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 ATS sedan is an all-new addition to the Cadillac lineup. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that will challenge the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-4 engine producing 202-hp matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 270-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and a 320-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.
The Ford Fiesta is a sub-compact, front-wheel drive, five-passenger car. Available in four- and five-door bodystyles, the current benchmarks for the sub-compact segment are being tested by the Fiestas styling, comfort and luxury features, technology, and overall practicality.
The Fiesta is offered in three trims, S, SE, or a new Titanium model. Power comes from a 120-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. An advanced six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is optional. Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, capless fuel filler system, power body-colored mirrors, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, aux audio input jack and electronic power-assisted steering. Higher trim levels include cruise control, keyless entry, satellite radio, alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system. Optional features include heated seats, a passive entry/passive start system, power moonroof, and leather seats; also offered is a Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package for those commuters seeking maximum efficiency. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, seven airbags including a driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
For 2013, the Fiesta carries over with minor upgrades and a new top Titanium model that includes standard leather seats.
The current Jetta, introduced last year to better compete with the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, has been a huge hit, the American public taking to its larger size and lower price. Now, for 2012, a new Jetta arrives: the GLI. This sporty Jetta is powered by VW’s familiar 200-bhp turbo 4-cylinder, mated to a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Also noteworthy: The GLI has a true multilink rear suspension, which helps keep the back end of the car planted better than the standard Jetta’s twist-beam axle. Available Jetta engines include VW’s old sohc 2.0-liter inline-4, a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder and one of our favorites: a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that endows the Jetta TDI with 42 mpg on the highway.
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.