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.
How can one quickly identify the 2012 S80 versus last year's model? Just look for the Volvo Sensus housed in the center of the redesigned instrument panel. This color monitor is the command center for the S80's audio and available navigation systems. It also enables drivers to customize certain vehicle functions to suit their tastes. But first, choose the S80 3.2 with its 240-bhp normally aspirated I-6 or step up to the turbocharged T6 AWD that generates 300 bhp. Next, equip either with new Premier Plus or Platinum trim levels that group options for convenience. A Dynamic Package, offered on the T6, adds sport seats, xenon headlights and a sport chassis. City Safety is now standard. Using a closing-velocity sensor, it pre-charges the brakes or automatically applies them if it senses a low-speed collision is imminent with a car in front.
The Volkswagen Beetle is now in it's third generation and has been designed as a modern interpretation of the original Beetle that respects the past and looks forward to the future.
The Volkswagen Beetle is a front-wheel drive, four-seater in either a hatchback or convertible body. Engine choices are a 170-hp 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder engine, a 210-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, or a 140-hp turbo diesel (TDI) four-cylinder. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic for the 2.5L, and a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with the 2.0T or TDI. Safety features include front and side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring system, and daytime running lights.
For 2014, an R-Line trim is available on both bodystyles, while a GSR trim is new to the hatchback. Also, all trims now have multi-link rear suspension that replaces the torsion beam. Later in the model year, a new 1.8T four-cylinder engine will replace the 2.5L.
From mild to wild, Mercedes offers E-Class models to suit everyone's fancy. The E350 sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon gain a new 3.5-liter 302-bhp direct-injection V-6 and 7-speed automatic. An unchanged BlueTEC diesel remains a sedan option. E550 models receive a new 402-bhp 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8. A wagon joins the sedan for the hot E63 AMG treatment including a new 518-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 and 7-speed MCT transmission. The former also features a panorama roof and rearview camera. E-Class safety, infotainment and luxury equipment varies by model. Convertibles are fitted with a 2-piece Aircap wind deflector to help reduce turbulence with the top down. Wagons have standard 7-passenger seating, a power tailgate and rear air suspension.
R&T Overview:Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the new VW Passat is a bona fide competitor for the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s super roomy inside, especially in back, and there’s a choice of three engines: a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder with 177 bhp, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder with 140 bhp and VW’s 3.6-liter VR6 with 280. Don’t be fooled by the diesel’s low bhp; this oil-burner has lots of torque, and although it does not make this new Passat exceptionally quick, it’s very efficient, able to squeeze 43 miles out of a gallon of diesel fuel when mated to the 6-speed manual transmission. If you value luxury over efficiency, get the 3.6 SEL Premium, which has leather, keyless entry, navigation, power seats and interior chrome accents.