With a great blend of sport, technology, and luxury, the all-new 2009 Acura TSX ($TBA) has its sights set on the C-classes and 3-series of the world. The slightly larger and longer sedan is powered by an all-aluminum in-line 4-cylinder engine pumping out 201 hp, paired with either a short-shift 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission. Quiet and stable, the TSX's interior comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port music interface, a 7-speaker sound system, and can be outfitted with the Acura Navigation System with voice-recognition, a premium 10-speaker sound system from Elliot Scheiner, and real-time traffic updates. It's like a Civic for grown-ups.
The Passat is getting a much needed revamp later this year. In addition to an all-new, Benz-inspired design, the Volkswagen Passat CC ($TBA; Q4 2008) offers several innovative assistance systems, such as the Lane Assist lane keeping system; Dynamic Drive Control electronic chassis control system; Park Assist parking assistant; and ACC Automatic Distance Control with stopping distance reducing Front Assist. The CC, which VW calls its first four-door coupe, also sports a huge, electrically actuated Panorama power vent sunroof. The Passat CC will come standard with the 200-hp 2.0 TSI engine, available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. You can upgrade to the 280-hp 3.6L FSI, which comes standard with the 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. [More Photos]
Cadillac's hot rod luxury sedan gets even more power and tech goodies in the upcoming edition. The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V ($TBA) delivers a supercharged 550 horsepower, while its Magnetic Ride Control (shocks controlled by electro-magnets instead of mechanical valves) and racing-inspired Performance Traction Management program keeps you tight. The high-performance sedan also features new front and rear fascias, 6-piston Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin's Pilot Sport 2 (PS2) summer tire, and either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Inside, you get 14-way adjustable Recaro driving seats, hand-stitched everything, and a navigation system with a 40GB hard drive, pop-up screen, and Bose digital surround audio. [More Photos]
It might not be the flashiest of cars, but odds are you've wanted one before. The 2008 Honda Accord ($TBA) is the eighth edition of Honda's flagship, and offers an available i-VTEC V-6 that produces 268 horsepower and boasts Variable Cylinder Management with fuel-saving 4- and 3-cylinder modes, available Satellite-Linked Navigation with voice activation and Bluetooth, a myriad of safety improvements, an optional 6-speed manual transmission, and optional 18-inch wheels.