The Jeep Grand Cherokee retains Jeep's legendary off-road prowess while providing many luxurious and technical amenities.
The Grand Cherokee is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configuration with five trims levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, and SRT8 (four-wheel drive only). All trims (except the SRT8) are powered by a 290-hp 3.6-liter V6. The V6 can be upgraded to a 360-hp 5.7-liter V8, or even a new 240-hp 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6. The SRT8 trim features an exclusive 470-hp 6.4-liter V8 Hemi engine. All trims and engine combinations are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Both V8 engines feature a Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which seamlessly deactivates four of the eight cylinders depending on engine operating conditions. Adaptive cruise control, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear parking camera, a multimedia infotainment system with hard drive navigation system, and UConnect wireless connectivity are available. The optional (standard on the 4x4 Overland and Summit) QuadraLift air suspension features full time four corner load leveling and improved off-road performance by increasing ground clearance. Standard safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control, active font head restraints, brake assist, and tire pressure monitoring.
For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior and exterior receives a significant redesign. The 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are new additions. Also, more features and advanced technology have been added as well.
Mazda's new 5 is a capable family wagon that offers seating for six, folding rear seats for large cargo-carrying capacity, and styling that's a little too busy along its flanks. It's not an overly large vehicle, which means it's easy to drive in the city but big enough to handle the open highway quite well. Power comes from an aluminum 2.5-liter double-overhead-cam 4-cylinder with variable valve timing. Horsepower is 157 at 6000 rpm and torque is a sufficient 163 lb.-ft. at 4000. There are three versions of the 5: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The sliding doors on the sides and the three rows of seats enable six people to enjoy the ride. And the folding rear seats guarantee excellent luggage capacity.
The BMW 435i is the latest addition to the ever growing vehicle line-up from Munich. Formerly the 335i coupe, the new 4-series looks to separate itself from the 3-series sedan on which it is based by offering more aggressive styling and sportier driving.
The 435i is available in rear- or xDrive all-wheel drive and is powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder engine mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission or a no-charge optional six-speed manual. Standard safety features include eight airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability control, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and BMW Assist eCall which includes emergency request and automatic collision notification. BMW's Air Curtain, auto stop-start, and Brake Energy Regeneration alternator help to make the 435i more efficient.
What you're looking at is the most potent Cadillac sold today, available in Coupe, Sedan and Sport Wagon forms. Lurking under your right foot is a supercharged 556-bhp V-8, with a whoppin' 551 lb.-ft. of torque. Some of you would opt for the Tremec 6-speed manual, others for the 6-speed automatic; both are good. The high-quality interior of the CTS-V is luxurious, with well-arranged controls. The independent suspension, tuned at the Nürburgring in Germany, features Magnetic Ride Control damping, which Cadillac had even before Ferrari adapted it for its road cars. These rumbly Vs routinely hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Enough said.
While the Mitsubishi Eclipse hasn't been making many splashes of late, 2012 marks its final year of production. To send it off with a bang, Mitsubishi is releasing the SE, with an updated color scheme on an otherwise unchanged car. The midsize coupe will come with dark argent-finished wheels, Kalapana Black mirror housings that match the roof and argent graphics from the 2008 model year Eclipse. Otherwise, GS, GS Sport and SE models come with an inline-4, while the GT is equipped with a silky-smooth V-6. For all but the base GS, a booming 650-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system will keep all onboard entertained. The Eclipse Spyder mirrors the hardtop trim levels, without the base GS, but adds a power convertible soft-top.