The late Carroll Shelby told us once that the biggest thing he would change about the auto industry would be to convert all cars to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), simply because there's much more of it than oil. The latest heavy-duty version of GMC's Sierra is equipped to use CNG or gasoline with a 6.0-liter V-8, and since these trucks get regular workouts by fleets, they have easy access to CNG fuel stations. New last year, the sturdiest Sierras are available with GM's highly refined 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8, with a range of 680 miles and it's rated for B20 biodiesel. With proper towing equipment, the 3500 HD model can tow 18,000 lb. with a rear frame hitch or 23,100 lb. with a fifth-wheel setup. Tenfour, good buddy.
The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover sport utility that answers the call for a roomy vehicle with utility and style. It isn't a truck. Nor is it a minivan. Yet it's more than a car.
The front-, or all-wheel drive Edge is powered by a 285-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the Edge Sport adds a 305-hp 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6; both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission, the Sport adds steering wheel shift paddles. Available on the front-wheel drive SE, SEL and Limited trims is a 237-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine which boasts enhanced fuel economy. Standard safety features on all models include six airbags, four wheel anti-lock brakes, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, auto-locking power locks, an occupant classification system and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, collision warning, blind spot detection, rear-view camera and rain sensing wipers. MyFord driver connect technology manages all the information the driver needs, with minimal distraction to actually driving.
For 2014, the Edge carries over unchanged, but with two new paint colors.
A new-generation CR-V made its debut last year ushering in a sleeker look, increased power and fuel economy plus an array of new features. Styling is bold and sophisticated with improved aerodynamics and more chrome accents. The 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine puts out 185 bhp while achieving a 31-mpg highway estimate with front-wheel drive. Optional Real-Time awd is electronically controlled for faster activation. Hill Start Assist, stability control and electric-assist power steering are standard. The redesigned interior gained a multi-information display, easy fold-down split rear seat and lower cargo floor height. High-tech upgrades include Pandora Internet radio, SMS text messaging, Bluetooth and optional DVD rear entertainment system.
The Cadillac Escalade is a large, luxurious SUV that delivers performance and style. Classy and powerful, it looks great for a night on the town or can haul everything needed for a weekend getaway.
Available as a 4x2 or 4x4, the Escalade is powered by a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management and E85 compatibility, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes a power liftgate, stability control, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility, a rear-view camera and side curtain airbags. Some options are Magnetic Ride Control and 22-inch chrome wheels. The Platinum Edition takes style and innovation to a whole new level with standard equipment such as LED headlights, power running boards, and a rear seat entertainment system with two monitors.
The Traverse is one of a set of General Motors fraternal triplets that also includes the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. It's a full-size unibody crossover SUV, offered in front-drive (standard) and all-wheel-drive editions, similar in size to the body-on-frame Tahoe, but some 500 lb. lighter. The roomy interior provides comfortable seating for eight and up to 116 cu. ft. of cargo space. GM's 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 and a smooth 6-speed automatic, reprogrammed for quicker shifts, combine to provide respectable acceleration and fair fuel economy. Updates for 2013 include a freshened front fascia, revised interior with upgraded materials, a new center stack with enhanced connectivity, and a comprehensive array of safety features that includes an industry-first front center airbag.