Alexander Weitzman

Toyota Avalon full size in so many ways

Avalon has always been based on the Camry chassis, just a bit longer and wider on a wheelbase that is lengthened by an inch and a half to 111.0 inches. The body is also longer by about nine inches making the rear seating area mimic a limousine. But unfortunately the Avalon has somehow been relegated […]

2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel

It was 1998 when Ford revamped its heavy duty truck line and brought us the Super Duty. A big burly truck that was meant for working and not the faint of heart. With its huge diesel it could move your entire home just by wrapping the home with an anchor chain and dragging it behind […]

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2011 Ford Fiesta a home run party

Ford has become a home run hitter. It seems that every new product, whether it be the new F-150, the Explorer, the Flex, Eco-Boost engines, the new 2011 Ford Fiesta or whatever product, they are all home runs. The rest of the auto industry is like facing the lineup from the 1927 Yankees, once known […]

2011 Cadillac CTS-V reaching the pinnacle

It has been about five years since the Road Beat tested the last generation CTS-V and it was an astounding automobile with its 400-plus hp Corvette engine and six-speed manual tranny. Well, you can take that model to the shredder (of course you can drop it off at my house instead if you are so […]

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Dodge Challenger, the white ghost

Retro is in, as demonstrated by the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T. Although the body remains the same, many improvements have made their way into the 2011 model. First is the new 305 hp V-6, a bonus of 55 hp from the prior V-6. There is a new horsepower war among the entry level V-6s in […]

Ford SVT Raptor: Awesome is an understatement

For the last several years, Ford has been one of the leading auto manufacturers in the world in terms of design and build quality. F-150s have been the best selling pickup trucks for decades and this new SVT (special vehicle team) F-150 Raptor is why Ford is the leader in the automotive world. Raptor is […]

Road beat: 2011 Honda CR-Z — a hybrid of a different sort

Honda’s new CR-Z appears at first blush to be a remake of the much beloved econo-sports car the CR-X of the 1980s. But it isn’t because it is a hybrid and weighs about 500 pounds more notwithstanding its diminutive size. And small it is, with an overall length of just 160 inches on a long […]

Road beat: 2011 Kia Sportage, a huge step in the right direction

Sportage hit the ground running almost two decades ago (in 1993) with a cute small SUV that was actually more truck based. It sold reasonably well because of its cute rounded shape, small size and excellent fuel economy which were obtained by trading off some performance. For 2011, this third generation Sportage is an all […]

VW Jetta aims at American market

For 2011, VW has rolled out a brand new generation Jetta. Perhaps the idea behind the new Jetta is VW’s desire to increase U.S. sales from approximately a quarter million to 800,000 by 2018 as the new Jetta base model has a starting price of under $16,000 not including destination of $770. To do that […]

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New Outback delivers on performance

Armed with its new body, the 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-liter flat six changes the character of the 2.5L powered vehicle entirely from a mid-pack performing crossover vehicle to a performance monster. Still clad in the now more familiar new generation body that was seen in our last Road Beat of the four-cylinder version with a […]

Nissan Cube — mobile cubism

With a name like Cube, this new and very unique Nissan might be a bit boxy and it is. And it is a bit fitting for the Cube as Cubism is a form of art and this vehicle could be parked in the Modern Museum of Art in New York. The sides are almost perfectly […]

Ford Transit Connect a new type of vehicle

Ford has sold over 600,000 Transit Connects around the globe, that is everywhere but in the United States until last year. It is here now and none too soon. It could best be described as a very tall minivan, but it isn’t. It rides on an extremely long 115-inch wheelbase, but it is only 180 […]

The Ford Flex, an all new crossover, breaks tradition and the mold

Ford has a better idea for an SUV — make it look shorter, achieve more fuel efficiency, drive better, perform better, still carry more than six people comfortably, carry vast amounts of cargo and look great all in the process. Well, Ford did just that with the new Flex, an all new, car based SUV […]

Acura MDX has all-wheel drive, but not made for the Rubicon

Refreshed for 2011, the new Acura MDX shook things up a bit with a new class leading, plush interior. Outside the MDX still looks a bit different, but it follows the Acura theme of angles and lines that don’t have a lot of purpose,., especially in the front end which has been revised and refreshed […]

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Subaru Outback steps up to a six-cylinder

Armed with its new body, the 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6-liter flat six changes the character of the 2.5L powered vehicle entirely from a mid-pack performing crossover vehicle to a performance monster. Still clad in the now more familiar new generation body that was seen in our last Road Beat of the four-cylinder version with a […]

2010 Ford Escape Hybrid: A hybrid finally meeting EPA numbers

Most hybrids fail to produce the numbers on the EPA sticker, but the new Escape actually will deliver its posted EPA numbers of 34/31 mpg city/highway and then some. While the Escape is still in its first generation with a facelift about three years ago, unseen improvements have been taking place continuously. Since the Escape […]

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: Nothing else needs to be said

Grand Sport is part of the Corvette heritage, with the moniker making racing history decades ago. It was last used in the final production year of the C4 Corvette in 1996. In that C4 model there was an engine upgrade from its standard 300 hp LT1 5.7-liter V-8 to 330 hp LT4 5.7L V-8. It […]

2010 Ford Taurus SHO, Blowing past the competition

Taurus is now in its 25th year and for several years of that run was the bestselling car in America and for good reason offering solid quality transportation for the American family. After a short fling under the name Ford Five Hundred, Taurus is now in its second generation of its current platform. It’s new […]

2010 Mercedes Benz E550: Exceeding what was already about perfect

In the wake of everything going green, whatever that means (usually smaller cars with less performance); the new generation Mercedes Benz E class offers more performance and better fuel economy in a slightly larger package. Maybe bigger is really better. Riding on the same 112.4-inch wheelbase the new E 550 received an all new body […]

New Chevy Cruze well suited, but not just for cruise nights

Let’s get one thing straight before we start; the only relation between the new Chevy Cruze and the prior Cobalt and Cavalier is the alliteration. That’s it. It is an entirely new car that moves Chevy to the top of the class in the compact car segment. But if you examine the specs, the Cruze […]

2011 Scion tC covering new green ground

Democrat correspondent No, the new 2011 Scion tC is not a hybrid. But that doesnÕt stop Scion engineers at Toyota from wringing out substantially more fuel economy out of their flagship four-passenger sports car. EPA fuel economy numbers are up by over 10 percent versus the prior Scion tC. And Scion didnÕt have to sacrifice […]

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