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Marlen Bedoya is a world-renowned automotive
journalist who has driven just about every car under
the sun — usually before they are released to the
masses. Although she will never disclose her favorite
car brand, she admits she likes the extra pampering
luxury vehicles offer. To read more of her reviews, visit
BrickellMag.com. Mercedes Benz GLK 350 2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD
Overview: Elegance is the best word to describe the Benz. In
a class of rounded and smooth designs, this version of the
Mercedes-Benz GLK establishes its presence from the interior to
the exterior as so many models have done before it.
Overview: Swedish automakers created power, sophistication and
style, giving us motivation to just ride on its leather seats. Along with
style and comfort, this car offers safety — the type of safety that will
set your mind at ease on your extended road trips.
Pros: The best part about this car is the performance, with duel
exhausts and 3.5L V6, 24 valves, 268 hp @ 6000 rpm, and a
7-speed automatic transmission. Adding to the engine, the car has
exceptional leg and head room, making those long trips a breeze.
Pros: Volvo’s latest pedestrian-recognizing safety technology also
made it onto the S60. This system warns the driver when there’s
a pedestrian in the way, avoiding collision, and the car will
automatically kick in the brakes.
Cons: The cabin materials aren’t up to standard for a luxury
vehicle, but they are acceptable. The price is right and inexpensive
compared to other Mercedes, making this a competitor in its class.
Cons: The backseats are restrictive. But on the bright side, that’s
really the only thing that can use some tweaking…but unless
you’re in the backseat, who cares?!
2011 is definitely turning out to
be the year of the plug. From cute
compacts to beautiful bicycles,
many of the year’s hottest
releases come with a cord aimed
at saving the planet. Here are a
36 Pedal Pusher
Give yourself a lift on those hills
with the Optibike 850R, which
provides a safe, smooth ride at
30 mph and over, with up to 60
miles in range in economy mode.
It’s a great choice for commuters;
The LEAF, a 5-door mid-size
hatchback from Nissan, gets the
electric equivalent of 99 miles/gal
and is priced at a very reasonable
MSRP. The best part is you can drive
up to 73 miles before finding a plug;
Don’t even think about applying
the term “scooter” to this electric
bike. The Mission One PLE can
reach top speeds of up to 150 mph
with an incredible 120 ft./lbs. of
torque providing killer acceleration;