Archive for July 2010

Ford says its new Explorer is more gasoline efficient

Ford has revamped one of its most popular, and notoriously gas-guzzling models.

The 2011 Ford Explorer offers up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway, 30 percent better than last year’s model.

It’s somewhat of a surprise that Ford would turn to an SUV to keep the company way out front of U.S. automakers.

In their heyday 400,000 new Explorers were hitting the roads each year.

By last year Explorer sales were down to 52,000.

Ford is optimistic the new Explorer will revitalize those numbers.

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

Chevrolet Cavalier is designed to offer a compelling value. Relatively unchanged for 2004, the Cavalier will be replaced for 2005 with an all-new compact called the Cobalt. Buyers should watch for rebates and other incentives on 2004 Chevrolet Cavaliers. Last year’s (2003) styling revisions freshened the looks of the Cavalier.

Coupes and sedans are available. The coupes look sportier, while the sedans offer the advantage of four doors and roomier rear seats. Otherwise, they are essentially the same. Cavalier’s base retail price is $14,045. However, LS models are better equipped, with power windows, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, and other convenience features most of us now take for granted, and an LS sedan starts at $15,815. LS Sport models come with sport suspensions and special trim. XM Satellite Radio and OnStar are available.

Coupe or sedan, the Cavalier handles well, with little body lean in the corners, and it rides well, doing a good job of damping road vibration on rough roads.

The chassis was revised for 2003. All Cavaliers are powered by GM’s newly developed Ecotec 2.2-liter engine, which offers responsive performance, excellent fuel economy, and low emissions.

Is this the 2012 Ford Explorer?

We’re going to go out on a limb and say… maybe. Judging by the recent teasers and previous spy shots, this single image of the 2012 Ford Explorer appears to be the real deal. And we like what we see.

Although the futuristic lines of the Explorer America Concept have been considerably toned down, the new crossover is notably more svelte than its predecessors. The exterior styling is more an amalgamation of current FoMoCo design cues, specifically the Edge-like headlamps and de-chromed tri-bar grille. The contouring on the front bumper is an interesting touch and the darkened A-pillars do their best wrap-around windshield impression.

If all goes according to plan, the all-new Explorer should arrive early next year, riding on a Flex/Taurus-based unibody platform with EcoBoost power being sent to either the front or all four wheels.

2007 Chevrolet Tahoe 1500 4WD

More power, fresh styling, and new features highlight the 2007 redesign of these large SUVs.

Tahoe comes in LS, LT, and luxury LTZ trim. Each offers rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive that can be left engaged on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. ABS and traction/antiskid control with rollover sensors is standard.

A 295-hp 4.8-liter V8 is standard on the 2WD LS. A 320-hp 5.3-liter V8 is optional on that model and standard on all other Tahoes. The 5.3 V8 has GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. The only transmission is a 4-speed automatic. Standard on LTZs is GM’s Autoride suspension that includes load leveling and automatically adjusts firmness based on road and driving conditions. LT is also available with Chevy’s Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package.

Passenger capacity ranges from five to nine, with two- and three-place seating available for any of the three rows. Standard with LTZ and available for LS and LT are curtain side airbags that cover all seating rows and include rollover deployment. The 2nd- and 3rd-row seats fold, and the 3rd row is removable. As in GM’s other large SUVs, a spring release option flips the 2nd-row seats to provide 3rd row access. Other new features include a rearview camera, power liftgate, power running boards, and rear obstacle detection. Also available are a navigation system, power-adjustable pedals, heated 1st- and 2nd-row seats, and DVD entertainment. OnStar assistance is standard.