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Highlights From the 2013 New York Auto Show

Highlights From the 2013 New York Auto Show

By Jeff Youngs, April 03, 2013
Taxicabs and black cars might be among the most common vehicles on Manhattan's city streets, but inside New York City's Jacob Javits Center each spring, automakers display a colorful array of new models never before seen on Wall Street or Fifth Avenue. In the sections that follow are brief overviews of significant vehicle introductions at this year's 2013 New York International Auto Show.

2014 Acura MDX
The redesigned 2014 Acura MDX is larger, lighter, quieter, and more fuel efficient than the luxury crossover SUV it replaces, and is offered for the first time with front-wheel drive in addition to Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. New safety and infotainment technologies also debut, and Acura fine-tuned the 290-horsepower 2014 MDX model's driving dynamics on legendary European racing circuits. The redesigned MDX goes on sale this summer.

2013 Acura MDX Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Acura MDX Quality Ratings

2015 Audi A3
Audi replaces the A3 5-door hatchback with a redesigned 2015 Audi A3 lineup, including a 4-door sedan equipped with a choice of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, a new Audi S3 performance-tuned version of the sedan, and an A3 Sportback
E-tron model with a 5-door configuration and a plug-in gas-electric hybrid powertrain. New in-car technology includes Audi Connect service running on 4G/LTE technology, an Audi Phone Box for improving cellular coverage, Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, and more. The new 2015 A3 goes on sale in early 2014.

2015 Audi A3 and S3 Preview
2013 Audi A3 Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Audi A3 Quality Ratings

2014 Buick LaCrosse
For 2014, the Buick LaCrosse gains updated styling, next-generation IntelliLink technology, redesigned seats, and upgraded interior materials. A new Ultra Luxury package is optional, and the 2014 LaCrosse is offered with numerous new safety options. The car goes on sale in the summer of 2013.

2013 Buick LaCrosse Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Buick LaCrosse Quality Ratings

2014 Buick Regal
Buick installs a more powerful engine in the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo, a 259-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder shared with the Regal GS and Chevy Malibu. Additional changes include a new all-wheel-drive option, next-generation IntelliLink technology, several new extra-cost safety systems, and updated styling. The new 2014 Regal will be available in the fall of 2013.

2013 Buick Regal Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Buick Regal Quality Ratings

2014 Cadillac CTS
A completely redesigned 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan debuted at the New York Auto Show. The 2014 CTS has grown in size to compete against midsize luxury models, yet Cadillac claims it is the lightest vehicle in its segment. A new CTS Vsport performance model is equipped with a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, while other CTS models offer a choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder and a V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is optional, along with a long list of comfort, convenience, technology, and safety options.

2014 Cadillac CTS Preview
2013 Cadillac CTS Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Cadillac CTS Quality Ratings

2014 Chevrolet Camaro
The restyled 2014 Chevy Camaro's debut marked the re-introduction of the legendary Camaro Z/28 to the lineup. The Z/28 is not as powerful as the supercharged ZL1, but is equipped with the high-revving 7.0-liter V-8 from the old Corvette Z06 combined with weight reduction and dynamic tuning efforts designed to make it track-worthy right off the assembly line.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Chevrolet Camaro Quality Ratings

2014 Dodge Durango
Dodge will update the 2014 Durango next year, adding safety, infotainment, and comfort options combined with freshened styling and a new 8-speed automatic transmission designed to improve fuel economy. New Durango Rallye and Limited trim levels join the lineup, and Dodge has restyled the 2014 Durango, adding LED racetrack taillights, among other details.

2014 Dodge Durango Preview
2013 Dodge Durango Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Dodge Durango Quality Ratings

2014 Honda Odyssey
Minivan owners who have wished their vehicle had a built-in vacuum cleaner will appreciate the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite's new HondaVAC system, developed in conjunction with Shop Vac to ensure serious cereal-sucking power. The new 2014 Odyssey's updated structural engineering is designed to better protect occupants in a crash; new safety systems are offered on the Touring Elite trim level; and Honda is offering new connectivity options for the 2014 Odyssey, including its cloud-based HondaLink smartphone pairing and wireless service system.

