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.
Survival of the fastest; that’s the 911 Turbo’s storyline. As Zuffenhausen phases in the new 911, models such as the GT2 RS and various GT3s, which were based on the previous 911, are history. Only the Cabriolet, Targa, GTS and the all-wheel-drive versions of certain models carry over into 2012. Among them are the awd-only Turbo and Turbo S, which are also available as Cabrios. Because Turbos are the fastest Porsches, they’re worth a special mention. Both versions will do about 195 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in about 3 seconds, thanks in part to their standard slick-shifting PDK gearbox. And while Turbos are pricey, nearly everything you’d want is standard. That makes them survivors. And keepers.
With so many configurations of the 7, it's no surprise that BMW is leaving it as is this year and focusing more on other models. This luxury sports sedan carries the enthusiast torch with the factory- tuned Alpina B7 whose twin-turbo V-8 has an increased output of 500 bhp, which is enough to rival the straight-line performance of the V-12-powered 760Li. The Alpina, of course, takes to corners far more readily. At the other end of the fuel consumption spectrum is the 740i with its 315 bhp turbocharged inline-6, and twin-turbo V-8 hybrid that's consumption of 17/24 mpg is about equal. This year, the ActiveHybrid 7 can be fitted with an M Sport Package giving it good looks, performance and economy.
The Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size SUV perfectly suited to the urban family lifestyle. It is offered in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, providing performance and styling without sacrificing comfort.
The seven-passenger Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. All trims are powered by a 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission. The S trim is well equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control and a 6-disc CD changer; SV trims add a single disc CD player with satellite radio and MP3 capability, power driver seat and Bluetooth; the SL trim is further outfitted with a power liftgate, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and Intelligent Key passive entry/start; Platinum trim receives 20-inch alloy wheels, Around View parking aid, and navigation system. Safety features found on every Pathfinder include electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock disc brakes, active anti-whiplash head restraints, and a tire pressure monitor with Nissan's Easy-Fill Tire Alert system.
The Suzuki SX4 is a small five-door crossover or four-door sedan. Sporty and versatile the SX4 has attractive looks and great value.
The crossover/sportback is available in Base, Premium, and Tech Valu Pkg trims in front-wheel or Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (I-AWD). The sedan is available with front-wheel drive and comes in LE, LE Popular, and Sport SE trims. The SX4 is powered by a 150-hp 2.0-liter all-aluminum four-cylinder engine matched with a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. Standard features include front, rear, side-impact and side-curtain airbags. Electronic Stability and traction control programs are standard equipment. Sport SE and Tech Valu models include a navigation system. Also available is Bluetooth, automatic climate control, sport pedals, and heated outside mirrors. Sedan models come with 17-inch alloy wheels and upgraded shocks.