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 Buick Enclave combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a sport utility vehicle.
The Enclave is available in three trims: Convenience, Premium, and Leather. Each trim can be ordered in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All trims feature a contemporary design that incorporates trademark styling cues associated with Buicks of the past. The interior features front bucket seats and can accommodate either seven or eight passengers depending on the seating configuration selected. A direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Enclave offers a luxurious interior with an extensive list of features and amenities, including standard Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, OnStar, satellite radio, automatic climate control and a rear-view camera system. Available equipment includes a sunroof, 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, navigation, and a rear DVD entertainment system.
The MINI Convertible provides the driving enthusiast with a unique combination of fun-to-drive performance, engineering and unconventional open-top attitude for four.
The Convertible is available in three different trims: the Cooper with a 121-hp 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the Cooper S with a direct-injection, 181-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, or the John Cooper Works with a 208-hp version of the Cooper S turbo engine. All trims are mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety equipment includes four airbags, automatic pop-up roll hoops, electronic traction and stability control and anti-lock brakes. A wide variety of interior trim materials and colors are available, as well as features such as bi-xenon headlights, sport suspension, Dynamic Traction Control, navigation system, harman/kardon audio, parking sensors, and satellite radio. Bluetooth and HD radio are standard equipment.
The Hyundai Sonata is a four-door, five-passenger sedan which has an established reputation for being well built and excellent value for money. The Sonata features a stylish coupe-like exterior and modern interior.
The front-wheel drive Sonata is offered in five trim levels: GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. The GLS and Limited are powered by a 198-hp 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The SE features dual-exhaust which increases the engine output to 200-hp using the same 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The SE 2.0T and Limited 2.0T feature a 274-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The standard transmission on all trims is a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC. Standard features include motor driven power steering, air conditioning, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input jacks, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and Blue Link. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control, brake assist, six-airbags, occupancy classification sensor, and active front head restraints.
For 2013, the GLS trim is now standard with the six-speed automatic transmission. Also, the optional Premium Package offered on the Limited trims, now includes a panoramic sunroof.
Those searching for a 7-passenger crossover wearing a Volvo badge have come to the right place. In Volvo's triad of XC models, only the XC90 is fitted with a third-row seat. It also offers the largest cargo compartment, a boon for weekend warriors. This luxuriously appointed chariot comes in 3.2 and R-Design versions. There's a choice of front- or all-wheel drive along with new Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels. Motivation is supplied by a 240-bhp 3.2-liter normally aspirated inline-6. The optional V-8 engine has been discontinued. Active dual xenon headlights and 20-in. alloys are added to the roster of R-Design standards that also include sport-tuned suspension and steering, plus special leather upholstery and watch-dial instrumentation. Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, is optional.