R&T Overview:Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the new VW Passat is a bona fide competitor for the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s super roomy inside, especially in back, and there’s a choice of three engines: a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder with 177 bhp, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder with 140 bhp and VW’s 3.6-liter VR6 with 280. Don’t be fooled by the diesel’s low bhp; this oil-burner has lots of torque, and although it does not make this new Passat exceptionally quick, it’s very efficient, able to squeeze 43 miles out of a gallon of diesel fuel when mated to the 6-speed manual transmission. If you value luxury over efficiency, get the 3.6 SEL Premium, which has leather, keyless entry, navigation, power seats and interior chrome accents.
The Regal is Buick's mid-size sport sedan, featuring sleek, aggressive styling, a high level of standard equipment, and impressive attention to detail. It seats five passengers in comfort, while providing responsive handling and a dynamic, yet refined, ride.
The Regal available in front- or all-wheel drive, and is standard with a 259-hp 2.0-liter turbo four cylinder engine. An eAssist mild hybrid system is attached to the optional 182-hp 2.4-liter. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode is standard, and a conventional six-speed manual is optional on only the GS FWD. Every Regal is outfitted with aluminum wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio and a USB port. Additional trim-dependent standard and optional equipment includes a power sunroof, Bi-Xenon adaptive headlights, passive entry/start, garage door opener, upgraded audio and a navigation system. The GS model gets an exclusive treatment that includes a GS-specific grille and front/rear fascia treatments, an adaptive performance-tuned suspension with Interactive Drive Control, 19-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats and piano black interior trim accents. Standard safety features on all Regal's include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems, OnStar and a tire pressure monitor, as well as six airbags.
For 2014, the Regal has been refreshed inside and out, all-wheel drive is now available, and a host of new radar- and camera-based safety functions have been introduced to the option list.
New for 2014 the redesigned and renamed Infiniti Q50 sedan is a distinctive and engaging successor to the G37. The dynamic and athletic Q50 has a sporty flare while offering a comfortable ride and a spacious, luxurious interior.
The Q50 is available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and includes a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 328-horsepower. This smooth, powerful engine is matched with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Q50 comes in Base, Premium, or Sport trims. Standard safety features include six airbags, traction control, vehicle dynamic control, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Infiniti Intelligent Key, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rearview monitor are standard equipment. Also standard is the new for 2014 Infiniti InTouch communications system with dual touchscreen displays, voice recognition, and smartphone connectivity. Available options include an intelligent cruise control system that matches the speed of the car ahead, an upgraded audio system with Bose sound, and a navigation system.
The Equus is an all new model from Hyundai, developed specifically for the upper-echelon of the automotive world.
The Equus is a large luxury four door sedan offered in Signature or Ultimate trims. Its 429-hp 5.0-liter V8 sends power to the rear wheels via a SHIFTRONIC eight-speed automatic transmission. The Signature trim seats five, while the Ultimate provides luxury amenities for four. The exterior features 19-inch chrome alloy wheels, power moonroof, auto-dimming exterior rearview mirrors that automatically tilt-down in reverse, HID headlights, and more. The interior boasts power heated leather seating, massaging driver seat with memory, wood inserts, voice-activated navigation and a luxury audio system.
It's in the exterior design, of course, but there has always been something quite solid looking about Nissan's Armada. This Mississippi-built full-size SUV backs that look of strength with a 5.6-liter V-8 that provides 317 bhp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque, matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Armada can tow up to 9000 lb. Being a proper SUV, the Armada can be ordered with 2- or 4-wheel drive, with a limited-slip differential and standard Vehicle Dynamic Control. Armadas come in three forms: SV, SL and Platinum, and the minor changes for 2012 add a standard power liftgate on two models, heated front seats on SLs, and heated second-row seats for the Platinum.