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 all new Subaru XV Crosstrek offers all-weather capability with distinctive styling that sets it apart from other vehicles in this class.
The XV Crosstrek is a four-door hatchback with seating for five. All XV's feature Subaru's Symmetrical full time All-Wheel Drive system and a raised suspension that provides an impressive 8.7-inches of ground clearance. Power comes from a 148-hp 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder 'boxer' engine. The XV Crosstrek is equipped with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional CVT transmission with six manually selectable programmed ratios and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Safety features such as four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction-control, stability-control with a full array of airbags including a drivers knee airbag are standard.
The Volkswagen Touareg sport utility vehicle is the largest vehicle in VW's line-up and offers all the luxury and off-road ability that one could need.
The Touareg is available in four trim levels, Sport, Lux, R-Line and Executive, each are powered be either a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 or a 240-hp 3.0-liter turbo-diesel (TDI) V6, both engines are mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. All trims feature 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, roof rails, Bluetooth, heated front seats, alloy wheels, and touch-screen navigation system. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring, rain sensing wipers and front fog lights.
For 2014, an R-Line trim has been introduced, and later in the model year a 10th anniversary trim will be available.
You've mastered the art of decision-making and reached the pinnacle of your career. So why is it so difficult to select an S-Class? The new S350 BlueTEC 4Matic turbodiesel with 240 bhp has top fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg city/31 highway. If you thrive on innovation, the S400 Hybrid generates a combined 295 hp from its gas-electric drivetrain that includes lithium-ion batteries. Power players are drawn to the S550 and its new 429-bhp twin-turbo 4.7-liter direct-injection V-8. The S600 has a 5.5-liter turbo V-12 good for 510 bhp. Then, there's the S63 AMG with a 536-bhp V-8 while the S65 AMG squeezes 621 bhp from its V-12. The S-Class also offers top-flight luxury, safety and infotainment features, making your decision even more challenging.
The Dodge Avenger is an attractive midsize sedan, most notably for its sporty features and standard equipment which it typically found in higher class vehicles.
The Dodge Avenger is offered in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. Two engine choices are offered on the Avenger, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 3.6-liter flex-fuel V6 engine. Four cylinder engines can be had with either a four-speed automatic transmission, or six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The V6 engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Standard and optional equipment include leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, cruise control, LED brake lights, aluminum wheels, multimedia center with 28 gigabytes of internal memory, USB port, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Safety features found on every Avenger include stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a security system.
For 2013, the lineup has been simplified by removing the SXT Plus trim. The SXT trim now features fully automatic headlights and fog lights as standard equipment.