( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Buick Enclave is a luxurious people mover that's been updated for a more modern and sleek design. LED daytime running lights make for the bold first statement. And optional 20 inch wheels body-colored everything and a new upscale interior separate the 2013 Buick Enclave from its sister cars the the Chevy Traverse and the GMC Acadia. We recently had a chance test drive this most popular of all Buick Models in Kentucky. Check out this first drive review that Roman filed after hustling the big Buick through the Kentucky countryside.
Colorado Off-Road Ghost Town Fall Adventure
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) When the leaves turn Gold in Colorado, and the
frost whips through the Rocky mountains....that's the perfect time to
explore the road less taken. In this video we drive some the best most
off-road worthy cars through the Rocky Mountains to the old ghost town of
Caribu. The old mining roads that make up the local trials are perfect for
the Jeep Wrangler, the Nissan Xterra, and even the new Hyundai Santa Fe
that are just a few on the cars and pickup that we drive through the
shimmering leaves of the Aspen Trees in this Colorado Off-Road Ghost Town
2013 Buick Verano Turbo First Drive Review: Small Fast & Fun
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2013 Buick Verano turbo is a small performance luxury car. Or is it
a small luxury performance car with the accent on performance. In this
first drive video review we take the latest new Buick for a spin through
the hills of Kentucky. Of course with 250 turbo-charged horsepower all turning the
front wheels you might think 2013 Verano turbo has a bit of torque steer. Does it. You'll
have to watch the video to find out.
2012 Land Rover LR4 vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Off-Road Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2012 Land Rover LR4 and the 2012 Jeep Grand
Cherokee are two of the most off-road worthy family haulers that you can
buy. Both can be had with a massive V8 engine and both come with
all-wheel-drive to take on the wild Colorado West when the road turns
dusty. Both also have the pedigree to call themselves the very best
off-road rides that you can buy today. In this TFLcar mash-up review we see
which one of these two legendary off-road rides is better in the Colorado
Rockies. Is it the 375 horsepower Land Rover LR4 or
is it the HEMI powered 360 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee?
2013 Nissan Pathfinder vs Dodge Durango 0-60 MPH Mile High Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is now a new
school 7 passenger family hauling Crossover. With a CVT and
front-wheel-drive the base Nissan Pathfinder is engineered to sip fuel
instead of finding paths in the great untamed wilderness. On the other hand
the 2013 Dodge Durango is much more of an old school Crossover. In base
trim the Durango has a rear-wheel-drive set-up mated to a 5-speed automatic
powered by a somewhat larger V6. Of course can be had with a
all-wheel-drive but in this mashup we wanted to see which of these two
vehicles is the better family hauling truckster. Check out another fun,
informative and exclusive TFLcar mashup as we put both of these Crossovers
to the 0-60 MPH test @ a mile above sea level.
2013 Buick Encore
http://drivencarreviews.com The compact Encore crossover is unlike any
other Buick ever offered. And really, no one else has anything like it
either. Is this a good thing? Tom Voelk travels to Atlanta, GA to check out
this pint-sized premium CUV.
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2013 GMC Acadia Start Up and Review 3.6 L V6
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Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4.5/5
Start up and review of the 2013 GMC Acadia
Powertrains: 3.6 L V6 with 6-Speed Auto FWD or AWD
Features: Backup Camera, AM/FM/CD Stereo System, Cloth Seats, Power
Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, Cruise Control, Automatic Climate
Control, Rear Seat Climate Controls, OnStar, Rear Window Defroster, Rear
Window Wiper, AUX Input, Power Outlet(s), USB Port, Bluetooth
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.6 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 270 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm
horsepower 288 hp
@ 6300 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 40.4 ft.
Weights and Capacities
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY** 5000 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 24.1 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 116.9 cu.ft.
Trims: SLT and SLE
Competitors: Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango, and Honda Pilot
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the 2013 Acadia: The Acadia has
been heavily refreshed for 2013 and by the looks of it, it looks pretty
good. One features that's notable is the airbag that's right next to the
center console which is a first for cars. Build and material quality is
also up for 2013, with nice soft touch materials and stitching, The Acadia
is now more muscular aslo in the front and rear. All in all great car from
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2013 Buick Enclave Luxury Crossover SUV Test Drive & Walkaround Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/buick/enclave/2013/ Autobytel recently met with
Nick Richards Product Communications Manager for Buick. Nick gave us a
wonderful walkaround review of the new 2013 Buick Enclave luxury crossover
SUV. This vehicle has been dramatically redesigned for the 2013 model year
starting from the front end and working all to the way to the back as well
as both inside and out. What's even better is that the 2013 Buick Enclave
starts out with an affordable base price of $38,445.
The front end design is now much more dramatic and pronounced look that
makes the 2013 Buick Enclave look aggressive. The new grille and LED
headlights are the first thing people notice when driving down the road.
The standard wheels are 18-inch aluminum pieces but you can upgrade to
larger 20-inch chrome rims. Along the sides are chrome accents to give the
Enclave a sleeker presence. The rear has been totally redesigned featuring
a dual Exhaust that has been
integrated into the lower bumper diffuser. The LED taillights give this
vehicle a dramatic look at night.
The engine is a 3.6 liter direct injection V-6 that makes 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of
torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic which helps the 2013 Buick
Enclave manage 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.
Buick basically redesigned the entire driver's cockpit on the inside of the
Enclave for 2013. The premium materials feature live stitching, contrasting
materials, high end wood accents, a new center stack with capacitive touch
controls, and accent lighting. One great thing about the Buick Enclave is
that it is designed to carry people and families. This large crossover SUV
can seat up to 8 passengers but you can also opt for Captain's Chairs in
the second row.
The 2013 Buick Enclave is a great buy compared to other large crossover
SUVs for a couple of reasons. First, the Enclave price point is lower than
most the competition. Second, the Enclave is a great looking car with many
new enhancements for the 2013 model year. Third, the interior is segment
leading thanks to the nice choice of materials. The Enclave has proven to
be a good vehicle for the past 5 years and now with this new refresh ups
the ante even more.
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2013 Buick Encore Review and Road Test with IntelliLink Infotainment Review
-Alex L. Dykes
Buick's been on a roll this year, their sales are up and their owner
demographics are younger than they have been in recent memory. The cynic in
my says that's because half their clientele died of old age, but it has
more to do with their product portfolio. Say what? Yep, it's true, the
brand I wrote off for dead last decade is targeting younger buyers with
designs imported from Europe and finding sales success. The Verano turbo shattered my preconceptions, but can Buick
do it again? A brown Encore arrived one rainy morning to see if it was
The Encore isn't new, but neither is it an American rehash of a tired Euro
model. Instead, it is "badge engineering" 21st century style. When I was a
kid you knew a new Buick was coming when Chevy or Oldsmobile announced a
new product. You also knew what to expect: the same sheetmetal with a Buick
logo on the grille and some padded velour thrones. 30 years later Buick is
up to the same old game with an important twist: Buick takes Opel models
from Europe. Consequently you won't find a brother-from-another-mother
running around with a Chevy logo.
Like its sister-ship, the Opel Mokka, the Encore is a small
crossover/hatchback closely related to GM's other small car offerings. Euro
origins are obvious when you park the Encore in an American parking spot,
this Buick is tiny. The Encore's tall profile further accentuates the
Encore's 168-inch overall length, which is surprisingly 6-inches longer
than a MINI Countryman.
The Encore isn't a terribly expensive crossover starting at $24,950 and
ending at $31,110 for a full-loaded AWD model. Despite the low starting
price, the cabin makes extensive use of soft touch plastics lending a more
premium feel to the cabin than vehicles like the MINI Countryman, Acura TSX
or Lexus CT. Speaking of MINI, the Countryman, (like the rest of the MINI
lineup) is a mixture of trickle-down BMW technology, great switchgear,
high-style, cheesy plastics and chintzy headliners. Of course MINI's
biggest asset is brand perception while Buick's brand is more of a
liability in some demographics. That's really a shame because the Encore
has not only a quality feel but a very uniform feel as well. While MINI's
cabins are full of highs and lows, everything in the Encore is consistently
a notch above the rabble. Equipping the Contryman and Encore as closely as
possible reveals the Encore is about $1,500 cheaper once you add to the
MINI the features standard on the Encore. Comparing the top-trim of the
Encore to the MINI the difference grows to $3,800 in the Encore's favor.
