The Yukon comes in three distinct flavors: a regular truck-based three-row SUV that's a Chevy Tahoe underneath the skin, complete with a 320-bhp 5.3- liter V-8; a 14-in.-longer version that's a Chevy Suburban underneath the skin; and an HD model with a stronger frame and a 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8. There are also Denali models that feature a 403-bhp 6.2-liter V-8, as well as heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, retracting running boards and leather upholstery. The Denalis have a special sound-insulating package to make them quieter inside. These are not sissy trucks, though, since capable off-road packages are available with locking rear differentials, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The Hybrid Yukon and Denali get an impressive 20 mpg in the city.
Based on the same hardware as GM’s full-size pickups, the H2 is optimized for serious off-road performance, and because of that it gets much worse fuel economy due to its upright body and big tires. Inside, the H2 and H2 SUT (the pickup version) are as luxurious as less capable 4-wheelers, and we are impressed by their particular ability to not hydroplane in pouring thunderstorms and flash floods. The H2s are powered by GM’s strong 6.2-liter V-8, but like the original H1, they beg for a small diesel with enough torque to move their 6600-lb. girth. Although the SUT has just a 3-ft. box in back, a clever midgate, like you’ll find on the Chevy Avalanche, doubles that length and adds tremendous utility, especially with a cap on the bed.
R&T Overview:Although an all-new Jetta arrived last year, the SportWagen version continuing to be sold is based on the smaller, previous chassis, which was based on the Golf station wagon sold only in Europe. That said, the Jetta SportWagen is a great car. It’s reasonably compact but roomy, and exceptionally popular with the diesel crowd. In fact, VW says that more than 80 percent of the Jetta SportWagens sold in the U.S. are TDI models, and those who have them love them…maybe it has something to do with their 609-mile range. VW’s 2.5-liter 5-cylinder is the base powerplant, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The 2.0-liter TDI 4-cylinder, with 140 bhp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque at 1750 rpm, is a more expensive but far better choice.
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 F-TYPE is an all-new, two-seat, Jaguar sports car. It represents the company's return to the full-size sports car segment, focusing on performance, agility and driver involvement.
Three models are available, the F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S. They are powered respectively by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 in 340-hp and 380-hp outputs and a 5.0-liter supercharged V8, producing 495-hp. All engines are backed by an eight-speed 'Quickshift' transmission with full manual sequential control through either the SportShift selector or steering wheel-mounted paddles. Features across the F-TYPE lineup include Intelligent Stop/Start, sport suspension, Jaguar Smart Key with keyless start, automatic Bi-Xenon HID headlights with dynamic leveling, leather and Suedecloth seating surfaces, 380-watt Meridian audio system, and eight-inch touch-screen. Moving up the F-TYPE range adds additional performance features such as Adaptive Dynamics (variable damping), limited slip or electronic active rear differentials, active sport exhaust, increased wheel sizes and higher performance braking systems.