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.
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.
What can C70 drivers do in 30 seconds? Press a button and have their ride transform itself from an all-weather coupe into a wind-in-the-hair convertible. A luxurious four-place cabin is swathed in leather and bedazzled with aluminum accents. The new Premier Plus trim level adds HomeLink, Keyless Drive, a digital compass and rear park assist. Step up to the Platinum and be rewarded with Volvo premium sound and a handy navigation system. Motivation is supplied by a 227-bhp 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder teamed with a 5-speed Geartronic transmission. Safety features include stability control, double-locking doors, a rollover protection system and door-mounted inflatable side curtains to protect heads when the chips are down—and so is the top.
The BMW 335i delivers a special mix of sporting performance, practicality and European luxury in a compact package. It's the car that defines 'sport sedan', and the benchmark every luxury car maker from Acura to Volvo aims at when it develops an entry-level luxury sport sedan.
The rear-wheel drive 335i is available in coupe, sedan and convertible bodies, while the xDrive all-wheel drive system is available in coupe only. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter, turbo, inline six-cylinder engine that puts out 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all variations, with a six-speed automatic transmission optional. Standard safety features include six airbags, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability control, active anti-whiplash head restraints, as well as automatic pop-up roll-over protection on the convertible.
For 2013, the coupe and cabriolet remain unchanged on the E90 platform; the F30 sedan, which was all-new for 2012, adds xDrive to the line-up
The most un-Jeep-like Jeep ever to wear the badge returns for the 2012 model year relatively unchanged after a major refresh for 2011. Three new topcoats are offered—True Blue Pearl Coat, Copperhead Pearl Coat and Rescue Green Pearl Coat. Of more significance to the vehicle’s mainstream (read: “Main Street”) buyer are new calibrations for the continuously variable transmission, designed to smooth low-speed deceleration and improve pedal response and acceleration. And Main Street is where the Compass finds its way, thanks to its sporty, sedan-like interior, humble power output and respectable fuel economy. While no trail buster, the Compass delivers a whopping dose of practical tractability when outfitted with the 2.4-liter engine and the Jeep Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package.