The LINCOLN MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that has been engineered to capture the attention of a younger demographic by focusing on a clean and elegant overall design. The LINCOLN MKS incorporates all the top-grade luxury items that many have grown to expect from LINCOLN.
The LINCOLN MKS offers customers the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift with paddle activation. Optional on the all-wheel drive is a 365-hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, resulting in V8 power while maintaining the fuel efficiency of a V6. Standard features include MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch touch screen, remote vehicle start, heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system, and a rear view camera. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, LED brake lights, traction control, stability control, and a post crash alert system.
For 2013, the LINCOLN MKS carries over with minimal changes, a rear view camera is added to standard equipment on all models and there are a few new exterior colours to choose from.
The Nissan Titan is a serious, full-size pickup truck designed for work and play. It is available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations, with two body styles - extended (King) Cab and Crew Cab.
The Titan is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. All are powered by a 317-hp 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode. When properly equipped, the Nissan Titan King Cab has a 9500 pound towing capacity and the Crew Cab has a 9300 pound towing capacity. Safety features include active front head restraints, dual front airbags, anti-lock disc brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system. Standard equipment for all models include, side curtain airbags, panic brake assist, and electronic stability control. The PRO-4X and the SL trims feature standard hands free Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
Following a refreshed look last year, the big news for 2013 is a wider choice of engines. The base XF now has a 240-bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, reducing the price by $6000-plus and delivering greatly improved fuel economy. A 340-bhp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 is also available with the option of an all-new awd system, which Jaguar calls Instinctive All-Wheel Drive. All XF models receive a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. V-6 and V-8 models now have the Auto Stop/Start system to further improve fuel economy. A New Speed Pack option for the XFR is available with suspension and aerodynamic improvements to boost its top speed from 155 mph to 174 mph. The XF family also receives the new Meridian audio system and upgraded navigation and infotainment systems.
Lexus has given the 8-passenger LX 570 an exterior makeover, bringing the styling of this large and luxurious SUV into line with new models like the recently revised GS sedan. The brand's spindle grille has been added to the front fascia, while LED daytime running lights add a touch of class to the revised headlights. An optional Luxury Package includes features like a cool box for beverages, a heated steering wheel, mahogany wood trim, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. If you need lots of room, and routinely tow boats or traverse rugged terrain, the body-on-frame LX570 is more than capable. But for many buyers, this SUV could be too much truck for routine urban commutes and trips to the grocery store. A 5.7-liter V-8 delivers 383 bhp and 403 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. That's enough to get this nearly 3-ton truck from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Standard four-wheel-drive, a smooth 6-speed automatic, and active height control ensure forward progress is refined and relaxed. Expect to pay a price at the pump, however, since fuel economy is poor.
The BMW 3 Series has long been the most sporting entry-luxury sedan, but the latest version has been diluted somewhat by an attempt to broaden its base. The suspension is softer and the steering is lighter. However, keen drivers can fix both issues, and still get the 3 Series of their dreams. Switching BMW's driving dynamics control mode from comfort to sport helps, although you must select it again each time you start the car. Better to opt for the M sport suspension (part of the sport package), or the dynamic handling package, which includes the adaptive M suspension and variable sport steering.
The harder decision is which powertrain to choose. Those stretching their budget to get into a 3 Series will be drawn to the new entry-level model, the 320i, which costs more than $4000 less than a 328i. The downside is that the 320i's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes only 180 hp -- down from 240 hp in the 328i. Just like the 328i and the 328d, the 320i allows buyers to swap in a six-speed manual transmission in place of the standard eight-speed automatic as a no-cost option. It also can be had with xDrive all-wheel drive (but only with an automatic transmission).
The 328i's gutsy turbo four manages decent gas mileage with a combined city/highway EPA rating of 27 mpg -- too bad it sounds like a diesel at idle. BMW now offers an actual four-cylinder diesel, the 328d, which is equipped similarly to the 328i but costs $1500 more. You should recoup that premium pretty quickly, however, as the 328d gets spectacular mileage. The 328i and the 328d are available as a sedan (with rear-wheel drive or xDrive) or as an all-wheel-drive sport wagon.
The classic BMW in-line six-cylinder engine, turbocharged to deliver 300 hp, powers the 335i, either as a sedan or the Gran Turismo. This is the most potent 3 Series variant, at least until the M3 returns to the lineup in mid 2014. The 335i is also the only 3 Series sedan where one can combine xDrive and a manual transmission.