Perhaps “middle-age Beetle” would be more apt, as the New Beetle is now in its 11th year of production. VW hasn’t exactly lavished lots of attention on the Water Bug during that time, and the same is true for 2010: Changes amount to new colors inside and out. That’s not so terrible, though. VW’s New Beetle remains a cute, perky little coupe (or droptop) with some engaging qualities, from its semi-sporty driving dynamics to its torquey 2.5-liter 150-bhp inline-5. Sadly there’s no DSG transmission option. Otherwise, the rounded front driver remains reasonably well equipped, with ESP stability control, a premium 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo and a Cold Weather package. If only all of us could be so desirable in our middle age.
The 300C is the luxury version of the Chrysler 300. Bold styling with strong lines give the 300C a sense of power and refinement.
The 300C uses a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine intelligently shuts-down select cylinders while cruising under low-load conditions, which conserves gas. Standard safety features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and curtain airbags. The interior is well appointed with a navigation system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating and memory drivers seat. Available features include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, blind spot detection and adaptive speed control.
The 300C S V8 trims have been dropped for 2013. The V8 is still available as an option.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur again uses the unusual W-12 engine, turbocharged to deliver towering figures of 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque -- equivalent to the Speed engine in the Continental. That prodigious output, distilled via a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, means that the heavyweight Flying Spur (which is 5445 pounds) can blast from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is an even 200 mph. As it is on the Continental, all-wheel drive is standard here, with a sporty, rear-biased 40/60 torque split. Unsurprisingly, this large, powerful engine in such a large, heavy car results in a large appetite for gasoline: expect 12/20 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA.
While this powertrain is essentially carryover, what's new and different is the styling. It's best described as a highly recognizable evolution of the previous car. New creases and more pronounced rear fenders help balance out the proportions of the previously front-heavy design. That renewed emphasis on the rear is echoed inside, where the back seat boasts increased legroom, reclining seatbacks, fold-out tables, and touchscreens to operate the audio and climate controls.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur exists for buyers who have taken the Mercedes-Benz S-Class/BMW 7 Series/Audi A8 thing to its logical conclusion, or to those who are seeking something a little more special than even the topmost offerings of the mainstream luxury marques. Indeed, the Bentley's interior finishes are on a different plane, with handcraftsmanship and buyer customization featuring prominently. What you are not buying here is the very latest in technical gadgetry. Although navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen is standard, one must pay extra for a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and the audiophile Naim stereo. Missing entirely are surround-view cameras, a blind-spot warning system, and precollision braking.
The Buick Enclave combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a sport utility vehicle.
The Enclave is available in three trims: Convenience, Premium, and Leather. Each trim can be ordered in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All trims feature a contemporary design that incorporates trademark styling cues associated with Buicks of the past. The interior features front bucket seats and can accommodate either seven or eight passengers depending on the seating configuration selected. A direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Enclave offers a luxurious interior with an extensive list of features and amenities, including standard Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, OnStar, satellite radio, automatic climate control and a rear-view camera system. Available equipment includes a sunroof, 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, navigation, and a rear DVD entertainment system.
The Dodge Avenger is an attractive midsize sedan, most notably for its sporty features and standard equipment which it typically found in higher class vehicles.
The Dodge Avenger is offered in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. Two engine choices are offered on the Avenger, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 3.6-liter flex-fuel V6 engine. Four cylinder engines can be had with either a four-speed automatic transmission, or six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The V6 engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Standard and optional equipment include leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, cruise control, LED brake lights, aluminum wheels, multimedia center with 28 gigabytes of internal memory, USB port, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Safety features found on every Avenger include stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a security system.
For 2013, the lineup has been simplified by removing the SXT Plus trim. The SXT trim now features fully automatic headlights and fog lights as standard equipment.