Best new car values in 2013

New models and recent redesigns make up this collection of vehicles that are both fun to drive and a value to own.

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Apr 13, 2013 9:33AM
Put all of your article on one page!
Apr 11, 2013 2:39PM
Of the top ten selling vehicles in the world in 2012, Ford managed to have three (F-series pickup, Focus, and Fiesta) on that list. The Ford Escape, Fusion, and C-Max  are on this list. I guess they must be doing something right. 
Apr 13, 2013 12:02PM
Just read that Ford Focus is the largest selling car in the world.  These car writers seem to be in love with foreign cars while some of the best cars in the world come out of American Companies.  Maybe we should determine the best cars by the number sold annually..
Apr 13, 2013 11:01AM
I considered the Hyundai Elantra GT - and if I had decided on a sedan instead of a hatchback I'd have bought the Elantra sedan.  But after exhaustively looking over about 30 cars, including online searches, test drives, car shows, etc. I decided to get the 2013 Honda Fit base automatic.  There are some features the Elantra GT has that the Fit doesn't, but nothing important to me except the 10-year vs 5-year warranty but that's doesn't overcome the $2600 higher price for the Elantra GT.  The gas ratings are similar at 26/37 for GT and 28/35 for Fit, though many Fit owners reporting to (including me) are noting they get closer to 40 mpg highway and a 33.5 mpg average overall rather than the 31 mpg combined from the official rating.

Good for tall people, both the Elantra GT and the FIt have lots of front headroom (40.1" and 40.4" respectively) and legroom.  I'm 6'3" and my head stays firmly pressed against the ceiling of a Ford Focus (38.1").

There's also a lot of cargo room (51 cu.ft. Elantra GT, 57 cu.ft. Fit) behind the front seats.  The Fit has "magic rear seats" where the horizontal part of the seat folds up against the back of the seat to provide about a 1.5 foot wide area from rear door to rear door.  I can remove the front wheel of my bike (a 15-second job) and just barely store my entire bicycle - the front fork wrapped in a rubber mat to save the upholstery - behind the front seats and in front of the back seats when I drive to a bike trail.

The simplicity of loading my bike in the car was one reason the Fit is better for me.  Another is that it has more cargo space that the Elantra GT even though it's a few inches narrower and 8 inches shorter, and I wanted a short subcompact partly because my old Taurus (37" longer than the Fit) couldn't fit in smaller free parallel-parking spaces downtown and I had to pay to park.  I've saved $50 in downtown parking in 3 months with Fit and often got to park right in front of where I wanted to go.

Apr 13, 2013 4:18PM
They're right on with one of them! I bought a 2013 XTS Platinum AWD to replace my 2006 DTS and I'm in love again! I got more car for less money than my DTS was. Cadillac deserves a second look if you are seriously comparing luxury cars. Cadillac really are making fabulous cars!  American made, built in Canada, by the winner of a 5 year study of the best, most problem free, GM assembly plant. 
Apr 11, 2013 10:34AM
I don't have any idea where you guys get the best value in cars,I have been driving chrysler 300 for years. Never had a problem matter of fact just perched a new 2013. For the price it is one of the best cars on the road today. Good mileage and they are a hell of lot safer then those little puddle jumpers that are rated so high. 
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