As sedans go, the Panamera is unique. While most of its competitors look like family cars, the 5-door Panamera looks like a sports car for four. In fact, it resembles a 911—a bloated one, some say. But styling aside, the Panamera is the luxury sedan to own. Even the nicely appointed base model with its fuel-frugal 300-bhp V-6 does a respectable 160 mph, 7 mph less than the Panamera S Hybrid whose V-6 gasoline engine/electric motor combination produces 380 hp while merely sipping fuel. But few sedans can touch the sensational new 550-bhp Panamera Turbo S, whose 190-mph top speed and 3.6-second 0-to-60 time make this sedan as fast as a sports car—like Porsche’s own 911.
Fresh off a complete redesign in 2012, the 2013 Honda Civic offers a few more refinements to help it maintain its popularity in the compact class.
Available in sedan or coupe bodies, all but the Si and GX trims are powered by a 140 horsepower, 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with a standard five-speed manual transmission and optional five-speed automatic. The performance-oriented Si comes with a 201 horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four bolted only to a six-speed manual, while the GX is powered by a dedicated natural gas version of the 1.8-liter gas engine, and a five-speed automatic. A unique HF trim ekes out additional fuel economy with the help of aerodynamic add-ons, lightweight alloy wheels and low rolling-resistance tires. Standard safety features on all Civics include electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, six airbags, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring. Tech features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera with guidlines and ECO-Assist technology on all trims for 2013, automatic climate control for EX models and up, front fog lights for EX-L models and subscription free FM traffic updates with the optional navigation system.
The 2013 Civic is refreshed with refined interior and exterior styling, as well as safety, feature, comfort and chassis improvements.
The GMC Terrain is a boldly styled five-passenger crossover SUV engineered with excellent fuel economy and passenger comfort in mind, offering best in class second row leg room. A long wheelbase and wide tracks contribute to car-like ride and handling traits while reducing body roll for a safe, stable driving experience.
The Terrain is offered in SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels as well as in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It is powered by either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 182-hp, or a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 301-hp. Both all-aluminum engines include direct injection and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that helps to maximize efficiency. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control systems, six airbags, OnStar, tire pressure monitoring and a security system. Available features include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist, power liftgate, remote vehicle start, InteliLink, rear entertainment system and seven-inch touch screen navigation system.
For 2014, the Terrain carries over with minimal changes that include new 17 and 18-inch wheels.
The all new Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid offers efficient all-weather capability with distinctive styling that sets it apart from other vehicles in this class.
The XV Crosstrek Hybrid is a four-door hatchback with seating for five. Power comes from a 148-hp 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder 'boxer' engine. A CVT transmission with six manually selectable programmed ratios and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters sends power through Subaru's Symmetrical full time All-Wheel Drive system to all four wheels. An automatic engine stop/start system increases fuel efficiency. Safety features such as four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction-control, stability-control with a full array of airbags including a drivers knee airbag are standard. Available features include power heated leather seats, navigation system, sunroof, enhanced audio, rear view camera and more.
The Audi RS 7 is the even higher performance variant of the sport-refined S7 Sportback, bringing with it powerful yet elegant design dynamics, an impressive array of exclusive equipment and even more remarkable driver-oriented credentials.
The quattro all-wheel drive RS 7 is equipped with a 560-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine with direct fuel injection and Audi's new cylinder-on-demand technology that deactivates four cylinders when under partial load. This powerful engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters. Building on the comprehensively-equipped S7, standard equipment exclusive to the RS 7 includes 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, LED headlights, aluminum exterior features, RS-specific sport seats and leather upholstery, and carbon fibre interior trim elements. The exterior of the RS 7 can be further distinguished by Matte Aluminum Optic and Carbon-Optic packages, as well as red painted brake calipers and black sport exhaust outlets. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, rear camera parking assist, Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring, Audi pre sense rear collision warning system and front, front side-impact and overhead curtain airbags; rear side-impact airbags are optional. Additional advanced technologies offered include Night Vision Assistant with Pedestrian Detection, Audi Active Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality.