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.
The Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover based on a car-like structure. It's capable and versatile enough to compete with large truck based sport utility vehicles.
The Dodge Journey is offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. The trim lineup includes SE, SXT, Crew, and R/T. Available engine choices are either a 173-hp 2.4-liter engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, or a 283-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Key features on all trim levels include dual zone air-conditioning, power heated mirrors, proximity keyless entry, cruise control, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and steering wheel audio controls. Standard safety features include seven-airbags including a driverï¿½??s knee airbag, traction control, stability control, brake assist, and trailer sway damping.
For 2013, the Dodge Journey SE trim, which was previously standard with 16" steel wheels, now features standard 17" alloy wheels.
Introduced in 2006, Hyundai’s minivan sees little change for 2008 save for a few minor interior package changes (optional power equipment package with dual power side doors, back-up warning system, audio controls on the steering wheel, etc.) and the availability of Bluetooth phone connectivity. The Entourage comes with thoughtful standard features: three-zone climate control with dual driver/front-passenger settings for all three seating sections and heated side mirrors. Active front head restraints are part of the safety fare. The 3.8-liter V-6 produces an impressive 250 bhp in a fairly quiet if workmanlike manner, its 5-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and allows drivers to manually toggle through the gears via the gear selection lever, thanks to Hyundai’s Shiftronic setup.
The raging bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese charges into 2011 with an all-new Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. Based on the already impressive Gallardo 560-4 (which remains unchanged), the Supperleggera ups its performance with a bump in horsepower to 570, and loses about 154 lb. thanks to extensive use of carbon-fiber components. The lighter Gallardo retains the 6-speed, single-clutch paddle-shift e-gear transmission. For purists, a traditional gearbox is still available as a no-cost option. Maximizing the Superleggera’s 398 lb.-ft. of torque is viscous all-wheel drive that can apportion the power for optimal traction. A limited-slip differential at the rear also helps the car accelerate out of corners quickly.
R&T Overview:The Charger was given a major refresh for 2011, with a new skin, powerful new V-6 and greatly updated interior. For 2012, the rest of the makeover package arrives with the addition of an optional ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, available on rwd and awd V-6 models. The extra gears add 4 mpg to the Charger’s highway rating. The SRT8 returns for 2012 as well, with a 6.4-liter Hemi that delivers 470 bhp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. It also incorporates the Fuel Saver Technology used previously only on the 5.7 Hemi. Buyers with more modest power requirements can choose either the base 3.6-liter V-6 with 292 bhp or the R/T with 5.7-liter Hemi and 370 bhp. An optional Rallye Package spiffs up the V-6 model, while R/T buyers can order awd for extra security in foul weather.