The Chrysler 200 is a true contender in the ultra-competitive midsize car category, offering value through a high level of standard equipment.
The front-wheel drive 200 is offered in both sedan and convertible body styles. Sedan offerings come in Touring and Limited, while the convertible is available in Touring, Limited and S trims. Two engines supply power: a 173-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 283-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, mated to either a four-speed automatic or a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Standard equipment on Touring models include aluminum wheels, an 8-way power driverâ??s seat, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a garage door opener. The Limited trim is further equipped with fog lights, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated front seats and leather upholstery, as well as a multimedia centre with internal memory, USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio and DVD video capability. The S trim gets exclusive chromed exhaust finishers and wheel treatment, along with upgraded audio. Safety features include stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring and a security system.
Chrysler has simplified the sedan trim offerings for the 2013 model year.
Hold onto your hat, because this convertible Mustang won’t stop accelerating until it crests 200 mph. The Shelby GT500 is the current king of Mustangs and one of the most powerful cars on the road today. Only supercars costing several times the price of the GT500 could ever hope to match the performance provided by this car’s 650-bhp supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 and 6-speed manual transmission. The sprint from 0-60 mph takes 3.7 seconds. A Launch Control system makes certain you don’t have to have NHRA drag-racing credentials to match that figure, and massive Brembo brakes help bring the GT500 to safe and controlled stops. An optional Track Package adds an external engine oil cooler, along with coolers for the differential and transmission. The Performance Package includes sportier springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a Torsen limited-slip diff and cockpit-adjustable Bilstein dampers.
R&T Overview:The A8 has been an exceptional vehicle for the class these last years running, and things are looking to get even better. For starters, all A8s will now come with Audi connect with Google earth and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard. Next up on the list is the reintroduction of an A8 L-exclusive W-12 engine, displacing 6.3 liters and producing 500 bhp with 463 lb.-ft. of torque. This mates up to the same terrific 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive as the 4.2-liter V-8, though 20-in. wheels are standard and all four passengers are treated to ventilated massaging seats wrapped in Valcona leather, plus a slew of other amenities. Most significant is the upcoming S8, which will produce a range-topping 520 bhp through its twin-turbo V-8.
They may share names, but the Outlander Sport shares little with the bigger Outlander; the Sport is the smaller, lighter, more efficient sibling. It's also one of the few SUVs that's offered with a manual transmission. With its rear 60/40 split seats folded down, you get 49 cu. ft. of storage space. And although it rides higher than a car, the step-in height is certainly more car than off-roader. A 140-watt stereo, USB jack and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are standard, while awd SE owners can opt for a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate 9-speaker system and hard-drive-based navigation system. For 2012, the Sport gets recalibrated transmission and engine mapping, new wheel designs and better engine noise management.
The Sonata models made a huge leap forward in 2011 with a completely redesigned car that really performed well. And for 2012, Hyundai is touting the standard Blue Link system that provides traffic and weather information, connects to roadside assistance, and can run diagnostics, alert you to maintenance needs and more. Another standout feature is the Theta II 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. And the 2.0 turbo and the Hybrid (40-mpg rated) add to the choices. Transmission choices are a 6-speed manual (base model) or the 6-speed automatic with Shiftronic so you can choose gears if you like. Inside and out, the Sonata is a design delight and offers fine ride character and handling.