The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is an athletic SUV designed to bring on-road performance driving to the traditional Land Rover off-road experience. It enters its second generation in 2014, with bold, revised styling inside and out and additional standard equipment, along with a new lightweight all-aluminum monocoque platform and new powertrains.
The five-passenger Range Rover Sport is now available in four trim levels: SE, HSE, Supercharged and Autobiography. The SE and HSE are powered by a new 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine, while the Supercharged and Autobiography trims boast the carryover 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Both powerplants feature Both powerplants feature new start/stop technology, which shuts the engine down during temporary stops to save fuel, and are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission with manual mode; additionally, Supercharged and Autobiography trims get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Full-time four-wheel drive with Land Rover's acclaimed "Terrain Response" system helps tackle a wide range of off-road conditions, while Supercharged and Autobiography trims add Adaptive Dynamics with variable suspension dampening for sportier handling and an active locking rear differential. Standard equipment on the SE includes a power liftgate, 19-inch aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, passive entry/start, a new Meridian audio system and voice-activated hard drive-based navigation with internal memory storage; HSE and Supercharged trims add a panoramic sunroof, fog lights, 20-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Autobiography trims are further outfitted with 21-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam assist, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone automatic climate control and upgraded audio with HD and satellite radio. Standard safety features on all trims include eight airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with traction control and roll mitigation, and a rearview camera with front visual display; Autobiography trims also get a surround camera system and blind spot monitoring with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection.
Handy-sized and an enthusiastic daily driver, Lincoln’s MKX is also affordable and chic, despite being everyday wear. It offers comfortable second-row seating for five, plus an excellent collection of standard features such as remote starting, heated and cooled seats, and extensive electronic aids. Thoroughly freshened last year, the MKX needs little for 2012, but Lincoln managed to squeeze a 14-channel amplifier into the optional THX sound system. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the MKX has a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 that whirs up 305 eager horsepower while also providing best-in-class gasoline fuel economy, so it’s one of the sportiest Lincolns as well. Top safety ratings round out this all-star’s résumé.
The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a longer version of the Escalade. The ESV is a large, luxurious SUV that delivers performance and style. Classy and powerful, it looks great for a night on the town or can haul everything needed for a weekend getaway.
The ESV features a long wheelbase and an increase in total length, greatly enhancing third-row seat legroom and rear cargo space. Available as a 4x2 or 4x4, the Escalade ESV is powered by a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management and E85 compatibility, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Getting into the third row is easier with the ESV; its longer rear door provides a larger opening. Standard equipment includes a power liftgate, stability control, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility, a rear-view camera and side curtain airbags. Some options are Magnetic Ride Control and 22-inch chrome wheels. The Platinum Edition takes style and innovation to a whole new level with standard equipment such as LED headlights, power running boards, and a rear seat entertainment system with two monitors.
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV carries over from 2013, with some changes to the exterior color availability.
R&T Overview:This is another sensibly sized SUV, one that nicely wears its Cadillac sheet metal, its grille separating it from the crowd. Same mix of style and a sense of technology inside...the center stack with the navigation screen that rises from it. Reading "cons" from a number of SRX owners, the complaint that came through most was the engines' power. Cadillac solves that for 2012 with a single powerplant, the 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 used in many of its models. Horsepower goes to 308 and torque to 265 lb.-ft. The 6-speed automatic now has an Eco feature that will adjust shift points to improve fuel economy. Also new for 2012 is a heated steering wheel, standard Bluetooth, a new finish on the 20-in. wheels and the usual color changes.
The Phantom Drophead Coupe, with an exterior inspired by racing yachts of the 1930s and an interior design that emphasizes the airy openness of top-down motoring, retains Roll-Royces' traditional luxurious feel and comfort through the use of the finest leather and wood veneers. The Phantom Drophead CoupÃ© offers owners an unparalleled convertible experience, combining compelling driveability with exceptional engineering, technology and design.
The four-passenger, rear-wheel drive Phantom Drophead Coupe is powered by a 6.75-liter direct-injected V-12 engine mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, producing 453 horsepower and 531 pounds-feet of torque. This ultra-luxury coupe features features reverse-opening doors, adaptive air suspension with automatic four-corner leveling, 21-inch alloy wheels, a 15-speaker sound system with an updated satellite navigation system, and a handcrafted interior with flawless leather trim and a choice of wood veneers. The "picnic" trunk provides a seating platform for two and offers easy access to the luggage compartment. Optional equipment includes a wide array of paint colors and interior trim material choices. The Dynamic Package include sport suspension and transmission tuning. Two of the most visually stunning options are the teak decking for the rear hood cover and the brushed steel bonnet and A-pillar.