Six Good vehicles for Families: Part 6 of 6

2012 Cadillac Escalade

2012 Cadillac Escalade

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade continues to impress. 2012 Cadillac Escalade is the kind of vehicle that could be your great choice if you are looking for a strong car with large capacity. You can begin considering about its exterior and interior design and see whether the vehicle matches your standard and expectation in term of the appearance. It delivers the luxury and elegance that would really fit your lifestyle, along with the comfortable interior parts that would make your travel time more comfortable. This car is the perfect choice for you who often travel in long distance. The wheelbase as the part of the basic elements also provides comfort in dealing with any types of road.

2012 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr Luxury – Summary
Brake ABS System: 4-Wheel
Disc – Front
Disc – Rear
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in): 13.0 x 1.2
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in): 13.5 x 0.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³): 108.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³): 60.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³): 16.9
Engine
Engine Type: Gas V8
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in): 116.0
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in): 202.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in): 79.0
Height, Overall (in): 75.9
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in): 31.6
Ground Clearance, Front (in): 9
Ground Clearance, Rear (in): 9
Step Up Height – Front (in): 20.2
Step Up Height – Side (in): 20.2
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 26
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity: 8
Front Head Room (in): 41.1
Front Leg Room (in): 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in): 65.2
Front Hip Room (in): 60.5
Second Head Room (in): 39.2
Second Leg Room (in): 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in): 65.2
Second Hip Room (in): 60.8
Third Head Room (in): 37.9
Third Leg Room (in): 25.6
Third Shoulder Room (in): 61.7
Third Hip Room (in): 49.1
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG): 15 (2011)
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG): 13 (2011)
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG): 18 (2011)
Suspension
Suspension Type – Front: Indep torsion bar
Suspension Type – Rear: 5-link coil springs
Spring Capacity – Front (lbs): 3600
Tires
Front Tire Order Code: QST
Rear Tire Order Code: QST
Spare Tire Order Code: ZRS
Front Tire Size: P285/45R22
Rear Tire Size: P285/45R22
Spare Tire Size: P265/70R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 5000
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 500
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 8100
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 1215
Transmission
Drivetrain: AWD
Vehicle
Rear Door Type: Liftgate
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in): 22 x 9
Rear Wheel Size (in): 22 x 9
Spare Wheel Size (in): 17 x – TBD –
Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material: Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material: Steel

Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Part 2 – GMC Yukon

Part 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevy Tahoe

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Cruze update, Rapid Chevrolet, “it’s all in the value”: July 29, 2011


The Cruze is about more than just affordable price, that has been well advertised by Chevy. It’s about value and performance as well. You get way more vehicle than what you are paying for with the Cruze. With its 4 cylinder engine – it’s a real gas saver, getting 35+ on the interstate. The Cruze is also the only car in its segment that has a 6 speed manual or automatic transmission available. Please forgive the oxymoron but the Cruze is the largest, compact car, with more interior room and trunk space than its major competitors.  The turbo version of the Eco is a torque-e little thing and has all the get up and go you need to pass safely,  accelerate up the on-ramp or just beat someone off the line at the red light. My favorite is safety. Rolling in this car must be like rolling around inside a giant marshmallow. It has 10 airbags! Where are they all? There is the standard front airbags, side curtain airbags, knee airbags and mid section side curtain airbags. If technology is your thing, than so is the Cruze. You can access nearly everything from the Chevrolet Cruze App. (pictures below), certain models have Bluetooth/USB, remote start, OnStar, and all the applications you could want including Facebook status. Before you leave the dealership with your new car, don’t forget to give your service writer your email. That way servicing your vehicle will be worry free. Anytime something is array, even low tire pressure, you will get an email from OnStar and the service department will get ahold of you. Oil changes, tire rotation and all the basic maintenance will also be sent to you in a convenient email. Last but certainly not least, the 2011 Chevy Cruze has a longer power train warranty than its competitors, including roadside assistance and transportation.

Chevrolet Cruze Application for Ipod

Chevrolet Cruze Application for Ipod

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Six Good Vehicles for Families: Part 5 of 6

2012 Chevy Tahoe

2012 Chevy Tahoe

Hybrid seats 8 people. From the information that has been put out on the 2012. It doesn’t sound like it will be significantly different than the 2011 model. In regards to fuel consumption, the Hybrid has made some ground.

