Scion is a brand of vehicles produced by Toyota for the North American market. Scion was founded in 2002 and was first introduced in March 2002 at the New York Auto Show. Marketed as a youth brand, the Scion lineup uses a one-trim and a simplified purchase process.
The 2013 Scion FR-S (Front engine Rear drive Sports coupe) is a sports coupe that was inspired by the legendary Toyota 2000 GT. This affordable Japanesse sports car is all new and is built in collaboration with Subaru, which co-developed (along with Toyota) a flat 4-cylinder horizontally opposed direct-injection boxer engine (same engine as his brother, the Subaru BRZ). The rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S comes with seats for four and features an excellent steering, high fuel economy, a light and well-balanced chassis, comfortable front seats, a distinctive styling and abundant standard features. The FR-S competes with Mazda MX-5 Miata, Hyundai Genesis coupe and Subaru BRZ.
The 2013 Scion FR-S is available in a single trim level (like all Scion’s models) and comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, power windows, keyless entry, power mirrors, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, 6-way driver and 4-way front-passenger manually adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8-speaker, 300-watt Pioneer sound system. 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lights, front LED running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, an electroluminescent dashboard and a premium BeSpoke sound system are available as options.
The Scion FR-S is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter and dynamic rev management.
Standard safety features include ABS, brake assist, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
The Aol Autos website says about the new Scion FR-S:
The Scion FR-S offers track-day fun at an attainable price. Its traditional rear-wheel-drive layout with double-wishbone independent rear suspension and low center of gravity make for an entertaining driver’s car.
The 2013 Acura ZDX is a car with an unique styling: specific forms of a coupe, a sedan and a crossover are unified into one vehicle. The ZDX shares its platform with the MDX and comes with seats for five people. This all-wheel-drive luxury crossover offers the versatility of an SUV with the silhouette of a hatchback, and competes with the Infiniti FX, the BMW X6 and the Range Rover Evoque.
The 2013 Acura ZDX is offered in a single trim level and comes standard with 19-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof and power-folding heated outside mirrors. Also present on this car are keyless entry, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver memory settings, eight-way power front seats with heating and ventilation, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls, a navigation system and a 10-speaker 435-watt sound system with a CD-player and USB/iPod interface.
The 2013 Acura ZDX is powered by Honda’s all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is a 6-speed automatic with a manual sport shift mode. All-wheel drive is standard.
Standard safety features of the 2013 Acura ZDX include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, brake assist, active front head restraints, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, lane departure warning and forward-collision warning.
The 2013 Acura ZDX comes with a luxurious interior, with rich-looking hard-stitched leather on the dashboard, door panels and center console. The interior has a modern design, with electroluminescent gauges and an excellent ergonomics with the critical controls that are found on the steering wheel. The front passenger area is spacious and attractive but legroom is not as good in the back. The cargo space is adequate for its class. The ZDX offers 26.3 cubic feet with the rear seats in place and expands to 55.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.
The experts of autoblog.com website say about the 2013 Acura ZDX:
The ZDX remains one of the best crossovers on the market to drive overall. This Acura offers a reasonably sporty balance between ride comfort and handling, with enough driver involvement available to push it past more run-of-the-mill members of its competitive set.
The Volkswagen Passat CC (known simply as the CC in USA) was first unveiled in 2008, and now, for the 2013 model year, the CC gets revised rear and front styling along with the addition of a new R-Line trim level. The 2013 Volkswagen CC is a four-door midsize sedan that comes with an well-built and stylish interior, ample standard features and all-wheel drive on VR6 model. The 2013 CC is an attractive and higher-quality alternative to other midsize sedans or four-door coupes. Competitors of the CC include Acura TSX, Nissan Maxima, Buick Regal, Hyundai Sonata and Audi A4.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC has seats for five and it is available in six trims: Sport, Sport Plus, R-Line, Lux, V6Lux and VR6 4Motion Executive. The base Sport comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, automatic wipers, LED taillights, bi-xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8-speaker audio system with a CD player, iPod interface and a touchscreen display. The Sport Plus adds LED running lights and 18-inch wheels.
The R-Line adds different 18-inch wheels, special exterior styling, foglamps and special LED running lights. The 2013 CC lux adds interior ambient lighting, a sunroof and a navigation system with an upgraded touchscreen interface. The V6 Lux comes plus bigger brakes, headlights washers, a rearview camera, leather upholstery and a V6 engine. The VR6 4Motion Executive adds front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, a premium sound system and all-wheel drive as standard.
