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PREVIEW

CADILLAC CTS
Cadillacs new mid-size
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COMPARISON TEST

THREE MILD HOGS


Chevrolet Silverado
1500 LTZ Z71, Ford F-150
Lariat, and Ram 1500
Laramie Longhorn.
by Daniel Pund

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CAR MEETS ROAD

JAGUAR F-TYPE
V-8 S
Come, children, and be
charmed by Jaguars
rst true sports car in a
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FIRST DRIVE

MERCEDES-BENZ
S-CLASS
The class valedictorian
will now be heard.
by Aaron Robinson

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COMPARISON TEST

ROLLING COAL
Just how diesel-tough
are the Chevy Cruze
2.0TD and Volkswagen
Jetta TDI?
by Jared Gall

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THE FALLEN

REST IN PIECES
Sayonara, Suzuki.
Farvel, Fisker.
by John Phillips

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The choice new-vehicle
garage, in various
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ROAD TEST

CHEVROLET
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EDDIE ALTERMAN
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JOHN PHILLIPS
Pathnders remembered.

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AARON ROBINSON
After 70 years, this war
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MEAN STREETS
Why are some countries
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safety?
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How the 24 Hours of
GM chases the bugs out
of the Generals
performance cars.

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TRIPPED UP
Why your trip computer
isnt giving you an
accurate mpg reading,
and how to x it.
ETC.

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On the subject of how
one cars taillights look
like those of a different
car; Sabatinis (incorrect)
river of insults; and a
man threatens to cancel
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LEXUS IS OR ISNT

As someone from the days of


real car styling, I have to say
Lexus stole from a 50-year-old
Plymouth. Compare the front end
from the Lexus IS to the 1961 Fury.
COVER YOUR BASES

I cant believe you guys sent me


my June 2013 issue with a bunch
of sedans on the cover when
your newsstand cover featured
the beautiful new Camaro Z/28!
When I contacted customer
service, they basically said its the
same magazine (no empathy).
When I asked them to send the
issue with the Camaro on the
cover as part of my subscription
(discount it o my sub), they
never responded. How can you
guys do that? I love the Z/28, and
Im a subscriber!

I L LU S T R AT I O N S BY B R E T T A F F R U N T I

JOSE LOPEZ
MIAMI, FLORIDA

So did you have two Lexus


IS350s, or did you decide to
make the cover car a dierent
color? I thought a couple of years
back you committed to not
change [car] colors. What gives?
And Ive subscribed for nearly 20
years, so I think you should print
this if only for that fact.
JUSTIN HAASE
KASSON, MINNESOTA

What, no conspiracy theory? We


borrowed a red IS350 for the cover and
used a silver IS350 with the options we
wanted in the comparison testEd.

STAN PINA
ORLANDO, FLORIDA

I am the very happy owner of a 2011 E90


335i. Whenever the car goes in for
service, we are given an F30 328i as a
loaner. I dislike everything about the F30
except the engine. My wife has declared
the F30 the worst car she has ever driven.
(This is a woman who once owned a
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something about bad cars.) So, with the
F30, BMW has managed to alienate both
its original demographic and the
demographic it was trying to entice into
its cars. Nice move, guys.
MIKE STUCKER
SUGAR LAND, TEXAS

Lets be honest. Not many people are


going to buy the Lexus sports sedan. It
has all the sex appeal ofand appears to
have been designed to attracta baleen
whale. It should have had 10 points
deducted simply because it is so fugly!
GARY JOHNSON
ROUND ROCK, TEXAS

I am glad you have Jared Gall on your


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SEAN MARTIN
RICHARDSON, TEXAS

Nice try, Gall. We know what your


handwriting looks likeEd.

The results of the three-way comparo


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what Ive suspected: You will remove the
keys to my E46 330i [with the] Sport
package from my cold, dead hand . . .
MATT NICHOLSON
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

LETTER OF THE MONTH

A reader recently commented on


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like to help clear up this debate so
as to free up future column inches
for more pathetic bitching by
shallow nincompoops. Aaron
Robinson looks like he badly needs
a hug; John Phillips looks like
Darth Vader after the mask has
been removed; and Eddie Alterman
is, and I cannot believe I am the
only one to see this, Clark Griswold
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unsuccessful attempt to plug in the
Christmas lights.
CHRIS VERNIER
SUMNER, WASHINGTON

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Volkswagen XL1 to everyones attention


[Anti-Veyron, June 2013]. It (and others
like it) is the future. As car nuts, we should
embrace the XL1 for what it is designed to do.
Everyone needs to rethink their part of the
total equationbuying this type of car gives
the manufacturers of high-performance
cars more leeway to build the supercars we
love. If we dont, the next Ferrari might be a
1.0-liter, one-cylinder thumper.
MICHAEL THOMAS
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
CROSSED UP

In Crossover [June 2013], the CX-5 rear


seat is described as cramped compared
with the other vehicles in the test. The
Forester earned praise for its roomy rear
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table, the CX-5 earned four points for the
Rear-Seat Space and the Forester
earned three points. So, which car has a
more spacious rear seat?
VLAD VAYSMAN
READING, PENNSYLVANIA

Rear-seat space is calculated from interior


measurements, but thats not always the
best indicator of what a back seat actually
is like to live with. So, we put two and
three people back there (in succession)
to determine our subjective Rear-Seat
Comfort score. While the Foresters
back-seat measurements fall short of the
CX-5s, the Subaru feels more spacious and
comfortableEd.

Eddie Alterman

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too long. There are at least six bridges to


make that crossing free, one with a great
view of Yankee Stadium. As the TV ad
says, Dont be a dummy, save the money!
JAY SCHLEIFER
WELLINGTON, FLORIDA

Kudos on an excellent June 2013 issue,


marred only by the Google Maps article,

which fell far short of your usual high


standards. Interpreted either as slapstick
or an honest inquiry into Google Maps
presented humorously, it was a failure and
a waste of magazine space. Sabatini uses a
single trip to determine public transit
sucks (eloquent!), and declares that
Driving in Manhattan [in a borrowed
Mulsanne] is a sport. Along the way, he

6[aUR7b[RV``bR7R@NONaV[VZR[aV\[`
driving in northern Michigan during the
Crossover comparison test. Sabatini
marvels about driving in the Huron
National Forest and around the Au Sable
River, which he proclaims to be Michigans
longest river. Please enroll Sabatini in
Geography 101. The Au Sable is not even one
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WAYNE SCHLOOP
PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN

Note to self: Dont believe Sabatini when he


makes claims about lengthEd.
GOOGLE ME THIS

I enjoyed Sabatinis jaunt through New


York via foot, subway, and Bentley [June
2013]. But paying $7.50 to go from the
Bronx to Manhattan on the Triborough
Bridge? You guys have been in Ann Arbor
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ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/MENS GROUP MARKETING DIRECTOR

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Bill McGarry
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insults people crammed into subway cars,


a busker, Apple Inc., an old lady, dogwalkers, New York drivers, the Public
Works department, and, apparently, a
woman he rubbed up against in the
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magazine over the last few months, most of
which I have glanced through and then
tossed out. I just happened to read the diesel
SUV comparo in the June 2013 issue, and
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C/D years ago for pretty much the same
reason I now write about: editorializing and
overt opinions in reviews. The thinly veiled
disgust, or lets just say hatred of diesels at
the hands of Aaron Robinson, is plainly
obvious. The real reason U.S. buyers are ill
informed about diesels? Pithy rhetoric and
complaints about stinky pumps and old
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GLOBAL TRAFFIC DEATHS

DATA BINGE
MOTORCYCLES,
SCOOTERS, AND
THREE-WHEELED
MINICARS: 23%

PASSENGER-VEHICLE
OCCUPANTS: 31%

THE AMERICAS*

PV: 42%

OTHER [HEAVY
TRUCKS, BUSES,
UNKNOWN]: 19%

O: 17%

PEDESTRIANS: 22%

M: 15%
PV: 70%

CYCLISTS: 5%

C: 3%
P: 23%

O: 3%
C: 2%

* Includes the United States.

UNITED STATES

P: 12%
M: 13%

. AC C I D E N TA L T O U R I S M
Of driving in the Dominican
Republic, Fodors says: Drunk
driving is a problem . . .
[Dominicans] do not always stop at
red lights, they often pass in a nopassing zone, and they dont always
use their headlights at night. Thats
followed by a handy explanation of
how to bribe a police ofcer.

Mean Streets
WHY ARE SOME COUNTRIES SO
FAR BEHIND IN TRAFFIC SAFETY?
by Justin Berkowitz

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 41.7

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IF YOU DO DR I V E in the Dominican Republic,

you should be aware that the utmost caution and


defensive driving are necessary, warns the U.S. Department
of State in the generally cautious travel section of its website.
Except when its talking about North Korea, this is about as
strong a rebuke as our calm diplomatic corps typically musters. But the warning should be bolder, as the Dominican
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does malaria. At more than 1.2 million deaths per year,
crashes are among the 10 leading causes of death worldwide.
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middle-income countries, these numbers will only rise. Its
obvious, then, why international institutions like the World
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injuries and deaths as a global health issue.
Theres little reason to be shocked by which countries
on the WHOs list are the most and least dangerous [see
graphic]. Explanations seem obvious: This country is very
poor, this one is run by tyrants, and that one has a lot of
wars. But the stats reveal phenomena that cant be

The 15 safest and


15 most dangerous
countries are called
out on the map.
Fatality rates
per 100,000 people:
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AND THE
GRENADINES: 4.6
VENEZUELA: 37.2
GUYANA: 27.8

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At least half of the people killed worldwide by motor
vehicles arent actually in a car, according to the WHO,
which is why were talking about total road fatalities and
not just drivers and passengers. As you move up the
national income ladder, the fatality stats shift from people
outside the car to the occupants onboard.

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EUROPE

M: 12%

ICELAND: 2.8
IRELAND: 4.7

PV: 50%

UNITED KINGDOM: 3.7

P: 27%

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

O: 7%
C: 4%

NETHERLANDS: 3.9
DENMARK: 4.7

M: 14%
PV: 37%

NORWAY: 4.3

SWEDEN: 3.0

P: 28%
O: 18%
GERMANY: 4.7

C: 3%

SWITZERLAND: 4.3
SAN MARINO: 0.0

ANDORRA: 3.5

IRAQ: 31.5
IRAN: 34.1

MALTA: 3.8

ISRAEL: 4.7

MAURITANIA: 28.0

OMAN: 30.4
CHAD: 29.7

THAILAND: 38.1

BURKINA FASO: 27.7

FEDERATED
STATES OF
MICRONESIA: 1.8

NIGERIA: 33.7

GUINEA
BISSAU: 31.2

MALDIVES: 1.9

UGANDA: 28.9

PV: 15%

DATA A N D R EG I O N A L B R E A K D O W N S C O U R T E SY
O F T H E W O R L D H E A LT H O R G A N I Z AT I O N .

SOUTHEAST ASIA
M: 33%

O: 36%

LESOTHO: 28.4
SOUTH AFRICA: 31.9
PV: 43%

PV: 23%

C: 4%
P: 12%

O: 7%

M: 7%

C: 5%

AFRICA

O: 8%

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M: 36%

P: 38%
P: 25%

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explained by intuition. Why, for example,


is the Dominican Republics number so
absurdly high while its neighbor, Jamaica,
appears as safe as the U.S.? Iran may be a
theocratic dictatorship, but its relatively
PNYZN[QNbR[a5\dP\bYQVaOR_RP\_Qing more road deaths than Iraq, which is
raked by civil war? And why wouldnt the
worlds poorest countries, such as Ethiopia
and Mali, be the least safe?
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the World Bank, and the Bloomberg-funded
Global Road Safety Program at Johns
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income, seatbelt use, driver training, road
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The worlds booming middle class is particbYN_YfNa_V`XH`RR`VQRON_J@bQQR[Yfb`U


with disposable income, it doesnt just want
cars, it wants new, fast cars. Inexpensive
Indian and Chinese brands are all over the
globe, while decontented models from
familiar brands remain in production for
developing markets. Low prices can come
at the cost of a devastating lack of safety,
explains Tawia Addo-Ashong of the World
Banks Global Road Safety Facility.
After testing a number of models on sale
in South America, the newly established
Latin New Car Assessment Program
(NCAP) concluded that the safety levels of
some popular cars sold in the region are still
20 years behind the industrialized countries
and below global standards. The absence of
airbags is often a problem, as is the spaghetti-like weakness of the body shells of
cars. Argentina and other countries are
beginning to require airbags, and the mere
fact that the Latin NCAP exists is a triumph.
But other countries and regions need to
establish their own NCAP programs, AddoAshong says.
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program says speed is also a factor. As
developing countries replace broken roads
with new highways, the speed problem is
compounded. The proliferation of Russian
dash-cam crash videos proves that the lack
of guardrails or center-lane dividers means
a single fast-moving car endangers many

By American standards, nearly all the


countries with high trafc-fatality rates
are poor. But its only when you get to
the middle-income countries, where
average per capita income is north of
$5000 per year, that
people begin buying
Low-income
vehicles in large
countries
numbers. But higher
vehicle volume doesnt
Middle-income
equate to commensurate
countries
improvements in
High-income
infrastructure, training,
countries
or law enforcement.
1%

12%
52%
80%

47%
8%

WORLDS REGISTERED
VEH IC LES

WORLDS TRAFFIC
DEATHS

more people than a sputtering jalopy with a


driver focused on potholes.
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D5< SNPa\_` V[ `]RRQ YVZVa` N[Q _RTbYNtions on drunk driving, seatbelts, child
seats, motorcycle helmets, and mobilephone use. The Dominican Republic scores
poorly in most, managing only a two out of
ten in enforcement of drunk-driving laws,
a three in speed enforcement, and a four for
seatbelt use. Many nations with comparaOYR`P\_R`N_R`VZVYN_YfQRNQYf4\\Qa_NP
regulations and enforcement are necessary
for safe roads, but theyre not enough.
DRIVER TRAINING AND LICENSING

The focus is too often on skill evaluation,


not good behavior behind the wheel, AddoAshong tells us. Like many safety advocates,
she likes the use of graduated licensing,
which places restrictions on newer drivers
that loosen based on time and good behavior. Training is the better deterrent to
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change behavior, she says. Unfortunately,
many countries require only minimal classroom time and closed-course testing before
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to developing a curriculum. Alarmingly,
licensing and training are among the leaststudied topics by international organizations working on road safety.
For its part, the Dominican Republic is
making some progress. After its awful
road-safety stats were released, the government signed an agreement with a church
relief organization to get help in training
thousands of public transportation drivers. Which may mean that if you ever took
a bus on a trip in the Dominican Republic
and youre reading this now, you should
count yourself among the fortunate.

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products to endure a full 24-hour battery. Fords European RS Team tests its models for 3100 miles
on the Nrburgring and for 1550 miles around Italys high-speed Nardo Ring.

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Garage
Banned

Some innovations are not for speed


but safety. Four NHRA Top Fuel drag
racers, including reigning champion
Antron Brown [ablaze, left], have
been running cockpit canopies in
the 2013 season. The rules state
that these cockpits must have a
small ap ahead of
the canopy
in an attempt to equalize the
aerodynamics with open-cockpit
cars. But if racers think there is a
speed advantage to be had, canopies
will surely be embraced.

SOMETIMES IN RACING, AN IDEA IS SO GOOD


IT GETS OUTLAWED. by K.C. Colwell
W HEN IT COMES to motorsports, if youre not innovating, youre

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bender, the late Smokey Yunick, to compete is to cheat. But when
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few of our favorites.
ACTIVE SUSPENSION
As aerodynamics brought ever-greater degrees of downforce to F1,
it was clear to most designers that the cars needed a breakthrough
in suspension technology in order to fully exploit the benets. That
breakthrough was the Williams FW14B, which made its debut for the
1992 season. Through a complex hydraulic system, the car could
adjust each corner of its suspension to suit each tires instantaneous
load. On straightaways, it could increase its ground clearance to
reduce drag and increase speed. Its 93 successor, the FW15C, may
be the most technologically complex F1 car ever made. Williams
captured 20 race wins, two constructors titles, and two drivers
titles over the 1992 and 1993 seasons. For 1994, the FIA banned
active suspensions on the grounds that the technology was
nancially out of reach for the less wealthy teams, thereby
constituting an unfair advantage.

MOVABLE AERODYNAMIC DEVICES

JUMPING JACKS
AMONG TH E FI RST
DRAG RAC ERS TO
EXPERIM ENT WITH
AERODYNAM ICS , PETE
ROBINSON DIED
FOLLOWING A C RASH
IN AN EXPERIM ENTAL
H IGH - DOWN FORC E
CAR.

Sneaky Pete Robinson, a


prominent drag racer in the
1960s, tted a simple lever to the
rear of his slingshot dragster in
1962, allowing him to raise the
rear tires off the ground while
seated in the cockpit. Robinson
would stage, jack up the rear
end, and spin his tires up to
speed. As soon as the tree went
green he would release the lever
and the tires would hit the
ground spinning. Robinson
claimed that more-consistent
launches were his only intention
with this rudimentary form of
launch control. He made but one
NHRA-sanctioned pass at
Indianapolis Raceway Park
before the governing body
revised the rulebook on the spot.

illustrations by CHRIS PHILPOT

A P P H OTO/ I N L A N D VA L L E Y DA I LY B U L L E T I N , W I L L L E S T E R

Wings were becoming popular in the 1960s, but the Chaparral 2E did nothing less than
revolutionize automotive aero. It had two movable elements: a giant airfoil on pylons
at the rear and a small element in the nose to balance the large force of the rear wing.
The wing provided huge downforce for corners, but the driver could reduce its angle
of attack for less drag and more speed on straights. The Can-Am series banned
movable aerodynamics, citing safety issues, effectively doubling the size of its
rulebook in the process. Modern Formula 1 cars drag-reduction system is a movable
ap in the rear wing that reduces downforce and drag on straightaways, but it is
governed by strict regulations and no other aero elements may move.

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MODERN ENGINES are controlled

by computers that calculate how


many microliters of fuel to inject into
each cylinder per combustion cycle.
To determine fuel efciency, the
computer keeps a running total of
both the fuel delivered to the engine
and the distance driven.

caranddriver.com

DISC REPANCY

MPG LOG

TRIP COMPUTER

25.8

ODOMETER/PUMP
VEHICLE TESTED

DISC REPANCY

5.7%

SOM E M IGHT CALL OUR


DATA- COLLECTING OBSESSIVE
OR ANAL , BUT WERE GOING
WITH THOROUGH . THOUSAN DS
OF M I LES OF DATA GATH ERING
REVEALED TH E FOLLOWING:

6.4%

31.4

2007 BMW 335i

TEST MILES: 20,340


FILL-UPS: 56

24.6
2013 ACURA ILX

TEST MILES: 1289


FILL-UPS: 4

Tripped Up
WHY YOUR TRIP COMPUTER ISNT GIVING YOU AN ACCURATE
MPG READING, AND HOW TO FIX IT. by Csaba Csere
IN OUR A PR IL 2013 ISSUE ,

we took the EPA to task for its


unrealistic fuel-economy assessments of
hybrids. But is it possible that the EPA isnt
the only one prevaricating about fuel economy? This is a subject near and dear to your
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25.7
29.5

24.4

DISC REPANCY

2013 KIA SPORTAGE


TEST MILES: 1064
FILL-UPS: 3

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are real, but if you want to accurately track
fuel consumption with your trip computer,
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335i, a service menu is accessible via an
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CALIBRATION STATION

On your next long trip, stop next to a mile marker and reset your trip odometer. One hundred or more miles later, stop once again and note how your
odometer compares to the road mileage. Then, at your next ll-up, reset your trip computer and ll
your tank according to this procedure: 1) Fill at the maximum ow rate until the pump clicks off.
2) Wait 10 seconds, then continue lling at the minimum ow rate until the nozzle clicks off again.
3) Repeat this procedure two more times. Ideally, you should do this using the same pump at the same
station. Even with a calibrated odometer, a single ll-up has too many variables for an accurate calculation. But if you log at least three lls like this, you should have sufcient data to divide your correctedodometer miles by the indicated pump gallons to obtain an accurate mpg. Compare that mpg gure
to what the trip computer reports and youll have your correction factor.

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TOYOTA
CAMRY
(13.1%)

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

WEVE ALSO
CALLED OUT
THE MOST POPULAR
MODEL AND ITS
S A L E S P E R C E N TA G E
WITHIN EACH
S E G M E N T.

HERE IS YOUR CO LOR-CODED KEY TO EVERY CAR AND


LI GH T- D U T Y P IC KUP/ UT IL IT Y/ VA N SEGME NT IN THE
A M E R I CA N M ARK ET. DON T L ET IT FRE AK YOU OUT.
CAT EGOR I ES AN D T H EIR COLORS:

CONVERTIBLES/ROADSTERS
COUPES/THREE-DOOR HATCHBACKS
WAGONS/FIVE-DOOR HATCHBACKS
VANS/MINIVANS
SUBCOMPACT SEDANS
COMPACT SEDANS
MID-SIZE SEDANS
TOYOTA
COROLLA
LARGE SEDANS
(13.1%)
COMPACT UTILITIES
MID-SIZE UTILITIES
NISSAN
LARGE UTILITIES
VERSA
(41.5%)
MID-SIZE PICKUPS
FULL-SIZE PICKUPS

18.1 %

8.2%
14.9%

14.2%

10.6%

1.4%

TOYOTA CAMRY (15.6%)

5.3%

DODGE GRAND CARAVAN (18.0%)

0.4%
TOYOTA COROLLA (16.5%)
CHEVROLET AVEO (60.9%)

8.7%

7.5%

DODGE GRAND CARAVAN (15.4%)

BELOW I S HOW EAC H


BRA ND S SHA R E O F
T HE CO MI NG YEA R S
SA L ES SHO U L D
SHA K E O UT, WI T H
GA I NS A ND LOSSES
OV ER 20 1 3 SHOWN I N
PA R ENT HESES. T HE
O R D ER I S RA ND O M. WE
HAV E NOT P R ESENT ED
T HI S I NFO I N A VA R I ET Y
O F BR I G HT CO LO R S O R
AS A N A RC BECAUSE WE
CO UL D N T HA ND L E A
TRIPLE RAINBOWAND
NEI T HER CO UL D YO U.
NC = NO C HA NG E.

