When it comes to Mustangs, they don’t get any wilder than the Shelby GT500. Available in coupe or convertible format, either model comes with a spine-compressing 650-bhp supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. Top speed is 202 mph and the sprint from 0-60 mph should only take 3.7 seconds. Considering its awesome performance, you might expect the GT500 to be an absolute beast away from the racetrack. Surprisingly, it’s easy to drive – though be warned, the rear tires can spin in 3rd gear. If you’re going racing, the optional Track Package adds an external engine oil cooler, along with coolers for the differential and transmission. Another choice is the Performance Package, which includes sportier springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a Torsen limited-slip diff and cockpit-adjustable Bilstein dampers.
The Hyundai Genesis sedan is a carryover model for 2013 which means no changes from 2012. Nevertheless, it’s worth reviewing what you get for your money. There are three powertrain choices: a 3.8-liter V-6 with 333 bhp; a 4.6-liter V-8 with 385 horsepower; and the Genesis 5.0-liter with an impressive 429 bhp. The transmission for each model is an 8-speed automatic with shift interlock and Shiftronic for those who like to choose gears. And the Genesis also boasts rack-and-pinion steering, disc brakes front and rear, independent suspension, and ample interior room, plus a good-size trunk (15.9 cubic feet). Cruising in the Genesis is a delight with an impressive sound system by Lexicon with 17 speakers, a choice of two navigation systems and a Bluetooth hands-free telephone link. For comfort there is an automatic climate control system, wood-grain interior accents, leather seating surfaces, and more. This is a family-size sedan that offers lots of space, many comfort features and very comfortable ride quality. With all the changes Hyundai has made in several of its other cars for 2013, it’s no wonder that the Genesis sedan is a carryover, especially considering all the improvements made for 2012.
The Accord is Honda's largest car, offering generous interior space for up to five people wrapped in stylish exterior sheet metal.
The Accord is available either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the trim chosen, three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a CVT. Cloth upholstery is standard on all but the EX-L and Touring models, which feature leather seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. Safety is enhanced on all Accords with six standard airbags, including side-impact air bags for front seats and side curtain air bags. Four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, and Brake Assist also come standard. The Accord can be luxuriously equipped with features such as heated power mirrors, power heated front seats, navigation system, LED head and brake lights, lane departure warning and Smart Entry.
The Accord has been completely redesigned for 2013. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder now feature direct injection. Six-speed manual or automatic, and CVT transmission choices replace the previous five-speed units.
The Ford Fusion is an expressive and efficient top choice among midsize sedans.
The Fusion is available in three trim levels, the S, SE, and Titanium; offers three engines, as well as front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the Fusion has something for everyone. The powerteams are a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, a turbo 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic, or a turbo 1.6-liter EcoBoost with a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Safety features include anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control, LED taillights, security system, eight-airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
After a complete redesign for 2013, the Fusion rolls into 2014 with some paint color changes and three new options: rear inflatable seat belts, heated steering wheel and cooled seats.
The all new Subaru XV Crosstrek offers all-weather capability with distinctive styling that sets it apart from other vehicles in this class.
The XV Crosstrek is a four-door hatchback with seating for five. All XV's feature Subaru's Symmetrical full time All-Wheel Drive system and a raised suspension that provides an impressive 8.7-inches of ground clearance. Power comes from a 148-hp 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder 'boxer' engine. The XV Crosstrek is equipped with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT transmission with six manually selectable programmed ratios and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Safety features such as four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction-control, stability-control with a full array of airbags including a drivers knee airbag are standard.