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2011 Toyota Tundra Review and Price

June 28th, 2010 No comments

About 2011 Toyota Tundra

Last year’s release was able to prove its merit in the automotive market, hence a lot of attention is fixed on the 2011 Toyota Tundra to try and outdo that. To get a detailed look into how this vehicle performs, more details follow below.

As expected, the 2011 Toyota Tundra will enjoy minor revisions to the taillamp and the grille – just to give a new look into a classic formula. There are three cab styles – Double Cab, regular cab, and CrewMax crew cab – and three bed lengths to choose from. Overall though, it gives up nothing in size in comparison to its closest rivals. It lacks the stylish and upscale look on the dashboard as most other pickup trucks in the market, but the strength of the interior structure is unparalleled.

2011 Toyota Tundra Changes

Since a lot of the earlier issues on the Toyota model releases focused on safety, the 2011 Toyota Tundra is equipped with a brake-override – a feature that enables the brake pedal to override the accelerator. Meanwhile, there are three engine choices available here just as with the 2010 Toyota Tundra model, but the base option is the 4.6-liter V8 engine, capable of producing up to 310 horsepower and up to 327 lb-ft torque. In terms of the fuel economy rating for this vehicle, it is estimated to be deliver the same numbers as the 2010 edition, which is approximately 15 mpg on the city and 20 mpg on the highway for the base engine option.

2011 toyota tundra

There is also a host of infotainment features available to make each ride as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for the passengers. You will also appreciate the use of leather upholstery to bring forth that comfort, while the cabin is rich in pockets to provide you with more storage room on the inside.

Pro’s of 2011 Toyota Tundra

*Terrific ride quality;

*Brake-override feature;

*Better road feel and quicker response;

*Cargo bed bins can outdo its rivals.

Con’s of 2011 Toyota Tundra

*Even the 4WD setup is equipped with low-range gearing, although it manages to hold well on slippery surfaces.

Pricing Details

As with upcoming vehicles, there are no definite details as to the pricing information of this vehicle model yet. However, it is expected to hover around the estimated price range of $23,900 to $43,100. But of course, prices are expected to vary depending on the specific model type you opted for.

The base model price will start at $23,900, which is also the cheapest in the range. The most expensive model is the CrewMax Limited 4×4 at $43,100, which is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine and 4WD. Other price estimates are as follows: $25,300 for the regular cab with 4.6-liter V8 engine, $26,300 for the regular cab with 5.7-liter V8 engine, and $26,600 for the Double Cab with 4.6-liter V8 engine, and $27,900 for the ones with 5.7-liter V8 engine.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Toyota Tundra is the ideal choice of vehicle for anyone who believes in the manufacturer’s commitment when it comes to engineering and designing their vehicle models – even in the genre of pickup trucks. Although Toyota has been marred by the recall brush that it suffered just recently, it looks like they have proven themselves worthy of being considered this time out and have gone to great lengths to enable the brand to recover.

2011 Toyota Tacoma Review and Price

June 28th, 2010 9 comments

About 2011 Toyota Tacoma

If you are contemplating on whether to pick up the 2010 model or wait for the 2011 Toyota Tacoma, then it is best to wait it of for a bit since this year’s release is looking quite promising. To see what the features worth checking out here are, read more from the review below.

Q. What are the styling changes in the 2011 Toyota Tacoma with respect to the 2010 Toyota Tacoma ?

A. In terms of styling changes, there are no more than minor revisions to the 2011 Toyota Tacoma, . All of these changes are just part of the effort on the manufacturer’s part to make the model seem fresh and to adapt to the changing tastes of its modern consumers.  The basic size and shape of the vehicle, which proved to be one of its strengths stays same. There are four basic body styles to choose from – regular cab, Access Cab, Double Cab, PreRunner Access Cab, and the Double Cab.

Q. What about the Engine and its horsepower ?

When it comes to the engine type, the base models for 2011 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck offers two basic choices: 2.7-liter four cylinder engine and the 4.0-liter V6 engine. The power ratings are therefore expected to carry on from the predecessor. The four-cylinder engine brings in up to 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft torque, while the V6 engine produces up to 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft torque.

Q.  How good is the fuel economy of  the 2011 Toyota Tacoma ?

A. The fuel economy ratings for this model are among the best among the compact pickup trucks in the market, registering at about 19 mpg on the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Not bad at all.

2011 toyota tacoma

You will also enjoy a plethora of options suited for your specific driving requirements such as an option between six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with some automatic features such as  power mirrors and remote keyless entry.  You also get the option of leather upholstery, navigation system, among others. There are also different set of features for each body style you choose.

Pro’s of 2011 Toyota Tacoma

*Fuel efficiency of 2011 Tacoma is impressive;

*Variety of body style choices,

*Revised styling for a fresh look;

*Powerful engine performance.

Con’s of 2011 Toyota Tacoma

*Basic engineering of 2011 Tacoma remains basically the same from the 2010 model, which deprives it off any distinction from the earlier releases.

Pricing Details

Although the prices for the 2011 Toyota Tacoma has not been made known to the public yet, the  price range is not expected to significantly differ from the 2010 model.

The pricing for the base model  is expected to start at $16,300, which comes with a two-wheel drive system. But, if you wanted to upgrade the 2WD into a 4WD, then the price will go a bit higher – $20,400. For the Access Cab model of the Tacoma, you can enjoy a 2WD and four-cylinder engine at a starting price of $20,400 or $25,900 for the 4WD and V6 engine.

The PreRunner Access Cab Tacoma model, on the other hand, will go up the price scale at $17,300. If you wish more powerful  V6 engine then the price will will bump up the price tag to $22,700. Finally, the Double Cab model is expected to be priced at $24,800 and $27,000 for the 2WD and 4WD systems, respectively.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma is the perfect investment for a compact pickup truck for consumers who wanted a vehicle that has proven its worth, both on paper and performance-wise. It is just in time too, since the model series has been given a late restyling and revision, such that you can enjoy the classic performance in an all-new package. This should therefore give the product a longer shelf life to be able to compete with the newbies and a few established vehicles.

2011 Ford Ranger Review and Price

June 27th, 2010 No comments

About 2011 Ford Ranger

The design concept for the 2011 Ford Ranger is to make small the new big. Or at least that is what the existing market trend is and Ford is looking to go on the same route. But by introducing this all new midsized pickup truck, you can also enjoy a more lightweight and more fuel efficient vehicle.

Specs of 2011 Ford Ranger

The recent releases from Ford have been disappointing in terms of sales, so the manufacturers are doubling their efforts with the 2011 Ford Ranger. It will therefore introduce a new design into the market, which marks the first clean-sheet redo for the lineup in such a long time. The styling is also quite magnificent on this one, such that it provides more options to the consumer like the extended SuperCab and SuperCrew that comes with full back seat.

2011 Ford Ranger comes with three engines. It comes with either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The base will equip with 2.3 liter all-aluminum four-cylinder 143 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. The middle one is a  3.0 liter V6, iron made, 148 horse power  pair to 180 lb-ft of torque. The apex engine is the identical to V6 equipped in the Mustang pony car, shifting 4.0 liters split amid six cylinders in a V arrangement which yield  207 horse power with torque of  239 lb-ft . The 4 cylinder equipped  2011 Ranger will not come with four-wheel drive.

In terms of performance data, information is also still minimal at this point. But reviews and critics are already guessing on a desirable piece of information for the 2011 Ford Ranger. The fuel economy rating is projected to be somewhere around 20.5 to 28.6 mpg, depending on your choice of engine to drive in. whichever one applies to the final vehicle model that is set for release late this year, it will still be quite impressive if compared with all other vehicles in its class. Consumers will have to wait and see though until they can give this truck a road test.

Pro’s of 2011 Ford Ranger

*Fuel economy of 2011 Ford Ranger is looking better and improved;

*Styling revisions will provide a fresh new way to look at the Ranger series and renew consumers’ interest;

*Quite a variety of choices available for the body style to provide more passenger accommodation;

*Suited for casual driving and daily transportation needs.

Con’s of 2011 Ford Ranger

*Too little information is available for this vehicle model for now to make any conclusion.

Pricing Details

The price of the 2011 Ford Ranger still sits comparably lower than most other pickup trucks in its range and size. But the recent rise in the use of raw materials for manufacturing could potentially lead to consumers losing out on any savings they would have otherwise enjoyed with the release of this model.

The current estimation of price for the base model is expected at $16,500 and this one comes with a 2WD. The most expensive vehicle in the model lineup is priced at $36,000 and this one is equipped with a V8 engine and 4WD SuperCrew.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Ford Ranger is expected to hit the auto market in the fourth quarter of 2010 with media previews scheduled for summer 2010. And from the looks of this vehicle so far, it is already quite promising. It remains to be the top-selling vehicle line in America and Ford does a great job at maintaining their momentum with a fuel efficient design, great size, and high performing capacity. With such a long standing vehicle, the Ranger will surely suffer from a decline in sales in the market. But with this new one, things could quickly change and work towards the series’ favor.

2011 Dodge Dakota Review and Price

June 27th, 2010 No comments

About 2011 Dodge Dakota

Think the 2011 Dodge Dakota is just your typical truck? Then, think again. It has been wrongfully referred to in the market as a compact vehicle since it is the biggest of its bunch in the market. But does it pack a lot of meat for its size? You can get all the answers from the in-depth review below.

2011 Dodge Dakota Specs

First and foremost, you can choose from 3 body styles when you go out shopping for the 2011 Dodge Dakota: regular cab, extended “Club” cab, and the crew “Quad” cab. Meanwhile, there are 6 trim levels available and each one are equipped with their own respective set of features: base model, SXT, Sport and Sport Plus, Luxury SLT and SLT Plus. The vehicle model is also available in a wide range of monochromatic colors, so take your pick. The overall styling for this year’s release is truly bold as it comes with sleek lines and impressive grilles to woo over truck buyers. The wheels come with a 16×7 inch size and newly painted, thus ensuring that you can ride in style.

A sneak peek into the interior of the 2011 Dodge Dakota has also earned its raving reviews. The seating configuration deliver from interior room and seating space with a 40/20/40 split-bench front seats, while the rear passenger can accommodate up to 3 passengers.

The performance data for the 2011 Dodge Dakota is when it earns most of its merit. There are three engine choices to this model, thus providing consumers more option to pick an engine power to suit your driving needs. The first option is a Magnum 3.9-liter V6 engine that can deliver 175 horsepower and 225 lb-ft torque. Then, there’s Magnum Next Generation 4.7-liter V8 engine that can produce a maximum of 235 horsepower. And finally, you can pick the 5.9-liter V8 engine that can bring in 250 horsepower and 345 lb-ft torque. There are also choices between five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission to suit your driving requirements.

2011 Dodge Dakota

As a final note, this is a reliable and safe vehicle. It has been tested by the government and has earned a five-star crash test rating.

Pro’s of 2011 Dodge Dakota

*Five-star crash test rating;

*Spacious interiors;

*Versatile enough to perform on all types of terrains;

*Solid build;

*Highly responsive maneuvering capacity;

*Unique combination of comfort and capability.

Con’s of 2011 Dodge Dakota

*There are no known drawbacks to this model yet but more info will come in once the actual vehicle has been taken on a road test.

Pricing Details

The manufacturer has not given any pricing information about the 2011 Dodge Dakota for now. But critics expect that there will be no significant increase on last year’s release, but if there are any then they will surely be kept minimal.

The Bottom Line

The 2011 Dodge Dakota is the perfect choice of vehicle for consumers looking to use a powerful vehicle on the road or on all types of terrains. This one is equipped with a powerful engine that can hold up, regardless of what your driving requirement is. But with its handsome looks, it will also garner enough attention on the street.

Here is the detail spec of 2010 Dodge Dakota

2011 Honda Ridgeline Review and Prices

June 27th, 2010 No comments

About 2011 Honda Ridgeline

Honda’s venture into the pickup truck market was quite a rough one. Thankfully though, a solid formula enabled them to find a place in this particular niche in the automotive industry. With the arrival of the 2011 Honda Ridgeline, many are taking a closer look at how they will be able to leverage the success of the earlier releases to win consumers over. Familiarise yourself about 2011 Honda Ridgeline to see what best suites you.

Q. What vehicles compete with 2011 Honda Ridgeline.

A.  2011 Toyota Tacoma and 2011 Dodge Dakota are serious competitors to the 2011 Honda Ridgeline. The Honda Ridgeline has not been able to make enough inroads into the marketing share of the Toyota Tacoma or the Dakota.

Q. When is 2011 Honda Ridgeline expected to become available.

A.  You can expect the 2011 Honda Ridgeline to be available by July or August 2010.

Q. What about the styling and its changes with respect to the 2010 model.

A. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline will retain the styling introduced from the previous year’s edition, which therefore suggests that it can also be categorized as a crossover SUV. It will feature a unibody structure. There is no nocieable change in the exterior features for 2011 Ridgeline  . There are four trim levels available to choose from: base model or RT, RTS, leather-upholstered RTL, and the RTL with navigation system.

As for the interiors, the interior space and rear-seat accommodations are among the best of its class. As part of the Honda custom, there are standard and optional features to incorporate that will ensure consumers have several options available to suit their needs and budget. The Honda Ridgeline has phenomenal safety feature – and it  emplys the  curtain-side airbags. The  air conditioning comes as standard option.  It does has  power windows and locks as well as the keyless entry.

2011 Honda Ridgeline

Q. What about the engine and powertrain ?

In terms of powertrain, you won’t see a lot of changes for the 2011 Ridgeline. It is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce a maximum 250 horsepower and five-speed automatic transmission. Its power enable you to pick up quickly while entering a highway.

Q. What is the fuel economy of the 2011 Honda Ridgeline ?

A. The fuel economy rating for this one is also similar to the average for the series, which is at 15 mpg on the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Thus, you can expect the same numbers with the 2011 Honda Ridgeline.

2011 Honda Ridgeline

Pro’s of 2011 Honda Ridgeline

* 2011 Honda Ridgeline comes with excellent acceleration capacity;

*A handful of infotainment features;

*Better handling;

*Good load-carrying ability;

*Reasonably priced.

Con’s of 2011 Honda Ridgeline

*The cargo bed is shorter than most of its rivals’.

Pricing Details

Currently, the actual pricing details for the 2011 Honda Ridgeline is not yet made official. But many reviewers and critics are expecting that it would not have major changes in terms of price from its predecessor. The base model for this vehicle range is therefore expected to be available at no less than $29,600. However, there are several other models in the range and the RTS model will be priced approximately $32,800 and the RTL model somewhere around $35,550. The ones that come equipped with a navigation system are priced to as high as $38,000.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for an innovative pickup that does not compromise quality and performance, then the 2011 Honda Ridgeline is the best choice around. Although it has not received major alterations from the 2010 model, it does not have to – and that is probably a crucial decision that enabled this model to survive tough competition. In terms of style, it is one of a kind, but it is also known for its versatility, superb engineering, and delivers optimum comfort ride.

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