy of 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. The 2.0L engine and top end SE-R Spec-V engine is paired with a six speed manual transmission while the 2.5L engine is paired with a variable speed automatic transmission.

The Nissan Sentra is available in six trim-level, the base-model Sentra gets power windows and locks, air-conditioning, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, 15-inch steel wheels, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack as standard equipments. The Sentra 2.0 S adds a height-adjustable driver seat, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, keyless entry and a six-speaker audio system with an iPod interface.

The 2.0 SR adds fog lamps, rocker sill extensions, a rear spoiler and 16-inch wheels. The 2.0 SL gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition/entry, a USB audio input, Bluetooth, and a premium audio system with satellite radio and a color display. Most of the top end features are available as standalone optional features for the lower end models. Other optional features include leather upholstery a sunroof,, heated front seats and a navigation system. The Sentra SE-R adds an aero-style body kit and cloth sport seats. The top end Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V adds higher-performance tires, larger front brakes and sportier interior trim.

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The 2011 Nissan Sentra comes with antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints as standard safety features. The higher-performing SE-R models come with four-wheel disc brakes.

Inside the cabin the Nissan Sentra gets a sleek looking dashboard with easy-to-use controls with decent quality of materials. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, even the tall adults might find enough space to be comfortable. The rear seats are also specious with decent headroom and hip room. The trunk can hold 13.1 cubic feet of luggage but the 60/40 foldable rear seats helps it increase the loading capacity.

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2011 Mitsubishi Galant

For years the Mitsubishi Galant been a value for money family car. But with the time it kept falling behind in its class due to its outdated look and lack of features. In year 2011, Mitsubishi brought many changes in Galant to keep up with the competitors like additional standard features for the premium SE trim and a new silver-painted mesh grille as well as a half-inch reduction in ride height.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is available only in two trim level, ES and SE. Standard features on the ES include full power accessories, air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, driver-seat height adjustment and a six-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The SE adds foglights, a back-up camera, heated mirrors, a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, color LCD screen, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, multiway-way adjustable power driver seat, heated front seats, Bluetooth, navigation system and an eight-speaker Rockford Acoustic Design audio system with six-CD changer and satellite radio. In year 2011 Galant SE gets new features like power sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a programmable garage door opener. There are many other stand alone optional features available for the new Mitsubishi Galant. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is available with only one engine choice, that is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission with Mitsubishi’s Sportronic system. The 2.4-liter engine makes decent 160 horsepower and 157 lb-ft of torque averaging around 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.

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The interior gets few modifications in new Mitsubishi Galant like more sound insulation and a refreshed dash. The quality of material used in the cabin is of fairly good quality. It is roomy with comfortable and supportive seats. A dead pedal is provided and positioned well for drivers left leg. Visibility is good all around, notably to the rear quarters, thanks to slim C-pillars. The controls on the dashboard are well placed and easy to use. Keyless-entry controls are integrated into the key. The quality of materials is quite good.

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