While Nissan's Versa sedan came in for a ground-up redo for 2012, the 5-door Hatchback version carries over from the 2011 model year with two models, S and SL. Perhaps to soothe hatchback fans, Nissan ups the ante by adding four new option packages for the S model and then making what was the Premium package now standard equipment on the SL edition. With that upgrade come such extras as the Bluetooth Hands-free phone system, the "Intelligent" key and 16-in. alloy wheels. Opt for the S version and you get the 122-bhp 1.8-liter twincam four with a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. SL models also have the 1.8 but are only fitted with the CVT transmission. Now the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is standard on both S and SL models.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid sedan adds a fourth model to the diverse Accord range of models and powertrains so that there is something for everyone.
A two-motor hybrid system sends power to the front wheels. This system uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor/lithium-ion battery combo. The Accord Hybrid features unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, LaneWatch sideview camera, smart entry and push button start, Bluetooth streaming audio and handsfree phone as well as dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Accord Hybrid returns to the Honda line-up for the first time since 2007.
The Ford Fusion is an expressive and efficient top choice among midsize sedans.
The Fusion is available in three trim levels, the S, SE, and Titanium; offers three engines, as well as front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the Fusion has something for everyone. The powerteams are a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, a turbo 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic, or a turbo 1.6-liter EcoBoost with a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Safety features include anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control, LED taillights, security system, eight-airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
After a complete redesign for 2013, the Fusion rolls into 2014 with some paint color changes and three new options: rear inflatable seat belts, heated steering wheel and cooled seats.
The Compass is an affordable compact SUV, designed to bring the Jeep name to a broader range of drivers with its car-like on-road capability and fuel economy.
Sharing the same platform as its stablemate, the Patriot, the Compass is offered in both front-wheel and full-time four-wheel drive configurations. 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 get 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. Sport trims are equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, air conditioning, cruise control and a CD player with MP3 capability, while Latitude trims add heated front seats, including a fold-flat passenger seat, and a leather steering wheel with integrated audio controls. The Limited is further outfitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels, new projector-style headlamps, a power driver's seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and DVD audio; new for 2014, the Limited's audio system also includes 28GB of internal memory storage. Trail Rated 4x4 capability is available with a Freedom Drive II Off-Road package that includes 4-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 and side-curtain air bags for both rows of seating. New for 2014, front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models.
The Jeep Compass is redesigned for 2014. Notable changes include a new six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission, updated exterior and interior elements, and upgraded audio on Limited trims. Additionally, front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models, enhancing safety.
The Infiniti G37 is available as sedan, a coupe, or hardtop convertible. Responsive and agile, the G37 has a sporty flare while offering a comfortable ride and a luxurious interior.
The rear-wheel drive G37 is named for its 3.7-liter V6 engine, available with between 325 and 330 horsepower depending on the model. This smooth, powerful engine comes with a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The G37 comes in Premium, Sport, or Premier trims depending on model. Styling of the G series is aggressive yet subtle with abounding curves and the heritage is apparent in both design and performance. Standard safety features include six airbags, traction control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Optional is an intelligent cruise control system that matches the speed of the car ahead and an upgraded audio system with Bose sound.