5.3%
TOYOTA PRIUS (11.9%)
CHRYSLER PT CRUISER (12.9%)

5.6%

4.3%
CHEVROLET CAMARO (10.6%)
CHRYSLER 200 (13. 3%)

BMW
2.07% (+0.12)
MINI
0.44% (NC)
ROLLS-ROYCE
0.003% (NC)

1.1%

1.7%

2014

2005

2014 MARKET
SHARE

FORD MUSTANG (13.0%)


FORD MUSTANG (12.6%)

ASTON MARTIN
0.01% (NC)
SUBARU
2. 32% (-0.04)
MAZDA
1.95% (-0.03)

SMART
0.06% (NC)
MERCEDES-BENZ
2.17% (+0.09)

MITSUBISHI
0.43% (+0.01)
ACURA
1.21% (NC)

LEXUS
1.80% (+0.08)

LINCOLN
0.7 1% (+0.16)
FORD
14.13% (-0.50)

SCION
0.43% (+0.01)
HONDA
7.79% (-0.15)

TOYOTA
10.89% (-0.56)
NISSAN
7.42% (-0.14)

T HIS DOU BLE R A IN BOW

is not intended to induce the joyous


weeping associated with Stendhal
syndrome. Its a color-coded look
at how Americans car- and truckbuying habits have changed in the
midst of global economic woes and
an increasing emphasis on fuel
economy. The bottom rainbow
represents the market at its 2005
peak; the arc above it projects how
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CHEVROLET IMPALA (26.0%)

FORD ESCAPE (13.0%)

4.1%
13.4%

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12.4%
FORD EXPLORER (8.9%)

6.0%

CHEVROLET TRAVERSE (13.6%)

5.1%

15.2%
FORD ESCAPE
(16. 3%)

TOYOTA TACOMA (63.9%)

1.3%

CHEVROLET IMPALA (17.8%)

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S TAT I S T I C A L
MONKEYSHINES
THROUGHOUT
THIS SECTION.

4.3%
CHEVROLET TRAILBLAZER (9.5%)

ALL

THE W

11.6%

4.2%

CHEVROLET TAHOE (20.9%)

FORD F-150 (36. 3%)

AY

TOYOTA TACOMA (23.6%)

TOTAL NUMBER
OF SALES

OU R F R I E N DS AT AUTOPAC IF IC
FORES E E N EARLY 16 M IL L ION
N E W-V E H I C L E SA L ES FOR 2014.
T H I S I S A ROUGH LY 5 00,000- UN IT
I M P ROV E M EN T OV ER 2013, AN D JUST
ABOUT 1 MILLION SHORT OF THE
M A RKE T S P RE-AP OCALYP SE P EAK .

14.9%

2005: 16,951, 300

FORD F-150 (33.7%)

LOTUS
0.002% (NC)
BUICK
1. 37% (+0.05)
CADILLAC
1.40% (+0.04)

VOLVO
0.53% (+0.11)
INFINITI
1.01% ( +0.19)

2014: 15,820,400

GMC
2.80% (-0.01)

CHEVROLET
12.68% (-0.11)

AUDI
JAGUAR
1.12% (+0.13)
0.13% (+0.03)
BENTLEY
LAND ROVER
0.02% (NC)
0. 35% (+0.02)
PORSCHE
CHRYSLER
0.31% (+0.03)
2.45% (+0.19)

LAMBORGHINI
0.004% (NC)

VOLKSWAGEN
3.07% (+0.18)
ALFA ROMEO
0.12% (+0.12)

RAM
2.15% (+0.05)
JEEP
3.16% (-0.01)

FERRARI
0.01% (NC)
KIA
4.02% (+0.15)
HYUNDAI
4.98% (+0.06)

FIAT
0.51% (+0.12)
DODGE
3.87% (-0. 36)

TESLA
0.08% (NC)
MASERATI
0.03% (+0.01)

McLAREN
0.004% (NC)

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NEW CARS for 2014


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THE LIST
Details of each brands
2014 lineup begin here and
run through all the drives, tests,
and Tech Tidbits in this issue.
Signicant changes get their own
entries; trim updates, unchanged
models, and discontinued
vehicles are noted at the
end of each section.

A4: Horsepower rises from 211 to 220


on Audis 2.0-liter turbo engine. Other than
that, nothing but trim and package changes.
A5: Coupes and cabriolets get the
same uprated 220-hp version of Audis
2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo.
A6: The A6 2.0T is upgraded to 220
horses, too, but the big news is the dieselpowered A6 3.0 TDI. Its 3.0-liter V-6 makes
ILX: Frugal shoppers will
240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of
appreciate that the base 150-hp
torque while delivering 24 mpg in the city
ILX now comes standard with
and 38 mpg on the highway.
heated leather seats, a power
A7/RS7/S7: The last word in low-roof
drivers seat, a noise-canceling
Audi hatches is the 560-hp RS7. On sale this
system, a rearview camera, and
fall, the S8-spec 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 will
17-inch wheels.
send the RS7 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.7
MDX: see test
seconds. Like its non-peacocking brother, the
RLX: Introduced earlier this
A6, the A7 gets the same 3.0-liter V-6 diesel
year, the 14 RLX is all-new and
option for 2014. All A7s have ve seats
larger than its predecessor. Packed
instead of four; the S7 still has four.
with the latest in electronic safety
A8: The A8 also gets the diesel
devices, the RL replacement is
treatment, courtesy of the aforementioned
offered in front- and four-wheel
V-6. Available exclusively as a longUTILITIES
drive and is powered by a 310-hp
wheelbase model, the A8L TDIs fuel
V-6. Later this year, a 370-hp
LARGE
Minor trim changes:
economy rings in at 24 mpg city and 36
UTILITIES
hybrid will debut with expected
DB9
highway.
M ID-SIZ E
EPA ratings of 30 mpg city and 30
Dead:
Virage
Q5/SQ5: At the bottom of the Q5
PICKUPS
highway. This powertrain presages
lineup,
the 2.0T model gets the corporate
FU L L-SIZ E
PICKUPS
the system that will power the
bump to 220 horsepower. The mid-level Q5
upcoming NSX supercar.
3.0T benets from a few minor trim changes.
A new SQ5 model tops the lineup with 354
Minor trim changes: TL
A3/S3: A new A3 sedan built
horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque
Unchanged: RDX, TSX,
on a platform shared with the seventhfrom its supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Audi
TSX Sport Wagon
gen VW Golf makes its debut this spring as
claims a zero-to-60 time of 5.1 seconds.
Dead: ZDX
a 2015 model. Europeans get a
RS5 cabriolet: A convertible
variety of A3s, but we only get a
version of the 450-hp RS5 made its
handsome, roughly $30,000
debut in 2013 and continues on
sedan that is likely to be powered
next year.
by a 140-hp 2.0-liter turbo-diesel
R8: As predicted in this
Rapide S: With its slack-jawed grille, the
and a 210-hp 2.0-liter gas engine.
space last year, the 2014 R8 gets
Rapide S looks like a bit of a mouth breather,
Front- and four-wheel-drive
a mid-cycle revision with subtle
a transgression immediately forgiven when
models will be offered. Early next
exterior changes. Keeping the
you eye its curves. Plus, this $202,775 sedan
fall, the S3 sedan will go on sale
R8 fresh, however, is an optional
is up 80 horsepower, to 550, and its V-12s
with a high-output, roughly
S tronic dual-clutch automatic
NEW AU D IS WILL
wail will give you shivers.
300-hp version of the 2.0-liter gas
that replaces the clunky singleBE D RIVEN OFF
Vanquish: Astons range-topper,
engine. A two-door convertible
D EALER LOTS
clutch R tronic transmission. The
FOR EVERY 100
new last year, loses its head to become the
A3/S3 is unconrmed but is a
six-speed manual is still available.
ACURAS SOLD
Vanquish Volante convertible. This circapossibility, too.
IN 2014.
A new V-10 Plus model brings 550

Acura

$300,000 blow-dryer boasts the same


ingredients as the coupe: a 565-hp V-12,
copious carbon ber, and a six-speed
automatic.
Vantage: The V-12
Vantage is supplanted by the V-12
SEGMENT KEY:
Vantage S, with 565 horsepower
and 457 pound-feet of torque,
CONVERTIBLES/
ROADSTERS
gains of 55 and 37, respectively.
COUPES/
The S also introduces a quicker
T HRE E-D O O R
steering rack, an exhaust system
HATCHBACKS
derived from the One-77s, and a
WAGONS/
FIVE-DOOR
205-mph top speed, which is a
HATCHBACKS
desperately needed increase of
VANS/MINIVANS
15 mph if you live absolutely
SUBCOMPACT
nowhere on earth. Unfortunately,
SE DANS
Aston replaced the manual
CO M PACT
SE DANS
gearbox with a seven-speed
M ID-SIZ E
automated manual. To
SE DANS
compensatebecause, hey, its all
LARGE SEDANS
about compensationthe V-8
CO M PACT
Vantage S is now available with a
UTILITIES
three-pedal transmission.
M ID-SIZ E

Aston Martin

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Acura MDX
Quicker, quieter, more fuel ecient. Mushy
and indistinct exterior styling. by Je Sabatini
TESTED

ike a jack-o-lantern
in mid-November, the
2014 Acura MDX looks
softer and lumpier than
the ute it replaces. Less
menacing, too, its dual
exhausts having been
castrated in the redesign. But Acura assures us this third generation of its three-row SUV doesnt concede
anything to models previous. In fact, the
new one allegedly laps the Nrburgring
eight seconds faster than its predecessor.
Touch!
Clich, too. While nobody from Acura
would divulge an actual lap time, we hit 60
miles per hour in 6.4 seconds and ran the
quarter in 14.9 seconds. Thats two-tenths
quicker in both measures, despite the new
models smaller-displacement V-6. Rated at
290 horsepower, the 3.5-liter V-6 is down 10
horsepower compared with last years engine
but now employs direct injection and cylinder deactivation. Thats good for a 3-mpg gain
in EPA combined mileage. We averaged 19
mpg overall, a 2-mpg improvement over the
MDX we tested in 2010.

New MDX outruns old thanks to a serious


diet. Weighing in at 4336 pounds, our top-ofthe-line, $57,400 MDX Advance with Entertainment package and Super Handling
All-Wheel Drive was 326 pounds lighter than
the last loaded MDX we put on the scale. Acura
has revised the SH-AWD sport-mode calibration to boost the amount its outside rear wheel
is overdriven in corners, but that didnt lead to
any improvement on the skidpad. The new
model pulled the same 0.85 g we saw on the
last MDXs trip around the circle. Braking
fared better, with the 2014 model stopping in
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The new MDX is quieter at both idle and
freeway speed, too, which is not a bad thing.
Yes, a front-wheel-drive model is available
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Dynamics System has a comfort mode for those feeblearmed drivers who want their
fairy-tale pumpkin carriage to
all but steer itself to the ball. Put
the new MDX in sport mode,
however, and you wont have to
worry about making it home
by midnight.

SPECI FIC ATIONS


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
7-passenger, 5-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED .................... $57,400
BASE PRICE .............................. $43,185
ENGINE TYPE: SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum
block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT ............. 212 cu in, 3471 cc
POWER ..................... 290 hp @ 6200 rpm
TORQUE ................. 267 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS

WHEELBASE ............................... 111.0 in


LENGTH .................................... 193.6 in
WIDTH ........................................ 77.2 in
HEIGHT ..................................... 66.7 in
CURB WEIGHT ........................... 4336 lb

C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
ZERO TO 60 MPH ...................... 6.4 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ........................ 17.1 sec
ZERO TO 110 MPH ....................... 21.5 sec
ROLLING START, 560 MPH ........... 6.7 sec
1/4-MILE .................... 14.9 sec @ 95 mph
TOP SPEED (governor limited) .......... 114 mph
BRAKING, 700 MPH ....................... 178 ft
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD ..................... 0.85 g
FUEL ECONOMY

EPA CITY/HWY ........................ 18/27 mpg


C/D OBSERVED ......................... 19 mpg

TEST NOTES: The 1-2 shift is always


automatic, but manually controlling
the upper gears yields quicker acceleration.

We miss the
previous MDXs
brawnier look.
But the new
version is quicker,
lighter, and more
fuel efcient. Not
a bad trade-off.

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horsepower (25 more than the standard


V-10) and a track-rm suspension, helping
the R8 encroach on Italian supercar territory.
Minor trim changes: Allroad, Q7,
RS5 coupe, S4,
S5/S5 cabriolet,
S8,
TT/TT roadster,
TTS/TTS
roadster
Unchanged: S6
Dead: TT RS

no-cost alternative to the seven-speed


dual-clutch automatic. A Competition
package similar to the M5s is now available.
X5: New for 2014, the latest X5 arrives
with a choice of two gasoline engines: a
300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six or a
4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with 445
horsepower. Both are coupled to an eightspeed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel
drive is available with the six-cylinder. A
Continental: Commemorating
diesel-powered X5 will arrive in 2014, and an
Bentleys six Le Mans wins are six paint-andM version should follow soon after.
trim special editions for various models. Also,
2-series: This replacement for the
the convertible GTC is now available in Speed
1-series coupe and convertible should arrive
spec. Top speed is 202 mph, zero-to-60 is in
early next year, at least in coupe form. The
the neighborhood of four seconds, the
convertible ought to follow by the fall. You
suspension is stiffer, ride height is lower, and
might rightly expect it to be powered by the
the double-puffed W-12 makes 616
engines offered in the 3-series.
horsepower, up from 567 in regular GTCs. A
3-series: A station wagon returns to
quarter-mil and ones yours.
the 3-series lineup. It is offered with the
Flying Spur: see drive
turbocharged four- and six-cylinder gas
Mulsanne: New options include
engines of the 3-series sedan and comes
electrically operated rear privacy
standard with four-wheel drive. A new
curtains and a Comfort specication
180-hp, 280-lb-ft 2.0-liter fourwith airplane-style sleeper
cylinder turbo-diesel is new to the
headrests, loose pillows stuffed
sedan and wagon lineups. The
with duck down, and a pair of
3-series GT hatchback, an early
footrests. You can now order a
2014 model, carries on unchanged.
six-piece Schedoni luggage set to
The M3 is on hiatus until it returns
match your car. Oh, and the rear
as both a sedan (M3) and a coupe
doors now incorporate armrest
(M4) in the fall of 2014.
storage bins to accommodate the
4-series: Replacing
OF CADILLAC CTS
detritus of todays wealthy.
the
3-series
coupe, the 4-series
SALES I N 2013
Yknow, loose diamonds and such.
WI LL BE WAG O N S.
comes packing either the four- or
T HE CO UP E
six-cylinder turbo engines from the
S HOULD FAR E

Bentley

3.6%

BMW

FAR BE T T E R,
WI T H 23.6% OF
AN AN T I CI PAT E D
39,000 CTS
SALES.

M5: Production of the 2014


M5 began in July 2013, bringing
with it a new Competition package
that includes a 15-hp increase, 20-inch
wheels, suspension tweaks, rened steering,
and a sport exhaust. New LED taillights and a
revised steering wheel and grille round out
the M5s updates.
M6: Available in coupe, convertible,
and Gran Coupe body styles, the 2014 M6
should be in showrooms as you read this. A
manual six-speed is available on all M6s as a

3-series lineup. The 4-series is lower, longer,


and wider than its 3-series predecessor, yet is
reportedly 100 pounds lighter. Cabriolet and
Gran Coupe versions are sure bets.
5-series: A 255-hp, six-cylinder
turbo-diesel joins the lineup, powering the new
535d. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 in the 550i
and 550i xDrive gets a 45-hp boost to 445.
The ve-door GT, now available as a reardriver, gets the updated gas engines.
6-series: The 2014 6-series
models began hitting showrooms in June,
including 640i versions of the convertible,
coupe, and Gran Coupe. Four-wheel drive is
available on all three 6-series body
congurations, as is an M Sport Edition.
Minor trim changes: X3,
7-series
Unchanged: X1, X6 M
Dead:
M3,
1-series

X6,

Z4,

Bugatti
Unchanged:
Vitesse

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport/

Buick
LaCrosse: A refresh brings a larger
grille, a new front fascia with automatic
shutters in the lower inlet, and LED lighting.
An Ultra Luxury package ups the ritziness,

T EC H T I D BI T

T WO OVE R S IX
Instead of cramming a V-8 into its new CTS
mid-size sports sedan, Cadillac tooled up
a twin-turbo version of its 3.6-liter DOHC
V-6. A new aluminum block is fortied with
six-bolt cast-iron main bearing caps and a
structural oil pan. Each turbo bolts directly
to an aluminum head cast integrally with an
exhaust manifold, and dual intercoolers live on
top of the heads. Variable intake- and exhaustvalve timing and direct injection carry over.
Peak output is 420 horsepower at 5750 rpm
and 430 pound-feet of torque at 3500 rpm,
gains of 99 horses and 155 pound-feet over
GMs naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6.

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and a new safety-tech suite matches those of
the luxury leaders. And, yes, Shaq still ts.
Regal: A new 2.0-liter turbo fourcylinder engine raises maximum
horsepower from 220 to 259 and peak
torque from 260 to 295 pound-feet.
Balance-shaft changes and various
structural upgrades improve smoothness.
Both the base Regal and the Regal GS now
offer four-wheel drive. Like the LaCrosse,
the Regal gets LED lighting, an updated
interior, and a raft of new tech features.
Unlike the LaCrosse, its basically an Opel.
Minor trim changes:
Encore, Verano

Enclave,

Cadillac
CTS: see preview, page 42
ELR: Yes, this is essentially a reskinned
Chevy Volt, but, oh, what a lovely new skin it
gets. The Caddy ups output by 58 horses and
22 pound-feet over the Chevy, and its
suspension has been worked over with bits
from GMs Opel subsidiary. Weight is a
frightening 4070 pounds; range is limited to
300 miles.
XTS: The new 410-hp, 3.6-liter twinturbo V-6 joins a powertrain lineup
previously consisting of only the naturally
aspirated 3.6.
Minor trim changes: ATS
Unchanged:
CTS,
CTS-V,
Escalade/ESV, SRX
Dead: Escalade EXT/hybrid

Chevrolet
Camaro: The new Z/28 is more
expensive than the more powerful ZL1 but
proves its worth with track paraphernalia
such as standard carbon-ceramic brakes,
air-conditioning delete, and a radio that plays
through a single speaker to save weight. The
C6 Corvette Z06s naturally aspirated 7.0liter V-8 provides at least 500 horsepower,
and an aero package produces big downforce
at triple-digit speeds. All Camaros, except the
ZL1, receive a face lift with softer lines and
single-lens taillights.
Caprice PPV: Updates for 2014 add
things cops like, including a columnmounted shifter and a surveillance mode to
black out the instruments. Also, there are
things civilians would like, such as a seveninch MyLink touch screen and Bluetooth.
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Bentley Flying Spur


Softer and speedier, the Flying Spur gets less wordy
but more expensive. by Jared Gall

entley is soft on China. To differentiate the former Continental Flying Spur, now
known simply as the Flying
Spur, from the two-door Continental GT, Bentley softened the sedans
suspension. This move was also intended to
broaden the Spurs appeal among its likely
customers in emerging markets such as
China, where we drove it.
The Flying Spur hasnt gone completely
pillowy. On the spectacular road that climbs
from Beijing to the Great Wall, the Spur
acquitted itself nicely.
Nowadays, the Wall is perhaps less useful for keeping out foreign invaders than
keeping in Chinese drivers, who have, on
average, about 17 minutes worth of experience. Incidentally, Westerners can now buy
a drivers license at the airport.
What better place to drive a barge with a
6.0-liter W-12 making 616 horsepower and
590 pound-feet, then? Thats the same
power as the Continentals uplevel GT Speed
model. Like the Conti, the Spur sees its sixspeed automatic replaced by ZFs eight-ratio
box, and it adopts a rearward power-distribution bias, sending 60 percent of the power
aft in normal conditions.
With Pirelli P Zeros at each corner, the
Spurs impersonation of a Mongol catapult
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10 and 13 percent softer, respectively, than
its predecessors, and the anti-roll bars and
bushings are squishier, too. Yet, with adjustable shocks standard, the Spur remains

surprisingly nimble, a virtue on roads


marked by unpredictable obstacles.
Rickshaw dawdling around a blind corner? The Flying Spurs helm responds
quickly once you turn past a bit of on-center
slack. Theres a tad more body roll than the
previous car exhibited, but its not excessive.
The car even feels a little playfulquite an
accomplishment for a 5450-pound fourwheel-drive hunk of imperialist hegemony.
There are no surprises inside, just typical Bentley beauty. Sumptuous quilted
leather, achingly beautiful woods, and
knurled knobs are everywhere. Bentley is
raising the Flying Spurs base price about
$15,000 to $206,225 because capitalism has
become the worlds universal language.

SPECI FIC ATIONS


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
45 passenger, 4-door sedan
BASE PRICE ............................ $206,225
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
intercooled DOHC 48-valve W-12, aluminum
block and heads, port fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT ........... 366 cu in, 5998 cc
POWER ....................... 616 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE ................. 590 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS

WHEELBASE .............................. 120.7 in


LENGTH .................................... 208.5 in
WIDTH ........................................ 77.8 in
HEIGHT ..................................... 58.6 in
CURB WEIGHT ........................... 5450 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

ZERO TO 60 MPH ........................ 4.1 sec


ZERO TO 100 MPH ..................... 9.5 sec
1/4-MILE .................................... 12.3 sec
TOP SPEED .............................. 200 mph
FUEL ECONOMY

EPA CITY/HWY ....................... 12/20 mpg

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A FINE LINE

Cadillacs new mid-size sedan is elegant, ambitious.


by Kevin A. Wilson / photography by Roy Ritchie

YOU KNOW THAT FINE LINE BETWEEN CONFIDENCE AND ARROGANCE?

That distinction you see every time Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel stand on the
same F1 podium? Ask Cadillac people about the third-generation, 2014 CTS, and they
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current 5-series is no longer the segments


dynamic champ. Or it may be that GM
remains BMW-obsessed. With the compact
ATS squaring up with the BMW 3-series, the
CTS undergoes a growth spurt to 5-series
size that adds 4.2 inches to its length while
the roof sits nearly an inch lower, even as it
gets just a skosh narrower. Starting with the
Alpha architecture that underpins the ATS,
Cadillac stretched the wheelbase 5.3 inches
(1.2 inches longer than on the current CTS)
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turbocharged 2.0-liter at the bottom end
replacing the unloved base 3.0-liter, todays
naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 in the mid-

dle, and a new twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 in the


Vsport model. The Vsport puts a plug in the
big gap between todays 321-horse six and
the 556-hp supercharged V-8 in the carryover CTS-V.
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paddle shifters appear even on base cars.
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VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear- or 4-wheeldrive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
BASE PRICE ...................... $46,025$59,995
ENGINES: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC
16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 272 hp, 295 lb-ft; DOHC
24-valve 3.6-liter V-6, 321 hp, 275 lb-ft; twinturbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve
3.6-liter V-6, 420 hp, 430 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode, 8-speed automatic with
manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS

WHEELBASE ... ............................... 114.6 in


LENGTH ........................................ 195.5 in
WIDTH ............................................ 72.2 in
HEIGHT .......................................... 57.2 in
CURB WEIGHT . ...................... 37004050 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

ZERO TO 60 MPH ...................... 4.86.7 sec


ZERO TO 100 MPH ................... 11.216.9 sec
1/4-MILE ......... ......................... 13.315.1 sec
TOP SPEED ..... ........................ 130150 mph
PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (MFRS EST)

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City Express:
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analogy game: The
Chevrolet Nova is to
the Toyota Corolla as
the Chevrolet City
Express is to the
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If you answered Pagani Huayra,
the market, the gas Spark has
try again. If you said Nissan
been saddled with a continuously
NV200 dork van, youve
variable transmission in place of
uncovered GMs most egregious
the four-speed automatic.
rebadging since the Geo era. The
SS: Four years after the G8
small commercial box has a
tragically sank with the rest of the
four-cylinder engine, a CVT, and
Pontiac brand, GMs rear-wheelseriously awkward proportions.
drive sports sedan returns as a
Colorado: An Americanized
Chevy. The SS comes in one spec
VI P E R S WI LL BE
version of Chevrolets new
SOLD FOR EVERY
with the outgoing Corvettes
T HO USAN D
mid-size pickup arrives here in
6.2-liter V-8 and a six-speed
CORVE T T ES T HAT
the middle of 2014 as a 2015
F I N D OWN E R S
automatic. Output of 415
I N 2014.
model. No word yet on how our
horsepower and 415 pound-feet
truck will differ from the global
of torque should propel the SS to
model, but were condent of
60 mph in less than ve seconds.
this: It will have cup holders.
Corvette Stingray:
Minor trim changes:
see test, page 48
Equinox, Express,
Cruze: see comparo, page 112
Silverado HD,
Sonic, Suburban,
Impala: Sneaking up on us like a
Tahoe, Traverse, Volt
massive coronary, the new Impala narrowly
Dead: Avalanche, Corvette Z06/ZR1
missed overall victory in our recent six-car
comparo. It combines the classic large-car
attributeslimo-like rear-seat space and a
cavernous trunkwith sharp styling and
surprising athleticism. That is, if you opt for
300: The high-performance 300 loses
the 3.6-liter V-6.
the 8 badging and is now referred to as 300
Malibu: There was nothing wrong with
SRTthe change in nomenclature applies to
the new-for-2013 Malibu that a set of
all SRT-badged performance variants from
Dagmars couldnt x, but theres already a
Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. The more
face-lifted model for 2014. The newer Malibu
pedestrian 300s will continue on as they are,
wears more-aggressive (and moresave for a minor reshufing of trim levels.
attractive) front and rear clips and has
sculpted front seatbacks to address
Minor trim changes: 200
complaints about insufcient legroom. The
Unchanged: Town & Country, 200
base 2.5-liter engine has been upgraded
convertible
with variable intake valve lift and stop-start,
for gains of one mpg in both city and
highway cycles.
Silverado: see comparo, page 58
Spark: Chevys gerbil-sized hatch can
Durango: The refreshed-for-2014
now be had with an electric motor in place of
three-row SUV gets the Chrysler Groups
the gas engine if you live in California or
eight-speed automatic, an 8.4-inch Uconnect
Oregon. Range is a claimed 82 miles, and it
touch-screen infotainment setup, and a
should hit 60 mph more than three seconds
handful of new safety features. It also
quicker than the combustion version. To give
receives Dodges corporate-look taillights
the electric car every possible advantage in
and an even-more-chiseled jawline.

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Dodge

SRT Viper: Its still not a Dodge in 2014,


but lumping the Viper in with its former family
makes the most sense to us. After a year on
dealer lots in generic base and zootier GTS
forms, SRT has added a TAshort for Time
Attackspecial edition that cuts weight; makes
use of a stiffer, track-friendlier suspension
setup; and gets stronger Brembo brakes.
Minor trim changes: Challenger,
Charger, Dart, Grand Caravan,
Journey
Unchanged: Avenger

Ferrari
LaFerrari: There are 950 horses
onboard, 789 of which come from a 6.3-liter
V-12, the rest from an electric motor. There
are threats of zero to 60 in less than three
seconds and a top speed eclipsing 217 mph.
Were spotting curb weight at 3200 pounds.
If the LaFerrari didnt have such absurd
specications, we might get hung up on that
atrocious name.
Unchanged: California, FF,
F12berlinetta, 458 Italia, 458 Spider

Fiat
500E: As a car thats already slow, or,
perhaps more kindly, better suited to cities
than the open road, the 500 makes a natural
host for an electric drivetrain. The 500E,
available only in California, can cover 87
miles on a charge according to EPA testing,
but its quicker than the gasoline-fed 500.
The 24-kWh battery pack intrudes on the
trunk and rear seat, making already small
spaces even smaller.
500L: see drive
Minor trim changes: 500,
500 Abarth, 500 Turbo

500C,

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VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheeldrive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon
BASE PRICE .............................. $19,900
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled
SOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and
aluminum head, port fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT . . . . . . . . . . ... 83 cu in, 1368 cc
POWER ...................... 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
TORQUE .................. 184 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed
dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting
mode
DIMENSIONS

WHEELBASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............. 102.8 in


LENGTH ..................................... 167.3 in
WIDTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............... 69.8 in
HEIGHT ..................................... 65.7 in
CURB WEIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 32503300 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)

ZERO TO 60 MPH ................. 8.08.2 sec


ZERO TO 100 MPH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21.521.7 sec
1/4-MILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ 16.416.5 sec
TOP SPEED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............. 120 mph
FUEL ECONOMY

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INTERIOR, GREAT
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quicker than the Grand Sport, and faster
than any Porsche Boxster or Cayman weve
tested. The foes to avoid at stoplights are
the new Jag F-type packing a supercharged
V-8 and the Porsche 911S, both of which
smoke the Stingray to 60 and through the
quarter-mile by 0.2 to 0.3 second.
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small block, they also make the thing sound
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will convince the Corvette faithful that
American-engineered V-8s are still the way
and the truth.
Thanks to the move to Michelin Pilot
Super Sport radials, the Stingray is worldclass in terms of braking and cornering.
Stopping from 70 mph in 146 feet without
fade matches the Grand Sport as well as
recent Cayman and 911 performances.
Brembo calipers and grooved rotors provide

decisive bite, linear response, and easy mod- nated chassis controls. Turning the centerulation. But where the Stingray really excels console mode selector to the track setting
is in cornering tests. Posting a 1.08-g score arms the chassis militiastability control,
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weight bias, twist-resistant
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interior has gone
structure, and 19- and 20-inch
enhance steering response and
from being its
forged-aluminum wheels (an
biggest liability to
stability while minimizing
one of its selling
understeer. With the application
inch larger in diameter and part
points. Great
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TECH TIDBIT

S EVEN UP!
In sync with the launch of the
Corvettes seventh generation,
supplier Tremec found a way to
cram a seventh gear inside the
Stingrays manual transaxle,
adding only 8.8 pounds and 1.7
inches of length. Two distinct
gearsets for the TR-6070
provide wider ratio spacing
for base Corvettes and tighter
spreads with the Z51 option,
both of which favor fuel
efciency over acceleration.
In fact, the 0.42:1 or 0.48:1
seventh gears, respectively,
are tall enough to propel
this sports car to 300 mph
without exceeding the engines
redline (at least in theory).
A non-contact Hall-effect
sensor monitors shift-rod
motion to enable a new active
rev-matching feature. When
its switched on, this system
blips the throttle during shifts
to give amateur stick jockeys
the coordination of a grizzled
H-pattern master. Thanks,
Tremec, for helping to save the
poor, defenseless manuals!

ne ergonomics
highlight the
improvements.

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as the demand for lateral traction diminishes and forward thrust surges.
The traction-management systems
role is to astutely trim engine output
with micro ignition-timing and fueldelivery adjustments that ensure that
the rear tires receive all the torque they
can handlebut not so much that they
slip and allow the tail to scurry wide.
Most of this work is intangible and inaudible. All the driver knows is that the
Stingray sticks and the exhaust note
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chassis collaborate.
Lapping a black-lake gymkhana and
the Milford road course provided the opportunity to test this cross-car coordination.
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lacks in feedback from the pavement, it
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in rigidity between the smaller (14.1-inch)
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rev-matching system. Resisting the urge to
heel-and-toe your way into a tight bend is
the toughest part of letting this technology
help you attack a track or two-lane.
Out here on the Milford road course,
driven hard, theres a bit of body roll, but,
thanks to authoritative damping, the chassis
always plays nice, never disrupting the mission with feints or funny business. The Z06

TECH TIDBIT

FEAT OF CLAY
Corvette supplier Molded Fiber Glass adopted
new recipes for various underbody parts to meet
C7 weight targets. First, ultra-thin clay platelets
replace the hollow calcium-carbonate spheres
previously used as ller material in molded panels.
The nano platelets are 100 times thinner than the
spheres while maintaining stiffness in the dash,
re wall, wheelhouse, and trunk areas. Second,
carbon bers supplant glass bers in some areas.
Lastlyand to help suppress cabin noiseMolded
Fiber Glass substituted foam material for the endgrain balsa-wood cores previously used in Corvette
oor panels. Per part, weight savings ranges
between 10 and 12 percent.

tail twitch that challenged even seasoned


racers has left this building.
Those with track aspirations should definitely wait for the competition seatwhich
will be available by the end of the year
because the touring buckets outside bolster
delegates the job of restraining the drivers
left leg to the door panel, an unfriendly surface thats ill-suited to the task. One long
lapping day will wear out that trim, your
knee, or both of those vital components.
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with competitors and customer expectations. What the C7 adds is accessibility.
Theres no demon hiding under the dash
waiting to bite a driver interested in dialing
up race mode and mashing the pedals, no
penalties for attempting to explore the cars
colossal performance envelope. The $2800
Z51 package (dry sump, larger-diameter
wheels, bigger front brakes, lubricant
coolers, more-aggressive gear ratios, and

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magnetic-ride control with performance traction management are all you
need to turn a Stingray cruiser into a
track-master.
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eliminating the C6s trash-can comportment over broken pavement. Tread
noise still penetrates the thin composite
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demands more patience than mature Corvette fans will muster, but anyone not in
need of a Jitterbug phone should enjoy the
half hour of driveway time required to tour
the Stingrays electronic-display menu.
Also, the hockey-stick-format tachometer, a
major C4 annoyance, is back in track mode,
allegedly because the Corvette C6.R competition crew wanted an expanded near-redline zone. Last, wed prefer a base seat with
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gave our paper a B. Reciprocating is only
fair. Considering the performance strides,
the splendid interior, the Stingrays screaming value, and its fun-to-drive vibe, heres
our Corvette report card: A+ S\_ R\_a
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Chevrolet Corvette
Stingray
PRICE
AS TESTED .......................................... $66,385
BASE .................................................... $51,995

DRIVETRAIN
TRANSMISSION ......................... 7-speed manual
FINAL-DRIVE RATIO ................. 3.42:1, limited slip
GEAR
RATIO
MPH PER
MAX SPEED
1000 RPM IN GEAR (rpm)
1
2
3
4
5

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive,

2-passenger, 3-door targa


OPTIONS: 3LT package, $8005; Z51 Performance
package, $2800; magnetorheological dampers and
Performance Traction Management, $1795; dualmode exhaust, $1195; red brake calipers, $595
STANDARD: power windows, seats, and locks;
remote locking; cruise control; tilting and
telescoping steering wheel
AUDIO SYSTEM: satellite radio; minijack, 3 USB,
media-card, and Bluetooth-audio inputs; 10
speakers

ENGINE

V-8, aluminum block and heads


BORE X STROKE ... 4.06 x 3.62 in, 103.3 x 92.0 mm
DISPLACEMENT ...................... 376 cu in, 6162 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO ................................. 11.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM ............. direct injection
VALVE GEAR: pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder,
hydraulic lifters, variable intake- and exhaust-valve
timing
REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF ............ 6500/6600 rpm
POWER .............................. 460 hp @ 6000 rpm
TORQUE .......................... 465 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

........
........
........
........
........
........
.......

2.97 ........
2.07 ........
1.43 .........
1.00 .........
0.71 .........
0.57 ........
0.48 ........

7.6 ..........
10.9 ........
15.8 .........
22.6 ........
31.8 .........
39.6 .........
47.0 .........

50 mph (6600)
71 mph (6600)
103 mph (6600)
147 mph (6600)
190 mph (6000)
185 mph (4650)
175 mph (3700)

aluminum space frame


BODY MATERIAL: berglass-reinforced plastic,
carbon-ber-reinforced plastic, injection-molded
thermoplastic

traction off, competition mode, launch control


rack-and-pinion with variable ratio and variable
electric power assist
RATIO ................................................. 17.114.6:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK ................................. 2.5
TURNING CIRCLE CURB-TO-CURB ............. 37.7 ft

composite leaf spring, 3-position cockpit-adjustable


electronically controlled magnetorheological
dampers, anti-roll bar
R: ind, unequal-length control arms with a toecontrol link, transverse composite leaf spring,
3-position cockpit-adjustable electronically controlled
magnetorheological dampers, anti-roll bar

BRA K I N G, 70-TO -ZE R O M P H


FIRST STOP .................................... 156 ft
SHORTEST STOP ......................... 146 ft
LONGEST STOP .............................. 156 ft
FADE RATING ................................. NONE
TEST NOTES: Surprisingly, the brake
pedals travel grew throughout the braking
tests. The stopping distances, however,
didnt. A slightly soft pedal wasnt an
indication of fade because the last stop
was also the shortest stop.

130 MPH ....................................................... 15.1

W E I GH T
CURB ............................................ 3444 lb
PER HORSEPOWER ........................ 7.5 lb
DISTRIBUTION .......... F: 49.4% R: 50.6%
TOWING CAPACITY ............................ 0 lb

TIRES

.... F: 8.5 x 19 in
R: 10.0 x 20 in/forged aluminum
.............. Michelin Pilot Super Sport ZP
F: P245/35ZR-19 (89Y)
R: P285/30ZR-20 (95Y)

N O TA B L E H I G H L I G H T S
Despite the wealth of lightweight materials,
including a standard aluminum space
frame, the new Corvette is roughly 100
pounds heavier than its predecessor due
mainly to extensive additional equipment.

COM PETITORS
CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY
(6.2-LITER V-8, 460 HP, 7-SP MAN)
JAGUAR F-TYPE V-8 S (5.0-LITER V-8, 495 HP, 8-SP AUTO)
PORSCHE 911 CARRERA (3.4-LITER FLAT-6, 350 HP, 7-SP MAN)
SRT VIPER GTS (8.3-LITER V-10, 640 HP, 6-SP MAN)
CURRENT BASE PRICE* dollars x 1000
*Base price includes freight and performance options; does not include tax credit.

CORVETTE STINGRAY
911 CARRERA
F-TYPE V-8 S
VIPER GTS
40

70

100

130

70 0 BRAKING feet
CORVETTE STINGRAY
VIPER GTS
F-TYPE V-8 S
911 CARRERA
120

130

140

150

160

ACCEL ERAT ION 060 & 1/4-mile, seconds

FUEL
CAPACITY ................................... 18.5 gal
OCTANE ..................... 91 recommended
EPA CITY/HWY ............................. 17/29

HANDL ING

INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL

ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD ................ 1.08 g
UNDERSTEER ......................... MINIMAL

IDLE ............................................. 55 dBA


FULL THROTTLE ......................... 91 dBA
70-MPH CRUISING ..................... 69 dBA

TEST NOTES: There is more grip in


this car than 95 percent of its owners will
ever come close to using. Understeer only
happens on cold tires if you abruptly yank
the wheel. Reaching 1.08 g puts the car in
a sweeping drift.

WHEELS AND TIRES


WHEEL SIZE/CONSTRUCTION

SUSPENSION
F: ind, unequal-length control arms, transverse

ZERO TO

TEST NOTES: Best acceleration is


achieved by dropping the clutch at 3700
rpm, more than 1000 revs higher than
required in the C6. As was the case in the
Z06 and ZR1, theres wheelspin through
most of rst gear.

BRAKES
F: 13.6 x 1.2-in vented, grooved disc
R: 13.3 x 0.9-in vented, grooved disc
STABILITY CONTROL ........... fully defeatable,

STEERING

ACCEL ERATIO N

ROLLING START, 560 MPH ............ 4.5


TOP GEAR, 3050 MPH .................. 11.4
TOP GEAR, 5070 MPH .................. 10.2
1/4-MILE ................. 12.2 sec @ 117 mph
TOP SPEED (C/D EST) ................ 190 mph

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
SAE VOLUME ............................... 52 cu ft
TRUNK ......................................... 15 cu ft

CHASSIS

CAR AND DRIVER TEST RESULTS


SECONDS
30 MPH ............................................... 1.6
40 MPH ............................................... 2.2
50 MPH ............................................... 2.9
60 MPH ......................................... 3.9
70 MPH .............................................. 4.8
80 MPH ............................................... 6.1
90 MPH ............................................... 7.3
100 MPH ....................................... 8.7
110 MPH ............................................. 10.7
120 MPH ............................................ 12.7

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ................................ 106.7 in
LENGTH ....................................... 177.0 in
WIDTH ........................................... 73.9 in
HEIGHT ........................................ 48.6 in
FRONT TRACK .............................. 62.8 in
REAR TRACK ................................. 61.6 in
GROUND CLEARANCE ..................... 5.3 in

tested by K.C. COLWELL


in Milford, Michigan

VIPER GTS
F-TYPE V-8 S
CORVETTE STINGRAY
911 CARRERA
3.0

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5.0

11.0

12.0

13.0

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Fusion: A 175-hp 1.5-liter EcoBoost


turbo four-cylinder, hooked to a six-speed
automatic trans, joins the Fusions extensive
powertrain lineup. No EPA numbers have
been announced, but expect the 1.5 to better
the 25-mpg city/37-mpg highway estimates
of the 1.6-liter, which is now mated solely to a
six-speed manual gearbox.
C-Max: A 2014 update for the hybrid
Mustang: An all-new 2015 model
and Energi plug-in hybrid versions of this
should arrive next spring with a 270-hp,
European-size wagon/people mover will
2.3-liter turbo four as the base engine, and a
launch later this year. Perhaps Ford will
3.7-liter V-6 and a 5.0-liter V-8 as upgrades.
address the criticism that real-world fuel
An independent rear suspension is used
economy is substantially below EPA
across the lineup for the rst time. We hear
estimates. Perhaps not.
the next SVT model will drop its GT500
Fiesta/Fiesta ST: All Fiestas adopt
designation and supercharger to become the
the Fusions Aston Martincribbed grille. The
naturally aspirated V-8powered GT350.
new Fiesta ST arrives as a ve-door hatch
Transit: The half-century run of Fords
cranking 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet
evergreen E-series (ne Econoline) is winding
down. The Transit follows the European
of torque via a 1.6-liter turbocharged fourhigh-roof box-van design signature
cylinder hooked to a six-speed manual. The
pioneered here by the Dodge/Freightliner
ST also gains quicker steering, a sport
Sprinter. It eschews the big-inch V-8 and V-10
suspension, upgraded brakes, electronic
gas engines of the existing E-series for more
torque vectoring, and summer tires on 17-inch
frugal powerplants: a 3.7-liter V-6, a 3.5-liter
aluminum wheels. A recalibrated 120-hp
EcoBoost turbo V-6, and a 3.2-liter ve1.6-liter Fiesta SFE model gains one mpg in
cylinder turbo-diesel.
both EPA test cycles (to 30/41 city/highway)
Transit Connect: This all-new
via improved aerodynamics and lowreplacement for the odd-looking
rolling-resistance tires. Later this fall,
oral-delivery special is again
the Fiesta will get its smallest
offered as a panel van or a
engine option: a 1.0-liter EcoBoost
windowed wagon. It can now tote
three-cylinder. EPA numbers
up to seven passengers, has
arent in yet, but expect the 123-hp
sliding side doors for easy access,
three-holers highway fuel
and folding second- and third-row
economy to be north of 40 mpg.
F-series: While we await
seats that, when laid down,
the 2015 F-150, there will be a
create a long, at cargo hold.
Raptor Special Edition and a new
An all-four-cylinder powertrain
O F F ULLshort-wheelbase, short-box
SIZE CARG O
lineup includes a naturally
VAN SALES
Tremor model with the 3.5-liter
aspirated 2.5-liter and a
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turbo V-6, a 4.10:1 axle ratio, and
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suede seats with red piping.
which could return an EPA
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highway rating of 30 mpg. Ford will build


short- and long-wheelbase versions.
Minor trim changes: Escape,
Explorer,
Focus, Fusion hybrid,
Shelby GT500, F-Series Super Duty,
Taurus/SHO
Unchanged: Edge, E-series,
Expedition, Flex, Focus Electric/ST,
Fusion Energi
Dead: Mustang Boss 302

