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.
The Accord is Honda's largest car, offering generous interior space for up to five people wrapped in stylish exterior sheet metal.
The Accord is available either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the trim chosen, three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a CVT. Cloth upholstery is standard on all but the EX-L and Touring models, which feature leather seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. Safety is enhanced on all Accords with six standard airbags, including side-impact air bags for front seats and side curtain air bags. Four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, and Brake Assist also come standard. The Accord can be luxuriously equipped with features such as heated power mirrors, power heated front seats, navigation system, LED head and brake lights, lane departure warning and Smart Entry.
The Accord has been completely redesigned for 2013. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder now feature direct injection. Six-speed manual or automatic, and CVT transmission choices replace the previous five-speed units.
Mercedes-Benz calls its newest entry a Sports Tourer, but whatever it’s called, the vanlike R-Class has burst fully formed into the lineup. The R-Class offers everything from an ultra-efficient turbodiesel R320 CDI to a steroid-injected R63 AMG, with the more mundane R350 and R500 filling out the line. All-wheel drive and a 7-speed automatic back all four engines. Despite the quirky form, there’s no arguing with the results, as the long wheelbase and supple chassis tuning provide a smooth ride and agile handling. The vanlike shape has utility written all over it, and the R-Class ably manages to swallow any combination of seven passengers or 85 cu. ft. of stuff. Options range from a DVD rear entertainment system and power tailgate to parking assist and air suspension with Adaptive Damping.
The Forte is Kia's offering in the competitive Compact market segment. Attractive styling, pricing and feature content are what make this car standout.
The Forte sedan is available in LX and EX trims. The LX features a 148-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic transmission is available. The EX features a 173-hp 2.0L four-cylinder matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Forte comes nicely equipped with standard items such as; traction control, stability control, side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, Bluetooth, trip computer and a tire pressure monitoring system. Dual-zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED taillights, power heated and ventilated leather seats, and a power sunroof are just some of the available features.
The Forte has been completely redesigned inside and out for 2014.
The Highlander continues to be praised for its refinement and available Hybrid models. Based on the previous-generation Camry, this crossover delivers one of the smoothest rides in its class. Last year's enhancements included freshened styling along with standard seating for seven. Carryover powertrains include a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder for base and SE. A powerful 3.5-liter V-6 offering front- or awd is standard on Limited and optional on the others. When teamed with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, the V-6 delivers EPA fuel economy of 28 mpg for city and highway. Standard awd employs an electric motor to power the rear wheels, eliminating the driveshaft used on gasoline models. Navigation and rear-seat entertainment systems are Highlander options.