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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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2011 Jeep Liberty

The Jeep Liberty was launched to replace America’s populer compact SUV the Cherokee. Be it on mud or snow, it has the ability to compete with any other compact SUV.

The new 2011 Jeep Liberty is much improved in terms of riding and handling on the road. Old soft look has been replaced with more rugged look. The new Liberty gets revised independent front and multilink rear suspension. The Jeep Liberty comes in three trim-level Sport, Renegade and Limited editions.

The Jeep Liberty comes with a 3.7-liter, V6 engine with 210-horsepower that achieves 16-mpg in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive version achieves 15-mpg in the city and 21-mpg on the highway. A four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard and a six-speed manual transmission is optional.

The new Jeep Liberty offers more passenger room and features. Standard equipments are body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, and moldings, remote keyless entry and power-operated and heated foldable side mirrors. Buyers can opt for 16-inch, 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. Other optional features are express-up windows, roof rails, full-open canvas roof system and chrome grille.

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Title › 2011 Jeep Liberty

Standard safety features are smart key that immobilizes the engine in a theft attempt, side curtain airbags, all-disc antilock braking system, electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation and all-speed traction control. A parking assist system which includes a sonar-based warning system with audible and visual alerts is optional.

The new Jeep Liberty has got a bigger cabin. Dashboard controls are well laid-off and easy to use. Both front and rear legroom and shoulder room are adequate in the Liberty. The loading space is big enough with 31.5 cubic feet of loading capacity. On folding the rear seats the loading space increases up to 64 cubic feet.

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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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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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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 Ford Fusion

The latest midsize Ford builds on the Fusion chassis adding fresh, hard-hitting powertrains, a wisely updated interior,

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cutting-edge electronic options and sporty new trim. There’s also a superb new Fusion Hybrid. All in all, the new Fusion line delivers on Ford’s promise to build a world-class midsize sedan. The 2010 Ford Fusion comes in four trim levels: S, SE, V-6 SEL and the V6 Sport. All are 4-door sedans sharing sleeker lighting and a larger 3-bar grille.


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The entry-level S is a 4-cylinder front-wheel-drive car. The SE also have the same 4-cylinder front-wheel-drive, except it offers a 3.0-liter V6 option, while the fully laden SEL is available in 4-cylinder or V6 guise, and offers optional all-wheel drive. The Fusion sports have a larger 3.5-liter V6.

The standard features in Fusion are Power door locks and mirrors, a slick tilt and telescoping steering wheel, seat belt pre-tensioners and an MP3 4-speaker sound system. The base Fusion includes speed-sensitive wipers, a rear window defroster, a rear center armrest, a one-touch driver’s window and a 6-speed manual transmission. Fusion SE adds 6-way power driver’s seat, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, 6-speaker sound and 17-inch wheels. The SE comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and option to to 3.0-liter V6 upgrade.

The cabin is spacious and packed with high-quality materials. The boot is bigger and easier to load, but split rear seats don’t do anything particularly clever.

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Title › 2011 Ford Fusion

Safety features include front side airbags, front and rear automatic locking retractors, trunk anti-trap device, driver airbag with dual stage deployment, front and rear side head curtain airbags, passenger airbag cutoff sensor and a emergency fuel shut-off device. Deadlocks and an immobiliser are provided across the board, but only the top Titanium trim gets an alarm.

Combining a highly efficient hybrid power train with top-notch standard and optional cabin tech, the Ford Fusion is both a great tech car and a great value.


2011 Ford Fusion Features

Trim: I-4 S FWD

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Body Color Exterior Door Handles
– Chrome Grille
– S Badging
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)
– Front Air Dam
– Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers

– Cloth Seats
– Rear 60/40 Split Folding Bench Seat With Manually Adjustable Headrests and Fold-Down Armrest
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats, Driver Side Manually Adjusts 4-Ways Total, Passenger Side Manually Adjusts 2-Ways Total With Headrests

– Trip Computer
– Cruise Control
– MyKey(TM) Vehicle Speed and Audio Volume Limiter
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Cruise Control
– Clock
– Tachometer

– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– 4 Front and 2 Rear; 6 Cupholders Total
– Door Mounted Storage
– Glovebox
– Coinholder

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Trunk

Exterior Lighting
– Halogen Headlights

– Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– Front Side Airbags
– Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
– Crumple Zones
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Trunk Anti-Trap Device
– L A T C H
– Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor Activated By Weight
– Emergency Fuel Shut-Off Device
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Pretensioners With Force Limiters
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Personal Safety System(R) Includes Pretensioners With Force Limiters, Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment, Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment, Driver Seat Position Sensor and Crash Sensor
– SOS Post Crash Alert System Crash Sensor Unlocks Doors, Turns On Flashers and Sounds Horn

