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.
Kia scarcely breathed on the midsize Optima for 2012. No need, really, since the Optima has quickly become a standout in its class. Holding to its competitive price point, the Optima delivers a wallop in the styling category, both inside and out. The view from 50 ft. conjures notions of a svelte European ride, but so does the 5-ft. perspective. Inside, while the material composition reminds us of the Optima’s budget-minded status, casual buyers will thrill at the well-executed design, not to mention the many upscale standard goodies available across the LX, EX and SX trim packages. If you’re looking for premium fuel economy, check out the Optima Hybrid (35 city/40 highway), with its parallel hybrid gas-electric system.
Even though the F430 has been around for awhile, it still looks fresh and sporty thanks to its sleek styling. The race-bred 4.3-liter V-8 is a screamer when pushed, and it also delivers 483 bhp with ease to help rush you along twisty canyon roads. The F430 makes you feel like you’re in a race car at all times, whether you’re attacking the corners at 60 mph or cruising the street at 25 mph. Some may think the Spider is much better-looking than the Coupe. However, no one will argue that the new Scuderia is the best performer of the bunch. Its spectacular specs—504 bhp, 4.3-liter V-8, 0–60-mph sprints under 3.6 seconds, 60-millisecond gearshifts and the F1-logic electronically controlled rear differential—all help to elevate the car to near-Enzo supercar performance levels.
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.
The Ford Expedition carries people, hauls gear, tows boats, and pulls campers. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Expedition will get you there whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or even when there's hardly any road at all.
For 2013 the Expedition is available in four trims: XL, XLT, Limited, and King Ranch. Every Expedition is powered by a SOHC 5.4-liter V-8 that is rated at 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. It is available with either rear-wheel drive or electronically engaged four-wheel drive. A Class IV trailer hitch and trailer sway control are standard. The Expedition offers towing capacities in the 9000-pound range. Safety equipment includes front and side-impact air bags, three-row head-protection curtain air bags, anti-lock braking, and electronic stability control with anti-rollover technology.