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.
The Tribeca is Subarus' largest model. Well equipped and with seating for seven it continues to offer drivers a safe comfortable ride in any kind of road condition or weather.
Utilizing Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, the engine is a 256-horsepower, aluminum, 3.6-liter flat-six that drives all four wheels full time through a five-speed automatic transmission featuring manual sequential shift control. Available in a Limited trim, the Tribeca includes 7-passenger seating and features like power heated front seats and mirrors. Safety features include dual-stage frontal airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags, first and second row curtain airbags, active head restraints, and a tire pressure monitor. Options include moonroof, navigation package and rear seat DVD entertainment system.
The BMW 650i Gran Coupe is the first four-door Coupe in the history of the brand. The company describes the vehicle as having with distinct exterior styling, creating a unique aura, and a luxurious interior.
Available in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, the 650i Gran Coupe and 650i xDrive Gran Coupe boast stellar performance which is attributed by a 445-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with direct fuel injection; paired with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual mode and shift paddles. Notable standard equipment includes a sport-tuned suspension, Dynamic Driving Control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and Comfort Access keyless entry/start. Inside the well-appointed cabin, which offers 4+1 seating capacity, is high-quality leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and genuine wood trim. A voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage, HD radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are also standard. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear parking sensors with rearview camera, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and eight airbags. A Driver Assistance Package is available, providing more advanced systems such as lane-departure warning, blind spot detection, head-up display and an automated parking assistant. The 650i Gran Coupe can also be outfitted with active cruise control and night vision, full LED lights and Integral Active Steering.
The Traverse is one of a set of General Motors fraternal triplets that also includes the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. It's a full-size unibody crossover SUV, offered in front-drive (standard) and all-wheel-drive editions, similar in size to the body-on-frame Tahoe, but some 500 lb. lighter. The roomy interior provides comfortable seating for eight and up to 116 cu. ft. of cargo space. GM's 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 and a smooth 6-speed automatic, reprogrammed for quicker shifts, combine to provide respectable acceleration and fair fuel economy. Updates for 2013 include a freshened front fascia, revised interior with upgraded materials, a new center stack with enhanced connectivity, and a comprehensive array of safety features that includes an industry-first front center airbag.
The Yukon comes in three distinct flavors: a regular truck-based three-row SUV that's a Chevy Tahoe underneath the skin, complete with a 320-bhp 5.3- liter V-8; a 14-in.-longer version that's a Chevy Suburban underneath the skin; and an HD model with a stronger frame and a 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8. There are also Denali models that feature a 403-bhp 6.2-liter V-8, as well as heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, retracting running boards and leather upholstery. The Denalis have a special sound-insulating package to make them quieter inside. These are not sissy trucks, though, since capable off-road packages are available with locking rear differentials, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The Hybrid Yukon and Denali get an impressive 20 mpg in the city.