The Volkswagen Eos is a unique all-season convertible with an integrated power panoramic sunroof that sets it apart from all other retractable hardtop convertibles on the market.
The 2013 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are four available trims: Komfort, Sport, Lux, and Executive. Standard features include heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SIRIUS satellite radio, and Bluetooth Handsfree wireless connectivity. Safety features include active seat-integrated rollover bars, daytime running lights, electronic stability program, hill hold control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags. Steering linked Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights are standard on all but the Komfort trim.
For 2013, a new Sport trim has been added to the line-up.
City dwellers have a common plight: There’s no place to park. Scion iQ to the rescue! A mere 10 ft. long, this new micro-mini fits just about anywhere. Although it looks like it escaped from Disneyland, the iQ is a real car with all the refinement expected from parent company Toyota. A 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed with a continuously variable transmission provides spunk to keep up with traffic. Efficient packaging results in “3+1” seating with space for an adult behind the front passenger while a kid can squeeze in behind the driver. Eleven airbags, stability control, ABS and traction control are standard. The iQ EV, a pure electric variant powered by lithium-ion batteries will be limited to fleet sales and car-sharing programs for now.
Try not to stare. This hot hatch making your heart race is a Volvo. The C30 is a sexy compact with attitude. It’s also fun to drive thanks to the standard turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that puts out a delightful 227 bhp. While the C30 T5 remains the most affordable Volvo, the R-Design appeals to extroverts with a full body kit, leather seating and alloy pedals. It also ups the fun factor with sport chassis tuning and 18-in. wheels. New this year, both models can be enhanced with Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels that include goodies like LED daytime running lights, 650-watt premium sound, a sunroof and navigation. While the 6-speed manual is our gearbox of choice, an available 5-speed automatic lets drivers shift for themselves whenever the urge strikes. Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System, xenon headlights and Keyless Drive remain optional.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a solid choice among compact SUVs. It's suitable for anyone who wants off-road capability or needs to manage the daily drive in a comfortable, competent manner. New for 2013 the Grand Vitara has an updated front fascia and grille, as well as new alloy wheels.
The Grand Vitara is offered in three trims: Base, Premium, and Limited. The standard engine is a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and Suzuki's 4-Mode, full-time 4WD system with transfer case lock and low-range is optional. Safety features include side-impact and side-curtain airbags, 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. Bluetooth and an integrated navigation system with Lane Assist and 3D graphic view are standard on all trims. Alloy wheels, Smartkey keyless ignition, heated seats, and a leather interior are available features.
The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover sport utility that answers the call for a roomy vehicle with utility and style. It isn't a truck. Nor is it a minivan. Yet it's more than a car.
The front-, or all-wheel drive Edge is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the Edge Sport adds a 305-hp 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6; both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sport adds steering wheel shift paddles. Available on the front-wheel drive SE, SEL and Limited trims is a 237-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which boasts enhanced fuel economy. Standard safety features on all models include six airbags, four wheel anti-lock brakes, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, auto-locking power locks, an occupant classification system and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning, blind spot detection, rear-view camera and rain sensing wipers. MyFord driver connect technology manages all the information the driver needs, with minimal distraction to actually driving.
For 2013, the SE is now available in all-wheel drive, and four new paint colors have been added.