Ford’s Mustang has been in production since 1964, an iconic pony car with an unquestionable pedigree. Up until recent years the Mustang’s competition has been limited with only the Toyota Camry Solara and Nissan 370Z offering much of a challenge. But that’s changed too as the Solara has been discontinued while the Dodge Challenger, Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Chevrolet Camaro have expanded the segment.
For the 2010 model year, Ford made some significant changes to the Mustang, a mid-cycle refresh which improved the exterior, updated the interior, but didn’t do much for the engine choices. That old 4.0-liter V6 was kept on as the base engine, but it only produced 231 horsepower. Compare that number with the 304 horsepower V6 Camaro and you can see who the clear winner was there.
For the 2011 model year, Ford drops the old V6 in favor of a new 3.7-liter 24-valve engine producing 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Ford makes use of low-friction materials and aluminum construction to provide an engine that is lighter and more efficient than the one it replaces.
Not only does the Mustang edge out in performance but thanks to its six-speed automatic transmission it returns 31 mpg on the highway, 19 mpg around town. Yes, that highway mileage figure puts the Mustang at the top of its class and, in this case, the automatic delivers better fuel economy than the manual thanks to its gear-ratio advantages.
The Mustang also is well equipped, offering standard and optional amenities certain to be well received by pony car enthusiasts.
Besides the choice of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 2011 Ford Mustang gets an updated fascia, new underbody shields and other enhancements designed to improve fuel efficiency. As has been the practice, the Mustang’s front end continues the traditional Mustang look, but updated for the 21st century. Read the rest of this entry »
The 2011 Infiniti M37 has been updated with a more distinct grille, new headlamps, tail lights, sculpted hood and as a result it has the appearance of being more aggressive and a touch sportier. One trim is available for the car but there are many optional packages to select from such as Deluxe Touring, Technology, Sport Touring, Deluxe Touring and Premium.
This car is a luxury vehicle and will go head to head with other vehicles in its class such as the Mercedes Benz E-Class, BMW 5-series, Jaguar XF and Lexus GS lineup. It’s equipped with a robust 3.7 Liter V6 engine that outputs a total of 330 horsepower. The vehicle can be driven in 4 modes: Eco, Sport, Normal and Snow. Fuel mileage isn’t the best but not too bad when you consider how powerful the engine is at 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the freeway. In terms of speed, this car travels from zero to sixty in a speedy 5.9 seconds.
The more aggressive stance is complemented with 5-spoke 18″ sweet wheels, a set of xenon headlights and a moonroof. Dual exhaust with chrome tips are in place plus UV reducing solar glass has been installed in order to ensure that your drive is comfortable. A seven speed transmission is available and comes with a manual-shift mode. An “Eco-Pedal” system promotes more fuel efficient driving and provides instant feedback in regards to how efficient you are driving.
The cabin is roomy and comfortable and is generously appointed in luxurious leather and accented with Japanese Ash wood trim. Sufficient room is in place to comfortably seat 5 persons. A center console is situated between the two front seats with various controls. The front seats can be heated for your comfort plus there is Push Button Ignition available. A Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control is in place, plus the car works seamlessly with Bluetooth and allows hands free calling. You can easily connect your iPod or music player via a USB interface. The premium package provides extras such as a premium Bose audio system with ten speakers, a DVD player and a 9.3 music storage drive for music storage. An optional navigation system can be added which includes voice recognition and instant traffic news and updates. Active noise control utilizes a microphone to detect noise and neutralizes it for a quiet cabin even at high speeds. Read the rest of this entry »