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.
After decades of building various spin-offs for Chrysler, the company returned the favor three years ago by giving Mitsubishi a badge-engineered version of the Dodge Dakota. The Raider lineup shrinks for 2009 with the elimination of 4wd models. The LS 2wd soldiers on with a choice of extended and double cabs. A 210-bhp 3.7-liter V-6 is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox on the former and a 4-speed automatic on the latter. Air conditioning, rear-access doors, variable wipers and a sound system with a CD player and auxiliary input are standard on the extended cab. The double cab adds power windows, door locks and mirrors; keyless entry, cruise control and 16-in. alloy wheels. An optional value package includes side steps, mudguards, a bed liner, cargo rail protectors, a scuff plate and a bright exhaust finisher.
The Ford Flex is a full-size family vehicle that features three-rows of seating, bold styling and is highly functional. The Flex competes directly in the popular crossover segment.
The front-wheel or all-wheel drive Flex is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. Available on the all-wheel drive Limited only is the 355-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. Available features include a Multi-Panel Vista Roof, interior refrigerator, and capless fueling. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and roll control, six airbags, and a tire pressure monitor.
After a 2013 refresh, the Flex rolls into 2014 unchanged.
The Chevrolet Malibu emphasizes civilized road manners, quality construction and practicality, with clean, contemporary styling.
The 2014 Malibu is available in LS, LT, LTZ and Eco trims and with a choice of three engines, each backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is a direct-injected 196-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that for 2014 features auto stop/start. Available engines include a 259-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and for the Eco trim a 182-hp 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine with an eAssist system that enables regenerative braking, start-stop functionality, and electric power assistance. Standard safety features include 10 airbags, stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and OnStar with RemoteLink and Turn-by-Turn navigation. Available features include a seven-inch touchscreen radio display and Chevrolet MyLink Touch with streaming audio.
For 2014 the Malibu carries over with minor interior and exterior styling changes and some upgrades to the list of standard features for the Eco trim.
The Hyundai Sonata is a four-door, five-passenger sedan which has an established reputation for being well built and excellent value for money. The Sonata features a stylish coupe-like exterior and modern interior.
The front-wheel drive Sonata is offered in five trim levels: GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. The GLS and Limited are powered by a 198-hp 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The SE features dual-exhaust which increases the engine output to 200-hp using the same 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The SE 2.0T and Limited 2.0T feature a 274-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The standard transmission on all trims is a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC. Standard features include motor driven power steering, air conditioning, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input jacks, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and Blue Link. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control, brake assist, six-airbags, occupancy classification sensor, and active front head restraints.
For 2013, the GLS trim is now standard with the six-speed automatic transmission. Also, the optional Premium Package offered on the Limited trims, now includes a panoramic sunroof.