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2011 Toyota Highlander Review and Prices

May 30th, 2010 No comments

About 2011 Toyota Highlander

The arrival of the 2011 Toyota Highlander marks a new phase in the series and the manufacturers have done their best to introduce refreshing styling changes to suit the needs and tastes of modern drivers. To learn more of the new incorporations to this model, you can get more details below.

2011 highlander photo

The styling elements of Toyota Highlander 2011 have incorporated  minor changes in the tail styling revisions to deliver the second-generation Highlander models into the market.  The new 2011 Toyota highlander is larger than the first generation 2011 Toyota Highlander.

On the interior, it comes with a third row seating room ideal for your kids. However, the first- and second-row seating are topnotch. The unibody design featured by this vehicle also contributes to a weight loss to increase fuel economy by reducing wind resistance. It also leads to lower external size leading to other benefits such as maneuverability.

Mechanical-wise, the 2011 Toyota Highlander will once again offer 4- to 6-cylinder engine along with an all-wheel and front-wheel drive systems option. The engine power has been expanded for this model can deliver 187 horsepower.

Pro’s of 2011 Toyota Highlander

*Unique styling and design that combines comfort and practicality

*The 2011 model marks the high-tech credentials to set new standard for the series

*Unibody structure delivers smooth driving and fuel economy

*Considered as all-weather traction-enhancer that makes it ideal for off road driving

*The 2011 Highlander model equipped with new and standard safety features

*Lots of entertainment features for a fun, long drive

Con’s of 2011 Toyota Highlander

*There is really no major drawback to this vehicle model, especially at the price. Indeed, experts believe there is a lot more life left to the second-generation Toyota Highlander models.

Pricing Details

Toyota has not released the details for the prices of the 2011 Toyota Highlander lineup yet by the time of this review. However, it is expected that prices will be slightly raised as compared to the 2010 model due to the incorporation of standard and additional features, along with a major facelift given for this product. Starting with last year’s model though, Toyota has broken their own tradition of delivering annual increase to the prices of their model introductions such that it has maintained the 2009 prices. The same thing remains to be seen for this year’s releases, although base price range is expected to be approximately around $28,200 to $33,870.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Toyota Highlander is the best choice for anyone looking to purchase a large-capacity crossover vehicle that incorporates features of various genres. This is a genious combination of a minivan and SUV, thus making it ideal for mid-sized to large families. It comes with a more masculine appeal and versatile seating than a minivan, while it offers the brawny durability and off-road driving capacity of an SUV. Hence, any buyer looking to get a valuable bargain would be pleased with its very affordable price range.

2010 Best Selling Cars

May 30th, 2010 No comments

We have compiled a list of the best selling US cars in 2010 based upon the Febraury 2010 Figures. And the winner is Ford F-150.

Table : 2010 Best Selling Cars

Rank Car Make and Model Sales MSRP Mileage(Hwy/City)
1 Ford F-150 32,895 $21,820 – $39,675 19/14
2 Honda Accord 20,024 $21,055 – $29,305 31/22
3 Chevy Silverado 19,822 $20,850 – $41,775 20/15
4 Toyota Corolla / Matrix 16,996 $15,450 – $18,960 35/26
5 Toyota Camry 16,552 $19,595 – $29,245 33/22
6 Honda Civic 16,471 $15,455 – $25,340 31/24
7 Ford Fusion 16,459 $19,695 – $28,355 31/22
8 Nissan Altima 16,198 $19,900 – $29,600 32/23
9 Ford Escape 15,156 $21,020 – $27,375 22/28
10 Chevy Malibu 15,150 $21,825 – $26,955 30/22
11 Chevrolet Cobalt 14,101 $14,990 – $24,535 35/25
12 Ford Focus 13,708 $16,290 – $18,780 35/24

The occupation of the top position by Ford F-150 truck signifies the fact that people are buying what they need to get their work done and not just the leisure.

It looks like toyota is lagging behind and Ford is making significant improvement. A pride moment for the Ford owners.

EdgeStar 1.5 cu. Ft. compact refrigerator/freezer with lock- stainless steel

May 30th, 2010 No comments

There may be a time when you may need a small zero degree freezers with lock. Then which brand are you going to opt for? Keeping everything into consideration, the EdgeStar CRF150SS 1.5 cu. Ft. Compact Refrigerator with freezer is the fridge you should go for, as this is the smallest zero degree fridge available in the market today. The trendy look in stainless steel and the compact size makes it just the freezer of your choice. The specialty of the EdgeStar 1.5 cu. Ft. compact freezer refrigerator is that, it comes fitted with lock to safeguard your contents from falling into wrong hands.

