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$30K-$40K

$30K-$40K

Already a hit on the market, the Volkswagen Eos with be offered for the 2010 model year in two trim levels: Komfort or Lux, with prices ranging from $31,990 to $35,490.

The 2010 Eos is powered by a 2.0 TSI engine that delivers a total of 200hp and a peak torque of 206 lbs-ft. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission w/ tiptronic one.

A pretty impressive feature for the Eos is that it only takes 25 seconds for the hardtop convertible to be completely and automatically lowered. In either manual or automatic version the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7,4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 130 mph.

Full details after the jump.

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Quite a few shiny new cars have rolled through the Top Speed garage over the last 365 days, we have logged countless miles and spent enough time in drive thrus to thoroughly evaluate the ins and outs of everything from a stripped down fuel efficient Chevy Cobalt XFE that we thought would make a great racecar all the way up to a fully loaded ginormous GL 550 from Mercedes , everything from the gas/electric hybrid king of the road Toyota Prius to just about every iteration of Subaru’s all new Legacy . But it wasn’t until recently when Santa brought us the best early Christmas gift of all time, a Victory Red Chevrolet Camaro SS .

Top Speed 2009 Car of the Year

Ever since spending an afternoon with the man who drew the car , Luciano Nakamura , we have grown fond of the 2010 Camaro’s sinister grin, broad shoulders and classic Coke bottle shape. However when we received the keys to the more economical V6 equipped RS model earlier this year and we found it to be lacking in a few areas, mainly performance. At the heart of the the 21st century Super Sport pony car is a 426 HP LS3 V8 that breathes new life into the Camaro. The rumble of fuel injected Detroit iron miraculously made the interior much larger and while most journalists have complained about the extra cylinders adding too much weight over the front axle, but we felt the Camaro SS was more then well equipped to hang the tail out or handle a hard turn in.

Top Speed 2009 Car of the Year

It didn’t matter if we were banging gears or just cruising, we loved the way the retro steering wheel made you drive the Camaro with your fingertips, not to mention staring at those broad shoulders every time you look back at someone who isn’t having as fun as you are in the side mirror. Combine that kind of performance with a mid $35,000 price tag and you have just opened up an entire new audience to a beautifully styled high performance muscle car, and for that we must name the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS as the 2009 Top Speed Car of the Year.

Continued after the jump.

Infiniti today announced prices for the 2010 G37 sedan revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show and its coupe. The Convertible version will be revealed in February 2010.

2010 Infiniti G Sedan and Coupe prices announced

Both models, sedan and coupe will be offered in four trims: standard, Journey, AWD and Sport. Prices for the sedan version will start at $33,250 and for the coupe at $36,050.

Both models are powered by a 3.7-liter VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) V6 engien that delivers a total of 328 hp. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission standard, and a 6-speed manual transmission is offered for the G37 Sedan Sport 6MT version.

Press release after the jump.

The Subaru Tribeca is entering the 2010 model year with with the addition of the new range-topping Touring model. For 2010 Tribeca will be offered in Premium, Limited and Touring versions, with prices starting at $30,495.

Subaru Tribeca

All the 2010 models are powered by a 3.6-liter Boxer engine that delivers a total of 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The engine is mated to a specially tuned five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2010 Tribeca Touring incorporates exclusive design features and luxury amenities over the Limited trim line. These include: HID headlights; monochrome exterior paint scheme; power moonroof; rear vision camera with monitor in auto-dimming mirror; silver-painted roof rails; a silver-painted front underguard, and 7-spoke alloy wheels. A Bluetooth hands-free phone module is now also standard for the Limited and Touring trim lines, as is XM satellite radio.

Press release after the jump.

Improved for the 2009 model year, the Nissan Maxima premium sedan is entering the 2010 model year with a few new touches, including the fine-tuning of its color palette and available option packages. For 2010 Maxima will be offered in two trim levels: S and SV, with prices starting from $30,460.

Nissan Maxima

The 2010 Maxima is powered by a 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine that delivers a total of 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. All 2010 Maximas come equipped with a refined Xtronic CVT with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character.

Nissan Maxima

Revisions to the 2010 Maxima include new wheel finishes for 18-inch (Fine Silver) and 19-inch (Hyper Silver) wheels; Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System is now standard on all models; a 7-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor, auxiliary audio/video input jack, iPod net and 2GB Music Server are added to the new optional Monitor Package (USB connectivity also included); DVD playback capability, streaming audio via Bluetooth technology and XM NavWeather are added to Technology Package; XM Satellite Radio becomes standard on Maxima 3.5 SV; and the previous iPod connectivity is changed to USB connectivity. Also added are two new exterior colors, Crimson Black and Ocean Gray.

Press release after the jump.


