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.
The Sonic replaces the Aveo as Chevrolet's smallest car in North America (it's still called Aveo in Europe), but it also signals that GM has finally realized, like Mini, Fiat, Scion, Mazda, Honda and Ford, that small cars can be really cool. Like the Aveo, the Sonic will come as a 4-door sedan or hatchback, the sedan gaining about 4 in. in length, while it's slightly narrower and lower. The Sonic, however, shares the same 138-bhp 1.8-liter or turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinders as are available in the larger Cruze. The torque-laden turbo motor comes only with a 6-speed manual, while the 1.8-liter has a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. The turbo produces much more torque than the 1.8, and boost arrives without lag.
Now that the Dodge Dakota, Ford Ranger and Explorer Sport Trac have been sent to truck heaven, the GMC Canyon and its Chevrolet Colorado cousin are your domestic choices in the compact truck market. Fortunately, the Canyon covers a lot of ground, with choice of 4-, 5- or 8-cylinder engines, three cab options and two bed lengths. To maximize the 5.3-liter V-8’s street potential, order the ZQ8 sport suspension. Off-roaders will want the rugged Z71 suspension, but all 4wd models (and Crew Cabs) come standard with an automatic locking rear differential for 2012. Also new is a Bodyguard Package that shields the sheet metal with bedrail protectors and molded splash guards. Late in 2011, Bluetooth connectivity was added to the audio system as standard equipment.
The BMW 7-series is the pinnacle of BMW sedans. A big luxury sedan that is loaded with state-of-the-art technology to keep you safe on today's roads.
The 760Li is powered by a direct-injection, 535-hp 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 760 has an incredible list of standard luxury features such as four-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, high-gloss wood trim, heated and cooled 16-way multi-contour front seats, heated and cooled rear seats with power and memory functions, power trunk lid, leather wrapped dash top, premium sound system, voice-activated navigation system on a 10.2-inch color monitor, HD radio and BMW Assist emergency and information communications. Standard run-flat performance tires wrap 19-inch alloy wheels, while standard Park Distance Control with surround-view cameras, adaptive brake lights, steerable adaptive bi-xenon headlights with high-beam assistant, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, provide active safety.
The Audi A4 sedan offers a combination of style and substance that keeps it highly competitive within its class. It is available with Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system, or FrontTrak front-wheel drive.
The A4 is outfitted with a 220-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Available transmissions include a six-speed manual, an eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual shift mode, and a Multitronic CVT. Every A4 is equipped with a power sunroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, an Audi music interface with iPod integration and satellite radio. Available features include 18-inch aluminum wheels, Xenon adaptive headlights, heated front seats, three-zone climate control, Advanced Key passive entry/start, Bang & Olufsen premium sound, and a MMI navigation system with internal memory for digital media storage. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, and a tire pressure monitor. Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parking assist with rearview camera and rear outboard side-impact airbags are also offered.
After a refresh last year, the Audi A4 carries over with minimal changes for 2014. Engine output is increased to 220 horsepower, while Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a Homelink universal garage door transmitter are now standard. Additionally, Audi Connect with online services is now available, while a new Black Optic Package offers unique 19-inch aluminum wheels, along with a high-gloss black grille.