With the new car industry selling cars at a record-breaking pace, the world’s automakers have some truly special vehicles arriving for the 2013 model year. From efficient hybrids to powerful luxury sedans and sports cars, the buyer has more choices than ever before for highly efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles.
Here’s a round-up of the top 10 best all-new or redesigned models coming for the 2013 model year.
Budget Car – 2013 Chevrolet Spark
The Spark is Chevy’s newest model, part of a growing trend of micro-compact city cars that offer bargain-basement MSRP prices as well as excellent efficiency and easy parking in the big city. The lightweight Spark is powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine, helping it to an excellent 30 city/38 highway mpg rating.
Base MSRP: $12,995
Compact Car – 2013 Dodge Dart
The Dart, named for the classic Dodge compact model of old, is the first vehicle to come out of a development partnership between Chrysler and its corporate partners at Fiat. With a variety of powerful engines highlighted by the advanced 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine with 160 horsepower and 39 highway mpg.
Base MSRP: $16,790
Midsize Family Sedan – 2013 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima has undergone a full redesign for 2013, the new model featuring flowing lines and nicely integrated fender haunches for a streamlined yet muscular look. Not only is the new model more attractive than the one it replaces, but it also now leads the midsize class with 38 highway mpg. All 2013 Altimas use Nissan’s next-generation low-friction CVT transmission for smooth operation.
Base MSRP: $21,500
Compact SUV – 2013 Mazda CX-5
The fun-to-drive CX-5 is the first vehicle to come of Mazda’s Skyactiv design philosophy, combining low weight with efficient engine and transmission choices. With 26 city/35 highway mpg, its highway figure is the best of any SUV, including hybrids. The CX-5 brings something its class competitors cannot match: true driving fun.
Base MSRP: $21,490
Midsize/Large SUV – 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai has split its Santa Fe lineup into two models for 2013, the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and seven-passenger Santa Fe, the latter replacing the Veracruz as Hyundai’s flagship SUV. In either configuration the model offers competitive features with a new more-attractive design, all at a class-leading price.
Base MSRP: $24,450
Hybrid Car – 2013 Ford C-MAX
The C-MAX is the first Ford hybrid model to be designed from the ground up with a gas/electric hybrid powertrain in mind. With a class-leading 184 horsepower, it has been rated at 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg by the EPA, making it one of the top three vehicles in the mpg department. The C-MAX also comes with generous space for five adults, and plenty of cargo room.
Base MSRP: $25,995
Electric Car – 2013 Honda Fit EV
Based on Honda’s versatile and award-winning Fit compact platform, the new Fit EV has greater electric driving range than the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus Electric and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Rated with a range of 84 miles, the Fit can charge in around 3 hours and will save its owner a bundle on fuel costs.
Base MSRP: $389/month (lease only)
Luxury Car – 2013 Cadillac ATS
Cadillac’s newest model has its sights clearly set on the BMW 3-Series, the class leader in the luxury sport sedan game. With three available engines ranging from 200 to 321 horsepower, the RWD Cadillac has already won the hearts of the automotive press. Can it take on the BMW 3, the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
Base MSRP: $33,095
Luxury SUV – 2013 BMW X1
BMW’s newest SUV, actually on sale in Europe for several years now, comes to America as the company’s smallest model. The X1 undercuts the X3 in price by several thousand dollars, yet offers the same powerful 2.0-liter turbo and 3.0-liter turbo engines. This “right-sized” BMW promises class-leading driving dynamics and plenty of luxury.
Base Price: $31,545
Sports Car – 2013 SRT Viper
The Viper, after a short hiatus from production, comes back to showrooms as the flagship model for Chrysler Group’s brand-new SRT performance brand. With a mammoth 8.4-liter V10 making 640 horsepower, the Viper ensures world-class supercar performance with a higher focus on luxury than the previous model.
Base MSRP: $97,395
This article was written by Karl Stockton for the team at auto repair in ballard.