Want AWD? The difference grows by about three-grand.
The Encore may be small, but the interior is spacious thanks to the tall
profile, stubby nose and upright seats. Taller folks will have no problems
getting into or out of the front or rear seats thanks to large door
openings and a low step-in height. I grabbed a few willing tall people for
lunch and successfully (and comfortably) took two 6'5" passengers, one 6'2
gentleman and myself (6') on a 50 minute trek to the prefect burger joint
without a single complaint.
Because the Encore shares seat frames with GM sedans, there are a few
compromises. The lack of a power recline mechanism seems odd, especially
considering the 2-positon memory seat found in our tester. Using the sale
seat frames and rails as a sedan or coupé meant creating some unusual
"platforms" in the floor stamping so the seats could be mounted high to get
an SUV-like seating position. Consequently the rear footwells might be a
problem for big-footed passengers on long trips. A manual front passenger
seat is standard, but most models on dealer lots have the optional power
The Encore uses the same 1.4L four-cylinder engine as the Chevy Sonic and
Cruze. Producing 140 HP at 4,900 RPM this mill isn't targeted at speed
addicts. On the bright side, thanks to a turbocharger and some direct-injection magic, the
engine manages 148 lb-ft of twist from 1,850-4,900RPM and under certain
circumstances it will allow an "overBoost" to 163 lb-ft over the same range for up
to 10 seconds.
My opinion of the diminutive engine changed constantly during my week with
the Encore. In the city the low-end torque provided by the turbo and the low first gear make easy work of
0-40 MPH traffic and the Encore effortlessly zipped into narrow gaps on
busy expressways. Thanks to the way the throttle is mapped the engine
doesn't feel out of breath cruising on the highway, until you need to pass
someone as getting from 60 to 80 MPH takes a Prius-like 8 seconds. Load the
Encore up with two people and some luggage and forward progress is
noticeably stunted in all situations. However, every time I wished for more
power I glanced down at my fuel economy and was reminded that more power
consumes more gasoline.
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All-New 2013 Audi S3 - First Footage
Following yesterday's reveal of the A3 Sportback, the Ingolstadt-based
automaker Audi has unveiled the 2013 S3 which will be shown next week at
the Paris Motor Show, before going on sale at the beginning of next year in
Europe at a base price in Germany of 38,900 Euros ($50,500).
Under the hood of the 2013 Audi S3 is a new 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbocharged TFSI engine that weighs 11
pounds (5 kg) less than the engine in the outgoing S3 and at the same time
it outputs 35 hp (26 kW) and 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) more, with a total power of
296 hp (220 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm).
The horsepower is
delivered to all four wheels of the vehicle through either the standard
6-speed manual gearbox or via the optional S tronic dual clutch
transmission. Fitted with the company's quattro all-wheel drive system, the
new S3 performs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.1 seconds when fitted
with the aforementioned S tronic or in 5.4 seconds with the manual gearbox.
As a reminder, the outgoing S3 equipped with the manual can do the sprint
in 5.8 seconds.
The 2013 Audi S3 has a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and promises a fuel
consumption of 6.9 liters / 100 km (34.1 mpg US) with the S Tronic or 7.0
liters / 100 km (33.6 mpg US) with the manual transmission. CO2 emissions
stand at 159 g/km for the S Tronic and 162 g/km for the manual.
With a curb weight of 3,075 lbs (1,395 kg), the new Audi S3 is 132 lbs(60
kg) lighter than the outgoing version, while the handling has been improved
in comparison to the standard A3 by installing a sport suspension that
brings the vehicle closer to the ground by 25mm (0.98 inches). Also new are
the brakes and the electronic damper control system which is an optional
Design-wise, there aren't a lot of differences between the S3 and the A3
equipped with the S Line package as it features an S single-frame grille, a
revised front bumper, LED DRLs, updated side skirts and aluminum-look
mirror caps, along with quad tailpipes, roof spoiler and a different rear
bumper that incorporates a diffuser. It has been fitted with 18-inch alloy
wheels wrapped in 225/40-series tires.
Inside the cabin there are gray instrument dials with white needles, a Boost pressure indicator,
power-retractable on-board monitor, brushed aluminum pedals and footrest, a
flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and a bunch of S logos.