Ending the TOTDs for the week is this post by our famous (infamous?) MT Online user Cmicasa the Great XvX who brings up what he thinks really indicates a car’s capabilities. In his post, he argues that 0-60 mph times should be reserved solely for the comparison of daily usable commuter cars (i.e. Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Focus, etc.), not supercars. Such a figure was developed, in his opinion, to give buyers of these types of vehicles an idea of how fast the car can accelerate to highway speeds. The true measure of a supercar — any car that can achieve 175 mph or more — are its 1/4 mile, 0-100 mph or 0-150 mph, braking and skid pad times, he states. “I have never been to the track or even as a kid, heard old timers talk about how fast their ’66 Chevy II, ’69 Road Runner, or ’70 1/2 Camaro got to 60 mph… They always talked about — and we always look at — the 1/4 mile or 0-150-0 which measures all-out acceleration … [Read more...] about Thread Of The Day: Is 0-60 Or Quarter Mile A Better Measurement Of Performance?
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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, by modern standards. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of vehicles we tested in 2012 to highlight the most notable performers. Here are the 10 slowest vehicles we willed down the drag strip in 2012. What a remarkably diverse bunch this is. 10. 2013 Jeep Compass Latitude – 9.8 seconds The Motor Trend top-10 slowest 0-60 mph list of 2012 starts just below the 10-second mark, as the post-refresh Jeep Compass compact crossover leads off with a 0-60 mph time of 9.8 seconds. Why it’s this slow: It’s nearly 3400 pounds and the CVT doesn’t appear to lend a hand. With 172 horsepower … [Read more...] about Top 10 Slowest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012
The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is 0.6 seconds quicker to 60 than a BMW 340i, 1.5 seconds quicker than a Mercedes-Benz C300, and 5.2 seconds quicker than a Toyota Prius. We know all this thanks to a quick chat with the Infiniti Q60 SpeedBot, a new Facebook Messenger chatbot developed in conjunction with Motor Trend. The principle is simple: Open up Facebook Messenger and search for Infiniti Q60 SpeedBot (or go directly to the Infiniti Q60 SpeedBot page), and send it a message with the name of a car. The SpeedBot will reply to you with a 0-60 comparison time between the car you selected and the 400-horsepower version of the Q60 coupe, plus some editorial commentary. (The SpeedBot’s observation of our Toyota Prius request: “A Toyota hybrid is kind of an odd car to compare to Q60, don’t you think?”) The Q60 SpeedBot draws on seven years’ worth of Motor Trend test data. The database includes 0-60 times for over 1,500 cars tested between 2011 and 2017 using … [Read more...] about Compare real-world 0-60 times, all in the palm of your hand with the Infiniti Q60 Speedbot
Each year we test nearly every new vehicle available in the U.S. Although we test everything from minivans to exotic cars, we know the fastest or most powerful vehicles are the most awe-inspiring. Here is a list of the 25 quickest 0-60 2015 model year vehicles we’ve tested so far. There may even be a few surprises on the list. Use the chart below to find out how quick your favorite performance car is from 0-60 mph: Quickest 2015 Vehicles from 0-60 MPH Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe Jaguar F-Type Coupe R Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 Ford Mustang GT Porsche Macan Turbo BMW M3, BMW M4 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/Z07 McLaren P1 Porsche Cayman GTS Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 6.4L BMW i8 Porsche 911 GT3 Porsche 918 Spyder Lexus RC F coupe Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat” target=”_blank”>Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, … [Read more...] about Top 25 Quickest 2015 Cars and SUVs From 0-60 MPH
We all understand acceleration. It’s the rate of change of velocity. This 4,891-pound Tesla Model S P100D does it best, reaching 30, 40, 50, and 60 mph from a standstill more quickly than any other production vehicle we’ve ever tested, full stop. In our testing, no production car has ever cracked 2.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. But Tesla has, in 2.275507139 seconds. The Tesla does not hold the advantage forever, though, because higher speeds give the advantage to horsepower over instant torque. The Ferrari LaFerrari hits 70 mph a tenth of a second quicker; the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 pull ahead at 80 mph, and these hypercars all continue to pull away at higher speeds. But around town, everybody has long since lifted off the accelerator pedal. Indeed all-wheel-drive cars capable of face-warping launches such as this latest, most ludicrous Tesla Model S P100D and November’s wheelie-ing Porsche 911 Turbo S have us examining a lesser-known physics term: jerk. It’s … [Read more...] about 2017 Tesla Model S P100D First Test: A New Record — 0-60 MPH in 2.28 Seconds!
