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.
The Dodge Grand Caravan is at the forefront of the minivan market offering the features and innovative seating that many families find indispensible.
The Grand Caravan's most important feature, both from a usability stand-point and competitive stand-point, is that it is available with Stow'n Go seats. The second and third row seats can be folded into the floor. No more fumbling to release and remove awkward heavy seats and then trying to find a suitable place to store them. A 3.6-liter V6 sends power through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. All trims come equipped with a tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry and a tire pressure monitor. Standard safety features include traction control, stability control and antilock brakes with brake assist.
The Grand Caravan Crew is dropped for 2014. R/T receives standard power liftgate, security system and rear camera.
The Infiniti EX37 is a stylish luxury crossover vehicle that not only stands out in a crowd, but offers industry-leading technology typically only found in ultra-luxury vehicles.
The EX37 is offered in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, each with a choice of two trim levels, Base and Journey. It is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The EX37 Base is comprehensively equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and a USB port; Journey models add a power moonroof, heated front seats, genuine wood interior trim elements and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, vehicle dynamic control with integrated traction control, LED tail lights, six airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. Noteworthy optional safety technologies offered on the EX37 are an Around View monitor, a lane departure warning/prevention system, intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning and a blind spot monitor.
The 2013 Infiniti EX37 replaces the 2012 Infiniti EX35, with a larger V6 engine, hence the new nomenclature.
The Honda Civic has been improved once again for 2014 to help keep it fresh and maintain it's position as the best-selling compact car in America.
Available in sedan or coupe bodies, all but the Si and Natural Gas trims are powered by a 143 horsepower, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The performance-oriented Si comes with a 205 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four bolted only to a six-speed manual, while the Natural Gas model is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the 1.8-liter gas engine and the new CVT. A unique HF trim ekes out additional fuel economy with the help of aerodynamic add-ons, lightweight alloy wheels and low rolling-resistance tires. Standard safety features on all Civics include electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, six airbags, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring. Tech features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera with guidelines and ECO-Assist technology on all trims, automatic climate control for EX models and up, front fog lights for EX-L models and subscription free FM traffic updates with the optional navigation system. New premium features for 2014 include Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera, smart entry with push button starting and a 7-inch display audio touchscreen media center. The EX-L sedan is now standard with an 8-way power adjustable driver seat.
Following the 2013 refresh of the sedan, the coupe is refreshed for 2014 with updated exterior styling and all models receive further interior refinements and technology.
Despite stiff competition from BMW, Mercedes, Infiniti and Lexus, the 2011 Audi A5/S5 family is still a standout collection of coupes and convertibles. The reasons are simple: They look like heaven, feel like luxury and handle like liquid with standard Quattro all-wheel drive. The V-6 is dropped from the A5 line for 2011, but the remaining engine—a 211-bhp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder—offers 258 lb.-ft. of accelerative torque and helps keep the price down. A5 fuel economy and performance both get a boost thanks to an available new 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The big-gun S5 models carry over with a 354-bhp V-8 in the coupe and a 333-bhp supercharged V-6 (coupled to an oh-so-smooth 7-speed S tronic automatic) in the Cabriolet.