Available with Microsoft Sync the ford focus allows owners hands free access to telephone and music playlists all with voice commands.
Even nearly a decade into its lifespan, the Ford Focus is still doing a pretty good job of holding its own. In a small-car segment dominated by imports, the Focus generally finishes in a respectable 3rd place sales-wise behind more popular Japanese rivals. Some credit goes to the significant refresh Ford performed last year, which blessed the Focus with a new coupe body style and an interior upgrade, among other changes. Mechanically, last year’s Focus stood pat, but there was still enough inherent goodness to keep plenty of small-car buyers happy.
For the 2009 Focus, Ford has made a few more changes. It seems Ford listened to criticism about the car’s odd styling elements, as the coupe has been given sleeker-looking front and rear fascias, and those dopey-looking fake fender vents have been put out to pasture. On the SES trim, Ford throws in a few exclusives, including dark-painted wheels, a new sport exhaust (which increases horsepower a bit) and a shorter final-drive ratio for the automatic transmission, to improve acceleration. The rest of the Focus is pretty much the same, though stability control is now an option again — oddly, it debuted in the early 2000s, only to disappear in 2005. …more
Ford introduces in cabin computer system that allows full access to the internet as well as integration for tools. Ford will be the first truck to allow you to edit and print documents from within the built in computer system. Tool tagging also allows you to see which tools you may be missing out of the truck before leaving for a new destination, sound too good to be true?
Powerful affordable and spacious design makes the 2009 Dodge Charger a very good choice for those looking for an aggressive muscle car.
When it debuted a few years ago, the latest Dodge Charger helped lead the, well, charge of rear-drive muscle cars as they made their way back from the grave. True, this four-door Charger sedan was a far cry from the huge two-door coupe adorned in orange paint and a Confederate flag in the “Dukes of Hazzard,” but the spirit certainly lives on. For those who yearn for the good ol’ days of good ol’ boys and good ol’ horsepower, the Charger’s big-time power and brash styling represent a welcome revival.
Like its platform mates, the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Challenger, the Charger comes with less muscular engines, but it’s the big honking Hemi V8s that deserve the most attention. And for 2009, the “smaller” Hemi gets even better. Not only does it now make 368 horsepower, but variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation technology allow it to almost match the fuel economy of the 250-hp 3.5-liter V6. This certainly makes the 5.7-liter V8-powered Charger R/T the most attractive choice, but it also highlights how inefficient the two V6 engines are. Also new for 2009 is a revised all-wheel-drive system that can automatically or manually disconnect the front axle to slightly improve fuel economy and provide the better handling afforded by rear-wheel drive. …more
In dash navigation as well as 9 speaker stereo system makes the Pontiac Vibe sound great and arrive on time.
We found the economy car efficiency, the tight build quality, and the odd body style all appealing on the 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT. But once we started looking at the details, we realized it was a Toyota. The hard flooring in the cargo area and the shape of the instrument cluster perfectly matched what we had just seen on the 2009 Toyota Matrix, and the similarities don’t stop there. Both cars had the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which someone on staff suggested might be GM’s most advanced engine. …more
Dodge takes aim at spacious design with the Dodge Caliber offering plenty of room out of a hatchback and styling that will please many.
The Dodge Caliber is classed as a compact car, though it’s larger than the Neon it replaced.A five-passenger, five-door, the Caliber isn’t easily categorized, combining elements from hatchback, wagon and minivan designs.Though very popular in Europe, hatchbacks, especially five-door hatchbacks, have not caught on in American garages.The five-door hatch is a practical design, but most Americans prefer the styling of a traditional sedan with a separate trunk.We certainly like hatchbacks. …more