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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 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 Dodge Caliber

The Dodge Caliber is the highly anticipated successor to the Neon-based five door hatchback. The Caliber got a racy styling in an affordable, front-wheel-drive compact wagon.

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A choice of two four-cylinder engines is available with the Dodge Caliber, 2.0 liters and 2.4 liters. The base Express, Heat, Mainstreet and Uptown have the 158-hp 2.0-liter engine, while the 172-hp, 2.4-liter engine is offered on the Caliber Rush. Both engines are available with an optional continuously variable transmission.

The Caliber has a decent ride but doesn’t handle as nimbly as most small cars, and fuel economy is decent with the manual gearbox. The 2.0 litres engine achieves 23mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway with the standard five-speed manual gearbox,


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and the 22.4 Liters engine achives 23mpg in the city and 29mpg on the highway with the same standard five-speed manual gearbox. The CVT automatic-a transmission delivers 23mpg in the city and 27mpg in the highway when paired with the 2-liter and the 2.4 litres engine delivers 21/25 mpg.

The entry-level Express model comes standard with cloth upholstery, 15-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio/USB jacks and satellite radio, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, an in-dash beverage cooler, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and 60/40-split-folding rear seats.

Thehe Caliber Mainstreet trim level adds a sportier suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, foglights, a tachometer, a power-adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seatbacks and a rechargeable flashlight. The Uptown trim-level adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear disc brakes, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a premium nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls and flip-down speakers in the liftgate.

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Title › 2011 Dodge Caliber

The sporty Caliber Heat adds sport-tuned suspension and steering, 18-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, rear disc brakes and specialized cloth interior trim. While the Caliber Heat adds automatic climate control, 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a premium audio system with a touchscreen interface and 30-gigabyte hard drive. Many of the options found on the upper trim levels are offered as options on the lower trims. Other options include a sunroof and a navigation system.

Standard safety features in Caliber include a driver-side knee airbag, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and antilock brakes. Stability control is available on all trim-level except the Express. Front-seat side airbags are offered as options for all but the Express trim.

The cabin is specious and quiete. A decent amount of head- and legroom ensures comfort for front and rear passengers. The trunk can hold up to 48cubic feet of load, which is comparable to other hatchbacks, but 60/40 splid rear seats and folding front passenger seat makes caliber more practical.
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