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 Suzuki Kizashi is a well equipped sport sedan. The Kizashi has a lengthy list of standard equipment and offers dynamic performance and premium design.
Available in front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual or CVT transmission, or all-wheel drive with CVT, the Kizashi offers exceptional value in S, SE, Sport GTS, and Sport SLS trims. The Kizashi is equipped with a 185-hp 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine with the six-speed manual or a 180-hp version with the CVT. Standard features include sport bucket seats, projector headlamps, keyless â??Smartpassâ?� pushbutton start system, automatic dual-zone climate control, and steering wheel audio controls. Safety features include a class exclusive eight airbags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and tire pressure monitoring system. As well, the Kizashi already meets 2014 NHTSA crash standards. Optional features include a Rockford-Fosgate audio system, leather interior, heated power seats and Bluetooth hands-free calling.
The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi sport sedan offers exceptional value and performance and carries over from 2012.
The Passat is the largest passenger car in the Volkswagen line-up. It has all the refinements and technology expected of a sophisticated German vehicle, but is now built in the USA specifically for the North American driver.
The Passat is offered as a front-wheel drive four-door sedan with four engine choices; a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, a 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, a 140-hp, 2.0-liter TDI diesel four-cylinder, and a 280-hp 3.6-liter VR6. Numerous transmissions are available, a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic with the 2.5L, a six-speed auto with the 1.8T, a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with the TDI, and a six-speed DSG is standard with the VR6. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, engine immobilizer and an intelligent crash response system that unlocks all doors, shuts off fuel and electrical supply and turns on the hazard lights. Standard creature comfort features include front and rear center armrests, trip computer, keyless entry, automatic headlights with coming home function, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
For 2014, the big news is that a new 1.8T four-cylinder engine will be gradually replacing the 2.5-liter. Also, a rearview camera has been added as standard to SE and up trims.
The Chevrolet Corvette is the best high-performance value in America. The Corvette delivers supercar performance for the price of a midsize luxury sedan. For 2014 the Corvette is all-new, with the most powerful standard engine ever offered.
Now called the Corvette Stingray, the new for 2014 seventh-generation Corvette is a lighter and stiffer two-seat sports car available initially as a targa-roof coupe and later as a convertible. The coupe and convertible include a new 450-hp LT1 6.2-liter direct-injection V8 engine with Active Fuel Management and variable valve timing. It is matched with an all-new seven-speed manual transmission with automatic rev matching. A six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters is available. Both transmissions include launch control. An optional dual-mode exhaust adds 6-horsepower. Standard equipment includes high-intensity xenon headlamps, LED taillamps, a configurable electronic dash, an advanced infotainment system with Chevrolet MyLink and Bose audio, and an updated fully-wrapped interior with leather seat trim. The Z51 package adds performance to the coupe and convertible with a sportier suspension, wider wheels and tires, differential and transmission coolers, high performance brakes, and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
For 2014, the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is completely redesigned and all-new.
The Flex has never lived up to original sales expectations, though one of the worst criticisms you can levy at this Ford is that the boxy design is polarizing. Then again, at least it doesn’t look like every other family-mobile on the road. From behind the wheel the Flex is surprisingly car-like, especially considering its overall size and three rows of seating. An especially fun option is a refrigerator positioned between the two second-row seats. You’d probably be fine sticking with the base 287-bhp 3.5-liter V-6, but the 365-bhp twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 is hugely entertaining and nearly as frugal – not that either engine is exactly a fuel-sipper. There are a ton of options that can be added to the Flex, including heated and cooled front seats, parking assist and adaptive cruise control. The Titanium appearance package gives the Flex some extra visual punch, courtesy of 20-inch alloys, a black painted roof and side mirrors, and special leather interior trim.