R&T Overview:The Charger was given a major refresh for 2011, with a new skin, powerful new V-6 and greatly updated interior. For 2012, the rest of the makeover package arrives with the addition of an optional ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, available on rwd and awd V-6 models. The extra gears add 4 mpg to the Charger's highway rating. The SRT8 returns for 2012 as well, with a 6.4-liter Hemi that delivers 470 bhp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. It also incorporates the Fuel Saver Technology used previously only on the 5.7 Hemi. Buyers with more modest power requirements can choose either the base 3.6-liter V-6 with 292 bhp or the R/T with 5.7-liter Hemi and 370 bhp. An optional Rallye Package spiffs up the V-6 model, while R/T buyers can order awd for extra security in foul weather.
The Audi TT is the entry-level sports car in the Audi/VW AG selection of performance cars, and is aimed directly at the segment leading cars from BMW and Porsche.
The TT blends the original Bauhaus styling with Audi's current modern design theme and advanced technology. The coupe's spaceframe is 69% aluminum and 31% steel (roadster = 58/42%), with most of the steel in the rear to offset the weight of the engine and better balance the car. All TT's are all-wheel drive and are powered by a 211-hp TFSI turbocharged direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic S-tronic transmission. Safety features include front, side and knee airbags, tire pressure monitoring, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and stability control.
For 2014, the Bose surround sound system and headlight washers have been added to standard equipment.
The Acura ZDX is the brand's four-door sports coupe, combining dramatic coupe-like styling with the functionality of a sedan and the versatility of a sport utility vehicle. Along with a bold road presence and cutting edge technologies, it offers a luxurious interior, with hand-stitched leather on the dash, center console and door panels. The 5-passenger ZDX is powered by a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters; Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system enhances all-surface, all-weather control. A panoramic glass roof, power tailgate, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, USB port and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity are found on every ZDX. Standard safety-enhancing features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, six airbags, active front head restraints, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot information system and rearview camera parking assist with sensors. The Acura ZDX is refreshed for 2013. The features offered with the Technology Package and some of the features from the Advance Package are now standard equipment. Such features include: auto-dimming exterior rearview mirrors, ventilated front seats, proximity key, audio and climate control memory settings, voice activated audio and climate control, voice-activated navigation system, ten-speaker audio system with 15 GB of internal storage and wireless streaming.
For 2013, a new lower priced Touring version of the XK grand tourer, coupe or convertible, is available. Starting at $79,000 for the coupe, it offers the same performance as before with a sticker price that’s $4500 less. A new Portfolio Pack for the XK and XKR gives you special features and finishes such as chrome mirror caps and grille, more exterior color options, a leather headliner from the XKR-S and more. New 20-in. alloy wheels are now standard, up from last year’s 19s. A Dynamic Pack on the XKR coupe and convertible is now available, bringing XKR-S suspension tuning to the XKR. All XKs have a variation of Jaguar’s 5.0-liter V-8 (385 bhp in the XK, 550 bhp in the XKR-S) mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Volvo XC90 offers classic Volvo attributes in a midsize SUV. An IIHS Top Safety Pick several years running it's safe, comfortable, and practical.
The XC90 seats up to seven people. Rear and front passenger seats fold down to provide more cargo room. A second-row child booster seat is standard equipment. The 240-hp 3.2-liter inline-six is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, matched with a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission, allowing driver selectable shifting. When equipped for towing it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard features. Safety features include electronic stability control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, Roll Stability Control, Blind Spot Information System, and all-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.
The 2014 XC90 carries over from 2013.