While there are many options for those looking for the ultimate family hauler, there is one that stands out: the Chrysler Town & Country. This minivan features a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine coupled with the AutoStick six-speed transmission, delivering Best-in-Class 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque with fuel economy ratings of 17 city / 25 highway mpg. It’s extremely refined engine features a compact, lightweight design with dual-overhead camshafts, high-flow intake and exhaust ports, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Throttle Control with integrated speed control. The Chrysler Town & Country features a MacPherson strut front suspension and twist-beam rear axle with coil springs. It provides highly responsive handling and a very smooth ride with improved stability. And when you drive with a fully packed vehicle, the available load-leveling / height-control suspension adjusts the ride height, distributing the weight of passengers and cargo evenly for optimum control to help give you a safe, secure and more comfortable ride.
The cabin is a big deal for anyone who is in search of the perfect family vehicle. For those that have busy lives that are constantly on the go, having a minivan that will fit their lifestyle is key. We recently swung by Arrigo DCJ, a South Florida car dealer, to check out the inside of a 2013 Town & Country model. Seats are a big deal in a minivan, and there is one feature that the Town & Country offers – Stow ‘n Go Seats. We can see why these would be the deal breaker in selecting a minivan. The one-touch fold and tumble second- and third-row seats fold into floor bins individually — so you can go from seven seats to two, or any combination in between. When the seats are in the upright position, in-floor bins give you best-in-class concealed storage space. Furthermore, the third-row seat has a class-exclusive tailgate feature, for added convenience.
Diffused LED lighting fills the interior, casting a soft sapphire blue glow and creating a sophisticated interior environment. Clear, bright LED pinpoint reading lamps above all three rows can be positioned individually by each passenger, and since they provide such highly directed light, they can illuminate each passenger seating area without causing windshield glare for the driver. To keep the kids occupied on long road trips the Chrysler Town & Country offers second- and third-row 9-inch drop-down DVD screens with the available rear-seat dual DVD entertainment system. And with two DVD players, complete with a power outlet and A/V jacks for your home gaming system, the kids don’t even have to agree. One look at the interior of this minivan you know it is built with for the busy family, so if you are in the market for a minivan, the 2013 Town & Country should not be overlooked.
The Jeep is one of the most recognized brands in the world. They are known for their iconic look and their unmatched off road abilities. Many Jeep models carry a special designation that no other vehicle on the market has…Trail Rated.
So, what exactly does being ‘Trail Rated’ mean? In one sentence…it means the freedom to go anywhere and do anything and it is the recognized standard for proven off-road capability. Jeep Trail Rated vehicles pass a series of grueling tests designed to prove off-road performance on the world’s most demanding terrain. How far will a Trail Rated Jeep take you? These 4x4s have enough traction to climb the type of hills most people would only attempt with a rope and a spotter. Jeep vehicles offer a variety of 4×4 systems to suit all kinds of terrain and driving conditions. Testing includes traction on untamed, slippery roads, and on steep grades.
Before a Jeep is awarded a Trail Rated certification, the automaker first tests each model on some of the toughest off-road areas in the world, including Moab and the famed Rubicon Trail. One of Jeep’s best known Trail Rated models is the Wrangler. We recently visited Arrigo DCJ – a leading dealer of South FL, and went along on a trail ride in a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. This Wrangler offered solid proof of the ability to drive over obstacles or logs, or whatever else happens to be in your path. The ability to cross a specific depth of water at a specific speed keeps you moving forward so you can cross streams and flooded underpasses. The Wrangler Rubicon features additional electrical and body sealing, along with a high air intake for optimum water fording capability.
Jeep vehicle capability is legendary, and 4×4 mastery has always been the cornerstone of the Jeep brand. All 2013 Wrangler models come equipped with a Trail Rated4WD system as standard equipment. Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and Sahara come with new wheels for 2013. If you are interested in getting out on the trail, and venturing beyond the road, a Jeep Trail Rated model is the only way to go.
Mercedes will be showing off their latest prototype at the Los Angeles auto show and it is truly a bulbous racket to see. Imagine an xTerra that’s been injected with silicone and it was not done by a qualified doctor. Mercedes seems to believe that this may actually become a production SUV and not just an attention starter at the show.
Unfortunately for show goers who are interested in the guts of the Ener-G-Force SUV, there are none. There is no drive train, no engine, and no interior to gawk at, only a very eccentric shell. The idea, according to Mercedes, is that if this prototype is ever put into production, lets say around 2025, then it will be powered by an engine that does not exist yet. Ideally a hydrogen powered mill would force this SUV out of the city lights and into fly over country and to do this it would have to be energy sound. They claim that the technology envisioned for such an SUV does not exist yet, but they are willing to try.
Realistically the Ener-G-Force will never be put into production, but Mercedes wants to hear what you think about the lines or lack thereof. Will buyers be drawn to the curvy and accentuated fenders and handle less doors? Or will they simply ignore what any of the consumers think and go the way of the Chevy Volt, where the actual production model doesn’t even resemble a distant cousin of the prototype brought to show?
Spotted in the wild is a perfectly mint 1959 Ferrari Testarossa. These pics were taken by shifty21 and shared on Reddit.com. Some intense discussion is going on whether this is a legit and extremely rare Ferrari or simply another kit car. Heavy debate on both sides of this isle, including ‘proof’ of registration stating a kit car and then ‘proof’ that this car competed in a Ferrari only event, with strict regulations to authenticity.
Either way, real or kit car, it’s a beautiful piece of art and worthy of sharing.
The latest iteration of the Chevrolet Camaro, the Zeta platform, has been out for 2 years now. I still feel the same way, nice motor, nice exterior, absolutely horrible interior and execution. You don’t have to look very far to find that Camaro has had some serious paint problems and visibility inside is horrendous. Why haven’t these issues been addressed or at least publicly announced that they are or will be fixed?
Now we have an updated Camaro, known as the ZL1, which has plenty of the aforementioned good sides. A 6.2 liter super-charged engine brings plenty of meat to the 2nd pony car. Although it’s not like all that displacement is bringing absurd amounts of power, 580 horses is all that the Camaro brings to the table, which is only slightly more than the 5.4 that Ford offers in their Shelby GT500. (The 2013 Shelby GT500 announces power gains of up to 660 hp!! -ed.)
Strictly speaking, the outside of the Camaro ZL1 is slightly different than a standard Camaro purchased from any dealership. The ZL1 has some pretty new badges and some phat shoes to roll around on. Which, in my opinion are what makes the car, these rims give the Camaro body a very aggressive look and aid in the actual handling of the gas guzzling sports car.
Gas shouldn’t be a concern to people who are planted firmly in Chevrolet’s target market. Expect to spend $55k before taxes and possibly a little more depending on availability and how rabid Chevy fans are for this new Camaro.