Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Potent 2014 Toyota Tundra Picks Up Where Its Predecessor Leaves Off

Toyota has given its star pickup the most telling refresh since the big truck launched in 2007. Cosmetic changes take the forefront over mechanical revisions, but the positive effects are pleasing across the board.

The most obvious revision for 2014 is to the bluff front fascia of the truck. There's a new, taller squared-off grille decorating the Tundra's nose, along with a revised, three-part front bumper design. Perhaps most significant is the revised bed design, which Toyota calls "all-new," with new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and a very subtle integrated spoiler.

It's a purposeful, inspiring look that will attract attention on the interstate and workplace.

Inside, Toyota has given buyers some new seats and a new-look instrument panel. A backup camera (always handy on big trucks) is now standard equipment on all grades, as is
Bluetooth connectivity. Blind spot monitoring is a new, optional feature as well. In all, as with the exterior mods, the changes in-cabin are far more evolutionary than revolutionary.

All of the functional components of the Toyota Tundra carryover from the existing lineup. A 4.0-liter, 270-horsepower 278-pound-feet of torque V6 is still the base engine, while two V8s – a 310-hp, 327-lb-ft 4.6-liter and a 381-hp, 401-lb-ft 5.7-liter – round out the offerings. The V6 hooks up to a five-speed automatic transmission, while both V8s make use of six gears.

Equipped with the 5.7L V8, the Toyota Tundra hauls more than 2000 lbs. and tows over 10,000 pounds. Even better, with the roomy CrewMax version, you won't have to leave anyone in the family at home. And we love the fact that this capable pickup is made, proudly, in America.

Speaking of America, your All-American Toyota dealer in the Atlanta area is Stone Mountain Toyota at 4400 Stone Mountain Highway in Lilburn. You can count on Stone Mountain
Toyota for fantastic Monthly Web Specials and a great deal on new and pre-owned Toyotas, plus other fine used vehicles. New 2014 Tundras will be arriving soon, so call, click or stop by and test-drive the best, most versatile pickup made in America.

We promise you won't be disappointed with the savings, service and selection made with you in mind at Stone Mountain Toyota.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The New Accord Dazzles with Good-Looks, Refinement and Performance

All of us here think the 2013 Honda Accord is by far the best the Japanese automaker has ever produced. Further, we like the idea that the Accord is built in the heart of America—built really well now for more than 30 years in Ohio.


Let's start with Accord's impressive styling.

Up front, the 2013 model can't help but look attractively aggressive thanks to its swept headlamp arrays and inset fog lamps. The nose and lower grille seem to mimic Acura's design playbook, and that's a good thing. Viewed broadside, it's easier to get a glimpse of the sedan's massive passenger cell and expansive greenhouse. Honda managed to maintain the Accord's cavernous cabin and actually expand trunk volume while reducing the vehicle's overall length.

The interior is the epitome of refinement with attractive brushed-metal accents, plus neat control clusters for the climate controls and stereo. Models above the entry Accord Sport also get a new touch-screen interface for the media system. All models get a huge eight-inch LCD display to handle video from the standard rear-view camera, as well as a new optional blind spot camera system.

Speaking of the Sport, we very much appreciate its standard four-cylinder's 189 HP, 6-speed manual and 34 MPG highway. You can get all of that on top of the sweet good-looks for under 24K. That's value, folks.

You'll love all the built-in value when you take the new Accord Sport for a spin. The new
generation bows with a MacPherson strut design up front and an independent multi-link set up in the rear, giving the sedan enough compliance to comfortably overcome broken and uneven pavement without sacrificing handling. The handling, by the way, is great.

