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Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: samintx
Date: March 31, 2013 09:40AM
Best cars for 2013 from Consumer Reports
5:19 PM ET, 03/30/2013 - MarketWatch Databased News

Subaru
Consumer Reports's Top Picks are as close as it gets to no-brainers in the auto market. They're impressive all-round vehicles, chosen from more than 280 recently tested by Consumer Reports that have excelled in the tests, are reliable, and have performed well in independent crash tests. Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports criteria in three areas: road test, reliability, and safety. For more information on the testing and the autos, visit ConsumerReports.org. Take a look at Consumer Reports best car models of the year in 10 categories. (At left, a Subaru BRZ.)

Honda
Midsize sedan: Honda Accord

The Accord was redesigned for 2013, and Honda nailed it, sending this sedan to the top of its class, according to Consumer Reports. This new model is roomy, nice to drive, well equipped, and fuel efficient. With its four-cylinder engine, the Accord gets 30 mpg overall and 40 on the highway, which is as good as the tiny Honda Fit. Higher-trim models have safety features seldom found in this category. And the Accord's price is very reasonable: $23,270 to $30,860. (Read more about Consumer Reports Top Picks: [www.consumerreports.org].)

Toyota
Sports cars: Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

Co-developed by Subaru and Toyota, which builds Scion vehicles, both of these sports cars are exhilarating to drive, with super-sharp handling, excellent braking, and ample acceleration. They both have impressive gas mileage and reasonable sticker prices. Yes, they are purebred, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, with a jittery ride, noisy cabins, and small rear seats. So Camry lovers might want to cruise on by. The Scion FR-S, left, is $25,025; BRZ $27,117.

Hyundai USA
Budget car: Hyundai Elantra

You don't have to settle for a subcompact when looking for an under-$20,000 car. Consumer Reports says the well-rounded Elantra delivers a lot for the money, and it's one of their top-rated compact sedans. It's roomier and more refined than a typical subcompact yet gets competitive fuel economy. The Elantra also provides nimble handling; a fairly comfortable ride; a smooth, responsive powertrain; and a well-finished interior. And did we mention its affordable price? $18,445.

Toyota
Green Car: Toyota Prius

Sure, today's electric cars are getting the equivalent of 100 or more mpg. But no current plug-in car can match the Prius hatchback for its blend of fuel efficiency, practicality and affordability. Its 44 overall mpg is still the best Consumer Reports has measured in any five-passenger, non-plug-in vehicle. And its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. And a thumbs-up to the 41-mpg Prius V wagon, but skip the slow, noisy Prius C econobox. $26,750.

Subaru
Compact car: Subaru Impreza

Subaru's 2012 redesign breathed new life into the all-wheel-drive Impreza. Both sedan and hatchback versions are good, sensible cars, with nimble handling and a compliant, absorbent ride that rivals some luxury sedans. Fuel economy is impressive for an AWD car. And the roomy interior, spacious rear seat, simple controls, and refreshingly good visibility make it easy to live with. OK, noise isolation is so-so, but that's no deal-breaker. Sedan $21,345; hatchback $22,345.

Audi
Luxury car: Audi A6

Redesigned for 2012, the A6 is agile, quick, and a joy to drive. It surrounds you with a sumptuous, impeccably finished cabin that's brimming with the latest high-tech features. Its potent supercharged V6 engine, super-smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, and comfortable ride add to the business-class feel. And it returns respectable gas mileage, even with all-wheel drive. Some controls are complicated, so be ready to cozy up with the owner's manual. $56,295.

Honda
Small SUV: Honda CR-V

With redesigns of the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester just arriving, the CR-V has taken over as Consumer Reports top small SUV. Virtues include a smooth, responsive powertrain, good fuel economy, a compliant ride, excellent braking, a roomy rear seat, and outstanding reliability. It's also one of the more competitively priced choices in the class. $26,455.

Toyota
Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander

The Highlander is for people who want the practicality of an SUV with the refinement of a good sedan. It provides a quiet, well-finished cabin, as well as a cushy ride, sound handling, and a smooth powertrain. The Highlander has also consistently maintained above-average reliability. The V6 model delivers a competitive 18 mpg overall, and the hybrid model tops all SUVs at 27 mpg. $38,578 to $47,255.

BMW USA
Sports sedan: BMW 328i

The 3 Series is legendary for its handling prowess and fun-to-drive character. With its recent redesign, it has also become roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel efficient, says Consumer Reports. Ride comfort and fit and finish are impressive. And its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers quick acceleration, while posting the best gas mileage in its class. Sure, the rear seat is snug and the start/stop system is a bit abrupt. We'll live with it. $43,195.

Honda
Minivan: Honda Odyssey

Reliability of the Odyssey has improved, and it has earned Consumer Reports top spot among family haulers. It provides a comfortable ride and a roomy, quiet, and versatile cabin. The rear seat is generous and easy to access. The V6 engine performs well and delivers a competitive 19 mpg. And a backup camera­--a great safety feature--is now standard on all models. $36,830.

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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: March 31, 2013 10:22AM
Having bought a highlander hybrid in January, I can say it's a wonderful ride. It takes some doing, getting up to the advertised gas milage. Ya gotta drive like yer grandmother in order to get those kinda numbers. Lotsa space, too.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 31, 2013 10:46AM
I love my CR-V (2008). Mileage averages 24 city/highway combination... if it was a stick I could probably get better. But the AWD was nothing short of revolutionary for me.. first AWD vehicle I've ever owned. I found myself enjoying driving in lake effect snow !
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Beam Me Up Scotty
Date: March 31, 2013 10:57AM
I'm not sure I will ever buy a new car, it's really a bad investment. Better off (IMHO) to buy a 2-5 year old used car and not take the depreciation hit...

