Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

THE NEW 2013 TOYOTA SEQUOIA HYBRID

THIS IS THE NEWLY RELEASED 2013 SEQUOIA SYNERGY DRIVE HYBRID BY TOYOTA. THE FIRST FULLSIZE HYBRID OFFERED BY TOYOTA USING THE A-BAT PROTOTYPE ENGINE SYSTEM PAIRED WITH THE SEQUOIA PLATFORM. DEALERS WILL BEGIN TO SEE THESE IN MID 2012.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali | Small SUV | Trailer Sway Control Demonstration

Trailer Sway Control is an integral part of Stabilitrak electronic stability control and is standard on all GMC trucks, SUVs and Crossovers. Under intense conditions, Trailer Sway Control automatically activates the vehicle’s brakes to dampen trailer sway, and reduces engine torque to slow the vehicle to a safer speed. Watch this tech demonstration of Trailer Sway Control using the 2013 Terrain Denali small SUV. For more information on the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali small SUV, or the standard safety features on GMC vehicles, visit: www.gmc.com
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Honda Urban SUV Concept: 2013 Detroit Auto Show Preview

Honda Urban SUV Concept: 2013 Detroit Auto Show Preview
Honda promised last month that its Urban SUV Concept would debut at Detroit, and the sporty, Fit-based crossover you see here is the result. Hinting at a production model due in 2014, the Urban SUV is a whole nine inches shorter than the Honda CR-V, …
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Volkswagen CrossBlue Diesel Hybrid SUV Concept Model Unveiled at NAIAS 2013

At the Detroit Auto Show Volkswagen kicked off 2013 with the world premiere of its CrossBlue concept model, a diesel hybrid SUV that gets a sensational 89MPG, with over 300HP and 515 pound-feet of torque, and plenty of power. The new concept was a hit in Detroit. Visit www.vw.com for the latest news from Volkswagen Group of America.
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LaFontaine Toyota | 2013 Toyota RAV4 Revealed at LA Auto Show | Dearborn, MI

Toyota kicked off the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday 11/28/2012 with the world debut of the all-new 2013 RAV4, the first redesign of the hot-selling small SUV in seven years. Arriving at LaFontaine Toyota in Dearborn this January, you can expect the all-new Toyota RAV4 to give it’s competitors a run for their money in the compact & mid-size SUV segment. Follow along with LaFontaine Toyota at: www.lafontainetoyota.com www.facebook.com twitter.com
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe 3 Row Crossover SUV World Debut Video @ 2012 LA Auto Show

www.autobytel.com Autobytel recently caught up with Hyundai Product Planning Manager John Y. Shon for a closer look at the slightly larger seven passenger 3 row 2013 Hyudai Santa Fe at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Earlier this year the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 5 passenger SUV was launched. Now at the LA Auto Show, Hyundai has followed things up with the larger Santa Fe 3 row passenger SUV. The overall length is 8 inches longer with the wheelbase growing by 3.9 inches. This increases interior space by over 30 cubic feet. The additional length and room allowed Hyundai to put in a 3rd row of seating on this new Santa Fe. The space can now easily accommodate adult passengers. The engine is a direct injected 3.3 liter V-6 capable of 290 horsepower. The Santa Fe is the only mid-sized CUV to weigh under 2 tons. This gives the Santa Fe one of the best power to weight ratios in its class. There is a system called Active Cornering Control AWD which is basically a torque vectoring function which results in more predictable handling. The entire Santa Fe lineup is targeted at families. The Santa Fe with the 3rd row can seat up to 7 passengers and is a good fit for families that need the additional seating capacity. The Santa Fe Sport is a small CUV that is perfect for smaller families since it can seat up to 5 passengers. See More Car Videos www.autobytel.com Join Our Facebook Page www.facebook.com

