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 Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover sport utility that answers the call for a roomy vehicle with utility and style. It isn't a truck. Nor is it a minivan. Yet it's more than a car.
The front-, or all-wheel drive Edge is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the Edge Sport adds a 305-hp 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6; both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sport adds steering wheel shift paddles. Available on the front-wheel drive SE, SEL and Limited trims is a 237-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which boasts enhanced fuel economy. Standard safety features on all models include six airbags, four wheel anti-lock brakes, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, auto-locking power locks, an occupant classification system and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning, blind spot detection, rear-view camera and rain sensing wipers. MyFord driver connect technology manages all the information the driver needs, with minimal distraction to actually driving.
For 2013, the SE is now available in all-wheel drive, and four new paint colors have been added.
The Town & Country is almost pretentious, given its close ties to the popular Dodge Grand Caravan. Sure, its upscale trimmings, elegant exterior and standard equipment, such as leather seating and rear-seat DVD player, set the Town & Country apart from its Dodge counterpart, but its not-so-velvet drivetrain (no knock on the 3.6-liter V-6) and soft handling when compared to some minivans in its class give astute buyers pause. What does set this year's model apart is its available industry-exclusive Blu-ray DVD player with HDMI input. Folks needing to haul big toys will like the standard trailer sway damping and power folding mirrors on the Limited (optional on Touring L). The ParkView rear backup camera is standard on all three models.
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.
The Buick Verano is a compact luxury sedan, featuring upscale styling, progressive technologies, with comfortable seating for five and a high level of standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive Verano is available in four trim levels: Base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group. It is powered by either a 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection or a new 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the premium trim. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and an optional six-speed manual available for the 2.0-liter turbo. Every Verano is outfitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio, USB port and Buickâ??s IntelliLink system, which allows smartphone integration and audio streaming through the vehicleâ??s infotainment centre, controlled via a seven-inch LCD touch screen. The Convenience Group adds heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, 6-way power driverâ??s seat and rear parking assist. The Leather Group is further equipped with heated front seats, leather upholstery, passive entry/start, upgraded audio and a heated steering wheel while the new Premium Group adds dual exhaust and a flushmount rear spoiler. Standard safety features 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 ten airbags.
For 2013 the Buick Verano adds a new trim with the Premium Group that includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Also there is a new tech feature available: side blind zone alert with rear cross traffic alert.