Significant changes were made to improve the fuel economy on the 2012 Tahoe. It is the first full-size SUV with a hybrid engine with the standards of 33% fuel consumption. It has a two-hybrid system; driven by an electric motor at low speeds and the 6.0-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management technology. This system also uses regenerative braking. Other changes in fuel economy are a more aerodynamic front, low rolling resistance tires, low ride height and the use of lightweight aluminum on the hood and tailgate.
“All three models of the 2012 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe are remarkably comfortable and sophisticated. The three models – the Tahoe LS, Tahoe Z71, and Tahoe LT. The LS model offers contoured custom cloth seats, and an available split-folding third-row of seats that provides nine-passenger seating capability, a standard eight-speaker audio system and Premium Ride suspension. The Z71 model comes with features like 17-inch on-/offroad tires, 17-inch cast- aluminum wheels, skid plates, a newly available front brush, and a specially designed luggage rack with rear roller guard that makes loading and unloading heavy gear easy. Finally, the LT model features redesigned heated front bucket seats with standard Custom Leather seating surfaces. New second-row buckets that provide comfort and easy access to the rear are available as well.” -allautoreviews.com

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six Good Vehicles for Families: Part 4 of 6

2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Toyota Highlander

The 2012 Toyota Highlander is the best crossover for you if you want a seven-passenger wagon that’s cooler than a minivan and cushier than an SUV.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander should be a repeat of the 2011 Toyota Highlander. Available in front- and all-wheel drive and with gasoline and gas-electric hybrid power, the 2012 Highlander will continue to tread a line between minivan and SUV. It may not possess sufficient attributes of either to satisfy committed family types or image-conscious SUV fans. If you’re somewhere in the middle, you’ll find it an astute compromise.

Highlander is relatively easy to maneuver and garage because its body is no larger overall than the typical five-seat midsize crossover. Highlander, however, does squeeze in an available third-row seat. It’s tighter back there than in a minivan, but Highlander’s first- and second-row accommodations are as generous as any midsize SUV’s.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander will return with a choice of four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines and with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain.

The 2012 Highlander Hybrid will return with three unique features: an instrument panel display that monitors the flow of gas and electric power, an “EV mode” switch to lock in electric propulsion for a limited distance in certain low-speed conditions, and an “Econ-mode” switch that maximizes fuel economy by modulating throttle response during acceleration.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander will go on sale in autumn 2011

Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Part 2 – GMC Yukon

Part 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six Good Vehicles for Families Part: 3 of 6

Toyota Sienna

2012 Toyota Sienna

2012 Toyota Sienna

The interior capacity of this vehicle model will take up to 7 adult passengers, although you can also remove the middle-section on the second row to enable an extra seat for the eighth person. Aside from a large interior space, you’d also be delighted to know that the 2012 Toyota Sienna is comfortable and provides a lot of room for your luggage.

There are five models available for the 2012 lineup: base Sienna model, LE, SE, XLE, and luxury Limited models. There are two engine choices available for the 2012 Toyota Sienna: four- and six-cylinder engine.  Some of the notable interior features that are impressive for its class include the second-row recliner lounge Seating, dual view entertainment center, navigation system, wide-angle rearview camera, and safety connect telematics system.

There is increased legroom ensure a comfortable ride even for passengers with long legs. Meanwhile, the cargo room has been given a boost to make it suitable for family travel or trips.

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Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Parts 2 – GMC Yukon

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Rapid Prototyping Creates Roadworthy Concept Parts for Volt

EN-V bodies fabricated in 3D Rapid Prototyping Shop at GM Design

WARREN, Mich., July 22, 2011– Whether a futuristic concept like the EN-V or a contemporary family hauler like the GMC Acadia Denali, three-dimensional rapid prototyping accelerates the creative process and reduces the time and money spent on clay modeling and molding of expensive prototype parts.

Designers and engineers from General Motors studios and technical centers around the world are able to see and touch their creations faster and at lower cost because of the digital manufacturing capabilities at the GM Design Center.

Selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SLA) techniques allow designers to quickly and inexpensively go from computer models to one-off parts for wind-tunnel testing so more iterations can be tested in less time.  Aerodynamics engineers can put a current production vehicle into the wind-tunnel and skilled trade technicians can quickly swap body parts like bumper covers, grilles, spoilers and mirrors between test runs.

Before the parts are fabricated in the rapid prototyping shop, the computer models are tested for proper airflow using state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics software.  These pre-tested parts can then be replaced much more rapidly and with better repeatability than old-style clay models can be re-sculpted. More time is spent evaluating the changes than waiting for adjustments to be made.  In fact, testing capacity has doubled in the past two years.

