The BMW 435i is the latest addition to the ever growing vehicle line-up from Munich. Formerly the 335i coupe, the new 4-series looks to separate itself from the 3-series sedan on which it is based by offering more aggressive styling and sportier driving.
The 435i is available in rear- or xDrive all-wheel drive and is powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder engine mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission or a no-charge optional six-speed manual. Standard safety features include eight airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability control, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and BMW Assist eCall which includes emergency request and automatic collision notification. BMW's Air Curtain, auto stop-start, and Brake Energy Regeneration alternator help to make the 435i more efficient.
Once upon a time, there was a Corolla wagon. But it just wasn't, you know, cool. So Toyota invented the Matrix crossover. Yeah, we know it looks like a Scion. But hey, the Matrix got here first. Restyled a bit last year, the Matrix is available as a base model with the Corolla's 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, or as a sporty S version that's powered by a larger and more powerful 2.4-liter. All-wheel drive is offered on the latter. The 5-passenger cabin has standard air conditioning, 4-speaker audio and cruise control. Flip down the split-folding rear seats and there's room for nearly 50 cu. ft. of stuff. A Premium Package spiffs up your Matrix with a power moonroof, USB/iPod port, Bluetooth streaming audio and XM satellite radio.
The BMW 428i is the latest addition to the ever growing vehicle line-up from Munich. Formerly the 328i coupe, the new 4-series looks to separate itself from the 3-series sedan on which it is based by offering more aggressive styling and sportier driving.
The 428i is available in rear- or xDrive all-wheel drive and is powered by a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission (RWD only) or an eight-speed automatic. Standard safety features include eight airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability control, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and BMW Assist eCall which includes emergency request and automatic collision notification. BMW's Air Curtain, auto stop-start, and Brake Energy Regeneration alternator help to make the 428i more efficient.
The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart takes the performance attributes of its Italian cousin, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and infuses it with Dodge design. The front is styled with the unmistakable Dodge split crosshair grille while the rear features an available Charger-inspired"racetrack" full-width taillamp design with 152 indirect glow LEDs. Loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever functionality, the Dart sets a new standard in the compact car segment by offering a high level of personalization, roominess, style and fun-to-drive dynamics. The Dart is available in three trims: SE, SXT and Limited. The Rallye Package is built off of the SXT trim. The R/T trim will be available later in the model year.
The standard engine for the SE, SXT and Limited is a 160 horsepower Tigershark 2.0-liter engine combined with a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6 -speed automatic transmission. A 160 horsepower MultiAir Intercooled Turbo 1.4-liter engine with standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT) transmission (available 3rd quarter 2012) features more torque and is available on SXT and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the SE includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, brake-lock differential, traction control, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, hill-start assist, ten airbags, a reactive head-restraint system, power windows and projector headlights. The SXT adds power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, 60-40 rear seats with pass-through, premium cloth seats, front and rear carpet mats, and air conditioning. The Rallye Package includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-color crosshair grille with unique black surround, dual chrome exhaust tips, fog lights and unique premium cloth seat trim with accents. The Limited trim features 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated exterior mirrors, chrome crosshair grill with body-color surround, fog lights, power driver's seat, front passenger in-seat cushion storage, cruise control, Uconnect Touch 8.4 touchscreen CD/MP3 stereo, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, ParkView rear backup camera, a 7-inch TFT customizable instrument cluster display and ambient lighting.
Available equipment includes high-intensity discharge remote headlamps; remote start system; proximity keyless entry; Keyless Enter-N-Go push-button start; rain-sensitive wipers; SmartBeam auto-dimming headlamps; ParkSense rear park assist system; blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection system; active grille shutters; underbody aerodynamic treatment, leather seat trim; heated front seats; front passenger in-seat cushion storage; express open/close sunroof; heated steering wheel; dual-zone automatic temperature control; SiriusXM satellite radio; 506-watt Alpine sound system; and a Uconnect Touch 8.4N CD/MP3/Navigation Multimedia Center.
Despite its popularity on Rodeo Drive, Mercedes’ G-Class is arguably the most competent off-road vehicle in the U.S. Its military origins give the G550 the right stuff for a trip up the Rubicon Trail: live front and rear axles with lockable differentials, a lockable 2-speed transfer case, short overhangs, 115-volt receptacle, and ground clearance galore. Powered by M-B’s 382-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 paired with a 7-speed automatic (or AMG’s 500-bhp supercharged V-8 and 5-speed), the 5622-lb. SUV can hit 60 mph in 6 seconds flat (5.4 for the G55), and conquer an 80-percent grade. The boxlike profile encloses 80 cu.-ft. of cargo space and room for five, surrounded by chrome, burl walnut and leather. Now entering its fourth decade, the G-Class is unchanged for 2011.