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 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.
The Ford Escape is a mid-size sport-utility vehicle, which now incorporates the latest technology and style; setting a new standard in the SUV category. Completely redesigned for 2013 the Escape features an athletic looking exterior, with a much improved interior.
The five-passenger Escape is available in S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trims, in either front or four-wheel drive. Engine choices start with the 168-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Also, a 173-hp 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is available. For even more power a 237-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is offered. All variations are paired with a six-speed select-shift automatic transmission. Impressive features offered on the Escape include a Panoramic Vista Roof, satellite radio, SYNC, MyFord Touch, a trailer towing package, heated leather seating, navigation system, auto park with cross traffic alert, Sony audio, MyKey, and an industry first hands-free power liftgate. Standard safety features include seven-airbags with drive knee airbag, passive anti-theft system, AdvanceTrac stability control with anti-rollover technology, four-wheel disc brakes, and tire pressure monitoring.
The Chevrolet Traverse crossover utility vehicle combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional truck-based sport utility vehicle.
The Traverse comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. Each trim is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A direct injection 3.6-liter V6 engine sends power to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The well-equipped interior features two front bucket seats and two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. An extensive list of safety features come standard; these include: side curtain overhead airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front-seat passenger, an available front center airbag, anti-lock brakes, and electronic traction and stability control.
The Ford Taurus has received a modest exterior makeover this year, with notable changes made to the hood and new (more angular) front grille. LED taillamps, dual exhaust tips and larger alloy wheels, in sizes from 17 to 20-inches in diameter, have also been added to the range and give the American sedan extra visual muscle. Not that this broad-shouldered Ford four-door was lacking in attitude — the Taurus looks and feels substantial, though sometimes to a fault. But the biggest news is the availability of the 240-bhp turbocharged EcoBoost 2.0-liter inline-4 in front-wheel-drive models of the Taurus. Fuel economy with the 4-cylinder engine climbs to 22/32-mpg city/highway. A 3.5-liter V-6 is also available, and is the only engine choice if you opt for the available all-wheel-drive. The cabin features ambient lighting that can be switched amongst seven colors: orange, soft blue, ice blue, red, green, blue or purple. Heated and cooled front seats, along with heated rear seats, are also available on certain models.