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.
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 long-awaited FR-S is coming to Scion showrooms in summer 2012 as a 2013 model. This shapely rear-drive coupe was jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru as the spiritual successor to the legendary Corolla AE-86 (hachi-roku in Japanese). A naturally aspirated Subaru 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine topped with Toyota’s direct-injection system is expected to produce 200 bhp. Transmission choices include a short-throw 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic likely featuring paddle shifters. To keep the FR-S affordable, all-wheel drive is not in the offing. However, the platform is engineered to handle greater power so a turbo could be launched later on. Meanwhile, as part of the deal, Subaru gets its own uniquely styled version to be dubbed BRZ.
The Forte is Kia's offering in the competitive Compact market segment. Attractive styling, pricing and feature content are what make this car standout.
The Forte sedan is available in LX and EX trims. The LX features a 148-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic transmission is available. The EX features a 173-hp 2.0L four-cylinder matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Forte comes nicely equipped with standard items such as; traction control, stability control, side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, Bluetooth, trip computer and a tire pressure monitoring system. Dual-zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED taillights, power heated and ventilated leather seats, and a power sunroof are just some of the available features.
The Forte has been completely redesigned inside and out for 2014.
The Acura TSX is a sport sedan and wagon that offer a satisfying blend of performance, style and efficiency. The TSX boasts a muscular appearance and great handling, complemented by enhanced comfort, convenience and safety features. New for 2013 V6 models include the Technology Package as standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive TSX is powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and auto transmission with Sequential SportShift, steering wheel paddles and Grade Logic Control; or a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic. A six-speed manual transmission is optional with the 4-cylinder Special Edition. The TSX Sport Wagon is available exclusively with the 4-cylinder engine and five-speed auto powerteam. The TSX is well-equipped, with a power moonroof, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity. The 2.4-liter model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, and the 3.5-liter model includes 18-inch alloy wheels and unique suspension tuning. The Technology Package includes a navigation system with voice activation, integrated rearview camera parking assist and upgraded audio and climate control systems. Standard safety-enhancing features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, front side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints.