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In the first part of the article we presented the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Porsche Boxster / Cayman, Mazda 3, Mazda Miata and the Cadillac CTS / CTS-V. In the second part we will be reviewing the remaining five cars from our top. We start with the Ford Fusion Hybrid and see where the rest of the top takes us.

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Although it might come as a surprise for many of you, the Fusion Hybrid from Ford is by far the most advanced car in our top 10. With the electric power engaged, the car is able to reach a respectable to speed of 47 mph. The powertrain of this hybrid is not only compact but very refined, you can barely hear it. As far as the in-car entertainment is concerned, the Fusion Hybrid is packed with the Sirius Travel Link that offers info regarding traffic, sports, and weather and movie times. The car was designed in order to keep the distraction level of the driver to a minimum as all the computer functions are voice controlled. The car is great fun to drive and something new in comparison to what you are accustomed to. The handling, the ride are all strong points of the Ford. The car is equipped with a 2.5-liter inline-4 DOHC 16-valve conventional engine that is capable of producing 156 hp and 136 lb-ft. Being a hybrid; it also features a AC permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor that offers 106 hp and 166 lb-ft. The transmission of the Fusion Hybrid is a continuously variable automatic type. The base price for the car is $28,350. According to the EPA ratings, the car will do 41 mpg city / 36 mpg highway, one of the best in its class as far as fuel efficiency.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord Sedan

Honda Accord Coupe

The 2.4-liter standard engine of the Accord is surprisingly very quick, offering plenty of performance for a car from this class. The automatic gearbox never draws attention to itself and works just as you might expected. If you don’t like the sedan version, maybe the coupe draws your attention with its sleek exterior looks and the powerful V6 engine capable of producing 271 hp, more than enough for most of us. With this engine, the Accord Coupe is able to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.6 seconds. The base price of the sedan version is $21,765 while the coupe can be yours for $30,015 with the entry-level trim. The transmissions available for the Accord include the 5 or 6-speed manual and the modern 5-speed automatic gearbox. According to the EPA ratings, the car will do 17-22 mpg city / 25-31 mpg highway.

Honda Fit

Honda Fit

Why another Honda? The Fit is very fun to drive, quite affordable and the cockpit will invade you with high quality materials that you will only find in more expensive cars of the upper segment. Not only it has a very reasonable price, but also it is very cheap to operate, making it a very wise decision for budget-minded drivers. The 117 hp 1.5-liter power unit isn’t something to brag about, but it is quite enough for the Fit. If you want a car from the upper segment and cannot afford it, the Honda Fit is the perfect “imitation” of a more expensive car. The 117 hp power unit can be fitted with the following transmissions: standard 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic with manumatic shifting and 5-speed automatic for a more relaxing drive. According to the EPA ratings, the Honda Fit does 27-28 mpg city / 33-35 mpg highway.

Audi S4

Audi S4

A top without at least one car from Germany would not be fair, wouldn’t it? When it was first introduced in 2004, the Audi S4 was equipped with a V8 engine, but for the 2010 model, it lost 2 cylinders, however this does not mean that the car is underpowered. On the contrary, the supercharged V6 packs 333 hp which is only 7 hp less in comparison to the V8 power unit. If you want extreme driving pleasures, go for the $1100 torque-vectoring rear differential, which makes the Audi S4 an oversteering titan. In a recent test, the Audi S4 performed better than the BMW 335i, although it weighs about 400 pounds more and offers just about the same performance figures. The engine of the car is linked to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual or a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The base price for the 2010 Audi S4 is $46,725. According to the EPA ratings, the S4 will do 18 mpg city / 27-28 mpg highway.

BMW 3-Series / M3

BMW 3-Series


Another German car, this time the BMW 3-Series / M3. You can go for the 328i model that packs 230 hp and will do 30+ mpg on the highway or for the more powerful M3 variant, a car that is equipped with a remarkable V8 engine that is capable of outputting 414 hp @ 8400 rpm. The M3 needs only about 4 seconds to do the 0-60 mph sprint. The 3-Series is a very comprehensive range, the car is offered with a coupe, sedan, wagon, four-door M3 configuration plus a folding-hardtop convertible for summer days. The base price for the 3-Series is $33,675 while the M3 has a starting price of $69,025. The engines can be fitted with one of the following transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting and a modern 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox. According to the EPA ratings, the BMW 3-Series will do 13-23 mpg city / 20-36 mpg highway.

Other cars that didn’t made it into our top include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the beautiful Nissan 370Z, Chevrolet Camaro, Porsche 911 Carrera, Hyundai Genesis Coupe and the Lexus IS Convertible.

Picking out any of these cars from our top is a good idea as they all combine the most important ingredients of a car: fun to drive, comfy interior, a bundle of safety features and more than decent powertrains, especially for the sportier cars like the M3 or the S4.

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While Audi kept us busy speculating on its new e-Tron electric concept, we almost forgot that it announced and dated the brand new 2010 Audi S5 Sportback for Europe. This potential rival to the Porsche Panamera will really give any performance sedan a run for its money, with its supercharged 3-liter V6 engine, capable of offering 245 kW (333 HP) with a torque of 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft).

The FSI engine will be fitted to a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, which will unleash the power through the quattro system and deliver it to all of the wheels, with a slight rear bias, and through an optional sport differential. All of this technical stuff will manifest in a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 5.4 seconds, and will keep the new S5 Sportback going until it reaches its electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph) limit. Also, Audi claims that the fuel average is around 9.7 liters/100 km (24.25 US mpg), quite respectable for such a big car.

The 2010 S5 Sportback also flauts its sports-tuned chassis, which is more rigid and the wide array of wheels that can be fitted. Expect the Servotronic speed-sensitive steering to be a standard, with a dynamic one available as an option. In order to highlight the sporty nature though, you will be encountering plenty of S5 trinkets all around the car, from the front grill to the black brake calipers.

On the inside, more of the same, but the Silk Nappa leather, which cover the sport seats, will make you forget about the aggressive nature of the model and feel quite pampered. Quickly bringing you back though will be the sport steering wheel and aluminum-look shift paddles which are also filled with S5 badges.

Expect the new Audi S5 Sportback arriving in Germany in spring of 2010, for a estimated base price of €57,900.


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The BMW 3 Series and the Audi A5 are two of our favorite cars and don’t ask us which one we prefer, because we change our minds every 15 minutes. Both cars are fascinating. And here’s a car we’ve been expecting ever since we knew about the A5: the Audi A5 Cabrio. Spotted by AutoExpress spies close to Audi’s headquarters in Germany, the car has some pretty heavy camouflage on it, so we can’t really tell what are the styling mods it got.

However, what we do know is that the car, which will probably debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, will go on sale next year, with the first deliveries in UK scheduled for November and at a starting price of £33,000 (47,400 EUR or $67,250). It won’t have a folding metal roof, but, as Audi got us used, a fabric one which, besides reducing costs, will make the A5 Cabrio a more practical car, with a lot of luggage space.

The Audi A5 Cabrio will be offered with the same engine choices as the Coupe: a 3.2 liter V6 petrol and two diesels, a 2.7 liter and a 3.0 liter TDI. The top of the line model will be the S5 Cabrio, powered by a 4.2-litre V8 and quattro four-wheel drive system.

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Here’s a cool video review we’ve found, of the upcoming Audi S5, which will hit US in November. We liked it, and we hope you’ll like it too. Enjoy! And remember, the Audi S5/A5 is a candidate in our European “Car of the Year” Competition, so go ahead and vote your favorite car.


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