For those looking to recapture the spirit of a 1960s ponycar but prefer to leave the old-school mannerisms behind, consider the Dodge Challenger. Regarding style, the 2011 Challenger is on the same page as its predecessor, particularly when dressed with the SE Rallye or R/T Classic package. Inside, the Challenger offers the quality you’d expect from a modern-day interpretation of the original, plus more spacious accommodations for rear seat passengers and luggage than its contemporaries. The V-6 model can’t maximize the Challenger’s ambitions, but add the 5.7-liter Hemi and many sins are forgiven. Better yet, tap the mighty 6.1-liter Hemi SRT8 and you’ve got a road ripper that combines top ride quality (for a true musclecar), legacy styling and sheer brawn.
Luxury in the dreadnought class of SUVs is all-encompassing, and from its plush heated and cooled leather front seating to its power-folding third seat, Lincoln's Navigator delivers a rich coddling. It's all here, including rear and front radar proximity sensors to avoid dings when berthing this 3-ton vessel, and that includes generous helpings of the greatest luxury: room. With just under 160 cu. ft. of interior volume, there's little the Navigator can't carry, especially in the 15-in.-longer L version. Perfected some years ago, there's not a lot new in the Navigator, and its middle-age gasoline V-8 isn't an economy king, but it still tows 9000 lb. in style and is often priced lower than the competition.
The second-generation Continental GT Coupe has been on sale for some time but the new GTC convertible has only just arrived. The new car has essentially the same awd underpinnings but with an updated crisper look and interior. The performance and fuel economy have also been improved and some of the features found on the old Supersports edition have found their way into the regular models. For example, the GT now has a wider track, quick-shift technology and 60 percent of its power is sent to the rear wheels. There will also be a limited-edition (100 models) Supersports Convertible Ice Speed Record (ISR) to celebrate the world record of 205.48 mph. It will be powered by a special 631-bhp twinturbo W-12 engine and have some unique styling cues.
The Ford Expedition carries people, hauls gear, tows boats, and pulls campers. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Expedition will get you there whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or even when there's hardly any road at all.
For 2014 the Expedition is available in four trims: XL, XLT, Limited, and King Ranch. Every Expedition is powered by a SOHC 5.4-liter V-8 that is rated at 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. It is available with either rear-wheel drive or electronically engaged four-wheel drive. A Class IV trailer hitch and trailer sway control are standard. The Expedition offers towing capacities in the 6000-pound range. Safety equipment includes front and side-impact air bags, three-row head-protection curtain air bags, anti-lock braking, and electronic stability control with anti-rollover technology.
Introduced in 2006, Hyundai’s minivan sees little change for 2008 save for a few minor interior package changes (optional power equipment package with dual power side doors, back-up warning system, audio controls on the steering wheel, etc.) and the availability of Bluetooth phone connectivity. The Entourage comes with thoughtful standard features: three-zone climate control with dual driver/front-passenger settings for all three seating sections and heated side mirrors. Active front head restraints are part of the safety fare. The 3.8-liter V-6 produces an impressive 250 bhp in a fairly quiet if workmanlike manner, its 5-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and allows drivers to manually toggle through the gears via the gear selection lever, thanks to Hyundai’s Shiftronic setup.