From mild to wild, Mercedes offers E-Class models to suit everyone's fancy. The E350 sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon gain a new 3.5-liter 302-bhp direct-injection V-6 and 7-speed automatic. An unchanged BlueTEC diesel remains a sedan option. E550 models receive a new 402-bhp 4.6-liter twin-turbo V-8. A wagon joins the sedan for the hot E63 AMG treatment including a new 518-bhp 5.5-liter V-8 and 7-speed MCT transmission. The former also features a panorama roof and rearview camera. E-Class safety, infotainment and luxury equipment varies by model. Convertibles are fitted with a 2-piece Aircap wind deflector to help reduce turbulence with the top down. Wagons have standard 7-passenger seating, a power tailgate and rear air suspension.
Chevy's enthusiasm for motorsports is palpable and it's particularly noticeable in the Camaro SS this year. The biggest news is the addition of a new 1LE package they've developed for the track day/road racer that significantly elevates the handling performance and thus the competitive edge of this 426-bhp V-8 Camaro. For $3500, the package includes an exclusive 6-speed manual transmission—complete with its own air-to-water radiator—with unique gear ratios and the biggest rear-end gear available in the Camaro line. It adds larger anti-roll bars front and rear, stronger rear axles, a strut tower brace, black 20-in. ZL1-based wheels with sticky 285-mm wide Goodyear Eagle Supercar G:2 tires and uprated wheel bearings/toe links/rear shock mounts/rear dampers/fuel pump/fuel pickups straight off the ZL1. Inside, the 1LE package adds the ZL1's sueded-microfiber-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and short-throw shift linkage while the outside treatment includes a matte black hood, front splitter and rear spoiler, the last two items of which are claimed to help reduce high-speed aerodynamic lift. Even if you're not opting for the 1LE package on your new SS (though you really should) all 2013 models will feature some new things such as a dual-mode exhaust, electric power steering, hill start assist (manual transmissions only), remote vehicle start (automatics only) and Chevy's MyLink color touchscreen for Bluetooth audio and smart phone integration.
So you're in the market for a small SUV, but don’t want to sacrifice any capability.It literally has to do it all—something that gets carlike gas mileage and handling, but has a taller stance for some mild off-roading and the ability to roll over obstacles. Consider the Forester, as it combines wagon-like styling and interior appointments with a higher-than-average 8.9-in. ground clearance. Throw in Subaru's standard all-wheel-drive system, torquey flat-4 engine and the cargo hauling flexibility of a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat and tall greenhouse, and you’ve got a handy everyday vehicle. If more power is needed, upgrade to the 2.5XT Premium or Touring models; they have a 224-bhp turbocharged engine.
R&T Overview:Looking for a hybrid yet you’re not ready to settle down with a family-style 4-door? The Honda CR-Z preserves your spirit of independence. All new last year, this sporty 2-seater’s design is influenced by the cult-favorite ’80s era CRX. A 1.5- liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine teams with a 10-kW electric motor for a combined output of 122 hp while returning up to 39 mpg on the highway with a continuously variable transmission. Or, stick with the 6-speed manual gearbox and have more fun albeit with slightly lower mpg. A 3-mode drive system with Sport/Normal/Econ settings is standard along with 3-D style gauges and 160-watt audio system. The EX adds HID headlights, foglights, alloy pedals, 360-watt audio, Bluetooth plus optional navigation.
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.