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.
Nothing much else can be said about Audi's exotic R8, except that you're lucky if you've had the chance to drive one and luckier if you own one. Not many cars are this civil to drive while looking this rare in nature, but the R8 pulls it off effortlessly. And you can pretty much have it any way you like, mixing and matching the Coupe and Spyder bodies with a V-8 or V-10 and a 6-speed manual or 6-speed paddle-shift R tronic gearbox. New for this year is the even rarer R8 GT that takes the R8 up an exotic notch or two boosting output of the V-10 to 560 bhp (from 525 bhp), increasing downforce with a fixed rear wing and new front clip, and shedding some mass through extensive use of carbon fiber. All this help the GT achieve a new top speed of 199 mph--but no manual? What the heck?!
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 Toyota Venza is a five-passenger vehicle that couples the styling and comfort of a passenger car with the flexibility of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), to give customers a stylish alternative to the traditional sedan.
The Venza offers the choice of two powerplants, a 181-hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder or 268-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift control and can be had in either front or all-wheel drive. There is also the choice of 19-inch wheels, standard on four-cylinder models and 20-inch on V6 models. The 2014 Venza features three trim levels. The LE includes dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, privacy glass, cruise control, electronic stability control, seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, front seatbelt pretensioners and front active head restraints. The XLE adds a power liftgate, voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system, satellite radio, leather upholstery and Toyota's Smart Key System and the Limited trim adds High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and a JBL 13 speaker audio system to the list of standard features.
The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible. It offers ample room for four adults, and plenty of cargo space with the top up or down. It is designed for a no compromise convertible experience for everyday life.
The two-door, all-wheel drive Murano CrossCabriolet is offered in one luxurious trim level and features Nissan's 3.5-liter six-cylinder VQ engine that generates 265 horsepower, which is sent through an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with adaptive shift control. Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, Bose audio system, cruise control, intelligent key with push button ignition, LED rear taillights, a fully automatic cloth convertible top with rear glass skylight, and dual zone automatic air conditioning. Standard safety equipment includes, vehicle traction and stability control, dual pop-up roll bars, brake assist, front and curtain side-impact airbags, and front seat active head restraints.
For 2014, the Murano CrossCabriolet receives two new exterior colors, and the standard 20-inch alloy wheels have a new design.