Some vehicles built to haul people just aren’t exciting. The tasty new Cadillac CTS-V wagon will represent a tasty exception to that rule.
For the lucky consumer, more cars will follow the CTS-V’s lead and enliven the often mundane chore of getting our loved ones where they need to go. Of course depending on who you ask, exhilaration may come from having a car with a blistering 0-60 time or just from the number of cupholders available for back-seat passengers.
Whatever your version of bliss, one of the following cars could be your ticket to vehicle nirvana!
If sleek and sexy Swedes are your thing, check out the latest from Volvo.
Based on the impressive S60 sedan, the 2011 V60 Sports Wagon offers the same sweeping lines, but adds the versatility of a cavernous cargo area. Expect a turbocharged 3.0-liter T6 engine producing 304 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque to move the all-wheel-drive V60 from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. Be sure to buckle in your kids!
Our next people-mover remains undecided as to whether it will arrive in the U.S., but Inside Line teases:
When you cross the next A6 chassis with the optional A8 20-inch tire set and the Q7‘s 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, you get a steadfast cruising package with a theoretical maximum highway range of 875 miles on a full 22-gallon tank.
That’s the A7 Sportback, which would do battle with the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the Mercedes-Benz R-Class. In my opinion, the sleek Audi soundly beats both in this emerging and aesthetically challenging “sportback” category (a category that also includes the bulbous Porsche Panamera and bloated Honda Accord Crosstour).
The A7 Sportback might just grace us in 2011 and feature Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system, along with a choice between a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a 4.2-liter V8. That turbodiesel better remain on the options list!
If you find cupholder quantity more thrilling, let me tell you the most up-to-date info on the new Nissan Quest. Nissan has released teaser images of its latest people-mover, which looks like the Nissan Cube and Dodge Grand Caravan had a baby that grew up on a steady diet of cheeseburgers. I will withhold my final judgment until the van’s official reveal at the L.A. Auto Show in November.
No official cupholder count has been released, but we can assume the usual bevy will appear, especially considering the latest Toyota Sienna XLE sports no fewer than 14 places to rest your Big Gulp between sips. We should all sleep a little easier tonight knowing Nissan won’t let Toyota win that war!
Audi A7 Sportback, BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo or Mercedes R-Class? Volvo V60 or Cadillac CTS-V? Horsepower or cupholders?