A Look At The 2013 Toyota Sequoia

The 2013 Toyota Sequoia is primed to offer not only comfort and new entertainment features for long road trips, but is also prepared to take a family or group of up to eight adults off-road to the best camping spots or nature walk locations.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Exterior

The full-size SUV comes standard with a 5.7-liter V-8 in the 2013 model, providing 381 horsepower at 5,600 RPM. With the ability to tow 4,700 lbs and a tow/haul mode to help optimize transmission shift points, the Sequoia is prepared to get cargo from Point A to Point B. One feature that can be considered both a benefit and a potential frustration is the fact that the Sequoia’s tow hitch is part of the frame, a single unit rather than complementary pieces.

The new model presents an eye-catching exterior, with eight snappy color choices: Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Black, Sizzling Crimson Mica, Sandy Beach Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Super White (not available on Platinum) and Blizzard Pearl – a color choice only available on the highest trim package for the newest Sequoia. There are three trim packages available in the 2013 Toyota Sequoia: the SR5, the Limited and the Platinum. The lowest trim package for the Sequoia is only available in three colors, while the other options are available on the Limited and as noted on the Platinum. All three packages offer interior color choices of graphite and sand beige. Red Rock is an option only for the Platinum grade.

Snow and mud tested radial tires, front and rear mudguards, an in-glass antenna and privacy glass on the rear side are standard.  Quarter and lift gate windows provide the sleek, yet rugged look some consumers have in mind when thinking SUV, while providing the necessary comfort and performance for the off-roading enthusiasts.

Some of the exterior features available in the SR5 package include heated outside mirrors, integrated fog lamps, a roof rack, power tilt moonroof and running boards. A peek into the interior shows three-zone front and rear climate control, cruise control, map lamps, a leather-trimmed steering wheel that both tilts and is telescopic. Other features include Bluetooth hands-free telephone controls and 16 cup and bottle holders.

The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable for the pickiest driver, while the front passenger seat is 4-way adjustable. The second row seat slides, reclines and lays flat. It also provides one-touch access to the third-row seating. The rear doors open at such a wide angle that not only can passengers enter and exit with ease, but the installation of a child safety seat is made simple. This is something every parent and grandparent can truly appreciate.

The CD player has standard AM/FM capacity, the ability to play MP3 and WMA files, is set up to handle Sirius Satellite Radio subscriptions and has 14 speakers and a subwoofer to provide optimal sound quality. Music streaming via Bluetooth technology is also an option, guaranteeing music no matter where your Sequoia is taking you.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Navigation

Additional highlights to the Limited package include map pockets in the door, more leather trim and a heated driver’s seat that adjusts two additional ways, along with a Homelink universal receiver integrated into the rearview mirror and retractable sunshades for the second and third row seating.

For the Platinum package, consumers can expect second row heated captain’s chairs, dynamic laser cruise control and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, complete with two wireless headphones and a wireless remote for the nine-inch display.

For all three trim packages, Entune is available to provide an enhanced audio experience incorporating the ubiquitous smartphone, and navigation systems of various complexities can be relied on to keep those wheels turning and avoid confusion on any road trip. Bing, Pandora and real-time traffic and weather updates using the Entune connection with a smartphone makes conventional radio and its notorious unreliability a distant memory rather than a current frustration.

2013 Toyota Sequoia Interior

The six-speed automatic is available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive and offers reasonable EPA estimates for fuel economy, with 13 miles per gallon city and 18 highway for a two-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive option only drops the expected mpg for highway travel by one, keeping city driving expectations to 13 mpg.

Standard safety features for the newest model of Toyota’s off-road family SUV includes a four-wheel ABS with both Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. The Sequoia also has ventilated disc brakes for both front and rear and a rack-and-pinion steering system that recognizes vehicle speed and has Variable Flow Control to respond in kind.

The Limited and Platinum packages for the Sequoia also offer front and rear parking sensors that recognize standing objects and their distance from the vehicle, relaying that information to the driver. These packages also have the option to include a back-up camera to further assist in parking safely.

With the safety ratings and quality standards consumers come to expect from Toyota, the Sequoia continues to be a solid investment in terms of SUV purchases. The Sequoia comes equipped with advanced airbags, knee airbags and seat-mounted side airbags for both the driver and front seat passenger. For the other occupants of the vehicle, all-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags are installed. The four-wheel drive models come with a cut-off switch for these airbags as well.

The seatbelt sensor for both the driver and front seat passenger makes forgetting that all-important safety measure difficult. Also, three-point harnesses for all seating positions mean no one is under-protected. The LATCH system for car seats provides anchors in all seating in the second row and also in the middle seat of the third row. In addition, the Sequoia is equipped with child protector rear hatch and door locks and a power window lockout feature.

The safety measures of the Toyota Star Safety System cannot be ignored. This includes the aforementioned ABS and ventilated disc brakes, in addition to Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Smart Stop Technology.

An anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, daytime running lights with an on/off feature and a tire pressure monitoring system all add to the assurance Sequoia owners can drive with confidence and know their vehicle won’t be stolen from the supermarket parking lot.

A Look At The 2013 Honda Ridgeline

The 2013 model year for the Honda Ridgeline does not add much to the 2012 design. While industry insiders had initial reservations about the Ridgeline being a one-year wonder, the Honda Ridgeline is back for the 2013 sales year. In fact, this year’s model has very few things, if anything, to note regarding improvements, additions, etc. In fact, most automotive industry commentators believe that if you can get your hands on the 2012 model you are doing yourself a favor because you’ll save yourself a decent chunk of change for virtually the same vehicle. The one notable change for the 2013 model is that all models feature a standard backup camera.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

When it comes to styling, there are some slight differences with the 2013 model year. The styling between the 2012 and 2013 year models have virtually identical body styles. Specifically, it has a grille without the weird looking orthodontia as well as the 2012’s plainer horizontal rib design. Sport models will similarly have the standard black honeycomb insert. However, it has the most noticeable and depending on your perspective, an awkwardly designed body. It still has a unibody design with no seam connecting the cab and bead. The bed walls are weirdly tall compared to its competitors. Some people believe Honda’s stylists have to go back to aesthetics school in order to correct this design faux pas. The five-passenger and four-door design is different from its competitors because its unibody design enables it to give occupants more cargo storage space and interior room along with the standard top-notch responsive handling.

There are many options for the 2013 Ridgeline trim levels. There are five trim level options available for the 2013 model year:  RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and the RTL with Navigation system. When it comes to the Sport trim, industry insiders believe four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will really appreciate it because it has black 18-inch wheels, available in black and aluminum construction. Additional features to mention for the Sport trim include black taillight and headlight housings along with top-notch fog lights for the lowest visibility conditions. 17-inch wheels are also available, along with a power moonroof and quad cargo area lights. The cargo bed is 5 feet long and has eight locations to professionally secure whatever you are transporting. The tailgate is very versatile when it comes to its ability to be opened; it is able to be opened from the top down and from left to right. However you open the tailgate, you will have access to 8-and-a-half cubic feet of the truck’s bed.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Bed

With the five trim levels from the 2012 model year, there are some similarities and differences within 2013’s different trims. For example, the RT trim for the current year’s model will most likely have dark body trim and 17-inch wheels constructed from steel. The Sport trim model will still feature the same 18-inch alloy wheels with black finish, smoky color taillamps and headlamps and the black honeycomb grille. Other trim models will feature the same type of monotone body color like 2012 models and the RTS with have 17-inch alloys and the RTL will have 18-inch polished alloys.

