The Small and Wonderful 2012 Scion iQ

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The 2012 Scion iQ is one of the most affordable small cars out there. Despite its small frame, this baby has several features that make it perfect for city driving. You can’t help but smile and gush over this extremely cute ride. The Scion iQ measures only 120.1 inches long and 66.1 inches wide. The height of the car is 59.1 inches. Large headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels that are pushed all the way out give it a “tougher than it looks” demeanor.

Wheels are pushed as far as it can go to give the iQ ample cargo space that can fit 4 people. Actually, it’s deemed by Scion as 3+1. The right rear seat has more space than the left so it’s best to use the left side for a child seat or for loading your things. Fold down the rear seats and you get 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Apart from the surprising cargo space, there is also more storage than you would expect. The glove box has been discarded and replaced by larger storage pockets in the doors. There’s also the presence of a sliding storage under the passenger seats.

Other standard features are air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, leather wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, rear window defogger, eco-driving indicator, outside temperature gauge and power outside mirror with signal indicators.

2012 Scion iQ packs an array of safety standard features such as 11 airbags with knee airbags for the driver’s and passenger’s seats; rear window curtain airbag; traction and stability controls; anti-lock brake system; brake assist and smart stop technology.

Another advantage of driving a subcompact is the fuel efficiency. Mpg is estimated at 36 in city driving and 37 in highways. A 1.3 Liter four-cylinder with 94 horsepower and 89 lb. ft. torque powers this adorable car and it can hold up to 8.5 GAL of fuel.

Toyota’s Breakthrough Sedan, the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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What is the secret of Toyota in selling cars? How do they consistently sell large numbers of automobiles even in the US, outselling known brands like Ford and Chevrolet? It’s because Toyota sticks to its winning formula: producing efficient and reliable cars. One of its models, the Toyota Camry, has sold millions worldwide. With the release of the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota is well poised to sell big once again.

With make-believe car technologies become reality today like self-inflating tires, voice operated dashboards and satellite uplink on the road, the Camry Hybrid might seem disappointing because at first nothing has changed.. Only when one has sat inside and taken it on the road, are the differences revealed.

In fuel efficiency and engine power, the 2012 Camry Hybrid has improved due to lighter materials introduced, allowing it to reduce overall weight and air drag. Powered by a 2.5L engine and a 105 KW electric motor, the new Camry produces 156 horsepower and 156 lbs of torque. Surprisingly, at that level of power, it has a fuel efficiency rating of 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway. For a midsize sedan, where else do you find that level of fuel efficiency?

The interior has also been greatly improved, with well trimmed seats furnished with cloth and plastic which give a texture. The dashboard features Entune, an in-car system built into the 4-inch touch screen which allows access to all sorts of online applications. There is also like Sirius XM satellite radio, cd/mp3 playability and blue tooth wireless technology.

For safety, the Camry Hybrid has 10 airbags, both for driver and passengers. It has Toyota’s Star System composed of Traction Control, antilock brakes, and Smart Stop technology.

Depending on the model, the 2012 Camry Hybrid sells for $ 25,000-27,000. The price range is almost the same compared to competitors like the Hyundai Sonata and the Ford Fusion. Fuel efficiency and road reliability are the best points of the 2012 Camry Hybrid.

2012 Scion xD—A Car Shopper’s Delight

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The 2012 Scion xD is like a blank canvas for car buyers. This five-door hatchback offers nearly 3 dozen dealer installed options for customization on top of the excellent standard and safety features. There is plenty of cargo space and versatile seating structure. The xD is dimensionally close to the xB although this one has more of a conventional styling than its boxy sibling. It has a bulldog snout and blunt front end. The tailgate has a spoiler and there is a choice of three 16-inch wheel covers.

 You can also upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels and add an array of exterior accessories like light-emitting diode taillights. The xD is 154.7 inches long and 67.9 inches wide. The limited Series 4.0 has a unique Blizzard pearl paint that matches its interior trim and seating.

Inside, you’ll find it spacious and has a capacity to seat up to 5 people. The sliding and reclining rear seats can give more legroom for taller passengers. A dual glove box is installed as well as a cellphone storage tray. The compartment has additional space below the cargo floor too.

With a six-speaker Pioneer audio system that has iPod compatibility, HD radio and Bluetooth, you won’t need to look for replacement to satisfy your love for music. Keyless entry, air-conditioning, power doors and windows, multi-information display, cruise control and tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls all come standard with the 2012 Scion xD.

It is packed with standard safety features to ease your mind including antilock brakes with brake assist, stability and traction controls, electronic brake-force distribution, advanced airbags for driver and front passenger along with seat-mounted airbags and active headrests, front and rear side curtain airbags and tire monitoring system.

A 1.8 Liter 4-cylinder engine with 128 horsepower and 125 lb. ft. of torque is what gives this youthful ride power. You can choose between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. Mpg is estimated at 27 in city driving and 33 in highways.

2012 Scion xB is Space and Style All in One

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For many prospective drivers just beginning to have an idea of what kind of wheels they want to be cruising roads with, mixing space with class can be rather difficult, especially where prices are concerned. There is simply not that many vehicles that can offer comfortable room and a comfortable price without looking a little on the lousy side of things. Fortunately, the 2012 Scion xB can provide all of these without making you bend at the cost.

Coolly classy, the Scion xB exudes a calm elegance that is reminiscent of commanding monarchs in the presence of their subjects. By impressing the fact that simple designs can also drop jaws when done right, the Scion xB shakes the concept that beautiful necessarily means complicated. It is the perfect vehicle for the unassuming protagonists of their own stories.

As with the outside, the interior of the Scion xB is calmly elegant, with enough gratifying space that can hold plenty of passengers and their respective gears. So whether your intention is to go outdoors or to drive towards a gathering of some sophistication, you can lean back and relax knowing that you are riding in style. The consoles are not bad either, and you can be sure to know exactly how the xB is doing at all times.

When it comes to how the xB performs on the road, a little test drive will tell you all you need to know. Its engine delivers a whopping 158 hp, allowing you to take full advantage of the power that its 2.8L capacity provides. The xB can you get you places, at a pace you cannot complain about.

The Off-Road Ruler 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser

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The Toyota Land Cruiser has been a reliable full-size SUV for several years now. It’s known for its longevity so you can look ahead to years of excellent driving companionship. The 2012 model is just as dependable in any terrain or environment. It fuses performance, style and luxury in one excellent SUV. It gets updated styling particularly the bumpers, headlamps and grille. 18-inch wheels are standard along with fog lamps, front and rear frame mounted tow hooks and a power moonroof.

The Land Cruiser can seat up to 8 passengers and has the same chunky appeal as its exterior. Perforated leather trim and glossy wood grain on the dash makes it more luxurious. Tech savvy consumers will enjoy features like Safety Connect and a navigation system which is optional. Entune multimedia system is standard. It amazingly enables mobile phone app connectivity.

Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, push button start, power seats, leather trimmed seats, satellite radio, USB port, Bluetooth streaming, heated front and second row seats, heated leather trimmed steering wheel, center console cooled compartment and rear DVD entertainment system all come standard.

The 2012 Land Cruiser is meant for off-road adventures. The engine is a 5.7 Liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 4012 lb. ft. torque. This is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and full-time four-wheel drive. Although the Land Cruiser possesses off-road advantages, it can also drive smoothly on highways with adaptive suspension and multi-terrain system.

Safety features include first and second row side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes and front head restraints. Stability control is also incorporated with the off-road package namely Hill Descent Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist, Turn Assist and CRAWL control.

Cruise Along with the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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There are folks out there who want the best of both worlds when it comes to their vehicle of choice, but they assume that they simply can’t get them. They want a vehicle that can handle the roughness of the off-road wilderness while also being able to smoothly glide through the well-worn streets of any city. Since it would be impractical to get two cars for most people, this is where the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser comes in handy.

Being a vehicle of practical disposition, you would not find the FJ Cruiser to sport any kind of unnecessary frippery that would have no function whatsoever. However, functionality does not have to mean ugly, and it is definitely not with the case of the Cruiser. Decidedly rugged with a hint of modest toughness, you will find it an altogether versatile vehicle for any occasion.

The interior of the FJ Cruiser is likewise functional as the surfaces of the seats are quite resistant to being wet and the flooring is quite resilient. The Cruiser offers plenty of space, even with a full load where passengers are concerned. The audio system is also nothing to turn your nose up at as they are decked out with up-to-date entertainment technology.

Now when it comes to the performance, the FJ Cruiser lives up to hype as its V6 engine that can hold up to 4L of gas can get you up a mountain and down the other side with no trouble at all. After that, you may then proceed to cruising down city streets at your leisure.

Burn Rubber with the 2012 Scion FR-S

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Many vehicles are available out there that has claimed the title of being a sports car, even when most have not the slightest sporty extremity on them. They have multiplied so much now that it is sadly becoming difficult to distinguish those who deserve the label from those who do not. With the intention of making the difference easier to spot though, Scion has given us pretty good icon of what sports cars should be with the 2012 Scion FR-S.

From the outside looks alone, nobody would ever mistake the FR-S as anything but a sports car. James Bond himself would drool over the sleek design, the elegant frames and contours, and the sheer dominance that it exudes over other would-be sports cars. Even those with little enough interest in fanciful imagery might look at it and imagine themselves flying over highways at speeds to blow the mind.

If from simply looking at the exterior you can already feel goosebumps, you would be advised not to get into the car itself. The interior of the Scion FR-S has so much raw muscle and power radiating all around that you might just feel full to bursting as you sit down on the comfortable seats. From the wheels to the consoles, the pedals and even the flooring, you can tell that the FR-S was made to have the driver burn rubber and smile while doing so.

When it comes to the performance of the FR-S, what more need be said? The speed transmission of six gives you plenty of options to set roads on fire and the engine has enough power to knock the wind out of you.

Run and Run with the 2012 Toyota 4Runner

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For some people, life can be dull and listless, and so they feel that they need to go on an adventure to light up a spark of excitement in their daily lives. For that, they need a reliable vehicle to get them where they need to go and get them there in one piece. For such demanding requirements, no vehicle is better suited for the job than the 2012 Toyota 4Runner. As you might expect from a vehicle bred for the life of adventure, the 4Runner looks tough and reliable. It should too, since the 4Runner was designed to give off a feel of security to calm nerves for when driving around cliffs and mountains. So when you get a little twitchy with the thought of high peaks, one look at the 4Runner will get you back on track.

The interior of the 4Runner will also not let up with making people feel safe and secure. Snuggly comfortable, with cushy seating materials and an interior space that will not feel suffocating even with a full load, you get what you pay for and more. The entertainment and navigation technology imbedded into the 4Runner’s system are also updated to keep you occupied as well as on the right path.

Coming into what really matters most, the 4Runner performs as you would expect it to and that is to get you to every exciting corner of the land with its powerful V6 engine. You don’t have to fear going out of control either as the built-in stabilization technology of the 4Runner keeps you in control even as you push it to its limits.

The Flexible and Powerful 2012 Toyota Sequoia

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The 2012 Toyota Sequoia is a full size truck based SUV. This massive vehicle is commanding and impressive yet offers comfortable seating, graceful handling and ride quality. The Sequoia is as masculine as it can get. It comes in three body trims, the SR5, Limited and Platinum. The façade features a chrome grille, tall hood and a high beltline. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard as well as multi-reflector halogen headlamps, fog lamps and power tilt/slide moon roof with sliding sunshade. Also standard are color-keyed heated mirrors, roof rails, windshield wiper de-icer, running boards, privacy glass, color-keyed rear spoiler with LED center and color-keyed door handles.

The interior is immense with matte-metallic plastic trims. It integrates the chunky exterior and has large controls and displays. Automatic tri-zone front and rear climate control with air filter, eight-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth technology, multi-informational display, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seats are all standard. It can seat up to 8 passengers; 7 for models with captain’s chairs.

40/20/40 split, sliding, reclining, fold-flat second row seats are included and third row is accessed with one-touch. The third row have 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat seat with folding headrests so you have more room in case of additional cargo.

Upgrading to the top of the line Platinum gives better ride quality with adaptive shock absorbers and adaptive cruise control. Navigation system with touch screen interface is optional.

The 2012 Sequoia is offered in two V8 engine options. Both are combined with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. The base model comes with 4.6 Liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 327 lb. ft. torque. Limited and Platinum comes with a more powerful 5.7 Liter V8 that makes 381 hp and 401 lb. ft torque. It’s ideal for hauling and towing with the 5.7’s towing capability of 7,400 pounds.

2012 Scion iQ—Good Things Come in Small Cars

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They say good things come in small packages and the 2012 Scion iQ is no exception. This small car, which is only 120.1 inches long, may look like a toy but it is packed with several surprising features. As mentioned above, the Scion iQ is only 120.1 inches long which is roughly 10 feet. The width is 66.1 inches and the height is 59.1 inches. The large headlights and the windshield add to the playful appeal.

Though it may look like a two-seater Smart car from outside, it can actually seat up to 4 people. Scia calls it 3+1 because the right rear seat has more space than that of the driver’s side. Nevertheless, the driver’s rear can be used for child seating or a regular sized passenger if the driver needs less leg room.

Traction and stability controls come standard. Your safety is also in good hands with anti-lock brake system, brake assist and smart stop technology.

Other standard features are A/C, remote keyless entry, leather wrapped steering wheel, 50/50 split fold rear seats, outside temperature gauge, power locks, power windows, rear window defogger, eco-driving indicator, eco-driving indicator, front passenger under seat storage and rear cargo storage bin.             There is also power outside mirror with signal indicators and projector beam headlights.

Enjoy listening to your favorite music with the 6-speaker audio system with auxiliary jack, USB support with iPod connectivity.

The iQ is extremely fuel efficient. Its estimated mpg is at 36 in city driving and 37 in highways. The engine is 1.3 Liter four-cylinder with 94 horsepower and can make 89 lb. ft. of torque. Combined with continuously variable transmission (CVT), it is surprisingly resilient in city driving as well in highways. The fuel capacity is 8.5 GAL.