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With room for eight, the Nav is acclaimed for its cushy ride, quiet interior, and easy maneuverability. It has a 5.4-liter, 3-valve V-8 engine that’s fully flex-fuel capable and all the necessary goods, including rain-sensing wipers, powerfold third-row seats, a rearview camera, and a 14-speaker audio system for stadium sound.  Plus, the power running boards—which fold out of sight when the doors are closed and ease down when they’re opened—are a must-have for dramatic entrances.  (Starts at $54,400; Mpg: 14 city/20 hwy; lincoln.comHolly Reich TAURUS SHO
The Super High Output (SHO) edition of the Taurus was one of Ford’s most popular vehicles during its initial run a decade ago.  Today, the carmaker has resurrected the model with a complete exterior makeover by African-American automotive designer Earl Lucas. When the SHO debuted at the 2009 Chicago Car Show, it was greeted with a much-deserved standing ovation.  From its aggressive grill and steering wheel–mounted paddleshifters to its EcoBoost engine, which delivers V-8 power (365 horsepower) with V-6 mileage (25 miles per gallon), the SHO is sure to turn heads and satisfy Ford loyalists.  (Starts at $25,170; Mpg: 15 city/25 hwy; —SékouWrites

Sexy isn’t what typically comes to mind when you think of Volkswagen, but the CC could be a game changer for the brand.  The chrome grill, Übersleek exterior, and 6-speed automatic with 200 horsepower make this one of the most exciting new cars on the market.  It’s also one of the most affordable, thanks to its starting price of $27,100, and a no-charge carefree maintenance program that covers all scheduled maintenance for up to three years or 36,000 miles.  And with four doors and fold-down seats in the rear to expand the trunk space, the CC offers the conveniences of a sedan.  Test drive it, and you’ll see.  (Starts at $27,100; Mpg: 19 city/29 hwy; —Tiffany Parrish

Reprinted from UPTOWN Online

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