Lincoln MKT

Base Price: $46,160-$48,155
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Lincoln MKT gets a new front end and revamped interior with a new gauge cluster and interior colors. Base 3.7L V-6 gains 35 hp and 11 lb-ft of torque; EcoBoost models are up 10 hp. Lincoln Drive Control coordinates adjustable suspension, steering, drivetrain, and stability systems. New safety features include larger brakes, lane keeping system, and seatbelt airbags.

Cool Fact: MKT Town Car offers a front-drive variant with the 2.0-liter I-4.

Sum Up: New face, more power, and safety for Lincoln's flagship crossover.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lincoln MKT
Base Engine 3.7L/303-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.1-7.6 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: O
* Estimated


Lincoln MKX

Base Price: $40,420
Body Type: SUV

What's New: New safety features including Collision Warning with Brake Support and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. Sync now includes Operator Assist and a local Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Three new colors, a panoramic roof and 22-inch polished aluminum wheels round out the changes. The 305-hp, 3.7L V-6 remains the only engine offered.

Cool Fact: The 2013 MKX comes standard with Curve Control to keep the shiny side up.

Sum Up: Minor updates keep the MKX competitive against the Lexus RX.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Lincoln MKX
Base Engine 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.2-7.7 sec*
Tow/Payload 3500/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/23-26 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Lincoln Navigator/L

Base Price: $59,000-$64,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Standard navigation features satellite radio with traffic info, fuel prices, weather conditions, sports scores, entertainment, and movie listings. Kodiak Brown, Ruby Red, and Midnight Sapphire are new exterior paint colors. The Navigator comes standard with Curve Control as part of the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system to keep the SUV on the road. Front and rear sensors work with rearview camera for easier maneuvering.

Avoid: Overpaying for a glorified Expedition.

Sum Up: Almost as old as the fuel that powers it.

Star Rating: *1/2


Lincoln Navigator/L
Base Engine 5.4L/310-hp/365-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.8-8.4 sec
Tow/Payload 8500-9000/1600-1650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-14/18-20 mpg*
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Maserati Kubang (2014)

Base Price: $80,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Maserati Kubang is the trident brand's new SUV. Aimed squarely at premium four-wheelers like the Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport, the Kubang will share the Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform and will even be built in Detroit. We expect Euro-spec models to get a smaller V-6 and a diesel engine. Don't be surprised to see at least one of those in the U.S. alongside the V-8.

Look For: The Kubang to become one of Maserati's best-sellers.

Sum Up: One of two premium Italian SUVs on the horizon.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Maserati Kubang (2014)
Base Engine 4.7L/425-hp/361-lb-ft V-8*
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A*
0-60 MPH N/A
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 8; rear cam: O; BMS: O*
* Estimated


Mazda5

Base Price: $21,000-$24,500*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: Not much changes for the Mazda5 mini-minivan, which was all-new last year. Inside, a USB port and driver-side seatback pocket are new additions. Cloth and leather seat trims and the shift knob have been revised. Outside mirrors with turn-signal lamps are also new. Touring and Grand Touring trims gain backup sensors, and there are three new paint choices. A Skyactiv engine may arrive next year.

Driver's Choice: Only minivan offered with a manual transmission.

Sum Up: Seats six in a compact package.

Star Rating: ****


Mazda5
Base Engine 2.5L/157-hp/163-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 8.5-9.1 sec*
Seats/Foldaway 6/3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21/28 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: N/A; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Mazda CX-5

Base Price: $21,490-$29,090
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 CX-5 SUV is the first vehicle to feature the full suite of Mazda's Skyactiv technology, which optimizes the powertrain and chassis to boost efficiency. Good handling characteristics make the CX-5 fun to drive, but the 2.0L engine could use more power to accompany its stellar fuel economy. Leather seats, Bose audio, Bluetooth connectivity, and navigation are also optional.

Look For: Skyactiv diesel as a second engine option, if we're lucky.

Sum Up: A little more power could make the CX-5 best in class.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Mazda CX-5
Base Engine 2.0L/155-hp/150-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 9.3-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000/1050 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 25-26/31-35 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Mazda CX-9

Base Price: $31,000-$36,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Our 2008 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year, the three-row CX-9 rolls into 2013 unchanged following a recent face-lift. The CX-9 can be had with AWD or FWD and should impress buyers with its fun-to-drive nature and upscale interior. Mazda hasn't announced plans for the next-generation model, which is expected sometime after the 2014 Mazda6 arrives.

Driver's Choice: In this segment, the CX-9 is the only one worth driving.

Sum Up: Could be the sportiest 7-passenger vehicle on the road.

Star Rating: ****


Mazda CX-9
Base Engine 3.7L/273-hp/270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-7.3 sec
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/1450-1500 lb*
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/22-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated