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 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.
The Patriot is a compact sport utility vehicle featuring classic Jeep styling in an affordable package. While it will spend most of its life on city streets, the Patriot includes components that provide it with off-road capability unparalleled by other vehicles in its class.
The Patriot shares its small-SUV platform with the Jeep Compass, but provides off-road capability that its sibling does not. The Patriot is offered in either front-wheel drive or with a four-wheel drive system that features a "lock" mode to enhance traction during inclement weather. Three trim levels are available: Sport, Latitude and Limited. The front-wheel drive Sport and Latitude trims are powered by a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while all other models use a 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (optional on the FWD Sport and Latitude). Available transmissions include a five-speed manual, a new six-speed PowerTech automatic, and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode. Building on the Sport trim, the Latitude adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, fold-flat passenger seat, air conditioning and a leather steering wheel with integrated audio controls, as well as power mirrors, windows and door locks. The Limited is further equipped with a power driver's seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a 6-disc CD/DVD player. An available Freedom Drive II Off-Road package enhances the Patriot's capabilities with a four-wheel drive off-road mode, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks and a brake lock differential. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, side-curtain air bags for both rows of seating and a tire pressure monitor. New for 2014, front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models.
The Jeep Patriot carries over with minimal changes for 2014. A new six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission is offered, and front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models, enhancing safety.
At press time, BMW hadn't yet shown the 3 Series replacement, but we've seen spy photos of it for over a year. Not surprisingly, the current generation has received little change for 2012, as all development is ongoing for the new car. The coupe, retractable hardtop convertible and sedan versions of the 328, 335 and M3 continue as they are with some package changes and the standard inclusion of Bluetooth. Gone for 2012, however, is the M3 sedan and turbodiesel engine option. A 328i Wagon remains the least expensive variant of the 3 Series. The M3 Convertible will receive a new $5000 Individual Composition Package option with four unique paint colors and interior trim choices to help make it more distinct.
The C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid uses Ford's powersplit technology to significantly improve fuel economy over similarly sized vehicles using conventional powertrains.
The C-Max Energi uses a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine combined with a lithium-ion battery-driven electric motor. This powersplit architecture has the flexibility to power the wheels with the electric motor and gas engine together, or separately. The C-Max Energi features an external charge port that accepts either a 120- or 240-volt charge. Exterior features include power heated mirrors, dual sliding rear doors, fog lights and 17-inch alloy wheels. Interior appointments include seating for five, power drivers seat, heated front seats, leather seating, and dual-zone automatic climate control. A hands-free power liftgate, rearview camera, active park assist, navigation system, Sony audio are available options.