Michael's Car Picks
Biased Pick: 2011 Cadillac CTS-V line, since I have a V-1. The design is more in-your-face than the 1st generation car. It still has the chrome mesh upper and lower grilles, giant brakes and engine (556hp, supercharged V8). They had the coupe, sedan and wagon on display. I am actually partial to the wagon. There is something about the wagon that makes it cool. Maybe the sloping roof line. The interior looks fitting for a Cadillac. GM is trying to grab new buyers with offering an automatic transmission as well as the 6-speed manual. The only issue, other than the price tag, is the poor rear visibility of the wagon. There is a huge blind spot. So, opt for the back up sensors. I think I just heard my V honk in disapproval over my liking the new car.
Truck Pick: Ford F150 SVT Raptor. The only thing longer than the name is the amount of suspension travel you get in this truck. I was drawn to the blue one with the black graphics. I have a thing about blue cars/trucks. I have a bad man crush on Ryan's GTO. This truck was designed after off-road race trucks. It's got the lifted suspension, aggressive off-road tires and widened fenders to cover the tires. It comes with a 411hp V8. The interior is also a big step up over the previous model. If I wanted to go off-roading, this is the truck I want.
Sporty Car Pick: 2011 Audi TTS. This is a departure for me. I usually don't care for German cars other than Porsche or some Mercedes models, but this one is cool. It's actually a 4 person car, though the back seat is pretty much non existent if tall people are up front. The interior is very nice and laid out logically. There is a good bit of cargo space in the hatch and the rear seats fold flat for more. It comes with a 265hp turbo 4 cylinder engine and sports suspension. I dare you to call this a girlie car.
Odd Ball Pick: 2011 Nissan Juke. The odd balls need their love too. This is an AWD compact crossover. I like it because it's just a funky design. Not funky like the Cube, but a sporty funky. It doesn't have a lot of power or space, but would make a great commuter car with 24/30 mpg. The model that was at the show had red interior trim that complimented the exterior. I think that is available on some of the exterior color choices.
Ryan's Car Picks
Biased Pick: 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Growing up as a kid, I have always been in love with GM muscle. Having owned 4 different GM performance vehicles, 2 of which having LSX engines, naturally the Z06 is my top pick. I have always wanted one, but only after sitting in the car am I sure that this is the car for me. The seating position is perfect, and the shifter sits in the most convenient position for my arm. Everything is within reach, and the interior feels like a true cockpit to a very fast car. 505hp backs up that feeling!
Truck Pick: SVT Raptor F-150. I am definitely going to have to go with Mike on this one, SVT wins this by a longshot. The truck screams “Do not mess with me” and clearly shows that SVT did not cheap out on any aspect of this truck. The bold colors are catchy, along with the “Ripped/Torn” graphics along the side and on the hood. The interior is very nice, considering this truck is made to do some serious offroading. Inside the truck, you’d never suspect this. Now, if only I could drive one…
Sporty Car Pick: Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Surprisingly enough, I have to go with the Genesis Coupe. I’ve seen a few of these cars on the road, and have thought “Okay, it looks like a new Tiburon” and this never really drew my attention to the car. However, after sitting in the car, my entire view changed. The interior is very nicely done, and there is a lot to look at and it feels great to sit in. Both paint color on the red and blue cars that were on display were really impressive. Never thought I’d say this, but awesome work Hyundai!
Odd Ball Pick: 2011 Honda CR-Z. I’ve never been a Honda fan, as they’ve never really released any vehicles that have grabbed my attention. I’ve seen a few of the new CR-Z’s on the road and didn’t think much of them, same as the Hyundai. Once I sat in it, my view changed. The interior is very neat, colorful, and quite unique. I’ve never seen another car quite like it. Probably the best quality interior for any Honda I’ve ever been in. Starting around 18k, the price is very reasonable…however they are pretty deep into the “slow side” of the car world, I’ll wait to see what the sportier version has to offer.