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 Quattroporte is Maserati's flagship luxury performance sedan.
The 2012 Quattroporte is available in S and Sport GT S trims. The S trim's 4.7-liter V8 puts out 425 horsepower and the Sport GT S' 4.7-liter V8 produces 433 horsepower. Each engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. An electronically-controlled Skyhook suspension, standard on the S and optional on the Sport GT S, automatically adjusts to the conditions of the road. Standard features include Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, directionally-adaptive bi-xenon headlights, heated leather power seats with memory, automatic dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a Bose sound system with hard drive and navigation system. The Sport GTS S features a unique grille and bumpers, lowered sport suspension, MC-Auto Shift software package for racing-style control of gear changes, Alcantara trim on the seats and throughout the interior, and TitanTex (an aluminium-coated titanium fibre fabric) interior trim. Heating, ventilation and massage functions are optional for front and rear seats. A wide variety of alloy wheels, brake caliper colors, and leather and wood trims are available.
The Maserati Quattroporte is carried over for 2013. Front parking sensors are now standard equipment.
The entire A5 range has been cosmetically updated this year, and that includes the (already elegant) S5 Cabriolet. Narrower headlights and taillights, along with a reprofiled front grille, help to modernize the exterior of this German drop-top. Motivated by a 333-bhp supercharged V-6, the S5 has plenty of power — and it should, considering its steep price-tag. Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard, while a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is your only choice of transmission. Electromechanical steering has been added, partly as a means to improve fuel economy. The cabin also received attention, with new chrome and high-gloss finishes fitted throughout. While less practical than the S5 Coupe — not to mention the A4 sedan that both of these 2-doors are based on — the all-wheel-drive S5 Cabriolet is an excellent choice for anyone considering a luxury convertible that doesn't need to be parked when the weather doesn't cooperate.
A slick pushbutton in the HHR pops open the rear doors of the 2-seat panel van version introduced in 2008, meaning you can load the rear cargo area from the sides or the back. Not a lot of front-drive cars are set up this way, but we keep finding tasks where it’s ideal: Dog crate access, test equipment storage, camping boxes, tools, bikes, the list is endless. The 5-passenger window-wagon HHRs now have a rear-vision camera available, and all of the HHRs come with a competent 5-speed manual standard (a 4-speed automatic is optional), which makes them a bit more fun and efficient. Cargo area is impressive for such a frugal and tidy package, and upright seating and a good view out of the windows makes it feel like you’re driving a tall wagon.
Taller, wider and longer the Toyota 4Runner is a mid-size sport utility vehicle that combines true off-road competence with everyday driving comfort, refinement and safety.
The SR5 and Limited trims are available in rear- or four-wheel drive. A Trail Edition with rear locking differential, crawl control, rock rails and moonroof is only available in four-wheel drive. Each trim has a five-speed automatic transmission and a 270-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine. An optional third-row seat expands passenger capacity to seven. Stability control, traction control, 12 airbags and roll-over sensors are standard.
The 2013 Toyota 4Runner carries over from 2012.