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.
The iconic BMW M6 is the most powerful version of the 6-series, and is available as either a coupe or a convertible. Now in its third generation, the four-passenger M6 features a visually imposing body design with superior performance attributes and extremely exclusive character.
The four-passenger M6 sits atop the 6-series lineup; powered by a 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 mated to a standard 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) with steering wheel paddles. M Dynamic Damper Control suspension and an Active M Differential help keep all that power under control, while four cross-drilled anti-lock disc brakes provide the stopping. The M6 also features the M Drive button on the steering wheel, allowing the driver to set and save their favorite vehicle performance settings. Standard features include 19-inch forged alloy wheels, six airbags, heated seats, mirrors, and jets, rain sensing wipers, bi-xenon headlights, active front head restraints, navigation system, Bluetooth and a HiFi sound system.
For 2014, the BMW M6 now comes standard with satellite radio and soft-close automatic doors.
The baby Bimmer is destined to be replaced in 2013 with an evolution of the current model. We were surprised to see the 1 Series M introduced late in 2011 as a 2011 model, with no 2012 model to speak of. The incredibly spry 1 Series M with 335 bhp has come and gone too quickly. We're left with the last naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-6 in the 128i; the engine will be replaced by a new 2-liter turbo four in the next generation. Updated last year with an optional 7-speed dual-clutch DCT transmission and single-turbo 3-liter I-6 N55 engine, the top-of-the-line 135i is still plenty of fun on the back roads. The 1 remains available as a coupe or convertible with a power-retractable cloth top, and there is hope the next generation will bring a 5-door to the U.S.
The X1 is BMW's most recent Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) - a fresh interpretation of form meets function in the premium compact segment that blends unique styling, responsive driving dynamics and adaptable interior space.
The X1 is available with two different engines: the X1 sDrive28i (rear-wheel drive) and xDrive28i (all-wheel drive) are powered by a 240-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and auto start/stop; the xDrive35i (all-wheel drive) gets a 300-hp 3.0-litre inline-six cylinder, mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Model-dependent standard features on the X1 include a panoramic moonroof, 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive headlights, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a USB port. Safety-related equipment includes stability control with rollover sensor and integrated traction control, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, six airbags and a tire pressure monitor; rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also available.
New to the BMW line-up last year, the X1 carries over unchanged for 2014.
The Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover based on a car-like structure. It's capable and versatile enough to compete with large truck based sport utility vehicles.
The Dodge Journey is offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. The trim lineup includes SE, SXT, Limited, and R/T. Available engine choices are either a 173-hp 2.4-liter engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, or a 283-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Key features on all trim levels include dual zone air-conditioning, power heated mirrors, proximity keyless entry, cruise control, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and steering wheel audio controls. Standard safety features include seven-airbags including a driver's knee airbag, traction control, stability control, brake assist, and trailer sway damping.