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 Dodge Charger is a boldly designed full-size four-door sedan which can be factory equipped from mild to wild to suit virtually any buyers needs or desires.
The Charger is available in SE, Rallye, R/T and SRT8 trims. SE and Rallye models come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6. A 370-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 comes on R/T models. SRT8 features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on Rallye and R/T trims. Safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, brake assist, active head restraints, curtain airbags and an ignition immobilizer. Available features include HID headlights, heated front and rear seats, satellite radio, blind spot detection, leather trimmed power seats, power adjustable pedals, navigation system, power sunroof and more.
The entire A5 range has been cosmetically updated this year, and that includes the (already elegant) S5 Cabriolet. Narrower headlights and taillights, along with a reprofiled front grille, help to modernize the exterior of this German drop-top. Motivated by a 333-bhp supercharged V-6, the S5 has plenty of power — and it should, considering its steep price-tag. Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard, while a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is your only choice of transmission. Electromechanical steering has been added, partly as a means to improve fuel economy. The cabin also received attention, with new chrome and high-gloss finishes fitted throughout. While less practical than the S5 Coupe — not to mention the A4 sedan that both of these 2-doors are based on — the all-wheel-drive S5 Cabriolet is an excellent choice for anyone considering a luxury convertible that doesn't need to be parked when the weather doesn't cooperate.
Handy-sized and an enthusiastic daily driver, Lincoln’s MKX is also affordable and chic, despite being everyday wear. It offers comfortable second-row seating for five, plus an excellent collection of standard features such as remote starting, heated and cooled seats, and extensive electronic aids. Thoroughly freshened last year, the MKX needs little for 2012, but Lincoln managed to squeeze a 14-channel amplifier into the optional THX sound system. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the MKX has a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 that whirs up 305 eager horsepower while also providing best-in-class gasoline fuel economy, so it’s one of the sportiest Lincolns as well. Top safety ratings round out this all-star’s résumé.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan adds a fourth model to the diverse Accord range of models and powertrains so that there is something for everyone.
A two-motor hybrid system sends power to the front wheels. This system uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor/lithium-ion battery combo. The Accord Hybrid features unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, LaneWatch sideview camera, smart entry and push button start, Bluetooth streaming audio and handsfree phone as well as dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Accord Hybrid returns to the Honda line-up for the first time since 2007.