Brand New Car Reviews: Lexus Hybrid 2012

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Lexus Hybrid 2012 – Introduction

Because of the steady ascent in petroleum product costs, half breed autos are getting increasingly prominent nowadays. A half and half vehicle utilizes the blend of the conventional interior burning motor impetus framework with an electric drive framework. The aftereffect of this mix is a vehicle with better efficiency and far and away superior execution contrasted with customary vehicles. Half breed vehicles exist as cross breed autos, trucks, and in addition transports.

Lexus is one of the few auto marks that have actualized this green innovation into their autos. Lexus is an extravagance vehicle division of the Toyota Motor Corporation, which happens to be the world’s biggest auto maker. The main Lexus half breed auto was presented in the year 2004. From that point forward, this marque has resolved to create more half and half autos for the auto advertise. Indeed, in 2009, Lexus sold more cross breed autos than ordinary oil based autos in the European market. Not long after that, the organization reported plans to wind up a half and half just brand in Europe.

As per Takeshi Uchiyamada, the Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Company, the organization intends to discharge six new half and half vehicles before the finish of 2012: four under the Toyota mark, and the other two are from Lexus. The 40-mpg-in addition to 2012 Lexus CT 200h lively minimized half and half is firmly anticipated to be one of these two Lexus mixtures.

Lexus Hybrid 2012 – Features

To start with presented in March 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show as the 2011 model year, the CT 200h is one of the most recent oil/electric cross breed autos from Lexus. The 2012 version of the CT 200h, be that as it may, won’t include any real transforms from its antecedent. This crossover minimized auto is littler than alternate lexus sedan and half, the HS 250h. The 2012 CT 200h is named a 5-entryway conservative hatchback with front motor, front wheel drive motor design. It comes furnished with a 1.8 liter VVT-I 4-chamber petroleum motor, a similar motor utilized by the very prevalent medium size hatchback Toyota Prius. This motor can produce up to 98 strength and 142 Nm of torque. At the point when joined with the electric generator of the cross breed rive framework, the two motors can deliver 134 drive and 270 Nm of torque. As per an investigation done in Australia, the 2012 CT 200h just expends 4.1 liter for 100 km utilize. Envision how much cash you could spare!

A driver can pick whether to drive the auto with it is possible that one or the blend of the oil/electric motor. Every alternative adds to speeding up adjust and mileage. This auto does not require module charging, on the grounds that the electric motor revives as the auto moves. A driver can pick one of these four distinctive powertrain modes: Normal mode for day by day driving, Eco and Sport modes for high-economy, lively driving, and EV mode which permits the auto keeps running at 28 mph for each 1 mile utilizing electric power as it were.

Standard highlights incorporate keyless access and motor begin, tilt and adaptive directing wheel, and remote mobile phone connect. Versatile voyage control, sunroof, calfskin upholstered seats, route framework, and rearview camera are discretionary. Then again, wellbeing highlights incorporate footing control, ABS, hostile to slip framework, window ornament side airbags, front side air packs and front knee airbags. The assessed cost for the 2012 CT 200h is $30,000, which makes it the least expensive half and half in the market.

Grandson restores 1957 Chevy Bel Air for grandfather’s 81st birthday

Cameron Dedman said his grandfather is is "best friend" and wanted to surprise him on his birthday.

A Kentucky grandfather was reduced to tears on his 81st birthday last weekend when his grandson presented him with a newly restored 1957 Chevy Bel Air that had been collecting dust in a garage.

Cameron Dedman wanted to surprise his grandfather and “do it right,” so he said he saved money, sold his own car and worked much of last year restoring the classic.

“He’s my best friend and truely deserves it,” Dedman said on Facebook.

Fred Lamar, his grandfather, owned the car since the 50s, WHAS reported.

Dedman documented the restoration process on Facebook, and did almost all the work himself – from the metal work to the wiring.

“I have been doing a full frame off restoration of this car,” he said.

Word spread throughout the family about the gift and they all met at a parking lot on Saturday. Lamar was blindfolded.

When he removed the blindfold, he saw that the old car he drove his children around in was shiny and red. He tried to collect himself, but began to cry. Some relatives appeared to fight back tears, but Lamar continued to cry and the two embraced.

Dedman told the station him and his grandpa plan on showcasing the car at upcoming car shows.