Braking & Traction
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
– Electronic Brake Force Distribution
– Front Power Disc and Rear Power Disc Brakes
– Traction Control
– AdvanceTrac(R) With Electronic Stability Control(R) (ESC) Vehicle Stability Control System Operated Via Engine Power Reduction, ABS and Traction Control

– Telescopic Steering Column
– Tilt Steering Column
– Power Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering

Engines & Emissions
– 2.5-Liter Duratec, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front Mounted With Horsepower Of 175@6000, Torque Of 172@4500, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Head
– EasyFuel(TM) Capless Fuel Filler
– Roadside Assistance Warranty For 60000-Miles, 60-Months

– Front Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers
– Front Stabilizer Bar
– Rear Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers
– Rear Stabilizer Bar

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
– Remote Trunk Release Located Inside Vehicle and On Multi-Function Remote
– Panic Alarm
– Multi-Function Remote Operates Anti-Theft, Door Lock/Unlock, Illuminated Entry and Trunk

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm, SecuriLock(R) Engine Immobilizer and Exterior Monitoring
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
– Power Door Locks Operated Via Key and Internal Switch

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Manual Air Conditioning
– Interior Air Filter

– 2 Front Power Outlets
– Battery Saver
– Delayed Power Retention

Interior Lighting
– Front and Rear Map Lights
– Interior Load Area Light
– Illuminated Entry

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– AM/FM Radio With 4 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
– Radio Antenna

– 6-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive


2011 Ford Fusion Specifications

Trim: I-4 S FWD

Standard Engine 2.5L I4
Standard Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Cylinders 4
Horsepower @RPM 175@6000
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 22 / 31
Combined Fuel Economy 25
EPA Class Mid-Size
Number of Valves 16
Torque @RPM N/A
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 9.7:1
Displacement 2488 / 152
Bore X Stroke 3.50×3.94
Cruising Range 437.5 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 18.8
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam / Twin Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) N/A
Tow Capacity (Standard) Not Listed
Tow Capacity (Maximum) Not Listed
Headroom (Front) 38.7
Headroom (Row 2) 37.8
Hiproom (Front) 54.0
Hiproom (Row 2) 53.3
Legroom (Front) 42.3
Legroom (Row 2) 37.1
Shoulder Room (Front) 57.4
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 56.5
Seating (Maximum) 5
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 37.5
Steering Diameter Right 37.5
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Independent
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 205 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 60
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 16 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 16 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 16 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 17.5
Passenger Volume (EPA) 100
Passenger Volume (MFR) 100.3 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT 3285
Curb Weight AT 3342
Ground Clearance N/A
Height 56.9
Length 190.6
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 61.7
Track (Rear) 61.3
Weight Distribution AT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 107.4
Width 72.2
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating Not Listed
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built Mexico

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2011 Buick LaCrosse

General Motors calls the 2010 LaCrosse the second chapter in Buick’s renaissance. The Enclave midsize crossover utility vehicle was the

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first. It brought a younger buyer into the brand, and Buick is hoping the LaCrosse can do the same. It certainly has the looks inside and out to appeal to a wider audience, but is the LaCrosse enough to help


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GM survive? Well, after a day behind the wheel, we think the LaCrosse’s brand of luxury stacks up nicely with the likes of the Lexus ES 350. Now, all younger luxury customers need to do is rediscover Buick. That might be easier said than done.

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse is offered in CX, CXL and CXS trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard; the CXL is offered with all-wheel drive (AWD). Notable standard features of the CX include cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, XM Satellite Radio and 17-inch steel wheels. The CXL adds leather heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels. The CXS trim gets heated and ventilated leather seats and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels. The CXS

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can be ordered with a Touring package that includes real-time suspension damping and 19-inch wheels.

Standard safety equipment includes dual threshold front airbags, side-curtain airbags, a tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control.

There are three engines to choose from here, two of which are new to the LaCrosse. For the first time, CX and CXL trims are offered with an updated version of GM’s Ecotec 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. Previously offered in other GM vehicles, the engine now features direct-injection technology that improves both power and fuel efficiency. Output is 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. A new 3.0-liter V6, which is a version of the 3.6-liter V6 that had been offered in the last model, also has direct injection and produces 255 horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque. The top engine, offered only in the CXS, is a 3.6-liter V6 that adds direct injection as well, increasing horsepower from 240 to 280 and torque from 225 to 259 lb-ft. All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate.

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This CXL’s available all-wheel-drive system can send 85 percent of the power to the rear wheels. It also comes with an electronic limited-slip differential to apportion the power between the rear wheels for optimal traction.

Now this is more like it. The LaCrosse interior was designed in China, where Buicks are status symbols and owners often have chauffeurs. As a result, the LaCrosse has one of the best cabins in the General Motors lineup. It is attractively designed, carefully assembled and has an abundance of soft-touch surfaces. Standard “ice blue” ambient lighting adds a quality touch and helps illuminate various controls at night.

