Extended Electric Range: 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In

The Toyota Prius is the best-known hybrid in the world. It is also a consistent top seller for Toyota, with upwards of 20,000 units sold per month. In the US, Toyota sells about twice as many hybrid electric vehicles under its Toyota and Lexus brands than do all other manufacturers combined.

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In

Last year, I received as my weekly driver the standard Toyota Prius (priced from $24,200 for 2014) or what the manufacturer calls “the hybrid that started it all.” Since then, Toyota has expanded the line to include a wagon- or crossover-like Prius v ($26,750), a subcompact Prius c ($19,080) and a Prius Plug-In ($29,990). A 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In was a recent weekly driver, a model with a final price of $31,189 before tax credits.

Before we look at the model at hand, there is the matter of a federal tax credit. That credit applies to vehicles purchased in or after 2010, a credit for an amount of up to $7,500.

The credit amount depends on how long a vehicle runs on electric-only power which is why the Chevrolet Volt with a 35-mile plus range nets a tax credit of $7,500, while the Toyota Prius Plug-In and its approximate 11-mile range comes in at $2,500.

It isn’t a tax rebate either, instead the funds can offset your tax burden — so don’t look for your Toyota dealer to hand you the $2,500. You may need to work with an accountant to figure this out because higher income folk may have their credit reduced or eliminated depending on their adjusted income.

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In edition.

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In edition.

Plug ’n Play Prius

At first glance, there are very few differences between the traditional Prius and its plug-in variant. The most noticeable difference is a plug-in port on the passenger side of the vehicle, directly opposite the fuel door. Underneath is where the changes are more pronounced as the plug-in provides a larger and more efficient lithium-ion battery pack that can also be recharged externally.

It can take up to three hours to recharge with your home’s 120-volt outlet, providing a range of at least 11 miles of electric-only power. Don’t worry: if you need extra power, the gas engine kicks in for as long as it is needed. And provided that your speeds stay below 63 mph, you can enjoy full electric vehicle benefits until the battery system returns to its traditional hybrid status.

Adding a plug-in electric variant means that you can go much further on a tank of fuel, making 50 mpg child’s play if you want. The new model is rated at 95 eMPG, a formula that considers a mixture of electric-only performance to deliver better numbers. Certainly, an argument can be made that the formula is not precise. What you cannot argue is that you will use much less gas or at least try to.

That “trying” part means recharging the Prius at home, using the 24-foot cable to connect to your three-prong outlet. You don’t need a 240-volt outlet or a supercharger here — your home’s 120/110-volt outlet will do.

Finding Public Charging Stations

I am by no means a “greenie” but I can play the role without being asked. There is something about plug-in vehicles that makes me to want to extend the range, a bit of psychology I suppose that manufacturers employ to persuade people like me.

In the Raleigh, NC, area there is no shortage of electric charging stations. Credit should be given to North Carolina State University, the city of Raleigh, the town of Cary, and numerous companies, groups and private individuals who have pushed for convenient places to recharge. Even a number of McDonald’s in my area have spaces set aside to recharge.

You can also credit the Plug-In Conference people who chose Raleigh to host the 2011 conference. That event was the first and only time such a conference was held on the east coast, with more than four dozen exhibitors on hand. In keeping with the conference’s debut, permanent charging stations were strategically placed in and around Raleigh, underscoring that the “City of Oaks” was an early supporter of EV technologies.

With EV charging stations in mind, I set out to Pittsboro in Chatham County to hook up at the local Central Carolina Community College charging station, offering a pair of Eaton systems to recharge. While the Prius Plug-In recharged, I went into the library and did some work. I came out a few hours later and found that the charging was complete.

Next, I disconnected the cable and moved to another spot to give others access. Not that there were people clamoring for my spot — it was the middle of the summer when most classes are not in session. Not another EV spotted among the other cars present.

Raleigh electric vehicle recharge station.

An out-of-commission recharge station in Raleigh.

Electric-Only, Mostly

With a fully charged battery at work, I began my 30-mile journey home. On the way, I observed on the dashboard panel that the Prius Plug-In was using electric-only power at all times except when I required more power as in a hard acceleration or at highway speeds. About two-thirds of the way home, the Toyota’s EV-only status had quit. Instead of returning home, I went to my town’s community center where I knew two more public charging stations were available. Once again, I repeated the process before heading home. Yes, you guessed it: I got connected at home too.

By the end of the first day, I found myself hooked. Some might say addicted. It became a game, almost an obsession to find places where I could make a connection.

On the second day, I headed to downtown Raleigh on electric-only power, what ran out just as I arrived at the designated public charging spot. Unfortunately, the Eaton system was taped off. A torn sign reading, “This EV Charging Station Will Be Replaced on June 20, 2014,” was posted along with a “We are sorry for any inconvenience.” Realizing that a month had passed since that I date, I decided to call the person listed on the sign. I wasn’t able to get through to the city of Raleigh’s assistant parking administrator. I did not leave a message.

Fortunately, Google Maps does an admirable job of listing available public charging stations. Raleigh showed at least one dozen of them, but as I reviewed the addresses I found that most were in parking garages. Given that I was looking to park and recharge for free, I decided to eliminate most of them. Fortunately, I found a pair of spaces right across from the Raleigh Municipal Hall, with a Nissan Leaf already connected. I pulled in and hooked up to what looked like a pair of spanking new GE charging stations.

The one thing I did not realize was this: although the station dispensed free electricity, you still had to pay for parking. In Raleigh, there are no parking meters, rather there are central paying stations on each block where you are to make payment. For some reason I thought my parking was free, but found out that a $20 parking ticket was slapped on the Prius’ windshield. Lesson learned.

2014 Toyota Prius PHEV

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Prius Plug-In: No Driving Excitement

It should be understood that the Prius Plug-In provides as close to absolutely no driving excitement that you will find in any vehicle today. Even with the performance mode selected, this hybrid makes a cursory effort to get moving. Its nondescript steering and squishy braking are well noted. The hollow noise you hear as you close any door underscores that this vehicle is a lightweight, both in matters of proportions and performance.

What the Prius Plug-In does deliver is room for five. Not compromised room either, but authentic seating capacity for five adults. Although the car is small, its aerodynamic body shape and expansive interior has the federal government classifying this vehicle as a midsize model.

The base edition of the Prius Plug-In comes with climate control, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a six-speaker audio system with audio display, a back up camera, cruise control, power accessories, smart key access, and push button start. The test model added an accessory package ($303) equipped with a first aid kit, carpet floor mats, a cargo mat and a cargo net. Wheel locks ($67) and rear bumper appliqué ($69) were also included.

Even with the many amenities offered, the standard Prius Plug-In may not be as well equipped as some would like. Toyota solves that problem by offering an Advanced ($34,905) trim level that brings in a premium navigation system, an eight-speaker audio system, Entune app suite, leather-like SofTex seats, 8-way power driver’s seat, dynamic cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity, among other features

Toyota Hybrid Options

And if hybrid technology interests you, but you prefer another model, Toyota has you covered there. For there are hybrid versions of its midsize Camry and large Avalon sedans as well as for its midsize Highlander crossover. The Prius may dominate the market, but you have other options from the Toyota fold.

