R&T Overview:It’s no secret that the 444-bhp 2012 Boss 302 has garnered rave reviews, even if its limited production means price negotiation will be virtually nonexistent. And though otherwise mostly a carryover for 2012, we think Ford’s Mustang has never been better. Its base 305-bhp Ti-VCT V-6 is good for up to 31 mpg highway, while the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 generates 412 bhp and up to 26 mpg highway. Handling and braking are now fully on par with power output, and interior refinement is worlds ahead of Mustangs of yore—and the pony car competition. New options for 2012 include selectable steering effort, made possible by electric power-assist steering (EPAS). And the supercharged 550-bhp Shelby GT500 is back with optional Recaro bucket seats.
Rumor was that the Grand Caravan would see its sunset with the 2013 model year (or 2012, depending on who did the talking). The new rumor is that the top-selling minivan won't be kicked to the curb, but will return in 2014 as a completely new vehicle (based on the Fiat-Chrysler E-EVO platform). For now, the venerable Grand Caravan holds on for another model year. Tight-budget buyers can step into a Grand Caravan AVP for $1000 less than last year, along with a standard second-row bench seat. Crew and R/T models can be had with an industry-exclusive Blu-Ray video system with dual screens. Integrated Trailer Sway Damping is now standard on all models, and there's a new Black/Sandstorm interior color scheme.
The Dodge Avenger is an attractive midsize sedan, most notably for its sporty features and standard equipment which it typically found in higher class vehicles.
The Dodge Avenger is offered in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. Two engine choices are offered on the Avenger, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 3.6-liter flex-fuel V6 engine. Four cylinder engines can be had with either a four-speed automatic transmission, or six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The V6 engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Standard and optional equipment include leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, cruise control, LED brake lights, aluminum wheels, multimedia center with 28 gigabytes of internal memory, USB port, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Safety features found on every Avenger include stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a security system.
For 2013, the lineup has been simplified by removing the SXT Plus trim. The SXT trim now features fully automatic headlights and fog lights as standard equipment.
The Acura ZDX is a vehicle that defies categorization. Is it a car? Not really. An SUV? Certainly not. A crossover? That’s subject to interpretation. Introduced last year, the ZDX was dubbeda “segment-bending” vehicle by Acura, bestowed with the 3.7-liter V-6 and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive from the popular MDX and the swooping roofline of a sports sedan. The panoramic glass roof, hidden rear door handles and 19-in. wheels pump up the cool factor—and of course, the list of standard features is long. Every ZDX interior features Acura’s first hand-stitched leather dashboard, door panels and center console, plus Bluetooth connectivity, power tailgate and premium audio system. Also offered are the popular Technology and Advance option packages.
The LINCOLN MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that has been engineered to capture the attention of a younger demographic by focusing on a clean and elegant overall design. The LINCOLN MKS incorporates all the top-grade luxury items that many have grown to expect from LINCOLN.
The LINCOLN MKS offers customers the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring SelectShift with paddle activation. Optional on the all-wheel drive is a 365-hp 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection, resulting in V8 power while maintaining the fuel efficiency of a V6. Standard features include MyLincoln Touch with 8-inch touch screen, remote vehicle start, heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps, SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system, and a rear view camera. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, LED brake lights, traction control, stability control, and a post crash alert system.
For 2013, the LINCOLN MKS carries over with minimal changes, a rear view camera is added to standard equipment on all models and there are a few new exterior colours to choose from.