The 2012 Toyota Camry has been re-designed, but while it can be thought to have been upgraded, this vehicle is not a large leap forward. The all-new model has attended to some of our past complaints, especially regarding interior styling, features and quality.
The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will pioneer a string of firsts for MINI. Not only is it the first JCW variant to come with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, but it will be the first JCW(John Cooper Works) vehicle to offer an available six-speed automatic gearbox as an option to the standard six-speed manual.
All John Cooper Works Countryman models will come with a sport suspension and an aerodynamic body kit featuring revised front and rear end styling and side skirts. Customers can choose between seven primary exterior colors and three contrasting colors for the roof and mirrors, including the JCW-exclusive “Chili Red.”
MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system ensures that the additional power gets to the ground regardless of road or weather conditions. Under normal driving conditions, all of the engine’s output is directed to the front wheels. Should the car lose traction, an electromagnetic center differential can send up to 50 percent of the power to the rear wheels.
Inside, buyers get sport seats, a sport steering wheel, dark speedometer and tachometer faces, an anthracite headliner and red contrast stitching throughout. John Cooper Works badging reminds you that other Countryman drivers will be seeing your tail lights as you pull away from them at a stoplight.