“Long before a full-size model or vehicle is built, rapid prototyping helps to improve the accuracy of the one-third scale models that are used for early aerodynamic testing,” said Aerodynamic Development Engineer Suzanne Cody. “Air-flow through the engine compartment and underneath the car is critical to both cooling the engine and lowering drag.”

In the past, modelers would carve a rough approximation of the front structure and the engine from foam or wood to evaluate the air flow through the engine bay.  GM’s 3D prototyping lab can generate a fully detailed model including the engine, transmission, brake lines, drive-shafts, exhaust system, suspension and other components under the car.

“The end result is better correlation of air-flow measurements between the model and the full-size car or truck and fewer expensive changes are needed late in the program,” said Cody. “With the design of components like cooling systems locked in earlier, fewer prototypes are needed and vehicles can go from concept to production more quickly.”

Rapid prototype parts also speed up test track and on-road evaluations.  When 80 pre-production Chevrolet Volts were being built in mid-2009, several interior parts were fabricated by the RP shop and installed directly in the test cars.

“In design, we work with conceptual ideas in preproduction. Early part iteration allows us to get hands on to see what works and what doesn’t at the point where people actually touch the car,” said Checo Pacheco, a lead creative designer in the Branded Component Studio.

Some of the most public applications of RP components to date have been the EN-V personal urban mobility concepts that were featured during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.  Three body styles were crafted for the EN-V at GM Design studios in Los Angeles; Melbourne, Australia; and Russelsheim, Germany.  The RP shop in Warren fabricated the bodies and many of the components for the demonstration fleet.

“3D rapid prototyping is enabling the designers and engineers at Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac to stretch the creative envelope,” said John Green, superintendent, GM Design Fabrication Operations. “We can bring more attractive, functional and aerodynamic vehicles to market in less time and at lower cost than ever before.”

About General Motors – General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries.  GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy.  GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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Six Good Vehicles for Families: Part 2 of 6

2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 GMC Yukon

The 2012 GMC Yukon is a sports utility vehicle that’s available in two model types, entry level and Denali with a 9 person seating availability. The Yukon is available with either a two wheel or a four wheel drive. The Denali version is equipped with a 6.2 Liter V8 engine that is rated at 380 horsepower. The 2012 Yukon is equipped with 17 inch tires, lights to combat fog, bucket seats in the front with a center console, accessories that are fully powered, OnStar, entry into the vehicle is without keys and a drivers seat that is powered and can be adjusted in six different ways and a music system with eight speakers and a CD player and a satellite radio. The equipment available with the SLT1 package is leather seats, a CD player that can store 6 CDs, power adjusted pedals; one can start the vehicle without keys and a system to assist the driver park the vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, a system to maintain stability and

curtain air bags that run the full length of the vehicle. The interior of the Yukon is made of expensive materials, with easy to use controls and navigation system. It can carry 109 cubic feet of baggage which makes it among the best in its class.

The 2012 Yukon SLT2 equipment package contains, an expensive music system manufactured by Bose, heated front seats and can be adjusted in 12 different ways, and a third row of seats that are split. The 2012 Yukon Denali version is equipped with all of the above equipment and 18 inch tires, a suspension that is equipped with a road leveling feature, and second row of seats that are heated Captain’s chairs.

Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Part 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevy Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six good vehicles for families: Part 1 of 6

Chevrolet Suburban

2012 chevy suburban interior

2012 Chevy Suburban Interior

The new 2012 Suburban seats up to 8 passengers, 9 in the LS model. For convenience is offers power-adjustable pedals, remote start and rear parking assist with camera. Tri-zone temperature control, driver information center and in the LTZ model, heated and cooled leather bucket seats. The exterior has a  remote lift gate, and power-retractable assist steps that add to the convenience. When you have a family, safety is always on your mind. No worries here with a steel safety cage, 6 air bags, OnStar, StabilitTrak, Four-wheel ABS, rear view cameras and a tire pressure monitor system. Technology is at it’s best with hands-free connection for phones, turn-by-turn navigation through OnStar and SiriusXM and XM NavTraffic. It boasts 320 HP and 335 lb-ft of torque under the hood. The Vortec 5.3 V8 gives you the power to pass safely.

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Part 2 – GMC  Yukon

Parts 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

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