One great part of coming to work here every day is getting to write about cars as they start to come out to our dealerships throughout the year. So for our first blog of 2013, in celebration of the New Year, we decided to list our favorite vehicles of the year.
2013 Scion FR-S
The 2013 Scion FR-S is all about bringing balance to drivers.
It’s a sleek and sporty vehicle but it is also a refined ride with front-engine, rear-wheel-drive that is both well balanced and lightweight. While it doesn’t offer the same type of horsepower as your Camaro’s and Corvettes, its lightweight design and compact size allows the car to be speedy at the drop of a hat, yet agile around corners, offering impressive maneuverability and confident handling.
To top it all off, the 2013 Scion FR-S offers plenty of connectivity features that we have learned to love from all Scion vehicles, as well as great fuel economy.
This car is so good, Bloomberg.com wrote: “The FR-S is a hummingbird on wheels. This small coupe delivers a flutter of fast, dive-bombing activity and starts at only $25,600.”
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Limited Edition
While the limited edition model of the 2013 Outlander Sport has not made its way to dealerships yet, its counterpart is so we decided to keep it on the list.
Unveiled in the later part of the year at the L.A Auto Show, the 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition adds blackout side mirrors, center bumper, wheel arch trim and roof rails, dark-chrome alloy wheels and a special "Limited Edition" badge.
The 2013 Outlander Sport Limited Edition is faster and smoother thanks to a new engine balancer shaft that gives the model an increase in performance while maintaining the vehicle's 31 mpg highway fuel rating, a number that is very impressive for its class.
To top it off, the 2013 Sport Limited edition package offers great connectivity features and it is very comfortable to ride in.
2013 Chevy Cruze
The 2013 Chevy Cruze is a car that simply has it all. Its compact, fuel-efficient and spacious enough for a family to fit in. For 2013 GM brought back the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze as an answer to those looking for the practicality, fuel-efficiency and roominess that every growing family is looking for.
The 2013 Chevy Cruze is available in the LS,LT, LTZ and ECO Trims.
The 2013 model year brought with it the introduction of the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system as standard equipment on specific trim packages, plus other technological upgrades not seen in other compact cars such as a rear vision camera, Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
2013 Chevy Malibu
The Chevrolet Malibu made a comeback in 2013 boasting a full redesign focused on advanced technology, sophisticated looks, outstanding ride performance and class-leading safety and fuel efficiency. To top it off, the Malibu is affordable! MSRP for the 2013 Malibu is $22,390.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be available in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ trims.
In addition to these trims, Chevrolet also introduced the Malibu Eco model, which features a wider track and a shorter wheelbase.
The Malibu Eco features eAssist™ light electrification technology, which equips the vehicle with an onboard air-cooled lithium-ion battery and 15-kilowatt motor-generator that optimizes engine efficiency and boosts fuel economy.
2012 Scion iQ
The iQ makes it on this list because it was able to do something I never thought possible: make such a tiny little car seem cool.
If you look at the Scion iQ you will automatically notice that the door is the size of as normal car. Get inside the iQ and you will feel as if you are in a regular sized car! To top it off the little guy is also fun to drive, easy to maneuver in and you can pretty much guarantee that you will find parking anywhere with this bad boy.
While the iQ is not the best car for a family of 4, if you are on the run a lot or live in a crowded city, this is a perfect car for it. The iQ is also fantastic on gas and features plenty of connectivity features to make it a fun car to ride in.
2013 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling vehicles in the Toyota lineup, and with good reason too. For 2013 the Toyota Camry saw an impressive redesign that gave it several upgrades in the look, interior and features. The 2013 Camry is equipped with a roomy and comfortable interior and a great set of features.
The 2013 Toyota Camry offers two versions of the gas-electric Camry Hybrid. Both Hybrid engines on the 2013 Toyota Camry are mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission that also allows manual type gear control via a floor shift lever.
The new 2013 Toyota Camry is available in four trim levels L, LE, SE and XLE
The all-new 2013 Toyota Camry gives drivers the options between 2 engines. The first is a 2.5-liter 4 cylinder engine that is able to produce 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The 4 cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/35 hwy/28 combined. The second choice is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is likely to remain at 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Expect the V-6 to be available for the 2013 Camry SE and XLE models in place of the four-cylinder. Fuel economy for the V6 engine is an impressive 21/30/25
Overall Toyota did well at improving the Camry’s look and features, making it comparable to a higher end sedan, while also securing a well-rounded vehicle that offers great features and a comfortable ride.