2013 Honda Odyssey Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Honda Odyssey Quality Ratings

2014 Infiniti QX60 and QX60 Hybrid
The luxury crossover previously known as the Infiniti JX35 gets a new name and a new gas-electric hybrid powertrain option for the 2014 model year. Now called the 2014 Infiniti QX60, the new QX60 Hybrid variant debuts the automaker's Direct Response Hybrid system, providing 26 mpg in combined driving, which is about the same power as the SUV's standard V-6 engine.

2013 Infiniti JX35 Summary, Photos & Specs

2014 Jeep Cherokee
Next year, Jeep will return the classic Cherokee name to its model lineup. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a crossover SUV, offering a choice between a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a new 3.2-liter V-6 engine, each paired with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with three different 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems optional. Selec-Terrain traction control is standard with 4WD, and a new Cherokee Trailhawk version delivers the "Trail Rated" off-roading capability for which Jeeps are known. Numerous convenience, infotainment, and safety options are available for the new 2014 Cherokee.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Preview

2014 Kia Forte Koup
A new 2-door coupe variant of the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte, the 2014 Forte Koup is offered in EX and SX trims, the latter equipped with a turbocharged engine generating more than 200 horsepower. The new Forte Koup goes on sale near the end of 2013.

2013 Kia Forte Koup Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Forte Koup Quality Ratings

2014 Kia Soul
Taking cues from the Kia Track'ster Concept car, the redesigned 2014 Kia Soul retains its signature design traits and combines them with improved driving dynamics, upgraded interior materials, and additional space for passengers and cargo. Additionally, Kia offers advanced equipment previously unavailable for its 5-door urban utility vehicle.

2014 Kia Soul Preview
2013 Kia Soul Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Kia Soul Quality Ratings

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
In transforming the redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover shaves 800 pounds off the vehicle, while increasing interior room, adding modern technology, and retaining the SUV's reputation for off-roading.

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Quality Ratings

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG receives the styling modifications and dynamic upgrades expected of an AMG product. What's unexpected is the car's turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which generates 355 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. This new version of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class arrives in November 2013 with a price tag of $48,375.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Preview

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is a new 5-door sub-compact car equipped with a 3-cylinder engine and a combined fuel-economy rating of 40 mpg. Offered in DE and ES trim levels, the 2014 Mirage goes on sale this fall.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
Equipped with a new supercharged, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, an electric assist motor, and a Lithium-ion battery pack, the new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is expected to return 26 mpg in combined driving, while providing about the same amount of power as the large crossover SUV's standard V-6 engine. The Pathinder Hybrid goes on sale in late summer of 2013 with a $3,000 price premium.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Nissan Pathfinder Quality Ratings

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
In exchange for a slight reduction in rear seat and cargo space, Subaru promises that the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive crossover SUV sold in the United States. This new model has active grille shutters, a unique wheel design, and is the only XV Crosstrek offered in Plasma Green Pearl paint. Fuel-economy ratings will be announced closer to the new vehicle's sale date.

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek Summary, Photos & Specs

2014 Toyota Highlander
For 2014, the redesigned Toyota Highlander grows in size to accommodate 8 people and increase cargo space. Engines carry over from 2013, including the gas-electric drivetrain, but the optional all-wheel-drive system is new, and the 2014 Highlander adds improved interior materials and new infotainment and safety technologies. The new Toyota Highlander goes on sale in early 2014.

2014 Toyota Highlander Preview
2013 Toyota Highlander Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Toyota Highlander Quality Ratings

2015 Volkswagen Golf/GTI
When it arrives in dealer showrooms, the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf and its performance-tuned 2015 Volkswagen GTI variant will be bigger, lighter, and more fuel efficient than the models they replace, providing increased passenger and cargo volume. Turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines are offered, as well as braking, handling, and traction upgrades. The new 2015 Volkswagen Golf arrives early in 2014.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Preview
2013 Volkswagen Golf Summary, Photos & Specs
2012 Volkswagen Golf Quality Ratings

2014 Volvo V60
Station wagon fans will appreciate news from Volvo that it will offer a new one for the 2014 model year. Based on the updated 2014 S60 Sedan, the new 2014 V60 Sports Wagon debuted at the New York Auto Show in performance-tuned R-Design trim. The Volvo V60 R-Design has a turbocharged, 325-horsepower engine, all-wheel drive, sport suspension, special design details, and more. Additional information about the new 2014 V60 will become available closer to the model's sale date.

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