The 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport, Sport Plus, R-Line and Lux come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. All four-cylinder models come standard with front-wheel drive. The Sport and R-Line come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automated transmission (DSG) is optional on these models and standard on the others. The Lux V6 and VR6 4Motion Executive come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
Standard safety features of the 2013 Volkswagen CC include ABS, srability control, traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
The 2013 Acura RDX is the first redesign of the model since 2007 debut of this compact crossover. The Acura is Honda’s premium brand, and the 2013 RDX is not an exception. The new 2013 Acura RDX comes now with a fresh look, a powerful and fuel-efficient V6 engine, a generous standard features list, roomy cabin, a longer wheelbase, a competitive cargo space for this class and a revised all-wheel-drive system. The 2013 Acura RDX is in a direct competition with Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Volvo XC60 and Nissan Murano.
The 2013 RDX is a small crossover SUV that is offered in two trim levels: base and base with Technology package. Any model is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. The Acura RDX SUV comes standard with 18-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels, keyless ignition, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, a sunroof, a rearview camera, power and heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and 7-speaker audio system with a CD player, an USB/iPod interface and Pandora radio interface.
The Technology package adds to the Acura RDX base model foglights, a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic and weather, a solar-sensing GPS, a 60GB hard-drive disc, a premium 10-speaker surround-sound audio system, power rear tailgate and projector beam headlights with bi-xenon HID bulbs.
The 2013 RDX is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine that produces 273 hp and 251 pound-feet of torque. The power is transmitted to front- or all-wheel-drive system through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The front-drive model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway while the AWD model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway.
The 2013 Acura RDX crossover SUV comes standard with ABS, stability control, traction control, side curtain airbags, front side airbags and front head restraints.
The 2013 S80 is Volvo’s flagship sedan that combines high-tech safety features with traditional Volvo lines. The 2013 Volvo S80 is a luxury four-door five-passenger sedan that comes with a stylish and functional interior, comfortable seats, impressive safety features and very well equipped. This modern, quick and powerful sedan competes with Acura TL, Audi A6, Cadillac XTS, Infiniti M and BMW 5 Series.
The 2013 Volvo S80 is available in two models: 3.2 and T6 AWD. The S80 3.2 base model comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, headlight washers, keyless ignition, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, a split-folding rear seat, power front seats with driver memory settings, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, an auto-dimming inside mirror, power heated outside mirrors with memory, power trunk release, outside temperature gauge, two 12-volt outlets, real wood trim, Bluetooth connectivity and an eight-speakers sound system with a 6-CD changer, HD radio and iPod/USB interface. The S80 T6 AWD model adds all-wheel drive, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Both models (3.2 and T6 AWD) can come also in two other trim levels: Premier Plus and Platinum. The Premier Plus add to the base front and rear parking sensors, Homelink remote garage door opener and a compass integrated into the inside rear view mirror. The Platinum trim adds active bi-xenon headlamps, a rearview camera, a navigation system, voice controls and a premium 12-speaker audio system with Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound. More options are also available grouped in packages.
The Technology package adds auto high beams, adaptive cruise control, a collision-warning system with automatic braking, and lane departure warning. Exclusive to the T6 AWD model is the Dynamic package which contains a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, unique aluminum interior trim and 18-inch Fortuna wheels. The Inscription package adds premium leather upholstery, a leather-covered dashboard and center armrest, and ventilated front seats. The Climate package adds heated front and rear seats, Rainsensor windshield wipers and Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).
The 2013 Volvo S80 3.2 comes with front-wheel drive and with a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder inline engine that produces 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The S80 T6 comes with all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Volvo is legendary for safety and the S80 has a high level of safety. The list of safety features includes antilock disc brakes, a sophysticated hydraulic brake-assist system, traction control, dynamic stability control, side-curtain airbags, dual-threshold front airbag and many more.
Experts of the Aol Autos website says about 2013 Volvo S80:
The Volvo S80 is a good choice among luxury sedans. It comes with Volvo’s well-deserved reputation for safety engineering, so it’s a very safe car. It has an understated grace. On the road, it’s quick and powerful, surefooted and solid. The all-wheel-drive system that comes on the T6 enhances safety in slippery conditions.