The FJ Cruiser has fun written all over it. Retro styling evokes Toyota's legendary FJ40 from the halcyon days of the 1960s. This thoroughly modern edition is built atop a shortened 4Runner frame employing a 4.0-liter V-6 and 5-speed automatic transmission with 4x2 or part-time 4x4. Selecting the 6-speed manual gearbox nets full-time awd with a locking center differential. The FJ's clamshell side doors aid rear seat access. A Trail Teams Special Edition, now offered in Radiant Red, features Bilstein shocks, Active Traction Control, 10-speaker JBL sound, floating ball multi-information display and unique cabin trim. Convenience, Upgrade, Off-Road and TRD packages along with individual options enable buyers to build the FJ of their dreams.
Toyota's curvaceous crossover now comes in a choice of three trim levels. The LE replaces the former base model while gaining standard heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. Moving up to the midrange XLE adds leather trim, Smart Key with push-button start, a backup camera and power tailgate. Carryover 2.7-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6 engines team with front- or all-wheel drive. The flagship Limited V-6 has standard navigation, panoramic sunroof, JBL Synthesis sound with satellite radio, USB/iPod port and Bluetooth streaming audio. Option packages enable these features to be added to the XLE. Designed at Toyota's Calty Southern California studios, the Venza continues to deliver a smooth, carlike ride with SUV-style cargo capacity.
In Honda’s trio of hybrids, the Insight caters to those who seek the versatility of a 5-door hatchback body style with a futuristic design. Changes for 2012 include freshened front and rear styling along with new wheel covers and alloys. Fuel economy also improves thanks to enhanced aerodynamics, energy efficient tires and reduced engine friction. Propulsion continues to be supplied by Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist technology. For the Insight, that means a small 1.3-liter 4-cylinder gas engine is linked to a 10-kW electric motor that together deliver 98 hp. A continuously variable transmission is standard while the top EX model adds paddle shifters for a bit more fun. Upgraded audio systems and optional navigation round out the changes.
The GMC Acadia crossover utility vehicle continues to define the crossover segment with its sleek design and combination of functionality and style.
Available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Acadia is available in five trim levels: SLE-1,SLE-2, SLT-1,SLT-2 and Denali. All trims are powered by a 288-hp direct injected 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include seven airbags, anti-lock brakes and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control and rollover mitigation technology. The interior features two different seating configurations for the second and third row seats, accommodating a maximum of eight passengers. The Acadia can be equipped with amenities such as tri-zone automatic climate control, Bose audio system, rear vision camera with rear park assist , Bluetooth, remote start, leather seating, heated and cooled seats, universal home remote and a Dual SkyScape two-panel sunroof.
For 2014, the Acadia Denali gains standard lane departure and collision warning.
The Hyundai Tucson features a sleek and fluid exterior design and competes in the popular CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) segment.
The Tucson is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive arrangements, and is available in GL (FWD only) GLS, and Limited trims. The GL is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. GLS and Limited trims receive a 176-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include six-airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control and active front head restraints.