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.
So you're in the market for a small SUV, but don’t want to sacrifice any capability.It literally has to do it all—something that gets carlike gas mileage and handling, but has a taller stance for some mild off-roading and the ability to roll over obstacles. Consider the Forester, as it combines wagon-like styling and interior appointments with a higher-than-average 8.9-in. ground clearance. Throw in Subaru's standard all-wheel-drive system, torquey flat-4 engine and the cargo hauling flexibility of a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat and tall greenhouse, and you’ve got a handy everyday vehicle. If more power is needed, upgrade to the 2.5XT Premium or Touring models; they have a 224-bhp turbocharged engine.
Cadillac's CTS comes in three forms: Sedan, Coupe and Sport Wagon. It's easy to be a fan of either or all. The exterior design is glamorous and unapologetically Detroit. Ditto inside. Even the base models are nicely finished with good detailing. There are several drivetrain combinations: Two aluminum 4-cam direct-injection V-6s, a 3.0-liter (270 bhp/223 lb.-ft. of torque) or a 3.6 (318 bhp/275 lb.-ft. of torque). Manual or automatic 6-speed transmissions. Drive can be via the rear or all four wheels. How much more variety could you want? With independent suspension front and rear, plus standard StabiliTrak stability control, the CTS has beautifully matched ride and handling characteristics. In short, this Cadillac manages to be an engaging car without being too firm.
The XJ is Jaguar's top of the line model, known for pampering occupants with luxury amenities, a silky smooth ride and effortless power.
The XJ is built on a light and strong all-aluminum structure that can support rear- or all-wheel drive. A 340-hp 3.0-liter V6 powers the base rear-wheel drive XJ and all-wheel drive models. Three variations of 5.0-liter V8 are available; a 385-hp naturally aspirated (rear-wheel drive Portfolio), a 470-hp (Supercharged models), or a 510-hp (Supersport and Ultimate models). An eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters sends power to the wheels. An adjustable air suspension is responsible for the XJ's impressive road handling abilities and luxurious ride. Safety features include dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, and front side-impact airbags. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control are standard.
For 2013, all-wheel drive is now available, the base XJ is now equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, all models are now equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and an Ultimate model has been added to the line-up. The Ultimate has luxurious seating for four, dual rear iPad's with docking stations, a powered passenger table, champagne flutes, and a spot to chill your favorite beverage.
R&T Overview:Because there are so many good small crossovers, carmakers are scrambling to get an edge over each other, and the 2010 Equinox’s edge is a “MultiFlex” rear seat, which gives it huge rear seat room, something for which passengers will comment positively. In addition, the rear seats stuff themselves into the front seatbacks so, for minimal effort, you can turn the cargo area into a full-size SUV space. The new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and an available 3.0-liter V-6 feature fuel-saving direct injection and variable-valve timing technology, as well as 6-speed automatic transmissions. Not that long ago these features were exotic sports car pieces. Nostalgia aside, we like the styling of the new Equinox and its super-quiet ride.