Like most sedans today, the LaCrosse’s coupe like rear pillars limit the size of the trunk opening. The trunk is spacious, though, with 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room. That space can be enhanced by standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Buick also includes a rear-seat pass-through, so the car can accommodate four passengers carrying long cargo, such as skis.

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The CXS is the closest to a sports sedan, especially when equipped with the Touring package, which comes with real-time damping and 19-inch wheels. While the CXS Touring may turn more willingly than the others, the wheels and low-profile tires tend to slap over pavement joints and highway tar strips. If you live in an area with rough roads, try the Touring suspension before you buy. On any version, the brakes are strong and easy to modulate, and the steering is light and a bit slow, but with decent road feel.

All engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift gate. The CXS has a Sport mode that allows for manual shifting and also changes shift points, steering resistance and suspension firmness. Even in Sport mode, however, the CXS doesn’t feel particularly sporty.

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2011 Acura TL

Current owners of Acura’s best-selling TL told the company they wished their cars were sportier, with more distinctive styling. In

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September Acura will present them with the undeniably more distinct 2009 TL — a car that it says strikes a perfect balance between the rational and the emotional. We say the TL will continue to sell because it’s the obvious


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rational choice of the segment — packed with technology, comfortable to drive and priced right.

In traditional Acura form, the TL will be available in two trims — the TL and the TL SH-AWD. As you may have guessed, the one with the additional acronym is the higher level trim. But the base trim can hardly be called minimalist, since it has such standard features as leather seating, an eight-speaker stereo with Bluetooth compatibility and iPod connectivity, dual-zone climate control and a power moonroof.

The SH-AWD model is highlighted by Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive — one of the most advanced on the market today, offering enhanced dry weather enjoyment as well as wet weather traction. The SH-AWD version comes with

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18-inch wheels and tires, and also has unique sport seating, a contoured steering wheel and special stitching. Nineteen-inch wheels are also available on the SH-AWD.

Either car can be equipped with a Technology Package that includes navigation with voice recognition, an unbelievable 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and a rear spoiler. The technology package climate control links up with GPS and a solar sensor to determine the ideal cabin temperature and humidity, and the car will tell you if you’re headed into a snowstorm or a traffic jam.

The 2009 TL comes with a 3.5-liter 280 horsepower V6 that makes 254 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. Despite being bigger than the 3.2-liter V6 of the previous TL, the new engine manages the same gas mileage at 18/26 mpg (city/hwy). This can be attributed to a more advanced valve-timing system and the change to electric power steering. The 3.5-liter V6 is matched with a five-speed automatic transmission, which drives the front wheels.

Acura estimates that 25 percent of buyers will opt for the SH-AWD model, which comes with a 3.7-liter V6 that bumps output to 305 horsepower, making it the most powerful production Acura ever made. The larger engine generates 273 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm, and gas mileage goes down to 17/25 mpg (city/hwy).

In the SH-AWD, the same five-speed transmission supplies rev-matched downshifts via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and is linked to a shorter final drive to help acceleration. In 2010 a manual transmission will be offered, but Acura won’t say which trim will be the recipient.

The cabin of the 2009 TL is full of multifunction buttons, rotary knobs and displays to cover an array of electronic systems. It’s the polar opposite of BMW’s all-in-one iDrive system, and it’s about as effective.

Every TL will seat five in a plush leather interior, and whether you opt for the seats of the base TL or the more supportive SH-AWD seats, your rear end will never complain. There is a neat drawer in the armrest, perfect for an mp3 player or cell phone, and there’s another compartment in the passenger footwell that’s ideal for storing such antiquated methods of music reproduction as the CD.

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The new TL is bigger than a current RL, and it’s heavier than the previous TL. But the front-wheel-drive model is perfectly capable of transporting techies to Circuit City. And despite being more powerful than its predecessor, there is almost none of the torque steer that once plagued the TL.

The SH-AWD has more sporting pretensions. Lay into the gas and the engine elicits a surprising roar, but you aren’t exactly rocketing forward with 3,983 pounds to motivate. Acura assures us this car is faster than its predecessor, but it somehow doesn’t feel that way. The paddle shifters are fun to use, but the shift algorithm needs work to match the sportiness of six-speed offerings from the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, often taking a second to react to tugs of the paddle and sometimes misguessing the correct revs altogether.

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Twin-piston front brakes are a vast improvement in pedal feel and effort over the previous model. The SH-AWD has functional brake cooling ducts in the front bumper.

In response to customer requests, the shock absorbers have a “blow-off” function, which allows them to be taut in the twisties, but react incredibly quickly on sharp impacts. Our drive in the SH-AWD confirmed their effectiveness, striking up an impressive compromise between handling and comfort.

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