Audi has given the A5 coupe a freshening, to bring it in line with the rest of the range. The narrower headlights and taillights work well on this handsome coupe. Your choice of powertrain is easy, since a TFSI 2.0-liter inline-4 is the only engine available. To be honest, the 211 bhp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque on offer is underwhelming for a car costing this much. Rivals from BMW, Infiniti and Cadillac have significantly more powerful base engines. At least the A5 is fuel efficient, thanks partly to the choice of 6-speed manual or silky 8-speed automatic transmission. You could always step up to the S5 coupe or convertible if you want the A5, but desire loads more power and performance. Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard on the A5; making this a good choice if you live in snowy climes. Like the exterior, the cabin has been nicely updated. Chrome and high-gloss finishes help brighten up the business-like environs.
If the 200 isn't the best example of how a Fiat-backed Chrysler can breathe life into dying models, we don't know what is. No Chrysler model needed an overhaul as much as the old Sebring did; its clunky exterior, low-rent interior, and subpar ride and handling won it no friends outside the rental-car lot. Its transformation into the 200 may not suddenly result in a class-leading mid-size sedan or convertible, but it is impressive nonetheless. The 200 sedan finally received the powertrain, chassis tuning, and styling it originally deserved. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder is still a bit sluggish, but the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 shines, delivering a healthy amount of pep. We've liked the Pentastar V-6 in other applications -- such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Charger -- saying that it "has plenty of power" in the Jeep.
The 200 convertible -- with your choice of fabric or metal folding roof -- remains part of the 200 portfolio; although it feels a bit soft and prone to cowl shake, it is one of the few reasonably priced droptops capable of comfortably seating four passengers. Better yet, it received the suspension upgrades applied to the 200 sedan for 2013, greatly improving ride quality. Is the 200 automotive perfection? No, but it's proof positive that it's possible to transform an ugly duckling into quite an attractive and affordable swan. Given what Chrysler was able to do transforming the Sebring into the 200, we're very hopeful about the all-new 2015 model.
The Ford Expedition carries people, hauls gear, tows boats, and pulls campers. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Expedition will get you there whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or even when there's hardly any road at all.
For 2013 the Expedition is available in four trims: XL, XLT, Limited, and King Ranch. Every Expedition is powered by a SOHC 5.4-liter V-8 that is rated at 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. It is available with either rear-wheel drive or electronically engaged four-wheel drive. A Class IV trailer hitch and trailer sway control are standard. The Expedition offers towing capacities in the 9000-pound range. Safety equipment includes front and side-impact air bags, three-row head-protection curtain air bags, anti-lock braking, and electronic stability control with anti-rollover technology.
With the world’s economy stumbling in most places, it’s no surprise that some super-expensive cars are fading away. Not so with Bentley’s beautiful, high-powered Azure T. With 530 bhp pumping out of the twin-turbo 6.75-liter V-8 engine, the Azure T is a phenomenal convertible—albeit one that can hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and continue on to a 179-mph top speed. Unfortunately, all this power and weight combine to offer very poor fuel efficiency. The Azure T is available in 42 exterior colors while the interior offers your choice of eight unbleached wood veneers. An 1100-watt Naim sound system is optional. This is an old-school Bentley, essentially a convertible version of the Arnage sedan.
Volkswagen’s Tiguan is very popular in Europe and may get more common here in the U.S. thanks to revised front and rear styling that’s more in line with the Touareg’s. For 2012, the Tiguan is available as an S, SE or SEL model, with either fwd or awd. As before, the only engine is VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 with 200 bhp. In 2012, though, thanks to enhancements made to the 6-speed automatic transmission, the Tiguan now gets 27 mpg on the highway, up from 25. The base model is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. SEL models are well-equipped, even fitted with bi-xenon headlights that point into corners. A U-shaped row of LEDs around the headlights serve as daytime running lights while adding to this compact crossover’s fresh look.