2013 Buick Enclave Luxury Crossover SUV Test Drive & Walkaround Video Review

www.autobytel.com Autobytel recently met with Nick Richards Product Communications Manager for Buick. Nick gave us a wonderful walkaround review of the new 2013 Buick Enclave luxury crossover SUV. This vehicle has been dramatically redesigned for the 2013 model year starting from the front end and working all to the way to the back as well as both inside and out. What’s even better is that the 2013 Buick Enclave starts out with an affordable base price of 445. The front end design is now much more dramatic and pronounced look that makes the 2013 Buick Enclave look aggressive. The new grille and LED headlights are the first thing people notice when driving down the road. The standard wheels are 18-inch aluminum pieces but you can upgrade to larger 20-inch chrome rims. Along the sides are chrome accents to give the Enclave a sleeker presence. The rear has been totally redesigned featuring a dual exhaust that has been integrated into the lower bumper diffuser. The LED taillights give this vehicle a dramatic look at night. The engine is a 3.6 liter direct injection V-6 that makes 288 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic which helps the 2013 Buick Enclave manage 17 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. Buick basically redesigned the entire driver’s cockpit on the inside of the Enclave for 2013. The premium materials feature live stitching, contrasting materials, high end wood accents, a new center stack with capacitive touch
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2013 Toyota RAV4 Test Drive & Crossover SUV Video Review

www.autobytel.com The Toyota RAV4 first hit the shores here in the US back in 1996. This little crossover SUV along with the Honda CR-V is responsible for starting the crossover craze. Today there are almost 50 different crossover models for sale here in America. The 4th generation RAV4 is an updated model that gets a complete interior and exterior redesign as well as an updated powerplant. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 comes in 3 trim levels: the LE, the XLE, and the top of the line Limited. The base price on the LE trim is just under k The RAV4 vs. CR-V battle reminds us of the old Ford vs. Chevy battles during the muscle car era. Over the past few years the Honda CR-V has really taken over the segment, gaining the most market share. But the all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 aims to get back on top of the crossover sales charts. There are a ton of new features and lots of changes that make the 4th generation RAV4 the best ever. The past generation Toyota RAV4 came with a choice of a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine. Well the larger V-6 has been dropped and now the only engine offered is an efficient 2.5 liter 4-cylinder making 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft. of torque. What that means is coupled with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD; the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will return 31 MPG on the highway. You can also opt for an AWD version as a 00 option. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 has been completely redesigned outside and in. It all starts with a brand new front end consisting of a bold

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Luxury Crossover SUV Video Review

www.autobytel.com The Mercedes GLK350 is a very functional compact luxury crossover that has been refreshed for the 2013 model year. This segment has grown to be very popular that the Mercedes GLK350 has competition from Audi, BMW, Infiniti, and Lexus. With a starting price of 880 the GLK is a very affordable option. The 2013 Mercedes GLK-Class can seat up to 5 adults. On the outside the chiseled look has been softened a bit and the new features make the GLK350 look more luxurious. Everything about the front-end is new including a better grille, chrome trim around the lower bumper, new headlights, and trick LED daytime running lights. Out back the lines are softer and the taillights are full LED units. The exhaust tips are oval chrome units that tie the whole package together. On the inside the ergonomics of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 have been significantly improved. The shifter has been moved to the column in an effort to make more room on the center console. The Navigation system and touch screen are one of the best in the business and therefore remain unchanged. New for this model is the addition of a Stop/Start system that shuts the engine off while sitting idle. This system is good for improving fuel economy by a few MPG. Overall Mercedes did a wonderful job on the interior refresh. The 2013 Mercedes GLK350 is powered by a Direct Injection 3.5 liter V-6 engine that makes 302 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. That’s over 30 more horsepower than last year’s

Top 10 Most Efficient Non-Hybrid or EV 2013 SUVs (By Combined Mileage)

Top 10 Most Efficient Non-Hybrid or EV 2013 SUVs (By Combined Mileage)
Unless a hybrid or EV powertrain sits under the hood, most SUVs don't quite make it to 30 mpg combined. But they're getting close. With technologies like direct injection, turbocharging, and CVTs, 2013-model-year SUVs are often nearly as efficient as …
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