2014 Toyota Prius PHEV

  • Sticker price from $29,990
  • Price as tested: $31,189
  • Seats 5 occupants
  • 1.8-liter 16-valve hybrid engine
  • 98 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
  • 105 foot-pounds of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • 134 hybrid system net horsepower
  • 153 hybrid system net torque
  • 3.17 inches bore by 3.48 inches stroke
  • Engine compression ratio: 13.0-to-1
  • Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
  • Length: 176.4 inches
  • Width: 68.7 inches
  • Height: 58.7 inches
  • Passenger volume: 93.7 cubic feet
  • Storage volume: 21.6 cubic feet
  • Towing capacity: NR
  • EPA: 14 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
  • Regular grade gasoline
  • Fuel tank: 10.6 gallons
  • Curb weight: From 3,165 pounds
  • IIHS safety rating: Top Safety Pick+
  • Limited vehicle warranty: 36 months/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 60 years/60,000 miles
  • Corrosion warranty: 60 months/Unlimited miles
  • Hybrid warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Vehicle assembly: Tsutsumi, Japan

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Raw to the Core: 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT

2014 Dodge Challenger Core.

Where the fun begins.

Say “muscle car” and the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro immediately come to mind. These two sport coupes are the best known and the longest produced models in the segment, but they are not the only two. The Dodge Challenger is the third model, one that bases its styling cues on the first generation model produced from 1970 to 1974.

While the Mustang and Camaro battle for sales leadership, the Dodge Challenger is content to occupy its niche by serving up a variety of increasingly more powerful coupes including the upcoming 2015 Challenger Hellcat. Indeed, it was the very week that the Hellcat was announced that a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core showed up, my weekly driver and a heck of a one at that.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core.

Return of the Challenger

It was in spring 2008 when the Chrysler Group released the 2008 Dodge Challenger in limited quantities. The revived Challenger, based on the platform underpinning the full-size Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedan models, returned to the market ahead of the Camaro and just after the most recent Mustang overhaul. The timing was perfect because by the end of that year Chrysler was battling for its life and most likely the Dodge Challenger would never had been produced if its arrival was planned for a year later.

Of the three current muscle cars, the Challenger seems closer to its roots than its competitors, delivering a style that strongly resembles the original. That look includes the customary long hood, coupe roof line, short rear deck, massive wheel wells and an assortment of special characteristics including the iconic gas cap that pays tribute to the original Challenger.

Dodge also wants you to remember only the original and current models, forgetting that the Challenger name was ever ascribed to a captive import supplied to them by Mitsubishi in the late 1970s to early 1980s. Car manufacturers are prone to making huge marketing mistakes (as in naming that imported model the Challenger) — get behind the wheel of the current iteration and all is forgiven.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core

The 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core retails from $39,485, well above the $26,495 base price for this model. SRT stands for “street and racing technology” a sub-brand and performance department that has brought forth several Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep variants as well as the Dodge (SRT) Viper.

You will be forgiven if you find that the Challenger’s nine editions present some overlap. There are special 100th anniversary Dodge models included in the mix and, besides, the 2014 Challenger is the last of the current generation. The next generation comes out this summer and will include the 707-horsepower Hellcat.

For 2014, the SRT Core is the most powerful Dodge Challenger you can buy and the only one outfitted with the larger of two HEMI engines offered by Chrysler today: a 6.4-liter V-8 making an even 470 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. It is a normally aspirated, 16-valve HEMI engine paired with a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. Sadly, my tester had the slush box (hangs head down in shame).

Despite the automatic, the Challenger SRT serves up lots of power and in spades. This sports coupe begs to be let loose, delivering a sweet, guttural exhaust note that will urge you to take authoritative action. Quite simply, you are commanded to respond.

Take it to the Track

And that response means shifting the transmission into drive and letting it take you up to speed, bringing you to 60 mph in approximately 4.7 seconds and enabling you to punch through the quarter mile in under 13 seconds. If you are fortunate enough to get in some track time, the SRT’s top speed is 182 mph.

The Challenger SRT is a speeding ticket waiting to happen. Cruise control can keep you under control until you arrive at your secret destination where you can open her up. And it is somewhere out there where you will fully appreciate the twisting power under your control as you take the speedometer up yet another notch.

To its credit, Dodge outfitted the SRT Challenger with a sport-tuned steering, a rear stabilizer bar, a high performance suspension system, and a 3.92 rear axle ratio. This two-ton beast feels and looks heavy, but manages to stay planted even as it negotiates twisty roads.