GMC
Canyon replacement: An all-new
mid-size pickup is expected in 2014 for the
15 model year. It will debut with both rearand four-wheel-drive with a gas V-6 and
four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines.
Sierra: The Sierra full-size pickup is
all-new this year, just like its Silverado twin.
In both, a trio of direct-injected, aluminumblock Ecotec3 engines debuts with
continuously variable-valve timing and
fuel-saving cylinder deactivation. The
285-hp, 4.3-liter V-6 generates as much
power as last years 4.8-liter V-8 and can
tow up to 7200 pounds, says GMC. At an
EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway, the
355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 beats the Ford F-150
EcoBoost turbo V-6s claimed fuel economy.
The top engine offering is the 420-hp,
6.2-liter V-8 available in SLT and Denali
trims that can tow up to 12,000 pounds. An
eight-speed auto is coming, but for now the
Sierra sticks with six speeds. New electric
power steering helps loft fuel economy,
and a mix of hydraulic and shear-type
rubber body mounts helps quell body
shake. The previous extended cab with rearhinged rear doors gets replaced by a new
double-cab model featuring four
conventional doors. Technology upgrades
include an eight-inch touch-screen
infotainment system as well as forwardcollision alert and lane-departure warning
systems. A new All-Terrain 4WD model
features Z71 off-road suspension, Rancho
shocks, underbody shields, hill-descent
control, on-/off-road tires, and an autolocking rear diff.
Yukon: An all-new Yukon and Yukon
Denali based on the new Sierra will be
introduced in 2014 as 2015 models.
Minor trim changes: Acadia, Sierra
HD, Terrain
Unchanged: Savana
Dead: Sierra hybrid, Yukon hybrid
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THREE MILD HOGS

We brave the honky-tonks,


strip malls, and hipster burger joints
of central Texas to root out
the pickup truck thats just right.
by Daniel Pund
photography by Marc Urbano

Ford F-150 Lariat


PRICE > $49,725POWER > 365 hpTORQUE > 420 lb-ftWEIGHT > 5828 lbC/D OBSERVED MPG > 13

Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn


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their home turf. Well, that and the fact
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Chevrolet
Silverado 1500
LTZ Z71 4x4
Crew Cab

VEHICLE

Ford F-150
Lariat 4x4
EcoBoost
SuperCrew

Ram 1500
Laramie Longhorn
4x4 Crew Cab

$44,410
$49,725

$49,325
$55,390

230.0 inches
80.0 inches
74.0 inches
143.5 inches
68.7 inches
67.6 inches
8.9 inches
F: 73 cubic feet
R: 63 cubic feet

231.9 inches
79.2 inches
76.7 inches
144.5 inches
67.0 inches
67.0 inches
9.1 inches
F: 65 cubic feet
R: 66 cubic feet

229.0 inches
79.4 inches
77.6 inches
140.5 inches
68.6 inches
68.0 inches
8.8 inches
F: 64 cubic feet
R: 61 cubic feet

69.3 inches
64.6 inches
21.1 inches
51.0 inches
34.3 inches

67.0 inches
65.2 inches
22.4 inches
50.0 inches
34.8 inches

67.4 inches
51.0 inches
20.0 inches
51.0 inches
33.4 inches

11,200 pounds
8100 pounds

9650 pounds
6100 pounds

twin-turbocharged
DOHC 24-valve V-6
213 cu in (3496 cc)
365 @ 5000
420 @ 2500
/6100 rpm
16.0

pushrod 16-valve V-8


345 cu in (5654 cc)

BASE PRICE $44,160


PRICE AS TESTED $50,755
DIMENSIONS

LENGTH
WIDTH
HEIGHT
WHEELBASE
FRONT TRACK
REAR TRACK
GROUND CLEARANCE
INTERIOR VOLUME
BED DIMENSIONS

LENGTH
WIDTH
DEPTH
MINIMUM WIDTH
OPEN TAILGATE HEIGHT
TOWING

MAX 11,200 pounds


AS TESTED 9600 pounds
POWERTRAIN
ENGINE pushrod 16-valve V-8
325 cu in (5327 cc)

POWER HP @ RPM
TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM
REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF
LB PER HP

355 @ 5600
383 @ 4100
/5750 rpm
15.8

395 @ 5600
407 @ 3950
/6000 rpm
15.2

DRIVELINE

TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic


DRIVEN WHEELS all
GEAR RATIO:1/ 1 4.03/6.6/38
MPH PER 1000 RPM/ 2 2.36/11.3/65
MAX MPH 3 1.53/17.5/99
4 1.15/23.3/99
5 0.85/31.5/99
6 0.67/40.0/99
TRANSFER GEAR RATIO:1 2.72
AXLE RATIO:1 3.42

6-speed automatic
all
1 4.17/6.7/40
2 2.34/11.9/73
3 1.52/18.3/101
4 1.14/24.4/101
5 0.86/32.4/101
6 0.69/40.4/101
2.64
3.31

8-speed automatic
all
1 4.71/6.3/38
2 3.14/9.4/57
3 2.10/14.1/85
4 1.67/17.8/107
5 1.29/23.0/107
6 1.00/29.7/107
7 0.84/35.3/107
8 0.67/44.3/107
2.64
3.21

CHASSIS
SUSPENSION F: control arms, coil
springs, anti-roll bar
R: rigid axle, leaf
springs
BRAKES F: 13.0-inch vented
disc
R: 13.6-inch vented
disc
STABILITY CONTROL partially defeatable,
traction off
TIRES Goodyear Wrangler
SR-A
P275/55R-20 111S
M+S

F: control arms, coil


springs, anti-roll bar
R: rigid axle, leaf
springs
F: 13.8-inch vented
disc
R: 13.7-inch vented
disc
partially defeatable,
traction off
Goodyear Wrangler
SR-A
P275/65R-18 114T
M+S

F: control arms, air


springs, anti-roll bar
R: rigid axle, air
springs, anti-roll bar
F: 13.2-inch vented
disc
R: 13.8-inch disc

2.3 sec
6.7 sec

15.3 sec @ 92

2.1 sec
6.2 sec
17.2 sec
14.8 sec @ 94

2.3 sec
7.1 sec
21.7 sec
15.6 sec @ 88

7.3 sec
4.0 sec
4.7 sec
99 mph (gov ltd)

7.1 sec
3.7 sec
4.9 sec
101 mph (gov ltd)

7.3 sec
3.2 sec
4.7 sec
107 mph (gov ltd)

189 feet

197 feet

0.72 g*
36.7 mph*

0.76 g
36.1 mph*

5605 pounds
58.7/41.3
7200 pounds
15,000 pounds

5828 pounds
56.2/43.8
7200 pounds
14,000 pounds

5999 pounds
55.6/44.4
6800 pounds
12,100 pounds

25.9 gallons
87 octane
16/22 mpg
13 mpg

36.0 gallons
91 octane
15/21 mpg
13 mpg

32.0 gallons
89 octane
15/21 mpg
13 mpg

40 dBA
73 dBA
69 dBA

41 dBA
73 dBA
68 dBA

partially defeatable
Goodyear Wrangler
SR-A
P275/60R-20 114S
M+S

C/D TEST RESULTS


ACCELERATION

030 MPH
060 MPH
0100 MPH
1/4-MILE @ MPH
ROLLING START,
560 MPH
TOP GEAR, 3050 MPH
TOP GEAR, 5070 MPH
TOP SPEED
CHASSIS

BRAKING, 700 MPH 178 feet


ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 0.77 g
610-FT SLALOM 36.5 mph*
WEIGHT

CURB
%FRONT/%REAR
GVWR
GCWR
FUEL

TANK
RATING
EPA CITY/HWY
C/D 500-MILE TRIP

SOUND LEVEL

IDLE 41 dBA
FULL THROTTLE 74 dBA
70-MPH CRUISE 68 dBA
*Stability-control inhibited.

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slightly worse than the Chevys.


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EXCELLENT FIT
That all three of our trucks averAND FINISH.
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aged 13 mpg over 500 miles of
VERY HEAVY
mixed terrain indicates two
BUT NOT AS
things: We used full throttle more
MUCH DUTY,
frequently than was strictly necesLONGHORN
EDITION IS MORE
sary, and the EcoBoost V-6 is like a
CARTOONISH
V-8 in essentially every respect,
THAN YOSEMITE
SAM.
except it doesnt sound as good.
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THE COUNTRY
GENTLEMAN OF
Lariat-level 4x4 SuperCrew F-150
PICKUP TRUCKS.
was the cheapest truck in the test
at a not-at-all cheap $49,725.
The Ram 1500 is our reigning
full-size pickup champ. And the
Ram folk loaded up a brown-and-tan
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition Crew
Cab to the tune of $55,390, including the
Hemi V-8, optional air springs ($1595), and
R[\bTUP\dO\fYVT_RRaUNaRcR[aURP\dboy from the Village People might consider
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The updated version of the Texas-built
Toyota Tundra was not available in time for
this comparison.
In honor of the wide-ranging usage
patterns of modern pickup trucks, we
steered clear of the cattle-ranch and
rodeo clichs and trundled around
in the sea of strip malls that is
outer San Antonio. We got stuck in

VZ]\``VOYf P\[[RQ ]N_XV[T


garages in Austins hipsterYaUf @\baU 0\[T_R`` [RVTUborhood, endured a lifetimes
worth of Country Music Television at the Buckhorn Bar and
Grill in rural Leakeywhere
nothing appears to have ever
been wet enough to leakand
ate barbecue at a gun store/
taxidermy shop in Uvalde.
We never did see a wild
boar, by the way.
3. RA M 1 5 00 L A RA M I E
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As equipped, the Ram 1500


Longhorn is an assault on the

senses. Its chocolate-and-nougat exterior is


an acquired taste. Its interior leather stench
is strong enough to mask any other smell you
might introduce into the cabin.
Its fat-as-a-baseball-bat steering-wheel
rim is designed for uncommonly big mitts,
though the Rams relative lack of headroom
means its perfect customer is a strangely
proportioned fella. And, of course, there are
YVT_RR\b_V`UR`NYY\cR_aURaUV[TV[PYbQing on the faces of the secondary gauges and
aURa_VZ\[aURTY\cRO\eN[QaUR\\_ZNa`
There are more of these tramp stamps on
display here than at Daytona Spring Break.
Its ironic, too, since the Ram is in some
ways the most demure of the bunch. Its ride
is pure old-school Cadillac. And we mean
that in the most complimentary way. It has

Above: The
interior of the
Ram Laramie
Longhorn is
positively, uh,
LeatherLicious.
Below: The beltbuckle-style
badge on the
door is about the
size of an iPad.

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F-150s interior
ciated with pickups. Combined
AUR 3\_Q 3" V` aUR
was new and
with trusty, natural-feeling steeroldest truck here. In fact, its
impressive
around the same
ing responses, the Ram is the
QbRS\_N_Rd\_X[ReafRN_/ba
time everyone
when one of our team climbed
long-haul truck of choice here.
decided that
eating food
out and said it felt old, we
At one measly pound short
prepared in a
thought he was just crabby
of three tons, the Ram is 171
truck or a trailer
was awesome.
ORPNb`R UR P\bYQ[a Re]R[`R
pounds chunkier than the Ford
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Chevy. This weight is revealed in
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just about everything the Ram does. It
moment you hop way up into the
is a beef-witted lunk. The Rams Hemi is
cabinit was the one truck here
aUR\[YfR[TV[RUR_RdVaU[RN_Yf!U\_`R- without side stepsand close the door . . .
power. Yet, its the only one that cant break \UdNVadUfV`aURQ\\_N]]V[TYVXRaUNa,
`RcR[ `RP\[Q` a\ # Z]U 6a` aUR `Y\dR`a The same thing happens when you close the
aU_\bTUaUR`YNY\Z.[QNa&$SRRaVab`R`b] hood; the attached front grille jiggles in a
&Z\_RSRRa\S]NcRZR[aa\`a\]S_\Z$Z]U way so shocking that, if youre like us, youll
than the Chevy does.
open the hood and slam it another time just
<b_ ?NZ R^bV]]RQ dVaU N ' NeYR to see it happen again. And again. Others
ratio, had the lowest gross vehicle weight
will wince.
#% ]\b[Q` N[Q T_\`` P\ZOV[RQ
It doesnt necessarily mean
dRVTUa_NaV[T`\SaURaU_RR
that the Ford is cheap. It doesnt
by a considerable margin. Opting
mean the thing will be any less
durable than if it were less
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its combined ratings. But that long
+
gear and the trucks eight-speed
TORQUEY TURBO
automatic are contributors to its
ENGINE, LIMOLIKE REAR-SEAT
serenity at speed.
SPACE.
B]RcR[AReN`5VYY0\b[a_f`
_
shallower grades, that eightJITTERY RIDE,
JITTERY BODY
speed ZF gets awfully busy shufPANELS, NO
V[T ORadRR[ TRN_` a_fV[T a\
FUEL-ECONOMY
keep the Hemi from shotgunning
ADVANTAGE.
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fuel. But at least those shifts are
THIS IS NO
smooth. All things considered,
COUNTRY FOR
aUV`V`N[NdSbYYf[VPRcRUVPYR[OLD TRUCKS.
ishing only one point behind the
Ford even though it took a twopoint hit on price. Avoid the Longhorn version and youll save more
aUN[ F\bd\[aUNcRaUNaON`Rball-glove leather to perfume the cabin but,
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a_bPXdVaURePR]aV\[NYaN[Q[V`U_\\Zf
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thats a cowboy Cadillac.

you with a high-quality impression, either.


And, compared with the other two trucks,
aUR3"_VQR`NYVaaYRZ\_RYVXRN[\YQa_bPX
Jittery. Shaky.
DUVYRaUR3"dN`\[PRaUR`aN[QN_Q
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other two have caught and surpassed it. Oh,
its pleasant enough in this Lariat-level trim,
but its not cowboy fancy. If thats what you
want, might we direct you to Fords King
Ranch edition which is, well, a lot like the
Rams Laramie Longhorn but slightly less
silly. And its steering is what once passed
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* These objective scores are


calculated from the vehicles
dimensions, capacities, rebates
and extras, and/or test results.

standards, it lacks feel and allows the truck


to wander on the highway.
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Ram, even if by only one point? Well, mostly
on the strength of its powertrain. Perhaps
you do not give a boars buttock about the
rumble of a V-8. Further, you might not mind
the slightly incongruous sound of a turbo
whistling away under the hood of your gaso-

line-powered pickup. Then


relative slimness isnt new.
C HEVROLET
this smooth and torqueWhen we last gathered these
SILVERAD O
endowed engine might just
three trucks in 2009, the Sil150 0 LTZ Z 7 1
OR S\_ f\b @\ R\_aYR``Yf
verado was 300 and 340
+
pounds lighter than the Ram
grunty is this engine
SU RPRISING
H AND LING
and Ford, respectively.
around town that it makes
PROWESS,
the big-displacement Hemi
That sort of weight
QU IETNESS,
feel comparatively highWELL-APPOINTED
advantage helps the SilCABIN.
strung. Its six-speed autoverado stomp all comers in
_
matic transmission is
braking performance. With
CLU NKY LOWSPEED SH IFTING,
easily the tests best. Its
the smallest brake discs, the
OFFSET
shifts are as slick as bacon
Chevy stopped from 70 mph
STEERING
fat, and it isnt forever rootWH EEL.
in 178 feet, compared with
=
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the Fords 189 and the Rams
A VERY GOOD
gear. The F-150 is a half197. The Chevy was only 0.2
TRUCK THAT
H APPENS TO
second quicker to 60 mph
mph behind the Ford
LOOK VERY MU CH
than the Chevy and almost
through the slalom. And we
LIKE A TRUCK.
a full second quicker than
suspect its relative lightness
aUR ?NZ 6a` N QVR_R[PR
contributed to its generally
you feel on the road.
wieldy demeanor. It handles
While the interior might
more like a big car than a big
not impress quite the way it
truck. When properly tuned, it
once did, its a sensible place to be turns out, a conventional leaf-spring rear
with good sightlines, huge side mir- suspension can deliver best-in-class hanrors, and a shockingly commodious dling. The new electric-assist steering sets
rear seat.
the standard for accuracy in the class. The
5.3-liter V-8 feels stronger than the more
1 . CH E V RO L E T S I LV E RA D O
powerful Hemi, and its cylinder deactivation
1 5 0 0 LTZ Z 7 1
system is utterly imperceptible in operation.
As it turns out, the 2014 Chevy Silverados A clunkiness on the 1-2 shift is the Silverados
killer technology is simply not being a fat only powertrain demerit. At higher speeds,
ass. Okay, at 5605 pounds, the Chevy isnt the transmission shifts beautifully.
That the steering wheel is set slightly too
ReNPaYfNfdRVTUa/baVa`Z\_RaUN[
pounds less massive than the Ford and far inboard is one of our few gripes with the
almost 400 lighter than the portly gentle- Chevys new interior. Its a modern, straightman of the group, the Ram. The Silverados forward design, rendered in quality materi-

als. Our LTZ-level truck came with


a vibrant eight-inch touch screen
with a simple, elegant presentaOpposite: Does
tion of Chevys MyLink infotainthe front of the
ment system. We appreciate that
Silverado make
our head look
we can enter full addresses withOur trucks Driver Alert
small? Right:
out having to go through a series
package ($845) includes laneOnce an ode to
shoddy plastics,
of menus for state, city, and
departure warning, forwardthe Silverados
street names. Unfortunately, its
collision alert, front and rear
interior is now
surprisingly quiet
processing speed trailed those
parking assist, and a drivers
and pleasant.
of the Ford and Ram. But the
seat that vibrates. All of this
cabin itself was quiet and com`ab d\_X` N[Q dR d\bYQ ]Nf
fortable thanks in part to hydraufor none of it. But thats us. We
lic body mounts and fully lined wheel
love the lineup of three USB sockets,
wells. Our sound meter says the Silverado
two 12-volt power points, and a 115-volt
is only as quiet as the other trucks, but outlet along the bottom of the center stack.
apparently our ears found the sounds that And we also love the CornerStep rear bumdo make it into the cabin more agreeable per, which incorporates a foothold in each
than those of the other two.
rear-bumper corner and a handy hole on the

top of the bed walls. This is a far more elegant


solution for climbing into the bed than Fords
fold-down rear step and retractable handhold. That Chevy cribbed this feature from
its own departed Avalanche is no shame.
The Silverado is a clear-headed reworking of the pickup truck. It brings a level of
sophistication and technology to the breed
dVaU\ba `NP_VPV[T PN]NOVYVaf DR _RPX\[
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Honda
Accord: Hondas bestseller goes hybrid,
rst with a $40,570 plug-in already on sale,
then with a more conventional gasolineelectric hybrid that should be signicantly
cheaper while achieving an EPA-combined
rating of 47 mpg. Both burn gas via a 2.0-liter
Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder assisted by an
electric motor. There is no transmission; the
drive ratios between the engine, motor, and
wheels are xed [see Tech Tidbit].
Fit: An all-new 2015 Fit, including a
sedan, will appear in 2014. The rough
dimensions will stay stat, but were told to
expect updated interior electronics, a quieter
cabin, and improved fuel economy. Itll also
get Hondas automatic self-braking system,
called Honda City Brake Active.
Odyssey: A mid-cycle refresh to
Hondas minivan includes new sheetmetal
and additional safety items such as lanedeparture warning and forward-crash
warning, plus this years most talked-about
auto-show debut, the HondaVAC, an optional
onboard vacuum cleaner.
Urban SUV: Following the concept
reveal at this years Detroit auto show, the
as-yet unnamed Fit-based crossover will
debut in 2014. Shorter and lighter than the
CR-V, this ve-door vehicle will feature
Hondas at-folding and ipping seats and an
engine sized to make the oil sheiks quake.

Hyundai
Equus: The agship gets new 19-inch
wheels and LED fog lights, plus revisions to
the grille, front bumper, and rearview mirrors.
A redesigned dash, instrument panel, center
stack, and console keep it fresh inside. Sadly,
the optional seat massagers and refrigerator
are gone, their absence barely compensated
for by two 9.2-inch monitors where
previously there was but one.
Genesis coupe: Rumors persist that a
new powertrain conguration will take over
for the current 2.0-turbo/manualtransmission combo.
Sonata: All three trimsGLS, SE, and
Limitedget a new grille, rear bumper insert,
vehicle-stability management, driverselectable steering modes, and a one-inchlarger nav screen.
Veloster: The base model gets
daytime running lights and a rearview
camera, and the Turbo gets brake-actuated
torque vectoring and an engine-sound
generator.
Minor trim changes:
Accent,
Azera, Elantra, Genesis, Santa Fe,
Sonata hybrid, Tucson

6[[VaV
Minor trim changes:
Civic
Unchanged: Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z,
FCX Clarity, Fit, Insight, Pilot,
Ridgeline

QX50: The personal luxury crossover


formerly known as the EX will from this point
forward only answer to this name.

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Leave it to Honda to create a hybrid system without


gearchanges, or even a conventional transmission. The
new Accord hybrid and plug-in hybrid have three driving
modes. In EV mode, a 166-hp AC motor powers the
wheels while the engine and generator rest. In hybrid
mode, the motor still drives the wheels, but now it
draws electricity from both a lithium-ion battery and a
generator driven by a 141-hp four-cylinder engine. Above
43 mph, the engine is connected directly to the wheels
through a computer-controlled clutch. While Honda
calls this a two-motor hybrid to distinguish it from its
Integrated Motor Assist system, the smaller electric
motor starts the engine and operates as a generator
but never drives the wheels. Since all drive ratios are
xed, there are signicant weight and cost savings.

