The 77-year-old Suburban has developed multiple personalities in its lifetime. One is a massive, luxurious station wagon, historically favored by Texans. Optional equipment includes power-operated running boards and a body that's refined with no gaps between bumper panels and sheet metal. The next personality is a butch off-roader, with a locking rear differential, big tow hooks in the front and a front skid plate. The base Suburban comes standard with a 320-bhp 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine has an iron-block in rear-drive models, while the 4-wheel-drive models get an aluminum version of the V-8. The heavier-duty 2500 model gets a larger 352-bhp 6.0-liter V-8, plus a more robust frame and suspension.
The Dodge Avenger is an attractive midsize sedan, most notably for its sporty features and standard equipment which it typically found in higher class vehicles.
The Dodge Avenger is offered in three trim levels: SE, SXT, and R/T. Two engine choices are offered on the Avenger, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, or a 3.6-liter flex-fuel V6 engine. Four cylinder engines can be had with either a four-speed automatic transmission, or six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The V6 engine is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Standard and optional equipment include leather wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, cruise control, LED brake lights, aluminum wheels, multimedia center with 28 gigabytes of internal memory, USB port, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Safety features found on every Avenger 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.
The Civic Hybrid is the flagship example of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist hybrid technology in an efficient practical package.
The Civic Hybrid sedan is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a light-weight, brushless electric motor that is sandwiched between the engine and the CVT transmission. A lithium-ion battery is used to power the electric motor, offering lighter weight and more available power than other battery types. Combined, the gas engine and electric motor produce 110 horsepower and 127lb.ft. of torque. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, six airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. To differentiate the hybrid model from the rest of the Civic line-up, features like lane departure and forward collision warnings, both new for 2013, LED brake lights, turn signals in the exterior mirrors, a unique grille and hybrid specific screens in the i-MID are standard. A voice-activated navigation system with FM traffic updates is optional.
The 2013 Civic Hybrid is refreshed with refined interior and exterior styling, as well as safety, feature, comfort and chassis improvements.
Chevy's quickest and most technologically advanced Camaro ever gains a Convertible sibling this year. The hardware that allows the ZL1 to make such claims is the supercharged LSA V-8 engine, making an incredible 580 bhp and 556 lb.-ft. of torque, and its electro-magnetic suspension (Magnetic Ride Control) that can alter damper settings in milliseconds. Like the SS Convertible, the folding soft-top is available in black or beige and will deliver sunshine, endless headroom and heightened aural pleasures in under 20 seconds. The ZL1 Convertible has to deal with the same structural rigidity issues that all other Convertibles are subject too, though Chevy engineers have effectively reduced the inherent cowl and steering wheel shake by adding a strut tower brace, as well as braces that span the underbody drive tunnel, the engine cradle, the rear underbody and further reinforce the transmission support. Moreover, there are hydroformed tubes within the A-pillars and reinforcements to the windshield header, front hinge pillars and rockers that elevate the ZL1 Convertible's chassis soundness even over the Camaro SS'. All 2013 ZL1 models will be available in a new Blue Ray Metallic exterior color, get a new frameless rearview mirror, and come with a 7-in color touchscreen (Chevy's MyLink) for Bluetooth audio and smart phone integration (navigation is optional).
The Honda Fit distinguishes itself from all other subcompacts with its impressive practicality thanks to four-door hatchback versatility and ingenious interior packaging.
The Fit offers five-passenger seating and a unique second-row "Magic Seat" that either folds flat with the cargo floor, or flips up to carry tall items behind the first row of seats. The Fit is available in two trim levels, base and Sport, both are powered by a 117-hp 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive and a choice of a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The Sport gets steering wheel mounted paddle shifters when equipped with the automatic transmission. Standard safety features include six airbags, security system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. The Sport adds many niceties such as alloy wheels, fog lights, leather steering wheel, and keyless entry. A navigation system is optional on the Sport.