Looking inside, the interior is quite luxurious and will certainly make the driver and occupants feel right at home. Reviewers who have already test drove this vehicle remark that it is more like a full-size pickup even though it is a midsize pickup truck. The center console is very large and features hidden storage areas for work or personal valuables and has a tray for drinks. Whether you are using it for work or pleasure, Honda has made special holders for your cell phone, CDs, bottles, maps, and much more. Seats fold down in the back which enables you to have more storage space for cargo. Specific features include a specially designed seat for both comfort and ergonomics. The Sport trim model has its steering wheel enveloped in leather and has audio controls built right into it.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Interior

When it comes to the powertrain, nothing has changed. The 2013 Ridgeline still has its six-cylinder 3.5-liter engine producing 247 lb-ft of torque and 250 horsepower through its variable valve timing system. Drivers don’t have to worry about premium gas as it uses normal 87 octane gas. It has a five-speed automatic transmission and features a Variable Torque Management 4WD powertrain that minds both towing and traction extremely well. It also has a 1,500 lb payload capacity and can tow trailers up to 5,000 pounds.

2013 Honda Ridgeline Engine

When it comes to safety, nothing is lacking on the 2013 Ridgeline. No matter what trim model you get, every vehicle comes with head-cushioning side curtain airbags that protect occupants of the front and rear rows. These curtain side airbags are also engineered to deploy during a side collision or when the truck senses a rollover. Other safety items include antilock brakes, a passive electronic stability system that automatically senses the road conditions and passively adjusts. Front seat side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats are also standard on each and every Ridgeline.

There are both standard and luxury features for all trim levels and specific trim levels. Standard features include a trip computer, a fuel economy gauge, cruise control, keyless entry, rear seats that split 60/40, power windows with locks, air conditioning and much more. Trim levels such as the RTL feature heated front seats, a power moonroof, a navigation system, Bluetooth and a backup camera. The RT trim level will receive features previously exclusive to the RTS models. These upgrades to the RT include independent zone climate control in the front, tinted windows, year-round floor mats, a 6-disc CD change, USB jacks and much, much more!

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline’s prices vary quite extensively. Depending on the trim, options and your location, prices vary from $30,500 to $38,500. Based on the following trims, RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and the RTL with Navigation have respective prices as follows:  $30,500, $31,300, $33,200, $36,100, and $38,500. As you can see, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline does have some modest improvements, but by and large there are not noticeable changes that are earth shattering.

A Sneak Peak of the 2013 Honda FCX Clarity

Some believe that Honda is finally realizing the “green reality” of the evolution of alternative energy powered vehicles. As part of its three year experiment with alternative energy sources, Honda has been testing hydrogen powered cars and the 2013 Honda FCX Clarity is its brainchild. This model is one of many of Honda’s zero emission alternative energy vehicles that use hydrogen power. It is powered by a Vertical Flow (V Flow) cell configuration. Its hydrogen power source is complemented by a lithium-ion battery pack that is charged at home and through passive kinetic energy from braking and decelerations. This design noticed by industry insiders for its innovation and forward thinking, shows Honda’s great commitment to the alternative energy sector in car design.

2013 Honda FCX Clarity Exterior

The exterior of this car is built to look appealing, provide privacy and provide ample storage for the driver and passengers. The front end with a very forward look has a six-sided grille. The only color this car is available in is Star Garnet Metallic. Many auto reviewers had their eyes caught by its looks and your car will certainly do the same. If you are looking for great storage, it has ample under-trunk storage space for a trip to the mall or across country. There are also many places to hide whatever you want from criminals or occupants of the car. In order to help the driver see better when backing up, Honda has installed refractive rear privacy glass. In order to help the car reach optimal fuel efficiency, the fenders, trunk, doors and hood are all made from aluminum.

The 2013 Honda FCX Clarity model spares no interior luxuries in Honda’s latest sport sedan model. In this year’s design, Honda’s engineers have focused on giving consumers the most space possible and an extremely modern look. Its door linings are very inviting, giving the driver and occupants the feeling of four discreet and comfortable spaces during the ride. All of the instrumentation, tastefully and artfully designed on the dashboard, gives the driver a constant pulse on the car’s functioning, even giving the car a next-generation feel. The interior has nature-inspired neutral tones to give drivers a natural feeling. Honda has moved the front pillars forward from where they normally would be on a car. This move maintains ample headroom for virtually everyone and it also gives an illusion of a bigger interior space.

Since this car uses hydrogen as a fuel source and an electric engine to power the car, the components under the hood are different from a conventional internal combustion engine. The powertrain for this car is a V Flow stack motor. There is a hydrogen fuel cell under the hood which feeds the motor and works hand-in-hand with the electric motor. The electric motor, with a corresponding battery pack, is able to harness the energy from the braking and deceleration processes the car goes through during regular driving. There is ample power with both the electric motor and the V Flow fuel cell stack with ratings of 134 horsepower, 189 lb-ft of torque at 3,056 RPM and 100 kW for the electric motor and 100 kW of power for the V Flow fuel cell.

There is nothing lacking for the Honda FCX Clarity when it comes to ensuring the driver’s and occupants’ safety. Whether it is the proprietary Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) installed by Honda in every vehicle, the reinforced unit-body structure or the 6 airbags that are also standard in this car, everyone in this car will have a much lower chance of sustaining injuries in an accident. You can also rely for your personal and family safety because this car because has been certified extremely safe by both the U. S. federal government and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Through their respective rigorous crash tests, they have proven if your car is involved in a crash, the car will take the majority of the force. For your own safety and that of others, Honda has added its own Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) to the FCX Clarity for the 2013 model year. This system enables the driver to potential crashes by visually, aurally and increasing the pressure of a seat belt against the driver. If a crash cannot be avoided, the system automatically and gradually tightens up seat belts against occupants. This slows down the car and reduces the impact of the subsequent vehicle accident.

2013 Honda FCX Clarity Exterior

While many people are unsure of its combination hydrogen and battery pack powered electric engine, it surprisingly delivers performance, sometimes better, than is offered by a gasoline powered engine. Since this type of car and its transmission is gearless, the torque and power delivered by its engine are as seamless as ever. In fact, acceleration is much more enjoyable than a traditional internal combustion engine because there is less work for the engine to perform more efficiently. There is zero vibration that is a by-product of reciprocating pistons. Comparing it to a combustion engine, it has the same ignition and acceleration as that of a 2.4-liter gasoline engine of a similar size. The hydrogen engine’s design is much more efficient on a gallon per gallon fuel comparison because it has a 60% energy efficiency rating. Couple the engine’s design with the vehicle’s lowered weight and better aerodynamic design, increases fuel efficiency by as much as 20%. Its hydrogen tank has also been enlarged by almost one-third over past year’s models.

The Honda FCX Clarity is an affordable and relatively cheap car to maintain. Prices start of in the low $20,000s for the base model and the sky is the limit for the different trim levels and how many options are added to the final configured vehicle. If you choose to lease it, the maintenance, insurance and lease cost about $600 per month. Both of these figures are calculated based on a wide variety of samples and the cost you end up paying for your individual costs will certainly vary.

The 2013 Honda Pilot Overview

Back at it again for the 2013 model year, the 2012 Honda Pilot has undergone some noticeable and well deserved improvements. Some notable ones include a more refined appearance, better fuel economy, and more comfort and convenience goodies inside. The 2013 model is already available to the general public and prices start at the mid $29,000s and go higher based on the trim level and added options. Notable standard, and previously optional features, include Bluetooth® options galore – both for its audio and HandsFreeLink® systems. Other features that are not standard include USB capability for charging and data transfer, a crisp 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID), independent and passive climate controls and a rearview camera that ensures you can back up your vehicle safely and securely. It also has a new exterior color option – Obsidian Blue Pearl – which is taking the place of the retired Bali Blue Pearl.

2013 Honda Pilot Exterior

There is nothing lacking on the powertrain of the 2013 Honda Pilot. This vehicle has a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine which features Honda’s proprietary Variable Cylinder Management transmission technology. This special type of transmission enables it to perform with the power of a six-cylinder model, but it features the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine. Available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive powertrains, it has respectable fuel efficiency ratings as follows:  18/25/21 and 17/24/20 city/highway/combined miles per gallon. In their respective powertrain two-wheel and four-wheel classes, the 2013 Pilot is the most fuel efficient available on the market.

