There's a name for cars like the Mazdaspeed3: pocket-rocket. This refers to a compact-size car that provides more driving excitement than you can imagine. The 4-cylinder MZR 2.3-liter engine pumps out 263 bhp and 280-lb.-ft. of torque thanks to a responsive turbocharger. It's largely a carryover model for 2013 but has some changes, including 18-in. gunmetal alloy wheels, black outside mirrors, rear roof spoiler and rear lower valance. Inside for 2013, there is a Technology Package including a 5.8-in. full-color touchscreen nav system, HD radio, Pandora audio application, SMS text message audio delivery and voice reply. The Mazdaspeed3 is a 5-door with its large opening rear hatch that makes it easy to take your adventure gear with you. But the real adventure is in the driving!
With a bushel full of crossover vehicles on the market, the buyer has a wide range of choices. The Mazda CX-9 should be at the top of the list as it is reasonably priced, good looking, carries seven people and can be had with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. There are three models in the lineup: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The only engine is Mazda's 3.7-liter dohc V-6 with variable valve timing. It pumps out a healthy 273 bhp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, which enables towing loads of 3500 lb. Interior fitments are well done and features include climate control, Bluetooth phone capability and Sirius satellite radio. All in all, the CX-9 offers the utility of a minivan but without the stigma.
The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a solid choice among compact SUVs. It's suitable for anyone who wants off-road capability or needs to manage the daily drive in a comfortable, competent manner. New for 2013 the Grand Vitara has an updated front fascia and grille, as well as new alloy wheels.
The Grand Vitara is offered in three trims: Base, Premium, and Limited. The standard engine is a 166-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and Suzuki's 4-Mode, full-time 4WD system with transfer case lock and low-range is optional. Safety features include side-impact and side-curtain airbags, 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control. Bluetooth and an integrated navigation system with Lane Assist and 3D graphic view are standard on all trims. Alloy wheels, Smartkey keyless ignition, heated seats, and a leather interior are available features.
The iconic BMW M6 is the most powerful version of the 6-series, and is available as either a coupe or a convertible. Now in its third generation, the four-passenger M6 features a visually imposing body design with superior performance attributes and extremely exclusive character.
The four-passenger M6 sits atop the 6-series lineup; powered by a 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a standard 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) with steering wheel paddles. M Dynamic Damper Control suspension and an Active M Differential help keep all that power under control, while four cross-drilled anti-lock disc brakes provide the stopping. The M6 also features the M Drive button on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to set and save their favorite vehicle performance settings. Standard features include 19-inch forged alloy wheels, six airbags, heated seats, mirrors, and jets, rain sensing wipers, bi-xenon headlights, active front head restraints, navigation system, Bluetooth and a HiFi sound system.
For 2014, the BMW M6 now comes standard with satellite radio and soft-close automatic doors.
The MINI Convertible provides the driving enthusiast with a unique combination of fun-to-drive performance, engineering and unconventional open-top attitude for four.
The Convertible is available in three different trims: the Cooper with a 121-hp 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the Cooper S with a direct-injection, 181-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, or the John Cooper Works with a 208-hp version of the Cooper S turbo engine. All trims are mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety equipment includes four airbags, automatic pop-up roll hoops, electronic traction and stability control and anti-lock brakes. A wide variety of interior trim materials and colors are available, as well as features such as bi-xenon headlights, sport suspension, Dynamic Traction Control, navigation system, harman/kardon audio, parking sensors, and satellite radio. Bluetooth and HD radio are standard equipment.