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.
The 77-year-old Suburban has developed multiple personalities in its lifetime. One is a massive, luxurious station wagon, historically favored by Texans. Optional equipment includes power-operated running boards and a body that's refined with no gaps between bumper panels and sheet metal. The next personality is a butch off-roader, with a locking rear differential, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The base Suburban comes standard with a 320-bhp 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has an iron-block in rear-drive models, while the 4-wheel-drive models get an aluminum version of the V-8. The heavier-duty 2500 model gets a larger 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8, plus a more robust frame and suspension.
The Buick Verano is a compact luxury sedan, featuring upscale styling, progressive technologies, with comfortable seating for five and a high level of standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive Verano is available in four trim levels: Base, Convenience Group, Leather Group and Premium Group. It is powered by either a 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection or a new 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the premium trim. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and an optional six-speed manual available for the 2.0-liter turbo. Every Verano is outfitted with 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio, USB port and Buickâ??s IntelliLink system, which allows smartphone integration and audio streaming through the vehicleâ??s infotainment centre, controlled via a seven-inch LCD touch screen. The Convenience Group adds heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, 6-way power driverâ??s seat and rear parking assist. The Leather Group is further equipped with heated front seats, leather upholstery, passive entry/start, upgraded audio and a heated steering wheel while the new Premium Group adds dual exhaust and a flushmount rear spoiler. Standard safety features 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 ten airbags.
For 2013 the Buick Verano adds a new trim with the Premium Group that includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Also there is a new tech feature available: side blind zone alert with rear cross traffic alert.
Once in a while, there comes an automotive form so advanced, it remains timeless. In the crossover world, that vehicle is undoubtedly the Infiniti FX—a vehicle so outlandishly styled, updates to its exterior aesthetic have essentially been rendered unnecessary. All the same, this year the FX sports a new front grille and fascia design, along with standard heated front seats on all models and a new Limited Edition FX35 AWD model with exclusive features. Available in rear- or all-wheel drive with 3.5-liter V-6 or thumping 5.0-liter V-8, the FX offers all the technology its futuristic styling would suggest, including Intelligent Brake Assist, Distance Control Assist, Continuous Damping Control, Adaptive Front lighting, Rear Active Steer and 21-in. wheels.
Audi A4/S4 models just might be the hardest-working luxury cars in the business. They’re roomy, stylish, well appointed and fuel efficient. Plus, they've got rewarding performance chops. Still, you have to fight for recognition in any class led by BMW and Lexus. For 2011, the A4 Quattro sedan and wagon come to the battle with an available 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission to enhance both acceleration and gas mileage. The A4’s only engine is a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four. In front-drive guise, the A4 sedan enjoys a fuel-miser CVT transmission. New last year, the 333-bhp S4 sedan, the performance jewel in the A4 crown, has been winning just about every comparison test it enters in print and online. For Audi, the hard work is paying off.