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 Chrysler 200 is a true contender in the ultra-competitive midsize car category, offering value through a high level of standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive 200 is offered in both sedan and convertible body styles. Sedan offerings come in Touring and Limited, while the convertible is available in Touring, Limited and S trims. Two engines supply power: a 173-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 283-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, mated to either a four-speed automatic or a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Standard equipment on Touring models include aluminum wheels, an 8-way power driverâ??s seat, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a garage door opener. The Limited trim is further equipped with fog lights, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated front seats and leather upholstery, as well as a multimedia centre with internal memory, USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio and DVD video capability. The S trim gets exclusive chromed exhaust finishers and wheel treatment, along with upgraded audio. Safety features 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.
If you’ve got a spare $100K or so burning a hole in your pocket, let us direct you to the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The large 2-seat roadster is offered in three models: SL550 (382-bhp 5.5-liter V-8), SL63 AMG (518-bhp 6.3-liter V-8) or SL65 AMG (604-bhp 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12). The price builds in similar increments, ranging from the $102K SL550 to the $139K SL63 all the way to the $198K SL65 AMG. Zero-to-60 acceleration times drop as well, from 5.4 seconds to 4.2 sec. New Direct Steering in the SL550 quickens steering simply by changing the gearing in the steering rack. The limited-availability SL550 Night Edition includes a special interior treatment plus two-tone 19-in. AMG wheels, special paint, silver brake calipers and darkened head- and taillights.
It would be hard to make a bigger splash than the 200's Super Bowl commercial debut, introducing not just a car but a new "Imported from Detroit" marketing slogan. Does the 200 deserve the hype? Compared with the old Sebring, at least, it certainly does. The 200 offers more power thanks to Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V-6, which clocks in at 283 bhp. A nicely turned-out interior with soft-touch material replaces the cold, hard surfaces of the past. And the exterior styling seems more mature. Some of the Sebring's strengths carryover, such as the convertible model, with choice of power soft- or hardtop. The path to 200 ownership begins with the inexpensive LX, with 2.4-liter I-4 and 4-speed automatic. For all the bells and whistles, seek out the 200 S.
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.