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Dec
19

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – No Comparison

Normally I would compare two cars, but I love the 2013 Dodge Challenger so much that I don’t think I can compare it with another. Instead I’ll highlight why I think this car is bad ass.

The Challenger started production in 1970 and was in direct competition with the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang. It’s currently in its 3rd generation and in my opinion has captured the beauty and power of the 1st generation Challengers very well.

There are seven Challenger models available, but the one I especially like is the SRT8 392. This is the top line model, but it’s done right. The price tag is $44,775 and is worth every penny. That is unless you don’t want to pay for a “392 Hemi V-8 harnessed by a world-class suspension and superior brakes.”

The 392 Hemi produces 470 horsepower and 470lb ft of torque. That may not be as beasty as the Camaro ZL1 or Shelby GT500, but it’s enough.

A cool feature of the SRT8 is the Adaptive Damping Suspension or ADS. It allows you to  set the ride and handling capability to match street conditions. You can choose “Auto” when your just cruising or switch to “Sport” when you need a firmer suspension and increased handling. When it’s time to turn up the heat you can switch to “Track” mode for quicker shifting points and  quick responsiveness.

What I really love about the SRT8 392 is the look. It’s classic and modern all mixed up in one making for a tough, sporty, muscle car that is ready to take on anyone and anything. I would drive this car any day of the week. This car deserves to be driven and collected!

Dec
3

2013 Honda CR-V vs 2013 Ford Escape

Author Jim    Category Comparisons     Tags , , , , ,

Entry-level crossovers are quickly becoming a popular choice of car buyers and more often than not consumers are choosing between the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape. These two small SUV’s dominate the market and for good reason. They both offer great design, well built and efficient engines and just enough room in the cockpit to fit the family and cargo. It’s fitting then that we compare the 2013 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Ford Escape.

We’ll start with Price, MPG and HP

Price:

2013 Honda CR-V – $22,695 msrp
2013 Ford Escape – $22,470 msrp
MPG:
2013 Honda CR-V – 23 city, 31 hwy
2013 Ford Escape – 23 city, 33 hwy
HP:
2013 Honda CR-V – 185
2013 Ford Escape – 168

2013 HONDA CR-V

The Honda CR-V was introduced in 1995 and to this today we are still trying to figure out what the heck CR-V stands for. Some say it stands for “Compact Recreational Vehicle” while others maintain that it stands for “Comfortable Runabout Vehicle”. Regardless of the meaning the CR-V is great Crossover and should be in your sights if you consider an SUV. With a stylish design Honda brings a balanced look to the 2013 CR-V. Available in many different colors and trims, it’s hard not to be happy with the appearance of the CR-V. If you’re wondering how the 2.4L four–cylinder engine performs; the answer is very nicely. So nice in fact that you will be pleased with the great gas mileage and 185 hp. Honda usually gets it right and they continue getting it right with the 2013 Honda CR-V.

2013 FORD ESCAPE

Over the last number of years the Ford Escape has offered some stiff competition to the CR-V. The 2013 Ford Escape has a more aerodynamic design that gives it a very sporty look. I’m personally a fan of the new design. You have a choice of 3 different engines, but since I chose the 2.5L Duratec the specs come in with a respectable 168 hp and very good gas mileage to boot. Capacity space is comparable to the CR-V so no issues there. Perhaps one of the coolest features of the new Escape is the hands-free lift gate which allows you to open the rear compartment by waving your foot under the bumper. That’s what I’m talking about!

THE VERDICT

This is a tough choice. I love everything about both of these cars. Here’s the deal, it’s a tie game and we’re going into overtime. What’s this? The Ford Escape busts out with the lift gate that opens up with your foot. That my friends is a tie breaker. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter.