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.
Ahh…now this is the way the Z4 was meant to be! Built at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, factory, the Z4 M Coupe and Z4 M Roadster are fitted with the company’s S54 3.2-liter inline-6 that cranks out 330 bhp (though only 262 lb.-ft. of torque) and revs to 8000 rpm. As befits true sports cars, the M Coupe and M Roadster come only with a 6-speed manual with nice, firm throws; the SMG is not available. Compared to the regular Z4, the M cars have stiffer suspensions, larger wheels and tires and bigger brakes, while the interior gets well-bolstered sport seats and a super-thick steering wheel. With the new M3 receiving a V-8 in 2008, the M Coupe and M Roadster remain the only way to experience a high-revving, high-horsepower normally aspirated BMW inline-6. Get yours while BMW still makes them.
R&T Overview:Where some might put a toe in, Kia simply jumps. The Korean company’s midsize sport-utility represents a full-bore effort, with the most powerful V-8 in it class, as well as 7-passenger seating, excellent towing capacity and reasonable (for the class) fuel economy. With a robust body-on-frame design, the Borrego sports a 276-bhp V-6 or an impressive 337-bhp V-8, the last driving Kia’s first 6-speed automatic. Available as EX or upscale LX versions with rear- or all-wheel drive, the Borrego offers dual-zone climate control with optional rear air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, heated seats front and rear, plus the usual leather and power assists. Safety equipment includes dual-stage front and side-impact airbags, curtain-type head airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. All in all, an impressive effort.
We’ve spoken to the various members of the PT Cruiser fan clubs, and these are as fervent a bunch of fans as you’ll find. It’s the look of these still-cool wagons, with upright seating and tremendous space inside that lets its passengers know that they’re the priority in this machine. We like driving the PT Cruiser, even though its chassis shows its age on challenging roads, and we chalk up our appreciation to the unique combination of excellent outward vision and a high seating position, both of which are accidental benefits of the cool retro styling. Chrysler has simplified the PT’s model structure for 2010. The PT Turbo has been eliminated, leaving a sole model—the PT Cruiser Classic—with a normally aspirated 150-bhp 4-cylinder and a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Ferrari’s California was meant to capture a new segment of owner, one who would appreciate the dual nature of this folding-hardtop spider. And so it has happened. There are those who argue against the exterior design, the main point of contention being the tall rear that accommodates the folding hardtop. Yet that shape means 12 cu. ft. of luggage space and the ability to go from closed roof to open in 13 seconds. And still the California drives like a Ferrari, its front mid-engine being a 4.3-liter 460-bhp V-8 backed by the company’s shift-in-a-flash 7-speed paddle-shifter gearbox. About all that’s new for 2011 is stop/start of the V-8 when you’re in traffic. Unlike a hybrid’s almost unnoticed stop/start, the Ferrari’s is downright invigorating as it growls back to life. Cool.