So you’ve got a large family. Does that mean that you should have to sacrifice luxury for an 8-passenger van? Infiniti doesn’t think so, and it’s betting you won’t, either—which is why it invested in an all-new QX56 just last year. Understandably, the big Q is mostly carryover for 2012, the only changes being the addition of features to the available Technology, Deluxe Touring and Theater Packages. Available in 2- or 4-wheel drive, the QX only comes in one well-equipped trim level, then lets you customize it from there with a long list of available equipment. Standard features include leather-trimmed, heated front seats; 13-speaker Bose audio system; Tri-Zone automatic temperature control; Bluetooth hands-free phone system and navigation.
Garish, or just livin' large? You make the call with the QX56. But there's no denying the space (seats up to eight) or functionality (tows up to 8500 lb.) of this massive, somewhat porcine vehicle. Power is provided by a direct-injected 5.6-liter 400-bhp V-8 mated to a 7-speed automatic, and a choice of 2wd or 4wd. But that's one of few choices you'll make, as there's just one lavishly appointed trim level, with a navigation system and 13-speaker Bose audio. We'd opt for the dual-monitor Theater Package to keep the kids entertained, which features an upgraded remote control and interface for 2013. Also, Moving Object Detection is added to the standard Around View Monitor and auto-dimming exterior mirrors are standard.
The bold and exciting Nissan JUKE Sport Cross has distinctive concept-car styling and this small sport crossover offers great performance and economy together with a comfortable and practical interior.
The JUKE seats five with plenty of storage space and is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and NISMO. The standard engine is a 188-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct gasoline injection. The NISMO includes an upgraded 197-hp engine. Together with an advanced CVT or six-speed manual transmission the JUKE is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The six-speed manual is available only with the SV and NISMO front-wheel drive trims. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth bucket seats, 60-40 fold-down rear seat, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. The NISMO includes 18-inch wheels with summer tires, and exclusive sport styling. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control. Available features include a navigation system, upgraded Rockford-Fosgate speakers, leather interior, power moonroof, and an Integrated Control (I-CON) system with 3-mode automatic air conditioning.
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.
Available in rear-wheel drive, or xDrive all-wheel drive, the 750i and long-wheelbase 750Li are powered by a direct-injection, 445-hp 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The 750 has many standard luxury features such as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated 16-way multi-contour seats, voice-activated navigation system on a 10.2-inch color monitor, power trunk lid, HD radio and BMW Assist emergency and information communications. Standard run-flat tires wrap 18-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control, adaptive brake lights and steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights provide active safety. High-tech options include a head-up display, surround-view cameras, high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, dual LCD screens for rear seat entertainment and ventilated front seats.
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.
While the Mitsubishi Eclipse hasn't been making many splashes of late, 2012 marks its final year of production. To send it off with a bang, Mitsubishi is releasing the SE, with an updated color scheme on an otherwise unchanged car. The midsize coupe will come with dark argent-finished wheels, Kalapana Black mirror housings that match the roof and argent graphics from the 2008 model year Eclipse. Otherwise, GS, GS Sport and SE models come with an inline-4, while the GT is equipped with a silky-smooth V-6. For all but the base GS, a booming 650-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system will keep all onboard entertained. The Eclipse Spyder mirrors the hardtop trim levels, without the base GS, but adds a power convertible soft-top.