The 2013 Audi Q5 is one of the best luxury SUV on the market due to the combination of size, quality and family-friendly features and that also comes with a stylish design and high-quality materials. With roomy backseat, sporty handling, good brake performance and with Quattro all-wheel drive system, the 2013 Audi Q5 competes with other compact luxury crossovers such as the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60.
The 2013 Audi Q5 is offered in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Q5 hybrid is considered a distinct model. The 2013 Audi Q5 Premium comes standard with 18-inch wheels, eight-way power front seats, roof rails, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, a tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a sliding and reclining 40/20/40 rear seat, a Multi Media Interface (MMI) and a 10-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and an SD card reader. A panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, Bluetooth and iPod interface are available as options.
The Q5 Premium Plus includes all optional items of Premium and adds xenon headlights, LED running lights, auto dimming mirrors, power-folding exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition, keyless entry and driver memory functions.
The Q5 Prestige adds adaptive headlights, a heated/cooled cupholder, rear door sunshades, a blind-spot warning system, the Audi MMI Navigation Plus (with rearview camera, rear park assist, voice controls, digital music storage and navigation system) and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. The Comfort package adds additional leather cabin trim, ventilated front seats and power passenger lumbar adjustment. Also, the S line package adds 20-inch wheels with performance tires and an adaptive suspension.
The Audi Q5 premium and Premium Plus come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 TFSI engine that produces 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission is an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic with Audi quattro all-wheel drive. Standard on Audi Q5 Prestige and optional on Q5 Premium Plus is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with all-wheel drive also is standard.
Standard safety features of 2013 Audi Q5 include antilock disc brakes, electronic stability system, traction control, fron-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows of seats and blind-spot warning system.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS is a muscle sedan that is based on the platform of the Holden Commodore SS (the flagship sedan from GM’s Australian division) which in its previous generation version was the basis of the Pontiac G8 in the U.S. The SS is the first performance-driven rear-wheel drive sedan for Chevrolet in 17 years. The logo “SS” (Super Sport) used up to now to identify performance versions of Chevy’s models (like Impala, Camaro or Corvette), has now become an independent model. Also the SS will be the nameplate used by Chevrolet on NASCAR tracks nationwide.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS comes with roomy rear seats, sporty handling and a powerful V8 engine. The LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine (a version of the V8 engine on Corvette) produces 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque and it is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The SS sprints to 60 mph in five seconds.
The 2014 Chevy SS comes standard with leather upholstery, premium soft-touch interior materials, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, 19-inch wheels with ventilated brembo disc brakes, push-button start, a full-color touchscreen, blind-spot detector, automatic parking assist (the SS is the first Chevy with this system), LED running lights and Lane Departure Warning system.
The 2014 Chevy SS comes standard with ten airbags, including knee, side-impact and head curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Electronic Stability Control (StabiliTrack) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS competes on the market with Dodge Charger SRT8, Ford Taurus SHO and Cadillac CTS-V.
The 2013 Hyundai Azera is a four-door, five-passenger full-size sedan that is built with the Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design that takes inspiration from the mechanic of flight. The 2013 Hyundai Azera is larger and more luxurious than a typical sedan and comes with a large trunk, a spacious cabin, plenty of standard features and long warranty coverage. Azera competes on the market with Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300.
The 2013 Hyundai Azera offers luxurious appointments that rival the finest premium competitor brands. It offers a roomy cabin, an optional panoramic sunroof, modern ambient lightings, 3D Carbon interior accents, power rear sunshade and manual rear side window shades.
The 2013 Hyundai Azera is offered in a single trim level, that comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, keyless entry, heated mirrors, foglights, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a navigation system, a touchscreen interface, a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player and iPod/USB interface, and BlueLink emergency communications system. BlueLink can be accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror inside the car, or via the web or a smartphone.
The Technology package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power rear sunshade, a power-adjustable steering wheel, power-adjustable driver thigh support, driver seat memory functions, ventilated front seats and a premium Infiniti 14-speaker audio system with subwoofer and 550-watt external amplifier.
The 2013 Azera is powered by a 3.3-liter V6 engine that produces 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The only offered transmission is a 6-speed automatic. All Azeras come with front-wheel drive.
Safety features of the 2013 Hyundai Azera include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, a driver-side knee airbag, active front head restraints, front and rear seat side airbags and full length side curtain airbags.
The Azera is available in a wide range of exterior colors, including Black Onyx Pearl, Porcelain White Pearl, Silver Frost Metallic, Hyper Silver Metallic, Midnight Blue Pearl and Bronze Mist Metallic. Interior color choices are Graphite Black, Camel and Chestnut Brown.
In the 2013 Hyundai Azera review, the experts of edmunds.com website conclude:
As for the Hyundai Azera, it’s a good choice. It brings a lot of style and value, though a lower price might be nice for folks who don’t need or want so much equipment.