Las Vegas, Nevada – Not a car company to rest on its laurels, Hyundai is giving its Genesis Coupe a major shot in the arm for the 2013 model year. Rolling into showrooms now, this refresh is immediately identified by its big black grille, new design alloys, reformed hood with faux intakes and LED taillights. But it goes well beyond the cosmetics.
The interior is quite possibly the best I have ever seen offered from GM. Pontiac’s slogan that it builds excitement has undoubtedly proven true. The sound system in the GT includes a six-disc CD changer, MP3 playback, 6.5-inch color LCD with multifunction display, seek and scan, speed compensated volume, theft lock, equalizer, auxiliary input jack for iPods and MP3s and an 11-speaker Blaupunkt premium sound system. The sound system in the sedan consist of AM/FM, CD, 5-inch multifunction display, seek and scan, speed compensated volume, theft lock, equalizer, auxiliary jack for iPods and MP3s and a seven-speaker Blaupunkt sound system.
All Audi A4 variants roll off the assembly line on elegant aluminum wheels. Depending on the engine version, they are 16 or 17 inches in size; tires with optimized rolling resistance belong to the 205/60 and 225/50 series. The A4 3.0 TFSI has 18-inch wheels with 245/40 series tires. The line of options ranges to 19 inches with 255/35 series tires. Four of the 18 available wheels are new designs. The A4 allroad quattro offers four independent designs.
A few style changes you will find with the 2011 Toyota Tundra are a revamped grille and revised tail lamp. The Tundra is returning with three cab styles and three bed lengths. The regular cab has two doors. The Tundra Double Cab is extended and adds a pair of small rear doors.
Possibly the largest single factor effecting fuel economy is your driving style. To maximize MPG, start off slowly and maintain a steady speed. Avoid unnecessary stops. Keep moving as much as possible even at a very slow speed in stop and go traffic. Try to anticipate hills and accelerate before gong up the hill. Let you speed drop naturally hill climbing the hill. Avoid long idle times especially with the AC on.
They did have a two-door coupe at the show, but not the Si version. I’d like to drive the Si with its 197 HP engine, Motor Sport Limited Slip Differentials, 6 speed manual transmission and 350-watt stereo system. The coupe and sedan I sat in and examined are a solid benchmark for the Honda family. I use to have a civic, although underpowered, it was a remarkable car.
Also, note that there is a huge difference in fuel qualities from various distributors. Ethanol content lowers MPG as well as many other additives. Again you will have to experiment with fuel form various distributors in your area to see which one offers the best fuel for the highest MPG. In my area it is the Shell station that offers the best fuel economy when comparing fuel cost to MPG.
In addition, the overall drive is superior to that of the Dodge Ram. The Dodge Ram is a much more stiffer ride and doesn’t maneuver as easily at the Ford through Canyon roads or adjust to road difficulties as well.