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 Suzuki Kizashi is a well equipped sport sedan. The Kizashi has a lengthy list of standard equipment and offers dynamic performance and premium design.
Available in front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual or CVT transmission, or all-wheel drive with CVT, the Kizashi offers exceptional value in S, SE, Sport GTS, and Sport SLS trims. The Kizashi is equipped with a 185-hp 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine with the six-speed manual or a 180-hp version with the CVT. Standard features include sport bucket seats, projector headlamps, keyless â??Smartpassâ?� pushbutton start system, automatic dual-zone climate control, and steering wheel audio controls. Safety features include a class exclusive eight airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and tire pressure monitoring system. As well, the Kizashi already meets 2014 NHTSA crash standards. Optional features include a Rockford-Fosgate audio system, leather interior, heated power seats and Bluetooth hands-free calling.
The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi sport sedan offers exceptional value and performance and carries over from 2012.
Big and comfy are Navigator bywords. Typically scaling three tons across its truck-based ladder frame, the Navigator is for big groups on big jobs. Think yachts to the sea and horses to dressage. It’s also loaded with all of Lincoln’s luxury, from olive and walnut swirl wood trim, leather and anechoic chamber levels of sound deadening to power extending running boards and V-8 torque. Towing is a natural and electronic gadgetry a given. Navigators are available in the standard 119-in. wheelbase, or the extended 123-in. L model for extra cargo and family room. As a mature design, the Nav get only small detail improvements such as spotter exterior mirrors and AppLink connectivity for smartphones for 2012.
In today's world of many different kinds of utility vehicles, Mazda has a clear-cut winner with its crossover CX-7. While there are no changes for 2012, the CX-7's popularity is certain to grow as more drivers discover its sleek looks, top-notch handling and choice of engines: either the 4-cylinder 2.5-liter with 161 bhp or the turbocharged 244-bhp 2.3-liter. On the option list are such choices as climate control, navigation system and Bluetooth hands-free phone hookup. With the turbo engine you can also opt for all-wheel drive so that the CX-7 becomes an all-weather family hauler with ample luggage space and plenty of power.
Spoiler alert! If a 2012 all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera or a Cabriolet, Targa or GTS, is on your shopping list, here’s something you should know: All of those models, which are unchanged from 2011, are based on the previous-generation 911 and not on the recently unveiled all-new Carrera. Although they’re unchanged from 2011, they’re must-haves because they’re the only 911s of their kind. For all-wheel-drive only, it’s a simple Carrera 4 coupe, available in normal and S versions. For open-air touring choose the Cabrio or Targa, with either awd or rwd. Need better performance? Opt for one of the 408-bhp GTS variants (coupe or Cabrio, awd or rwd), which top out at $120,100 in Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet trim.