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 Accord is Honda's largest car, offering generous interior space for up to five people wrapped in stylish exterior sheet metal.
The Accord is available either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the trim chosen, three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a CVT. Cloth upholstery is standard on all but the EX-L and Touring models, which feature leather seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. Safety is enhanced on all Accords with six standard airbags, including side-impact air bags for front seats and side curtain air bags. Four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, and Brake Assist also come standard. The Accord can be luxuriously equipped with features such as heated power mirrors, power heated front seats, navigation system, LED head and brake lights, lane departure warning and Smart Entry.
The Accord has been completely redesigned for 2013. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder now feature direct injection. Six-speed manual or automatic, and CVT transmission choices replace the previous five-speed units.
The Ford Fiesta is a sub-compact, front-wheel drive, five-passenger car. Available in four- and five-door bodystyles, the current benchmarks for the sub-compact segment are being tested by the Fiestas styling, comfort and luxury features, technology, and overall practicality.
The Fiesta is offered in three trims, S, SE, or a new Titanium model. Power comes from a 120-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An advanced six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is optional. Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, capless fuel filler system, power body-colored mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, aux audio input jack and electronic power-assisted steering. Higher trim levels include cruise control, keyless entry, satellite radio, alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system. Optional features include heated seats, a passive entry/passive start system, power moonroof, and leather seats; also offered is a Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package for those commuters seeking maximum efficiency. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, seven airbags including a driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
For 2013, the Fiesta carries over with minor upgrades and a new top Titanium model that includes standard leather seats.
The Equus is an all new model from Hyundai, developed specifically for the upper-echelon of the automotive world.
The Equus is a large luxury four door sedan offered in Signature or Ultimate trims. Its 429-hp 5.0-liter V8 sends power to the rear wheels via a SHIFTRONIC eight-speed automatic transmission. The Signature trim seats five, while the Ultimate provides luxury amenities for four. The exterior features 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, power moonroof, auto-dimming exterior rearview mirrors that automatically tilt-down in reverse, HID headlights, and more. The interior boasts power heated leather seating, massaging driver seat with memory, wood inserts, voice-activated navigation and a luxury audio system.
The completely redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander delivers a host of enhancements which introduce a whole new level of safety, fuel efficiency, and technology for the compact crossover at an exceptional value.
The Outlander is available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations, in ES, SE, or GT trims. The standard engine with the ES and SE trims is a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The GT trim is equipped with a 224-hp 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a Sportronic six-speed automatic transmission. Safety features on all Outlanders include seven-airbags, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, LED tail lamps, traction control, and a tire-pressure monitor.
For 2014, the Outlander is fresh inside and out and is now available with an electric power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning.