2011 At a glance

2011 New Car Reviews

2011 Ford Edge Limited

At one time, most car companies only had a single SUV-type offering in their lineup. Today there are multiple itches to scratch, hence a wide range of choices. ...

2011 Jaguar XKR Coupe

Jaguar is no stranger to producing some of the world's finest coupes. That streak continues with their latest XKR. While this car has now been with us for ...

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about the Mazda 323, Diamond Star triplets and various Audi quattros, but the Subaru Impreza WRX helped blaze a trail a decade ago. ...

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

In addition to sampling the revised 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX, we got to see the 2011 Impreza WRX STI. The higher-output STI also gets some fairly big changes ...

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Premium Collection

Cadillac Coupes have been with us for decades, with many past models dripping with style and grace. Well, a two-door model has finally been added to the CTS ...

2011 Infiniti M56

There are a lot of flagship sedans out there, and we admit that the Infiniti M-series has been a bit off our radar. Yeah, it's had rear-wheel drive ...

2011 Mazda 3s

Mazda's small cars have grown up. Yesterday's R100 and GLC have given way to the recently redone Mazda3. The Mazda3 got a new look for 2010 plus a ...

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS

Suzuki has been making cars for years, but for the most part they've been viewed as being a step below the big Japanese brands. Sure, they offer a ...

2011 GMC Sierra 3500 4WD Crew SRW SLE

Sometimes you have to tow something big--like a race car trailer, a houseboat, or a small New England state. That's where monster trucks like the GMC Sierra 3500 ...

2011 Kia Sorento EX AWD

The original Kia Sorento never really caught our attention. For one, we're not too into these small cute-utes. Also, it's a crowded market out there, and the Kia ...

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

Contrary to popular belief, the Lancer lineup contains more than the Evo. It's true. There's also the standard-issue Lancer, and the Ralliart is the hottest version. The Ralliart ...

2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited

What, a Subaru without a turbo? Yep, such things are still available. The Legacy 2.5i Limited provides full-time all-wheel drive for those who are more interested in quiet ...

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

One of the first Hyundai nameplates to come to North America was the Sonata. It was a decent, smallish sedan with a body designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. His ...

2011 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6

A little while ago we sampled the Accord Coupe and, truth be told, we were disappointed that it had the four-cylinder backed by an automatic transmission. Where's the ...

2011 Nissan Juke SV

We're not sure how to properly classify the Nissan Juke. Is it a mini SUV? A jacked-up sport compact? Some kind of angry, Transformers-looking thing? Whatever the class, ...

2011 Toyota Sienna XLE

Truth be told, we're fans of the humble minivan. Oh, sure, the masses may associate these upright transportation devices with soccer moms and suburbanites, but we love minivans ...

2011 Ford Taurus SHO

Welcome back, Taurus SHO. For lack of better words, the original 1989 SHO simply blew our minds. What, a high-output Taurus that really was high-output? How did that ...

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo Sedan

Depending on your age, the Regal nameplate has different connotations. In the '80s, the turbocharged models gave fits to 5.0 Mustangs at the stoplight grand prix. Later on, ...

2011 Scion tC

When the original Scion tC made its debut more than five years ago, it was fighting for attention against a crowded market. Competitors included the Toyota Celica--a staple ...

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4x4

Sometimes you need to go off-road--like, way off-road. When? Well, maybe when zombies are attacking. Or if you just need a killer shortcut. This is where the Jeep ...

2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Hyundai redesigned their Elantra for 2011, and the once podlike little car has been transformed into a stylish compact. It bears much resemblance to the new Sonata, which ...

2011 Nissan Murano SL FWD

Nissan redid the Murano for the 2009 model year, and the mid-sized crossover received a face-lift for 2011. The front and rear fascias are new, including the lights. ...

2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo

Do you even know what a Kia Optima looks like? Honestly, we didn't either. No disrespect to anyone who owns one, but since its 2000 release the Optima ...

2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

Wanna hear a funny story? Whenever a new Honda Odyssey shows up at GRM World HQ, staff members quickly put their quarter on the machine, eager to reserve ...

2011 Acura TSX V6 with Technology Package

The latest Acura TSX has been with us since the 2009 model year, but something tasty was recently added to the menu: an optional V6. The 201-horsepower inline ...

2011 Chrysler Town & Country Limited

We certainly remember VW's original Bus, but you have to give Chrysler credit for launching the modern minivan. What was once the domain of those just slightly left ...

2011 Mazda 2 Touring

Once-small cars like the Honda Civic and Mazda3 have grown up, leaving a hole for a new generation of compacts. For Mazda, their latest release for that new ...

2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium

The Lexus lineup has featured hybrids for a while, but here's their first model that's only available with gas-electric propulsion. Meet the CT 200h. Sorry, a straight-up gasoline-powered ...

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI four-door

The Impreza WRX STI received some updates for 2011, and the biggest one is the return of the four-door sedan. The five-door STI is still available, but buyers ...

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring

For most of recorded history--okay, maybe just the last decade or so--the <a href="http://www.subaru.com/index.html">Subaru lineup</a> has been dominated by three models: various versions of the Impreza and Legacy ...

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Limited

We've already seen sneak peeks of the forthcoming <a href="http://www.subaru.com/impreza/2012/index.html">2012 Impreza</a>, but our staff recently got to spend some more time with the 2011 model. This one has ...

2011 Dodge Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

To all of those of you who said that the pony car had its glory days in the '60s, we say, “Ha!” We'll say it again. Ha! Not ...

2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Remember when Volvo built upright, boxy sedans? Those days are becoming a memory, as the company's all-new S60 sports a rounded, softer look--at least by Volvo standards, anyway. ...

2011 Acura ZDX Advance

It's a car! it's a truck! It's a fastback! Okay, what is it? Welcome the Acura ZDX, a sporty crossover-type thing from Honda's luxury division. No, it's not ...

2011 Lexus IS250

The second-generation Lexus IS-series has now been with us since the 2006 model year, but the company recently added something new to the model line: the F-Sport Package. ...

2011 Mini Cooper Countryman

Riding on the back of the diminuitive Cooper’s success, MINI recently expanded its model lineup beyond the extended-wheelbase Cooper Clubman to a full five-door cute ute. Though the ...

2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman ALL4

Just like the original MINI Cooper, the new Countryman variant is available in more than one flavor: turbo, no turbo, all-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, etc., etc. In addition ...

2011 Ford Explorer LTD 4WD

The Explorer got a bit of a black eye a few years back, but Ford didn't give up on their mid-sized SUV. They allowed the nameplate to live ...

2011 Dodge Durango Heat RWD

The new Durango represents a departure for the name, coinciding with its first update since the Fiat takeover of Chrysler. For the first time, it’s not based on ...

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L

Don’t confuse this with the <a href="http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/new-cars/2011-165-zdx-advance/">Acura ZDX</a>. Honda insists that the Accord Crosstour and ZDX aren’t mechanically related. This means the Honda family has two distinct undefinables ...

2011 Nissan Nismo 370Z

The Nismo version of Nissan's 370Z is the same basic car with quite a bit more sex. It's all curves and flares, the kind that makes you want ...

2011 Lexus ES350

This full-size, front-wheel drive sedan is the Ritz-grade cousin to the make's plebeian Toyota Camry. The top-spec Camry XLE starts $7000 less, though it doesn't have the Lexus ...

2011 Lexus GS350

An all-new Lexus GS is right around the corner. We recently got one last look at the outgoing model, the V6-powered GS350. It comes standard with a ton ...

2011 Infiniti G25 Sedan Journey

Add another option to the ever-growing Infiniti G-series model line: the new-for-2011 G25 Sedan. As the name suggests, power comes from a 2.5-liter version of Nissan's popular VQ ...

2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Limited-production, hotted-up versions of the Porsche 911 have been with us for decades, but since its 1997 release the Boxster has only been offered in its two standard ...

2011 Saab 9-5 Turbo4

The new-for-2011 Saab 9-5 can be called the spiritual successor of the 9000, as the original 9-5 replaced the 900's big brother more than a decade ago. This ...

2011 BMW 535i xDrive Gran Turismo

No, it's not named after the video game: BMW's tall sedan with sloped rear glass is just one in a growing crowd of high-end four-doors that purport added ...

2011 Dodge Durango Crew RWD

Though the Crew is second trim line from the bottom of the Durango lineup, that doesn't mean it's some loss-leading stripper model. The redesigned-for-2011 SUV can still be ...

2011 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

Legacy is an apt name. This is the longest-running model name currently in Subaru's bag of tricks, always adorning their mid-size vehicles. Once offered as both a sedan ...

2011 Infiniti QX56

For a staff that's accustomed to seeing at least two Miatas in the parking lot on any given day, the QX56 arrives to wide-eyed shock. This almost three-ton ...

2011 Ford Fusion Sport AWD

The Fusion was a hit when introduced for the 2006 model year. It was and still is a rebadged Mazda6, but while the Mazda received a platform update ...

2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

The Legacy wagon doesn't exist by name, but it does exist: Just look for the Subaru with the Australian theme. The Outback's marketing campaign introduced Americans to Subaru's ...

2011 Lincoln MKX

There's no shortage of options in this vehicle market. It seems like everyone now makes an urban utility vehicle between $40,000 and $50,000. The Lincoln MKX's excellent interior ...

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    What's This

    Using a top-secret, highly sophisticated algorithm that may or may not have been co-developed by NASA, the Grassroots Motorsports Bang For The Buck Index is a 100-point scale that indicates which of the new cars we've reviewed over the years actually provide the greatest bang for the buck.

    The highly-guarded formula--which is securely stored in the floor safe in Scott's office and protected by razor wire and laser-wielding ferrets--takes into account our ratings, the car's power-to-weight ratio, its price and other factors to determine the true Bang For The Buck.

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