The Ridgeline is a pickup built the Honda way. Instead of traditional bodyon-frame construction, it employs a rigid unibody derived from the Pilot SUV. Four-wheel independent suspension delivers a smooth ride. Suitable for lightduty use, the short cargo bed features a hidden storage compartment under the floor. Motorcycles, an ATV or larger cargo will fit when the dual-action tailgate is folded down. Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V-6 teams with a 5-speed automatic transmission and full-time awd. The roomy 5-passenger cabin is big on creature comforts with the top RTL model featuring heated leather seats and a navigation system. The rear seats can be converted to tote cargo such as golf bags. A rearview camera is now standard on all Ridgelines.
The abundantly styled Verano compact shares a front-drive platform with the Chevrolet Cruze, but the new Buick looks nothing like the Chevy compact. The Verano also doesn't share engines with the frugal Chevy, using a larger displacement 2.4-liter twincam 4-cylinder with an output of 180 bhp, substantially more powerful than either the base 1.8-liter or turbocharged 1.4-liter in the Cruze. To further set the Verano apart from the economy Cruze, sound-deadening tweaks have been added to door openings, and the suspension and driveline are more isolated from the cabin. Unlike the Cruze, the Verano can also be equipped with leather heated seats, dual-zone air conditioning and remote start. Standard equipment also includes 17-in. alloy wheels.
The Dodge Journey is a midsize crossover based on a car-like structure. It's capable and versatile enough to compete with large truck based sport utility vehicles.
The Dodge Journey is offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. The trim lineup includes SE, SXT, Crew, and R/T. Available engine choices are either a 173-hp 2.4-liter engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, or a 283-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Key features on all trim levels include dual zone air-conditioning, power heated mirrors, proximity keyless entry, cruise control, USB and auxiliary input jacks, and steering wheel audio controls. Standard safety features include seven-airbags including a driverï¿½??s knee airbag, traction control, stability control, brake assist, and trailer sway damping.
For 2013, the Dodge Journey SE trim, which was previously standard with 16" steel wheels, now features standard 17" alloy wheels.
Spoiler alert! If a 2012 all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera or a Cabriolet, Targa or GTS, is on your shopping list, here’s something you should know: All of those models, which are unchanged from 2011, are based on the previous-generation 911 and not on the recently unveiled all-new Carrera. Although they’re unchanged from 2011, they’re must-haves because they’re the only 911s of their kind. For all-wheel-drive only, it’s a simple Carrera 4 coupe, available in normal and S versions. For open-air touring choose the Cabrio or Targa, with either awd or rwd. Need better performance? Opt for one of the 408-bhp GTS variants (coupe or Cabrio, awd or rwd), which top out at $120,100 in Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet trim.
The Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan with a very striking appearance. It can be equipped with unexpected luxury and technology features not typically found in its class.
The Mazda6 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The only engine choice is a 2.5-liter 184-hp, direct injection, SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine. Sport and Touring trims come standard with a six-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic is optional. On the Grand Touring trim the six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Available features, depending on trim level, include 19-inch wheels, HD radio, a eleven-speaker Bose audio system, blind spot monitoring system, an intelligent key system, a power moonroof, LED taillights, power heated leather seats, automatic climate control, and the convenience of Bluetooth. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, electronic stability and traction control, and tire pressure monitoring.
For 2014, the Mazda6 has been completely redesigned with extensive use of SkyActiv technology, which focuses on improving fuel-efficiency.