Car Review: 2009 Ford Explorer

The 2009 Ford Explorer has just about anything and everything a sports utility vehicle can possess, at a pretty darn good price. The manufacturers suggested retail prices for the 2009 Ford Explorer are $26,995 for the Explorer XLT, $28,490 for the Explorer XLT Sport, $30,140 for the Explorer Eddie Bauer, and $34,075 for the Explorer Limited, and all are a bargain. With the latest line of SUV’s Ford will cement their position as a leader in this area yet again.

The performance of the 2009 Ford Explorer is exactly what consumers have come to expect, power, agility, and dependability. With a 4.0 Liter V-6 engine that supplies 210 Horsepower, 254 Lbs-Ft of torque, and multi-port electronic fuel injection, this model does not disappoint. The 5-speed automatic transmission combined with a class II towing hitch and a trailer sway control system make the 2009 Ford Explorer the perfect vehicle for work or pleasure. Featuring power rack-and-pinion steering and front and rear stabilizer bars, the Explorer can hold it’s own in most situations.

The exterior of the 2009 Ford Explorer is pleasing to the eye and quite dynamic for a sports utility vehicle. With 16 inch painted aluminum wheels, a chrome 4-bar grille, and a luggage rack with crossbars, the Explorer has it all seemingly covered. The body color bumper and moldings, fog lamps, and solar tinted windshield and front door windows give the Explorer a clean, sporty look. The 2009 Ford explorer even has ergonomic door handles!

On the interior, the …

Car Reviews: 2009 Subaru Legacy

While the Subaru car line does not include dozens of different models, the automobiles they make they make well, and the 2009 Subaru Legacy is a fine example of the company’s dedication to quality. With many of the same mechanical design features as the 2009 Subaru Outback, the 2009 Subaru Legacy offers them is a sporty package, made for fun. At a starting manufacturers suggested retail price of only $20,795, the 2009 Subaru Legacy is well-equipped for the cost. With wonderful gas mileage of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway, the 2009 Subaru Legacy will not hurt your wallet at the pump.

In the area of safety the 2009 Subaru Legacy has all that is necessary for safe operation and protection in the worst case. Driver and passenger front airbags and an excellent seat belt design make the 2009 Subaru Legacy a star. A ring shaped reinforcement frame body construction and daytime running lights are stranger to most cars in this class, but the 2009 Subaru Legacy has them both.

On the exterior, the 2009 Subaru Legacy just plain looks like a blast to drive. It’s not everyday you can say that about a 4 door sedan, but the sleek and sporty look can’t be escaped easily. With aerodynamic side ground effects and dual chrome exhaust outlets the 2009 Subaru Legacy rocks. The body color door handles and side mirrors on the 2009 Subaru Legacy make the total view of the …

Car Reviews: 2009 Buick LaCrosse

The folks at Buick have been making affordable luxury cars better than most for years, and they have hit the mark again with the 2009 Buick LaCrosse. Without a single obvious design flaw the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is well designed and engineered, and meets or surpasses the competition in most every important category. At a starting manufacturers suggested retail price of $26,390, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is on average several thousand dollars less then comparably equipped models. With good gas mileage of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a study of luxury and economy combined.

In safety engineering the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is as good as any in this class, and should hold up quite well structurally in a serious collision. With an excellent traction control system the 2009 Buick LaCrosse can avoid many potential dangers, and the driver and front passenger airbags are better than average. An ONSTAR automatic crash response feature can get help when occupants are unable to help themselves.

On the exterior, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is luxury magnified. With long and sleek aerodynamic lines and a classy luxury car presence, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse will get an owner a few second glances. The 16 inch, 8 spoke painted aluminum wheels mounted on all-season steel belted radial tires are just one of the many pleasing aesthetic features on the 2009 Buick Lacrosse.

The performance package on the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is more …

My 1987 "Olds": A Car I Cherished from the Beginning; But Grew to Appreciate Over the Years

The best car, by far, that I have ever owned, was the first car I ever owned, 19 years ago. Not because it was sporty or sleek, "cool" to cruise in, or got great gas mileage, but rather, simply because it was a symbol of my fierce desire for independence, and a great equalizer among my peer group at school. Being a teenager is a time when the desire to "fit in" and "belong" is about the most important thing in the world. As a person with a physical disability, I felt that desire even more. Looking different, excluded from many of the social milestones of dating and sports achievements, which are often tied to popularity, being able to take driver's training and get my driver's license was a huge positive affirmation for my sense of self-esteem at that time.

The car was a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. It was a silvery-grey color with a burgundy interior. I inherited it from my mother because it was the one of the two cars at the time that we owned that could be appropriately modified for me to drive. I can't say that I loved the Oldsmobile when I first got it. It has a distinct "grandma" feel to it, with it's box shaped styling and cushioned rear suspension. I replaced the original tape deck with an in-dash CD player as soon as I could, and that helped to improve its "cool" quotient, if even just a bit.

Although the Oldsmobile was …

My 1988 Honda Accord: The Perfect Car

I believe I was about 17 years old, fresh out of high school and looking at going out into the world on my own. My parents had been on the hunt for a car as a graduation present for a while and just couldn’t find the right one. My first car was a Volvo wagon but it had had some issues lately and my mom was strict on not getting me another station wagon because, as any mother would, she was worried about me making the right decisions after leaving home. ” I don’t want to give her another bed!” I thought I would die when she actually said that to the car salesman on one of the lots we went to.

We finally found what my mom thought was the perfect car; a 1988 Honda Accord. It was a deep burgundy red which was my favorite color at the time and as soon as I saw it I fell in love. There was just one problem, it was a stick shift and I didn’t have a clue how to drive it! I spent weeks in the parking lot of the up the street from us. First my mom tried to teach me but she didn’t have the patience to deal with me whining so my dad soon took over. We lived on a mountain so that made learning the clutch a pain in the neck but was also great practice. Before long I was a pro.

I have some …