I am not recommending that you perform the same tricks with the SRT Challenger that you might undertake in a BMW M6 or a Porsche Cayman S, but I will say that you should feel more comfortable in turning things up a notch than you would with the base model. Need to stop fast? You have vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo fixed calipers at the ready.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core

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Keeping Up With Appearances

Dodge called the test model’s paint scheme, “plum crazy pearl.” You might reference it as “purple people-eater” or something to that end. Either way, the color elicited not a few comments, mostly positive, and some “wows” as well. The oddity about this model is that the handsome “392” badging found near the front wheels in older models was replaced with black stickers, something a few people noticed and expressed disappointment in. I cannot say why the change was made, but I will say that the older look was the better look.

Inside, the cabin is roomy up front, fairly cramped in the back and laid out simply. Nothing to brag about as far as materials used — lots of plastics, bright work trim and cloth seat surfaces with SRT embossed on the headrests. Even so, it is a marked improvement over the first generation model with clean, easy to read analog displays, useful steering wheel mounted controls and a colorful infotainment system display that is easy to read and configure as you zoom your way around.

Beneath the center stack is the console containing the transmission shifter, a cup holder and a smart phone holder. That latter holder is more of a slot, a smart way to hold your delicate device as you run the Challenger through your paces.

Price As Tested

The test model retailed for $44,925, with nearly $4,500 in optional equipment added and a $1,000 gas guzzler tax slapped on the hood. Rated 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for a combined 17 mpg, you get “fined” for the pleasure of putting the pedal to the metal.

As equipped, a six-speaker Boston Acoustics audio package was a $450 add on. An electronics convenience package added another $750, delivering a security alarm, power heated side mirrors, and a temperature and compass gauge. The slush box added another $1,200 with performance tires tagging on an additional $150. The UConnect infotainment system was extra as well ($895), bringing in the 6.5-inch display, a Garmin navigation system and Sirius Travel Link, among other benefits.

On the storage side of the house, Dodge provides a split-folding rear seat that expands storage space smartly. I think most people who buy this car do so with only themselves and perhaps their “significant other” in mind. Thus, the added storage room gained by folding down the rear seat is an important benefit.

Beyond 2014

When writing about the Challenger you can’t escape talking about “what’s next.” That “next” is the 2015 edition or next generation model that at first glance seems more like a refresh than anything else. What will be changed is the interior, providing a more sophisticated and refined look. The 707-hp supercharged Hellcat also makes it debut, a limited edition model priced from $59,995.

The Dodge Challenger certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you like the look and feel of a traditional sport coupe, it bears your consideration. Your only question at this point is whether to grab a 2014 or go with the 2015. I can’t give you the answer, so I guess you will have to try them both.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Core

  • Sticker price from $39,485
  • Price as tested: $44,925
  • Seats 5 occupants
  • 6.4-liter 16-valve HEMI V-8 engine
  • 470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
  • 470 foot-pounds of torque @ 4,200 rpm
  • 4.09 inches bore by 3.72 inches stroke
  • Engine compression ratio: 10:9-to-1
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Wheelbase: 116.0 inches
  • Length: 197.7 inches
  • Width: 75.7 inches
  • Height: 57.1 inches
  • Passenger volume: 91.5 cubic feet
  • Storage volume: 16.2 cubic feet
  • Towing capacity: NR
  • EPA: 14 mpg city, 23 mpg highway
  • Premium grade gasoline
  • Fuel tank: 19.4 gallons
  • Curb weight: From 4,231 pounds
  • IIHS safety rating: Not available
  • Limited vehicle warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years/100,000 miles
  • Corrosion warranty: 3 years/Unlimited miles
  • Vehicle assembly: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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American Luxury Sedan: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

2014 Lincoln MKZ.

The Ford Motor Company has turned its attention to reviving Lincoln, once a leading luxury brand. In the past decade Lincoln has been overtaken by three German makes, three Japanese makes as well as Cadillac, its domestic competitor.

