The Infiniti M37 successfully blends style and performance with luxury in this next-generation sedan.
Powered by a 3.7-liter, 330 horsepower V6 engine, the rear-wheel drive M37 is matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual sport shifting. A variable valvetrain is included for improved power and economy; and Infiniti Drive Mode Selector and Hill Start Assist are there to help deal with varying road conditions. Heated leather front seats with 10-way power adjustment and power lumbar are standard. Safety features include six airbags, front seat active head restraints, individual tire pressure monitor, and rearview monitor. The M37 features Vehicle Dynamic Control stability control, traction control, advanced ABS brakes, Infiniti Intelligent Key, BlueTooth, and bi-functional (HID) xenon headlights. Available features include a hard drive navigation system, 4-wheel steering, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Bose Studio Surround Sound.
Dressed to thrill, the next-generation SLK roadster bursts onto the scene for 2012. More aggressive styling embodies an expanded model range. The new SLK250 receives a 201-bhp 4-cylinder turbo with direct injection paired with 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions. Next up is the SLK350 with a naturally aspirated 302-bhp 3.5-liter V-6. The new range-topping SLK55 AMG nets a 415-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 with variable cylinder management, Speedshift 7G-Tronic 3-mode transmission, ECO stop/start, torque vectoring brakes and sport suspension. The SLK's retractable hardtop offers Magic Sky Control with an automatically tinting glass roof panel. Redesigned cabins gain sun-reflecting leather, Comand controller, eight airbags and Attention Assist.
Spoiler alert! If a 2012 all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera or a Cabriolet, Targa or GTS, is on your shopping list, here’s something you should know: All of those models, which are unchanged from 2011, are based on the previous-generation 911 and not on the recently unveiled all-new Carrera. Although they’re unchanged from 2011, they’re must-haves because they’re the only 911s of their kind. For all-wheel-drive only, it’s a simple Carrera 4 coupe, available in normal and S versions. For open-air touring choose the Cabrio or Targa, with either awd or rwd. Need better performance? Opt for one of the 408-bhp GTS variants (coupe or Cabrio, awd or rwd), which top out at $120,100 in Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet trim.
The Buick Encore is a compact crossover SUV that features upscale styling and amenities in an efficient package.
The Encore is available in four trim levels: Encore, Convenience, Leather and Premium, and two drive types: front or all-wheel drive. It's powered by a 138-hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems, OnStar, and ten airbags. Other standard features include: Buick QuietTuning acoustics package with active noise cancellation, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, IntelliLink audio system with 7-inch color touch screen and an oil life monitor. The Convenience trim adds: dual-zone climate control, rearview auto-dimming mirror, blind spot sensor, remote start and front fog lamps. The Leather trim adds: heated front seats and steering wheel, power adjustable front passenger seat, leather seating surfaces and driver seat memory system including the exterior mirrors. The Premium trim adds on the tech with rain sensing wipers, Bose audio system, lane departure warning and Ultrasonic front and rear parking sensors including rear vision camera.
Handy-sized and an enthusiastic daily driver, Lincoln’s MKX is also affordable and chic, despite being everyday wear. It offers comfortable second-row seating for five, plus an excellent collection of standard features such as remote starting, heated and cooled seats, and extensive electronic aids. Thoroughly freshened last year, the MKX needs little for 2012, but Lincoln managed to squeeze a 14-channel amplifier into the optional THX sound system. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the MKX has a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 that whirs up 305 eager horsepower while also providing best-in-class gasoline fuel economy, so it’s one of the sportiest Lincolns as well. Top safety ratings round out this all-star’s résumé.