Volvo XC40 Getting Inscription Model, All-Electric Variant

Volvo’s latest crossover, the compact XC40, just hit the market but the automaker continues to roll out updates. This time, Volvo has announced a new luxurious Inscription trim for the U.S. and a turbocharged three-cylinder engine for Europe that will later be part of the upcoming electrified Twin Engine plug-in powertrain. An all-electric XC40 is also in the works.

Inscription is the current top trim level for the larger XC60, and the upscale treatment will soon trickle down to the XC40. The Inscription will come in exclusive exterior colors and feature unique details like chrome trim surrounding the grille mesh and side windows. Expect to see 18-, 19-, and 20-inch wheel options. The interior adds an impressive-looking crystal gear shift knob and the Driftwood inlays that were first used on the XC60. Pricing for the new model will be announced closer to the XC40 Inscription’s launch.

The XC40 is currently offered in the base Momentum trim that features 18-inch alloy wheels, a power liftgate, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, and a 9.0-inch center infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The sportier R-Design trim comes equipped with 19-inch wheels, a navigation system, a hands-free power liftgate, and many unique R-Design exterior and interior parts.

Across the pond, Volvo has introduced its first-ever three-cylinder engine, a new 1.5-liter turbo-three that will initially be offered with a six-speed manual. Although we aren’t getting the 1.5-liter turbo-three engine in North America, we will likely get the upcoming electrified Twin Engine plug-in model that pairs the new turbo-three with an electric motor. Like the XC60 and XC90 plug-in models, the XC40 should have an all-electric driving range and plenty of power.

Volvo also restated its plans to produce an all-electric XC40. Though there are no concrete details about the XC40 EV yet, if Volvo’s performance brand Polestar has any part in it, we expect it to be impressive.

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Meet the Ferrari 488 Pista and its 711-HP V-8

Last April, we heard a rumor that Ferrari was working on a hardcore version of the 488 GTB that would make more than 700 hp. Since then, a number of leaks all-but confirmed that this car was coming before Ferrari released its first teaser. We’re not sure whether yesterday’s leak forced Ferrari to move up the official announcement, but you can now officially meet the 488 Pista.

Ferrari calls the 488 Pista the successor to the 458 Speciale, and if you look closely, you can see the resemblance. Since the 488 GTB is more or less a heavily updated 458 Italia, that would make sense. But from the intakes to the vents, almost every performance-focused design cue that the two cars share is even more exaggerated on the 488 Pista

The 488 Pista also makes more power than the 458 Speciale—a lot more power. While 597 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque was nothing to sneeze at, especially in the lightweight track-focused version of an already quick supercar, the 488 Pista makes 711 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, 51 hp and 8 lb-ft more than the regular 488 GTB. Incidentally, the 488 Pista’s engine is now the most powerful V-8 that Ferrari has ever produced.


The 488 Pista is also nearly 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB, giving it a dry weight of only 2,822 pounds. With more power and less weight, Ferrari says the Pista will hit 62 mph in 2.85 seconds and 124 mph in 7.6. Top speed, meanwhile, is 211 mph. For comparison, Ferrari’s official acceleration figures for the 488 GTB are 3.0 seconds and 8.3 seconds, respectively.

Ferrari hasn’t said how much quicker the 488 Pista will be on a track, but considering how much work has gone into improving handling and aerodynamics, expect it to be more of a street-legal race car than a more powerful 488 GTB. It gets a Formula 1-inspired S-Duct up front, front diffusers borrowed from the 488 GTE race car, and a rear spoiler that all work together to increase downforce by 20 percent. The 488 Pista also uses Ferrari’s Side-Slip Angle Control system that manages the electronically controlled limited-slip differential, traction control, stability control, the magnetic suspension, and brake pressure.

At least for now, Ferrari hasn’t said anything about price, but that may be announced at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Then again, we have a feeling the Pista sold out long before it was ever officially revealed, making price about as relevant as fuel economy.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 First Test: Burning Rubber in Style

t’s hard to overstate how incredible the sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is. The interior’s opulence is more in line with a Bentley or Rolls-Royce than a BMW 7 Series, yet we tested a 2014 S63 hitting 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Toss the car into a corner, and it’ll handle far better than a nearly 5,000-pound luxury sedan has any right to. In the more than four years since the S-Class made its debut, however, Mercedes’ competitors have been working hard to catch up. In an attempt to stay at the head of the pack, the 2018 S-Class receives a major refresh, and the S63 gets a new engine.

