It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since the first time we saw the Lexus LS–on a chassis dyno with a pyramid of champagne glasses placed upon its hood, no less. Since then, the LS has grown—not only in size, but in model range. In addition to the “base” LS 460, there’s an LS 460 all-wheel drive (AWD), an LS 460 L (long), an LS 460 L AWD and the LS 600h L—the luxury hybrid that comes standard in long wheelbase with awd. Naturally, the LS’s cabin is swathed in leather, wood trim and abundant convenience features like SmartAccess keyless entry and a standard moonroof. New this year on the LS 460 is the limited-production (250 units) Sport Authentic Special, with 19-in. wheels, Brembo brakes, paddle shifters, navigation and more.
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 Hyundai Sonata is a four-door, five-passenger sedan which has an established reputation for being well built and excellent value for money. The Sonata features a stylish coupe-like exterior and modern interior.
The front-wheel drive Sonata is offered in five trim levels: GLS, SE, SE 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. The GLS and Limited are powered by a 198-hp 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The SE features dual-exhaust which increases the engine output to 200-hp using the same 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The SE 2.0T and Limited 2.0T feature a 274-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine. The standard transmission on all trims is a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC. Standard features include motor driven power steering, air conditioning, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input jacks, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and Blue Link. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control, brake assist, six-airbags, occupancy classification sensor, and active front head restraints.
For 2013, the GLS trim is now standard with the six-speed automatic transmission. Also, the optional Premium Package offered on the Limited trims, now includes a panoramic sunroof.
The Subaru Forester is a compact crossover vehicle that blends many of the best attributes of a sport-utility vehicle with the ride and driving dynamics of a car. It offers the capability of Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, as well as a versatile rear cargo area with liftgate, underfloor storage and up to 74 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
The Forester is available in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Touring, 2.0XT Premium and 2.0XT Touring. All 2.5i variants are equipped with a 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, producing 170 horsepower. For 2014, both "XT" variants get a new 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, generating 250 horsepower compliments of an intercooled turbocharger. Transmissions are also new for this model year - the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium get a six-speed manual, while all other trims are mated to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode (available on the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium). Notable (trim-dependent) features include a sport-tuned suspension, panoramic glass sunroof, power liftgate, 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, HD and satellite radio, a USB port and Bluetooth wireless phone/audio streaming capability. A revised touch-screen voice-activated navigation system is found on Touring trims, complete with premium harman/kardon audio and Aha Infotainment smartphone integration. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability and traction control systems, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, front side-impact airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; additionally, a rear-vision camera is standard on all but the 2.5i trim level. New for 2014, a driver's side knee airbag has been added to every Forester.
The Subaru Forester is completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. It receives exterior and interior design revisions, a new, more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, new transmissions, and a host of additional standard features. Dynamic new technologies include: Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE), an engine management system that allows the driver to customize performance characteristics by selecting one of three modes - Intelligent, Sport, and Sport Sharp; X-mode manual locking of the AWD variable transfer clutch for enhanced control; and Eyesight driver assist, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and collision mitigation.
The Accord is Honda's largest car, offering generous interior space for up to five people wrapped in stylish exterior sheet metal.
The Accord is available either as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the trim chosen, three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, or a CVT. Cloth upholstery is standard on all but the EX-L and Touring models, which feature leather seats and a leather-covered steering wheel. Safety is enhanced on all Accords with six standard airbags, including side-impact air bags for front seats and side curtain air bags. Four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, and Brake Assist also come standard. The Accord can be luxuriously equipped with features such as heated power mirrors, power heated front seats, navigation system, LED head and brake lights, lane departure warning and Smart Entry.
The Accord has been completely redesigned for 2013. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder now feature direct injection. Six-speed manual or automatic, and CVT transmission choices replace the previous five-speed units.