Browsing all articles from November, 2012
Nov
21

2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon vs 2012 Land Rover LR2

A friend of mine had a Jeep Wrangler in college and I have to tell you that it was love at first ride. There are some vehicles that gain a loyal following and the Jeep Wrangler is no exception. In most cases there are no true competitors to the Jeep Wrangler, but in recent weeks my attention has been drawn to the Land Rover. The Land Rover has a very loyal customer base and is gaining more recognition as an alternative choice to the Jeep Wrangler. I’m pretty excited to compare these two four-wheel drive beasts. For our comparison we will look at the 2012 Land Rover LR2 and the 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

We’ll start with Price, MPG and HP

Price:

2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – $34,095 msrp
2012 Land Rover LR2 – $36,550 msrp
MPG:
2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – 17 city, 21 hwy
2012 Land Rover LR2 – 15 city, 22 hwy
HP:
2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon – 285
2012 Land Rover LR2 – 230

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is outright powerful! With 285 HP and 260 pound-feet torque traversing terrain and towing your toys is no problem. The fuel efficiency is what you would expect for Jeep, so no surprises there. Jeep changed their overall look a few years back, but they still kept the classic overall design, but with enough updates to keep it current. The Rubicon looks current and tough. The Rubicon also boasts the best traction of any other Jeep and features best in class water fording.

The Land Rover LR2 is a tough SUV with great style. It has great features like Terrain Response which delivers comfort, handling and refinement. The LR2 is available with a 3.2 liter, 230-horsepower, and inline six-cylinder engine. The look is tough and sporty with 18 inch sparkle finish alloy wheels with the option of  19-inch, 10 spoke sparkle finish alloy wheels. It has nearly the same MPG as the Rubicon and even though 230 HP is beefy, it’s nothing compared to the 285 HP that the Rubicon is packing.

This is an easy one for me. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the way to go. More HP, slightly better MPG and $2,000 less; yeah, sign me up! Jeep is just bad ass. Put it this way, if Red Dawn ever really does happen do you want to be in a Land Rover or Jeep Wrangler Rubicon?

Nov
11

2013 Honda Accord LX vs 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Author Jim    Category Comparisons     Tags , , ,

The Honda Accord has ruled the midsize sedan market, but lately Hyundai has been gaining more respect with the help of great design, good performance and a noteworthy warranty. Five years ago I would have chosen a Honda over a Hyundai hands down, but these days I’m not so sure. I thought it a good idea then to compare the Honda Accord LX and Hyundai Sonata GLS.

We’ll start with Price, MPG and HP

Price:

2013 Honda Accord LX – $21,680 msrp
2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS – $20,995 msrp
MPG:
2013 Honda Accord LX – 27 city, 36 hwy
2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS – 24 city, 35 hwy
HP:
2013 Honda Accord LX – 185
2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS – 198

Lose all your preconceived notions about the design of Hyundai’s. Today’s Hyundai’s look sleek and fresh thanks to Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture design and the Hyundai Sonata GLS is no exception. Hyundai is probably best known for their great warranty. They call it “America’s Best Warranty”; 10-year/100,000 mile power train limited warranty. With a warranty like that you can drive with confidence. The performance of the Sonata GLS is satisfying. It offers plenty of power and great handling. It’s a great car for the price and competes very well against the likes of the Honda Accord.

The Honda Accord LX is like your favorite pair of jeans. You just can’t give it up. The Accord boasts a bold, sporty and sophisticated look. It fits well with all types of personalities, fun, casual, business. The design is well done and the minor tweaks added each year add to the elegance of the Accord. Though I don’t believe Honda has the same great warranty as Hyundai, Honda does have a record of building quality cars. The Accord LX has great acceleration and enough power to compete with the likes of the Sonata’s 198 HP. With the help of Honda’s Eco Assist, the Accord achieves great gas mileage.

It’s a tough decision, but I’d have to with the 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS. It has more power with nearly the same gas mileage as the Accord LX. I’m also a fan of the new look of the Hyundai. Years ago, I’d probably be embarrassed to drive a Hyundai, but they’ve made enough right moves to make a believer out of me.

Nov
10

2013 Acura TL vs 2013 Lexus IS 250

Author Jim    Category Comparisons     Tags ,

As most of you know Honda’s luxury car is the Acura. I’ve always been a fan of the Acura mainly for the looks. It’s a sharp car, very sporty and always looks current. In comparison Toyota’s luxury car is the Lexus. Lexus has always had a classy look and is the envy of many. We will compare two models that are similar in price and specs. The 2013 Acura TL and 2013 Lexus IS 250.

We’ll start with Price, MPG and HP

Price:
2013 Acura TL – $35,905 msrp
2013 Lexus IS 250 – $35,065 msrp
MPG:
2013 Acura TL – 20 city, 29 hwy
2013 Lexus IS 250 – 21 city, 30 hwy
HP:
2013 Acura TL – 280
2013 Lexus IS 250 – 204

The 2013 Acura TL is a deeply textured car. The closer you look at it the more you begin to appreciate the detail and work that went into creating this high performance luxury vehicle. The cabin is put together very well, comfortable and well throughout. The engine sports 280 Hp, 3.5 liter. The Acura TL also is equipped with speed sensitive steering and sport-tuned suspension.  This car is built to enjoy and last.

