In a bid to compete with the incoming crop of miniaturized crossover vehicles, such as the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, Buick is set to introduce the Encore in early 2013. With roughly the same interior volume of a Chevrolet Sonic 5-door, the Encore will also share its turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec engine, outputting 140 bhp with 148 lb.-ft. of torque. This should return some respectable fuel economy figures, thought we're slightly concerned about its acceleration potential. Manufacturer specs have the Encore carrying an additional 415 lb. over the Sonic LTZ for the front drive model, and around 535 lb. more with all-wheel drive. BMW's slightly heavier X1, by comparison, will come with no less than 240 bhp (and 260 lb.-ft.) and as much as 300 bhp (with 300 lb.-ft.). Regardless, the Encore promises an environment of luxury within a tiny package. It'll come with features such as remote ignition, dual climate control, Bose premium audio, as well as Buick's first application of active noise cancelling technology—dubbed QuietTuning. As safety is always a concern, especially with smaller vehicle segments, the Encore is available with a number of electronic aids (forward collision alert, lane departure warning), as well as 10 standard airbags to shield occupants when things head south. Only time can tell if this new ilk of automobile will find success in the U.S. market, though the Encore should have a leg up on price over the competition.
The BMW 7-series is the pinnacle of BMW sedans. A big luxury sedan that is loaded with state-of-the-art technology to keep you safe on today's roads.
The 760Li is powered by a direct-injection, 535-hp 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 760 has an incredible list of standard luxury features such as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated and cooled 16-way multi-contour front seats, heated and cooled rear seats with power and memory functions, power trunk lid, leather wrapped dash top, premium sound system, voice-activated navigation system on a 10.2-inch color monitor, HD radio and BMW Assist emergency and information communications. Standard run-flat performance tires wrap 19-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control with surround-view cameras, adaptive brake lights, steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights with high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, provide active safety.
For 2014, the base audio system is now harman/kardon, a new Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster is now standard, and the iDrive controller adds a multi-touch surface to the top of the control knob.
The Cruze is Chevrolet's newest entrant in the highly contested compact sedan segment. It is based on a global platform that has been refined for America with an emphasis on fuel economy.
The Cruze features two new small-displacement four-cylinder engines; a 140-hp 1.4-liter turbo, or a 138-hp naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter. Depending on trim, a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. Available safety features include ten airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control and anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer. The Cruze can be equipped with features such as heated leather power seating, sunroof, remote start, satellite radio, navigation system and automatic climate control.
The Tacoma sports a fresh look with a new grille, headlights, front bumper and hood. Cabins gain redesigned instrument panels, steering wheels and center consoles. The TRD Sport package adds side mirrors with integrated turn signals plus available 18-in. alloys and waterproof seat fabric. New optional audio systems for Access Cabs include six speakers, XM satellite radio and Bluetooth. Double Cabs offer display audio with HD radio, seven JBL speakers and Toyota's Entune mobile application services. An unchanged lineup features a wealth of choices including a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine, 4.0-liter V-6, plus 4x2 and 4x4 models. The X-Runner targets enthusiasts with a 6-speed manual gearbox, sport-tuned chassis and optional TRD supercharger kit.
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.