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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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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 Audi A4

The release of the A4 in 1996 marked an important change for Audi. Better-looking and sportier than the Audi 90

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it replaced, the A4 was a worthy competitor for the BMW 3-Series. More importantly, it began to draw a larger audience for what had been a struggling brand. For 2009, Audi redesigns the A4, making it larger, improving balance and

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offering an efficient new engine. The more appealing A4 will almost certainly continue to draw even more customers to Audi.

Standard equipment on 2.0T trims includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, the usual power accessories, an 8-way power front seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a sunroof, an 180-watt AM/FM/stereo with 10 speakers, an auxiliary input jack, Sirius Satellite Radio, fog lights and P225/50R17 tires on alloy wheels. Wagons also have roof rails for a rack or other cargo carrier.

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Title › 2011 Audi A4

Audi A4 3.2 trims add heated front seats, memory for the driver’s seat and mirrors, a 6-disc CD changer, an iPod adapter, a Bluetooth wireless cell phone link, a trip computer, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and P245/45R17 tires.

A Premium Plus package is offered for the 2.0T. It includes much of the 3.2 equipment, plus 3-zone climate control, heated front seats and xenon headlights. A Prestige package for both trims adds keyless access and starting, 18-inch wheels, Audi’s Blind Spot Alert system and a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 14 speakers.

The redesigned A4 is offered with two engines and a choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), which Audi calls quattro. While the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that Audi offered in 2008 was powerful and fuel-efficient, Audi has redesigned it for 2009. This version uses a timing chain instead of a timing belt and is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient. It produces 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, compared with the 2008 version’s 200 ponies and 207 lb-ft of torque. FWD versions come with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while quattro models use a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with Audi’s Tiptronic manual shift capability. Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy ratings are 23/30 mpg (city/hwy) for the FWD sedan with the CVT, 22/30 for the quattro sedan with the manual, and 21/27 for the sedan or wagon with the automatic.

Audi A4 3.2 trims have a 3.2-liter V6 engine that makes 265 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. It comes only with the 6-speed automatic transmission and quattro, and EPA fuel-economy estimates are 17/26.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased. Under normal conditions, it sends 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels and 40 percent to the front. When slip is detected, an automatic locking center differential can send most of the power to the axle with traction.

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Audi has been the industry standard for interior quality for years, and the 2009 A4’s cockpit is better than ever. In my opinion, the dashboard is one of the most attractive available today. The only hard plastic is the trim piece that surrounds the instrument cluster. The dash is made of a solid, soft-touch material, the armrests and center console are padded, and the trim is either aluminum or wood. The electroluminescent gauges are easy to see and read, and red lighting around the controls makes them easy to find at night.

True to its sport sedan intentions, the A4 has supportive seats that keep drivers in place during aggressive cornering. The optional sport seats provide even more support. A standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel, plenty of seat controls and good headroom and legroom make it easy to find a tailored driving position.

The 2009 A4’s increased length benefits back-seat space, which has been a problem for the A4 in the past. Two adults can fit back there unless the front-seat passengers push their seats all the way back, and three children will fit as well. Headroom is good for all but the very tall, and there is plenty of toe space under the front seats.

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The A4’s premium qualities extend to its ride and handling characteristics. The 2009 model is 4.6 inches longer overall and 6.5 inches longer in wheelbase. Audi says the extra length allowed engineers to move the front axle 6.1 inches forward and the engine back toward the center of gravity. In addition, the new model has a 1.8-inch wider track. These changes give the A4 some much-needed stability at high speeds and better turn-in response. It feels smaller than its size and is nimble in quick changes of direction. While it still isn’t a match for the BMW 3-Series on twisty roads or a racetrack, the difference is negligible on the street.

The A4’s base engine is also its best engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder provides maximum torque as low as 1500 rpm. That means the A4 2.0T is sprightly from a stop and has willing passing response. Zero to 60 mph takes only 6.5 seconds with the easy-shifting manual transmission, and as little as 6.7 seconds with the smooth and responsive automatic.

The 3.2-liter V6 comes only with the automatic transmission, and it propels the A4 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. While that’s faster than the 2.0T, it’s not much faster, and the added price and reduced fuel economy conspire to make the V6 an unwise buy. On top of that, the 3.2 is far outperformed by BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6.

Kirk Bell

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