Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sneak Peek at Mazda CX-3

The Beat got a look at the all new Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover today at a luncheon in Atlanta. Mazda officials talked about the Zoom-Zoom qualities of this CUV, which makes 146 horsepower and 146 pounds-feet of torque. It starts at around $20,000.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: Great Commercial Vehicle to Haul People, Cargo

If your organization is in the market for a passenger or cargo van, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes with a choice of diesel engines and is available in three lengths. Our tester was a 12-passenger people hauler that was comfortable and provided a surprisingly smooth ride. 
The available diesel V-6 engine can be paired with four-wheel drive instead of just rear-wheel drive, as was previously the case. Mercedes also offers a super high roof on the Sprinter.
The Sprinter features 16-inch steel wheels with 16-inch aluminum wheels available, optional fog lamps and headlight washers, a sliding passenger-side door and dual hinged doors in back with a 270-degree opening.
On the inside, there is seating for up to 12 people, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, multimedia system with 5.8-inch screen, Bluetooth, an SD card slot, a USB port and an MP3 jack and an available navigation system.
The Sprinter is powered by a turbo-diesel 2.1-liter four-cylinder that makes 161 horsepower with 265 pounds-feet of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. But also available is a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 188 horsepower with 325 pounds-feet of torque and is linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive available with V-6.