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2014 toyota tacoma release date and revised pricing this week

Posted in car and truck review by dimazgyba on November 22, 2013

the best-selling Tacoma line actually has some meaningful interior tech for the new model year. toyota announced the 2014 Toyota Tacoma release date and pricing this weeks.

2014 toyota tacoma release date big exterior news is the availability of a new SR Package, which upgrades the cheapest Tacoma PreRunner and 4×4 Access Cab with body-color bumpers, wheel arches and fog lights on the V-6 models. The SR package also brings body-color door handles, mirrors and other trim pieces that are typically black plastic on the cheaper Tacoma versions.

The headlights are also dark tinted on the SR, and the three levels of TRD Sport and TRD Off-road are still worthwhile additions for extra off-road potential.

The Double cab convenience package is also necessary for keyless entry and a sliding back window.

The very cool Baja trim package is not on the official price books for 2014, but this exact Baja Tacoma can be built with TRD aftermarket accessories.

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hyundai veloster turbo 0-60 and quarter mile times

Posted in car and truck review by dimazgyba on November 16, 2013
Hyundai Veloster 0 to 60 mph and Quarter Mile Times
2012 Hyundai Veloster (Auto)    0-60 mph 9.0    Quarter Mile 16.8
2012 Hyundai Veloster (Manual)    0-60 mph 8.4    Quarter Mile 16.5
2012 Hyundai Veloster (Dual-Clutch Transmission – DCT)    0-60 mph 9.0    Quarter Mile 16.8
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo    0-60 mph 6.8    Quarter Mile 15.0

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo will ultimately be compared with the likes of Volkswagen Polo and Golf GTI, upcoming Peugeot 208 GTi as well as the Renault Clio RS. That’s a tough battle as it is, without mentioning the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins or the legendary Subaru WRX, Mazda3 MPS and to an extent the Honda CR-Z, which are all in a relatively similar price bracket. So what makes this Korean hot-hatch any better than its incredibly refined and established competitors?

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo rear left side view hyundai veloster turbo 0 60

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo rear left side view

hyundai veloster turbo 0-60 with New engine, same suspension

Even before turning a single wheel in the hyundai veloster turbo 0-60, however, our expectations met harsh reality again this summer when product planners at Hyundai’s U.S. headquarters revealed that the damping, the spring rates, and the bushings were all left unchanged for the Turbo. We had been hoping for a more mature setup — something with the suppleness and sophistication of a Volkswagen GTI. Instead, the Turbo suffers the same busy, stiff-legged ride over cracks and heaves as the base car.

Hyundai did address the Veloster’s lackluster steering with a rack that is imperceptibly quicker and a power-assist calibration that is noticeably heavier. It’s a significant step in the right direction, although there’s still room for improvement in on-center responsiveness and feel. Weight remains commendably low at less than 2900 pounds and the car corners with good body control and a sense of stability. If the pavement is sufficiently smooth, you can find joy in stringing together a series of bends, but the Veloster lacks the composure of its competitors in the most demanding conditions hyundai veloster turbo 0-60.

see full review hyundai veloster turbo 0-60 here