By Sue Mead
Trucks and SUVs are the biggest-selling automobile
segments today, however, there are still plenty of
exciting choices to be found in the sedan and smaller
utility vehicle market. We took a closer look at three
sedans-each offers something different: a hybrid
appeals to many for its fuel economy, while some like
a sports-minded model that expresses itself with a tick
of robust power and exhaust note, and others are
looking for a value-priced model with nifty technology.
We also tried out a fun and practical compact utility
vehicle with mid-sized passenger and cargo room.
It’s your turn to look at what’s right for you-you can have
it your way!
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi’s top-selling three-row compact utility vehicle boasts new
interior and exterior updates that enhance the driving
experience. Available in ES, SE, SEL, and GT trim levels,
the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $23,795 and ranges
up to $32,245, before options.
Powered by a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder
engine paired with a continuously variable transmission, it
comes in either front- or AWD, with a fuel economy of 25
mpg city/30 highway/27 combined.
The sporty GT model pumps 224-horsepower from a 3.0-liter V-6 mated to a
six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, with a max towing of 3,500 pounds.
A new, standard 7-inch touchscreen display audio unit brings Bluetooth
wireless phone/audio/voice commands while Apple CarPlay and Android
Auto integration are standard on SE trim levels and above. Also standard on all
are dual-zone climate control, steering wheel phone and audio controls, rearview
camera, and silver interior stitching; Alloy Silver is a new exterior color.
Standard safety equipment for the seven-passenger ute includes active
stability control, traction logic control, and anti-theft alarm system with
engine immobilizer; blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alerts are
standard on LE levels and above. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision
mitigation, and lane departure warning systems are available.
Takeaway: Most of the changes on the 2018 Outlander effect trim levels and
features. The SE model starts at $24,945.
For more information visit: https://www.mitsubishicars.com/outlander/
Time for a
2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid
All new for 2018, this mid-sized hybrid sedan is available in three grades
-- LE, SE, and XLE -- starting at $27,800 and ranging up to $32,250,
before some great options can be added to personalize it!
The best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, the eighth-generation
model boasts newfound performance, sleek styling, and a comfortable
cabin, plus an array of new connectivity and safety advancements. A
2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is paired with an electric motor to create
Combined with an electronically controlled continuously variable
transmission, this comfortable cruiser promises best-in-class EPA-estimated
mpg of 51 city/53 highway/52 combined on the LE models, and 44/47/46
on SE and XLE trims; fuel economy is boosted by Toyota's Auto Glide
Control, which helps to improve efficiency by calculating an efficient
Enhanced connectivity and entertainment via the new Toyota Entune
3.0 multimedia system also boasts Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link
with Moving Maps. The standard Toyota Safety Sense P suite of safety
systems and technologies includes dynamic radar cruise control and lane
departure alert with steering assist, as well as pre-collision system with
Select models will also come with standard blind spot monitor with rear
cross traffic alert.
Takeaway: Overall Camry sales in the U.S. since it first launched back
in 1983 have surpassed 10 million units and counting!
For more information visit: https://www.toyota.com/camryhybrid/
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