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.
Four doors and a hatchback don’t sound like a recipe for seductive sheet-metal. Yet the Audi A7 manages to transform this practical packaging into a shape that makes many other sport sedans look downright frumpy (we’re talking to you, Porsche Panamera). The big news is the long-awaited arrival of the S7 model, which combines a 420-bhp twin-turbocharged V-8, Quattro all-wheel-drive and 8-speed automatic transmission into one refined and very rapid offering. Too bad you can’t bring more friends along for the ride – all A7s have a rear seat that only offers room for two passengers. The standard engine is a 310-bhp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, which also comes with the slick 8-speed gearbox and Quattro. Some car snobs might be turned off by the fact that this is a hatchback. Audi actually prefers you refer to it as a “Sportback.” Forget the name games, the A7 is an amazing vehicle.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur again uses the unusual W-12 engine, turbocharged to deliver towering figures of 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque -- equivalent to the Speed engine in the Continental. That prodigious output, distilled via a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, means that the heavyweight Flying Spur (which is 5445 pounds) can blast from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is an even 200 mph. As it is on the Continental, all-wheel drive is standard here, with a sporty, rear-biased 40/60 torque split. Unsurprisingly, this large, powerful engine in such a large, heavy car results in a large appetite for gasoline: expect 12/20 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA.
While this powertrain is essentially carryover, what's new and different is the styling. It's best described as a highly recognizable evolution of the previous car. New creases and more pronounced rear fenders help balance out the proportions of the previously front-heavy design. That renewed emphasis on the rear is echoed inside, where the back seat boasts increased legroom, reclining seatbacks, fold-out tables, and touchscreens to operate the audio and climate controls.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur exists for buyers who have taken the Mercedes-Benz S-Class/BMW 7 Series/Audi A8 thing to its logical conclusion, or to those who are seeking something a little more special than even the topmost offerings of the mainstream luxury marques. Indeed, the Bentley's interior finishes are on a different plane, with handcraftsmanship and buyer customization featuring prominently. What you are not buying here is the very latest in technical gadgetry. Although navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen is standard, one must pay extra for a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, and the audiophile Naim stereo. Missing entirely are surround-view cameras, a blind-spot warning system, and precollision braking.
The A8 carries the technology flag for Audi, and along with its understated styling and all aluminum frame, it's a unique choice in the full-size luxury sedan market.
The five-passenger A8 comes in six variations: 3.0T NWB (normal wheelbase), 4.0T NWB, 3.0T LWB (long wheelbase), 3.0 TDI LWB, 4.0T LWB and the W12 LWB. The 3.0T sports a supercharged V6 with 333-hp, the 3.0 TDI V6 makes 240-hp and 406lb-ft of torque, the 4.0T is a twin-turbo direct-injection V8 producing 420 horsepower, and the W12 is a 6.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine with direct-injection and 500 horsepower. Power on all models is routed to the ground by an eight-speed automatic paddle-shifted Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. Optional tech features include a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, solar-panel sunroof, dual-pane security glass, night vision, full LED headlights, blind spot, collision and lane assistance, and adaptive cruise control. Anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, active head restraints, LED brakelights and ten airbags are some of the standard safety features on the A8.
For 2014, a 3.0-liter TDI engine has been added to the line-up. Power door closers, power trunk, Advanced key and Audi parking system plus (front and rear sensors with rear camera) are now all standard on the NWB.
The Volkswagen Touareg sport utility vehicle is the largest vehicle in VW's line-up and offers all the luxury and off-road ability that one could need.
The Touareg is available in four trim levels, Sport, Lux, R-Line and Executive, each are powered be either a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 or a 240-hp 3.0-liter turbo-diesel (TDI) V6, both engines are mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. All trims feature 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, roof rails, Bluetooth, heated front seats, alloy wheels, and touch-screen navigation system. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, six airbags, tire pressure monitoring, rain sensing wipers and front fog lights.
For 2014, an R-Line trim has been introduced, and later in the model year a 10th anniversary trim will be available.