When the Range Rover was introduced over four decades ago, it revolutionized the market by introducing an upscale SUV that was in its element on city streets or muddy dirt tracks. It’s remained the epitome of a classy SUV ever since. Could the Range Rover Evoque do the same for small crossover SUVs? This luxury SUV is powered by a 240-bhp turbo-4 engine, yet it’s so much lighter than a giant Range Rover it delivers similar performance and far better fuel economy. It has a roomy interior and can tackle off-road challenges with the same aplomb thanks to use of the same off-road assist technologies. The 5-door Evoque might be more practical, but it goes up against some tough competitors. The 3-door Evoque, on the other hand, really has no competition yet.
The bold and exciting Nissan JUKE Sport Cross has distinctive concept-car styling and this small sport crossover offers great performance and economy together with a comfortable and practical interior.
The JUKE seats five with plenty of storage space and is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and NISMO. The standard engine is a 188-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct gasoline injection. The NISMO includes an upgraded 197-hp engine. Together with an advanced CVT or six-speed manual transmission the JUKE is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The six-speed manual is available only with the SV and NISMO front-wheel drive trims. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth bucket seats, 60-40 fold-down rear seat, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. The NISMO includes 18-inch wheels with summer tires, and exclusive sport styling. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control. Available features include a navigation system, upgraded Rockford-Fosgate speakers, leather interior, power moonroof, and an Integrated Control (I-CON) system with 3-mode automatic air conditioning.
The Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover based on a car-like structure. It's capable and versatile enough to compete with large truck based sport utility vehicles.
The Dodge Journey is offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. The trim lineup includes SE, SXT, Crew, and R/T. Available engine choices are either a 173-hp 2.4-liter engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, or a 283-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Key features on all trim levels include dual zone air-conditioning, power heated mirrors, proximity keyless entry, cruise control, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and steering wheel audio controls. Standard safety features include seven-airbags including a driverï¿½??s knee airbag, traction control, stability control, brake assist, and trailer sway damping.
For 2013, the Dodge Journey SE trim, which was previously standard with 16" steel wheels, now features standard 17" alloy wheels.
Ferrari’s front-engine V-12 GT is little changed for 2011, retaining its two models, the GTB and Handling GTE. Both have the 611-bhp 6.0-liter V-12, backed by either a 6-speed manual or F1 paddle-shifter gearbox that pops from gear to gear in 85 milliseconds. Acceleration to 60 mph comes in under 4.0 seconds and given the right road you could continue to 205 mph. Outside is typically beautiful Pininfarina styling, but just as scrumptious is the leather-upholstered interior. What the Handling GTE package brings are firmer shocks and springs, a still better-handling 599 with just minor ride deterioration. Oh, and if what you really want is the 599 GTO with its 661 bhp, 208-mph top speed and quicker-than-an-Enzo handling, sorry. All 599 that will be built have been snapped up.
The big news at Honda for 2013 is the all-new, ninth-generation Accord. It’s a bit smaller on the outside for improved handling, and edgier styling sets the tone for the new sedan, coupe and plug-in hybrid. New engines include a direct-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with a choice of 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmissions. The new 3.5-liter V-6 offers a 6-speed automatic. A 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder teams with a 120-kW motor and lithium-ion batteries for the hybrid. Honda claims an electric range of 10–15 miles in city driving at speeds up to 62 mph with battery recharging taking less than four hours via a 120-volt outlet. New features include Lane Watch blind-spot display plus a standard rearview camera.