Extensively redesigned, this is the eighth generation of Chevy's midsize sedan. The wheelbase is 4.5 in. shorter and the track over 2 in. wider, lending visual muscle to the otherwise conservative styling. Chevy claims a 20-percent chassis rigidity upgrade, as well as more room in the classy interior, despite reduced dimensions. There are three engine choices, all with direct fuel injection, led by the new 182-hp Ecotec 4-cylinder that's the heart of the eAssist Eco model. A mild gas/electric hybrid, the Eco is rated for 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, topping the Malibu charts. The Malibu delivers creamy ride quality with quiet operation, and a 259-bhp 2.0-liter turbo four is available to satisfy those with a need for speed.
Big and comfy are Navigator bywords. Typically scaling three tons across its truck-based ladder frame, the Navigator is for big groups on big jobs. Think yachts to the sea and horses to dressage. It’s also loaded with all of Lincoln’s luxury, from olive and walnut swirl wood trim, leather and anechoic chamber levels of sound deadening to power extending running boards and V-8 torque. Towing is a natural and electronic gadgetry a given. Navigators are available in the standard 119-in. wheelbase, or the extended 123-in. L model for extra cargo and family room. As a mature design, the Nav get only small detail improvements such as spotter exterior mirrors and AppLink connectivity for smartphones for 2012.
Honed to a razor edge, the carbonfiber-intensive Z06 is not quite the flatout fastest Corvette, but it's the most serious track day weapon, with gunfighter reflexes, limpet grip, surgically precise steering and stop-on-a-dime braking. And if it cedes some speed to the supercharged ZR1, it's not much. With 505 bhp from its 7.0-liter V-8, the Z06 covers a quarter mile in well under 12 seconds, and is capable of 198 mph. Named for Chevy's famous old "rat motor" big-block V-8, the new 427 is essentially a convertible version of the Z06, with the same dynamic credentials. This is the final year for the C6 generation, so aside from the 427, the only change is a 60th anniversary cosmetic package.
The Cadillac CTS offers a range of vehicles to suit any lifestyle. The amazing CTS Coupe, practical Sport Wagon, and respected, award winning Sedan all offer optional all-wheel-drive, an impressively finished interior and a large dose of style. For 2014 the CTS sedan is all-new with an available 420-hp twin-turbo V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The sedan will be released in the fall of 2013.
Depending on model, the CTS is available in Base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims. The CTS comes standard with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and 19-inch polished alloy wheels are optional. The standard engine is a four-cam, 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection and variable valve-timing generating 270 horsepower. A direct injected 3.6-liter V6, now with 318 horsepower, is available. The transmission is a six-speed automatic, and a variable-torque full-time all-wheel-drive system can be added to either engine. With seating for four the CTS Coupe includes the 3.6 liter engine as standard equipment. The Sedan and Sport Wagon include seating for five. Feature highlights include a standard Bose audio system with XM Satellite radio, eight speakers and auxiliary input jack. A power sunroof, keyless access, rear camera, and an upgraded radio with DVD-Audio, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound, 40 gB Hard Drive, and a USB port are available.
For 2014, the CTS coupe and wagon are carried over from 2013, the sedan is all-new.
Inspired by the BMW 2002, the 1-series redefines the entry-level luxury vehicle with typical BMW refinement and balanced performance.
The rear-wheel drive 135i and 135is is available as either a coupe or convertible. Both the 135i and 135is are powered by a turbocharged, 300-hp, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed double-clutch transmission with steering wheel paddle shifting. Standard safety features include six airbags on the coupe, four on the convertible, anti-lock brakes, adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive brake lights, stability and traction control and run-flat tires with pressure monitoring. The 135i features the usual BMW creature comforts such as a high-definition audio system, auxiliary input jack, power sunroof (coupe only), automatic climate control, wood trim, leather wrapped steering wheel and multi-way power adjustable front seats.
For 2013, the 135is coupe and convertible has been added to the model lineup. Also, hands-free Bluetooth is now standard equipment.