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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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Title › 2011 Nissan Sentra

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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Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia is the replacement for F430 but faster, bigger and better in everyway. The 458 Italia has much improved design to be more aerodynamic and stable on the road. 458 Italia is a ideal combination of performance, look, technology and pleasure.

The 458 Italia gets a all new refined mid-mounted 4.5-litre V8 CVT 32-Valve engine, producing massive 570 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and touches 0-60mph in less than 3.4sec, a top speed beyond 200mph. Power is delivered through an automated dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. The gearshifts from the new transmission are crisp and very smooth.

Aerodynamics play a big role in the performance of the 458 Italia. The winglets on the lower grilles bend in the airflow at high speeds and direct more air under the car to keep the car stable on the road. The controls on the steering wheel allows the driver to adjust the transmission and chassis electronics, configuration of the engine, including the traction control, differential, stability control, damper and braking systems. The revised suspension provides more accurate wheel articulation.

The 458 Italia is packed with latest technology and features including remote trunk release, keyless entry operated via key fob, front dual reclining bucket seats integral headrests, independent multi-link rear suspension with springs and shock absorbers, magnetorheological suspension control automatic adaptive variable suspension, independent double wishbone front suspension with springs and shock absorbers, steering wheel mounted controls, etc.

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Title › Ferrari 458 Italia

Safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, limited slip differential, vehicle stability control system, f1 trac traction control,, crumple zones, trunk anti-trap device, driver and passenger airbag, side guard door beams, etc.

Though the Ferrari 458 Italia is a two seater, it has enough luggage space under the bonnet and behind the seats. The cabin is big enough for two adults with enough head and leg room.

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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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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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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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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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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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Nissan cube

The extreme-styled cube has been sold in Japan since 1998. Now, Nissan has finally deemed it ready for U.S. consumption.

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2010 nissan cube

Good or bad, the unconventional look grabs onlookers attention in a way no entry-level compact should. Nissan offers a catalog of 40-plus dealer-installed personalization accessories, including everything from exterior enhancements to shag-carpet dash topper.

The base 1.8 comes standard with all the key desirable, such as power accessories, CD player with aux input for a portable audio player such as an iPod, keyless entry, 15-inch wheels and a multitude of safety features. The S nets adds upgraded cloth and cruise control,

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the SL strikes the best balance of great features with 16-inch alloy wheels, standard continuously variable transmission, and an upgraded stereo with iPod connectivity, along with additional conveniences. The SL Preferred package is the only available factory option for the cube. It packs in numerous techno-conveniences, including parking sonar and intelligent key.

The cube is equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. Producing 122 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 127 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm, the cube is only midclass, but it is noticeably stronger than its predecessor.

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Title › 2010 Nissan cube

Choice of two transmissions available, a 6-speed manual that is standard on the base and S trims, or an Xtronic CVT that is optional on the S and standard on the SL and Krōm versions. All models come standard with traction control and Nissan’s stability control.

Funky water-themed cues are found all around, such as the water-drop headliner and speaker grilles. The dash forms a wraparound wave design, peaking at the center stereo controls. A clear and simple gauge cluster floats in front of the driver, and an optional interior lighting package sets the mood with 20 different color choices. Seats have the cushioning of a dorm room sofa. The overall ambiance remains bubbly and inviting.

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The plentiful headroom and legroom, aided by a sliding and reclining rear seat. Around back, a large rear door conveniently opens away 11.4 cubic feet of storage space. Drop the 60/40 split folding rear seats, and space improves significantly to 58.1 cubic feet.

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Steering is comfortable and light, with a 33.4-foot turning radius, but lacks any hint of sharpness. Performance from the front disc/rear drum brake combination is equally effective. The cube does have is an overtly unique style and lighthearted nature that sets it apart from the crowd. For those who dig it, we suspect that an emotional connection will be enough to seal the deal. Nissan’s Web site now allows fans to build and reserve their own “cube Mobile Device”.

Features

2010 Nissan cube

1.8 Base

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Front Air Dam
– Front and Rear Body Color Impact-Absorbing Bumpers
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)
– Dark Grille

Steering
– Tilt Steering Column
– Power Speed Sensing Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering

Instrumentation
– Trip Computer With Average Fuel Consumption, Miles To Empty, Instantaneous Fuel Consumption, Stop Watch and Trip Odometer
– Electroluminescent Instrumentation
– Digital Clock
– Audible Warnings Include Seatbelts Unfastened
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Tachometer

Suspension
– 20-mm Front Stabilizer Bar
– Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
– 25-mm Rear Stabilizer Bar
– Semi-Independent Torsion Beam Rear Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Remote Fuel Door Release Located Inside Vehicle
– Multi-Function Remote Operates Anti-Theft and Door Lock/Unlock
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob

Exterior Lighting
– Complex Surface Halogen Headlights

Seats
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats, Driver Side Manually Adjusts 6 Ways Total, Passenger Side Manually Adjusts 4 Ways Total With Driver Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
– Rear 60/40 Split Folding Reclining Bench Seat, Manually Adjusts 4-Ways Total With Manually Adjustable Headrests and Fold-Down Center Armrest
– Cloth Seats
– Theater Style Rear Seating

Braking & Traction
– Brake Assistance
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
– Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) Vehicle Stability Control System Operated Via Traction Control
– Front Power 280-mm X 24-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 297-mm Drum Brakes
– Electronic Brake Force Distribution
– Automatic Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) Traction Control

Storage
– 6 Front and 5 Rear; 11 Cupholders Total
– Glovebox
– Front Open Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– Front and Rear Door Mounted Storage
– Coinholder
– Cargo Area Tiedown Hooks

Engines & Emissions
– Extended Service Interval For Spark Plugs and Distributorless Ignition
– 1.8-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front/Transverse Mounted With Horsepower Of 122@5200, Torque Of 127@4800, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Head

Towing/Trailering & Payload
– Tow Hooks

Safety
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– L A T C H
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– Front Active Head Restraints
– Seat Mounted Front Side Airbags
– Front and Rear Automatic Locking Retractors
– Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Driver Airbag With Dual Stage Deployment
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags Located In Roof
– Front and Rear Crumple Zones
– Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote and Internal Switch With Automatic Locking
– Vehicle Anti-Lockout
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and Engine Immobilizer
– Selective Unlocking

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

Electrical
– Audio Pre-Wiring
– Front Power Outlet
– Battery
– 110-Amp Alternator

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Cloth Trim Located On Doors
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Cargo Area

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– AM/FM Radio With 2 Speakers Total; CD Player
– Radio Antenna
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack

Transmission
– 6-Speed Manual Transmission With Overdrive

Specifications

2010 Nissan cube

1.8 Base

Engine
Standard Engine 1.8L I4
Standard Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Cylinders 4
Horsepower @RPM 122@5200
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 25 / 30
Combined Fuel Economy Not Listed
EPA Class Small Wagon
Number of Valves 16
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Sequential Port Fuel Injected Sequential, Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 9.9:1
Displacement 1798 / 110
Bore X Stroke 3.31×3.19
Cruising Range N/A
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 22.8
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) NR
Tow Capacity (Maximum) NR
Headroom (Front) 42.6
Headroom (Row 2) 40.2
Hiproom (Front) 48.8
Hiproom (Row 2) 47.6
Legroom (Front) 42.4
Legroom (Row 2) 35.5
Shoulder Room (Front) 52.2
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 52.4
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) Drum
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 33.4
Steering Diameter Right 33.4
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Semi
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 195 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 60
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 15 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 11 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 11 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 13.2
Passenger Volume (EPA) 98
Passenger Volume (MFR) 97.7 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 2768
Curb Weight AT N/A
Ground Clearance 6.3
Height 65.0
Length 156.7
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 58.1
Track (Rear) 58.3
Weight Distribution AT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Front) 51
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) 49
Wheelbase 99.6
Width 66.7
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating 4* / 4*
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built Japan

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2011 Jeep Patriot

The Patriot is the lowest-cost model in the Jeep line. It can be considered a revival of the 1984-2001 compact Jeep Cherokee, which initiated the 4-door mass market for civilian sport-utilityvehicles.

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The 5-passenger Patriot has more traditional square-line rugged Jeep styling than the rather cute, more rounded Jeep Compass, which also is new.

Those accustomed to cars should feel right at home in sized Patriot. Its power steering is accurate, handling is reassuring and the suspension provides a supple ride. The brake pedal has a linear action that allows consistently smooth stops. Jeeps are known for their legendary off-road prowess,

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and the Patriot all-wheel-drive version can be had with an off-road option that provides good performance.

The Patriot comes in Sport and upscale Limited trim levels. List prices range from $14,425 to $21,430. A 2.4-liter 4-cylnder engine with 172 horsepower is standard. It delivers good performance in town, but average performance above 65 mph.

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It’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or to a $1,050 continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission, which makes it rather lazy off the line. An available 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 158 horsepower is offered for a $200 credit, but provides less performance and can only be hooked to the CVT.

The best transmission for the Patriot is the manual, although most people don’t like shifting and thus probably will opt for the CVT. While efficient, the CVT helps cause high engine noise during hard acceleration with either the 2.0 or 2.4 engines, which need lots of revs for the best performance.

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2011 jeep patriot

The Sport is well-equipped with the 2.4 engine. Its items include front bucket seats, console, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM/CD player, variable intermittent wipers and rear wiper/washer. The Sport also has standard traction control, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock all-disc brakes and an anti-skid system with rollover sensors.