This year’s model, like last year’s model, is still available in four different trim levels LX, EX, EX-L and the Touring model. All four trims are available in either a 2-wheel drive or a four-wheel-drive setup. The following are all standard features for this year’s Pilot: a streamlined center stack, 2 GB of storage for music and other media, a USB connection, passive climate controls, a rearview camera, along with an 8-inch “smart” screen which gives the driver full command and overview of the car, three distinct zones for independent climate control and Bluetooth® Audio and HandsFreeLink® technology.

Looking at the body of the 2013 Pilot, its front mounted fascia and grille have a unique 3-bar side-to-side design. The halogen headlights are reflective from many angles and the integrated turn signals make give this car a great package. This car is more aerodynamic and therefore has greater fuel efficiency with this model compared to last year’s models due to its optimized strakes along with Honda’s top-notch air dams. The EX trim model has an 18-inch wheels with 5-spokes. The Touring trim model has alloy wheels that have a 6-spoke construction featuring a striking sheened surface. The LX models feature 17-inch wheels.

2013 Honda Pilot Exterior

There is some notable information about the chassis for the 2013 model year. The suspension on this year’s Pilot is a completely independent one that has a front MacPherson strut and a rear multi-link with trailing arm designs. This design for the Pilot is credited with its highly responsive attributes for a sport utility vehicle. Its wheelbase measuring just over 109 inches gives it a smooth ride. The 37.9 feet turning diameter gives this vehicle a great ability to park in virtually any parking space, no matter how large or small. This highly advanced chassis design gives it better fuel efficiency through its variable-displacement power steering pump and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes.

Looking inside, the 2013 Honda Pilot is full of comforts, conveniences and great looks. Driver and passenger alike have their choice of 16 different seating options, the middle and rear rows split 60/40 for storage or any other purpose. The EX and LX trim models now have a streamlined center stack that was only available on the EX-L and Touring trim models in previous models. This new feature for the LX and the EX trim models translates into all Pilot models having a crisp, high-resolution 8-inch smart Multi-Information Display (i-MID). More stand interior equipment includes a rearview camera, with the EX-L and Touring models having a multi-angle option. There is also both Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Audio. Additional features include a USB option, automatic climate controls. The proprietary navigation system comes with 60 Gigabytes of memory and partitions 15 GB of storage for music, files, etc. and works with three different languages.

2013 Honda Pilot Interior

The comfort is second to none in the 2013 Honda Pilot. While riding this car, industry insiders have noted there is very little noise or unnatural vibration. This is credited to Honda’s foresight because there is extra sealing that covers every single connection point of the body. The expertly designed and tuned suspension mounts also contribute to the near silence in the passenger areas. Measuring the headroom gives occupants and driver of the LX trim model 40 inches of room. The EX-L & Touring models with a moonroof only have 39.3 inches of headroom space. The middle and back rows have headroom measurements of 39.8 and 38.2 inches respectively.  The legroom measures 41.4 inches in the front of the car, with 38.5 and 32.1 inches for the middle and the back row respectively. The LX and the EX trim passenger area’s volume is 153.7 cubic feet. The passenger area volume is 152.7 cubic feet for the Touring & EX-L trim models. The cargo volume for all trim models is 87 cubic feet, with 47.7 cubic feet and 18 cubic feet behind the second and last rows respectively.

The Pilot has safety as its number one priority through its comprehensive listing of safety features. This vehicle comes standard with triple airbags that have a sensor which detects rollovers. There are also side airbags to protect the driver and front passenger, ABS brakes with brake assist and brake distribution technologies. Honda also has its proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist or stability control system in place on every single Pilot produced. Honda has engineered the Pilot’s body to absorb the energy from a collision to enable the driver and occupants to have a better chance of walking away from the crash with minimal or no injuries.

A Look At The 2013 Honda Crosstour

This year’s model of the Honda Crosstour has many notable changes to it from bumper to bumper. Industry experts have seen the 2013 model at the New York International Auto Show where it has gone from concept to the first year that it is available to the general public. Originally, this car was the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour before Honda gave it a simpler and more attractive name. Styling is the first big change with the debuting model year having a brand new grille and front bumper. On the rear bumper, the tailgate has been re-engineered to let the Crosstour have a more rustic and wider appearance. The concept’s 19-inch five-spoke wheels have been modified to have a slightly smaller and better looking 18-inch design. In fact, the entire car has undergone different levels of change from the concept car; some speculate that because the concept car’s looks, design and pictures were almost given away by Honda as the car evolved from a proto-type to a vehicle available to the public. Overall, this five-door hatchback model has a more powerful six-cylinder engine, better styling, a better interior trim, and a raised suspension that gives this new model from Honda the best chances of succeeding with consumers.

2013 Honda Crosstour Exterior

2013 Honda Crosstour Exterior

Looking at the exterior, the 2013 Honda has many noticeable changes from its predecessor concept models. Along with the new styling, Honda has added a gray polymer lower body, re-engineered wheels, more color options and “skid plate” elements to the back and front bumpers. The side view mirror on the operator’s side is going to be increased; this will enable the driver to see pedestrians on the road and other vehicles when passing. The 19-inch wheels are no longer going to be available for this car.

Looking inside, there are many features that spell comfort and convenience. Interior upholstery and materials are going to be made more durable after the concept’s original materials proved too fragile. There is also an eight-inch screen that enables drivers to use the navigation and entertainment systems. This screen also gives on-demand information regarding the car’s instrumentation. There is also an exterior, rear camera to aid in backing up, paddle shifters for the six-cylinder models, Bluetooth hands-free capability, USB capability, voice-operated texting, Pandora Internet radio, keyless entry and a push-button ignition system. Beyond the standard features for the 2013 Crosstour, there are countless other upgrade options for this vehicle. Upholstery can be upgraded to leather, a premium stereo system is better, there are independent driver and front passenger climate control.

2013 Honda Crosstour Interior

Looking at the space inside for both driver and occupants, reviewers have given it mixed reviews. As one believes the vehicles taller body will give everyone more room, real-world experience says otherwise. While getting in and out of the car is markedly better than Honda’s concept models, the curved roofline has proven to give marginal improvements when it comes to increasing headroom for the rear passenger seating areas. While the seats do fold down to lengthy objects, the car’s cargo area is compromised through its angled glass, raised cargo floor and rear suspension strut towers that really make the cargo space narrow than is conducive for carrying ample goods.

There are many different trim, color and powertrain options for the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Looking at its base model, the EX, it only comes in a two-wheel drive option. This trim model comes in either a grey or black exterior cover and only has a black interior color. The EX-L trim level is available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options. The two wheel drive option is available in both the grey and black exterior options and the standard black interior. However, the four-wheel drive option gives consumers the choice of an Ivory interior with a dark brown exterior color or a black interior color with the following exterior color options: white, grey, black or red. The top tier trim level, the EX-L Navi is available in only a four-wheel drive option and has the same color options at the four-wheel drive EX-L model.

Taking a peak under the hood gives consumers a powerful engine that does no compromise fuel efficiency for the 2013 Honda Crosstour. Every new 2013 model features a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with it only available in front-wheel-drive. Producing more than 271 horsepower, it does not sacrifice its fuel efficiency because it now features Variable Cylinder Management as part of its current engine improvements. Combine this with Honda’s automatic four-wheel-drive optional traction system and paddle shifters for its automatic transmission, virtually nothing is sacrificed and everything is gained.

Even though there is a six-cylinder engine under this car’s hood, it does not impinge upon fuel efficiency in the slightest. The most recent fuel efficiency ratings for this car have it at 21/29/24 city/highway/combined. Therefore, even though there is a powerful engine under the hood providing enough power for safety and responsiveness, it still gives owners a great deal when it comes to filling up on gas.

