The 2011 Volvo S40 has style and convenience on its side, but lacks the athleticism and refinement of other European luxury sport sedans. Volvo S40 Sedan offers the following pros: Convenient front seats; ample security features; emphasis on style; lively turbocharged motor. Volvo S40 Sedan drawbacks are: Not quite a luxury sedan despite luxury pricing; handling falls short of that seen in true sport sedans; awkward navigator interface.
The 2011 Volvo S40 Sedan is available in two versions: T5 and T5 R-design.
The base T5 comes traditional with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning, an eight-way performance driver bench with memory, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, neoprene-like T-tec upholstery, a 60/40-split-folding back bench, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker audio with a CD player, HD radio and Usb/auxiliary input slots. Adding the auxillary Preferred suite will also get you a sunroof, leather upholstery and a performance passenger bench.
The T5 R-design contains all of the above and spices things up with front and back spoilers, side skirts, a sport helm, original watch-dial gauges and aluminum pedals.
Both trims are available with the Climate suite, which adds heated front seatings, headlight washers, automatic wipers and automatic conditioning. The Multimedia suite adds a luxury 10-speaker audio and a navigator with real-time traffic. Stand-alone features include 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, radio, keyless ignition/entry, back parking sensors and a blind-spot detection system paired with power-folding mirrors.
The well-rounded 2012 Mazda 6 ranks highly among family sedans for its sporty driving dynamics and roomy dashboard. Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan offers the following pros: Spacious cabin; large trunk; muscular performance from V6; smooth automatic transmissions; sporty handling. Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan drawbacks are: Mediocre fuel efficiency; some affordable dashboard materials.
The 2012 Mazda 6 is available in six versions: i Sport, i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Touring Plus and s Grand Touring. Models with the "i" prefix come with the four-cylinder motor, while models with the "s" prefix come with the V6.
The i Sport comes traditional with 16-inch metal wheels, a manually height-adjustable driver bench, full performance accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls, a tilt-and-telescoping helm and a six-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with an optional stereo slot.
The i Touring model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a trip computer, a performance driver bench, an in-dash Six-cd changer, Bluetooth phone and stereo connectivity, updated dashboard trim and a leather-wrapped helm and shift knob.
Opting for the i Touring Plus will get you a sunroof, a blind-spot monitoring system, electroluminescent instrument gauges and outside mirrors with integrated turn signals. The i Grand Touring model adds leather upholstery, heated front seatings, dual-zone automatic conditioning, a rearview camera, a multi-information screen and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. The s Touring Plus model is outfitted identically to the i Touring Plus, except for the motor, transmission and some look trim. The s Grand Touring adds 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
We expect one of the more well-known features will be the Technology suite, which is available for Grand Touring models. It contains automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, radio, driver memory options and a performance passenger bench. A voice-activated navigation system is available only for Grand Touring models and comes with a 7-inch touchscreen screen and real-time traffic. Stand-alone features vary in availability with versions and include many of the above-listed features as well as a back spoiler, a chrome fuel-filler door and remote motor start. .