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2011 Honda CR-V Review and Prices

May 31st, 2010 2 comments

About 2011 Honda CR-V

A lot of the features present from last year’s release will be carried over to this year’s model. This means that the 2011 Honda CR-V will be equipped with the same styling, interior features, and engine performance, although this one comes with a slight power boost. But what else is in store here? Will the manufacturers succeed in reliving enthusiasm for the series?

Q. Any information about the release date of the 2011 Honda CR-V ?

A. There is no information yet available about the release date of the 2011 Honda CR-V. However, historically, it is launched in autumn, so expect 2011 Honda CR-V to appear around autumn 2010.

Q. Should I buy 2010 Honda CR-V or the 2011 Honda CR-V

A. The 2011 Honda CR-V will be better if you plan to sell in in like 2 of 3 year period.  The 2010 Honda CR-V will give some price advantage in the form of rebates.

Q. Any detail about the styling and the styling changes ?

A. The idea behind the styling and mechanical updates for the 2011 Honda CR-V is to maximize a buying market that might not be around after this year. For the most part, the styling for this year’s edition will mirror that of last year’s, which marks the styling approach for the current-generation CR-Vs.  Overall, the dimensions remain unchanged and it remains to belong to the smaller groups of compact SUVs. This, however, offers several benefits in terms of maneuverability and parking.

Q. Any detail about the mechanical and power figure ?

A. On the mechanical aspect of the vehicle performance, there were some issues met. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine used on the 2011 Honda CR-V model enjoyed as much as 14 horsepower increase, bringing the total maximum up to 180 and up to 161 lb-ft torque. This is already quite competitive if you were to place it against some of its closest rivals.

Q. Who are the competitors of the 2011 Honda CR-V

A.  The Honda CR-V faces stiff competition from 2011 Ford Escape, 2011 Toyota Venza, 2011 Nissan Rogue and 2011 Toyota Rav-4 . You may

Pro’s of 2011 Honda CR-V

*This vehicle model would not require much of assisting or handling help as it delivers efficient traction.

*It delivers reliable control.

*Styling comes with a feminine feel to it.

*Although the vehicle is compact in size, it does offer enough room inside for a comfort ride.

Con’s of 2011 Honda CR-V

*The acceleration capacity for this vehicle model is one of its most potent weakness.

*Buyers will appreciate it if the manufacturer could bring in more power for the engine.

Pricing Details

The prices for the 2011 Honda CR-V models will be announced in the middle of this year. We may expect some  generous pricing for this mode. But if sales leadership were to be based on, then one could expect that there won’t be much of price adjustment for this year’s model.

Pricing for the base model should start at $22,700 for the vehicles equipped with front-wheel drive. Meanwhile, those with an all-wheel drive system is priced slightly higher at $23,900.

The Bottom Line

The CR-V lineup has been around for sometime and consumers are indeed searching for a more refreshing take on the largest selling SUV lineup. And that is certainly what you’ll find with the 2011 Honda CR-V, which is why this might be one of the best compact crossover SUV currently on sale. For the most part, it will serve more like a rerun of the 2010 model but certainly packs more power that makes it worthy for the price point.

2011 Mini Crossman Review and Prices

May 31st, 2010 1 comment

About 2011 Mini Crossman

The Mini Cooper formula will get some much needed boost with the hot arrival of the 2011 Mini Crossman. This new one comes with a tall wagon body and an all-wheel drive system. Unlike the Nissan Pathfinder, the 2011 Mini Crossman can not be expected to be  reliable enough for off-road driving. There are more interesting features in store for this new vehicle lineup, so make sure you read further below to find out.

The overall length for this vehicle’s body is the same as that of the 2010 Mini Crossman model and stands at 102.7 inches for wheelbase. The most noticeable enhancement with this model would have to be the height and width. The suspension has increased by as much as 2 inches and the roof has been made higher, adding up to as much as 3 inches to the vehicle’s overall height. This will also mark the first time in the series wherein it is equipped with four conventional side doors, but users will be pleased with the interior space and the accessibility of its interior features.

When it comes to the mechanical performance, the 2011 Mini Crossman is the first model in the series to introduce an all-wheel drive system. But the base model comes with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine to deliver 172 maximum horsepower.  Even with its less powerful engine the vehicle  competes well  with the bigger vehicles in the market.

Pro’s of 2011 Mini Crossman

*There is a wide range of factory accessories available to deliver more efficient driving performance.

*Roomy interior and accessible design

*Introduction of all-wheel drive system

*Powerful engine performance

Con’s of 2011 Mini Crossman

*Lack of reliability when it comes to off-road driving

Pricing Details

Although the official pricing for the 2011 Mini Crossman has not been identified yet at the time of this writing, you can expect the base model to range fro $24,000 to $27,000. Indeed, prices will vary according to the specific model, features, and how well equipped your vehicle is. The Crossman S are the most expensive models from this Mini line; however, all types of Minis have consistently enjoyed a strong demand in the market.

You can also avail of upgrades and each of them will gradually impact overall pricing. For instance, automatic transmission will add $1,300 to the overall price, navigation system will add $2,000, leather seating and interiors will add $2,000, and a sunroof will add $1,000. Hence, incorporating various upgrades could bring the total up to $30,000.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Mini Crossman is your ideal option if you want to maximize your budget for this vehicle might be a “mini”, but it is basically more of a subcompact SUV. Since this series launched in 2002, several of its competitors paled in comparison. With the arrival of the 2011 model, you can get more of these surprises.

2011 Chevrolet Impala Review and Prices

May 31st, 2010 5 comments

About 2011 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrole has earned its reputation for introducing quality build and engine performance for any vehicle in the market. So, you cannot blame consumers if they had high expectations for the 2011 Chevrolet Impala, especially with the shortcomings suffered by earlier models. To see how this one distinguishes itself from the rest, you can find out more information below.

On the exterior aspects of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala, the changes to the design are kept minor. Some of the noteworthy improvements include the incorporation of a 16-inch alloy wheels, dual power remote mirrors, automatic halogen headlights, daytime running lights, rear defrogger, to name a few features. You can also opt to upgrade this particular model such that you can have heated door mirrors, 18-inch wheels, and a spoiler. Of course, with upgrades you can expect a slight price increase to go with it.

On the interior aspect, there are two seats limited on the front for adults. On the rear, there is enough room to accommodate three adults and these seats can be folded to provide extra room for carrying your cargos and other materials you’d like to bring for the trip. There is a good combination of standard and modern features here such as power accessories, auxiliary audio input, six-way power driver seat, CD sound system, two-zone temperature control, and a trip computer, among other things.

Engine-wise, the 2011 Chevrolet Impala is right up there in terms of market standards. The 3.9-liter engine should deliver enough power for everyday driving although with a bit more kick from your average options. There are two engines to choose from here – 3.5-liter V6 engine and 3.9-liter V6 engine for increased passing power.

Pro’s of 2011 Chevrolet Impala

* Chevrolet Impala 2011 is affordable for a large car.

*Standard interior features deliver optimum comfort during the ride.

*Upgrade options available.

*Impressive fuel economy.

*Maximum warranty awarded for this model.

Con’s of 2011 Chevrolet Impala

*Style-wise, chevy impala 2011 does not quite impress. It is a pretty standard fair.

Pricing Details

Although the pricing information on the new 2011 Impala won’t be coming out until the car goes on sale, critics already have an assessment as to what the prices will look like for this car model. They expect it to be around the same range as the MSRP for the 2010 model, which is $24, 290. Consumers cannot expect a major price increase with this new arrival since there is lack of drastic revisions of the base model.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a large car but has a limited budget to spend for it, then the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Impala is a great option for you. It delivers power both on the interior and exterior aspects while managing to stay affordable. And because of the lackluster reviews the series has earned over the past few years, the manufacturers have focused on improving on areas where the series is lacking to deliver something more efficient for all driving purposes.

HP Mini 210-1099SE Review – Vivienne TAM 2 edition

May 31st, 2010 No comments

Looking for netbook with stylish outlook as well as with great performance? Here you search ends.  HP brought HP Mini 210-1099SE Vivienne Tam 2 edition which will fulfill your requirement. Featuring butterfly all over the glossy champagne gold colored body of the netbook, not only reflects sense of style but with in it, the stylish HP Mini 210-1099SE hold some good features which help you to perform your day to day activity at ease.

