Mercedes revamps the C-Class sedan for 2012 and adds an attractive new coupe to the mix. Both begin with the C250 Sport featuring a new 201-bhp 1.8-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder turbo. The C350 nets a 302-bhp 3.5-liter V-6. Targeting enthusiasts, the top C63 AMG has a 451-bhp 6.2-liter V-8. Sedans also offer a C300 4Matic with a 228-bhp 3.0-liter V-6. Standard 7-speed automatics include a Speedshift multiclutch version for the C63. Redesigned interiors gain new audio with a 5.8-in. color display, Bluetooth and USB port. Coupes receive standard paddle shifters, sport bucket seats and split-folding rear seats. Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake with Hold function, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Sport Assist are among C-Class safety features.
The Patriot is a compact sport utility vehicle featuring classic Jeep styling in an affordable package. While it will spend most of its life on city streets, the Patriot includes components that provide it with off-road capability unparalleled by other vehicles in its class.
The Patriot shares its small-SUV platform with the Jeep Compass, but provides off-road capability that its sibling does not. The Patriot is offered in either front-wheel drive or with a four-wheel drive system that features a "lock" mode to enhance traction during inclement weather. Three trim levels are available: Sport, Latitude and Limited. The front-wheel drive Sport and Latitude trims are powered by a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while all other models use a 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (optional on the FWD Sport and Latitude). Available transmissions include a five-speed manual, a new six-speed PowerTech automatic, and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode. Building on the Sport trim, the Latitude adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, fold-flat passenger seat, air conditioning and a leather steering wheel with integrated audio controls, as well as power mirrors, windows and door locks. The Limited is further equipped with a power driver's seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a 6-disc CD/DVD player. An available Freedom Drive II Off-Road package enhances the Patriot's capabilities with a four-wheel drive off-road mode, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks and a brake lock differential. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, side-curtain air bags for both rows of seating and a tire pressure monitor. New for 2014, front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models.
The Jeep Patriot carries over with minimal changes for 2014. A new six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission is offered, and front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models, enhancing safety.
The Volvo XC70 is a crossover wagon providing comfort and stability on the road, and security and peace of mind on rough roads or when the weather turns bad. New for 2014 the XC70 has been updated inside and out.
A very functional wagon, the XC70 features higher ground clearance and SUV styling. Available in all-wheel or front-wheel drive the XC70 3.2 features a 240-hp 3.2-liter inline-six. A 230-hp 3.2-liter PZEV engine is available. The all-wheel drive XC70 T6 includes a 300-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine. Both engines are paired with a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission, allowing driver selectable shifting. With seating for 5 and a flat folding back seat the XC70 offers great versatility and maximum cargo capacity. Safety features include electronic stability control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth and Hill Descent Control.
For 2014, the Volvo XC70 has been refreshed and updated.
What’s grand about Suzuki’s compact SUV is its rare combination of in-town civility and true off-road capability. Blessed with a stoutly reinforced structure and low-range gearing in 4-wheel-drive models, the Grand Vitara is no poser when the pavement stops. It’s a good value, too. In mid-2012, Suzuki is redesigning the tailgate to dispense with the exterior-mounted spare tire, except on top-of-the-line Limited models. Available sooner is a new Ultimate Adventure Edition that packages dress-up black chrome trim, foglights and such with a three-tone interior boasting water-resistant seating and leather-wrapped steering wheel. It’s available with rwd or 4wd, and should expand this capable and affordable utility’s appeal.
Those searching for a 7-passenger crossover wearing a Volvo badge have come to the right place. In Volvo's triad of XC models, only the XC90 is fitted with a third-row seat. It also offers the largest cargo compartment, a boon for weekend warriors. This luxuriously appointed chariot comes in 3.2 and R-Design versions. There's a choice of front- or all-wheel drive along with new Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels. Motivation is supplied by a 240-bhp 3.2-liter normally aspirated inline-6. The optional V-8 engine has been discontinued. Active dual xenon headlights and 20-in. alloys are added to the roster of R-Design standards that also include sport-tuned suspension and steering, plus special leather upholstery and watch-dial instrumentation. Volvo's Blind Spot Information System, is optional.