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 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.
The Volvo XC70 is a crossover wagon providing comfort and stability on the road, and security and peace of mind on rough roads or when the weather turns bad. New for 2014 the XC70 has been updated inside and out.
A very functional wagon, the XC70 features higher ground clearance and SUV styling. Available in all-wheel or front-wheel drive the XC70 3.2 features a 240-hp 3.2-liter inline-six. A 230-hp 3.2-liter PZEV engine is available. The all-wheel drive XC70 T6 includes a 300-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Both engines are paired with a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission, allowing driver selectable shifting. With seating for 5 and a flat folding back seat the XC70 offers great versatility and maximum cargo capacity. Safety features include electronic stability control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth and Hill Descent Control.
For 2014, the Volvo XC70 has been refreshed and updated.
How can one quickly identify the 2012 S80 versus last year's model? Just look for the Volvo Sensus housed in the center of the redesigned instrument panel. This color monitor is the command center for the S80's audio and available navigation systems. It also enables drivers to customize certain vehicle functions to suit their tastes. But first, choose the S80 3.2 with its 240-bhp normally aspirated I-6 or step up to the turbocharged T6 AWD that generates 300 bhp. Next, equip either with new Premier Plus or Platinum trim levels that group options for convenience. A Dynamic Package, offered on the T6, adds sport seats, xenon headlights and a sport chassis. City Safety is now standard. Using a closing-velocity sensor, it pre-charges the brakes or automatically applies them if it senses a low-speed collision is imminent with a car in front.
The 3 Series coupe and convertible models get a mild refresh for 2011, including new head- and taillights, hood, grille, side skirts and front and rear fascias. All 335i models (sedan, coupe and convertible) receive the new N55 single-turbo inline-6, while the new 335is (in both coupe and convertible) uses a higher-output version of the N54 twin-turbo inline-6, rated at 320 bhp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque (with an overboost function for 370 lb.-ft.). The 335is will be available with the DCT gearbox ($1575), marking the dual-clutch system’s first appearance in a 3 Series other than the M3. Speaking of the M3, there’s a new M3 Competition Package for even sharper handling. Look for an all-new 3 Series sedan toward the end of 2011 as a 2012 model.