Kia has taken the once so-so Rio subcompact and turned it into a contender in this increasingly crowded marketplace. Right off, you notice the more sporty, sophisticated exterior styling, thanks to new sculpted contours and a posture that makes a 1.6-liter car look fun. Inside, the Rio delivers high marks for its class. The design not only ensures you won’t be bored behind the wheel, the newly extended wheelbase offers expanded passenger room. Fuel economy gets a boost with the 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection engine when equipped with Idle Stop and Go system, which shuts off the engine when the car is at rest. There are three trim models: LX, EX and SX. Unfortunately, for driving aficionados, the 6-speed manual is only available in the LX, while EX and SX get the mandatory 6-speed automatic. Choose the Rio 5-Door hatchback…really.
The Civic Hybrid is the flagship example of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid technology in an efficient practical package.
The Civic Hybrid sedan is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a light-weight, brushless electric motor that is sandwiched between the engine and the CVT transmission. A lithium-ion battery is used to power the electric motor, offering lighter weight and more available power than other battery types. Combined, the gas engine and electric motor produce 110 horsepower and 127lb.ft. of torque. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, six airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. To differentiate the hybrid model from the rest of the Civic line-up, features like lane departure and forward collision warnings, both new for 2013, LED brake lights, turn signals in the exterior mirrors, a unique grille and hybrid specific screens in the i-MID are standard. A voice-activated navigation system with FM traffic updates is optional.
The 2013 Civic Hybrid is refreshed with refined interior and exterior styling, as well as safety, feature, comfort and chassis improvements.
The Phantom Drophead Coupe, with an exterior inspired by racing yachts of the 1930s and an interior design that emphasizes the airy openness of top-down motoring, retains Roll-Royces' traditional luxurious feel and comfort through the use of the finest leather and wood veneers. The Phantom Drophead CoupÃ© offers owners an unparalleled convertible experience, combining compelling driveability with exceptional engineering, technology and design.
The four-passenger, rear-wheel drive Phantom Drophead Coupe is powered by a 6.75-liter direct-injected V-12 engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, producing 453 horsepower and 531 pounds-feet of torque. This ultra-luxury coupe features features reverse-opening doors, adaptive air suspension with automatic four-corner leveling, 21-inch alloy wheels, a 15-speaker sound system with an updated satellite navigation system, and a handcrafted interior with flawless leather trim and a choice of wood veneers. The "picnic" trunk provides a seating platform for two and offers easy access to the luggage compartment. Optional equipment includes a wide array of paint colors and interior trim material choices. The Dynamic Package include sport suspension and transmission tuning. Two of the most visually stunning options are the teak decking for the rear hood cover and the brushed steel bonnet and A-pillar.
Following some pretty significant upgrades and refreshed styling in 2008, the XJ models are unchanged for 2009. The DVD-based touch-screen navigation system is now standard on all models as is the Front Park Control that features ultrasonic sensors for detecting objects ahead of the front bumper. The classic Jag sedan is offered in two lengths—the L and Vanden Plas add a well-worthwhile extra 5 in. of leg room in the rear seats. In keeping with tradition, the luxuriously appointed Vanden Plas model adds deep-pile lamb’s-wool footwell rugs and rear fold-down picnic tables for those who enjoy being driven in comfort. Of course, the driver will continue to enjoy the smooth 300-bhp V-8 engine and good handling helped by Jaguar’s Computer Active Technology System (CATS) for active damping.
R&T Overview:Toyota's iconic Land Cruiser has conquered all seven continents and visited the north and south poles. Of course, it's happy transporting your family to the ski slopes with luxury and style. The 2012 model is dressed with leather-trimmed seating for eight, 18-in. glossy alloy wheels and enough air vents to heat or cool a resort. Rapid transit is supplied by a potent 5.7-liter V-8 coupled to full-time all-wheel drive. High-tech engineering features include Crawl Control, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension and Hill-Start Assist. For added peace of mind, Safety Connect telematics is standard. Selecting the Upgrade Package nets navigation, a rear entertainment system, heated second-row seats, headlight washers, rear spoiler and upgraded JBL Synthesis sound.