Article: 2013 Ford Flex Competition
Chevrolet Traverse: This seven-passenger crossover will likely get updated styling and features for model-year 2013 or 2014, but don’t anticipate drastic changes to one of Chevy’s most popular vehicles. Traverse will remain similar under the skin to the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. An upgraded interior with higher-quality materials would be part of the coming changes. Traverse has until now had a 281-horsepower V-6 as its sole engine but future powertrain choices could include a four-cylinder for improved fuel economy. As in select General Motors midsize cars, this engine could get GM’s eAssist treatment in which a small electric motor helps with acceleration but doesn’t propel the vehicle on its own. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 could be offered as an upgrade.
Honda Pilot: A model-year 2012 freshening brought a new grille but did little to soften this crossover’s boxy shape. Expect that to change with Pilot’s next redesign, anticipated for model-year 2014. Until then, this Honda will remain a smartly packaged midsize SUV that provides seating for up to eight on three rows but isn’t any larger on the outside than most two-row rivals. The 2013 Pilot should continue with one engine, a responsive V-6 that can automatically shut down two or three cylinders at cruising speeds to conserve fuel. Pilot has a taut suspension that furnishes above-average handling, if a bit of a rough ride on sharp bumps.
Toyota Highlander: A full redesign is anticipated for model-year 2013 but Highlander would remain a comfy and versatile seven-passenger crossover is based on the Camry sedan. All-purpose family transportation with an element of style has been its trademark. A modestly powerful four-cylinder engine should remain standard with a stronger and smoother V-6 alternately offered. A fuel-saving gas/electric V-6 hybrid should likewise remain in the lineup and be rated at or near 28/28/28 mpg. Ride and handling probably will continue on the gentle side.
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