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 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the most sporting offering to date from Hyundai.
Two powerful engines are offered for Hyundai's rear wheel drive coupe: a 274-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 348-horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6. Depending on the engine chosen, six-speed manual, or eight-speed automatic transmissions are available. Automatic transmissions feature Hyundai's SHIFTRONIC paddle-shift technology. Standard wheels are 18-inch alloy and 19-inch alloy wheels are available. Driver interaction is intensified with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Standard air-conditioning and front seats with lumbar support ensure passenger comfort. Traction control, stability control, seat-mounted side and overhead curtain airbags ensure the driver and passengers remain safe.
The Genesis Coupe receives some significant changes for the 2013 model year. The exterior now features standard LED taillamps and revised front and rear fascias. The interior includes a redesigned center stack, gauges and new sound systems. The 2.0-liter four cylinder sports a new twin-scroll turbocharger, while the 3.8-liter V6 gains direct-injection technology and an available eight-speed automatic.
The Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size SUV perfectly suited to the urban family lifestyle. It is offered in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, providing performance and styling without sacrificing comfort.
The seven-passenger Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. All trims are powered by a 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission. The S trim is well equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control and a 6-disc CD changer; SV trims add a single disc CD player with satellite radio and MP3 capability, power driver seat and Bluetooth; the SL trim is further outfitted with a power liftgate, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and Intelligent Key passive entry/start; Platinum trim receives 20-inch alloy wheels, Around View parking aid, and navigation system. Safety features found on every Pathfinder include electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock disc brakes, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and a tire pressure monitor with Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert system.
The Chrysler 300 stands out with bold, imposing styling. Its strong lines give off a sense of power and refined stature.
The 300 is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with V6 (Base and S) or V8 power (SRT8 only). The 3.6-liter V6 sends power through an eight-speed transmission. The performance oriented SRT8 receives a mammoth 6.4-liter V8 and five-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, active-headrests, driver knee, seat-mounted side and overhead curtain airbags, traction control, stability control and ignition disable. Available features include heated and ventilated leather front bucket seats, navigation system, Bluetooth and automatic dual-zone climate control.