Top 5 Best Cars 2011
1. Jeep Cherokee-Grand
Base Price: $ 30,215
No brand is more deeply rooted in off-road adventure that Jeep. The new Grand Cherokee is the top of the lineup with not only more luxurious and spacious interior, but also more energy and, yes, reinforced ribs on and off-road. The new 3.6-liter V6 churns Pentastar of 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, provides 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway and tow 5000 pounds. But we prefer the V8 360-hp for his conviction of muscle cars, and enjoy the success of the modest fuel economy. For the first time, uses a unibody Jeep four-wheel independent suspension for enhanced steering precision and suspension. Opt for Quadra-Lift air suspension, and the Jeep will provide five different levels of suspension height, up a whopping 10.7 cm of ground clearance. During a sortie covered with snow in Moab, Utah Jeep rocked and rolled its way over the worst obstacles, having the most difficult lines without so much as a whimper. Best of all, the Grand Cherokee can cut down and providing a pillow soft ride luxury car on the way home from the trailhead.
2. Lotus Evora
Base Price: $ 74,675
What do you know about handling Lotus escaping to the outside world? It is a question we asked ourselves after a thrilling mountain-road romp in the new Evora. Meanwhile Lotus makes several concessions to practicality, as a small back seat and even cruise control, essentially it is a car driver. And for 2011, there is nothing better on the road. Those with the means will enjoy a connection between the car and the road to border on telepathy. The increase in steering effort as the forces build linear curves and the suspension keeps the tires neatly planted directly on the road. The result is a car with high cornering limits, but accessible, a sports car drivers that makes it feel like heroes. Even better, the Evora crushes the notion that good handling and a smooth ride are mutually exclusive, is comfortable enough to drive to work, but great fun on twisty roads and racetracks.
3. Ford Mustang PERFORMANCE
Base Price: $ 22,145
Last year, we picked the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 as the best performance car, and we didn't expect to bestow the honor on the original ponycar again for quite some time.After all, the performance category is brimming with dynamic-handling, powerfully motivated competitors from around the globe—the BMW M3 and the Chevrolet Corvette were recent winners—and they're all improving, all the time. But over the course of the past few months, Ford has re energized the entire Mustang lineup. First, the new GT arrived with an astonishingly versatile V6 engine that developed 305 hp while attaining more than 30 mpg. Alongside that entry-level engine, we witnessed the rebirth of the 5.0, a nostalgic number that represents high performance—by virtue of its 412 hp—like none other. Except, perhaps, for the 302. Ford reincarnated the Boss 302 nameplate for 2011 as a naturally aspirated 440-hp race car you can drive to the racetrack. You can manually tune the adjustable shocks to their hardest settings, win the race, and then revert to the softer street settings and drive home. Finally, the 2011 Shelby GT500 still sits at the extreme side of the spectrum, featuring a new, lighter aluminum block for its supercharged 5.4-liter V8 (which makes 550 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque).
4. Toyota Sienna VERSATILITY
Base Price: $ 25,270
While minivans are often passed over in favor of crossovers and SUVs, no vehicle is more versatile. Witness the new Toyota Sienna. It is 5 inches shorter than the Toyota Sequoia, but the Sienna offers 39.1 meters cubic of cargo space behind the third-row seat, 20.2 more than the sport ute. In addition, the Sienna's seats to adapt to a variety of settings. The third fold line dividing the area of cargo in it, and the buckets of the second line, either in singular or a split front seat and rear slides, and also doubles. For 2011, Toyota offers a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic that return up to 24 mpg. The company also aggressively restyled the van, trying to drop the mommy-mobile stigma. Need more evidence that the Sienna can do everything? It tows up to 3,500 pounds and is the only minivan that is available with four-wheel drive.
5. Cadillac CTS Coupe DESIGN
Base Price: $ 38,165
It would have been less complicated for General Motors to do what automakers usually do when introducing new vehicles to the buying public: trot out a wonderful concept at an auto show, just to smooth out the production version before it makes its path to market. It's the old bait andswitch conception of reality. The production version of the Cadillac CTS Coupe gives , Art and Science design language refined accent, the edges are still there, but they are tempered with curves that give the appearance craft. Of course, the CTS Coupe owes much of his design for the CTS Sedan, including all of its bold front end. Unlike the sedan, however, the profile of the Coupe is perhaps his best angle, with a swept windscreen, blacked-out B-pillars and near horizontal rear window that breathes new life into what is usually a point of view banal. Note the lack of door handles exposed, the center-mounted exhaust and the tail lights in a vertical position that are related to the Cadillac tail fins in 1948. Now baba.
Resource : popularmechanics.com
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