$10K-$20K

$10K-$20K

Scion has announced the new special edition 2012 xB Release Series 9.0 that will arrive in dealer showrooms in October 2011. The model will be offered exclusively in Hot Lava and will be priced from $18,110 when equipped with a manual gearbox and $19,060 when equipped with an automatic transmission. It will be limited to only 1,500 units.

The xB’s new Hot Lava exterior color will be combined with a unique honeycomb patterned lower grille that cleverly incorporates the brand name "Scion" into the mix. For the interior, the Release Series 9.0 will get exclusive perforated synthetic suede front and rear seat covers that feature an embossed Scion logo and Hot Lava color-tuned highlights. The xB wears an illuminated badge that is individually numbered.

The list of standard equipment include an all-new AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 160-watt maximum output Pioneer audio system, HD Radio technology, and Bluetooth connectivity that allows both hands-free phone connection as well as streaming audio capability.

The current generation Toyota Tacoma has been in production since 2005 and it’s about time the truck got some changes. For the 2012 model year, the Tacoma has been updated with a restyled exterior look and a redesigned and modernized interior, with some technological goodies to boot. What hasn’t changed is the power source: the Toyota Tacoma will still be running on either a 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine producing 159 HP and 180 lb-ft of torque or the 4.0 liter V6 delivering 236 hp and 266 lb-ft.

Some of the highlights for the 2012 Tacoma include a redesigned hood, new grille, new headlamps, and a new front bumper. The inside is where Toyota got real schnazzy, sprucing up the truck with a new six-speaker system with an AM/FM/ Satellite Radio-capable head unit and a single-disc CD player for the Access Cabin model and the new Entune infotainment system with seven speakers for the Double Cab model.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Toyota Tacoma.

Subaru offered up a small taste of what was to come with the first image of the new 2012 Impreza revealed in both sedan and hatchback versions at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The 2012 Impreza will be offered in base, Premium, Sport Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models when it arrives in dealerships later this fall.

The 2012 Impreza comes with an improved fuel economy achieved with the use of a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder producing 148 HP and 146 lb-ft of torque which debuted in Europe earlier this year. This engine replaces the current 170 HP 2.5-liter SOHC aluminum-alloy engine. Further aid is offered with the use of the new continuously variable transmission.

The new model will come with a totally new design that "will propose roomier cabin space with new level of comfort and refinement for enhanced product appeal."

UPDATE 08/22/2011: Subaru has announced prices for their 2012 Impreza. The base model 4-door Impreza 2.0i with a five-speed manual transmission starts off at $17,495 to match last year’s prices. The automatic version, offered exclusively with Subaru’s newly designed continuously variable transmission (CVT), starts at $18,495. The base 5-door Impreza 2.0i starts at $17,995 when equipped with a five-speed transmission and $18,995 for the CVT-equipped model.

Posted on by Thomas Nelson 5

Not too many things remain static throughout our lives. Yet throughout mine one thing has remained a part of the landscape of my life: my dad’s 1968 BMW 2002. He has had this car since it rolled out of Munich in 1968. I have many childhood memories sitting in those Recaro bucket seats. The learning did not cease; if anything it picked up because as I became more interested in cars, this car become the embodiment of everything I look for in a great car: style, performance, fuel economy. Then my dad and I upgraded virtually every component of it and made it better.

This was my study hall where some of my fondest memories were with my dad installing the engine and soaking up the knowledge like a new sponge. Now as I sit in its seats, the recollections flood back. Yet when I turn the key, the engine rumble prompts me to go out into the world and make new memories.

Details on the 1968 BMW 2002 after the jump.

It didn’t take long for Kia to release a facelift version of the Soul , did it?

After only three model years, the Korean automaker has decided that their K-pop crossover needed a facelift, and so they gave it one, providing the 2012 Soul with all the styling, power, and fuel economy improvements needed to satisfy the vehicle’s growing number of fans.

While the car already looked the part of something eclectic, Kia went the subtle route with their changes, opting to give it improvements that are less about style than they were about substance. This substance is provided with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 143 lb/ft of torque with an improved fuel economy rating of 27 mpg on the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

"The Soul crossover vehicle has always stood out from the crowd and was responsible for bringing new customers to the Kia brand and positioning the company for a series of record-breaking successes," said Michael Sprague, vice president of Marketing & Communications at Kia Motors America.