Under the hood, the S63 drops its 577-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 in favor of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo unit that makes 603 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Power is still sent to all four wheels, but the updated all-wheel-drive system can now vary its torque distribution instead of sticking to a 33/67 front/rear split. The aging seven-speed automatic has also been replaced by a newer nine-speed unit.

But does that extra power, upgraded transmission, and improved all-wheel drive actually make the refreshed S63 a better performer? We took a new 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 to our test track to find out. And then had to call Mercedes because the brakes caught on fir

Unfortunately, we don’t mean the brake discs got “flaming hot” and theoretically could have caught something on fire. Actual flames were coming from one of the wheelwells. Rather than blaming the car, testing director Kim Reynolds attributed the source of the flames to our figure-eight brake-torture test. Regardless of source, the incident shut down our testing for the day (see below for Reynolds’ thoughts on the brake failure).

Once the flame wheels had turned back into regular wheels, we returned the S63 to Mercedes so its engineers could figure out what went wrong. One week later, we were back at the track with a replacement car, ready to see what the S63 could do. Thankfully, that second testing attempt went off without a hitch. In fact, not only did the new S63 shoot zero flames, but it also beat the first car’s initial figure-eight results.

From a stop, the 2018 S63 accelerated to 60 mph in a scant 3.4 seconds and run the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at 121.5 mph. That’s impressive acceleration by any standard, but for a 5,105-pound car, it’s mind-boggling. For comparison, when we tested the 650-hp track monster that is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, it took 3.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and ran the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 123.0 mph. The 2014 S63 AMG, meanwhile, laid down a 0–60 time of 3.7 seconds and did the quarter mile in 12.1 at 115.5 mph.

Mercedes-AMG has also simplified the S63’s launch control, making it easy to repeat those results every single time. “Race start could not be any easier: Simply mashed both pedals then release the brake. Good for AMG for finally making it simple,” wrote road test editor Chris Walton after testing the S63. “It first revs to 3,500. After releasing the brakes, the engine jumps to 4,000, then holy smokes, does it go. The nose lifts, there’s a little bit of front wheelspin, then it digs in and goes. This limo is seriously quick.”

The S63’s braking performance was also impressive, but surprisingly, it lagged behind the 2014 version we’ve also tested. That car needed only 100 feet to stop from 60 mph, but the refreshed 2018 S63 we tested required 109 feet. Walton liked the firm feel of the brake pedal but noted it had “longer travel than expected.” Still, he was impressed that hard braking resulted in “very little dive” and “zero wander.”

Although a powerful engine, all-wheel drive, and large brakes can help compensate for a car’s weight in straight-line tests, it’s much more difficult to beat physics in our figure-eight test. Despite that challenge, testing director Kim Reynolds managed a 24.3-second time with average lateral acceleration of 0.83 g. Compared to the 2014 S63, that’s an improvement of 0.7 second and 0.04 g.

As Reynolds noted, it “seems like a car with a ton of weight and a ton of horsepower.” He also found that after a few laps, the brake pedal began to get soft, potentially risking the same fiery incident that stopped our earlier test. “It is a fun car, though,” he said. “Doesn’t like to turn in but is great fun exiting.”

That said, the S63 was never going to give a star performance on the figure-eight course. It’s far too large and heavy for that. Put it in Sport+ mode on an open road with plenty of fast sweepers, however, and it’s a completely different story.


2017 Jaguar F-Pace Long-Term Update 3: Coconut Juice Eco Mode

Hey, sorry but I spilled a coconut drink in the Jaguar, and after cleaning it up, it still kinda smells fruity. Sorry! I can take it to get detailed if you want.”

That was the text social media editor Carol Ngo shot me on a recent Thursday. I think she might have added an upside down happy face emoji. Accidents happen, so I thought it was no big deal. I noticed the smell, but not much else. I spotted a few rogue fruit flies in the car. I thought it was weird and possibly related to the smell. But I just parked it in the garage and left the window cracked to air it out over the weekend. But Monday morning I got into the Jag, and OMG, a swarm of fruit flies!

I texted Carol: What’s up!? What did you spill? There must be some leftover fruit bits. The car doesn’t really stink, and I’m not grossed out; it’s just the last time I dealt with drosophila melanogaster was in college.

