Sometimes, despite the cliché, seeing really is believing. Watching the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drop its top lets you know you’ll be coming across this car for the rest of your life. It is destined to never be forgotten. Whatever factors you think may go into designating a car an “instant classic,” the convertible version of the Camaro ZL1 likely ticks off most of the boxes on your mental list.
A new engine and small but impactful style changes keep Audi’s compact crossover among the luxury elite for 2013.
Audi Q5 Trims and Features
The Audi Q5 is a five seat luxury compact crossover that is available in five trim levels for 2013: 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, and 2.0T hybrid Prestige. Audi gives shoppers versatility by providing two gasoline engines (a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder for the 2.0T and a supercharged 2.0 liter V6 for the 3.0T) alongside a 245 horsepower, 26 combined MPG 2.0T hybrid powertrain.
Plenty of standard luxury comes with the 2013 Q5, including tri-zone climate control, walnut wood trim, and leather seating with a reclining feature for rear passengers. There are also some intriguing packaged features like interior aluminum accents, voice controlled MMI navigation featuring Google Maps, adaptive cruise control, and side assist blind spot warning.
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The best 5 cars under $20,000 for 2013
Sometimes the best car is the one that gives you the most for the least amount of money. Not a bold statement, is it? Automakers have been upping their entry-level game for some time now, to the point where shoppers can’t help but take notice. And while the options at this level are generally petite in stature, they boast big features, and massive value. So, what economical options are the easiest on your overworked wallet? Take a look below; thank me later.
MSRP starting at $15,995
The Dodge Dart provides fantastic value; it’s big for a compact sedan, fun to drive, and comes with impressive tech options. Granted, attaching blind spot and rear crossing detection, park assist, and rain sensing windshield wipers puts you over the $20,000 mark, but it’s minimal. And what better way to toast the New Year than by counting all those MPGs?
There are many crossovers that promise a different driving experience, but none that can deliver ultra high performance and class like the BMW X5 M. Take a look at what you’ve been missing in your life.
BMW X5 M Trims and Features
The BMW X5 M is a high-performance midsize luxury crossover – or Sport Activity Vehicle depending on preference. The M designation means that you’re dealing with some serious speck inflation as compared to the rest of the X5 lineup. For example, a twin-turbo V8 that produces 555 horsepower comes as standard fare, as does all-wheel drive and an adaptive sport suspension system. It’s a little more than you need for trips to the grocery store, but makes things more interesting along the way.
High-speed performance doesn’t come without luxury perks; interior features include an engine start/stop button, heated leather sport seats with 14-way power adjustment up front, leather wrapped steering wheel with paddle shift control, iDrive interface and voice command navigation, panoramic sunroof, and automatic tailgate.
If you need more, you can add ventilation and massage features to the seats, heated rear seats, four-zone climate control, rear seat entertainment, and a head-up display and multi-view camera to keep track of surroundings.
The 2013 X5 M starts at $88,850.
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Borrowing a bit of aesthetic appeal from the Altima and some eye-catching specs from rival
brands, the newly redesigned Sentra has finally come into its own. That freshness should help
attract the appetite of shoppers looking for the perfect economic option.
Nissan Sentra Trims and Features Review
The Nissan Sentra is a small five seat sedan that’s offered in S, SV, SR, and SL trim levels,
along with fuel saving FE+S and FE+SV models. The latter two options come with a rear
spoiler, aero deflectors, and low-rolling resistance tires. Every trim comes with a four-cylinder
engine worth 130 horsepower, and Eco, Sport, and Normal drive modes that help produce either
33 or 34 combined MPG (the base manual Sentra achieves 30 combined MPG).
Things have been expanded inside to the delight, and comfort, of both driver and passengers.
Standard features include basics like power accessories, A/C, and cloth seats, though upper trims
can be decked out in wood and leather trim, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth,
Nissan Connect infotainment with navigation, and Bose audio.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra starts at $15,990.
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How Nissan Sentra Does on Performance
The front-wheel drive Sentra is powered by a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine that produces
130 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. The base S Sentra comes with a six-speed manual
transmission as standard, though an Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is
available. All other trims get the CVT as standard. Drivers can choose between Eco, Normal,
and Sport modes to help control efficiency and performance, depending on need.
Nissan Sentra Fuel Economy
EPA estimates give the manually driven 2013 Sentra 27/36/30 (city/highway/combined) MPG;
CVT equipped models get bumped up to 30/39/33. FE+s and FE+SV models receive 34
Nissan Sentra Interior Highlights
Part of Nissan’s quest for the new Sentra was improving driver and passenger friendliness,
and they’ve achieved this by adding welcoming space and versatility up front, along with extra
room for backseat passengers. If you are relegated to the second row, you’ll get 37.4 inches of
legroom. Trunk space measures an impressive 15.1 cubic feet.
If you choose, you can build an upscale atmosphere by adding wood and heated leather seating
to the quiet cabin. Nissan Connect offers hands-free texting and voice commands for hands-off
control, and the 5.8 inch touchscreen is also within easy reach for the more traditional among us.
Nissan Sentra Safety Features
Standard on every 2013 Sentra are four-wheel antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum) with brake
assist, stability and traction control, and full-length side curtain airbags. SR and SL trims also
get a rear disc brake option. The Navigation package comes with a rearview camera, and upper
trims get an Easy-Fill Tire Alert system that lets you know the tires are properly inflated.
Nissan Sentra Summary & Overall Review
Nissan has given shoppers what they crave – upscale features at an economical price, good fuel
economy, and enough new tech to show off to friends and family. The 2013 Nissan Sentra is
back, and it’s better than you think.
The 2013 Scion tC marks the third year of the 2011 refresh of the model. One big change is that the tC is no longer alone as the only sporty coupe in the Scion line up. The addition of the new FR-S rear wheel drive sports coupe, co-built by Toyota and Subaru at their shared plant in Indiana, means that the tC’s role is now more sharply defined than in years past.
How the tC got its name
For those who didn’t know, the tC is named as it is for two reasons: First, the “xC” badge that one would have expected the model to carry was already in use by a Volvo SUV. Secondly, Scion took the opportunity to call the tC their “touring car.” This happy accident now allows the tC and the FR-S to be two distinct sports coupes in the showroom, but possessing clearly distinct identities.
Scion tC Pricing
For the new model year, the tC slots in with a base price below $19,500.00, which makes it substantially easier for most Scion owners to aspire to than the entry fee of $24,995 for the new FR-S, if one can even be found in its introductory year. For those who still want the low slung look of a coupe, but without the substantially increased up front cost, required use of premium unleaded for maximum performance, and without the higher insurance rates the FR-S will bear, the tC is still a very sound choice.
Something for everyone
In a market full of worthy competitors, Volkswagen’s compact tiger-iguana mix acts a bit like Mighty Mouse: small in stature and dangerously underestimated. Gather some strength and check out the 2013 Tiguan.
More famous than Pizarro
Want to know why the Ford Explorer continues to be a bestseller? Get in one and take it home. But be sure and brush up first — here are the basics.
Fiat 500, Though Tiny, Shows Signs of Complexity
You know what they say about the Fiat 500, right? “Born in Italy, manufactured for the millionth time in Poland.”
You’re going to like this sequel
There’s a reason why the toothless grille of the Mazdaspeed3 always seems to be smiling. Find out the secret to its happiness with a bit of knowledge.
The little crossover that could
Honda is looking to go all the way to the top with the 2013 version of their popular crossover. Check it out and see if they’ve got what it takes.