QX60: This was the threerow crossover once known as the JX. An
all-new hybrid version debuts.
QX70: This was the FX37 and FX50,
both of which will be called the QX70.
QX80: The eight-passenger SUV
dumps QX56 for the manlier QX80 tag. For
added safety, moving-object detection will
automatically trigger the rearview camera.
Q50: The Q50 replaces the outgoing
G37 sports sedan and wears all-new
sheetmetal. Power is from either Innitis
familiar 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 or a new hybrid
system. Each is mated to a seven-speed
automatic. Word is that a Mercedesdesigned turbocharged four-cylinder may
appear soon.
Q60: Innitis carry-over G coupe
(there will be an IPL version!) and
convertible now share this alphanumeric.
Q70: The current M37 and M56 sedans
will be grouped together under this moniker,
the engine displacement called out by
secondary badges.

Jaguar
F-type: see test, page 68
XFR-S: Jaguar installs the 550-hp V-8
from last years XKR-S into the new XFR-S to
more closely match the horsepower offered
by the BMW M5 and Benz E63 AMG. Tweaks
to the suspension and aerodynamics help
cope with the extra power. Only 100 of these
$99,895 supersedans will be imported.
XJR: The most powerful version of the
big XJ sedan, the XJR comes with the 550hp V-8. Altered suspension and transmission
settings handle the extra power. Regularlength versions start at $116,895; the longer
XJR-L opens at $119,895.
XKR-S GT: Fitted with carbon-ceramic
brakes, a tied-down suspension, and
downforce-generating rear wing and dive
planes, the 550-hp XKR-S GT delves even
further into the super-GT realm than last
years XKR-S. Just 25 of the $174,895
coupes will make it to the U.S. this year.
Unchanged:
XKR-S

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rst true sports car in a generation.
by Je Sabatini / photography by Daniel Byrne

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amlin, West Virginia, is nowhere. Which is exactly the place


Jaguar sports-car development has been for the past 40 years.
The XK? That, good sir, is a GT. That anything small and
uncompromisingly sporty could or would grow in the sizable
shadow of the E-type has long seemed impossible, what with
Jaguars spasmodic management over the decades. Yet here is
the 2014 F-type, a proper two-seater with a folding fabric roof
whose ancestral link to that last great Jaguar roadster is its
audaciousness of spirit as much as its naming convention.
Fashioned primarily from aluminum, as were some Es, the F-types
lightweight metal is welded, riveted, and bonded for the unibody and cast
for the suspension, with huge sheets of it stamped and wrapped tightly
around the supercharged engine. Our F-type V-8 S is thoroughly modern;
this part of West Virginia, not so much. A town of 1100, Hamlin sits along
Route 3, some 35 miles west of the capitol in Charleston. The closest hotel
room is in Hurricane, 20 twisting miles north through the hills.
Were headed the opposite direction, shooting down Upper Mud River
Road, which leaves Hamlin on the west side and mirrors the meander of its
namesake. Real-life superhero Chuck Yeager grew up in these parts and
went to high school in town. Wed like to say we came here on a pilgrimage, to divine something about speed by traversing the ancesa_NYN`]UNYa\[dUVPUaUR_`aZN[a\O_RNXaUR`\b[QON__VR_
hustled his daddys Chevy pickup as a teenager, but that would
be a lie. A sign along the highway clued us in.
UPPER MUD
R I V E R ROAD
OUR 22-MILE
ROUTE WAS
INTERMITTENTLY
SCENIC, WHEN
WE WERENT
DODGING DEER.
THERE ARE NO
BAD ROADS IN
WEST VIRGINIA,
BUT WHEN YOU
GET TO THE COAL
MINE, YOUVE
GONE TOO FAR.

HAMLIN

WEST VIRGINIA

THE MUD RIVER

UPPER MUD RIVER ROAD

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UPPER MUD RIVER


RECREATION AREA

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and the customary speeding ticket in Ohio
during our 350-mile drive down from Michigan for the most honest reason imaginable:
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sive driver, with a faster hydraulic-assisted


rack, a heavier steering feel, and considerably more response through the wheel.
Turn-in could be quicker, but then this is the
sort of car you muscle around corners, using
the throttle and the V-8s 495 horsepower to
induce just a touch of oversteer. Straighten
out the wheel, and the F-type grips the pavement like its a winning Powerball ticket,
despite a modest skidpad result of 0.92 g.
Probing further upstream on the main
road, weve turned out at the Upper Mud
River Recreation Area when were accosted
by a 15-year-old girl and her mother. She
wants to be a model, she tells us, and having
recognized the F-type as something more
interesting to stand in front of than anything else in Lincoln County, she strikes a
pose while mom snaps away on her camera

The end of the teen models photo shoot


means we can get underway once again.
Pulling back onto Upper Mud River, we
encounter one of our favorite sections, a
sweeping downhill left with an unobstructed view of the river on the inside. Its
oxbowed here, centuries of swift water having carved out the rock face on the right.
Switching on the sport exhaust and holding
the F-type above 3500 rpm with its shift
paddles sends forth explosions from the
quad exhaust tips. They ricochet across the
valley as if its hunting season, and, as we
round the bend, a deer runs scared across
the road.
The local constabulary back in town had
warned us. West Virginia is to vehicular deer
strikes what ZF is to automatic transmissions. The F-type deploys the very same ZF
eight-speed thats sitting between the
engine and driveshaft of a multitude of vehicles, from Dodges to Bentleys. In the Jag, it
is wild and wonderful, as they say around
here, downshifting and holding gears as
required in dynamic mode but mostly disappearing otherwise, always shifting as
quickly or smoothly as you want it to.
The rise on the other side of the kink
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would be embarrassing if it werent so
threatening. Those explosions come from
fuel, not fairy dust. Surely the quantity and
volume of gasoline detonating under the car
at each braking point must be enough to
power a Prius all the way down from Hamlin.
That this sounds so much better than the
Meridian audio system is as unsurprising as
our observed 17-mpg fuel economy.
As we push on, Upper Mud River
Road gets no less interesting,
climbing into the hills as the river,
wide as a lake just a minute ago,
Clockwise, from
now trickles down to a stream.
top left: Plastic
But the road soon shrinks as well,
engine cover
its centerline disappearing, and by
made from
recycled takeout
mile 22 we decide to turn back.
containers;
We are at the gate of a coal
Cyclone wheels
dont blow us
mine,
in the shadow of towering
away; what was
mounds of overburden. Coal is the
the photographer
doing in the
lifeblood of West Virginia, both
bushes?
past and present. Sports cars were
once the heart of Jaguar, a positioning that the F-type rightfully
returns. It is not a perfect car, but as
we discovered in Hamlin, its authentic
and vital. And for the generation thats
grown up not caring a rats ass about Jaguar,
the F-types abilities legitimize the brand.
Just listen to those pipes.

phone. Neither female has any interest in


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information as immaterial to the quest to
get on Americas Next Top Model.
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for the ages like the E-type. The F-types
good looks are the sort of slick, mass-produced fashion thats androgynous and multinational, as if it came from a Uniqlo factory
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textured material; the passengers, with its
smooth surfaces, appears to be an afterthought. Keeping with recent Jaguar
practice, gimcrack HVAC vents rise automatically from the center dash. Little hints
of lineage hide in the hoods power bulge
and the tapered nose and tail, but we also see
some BMW Z8 there. British the F-type may
be, but its designed to resonate in the former colonies, from the U.S. to Hong Kong.

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Jaguar F-type V-8 S


PRICE
AS TESTED ......................................... $104,620
BASE ................................................... $92,895
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive,

2-passenger, 2-door roadster


OPTIONS: Performance package, $2950; Vision

package, $2100; extended leather package, $1925;


metallic paint, $1500; premium audio, $1200;
climate package, $600; HD and Sirius radio,
$450; illuminated doorsill tread plates, $450; red
seatbelts, $350; Premium package, $200
STANDARD: power windows, seats, and locks;
remote locking; cruise control; tilting and
telescoping steering wheel
AUDIO SYSTEM: satellite radio; CD player; media
storage; USB, minijack, and Bluetooth-audio inputs;
11 speakers

FINAL-DRIVE RATIO ..................2.56:1, limited slip


GEAR
RATIO
MPH PER
MAX SPEED
1000 RPM
IN GEAR (rpm)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

........
........
........
........
........
........
........
........

4.71 .........
3.14 .........
2.11 ..........
1.67 .........
1.29 .........
1.00 .........
0.84 ........
0.67 ........

6.7 ...........
10.0 ..........
14.8 ..........
18.6 ..........
23.8 .........
30.5 .........
36.3 .........
45.5 .........

44 mph (6600)
66 mph (6600)
98 mph (6600)
123 mph (6600)
157 mph (6600)
171 mph (5600)
156 mph (4300)
139 mph (3100)

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ................................ 103.2 in
LENGTH ....................................... 176.0 in
WIDTH ........................................... 75.7 in
HEIGHT ......................................... 51.5 in
FRONT TRACK .............................. 62.4 in
REAR TRACK ................................. 64.1 in
GROUND CLEARANCE ..................... 4.8 in
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
SAE VOLUME ............................... 34 cu ft
TRUNK ........................................... 7 cu ft

CHASSIS

unit construction with a rear rubber-isolated subframe


BODY MATERIAL: aluminum stampings

STABILITY CONTROL

ENGINE

supercharged and intercooled V-8, aluminum block


and heads
BORE X STROKE .... 3.64 x 3.66 in, 92.5 x 93.0 mm
DISPLACEMENT .................... 305 cu in, 5000 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO ................................. 9.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY SYSTEM ............. direct injection
SUPERCHARGER .................... Eaton TVS R1900
MAXIMUM BOOST PRESSURE ................... 7.3 psi
VALVE GEAR: double overhead cams, 4 valves
per cylinder, hydraulic lifters, variable intake- and
exhaust-valve timing
REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF ............ 6600/6600 rpm
POWER ............................... 495 hp @ 6500 rpm
TORQUE .......................... 460 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
DRIVETRAIN
TRANSMISSION

..................... 8-speed automatic


with manual shifting mode

...................... partially
and fully defeatable

STEERING

rack-and-pinion with variable hydraulic power assist


RATIO ....................................................... 14.6:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK ................................. 2.5
TURNING CIRCLE CURB-TO-CURB ............. 35.0 ft

WHEELS AND TIRES


WHEEL SIZE/CONSTRUCTION

.... F: 9.0 x 20 in
R: 10.5 x 20 in/cast aluminum
TIRES ...................................... Pirelli P Zero
F: 255/35ZR-20 (97Y) R: 295/30ZR-20 (101Y)

SUSPENSION
F: ind; 1 upper control arm, 1 diagonal link, and

1 lateral link per side; coil springs, 2-position


cockpit-adjustable electronically controlled
dampers, anti-roll bar
R: ind, unequal-length control arms, toe-control
link, 2-position cockpit-adjustable electronically
controlled dampers, anti-roll bar
BRAKES
F: 15.0 x 1.4-in vented disc
R: 14.8 x 1.0-in vented disc

N O TA B L E H I G H L I G H T S
The castings, extrusions, and stampings
of the all-aluminum unibody arefor the
most partheld together with adhesives
and rivets. Jaguar uses only a few
structural welds.

COM PETITORS

CAR AND DRIVER TEST RESULTS


ACCEL ERATIO N

BRA K I N G, 70-TO -ZE R O M P H

ZERO TO

FIRST STOP ..................................... 151 ft


SHORTEST STOP ......................... 151 ft
LONGEST STOP .............................. 155 ft
FADE RATING ................................. NONE

SECONDS
30 MPH ............................................... 1.5
40 MPH ............................................... 2.1
50 MPH .............................................. 2.8
60 MPH ......................................... 3.6
70 MPH ............................................... 4.7
80 MPH .............................................. 5.8
90 MPH .............................................. 6.9
100 MPH ...................................... 8.4
110 MPH ....................................................... 10.0
120 MPH ....................................................... 11.9
130 MPH ...................................................... 14. 3
140 MPH ...................................................... 17.0
150 MPH ..................................................... 20. 3

ROLLING START, 560 MPH ............ 3.8


TOP GEAR, 3050 MPH ................... 2.2
TOP GEAR, 5070 MPH ................... 3.0
1/4-MILE .............. 11.9 sec @ 120 mph
TOP SPEED (DRAG LTD) ............... 171 mph
TEST NOTES: F-type V-6 S models
come with a launch-control feature thats
not found on this V-8 S. Never mind,
though, because this Jag is plenty quick
if you simply brake-torque it. The Pirelli P
Zero tires hook up eagerly, making throttle
manipulation unnecessary.

HANDL ING
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD ............... 0.92 g
UNDERSTEER ..................... MODERATE
TEST NOTES: Theres no hiding
all that weight on the skidpad. The
F-type exhibits ample understeer and
is largely unfazed by moderate throttle
adjustments.

TEST NOTES: The F-type is a


paragon of fade-free consistency. Of six
stops, three measured 151 feet and three
measured 155 feet. The pedal offers a rm
feel and responds nicely to modulation.

W E I GH T
CURB ............................................ 3974 lb
PER HORSEPOWER ....................... 8.0 lb
DISTRIBUTION ........... F: 52.4% R: 47.6%
CENTEROFGRAVITY HEIGHT ..... 19.5 in

BMW 650i CONVERTIBLE


(TWIN-TURBO 4.4-LITER V-8, 445 HP, 8-SP AUTO)
JAGUAR F-TYPE V-8 S
(SUPERCHARGED 5.0-LITER V-8, 495 HP, 8-SP AUTO)
MERCEDES-BENZ SLK55 AMG
(5.5-LITER V-8, 415 HP, 7-SP AUTO)
PORSCHE BOXSTER S
(3.4-LITER FLAT-SIX, 315 HP, 7-SP AUTO)
CURRENT BASE PRICE* dollars x 1000
*Base price includes freight and performance options; does not include tax credit.

SLK AMG55 (2013)


BOXSTER S (2013)
F-TYPE V-8 S
650i CONVERTIBLE (2013)
70

80

CAPACITY ................................... 19.0 gal


OCTANE .............................. 91 required
EPA CITY/HWY ..................... 16/23 mpg
C/D OBSERVED ...................... 17 mpg

INTERIOR SOUND LEVEL


IDLE ............................................. 47 dBA
FULL THROTTLE ........................ 86 dBA
70-MPH CRUISING ..................... 73 dBA

150

160

170

180

ACCEL ERAT ION 060 & 1/4-mile, seconds


F-TYPE V-8 S
SLK AMG55
BOXSTER S
650i CONVERTIBLE
3

11

12

13

ROADHOL DING 300-foot skidpad, g


BOXSTER S
SLK AMG55
F-TYPE V-8 S
650i CONVERTIBLE
0.88

tested by ERIC TINGWALL


in Chelsea, Michigan

100

BOXSTER S
F-TYPE V-8 S
SLK AMG55
650i CONVERTIBLE
140

FUEL

90

70 0 BRAKING feet

0.91

0.94

0.97

1.00

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Jeep
Cherokee: This beloved
nameplate returns for 2014,
eschewing its right angles and
double live axles for a sleek
unibody structure and all-independent
suspenders adapted from the Alfa Giulietta
based Dodge Dart. The modern styling may
be an affront to what many purists expect of
the rough-and-tough Cherokee badge, with a
funky headlight arrangement and a unique
take on Jeeps seven-slot grille that ows up
over the hood. But all that should make it a
cinch to spot in a parking lot full of Ford
Escapes and Honda CR-Vs. Engine choices
include a 184-hp, 2.4-liter four and a 271-hp,
3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, both backed by
Chryslers rst use of ZFs new nine-speed
automatic gearbox [see Tech Tidbit]. Front-

7.4%

wheel drive is standard on Sport, Latitude,


and Limited trims, but there are three
available four-wheel-drive setups with varying
degrees of capability. The top-level, 4x4-only
Trailhawk comes standard with a locking rear
differential and is the only variant to earn
Jeeps trail-rated badge for off-road use. All
Cherokees employ a strut-type front
suspension and a multilink arrangement out
back, with a maximum of 8.6 inches of ground
clearance. Towing capacity is rated up to
4500 pounds with the V-6, and EPA highway
fuel economy is expected to beat 30 mpg
with the 2.4.

J E E P C H E RO KE E

KIAS EXPECTED
SALES GROWTH
IN 2014,
COMPARED WITH
3. 3% FOR TH E
IND U STRY.

Compass: Small
changes reduce interior
noise and boost
renement, and a new
six-speed automatic joins
the transmission lineup.
Grand Cherokee: A refresh in mid2013 brought redesigned front and rear
fascias, along with new technology and
renements inside. An eight-speed automatic
is now standard across all models, including
the 470-hp SRT, and an EcoDiesel version is
powered by a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 [see
Tech Tidbit, page 108].
Patriot: As with the Compass, a new
six-speed automatic joins the range; the CVT
is now oddly limited to models equipped with
the optional Freedom Drive II off-road
package.
Minor trim changes:

Wrangler

Kia

TECH TIDBIT

NINE TIMES
The worlds rst nine-speed automatic transaxle,
the 9HP from ZF, has four planetary gearsets and
six shifting elements nested together so compactly
that this gearbox ts transversely between the front
wheels. A 9.8:1 spread between rst and ninth gears
is a boon to fuel efciency and quiet highway cruising.
An optional four-wheel-drive power takeoff can be
decoupled on demand, and stop-start capability
is standard. The 9HP is adaptable to hybrids by
replacing the torque converter with an electric motor.
It will rst appear in the Jeep Cherokee and the Land
Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Cadenza: New for 2014, the frontwheel-drive Cadenza is Kias version of the
Hyundai Azera. Larger than the mid-size
Optima, it offers a bevy of optional luxury
features and driver aids. Power comes from a
293-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 backed by a six-speed
automatic.
Forte/Koup/5-door: The Forte
sedan and 5-door receive a wholesale update,
with a new, larger chassis; revised styling;
additional luxury features; and more power.
Four-cylinder engines now include a 148-hp
1.8-liter and a 173-hp 2.0-liter. The largely
carry-over Koup gains a 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo
in addition to the base 2.0, along with new
styling and equipment updates.
Optima hybrid: Kia labels its updated
Optima hybrid a 2013 model; the late-cycle
changes include a stronger electric motor
and a new lithium-ion battery that, along with
other tweaks, increase EPA mileage ratings to
36 city, 40 highway from 34 and 39,
respectively. Combined output is down from

077
206 horsepower to 199, but torque climbs
from 195 pound-feet to 235. A base LX model
also joins the carry-over EX trim, with all
versions gaining a bit more trunk space from
the repackaged battery.
Sorento: Although similar in
appearance to the previous model, the 2014
Sorento features a new chassis with revised
front and rear suspensions, as well as new
four- and six-cylinder engines packing up to
290 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is
standard on both front- and four-wheeldrive versions. Higher-quality materials now
grace the interior.
Soul: Kias hamster-schlepping success
story goes into its second generation, adding
more-aggressive styling cues and sportier
underpinnings. Kia retuned the Souls 1.6and 2.0-liter fours for better low-rpm torque;
the six-speed manual and automatic
gearboxes carry over. A redesigned and
slightly larger cabin is lled with nicer
materials.
Minor trim changes: Optima,
Sportage
Unchanged:
Rio/Rio5

Lamborghini
Gallardo replacement: A slightly
larger supercar will replace Lambos entrylevel car as an early 2015 model. Its codenamed LP724 and uses a modular aluminum
space frame shared with the next Audi R8,
plus a reworked 5.2-liter V-10.
Sesto Elemento: The factory will build
20 copies of this $2.2 million V-10powered,
four-wheel-drive auto-show concept car
come to life.
Veneno: This three-off, sold-out special
based on the Aventador has 740
horsepower, costs $3.9 million, and looks like
a snowake under a microscope.
Unchanged:

Aventador,

Gallardo

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The skeptics said it couldnt be done but our Moon
Phase proves that one small step for Stauer is one giant
leap for watch lovers!

ince earthly time is measured at


regular 12 month intervals, the
Moons month is at odds with
our calendar. A lunar month is
29.53 days, so a Moon-phase
watch needs to keep time
in two totally different
ways.
Thats
why
antique watch collectors
are always quick to bid
on this type of complex
lunar movement. You'll
find them among the
rarest and most expensive vintage watches ever
sold at auction. Not long
ago, one of the most important moon-phase timepieces
fetched an incredible $5.7
million! Previously offered
for $399, the stars have finally aligned to make the Stauer
Moon Phase Watch available for
ONLY $99!
How we captured the Moon. We
put so much effort
o
perfecting
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Land Rover
LR4: The naturally aspirated V-8 gets
replaced by the 340-hp supercharged V-6
also found in Jags F-type; a new ZF-sourced
eight-speed automatic handles the shifts. An
optional two-speed transfer case makes the
LR4 Kalahari-ready, while a host of new
driver-assist systems makes it suitable for
owners who like to scan their iPhones during
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Fused rose gold case with hydraulic pattern dial Day, date, and moon phase dials
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Range Rover: The fourth generation


made its debut late in the 2013 model year
with fresh styling, a lighter aluminum
unibody, a redesigned suspension, and the
requisite leather-lined interior. For 2014, a
340-hp supercharged V-6 engine replaces
the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, although
the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 remains on
the options list.
Range Rover Evoque: This rolling spa
treatment gets a new ZF-sourced nine-speed
automatic, locking differentials, and some
minor cosmetic updates.
Range Rover Sport: see drive
Unchanged:

