$20K-$30K

$20K-$30K

Posted on by Matt McDonald 19

Mini has released many new models in the past two years, but its bread and butter has always been the Cooper and it still remains a high priority. Updates to the Mini Cooper have been coming steadily every year since day one. The R50 Cooper that started the revival for the company in the United States was utilitarian compared to these new models and had left much to be desired.

For 2011, the car receives some minor updates that will help keep it viable until a replacement model is introduced. Refinement is the one word that we would use to describe the new model and that does not mean it is as refined as its BMW cousins, just refined enough for a Mini. The refresh may only be minor, but it is helpful to this car in every way.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Mini Cooper.

Source: Mini
Posted on by Bryan 6

Back in the days when crossovers were just something ghosts did, there was the Subaru Outback , a vehicle that looked like a wagon, but was superb off-road. Established in 1995, the Outback became the synonym for durability, ease of use, and excellent all around ability.

The styling on the other hand, was always a bit low end. That really didn’t seem to matter at the time to buyers, but in today’s world, styling goes hand in hand with all weather ability so Subaru had to make a change. Luckily, they did and for 2011, the new Outback is better than ever.

Subaru has been one of the lesser-known Japanese companies for some time now. In fact, some people think they came from Australia, but that’s beside the point. While they might not have much influence on the American industry, they are resilient and during the economic recession, the company only declined by 0.8%.

With the new Outback, Subaru looks to continue their success, but this time things are a tad different. Before, it seemed that styling was about as important as the location of the light in the glove box, but now, exterior styling has taken a front row seat. The new 2011 Outback look pretty good, words that would never have been uttered about previous generation Outbacks.

Hit the jump to get all of the details on the new 201 Subaru Outback 3.6.

It’s a wonder how the Ford Escape has been running for the better part of the decade now and yet there hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about as far as dramatic changes on the SUV are concerned. And, the 2011 model looks to be no different, either. Sure, it’s had a some changes here and there over the years, but for the better part of its lifetime, the Escape seems to have been a vehicle that Ford continuously pays little attention to. The growing concern that the Escape is already showing its age must be one reason why Ford has bared plans of releasing the next-generation Escape in 2012.

For now, the 2011 Escape hasn’t changed much from the previous years’ models, although it does come with some new technological features, including a new HD Radio that syncs in fantastically with the brand’s SYNC entertainment system. It’s hard not to dismiss the Escape, but given the fact that not a whole has changed, we’re thinking that we’ll all be better off to just wait for the next-gen model coming out next year.

Details on the 2011 Ford Escape after the jump.

Just a few days before the official debut at the Detroit Auto Show, Buick has decided it was time to uncover the 2012 Verano. This new compact luxury sedan is the third model Buick has revealed in the past two years. It will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011, with its sights set on competing with the Lexus IS 250 and the Audi A3 .

The 2012 Buick Verano has a refined styling with a sporty profile, luxurious interior, and a powerful and efficient engine. "Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick’s momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology," said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing. "It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus."

Updated 06/06/2014: Buick announced today details on the 2015 Verano which offers a series of modest updates, including a new exterior color, new Appearance package, some minor interior updates and OnStar 4G LTE system. Also, the six-speed manual option was dropped.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Buick Verano.

With a relatively short history, the Nissan Altima Coupe enters the 2011 model year with no major updates compared to the previous model year. There are just two two new exterior colors – Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver and a $500 price increase.

As usual, customers will have to choose from four different versions: 2.5 S 6MT priced at $22,940, 2.5 S CVT $23,440, 3.5 SR 6MT $30,100, and 3.5 SR CVT $27,770. The 2.5 models are powered by a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and the 3.5 versions get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, each offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT.

The model features the same aggressive front end exterior appearance with new grille and projector beam headlights, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), refined option package content, revised interior fabrics and finishers, and a new red leather-appointed interior color.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe.

Acura has brought a facelift version of the TSX sedan to the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new model will be available in two versions that will be differentiated by their engines. The TSX with a 2.4L I-4 engine is priced at $29,610. Add the Technology package and you’re looking at $32,710. The TSX with the 3.5L V-6 engine is priced at $35,150, or at $38,250 when equipped with the Technology Package.

