Toyota’s longest-running nameplate is sold worldwide in various guises. Americans flock to luxury SUVs so our Land Cruiser overflows with creature comforts. Four-zone climate control, 28 air vents, three rows of leather-trimmed seats and JBL Synthesis audio with 14 speakers are standard. Yet underneath it all, the Land Cruiser is built to go anywhere. The 381-bhp 5.7-liter V-8 mates with full-time 4-wheel drive and sophisticated features like Kinetic Dynamic Suspension and Crawl Control with Downhill Assist. Safety Connect with 24/7 emergency assistance is standard. Want more? Toyota obliges with an Upgrade Package that adds a rear entertainment system, navigation with backup camera, cooler box, rain-sensing wipers and rear seat heaters.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a purpose-built, full-size four-door, family-oriented SUV. A sharp, precise driving feel, Active Fuel Management engine technology, and enhanced safety features make it a popular choice among full-size SUVs.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is available in 2WD or 4WD and offers three distinct trim levels. The LS, the LT1 and the LTZ. The Tahoe seats up to nine passengers and when it is equipped with the Trailering Package, it is rated to tow up to 8500 pounds on the 2WD model and 8200 pounds on the 4WD model. All Tahoes come with a 320-hp 5.3-liter Vortec V8 E85 FlexFuel engine coupled to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Safety features standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with dynamic rear proportioning, Stabilitrak stability control system with rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar.
The Acura TSX is a sport sedan and wagon that offers a satisfying blend of performance, style and efficiency. The TSX boasts a muscular appearance and great handling, complemented by enhanced comfort, convenience and safety features. New for 2013 V6 models include the Technology Package as standard equipment. The front-wheel drive TSX is powered by a 201-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and auto transmission with Sequential SportShift, steering wheel paddles and Grade Logic Control; or a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic. A six-speed manual transmission is optional with the 4-cylinder Special Edition. The TSX Sport Wagon is available exclusively with the 4-cylinder engine and five-speed auto powerteam. The TSX is well-equipped, with a power moonroof, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, heated front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity. The 2.4-liter model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, and the 3.5-liter model includes 18-inch alloy wheels and unique suspension tuning. The Technology Package includes a navigation system with voice activation, integrated rearview camera parking assist and upgraded audio and climate control systems. Standard safety-enhancing features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, front side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags and active anti-whiplash front head restraints.
The Porsche Boxster is a two-seater mid-engine roadster reminiscent of the legendary Porsche 550 Spyder.
The rear-wheel drive Boxster is offered in two trim levels: Base and S. The Base is powered by a 265-hp 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, while the S boasts a 315-hp 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection. Both are mated to a six-speed manual transmission; Porsche's PDK seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, including manual shift mode and steering wheel paddles, is optional. The Boxster is equipped with a power retractable rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, Alcantara/leatherette upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a CDR-31 audio system, including MP3-compatible CD player and universal audio interface; S trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, and an upgraded sound system. Standard safety features on both trims include Porsche Stability Management (PSM), ventilated four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front and side seat-mounted airbags with a curtain airbag for head protection, and fixed roll-over protection bars.
The Audi S6 is the sport-refined version of the luxurious A6 sedan, boasting more power, exclusive design details and a level of technological sophistication few cars achieve.
The quattro all-wheel drive S6 is equipped with a 420-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine with direct fuel injection and Audi's new cylinder-on-demand technology that deactivates four cylinders when under partial load. This powerful engine is paired with a seven-speed S-tronic automatic transmission with manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters. Standard equipment on the S6 includes Audi Drive Select, Xenon plus adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights and tail lamps, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Advanced Key passive entry/start, HD/satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and an Audi Music Interface with iPod integration; as well, a MMI voice-activated navigation plus system features real-time traffic information and internal memory for digital media storage, while Audi Connect provides a mobile internet hotspot and smartphone integration. Additional standard equipment exclusive to the S6 includes a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, alu-optic exterior mirrors, sport seats and a sport steering wheel. Standard safety features include electronic stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, rear camera parking assist and front, front side-impact and overhead curtain airbags; rear side-impact airbags are optional. Other available technologies include Audi Active Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality, a Top View camera system, and Night Vision Assistant, including pedestrian detection.
All-new last year, the Audi S6 carries over with minimal changes for 2014. Power-folding exterior mirrors are now standard, while new safety equipment includes an Audi Side Assist blind spot monitor and the Audi pre sense rear collision warning system. Additionally, a new Black Optic Package offers unique 19-inch aluminum wheels, along with a high-gloss black grille and body-colored exterior mirrors.