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.
Chrysler puts a luxurious spin on the minivan with the Town & Country. Innovative seating and upscale features inside and out set this van apart from the competition.
The most important feature, both from a usability stand-point and competitive stand-point, is that this van features Stow'n Go seats. The second and third-row seats can be folded into the floor. No more fumbling to release and remove awkward heavy seats and then try to find a suitable place to store them. Combine this with Chryslers new seat trim that repels all but the most caustic stains, and you have a truly family-friendly vehicle. A 3.6-liter V6 sends power through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. All trims come equipped with features such as a tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry, steering wheel mounted audio controls and a tire pressure monitor. Available features include Smartbeam headlamps, a navigation system, power sliding doors, remote start and satellite radio.
Infiniti turned the SUV world on its head when it introduced its avant-garde FX crossover in 2003. Blending the styling cues of performance automobiles with the sturdy confidence of full-size SUVs, the FX won the hearts of those who longed for something different. For 2008, the FX carries on with three models: The FX35 in either rear- or all-wheel-drive platforms, and the top-dog V-8 FX45 with standard all-wheel drive. Both models use a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Significantly redesigned in 2006, this year the only changes are standard XM satellite radio and revised interior/exterior color combinations. Stability control with traction control is standard, and interesting options include Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Rearview Monitor and Intelligent Key.
Acura has never been a company that’s been afraid to take risks—and this year, they’re gambling that America is ready for its new TSX Sport Wagon. They could be right. After all, it offers a choice of a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or 3.5-liter V-6, good fuel economy and seating for five, plus the handling of a sports sedan and the versatility of an SUV. Standard features include a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, premium audio system and Bluetooth connectivity. The TSX sedan, meanwhile offers similar features and echoes the new wagon’s styling with updated front and rear fascias and new 17-in. alloy wheels. Available technologies include a new hard disc drive-based navigation system with a full VGA color screen.
The last time Aston Martin produced a stylish 4-door sports car called Rapide it was based off the DB4 and sold under the Lagonda name. This time it sticks with the Aston Martin badge and is essentially a DB9 with one foot added to its length, giving enough leg room for two adults in the rear. The Rapide is powered by the same 5.9-liter V-12 found in the DB9 and despite the added weight it is not much slower. The interior is even more luxurious than the DB9’s with a choice of eight different types of wood veneer. Needless to say there are plenty more luxurious options—such as cooled front and rear seats, choices of leather and a rear entertainment system—that can quickly add a few thousand dollars to the sticker price.