It’s hard to imagine that Nissan ’s Z-series has been around for 40 years. But what’s even more difficult to fathom is the fact that it actually came close to never materializing in the first place. It turns out, Yutaka “Mr. K” Katayama was the first one to broach the idea of the car back in 1969, and after a lengthy debate regarding the viability of the car, Nissan eventually relented and introduced the very first Z car: the Nissan Fairlady Z.

Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

Now, 40 years later, Nissan’s Z car is one of the most revered car lines in Japanese auto history and to commemorate the monumental occasion, Nissan is releasing a limited edition 370Z , which will go on sale in the spring of 2010. The limited edition 40th Anniversary Z molded from a Touring version of the 370Z Coupe with a 322 HP 3.7 Liter VQ six cylinder engine and will arrive in showrooms wearing a $38,860 price tag. Aside from being distinguished by a celebratory premium "40th Quartz" exterior color and special red leather wrapped interior, high luster smoke wheels, red brake calipers and 40th Anniversary badges; the exclusivity of only 1000 models is sure to make it an instantaneous collectors item.

Press release after the jump.


Volvo today announced prices for the 2010 XC60 SUV . Prices will start at just $39,000 for the XC60 T6 model, from $42,400 for a standard XC60 and for the R-Design package customers will have to pay an extra $3,900.

The 2010 XC60 is powered by a 281-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine and comes with leather interior, 18-inch wheels, numerous airbags, Bluetooth, and all-wheel-drive system, a revised suspension, 20-inch five-spoke wheels, color matched body trim, sports seats, and a unique “metallic-themed” interior.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from three additional packages: climate package ($1000) which includes heated front and rear seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and rain sensing wipers; the multimedia package ($2700) with a premium audio system, navigation with real time traffic updates, and a rearview camera; and the technology package ($1700) that includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, driver alert control, and lane departure warning.


The Japanese sport compact maker Subaru has just announced pricing for the 2010 Impreza WRX STI Special Edition that was revealed just a few days ago. With a scheduled production run of only 125 units, this special edition STI will be in high demand when it goes on sale in the spring of 2010 starting at $32,995. What is even better about the Spec C inspired STI is that it will cost $2,000 less than the standard 2010 WRX STI.

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Special Edition prices announced

Aside from the high performance suspension, the Special Edition differs from the standard WRX STI with a few cost cutting options like a set of halogen headlamps rather than HID units; the 6 CD 10 speaker system turns into a single disc player with 4 speakers; manual air conditioning in place of automatic climate control and side mirrors without integrated signals. However if getting around a track as fast as possible is what you are after it is very unlikely that you will miss any of those creature comforts.

Press release after the jump.


The Japanese automaker Toyota has just announced pricing for the 2010 Highlander V6 Special Edition, a model that will replace the current Sport grade CUV. The Special Edition crossover will begin to arrive in showrooms by January of 2010 and will be wearing a $32,480 price tag for the two wheel drive Highlander SE 4x2 and the go anywhere 4x4 Highlander will go for $33,930. The new Highlander SE is powered by a 3.5 Liter gas burning V6 with modern technologies like Toyota’s VVT-i, Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, on both intake and exhaust that delivers a maximum output of 270 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque; more than enough grunt to take the extremely practical crossover wherever you might want to go.

The Special Edition will play up on Toyota’s more luxurious side by featuring luxurious amenities both inside and out like leather wrapped heated front seats, Tri-Zone automatic front and rear air conditioning, power moonroof, in dash six disc CD changer, 17 inch alloys wheels as well as a standard tow package so that owners can make more practical use of the V6’s pulling power. TheToyota Highlander offers excellent value even in base model form, but the Special Edition trim is guaranteed to take the Highlander to the next level.

Press release after the jump.

For 2010 the Lincoln MKX is offering available all-wheel-drive, standard heated-and-cooled front seats and available heated rear seats. And for 2010, its 265-hp engine and six-speed automatic transmission have been extensively refined to increase fuel mileage. Prices for the MKX start at $38,345 for the FDW version and at $40,195 for the AWD version.

Lincoln MKX

With its distinctive chrome grille, sophisticated flowing exterior lines, and broad, athletic stance, Lincoln MKX takes vehicle design to a whole new level. The interior features genuine wood, bright-nickel and chrome accents as well as a stylish, contemporary instrument panel. There’s also available ambient lighting in multiple color choices.

The Lincoln MKX features a 3.5L Duratec V6 engine that delivers a total of 265 hp and 250 lb. ft. of torque, and an impressive 25 mpg highway. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that uses a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio. Short first and second gears provide impressive launch and acceleration, while the tall overdrive gears deliver seven percent better fuel economy than a four-speed automatic.

For 2010 Lincoln is offering a new package: Midnight Limited Edition Package that includes a unique body-color grille and Tuxedo Black Metallic paint offset by assertive 22-inch bright polished aluminum wheels.

Press release after the jump.


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