Speaking of great, if you live in the Jacksonville area, we know a great place to purchase a new Accord. That would be north Florida's leading Honda dealer, Lou Sobh's Honda of the Avenues. The professionals there will treat you right. All the while, you can expect superior selection, savings and service at Honda of the Avenues. You heard it here first!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Petite Mercedes-Benz SUV Equals Big Value in the GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic

The brand-new 2.1-liter turbo-diesel engine in the crossover GLK250 is a paragon of efficiency in the sporty, compact SUV model offered with all-wheel drive. This smallest of Mercedes SUV's looks great, drives superbly and hits the pavement with a substantial amount of luxury crossover charm.

The new   2.1-liter turbo-diesel engine is good for a healthy 200 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This is the first application of Mercedes' new four-pot diesel here in the US, but we'll soon be seeing it in the E-Class later this year. Compared to the GLK350, the diesel engine has 102 less horsepower but 96 more foot-pounds of twist. What's more, the torque thrust is delivered at just 1,600 rpm in the BlueTEC, compared to 3,500 rpm in the GLK350.

The BlueTEC diesel powerplant boosts MPG of 24-33 city-highway. That's pretty strong coupled with a versatile seven-speed automatic transmission which is a smooth operator, and has a sport mode that's more eager to fire off downshifts for spirited driving.

The interior of this GLK is luxurious, and welcoming, as you would expect. Thanks to the upright, boxy shape, and a tall glasshouse, the cabin feels very open and airy, especially with the shade retracted on the panoramic sunroof. It's an attractive interior, too, whether in light or dark hues. Everything is nicely organized and material quality throughout is nothing short of premium.
Naturally, a full host of infotainment and safety technology is available, including Mercedes' MBrace2 system. The interior is quite functional, too, with spacious rear accommodations and up to 54.7 cubic feet of storage with the bench folded flat.

The GLK250 BlueTEC 4Matic starts at $38,590, which falls in the middle of the $37,090 GLK350 and $39,090 GLK350 4Matic. A fully optioned model rings in at $50,485, and
before you turn away, know that an Audi Q5 Hybrid starts at $50,900 – that's without a single option box ticked.

If you're in the market for a high-performance, luxurious new GLK250, consider purchasing at Atlanta's premier Mercedes-Benz dealer, Atlanta Classic Cars.  Located conveniently just off I-85 in nearby Gwinnett, Atlanta Classic Cars will put you in the driver's seat when it comes to unrivaled Mercedes-Benz luxury and performance. Trust them for the very best options in new and pre-owned Mercedes-Benz value.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Hot-Selling Ford Focus Deserves Your Attention for a Million Reasons

The global math is very impressive. The little compact that could, Ford Focus, sold 1,020,410 cars worldwide in 2012. Those numbers include a 40% increase in the USA alone. Yet China tops the list as the leading market for the Focus with a rise of over 51% for the year. So, you might ask yourself, what are some of the attributes that make Ford's leading compact so popular? Okay, we'll cite a few for you.

For one thing, the 2013 Focus is just plain good-looking (as evidenced by the sharp Titanium edition). Plus, if you find the value-packed Focus SE a bit too tame for your taste, you can always move up to the smoking-hot Focus ST—or save even more fuel with the super-efficient Focus Electric. Either way, you're going to enjoy first-class driving dynamics, superior fuel-efficiency and excellent interior design.

Of course Ford lets you make the most of cutting-edge technology as well—all you have to do is choose Microsoft's SYNC(r) with MyFordTouch(r) option. The 5-passenger Focus
packs a lot of room into its 104.3" wheelbase too, and the level of comfort is astonishing for an automobile this compact and fun to drive.

So where you can you take advantage of all this Ford Focus goodness? Well, we like to recommend a friendly, smalltown dealer who can put you into a brand-new Focus SE for less than 16K. That would be Akins Ford in Winder, Georgia. Akins is worth a drive from anywhere in metro Atlanta. And the friendly folks at Akins are currently offering 0% APR financing for qualified buyers.

Take time to discover the Ford Focus soon and you'll know why over a million people worldwide were happy Focus owners in the past year.

Akins Ford works hard to earn your trust—open every day for sales and service except Sunday.