Mitsubishi Outlander still a solid crossover option

2015 Outlander Sport SE

There are plenty of good options in the compact crossover space, but the Mitsubishi Outlander remains a solid option. Not too much has changed for 2015 but overall this offers good value for the price.

Fist off, the styling is very appealing with an attractive front end. The interior is also clean and functional. Basically the designers aren’t trying to win awards here. Instead they’ve created a sporty package that most consumers can appreciate.

The handling is fine, though it doesn’t have much power. If you really want performance you’ll have to look elsewhere are probably consider options outside the compact crossover segment. But this vehicle looks nice and is very practical with decent gas mileage, so it’s an option worth checking out.

Nissan introduces new 2014 Versa Note

Nissan has been a leader in the compact car segment with the Versa as it can offer the four-door sedan along with a hatchback. With the 2014 Versa Note we’re finally seeing the promised redesign for this vehicle, which looks much different that the four-door sedan.

As you can see the vehicle looks stylish, but it’s not overly quirky or funky. Nissan is much more focused on practicality and fuel economy with this vehicle, targeting mostly couples without children.

You can see a video review below, and here are reviews from Edmonds, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and Bullz-Eye.com.

2012 Buick Verano review on Bullz-Eye.com

The guys from Bullz-Eye.com just reviewed the 2012 Buick Verano – check out what they had to say about the ride below!

Buick is a star brand of General Motors these days, so we were looking forward to the newest offering from Buick to see where they are headed. The 2012 Verano educated us on how far Buick has strived and the depth at which Buick has recreated a storied American brand.

Exterior
As with all Buicks, the waterfall grill greets you, and then you quickly notice the sleek and aerodynamic design of the Verano FWD 1SL, and from there, it’s thumbs up for the next week. Our test model had a striking white diamond tricoat paint and 18-inch machine-faced alloy wheels. The good looks don’t end with the overall design, either, with little things like solar-tinted glass, body color chrome strip door handles, power adjustable heated outside mirrors, chrome exhaust tips, front fog lamps and projector beam halogen headlamps for a complete package that all comes together with ease. Sometimes, compact sedans are designed for function or efficiency only, but the new Verano has all of that with an exterior that is as sharp as any compact sedan on the market.

Read the full review.

2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Review on Bullz-Eye.com

Bullz-Eye.com reviewed the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD recently and this is what the boys had to say.

We saw the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year, and since then, we have been anxiously waiting to test drive this new crossover!

Exterior
The sporty and aggressive styling of the new 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD is eye-catching and a solid standout on the road. CX-5 becomes the first production model to feature Mazda’s new design theme, “KODO – Soul of Motion.” Chief Designer Masashi Nakayama explained: “With the CX-5, our focus was on expressing a strong sense of vitality and agility. We looked at videos of cheetahs; their agile footwork and how they use their entire body as a spring to accelerate rapidly and change the direction instantly. They emanate great energy throughout their entire body. Inspired by their efficient yet beautiful movements, we aimed to push the SUV appearance to new levels with KODO design language.”

The prominent front and rear fenders and sculptured body sides give the CX-5 a distinctive look, and we’ll start seeing the new front grille and face of the vehicle showing up on other Mazda cars. Our test model looked great in Sky Blue MC with 19-inch alloy wheels, body color dual-heated remote power mirrors with turn signal lamp, auto on/off halogen headlights, daytime running lights, dual stainless steel exhaust outlets, body color door handles, rear roof spoiler, roof mounted shark fin antenna, fog lamps and a power moonroof. Together with the all new design, this crossover was ready for prime time!

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2011 Lexus CT 200h review on Bullz-Eye

Bullz-Eye.com reviews the 2011 Lexus CT 200h from inside, out.

Before our test model 2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium arrived, I had not driven or been a passenger in this hot new hybrid, so I was anxious to see what all the fuss was about. I knew the car wasn’t very big, so there were some questions as to how all of this technology and Lexus luxury was going to fit into a smaller than usual package.

Exterior
The CT 200h’s designers created a unique combination of elegance and excitement. The front of the CT 200h is the new embodiment of L-finesse, expressing the perfect balance of precision and power. The grille is pushed forward of the headlamps for greater visual integration with the bumper mid-section below. It incorporates a deeper, more sculpted interpretation of the L-finesse signature arrowhead motif. The upper and lower grilles combine to form a unique ‘spindle’ shape, bringing both bold simplicity and elegant dynamism to the very apex of the vehicle. We found the overall design to be fresh and consistent with Lexus styling. Our matador red test model looked sharp and included LED daytime running headlamps with auto leveling, integrated fog lamps, rear view mirrors with built-in turn signals, illuminated door sills and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. In the rear of the 2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium, we found a pronounced step in the tailgate section that flows from the muscular rear wheel arch shoulders, emphasizing the wraparound rear window design which added to the aerodynamic design features.

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