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.
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.
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.
Recently introduced in late in 2011, Chevrolet’s subcompact Sonic picked up where the old and outdated Aveo left off—and not a model year too soon. Where the Aveo felt underpowered and dreadfully cheap even at its price point, the Sonic shines with great design inside and out. And now in 2013 the Sonic gets even better with the new RS Hatchback model. The RS comes standard with the same 138 bhp 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec, available in the LT and LTZ, but rides on a 10-mm lower suspension that’s been firmed up for better motion control. New four-wheel disc brakes live behind 5-spoke 17-in. alloy wheels, while sporty new front and rear fasciae are complemented with RS-specific fog lamps, thicker rocker moldings, a new rear spoiler and a prominent exhaust outlet. We originally anticipated Chevy to crank the boost up for the RS’ turbo inline-4, but instead of retuning the engine they swapped in shorter gear ratios for the 6-speed manual (a shorter final drive ratio in the automatic’s case) to improve acceleration. Also included in the RS’ $20,995 price of entry are heated leather front bucket seats trimmed with a suede-like microfiber, as well as a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel and shifter knob, all of which feature red contrast stitching that nicely sets off the exclusive Jet Black interior. Aluminum sport pedals and RS-specific gauge cluster graphics finish the treatment alongside a longer standard-equipment list: MyLink infotainment includes SiriusXM radio/Bluetooth audio/and smart phone integration for access to streaming Pandora and Stitcher Radio. The Sonic RS may not be the hard-core Fiat Abarth fighter we wished for, but it is, without a doubt, a very attractive offering in the subcompact segment.
The ATS sedan continues to offer a world-class driving experience. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that challenges the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-four engine producing 202-hp matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and a 321-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo front brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.