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2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Review

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Subaru Imprezas are most famous for their incredible ability in the snow and absurd reliability. Regardless of the day, temperature or weather, Imprezas are well known for their ability to maintain control and stability no matter what. For a week, duPont REGISTRY had the chance to see how this hatchback could handle itself in the tropical weather of Florida, and this midsize, $24,990 hatchback certainly impressed us.

The outside of the Impreza was a classic design that Subaru has held on to for years. With a smooth layout and solid structure, the Impreza boasts an elegant style for everyday use. The hatchback came with roof rails for a number of uses, as well as fog lights and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, making for a practical and functional look.

The interior complements the exterior very well. Everything inside is functional and comfortable. The inside boasted leather trimmed seats and steering wheel and the latest in technology, such as Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB-port, power options, a rear-view camera and an all-weather package. While the interior was extraordinarily comfortable, the ride was even more impressive.

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The symmetrical all-wheel drive system offered by Subaru is among the best, offering drivers a smooth ride around every corner and assisting in smoothing any bump in the road. Body roll and rough terrain is eliminated with the vehicle’s dynamic control system, giving you and your family an easy ride no matter where you go.

The Impreza Sport is powered by a 2.0-Liter intelligent horizontally-opposed (boxer) DOHC engine producing 148 hp through a 6-speed continuously variable transmission. The hatchback performs quite well, sprinting from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds while offering incredible reliability.

The Impreza offers great comfort and is an incredibly safe car that you can rely on. We recommend this car to anyone looking for a first car for their teen or to somebody that just needs a daily driver for the cold Northern winters. Get to your local Subaru dealership today and take one for a test drive to see why we were so impressed.


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 2/25/2014 at 7:16 AM
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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Walk-Around

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Land Rover is renowned for offering their SUVs with the highest class of luxury possible crossed with unheard of performance figures. For a week, we had the opportunity to explore their spearhead vehicle, the 2014 Range Rover Autobiography, and see exactly what the high-end SUV had to offer. It goes without saying that we were incredibly impressed.

The Autobiography is the fully loaded version of the Range Rover. Its powerful stance is created through an exterior chrome trim, on top of 21” alloy wheels. The Rover delivered to us was in a beautiful Luxor color with brogue semi-aniline leather interior. What is even more impressive is the fact that the Autobiography is not only the most luxurious of Land Rover’s line up, but also the most powerful.

The King of SUVs boasts a 5.0-Liter supercharged V8 producing 461 lbs-ft of torque and 510 hp to all four wheels. Power is transferred through an electronically controlled eight-speed transmission via paddle shifters, and control is boosted with different driving modes that can be changed with switches inside the cabin. While it may be one of Land Rover’s largest vehicles available, the Range Rover still launches you from 0-60 mph in just seven seconds. Seem slow? Consider the weight behind the vehicle, and I will say it felt much quicker when the paddle shifters were active.

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Land Rover prides itself on its suspension systems with advanced electronic air and electronic load leveling. Their vehicles ride on four independent, airbag sprung suspension units and offer a mode for almost any terrain. If the road in front of you is constantly changing, set the terrain mode to “Auto” and have it feel the road and change accordingly for you. You can also lift and lower the vehicle using a switch inside, making the way this SUV drives more dynamic and completely under your control.

Also inside of the Autobiography were luxurious seats loaded with massagers, a cooling system and heat. The dash is fully functional and boasted a 12.3-inch Thin Film Transistor Screen with Virtual Instruments surrounding it. Passengers in the rear were also gifted with fully adjustable power seats and their own personal climate control.

Such innovative technology is patented by the British company and currently dominates the competing vehicles within its market. Having the opportunity to explore the highest ranked vehicle in the company’s line up was exciting, and an absolute delight to travel in. Get to your local Land Rover dealer now to experience the luxury and performance yourself.

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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 1/8/2014 at 7:32 AM
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2014 Volkswagen Passat Review

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As the years go on, the Volkswagen Passat grows larger and larger. The sedan was first produced in 1973 to be an efficient but comfortable lineup for the Volkswagen Auto Group, a task it has executed better than just about any other vehicle in its class. We had the chance to take a closer look at the 2014 Passat and see exactly what it has to offer for the midsize sedan shopper.

Looking at the exterior you see that it’s a very clean, simple design. The lines provide the aerodynamics needed for both efficiency and performance while keeping true to the traditional appearance of the Passat. The design blends seamlessly from the front to back and offers a luxurious look with just a dash of sport.

Inside the Passat was delightful. It was luxurious and equipped with the pristine sound of a Fender Premium Audio system. The multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel offered great comfort and matched the other leather trimmed features in the cabin, including the comfort seats, shift knob and parking brake.  Conveniences such as a back up camera and keyless entry were also included in the model we were provided, making this luxurious family car even more practical in everyday use.

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Driving the Passat is a pleasant experience. It offers a sporty punch from the 3.6-Liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 265 lbs-ft of torque. The sedan offered a great pick-up from a complete stop and maneuvered around corners like a car of a higher class. While cornering, the sport seats hold you in place around corners while offering optimum comfort for long trips.

The Volkswagen Passat is offering more options this year than ever before, such as the Driver Care Package and different technology packages. It’s a fantastic family car made for those who desire efficiency in their everyday driver, coupled with a luxury and space for kids in the rear seat. duPont REGISTRY highly recommends this vehicle to those who need an everyday family car or even a first car that offers optimum safety for teens.

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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 12/16/2013 at 9:45 AM
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2014 BMW 428i Coupè Review

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After BMW shifted their Coupès from the 3-series to the 4-series, we’ve been itching for the opportunity to review one. To separate the Coupè from the sedan, broaden its sport package possibilities and increase its price range, the German manufacturer brought the 4-series Coupès to life.

Delivered to the duPont REGISTRY was a new BMW 428i Coupè with both the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages. Though not actually an M4, it had “M” brake calipers, 18 inch “M” wheels, a sporty aerodynamic kit and an “M” steering wheel. The lines flowed to create a powerful design, and with the dramatic red paint it was a real head turner.

Inside of the 428i we were greeted by comfortable eight-way power seats and a simple, easy to use interior. The navigation screen was vibrant and worked nicely with the control knob. Climate control and radio controls were well displayed and only consisted of the basic buttons you need.

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The ride in the 428i was as intriguing as one could expect in a BMW. The manufacturer’s perfected balance between power and suspension in their rear-wheel drive vehicles is only comparable to that of an all-wheel drive sports car. Every corner we rode around in the 428i felt as though we were on rails.

The 2.0-liter four cylinder engine produces 240 hp to offer absurd performance with the best in efficiency. While the 4-series is considered to be a leisure line for BMW, I recommend keeping an eye on your speedometer while driving. In the blink of an eye you may realize you’ve reached 120 mph.

The 428i is available now, and to buy the exact same Coupè we had at our headquarters will cost you $47,125. The 4-series is for those who need comfort and efficiency while having some fun on your way to work. It’s an excellent daily driver and provides you with everything you could need, and then some. However, while having the M Sport package made the Coupè feel a little more exciting, it only excites us more for a taste of the anticipated M4.

 

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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 12/4/2013 at 4:35 AM
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2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited Review

Earlier this month we received a Hyundai Equus, and thought that we may never again get a Hyundai that we liked nearly as much. But then we were presented with the Sonata Hybrid Limited. The Sonata Hybrid arrived and quickly turned heads in the parking lot, a pure example of ludicrous comfort crossed with reliability and efficiency. Needless to say it would be a good, easy-going week for us.

Our Sonata was delivered in Porcelain White Pearl with a Beige leather interior.  The seats were tremendously comfortable, and both the front and rear seats were optionally equipped with heat.  Despite being in a warmer climate, the heated seats were surprisingly luxurious with a therapeutic feel.  The cabin was very well equipped with just about all you could want.  The Infinity stereo was amazing with a subwoofer and amp that were very stout.  

The Bluetooth synched perfectly every time, making phone calls and streaming music a breeze.  The only criticism I have is that the info for the songs did not show up on the screen.  Navigation with touch screen made for easy directions and dual-zone climate control with rear vents made for incredible comfort.  There is plenty of room in the cabin, both in the front and rear, so having the kids’ feet pressing against the back of your seat is unlikely.

Outside we were treated to 17’ Eco-Spoke alloy wheels that looked great, LED lights and a proximity key fob made for easy entry when the keys are in your pocket or purse.  

This car will take you nearly 500 miles on a full tank of gas, including city driving.  We drove the car a lot over the week we had it and still had 175 miles left in gas.  Many hold the belief that a Hybrid is slow and sluggish, but the truth is quite the contrary.  This car had plenty of power, whether you’re in Eco mode or not.  If you’re passing on the highway or pulling into traffic, you will have the necessary power to make it happen efficiently.  

This would be a great car if you have a son or daughter going off to college or you are looking for something to help you offset the high gas prices. With a combined fantastic fuel economy as well as incredible comfort, you’ll enjoy owning this vehicle as a daily driver or as a great first car for your college student. Between gas prices and the mind-blowing warranty, you can’t go wrong.


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/25/2013 at 3:16 AM
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2013 Toyota Camry Review

For years, the Toyota Camry has remained the number one selling vehicle of its class. It boasts great styling crossed with efficiency, reliability and convenience.

The Camry delivered to us was in a Clearwater Blue Metallic color. The exterior had a great design with well crafted lines, and all the features, from the projector-beam headlights to the chrome muffler tips, flowed together nicely. While the Camry is clearly not a car engineered for sport, it meets the aerodynamic needs for fantastic fuel efficiency.

Inside, we were presented with a six inch touch-screen with navigation and incredibly comfortable eight-way adjustable seats. We thought the interior was incredibly spacious for a mid-sized sedan. A great premium sound system came included in the vehicle provided, and quality materials were used throughout the cabin to offer a more luxurious touch.


The car drove fantastically and offered smooth handling with good power, despite only hosting a 2.5-Liter four cylinder engine producing 178 hp. The brakes worked fantastically as well, quickly stopping when needed in the strict Tampa Bay traffic. However, we thought the vehicle could use more “passing power” on the interstates.

The Camry is a car for a family person, or just someone in need of a reliable, fuel efficient daily driver. It provides its owner with absolutely everything needed and does so with comfort and confidence. Speak with your local Toyota dealer now to learn more and take one for a test drive yourself.


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/25/2013 at 3:11 AM
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2014 Toyota Tundra 4x4 TRD Review

The Toyota has been a leading working truck for years. One of the best noted accomplishments for the American-built Japanese truck was its towing of the 292,000 lbs space shuttle across a highway overpass in Oct. 2012. The truck is an icon of fantastic engineering, and is a pleasure to drive. For a week, duPont REGISTRY had one in our parking lot.

When you dream of trucks as a kid, the result usually resembles the Tundra. This truck is amazing and has all you need. Starting with four full size doors, making entry and exit a breeze, the cabin is roomy with comfortable seating for five adults. It’s no surprise this was the truck chosen by NASA to move the shuttle, as it’s powered by the 5.7 liter i-Force V8, equipped with more than 400 ft-lbs of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission has sequential shift, which made for super smooth shifting.

Our vehicle was equipped with the TRD off-road package, which upgraded the wheels to 18 inch alloys, giving you a nice ride height.  Bilstein shocks, also part of the package, made for a great ride.  We had the 5.5 foot bed, which allows for loads of space. So whether you are moving some furniture, headed to Home Depot or using it for work, you’ll have plenty of room for cargo.

The truck was well equipped with ample comforts, including 4-way adjustable leather seats, dual-zone A/C, power rear window and a great sound system with a 7 inch touch screen. Such luxury inside of a working truck is fairly unexpected. A truck that is completely prepared for dirty work and heavy lifting also comes with complete comfort.

To say the least, we were all very impressed with the Tundra. It offered everything you can ask for and then some. This is a truck built for a worker in need of a back seat or simply for a truck enthusiast. The Tundra is ready to go off-road, on road, on the work site or to the office. It’s the best of every world.


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/20/2013 at 6:17 AM
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Review

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The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, considerably the best cross between a car like the Mitsubishi EVO (no relation) and high-end luxury. The car offers all of the sport you’ll need with a 2.0 four-cylinder turbocharged engine running 355 hp to all four wheels while offering all the luxury you can only imagine from Mercedes-Benz. Does that seem too good to be true? Bucky Worboys and I had the honor of finding out for ourselves.

As the CLA45 AMG was delivered, I gave it a walk around and admired the sportsmanship crafted into the minor details. Carbon fiber trim and AMG touches graced the brake calipers, wheels and tags. The Benz gives you every indication that it was built to perform while up close, and from a distance it appears to simply be a luxury sedan. I stepped inside to take a closer look and was welcomed by an unexpected level of luxurious comfort.

The seats, while excellent, were slightly troubling for me to adjust, not because levers were out of reach or hard to maneuver, but because there were so many controls, I wasn’t sure which button did what. Once I was adjusted and ready, I turned my attention to the center console. Controls were easy to use and took no time to get used to; everything on the 5.8 inch display screen was self explanatory and simple. The sound system was, of course, pristine, and the atmosphere inside boasted a fantastic balance between luxury and sport. Our only complaint was the locks, which were plastic and felt out of place in the luxurious interior.

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We left the duPont REGISTRY headquarters and went for a drive around Saint Petersburg. While I was not driving, the car handled incredibly well; at no point did I feel body roll or as though my seat would lose its grip on me. The AMG produces absurd amounts of power due to a reworked, larger turbo that makes 355 hp possible from such a small engine. The turbo pulls up to 26.1 psi to make the drive simply ludicrous when comparing to other AWD four cylinder turbo engines, such as the EVO and Subaru WRX STI. With paddle shifters controlling the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, fun would be an understatement.

Approaching our signature “S” curves, Worboys needed to only use one hand while cutting around the corners; the AMG ran our course like it was a walk in the park. Then, we approached the straightaway.  The launch was quick and smooth, shifts connected with ease and the engine released a powerful note. Sprinting from 0-60 mph took only 4.4 seconds, and returning to zero was quick and effortless.

The CLA45 AMG offers everything anyone could ask for in a sedan. It provides the most powerful four cylinder engine on the market that has a better power to displacement ratio than the Porsche 911 and is coupled with outstanding comfort. The CLA45 AMG is a sedan built for those who enjoy the feel of a rally car but refuse to be deprived of luxury. By purchasing this vehicle you can face any climate with confidence while having fun, all while safely getting the kids to school.

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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/20/2013 at 3:59 AM
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2014 Dodge Durango R/T Review

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It was Tuesday and the next press car delivered to the duPont REGISTRY had arrived, the 2014 Dodge Durango R/T. Bucky Worboys had the honor of driving the vehicle for the week and after he had the chance to enjoy the ride, I was able to sit down with him and get some feedback for our loyal readers.

The Durango is one of Dodge’s SUVs and the R/T version is the most exciting from the line-up. The billet-silver paint was fresh and the 20 inch aluminum wheels held a good shine. The headlights have been narrowed from last year’s design, giving it a sportier, meaner look but still keeping it family oriented. The grill has been re-crafted to give the SUV a more muscular look. The new Durango falls happily in the middle of large and small; it’s big, but not too big. Worboys made it a point to mention that when stepping inside, it required much less of a hop than expected for an SUV of its stature.

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The interior was quite nice. Touches of red stitching on the seats and blue lights throughout made for a great touch. The seats were comfortable and the controls, such as the navigation and Uconnect, were easy to use and driver oriented. Those who carpooled with Bucky (to help the environment, of course) especially enjoyed the backseat’s dual screen Blu-ray DVD entertainment center.

The Durango boasts a 5.7-Liter V8 HEMI engine producing 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque controlled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. While he didn’t have the chance to take the SUV to our secret drag strip, Worboys did have a little fun taking off from the red lights.

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Worboys especially enjoyed the strength of the engine and smooth shifting gears all the way up to 80 mph; on public roads, letting off the gas was surely the more responsible thing to do. On the highway, power was delivered when needed at any speed and the braking was strong, stopping quickly during traffic hours.

Worboys truly enjoyed having one for a week. The SUV provided great comfort, decent gas mileage and plenty of fun for our carpooling coworkers. It looks great and has the interior to match. Worboys strongly recommends this vehicle to those who have a family but still want the capability of towing their boat while traveling.


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/15/2013 at 9:46 AM
Categories: Dodge
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2014 Subaru BRZ Review

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As many of our readers know, the Subaru BRZ is one of the younger, more iconic sports cars of our era. Subaru and Scion came together to build a track car for the street and needless to say, they succeeded. After much anticipation, I finally had the chance to sit in one. With Bucky Worboys behind the wheel, we went for a roll.

I’d read about the 2013 BRZ before, seen how it outperformed high-end cars while taking corners on tracks. While we didn’t have any tracks to play on, we did have an unnamed set of roads that provided every bit of testing we needed for the newer 2014 BRZ.

Cruising to our “testing grounds,” I had the chance to admire the interior. It was incredibly similar to the Scion FRS, which is not a surprise. The Audio system sounded great and its touch screen controls were easy to use. The bucket seats were comfortable, holding us tight around turns, and all of the door and console controls were easily within reach.

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We approached the “S” curves and I realized Worboys had no intention of slowing down. With a press of the gas, we launched through the turns. The BRZ held the corners with little effort and almost no body roll; it was easy to see why Worboys had so much confidence approaching the turns with a little speed. We came to a 90° right turn and I prepared myself to lean against the door to avoid rolling into Bucky. But the BRZ gripped the turn like it was on rails, again, with no effort.

Control like this could only be compared to a car costing 10 times as much. But then we came to the straightaway, stopped and launched. While it wasn’t a launch comparable to a supercar, it had a real kick for a 2.0-Liter four-cylinder boxer engine. Hitting 60 mph took about as much time as it would in the Nissan 370Z Roadster, which boasts a much larger V6 engine, showing exactly what a great power to weight ratio can do. Returning the Subaru/ Scion hybrid back to zero was just as smooth; the sport oriented four wheel disc brakes performed excellently.

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The exterior boasted all of the great things we expect from the BRZ. It has a sporty design that was more than visually appealing. The profile flowed and looked fantastic with the 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels, and the scoops gave it a powerful, competitive image.

The BRZ is a fantastic sports car. It offers great gas mileage, a comfortable interior and all the fun you can ask for. What’s better is that, aside from minor touches to its architecture and interior, the BRZ is identical to its Scion FRS brother, which is nearly $10,000 more when comparing the cars fully loaded. If you’re looking for a fun but safe car for your child’s first vehicle, or just a daily driver to play with and keep gas costs down, this is the car for you.

 


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Posted by: Ed Jones
Posted on: 11/15/2013 at 9:32 AM
Categories: Subaru
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