The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is a four-door, five passenger sedan that is the largest passenger car in the Volkswagen line-up. The 2013 Volkswagen Passat offers a high-quality cabin, refined and quiet ride, and a clean exterior design. The 2013 Volkswagen Passat was redesigned and specifically tailored for American lifestyles and American tastes, and competes with Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Kia Optima and Toyota Camry.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat SE and SEL models receive a new center console that incorporates rear air vents, a new cupholder design, and a revised front stowage area that has a hinged cover. A rearview camera is now available.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is offered in three basic models, differentiated by powertrain (2.5L, TDI and 3.6L). The 2.5L comes in S, SE and SEL trim levels, while TDI and 3.6L come in SE and SEL trim levels.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat S comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accesories, keyless entry, automatic headlights, power windows and outside mirrors, padded center console with storage bin, dual-zone climate control system, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, a trip computer, cloth upholstery, a six-way manual driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player. A rear-seat center armrest and 16-inch alloy wheels are available as options on Appearance package.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats, 8-way power driver’s seat, chrome exterior trim, rear seat air vents, leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum dash trim and middle console, upgraded gauges and displays and an 8-speaker premium audio system with color touchscreen, MP3 capability and 6-CD changer. A sunroof, a navigation system and iPod integration are available as options. Available on TDI SE are foglights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The SEL adds upgraded front seats, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, wood interior trim and a 400-watt, 9-speaker Fender audio system with 6.5-inch color touchscreen and 30GB HDD. The Premium package adds to SEL the foglights, keyless ignition, keyless entry, leather upholstery, remote start, 8-way power front seats including power lumbar and memory for driver’s seat, and heated exterior mirrors with memory.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L comes with a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. The TDI models come with a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automated manual transmission (DSG). The 2013 Passat 3.6L comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed dual-clotch automated manual transmission is standard.
Standard safety features of 2013 Volkswagen Passat include traction control, stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and hill-hold control for models with manual transmission.
The 2013 Dodge Journey is a versatile midsize crossover based on a car-like structure. This car is configured to seat a maximum of 7 adults and has a family-friendly size, a sophisticated interior and a level of refinement not typically found in the crossover market. The 2013 Dodge Journey competes with Kia Sorento, Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The 2013 Dodge Journey is available in five- or seven-passenger configurations and comes in five trim-levels: AVP (American Value Package), SE, SXT, R/T and Crew. The Dodge Journey AVP comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, keyless ignition, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, dual-zone manual climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a sliding and reclining second-row seat and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface and a compact touchscreen interface.
The SE adds side roof rails, privacy tinted glass and LED taillights. The SXT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps and a cargo cover. A premium sound system, a sunroof and 19-inch wheels are available for SXT as options. The Crew adds 19-inch alloy wheels, remote start, automatic headlamps, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, a premium audio system and a 155-volt power outlet. The R/T includes all the Crew’s features and adds special 19-inch wheels, perforated-leather upholstery and a sport-tuned suspension.
The 2013 Dodge Journey’s chassis architecture delivers an exhilarating driving experience coupled with precise steering for maximum control. Strong torsional stiffness in the steering column intermediate shaft isolator, in conjunction with Journey’s rear suspension geometry, delivers precise steering feel and a connected steering response. R/T’s more aggressive suspension tuning – new for 2013 – give a sportier ride and even greater handling precision for when the roads turns twisty. Exterior colors for the 2013 model year include Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Blue Pearl, Brilliant Red Tri-Coat, Bright Silver Metallic, Storm Gray Pearl, White, Pearl White Tri-Coat and Copperhead Pearl. New colors for 2013 include Fathom Blue Pearl Coat and Winter Chill Pearl Coat.
The 2013 Dodge Journey AVP, SE and SXT come standard with a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. A 4-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Standard on the Crew and R/T and optional on the SXT is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
Standard safety features of 2013 Dodge Journey include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints, side curtain airbags, driver knee airbags and front side airbags.
The Car Connection website says about 2013 Dodge Journey:
The Dodge Journey has been often overlooked by family shoppers, even though it’s in the heart of the family market nowadays—including compact crossovers and the most manageably sized mid-size crossovers. It’s too bad, as the Journey is such a well-packaged vehicle with good performance, strong safety, and a lot of features for the money.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup with good towing and hauling capacities that offers strong engine options, a comfortable interior and ride and a strong body structure that absorbs crash energy and provides a protective safety cage around occupants. The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 competes with RAM 1500 and Ford F-150.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado comes in regular, extended and crew-cab body styles in both two- or four-wheel drive. The regular cab comes in base Work Truck (WT) and LT trims, while the extended and crew cabs come in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck (WT) comes standard with air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, vinyl seatings, a 40/20/40 split-bench, dual glove boxes, tire pressure monitoring system and 4-speaker sound system. The LS adds keyless entry, full power accesories, cruise control and adjustable lumbar support for the driver.
