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 Legacy is Subaru's full-time all-wheel drive entry in the hotly contended midsize sedan segment.
The Legacy is available with a 173-hp 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission (or optional six-speed CVT), or a 256-hp 3.6-liter six-cylinder with a five-speed automatic transmission. The CVT and automatic transmissions feature a manual mode with paddle levers on the steering wheel. Standard safety features on all Legacy models include eight-airbags, vehicle stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes, active front head restraints and a tire-pressure monitor. Available features include leather seating, a 440-watt nine-speaker harman/kardon audio system and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban retains the same maximum-size virtues that have made it a bestseller for so many years. It remains the first choice for anyone who needs to haul six or more people plus their cargo.
The Suburban 1500 is available in LS, LT, and LTZ trims in both two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It can seat up to nine passengers in its three rows of seats. The standard engine is a 320-hp 5.3-liter flexible-fuel V8 with Active Fuel Management technology, and is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags and GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system with rollover mitigation are standard.
The original high-end sport-ute gets a thorough revision for 2011, with additions to make it the most-extensive model lineup in Mercedes’ stable. Returning this year are two regular-production gasoline models (a V-6 and V-8), a V-6 diesel, and a hot-rod AMG version. The real news is the ML400h, which combines a 275-bhp fuel-sipping Atkinson-cycle V-6 with a 288-volt electric motor for a total of 335 horses. Fuel efficiency for the full-hybrid jumps by 15-20 percent, with EPA ratings of 20 city/25 highway. The downside? The ML400 carries a $9000 premium and is available lease-only, which will leave some people wondering about the hybrid’s future.
The bold and exciting Nissan JUKE Sport Cross has distinctive concept-car styling and this small sport crossover offers great performance and economy together with a comfortable and practical interior.
The JUKE seats five with plenty of storage space and is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and NISMO. The standard engine is a 188-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct gasoline injection. The NISMO includes an upgraded 197-hp engine. Together with an advanced CVT or six-speed manual transmission the JUKE is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The six-speed manual is available only with the SV and NISMO front-wheel drive trims. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth bucket seats, 60-40 fold-down rear seat, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. The NISMO includes 18-inch wheels with summer tires, and exclusive sport styling. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control. Available features include a navigation system, upgraded Rockford-Fosgate speakers, leather interior, power moonroof, and an Integrated Control (I-CON) system with 3-mode automatic air conditioning.