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2011 jeep patriot

A $2,350 Quick Order option group for the Sport includes air conditioning, height-adjustable driver seat and power mirrors, windows and door locks with remote keyless entry. One also can get the $995 Power Group for the Sport with power mirrors, windows and locks with remote entry, but it requires $850 air conditioning. A $1,395 navigation system with a 6-disc CD changer is among the most expensive stand-alone options for the Limited.

The Patriot should appeal to Jeep buyers who like to drive off-road, but also to those who want Jeep styling and utility and never venture off pavement.

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2011 Nissan Versa

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Versa?” Versatility, perhaps?

Nissan officials surely hope so, because Versa is

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the name of Nissan’s smallest car sold in America.

But I suspect consumers buying the Versa will focus on one more thing: saving money.

With a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price around $12,500 for a base, 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan,

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the 2007 Versa is Nissan’s lowest-priced car, undercutting even the long-running Sentra that now starts just under $15,000.

The 4-cylinder-powered Versa also received the highest government fuel economy rating of any Nissan: 30 miles a gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway when equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that a driver operates as if it’s an automatic transmission.

Also noteworthy in the Versa: Easy maneuverability, generous storage space, legroom and headroom akin to that in a larger car and standard front, side-mounted and curtain airbags.

Some disclosures

Among the growing crop of newer small cars on the market, the 14-foot-long Versa hatchback is at least 16 inches longer, plus a bit wider and taller, than the Chevy Aveo, Honda

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Title › 2011 Nissan Versa

Fit and Toyota Yaris hatchbacks.

In fact, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses interior space as a guide for how to classify cars by size, the Versa officially is labeled a midsize car.

But the Versa looks—and is—a nimble, little transporter.

The Versa also is the only one of the newest small cars offering a CVT, which Nissan says provides an 8 percent to 10 percent fuel economy improvement over a conventional, four-speed automatic. CVTs don’t have set gears to manage engine power and send it to a vehicle’s wheels. Rather, CVTs seek to operate continuously in an optimal, unlimited gear range to be as efficient with fuel as possible.

Unfortunately, though, Nissan’s CVT is only in the top-of-the-line Versa SL models, which have a higher starting price of more than $14,500.

Note that three other small cars that are lighter in weight than the Versa by at least 290 pounds—the Yaris, Fit and Hyundai Accent—get higher fuel economy ratings from the government than does the Versa with CVT.

Indeed, budget-conscious buyers might consider saving thousands of dollars and getting a Versa with standard 6-speed manual, instead, since it has the same 30-mpg government rating for city driving. Only the highway rating is less than a CVT-equipped Versa hatchback—34 mpg instead of 36.

Some Versa observations

The Versa hatchback has a more interesting look than the rather plain Versa sedan.

On the outside, both models have a short hood and rather utilitarian front styling.

But the Versa hatchback has a minivan-shaped passenger compartment. In fact, because the Versa’s front end is similar to the styling of Nissan’s Quest minivan, I sometimes thought the Versa looked like a shrunken minivan.

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2011 nissan versa

Note that the front seats are almost as sizable as those in the Nissan Maxima larger sedan, and door windows are larger than expected for good views out. In fact, rear-door windows open all the way down.

There’s decent space at the rear-door openings to allow people to get their feet inside. This is because the Versa’s wheelbase—the distance from the middle of one wheel on one side of the Versa to the other wheel on the same side—is unusually lengthy.

But three people in the Versa’s back seat sit really close together, and the middle person doesn’t have a head restraint.

Thankfully, there’s no appreciable hump in the rear floor to interfere with legroom, which, at 38 inches, is measurably more than in the Fit, Yaris and Aveo.

The tailgate on the Versa is lightweight, and the split rear seats fold down for a whopping maximum cargo space of 50.4 cubic feet.

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2011 nissan versa

Noisy ride

I just wish the Versa SL had less road and wind noise. Even at less than highway speeds, I detected wind noise coming from between the outside mirrors and the pillars by the windshield of the hatchback model. Tire noise only stopped when I traveled on new asphalt surfaces.

The CVT and 122-horsepower 1.8-liter 4 cylinder can add noise, too.

While engine noise was unobtrusive in gentle driving around town, it could become obnoxious in pedal-to-the-metal accelerations when the 4-cylinder buzz was incessant and wasn’t accompanied by any immediate, assertive torque.

Maximum torque in the Versa is 127 lb-ft at 4800 rpm.

The ride in the Versa can be a bit rough over broken road surfaces.

But Nissan offers a strong options list that includes remote start, Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity and even key-free ignition—features that are typically found on higher-priced cars.

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