Ford's E-Series is utilitarian and ubiquitous. Depending on configuration— and there are many—it can tow up to 10,000 lb., carry up to 3920 lb., or seat up to 15 passengers, and has been the king of the full-size van market for an amazing 33 years. That reign may end soon, though, as the some of the E-Series models may bow out in favor of the new full-size Ford Transit. Until then, the E-Series continues to offer van or wagon (side window) variants, regular- and extendedlength wheelbases, two V-8s or a 6.8-liter V-10, as well as optional preparation for propane or natural gas conversion. This is not just a box on wheels as Ford offers proprietary technology such as Sync hands-free connectivity and the "Crew Chief" telematics system.
We all know the Super Duty is a rugged workaholic but, this year, Ford gussies it up for a night on the town with an available new Platinum series that will exceed even the Lariat and King Ranch for upscale content. It's available in Crew Cab only, and powered by either a 6.2- liter sohc gasoline engine or the amazingly quiet 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel. The Platinum has unique exterior touches like a perforated satin-chrome mesh grille and 20-in. polished aluminum wheels. Inside are 10-way-power leather captain's chairs, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a navigation system viewed on the 8-in. screen of MyFord Touch, which is new throughout the Super Duty lineup and optimized even for users who may be wearing work gloves.
The ATS sedan continues to offer a world-class driving experience. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that challenges the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-four engine producing 202-hp matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and a 321-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo front brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.
The modern Nissan 370Z falls in line with the Z cars of the past. Designed with performance, style and value in mind, it's a pure two-seater sports car in every respect.
The 370Z is offered in both coupe and roadster body styles, with three trim levels: Base, Touring, and the track-inspired NISMO edition (coupe only). The Base and Touring models are powered by a 332-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic with manual mode and paddle shifters. The performance-oriented NISMO boasts a 350-hp 3.7-liter V6, mated to a six-speed manual transmission with SyncroRev Match, providing smooth and seamless transitions from gear to gear. The Base trim is equipped with bi-xenon HID headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a CD player and the Nissan Intelligent Key passive entry system with push-button start; Touring trims are further outfitted with heated leather-appointed seats, satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. An available Sport package for Base and Touring trims adds items that are standard on the NISMO, including 19-inch forged alloy wheels, spoilers, a limited slip differential, larger sport brakes and SynchroRev Match with the manual transmission. Safety features found on every 370Z include six airbags, electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active anti-whiplash head restraints, LED tail lights and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The Nissan GT-R is a supercar with a dedicated following, and no other car on the market can provide such a vast performance envelope for the price. The 2013 GT-R has been treated to even more power and handling upgrades making this the best version yet.
Nissan produced the Skyline GT-R between 1969 and 1974, and again in 1989 to 2002. As Nissan's leading performance vehicle, the car quickly garnered a reputation for speed and affordability. It became a regular on the motorsports scene and even earned the nickname Godzilla. In late 2007 Nissan dropped the Skyline badge and brought out the new all-wheel-drive GT-R to the Japanese market. In 2009 it was brought to American soil and has had subtle tweaks each year since.
For 2013, Nissan GT-R gets a retuned suspension. Inside, a new blue lighting treatment has been added to the tachometer, and a rearview monitor is standard on all 2013 GT-R models.
The 2013 Nissan GT-R boasts an incredible body of power, at 542 horsepower and 466 foot-pounds torque, an increase of 15 hp and 15 lb-ft over 2012. It has a 6-speed, twin-clutch sequential gearbox and a Launch Control system that is easy to use and supplies neck-bending efficiency.
The car is magnificent to drive. It is the perfect machine to take to the racetrack, and on your way home you can stop off at the grocery store to load up a week's worth of shopping with ample room to spare. It's an every day car with a bite large enough to outdo Jaws.
The cabin contains all the creature comforts one could need, such as climate control and a navigation system that responds via voice command. On the LCD there is a surfeit of data and virtual gauges available to inform the driver of every last detail of the car's dynamics.