Jaguars have always been lick-your-whiskers cool. So what could make the brand even more savory? The all-new, four-wheel drive Jaguar X-Type. It’s Jaguar’s first compact sports sedan, and as the manufacturer’s “we’re over SUVs” statement, it’s expected to be the hottest new accessory for fall. But don’t let the size fool you. This “Baby Jag” is road responsive and smooth. It’s spacious and luxurious. And the price–$29,950 (manufacturer’s suggested retail)–will make you purr.
Way to go
You’ll never again argue about missing an exit nor talk to a gas station attendant who hasn’t a directional clue, not once you install the Nav-5800 by Audiovox which, because of its link to Global Positioning System satellites, knows your location at all times. The 5.8-inch-wide color screen is designed to fit on the dashboard, and it offers guiding voice prompts in 21 different voices and nine languages, so you don’t need programming skills. Tell it where you want to be, and you’re good to go. The suggested retail price is $2,500.
Benz owners only
An owner or leaser of a Mercedes-Benz can pull right in–virtually speaking, of course. My Mercedes Garage keeps track of mileage, oil changes, and service appointments. Logging on to the Owners Online section of www.mbusa.com with just the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) provides users with photographs of their vehicles and a variety of services, including vehicle recall information, dealer highlights, and online service scheduling. The service is free; no credit card or payment information is needed.