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.
Returning for its third year, the Crosstour has jettisoned the Accord prefix from its name. With its identity established as a cross between an SUV and car, the focus turns to equipment upgrades. A rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB audio interface and automatic on/off headlights are now standard. The lineup includes the front-drive EX and EX-L fitted with a 3.5-liter V-6 and 5-speed automatic transmission. In addition to standard heated leather seats and 18-in. alloys, the EX-L offers optional all-wheel drive and navigation. The Crosstour has carlike driving manners and is suitable for light-duty off-road use. While the fastback styling limits the ability to carry oversize goods, there’s an under-floor storage area and split-folding rear seats.
A free society doesn’t need cars to come in a baffling number of trim levels and options, no more than it needs a similarly large selection of breakfast cereals. Fortunately, in a moment of clarity, Volkswagen chose to offer its Passat in only sedan and wagon styles, a sole trim level (Komfort), a single option package and one notable change for 2010: VW’s 6-speed twin-clutch DSG in place of the previous 6-speed Tiptronic automatic. Otherwise, the Passat retains its semi-luxurious Euro-sedan (and wagon) driving experience. Such an experience stems from ample standard equipment, plus its 200-bhp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, supple suspension, electric-assist power steering, electronic differential and VW’s stability control.
The ATS sedan continues to offer a world-class driving experience. The Cadillac ATS is a lightweight, compact sport sedan with a level of performance, luxury, and sophistication that challenges the competition.
The ATS has a choice of three engines. A 2.5-liter inline-four engine producing 202-hp matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is available with rear-wheel drive. Available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive a 272-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and a 321-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine are also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is available with the 2.0-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive. Standard features include eight airbags, a Bose speaker system, sport suspension, and LED lighting for the gauges. Available features include Brembo front brakes, HD radio, Bose 10-speaker surround sound, CUE - Cadillac User Experience technology with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, and a wide range of new safety features to help prevent crashes.
The Cadillac CTS offers a range of vehicles to suit any lifestyle. The amazing CTS Coupe, practical Sport Wagon, and respected, award winning Sedan all offer optional all-wheel-drive, an impressively finished interior and a large dose of style. For 2014 the CTS sedan is all-new with an available 420-hp twin-turbo V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The sedan will be released in the fall of 2013.
Depending on model, the CTS is available in Base, Luxury, Performance, and Premium trims. The CTS comes standard with either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and 19-inch polished alloy wheels are optional. The standard engine is a four-cam, 3.0-liter V6 with direct injection and variable valve-timing generating 270 horsepower. A direct injected 3.6-liter V6, now with 318 horsepower, is available. The transmission is a six-speed automatic, and a variable-torque full-time all-wheel-drive system can be added to either engine. With seating for four the CTS Coupe includes the 3.6 liter engine as standard equipment. The Sedan and Sport Wagon include seating for five. Feature highlights include a standard Bose audio system with XM Satellite radio, eight speakers and auxiliary input jack. A power sunroof, keyless access, rear camera, and an upgraded radio with DVD-Audio, Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound, 40 gB Hard Drive, and a USB port are available.
For 2014, the CTS coupe and wagon are carried over from 2013, the sedan is all-new.