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 Traverse is one of a set of General Motors fraternal triplets that also includes the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. It's a full-size unibody crossover SUV, offered in front-drive (standard) and all-wheel-drive editions, similar in size to the body-on-frame Tahoe, but some 500 lb. lighter. The roomy interior provides comfortable seating for eight and up to 116 cu. ft. of cargo space. GM's 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 and a smooth 6-speed automatic, reprogrammed for quicker shifts, combine to provide respectable acceleration and fair fuel economy. Updates for 2013 include a freshened front fascia, revised interior with upgraded materials, a new center stack with enhanced connectivity, and a comprehensive array of safety features that includes an industry-first front center airbag.
While the majority of Grand Cherokees sold will never see a dirt road, let alone a genuine 4x4 trail, buyers can be confident that their “Trail Rated” midsize SUV can put its rivals to shame on the rough stuff. But roughing it is not what the Grand Cherokee is about. It’s about a premium driving environment in a rock-ready 4x4. Last year’s remake addressed many nagging issues with the Grand, such as cramped second-row quarters and underwhelming interior quality. The new Selec-Terrain and Quadra-Lift air suspension systems deliver improved on- and off-road performance (courtesy of five drive settings), and the new Overland Summit model raises luxury to decadent levels. Returning for 2012 is the fire-breathing SRT8—a boulevard screamer high on sporty moves, a sporty cockpit and the 6.4L Hemi’s insane 470 bhp.
The GMC Yukon has a fresh and comfortable interior. Building on a recent redesign, it carries over for 2014 with a sleek body mounted on a strong, stiff frame with power steering, disc brakes, and a touring suspension.
Available in 2WD or 4WD and in three trims, the Yukon seats up to nine passengers and is rated to tow up to 8500 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package on the 4x2 model. The SLE and SLT trims both come with a standard 320-hp V8 5.3-liter engine which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to a an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. The 2WD or AWD Denali trims come with a standard 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Safety features standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with dynamic rear proportioning, StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar.
For 2014, the GMC Yukon has some exterior paint changes and the optional Convenience package is now standard equipment on the SLE trim.
The Regal is Buick's mid-size sport sedan, featuring sleek, aggressive styling, a high level of standard equipment, and impressive attention to detail. It seats five passengers in comfort, while providing responsive handling and a dynamic, yet refined, ride.
The front-wheel drive Regal is available with three different four-cylinder engines that feature direct fuel injection, they include a 182-hp 2.4-liter with the mild hybrid eAssist system, a 220-hp 2.0-liter turbo and a 270-hp 2.0-liter High Output turbo in the GS. Drivers also have a choice between a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and a conventional six-speed manual transmission (turbo engines only). Every Regal is outfitted with aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio and a USB port. Additional trim-dependent standard and optional equipment includes a power sunroof, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, passive entry/start, garage door opener, upgraded audio and a navigation system. The GS model gets an exclusive treatment that includes a GS-specific grille and front/rear fascia treatments, an adaptive performance-tuned suspension with Interactive Drive Control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats and piano black interior trim accents. Standard safety features on all Regal's include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems, OnStar and a tire pressure monitor, as well as six airbags; rear side airbags and rear parking assist are also available.