The Ford Focus range has expanded to include two new models this year: the sport-oriented ST version and an electric-powered model. The Focus 5-door hatchback continues to offer an excellent mix of agile handling, cargo room, and strong fuel economy. Under the hood is a 160-bhp 2.0-liter inline-4 coupled to a standard 5-speed manual, with a 6-speed PowerShift automatic or range-topping 6-speed PowerShift with SelectShift manual controls optional. The ST is all about carving corners, while the Titanium trim level loads the Focus 5-door with luxury touches like leather seating, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, SYNC with MyFord Touch, push-button start, and dual zone automatic climate controls. For a sinister touch, the SE Black Pack appearance package includes a piano black grille, 17-inch machined alloy wheels and, as you might have guessed, a black paintjob to match.
The Ford Focus Electric is taking the fight to eco-themed rivals like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. If you want to impress the neighbors, tell them the EPA's equivalency formula pegs the Focus Electric at 110/99-mpg in city and highway driving. Of course, this fun fact is tempered by the Focus Electric's estimated total driving range of 76 miles — that's better than the Mitsubishi i and about even with the Nissan Leaf. The Focus Electric accepts charge at 6.6 kW versus 3.3 kW in the Leaf. According to Ford's estimate, that means a full recharge via a 220-volt outlet is accomplished in 4 hours, or half the time you'd need for the Leaf. Performance is peppy, especially at city speeds, and top speed is set at 84 mph. A display on the dashboard fills with butterflies if you're gentle about applying the gas pedal. MyFord mobile apps allow you to locate charging stations, or pre-heat and pre-cool the car while it's plugged into the grid (thereby saving battery life once you're on the road).
In terms of price and performance, the Mustang Boss 302 is positioned between the regular GT and the outrageous Shelby GT500. The Boss comes powered by a 444-bhp 5.0-liter V-8 coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. Because it’s a couple hundred pounds lighter than its heavy hitting sibling, the 650-bhp GT500, the Boss 302 definitely holds its own in the corners. Driver selectable electronic steering offers of choice of three different modes, ranging from comfort to sport settings. Helping to bring things to a controlled stop are beefy Brembo brakes. Opting for the Laguna Seca Package adds a Torsen helical differential, brake cooling ducts, and a front-splitter that’s not legal for use on public roads – oh yes, and the rear seat is removed to save weight. While it might be a little too hardcore for some buyers, it’s targeted perfectly at Mustang fans who want to go racing.
The Toyota Venza is a five-passenger vehicle that couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), to give customers a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan.
The Venza offers the choice of two powerplants, a 181-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder or 268-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift control and can be had in either front or all-wheel drive. There is also the choice of 19-inch wheels, standard on four-cylinder models and 20-inch on V6 models. The 2014 Venza features three trim levels. The LE includes dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, privacy glass, cruise control, electronic stability control, seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, front seatbelt pretensioners and front active head restraints. The XLE adds a power liftgate, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, satellite radio, leather upholstery and Toyota's Smart Key System and the Limited trim adds High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and a JBL 13 speaker audio system to the list of standard features.
The Infiniti FX37 is a stylish 'Supernatural Cheetah' designed sport utility vehicle with a strong emphasis on 'sport'.
The FX37 is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations. A 325-hp 3.7-liter V6 sends power through a new electronically controlled seven-speed automatic transmission that features a manual shift mode and downshift rev-matching. The FX37 features such luxuries as power heated leather front seats, moonroof, alloy wheels, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The 300-watt, audio system uses eleven speakers and digital audio conversion to provide an excellent listening experience. It's also a safe vehicle with standard anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and airbags that include curtain airbags for both rows of seats.
For 2013, a larger 3.7-liter V6 engine replaces the 3.5-liter V6, which accounts for the name change from FX35 to FX37.