It’s a case of give and take in performance, where the RAV4 gives up its V-6 aspirations for better, more carlike handling. There’s only a 176-horsepower four-cylinder under the hood now, but it’s saved by a six-speed automatic with a sport-shift mode and a 0-60 mph time in the acceptable range (under 9 seconds). Smoother than it is swift, the drivetrain doesn’t get in the way often, but never spurs the urge to drive more as we’ve felt in the latest Ford Escape. Revamped suspension tuning lets the RAV4 ride lower, and electric power steering has good weighting and centering feel. The choice at hand is whether to stand by the front-drive versions and their slightly lower curb weight, or opt for the upgraded, $1400 all-wheel-drive system, which not only locks the rear wheels in line in foul weather, but delivers some torque back there when the RAV4 tacks into a sweeping corner. Whatever the choice, avoid the Eco mode button–it’s called that because “joy extinguisher” wouldn’t fit–and we’d stick with the 17-inch tires on LE and XLE versions for a more absorbent ride.
At least from the side, the Prius C looks conventional enough that you might not realize it’s a Prius–until you see the badges or its 50-mpg rating. Its shape combines a smooth, rounded, swept-back nose and smooth sides with a more conventionally vertical tail than the larger Prius liftback. The 2015 update brings a slightly more aggressive front end to replace the original happy face. This styling is very much in line with that of the similarly sized Toyota Yaris as well as the latest Camry. It seems Toyota is getting edgy with its styling, perhaps to appear more youthful. For the Prius C, it works. There’s no two-piece rear window here, just a conventional top-hinged hatchback flanked by high vertical tail lamps and topped by a surprisingly long roof spoiler–again to reduce fuel-wasting wind turbulence at speed. Especially from the rear, there’s really nothing that reads “hybrid” except for a Hybrid Synergy Drive badge.
Infotainment systems are perhaps the heart of it. They work well, without the now almost expected lag and latency, and with intuitive menus. Even at the Camry LE level, you get an Entune touchscreen audio and infotainment system with a CD player, auxiliary audio input, USB port, voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, and six speakers. Mid-level models get the Entune Audio Plus system with the new Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App, which uses the customer’s smartphone to provide navigation functionality through the head unit. Top models get an Entune Premium Audio system with audio playback capability, HD predictive traffic, Doppler map overlay, and the Entune App Suite, which lets you run Bing search, Pandora, Yelp, and others on the touchscreen through your smartphone’s connection.
Big busy tables have great potential to bloat, both from lower sensitivity to the vacuum scale factor, and generally because of the extent of the row churn. Horizontally splitting a large table into smaller tables can be useful, especially if there are a large number of vacuum workers, since only one worker can vacuum a single table at once. Even so, running more workers requires a larger amount of maintenance work memory. One solution which both splits large tables and increases the capacity for running vacuum workers is using a distributed database comprised of multiple physical PostgreSQL servers and sharded tables.
You can only hope that, should you hit something while backing into a parking spot, you have a better excuse than “pedal misapplication.” In other words, hitting the gas instead of the brake. Which can only be done if you’re not paying the slightest bit of attention to what you’re doing. Or if you’re in such a state that you probably shouldn’t be behind the wheel in the first place.
It’s slightly longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor, which could fill a void left by BMW’s discontinuation of the shortened wheelbase version of its flagship 7-Series executive sedan. The extra space is evident throughout the cabin. The backseat is roomier, and the trunk accommodates four sets of golf clubs. “The car is a baby 7-Series,” said Melissa Steffy, general manager for Herb Chambers BMW in Boston. The new model comes with several creature comforts, including my favorite feature, wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity, which BMW is rolling out across its 2017 portfolio. The new 5-Series gets BMW’s latest iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with gesture control that responds to commands such as the wave of an arm or the flick of a finger. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. ParkNow, an app that lets you book parking spaces, is integrated into the car’s infotainment system.
For 47 years, Castro maintained his grip over the island nation by forging close bonds with the Soviet Union, Venezuela and China, inspiring a wave of anti-American leaders throughout Latin America along the way. Despite years of economic difficulties following the fall of the Soviet Union, Castro still held extraordinary sway over many of his people. Castro stepped down in 2008 because of ill health, handing the presidency to his younger brother Raúl, who re-established diplomatic relations with the United States two years ago. Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25 at age 90.
“Buying at auction, you can save thousands of dollars on these types of cars,” Abounader says. “Most will have a few bumps and bruises, but fleet and government cars usually have a logbook, which will tell you who owned the car, and service records. If the car still has some manufacturer’s warranty left on it, that’s transferable to you as the new owner.”
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