2014 Lincoln MKZ.

2014 Lincoln MKZ.

2014 Lincoln MKZ

Two new models — the MKZ and MKC crossover — are among a group of new or updated products Ford has promised for Lincoln, vehicles that should help begin to turn the tide for the flagging brand. A 2014 Lincoln MKZ AWD edition was a recent weekly driver, an all-new second generation midsize sedan model.

The Lincoln MKZ made its debut in 2007 replacing the Zephyr name rolled out the year before. The name change was made to align the sedan with the brand’s new three-letter naming convention with all vehicles, except the Navigator, starting with an MK followed by a unique third letter. Initially, Lincoln referred to these models as “Mark” Z or “Mark” X, but customers and analysts simply say “em-kay” followed by the letter. Yes, Lincoln’s nomenclature is one of the least understood, one that this writer would love to see scrapped.

Naming convention aside, the Lincoln MKZ is a five-passenger front- or all-wheel drive midsize sedan. Audi and Acura take the same front/all-wheel drive approach while the other German makes, Lexus, Infiniti and Cadillac offer standard rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive optional. Allow me to cut to the chase here: if you prefer superior handling, all-wheel drive is the way to go.

As before, the Lincoln MKZ shares its platform and most of its mechanical underpinnings with the Ford Fusion. The current MKZ has unique sheet metal and enough exterior differences to present a distinctly different model. Indeed, when I presented the MKZ to several friends, not one knew about the Ford Fusion similarity. After that, I figured that it was a point not mentioning — the MKZ’s designers did an admirable job of working with what they had to dress the Lincoln for success.


Standard Turbo, Available V-6

Lincoln offers MKZ shoppers two engine options. Only the base engine, a 2.0-liter direct injection, turbocharged four cylinder can be found in the Ford Fusion. The base engine makes 240 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque. The available 3.7-liter normally aspirated V-6 is rated at 300 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 277 foot-pounds of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed select shift automatic transmission and paddle shifters.

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is priced from $34,190 and offers standard front-wheel drive and the base engine. For $36,080 you get all-wheel drive. The base V-6 retails from $35,420 or $37,310 when outfitted with all-wheel drive. Also available is a Lincoln MKZ hybrid, priced from $35,190.

Like some of its competitors — Infiniti comes to mind — the Lincoln MKZ is sold in one trim level. The base models are outfitted with a Premiere equipment group that also includes an 11-speaker sound system, continuously controlled damping suspension, electric-power assisted steering and active noise control.

Packages and Upgrades

The other three packages are: Select ($1,145), Reserve ($3,195) and Preferred ($5,375). The first package brings in a rear view camera, rear parking sensors and an HD radio. The second package features a voice recognition navigation system, a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and a power deck lid. The third package brings in 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats and an excellent THX II premium audio system.

Beyond the packages there are additional upgrades you can select, including a single panel moonroof ($1,200) or a retractable panoramic roof ($2,995), the latter unique to this model and like nothing else you have seen before (more about that later). A technology package ($2,250) brings in multiple safety features including adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist as well as active park assist.

As for the test model at hand, the top packages plus smoke quartz tricoat paint ($495), multi contour seats ($595) and inflatable rear seat belts ($195) were added. Some $13,135 in options pushed the final price of this weekly driver to $52,110.

2014 Lincoln MKZ AWD

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Exterior Embellishments

Of the sedan’s design language, Lincoln calls it “subtly distinctive” perhaps to send a message that the look is not radical, but has certain stand out features of note.

One of those features is the stylish split wing grill that defines the front fascia. It represents Lincoln’s current design language, offering a more elegant and contemporary persona than the previous layout. Other enhancements include: A steeply-raked windshield, profile characteristics and a taillight arrangement that spans the entire length of the rear deck.

