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 XK combines Jaguar's new modern design style with traditional luxury car touches like genuine wood and supple leather.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the XK packs a 385-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine. The XKR features a 510-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. A special-order only, XKR-S uses a 550-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8. A six-speed automatic transmission with console mounted rotary shifter and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters channels all that power to the rear wheels. Standard equipment includes touch screen navigation, keyless entry with keyless start, a seven-inch video display, Bluetooth, front and rear park assist with rear camera, and electronic parking brake. The XKR-S adds forged wheels, aerodynamic enhancements, and race inspired seats.
Kia has re-entered the hotly contested large sedan market with the Cadenza (previously attempted with the Amanti).
The Cadenza is a near-luxury, large, four-door sedan with seating for five. A 293-hp 3.3-liter V6 sends power through a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel shift controls, to the front wheels. The exterior styling is contemporary and elegant. Inside, power heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and navigation system are just some of the luxurious standard features. Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction control, stability control, eight airbags and a vehicle security system.
The Cadenza is an all-new vehicle for the 2014 Kia line-up.
We hate telling you the Sebring convertible will be the most sought-after rental car at vacation destinations because that means it’s not something you’ll want parked in your driveway. The Sebring convertible is actually vastly different from the Sebring sedan. It’s not just a chopped-top sedan—as has been the preferred practice—with all the detracting wiggling that normally accompanies such shortcuts. The newest folding hard-top model means you enjoy the security of a coupe with a terrific open-air experience. The Sebring sedan itself is a bargain commuter, but it pales in performance (and interior quality) to its same-size competitiors, notably the VW Jetta and Subaru Legacy, which are a bit more enjoyable to drive.
Hyundai’s popular Genesis Coupe has undergone some freshening for 2013 and it’s all to the good. The styling has been brought more into line with the other Hyundais, meaning it’s more aggressive in its look. The front end is stronger looking with a larger grille and more prominent headlights and fog lights, the taillights are enhanced and there are new 18 and 19-inch wheels. Under the hood, the Coupe’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has been enhanced and horsepower jumps from 210 to 274 bhp while the torque goes to 275 lb-ft. Those looking for even more performance can grab the 3.8-liter V-6 which now has direct-injection technology and puts out 348 bhp and 295 lb-ft of torque. For either engine there is a newly developed 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift capability. Those who prefer can opt for the 6-speed manual gearbox. Sticking with rear-wheel drive, the Genesis Coupe suspension system has been tuned for improved handling and ride comfort. Enthusiasts can choose either the R-Spec or Track models that raise the spring rates and shock absorbers. Improvements for 2013 also take place inside the Coupe, with changes to the instrument panel, driver-seat lumbar support option and Sport front seats with deep side bolsters. The list of improvements to the Coupe is a lengthy one and includes lighting, Blue Link telematics, multi-channel radios and iPod connections and more.