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2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Features Updated Design, New Engines

If you’ve been shopping for a luxury midsize SUV, you might want to wait until this fall, when the redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is expected to hit dealer lots. The redesigned M-Class shares its platform with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and receives styling tweaks to its interior and exterior design. “Inside, it's the usual smattering of Mercedes-Benz style and technology, though we like how things have been greatly smoothed out versus the current ML,” says Autoblog. “In ... continue reading»

Tags: News, New Cars, Audi Q7, Mercedes Benz M Class, Porsche Cayenne, Luxury Midsize SUVs

Volkswagen Prices 2012 Beetle

Volkswagen announced pricing on the 2012 Beetle Tuesday, which will go on sale in October. “The new Beetle will start at just $18,995, offering an agile, driver-oriented coupe that respects the Beetle’s past yet looks to the future,” says Volkswagen in a press release. Some analysts think that pricing the new Beetle a tick less than $19,000 was a smart move. “Volkswagen carefully priced the redesigned 2012 Beetle under the critical $20,000 mark and in the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, New Cars, MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle, Affordable Small Cars, new car prices

Road Trip: 2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Super luxury cars aren’t known for Prius-like fuel efficiency, so when a 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid showed up at our office, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to see what could be expected from a big hybrid on the open road. Usually, automakers charge a premium for hybrid versions of their gas models, but with a $91,000 base price, the S400 Hybrid is the least expensive S-Class that Mercedes sells. Our test car gets an EPA-estimated 19 ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, New Cars, Audi A8, Mercedes Benz S Class, Porsche Panamera, Mercedes Benz S Class Hybrid

2011 Mazda RX-8: Does it fit?

This is the 2011 Mazda RX-8, which has rocked the same basic exterior styling since it was introduced in 2004. The base RX-8 starts at $26,795, but our test car was decked out in Grand Touring trim, which at $32,260, adds $5,465 to the base model’s price. It also adds standard features such as a moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, heated seats and a Bose surround sound stereo with satellite radio. Part of what makes the RX-8 ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, New Cars, Gas Prices, Mazda RX 8, Nissan 370Z, Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Nissan 370Z Roadster vs. BMW Z4

If I told you that a new BMW would cost you less than a comparably-equipped Nissan, would you believe me? Sure, that’s a statement that can’t even come close to being made across BMW’s model line, but it applies if you’re currently shopping leases on a two-seat convertible. And really, who doesn’t want to bask in the sun now that it’s the unofficial start of summer? Nissan lease deals vary by region, but if ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, New Cars, Car Shopping, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z

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