R&T Overview:When you build one of today's most potent performance cars, how do you make it better? Easy. Up the horsepower, which is what Nissan has done with the GT-R. By increasing turbocharger boost pressure, modifying valve timing and the fuel-air ratio, then cutting exhaust backpressure, the 3.8-liter V-6 ups horsepower from 485 to 530 and torque from 434 lb.-ft. to 448...laid down via the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. To go with the added power comes revised exterior styling, which cuts the coefficient of drag to 0.26 and adds 10 percent more downforce. There are two GT-R models, Premium and, new for 2012, the Black Edition. The latter has a unique seat trim, interior colors and 6-spoke wheels. Two exterior colors are added: Deep Blue Pearl and Jet Black.
R&T Overview:What you're looking at is the most potent Cadillac sold today, available in Coupe, Sedan and Sport Wagon forms. Lurking under your right foot is a supercharged 556-bhp V-8, with a whoppin' 551 lb.-ft. of torque. Some of you would opt for the Tremec 6-speed manual, others for the 6-speed automatic; both are good. The high-quality interior of the CTS-V is luxurious, with well-arranged controls. The independent suspension, tuned at the Nürburgring in Germany, features Magnetic Ride Control damping, which Cadillac had even before Ferrari adapted it for its road cars. These rumbly Vs routinely hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Enough said.
The GMC Yukon has a fresh and comfortable interior. Building on a recent redesign, it carries over for 2014 with a sleek body mounted on a strong, stiff frame with power steering, disc brakes, and a touring suspension.
Available in 2WD or 4WD and in three trims, the Yukon seats up to nine passengers and is rated to tow up to 8500 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package on the 4x2 model. The SLE and SLT trims both come with a standard 320-hp V8 5.3-liter engine which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to a an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. The 2WD or AWD Denali trims come with a standard 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Safety features standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with dynamic rear proportioning, StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar.
For 2014, the GMC Yukon has some exterior paint changes and the optional Convenience package is now standard equipment on the SLE trim.
The Buick LaCrosse is a sophisticated mid-size sedan, seating five passengers in comfort while providing confident handling and a smooth quiet ride.
The LaCrosse is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Available engines include a 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with Buick's eAssist mild hybrid technology on front-wheel drive models and a 303-hp 3.6-liter V6 which is offered on both front- and all-wheel drive models. Engines feature direct fuel injection and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. All LaCrosse models are equipped with aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, MP3 capability, a USB port and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Additional trim-dependent features include front fog lights, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, E-Z Key passive entry/start, a heated wood grain steering wheel and a power rear window sunshade, as well as a hard-drive based navigation system with DVD audio/video playback. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability, traction control and six airbags; other available technologies include rear side-impact airbags, rear parking assist, Xenon adaptive headlights, Head-Up Display and a Side Blind Zone Alert system.
The Buick LaCrosse carries over with minimal changes for 2013. Standard equipment, package and trim offerings have been adjusted.
The Acura TSX is a sport sedan and wagon that offer a satisfying blend of performance, style and efficiency. The TSX boasts a muscular appearance and great handling, complemented by enhanced comfort, convenience and safety features. New for 2013 V6 models include the Technology Package as standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive TSX is powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and auto transmission with Sequential SportShift, steering wheel paddles and Grade Logic Control; or a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic. A six-speed manual transmission is optional with the 4-cylinder Special Edition. The TSX Sport Wagon is available exclusively with the 4-cylinder engine and five-speed auto powerteam. The TSX is well-equipped, with a power moonroof, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity. The 2.4-liter model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, and the 3.5-liter model includes 18-inch alloy wheels and unique suspension tuning. The Technology Package includes a navigation system with voice activation, integrated rearview camera parking assist and upgraded audio and climate control systems. Standard safety-enhancing features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, front side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints.