The folks at Cars.Com have announced the nominees for their Best of 2013 Award, the website’s highest honor.
“Each year, automakers roll out upwards of 70 brand new or redesigned cars,’’says Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief. “From those, we chose the best that represent change, forward thinking, and a breath of fresh air.’’
The Volkswagen Passat, pictured, won the Best of 2012 Award. This year’s winner will be announced on Jan. 15 in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. Check out this year’s nominees with Cars.com editors’ comments.
BMW 3 Series
The new 3 Series has outdone itself in too many areas not to be considered: more interior room, contemporary looks, and an engine BMW can be proud of.
The Accord has dmirable EPAmileage, improved driving refinement, and a generous standard equipment. An impressive redesign.
The CR-V’s edgy styling, standard features, affordable prices, and fuelefficiency helped make it a top pick.
There is no segment more competitive and significant (in terms of sales) than full-size, half-ton pickups. The all-new 1500 offers class-leading fuel economy, a segment-exclusive eight-speed transmission, airbag suspension, and a vastly improved and technologically advanced interior.
Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ
Nearly identical, the FR-S (top) and BRZ provide a rare driving experience in a market that is dominated by the practical and the expensive. Sports cars at this price deserve praise.
Toyota Prius C
Toyota ups the ante with a subcompact that achieves an EPA-estimated 50 mpg, at a price $5,000 lower than the regular Prius. The nimble, light feel is ideal for the confines of city driving.