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2012 New York Auto Show - Ram

Ram 1500

Ram has something they want you to know: the 2013 Ram 1500 has best in class fuel economy. Seriously, they REALLY want you to know that. They must have used that exact phrase, with an accompanying metal-slamming dust-raising graphic, a half-dozen times before they even showed us the truck.

To achieve this best in class fuel economy, they utilized a host of improvements: a redesigned stronger and lighter frame, 8-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, stop-start technology, active grill shutters, and active air suspension for aerodynamic benefit.

2012 New York Auto Show - Subaru

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Subaru's one debut was the XV Crosstrek. In a past life you knew this as the Outback Sport. Basically an Impreza that's been jacked-up and called a crossover. You'll get 8.7 of ground clearance, same as the Outback wagon, so feel free to bust through those snow drifts.

Also previewed were a refreshed Legacy and Outback. A new 2.5 boxer engine, and minor styling updates are the only news.

Subaru also introduced a new technology called EyeSight that offers adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and throttle management, and lane departure warning. Normally only seen in more expensive cars, Subaru has concocted a more affordable system using stereo cameras rather than radar.

2012 New York Auto Show - Toyota

Toyota Avalon

Toyota's press conference featured a "concept" that was suspiciously devoid of a name. After the full show and tell, the big surprise was that this wasn't a concept at all; it was the new Avalon, exactly as it will appear in production form.

The Avalon has always been referred to (or derided) as Toyota's Buick; large, plush, smooth ride. Blandly inoffensive. The perfect choice for retirees. But with the changing definition of Buick has forced Toyota to step if up a notch. The new Avalon takes a giant leap forward in styling. Is there anything particularly original going on here? Nope. But it is a handsome, balanced, well-executed design that should broaden the Avalon's appeal further down the age scale.

2012 New York Auto Show - Hyundai

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone a type of automotive mitosis, splitting like an amoeba into two separate vehicles. One, the Santa Fe Sport, has a shorter wheelbase, with two rows of seats that seat five passengers. The other, simply known as Santa Fe, has a longer wheelbase, three rows of seats, and seats seven. Obviously, this broadens the range of crossovers with which the Santa Fe twins can be cross-shopped.

The updated styling continues Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" theme, although perhaps with less fluid than the recent Elantra and Veloster. Attractive enough without being risky.

2012 New York Auto Show - Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz GL

The full-size GL luxo-crossover has undergone a full redesign. Expect the usual dizzying complement of creature comforts and high technology, like Crosswind Stabilization and Active Parking Assist.

Are the luxury brands in danger of running out of whiz-bang doo-dads? The only thing left may be time travel.

 Also from M-B, a styling refresh for the compact GLK crossover. 

2012 New York Auto Show - BMW

BMW X1

The new-to-us BMW X1 crossover made its American debut in New York. It has been on sale in Europe for a couple of years. BMW calls this a subcompact SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) and it slots below the X3.

 The X1 will be available with a 4 cylinder and exclusively in the US, a 6 cylinder. Acceleration in that model should be brisk, to say the least.

2012 New York Auto Show - Nissan

Nissan Altima

Nissan debuted the new mid-size Altima sedan. It's their best-seller and has been redesigned from the ground up.

 How's it look? If you like the Maxima, you'll probably like the new Altima. Sorta. If the Maxima is Peyton Manning, then the Altima is Eli. Clearly brothers, but one just doesn't look quite as sharp, and doesn't perform as well as the other. Don't feel bad for the Altima, though. Just as Eli has more rings than his multi-MVP brother, the Altima outsells the Maxima handily.

2012 New York Auto Show - Acura

Acura RLX

Acura has caught a bad case of Lincoln-itis in recent years.  Bland product and strategy adrift. What are they? They aspire to be a premium brand, but nothing in their product line speaks to the essence of their identity. Where is the flagship? The current RL is barely adequate and painfully long in the tooth (talking about its age, not its awkward grille) when compared to the competition.

2012 New York Auto Show - Lexus

Lexus ES350

For Lexus the big story was the debut of the new ES350. This mid-sized luxury model always follows on the heels of the Toyota Camry debut because it's the Camry that provides the platform for the ES line. So we're talking about a FWD-based vehicle here, not RWD as in the rest of the Lexus sedan stable. Not necessarily a bad thing; plenty of shoppers in this segment are just looking for a quiet comfortable ride to go with the plush amenities.

 The styling is pleasant, inoffensive, with some cues from the top-of-the-line LS, and a slightly toned-down version of the new Lexus family Predator face

2012 New York Auto Show - Lincoln

Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln brand has languished in limbo for years, offering only the ubiquitous Town Car and badly blinged, badge-engineered vehicles thinly disguised from their Ford cousins. While the Japanese brands were seizing market share, and Cadillac was reinventing itself as a bold, brash competitor against the German marques, Lincoln plodded towards extinction, seemingly just one more bad quarter away from the ax.

2012 New York Auto Show - Chevrolet

Chevrolet Impala

With apologies to Hertz and Avis, the 2014 Chevy Impala we finally take the leap from fleet car status to bonafide consumer desirability. No longer the province of county employees, the new Impala is designed in such a way that you may actually notice it on the road.

Clearly, the success of the last iteration of Malibu proved to Chevy brass that style and design actually matter, even in the family sedan market. The sleek roofline with elegantly executed chrome trim, sculpted side sheet metal and long wheelbase combine to cut a stylish, sleek silhouette.

Power will come from three engine choices: a 3.6L V-6, a new 2.5L four-cylinder and a 2.4L four-cylinder with eAssist, promising 35mpg. Expect the new Impala early in 2013.