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.
The ATS sedan continues to offer a world-class driving experience. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that challenges the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-four engine producing 202-hp matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and a 321-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo front brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.
The Chevrolet Sonic combines a fuel efficient engine, seating for five and ample cargo space; it competes in the sub-compact market.
The front-wheel drive Sonic is offered in two body styles; sedan and hatchback. All models come standard with a 138-hp 1.8-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There are two available transmissions, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. A 138-hp 1.4-liter engine is also available on the LT and LTZ trims, and standard on the RS trim. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, ABS brakes, panic brake assist, hill hold control, automatic headlamps, OnStar and ten airbags. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, power windows, heated front seats, cruise control, a security system, air conditioning, XM satellite ratio, alloy wheels, and remote engine start.
For 2014, the Chevrolet Sonic is now available with some advanced technology for the segment: forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear camera, are now offered. Also, the RS trim is now offered on the sedan.
The MINI Convertible provides the driving enthusiast with a unique combination of fun-to-drive performance, engineering and unconventional open-top attitude for four.
The Convertible is available in three different trims: the Cooper with a 121-hp 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the Cooper S with a direct-injection, 181-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, or the John Cooper Works with a 208-hp version of the Cooper S turbo engine. All trims are mated to either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety equipment includes four airbags, automatic pop-up roll hoops, electronic traction and stability control and anti-lock brakes. A wide variety of interior trim materials and colors are available, as well as features such as bi-xenon headlights, sport suspension, Dynamic Traction Control, navigation system, harman/kardon audio, parking sensors, and satellite radio. Bluetooth and HD radio are standard equipment.
Audi has revamped its full-size A6 for 2012, which could mean bad news for their competitors. The exterior styling has evolved to join the rest of Audi's familial R8-inspired DNA with the new hybrid aluminum/steel body construction reducing overall weight by 78 lb. versus the previous car. The base A6 now gets the fuel-sipping turbo 4-cylinder mated to a CVT, while the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 sees a bump of 10 bhp and 15 lb.-ft. of torque. Soon to follow the A6 arrival is the S6, this time powered by a 420-bhp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and dual-clutch 7-speed S tronic gearbox, supplanting the previous 435-bhp V-10. Although peak power dips slightly for this über sedan, expect torque and fuel economy to improve, which customers will appreciate.