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.
Generally speaking, the words “luxury” and “green” aren’t used in the same sentence—but Lexus changed all that when it introduced its HS 250h in 2009. Available in standard and Premium model grades, the HS 250h achieves 35 mpg combined on 87-octane fuel while generating a respectable 187 total system horsepower. Standard features include SmartAccess keyless entry with pushbutton start/stop and leather-trimmed seating. Select the Premium model, and you’ll get a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, rain-sensing intermittent wipers and other details. While efficient, the styling is decidedly non-descript. Not what you’d expect from a luxury marque.
It's in the exterior design, of course, but there has always been something quite solid looking about Nissan's Armada. This Mississippi-built full-size SUV backs that look of strength with a 5.6-liter V-8 that provides 317 bhp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque, matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Armada can tow up to 9000 lb. Being a proper SUV, the Armada can be ordered with 2- or 4-wheel drive, with a limited-slip differential and standard Vehicle Dynamic Control. Armadas come in three forms: SV, SL and Platinum, and the minor changes for 2012 add a standard power liftgate on two models, heated front seats on SLs, and heated second-row seats for the Platinum.
The Mustang may be retro inspired, but it remains one of the most widely recognized, respected, and desired nameplates in the automobile business. Today's Mustang still delivers the bold styling, rear-drive performance and affordability that have been Mustang hallmarks for decades.
The Mustang is available either as a coupe or convertible. Each is available with a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 or a 420-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic is optional. A 302 Boss coupe with a 444-hp 5.0-liter V8 and six-speed manual transmission is also available. Standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, side-impact airbags and sequential LED sequential tail lamps. The Mustang can be equipped with alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated power leather seats, satellite radio, navigation system and more.
Chrysler puts a luxurious spin on the minivan with the Town & Country. Innovative seating and upscale features inside and out set this van apart from the competition.
The most important feature, both from a usability stand-point and competitive stand-point, is that this van features Stow'n Go seats. The second and third-row seats can be folded into the floor. No more fumbling to release and remove awkward heavy seats and then try to find a suitable place to store them. Combine this with Chryslers new seat trim that repels all but the most caustic stains, and you have a truly family-friendly vehicle. A 3.6-liter V6 sends power through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. All trims come equipped with features such as a tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry, steering wheel mounted audio controls and a tire pressure monitor. Available features include Smartbeam headlamps, a navigation system, power sliding doors, remote start and satellite radio.