As much as we enjoy the base Mustang's powerful V-6 engine, we understand how tempting it would be to tick the option box for an old-fashioned wallop of American V-8. The Mustang GT coupe is a retro-themed muscle car that, thankfully, has very little in common with its ancestors — other than massive amounts of tire-smoking power and attitude. Included in the GT is a 412-bhp 5.0-liter V-8 engine, coupled to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Selectable electronic steering offers three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Comfort. There are tons of wheel, tire and trim choices available, so customization is never a problem when speccing your Mustang. Cynics (i.e. Camaro and Challenger owners) will deride the solid rear axle that soldiers on for another year. And there's no denying some of the cabin plastics feel a bit chintzy. But measured in terms of price-versus-performance, the Mustang GT coupe is an absolute steal.
The Dodge Avenger is an attractive midsize sedan, most notably for its sporty features and standard equipment which it typically found in higher class vehicles.
The Dodge Avenger is offered in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. Two engine choices are offered on the Avenger, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 3.6-liter flex-fuel V6 engine. Four cylinder engines can be had with either a four-speed automatic transmission, or six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The V6 engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Standard and optional equipment include leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, cruise control, LED brake lights, aluminum wheels, multimedia center with 28 gigabytes of internal memory, USB port, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Safety features found on every Avenger include stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a security system.
The Touareg Hybrid is Volkswagen's first production gas-electric hybrid model. The hybrid powertrain gives buyers a third motive choice in the Touareg family.
The Touareg Hybrid is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and 47-hp electric motor for a combined power output of 380-hp. An 8-speed automatic puts the power to the ground through a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Regenerative braking helps to recharge the battery, and the automatic start-stop system conserves fuel when the vehicle is stopped. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, power memory front seats, Bluetooth, heated front seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, and touch-screen navigation system. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring, rain sensing wipers and front fog lights.
The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is the least expensive German wagon in the North American market and it helps to bridge the gap between the Golf and the Tiguan in VW's lineup.
The Jetta SportWagen offers two different engines, a 2.5-liter gas five-cylinder generating 170 horsepower, and a 140-hp 2.0L TDI clean-diesel four-cylinder for those looking for maximum fuel economy. Buyers that go with either gas engine can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic; while TDI buyers select from either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed DSG auto with Tiptronic. All Jetta SportWagen's are standard with safety features such as six air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and head restraints at all seating positions.
For 2014, a rear view camera has been added as standard equipment to the TDI, and LED license plate lights have been added to all trims.
The Dodge Charger is a boldly designed full-size four-door sedan which can be factory equipped from mild to wild to suit virtually any buyers needs or desires.
The Charger is available in SE, Rallye, R/T and SRT8 trims. SE and Rallye models come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6. A 370-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 comes on R/T models. SRT8 features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on Rallye and R/T trims. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, brake assist, active head restraints, curtain airbags and an ignition immobilizer. Available features include HID headlights, heated front and rear seats, satellite radio, blind spot detection, leather trimmed power seats, power adjustable pedals, navigation system, power sunroof and more.