D & C
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: samintx
Date: March 31, 2013 11:02AM
My little red SLK Benz will follow me to the grave. I figure it is cheaper to pay Mercedes to keep it in shape every year with maintenance than to buy a new car I don't like. Like buying a new computer when you are happy with the old one.

I have 33,500 on it and it is a 2003 so...It is going to take me a while to get to 100,000 when it will probably be time to turn it in.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: dmann
Date: March 31, 2013 11:32AM
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Dazed & Confused
I'm not sure I will ever buy a new car, it's really a bad investment. Better off (IMHO) to buy a 2-5 year old used car and not take the depreciation hit...

D & C

In general, I agree with you, but when I was looking at cars 6 years ago, 2-5 year old versions of the cars I wanted (CR-V, Rav4, Murano, etc.) weren't much less than new ones and most were out of warranty. Granted, you can beat the heck out of some of these cars, but I drive between 22,000 and 25,000 miles per year and for me, the risk/worry of something going wrong was greater than the difference in cost so I bought new.

Of course, I obviously don't look at my car as an investment in terms of what I'll get for it down the line. I drive my cars until they can't be driven any longer or something forces me to make a change. I'm just over 100,000 miles and expect I'll get another 100,000 out of it.

DM
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Black
Date: March 31, 2013 12:24PM
Wow, I guess I have no concept of what cars cost these days. I thought you could still buy a cheapie like a Hyundai for not much over 10k, and a Honda for well under 20.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Tommie Milwaukee
Date: March 31, 2013 12:27PM
Where are all the American cars on this list???
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: JEBB
Date: March 31, 2013 12:33PM
I bought a 2013 Honda Fit at the beginning of the year. It seems to be bigger on the inside than on the outside. My only complaint so far is that it needs a sixth gear. To go 70 MPH I have to have the engine's rpm at more than 3000 in 5th. It has plenty of power in 5th even at only 40 mph. I'm getting 30-32 in the city and 37-39 on the highway. My wife notes that the Fit is much quieter than her '07 Civic.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: March 31, 2013 12:33PM
>Where are all the American cars on this list?
>

They're in the shop getting worked on.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/31/2013 12:34PM by The UnDoug.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: March 31, 2013 12:46PM
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Tommie Milwaukee
Where are all the American cars on this list???

Built in America:

Suburu - Outback, Legacy, Tribeca

Honda - Accord, CRV, Crosstour, Acura RDX & TL

Toyota - couldn't quickly find models but 70% of their sales are built in the USA

Huyndai

Kia



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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: chopper
Date: March 31, 2013 01:49PM
My 2007 Civic has been largely indestructible. I looked at the odometer the other day and was amazed to see 80k on it. I thought it was like 40k. It's basically the same car--just add tires, oil and gas.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 31, 2013 02:19PM
Can I get a BRZ with a STI motor?



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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: March 31, 2013 02:50PM
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chopper
My 2007 Civic has been largely indestructible. I looked at the odometer the other day and was amazed to see 80k on it. I thought it was like 40k. It's basically the same car--just add tires, oil and gas.

Our 2000 Civic EX coupe has a little over 185,000 miles on it and runs smooth as buttah. By far the best car I've ever owned, and made in America (Ohio) to boot.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: dmann
Date: March 31, 2013 02:51PM
My CR-V was made in Ohio. I have an '07 bought new.

I looked at an '02 CR-V (which had a completely different body style than the newer models) with about 80k miles and it was only $5,000 less than the brand new '07 and no warranty. I remember there was an '05 that was a "dealer driven" car and that only had 20k miles. It was $1500 less than what I paid for my new one. With the amount I drive, I knew it would be out of warranty within a year.

I can't speak to other models, though. Perhaps there are bigger savings with other types of cars, makes, models, etc.

DM
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: microchip
Date: March 31, 2013 03:54PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Can I get a BRZ with a STI motor?

There are some supercharger/turbo kits out there for it, but nothing from the factory...yet.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: sunfalcon
Date: March 31, 2013 04:29PM
My '08 Civic now has 95,000 miles on it. Works like it did the day I drove it off the lot brand new. I'm going to drive it another 95,000 miles and then give it to my son when he turns 16! Great car!
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: March 31, 2013 07:03PM
Oh, and my 1991 Honda Hawk GT motorcycle (bought brand new back in '91) now has almost 60,000 miles on it and still runs like a top, with total repair costs of about $30 (a worn-out neutral switch and a speedo cable I forgot to lube) over the last 22 years. Everything else has just been replacement of wear items (tires, brake pads and rotors, rear shock, etc.).

Honda ain't perfect (no manufacturer is), but when they get things right they really nail it.
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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: qdog2
Date: March 31, 2013 09:21PM
I have a 95 Pontiac Sunfire I bought in 96 with 12,000 miles on it. It now has 300,000 miles on it. Rough riding but still riding. Went to check the oil the other day and pulled out the dip stick and the dip stick was dry. I just put more oil in and I was on my way. Occasionally American car makers will make a mistake and build a car that last.



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Re: Buying a car in 2013?
Posted by: testcase
Date: March 31, 2013 11:34PM
I bought a 2012 Toyota Prius C last June. I've done one 400+ mile trip (NY ~ VA). On cruise control, I was getting just over 52mpg. Reasonably confortable ride at highway speeds (I took the Level 2 package). A 4 or 5 level package might be even better. It sure spanks the Sienna minivan it replaced on fuel economy.
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