Like most of its corporate stablemates, the Town & Country was sent in 2011 to refinement school, and returned with a re-engineered suspension, richer interior and new 3.6-liter 283-bhp V-6 with 6-speed automatic. For 2012, Chrysler burnishes the Town & Country's luxury credentials by making leather seating and rear-seat DVD standard equipment on all models. Also new is Sapphire Blue interior lighting. Returning are the T&C's many virtues: one-touch fold-down Stow 'n' Go seating, standard power sliding doors, power liftgate, Uconnect Web, side-curtain airbags for all three rows and overhead ambient lighting. The SafetyTec package includes the latest features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear crosspath detection and rain-sensitive wipers.
Leave it to Porsche to put the “sport” into Sport-Utility Vehicle. With the handling and performance you’d expect from one of its sports cars, the Cayenne is more than a gussied-up truck. And it’s brimming with technological features, as you’d expect in a Porsche: dynamic chassis control, self-leveling air suspension and torque vectoring. Although the 300-bhp base model admits you to the club, most buyers prefer the Cayenne S, a nice balance between frugality and fun. The Hybrid with 8-speed automatic speaks to the ecologically conscious, but if your conscience is clear and your wallet is fat, then the 500-bhp 172-mph Turbo, which is loaded with equipment that’s optional on other models, is for you.
From its inception, the BMW X5 has defined an expanding group of big, powerful SUVs that shine for their on-pavement agility and responsive acceleration, with an emphasis on safety, comfort and luxury appointments. It features BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, and offers optional third-row seating that increases capacity to seven passengers. The X5 enters its third generation in 2014, setting higher standards with enhanced power and driving dynamics, cutting edge safety technologies, and the availability of rear-wheel drive.
The X5 is now presented in four configurations: the new rear-wheel drive sDrive35i model, and the all-wheel drive xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i models. Both the sDrive35i and xDrive35i variants get BMW's venerated single-turbo 300-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i boasts a 445-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8; the xDrive35d is powered by a new 255-hp 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder clean diesel engine. All engines now provide an auto stop/start feature and ECO PRO driver-selectable mode, and are mated to BMW's latest eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode; an eight-speed Sport automatic with paddle shifters is available. Standard equipment on all X5 models includes: a Panorama glass moonroof, power tailgate, 18-inch aluminum wheels, power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Adaptive Xenon headlamps, LED front fog lamps, heated front seats, SensaTec upholstery, a new 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for phone and audio streaming, as well as a revised voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system with Advanced Real Time Traffic information, 20 gigabytes of dedicated internal media storage and a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen. The xDrive50i is further outfitted with 19-inch aluminum wheels, multi-contour front seats, leather upholstery and a rearview camera system with Top View. Also new for 2014, BMW ConnectedDrive is incorporated on all models, providing access to a range of mobility and web-based services for office, travel and infotainment applications. For BMW drivers seeking to add additional elements of individuality, new Luxury Line, xLine and M Sport exterior packages are proffered, as well as Ivory White and Mocha Interior Design Packages. Safety features on every X5 include anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control with integrated traction control and rollover sensor, and front and rear park distance control, along with front side-impact airbags and overhead curtain airbags for all rows; new standard safety enhancements for 2014 include BMW Assist eCall, providing an Emergency Request (SOS button) and Automatic Collision Notification. Additional technologies such as Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection, Active Cruise Control with Stop& Go, Automatic High Beams and Head-up Display are optional, while a new Driver Assistance Plus package - comprised of Active Blind Spot Detection, Surround View, Speed Limit Info and Active Driving Assistant (includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation) - is also offered.
The BMW X5 is completely redesigned for 2014, with a distinctive new exterior design language that still retains signature BMW features, along with a revised interior environment that is even more exclusive and luxurious. The xDrive50i engine gets a 45 horsepower increase, while the xDrive35d is outfitted with a new, more efficient diesel engine; the steering system on all models is now electric power-assist. Additionally, a new sDrive35i model is added to the lineup, marking the first time rear-wheel drive has been offered on the X5.
The all new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid offers efficient all-weather capability with distinctive styling that sets it apart from other vehicles in this class.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a four-door hatchback with seating for five. Power comes from a 148-hp 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder 'boxer' engine. A CVT transmission with six manually selectable programmed ratios and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters sends power through Subaru's Symmetrical full time All-Wheel Drive system to all four wheels. An automatic engine stop/start system increases fuel efficiency. 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. Available features include power heated leather seats, navigation system, sunroof, enhanced audio, rear view camera and more.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a new offering from Subaru for the 2014 model year.
There are few nameplates produced by any manufacturer that have so many choices in one lineup. The base Lancer is an entry-level affordable 4-door sedan powered by a 152-bhp 4-cylinder engine. Then, at almost three times the price, there is the fabulous rally-bred Lancer Evolution with all-wheel drive and a snorting turbocharged 2.0-liter 291 bhp engine. In between these two extremes are the Sportback “hatchback” and the awd Ralliart that is less powerful than the Evo but still an extremely sporty sedan. Apart from some engine tuning for improved mileage, the only changes for the 2011 models are option package adjustments and the addition of the Fuse hands-free system for smartphones and iPods.