The Honda Accord Tourer Review

 The Honda Accord Tourer is a four-door estate car manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda from 2003.

At its introduction the new Accord was available with petrol or diesel power plants with a choice of 2.0l or 2.4l I-VTEC petrol or 2.2l CTDi Turbodiesel. Both diesel and petrol versions are available with automatic or manual gearboxes with the 2.4 petrol having a 6-speed manual to help with fuel economy.

The diesel Honda Accord Tourer, with its CTDi badge, is available in Sport and Executive trim levels. The petrol cars are available in SE, Executive and the sporty Type-S models. The fuel efficient common-rail turbo diesel models will give around 49mpg on combined cycle, while achieving 59mpg on long motorway runs. All this while producing an incredible 340NM torque at just 2000rpm.
 The 2.0ltr petrol cars are mated to either an automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox. Expect to get around 32mpg on the combined cycle or upto 42mpg on long motorway drives. The 2.4ltr petrol has a 6-speed manual or auto gearbox and expectedly is heavier on fuel consumption than the 2.0ltr. The 2.4 Honda Accord will use around 28mpg on combined cycle or 37mpg on long motorway routes.

The Honda Accord tourer has driver, passenger and side air bags as standard. An external temperature sensor will show you when it's getting dangerously cold outside.
The Honda Accord Estate has remote central locking, airbags, electronic brake force distribution and ABS as standard across the range.

All cars get an alarm and rolling code ECU engine immobilizer, deadlocks and locking wheel nuts, lockable glove box, and externally visible VIN Number.

Unless you love the shape most people will be buying an estate car to shift gear around and in the Honda Accord Estate you can take a lot of gear with you. The rear seats have a 60:40 split, fold flat, and can comformtably fit 3 people. The tailgate is electrically operated and can open automatically using the key remote. It also has a sensor to detect if anything is in the way when closing so your vedgetables should be safe!

The Hond Accord Tourer boot capacity with the rear seats up is 626 ltrs up to the window line, drop the back seats and the storage space increases to 971 ltrs and if you really need to fill it up to the roof line then it will take a staggering 1707 ltrs. At the tailgate, the Honda Accord Tourer has an opening of 1310mm wide, and is 1818mm deep for long objects.
The boot also features an additional 12v socket and under floor storage area.
If you buy a Honda Accord Tourer then you'll be pleased with the array options which come as standard on a Honda Accord Tourer. In executive spec, the Honda Accord Tourer has leather seats available in a variety of colours. Heating and cooling is controlled by a dual-zone climate control system which provides separate temperature environments for driver and passenger. The exec models also get electrically operated heated seats for driver and passenger, which have two heat settings. Steering mounted controls include cruise control and remote control audio buttons.

A touchscreen Sat Nav system comes as standard on the 2.4 Exec models but can be specified as an option on the 2.0l exec and 2.2CDTi exec cars. The integrated sat nav also handles the in-car-entertainment system, radio and CD functions, temperature and air-con and other various settings. The Sat Nav system is quite advanced and can take you anywhere in europe. The CD player in exec spec is a 6-CD changer though there's no socket for an MP3 player until the new cars in 2008.

All cars get electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, powered tailgate, front and rear arm rests. Other options include: reverse parking sensors, roof racks, dog bars, sports suspension and an integrated Bluetooth system.
The Honda Accord Tourer is approximately 4750mm long by 1750mm wide.

Running costs:
The diesel Honda Accord tourer is insurance group 10, 2.0ltr petrol Accord is group 11 and the 2.4ltr group 14. Tyres for the 2.0ltr are 195/65 R15 while the diesel and 2.4ltr petrol models use more exepensive 205/55 R16 or even 17in rubber.

Honda cars come with a 90'000 mile/3 year warranty and service intervals at 12'500 miles. Emissions are around 153g/km for the diesel units, 196 for the 2.0ltr petrol and 237g/km for the 2.4ltr petrol models.

Honda has been trying to move its cars upmarket with the Honda Accord and would like to take on the Audi A4, and dare we say - the mighty 3 series touring.

Honda has produced a quality product and as usual with Honda's the Honda Accord Tourer has an excellent reliability record.

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The Fuel-Efficient Scion xD 1.8-Liter Engine

 The 2010 Scion xD, the compact hatchback entry in Toyota's youth-oriented Scion line, has no engine changes for 2010. The xD's only engine is Toyota's 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine, which produces 128 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque.

Toyota introduced the 2ZR-FE engine in 2007, shortly before the debut of the xD model. Like the older 1.8-liter 1ZZ-FE engine it replaced, it is a 16-valve, DOHC inline four with an aluminum block and head. Toyota says the newer engine has much lower internal friction, for better fuel economy. It is shared by the xD, the Toyota Corolla, the Toyota Matrix, and the Pontiac Vibe, although the xD version has slightly less horsepower than the others.

