Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the new VW Passat is a bona fide competitor for the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s super roomy inside, especially in back, and there’s a choice of three engines: a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder with 177 bhp, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder with 140 bhp and VW’s 3.6-liter VR6 with 280. Don’t be fooled by the diesel’s low bhp; this oil-burner has lots of torque, and although it does not make this new Passat exceptionally quick, it’s very efficient, able to squeeze 43 miles out of a gallon of diesel fuel when mated to the 6-speed manual transmission. If you value luxury over efficiency, get the 3.6 SEL Premium, which has leather, keyless entry, navigation, power seats and interior chrome accents.
If you wanted to take your ultra-expensive Rolls-Royce or Bentley off-road, you couldn’t do so without getting stuck. Now Land Rover has come to your rescue—for a mere $170,000 you can commission to have a Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition hand-crafted exclusively for you along with just 49 other people in the U.S. It will include two iPads as part of the rear-seat infotainment system as well as super-yacht-inspired teak flooring for the rear luggage space. It is powered by the same 510-bhp supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine found in Jaguar’s performance models. Aside from this limited-edition model, there are a few minor exterior trim changes and revision of option packages, some of which offer the most popular options at a discounted price.
As much as we enjoy the base Mustang's powerful V-6 engine, we understand how tempting it would be to tick the option box for an old-fashioned wallop of American V-8. The Mustang GT coupe is a retro-themed muscle car that, thankfully, has very little in common with its ancestors — other than massive amounts of tire-smoking power and attitude. Included in the GT is a 412-bhp 5.0-liter V-8 engine, coupled to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Selectable electronic steering offers three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Comfort. There are tons of wheel, tire and trim choices available, so customization is never a problem when speccing your Mustang. Cynics (i.e. Camaro and Challenger owners) will deride the solid rear axle that soldiers on for another year. And there's no denying some of the cabin plastics feel a bit chintzy. But measured in terms of price-versus-performance, the Mustang GT coupe is an absolute steal.
The Dodge Charger is a boldly designed full-size four-door sedan which can be factory equipped from mild to wild to suit virtually any buyers needs or desires.
The Charger is available in SE, Rallye, R/T and SRT8 trims. SE and Rallye models come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6. A 370-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 comes on R/T models. SRT8 features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on Rallye and R/T trims. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, brake assist, active head restraints, curtain airbags and an ignition immobilizer. Available features include HID headlights, heated front and rear seats, satellite radio, blind spot detection, leather trimmed power seats, power adjustable pedals, navigation system, power sunroof and more.
Introduced in the mid-1990s, Chevrolet's Tahoe presented an idea that was novel at the time: Chevy Suburban capabilities minus the Suburban's mass. The idea was obviously a good one, since the Tahoe and its GMC Yukon fraternal twin have inspired many competitors. With three V-8 engine choices, the Tahoe is a capable beast of burden. It can tow up to 8500 lb., has three rows of seats, contemporary telematics and family peacekeeping options like a rear seat DVD system. A 2-mode hybrid option continues to be available, boosting the EPA city rating to 21 mpg, but its price premium relegates it largely to green fleet sales. Essentially unchanged for 2013, the Tahoe is expected to undergo an extensive 2014 renewal.