Audi AG

  • 2.0L TFSI I-4 turbo 211 hp (A4)

    + Small package, massive potential

    - Mileage always can be better

    = 4-cyl. benchmark

  • 3.0L V-6 TDI 225 hp (Q7 TDI)

    + Diesel works well in big CUV

    - Specs clobbered by BMW diesel

    = Moves like stampeding buffalo

  • 3.0L TFSI V-6 333 hp (S4)

    + 24 mpg in 4.9 seconds

    - Exhaust note needs more spice

    = Don't even miss the V-8

BMW AG

  • 3.0L I-6 turbodiesel 265 hp (335d)

    + Move over, hybrids

    - Gotta top off the urea tank

    = Best 6-cyl. diesel ever

  • 3.0L I-6 turbo 300 hp (135i coupe)

    + An engine for the ages

    - Must wait for new version

    = Sitting on laurels this year

Chrysler LLC

  • 5.7L Hemi V-8 376 hp (Challenger R/T)

    + Exhaust note sweet as lullaby

    - Can Chrysler afford any updates?

    = It's not you, it's us

Ford Motor Co.

  • 2.5L I-4 HEV 191 hp (Fusion Hybrid)

    + Better tech, less pricy than Escape HEV

    - MPG still trails Prius

    = No-compromise hybrid

  • 3.5L EcoBoost turbo V-6 365 hp (Taurus SHO)

    + Rivals V-8 specsv

    - Pudgy platform hamstrings fuel economy

    = Ford delivers the goods

  • 3.7L Duratec V-6 273 hp (Lincoln MKS)

    + Runs on regular unleaded

    - Barely better than original 3.5L Duratec

    = Needs more power, refinement

  • 5.4L supercharged V-8 540 hp (Shelby GT500)

    + Highway fuel efficiency up 2 mpg

    - Who said 500 hp wasn't enough?

    = Pamplona bull run

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

  • 2.5L turbo H-4 265 hp (Subaru Legacy GT)

    + Turbocharger smartly moved closer to exhaust

    - Raspy idle off-putting for some

    = Cure for the common car

  • 2.5L H-4 170 hp (Subaru Outback)

    + Good base engine for small ute

    - Meager specific output of 68 hp/L

    = Different, in a good way

General Motors Co.

  • 2.4L DI I-4 182 hp (Chevy Equinox)

    + Terrific bread-and-butter engine

    - Can GM produce enough of them?

    = A very pleasant surprise

  • 2.8L turbo V-6 300 hp (Cadillac SRX)

    + New larger compressor adds 20 hp

    - Old-school turbo lag

    = Enough power for Cadillac CUV buyers?

  • 3.0L DI V-6 270 hp (Cadillac CTS)

    + Proof that downsizing works

    - Smaller engine, less power

    = Newly bred for workhorse duties

  • 3.6L DI V-6 304 hp (CTS Sport Wagon)

    + Still a proud achievement

    - Mileage just doesn't stack up

    = Caught standing still

  • 5.3L Vortec AFM V-8 326 hp (GMC Sierra)

    + AFM improves mileage, slightly

    - How long can pushrods survive?

    = Even T-Rex faced extinction

  • 6.2L AFM V-8 400 hp (Chevy Camaro SS)

    + A voice like butta

    - Never close to 25-mpg highway rating

    = Nice to have you back, Camaro

Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

  • 1.3L I-4 HEV 98 hp (Insight)

    + Capable of high mileage

    - Rarely runs only on electricity

    = Call of the mild

  • 3.5L V-6 271 hp (Accord coupe)

    + It's refined, versatile and strong

    - Numbers lag the competition.

    = Still stout, but a little tired

Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.

  • 2.0L turbo I-4 210 hp (Genesis coupe)

    + Kudos for downsized offering

    - Not enough Tau magic rubbed off on it

    = Strong, but unrefined

  • 3.8L V-6 306 hp (Genesis coupe)

    + Runs with premium V-6s

    - Premium V-6s suddenly out of style

    = Floats like butterfly, stings like bee

  • 4.6L Tau V-8 385 hp (Genesis sedan)

    + Small V-8 at head of class

    - Needs more applications

    = New V-8 paradigm

Kia Motors Corp.

  • 2.0L I-4 156 hp (Forte)

    + Trumps rival I-4s, at least on paper

    - Fails to raise the bar

    = Pound for pound, a great value

Mazda Motor Corp.

  • 2.0L I-4 167 hp (MX-5)

    + Induction Sound Enhancer for sporty exhaust

    - Not demonstrating huge improvement

    = Needs more power to go with sound

Suzuki Motor Corp.

  • 2.4L I-4 185 hp (Kizashi)

    + Good effort, impressive numbers

    - Old-school port injection

    = Still needs tweaking

Tata Motors Ltd.

  • 5.0L DI V-8 375 hp (Land Rover LR4)

    + Dazzling technology, refinement

    - Who can afford one?

    = Too patrician

Toyota Motor Corp.

  • 1.8L I-4 HEV 134 hp (Prius)

    + Monumental technological achievement

    - Takes the fun out of driving

    = Benchmark efficiency

  • 2.5L I-4 179 hp (Camry)

    + Does its job

    - Not as impressive as big-brother 2.7L

    = Tastes like chicken

  • 3.5L DI V-6 306 hp (Lexus IS 350)

    + Sophisticated fuel injection strategy

    - No one needs both belt and suspenders

    = Evolution has stalled

  • 3.5L V-6 275 hp (Lexus RX 350)

    + Competent, quiet, high-volume V-6

    - Tiny improvement over four years

    = Competent but dull

  • 3.5L V-6 HEV 295 hp (Lexus RX 450h)

    + Exhaust-heat recovery system quickens warmup

    - Hard to quantify gain over last RX hybrid

    = More tortoise than hare

  • 4.6L V-8 310 hp (Tundra)

    + Nice to see focus on smaller V-8

    - Trip computer lacks MPG calculator

    = Good effort

Volkswagen AG

  • 2.0L I-4 turbodiesel 140 hp (Jetta TDI)

    + Torque in all the right places

    - As regulations loom, will diesels survive?

    = Saving fuel can be tons of fun