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.
Sailing along in the mid-size sedan segment is the Azera, a handsome 4-door sedan with ample room for adults front and rear, "fluidic styling" as Hyundai likes to call it, and lots of welcome features. The roomy interior boasts such features as standard leather seating surfaces, power seats in the front, and heated seats front and rear. Other features you might not expect are an auto-dimming mirror, power rear sunshade and manual rear side-window shades. Beneath the hood lies a Hyundai's Lambda II 3.3-liter V-6 engine with high-pressure direct injection that aids in bringing the horsepower up to 293 at 6400 rpm, while torque is rated at 255 lb-ft at 5200. The Azera's transmission is a 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic manual control for those who wish to be in command. The Azera slots in nicely between the Sonata and the Genesis, with a 112-inch wheelbase and overall length of 193.3 in. Making this sedan into a smooth cruiser is the MacPherson-strut front suspension and the multi-link rear setup, which also provide good handling. It's also worth noting that such items as a standard navigation system, three months of XM Satellite Radio, digital HD radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and a place to plug in your iPod are included. And, as with all Hyundai vehicles, there is that 10-year/100,000 powertrain warranty.
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a luxury all-wheel drive sedan built in England. The Flying Spur's 6.0-liter W12 engine produces 552 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, and is matched with a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with steering column mounted gearshift paddles. The Flying Spur Speed uses the same engine, but horsepower is bumped up to 600 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The computer-controlled adaptive air suspension with automatic ride height control includes manual driver adjustment for ride height and damper settings. Continuous all-wheel drive, traction control and stability control are standard equipment. A navigation system, Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, multi-zone climate control, power trunk opening and closing, and heated and ventilated memory power seats with massaging lumbar are standard equipment. Premium grade leather and genuine wood trim are used throughout the interior.
The Flying Spur features a luxurious handcrafted interior with a large variety of custom trim options, including aluminum and numerous types of wood veneers. Several wheel styles in chrome and painted finishes are available. The Flying Spur Speed features dark chromed radiator and lower grilles, sports-tuned exhaust, lowered sports suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, "diamond quilted" leather seat facings, and other interior upgrades. An available sunroof includes a solar panel that powers ventilation fans when the vehicle is stationary to maintain interior temperatures. A refrigerated bottle cooler in the rear armrest and a rear reversing camera is also available. Optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes (available on 20-inch wheels) provide improved brake feel. Radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control, iPod/MP3/USB interface, and a Naim stereo system are also available.
The Expedition is often seen with a large trailer in tow, a task that is easily handled, since this capacious SUV is built alongside Ford's F-150 and Super Duty pickups at the company's Kentucky truck plant. Although underpinned by a truck frame, the Expedition and its three rows of passenger seats has handling that belies its size, due to an independent rear suspension and double-wishbone design up front, whether ordered in rear- or 4-wheel drive. Two wheelbases are offered; the EL's is one foot longer and provides additional cargo space behind the third-row seating. For 2013, an integrated trailer-brake controller comes with the heavy-duty tow package, and dual headrestraint- mounted DVD systems are optional for rear passenger entertainment.
The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe combines coupe-like agility and style with the versatility of a SUV. The distinctive 4-door, 4-passenger X6 features two rear seats in a sculpted single-seat design and BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
The BMW X6 is available in two trim levels: xDrive35i and xDrive50i. The xDrive35i is powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i boasts a twin-turbo V8, generating 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Both engines feature direct fuel injection, and are mated to an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with Steptronic manual shift mode and steering wheel paddles. Additionally, BMW's Dynamic Performance Control is standard on the X6, distributing drive force between the rear wheels and enhancing its sporty handling characteristics. Other standard equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, power liftgate, bi-xenon adaptive headlamps, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and HD radio; the xDrive50i is further outfitted with multi-contour seats and a voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage and DVD video capability (optional on the xDrive35i). Safety features on every X6 include anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control with traction control and rollover sensor, front and rear parking sensors and a tire pressure monitor, as well as front side-impact airbags and overhead curtain airbags for both rows.