LR2

Lexus
CT200h: You know what Lexuss
hatchback hybrid needs (besides more
customers)? A spindle grille. Oh, and also a
shark-n antenna, new front and rear
fascias, and a reworked interior with a new
infotainment system. Done.
GX460: Lexuss mid-range SUV gets
the spindle grille thats been spreading
through the lineup like cholera. Also new are
the GXs front and rear fascias and available
electronic gadgets, such as blind-spot
monitoring.
IS250/350: The new IS sedan went
on sale in the summer as an early 2014
model. In IS350 form, it has already
vanquished a BMW 335i and a Cadillac ATS
3.6 in a C/D comparison test. Consider the
mission accomplished for this rear-drive,
six-cylinder sports sedan, which was
designed to go directly after the 3-series.
The new IS is longer than the old one and is
now built on a version of the GS platform. It
uses carry-over 204- or 306-hp V-6s.
Four-wheel drive is offered with either
engine, and a manual transmission is offered
with neither. The convertible versions and
the IS F trundle through 2014 on the old
platform.
Minor trim changes: GS350/450h
Unchanged: ES350/300h,
IS F, IS250C/350C, LS460/L,
LS600hL, LX570, RX350/450h
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Land Rover Range


Rover Sport
Does everything but the laundry. by Eddie Alterman

he original 2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport was a triumph of chassis tuning over weight, achieving admirable back-road composure
despite its nearly three-ton bulk. It was never quite as athletic as a BMW
X5 M or a Porsche Cayenne, but that didnt seem to matter much. The
Sport quickly became the brands bestseller, the plaque clogging the
village arteries of Greenwich and Palm Beach. Its appeal seemed rooted
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triumph over physics so much as traipse through a realm where physics doesnt apply.
Despite a wheelbase expanded by 7.1 inches,
the Sport feels like a hot hatch on two-lanes
and an M1A1 Abrams tank on two-tracks.
SPECI FIC ATIONS
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive,
The key is its structure. The new Sport
57-passenger, 5-door wagon
ditches the LR3/LR4s steel integrated body
BASE PRICE .................. $63,495$79,995
ENGINES: supercharged and intercooled
frame for an aluminum unibody like the
DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 340 hp, 332 lb-ft;
one in the new Range Rover. Land Rover says
supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve
this cuts about 800 pounds, but were dubi5.0-liter V-8, 510 hp, 461 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with
ous: It made the same weight-loss claim for its
manual shifting mode
Range Rover, which proved to be optimistic
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE ............................... 115.1 in
by about 500 pounds on our scales. Still, it no
LENGTH .................................... 190.9 in
longer feels as if theres a gorilla clinging to
WIDTH ........................................ 78.1 in
HEIGHT ...................................... 70.1 in
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CURB WEIGHT ................... 49005250 lb
too, because it is.
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
ZERO TO 60 MPH .................. 4.76.2 sec
All this makes the Sport even more at
ZERO TO 100 MPH .............. 12.213.0 sec
1/4-MILE ............................. 13.514.0 sec
home on the road, with an isolated and conTOP SPEED ......................... 135155 mph
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pavement down to a murmur, and heres an
EPA CITY/HWY ................ 1417/1923 mpg

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locales thanks to
its many driving
modes. And dont
worry: Ours will
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Lincoln
MKC: Based on the Ford Escape
compact crossover and slotting below the
MKX in Lincolns lineup, the MKC was
foreshadowed by a concept at the 2013
Detroit auto show and is expected to go on
sale early next year. It comes bearing
Lincolns split-wing grille, a boatload of
driver-assistance tech, and fourcylinder powertrains borrowed
from the Escape. A six-speed
automatic and both front- and
four-wheel-drive variants are
expected.
MKZ 2.0H: see test

and the (relatively) big news is


that this version can now be
ordered in MC spec. That means a
Unchanged: MKS, MKT,
454-horse V-8, feistier bodywork,
MKX, MKZ, Navigator/L
and a six-speed auto working
OF COMPACT
HATCHBACKS AND
together for an experience akin to
WAGONS SOLD
a barbershop shave: relaxed, yet
IN 2014 WILL BE
MAZDA 3S.
razor-sharp.
Quattroporte: The fourEvora: Lotus faced some
door Quattroporte remains the
uncertainty this past year with the
most literally named vehicle on the
sacking of CEO Dany Bahar, but the
planetat least until Nissan decides to
Evora will be back for 2014. Powertrains
re-christen the CrossCabriolet the WTF?but
include the same naturally aspirated and
is otherwise all-new this year. Longer, lighter,
supercharged engines and a choice of
and a bit more conservative than before, the
six-speed manual or automatic
new model moves with V-6 or V-8 power
transmissions. The Evora GX is a track rat,
(404 and 523 horsepower, both twinnot legal for road use.
turbocharged) and has the option of rear- or
four-wheel drive. The Qporte and the Ghibli
are two tines of a product trident that
Maserati hopes will thrust its annual global
sales past the 50,000 mark by 2015. The third
Ghibli: see drive, page 90
vehicle is the Levante SUV, due next year.
GranTurismo convertible: Chopping
the roof off the GT makes it no less beautiful,
Minor trim changes: GranTurismo

13%

Lotus

Maserati

T ECH T IDBIT

RU DYS RE VE NG E
The 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbo-diesel arriving in
the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan is not your typical
oil-burner. A 14.0:1 compression ratiolower
than any other diesel on the marketenables
lighter construction and reduced NOx
emissions. The new design is 10 percent
lighter than Mazdas previous diesel, frictional
losses are lower, and the redline is a relatively
high (for diesels) 5200 rpm. A small turbo
boosts torque below 2000 rpm, then a larger
one sustains manifold pressure through the
rest of the operating range. Counter-rotating
balance shafts quell the shakes.

Mazda
CX-5: New last year, the CX-5
addressed its underwhelming power, our
biggest complaint, with an optional 184-hp,
2.5-liter inline-four. The 155-hp 2.0-liter
remains the base engine.
3: An all-new, third-generation 3 goes
on sale this fall. It abandons the current Ford
component set, as well as the big-smile style,
for Mazdas Skyactiv platform and Kodo
design, already in service on the CX-5. The
new car will have a longer wheelbase, more
width, and a slightly lower rooine. Mazda
promises a roomier interior and class-leading
aerodynamics with the help of automatic
grille shutters. The 155-hp, 2.0-liter inlinefour carries over as the base engine, and the
CX-5s 2.5 is optional. Six-speed
transmissions, manual or automatic, route
the torque to the front tires and Mazdas
capacitor-based i-ELOOP energy-recovery
system is optional. Though it isnt a hybrid,
i-ELOOP uses braking energy to charge
capacitors that power the 12-volt system,
removing the parasitic alternator from the
efciency equation as much as possible. The
system is compact and doesnt depend on
extra batteries, so i-ELOOPequipped cars
wont suffer a big weight penalty.
6: Introduced as an early 2014 model,
Mazdas new family sedan already scored a
comparo win over the Honda Accord. Before
the model year wraps, a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel
[see Tech Tidbit] becomes a second engine
option, and Mazdas i-ELOOP hits showrooms
coupled to the base 2.5-liter.
Minor trim changes: CX-9
Unchanged: MX-5 Miata, 2,

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Lincoln MKZ 2.0H

Sharp metal duds, fuel ecient.


Even with some obvious changes, its too much like
the Ford Fusion hybrid. by Tony Quiroga
TESTED

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY M A R C U R B A N O

espite its name change to the Lincoln Motor Company, every Lincoln
remains based on the products of the, ahem, Ford Motor Company.
And without any platforms of its own, Lincoln continues to produce
vehicles that invite comparison with their Ford counterparts.
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SPECI FIC ATIONS


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheeldrive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED ..................... $42,415
BASE PRICE ............................. $36,820
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle
2.0-liter inline-4, 141 hp, 129 lb-ft; AC permanentmagnet synchronous electric motor, 118 hp, 117
lb-ft; combined system, 188 hp
TRANSMISSION: continuously variable
automatic
DIMENSIONS

WHEELBASE .............................. 112.2 in


LENGTH ..................................... 194.1 in
WIDTH ....................................... 73.4 in
HEIGHT ...................................... 58.1 in
CURB WEIGHT ........................... 3843 lb

C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
ZERO TO 60 MPH ...................... 9.4 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ..................... 25.3 sec
ROLLING START, 560 MPH ............ 9.1 sec
1/4-MILE .................... 17.2 sec @ 83 mph
TOP SPEED (governor limited) ......... 109 mph
BRAKING, 700 MPH ....................... 170 ft
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD ..................... 0.83 g
FUEL ECONOMY

EPA CITY/HWY ....................... 45/45 mpg


C/D OBSERVED ......................... 32 mpg

TEST NOTES: A full battery charge is


required for the best acceleration and is
worth nearly a full second in the dash to
60 mph. Revving the engine with the
transmission in park charges the battery.

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What Matters to You?

Today, America needs fresh leadership to lead us


as a nation out of this economic crisis. Leadership
must come not only from our political leaders but
also from the average citizen. The exporting of
American jobs is a trend that must be stopped and
reversed. When I walk into my local hardware
store, I typically find 85% of the goods for sale are
manufactured 7,000 miles away. Recognizable
American brands have been forced by shortsighted
management and buyers at large national chains to
build factories overseas just to save a lousy $.50 on
a tape measure. To these ruthless buyers, it is all
about the money. Rarely are product quality, the
political system, human rights, animal rights and
environmental costs to the planet considered, not to
mention the cost to our society of exporting not
only jobs, but an entire factory!
At MacNeil Automotive, we are doing our part
for the American economy and for our 300 million
fellow citizens and neighbors. My philosophy is
that if my neighbor doesnt have a job, sooner or
later I wont have a job either. For example, we
used to have our All-Weather Floor Mats
manufactured in England by a company that used
antiquated, inefficient equipment. They made a
decent floor mat for us, but we thought we could
build a better floor mat for our customers using
modern American technology, American raw
materials and skilled American workers. So in
2007 we transferred all of our floor mat manufacturing back to the United States. Today, we build
the best fitting, highest quality automotive floor
mats in the world, right here in America.
Our machine shop is equipped with 26 CNC
machining centers including four 4 axis mills
and one 5 axis mill that produce between 30 to 50
injection and thermoforming molds per month.
We have one shift of highly skilled American
Journeymen toolmakers and apprentices, but
our machines run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There is not a more efficient tool and mold
making operation in the world - and guess
what, its right here in America.

2013 by MacNeil IP LLC

David MacNeil
Founder/CEO

American Manufacturing Done Right!

WeatherTech
Product Assembly/Warehouse Facility
Bolingbrook, IL

Specialists in Original Equipment and


Aftermarket Automotive Accessories

Furthermore, all of our CNC mills are manufactured in Oxnard, CA by Haas. Our 1,000 ton
injection molding machines are made in Bolton,
Ontario of American and Canadian components.
Our thermoforming machinery is made in Carol
Stream, IL. The raw steel and aluminum billets
which make up our tooling are sourced from
American steel and aluminum mills such as Vista
Metals in Fontana, CA. The raw materials that
make up our All-Weather Floor Mats, FloorLiners,
Cargo Liners and Mud Flaps are manufactured in
Paulding OH, Greenville OH, Wichita KS and
Jasper TN. Our forklifts are made in Columbus IN
and Greene NY. Our warehouse racking is
manufactured in Melrose Park IL.
At MacNeil Automotive, we are also very aware
of sustainability and our responsibility to the
environment. We are proactive in controlling waste
and recycling all of the unused raw materials
from the manufacture of our tooling and products
including: aluminum, steel, rubber, TPO, TPE,
paper and cardboard.
As you can see, we are as dedicated to designing,
developing and manufacturing the finest automotive accessories for our consumer and OEM
clients as we are passionate about supporting the
American economy, preserving the American
industrial infrastructure, and keeping the money
in our family, a family of 300 million people
from all over America.
Life is simple; be good to your fellow man, be kind
to animals and the environment, and place building
a quality product, supporting your country and
your fellow American worker before profit. And,
one last thing - lets all do our best to balance family time with work time as our children are the
future of America.
Sincerely,
David MacNeil, Founder/CEO

2013 by MacNeil IP LLC

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started with the launch of the turbocharged, four-wheel-driveoptional new Quattroporte. Weve now driven the new Ghibli, the
smaller sedan based on the QP. Maserati hopes it will rival the
Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A7, BMW 6-series Gran Coupe and their
conventional sedan brethren, and provide around half those
additional sales.
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but the base cars performance is just adequate. A more frenetic throttle response
would help with both the perception of performance and the cars overall character.
And while you might expect anything with
a trident on the nose to provide stunning
pace, keep in mind that these cars are rivals
to the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS550. You
soon realize that youre driving the second
and third cars in the Ghibli lineup: Maserati
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the 523-hp V-8 from the Quattroporte into
this car to take on the RS7 and the CLS63
AMG, well eat our Borsalinos.
The chassis certainly has the talent to
cope. Sport mode alters the steering, gear-

box, throttle, and exhaust settings, with a


separate control for the two-stage damping.
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some heave over highway undulations and
youll need sport mode on switchbacks. But
with it engaged, both the rear-drive and the
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assisted rack-and-pinion system is quick
and accurate and has something approaching feel. You sense the four-wheel-drive sys-

tem shuttling the torque at times, but it


doesnt corrupt the steering.
Increasing sales eightfold is a big task.
But considering that BMW made nearly
350,000 5-series cars last year, Maserati
wont need to capture much of that market
to achieve its goal. This brand can risk making cars that are edgy, unconventional, and
distinctive. In fact, it probably has to. So
while we understand why these Ghiblis
arent faster or cant blow us away with
their exotic cabins, we still wish for a little
more risk taking. But for those who dont
want to be a sheep, and want a car from an
exotic Italian brand that doesnt (yet) make
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McLaren
P1: To satisfy McLarens ambition to
make the fastest roadgoing track car, the P1
touts a tricky suspension [see Tech Tidbit,
top], a 903-hp hybrid powertrain with a
4.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and
carbon-ber everything else. The
aerodynamic bodyworkdiffusers, splitters,
wings, and apsis capable of 1323 pounds
of downforce at 150 mph, according to
McLaren. Haters will point out that the P1s
twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 shares a basic design
with the 12Cs engine, but they wont tell you
that the engine is roughly 90 percent new,
with a new block and more boost from new
turbochargers. Odds are the car will be
out-of-this-world quick with a sub-10-second
quarter-mile time. Only 375 of these
$1.15 million cars will come off the line in
Woking, so start getting rich now.
Minor trim changes:
12C Spider

12C,

Mercedes-Benz
B-class: The compact B is
a fairly common sight in Europe
and Canada, but the U.S. will get
the tall hatch in early 14 in only
limited-production electric guise.
A 28-kWh battery pack and
130-plus-hp electric motor are
said to be good for 115 miles of
range and a zero-to-60 time of

How do you exploit 1323 pounds of aerodynamic downforce


without a suspension as stiff as tungsten? McLarens solution is to
expand the scope of its ProActive Chassis Control system. In both
the 12C and the new P1 supercar, theres one hydraulic actuator per
wheel. These devices resemble conventional dampers, but go far beyond
just slowing wheel and body motion. In the 12C, two uid chambers per
actuator connected to four accumulators resist body roll, eliminating the
need for conventional anti-roll bars. Adding two chambers to each actuator and
four more accumulators gives the P1 full control over both ride height and vertical
stiffness, a.k.a. axle heave, without resorting to ultra-stiff springs. Punching the race
button lowers the P1 by 2.2 inches while increasing roll resistance by a factor of 3.5
and vertical stiffness by a factor of 1.4. The expanded ProActive system is able to tune
each suspension function independently without compromising another dynamic variable.

less than 10 seconds. The B-class shares its


architecture with the CLA-class sedan.
C-class: We love the C63 AMG, and
now Mercs 6.2-liter V-8powered mini
bruiser can be had with even more muscle.
Both two- and four-door models can be
ordered with the Edition 507 package,
which supplants the 481-hp Development
package and delivers 507 horses thanks to
internals shared with the SLSs engine. The
thunderously awesome (and discontinued)
C63 Black Series donates its hood, and a
bevy of exterior and interior upgrades adds
visual sizzle.
CLA-class: Mercedes has
many hard-core loyalists, which is
a good thing except theyre
generally more old and wheezy
than fans of Young Jeezy. The
CLA hopes to entice a new
generation into its rst Benz with
a starting price just more than
$30K. The small sedans 208-hp
OF 2014 NEW-CAR
turbocharged 2.0-liter four runs
SALES WILL BE
through a seven-speed automatic
BATTERY-ELECTRIC
VEHICLES. THE
and either front- or four-wheel
NISSAN LEAF
drive. The 355-hp CLA45 AMG
SHOULD OWN
THE SEGMENT
[see Tech Tidbit] is exclusively
WITH MORE
four-wheel drive and carries a
THAN 22,000
PROJECTED SALES.
price tag of $48,375.

CLS-class: The CLS63 AMG now has


standard four-wheel drive and makes 550
horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, up
from 518 and 516. An S-Model AMG variant
squeezes an additional 27 horsepower and
59 pound-feet from the twin-turbo 5.5-liter
V-8 and brings a limited-slip rear differential
and a burlier suspension tune.
E-class: The entire E lineup
sedan, wagon, coupe, convertible, and
AMGsreceives a mid-cycle refresh. All
variants have new styling, front and rear,

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four-cylinder engine, in terms of specic
output. In-house tuner AMG achieved the
impressive 355 horsepower at 6000 rpmor
178 horsepower per literby aggressively
tweaking sturdy core components. The
undersquare aluminum blocks bore surfaces
are coated with a thin layer of iron using
the companys Nanoslide metal-spray
process. Key benets are ne pores that
retain lubricating oil and a wear surface onefortieth the thickness of a cast-iron liner. A
twin-scroll turbo generates 26.1 psi of boost.
Bypassing a portion of the mufer during
acceleration gives this mini engine a mighty
yowl. As with AMGs V-8s and V-12s, each
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suspension replaces the hard-riding sport


setup as standard equipment (it was a
no-cost option before). A JCW appearance
package that lacks the actual performance
upgrades of the full-bore JCW model is a
new option.

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Minor trim changes: Clubman,


Clubvan, Convertible, Countryman,
Coupe, E, Roadster

Mitsubishi
and updated interiors, while the sedan and
wagon lose their rear fender creases.
Included is a pile of gadgets worthy of Isaac
Asimovs fevered dreams, with the latest
lane-keeping, automated cruise-control, and
collision-mitigation technologies. The sedans
engine roster comprises a 2.1-liter turbodiesel (E250), a 3.5-liter V-6 (E350 and
E400 hybrid), a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8
(E550), and a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 (E63
AMG). The E63 AMG is now four-wheel-drive
only and offers the same S-Model option as
the CLS63.
GLA-class: This Lilliputian crossover,
previewed as a concept at this springs
Shanghai auto show, will arrive early next fall.
As in the CLA, the same 2.0-liter turbo fours
will appear in both regular and AMG spec.
S-class: see drive, page 98
SLS AMG GT: A heavily revised V-8
gives the SLS Black Series more power (now
622 horses) and a higher redline, and the car
is about 150 pounds lighter. If the llips,
wings, scoops, and retina-damaging yellow
paint option dont convince you that the
Black is a serious piece, maybe this will: We
described driving it as like a punch to, well,
everywhere.
Sprinter: To new or newish van
offerings from Ford, Nissan, Chevrolet,
and Ram, you may now add the
overhauled 2014 Sprinter,
which has a new fourcylinder diesel (a V-6
diesel is still available),
a seven-speed auto

(the V-6 keeps its ve), a passel of safety and


driver-assistance tech, and new front-end
styling. As before, two wheelbases, three
body lengths, and two roof heights are on
the menu.
Minor trim changes: M-class,
SLK-class
Unchanged: CL-class, G-class,
GL-class, GLK-class, SL-class

Mini
Cooper: A late-introduction 2014
hardtop model will be based on a front-drive
platform shared with BMWs upcoming small
cars.
Paceman: This four-seat, three-door
version of the Countryman was a late intro
for 2013. Both the Pacemans 121-hp Cooper
and turbocharged 181-hp Cooper S versions
can be had with a six-speed manual or
six-speed automatic gearbox, the latter also
available with four-wheel drive. For 2014, the
biggest change is that the comfort

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Magic Body Control is what Mercedes-Benz calls the rst truly proactive suspension tted to a
production car. It is not magic; its two cameras mounted behind the windshield of the 2014 S-class,
looking roughly 50 feet ahead to spot bumps in the road. After processing that information, an
electronic controller adjusts each wheels damper and hydraulic actuator to minimize body lift, roll,
and pitch. In effect, each wheel steps over the bump without disturbing the cars body. This evolution
of Benzs Active Body Control requires a doubling of processing power, a more potent hydraulic pump,
and continuously adjustable dampers.

