The Toyota Camry is America’s best-selling sedan. So if you take this already proven platform, pile on luxury features and bestow it with buttery-smooth refinement, you’re bound to have a winner—and Lexus does with its ES 350. True, its styling is conservative—but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Leather-trimmed seating, a one-touch tilt/slide power glass moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel are all standard. In fact, the ES 350 only comes one way: loaded, with a variety of options and packages. A new limited-production ES Touring Package offers 17-in. wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, Saddle Tan leather and Brown Walnut wood trim.
R&T Overview:The A8 has been an exceptional vehicle for the class these last years running, and things are looking to get even better. For starters, all A8s will now come with Audi connect with Google earth and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard. Next up on the list is the reintroduction of an A8 L-exclusive W-12 engine, displacing 6.3 liters and producing 500 bhp with 463 lb.-ft. of torque. This mates up to the same terrific 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive as the 4.2-liter V-8, though 20-in. wheels are standard and all four passengers are treated to ventilated massaging seats wrapped in Valcona leather, plus a slew of other amenities. Most significant is the upcoming S8, which will produce a range-topping 520 bhp through its twin-turbo V-8.
The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe combines coupe-like agility and style with the versatility of a SUV. The distinctive 4-door, 4-passenger X6 features two rear seats in a sculpted single-seat design and BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
The BMW X6 is available in two trim levels: xDrive35i and xDrive50i. The xDrive35i is powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive50i boasts a twin-turbo V8, generating 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Both engines feature direct fuel injection, and are mated to an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with Steptronic manual shift mode and steering wheel paddles. Additionally, BMW's Dynamic Performance Control is standard on the X6, distributing drive force between the rear wheels and enhancing its sporty handling characteristics. Other standard equipment includes 19-inch aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, power liftgate, bi-xenon adaptive headlamps, automatic climate control, leather upholstery and HD radio; the xDrive50i is further outfitted with multi-contour seats and a voice-activated hard drive-based navigation system, including 12 gigabytes of dedicated media storage and DVD video capability (optional on the xDrive35i). Safety features on every X6 include anti-lock disc brakes, Dynamic Stability Control with traction control and rollover sensor, front and rear parking sensors and a tire pressure monitor, as well as front side-impact airbags and overhead curtain airbags for both rows.
The Avalon is Toyota's flagship passenger car, with quality craftsmanship and dynamic styling that make it a desirable choice among full-size sedans.
The front-wheel drive Avalon is available in four trim levels: XLE, Premium, Touring and Limited. All are powered by a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. All trims feature heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, heated leather seats, wood-grain style interior trim, automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and phone connectivity, cruise control, Smart Key, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. Safety features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, vehicle stability and traction control systems, front and rear side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags for front and rear occupants, a driver-side knee airbag and active anti-whiplash front head restraints. Entune, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts, Safety Connect, rain-sensing wipers, three-zone automatic climate control, dynamic radar cruise control, eBin, pre-collision system and a rear camera parking aid are available high-tech features.
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.