Carol replied with an apology: You’re kidding?! It was a cup of coconut and sugar cane juice and it didn’t really fit in the cup holder (note to Jaguar, make better cupholders). I made a turn, it toppled over onto the passenger-seat side. I took out the floor mat, washed that and vacuumed as much as I could, and scrubbed the hell out of the carpet with a towel over and over.

In the end, an expensive trip to a car detailer was not needed. Carol made another pass with a rag and off-the-shelf cleaning supplies, and after a couple more days of parking with the windows cracked (in cooler weather), the fruit fly pestilence abated. The slightly sweet smell of coconuts persists, but there are no complaints there.

Right around the time this happened, at about the 5,000-mile mark on the odometer, I started to explore the other side of the F-Pace’s performance toggle switch. Not the checkered-flag, speedster setting, but ECO mode, which is one tap of the right-arrow key away from Normal mode, just before the snow-driving mode. As with ECO modes of other brands, Jaguar’s system alters transmission shift points and accelerator pedal response with an eye toward lower fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. Elements of the climate control system, such as seat heaters and an optional heated windshield, are also restricted to conserve energy.

To those who love spirited driving, ECO mode usually means a neutered, no-fun experience. I’m happy to report that, relative to other systems I’ve tested, our F-Pace’s green driving experience is not a total killjoy. In fact, whatever performance reduction measures Jaguar engineers deployed are not immediately noticeable. Yes, the car feels a touch slower, but it’s hard to determine where in the cascade of inputs and responses the slowdown occurs. Is it in the gas pedal’s initial sensitivity? Maybe. Or is there a quickening of upshifts through the eight-speed transmission. Perhaps.

There are no obvious performance gaps or dead spots, so it’s hard to confirm; in fact, I’d argue that a driver new to the vehicle would be surprised to find that ECO mode wasn’t actually Normal mode. We’ll continue to monitor our F-Pace’s performance in ECO and other modes and revisit its ride quality and utility as a surf vehicle in our next update.

Lexus Hybrid Cars Overview

nx car half and halves are composed utilizing the most refined, full cross breed innovation. Crossover autos have two power sources, the electric engine and the ignition motor, which delivers the most fuel proficient vehicles on the streets. These vehicles are likewise earth sounds, as with the Lexus crossovers, when driving at low speeds, the vehicle creates no commotion and its wellspring of energy is the electric engine which implies there is no generation of CO2 discharges and no utilization of fuel.


While numerous still have thought of connecting to a vehicle to charge it every night when they hear the word mixtures, and determining which control source to run the vehicle on, the power control unit in the Lexus half and halves naturally chooses the ideal blend of engine and motor energy to guarantee the best efficiency and minimal measure of emanations are accomplished. Additionally, Lexus cross breeds naturally revive the batteries themselves, so there is no compelling reason to connect to the mains. This is modern innovation and one that is included on all Lexus cross breeds. There is no drowsy vehicle that comes up short on steam; they are completely useful and intense vehicles on the streets.


Lexus offers two sorts of half and halves, the small scale and the gentle. The miniaturized scale isn’t a straight cross breed as battery power isn’t controlled to move the auto; in any case, their “stop, begin” work decreases CO2 discharges and accomplishes more noteworthy fuel proficiency.


The Lexus gentle half and half has an electric engine that is fueled by a different battery, to supplement the motor and gives additional power amid increasing speed.


Half and half Pros:


* Hybrid proprietors additionally have the benefit of a duty credit.


* Hybrids yield somewhere in the range of 35 to 50 miles for each gallon.


* Quiet running.


* Fuel effective.


Half and half Cons:


* The resale esteem isn’t commonly as great.


* The battery is costly to supplant.


* Some cross breeds have an absence of increasing speed. This isn’t found with the Lexus half and halves as drivers


* Some drivers are apprehensive of its booked upkeep. While it might be to some degree outside, there is no purpose behind caution. A gifted repairman or the dealership where you buy your from will have the capacity to finish repairs and support without an issue. Much the same as any vehicle planned upkeep is essential, and you should supplant the air channel that is utilized with the battery framework each 40,000 miles, change the oil at each 5,000 miles, batteries supplanted at regular intervals, et cetera.


Half breed autos are never again the flood without bounds, they are the present and every year the plan of the vehicles keeps on making strides. For those that are ecologically cognizant and search for fuel proficiency, the autos are certainly a decision. Lexus offers four lovely styles in them, which incorporate their CT, extravagance reduced cross breed, their GS, official execution half breed, their LS, extravagance elite crossover and their RX, spearheading extravagance mixture. Each is genuinely an astonishing vehicle and reasonably evaluated in measures of mixtures.