The new mini 210-1099SE model from hp comes with Intel Atom Processor N450 with speed of 1.66GHz having 512MB L2 cache.

The graphics supported by Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150. The operating system it has is, windows 7 home premium which is loaded onto 250GB SATA hard drive. The hard drive speed is 7200 rpm.

The Vivienne Tam Edition mini 210-1099se comes with 10.1” WSVGA LED Brightview display comes with resolution of 1026* 600p .

The 3 cell li-ion battery gives 4.25 hours of battery life

For connectivity features the HP mini 210-1099SE is supported by 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 VGA out, 1 headphone and mic combo jack, 5 in 1 card reader, in built webcam.

Network connectivity is supported by RJ45 connector for wired and for wi-fi it comes with 802.11b/g and Bluetooth support.

The netbook weighs 2.69 pound having size 10.55” x 6.9” x 0.9”( l/d/h)

Other significant features of HP mini 210-1099se

The Beats Audio feature offer perfect sound

The mini 210-1099SE model comes with compact mirror so when you are in travel or working at home you can groom yourself easily.

Hp QuickSync feature helps to update files, email and Internet bookmarks instantly

The all new HP mini 210-1099se Vivienne Tam 2 edition is available at $579 at hp’s own shopping site.

The mini 210-1099se from hp is sleek and stylish, you can easily carry it when you are in travel and able to perform your daily job flawlessly; Though there are some positive user reviews over the net, but I think there should be provision of 4GB RAM and some more battery life, especially when we are onboard we need more power.

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2011 Honda Fit Review and Prices

May 30th, 2010 2 comments

About 2011 Honda Fit

As the 2011 Honda Fit speeds onto the market, it received mixed reviews from auto critics. First off, it does not introduce any drastic changes from the previous model, which is reason enough to heave a sigh of relief for those who did not want the formula to be tinkered with. But on the other hand, it leaves one to question as to whether they should settle for the 2009 model or venture into the unknown.

The Fit 2011 model comes with four-door hatchback and have enough room for five passengers total. The roofline is tall but it comes with petite wheels, leaving it suitable for highway driving. The styling for this vehicle is very reminiscent of Japanese city cars, wherein the Honda vehicle styles were first innovated. Although 2011 Fit might not be the largest vehicle in the market, it manages to efficiently use its interior space. There are three trim lines available for the Fit, which are as follows: base Fit, Fit Sport, and the Fit Sport equipped with a Navigation system.

2011 honda fit

When it comes to the engine, Honda Fit 2011 model is equipped with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that can produce 17 horsepower to give you enough power to drive through traffic. You can also enjoy choices of five-speed settings on both manual and automatic transmissions.

Pro’s of 2011 Honda Fit

*This model is equipped and performs like a sports car, although more ideal for responsible and practical driving purposes.

*This vehicle delivers full performance while ensuring you can enjoy maximum fuel economy.

*There is a lot of interior room for passengers and cabin.

Con’s of 2011 Honda Fit

*Driving this Honda Fit 2011 can produce too much engine and road noise.

*There is a tendency for the ride to feel choppy.

*Although this model introduces the traction control and antiskid system, these features are available only for the more expensive models of the vehicle.

Pricing Details

Since the 2011 Honda Fit was released in Summer of 2009, many were pleased with its advance listing of features while ensuring that the prices remain affordable for the general consumers to afford. The base model comes with the manual transmission system and prices begin at $15,610. Meanwhile, the base models that are equipped with automatic transmissions are priced slightly higher at $16,410. Honda promises more option to come out in the coming years to serve as upgrade to the current Honda Fit model, but you can expect corresponding price increases for those.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Honda Fit is your best option if you are looking for a vehicle model that is small on the outside, but big on the inside. Although this one sees not much a variation from the 2009 Fit, any changes made were significant enough to make it more powerful, strategically enhance its size, and make it more appealing. If you can leave with its current EPA rating, then you’re good with picking this one up. If not, then you might have to cash in on a more expensive subcompact SUV to give you better fuel economy.

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