FRONT BENCH TAKES A BACK SEAT
Three-across kicks the bucket

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Young lovers who want to cozy up in their car will have to look elsewhere: The Chevrolet Impala—the last remaining car available with a three-across front bench seat—will go the way of bucket seats-only in model year 2014. It’s the end of an era.

SUPER CHARGER
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

AUTO REVIEW— This car is one of the world’s great high-performing full-size sedans. The all-new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is the perfect vehicle for enthusiasts who need a larger sedan but who also want to drive a real supercar on the back roads. The Charger SRT8 carries its dual purpose personality with new levels of power, performance, luxury and entertainment.

FAR FIG NEWTON TOO
2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

AUTO REVIEW—When it comes to sporty Vee-Dubs, one car gets the glory: GTI. It was, after all, the original pocket rocket when it was introduced back in the 1970s. Today, the sixth generation GTI carries on the heritage and remains the class leader among hot hatches in the $25,000 range. There is an alternative, however. It’s cheaper, roomier, doesn’t look like a bullfrog—and it’s a Volkswagen. It’s the often overlooked Jetta GLI, and the latest version is the best bargain in the VW line.

FAR FIG NEWTON
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

AUTO REVIEW— Volkswagen sought out to design a Jetta that speaks a language Americans understand: Spaciousness, great gas mileage, and a great bottom line. The new 42 miles per gallon VW Jetta TDI arguably speaks this language better than any other. Doug Stokes reports.

WHAT MAKES AN INDYCAR CHAMPION?
Hunter-Reay’s monumental feat

BACK SEAT DRIVING—Why are you and I and our uncle Louie not professional race drivers? Because we can’t get in a car going speeds so fast that, as Ryan Hunter-Reay said, “there’s no time to think out there,” and know how to drive it just by feel. Brian Kennedy reflects back on Hunter-Reay’s climb to world champion status.

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