These are your top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2011

These are your top 10 worst-selling vehicles of 2011

January 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Sedan , SUV , Truck , Crossover , Acura , Cadillac , Hyundai , Mitsubishi , Subaru , Suzuki , Toyota , Luxury Where there are winners, there are inevitably losers. Last year was exceedingly kind to big pickups, sprawling family sedans and SUVs, but not every model came out of 2011 with big sales figures. We took the time to dig through the low-selling models of the past 12 months to find out which vehicles produced throughout the year were the biggest duds. Since we aren’t interested in how few Lamborghini Aventador models rolled off of dealer lots in the U.S. in 2011, we kept the MSRP under $100,000. Our criteria immediately nixed vehicles like the Mazda RX-8 , Volvo V50 , Ram Cargo Van and everything in the Saab stable due to the fact that those models weren’t manufactured through all 12 months of 2011. High-end metal like the Mercdes-Benz SL , CL and G classes were also kicked to the curb due to our price ceiling. Which was the worst of them all? We’ll give you a hint. It wasn’t the Acura ZDX .

Cars.com $37,000 SUV shootout yields unexpected results [w/poll]

Cars.com $37,000 SUV shootout yields unexpected results [w/poll]

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , SUV , Crossover , Chevrolet , Dodge , Ford , Honda , Kia , Mazda , Toyota Cars.com recently lined up seven new vehicles for a $37,000 SUV shootout. The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse , 2012 Dodge Durango , 2012 Ford Explorer , 2012 Honda Pilot , 2012 Kia Sorento , 2011 Mazda CX-9 and 2011 Toyota Highlander all squared off against one another in a range of evaluations, including a one-day highway drive and family testing. If you happen to be the deductive type, you may have noticed that the list above includes a fair number of genuine crossovers. Vehicles like the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 bear little resemblance to the body-on-frame bruisers of old, and even models like the 2012 Explorer and 2012 Durango have evolved out of their traditional shells. But when the dust settled, it was Honda’s 2012 Pilot that took top honors thanks to its high level of amenities, spacious interior and clever storage solutions, despite the fact that reviewers found issue with road noise and exterior styling. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that the 2012 Explorer tied for sixth place with the 2012 Sorento. Ouch. Head over to Cars.com to see the full evaluation, and vote for your favorite in our poll. View Poll Cars.com $37,000 SUV shootout yields unexpected results [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota expands Venza model line to three trims for 2012

Toyota expands Venza model line to three trims for 2012

September 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Crossover , Toyota Before, there was just one Toyota Venza . Oh sure, you could boost the equipment and outfitting by ordering option packages, but since its launch, the Venza has not carried a suffix. For 2012, Toyota is changing its strategy and now there are Venza LE, XLE and Limited trim levels for buyers to choose between. The LE starts it off, and it gets cushier and better-equipped from there with the XLE and Limited, though even in the base model, you won’t find a Venza without a six-disc changer, Bluetooth, and USB and auxiliary input. The top-dog Limited is a leather-lined, V6-powered box of rock thanks to a JBL Synthesis surround-sound audio system. Navigation, panorama roof, automatic high-beams are some other highlights. In between, the XLE covers the middle ground with a whole bunch of optional choices. The changes add a new bit of shorthand to the Venza that makes it easy to pick out the sybarites from the skinflints. Toyota thinks the move brings the Venza in line with its other products and makes choosing more convenient for buyers. The full press release is after the jump .

2012 Honda CR-V prototype in crackup on PCH

2012 Honda CR-V prototype in crackup on PCH

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Crossover , Honda , Toyota It’s an unfortunate reality of automotive transportation, but accidents are all too common. This one, however, appears to be anything but. While merging onto California’s legendary Pacific Coast Highway, one motorist/blogger was hit by another car. What makes the incident a little more out-of-the-ordinary is the vehicle that hit the blogger: the motorist in question was struck by a test mule for the new 2012 Honda CR-V , still wearing prototype camouflage and everything. Given that the impacted CUV – which subsequently collided with several more oncoming vehicles – was a Toyota Highlander , and that a Lexus RX (whose platform it incidentally shares) was also part of the pileup, a small part of us can’t help wonder if the Toyota vs. Honda rivalry hadn’t spilled over from the Japanese boardrooms and dealer lots onto the streets of California. Thankfully, everybody appears to be okay, if a bit shaken up. Follow the link to read and see more of the accident on NOTCOT. 2012 Honda CR-V prototype in crackup on PCH originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota issues recall for Highlander, Lexus RX 400h hybrids

Toyota issues recall for Highlander, Lexus RX 400h hybrids

June 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Recalls , Safety , Crossover , Lexus , Toyota Lexus RX 400h – Click above for high-res image There’s a problem with some 2006 and 2007 model year Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h vehicles. Today, Toyota announced that it will voluntarily recall 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles that were sold in the States. What’s the problem? Toyota says there is a control board with transistors inside the Intelligent Power Module (IPM) in the Hybrid System Inverter and that, “Certain transistors on the control boards in some of the subject vehicles were inadequately soldered and could be damaged from heat caused by a large current flow during high-load driving.” Whoops. Toyota says that the worst-case scenario is that the vehicles will either go into a fail-safe mode or the fuse will blow and the vehicle will coast to a stop. In order to fix the problem, Toyota needs to get the required replacement parts and will notify owners by mid-July when and how they can get the vehicles repaired for free. If you’re curious about your own vehicle, you can call Toyota or Lexus directly. Phone numbers and more details are available in the press release after the jump. Information about other Toyota company recalls can be found in the archives . Continue reading Toyota issues recall for Highlander, Lexus RX 400h hybrids Toyota issues recall for Highlander, Lexus RX 400h hybrids originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:30:00 EST.

2012 Toyota Prius V still on track for U.S. launch this fall

2012 Toyota Prius V still on track for U.S. launch this fall

May 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Technology , Crossover , Toyota 2012 Toyota Prius V – Click above for high-res image gallery False alarm, Prius fans. According to Toyota , the Prius V MPV is on track to hit the market as scheduled. Reports recently began circulating indicating that the Japanese automaker was delaying the vehicle’s launch due to the lingering impact of this year’s earthquake , tsunami and nuclear disasters. Word was that a battery shortfall was causing the hold-up, though the manufacturer has now confirmed that the large hybrid will debut this fall as originally scheduled. Unfortunately, the arrival of the Japanese-market Prius Alpha is still slated to experience a delay of indeterminate length. Hit the jump for the brief press release. Continue reading 2012 Toyota Prius V still on track for U.S. launch this fall 2012 Toyota Prius V still on track for U.S. launch this fall originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 May 2011 19:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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