Today, when speaking about the modern global automotive industry, almost all people will name the principal manufacturers such as General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and DaimlerChrylse. The giant multinational automakers have operated in a global competitive marketplace but still maintained the leadership in many areas of manufacturing, purchasing, product development and logistics for the past years. In 2012, these manufacturers provided shoppers with new cars with a smattering of hybrids and eco-friendly options. However, 2013 is a leap year when prospects for new autos for consumers will be more plentiful than the 2012 new cars. There will be many complete redesigns of quite a few of the more popular cars formerly available. Here's an introduction to best new cars for 2013 that are highly recommended.
1. 2013 Ford Fusion
The 2013 Ford Fusion was recently named the Green Car of the Year at Green Car Journal which took place on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Going on sale in the U.S market in late September, the new model is considered one of the company's most crucial new products. It is edgy and transformative by design and wears its tech on its sleeve. The 2013 Ford Fusion offers three four-cylinder engines with a range of horsepower and fuel economy ratings. It returns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The 2013 Fusion hybrid also claims best-in-class fuel economy, achieving 47 mpg in city, highway and combined driving. The car is expected to be priced between $22,000 to $30,000.
2. Chevrolet Spark
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark combines a well-equipped interior, expressive exterior design and many smart features. The Spark has a spacious cabin that seats up to 5 adults. Its interior is relatively spacious and neatly laid out with a complete instrument cluster and a “connectivity” package. It comes with a big, 7-inch touch screen showing a menu with options for video, telephone, digital audio and apps. Additionally, the all new Chevrolet Spark has an aerodynamic design that improves fuel efficiency and makes it a sleek and modern-looking ride. The car starts at $13,745.00.
3. 2013 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is unquestionably one of the most popular and recognizable vehicles on the road today. The vehicle gets a clean-sheet redesign that overhauls the Accord's engines, styling, transmissions and size. It continues to be offered in both sedan and coupe form. The 2013 version of Honda's venerable mid-size sedan is 3.5 inches shorter despite interior dimensions staying nearly the same. This model is powered by a gasoline-injected 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine expressly designed for people seeking economy in a midsize sedan. It also comes with an array of hi-tech standard features, including a rearview camera, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface, SMS text messaging function, Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and Pandora Internet Radio interface. The 2013 Honda Accord has a starting price of $21,680.
4. 2013 Cadillac ATS
The 2013 Cadillac ATS is made to compete with BMW's 3 Series. This model features a front-engine, rear-drive layout and four-wheel independent suspension. It also comes with the latest ZF electric power steering and four-wheel disc brakes. The ATS has an 8.0-inch LCD touch screen for the new CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system that looks great and remains highly visible even when hit by direct sunlight. Additionally, the Cadillac ATS is designed with the base engine, a 202-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with direct injection. The car is priced at $33,990.
5. 2013 Ford C-Max hybrid
The 2013 Ford C-Max hybrid has a gasoline-electric powertrain that delivers decent power and excellent fuel economy ratings of 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. Its battery is a compact, air-cooled 1.6-kWh lithium-ion pack mounted under the cargo-area floor. The new model also uses a 141-horsepower, 2-liter gasoline engine and 118 horsepower electric motor that helps the car drive under electric power at speeds up to 62 mph. Additionally, the driver's seat of the C-Max takes a little getting used to and the steering on the model feels more precise with the electric power-steering unit. The 2013 has a price of $25,200.
6. Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid delivers good driving characteristics and uses a small, 150-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. The car has a single 20-kilowatt (27-hp) electric motor between the engine and a modified version of VW's excellent seven-speed direct-shift automatic gearbox. The new model is rated at a combined 45 mpg (42 mpg city, 48 mpg highway), making it stand among the top fuel sippers. Moreover, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is designed with a 20-kilowatt electric motor and 1.1 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack, so we are able to drive the car under electric power. The model sells for $31,180.
7. 2013 Tesla Model S
The 2013 Tesla Model S is the second electric car developed by Elon Musk's Tesla Motors. The car is available with three battery sizes, with a range of 160 to 300 miles on a single charge, and a top speed 110 to 130 miles per hour. It uses a liquid-cooled AC motor producing 362 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The Model S has a 17-inch touchscreen display and comes standard with an onboard 10-kW charger. Besides, the car seats 5 adults, plus two small children in rear-facing jumpseats. It sells for $49,900.
8. 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is designed with a 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder engine. It also has 10 standard airbags and an infotainment system that integrates satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio as well as Internet audio apps such as Pandora. Especially, a mild hybrid four-cylinder Eco model joins the Malibu lineup for 2013 that trims consumption and boosts highway mileage from the base car's 34 mpg to 37 mpg. The Malibu has a price of $27,830.
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
The Nissan Altima is a good choice among midsize cars. It comes with a choice of two engine options, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6. The car also includes niceties such as a six-way power driver’s seat, cruise control, 17-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, and remote start. Moreover, the Altima has optional safety features, like moving object detection , lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring, which are often found only on more expensive cars. The 2013 Nissan Altima is priced at $30,500.
10. 2013 Scion FR-S
The Scion FR-S is a balanced, nimble sports car and the second most popular vehicle in America. The cabin of the car is very comfortable and spacious--for front-seat occupants. The new model is also loaded with safety features and gets an impressive 38 miles per gallon on the highway. Besides, the 2013 FR-S is designed with USB, keyless entry, Bluetooth, and automatic climate control. Optional upgrades are included such as a 5.8-inch touch-screen LCD display, a BeSpoke premium audio system with apps compatibility and a range of appearance accessories. The 2013 Scion FR-S has a starting price of $24,955.