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2011 Ford Mustang – $22,145
The re-energized Mustang clocks in with a 305-hp V6 at entry level, but the 5.0 and Boss 302 upgrade options push the power to race car level. The shocks can be manually tuned to street or racing specs. If you’re planning to live out a “Fast and the Furious” lifestyle, the 2011 Ford Mustang could be right in your wheelhouse.
2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty – $28,020
Ford’s Super Duty trucks are there when you need to move a lot of weight in little time. A massive 6.7-liter diesel V8 cranks 400 horses at 800 foot pounds of torque, so power is no concern. For 2011, the Super Duty’s suspension has been retooled to use fewer leaf springs in the rear, which helps the F-250 soak up the bumps like a lighter model truck. Steering is also easier, a blessing when a trailer’s attached.
2011 Ford Fiesta – $13,320
Does 40 mpg and a 400-mile range on on internal combustion engine sound fun to you? It should. The Fiesta provides the budget- and environment-conscious driver with lots of options and potential upgrades. This subcompact features a dual-clutch transmission and electronic power-assisted steering to go along with the mad economy. So it will save you green, its low fuel consumption is green, the transmission is highly responsive and the ride is safe.
2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe – $38,165
A highly attractive profile brings new life to the Cadillac line. Note the swept windshield, lack of exposed door handles, center-mounted exhaust and upright taillights. It resembles a car from 1948. The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is modern blast from the past.
2011 Infiniti M37/M56 – $47,125
Taut handling carries this luxury sedan with greater finesse, a sign that Infiniti may have finally struck paydirt with its design ideas. High-tech innovations like Lane Departure Prevention and Eco Pedal keep the driver safe and promote fuel economy. The accelerator resists throttle jabs to save fuel. It has a 3.7-liter V6 that drives 330 horses, or a new 420-hp 5.6-liter V8.
2011 Chevrolet Volt – $41,000
A 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack powers this revolutionary electric car. After battery power is gone, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine powers the vehicle and recharges the battery. The 2011 Chevy Volt rides smooth and produces very little noise, which takes getting used to. Currently, the Volt gives 35-40 miles per battery charge and about 32 mpg cit/36 mpg highway on internal combustion.