"With gas prices on the rise, this refresh adds even more style and fun-to-drive performance, while also improving fuel economy by 10 percent."

Details on the Kia Soul after the jump.

Posted on by Bryan Usrey 10

The small car market in the United States has been growing by leaps and bounds in the recent years and new offerings have made existing vehicles seem outdated. These machines, such as the Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Cruze , make the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla seem more at home with a horse attached to the front.

Yet, what happens when one gets a vehicle that seemed outdated before the launch of those new models? The Nissan Sentra is just one of those models, as its styling inside and out could easily be from 1999, but does that really matter? Styling is, after all, something that each person sees differently and the interior of a vehicle, as important as it is to the media, doesn’t seem to matter much to Americans. Just look at how many Impalas sold last year and this point will hit home.

So, with that being said, is the Nissan Sentra a work of art hidden under a bland exterior, or is its 20th century appearance a sign of what’s to come once on the road? In order to find out, Nissan gave us a 2011 Sentra 2.0 SL to drive around for seven days.

Hit the jump to read what we discovered.

Skoda is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rally and the 110th year anniversary of the brand’s motorsport efforts with the launch of the special edition Fabia Monte Carlo Edition. This new version made its first public appearance at Rallye Monte Carlo back in January and has now been introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

While we’re not completely enamored with these type of cars, we do have to give the boys over at Skoda some serious love for the way they designed this special edition Fabia.The powertrain may not be on the powerful side, but Skoda certainly makes up for it by designing the special edition Fabia with a very nice red and black two-tone finish, highlighting an aggressive rally-inspired exterior that completely masks the subdued engine under its bonnet.

It may not be the fastest car out of the block, but for a car that you can take to the city for some nice, little joy-riding, the Skoba Fabia Monte Carlo is about as good an option as any B-car segment vehicle.

Details on the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo after the jump.

Honda may have unveiled the Fit EV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean they have forgotten about their petrol version of the Fit. For 2011, the Honda Fit gets more comfort, more convenience features, and VSA as standard. The car is already on sale with prices starting at $15,100 for the standard version and $16,860 for the Sport version.

The 2011 Fit is offered with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 117 HP at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine can be mated to either a 5-Speed Manual or a 5-Speed Automatic transmission.

The Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, USB audio interface2, auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds or replaces: carpeted floor mats, alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights and a security system.

Hit the jump to read full details on the 2011 Honda Fit Sport.

Posted on by Bryan 4

In the world of the American sedans, there are many different levels of quality. These levels are clearly defined, as some are terrible, some are bad, and a few are decent. There are a couple that are good, but not many, and that’s something that we hate to say because the midsize sedans from Japan have gotten a bit dull over the years.

In the good category, we have theFord Fusion . It looks good, drives well, but it suffers from a bad transmission. The Chevrolet Malibu is decent. It’s a start in the right direction, but not quite there yet. Then we come to the Dodge Avenger . For many years, this car was just appalling, a word that we don’t often use to describe a car, but in this situation it works quite well.

For 2011, Dodge has redone the Avenger in the hopes that it can climb out of the cellar and compete with the Fusion and the many other Japanese sedans.

Hit the jump to read on.

Nissan Sentra is entering the 2011 model year with a few more packages and some exterior modifications. The Sentra will again be offered in 6 models including the 2.0, 2.0 S, 2.0 SR, 2.0 SL, SE-R, and SE-R Spec V with prices ranging from $15,520 for the 2.0 version to $18,850 for the SL version.

The 2011 Sentra comes with a standard 140-HP 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with a 6-speed manual transmission or a fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Some of the changes made to the 2011 Nissan Sentra are an improved EPA estimated fuel economy as well as the addition of a SE-R style rear spoiler for 2.0 CVT, 2.0 S, and 2.0 SL models. The Sentra 2.0 now comes with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) as standard while the Sentra 2.0, 2.0 S, and 2.0 SR will get Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) as standard. As an option, Sentra owners will also have the opportunity to receive the new SL Value Package, the Visual Audio Package, or the SL Audio Package.

Press release with more details after the jump.


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