The last time TTAC took a look at the Camry Hybrid was back in 2006. For 2012 Toyota has completely redesigned the Camry from the “sporty” SE model to the refrigerator-white base model Michael Karesh took for a spin. The base model’s low price appeals to dealers while the SE allows Toyota to believe the Camry is something other than basic transportation. So what about the hybrid? The gasoline/electric Camry is aimed squarely at shoppers that want more green cred than a regular Camry can deliver and Prius shoppers looking for something more powerful and more traditional. One out of every seven Camrys sold in 2011 was a hybrid, with those numbers expected to grow it is imperative Toyota gets their baby-boomer hybrid just right.Despite looking like a mid-cycle refresh, the 2012 Camry is almost entirely new from the sheetmetal to the seat frames. Only Toyota and Volvo seem to get away with completely redesigning a product that looks exactly like the old one. But … [Read more...] about Review: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
Plenty Improved But Facing Stiffer Competition Than EverToyota lost much of its credibility with enthusiasts after killing off what few performance cars it offered years ago, and yet the average car buyer still seems drawn to most anything wearing one of its badges. Even so, there has been one vehicle in the Toyota lineup that enthusiasts and cars-as-appliance shoppers have seemingly agreed upon for all the wrong reasons: the Yaris.The subcompact Yaris has never taken hold here in the U.S. like its larger Corolla and Camry stablemates – its awkward shape and unmemorable driving characteristics combined to keep this little Toyota from the top of the sales charts. The Yaris has always remained far behind the monthly sales talliess of the more engaging Honda Fit and practical Nissan Versa.Toyota has gone back to the drawing board for the 2012 model year, combating the dullness of the old Yaris with a combination of more expressive styling and the promise of improved driving … [Read more...] about 2012 Toyota Yaris SE
The Avalon has been something of a caricature since it wafted on stage in 1994. The stretched Camry was low on soul, devoid of style and soft of spring. In short, it was the Buick that wouldn’t leave you stranded. Since then Toyota has struggled to divine a mission for their full size sedan, a problem complicated by the re-invigoration of the large sedan market by the American brands. In hopes of resurrecting sales numbers, which have slid to 25% of their 2000 year shipments, Toyota has injected something hitherto unseen in an Avalon: style. Is it enough? Before we dive into the Avalon, let’s talk competition. Back when the LHS and Park Avenue roamed the land, the Avalon’s competition was easy to identify and easy to overcome. Nearly 20 years later those shoppers are in a nursing home and Toyota is hunting for younger flesh in a more competitive market. We now have the larger-than-ever Taurus, a new Impala that doesn’t make me want to put my eyes out, the … [Read more...] about Review: 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited (Video)
Joining the all-new 2008 Toyota Highlander at the Toyota stand in Chicago is the fuel-efficient hybrid version of the new Highlander. Like the previous Highlander hybrid, the latest hybrid version is powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 and two electric motors (one motor powers the front wheels while a smaller electric motor powers the rear wheels). The engine and the front electric motor are both coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which is the only transmission available. The gas-electric combo is good for 270 horsepower, the same output as the new 3.5-liter V-6 in the non-hybrid Highlander, or two more horses than the previous Highlander Hybrid. Loosely based on the current Camry platform, the new Highlander Hybrid is four inches longer, three inches wider, and rides on a three inch longer wheelbase than the last Highlander. As one would expect, there is commensurate increase in interior space. Second row occupants will find more legroom and adjustable captain's … [Read more...] about 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Having endured 12 hard Canadian winters on an island covered in red dirt, this 2004 Toyota Camry is about to enter its thirteenth; its tenth since my father-in-law took ownership.That red dirt is truly key to the story, because its color comes from Prince Edward Island’s high iron oxide content. Yes, that iron oxide. Rust.But the Camry, undercoated three times since 2007, is an almost rust-free wonder with nearly 340,000 miles under its belt.The steering sucks. The grey paint is greying.Everything else is more representative of a Camry freshly driven off the lot in 2004 than a car that spent tens of thousands of miles on salty, snow-covered roads being driven back and forth between Summerside and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.On PEI, the snow blows off potato fields and drifts beside barns and on top of roads, leaving exposed red dirt that then blows across the road, as well. It is, to put it lightly, a brutal climate for cars, and it’s not … [Read more...] about 2004 Toyota Camry LE V6: 340,000-Mile Used Car Review