 The 2ZR-FE engine is designed for low emissions and good mid-range response, rather than maximum horsepower. It is notably undersquare, with a bore of 80.5 mm and a stroke of 88.3 mm, improving low-end torque at the expense of high-speed power. It uses Toyota's Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i) on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, varying the valve overlap (the amount of time the intake and exhaust valves are open simultaneously) for better drivability. The system also reduces catalytic converter warm-up time, improving cold-start emissions.
 Toyota's company website claims this engine has the highest fuel efficiency in its class. The 2010 xD's EPA fuel economy rating is 27/33 with either transmission, which compares well with the 1.5-liter Honda Fit, rated at 27/33 with manual shift and 28/35 with automatic. Despite its high 10.0:1 compression ratio, the 2ZR-FE engine does not require premium fuel.

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) offers two performance-oriented accessories for this engine: a Performance Air Filter (MSRP $80) and a Sport Muffler (MSRP $469). The TRD catalog claims the Sport Muffler improves horsepower, but it does not indicate how much.

Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at He writes about Scion xD Engine and other industry specific topics.

Hyundai Sport

The 2010 Hyundai SUV lineup consists of three vehicles: the Tucson, Santa Fe, and Veracruz.

Hyundai Tuscon

The Hyundai Tucson is the entry-level SUV model in the lineup. The Tuscon is available with only one engine, a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower at 6000 revolutions per minute and 168 pound feet of torque at 4000 revolutions per minute.

The engine can be mated to either a 6 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed automatic transmission with the shiftronic feature. The shiftronic feature allows the drive to shift to a manual mode in which he/she can shift the car manually.

The Tuscon can be ordered with either two wheel drive or all wheel drive; the EPA rates the Tuscon at 22 mpg in the city driving and 30 mpg in highway driving for the two wheel drive Tuscon with the manual transmission.

Opting for the all wheel drive version of the Tuscon with the automatic transmission decreases gas mileage to 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.

Standard features on the Tuscon include air conditioning, keyless remote control, anti-lock brakes, and downhill assist control.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is the next vehicle in the Hyundai SUV lineup. The Santa Fe can be ordered with either a base 2.4 liter four cylinder engine or an optional 3.5 liter six cylinder engine.

The four cylinder engine produces 175 horsepower, while the optional V6 produces 276 horsepower. The transmission choices for the Santa Fe include a 5 speed manual, 4 speed automatic, and 5 speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy ratings for the Santa Fe range from 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the manual transmission-equipped four cylinder to 20mpg city/26 mpg highway for the automatic transmission-equipped six cylinder.

The Santa Fe can tow up to 3500 lbs. when properly equipped, and can be ordered with either two wheel drive or all wheel drive. The Santa Fe comes standard with air conditioning, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, power door locks, power windows, and ant-lock brakes.

Traction control and child door locks are standard safety features on the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe also includes a full complement of airbags including rear curtain and side airbags.

Hyundai Veracruz

The Veracruz is the largest member of the Hyundai SUV lineup. The Veracruz features seven passenger seating and a very quiet and well-finished interior.

The only engine available on the Veracruz is 3.8 liter six cylinder that produces 260 horsepower at 6000 revolutions per minute. The engine is coupled with a six speed automatic transmission with overdrive and the aforementioned shiftronic feature.

The Veracruz returns fuel economy of 17 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg in highway driving. The Veracruz can tow up 3500 lbs when properly equipped. The standard feature list for the Veracruz includes air conditioning, rear parking sensors, a power driver's seat, anti-lock brakes, and a keyless remote control.

The Veracruz has received 5 star ratings in U.S. government testing for driver front, passenger front, front side, and rear side collisions. Standard safety equipment on the Veracruz include traction control, child door locks, and side airbags.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Review and Specifications

 Hyundai Santa Fe is a SUV from Hyundai India. The South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai entered SUV segment with Tucson and Terracan, but both models did not shine. But recently launched Santa Fe is cleverly packed and expected to be a grand hit in India.

It was first launched in 2000 in the U.S. market. It has got an huge response from Korean and North American customers as well. It is currently competing with Mahindra Scorpio, Toyota Qualis, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Pajero, Honda CR-V, and Nissan X-Trail.

 Engine- It is equipped with a powerful 2.2-liter direct -injection diesel engine. It can generate 194bhp and torque of 436 Nm. It also manages to achieve 38.2Mpg. The pickup of the car is good; you can target the 0-70 km speed within 10 seconds. The gear is so smooth which makes driver to enjoy his driving without any difficulties.

Exterior - It is a seven seater with superb exterior design which is common from Hyundai family. The head lamps and fog lamps looks marvelous along with flourished shades. Neatly carved colors on the car give pleasure for eyes. it has a unique bumper which shows the hard work of Hyundai team on designing.

Interior- The seven seater SUV offers large amount of space for driver and passengers. The quality of seats is good. It gives comfort for all passengers. Luggage gives you sufficient space to carry your belongings. The dashboard is wide where you can keep your valuables like wallet, phone and iPod etc.

Safety- It comes with common safety features like ABS, EBC and dual rate brake assist etc. The price range of this car starts with 21 lakhs and goes up to 24 lakhs in Indian market.

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