Compared to the 2010 model, the 2011 TSX gets a new front fascia, revised chin spoiler, new fog light garnish assembly, and an updated grill. At the rear, revised taillights and an updated rear license plate garnish add more visual appeal for the TSX. The interior gets revised styling for the center console, darker trim pieces, brightly finished door handles, an updated parking brake handle, and new garnishes for the steering wheel.

The engine line-up includes: a 2.4 liter inline-four engine and a 3.6 liter V6, with both of them receiving numerous improvements to reduce internal operating friction which help improve fuel economy, lower carbon dioxide (CO2) output and increase engine life.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Bryan 15

We’ve heard plenty of rumors that Mitsubishi might be pulling out of the United States’ car market and it’s not hard to see why such a rumor is circulating. Let’s face facts, the automaker hasn’t exactly had a big hit in America for some time and the only real seller in their lineup is the Lancer and even that is lagging behind the competition.

It goes on as well. The Galant is old and dull, theEclipse got fat and slow, the Endeavor is just bad and the Outlander series has the look, but not much else. Even theLancer Evolution has been a slow seller. So, what can this company do to save themselves from becoming just a page in automotive history?

Well, that’s where the i-MiEV comes in. It might not look like a Nissan Leaf beater, but it should offer up some fierce competition.

Hit the jump to read on.

Mitsubishi UK is offering a new limited edition Lancer with plenty of features and a small price tag. It’s called the 2.0 DI-D Juro and will be limited to 1,000 units each priced at only £14,999.

This new special edition will be distinguished by black leather and 16" 5-Spoke alloy wheels. Other, less luxurious features include air conditioning, cruise control, front fog lamps, steering wheel audio controls, leather steering wheel and gear shift knob, front and rear electric windows, iPod socket, electric and heated door mirrors, and color keyed rear spoiler.

With a sticker price as small as it has, one would think that’s all you got, but Mitsubishi has surprised us all by adding some neat technologies to the sedan. These technologies include a Kenwood high specification multimedia system, integrated Garmin Satellite Navigation, Parrott Bluetooth, iPod connection, and a reversing camera. It also includes a steering wheel control interface allowing the operation of the factory-fitted steering wheel mounted controls.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 DI-D Juro will be offered with a choice of six exterior colors: Cool Silver, Stone Grey, Orient Red, Amethyst Black, Lightening Blue, and Frost White.

Press release after the jump.

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Nissan Murano

Nissan US have announced the asking price for the second generation Murano SUV. They are currently on sale in the various options and equipment levels as designated below, however, all are equipped with the same 260 BHP detuned 3.5 liter V6 from the 370Z and Xtronic CVT auto transmission. Our choice would be the diesel which, unfortunately, is not available in the US due to the poor gas mileage from the thirsty V6. Invest in a FWD model, if you’re not going off road, with the SV spec package. This package includes all that you really need without the novelties that you’ll get bored of, but will still be paying for.

As a little refresher, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets a new grille with a new, revised design and wide front headlights. It also comes with a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. The interior gets a new white meter color, new center stack colors, and added equipment to various trim levels.

Pricing starts from $28,500 USD to around $39,140 USD depending on how many ticks you make in the options list.

Hit the jump for the allocated pricing.

Source: Nissan USA
Posted on by Bryan 0

We finally have a price for the 2011 Mini Countryman ; $22,350. Mini USA headman Jim McDowell just announced that figure at the North American launch in Austin Texas.

We have had a chance to see the Mini Countryman up close and it looks better than some might think. This vehicle will split opinions so not everybody is going to like it, but we think it’s the perfect utility Mini.

A Mini Countryman with some good options on it will run you around $30,000, that’s more than the Nissan Juke , Nissan Rogue and the Volkswagen Tiguan . On the road, the Countryman will be able to manage 35 miles per gallon with a manual transmission on the Cooper model, 32 mpg for the Cooper S, and 31 mpg for the All4 Cooper S Countryman.

Buyers needing extra space, but still wanting to carry a Mini badge should love this thing. However, diehard Mini lovers might find it to be sacrilegious. We’ll just have to wait and see.


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