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 A8 has been an exceptional vehicle for the class these last years running, and things are looking to get even better. For starters, all A8s will now come with Audi connect with Google earth and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard. Next up on the list is the reintroduction of an A8 L-exclusive W-12 engine, displacing 6.3 liters and producing 500 bhp with 463 lb.-ft. of torque. This mates up to the same terrific 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive as the 4.2-liter V-8, though 20-in. wheels are standard and all four passengers are treated to ventilated massaging seats wrapped in Valcona leather, plus a slew of other amenities. Most significant is the upcoming S8, which will produce a range-topping 520 bhp through its twin-turbo V-8.
Introduced in 2001, the Avalanche blurs the border between pickup trucks and SUVs. It shares the Chevy Suburban's frame, substituting a short pickup bed for the Suburban's third-row seats and enclosed cargo bay. The key feature is its Midgate, which opens the rear of the cabin to expand cargo bed capacity. A sturdy folding cover shelters the cargo bed, and the hollow bed walls provide small object storage. Rear- or 4-wheel drive, the Avalanche is propelled by a flex-fuel 320-bhp 5.3-liter V-8 with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. A capable workhorse, the Avalanche can tow up to 8100 lb. If Avalanche versatility appeals to you, now is the time to buy. The 2013 model year will be its last.
As sedans go, the Panamera is unique. While most of its competitors look like family cars, the 5-door Panamera looks like a sports car for four. In fact, it resembles a 911—a bloated one, some say. But styling aside, the Panamera is the luxury sedan to own. Even the nicely appointed base model with its fuel-frugal 300-bhp V-6 does a respectable 160 mph, 7 mph less than the Panamera S Hybrid whose V-6 gasoline engine/electric motor combination produces 380 hp while merely sipping fuel. But few sedans can touch the sensational new 550-bhp Panamera Turbo S, whose 190-mph top speed and 3.6-second 0-to-60 time make this sedan as fast as a sports car—like Porsche’s own 911.
The Ford Fiesta is a sub-compact, front-wheel drive, five-passenger car. Available in four- and five-door bodystyles, the current benchmarks for the sub-compact segment are being tested by the Fiestas styling, comfort and luxury features, technology, and overall practicality.
The Fiesta is offered in three trims, S, SE, or a new Titanium model. Power comes from a 120-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An advanced six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is optional. Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, capless fuel filler system, power body-colored mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, aux audio input jack and electronic power-assisted steering. Higher trim levels include cruise control, keyless entry, satellite radio, alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system. Optional features include heated seats, a passive entry/passive start system, power moonroof, and leather seats; also offered is a Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package for those commuters seeking maximum efficiency. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, seven airbags including a driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
For 2013, the Fiesta carries over with minor upgrades and a new top Titanium model that includes standard leather seats.