The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an all-new model and also it is the cheapest and smallest vehicle that Japanese automaker sells in the U.S. The new Mirage is a four-door hatchback subcompact car that is built in Thailand and comes with an impressive list of standard and optional features and with an impressive fuel economy (the highest EPA fuel-efficiency rating of any non-hybrid car sold in the U.S.). The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage competes with Fiat 500, Scion iQ, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, and Mazda2.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is offered in DE and ES trim levels. The Mirage DE comes standard with halogen headlights, rear spoiler, color-keyed front and rear bumpers, rear intermittent wiper, power mirrors, 14-inch steel wheels with steel cover, 4-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger seats, split folding high-back rear seat, automatic climate control with micron air filtration, tilt steering wheel and cargo light. An 140-watt 4-speaker audio system with CD player and USB port, keyless entry, power windows and 12-volt accessory outlet are all standard also.
The ES model adds fog lights, 14-inch alloy wheels, 6-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, silver shift panel, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a rearview camera and push button start. A MMES navigation system is available as an option.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), brake assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Active Stability Control (ASC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced dual-stage front airbags with occupant seat position sensor and 7 standard airbags (including driver knee airbag). An Hill Start Assist (HSA) system is available as an option.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC 12-valve Inline 3-cylinder engine that produces 74 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque. This engine is coupled to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The fuel economy is indeed impressive: 37 mpg city/ 44 mpg highway with CVT. With the manual transmission EPA estimates are 34 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
The Chrysler 200 was first time introduced for the 2011 model year, and it is an entry-level car in the Chrysler lineup. This midsize sedan offers a strong V6 engine, a luxurious cabin with upscale materials and soft-touch surfaces and seats for five. The 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan competes with Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu. The Chrysler 200 convertible is considered a distinct model.
The Chrysler 200 sedan offers a solid feel and tight handling, a smooth ride, and a cabin that is very quiet thanks to sound-absorption materials and acoustic glass windshield, usually found in higher priced vehicles. The interior has high-quality materials and supportive seats. The instrument panel in gray graphics looks well, and its white accent lighting is wonderful at night, creating a nice ambient cockpit lighting.
The 2011 chrysler 200 sedan is available in LX, Touring and Limited trim levels. The Chrysler 200 LX comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, manually operated air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, illuminated keyless entry, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and steering wheel controls. The Touring adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a 6-speaker sound system.
The Cold Weather package is optional and adds remote ignition and heated front seats. Also available is the Uconnect Voice Command package that adds an iPod/USB audio interface, an auto-dimming mirror and Bluetooth connectivity. The S package adds 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, black grille, black headlamp housing and projector fog lamps with black bezels. The Super S package includes 18-inch black semigross aluminum wheels, polished exhaust tips, body-color side sills and unique front-end styling.
The 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan Limited adds leather upholstery, foglights, a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface and an upgraded 276-watt Boston Acoustics sound system.
The 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan has two available engines: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (standard on the LX and Touring) that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 engine (standard on the Limited) that produces 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available is a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features of the Chrysler 200 sedan include ABS, traction control, stability control, active head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
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 2014 Volvo XC90 is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that has seating for up to seven people in three rows. The XC90 is one of the oldest models in its class. However, this SUV has a stylish interior and it is a family-oriented crossover designed for families with priorities on safety and comfort. Main competitors of the Volvo XC90 are Acura MDX, Volkswagen Touareg and Buick Enclave.
The 2014 Volvo XC90 is offered in two trim levels: the 3.2 and the R-Design. XC90 3.2 comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, roof rail, a sunroof, heated mirrors, foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, 40/20/40-split second-row seats, driver memory settings, a 50/50-split third-row seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity and an 8-speaker audio system with a CD player and an iPod/USB interface.
The R-Design adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a self-leveling rear suspension, sport-tuned steering, upgraded leather upholstery, adaptive xenon headlights, a fold-flat front passenger seat and a sport steering wheel.
The Premier Plus package adds to 3.2 the features of the R-Design. The Platinum package adds to the R-Design a navigation system, a rearview camera and a 12-speaker premium audio system. Other options available include a rear-seat entertainment system with dual displays, an upgraded leather upholstery and a blind spot warning system.
All 2014 Volvo XC90 models come standard with a 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 240 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is available as an option.
Standard safety features of the 2014 XC90 include ABS, traction control, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and anti-whiplash front seats.
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.