Though there are hundreds of cars on the market today, here are some of the top cars to look for in the New Year.
Top Choice*** Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible, 45th Anniversary
The drop-top muscle car roars with a slew of tweaks that make the greater Camaro lineup, even much better than anything on the road. GM has retooled the rough edges and dull spots on Camaros, coupled with special wheels and badges that round out the package. The color is what differentiates the 45th Anniversary edition model - the special Carbon Flash Metallic steals your attention. The paint is only available on the anniversary model and is accented with gray and red striping on the trunk hood, and engine hood.
It would be nice to see some actual performance parts included. Still, some of the many things that the driver will enjoy are the ultra cool Led lighting throughout the side panel and the beautiful upholstery, which makes you feel as if you are sitting in a car that is one for the ages.
The 45th Anniversary is complete with soft-touch materials on the dash, showcasing an in dash system, a new steering wheel that definitely provides a fun grip for those who love to push their cars to the limits on the road and a few suspension changes that give the new Camaro a strong feeling of comfort and safety – something the earlier model somewhat lacked. The new Camaro series SS models will be equipped with the FE4 suspension package, which came from the development of the faster Camaro ZL1.
The beautiful car bolsters a V6 engine, which now packs 323 horsepower, a gain of 11 over the 2011 model-year cars. With the addition to the interior and mechanical adjustments, the car showcases special 45th Anniversary logos on the steering wheel, fenders, seat backs, and dash to separate it from the rest of the Camaro stable.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition, priced between $38,000-$45,000, will arrive in showrooms this summer.
Audi A4 2.0 T Quattro
Audi has officially stepped out of the shadow of other high-end car manufacturers, taking them to another level with the A4. The sleek and stylish contour lines of the Quattro grow on you and before you know it—you are outright digging the sporty body. The premium trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, cruise control, fog lamps, automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, a dash-mounted Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.
The 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro has a well-designed wheelbase, which gives it ultimate control when you take on the winding roads. Its sporty aerodynamic design and responsive V6 engine gives it the edge that takes it to the top of its class in power, and sophistication. In addition, the car features All-wheel drive, MP3 Player, Satellite radio, Side/Curtain Airbags, Stability Control, Traction Control, Navigation System (Optional), Bluetooth (Optional), Ipod input (Optional). These details make the new Audi re-establish its luxury-level revamping of the sports wagon for the active and fast going lifestyle. The base model Audi A4 is a blast with fuel consumption of up to 21 city and 31 mpg hwy.
The Audi A4 2.0T Avant Quattro offers a big bang for the buck that rivals and out duels the Lexus IS250, BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Audi has positioned the Quattro to stay a step ahead of rivals Lexus IS, which offers 3 liter and 210 Horsepower and BMW 328xi, which offers 3 liters and 230 hp.
Premium model starts at $32,500 and Premium 2.0T Quattro starts at $33,300
2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5SV
The futuristic lights on the back of the new Maxima aren’t the only touch of beauty. The 2012 Nissan Maxima Limited Edition package adds some of the SV Sport's features and flashier styling to the base model. This year's model also has freshened styling (grille and taillights) and updated interior trim. In these economic times, showing up to work in a new car with a fancy luxury badge may raise some eyebrows around the water cooler.
Purchasing a new car like the Maxima that straddles the tricky divide between practical and upscale would be a good way to enjoy one’s success without flaunting it. Under the hood of the Nissan Maxima is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 290 hp and 261 pound-feet of torque. Other included features are an auto-dimming rearview mirror, trip computer, Bluetooth phone capability and an eight-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack. The new Limited Edition option package for S models includes a unique grille and 18-inch dark silver, alloy wheels, HID xenon headlights with smoke-tinted lenses, fog lights and a rear spoiler. Check it out.
The Nissan Maxima base model starts at $31,850 and the 3.5 SV model starts at $34,550.
2012 Fiat Abarth (500)
The Arbath 500 injects the Fiat model with additional power and some sporting flair. The new model receives a much needed sport-tuned suspension that gives it the tight feeling to get somewhere in a hurry. Coupled with 17-inch wheels, and a strong, muscled appearance (courtesy of wide low standing wheel wells and a snout front clip), the Abarth packs a punch that will give you respect on the road.
Apart from new wheel well reflectors, the American models appear to be looking similar to the European counterparts. Beneath the hood of the Arbath is a 1.4-liter engine, which packs a punch thanks to a turbocharger. The Abarths that are destined for our market will continue to employ the turbocharged 1.4-liter Multi fuel air engine, but the automaker has yet to disclose specifications for the U.S. -spec vehicle.
Pricing Details: The Fiat Abarth is rumored to start around $22,500 and top off at $26,500.
2012 Volkswagen Beetle
The completely redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is a little less cute to some and a lot more functional to others, but is still unmistakably a Beetle. The last "new" Volkswagen Beetle pioneered the automotive retro trend when it debuted back in 1998. Thanks to its distinctive styling and little touches, like a flower vase on the dash, the New Beetle was an immediate hit with younger buyers and Baby Boomers alike. But that homage to the 1960s only lasted so long without changes. In a way, the New Beetle has been a retro version of itself in its waning years. So it's with welcome relief that Volkswagen has introduced the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. An entirely new model, it is based on the most recent mechanical underpinnings from the redesigned VW Golf. At first glance, it resembles a New Golf that's been squashed from above. The Beetle Turbo, on the other hand, is essentially a GTI with more interesting styling. Its turbocharged engine has plenty of punch, sounds great and gets better mileage than the base engine.
The Volkswagen Beetle series starts at $18,950, and The 2012 VW Beetle will be available in a variety of models at launch, including models with powerful and efficient 2.5L and 2.0 TSI® turbocharged engines. The forthcoming TDI® Clean Diesel Beetle will offer an estimated 40 mpg* on the highway. All Beetles come with Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response System, and all covered under the no-charge, 3-year/36,000-mile scheduled Carefree Maintenance® Program*.
Infiniti G37S Coupe
Luxury sport coupes like the 2012 Infiniti G37 exist at the midway point between sports cars and entry-level luxury sedans. They are supposed to offer sharp handling but still ride comfortably. They look cooler than their four-door counterparts, yet still provide a backseat that can be used in a pinch. They should also come with all the leather and gizmos the term "luxury" denotes. They are a compromise and a best-of-both-worlds proposition. Quite pleasingly, the G37 meets the criteria. The 2012 Infiniti G coupe lies at the midway point between the Nissan 370Z sports car from which it borrows its platform and the Infiniti G Sedan from which it borrows just about everything else. The result is a two-door that offers a blend of handsome looks, strong performance and athletic handling. Inside the cabin is a stylish design and available high-tech features, plus one of the most user-friendly electronics interfaces around. You obviously don't get the spacious backseat of the G sedan, but it sure beats the Z's non-existent rear seat.
The Infiniti G37 Coupe series starts at $37,000 and tops around $43,900