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.
The Buick Verano is a compact luxury sedan that features upscale styling and progressive technologies, along with comfortable seating for five and a high level of standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive Verano is available in four trim levels: Base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group. It is powered by either a 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, or a 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the Premium Group trim. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, and an optional six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter engine. Every Verano is outfitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio, USB port and Buick's IntelliLink system, which allows smartphone integration and audio streaming through the vehicle's infotainment centre, controlled via a seven-inch LED touch screen. The Convenience Group adds heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror and a 6-way power driver's seat. The Leather Group is further equipped with leather upholstery, passive entry/start, upgraded audio and a heated steering wheel, while the Premium Group is visually distinguished by dual exhaust outlets and a flushmount rear spoiler. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems, rearview camera, OnStar and a tire pressure monitor, as well as ten airbags. Ultrasonic rear parking assist sensors, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert are standard on all but the Base trim level.
The Buick Verano carries over with minimal changes for 2014. A universal garage door opener is now standard on all but the Base trim level, and heated front seats have been added to the Convenience Group. Additionally, new safety features - including Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning - are standard on all but the Base trim.
The LINCOLN MKT is a full-size luxury crossover. It features three-row seating, advanced technology, a refined interior and sculpted exterior.
The LINCOLN MKT is available with either a 303-hp 3.7-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, or an all-wheel drive EcoBoost model that includes a 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. Standard features include LED tail lamps, premium heated/cooled front seats, heated rear seats, HID headlamps, a fixed glass panel roof, and SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, six airbags, electronic stability control with roll control, reverse camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The EcoBoost model can be equipped with an optional Elite Package that adds a voice-activated navigation system, THX II audio system, heated steering wheel, HD Radio, blind spot information system, and a power third row split-bench seat. A new EcoBoost Technology Package includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping system and an automated parking system. Six-passenger seating with second row heated and cooled buckets is also optional.
The LINCOLN MKT carries over into 2014 unchanged except for three new paint colors.
R&T Overview:Bling city, here we come. Even those not enamored of big luxo SUVs have to give Cadillac credit for what it has created in this landmark machine. Such presence, normally mounted up on tall 22-in. chrome wheels. This is not your climb-every-mountain SUV, aimed more at Nordstrom than Mount Whitney, but it is one rugged body-on-frame design, the Hybrid fitted with a 6.0-liter 332-bhp V-8 matched to a 2-mode hybrid system that returns 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway in 2- or 4-wheel-drive form. That's a 33-percent bump over the non-hybrid Escalade with 403-bhp 6.2-liter V-8. Not bad for a 5900-lb. machine that will transport seven adults in quiet luxury, in heated or cooled leather seats, watching a DVD out back, drinks heated or cooled...hey, bling be me.
Mazda has hit a home run with the Mazda3, available in 4-door and 5-door versions. This compact sedan has a 155- bhp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The upper-level S versions come with a 167-bhp 2.5-liter engine with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. The Mazda3 is a complete automobile, with air conditioning, power windows and door locks, cruise control and more. Besides all the features, the driving is a delight in the Mazda3 models, with ample power and good handling characteristics. It's no wonder we see lots of young people having fun in these Mazdas. But there's also plenty of room for carrying equipment and/or luggage, especially with the 5-door model and its rear hatch. Although mostly a carryover for 2013, the 3 has a host of upgrades and updates.