The 2013 Lexus IS 250 is Lexus at its best. Though not as powerful as the Acura TL, the Lexus IS is powerful enough and has slightly better gas mileage. Though I prefer the sporty look of the Acura TL, Lexus did an amazing job with the interior of the IS. I love the Lexus Enfrom App Suite. It allows you to have access to popular apps like Pandora, Bing, iHeart Radio, etc. One of the coolest features is the Sound absorbing sun visor. It’s designed to dampen outside noise so that you can enjoy music and conversation without interruption.

You can’t really go wrong with either choice, but I have to go with the Lexus IS 250. I really do love the features in the car. It also looks great. This really could be a tie, but I had to choose one. Which one would you choose?

Nov
7

2013 Toyota Corolla L vs 2012 Honda Civic DX

I have to believe that for the average person a compact car will be their first ride. Why? It’s simple. Price, MPG, and the chicks dig them. Okay, mostly price and mpg is the reasons why guys like me get stuck driving them. My first car was actually a Dodge Neon. Ashamed, yes, but there are better compact cars out there and you don’t have to be embarrassed driving them. Later in college I was actually able to graduate up to a Honda Civic. I loved that car, but sadly it was totaled in car accident with plenty of life left in it. I’m confident that if I still had that car it would be running like a champ. The Toyota Corolla has been a popular choice for many. I was able to drive one on a recent trip and I was very impressed with the handling, design and sporty feel of the car. If I had to buy a compact car today I would most likely be choosing between those two cars. Time to compare the 2013 Toyota Corolla L and the 2012 Honda Civic DX.

We’ll start with Price, MPG and HP

Price:
2013 Toyota Corolla – $16,230 msrp
2012 Honda Civic DX – $16,755 msrp
MPG:
2013 Toyota Corolla – 27 city, 34 hwy
2012 Honda Civic DX – 28 city, 39 hwy
HP:
2013 Toyota Corolla – 132
2012 Honda Civic DX – 140
As I said earlier the Toyota Corolla has a great sporty feel to it, both in handling and looks. It’s a very fun car to drive and the interior is sleek and well designed. One of the coolest features inside the Corolla is their multimedia system, Entune. Entune integrates popular mobile applications and data services with the Corolla. Eutune gives you access to fuel guides, sports scores, stocks, traffic and weather. Since it’s a 4 cylinder it’s great on gas which is important to most of us these days. Toyota also includes the Star Safety System on all new vehicles.

You can’t go wrong when you buy a Honda. They are just great cars and last forever. Take notice of how many old Honda civics are on the road. The Honda Civic DX carries the updated Civic look that we’ve come accustomed to seeing. It’s doesn’t have that sporty feel like the Corolla even though it does have more HP. The interior is designed well with a classic Civic feel. On the tech side Honda has included the Honda Satellite linked Navigation with voice recognition. It’s a great feature, though not as cool as the Eutune in the Corolla.

For years I’ve considered myself a Honda guy, but if I had to choose between the Corolla L and Honda DX today the Corolla wins out. I love the look of it, the drive is great and the features seem more attuned with the here and now. Tell me what you think? Agree or Disagree? Let me know.

Nov
4

2013 Ford Mustang Vs 2013 Chevy Camaro

Author Jim    Category Comparisons     Tags , , ,

I can’t think of two other cars that are more Americana than the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. The Ford Mustang was born back in 1964 and is currently in its 5th generation of production. Pretty impressive considering all of the other pony cars that have come and gone…and come back again in that span of time. This brings us to the Chevy Camaro. The Camaro was GM’s response to the Mustang, but after 35 years of continuous production slowing sales brought about the end of the Camaro in 2002. In 2009 however, the Camaro came back with a bang and once again competes with the Mustang for the hearts of the little boy inside us all. The question is, if I could only choose one which one would it be? It’s going to be a tough decision, but let’s get it on. To be fair in out comparison we will compare similar models, the 2013 For Mustang V6 and the 2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1LS.

Let’s start with the sticker information. Price, MPG and HP

Price:
2013 Ford Mustang V6 – $22,200
2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1LS – $23,345
MPG:
2013 Ford Mustang V6 – 19 city, 31 hwy
2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1LS – 17 city, 28 hwy
HP:
2013 Ford Mustang V6 – 305
2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1LS – 323

Mustangs have always looked great, ok not in the 80’s, but everyone has a bad hair day now and then, so what if it last a decade. The 2013 Mustang pays homage to their classic look, but still manages to blend in modern lines. In short, the car looks freaking awesome. The engine has a V6 with an impressive 305 HP. I say impressive because it still manages to get a MPG of 31 on the hwy even with all that power under the hood. Looks great, fast, great MPG…the Camaro has a lot of competition.

The 2013 Chevy Camaro 1LS screams muscle car. Big wheels, long hood with a short deck; this car looks mean. If 323 horsepower isn’t enough for you with only a $23,345 sticker price than you have problems my friend. The Camaro 1LS comes with the 3.6-liter V6 and 6-speed manual transmission.

I’d be thrilled to own and drive either of these cars, but one is a clear winner in my mind. I love the look of the 2013 Camaro LS and the power it offers in its price range is great, but The Ford Mustang V6 is a must have for me. I’m a sucker for the classics and I love how Mustang infuses the old with the new. Sure it may not be as fast as the Camaro LS, but it is better on gas and its fast enough. Don’t get mad at me Camaro fans; I just think Mustang gets it right. I also think the Camaro has a bit of a fad factor thanks to the Transformer movies and Bumblebee. I can’t help but pity all the 30 something’s who are driving around in yellow Camaro’s. Not cool guys.