What can C70 drivers do in 30 seconds? Press a button and have their ride transform itself from an all-weather coupe into a wind-in-the-hair convertible. A luxurious four-place cabin is swathed in leather and bedazzled with aluminum accents. The new Premier Plus trim level adds HomeLink, Keyless Drive, a digital compass and rear park assist. Step up to the Platinum and be rewarded with Volvo premium sound and a handy navigation system. Motivation is supplied by a 227-bhp 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder teamed with a 5-speed Geartronic transmission. Safety features include stability control, double-locking doors, a rollover protection system and door-mounted inflatable side curtains to protect heads when the chips are down—and so is the top.
The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is the least expensive German wagon in the North American market and it helps to bridge the gap between the Golf and the Tiguan in VW's lineup.
The Jetta SportWagen offers two different engines, a 2.5-liter gas five-cylinder generating 170 horsepower, and a 140-hp 2.0L TDI clean-diesel four-cylinder for those looking for maximum fuel economy. Buyers that go with either gas engine can choose between a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic; while TDI buyers select from either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed DSG auto with Tiptronic. All Jetta SportWagen's are standard with safety features such as six air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and head restraints at all seating positions.
For 2014, a rear view camera has been added as standard equipment to the TDI, and LED license plate lights have been added to all trims.
If you’re looking for a luxury performance car, you can look at dozens of different models from almost as many brands, or you can check out the Infiniti G line, and get the same well-equipped machine in a variety of flavors. For openers, it’s offered in three body configurations: Coupe, Convertible and Sedan. The sedan alone is available with two different available engines, two different trim levels (Sedan and Journey) and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive for a total of 10 different versions. The still-handsome G Coupe is also available in rear- or all-wheel drive, with your choice of a 7-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual. A limited-production IPL G Coupe offers a warmed-over 3.7-liter V-6 with 348 bhp and exclusive exterior treatments.
Times are tough, and money's tight. What better time to buy just one vehicle that can do it all? Years ago, Acura's MDX set a new standard for truck-like utility and sports sedan handling, and then raised the bar with its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which directs power front to rear as well as side to side for supreme traction and control. The well-equipped base package includes features like a power moonroof, HID headlights, 18-in. wheels, leather-trimmed interior, tri-zone climate control and Bluetooth telephone interface. Three available option packages-Technology, Advance and Entertainment- pile on features such as a backup camera, navigation, adaptive cruise control, active suspension, a rear entertainment system and more.
Honda’s unconventional pickup returns for its seventh season with modest changes. A new Sport model receives a unique honeycomb grille, standard foglights, black headlight and taillight housings and special 18-in. alloys. Meanwhile, carryover trims gain a three-bar grille that echoes the Pilot’s. Unibody construction with an independent rear suspension provides a smooth ride. The rather small 5-ft. bed features composite construction, 1100 lb. payload, a dual-action tailgate and hidden storage compartment. A 3.5-liter V-6 with slightly improved highway mpg teams with a 5-speed automatic transmission and full-time awd. The spacious five-passenger cabin can be enhanced with an optional navigation system, rearview camera and Bluetooth.