When it comes to safety, nothing is lacking so its passengers, drivers and others will be 100% safe. This car comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes that feature Honda’s proprietary electronic brake-force distribution and its brake assist technology. Its other proprietary technology is its Advanced Compatibility Engineering technology; this helps the car’s frame, not its driver and occupants sustain the energy which minimizes injuries. Other safety features include passive stability and traction control, six expertly placed air bags, a camera to help operators backup safely and wider than industry standard driver’s side view mirrors to ensure there are no blind-spot issues. Other safety features include collision and lane-departure warning systems.

2013 Honda Crosstour Exterior

Looking at this car from its concept models to its first year as a vehicle available to the public, it has advanced leaps and bounds. However, there is much improvement needed, especially in the cargo and interior spaces for driver and passengers alike. Time will tell and further improvements will be evaluated as Honda receives feedback from its initial customers of one of its newest cars.

A Review of the 2013 Honda CR-Z

One of Honda’s newest models, which was recently introduced in the United States auto market in August of 2010, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is quickly becoming a very popular car in the sub-compact and hybrid markets. The 2013 model year has definitely received some upgrades and improvements because of consumer feedback and Honda’s own internal reflections. Some highlights include it getting a more powerful engine, both the hybrid and gasoline engines. Other improvements include exterior and interior upgrades to this year’s model. Specifically, its grille, headlamps and front bumper have all been redesigned to be more visually appealing to consumers. Other changes include giving consumers a choice of having 17-inch alloy wheels and two more exterior colors which are Aurora Violet and Energetic Yellow. Interior improvements include different and new color palettes and door storage compartments.

2013 Honda CR-Z Exterior

When it comes to the overall appearance of this car, car enthusiasts are welcoming the minor changes for the already sleek looking 2013 model year. Honda has maintained this car’s sporty and youthful stance and wedge-like shape of the car, however, the Euro-styled bumper has been re-engineered to feature bigger intakes and fog light housing. It also has a slightly refined grille that switches out slats in place of a new honeycomb design. Aesthetically, the re-designed grille tones down the “in your face” grille by “floating” the front-mounted license plate right in the grille; this is done in contrast to letting it hang loose from the opening’s top edge. On the back end, Honda subtly and discreetly gave the rear bumper’s lower diffuser a few new edges, angles and unique reflector elements.

2013 Honda CR-Z Exterior

There are also improvements when it comes to the engine and powertrain that are certainly noticeable. The new engine is still a 1.5-liter engine, however, Honda has increased the level of horsepower from 112 horsepower to 119 horsepower. Its complementary electric engine (since it is a hybrid engine) gives it 16 more horsepower. Therefore, the total available horsepower for this year’s model comes to 135 horsepower. For the 2013 model year, Honda has created its own proprietary Plus Sport (S+) technology. This technology, which gives the operator 10 seconds of an electric boost to the engine’s power, enables the vehicle’s operator to turn it on by pressing the S+ button. As long as the car’s battery is more than half charged, this can be activated and is indicated by a flashing gauge on the car’s dashboard. This is available with the ECON, Sport or Normal driving modes.

Although some may think this hybrid car lacks performance, there is nothing lacking in that department. Whether one chooses the available six-speed manual transmission or the Continuously Variable Transmission, drivers have no reduction of its smooth and responsive driving performance. With its low center of gravity and its torsion-beam rear suspension, it produces a synergistic blend of stability, agility and the smoothest ride Honda has produced to date! Gas mileage is great on this year’s model too. If you get the manual transmission for your new 2013 CR-Z, you will get 31 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg on average for fuel efficiency. If you get the CVT for your new CR-Z you will get 35 mpg around town, 39 mpg on the freeway and 37 on average for fuel efficiency.

Regarding safety, the 2013 Honda CR-Z is loaded with many safety features that protect occupants and the driver extremely well. To make sure your car has perfect traction, this vehicle has Honda’s proprietary Vehicle Stability Assist system standard. This system ensures your car is not over steering or under steering by passively monitoring and adjusting brake pressure on each individual wheel and adjusting engine power to stabilize driver control. Every Honda CR-Z has four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes on it that feature Electronic Brake Distribution technology – this helps maintain adequate control during a hard brake. Since perfectly inflated tires remain essential to maintaining traction, there is a monitoring system for the car’s tire pressure added to each car – this system instantly informs the vehicle’s operator when a tire’s pressure level is either too high or too low.

Other safety features include structural, airbag and restraint safety measures. If you and your occupants are ever involved in an accident, Honda has engineered this vehicle with its Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. This means that if you are involved in a crash, you and your passengers will be at a lower risk of suffering injuries because the car’s frame is designed to sustain and distribute more of the force throughout the frame and the vehicle’s front end. Other injury mitigating features include side curtain, front and front side airbags and active driver and passenger head restraints that minimize the chances of whiplash injuries during a rear collision.

The Honda CR-Z has a great audio system for both of its trim models. If you get the CR-Z trim model, you will be able to enjoy your music through its 160-watt six speaker system. It comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB audio interface. The CR-Z EX trim level has 360 watts with its 7 speaker sound system (including an eight-inch subwoofer). Like the Base model, it also comes standard with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, an auxiliary jack and a USB audio interface. An upgrade option for the EX trim model includes a navigation system with a navigation system. Both trim models also have the ability to have XM Satellite Radio installed in it.

2013 Honda CR-Z Interior

When it comes to pricing, both models are pretty affordable. The Base model, the CR-Z, starts in the mid $19,000s. The CR-Z EX model starts in the low $21,000s. These prices come directly from the manufacturer and vary based on your individual location, do not include upgrades, promotions and your individual negotiations. If there are promotions, trade-ins, and other variables which are individual to your situation, the final price you pay will ultimately vary.

A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Dual Purpose and Off Road Lineup

Yamaha has a wide variety of off road, dual purpose and motocross models for 2013.  We’ve already covered the YZ motocross line and several WR off road and dual purpose models here “2013 Yamaha WR and YZ Motorcycle Model Lineup.”  We’ll tackle the rest of the lineup here.

2013 Dual Purpose Models

Ride the trails on the weekend and to work Monday, all on the same motorcycle.  Yamaha’s dual purpose models are 100 percent street legal but tough enough to handle any off road experience.

XT250

Yamaha gave the XT250 a number of upgrades for 2013.  Perhaps the biggest is a fuel injection system that provides easy starting and smooth throttle response.  The XT250 also received upgrades to the piston and crankshaft to combine for improved heat dissipation, better performance and increased power.

2013 Yamaha XT250

With electric start and street legal features like the Enduro-style headlight, flex-mounted turn indicators, rear view mirrors and redesigned, compact instrument panel with digital readouts for speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and indicator lights for low fuel, the XT250 makes for a great commuter bike.  But don’t limit your riding to paved surfaces.  An impressive 11.2 inches of ground clearance means the XT250 is just as much at home on the trails.

There’s plenty of power in the fuel-injected, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder 249 cc engine with a compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The XT250 has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Stopping power is more than adequate via the 245 mm front disc and 203 mm rear disc.

Along with that incredible 11.2 inches of ground clearance, the 35 mm telescopic front fork provides 8.9 inches of travel and the rear suspension, swingarm with a rebound-adjustable single shock, has 7.1 inches of travel so you’re ready for any surface that stands between you and your destination.

The XT250 has a manageable 31.9 inch seat height, which is pretty amazing considering the ground clearance on this bike.  Wheelbase is 53.5 inches and wet weight is a svelte 291 pounds.  The fuel tank only holds 2.6 gallons of fuel, but with an estimated 76 mpg that’s good for a little less than 200 miles between fill ups.

2013 Yamaha XT250

Yamaha backs the XT250 with a one year limited factory warranty.  It’s available in two-tone White and Blue with a base MSRP for 2013 of $5,190.  The 2013 Yamaha XT250 is at your local dealership now.