5 things to know about the 2019 Lincoln MKC

Lincoln’s smallest crossover, the MKC, has received a dramatic refresh for the 2019 model year, ahead of its on-sale date next summer. The MKC has been a popular model in Lincoln’s lineup since its introduction in 2014, due to the popularity of the segment and relatively modest pricing compared to foreign rivals. The 2019 refresh gives the MKC the new family look, which debuted on the new Continental sedan.

Here are five things to know about the updated 2019 Lincoln MKC and its competitors.

1. Exterior Design

This is not an all-new MKC, per se, but rather a significant facelift that updates the front and rear fascias to the point where it seems like it was completely redesigned. The biggest change is up front where the MKC has traded the horizontal-slat “wing” look of the debut model, which entered production in 2014, for a rectangular mesh grille like that of the Continental. In fact, the whole front now resembles the adventurously styled Continental. The changes elsewhere are a little more subtle: The rear license plate niche is now topped by a horizontal chrome strip, and new wheel choices have been added to the catalog.

The updated MKC almost completes the changeover of the brand’s entire lineup to the new design language; the only holdouts, for now, are the MKX and the slow-selling MKT.

2. Engines

The 2019 MKC is keeping the two current powerplants, including a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four good for 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, and a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four producing 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are available with a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

There is no V6 in the lineup — the outputs of these two turbocharged EcoBoost engines have actually caught up with what V6 engines used to offer, and there’s really no need for something beefier. Pretty much all of the MKC’s competitors pack four-cylinder engines as well.

2019 Lincoln MKC interior

Three Black Label design themes have been added to the interior list of options.

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3. Safety and Convenience Systems

The updated MKC offers active park assist, which guides drivers in and out of parallel parking spots. The MKC also offers a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping alert, plus pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, which uses radar and camera sensors to reduce the severity or eliminate frontal impacts altogether, including ones that may involve pedestrians. The system automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond in time to warnings from the system.

The MKC now features Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

4. Black Label

Three new designer “themes” have been added to the MKC range: Modern Heritage, Indulgence and Center Stage. Step up to Lincoln’s Black Label treatment and get annual vehicle detailing, car washes that can be requested any time, plus exclusive access to a list of restaurants where noted chefs offer a curated dining experience.

Modern Heritage combines seats finished in Vianca white Venetian leather with the Lincoln Black Label star logo and Argento wood accents. The Indulgence theme offers Venetian leather and synthetic suede in a choice of colors that includes truffle and ganache, along with Ziricote wood trim. The third theme, Center Stage, offers a diamond-L perforation pattern on the inserts for the jet black seats, complete with Firefox red piping.

2019 Lincoln MKC rear

Most of the changes for 2019 are to the front fascia, but the tailgate has received an update as well.

Lexus unveils refreshed 2018 NX300 and NX300h at the Shanghai motor show

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2018 Lexus NX trolls the haters with its giant spindle grille

Love it or hate it, Lexus’ sharp styling and spindle grille aren’t going away anytime soon, judging by the refreshed 2018 NX crossover that debuted at the Shanghai motor show.Both the …

5. Entry Point for the Brand

The MKC has ridden a wave of popularity along with the growth of the entire compact crossover segment, which practically exploded at the start of the decade. The current-generation MKC arrived on the scene in 2014, just as other brands were scrambling to field premium and luxury crossovers of their own. The MKC’s main competitors in the U.S. remain the smaller but well-regarded Buick Encore, the slightly larger Cadillac XT5, and compact European rivals like the Audi Q3/Q5, BMW X1/X3 and the Volvo XC60. Volvo’s upcoming XC40 will also be a potent competitor. The MKC continues to serve as an entry point for the brand along with the MKZ sedan, which received a similar refresh very recently.

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Here’s what the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage looks like as a race car

Rather than roll out the all-new 2018 Aston Martin Vantage V8 road car, bask in the attention (or controversy — you, the readers, seem to have a lot of mixed opinions about the new design direction) and then rekindle buzz by unveiling the race version, the British automaker decided to let it all rip at once. So, here it is: the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE, ready to charge screaming into the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship racing season.

