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.
The Accord continues to be the best-selling Honda, one of the most popular cars in the country and a target for competitive advertising for good reasons. There’s a choice of the roomy sedan, sporty coupe, two refined engines and an array of models. When it comes to safety, the Accord earned a top five-star rating in the more comprehensive NHTSA crash tests. It’s also fun to drive with a double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension. The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder sedans carry an EPA rating of 34 mpg on the highway. Power players can opt for a 3.5-liter V-6 and team it with a 6-speed manual gearbox on the coupe. A USB port is now standard on all Accords. Honda’s navigation system, offered on EX-L models, includes a rearview camera for sedans.
Completely redesigned last year, the Sienna is more appealing to families on the go. Space-age styling separates it from the pack. The interior boasts more room for passengers and cargo. An SE model made its debut with a sport-tuned suspension, unique mesh grille, spoilers and LED taillights. Minor changes for 2012 include a standard power front passenger seat and automatic on/off headlights for the XLE. The Sienna stands alone with a choice of thrifty 4-cylinder or smooth V-6 engines plus available all-wheel drive. The second-row center seat on 8-passenger models can be removed and stowed in the rear compartment. Flat-folding third-row seats offer power assist for convenience. An optional widescreen rear entertainment center helps maintain family harmony.
The Cadillac CTS-V models have lots of horsepower, top of the class handling, an impressively finished interior, and a large dose of style. Available as a Sport Sedan, Sport Wagon, or Sport Coupe they have all the performance and stunning good looks to be the best in class.
The CTS-V comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, run-flat performance tires, and a sport suspension with Magnetic Ride Control. Interior highlights include suede and leather trim, a standard Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound audio system with 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, a 40GB Hard Drive Device and both USB and auxiliary MP3-player jacks. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 generating 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. Transmission choices include a standard six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
The spy photographers are out again and they’ve caught a special Aston Martin Rapide testing at the Nurburgring. Initial rumors on this vehicle suggested it was a facelift version of the luxury sedan, but it seems the news is even better. The company is preparing an even more powerful version of the Rapide that will drop the current 470 HP 6.0 Liter V12 in favor of the engine used in the DBS. This means we will get 40 HP more with the new S version. With the new 510 HP, the Rapide S will sprint faster than the current model which does the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.1 seconds.
Next to the engine improvement, the Rapide S will feature an even more aggressive front and rear fascia, a lower front bumper with an additional air intake and deep scoops, a more prominent boot lip spoiler and a reprofiled bumper.