TW200

Beginners and veteran riders alike will enjoy the confidence-inspiring TW200.  Fat tires, comfortable seat height, compact chassis and full street equipment make the TW200 capable of handling any on- or off-road situation.  The TW200 is outfitted with an electric starter and instrument panel that includes speedometer, odometer, resettable tripmeter and indicator lights for neutral, high beams and turn signals.

2013 Yamaha TW250

Its air-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, 196 cc engine is equipped with a 28 mm Mikuni carburetor and has a compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The TW200 has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  There’s a single 220 mm disc front brake and a 110 mm drum rear brake.

The 33 mm telescopic front fork has 6.3 inches of travel and the single rear shock provides 5.9 inches of travel.  Even with 10.4 inches of ground clearance the seat height is only 31.1 inches.  Wheelbase is 52.2 inches and wet weight is 278 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 1.8 gallons, combined with an estimated 78 mpg for a between-fill-up range of right around 140 miles.

The TW200 carries Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty.  It’s available in the two-tone White and Blue.  The 2013 Yamaha TW200 has a base MSRP of $4,590 and should be on showroom floors now.

2013 Off Road Models

Built for the trails and inspired by Yamaha’s YZ motocross lineup, these off road bikes will provide hours and miles of fun with family and friends.  Yamaha’s TT-R line is designed especially for beginner to intermediate riders, or veteran riders just looking for some affordable fun in the mud.

WR450F

Borrowing frame and suspension design from Yamaha’s YZ motocross line, the WR450F is full of power and dependability.  Equipped with a two-mode, digital enduro computer the WR450 offers riders the choice of basic mode with speedometer, clock, tripmeter and more, or race mode with pace management functions like time, distance-compensating tripmeter, average speed and more.

2013 Yamaha WR450F

It sports a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, four-stroke engine with five titanium valves and a compression ratio of 12.3:1.  It has a five-speed transmission with chain final drive.  The 48 mm, inverted front fork is fully adjustable and has 11.8 inches of travel.  The single rear shock is also fully adjustable with 11.6 inches of travel.  Single disc brakes on each wheel, 250 mm in front and 245 mm in the back, provide plenty of stopping power.

2013 Yamaha WR450F

There’s a generous 13.2 inches of ground clearance on the WR450F and a seat height of 37.8 inches.  Wheelbase is 57.7 inches and wet weight is 273 pounds with a fuel capacity of 2.7 gallons.  The WR450F has a 30-day limited factory warranty.  It’s available in the two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha WR450F is $8,290.  It will be at dealerships in October 2012.

TT-R230

Designed for intermediate riders, older youths and adults the Yamaha TT-R230 is a serious trail bike with handling and styling inspired by Yamaha’s YZ Motocross line. Its long, low, flat competition-style gripper seat provides plenty of room for rider movement.

2013 Yamaha TT-R230

The TT-R230 features an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 223 cc engine with a Teikei carburetor and compression ratio of 9.5:1.  Firing up the bike is as simple as pushing the electric starter.  A six-speed transmission and chain final drive deliver power to the rear wheel.  There’s a 220 mm front disc brake and 130 mm rear drum brake.

The TT-R230 has 11.6 inches of ground clearance and the telescopic front fork affords 9.4 inches of travel while the single rear shock has 8.7 inches of travel.  Seat height is 34.3 inches.  Wheelbase is 54.5 inches   The TT-R230 has a wet weight of 251 pounds and will hold 2.1 inches of fuel.

Yamaha backs the TT-R230 with a 90 day limited factory warranty.  It’s available in two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha TT-R230 is $3,990 and it will be at dealerships in October 2012.

TT-R125LE

Bigger kids to adults will love the big fun in this small package.  The TT-R125LE supplies smooth, predictable power and a convenient electric starter to help intermediate and beginning riders develop confidence.  The Yamaha TT-R125LE is powered by an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 124 cc engine with 20 mm Mikuni carburetor and a compression ratio of 10.0:1.  It has a five-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Braking power comes via a single 220 mm front disc and 110 mm rear drum.

2013 Yamaha TT-R125LE

The TT-R125LE can handle most terrains with its 11.6 inches of ground clearance and 31 mm telescopic front fork’s 7.1 inches of travel and single rear shock providing 6.6 inches of travel.  Seat height is 31.7 inches and wheelbase is 50 inches.  Wet weight is 198 pounds with 1.6 gallons of fuel capacity.

There’s a 90 day limited factory warranty.  The color package is Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha TT-R125LE is $3,290.  It hits dealerships in October 2012.

TT-R110E

Smaller riders will feel right at home on the TT-R110E.  It has a low seat height, but plenty of ground clearance to take on any trail.  It’s equipped with an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 110 cc engine with Mikuni carburetor and a 9.3:1 compression ratio.  It sports a four-speed transmission with chain final drive.  The TT-R110E has drum brakes, 95 mm in front and 110 mm in the rear.

2013 Yamaha TT-R110E

Ground clearance is 7.1 inches and the 31 mm telescopic front fork has 4.5 inches of travel and the rear suspension, a Monocross swingarm with coil spring and gas-oil damper, has 4.3 inches of travel.  Seat height is 26.4 inches, which should accommodate must sized riders.  Wheelbase is 42.5 inches.  The fuel tank holds a full gallon and wet weight is 159 pounds.

Yamaha gives the TT-R110E a 90 day limited factory warranty.  It comes in Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha TT-R110E is $2,240.  It should on showroom floors now.

TT-R50E

The smallest of the TT-R series of dirt bikes, the TT-R50E is the perfect choice for a beginning rider, or for just have loads of fun riding in the dirt.  It has an air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke 49 cc engine with a Mikuni carburetor and compression ratio of 9.5:1.  The three-speed transmission has an automatic clutch and chain final drive.  Braking is provided via 80 mm drums front and back.

2013 Yamaha TT-R50E

The TT-R50E has 5.3 inches of ground clearance and the inverted telescopic front fork has 3.8 inches of travel and the single rear shock provides 2.8 inches of travel.  Seat height is 21.9 inches so even the smallest riders will feel confident putting both feet on the ground.  Wheelbase is 36.4 inches.  It has a wet weight of 126 pounds and holds .82 gallons of fuel.

Yamaha’s standard 90 day limited factory warranty applies.  The 2013 Yamaha TT-R50E comes in Team Yamaha Blue and White with a base MSRP of $1,540.  It will be available in November 2012.

PW50

Made for the beginner, the PW50 features a fully automatic transmission and adjustable throttle so mom and dad can gradually increase available speed as their rider’s skills improve.  And with a shaft final drive there’s no messy chain maintenance to worry about.

2013 Yamaha PW50

The PW50 has an air-cooled, two-stroke 49 cc engine with VM12 carburetor and 6.0:1 compression ratio.  Brakes drums front and rear supply plenty of stopping power.  Seat height is 19.1 inches and ground clearance is 4.1 inches.  A telescopic front fork provides 2.4 inches of travel and the unit swingarm has 2.0 inches of rear travel.  The PW50 weighs 86 pounds ready to ride and holds just over half a gallon of fuel.

Yamaha gives the PW50 a 90 day limited factory warranty.  The 2013 Yamaha PW50 is available in Team Yamaha Blue and White with a base MSRP of $1,440 and should be in dealerships now.

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Two Takes On Touring: The 2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S and Super Ténéré

Sometimes you just have to answer the call of the open road, clear your calendar and take a day, or week, or month and ride.  And ride.  And then ride some more.  Yamaha has seven motorcycles it classifies as touring or adventure touring models.  Six of them are marketed under the Star Motorcycles badge.  We look at two very different bikes here, both made specifically for long days in the saddle, but each for a very different kind of touring.

Royal Star Venture S

The Royal Star Venture S is Yamaha’s top-of-the-line touring bike.  Matter of fact, as far as price, it’s Yamaha’s top-of-the-line in any category, the only motorcycle Yamaha offers for the 2013 model year with an MSRP above $20,000.  For that kind of money you’d expect to get a bike that’s loaded with luxurious standard features, plenty of storage room and the muscle to get you across the continent as smoothly as across town.  The Royal Star Venture S delivers on all fronts.