Mirage: On sale overseas since 2012,


this subcompact ve-door makes its debut
here this year. It features a tilt steering
column, keyless entry, automatic climate
control, and power windows and mirrors.
It is counting on a 1.2-liter, 74-hp threecylinder engine, CVT, and a 0.28 drag
coefcient to deliver 37/44 city/highway
EPA mileage ratings.
Outlander: The third gen makes its U.S.
debut as a seven-seater with softer edges and
Mitsus new family face. Trim levels include
ES, SE, and GT, and power comes from a
2.4-liter four or a 3.0-liter V-6. Seven airbags
are standard. A plug-in hybrid, the Outlander
PHEV, is slated to go on sale in 2014.
Minor trim changes: Lancer,
Lancer Evolution, Lancer Sportback,
Outlander Sport
Unchanged: i-MiEV

Nissan
GT-R: Nissan refuses to let a year pass
without updating the GT-R, so 2014 brings
changes to the front anti-roll bar, frontsuspension geometry, and spring and
damper specs, along with new fuel injectors,
a new oil-pan bafe, and a new premium
interior package. Theres also a two-seat
Track Edition, limited to just 150 cars in the
U.S., with tweaked Bilstein dampers, higher
spring rates, a front spoiler with carbon-ber
air ducts, brake cooling guides, and a carbonber rear spoiler.
Juke: Without the full might of Nissans
performance sub-brand behind it, the Juke
NISMO only claims an extra nine horsepower
and seven pound-feet from its turbocharged
four-banger. Additional mods include
springs that are 10 percent stiffer, 18-inch
wheels, a body kit, and excellent sport seats.
In 2014, Nissan gets serious with a hotter
NISMO RS model.
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to think of what else the rich desire even


before the rich think of it themselves.
For example, absolutely nobody knows
that they need two reverse gear ratios or stereo-speaker mood lights in seven driverselectable colors. At least, not yet. Or seat
coolers that suck (air) for four minutes
before they blow, which does indeed chill
your sweaty backside more quickly. The
hot-stone massage feature, also optional,
feels as if somebodys poking you with warm
snooker balls. And the softer pillows on the
headrests of the two optional, electrically
reclining executive rear chairs are like
dunking your head in clotted cream. Americans even get special maxi air conditioning
that can channel a noreaster at your chest,
something Europeans hate, apparently.
Theres more, with Mad Menmarketing
names such as Magic Vision Control for
wiper blades that incorporate tiny washer
nozzles so your vision isnt momentarily
obstructed by the usual splurg of water. The
Air-Balance system perfumes the cabin with
your choice of atomized scents, a world
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However, the S classs most byzantine feature must be Magic Body Control [see Tech
Tidbit, page 96], supplied with the optional

hydraulic active body control (ABC) suspension. It employs the cars stereoscopic, or
twin, cameras to see bumps in the road
ahead, and then relaxes the suspension to the
consistency of overcooked macaroni in time
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feel . . . nothing. How Europes crowned heads
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turies ago as ruts and diseased peasants lay in


the path of their chaise-and-fours.
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pony, though, as it works best at low speed
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bumps that are common in Europe. The
cameras, which basically scan for shadows
\_ `PR[R P\[a_N`a PN[a `RR ]NcRZR[a `sures and everyday wheel-bouncers such as
manhole depressions, which arrive too sud-

denly for the system to react. And bad


weather blinds its eyes.
Yet, while its tempting to dismiss the
new S as simply a collection of supernumeraries on what is still just a car for going from
hither to yon, such exhaustive gadgeting is
what automakers at this level need to distinguish themselves in a crowded market.
Besides, the W222 delivers more tangible
VZ]_\cRZR[a`V[PYbQV[TO\aUN`aVR_`a_bPture and a claimed better balance that places
just 52 percent of the weight on the front axle.
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half the car, including all the closure panels
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of aluminum, as well as trimming mass from
the brakes, suspension, and wiring. The
result is a 455-hp S550 (up by 26 horses despite
the carry-over of the twin-turbo 4.7-liter
V-8) that accelerates and handles better than
many former AMGs.

Given the engineering


What, no hot
others packaged in a comparatowels? The Ss
briefto totally isolate the
tively
simple and scrupulously
business-class
cabin from noise and vibraconservative set of lines. The
rear seat is
among the many
tionwe wont fault steering
cabin greenhouse appears to
amenities when
that doesnt transmit every texslide aft onto the haunches. The
you y Air
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shift helps to accentuate a long,
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central screen
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share a huge
gant old-fashioned script, may
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rectangular bezel.
look a bit fogeyish, but its heft
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ward-descending tendon in the
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ble, but the interior roar at autobahn speed as Bentley and Maserati, which are moving
is so muted that you can whisper directions down to Mercedes turf. Perforated by the
small, round air vents that launch a new
to your driver as needed.
Returning somewhat to form after its interior design theme, a broad wood band
busy, over-styled predecessor, the new rings the driver and passenger low on the
@PYN`` \R_` Va` SbYY[Nf Va` ]_R`VQR[- dash to leave space for the IMAX-size nav/
tialsuite of electronic do-something-or- information display. Brushed aluminum and
carbon wont be available until the later S63,
though you can have ash trim that is dyed silSPECI FIC ATIONS
ver. The high-res screen, a cinematic 12.3
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear- or 4-wheelinches diagonally, is the central feature of an
drive, 45-passenger, 4-door sedan
BASE PRICE (est) ............... $98,000$101,000
imposing, all-digital dash and center conENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and
sole intended by the designers to make the
intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block
and heads, direct fuel injection
driver and passenger feel ensconced behind
DISPLACEMENT ............... 285 cu in, 4663 cc
fortress ramparts.
POWER ........... .............. 455 hp @ 5500 rpm
TORQUE .......... ............. 516 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Mercedes will build a total of six versions
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic with manual
of
the
W222, were told: a short, a long, an
shifting mode
DIMENSIONS
extra-long, a coupe, a convertible, and a
WHEELBASE ... .............................. 124.6 in
majestic Pullman to make you forget the
LENGTH ...................................... 206.5 in
WIDTH ............ ............................... 74.8 in
Maybach, if you havent already. The U.S.
HEIGHT .......... ............................... 58.7 in
receives only the S550 long version at
CURB WEIGHT . ..................... 44504600 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
launch, though the S63 AMG will arrive
ZERO TO 60 MPH ..................... 4.74.8 sec
early next year with others to follow. Benz
ZERO TO 100 MPH .................. 12.712.8 sec
1/4-MILE ................................. 13.313.4 sec
dVYY\R_aURZ\`aPU\VPR`OfSN_V[aUV``RTTOP SPEED .................................. 130 mph
ment, but as you can see, the new S-class is
PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (MFRS EST)
EPA CITY/HWY .......................... 15/25 mpg
all about options.

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Pathnder: Nissans neutered ute is


unlikely to recapture its manhood with the
arrival of the Pathnder hybrid. Available
with either front- or four-wheel drive, the
hybrid uses a new supercharged 2.5-liter
four-cylinder for its primary power source
plus a 20-hp motor for a total of 250
horsepower. Rather than a Toyota-style
eCVT, the Pathnder has a traditional CVT,
an electric motor in place of the torque
converter, and two clutches. Fuel economy is
estimated at 25/27 mpg compared with
20/26 mpg in the front-drive V-6 Pathnder,
and the price premium is $3000.
Rogue: Weve only seen it wrapped in
heavy camouage, but thats enough to
know that the 2014 Rogue will be far more
comely than the outgoing oddball. The
compact crossover will be the rst vehicle on
Nissans new Common Module Family
architecture and will be built in Tennessee
rather than Japan. Expect the basic format
of a four-cylinder engine and CVT to remain
unchanged.
Titan: The slow-selling Titans overdue
redesign should arrive by the middle of 2014
as a 2015 model. While details are hazy, the
addition of a V-6 engine and a two-door
regular cab should broaden its appeal.
Versa: The subcompact sedan gets a
retuned suspension and steering along with
new interior trim and packaging changes.
Versa Note: The Versa Notes fth
door is being billed as Your Door to More,
because, you know, hatchbacks haul more
stuff. The new Note shares its platform and
109-hp four-cylinder with the Versa sedan,
but claims its own bodywork. Models with the
CVT are rated at 31/40 mpg, and the base
ve-speed manual version starts at $14,780.
The Around View Monitor has trickled all the
way down from the Inniti lineup to the Note,
where its optional. The birds-eye view
should make parking easier for those who
nd parking a subcompact car difcult.

TECH TIDBIT

TURBO BER ALLES


To nurture its expanding family of Panamera
sedanstwo wheelbases, ve engines, and nine
models for 2014Porsche engineered a fresh
90-degree 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 to power nearly
half the range. The new engine tops the output of
the 4.8-liter V-8 it replaces (420 horses in most
guises) and raises maximum twist from 369 poundfeet to 384, while also presumably returning better
fuel economy. Porsches new Macan mid-size SUV
also will use versions of this new V-6.

Porsche

of electric motoring and should return


signicantly better fuel economy than the
Cayenne: The Turbo S model rejoins
outgoing car.
the Cayenne lineup, packing 550 horsepower
911: Bucking its tradition of a
for those times when a 500-hp Turbo isnt
methodical model-rollout strategy, Porsche
enough.
launches the track-attack 475-hp GT3, the
Cayman: see test
force-fed 520-hp Turbo, and a 560-hp Turbo
Macan: This small ute aims to expand
S in 2014. A seven-speed dual-clutch
automatic is the only transmission for all
the realm of Porsches SUVs. Its
three, as 80 percent of all 911s
basically an Audi Q5 underneath,
already come with just two pedals.
and details are limited until its
If you insist on shifting yourself,
unveiling in November. We do
the rear-wheel-drive 50th
know that the Macan will come in
Anniversary 911 lls that need.
two trims: S and Turbo. Both will
Highlighting half a century of
be powered by versions of
rear-engined success, it comes
Porsches new twin-turbo 3.0with houndstooth seats for the
liter V-6 making 340 or 400
full vintage look in the widehorses [see Tech Tidbit].
Panamera: The face-lifted
bodied skin of the Carrera 4 and
OF PORSCHES
2014 Panamera now offers
4S. It also includes the Carrera S
2014 SALES
Power Kit that boosts the 3.8long-wheelbase versions of the
WILL COME FROM
THE CAYENNE,
liter at-six to 430 horses.
4S and Turbo variants, both
MACAN, AND
dubbed Executive. The Panamera
PANAMERA.
918: Porsche is building 918
S models drop the 4.8-liter V-8 in
examples of this hyperhybrid,
favor of the new twin-turbo
with prices starting near
3.0-liter V-6 making 420
$850,000. With 887 combined
horsepower, but the naturally
horses at play (of the internalaspirated V-8 lives on in the GTS model.
combustion and electric breeds) plus
The Panamera S e-hybrid replaces the
four-wheel drive, the 918 likely will get off the
Panamera S hybrid; with a lithium-ion battery
line quicker than the McLaren P1 or Ferrari
(9.4 kWh to the old cars 1.7 kWh) and a more
LaFerrari that are its principal competition.
powerful electric motor (95 horses versus
47), the e-hybrid is capable of 20 or so miles
Minor trim changes: Boxster

62%

N I SSAN VE R SA NOTE

Minor trim changes: Altima,


Armada, Cube, Frontier, Leaf,
Maxima, Murano, Quest, Sentra,
Xterra,
370Z
Unchanged: Murano CrossCabriolet,
NV200, NV2500/3500,
370Z NISMO
Dead: Altima coupe
T H E L I S T C O N T I N U E S PA G E 1 0 8

10 7

Porsche Cayman
TESTED

Six-speed, naturally aspirated, mid-engined bliss;


every bit as magical as an S. So many options, none
cheap; makes great roads feel mediocre. by Eric Tingwall

SPECI FIC ATIONS


VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive,
2-passenger, 3-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED .................... $70,300
BASE PRICE ............................. $53,550
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve at-6,
aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT ............ 165 cu in, 2706 cc
POWER ...................... 275 hp @ 7400 rpm
TORQUE .................. 213 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
DIMENSIONS

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY M A R C U R B A N O

ink the clutch and squeeze the brake pedal. Float the weighty stick
through the gears from third to second without so much as brushing
the gate. Foot cocked like a pigeon-toed toddler, your heel drops, your
ankle rolls, and the outside of your right sole jabs the throttle, all while
maintaining even pressure on the brakes. Revs rise, your left foot lifts,
N[QaUR]Nf\aUR]Nf\V`aUNaNa`VeON_XV[TNa"_]ZN[QaUR
perfect setup for this tight right-hander coming up.
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d\bYQ]YNf\baS\_`VedU\YRZV[baR`V[`Y\dZ\aV\[;RcR_ZV[QaUNa
f\b_NdYR``_RcZNaPURQQ\d[`UVSa]_\ONOYfa\\XY\[TR_aUN[aUR
slowest gear change ever by a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automatic. Man and machine
are equal partners here, like pedNYV[TNeRQTRN_OVXRObadVaUN
lower calorie burn.
This is a Porsche Cayman.
Period. Its not the big-engined S
model, nor does it pack the infallible PDK. In this particular
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no launch control, no loud button
S\_ aUR ReUNb`a N[Q [\ ]VZ]Yf
chronometer protruding from
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of the purists car. Of course, even
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`aVYY PYNVZ` #$" V[ Rea_N`
including brake-based torque
vectoring and adaptive suspension. Everythings relative, right?
Shifting yourself isnt for
those with quarter-mile egos. At
the track, this Cayman needs an
Rea_N # `RP\[Q` a\ UVa # Z]U
compared with the more powerful, PDK-equipped Cayman S we
tested recently. It also requires
Were it our own
14.2 seconds (versus the Ss 12.6
Cayman, we
seconds) to clear the quartermight not choose
the fungalmile. But straight-line speed is a
colored interior
footnote to the Cayman tone
scheme of our
test car, but we
poem, and the base car is blessed
surely would opt
with the same preternaturally
for the sublime
six-speed manual.
gifted chassis found under the S.
Both Caymans posted virtually identical braking and skidpad
Tb_R` :\_R VZ]\_aN[a aUR PN_
dissects the road with surgical preci`V\[ AUR 0NfZN[` `b`]R[`V\[ NaaR[`
both body roll and the Midwests worst
roads. And while the steering wheel no longer wriggles in your hands like it once did, a

WHEELBASE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97.4 in
LENGTH ..................................... 172.4 in
WIDTH ....................................... 70.9 in
HEIGHT ..................................... 50.9 in
CURB WEIGHT ........................... 3083 lb

C/D T E ST R E SU LTS
ZERO TO 60 MPH ...................... 5.7 sec
ZERO TO 100 MPH ....................... 13.7 sec
ZERO TO 140 MPH ....................... 31.7 sec
ROLLING START, 560 MPH ........... 6.6 sec
1/4-MILE .................. 14.2 sec @ 102 mph
TOP SPEED (drag limited) ............... 166 mph
BRAKING, 700 MPH ....................... 148 ft
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD ..................... 0.99 g
FUEL ECONOMY:

EPA CITY/HWY ....................... 20/30 mpg


C/D OBSERVED ........................ 20 mpg

TEST NOTES: We rarely spin a car on the


skidpad. But in this case, three tries were
necessary to complete the left-turning lap
with stability control disabled.

Caymans is still among the most tactile


helms in a modern car.
Its good enough to be too good. The
Pirelli P Zero tires, tasked with wrangling
Wb`a $" UbZOYR U\_`R]\dR_ N[Q aUR Z\`a
agile chassis we know, place the limits at
improbable heights. Youll assault roads with
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will struggle to instill the deep satisfaction
that comes from being challenged. Its a car
`\RePR]aV\[NYaUNaVa_R[QR_`ZN[fP\_[R_`
b[RePR]aV\[NY

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Ram
ProMaster: A Euromarket Fiat Ducato by
another name, the ProMaster moves Ram
history. But this massive, two-door, four-seat
into the large-van business with a face only
fastback powered by a 624-hp twin-turbo
a eet manager could love. It is available in
V-12 is a gentlemans gran turismo, according
two heights, three wheelbases, and four
to Rolls. Dont go expecting a track package
for your roughly $300,000 outlay. You might
lengths and comes with two powertrains. A
opt for Rollss Starlight Headliner, though,
3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four is paired to
which uses 1340 ber-optic lights to simulate
a six-speed automated manual; the 3.6-liter
a starry night sky. Get your orders in soon.
V-6 comes with a six-speed automatic. The
Deliveries begin at the end of 2013.
ProMaster is the only van in the segment
with front-wheel drive, which lowers the
step-in height and boosts cargo capacity.
Unchanged: Ghost, Phantom
1500: The light-duty pickuptruck segment nally gets a diesel
[see Tech Tidbit]. Its the same
V-6 weve already driven in the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, where it
tC: A uff n buff slaps on a
makes 240 horsepower and 420
new face with a gaping megapound-feet of torque.
grille and LED accent lights; the
2500/3500 Heavy
new rear bumper evokes the
Duty: A bigger, 6.4-liter Hemi
dynamically more appealing FR-S.
V-8 with 410 horsepower is a
Additional spot-welding increases
OF F ULL-S I Z E
new option. The 2500-series
TRUCKS SOLD
body rigidity, and the interior
I N 2014 WI LL
Ram pickups adopt the
electronics get updated. Also, the
BE T WO - DO OR,
smoother-riding ve-link coil
REGULAR-CAB
tC will be part of a special
M O DE LS.
rear suspension from the light10,000-unit run that includes all
duty 1500s. Also added: optional
Scion models and commemorates
air suspension.
the brands 10th anniversary, in
case youve lost track.
Minor trim changes: C/V Tradesman
Minor trim changes: FR-S, iQ,
xB, xD

Scion

18%

Rolls-Royce
Wraith: Fitting that a Roller with a name
as wicked sounding as this should be the
most powerful model in the companys

Smart
Fortwo: The BoConcept edition takes

TECH TIDBIT

ITALIAN MULE
The 3.0-liter turbo-diesel arriving this fall in the
Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 is a 60-degree
V-6 manufactured in Cento, Italy, by VM Motori, a
company jointly owned by Fiat and General Motors.
This is a second-generation common-rail design with
an iron block, electronically controlled fuel delivery,
and up to eight injections per combustion cycle. A
single variable-geometry turbocharger sits between
the aluminum cylinder heads. Peak output is 240
horsepower and 420 pound-feet. The new diesel
option gives 4x2 versions of the Grand Cherokee
30-mpg-highway bragging rights.

its inspiration from the Danish furniture


maker of the same name. It wears brown and
matte-white paint with large swaths of brown
leather inside. Air conditioning is now
standard on all Smarts.
Fortwo ED: Smarts Fortwo Edition by
Jeremy Scott sports massive, birdlike tail ns
that make it look like a) a swan boat, b) a
one-car pride parade, or c) the ultimate ride
to a Philadelphia Eagles tailgater. Dont
expect the few that make it stateside to
actually y, however, since the Jeremy Scott
edition uses the same 74-hp motor as all
Electric Drive models.

Subaru
Forester: Though it has already been
around long enough for the patchouli to
permanently cling to its upholstery, the
Forester is new for 2014. Itll continue
unchanged for the remainder of this model
year with a 170-hp 2.5-liter at-four powering
the base model and a turbocharged 2.0-liter
making 250 horsepower under the hood of
the 2.0XT. The former comes with either a
six-speed manual or a CVT, while the latter
comes only with a CVT.
XV Crosstrek: Subaru dips into the
hybrid pool with an XV Crosstrek hybrid that
combines a 148-hp at-four with a 13-hp
electric motor integrated with its CVT. The
battery eats two cubic feet of cargo space,
but it provides short, low-speed stints of
electric-only driving. Automatic grille
shutters improve aerodynamics.
Minor trim changes: BRZ,
Impreza,
Impreza WRX/STI,
Legacy, Outback, Tribeca

Tesla
Model S: A series of running software
updates proves that Teslas beta-testers, er,
buyers, are still being deputized as members
of the companys product-development
department.
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Model X: A tall wagon built on the


Model S platform will appear in late 2014. Its
distinguished from the rest of the electriccrossover crowdoh, wait, there is no crowd
by its vertically opening falcon wing rear
doors. An optional second motor on the front
axle gives it four-wheel drive, as well as a
claimed 50-percent increase in torqueplus
a sub-ve-second zero-to-60 time.

Toyota
Corolla: The all-new, 11th-generation
Corolla is larger and more feature-laden, but
the biggest break with the decades-old
formula is its angry puss. Perhaps the Corolla
is just pissed that its 1.8-liter four-cylinder is
now saddled with a CVT, though a six-speed
manual is also available. A new Eco trim will
boost highway fuel economy to more than
40 mpg.
Highlander/Highlander hybrid:
Redesigned for 2014, but with carry-over
powertrains, the sleeker Highlander now
wears more chrome. As well it should: Its
trapezoidal grille is just one cinch away from
a Lexuss. A wider third row allows for an
eight-passenger model, and the order sheet
includes lots of new sensor-based safety
technology.
Tundra: Realizing that its not the
mechanicals that are keeping the Tundra in
fth place in full-size pickup sales, Toyota has
left them alone and redesigned everything
else. Each trim gets its own theme, and a new
1794 Edition is named not after the number

of F-150s sold per Tundra, but the


ranch on which the San Antonio
assembly plant was built.
4Runner: Updates include
a Gobot-inspired front fascia and
a revised interior with Entune
infotainment. Underneath, its
still the same four-year-old,
body-on-frame SUV.

1.2%

weight-shaving MQB platform),


and power will come from the
1.8-liter turbo four and a new
OF ALL 2014
CARS AND LIGHTEA288 2.0-liter turbo-diesel
D U TY U TILITY
four. U.S. versions of the new
VEH ICLES WILL
BE POWERED BY
model will roll off Mexican
D IESEL ENGINES.
assembly lines.
GTI: The high-performance
Golf follows the same rollout
strategy as its workaday sibling,
Minor trim changes:
although the 2015 GTI has already
Avalon/hybrid, Prius C/plug-in/V,
won a comparison test, ending the Ford
RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma,
Focus STs seven-month reign as the hotVenza
hatch king. A new plaid seat pattern, MQB
Unchanged: Camry/hybrid, FJ Cruiser,
bones, and killer dynamics are its hallmarks.
Land Cruiser, Prius, RAV4 EV,
VW is still mulling whether to bring a diesel
Yaris
GTD model to the States, but it wont happen
Dead: Matrix
until at least model-year 2016.
Jetta: The 1.8T supplants the 2.5 here,
too, offering commensurate power and a
claimed efciency bump of around 16
percent. Fanboys may need a new reason to
Beetle: Mid-model year, a new,
rend their Fahrvergngen shirts: All Jettas
Mexican-built, 170-hp, 1.8-liter turbocharged
now have a multilink rear suspension, which
four becomes the base engine for all Bugs,
replaces a torsion beam on lesser trims.
replacing the 2.5-liter inline-ve. The range
Passat: An appearance-minded Sport
topper is the new R-Line, with its new-gen
trim signs on and the 1.8T spreads across the
2.0-liter turbo four, new front and rear
lineup this year. The engine swap brings
bumpers, and special interior xins. Theres
electrically boosted steering.
also a special VW/Apple model (available as
Touareg: A sporty R-Line model with
coupe or convertible) that gets an iPhone
stiffer suspenders and a body kit comes
dock on the dash, a vehicle-specic app, and
online, and a hands-free power liftgatewave
special trim. Finally, the Beetle GSR honors
your foot (or cat, or whatever) under the
VWs 1970s Gelb Schwarzer RennerYellow
bumper and it opensis now standard on
Black Racerwith an audacious yellow-andmost Regs.
black paint scheme, an R-Line body kit, and
the 2.0-liter engine in a run of 3500 cars.
Minor trim changes: CC, Jetta
Golf: The seventh-gen Golf has been
SportWagen, Tiguan
on sale in Europe for months, but it wont
Unchanged: Eos, Routan (eet only)
hit American dealerships until late next
Dead:
Golf R
spring/early summer. Weve driven it, and
its damn good. It rides on the latest in VW
architectural innovation (the modular,

Volkswagen

Volvo

TOYOTA COROLLA

S60: Optional sport seats, a bedazzled


interior, new bumpers, and a reshaped hood
highlight the 14 changes. The S60 also
benets from a new touch-screen interface
and paddle shifters for the optional T6
engine. Volvos IntelliSafe safety suite
expands to include pedestrian and cyclist
detection.
XC60: Like the S60, this mid-size ute
receives an updated interior and exterior
including the touch-screen and paddleshifter upgrades.
Minor trim changes:
XC90
Dead: C30, C70

S80,

XC70,

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EXTRACU R R I CU L AR
ACTI VI TI ES

HERE IN THE U.S., DIESELS ARE WORKHORSES.


