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.
R&T Overview:Of all of GMC’s models, the Envoy and Envoy Denali receive the fewest updates for the 2009 model year; hands-free Bluetooth cellphone connectivity now comes standard, and there are three new metallic paint colors to choose from—Quicksilver, Silver-Green and Sand Beige. If you like the Envoy’s looks and practicality and have additional coin to spend, then by all means upgrade to the Denali version with its more upscale luxury and convenience features. Another tip: The 5.3-liter V-8—standard on the Denali and the optional powerplant for the Envoy—actually delivers better fuel mileage (15 mpg city/21 mpg highway) than the inline-6, thanks to GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology. Although large, the GMC Envoy only seats five.
A free society doesn’t need cars to come in a baffling number of trim levels and options, no more than it needs a similarly large selection of breakfast cereals. Fortunately, in a moment of clarity, Volkswagen chose to offer its Passat in only sedan and wagon styles, a sole trim level (Komfort), a single option package and one notable change for 2010: VW’s 6-speed twin-clutch DSG in place of the previous 6-speed Tiptronic automatic. Otherwise, the Passat retains its semi-luxurious Euro-sedan (and wagon) driving experience. Such an experience stems from ample standard equipment, plus its 200-bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, supple suspension, electric-assist power steering, electronic differential and VW’s stability control.
After a heavy makeover for Hyundai’s sports coupe last year that included a completely redesigned look (front and rear fascias, headlights and taillights, front fenders and hood), safety features (such as a standard tire-pressure monitoring system) and neat interior amenities (like blue backlit gauges), the stylish Tiburon sees few changes for 2008. It continues to be available with either a 138-bhp 2.0-liter inline-4 or a 172-bhp 2.7-liter V-6; GS, GT and GT Limited versions all come with a 5-speed manual, while the top-of-the-line SE comes with a 6-speed. With its well-tuned sport suspension, competent steering and large brakes, the Tiburon warrants a test drive. Back-seat passengers won’t be happy, but that comes with the territory. If you’re sitting behind the wheel, the Tiburon is a sporty coupe at an attractive price.
The XK combines Jaguar's new modern design style with traditional luxury car touches like genuine wood and supple leather.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the XK packs a 385-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine. The XKR features a 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. A special-order only, XKR-S uses a 550-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. A six-speed automatic transmission with console mounted rotary shifter and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters channels all that power to the rear wheels. Standard equipment includes touch screen navigation, keyless entry with keyless start, a seven-inch video display, Bluetooth, front and rear park assist with rear camera, and electronic parking brake. The XKR-S adds forged wheels, aerodynamic enhancements, and race inspired seats.