2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

You want standard features that cost extra on most full-dress touring machines?  Start with a Star-branded, 8-gig iPod Touch connected to a four-speaker sound system with AM/FM radio.  Add an on-board intercom system and CB radio.  Then there’s the ergonomically designed bucket style seats with wraparound passenger backrest.  Electronic cruise control makes motoring away the miles a breeze.  A 15-gallon trunk and two 9.3-gallon sidebags combine for 33.6 total gallons of lockable storage.  To top it off, Yamaha backs the Royal Star Venture S with an industry-leading 60-month, that’s five years, unlimited mileage warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance program.

The Venture S provides plenty of wind and weather protection with its wide, fork-mounted fairing, windshield and wind deflectors.  Lower cowlings are frame-mounted and keep the elements off the rider’s legs.  Both the rider and passenger get full-sized, floating-type floorboards to make shifting leg positions easier.

2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S

The console is pure vintage in looks but provides all the information you need, including digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel tripmeter, clock, fuel gauge, cruise control indicator, self diagnostics, speed sensor and indicators for neutral, high beams, turn signals and low oil level.  All the controls are within easy reach.

The audio system, which also includes cassette and six-disc CD changer, has a single-point control system and drives 14 watts per channel through the four speakers.  Automatic speed-regulated volume control helps makes sure you can hear your tunes over wind noise.  The CB radio is handlebar-mounted and there’s a dual antenna for the CB and AM/FM radio.

If you find yourself needing more electric accessories than those that come standard on the Venture S, there’s a convenient cigarette lighter-type DC accessory connector in the fairing and a two-pin DC connector under the seat.

Powering the Venture S is a 1,294 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 70 degree, 16-valve, V-4 engine.  Fuel is delivered via four heated 32 mm Mikuni carbs.  The engine generates a more than adequate 97 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 89 foot-pounds of torque at 4,750 rpm and has 10.0:1 compression ratio.  A wide-ratio five-speed transmission has a fifth-gear overdrive for low rev cruising speeds and passing power.  The Royal Star Venture S has a shaft final drive.  With a pipe on each side of the bike the four-into-two exhaust gives the Venture S a nice full-throated exhaust note and enhances its long, low profile.

Yamaha ensures a smooth ride on the Venture S with air-adjustable suspension front and back.  The telescopic front fork has 5.5 inches of travel and the solo rear shock has 4.1 inches of travel.  Powerful hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power, with dual 298 mm discs in the front and a single 320 mm disc in the rear.

This is a big, long bike with an overall length of 104.5 inches and a wheelbase of 67.1 inches, plenty of room for rider and passenger to stretch out during a long ride.  Rider seat height is a comfortable 29.5 inches.  Did we mention the Venture S is a big bike?  Wet weight is 869 pounds.  Given that it’s that heavy, and has four cylinders, the claimed 39 mpg is pretty impressive.  With its 6.1 gallon fuel capacity you should eat up around 235 miles of highway between fill ups.

For 2013 the Royal Star Venture S is available in the two-tone Charcoal Silver and Raven.  Yamaha gives the Venture S an unlimited mileage, five-year, limited factory warranty.  The base MSRP is $20,590.  The 2013 Yamaha Royal Star Venture S should be on your dealership’s showroom floor right now.

Super Ténéré

The Super Ténéré is Yamaha’s sole entry in the adventure touring category, and it’s the only Yamaha tourer of any type that doesn’t wear the Star Motorcycle badge.  But when you have a bike outfitted with this many standard features, how many do you really need in the same category?

2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

Yamaha won the first Paris to Dakar Rally in 1978 and has won eight more times since then.  That experience inspired the introduction of the Super Ténéré as brand new model for the 2012 model year, and is still evident as the adventure tourer returns for 2013.

No matter the road surface, or for that matter, even if there is no road, the Super Ténéré is built to take you where you want to go.  Three-mode traction control regulates ignition timing and fuel injection based on wheel spin.  The rider can choose to turn the traction control off.

2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

Anti-lock and unified braking are also standard on the Super Ténéré.  All of those electronic gizmos will usually add unwanted weight to a bike, but Yamaha’s engineers use the same wheel sensors for both the traction control and anti-lock braking systems.  With the unified braking system, UBS, squeezing the front brake lever by itself provides some action from the rear brake.  Press the rear brake pedal first and UBS is overridden and you get traditional separate front and rear braking function.

Variable throttle control is another standard feature.  With two settings, the rider is able to adjust performance characteristics of the engine for riding conditions or personal preferences.  In “S Mode” the engine has a more sporty performance and “T Mode” is suited touring or in-town riding.

There are other ways to adjust the Super Ténéré to a rider’s specific style, size and preference.  The windshield is adjustable, as is the rider’s seat height.  And both front and rear suspension are fully adjustable to match load and rider and passenger weight and road conditions.

If there’s one negative thing to say about the Super Ténéré, it’s that no luggage comes as standard equipment.  Yamaha says this “flexible luggage system design” has three possible configurations; standard, which means no luggage, top case installed or side cases installed.  The Super Ténéré luggage was designed side-by-side with the bike so it all works and looks great.  It just would have been nice to equip an adventure touring bike with some way to take your stuff with you when you tour without forking over more money on accessories that some would consider necessary standard equipment by definition of the the type of bike.

A liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC parallel-twin engine with a compression ratio of 11.0:1 powers the Super Ténéré.  The six-speed transmission features a top gear overdrive for optimized for lower rpm highway cruising.  A shaft final drive gets power to the rear wheel.

Gonna be riding on the Interstate, or maybe your route takes you where there are no roads.  No matter.  Suspension on the Super Ténéré is fully adjustable to handle most any surface.  The 43 mm inverted front fork has eight spring preload settings, 10 settings for rebound and 13 for compression damping and provides 7.5 inches of travel.  Rear suspension, featuring a solo shock, has six spring preload settings, 18 settings for rebound damping and 7.5 inches of travel.

That ABS, UBS braking system features dual 310 mm hydraulic discs in front and a single 282 mm disc in the rear.  The seat height can be set at either 33.3 or 34.3 inches.  Wheelbase is 60.6 inches and the Super Ténéré has a wet weight of 578 pounds.  It gets a claimed 40 mpg with a fuel capacity of six gallons, good for an even 240-mile range, which will come in handy if your travels take you where the gas stations are few and far between.

2013 Yamaha Super Tenere

Yamaha gives the Super Ténéré its standard one-year limited factory warranty.  For 2013 you can choose between Matte Gray or Pearl White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha Super Ténéré is 14,790.  The bike will hitting dealer’s showrooms in October 2012.

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A Look At The 2013 Yamaha Super Sport Models

Yamaha has a long tradition of winning race bikes and they’ve used that experience and knowledge in their street ready Super Sport lineup.  For 2013 Yamaha has six motorcycles in the category.

FJR1300A

Combining sporty performance with touring comfort and convenience, the 2013 FJR1300A is Yamaha’s sole entry in the super sport touring class.  Yamaha has included so many upgrades that the 2013 model is practically a brand new motorcycle.  Styling updates include a total redesign of both the upper and lower cowl.  The lower cowl sports a new shape and adjustable panel to provide increased wind and weather protection.  The panel can be adjusted without the use of tools.

2013 Yamaha FJR1300A

Updates were also made to the electronically adjustable windscreen.  Adjustment speed is twice as fast and the windscreen holds its position when the key is turned off.  Behind the windscreen the dash and instrument panel are totally new.  A three part arrangement has an analog tachometer on the left, digital readouts for speedometer, clock, gear position, fuel gauge and more in the center and indicator and warning lights on the right.  The rider can switch between functions that are displayed.