The big, Vulcan-inspired aero bits can’t disguise the GTE’s similarity to the road car, which goes far deeper than the bodywork: The same Mercedes-AMG 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 sits under the hood of both road and track Vantage. The transmission has not been announced, but previous-gen AMR cars have used an Xtrac sequential manual. Even the eye-popping color (which looks to us like someone dropped a highlighter into a bottle of whatever the British equivalent of Everclear is, then sprayed it all over the body) carries over as well — though it is complimented by bright orange “lipstick” on the grille.

aston martin racing Vantage GTE interior cockpit

Aero aside, the Vantage GTE’s exterior looks hew pretty closely to those of the road car. Inside, though, it’s all business.

By lopping off the front four cylinders and the 243 pounds they weighed, Aston Martin has lowered the DB11’s curb weight to 3,880 pounds, shifted the car’s balance rearward to 49/51 …

The new Vantage GTE replaces the car Aston has run with since 2012; it remained a legitimate contender to the end, but, as with the road car, it was time for an update. Aston won’t be going into the new season blind; the automaker says the new GTE’s development car has undergone over 8,000 miles of testing, including two 30-hour runs at Spain’s Navarra circuit.

It’s almost like they’re planning on taking the thing back to Le Mans or something. In fact, during the next WEC season, which stretches from May 2018 to June 2019, teams will compete at the Circuit de la Sarthe — twice.

While the car may be new, the Aston Martin Racing driver lineup is mostly familiar: Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, fresh off a 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE Pro class win, return, as do Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. Additionally, Formula E racer Alex Lynn will join the team for the upcoming season.

aston martin racing Vantage GTE rear 3-4 aero race car

Aero components, like the huge box diffuser out back, remind us of the mighty Vulcan

2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo review: Just because it says Nismo

2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo Photo 1

A for-realz Nismo for $27K? Not a chance. At least not in the sense you’d expect — the badges are there, and the boy-racer trim bits, but a front-drive car with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is never going to be a recipe for track-day fun. Nissan should know better than to dilute Nismo’s niche cachet by even building this thing.

The good news is there’s a stick available, and the Nismo suspension tuning does make this a fairly nimble little scooter. I had a great time wheeling our manual-trans Sentra Turbo SR a few months ago, and there’s no reason to think that, comparably equipped, the Nismo wouldn’t be even more entertaining. Plus, when you need something for everyday chores, the Sentra is a roomy base upon which to start, with a cavernous trunk.

Take it for what it is — an economy car with a sporty trim package rather than a budget GT-R — and the Sentra NISMO offers above-average grins at an accessible price point. Just do yourself a favor: if you insist upon an automatic transmission look elsewhere.

–Andrew Stoy, digital editor

The Nissan Sentra, in base trim, is not an exciting car. Nissan rectified that with the Sentra turbo, which is a ton of fun. It’s not as rowdy a Ford Focus ST, but it isn’t as expensive either.

That brings us to the top-dog of Nissan Sentras – the Sentra Nismo, with its super-aggressive front fascia, spiky side skirts and tasteful spoiler on the decklid. Basically, it looks like a car ripped straight out of a tuner shop from 2004’s showroom -– and that’s not a bad thing.

With all the flashy cladding and Nismo badging, you’d imagine that there would be something hot under the hood and a firm suspension. Not so – this is a boaty ride. I remember the Sentra Turbo feeling more connected to the road than this Nismo. The 188-hp turbocharged I4 doesn’t sound like it has a turbo connected to it at all – there’s no whoosh or burble from the wastegate, blow-off valve or exhaust.

The interior is the best a Sentra has probably ever seen. The seats are heavily bolstered, there’s faux suede everywhere and it feels well put together. At the driver’s knee, though, is a CVT gear selector, which is a surprising option. I was expecting the same manual transmission from the Sentra Turbo; the CVT in the hardcore Nismo edition feels totally out of place.

Basically, if you’re looking for a hot-looking sporty compact, the Sentra Nismo has potential. If you’re looking for performance, look toward the more track-centric options out there.

–Wes Wren, associate editor

  • Nissan Sentra

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    City / HWY

By Autoweek Staff

On Sale: Now

Base Price: $25,855

Powertrain: 1.6-liter DOHC turbocharged I4, FWD CVT

Output: 188 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 177 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,105 lb

Fuel Economy: 25/30/27 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Pros: Won’t beat you up over rough roads like most Nismos

Cons: Nothing called ‘Nismo’ should ever have a CVT

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