Tag Archive for 2011

2011 Camaro Convertible: Finally!

The first factory-built Camaro convertible in two – no, three – generations is finally here and just in time to catch up with the Mustang convertible and put some distance between itself and the still-not-here-yet Dodge Challenger convertible. WHAT IT IS The convertible version of Chevy’s reincarnated muscle car. Prices begin at $29,275 for the…

2011 Corvette – Can’t Touch This

If you don’t like the Corvette, you don’t like cars. How can you not love a $49k (to start) sports car that can match moves with $100k exotics? And which for a bit more money – not all that much, really – can take them to school and give them a lesson they’ll not soon…

2011 Jaguar XJ: The Cat Strikes Back

  Jaguar is not a company that does parking brake 180s. The (literally) agelessly elegant XJ sedan, for example, evolved over the years but was still recognizably the same car for almost 40 years. But, times change – and so has Jaguar. This time, though, with a twist. The new XJ is strikingly modern in…

2011 Nissan Juke

Lots of spunky compact runabouts out there. The inexpensive ones, though, are usually on the slow side – and the ones that aren’t (slow) are (expensive). Except the extremely cool Nissan Juke. It has a turbo’d and direct-injected engine and close to 190 hp – standard, for just over $19k. You can add a performance-calibrated…

2011 Volkswagen Eos

VW’s Eos retractable hardtop coupe was launched about five years ago – in 2007 – when VW was ramping up an attempt to redefine itself as an upscale brand in the same league with cars from Audi, BMW and Volvo, among others. It had the content – and the price – but unfortunately, not the…

2011 VW Jetta

They say you can’t go back – but sometimes, maybe, you can. VW’s trying, anyhow. A few years ago, the “people’s car” company decided to see whether it might become the rich people’s car company – with models like the $80k Phaeton ultra-luxury sedan. It was a very lux car indeed. But it was also…

2011 Ford F-150

Well, they fixed it. The power situation, I mean. Mustang Sally has had her way with the F-150 pick-up truck – and the afterglow is something righteous! Last year’s F-150 was a fine truck except for one thing. Its standard 4.6 liter V-8 made V-6 power – and the hp output of its optional, top-of-the-line…

2011 Infiniti FX50

Infiniti had a bold idea when it created the FX – a macho combo of mid-sized luxury-sport sedan, one-off custom and honky tonk high-end SUV. A “crossover” it ain’t. Its RWD-based chassis – and a suspension that’s very similar to what you’d find under Infiniti’s M45 and G35 sport sedans – means it has about…