“Two-eyed” headlights and daytime LED running lights include easy to access adjustment knobs so the lights can be adjusted up or down.  New LED front turn signals are built into the body of the under cowl.  Handlebars and rider seat are both adjustable, there are three positions for the handlebars and two for the seat.  The seat, a two-piece model, also has a new suede look and features different foam densities in the front and rear sections to increase comfort on long rides.

Not all of the upgrades on the 2013 FJR1300A are simply for style.  Cruise control comes standard, and can be adjusted with a single push of the switch.  To increase or decrease speed in larger increments the rider simply holds down on the switch.  Applying the brakes, clutch or throttle disengages the cruise control.  The resume button re-engages it at the most recent setting.

Unified anti-lock brakes are also standard on the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A.  Pressing the front brake lever also applies pressure to the rear brake.  When applying the rear brakes first both act independently.  A new D-Mode system gives the rider a choice between engine performance modes, T-Mode is suitable for touring while S-Mode provides more sporty performance.  Traction control, another standard feature, can be turned off or on.  When on, the system monitors wheel spin and adjusts ignition timing, fuel injection volume and throttle opening to maintain traction.

For even more comfort Yamaha includes heated grips and a central vent beneath the instrument panel.  The vent aids in cooling and reduces negative pressure to reduce buffeting.  There’s an integrated grab handle at the rear of the frame to make lifting the FJR1300A easier to lift onto its centerstand.  Inside the glove box there’s a 12 volt outlet to power electric accessories.

A fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve, inline four-cylinder 1,298 cc engine with a compression ratio of 10.8:1 powers the FJR1300A.  There’s a five-speed transmission and shaft final drive.  Suspension on the FJR1300A is adjustable.  The 48 mm front fork is fully adjustable and provides 5.3 inches of travel.  The single rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping and has 4.9 inches of travel.

The unified, anti-lock brakes use dual 320 mm discs in the front and a single 282 mm disc in the rear.  Rider seat height is adjustable to a low 31.7 inches, or for taller riders, 32.5 inches.  Wheelbase is 60.8 inches and ground clearance is 5.1 inches.  Fuel capacity is 6.6 gallons.  Fuel economy figures are not yet available.

Yamaha backs the FJR1300A with their one-year limited factory warranty.  Stone Gray is the sole color choice.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A is $15,890.  The FJR1300A is due in dealerships in October 2012.

YZF-R1

Yamaha calls the YZF-R1 “the most advanced Open Class sportbike on the planet.”  At first look, that may seem like hyperbole.  But the YZF-R1 is coming off of back-to-back Superbike Championships.  It’s also the the first production bike to employ a crossplane crankshaft that delivers plenty of smooth power and torque.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha gives YZF-R1 riders a combination of 21 choices to tailor their ride, with the seven positions of the traction control system and three D-Mode positions.  Footrests on the bike are also adjustable, with 15 mm of height and 3 mm of front-to-rear adjustment available to give every rider a custom fit.

The YZF-R1 has a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine with a compression rate of 12.7:1.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.  Dual 310 mm discs with radial-mounted 6-piston calipers in front and a single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper in the rear handle braking duties.

Inspired by Yamaha’s MotoGP M1, the adjustable 43 mm, inverted front forks confine compression damping duties to the left fork and rebound damping to the right.  Both high and low speed compression damping are featured on the single rear shock which has preload adjustment.  Both front and rear suspension provide 4.7 inches of travel.

Seat height is 32.9 inches and wheelbase is 55.7 inches.  Wet weight is 454 pounds with a 4.8 gallon fuel capacity and reported 33 mpg.  That’s good for a range of a little over 150 miles between fill ups.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 Gauges

Yamaha’s standard one year limited factory warranty applies to the YZF-R1.  Three color options are available; Rapid Red and Raven, Matte Gray or Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R1 is $14,290.  Selection of the Yamaha Blue and White color takes that to $14,490.  The YZF-R1 should be in dealerships now.

YZF-R6

Light, powerful and full of the latest technology inspired by Yamaha’s years of racing, the YZF-R6 is the most advanced production 600 cc class super sportbike Yamaha has ever built.  It was the first production bike with Yamaha’s YCC-T, Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle system.

2013 Yamaha YZF-R6

Powering the YZF-R6 is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine with an amazing 13.1:1 compression ratio.  It has a six-speed transmission and chain final drive.  Up front there are dual 310 mm floating discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers.  The rear brake is a single 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper.

With four-way adjustment, the 41 mm inverted front fork has 4.5 inches of travel.  The single rear shock, also with four-way adjustment, provides 4.7 inches of travel.  Seat height is 33.5 inches with a wheelbase of 54.1 inches.  Wet weight is 417 pounds.  The  YZF-R6 weighs in at 417 pounds ready to ride.  It’ll hold 4.5 gallons of fuel and gets a reported 40 mpg for a range of 180 miles.

Yamaha gives the YZF-R6 its standard one year limited factory warranty.  Color options are Rapid Red and Pearl White, Matte Gray or Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6 is $10,990.  The Team Yamaha Blue and White color option takes that $11,190.  It should hitting dealers’ floors in October 2012.

FZ1

So much of the FZ1 was inspired by the R1, the fuel injection system, twin spar aluminum frame and adjustable suspension, that Yamaha says, “think of it as an upright R1.”  The FZ1 oozes street brawler attitude.

2013 Yamaha FZ1

Sporting a compact design, the engine is a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 20 valve inline four-cylinder with a compression ratio of 11.5:1.  The FZ1 has a six-speed transmission with chain final drive.  Brakes in the front are dual 320 mm floating discs with four-piston calipers.  In the back there’s a single 245 mm disc with single-piston caliper.

The fully adjustable 43mm front fork provides 5.1 inches of travel and the single rear shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping, has 5.1 inches of travel.  Seat height is 32.1 inches, ground clearance is 5.3 inches and the wheelbase is 57.5 inches.  Ready to ride the FZ1 weighs 487 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.8 gallons and claimed fuel economy is 35 mpg for a between-fill-up range of just under 170 miles.

There’s a one year limited factory warranty on the FZ1.  Cobalt Blue is the lone color option.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha FZ1 is $10,790.  The bikes should start showing up in showrooms in October 2012, except for in California, which should get their’s beginning in November.

FZ8

A muscle bike with naked styling, the FZ8 got a number of upgrades for 2013.  A redesigned muffler with a new shape adds to the attitude of the bike.  The suspension system was also updated, with adjustable rebound damping now on the rear shock and adjustable rebound and compression damping on the front forks.  New material with dual-texturing was added to the seat for enhanced comfort and looks.

2013 Yamaha FZ8

The FZ8 has a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve 779 cc inline four-cylinder engine with a 12.0:1 compression ratio.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.  Front brakes are dual 310 mm hydraulic discs and in the rear there’s a single 267 mm disc.

Suspension, via the telescopic front fork and single rear shock, provides 5.1 inches of travel front and rear.  Seat height is 32.1 inches, ground clearance is 5.5 inches and wheelbase is a compact 57.5 inches.  Wet weight is 467 pounds with a fuel capacity of 4.5 gallons and reported 39 mpg.  Range on the FZ8 is right at 175 miles.

Yamaha gives the FZ8 the standard one year limited factory warranty.  One two-tone color scheme is available, Matte Gray and Matte Black.  Base MSRP for the 2013 Yamaha FZ8 is $8,890.  It’ll be available beginning in February 2013.

FZ6R

Billed as a starter sportsbike, the FZ6R has loads of features to inspire confidence in new riders, but provides enough power to keep veteran riders happy.  With a low and adjustable seat height, that’s narrow in the right places, make it easy to get both feet on the ground at a stop.  And the handlebars have 20 mm of adjustment to make it easy for riders of most sizes to get a comfortable grip.