The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT comes with premium cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a lockable storage under the seat, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry and heated exterior mirrors. The LTZ adds 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, Bluetooth connectivity, heavy-duty trailering equippment, an automatic locking rear differential, heated windshield washers and a Bose audio system with an in-dash 6-CD canger, an USB/iPod interface and rear audio controls.
The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 can be powered by four available engine. Standard engine is a 4.3-liter V6 that produces 195 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 302 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. More powerful is a 5.3-liter V8 rated at 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The biggest available engine is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine and the 4.8-liter V8 are paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with a tow-haul mode. The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Safety equipment includes ABS, OnStar, traction control, stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV that offers a good fuel economy, seating for five people, an adaptive cargo space, a very good manual transmission and SKYACTIV Technology, that is a technology used to get more power, more torque and more miles per gallon without sacrificing safety or design. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 competes with Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a five-passenger compact SUV that is offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 base Sport comes standard with 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, and locks, push-button start, rear spoiler, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats and a 4-speaker sound system with CD player and iPod/USB interface. The optional Bluetooth Audio package adds Bluetooth connectivity, a 5.8-inch touchscreen interface, HD radio and audio system voice control.
The Touring comes with Sport’s standard and optional equipment and adds a more powerful engine, a blind-spot warning system, a rearview camera, six-way power driver’s seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 40/20/40 split fold-down rear seats, rear-seat armrest with cupholders, illuminated vanity mirrors and a 6-speaker sound system. A sunroof and a nine-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system are available as options.
The Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring includes all of above and adds 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power moonroof, eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, heated mirrors and heated front seats. The Technology package is available on both Touring and Grand Touring trim levels and adds automatic adaptive bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, burglar alarms, advanced keyless and start and Tom Tom navigation system.
With soft-touch sourfaces, satin-finish metallic details and mature design, the cockpit of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is attractive, functional and modern. The cargo capacity is 34 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to 65 cubic feet with the rear seats all folded.
The 2014 Mazda CX-5 Sport comes with a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with 16 valves and VVT that produces 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, while a 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are available as options.
The Mazda CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring come with a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT engine that produces 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual-shift mode is standard.
Standard safety features of 2014 Mazda CX-5 include antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, front side airbag, side curtain airbags and Hill Launch Assist.
On Mazda CX-5 review, the experts of Aol Autos say about this SUV:
The all-new Mazda CX-5 impresses us with its fuel economy, comfort, versatility, road manners, styling, and safety features. And while acceleration is so-so, its agility and exceptionally accurate steering make the CX-5 entertaining to drive
The 2013 Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover SUV that offers an attractive exterior, high-quality cabin materials, abundand features, comfortable ride and great fuel economy. The Ford Edge competes on the market with Nissan Murano, Mazda CX-9, Dodge Journey and Toyota Highlander.
The 2013 Ford Edge is offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The base SE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, cruise control, a trip computer, air conditioning and a six-speaker sound system with single-CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights and rear parking sensors. Also optional is the Sync voice-command interface, that includes Bluetooth connectivity and iPod/USB interface.
The Ford Edge SEL adds 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, exterior keypad entry, an eight-way power driver seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The leather upholstery, heated front seats and a rearview camera are optional for this model. Also optional is the MyFord Touch system, that is an interface with three display screens (a large central touchscreen and two secondary screens in the gauge cluster) and with the ability to input commands for various phone, audio and navigation functions via touch controls or voice.
The 2013 Ford Edge Limited comes with the above equipment and adds 18-inch chrome wheels, heated mirrors and a 12-speaker Sony audio system. The options include 20-inch wheels, xenon headlamps, keyless ignition, keyless entry and an adaptive cruise control.
The 2013 Edge Sport comes with all standard and optional equipment of the Edge SEL and adds a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, the Sony audio system and 22-inch wheels.
The 2013 Ford Edge SE, SEL and Limited come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. Optional is a new 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine that produces 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway for V6 engine and 21 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway for EcoBoost.
The Ford Edge Sport comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles is standard. Front-wheel drive also is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.
Safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and collision warning system.
On the 2013 Ford Edge review, thecarconnection.com website says about this SUV:
With just a touch-up or two to its list of features, the Ford Edge returns for the 2013 model year as one of the more spacious five-seat crossovers on the market, with one of the more fuel-conscious powertrains offered in its class, and some of the heaviest-hitting luxury and technology features of any crossover vehicle.