Many drivers become so acclimated to their vehicle that considering switching to a different make or model causes a shudder. Only the presentation of a significantly improved safety feature or performance measure will sway them to a stranger. Good news to those anticipating another vehicle in 2011: there are many changes to many models, all for the better. Here are five cars with improvements that caught my attention.
2011 Camaro Convertible
The Camaro will be released in February, 2011, with the price of $30,000 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The engine has been upgraded to a 312 HP Direct InjectionV6. The 6- speed manual transmission renders 24 mpg. New for 2011 is Heads-Up Display (HUD), which is standard on 2LT and 2SS. HUD displays the speed, rpm, and radio station on the windshield, above steering wheel. The driver can customize the position of the display height and intensity.
2011 Lexus IS
New design features for the 2011 Lexus IS include the LED daytime running lights incorporated into headlights, and redesign of the fog lights, bumper inset and tail lights. The IS MSRP is $32,145, with an additional $875 delivery, processing, & handling fee. Using a six-speed manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, anticipated MPG is 19 city and 27 highway.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SEL
Changes for one of the most popular cars in its line should help Volkswagen sales increase in 2011. Significant changes for the Jetta SEL include exterior signal mirrors, which is good, and a keyless access with push-button start, which is wonderful. The MSRP is $21,395. Estimated MPG is 23 city and 33 highway.
2011 Dodge Charger SE with Rallye Package Plus
A longtime favorite among Dodge fans, the Charger has improved visibility for a safety upgrade. Changing the styling of the instrument panel and dash, and various exterior changes, is a risky roll of the dice. Dodge hopes to entice more customers with the style change. Take a tour with this video.
Perhaps the biggest change is the 3.6L Pentastar V-6 engine, a performance upgrade from its previous 3.5L V-6 engine. MSRP is $29,170 plus 825 destination fee. Although the estimated mileage has not been released, it is supposed to improve over last year’s results.
2011 Ford Explorer
With three-row seating, the Explorer seats up to seven passengers. The Powerfold button on the dash allows the driver to push a button to fold or raise the third seat. The best improvement over 2010 is the 3.5L TiVCT V6 engine with its 30% increase in fuel efficiency. Offering 290hp, MPG is estimated to be 17 city and 25 highway, with a price of $28,190 MSRP.
This information will assist you with the decision of purchasing a new vehicle in 2011, or waiting to see what the changes will be for 2012. Have fun shopping!
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