2013 Yamaha FZ6R

There’s plenty of power to keep newbies riding this bike for years to come.  The liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 16 valve inline four-cylinder engine has an impressive compression ratio of 12.2:1.  The transmission is a six-speed with chain final drive.

Braking power is provided by a single 298 mm hydraulic front disc and a single 245 mm hydraulic rear disc.  The suspension, telescopic front for and single rear shock, provides 5.1 inches of travel front and rear.

Seat height is 30.9 inches, ground clearance is 5.5 inches and wheelbase is 56.7 inches.  Wet  weight is a manageable 470 pounds.  Fuel capacity is 4.6 gallons and the FZ6R gets a reported 43 mpg for a range of just under 200 miles.

Yamaha gives the FZ6R its one year limited factory warranty.  There are two color options, Pearl White and the two-tone Team Yamaha Blue and White.  Base MSRP on the 2013 Yamaha FZ6R is $7,790.  With the two-tone color option the MSRP goes to $7,890.  The FZ6R will be hitting dealerships during October 2012.

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2013 Yamaha Stratoliner, Roadliner S and Road Star Models

Stratoliner S

Lots of chrome, lots of power, casual touring amenities and a neo-streamline design give the Stratoliner S its distinctive look.  Front fork and fork covers, switchgear, clutch and front brake master cylinders and levers, shifter, handlebar clamps, belt guard, front pulley cover, various engine covers, rear stay and polished wheels are among the chrome features on the 2013 Stratoliner S.

2013 Yamaha Stratoliner S

The low, long aluminum frame and sculpted seat add to the look and handling of the Stratoliner S.  Most of the standard touring features are easily detachable.  Leather-covered, locking hard saddlebags come off to make washing the bike easier.  Both the windshield and passenger backrest remove quickly and lock back into place easily.

Floating rider floorboards and the adjustable heel-toe shifter provide long range comfort for riders of any size.  The two-piece seat has a wide, flat profile and ridge at the back of the passenger seat for increased support and security.  A fuel tank mounted instrument panel adds to the classic look of the Stratoliner S with clock-style analog speedometer, tach and fuel gauge.  There’s also a digital odometer and twin tripmeters.

Adding to the classic lines of the Stratoliner S is the air-cooled, fuel-injected, OVH, eight-valve, 1,854 cc, 48-degree V-Twin engine with a 9.5:1 compression ratio.  The cooling fins of the engine are optimized for heat dissipation and are custom-machined to enhance their looks.

For 2013 Yamaha claims the clutch on the Stratoliner S requires 20 percent less effort to operate.  It’s connected to the five-speed transmission.  Final drive on the Stratoliner S is belt.

A 46 mm, telescopic front fork with 4.3 inches of travel and hidden rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel provide suspension and add to the classic looks of the Stratoliner S.  Hydraulic disc brakes, dual 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc, have plenty of stopping power.

Rider seat height is 27.8 inches, wheelbase is 67.5 inches.  The Stratoliner S is a big bike, weighing in at 813 pounds wet.  The flangless, teardrop tank holds 4.5 gallons of gas.  Estimated mileage is 42  mpg for a range just shy of 190 miles.

2013 Yamaha Stratoliner S

A one-year, limited factory warranty comes with the Stratoliner S.  Deep Blue is the sole color option for 2013.  Base MSRP is $17,590 and the 2013 Yamaha Stratoliner should be at dealerships in October 2012.

Roadliner S

This is a motorcycle with classic cruiser styling, from the low, long frame to the air-cooled engine, rider floorboards, and hidden rear shock.  But it’s loaded with the latest Yamaha technology, including fuel-injection, new assist and slipper clutch  and self-canceling turn signals.

2013 Yamaha Roadliner S

A tank-mounted instrument panel includes a large analog speedometer with smaller analog tach and fuel gauge just beneath the speedo.  There are also digital dual tripmeters, odometer, fuel reserve tripmeter and clock.  Background illumination on the readout is adjustable.

The Roadliner S shares a lot of DNA with the Stratoliner S.  It has the same air-cooled, fuel-injected, OHV, 1,854 cc, 48-degree V-Twin engine with four valves per cylinder.  Yamaha tuned the engine on the Roadliner S for a 9.48:1 compression ratio.  There’s a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The clutch is 20 percent easier to operate than on previous models.  And the two-piece heel-toe shifter allows the rider to adjust each piece individually to accommodate any size foot.  The rear, or heel, section can be removed entirely.

2013 Yamaha Roadliner S

Polished 12-spokes add to the retro look but are mounted with tubeless radial tires.  Dual 298 mm hydraulic discs in the front and a large 320 mm rear hydraulic disc provide braking power.  Suspension comes from a 46 mm telescopic front fork with 5.1 inches of travel and the adjustable, hidden, single rear shock has 4.3 inches of travel.

With a wet weight of 750 pounds the Roadliner S is rated at 42 mpg.  Given its 4.5 gallon fuel tank you should get around 185 miles of riding in between fill ups.  Seat height i 2 7.8 inches, wheelbase is 67.5 inches.

The Roadliner S comes with a limited, one-year factory warranty.  It’s available in Raven and carries a base MSRP for 2013 of $15,690.  It’ll be in showrooms in October 2012.

Road Star Silverado S

A full dresser with plenty of chrome, adjustable and removable police-style windshield, wide, swept-back handlebars, full fenders and locking color-matched hard saddlebags, the Road Star Silverado S has plenty of classic good looks and a price tag under $16,000.

2013 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado S

The two piece seat with passenger backrest is designed for hours of travel without fatigue.  Floating-type rider floorboards with heel-toe shifter and passenger floorboards give you ample room to change leg positions.  An ultra-thin instrument display is mounted on the fuel tank with speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock and fuel gauge.  There are also indicator lights for low fuel, high beam, turn indicators, neutral and diagnostic warning lights.

Power comes from the 1,670 cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, OHV 48-degree V-Twin with four valves per cylinder and a compression ratio of 8.4:1.  The Road Star Silverado S has a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.

2013 Yamaha Roadstar Silverado S Exhaust

Classic cruiser hardtail lines are maintained with a hidden single rear shock that provides 4.3 inches of travel.  Suspension in the front comes from the 43 mm fork with 5.5 inches of travel.  Hydraulic disc brakes, two 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc handle the stopping power.

The rider sits 27.9 inches off the ground and wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The Road Star Silverado S weighs 773 with full fluid levels, including a full tank of gas, which would be 4.8 gallons.  Rated to get 36 mpg you should be able to travel around 170 miles between fill ups.

Yamaha backs the Road Star Silverado S with its one-year, limited factory warranty.  Impact Blue is the 2013 color for the Silverado S.  Base MSRP is $15,890 and the Road Star Silverado S should be at dealerships now.

Road Star S

One of the most customized air-cooled V-Twins on the market, the Road Star S features a combination of chrome and blacked-out features.  With similar lines and specs, and the same engine, as the Road Star Silverado S, the Road Star S is dripping with old-school cool.

From the thin tank-mounted instrument display, to the full fenders, this is the bike the Stratoliner S was built on, but it lacks the touring amenities, such as the windshield, hard saddlebags and passenger floorboards.

The Road Star S has a fuel-injected, air-cooled, eight-valve, OHV, 1,670 cc, 48-degree V-Twin with a compression ratio of 8.4:1.  There’s a five-speed transmission and belt final drive.  The suspension system includes the 43 mm front fork with 5.5 inches of travel and the hidden, solo rear shock with 4.3 inches of travel.  Brakes are of the hydraulic disc variety, dual 298 mm front discs and a single 320 mm rear disc.

Seat height is 27.9 inches, wheelbase is 66.5 inches.  The Road Star S holds 4.8 gallons of fuel and gets 36 mpg for a range of about 170 miles.  Weight wet is 743 pounds.  The Road Star S is available in Raven.  It has Yamaha’s one-year, limited factory warranty.  The 2013 base MSRP is $13,790 and the Road Star S is on showroom floors now.

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