SUVs have dominated the family vehicle category as their popularity continues to rise. Most buyers do not need to seat seven passengers but do enjoy the option of all-wheel drive. Now, the luxury segment is producing midsize crossovers with comfort and convenience. The Volvo XC60 and XC70, for instance, offer family utility with the rugged capability of an SUV.
The XC60 and XC70 are among the top choices for consumers because both have comfortable cabins and a host of unique features designed for family use. In keeping with Volvo’s reputation, they also earn great scores in safety tests. Although the crossover SUV has easily replaced station wagons as family vehicles, basic consumer needs have not strayed. The XC60 has the same role in the family as the old 740s, but with the addition of great styling.
The XC series inherits the Volvo wagon design legacy, and the XC70 is proof of this successful formula. Increased ride height and all-wheel-drive are optional, allowing the XC70 to offer guaranteed comfort to that out-of-the-way ski resort or off-road area. In addition to impressive aesthetics, the lower body panels are resistant to dents and come with skid plates to resist dirt accumulation. Practical cargo space layouts on all XC models provide better utility than those of most other competitors.
The XC60 sports the same modern look as its sibling with its soft curves and a number of details common to Swedish furniture. The luxury vibe results from trim accents and high quality materials.
XC models differ from the old wagons aesthetically but safety is still of the utmost importance. Like other Volvos, these SUVs received the maximum five star score in the recently revamped government safety tests. In addition, the XC models come with a number of features designed stop accidents from happening in the first place.
Safety seats are one of many major amenities for families. The XC60 includes two built-in booster seats for kids. Now, parents won’t need to constantly convert the rear seat to transport children or for an adult’s night out. Adults will find the spaciousness of the backseat equally comfortable.
There are many different choices available for a family luxury crossover vehicle. The Volvo XC60 and the Volvo XC70 provide great packaging and a driving experience that is impressively engaging. Both the XC60 and the XC70 are excellent options for anyone looking for an SUV attitude in a luxury wagon in the midsize segment.
In the 2013 model year, Lexus’ all-new Lexus ES350 features innovative and stylish updates to an already world-class luxury interior. Improving on an already popular vehicle, Lexus continues to push the envelope with refined design touches, all while maintaining the model’s signature refined plushness.
The ES350’s comfortable and luxurious interior will make you look forward to road trips and long holiday drives with the family. The rear seat is an on-road oasis, while the longer platform and sleek front seatback design offer class-leading legroom. Passengers will appreciate the generous headroom and rear-window sunshades.
For travel, trips to Austin, or even to the grocery store, the Lexus ES350 offers 12-15 cubic feet of storage space, which is enough to accommodate 9 airline carry-on bags, 4 golf bags or 18 standard grocery bags. A redesigned hinge creates a wider opening in the trunk, making loading and unloading easier than ever.
One of our favorite features, the Drive Mode Select, allows you to make the most of your driving experience. In the Eco mode, you’ll be able to conserve fuel and maximize your efficiency, while Sport mode makes your ES350 more responsive. The ability to personalize your driving experience gives the ES350 another luxurious and individualized touch.
The first-ever ES300h offers an outstanding 40 miles-per-gallon that outpaces even subcompact models and the ES300h has earned the stringent SULEV emissions status. The ES300h’s luxurious interior offers a hybrid driving experience no other model can match. What’s even better is no longer do drivers have to sacrifice eco-friendliness and fuel efficiency for luxury and sophistication the Lexus ES300h combines both seamlessly.
Improvements to the Lexus ES350 for the 2013 model year represent an aggressive commitment to luxury and quality. Its luxurious and roomy interior paired with the vehicle’s personalized drivability make the ES350 an easy choice for drivers who seek a sophisticated vehicle that makes eco-stylish driving a reality.
Phantom has always been aptly named. Like a spooky apparition it has disappeared and re-appeared numerous times over the last century. Through it all, the executive flagship has proudly displayed the signature Spirit of Ecstasy hood icon—a reassuring detail for every Rolls-Royce diehard.
As the first Rolls produced by German engineers after a century of British ownership, the Phantom defines the upper-crust marque as influenced by the house of BMW. How have they done?
In short, they’ve done a great job. 2013 marks a decade of extraordinary work on an old-world legend that was designed from the ground up to silence any who would threaten its throne. So far it’s worked.
With rear-wheel drive, a nearly 7-liter V12 engine, and upwards of 450 horsepower, you’d think the deluxe sedan was a sports car, but it’s not. The Phantom is more likely to be found dropping off movie stars on the red carpet. At least that’s what comes to mind when you first open her rear carriage doors. You’ll see the elegant 5-passenger cabin, masterfully lined with hand-sewn leathers and an optional overhead fiber optic “universe” of twinkling stars to complement the experience.
2013: Adjustments to a “Timeless Interpretation”
This year’s car of kings comes with some alterations in style for its Series II incarnation, including lighting changes to the preferred rectangular LED clusters. Adjustments were also made to Phantom’s bumpers and wheels, with expanded paint and polish options for the latter.
There’s no denying it: the Phantom is huge. In light of this fact, Rolls-Royce has made standard the comprehensive camera network that covers the vehicle from five different angles as a navigation aid.
In the interests of improved fuel efficiency, a worthy goal for a V12-powered beast like the Phantom, an eight-speed transmission plus rear differential were incorporated into the car’s drivetrain. The company also dutifully obliged special requests for larger computer screens inside the cabin and an accompanying remote control, which was delivered in chrome.
Phantom, either as sedan, coupe or convertible, already comes with a large number of options, including advanced sound, navigation, and climate systems optimized with the latest technological innovations. The popular Extended Wheelbase (EW) version of the car adds to an already spacious interior and an imposing car length. Customers can order a partition window for passenger privacy as well.
Have an idea for your car that’s not already offered? No problem. Phantom owners can customize their car down to the finest grain under the Bespoke program, which allows requests for custom extras that reflect a driver’s personal automotive style. It’s up to the customer’s imagination.
For many, the prestige of the Phantom will remain a Hollywood dream, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a Phantom, you’ll own one of the most respected and customizable automobiles in the world.