GM’s Acadia hits the family sweet spot with 7- or 8-passenger seating, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layout, and towing capacity of 5200 lb. The second-row Smart Slide system makes it easy to crawl in or out, and you don’t have to travel far down the option list to find a kid-friendly rear-seat entertainment system. Families who avoided the worst of the Great Recession’s carnage may want to examine the upscale Denali, which includes perforated leather seats with matching door trim, heated and cooled driver and passenger seats, a head-up display and Dual SkyScrape sunroof. GMC keeps things simple with a single powertrain configuration, a 288-bhp VVT V-6 with 6-speed automatic. For 2012, there are new colors and some formerly optional equipment is now standard.
The Yukon comes in three distinct flavors: a regular truck-based three-row SUV that's a Chevy Tahoe underneath the skin, complete with a 320-bhp 5.3- liter V-8; a 14-in.-longer version that's a Chevy Suburban underneath the skin; and an HD model with a stronger frame and a 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8. There are also Denali models that feature a 403-bhp 6.2-liter V-8, as well as heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, retracting running boards and leather upholstery. The Denalis have a special sound-insulating package to make them quieter inside. These are not sissy trucks, though, since capable off-road packages are available with locking rear differentials, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The Hybrid Yukon and Denali get an impressive 20 mpg in the city.
There are a lot of reasons why midsize sports sedans are so popular. The right size. The right price. The right choices. Whether you want a high-end commuter or a tire-smoking hooligan, rear- or all-wheel drive, Lexus has you covered with its IS lineup. Standard is a leather-trimmed interior with 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, SmartAccess keyless entry with pushbutton start and a power moonroof. Want power as well as panache? The IS F (photo) delivers with the time-honored hot rodder’s recipe of a big engine in a small car: A 5.0-liter V-8 thumping to the tune of 416 bhp. Or maybe you prefer the casual cruise, in which case, the IS 350C convertible fills the bill with a retractable hardtop and a choice of 2.5- or 3.5-liter V-6.
The Audi R8 is already pretty much a legend in the world of sports cars. Its shape defines sinister elegance. Its 420-bhp V-8 performance—0–60 in 4.3 seconds, able to pull almost 1g on a skidpad—captivates, especially in light of how docile a road car it is. Coming from Audi, a company that knows how to do a driver-focused luxury interior, didn’t hurt, either. There wasn’t much else the Audi R8 could do right except come out with a second, even more powerful version of itself. Bring up the music and cue the entrance of the 2010 R8 5.2 FSI Quattro. Let’s muse on about the power of the 5.2-liter V-10 as it uncorks 525 bhp to its four super-wide tires, along with 391 lb.-ft. of torque. There will also be a convertible version of the R8 V-10 (known as the R8 Spyder), hitting U.S. dealers in the summer of 2010. The top is made of cloth to save weight. Price is expected to be around $200,000.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the most sporting offering to date from Hyundai.
Two powerful engines are offered for Hyundai's rear wheel drive coupe: a 274-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 348-horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6. Depending on the engine chosen, six-speed manual, or eight-speed automatic transmissions are available. Automatic transmissions feature Hyundai's SHIFTRONIC paddle-shift technology. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloy and 19-inch alloy wheels are available. Driver interaction is intensified with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Standard air-conditioning and front seats with lumbar support ensure passenger comfort. Traction control, stability control, seat-mounted side and overhead curtain airbags ensure the driver and passengers remain safe.
The Genesis Coupe receives some significant changes for the 2013 model year. The exterior now features standard LED taillamps and revised front and rear fascias. The interior includes a redesigned center stack, gauges and new sound systems. The 2.0-liter four cylinder sports a new twin-scroll turbocharger, while the 3.8-liter V6 gains direct-injection technology and an available eight-speed automatic.