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Corvette Corvette ZR1
Starting at $105,000

Ripping and roaring its way onto an interstate near you is the new king of Corvettes: the ZR1. With 638 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2- liter V8, the ZR1 is the most powerful Corvette that Chevrolet has ever produced. And the $105,000 starting price also makes it the priciest new Corvette in history. The ZR1 isn’t just fast; it’s downright frightening. Count out three seconds in your head … didn’t take too long, did it? That’s how quickly you’ll hit 60 mph from a standstill in this gnarly beast. And for those of you without a fear of law enforcement, the ZR1 will hit 205 mph on long stretches of pavement. Not that we endorse that sort of thing.
Nissan Nissan GT-R
Starting at $69,850

What if you want speed, but interstate police chases aren’t your thing? You’ll want to check out the highly anticipated Nissan GT-R. At 480 horsepower, the GT-R is definitely no slouch. However, it isn’t any of its impressive features — a hand-built twin-turbocharged engine, a patented electronically controlled all-wheeldrive system, and a paddle-shifting six-speed transmission, to name a few — that make it special. What makes the GT-R one of the most rewarding sports cars on the planet is its absolute synergy of every part. It may not make you a better driver, but you’ll sure as heck feel like one.

C R O S S O V E R S
BMW BMW X6
Starting at $52,500
BMW’s new X6 is for every driver torn between the exhilaration of a sports car and the utility of an SUV. Coined a “sports activity coupe” by BMW, this four-door crossover vehicle is as well-rounded a car as any fickle shopper could hope to buy. Standard features on this very cool ride include BMW’s xDrive all-wheeldrive system, active steering that varies ratios according to vehicle speed, and run-flat tires. Engine choices are exotic, with either a twinturbo V8 or twin-turbo V6.
Toyota venza Toyota Venza
Pricing TBA

Not to be left behind in the crossover game, Toyota released its all-new Venza for 2009. The sporty styling of the Venza is sure to win over those who need the functionally of a fiveperson van but want to maintain their street cred. Options are abundant on the Venza, with front- and all-wheel drive trims available with your choice of a 268 horsepower V6 or a more fuel-efficient 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. Perhaps the slickest feature on the Venza is a Toyota first: automatic high beams that switch the headlights to low beam when sensors on the front of the vehicle detect lights from an oncoming car. These are perfect for the twisting roads that surround the Queen City.

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Saturn vue green line Starting at $26,270
The typical hybrid simply isn’t big enough to accommodate everyone’s needs. Luckily, the Saturn Vue Green Line will mark its debut in 2009. The Vue Green Line uses GM’s latest evolution of a 2-mode system previously used in models such as the Aura. According to GM, the Vue Green Line’s fuel economy will be 50 percent better than its normal V6 engine. On the road, you can expect 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Combined, those numbers give the Vue Green Line a range of more than 500 miles between fill-ups, making it the perfect vehicle for the endangered family road trip.
Chrysler aspen hybrid Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
Starting at $45,570

Chrysler is attempting to remedy some people’s perception of hybrids as tiny toy cars with its new full-sized SUV Aspen Hybrid. The Aspen, packing 400 horsepower from its two-mode Hemi and electric engines, is capable of towing a hefty 6,000 pounds. And don’t worry; you don’t have to rough it. The Aspen’s interior is leather-soaked for up to eight passengers and includes all of the gadgets you’d expect in any Chrysler. You can fetch 19 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway in this highend hybrid.

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jaguar Jaguar XF
Starting at $49,975

Jaguar once again makes the case that beauty is not only skin-deep with the XF. Of course, the exterior of the newest Jag is easy on the eyes, but this extends far beyond the sheet metal, with engine choices of a normally aspirated or supercharged V8 that produces 300 or 420 horsepower, respectively. With a fully independent suspension and an electronically controlled six-speed transmission, this cat is ready to run. And with the standard JaguarDrive Control traction system with Winter mode, you can set it free all year long. One option that’s sure to be popular: the 13-speaker, $1,500 super high-end Bowers and Wilkins audio system. Consider this a bargain from a manufacturer that produces speakers costing more than $11,000 apiece.
Hyundai genesis Hyundai Genesis
Starting at $32,250

So, Hyundai made a luxury car. Of course, you’re asking yourself: How good can it really be? Well, let’s consider a few things. It has most of the standard features you’d expect to find in a Lexus or a Mercedes, such as heated and power leather seats, automatic lights, traction control, an acoustic laminated windshield and front-side glass, a CD player with XM radio that’s iPod-compatible, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone. It also has the option of a base 290 horsepower V6 or a robust 375 horsepower V8 powering the rear wheels. But unlike the finer automotive examples from Japan or Germany, this Korean underdog also has a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty to keep you in the worry-free lap of luxury. So it appears you can have your cake, eat it, and pocket about $20k in savings.