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.
R&T Overview:Chrysler’s recent financial meltdown and federal intervention rendered great doubt as to the survival of wild transportation devices such as the over-the-top Viper SRT10. We’re thrilled to say that, at least for now, this wicked pavement chomper is back for another year. Folks able to meet the asking price will be treated to a raucous sportster capable of 0–60 sprints in under 4 seconds and quarter-mile blasts in the 11-sec. zone. No new changes for 2010, of course, but who would want any? With an earth-thrumming 600-bhp V-10, 6-speed gearbox and gonzo performance, nothing else needs much tweaking. Available in coupe or convertible configurations, the Viper SRT10 goes all out with the track-ready American Club Racer package.
The Odyssey remains a top pick in the minivan market thanks to its pleasant driving manners, versatility and array of models. Design cues like a "lightning bolt" side character line and tapered roof add distinction. All but the base LX feature seating for eight plus a 3-mode second row that offers the ability to attach up to three child seats. The split third-row seat disappears into the floor for flexibility in transporting cargo. A 248-bhp V-6 engine delivers satisfying performance plus up to 28 mpg on the highway for the Touring Elite with its exclusive 6-speed automatic transmission. This model also features a rear entertainment system with an ultra-wide 16.2-in. screen and 12-speaker sound system to help preserve family harmony.
It’s more a case of subtle updates than wholesale changes here. For example, the all-aluminium VH chassis architecture has been improved for greater rigidity and sound insulation by adding new underbody sheer panels and improving the bonding, all helping to give an extra 20 per cent in chassis stiffness (30 per cent greater for the Volante open-topped version of DB9).
Aston’s new generation 5.9-litre V12 engine delivers significantly more power than before too; peak power is now 510bhp (up 40bhp) and peak torque 457lb ft (up 14lb ft) thanks to an increased compression ratio (11:1), revised valve timing and new engine management calibration.
R&T Overview:A hot-rod GS version of the powerful Regal Turbo is added to the lineup, using a 270-bhp variant of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder in the regular Turbo model, which boasts a strong 220 bhp. This is the highest specific output of any GM regular production engine ever made, at 135 bhp per liter. Initially, all Regal GS models come with a 6-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels, but offset front struts keep torque-steer minimal. The front brakes are massive 14-in. discs with Brembo calipers, and electronically variable damping keeps the car stable in quick corners. Later in 2012, a 6-speed automatic transmission will become available. Pirelli PZero tires wrap 20-in. polished aluminum wheels and allow cornering at an impressive 0.90g