We all know the Super Duty is a rugged workaholic but, this year, Ford gussies it up for a night on the town with an available new Platinum series that will exceed even the Lariat and King Ranch for upscale content. It's available in Crew Cab only, and powered by either a 6.2- liter sohc gasoline engine or the amazingly quiet 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel. The Platinum has unique exterior touches like a perforated satin-chrome mesh grille and 20-in. polished aluminum wheels. Inside are 10-way-power leather captain's chairs, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a navigation system viewed on the 8-in. screen of MyFord Touch, which is new throughout the Super Duty lineup and optimized even for users who may be wearing work gloves.
The XK combines Jaguar's new modern design style with traditional luxury car touches like genuine wood and supple leather.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the XK packs a 385-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine. The XKR features a 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. A special-order only, XKR-S uses a 550-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. A six-speed automatic transmission with console mounted rotary shifter and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters channels all that power to the rear wheels. Standard equipment includes touch screen navigation, keyless entry with keyless start, a seven-inch video display, Bluetooth, front and rear park assist with rear camera, and electronic parking brake. The XKR-S adds forged wheels, aerodynamic enhancements, and race inspired seats.
The Honda Odyssey is considered by many to be the gold standard in minivans. It's refined design with creative storage solutions, and spirited driving dynamics make it stand-out year after year.
The Odyssey is available in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. All trims use a 248-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine that features Honda's variable cylinder management system (VCM), which allows the V6 engine to switch among three, four, and six cylinders to increase fuel efficiency. The interior features a third-row Magic Seat that folds into the floor. Maximum seating capacity for the Odyssey is eight passengers. Safety features such as side-impact and curtain airbags, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard on all models. Luxury features such as leather trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, navigation and entertainment system are all available.
The 2013 Odyssey is now standard with an 8" i-MID screen, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, USB Audio Interface, 2-GB CD Library, and rearview camera.
The Chrysler 300 stands out with bold, imposing styling. Its strong lines give off a sense of power and refined stature.
The 300 is available in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with V6 (Base and S) or V8 power (SRT8 only). The 3.6-liter V6 sends power through an eight-speed transmission. The performance oriented SRT8 receives a mammoth 6.4-liter V8 and five-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, active-headrests, driver knee, seat-mounted side and overhead curtain airbags, traction control, stability control and ignition disable. Available features include heated and ventilated leather front bucket seats, navigation system, Bluetooth and automatic dual-zone climate control.
The Q7 offers a lot more than room for 7-passengers onboard. As Audi's range-topping SUV, the Q7 rolls on relatively unchanged. Base models come with a 280-bhp supercharged V-6, while a higher output version used in the S Line ups power to 333 bhp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Yet it's hard not to fall for the charms of the TDI turbodiesel. Sure, the 225-bhp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 lacks the ponies of its gasoline-fed siblings. But factor in 425 lb.-ft. of torque — along with a respectable 25-mpg highway average — and the Q7 TDI could offer the best mix of power and practicality. The S Line model is the choice for those who want to stand out, however, thanks to its larger (21 inch) alloy wheels and other sporty touches inside and out. All Q7s come with all-wheel-drive, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and surprisingly car-like ride and handling characteristics. This is the same platform that serves as the basis for the Porsche Cayenne, after all.