Road Test

They offer great looks and stellar performance, but for 2010 these cars really drive value

American Muscle

CamaroIn a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, the Chevy Camaro gives more options for your pocket than almost any other sports vehicle on the road—and more car for your money. Offering the power and handling that make the Camaro a classic, the LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS range from $22,680 to $33,745, with a V6 or V8 engine and 304 or 426 horsepower depending on the model. But there are a variety of features available across the line models, such as OnStar road assistance and rear parking assist. For more information, check out www.chevrolet.com/vehicles/2010/camaro/overview.do.

Road Ready

PanameraIt’s the ultimate lifestyle drive for those who work smart, play hard, and chart their own course. The four-door sports vehicle is a unique design for Porsche. With 400 horses pushing 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, road warriors can customize their choice of the Panamera S ($89,800), the 4S ($93,800), or the Turbo ($132,600), from color to wheel combination. The vehicle comfortably seats four and the trunk fits up to four suitcases—which can be ordered through Porsche Design Studio to match the car exterior. And the Travel Club can plan your next exotic road trip. Get the details at www.porsche.com/usa/models/panamera.

A Techno Smart Car

taurus(red)With 365 horsepower and a V6 engine that runs like a V8, the 2010 Ford Taurus is powerful and fuel efficient. Its sculpted design and spacious interior gives it a competitive look and feel. It has a six-speed select shift automatic transmission and a base sticker price of $25,995, which makes it affordable. But it’s the technology that makes it the best auto deal going. The multicontour active front seats change shape for a more relaxed ride; radar systems anticipate driving challenges with blind spot warnings and traffic alerts; and adaptive cruise control can automatically reduce the speed of your vehicle in traffic. Visit www.fordvehicles.com.

This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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