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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Proves to Be the Most Fuel-Efficient SUV Ever Tested

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Proves to Be the Most Fuel-Efficient SUV Ever Tested
For those looking for maximum efficiency in an all-wheel-drive SUV, the RAV4 Hybrid shows that there isn't a need to downgrade to a tiny, subcompact model, such as the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3, nor stretch the budgeted into luxury territory for the …
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Test Drive: Volvo's XC90 SUV proves worth the wait

Test Drive: Volvo's XC90 SUV proves worth the wait
The XC90 mid-size SUV is a good case in point. One of the Swedish car company's … Even when Volvo decided to make an all-new XC90, it skipped the 2015 model year entirely to make sure the redesign was done correctly. The new 2016 XC90s, which …
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New V-6 Proves Itself on Test Track for the 2013 Terrain

When the 2013 Terrain goes on sale later this year, its optional 3.6L V-6 will make it the quickest, most powerful iteration yet of GMC’s small SUV. After final testing, engineers confirm the new engine delivers 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.7 seconds. “Straight-line acceleration to 60 in under seven seconds is a great proof point for the 2013 Terrain, but the benefit this engine upgrade has for drivers goes much deeper,” said Essy Ipakchian, lead development engineer for the Terrain. “They’ll notice improved passing power with fewer downshifts, as well as stronger towing performance.” The SAE-certified 301-horsepower, 3.6L engine uses technologies like direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to deliver power and torque gains accompanied by EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings that are equal to its predecessor — 17/24 mpg for front-drive models and 16/23 mpg when paired with Terrain’s all-wheel drive system. Torque output is rated at 272 lb-ft, a gain of 22.5 percent. Towing capacity for the Terrain V-6 is rated at 3500 pounds. “This new 2013 Terrain engine delivers the uncompromised performance our customers desire,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It’s the most powerful V-6 the brand has ever produced, and our engineers deserve credit for achieving that without sacrificing fuel economy.” Terrain’s 3.6L engine replaces the current 3.0L V-6 in the third quarter of 2012 with the arrival of 2013 models. It will be available as a standalone