The fun and practical A3 rolls into 2013 unchanged. This is Audi's smallest model in the U.S., but don't underestimate the appeal of this compact wagon. Some might be turned off by having to opt for a 5-door — which is probably why the next A3 sold here will be a sedan. A rev-happy and direct-injected gasoline 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivers 200 bhp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive is standard, though you can spend a little extra for a 6-speed dual-clutch S tronic gearbox that comes paired to Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system. While it's nicely sized for city driving, the backseat still offers a decent amount of stretch out space and there's a useful 19 cu. ft. of cargo room. Fold the rear seats down, and that swells to an impressive 39 cu. ft.
We’re told at press time that Dodge’s version of the Jeep Liberty, the Nitro, will continue into the 2011 model year with no major changes. Let’s hope that’s not entirely the case. While there are many things to like about the Nitro, such as its aggressive exterior styling, roomy interior, part-time 4-wheel drive system and healthy 5000-lb. towing capacity, here’s hoping that several improvements are on the menu. For example, the Nitro suffers from the same substandard interior quality as Dodge stablemates Journey and Grand Caravan. Low marks are also earned in the ride and handling departments, credited mostly to the live rear axle and unrefined suspension tuning. And for its class, the base 3.7-liter V-6 engine’s 16/22 fuel economy is simply sorry. Stay tuned.
The front-wheel drive, five-passenger Nissan Altima combines performance and an attractive exterior.
The fifth generation Nissan Altima sedan is powered by either a 182-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are paired to a next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Altima sedan is offered in seven different trim levels: 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 S, 3.5 SV, and 3.5 SL. Notable features either standard or optional include, Bluetooth streaming audio, passive entry with push button ignition, rearview camera, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Xenon headlights, LED taillights, BOSE audio, navigation, and heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. Standard safety features include, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, six airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, front seat-belt pre-tensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, ignition immobilizer, and vehicle security system. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, land departure warning, and moving object detection.
The 2014 Nissan Altima sedan has a new optional Display Audio Package, and a new exterior color.
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, and a Titanium model. For 2014 there is the addition of the new ST trim to the hatchback lineup. 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. The ST gets a turbocharged, direct-injected version of the 1.6-liter that offers nearly 200-hp, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, capless fuel filler system, power body-colored mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, aux audio input jack, electronic power-assisted steering and hill launch assist. Higher trim levels include cruise control, keyless entry, Ford's MyKey system, HD and satellite radio, alloy wheels, power windows, rearview camera with reverse park sensing, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system and SYNC with MyFord Touch. 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 2014, the Fiesta is a refresh with new interior and exterior styling, feature changes across the entire lineup and the addition of the ST performance hot hatch.
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 128i is available as either a coupe or convertible. The 128i is powered by a 230-hp 3.0-liter dual overhead cam, inline six-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifting. Standard safety features include six airbags on the coupe, four on the convertible, anti-lock brakes, adaptive brake lights, stability and traction control and run-flat tires with pressure monitoring. The 128i features the usual BMW creature comforts such as a high-definition audio system, auxiliary input jack, automatic climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel and multi-way adjustable front seats.
For 2013, hands-free Bluetooth is now standard equipment.