Edgestar 1.5 cu. ftThe feature that sets EdgeStar 1.5 cu. Ft. compact refrigerator freezer with lock apart from any other fridge of the same category is its thermostat that enables you to use the fridge both as a freezer or a fridge as per your requirement. The thermostat ranges from zero to forty degrees allowing you the maximum flexibility with the least amount of space taken up.

The versatile thermostat together with true stainless finish, adaptability with most modern decoration and safety lock makes EdgeStar CRF150SS 1.5 cu. Ft. Stainless Steel compact refrigerator with lock the best buy for your money.

The other noteworthy feature of this great piece of appliance is the manual defrosts system thus saving in energy, reversible door and smooth back design. Above all other feature of this fridge is the unique thermostat feature. By mere selecting the option, you can run the fridge as a freezer or a fridge.

Let us look at the features of EdgeStar CRF150SS 1.5 cu. Ft. at a glance.

1. Sleek Stainless Steel Finish: This makes it compatible with most modern home decoration.

2. Fullest range of thermostat: The unique feature enables user to use it as fridge or freezer.

3. In built Door Lock: Security against wrong hands.

4. Reversible door: The door swing can be adjusted in matter of minutes.

5. Stylish European design.

6. Leveling legs that can be adjusted.

7. Recessed handle to render a modern look.

The only disadvantage of the  Edgestar 1.5 cu.ft compact refrigerator you can’t store something large enough. The price of the compact refrigerator varies between 200$-150$. At the time of writing this review the Edgestar compact refrigerator model is vailable at Amazon at discount price of $145.00

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2010 Cars with highest mileage – mpg

May 30th, 2010 5 comments

Cars with best mileage

With the gas prices again increasing, it becomes logical the the gas mileage becomes integral process of the decision making. At time of writing the gas prices are near $3 a gallon and it is just a matter of time when the gas prices again reaches $4 a gallon.

The first Car to cross the 50 miles per galon mark was the highly respected Toyota Prius. And this has raised the bars for the other cars. The following table is based upon the EPA rating of the car mileage. The ranking has been sorted based upon the City Mileage.

Table : 2010 Cars with highest mileage – One comparison

Position Car Make and Model City Mileage Highway Mileage
1 Toyota Prius 51 48
2 Ford Fusion 4WD Hybrid 41 36
3 Honda Civic Hybrid 40 45
4 Honda Insight (hybrid) 40 43
5 Lexus HS250h (hybrid) 35 34
6 Nissan Altima Hybrid 35 33
7 Ford Escape Hybrid FWD
Mazda Tribute Hybrid 2WD
Mercury Mariner Hybrid FWD
34 31
8 Smart fortwo Cabriolet 33 41
9 Toyota Camry Hybrid 33 34
10 Lexus RX450h 32 28
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MSI EX465MX Review

May 30th, 2010 8 comments

MSI is emerging brand when it comes to laptop, notebook or PCs. Especially they have some budget friendly gaming laptop in their line up. This time MSI brought a laptop which is intended for business people i,e MSI EX465MX. The price and release date yet to announce.( at the time of writing review)

Specification of MSI EX465MX

The latest MSI EX465MX is powered by Intel core 2 duo processor with graphics supported by ATI Radeon HD 545v. The graphics have dedicated memory of 512 MB VRAM.

MSI EX465MX

When comes to main memory it has 2GB of 2 slot of DDR2 RAM. The 14” LED backlit HD LCD display having resolution of 1366 * 768 at 16:9 formats.

When storage concerned user has choices between 250GB, 320 GB and 500GB SATA hard drives; one can choose as per his/her requirement.

Extra connectivity

As MSI EX465MX is intended for business/professional or industry people, the company brought the laptop with impressive connectivity features. It comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports headphone output, mic in and 4 in 1 card reader which can read SD, MMC , XD and MS cards.

When the laptop comes to network support has RJ-45 for wired network and for Wireless support it comes with 802.11 b/g/Draft N, Bluetooth V2.1

It also has in built webcam of 1,3 Mega Pixels and equipped with 6 cell battery.

Pros

  • Graphics feature is good. Having discrete graphics with individual RAM you can not only perform your work, you can play games as well in your leisure time.
  • MSI EX465MX comes with  Touguo ECO Engine power management technology which minimize the power consumption by adjusting the brightness and regulate the processing of different work. Thus extend the battery life.

Cons

  • As the laptop is targeted for business user therefore there should be room of a USB 3.0 port for fastest data transfer.

Overall configuration of MSI EX465MX laptop seems to be good for professional computing but we can’t say much at this moment as it is yet to release. Starred Reviews will bring more news once we get full specs of the MSI laptop.

photo credit msi official website