THIS BATTERY OF TESTS WAS DESIGNED IN
SMALL PART TO EVALUATE OUR TWO DIESEL
CARS SUITABILITY FOR WORKING ROLES AND
IN LARGE PART FOR OUR OWN AMUSEMENT.

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numbers in the automotive industry:
zero. As in zero direct competitors. Having
a segment to itself is every automakers
dream, and last year, Volkswagen leveraged
that zero into 29,805 sales.
With interest in diesel cars growing due
to rising fuel-economy awareness, GM has
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liter diesel from its Opel parts bin, added a
urea-injection system to meet U.S. emissions regulations, and plopped it down
right across from Volkswagens banana
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ALLENDALE, MI

ANN ARBOR, MI
WALCOTT, IA

TEST 1: RANG E

We set out to verify these cars lofty


highway-fuel-economy ratings42 mpg for
the Jetta, 46 for the Cruzeby driving from
our Ann Arbor headquarters to the worlds
largest truck stop in Walcott, Iowa. After
that 409-mile drive, the Jetta was still 200
miles from empty and the Cruze more than
300, so we turned around and headed for
Engineered Diesel in Allendale, Michigan,
where we found the particularly rude Ram
pictured in this story. From Allendale, we set
a course for New Holland Brewery in
Holland, Michigan, where the Poet Stout is
as darkbut not quite so smokyas diesel
exhaust. We didnt make it.

5
C HEVROLET
C RUZ E 2.0 TD
+

A 700-MILE-PLUS
RANGE MAKES IT
EITHER THE BEST
OR WORST CAR
FOR ABSENTMINDED PEOPLE.

CLOTH IS FOR
CHEESES, NOT
DASHBOARDS;
HOPE YOU DIDNT
WANT TO FORGET
ITS A DIESEL.

2. CHEVROL ET CRUZE 2 .0 TD

If youre looking for the most authentic diesel experience, the Cruze is it. Chevrolet adds additional dash insulation and a
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but around town, its intrusive clatter is a
constant reminder that only one of the
brands in this comparison also makes HD
pickups. Note that its torque peak is nearly
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the upshift, rocks you back with another

130 miles earlier.) Planning to


run them dry, we brought fuel
cans in the trunks. But, while
modern, self-priming fuel sys=
tems mean that running a dieA NOISY BUT
surge. And despite the Chevys
sel to empty wont strand you
CAPABLE ENGINE
FAILS TO ELEVATE
the way it once would, modern
intrusive noise at lower speeds,
THE CRUZE.
spill-proof fuel cans seem
the engine fades into the backdesigned to dump fuel all over
ground while turning 2100 rpm
you. That greasy diesel stink
on the highway.
Long-hauling is thus the Cruzes
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greatest strength; it makes us want to
Credit for the heroic mileage
write a country song about cross-country
doesnt go solely to the engine, as the
trucking. With a larger fuel tank and higher diesel borrows the Cruze Ecos grille shut\]R_NaV[T RPVR[Pf Va P_b`URQ aUR CD V[ ters, underbody paneling, and low-rollingour mileage test. Even at a constant 75 mph, resistance tires. As early as that rubber starts
the Cruze needed just a single tank to go howling, we were surprised that the Cruze
from Ann Arbor to Iowa, back up the Lake P\bYQZNaPUaUR7RaaN\[aUR`XVQ]NQ4VcR[
Michigan coast to Allendale and beyond, the looseness in its suspension and the lack
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T EST 2 : S MO K E G E NE RATION

Neither of our EPA-certied four-cylinders


could roll coal, so we had a burnout contest
instead. The Jetta couldnt manage a
whisp of smoke until we tied it to an
immovable object. Then it showed off its
inner teen and snatched the win.

TEST 3: SHRU B PU LLING

Stump-pulling is among the burliest truck


tasks extant. For these compact sedans, we
subbed in shrubs for stumps. The author
neglected to warn his wife before modifying
their landscaping. Fortunately, shes a good
sport. The Jetta won here.

=900 lbs
TEST 4: HEAVY HAU LING

Todays diesel dualies can handle payloads


upward of 7000 pounds. We had to aim a
little lower. The Jettas half-ton cargo limit
surpasses the Chevys max load by
100 pounds, so we loaded both up with
900 pounds of staffer and ballast and
conducted our usual 700-mph braking test.
The Jetta stopped shorter but faded so
much that we called it a Cruze victory.

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ERGONOMICS
REAR-SEAT COMFORT
REAR-SEAT SPACE*
TRUNK SPACE*
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about the time in
the story where
we describe the
VWs plastics as
superior to its
competitors.
Consider that
done. Opposite,
middle: Helmet
on for safety!

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POWERTRAIN
1/4-MILE ACCELERATION*
FLEXIBILITY*
FUEL ECONOMY*
ENGINE NVH
TRANSMISSION

20

SUBTOTAL

55

PERFORMANCE*
STEERING FEEL
BRAKE FEEL
HANDLING
RIDE

20

SUBTOTAL

60

20
8
6
9
8
51

FUN TO DRIVE

25

20

GRAND TOTAL

240

5
10
10
10

CHASSIS
10
10
10
10

EXPERIENCE

204 196

* These objective scores


are calculated from the
vehicles dimensions,
capacities, rebates and
extras, and/or test results.

Base Cruzes have rear drum brakes, but the


diesel gets discs all around. They deal well
not only with the 300 or so extra pounds the
2.0TD carries versus a gasoline model, they
handled 900 pounds of extra weight with
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smoke. While the VWs best stops, both
unladen and laden, were shorter, it experiR[PRQ`VT[VPN[aSNQRdVaUNY\NQ0URcfTRa`
the nod here.

Despite its impressive range and brakes,


the Cruze was hamstrung by a laundry list of
demerits. Its rear seat is tight; its transmission is slow to respond to manual commands
and grabs jerky downshifts when rolling to a
stop; and the cloth on the dashboard is not
just unsightly, its semi-abrasive. Most of all,
dUNaXR]aaUR0_bgRS_\Z[V`UV[TV[_`a
was the general disconnect between the
driver and the road. The Jetta is barely more
capable than the Cruze, but it involves the
driver a lot more. No matter how unexciting
the party, we at least want to be invited.
1. VOLKSWAGEN JETTA TDI

VW knows the diesel market so well


that it includes a shrub-pulling hook with the
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the conveniently shaped and placed holes in
the underbody for tow-strap attachment.)
While both cars successfully yanked their

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sturdy rhododendron in the second round,
this apparent draw actually goes to the GerZN[`S\_aURRN`RN\_QRQOfaUNaU\\XAUV`
exercise also taught us that, while its traction
control cant be disabled, a Jetta strapped to
a mature shrub will do a hellacious burnout.
Its not quite rolling coal, but it is better than
anything the Cruze could manage.
The Jettas steering feels more connected, its structure seems more solid (in
spite of being 232 pounds lighter), and its
body motions are better controlled than the
Cruzes. While the TDI inspires greater
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from your ears, which tell them that the
tires are chirping.
Compared with the Cruzes more expressive cabin design, the Jettas interior looks

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BASE PRICE $25,710


PRICE AS TESTED $25,810

Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
$23,850*
$27,850*

DIMENSIONS

181.0 inches
70.7 inches
58.1 inches
105.7 inches
60.8 inches
61.3 inches
F: 53 cubic feet
R: 42 cubic feet
TRUNK 13 cubic feet

LENGTH
WIDTH
HEIGHT
WHEELBASE
FRONT TRACK
REAR TRACK
INTERIOR VOLUME

182.2 inches
70.0 inches
57.2 inches
104.4 inches
60.7 inches
60.6 inches
F: 49 cubic feet
R: 44 cubic feet
16 cubic feet

POWERTRAIN
ENGINE

POWER HP @ RPM
TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM
REDLINE/FUEL CUTOFF
LB PER HP

VOLKSWAGEN
JETTA T DI
+

SOLID FEEL,
U N C LUTT E R E D
AN D S PAC IO U S
I N TERI O R,
Q U I E T EN GI N E ,
EN GAG I NG
PERSONALITY.

DI ES EL A N D
DSG CO U L D U S E
SOME MARITAL
CO UN S E L IN G;
S U DDEN LY, A
61 7- M I L E RA N GE
S EEM S WE A K.

CO M P E TIT IO N
M I G HT BR E E D
S U CC ESS, B U T
SO, APPARENTLY,
DO ES A VACU U M.

plain. But, like IKEA furniture,


its pleasingly plain. Much of the
dash is a single swath of black
plastic, but it looks and feels like
quality black plastic. The faux
aluminum dash trim and dressup rings on the HVAC and infotainment controls lend an
upscale feel as well. And we
greatly appreciated how the VW
will let a passenger pair a phone
or enter nav instructions while
the car is in motion. There are a
few ergonomic oddities, but
overall, the VW is a great example of how to do an interior on the
cheap without making it obvious.
When not engaged in brutal
displays of diesel masculinity,
the TDI is harder to peg as a diesel than the Cruze. Theres less
noise from the engine room and
less lag following launch, although the DSG
dual-clutch transmission doesnt always
engage smoothly, often lurching forward.
Slowing to a stop, the DSG isnt always seamless while grabbing downshifts, but the
Cruzes torque-converter automatic is also
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The TDIs pedal-to-the-mat power delivery is a bit jarring, too, but during gentle
driving, the quick-acting dual-clutch does a
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spot. Neither cars powertrain is perfect, but
given its quieter operation, we deemed the
Volkswagens less imperfect. And theres a
cheapbetter than cheap, actuallyway to
make it better: Opt for the manual transmission and save $1100.
Its had the entire segment to itself for a
while, but Volkswagen hasnt been complaPR[aV[Va`Z\[\]\Yf6a`ORR[ObVYQV[TN[R
little diesel sedan.

turbocharged DOHC
16-valve diesel
inline-4
119 cu in (1956 cc)
151 @ 4000
280 @ 2600
5000/5000 rpm
23.1

turbocharged DOHC
16-valve diesel
inline-4
120 cu in (1968 cc)
140 @ 4000
236 @ 1750
5000/4600 rpm
23.3

6-speed automatic

6-speed dual-clutch
automatic
front
1 3.46/5.0/23
2 2.05/8.5/39
3 1.30/13.4/62
4 0.90/19.4/89
5 0.91/26.0/120
6 0.76/31.1/124
4.12, 3.04

DRIVELINE

TRANSMISSION

front
1 4.15/5.8/29
2 2.37/10.0/50
3 1.56/15.2/76
4 1.16/20.2/101
5 0.86/27.4/125
6 0.69/34.2/125
AXLE RATIO:1 3.20

DRIVEN WHEELS
GEAR RATIO:1/
MPH PER 1000 RPM/
MAX MPH

CHASSIS

F: struts, coil springs,


anti-roll bar
R: trailing arms, coil
springs, Watts
linkage
BRAKES F: 10.9-inch vented
disc
R: 10.6-inch disc
STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable,
traction off
TIRES Goodyear
Assurance
215/55R-17 94V M+S
SUSPENSION

F: struts, coil springs,


anti-roll bar
R: trailing arms, coil
springs, anti-roll bar
F: 11.3-inch vented
disc
R: 10.7-inch disc
permanent
Continental
ContiProContact
225/45R-17 91H M+S

C/D TEST RESULTS


ACCELERATION

030 MPH
060 MPH
0100 MPH
0110 MPH
1/4-MILE @ MPH
ROLLING START,
560 MPH
TOP GEAR, 3050 MPH
TOP GEAR, 5070 MPH
TOP SPEED

2.6 sec
8.0 sec
23.6 sec
30.9 sec
16.3 sec @ 85

2.6 sec
8.0 sec
24.7 sec
33.7 sec
16.2 sec @ 85

8.6 sec
4.7 sec
6.0 sec
125 mph (gov ltd)

9.3 sec
4.4 sec
6.0 sec
124 mph (drag ltd)

180 feet

175 feet

184 feet

178 feet

0.81 g
41.1 mph

0.81 g
42.7 mph

3487 pounds
62.9/37.1
22.0 inches

3255 pounds
61.2/38.8
22.5 inches

15.6 gallons
ULSD
27/46 mpg
44 mpg

14.5 gallons
ULSD
30/42 mpg
40 mpg

45 dBA
74 dBA
70 dBA

46 dBA
76 dBA
70 dBA

CHASSIS

BRAKING, 700 MPH


FULLY LOADED
BRAKING, 700 MPH
ROADHOLDING,
300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD
610-FT SLALOM
WEIGHT

CURB
%FRONT/%REAR
CG HEIGHT
FUEL

TANK
RATING
EPA CITY/HWY
C/D 900-MILE TRIP
SOUND LEVEL

IDLE
FULL THROTTLE
70-MPH CRUISE

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* Jetta pricing is for 2013 model year. First ratio for gears 14, second ratio is for gears 5 and 6.
Stability-control inhibited.

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Sayonara, Suzuki. Farvel, Fisker. by John Phillips

Rest in Pieces
can Suzuki Motor Corp. has slipped into
a coma from which recovery is unlikely.
The company leaves behind the personable Kizashi sedan and the spunky SX4,
two pink-cheeked siblings brimming
with potential but now as dead as weekold Hamamatsu tuna. Bereaved relatives
further include a passel of smallish sport
utes that never had a full set of teeth.

.
The Business Plan

Lest We Forget:
Fisker Automotive, age 5.
Cut down in its youth, Fisker Automotive
recently succumbed to an overdose of
navet and random acts of mismanagement. The company will be mourned by
Karma, a $96,895 plug-in hybrid luxury
sedan with plunging resale values, and by
sibling Atlantic, tragically stillborn after
poking its head out of the birth canal and
then thinking better of it.

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about not using him. The car must never
be called a loser by Republicans. In fact,
Mitt Romney will be our CEO when, on
his third try, he becomes president. We
may then build a car called the Fisker
Mitt, totally up to us, our choice. No matter what, we will rely on one battery supplier with a really funny name that will go
out of business before we do. We will real-

In America, Suzuki will earn initial enthusiast traction by producing a pocket


rocket called the Swift GT, available only
in an extra-small 1951-pound size that
Americans will reject. In the meantime,
we will make the world howl with
our zany names: Suzuki Diamond Free, Suzulight, Mighty
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as we build cars for others: Bedford Rascal, Autozam Scrum,
cars but will instead build
Mazda Spiano, Nissan Roox,
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ON FIRE.
sumer Reports, which will foster
we cant build good karma or
no goodwill for either of us.
the Atlantic, we will board a
Meanwhile, U.S. operations will
plane real fast and cross the
be left to peddle such slow leaks as
Atlantic. Hello, Denmark! Let Bob
the Daewoo-based Verona and Forenza.
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motorcycles, ATVs, outboard motors, and
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see the names we have for wheelchairs.
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American Suzuki Motor
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Corp., age 28 years
glue a Suzuki badge on a Nissan pickup
(50 total in America,
truck. In the end, VW will become our
including bikes, etc.).
biggest shareholder, and they will hate us
After several years of Do Not Resuscitate
and we will hate them. Hope for the best,
notices attached to its bedposts, Ameriright? Sometimes it works.

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ITEM 65020/69052/69111

Item 65020
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Requires three
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30", 11 DRAWER
ROLLER CABINET

LOT NO.
67421/61485

INCLUDES:
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3 Drawer Roller Cabinet

Item 67421
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LOT NO.
68236/61449

499

14999

REG.
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Item 67847
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7 PIECE RATCHETING
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WRENCH SETS
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Item 95552
shown

1799

REG.
PRICE
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6" DIGITAL CALIPER


LOT NO. 47257/61585

Item 47257
shown

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Includes two
1.5V button cell
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(212 CC)

LOT NO. 68528/69676/69729


LOT NO. 68527/69675/69728,
CALIFORNIA ONLY
REG.
PRICE
$499.99

29999

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POWDER-FREE NITRILE GLOVES


PACK OF 100
Item
68498
MEDIUM
shown
LOT NO. 68496

YOUR CHOICE!

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AMP FLUX
WIRE WELDER

89

99

REG.
PRICE
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Item
92623
shown

CAN & OBD II


DELUXE SCAN TOOL

LOT NO. 92623/


60626/69474

SAVE $
99
50% REG. PRICE $59.99

29

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BRAKE BLEEDER
AND VACUUM PUMP KIT
LOT NO. 92474/
69328/60770

69

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REG. PRICE $49.99

LOW-PROFILE
CREEPER

"
40

Tools sold
separately.

99

300 LB.
CAPACITY

19
"
Item 2745
shown

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1799

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Item 60693
shown

REG. PRICE $119.99

Item
92474
shown

LOT NO. 60693/99722

SAVE $
$50

LOT NO.
68498/37052

7" VARIABLE SPEED


POLISHER/SANDER

Item 68887
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X-LARGE

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64%

SAVE
$60

LOT NO.
68497/97582

REG. PRICE
$10.99

LOT NO.

NO GAS REQUIRED! 68887/61207

LARGE

$ 99

REG. PRICE $14.99

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Item
O
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68528 PORTABLE GENERATORS
shown

ANY SINGLE ITEM!

SAVE $
66%

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SAVE $ 99
33%

LOT NO.
LOT NO.
96654/61396 95552/61400

YOUR
CHOICE!

20%

SAVE
45%

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68699/61225
REG. PRICE $9.99 SU POItem 69295
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shown
CO
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5 MIL.
THICKNESS

LOT NO. 67847/69091/61454

SAVE

SAVE
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REG.
PRICE
$299.99

2.5 HP, 21 GALLON,


125 PSI VERTICAL
AIR COMPRESSOR

17 PIECE AIR TOOL $70


ACCESSORY KIT

Item
68236
shown

14999

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LOT NO. 67227/


69567/60566
Item 67227
shown

ON ALL HAND TOOLS!

WITH ANY PURCHASE

27 LED PORTABLE
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LIFETIME WARRANTY

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LOT NO.
2745/69094/
69262

1799

REG.
PRICE
$44.99

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MULTI-USE
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WEIGHS
LOT NO. CO LIFTS MOST VEHICLES! 27 LBS.

4-1/2" ANGLE GRINDER


95578/69645/
60625

LOT NO.
66418/
61364

$ 99
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RAPID PUMP
1.5 TON ALUMINUM
RACING JACK

SAVE $ 99
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Item 95578
shown

SAVE
$60

59

LOT NO.
68053/
69252/
60569

99

REG.
PRICE
$119.99

Item
68053
shown

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29 PIECE TITANIUM
NITRIDE COATED
DRILL BIT SET
LOT NO.
5889

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REG.
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$24.99

1000 LB. CAPACITY


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Item
32916
shown

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Item 44649
shown

LOT NO. 877/69137/


69249/69129/69121

4599

REG. PRICE
$69.99

SAVE $ 79
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4 PIECE 1" x 15 FT.


RATCHETING TIE DOWN SET

9" x 6 FT. 2 PIECE STEEL


LOADING RAMPS

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7 FT. 4" x 9 FT. 6"


ALL PURPOSE WEATHER
RESISTANT TARP

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69886/69520

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Item 877
shown

60405/61524

69591/69646

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52%
$ 99

1000 LB.
CAPACITY

39

99

Item
90984
shown

REG. PRICE $79.99

FIVE DRAWER
TOOL CART

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$135

700 LB.
CAPACITY

LOT NO.
95272/69397/
61427

Item 95272
shown

16499
REG. PRICE $299.99

REG. PRICE $16.99

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3" HIGH SPEED AIR


CUT-OFF TOOL

LOT NO. 47077/60243/


60374/67425/69473

sold separately.

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70%

3-IN-1 JUMP STARTER


AND POWER SUPPLY

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3599

REG.
PRICE
$59.99

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Item 67338 shown

39

99

REG.
PRICE
$14.99

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LOT NO. C
93454/
69054/
61488

$ 99

Item
41005
shown

LB. CAPACITY
SWING-BACK
TRAILER JACK

$
99 SAVE $
42%
REG. PRICE $249.99

139

Item 93454
shown

REG. PRICE $79.99

1000 LB.
CAPACITY

60" WORKBENCH WITH


FOUR DRAWERS

LOT NO. 67338/60343

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50% $

SAVE
46%

900 PEAK AMPS

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2 PIECE, 1500 LB. CAPACITY


VEHICLE DOLLIES

LOT NO. 93888/60497

Item 38391
LOT NO.
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