Interior Amenities

Slip in behind the wheel and the Lincoln’s high-tech design is immediately evident. You may wonder where the transmission shifter is as it isn’t attached to the steering column nor is it found on the center console. Instead, Lincoln provides a five push button vertical control panel to the left of the center stack’s screen, an arrangement that frees up room where it is most needed.

Lincoln wraps the seats and steering wheel in leather with genuine wood trim found across the instrument panel, around the cluster and on the interior of the doors. The instrument cluster features a brightly lit and easy to change message center. Other interior amenities include: dual zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, power heated side mirrors and 10-way power operated front seats.

Perhaps the main challenge for a Lincoln MKZ owner is getting used to the center stack. Not only does it feature transmission and navigation controls, but it also dispenses with the traditional switches and knobs for climate control and the audio system. Instead, a pair of horizontal bars control temperature and sound, simply by running a finger to the right to increase air circulation or sound, or back to left to decrease the same. It is a simple to use arrangement, but it does take getting used to.

The Lincoln MKZ offers comfortable, supportive and cushy seats up front and a very good bench seat to the rear. Three can ride in the back fairly comfortably, but room for two is the ideal. Fold down the center compartment for your drinks and arm rest or make use of the pass through to bring with you your gear, such as your skis.

The single most outstanding feature of the 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a $2,995 option worth considering. And that option is a panoramic, retractable roof that transforms rather ordinary premium sedan into an extraordinary and handsome motorcar. The unique roof is fetching in its closed position alone. When open, it offers convertible-like access to the great outdoors as its 15.2-square-foot panel slides partially own the rear window.

There is nothing else like it on the market, what gives this sedan an open air feel that no moonroof offers without the hassle of a drop down roof. I had it open only twice, but it was an enjoyable experience that makes all the difference for this car.

The Drive

I would have been disappointed had Lincoln offered a weak engine with this sedan. Happily, the base two-liter four is robust and the V-6 rivals the performance of motors found in competing models. With 300 horses at work, it was always more than enough power to deliver. The trade-off here is gas mileage, coming in at a combined 21 mpg. If excellent fuel mileage is important to you, then the MKZ hybrid delivering 37 mpg with its combined 188 horsepower might be worth a look. That model carries a $1,000 price premium over the base edition.

Electric-powered steering, continuously controlled damping (CCD) and all-wheel drive combine to deliver good steering and handling. The CCD system automatically adjusts the shocks as road conditions warrant to ensure a smooth ride and improved handling. Lincoln provides three driving modes: normal, comfort and sport to provide the desired measure of control you want.

Model Considerations

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a step in the right direction, offering many of the luxury touches that buyers want and expect in this class. While some of its competitors such as the BMW 3-Series and Cadillac ATS provide better handling and a more robust driving experience, this Lincoln matches up quite well in the technology and interior comfort departments. The on-dash transmission shifter, the THX II audio system and the state-of-the-art reclining roof are among the special features that help this luxury sedan get noticed.

2014 Lincoln MKZ AWD

  • Sticker price from $38,080
  • Price as tested: $52,110
  • Seats 5 occupants
  • 3.7-liter 24-valve V-6 engine
  • 300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
  • 277 foot-pounds of torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • 3.70 inches bore by 3.40 inches stroke
  • Engine compression ratio: 10:5-to-1
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
  • Length: 194.1 inches
  • Width: 73.4 inches
  • Height: 58.2 inches
  • Passenger volume: 96.4 cubic feet
  • Storage volume: 15.4 cubic feet
  • Towing capacity: 1,000 pounds
  • EPA: 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway
  • Regular grade gasoline
  • Fuel tank: 17.5 gallons
  • Curb weight: From 3,849 pounds
  • IIHS safety rating: Top Safety Pick+
  • Limited vehicle warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 6 years/70,000 miles
  • Corrosion warranty: 5 years/Unlimited miles
  • Vehicle assembly: Hermosillo, Mexico

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