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 MINI Coupe provides the driving enthusiast with a unique combination of fun-to-drive performance, engineering and unconventional attitude.
The Coupe is available in three different trims: the Cooper with a 121-hp 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the Cooper S with a direct-injection, 181-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, or the John Cooper Works with a 208-hp version of the Cooper S turbo engine. All trims are mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety equipment includes four airbags, electronic traction and stability control and anti-lock brakes. A wide variety of interior trim materials and colors are available, as well as features such as bi-xenon headlights, sport suspension, Dynamic Traction Control, navigation system, harman/kardon audio, parking sensors, and satellite radio. Bluetooth and HD radio are standard equipment.
The universe of small economy sedans is growing with rising fuel costs, and the Mazda2, introduced in 2011 as a bold, new offering, seems to fit the bill. For 2012, the Mazda2 is basically a carryover model with one significant change: the automatic transmission models have 1-mpg better fuel efficiency. Otherwise, the 2 remains the same: 100-bhp 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, choice of 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmissions, and an abundance of safety features including side airbags and air curtains, anti-lock braking, traction control and more. The Mazda styling team did a great job with the 2, giving it a contemporary profile that makes it attractive to young and old.
The Tacoma sports a fresh look with a new grille, headlights, front bumper and hood. Cabins gain redesigned instrument panels, steering wheels and center consoles. The TRD Sport package adds side mirrors with integrated turn signals plus available 18-in. alloys and waterproof seat fabric. New optional audio systems for Access Cabs include six speakers, XM satellite radio and Bluetooth. Double Cabs offer display audio with HD radio, seven JBL speakers and Toyota's Entune mobile application services. An unchanged lineup features a wealth of choices including a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine, 4.0-liter V-6, plus 4x2 and 4x4 models. The X-Runner targets enthusiasts with a 6-speed manual gearbox, sport-tuned chassis and optional TRD supercharger kit.
The big news for this classically sensuous Grand Tourer is the addition of the XKR-S, which is Jaguar’s most powerful road car ever. The engine is based on the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 in the XKR but revised mapping delivers 550 bhp and a massive 502 lb.-ft. of torque, giving it a 0–60-mph time of 4.2 seconds. All XK models utilize Active Dynamic technology, which continuously adjusts ride and handling characteristics. Both the XKR and the XKR-S also have Jaguar’s Active Differential Control to help provide grip. The suspension in the XKR-S is further upgraded beyond that found in the XKR. All XK models get some minor exterior and interior changes while the XKR gets other design cues to differentiate it from the “base” XK.