The BMW 5-series puts an emphasis on the driving experience. Now in its sixth generation, this mid-size luxury car remains a true sports sedan by delivering aggressive styling, precise handling and outstanding safety.
Available in rear-wheel, or xDrive all-wheel drive, the 528i features a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic with Steptronic. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control with active micro-filtration, a 12-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, HD radio, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric power steering, and iDrive control system with integrated owner's manual. Safety is provided by six airbags, active anti-whiplash front head restraints, electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring and BMW Assist telematics and bi-xenon adaptive headlights.
For 2014, there are subtle styling changes inside and out, a navigation system with real-time traffic and a new touch-pad is now standard, and LED headlights are now an option.
The Audi RS 5 is the even higher performance variant of the S5. Flared fenders, a unique front fascia, and a sporty stance give the RS 5 a muscular presence.
The RS 5's claim to fame is its normally aspirated 450 horsepower V8. A seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission sends the power to the ground via Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system. Eight piston front calipers, a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, and quattro sport rear differential enhance this cars sporting character. The exterior features aluminum-look mirrors, front and rear fascia accents, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, dual oval exhaust tips and a power rear spoiler that automatically deploys at speed (coupe). The interior features power adjustable sport seats with the RS 5 logo embossed into the fixed headrests, carbon-fibre trim and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel. Available features include a navigation system, ceramic brake rotors, reverse camera and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The RS 5 carries-over with minimal changes for 2014.
Fresh off a complete redesign in 2012, the 2013 Honda Civic offers a few more refinements to help it maintain its popularity in the compact class.
Available in sedan or coupe bodies, all but the Si and GX trims are powered by a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional five-speed automatic. The performance-oriented Si comes with a 201 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four bolted only to a six-speed manual, while the GX is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the 1.8-liter gas engine, and a five-speed automatic. A unique HF trim ekes out additional fuel economy with the help of aerodynamic add-ons, lightweight alloy wheels and low rolling-resistance tires. Standard safety features on all Civics include electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, six airbags, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring. Tech features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera with guidlines and ECO-Assist technology on all trims for 2013, automatic climate control for EX models and up, front fog lights for EX-L models and subscription free FM traffic updates with the optional navigation system.
The 2013 Civic is refreshed with refined interior and exterior styling, as well as safety, feature, comfort and chassis improvements.
The Chevrolet Equinox is a competitively priced mid-sized SUV that offers exceptional versatility, distinctive design and a high-level of practicality.
The Equinox is available in four trim levels, LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ, and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard drivetrain is a 182-hp 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission. A 301-hp 3.6-liter direct injection V6 is optional on the LT and LTZ trims. Both engines have E85 FlexFuel capability. Standard safety features include: four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability system, six airbags, tire pressure monitor, OnStar, security system and daytime running lights. Available high-tech features include remote vehicle starter, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, navigation system, rearview camera and a power liftgate.
For 2013, the Equinox receives a new 3.6-liter direct injection V6. Also, a color touch screen navigation system with Chevrolet MyLink is now available. Finally, new exterior colors are offered.
Hold onto your hat, because this convertible Mustang won’t stop accelerating until it crests 200 mph. The Shelby GT500 is the current king of Mustangs and one of the most powerful cars on the road today. Only supercars costing several times the price of the GT500 could ever hope to match the performance provided by this car’s 650-bhp supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 and 6-speed manual transmission. The sprint from 0-60 mph takes 3.7 seconds. A Launch Control system makes certain you don’t have to have NHRA drag-racing credentials to match that figure, and massive Brembo brakes help bring the GT500 to safe and controlled stops. An optional Track Package adds an external engine oil cooler, along with coolers for the differential and transmission. The Performance Package includes sportier springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a Torsen limited-slip diff and cockpit-adjustable Bilstein dampers.