Compiled by Bakersfield Life Staff
BMW 6 Series 4-door
MSRP: starting at $76,00
The 2013 BMW 6-Series, specifically the 640i Gran Coupe, offers a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder, 24-valve 315-horespower engine, and an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with driving dynamics control. Safety and security features include adaptive LED headlights, full color head-up display, lane departure warning, night vision and BMW Assist with Bluetooth wireless technology. For comfort and convenience, buyers will find an onboard navigation system with traffic alerts, BMW Ultimate Service, climate zone ventilation and voice command.
MSRP: Startinmg at $72,200
MPG: 17 city, 28 highway
The 2013 Audi A8 comes with many great standard features including leather interior, 19-inch alloys, Quattro all-wheel drive, xenon headlights, heated front seats, navigation, rearview camera, BOSE surround-sound stereo and four-zone automatic climate control. Although the 2013 model is lower in price compared to last year’s model, performance was not sacrificed. The vehicle offers a 3.0-liter engine, 333 horsepower and is a V6. The long-wheelbase tips scales at 4,353 pounds but does not compromise its speed, reaching 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
MSRP: Starting at $29,845
MPG: 19 city, 31 highway
The 2013 Chrysler 300 comes with a 3.6-liter, V6 24-valve VVT engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission with e-shifter, a 19.1-gallon fuel tank, dual rear exhaust with bright tips and an engine oil cooler. Seating features include leather trim, power eight-way driver seat, power four-way driver lumbar adjust, and a rear 60-40 folding seat. Other available features include electro-hydraulic power steering, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls, speed control, illuminated cup holders, remote fuel door release, air conditioning with dual zone auto temperature control, speed sensitive power locks, and much more.
MSRP: Starting at $21,680
MPG: 27 city, 36 highway
The new Honda Accord has many great features that will keep you safe on the road while maintaining fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance. It offers the sport and touring model. The sport model features 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters, and a 2.4-liter direct-injected VTEC engine for performance seeking drivers. The luxurious touring model features a powerful V-6 engine with LED headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control. The 2013 Accords safety features include the Honda LaneWatch blind-spot display and the rear-view camera for backup safety.
Infiniti M37 Sport Sedan
MSRP: Starting at $48,200
MPG: 18 city, 26 highway
This high performance sedan offers several options to accommodate your driving needs. Choose between the 330-horsepower V6 engine, the direct response V6 hybrid engine or the 420-horsepower engine with V8 power. This vehicle offers heated, leather-appointed seats, Japanese Ash wood trim, six-speaker audio system with noise control, and intelligent key with an illuminated push button ignition. Other features include power sliding tinted glass moon roof, temperature control system, and HomeLink Universal Transceiver.
MSRP: Starting at $31,750
MPG: 20 city, 29 highway
The 2013 Volvo S60 base model Sedan comes standard with many features such as 17-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver seat with memory functions and adjustable lumbar, and a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Audio options include satellite and HD radio with auxiliary and USB interfaces. Bluetooth is also a standard feature. Premier options include keyless ignition and entry, a 12-speaker audio sound system and front and rear parking sensors. For 2013, advances have been made to give the 2.5-liter engine more of an edge, as well as making all-wheel drive a standard option.
Mercedes E Class
MSRP: Starting at $51,000
MPG: 20 city, 30 highway
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury and sport models standard features include a powerful V6 engine, automatic transmission and extensive safety highlights like side curtain airbags and stability and traction control, as well as front and rear safety systems. Entertainment standard features include a DVD player and monitor, iPod-MP3 input, memory card slot and Bluetooth. Some options available include all-wheel drive and navigation system. The new models will see an updated Mbrace Telematics System, as well as an optional Bang & Olufsen audio system for sedans and wagons. The E-Class will also see two new models including the E400 Hybrid and E350 Coupe 4Matic.
MSRP: Yet to be released
MPG: Yet to be released
The 2013 Toyota Avalon is a whole new car, front to back, inside and out. Its sleek, modern profile is more luxurious on the inside, with ambient lighting, a high-tech dashboard with IntelliTouch capacitive controls, and available heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats all trimmed in leather. It offers tighter suspension, available paddle shifters and drive modes. And for the first time ever, the 2013 Avalon is available in a Hybrid version, with 40 mpg. Other standard features includes power tilt and slide moon roof, information display, wood grain-style interior, two 12-volt outlets and the Star Safety System.
MSRP: Yet to be released
MPG: Yet to be released
You are no doubt already familiar with America’s best-selling car, the Toyota Camry. In fact, 90 percent of all Camrys sold in the last 15 years are still on the road today. For the 2013 Camry, features include projector-beam halogen headlamps, 16-inch steel wheels, solar energy-absorbing glass, audio system with display, auxiliary jack, USB port and Entune and Smart Key systems. Other interior features include leather-trimmed heated front seats, four-spoke steering wheel with Bluetooth, and a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet. The Star Safety System comes standards, as does 10 airbags and energy-absorbing collapsible steering column, among other safety features.
Toyota Land Cruiser
MSRP: Starting at $78,255
MPG: 13 city, 18 highway
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser offers a rare blend of luxury and capability. In the six decades since its debut, the Land Cruiser has developed a loyal following unmatched by any other SUV in the world. Features include projector-beam high intensity discharge headlights, LED accent lighting, 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, privacy glass, roof rack and much more. Interior features include leather-trimmed heated steering wheel, wood-grain-style trim and ventilated front seats, navigation with Entune and JBL Synthesis, Bluetooth wireless technology, entertainment system, eight-passenger seating, smart key system on all doors, and dozens of other highlights. It comes equipped with Star Safety System and 10 airbags.
Cadillac Escalade Platinum
MSRP: Starting at $ 63,170
The 2013 Cadillac Escalade is the one of the most acclaimed luxury SUVs that continues to set the standard. With commanding power in the form of a 6.2-liter, 403-horsepower V8 engine, the Escalade goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
The Escalade Platinum is the ultimate expression of Escalade luxury and refinement with glove-soft aniline leather covering, 14-way power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats, heated and cooled cup holders, leather-wrapped instrument panels, and upper door trim.
With the 2013 Escalade, technology and performance have never been more dramatically aligned.
MSRP: Starting at $39,080
MPG: 15 city, 21 highway
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-sized SUV that is both capable and uncompromising. With seating for up to nine people, 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space, available rear seat DVD player, and a Vortec 5.3-liter V8 engine that delivers 320 horsepower and 8,500 pounds of towing capacity, the new 2013 Tahoe has it all — comfort, technology and power.
The Tahoe also comes equipped with some of the latest in safety technology. With its all-steel safety cage, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, six airbags, and six months of OnStar Automatic Crash Response, the 2013 Tahoe comes prepared to keep you safe before, during and after a collision.
Hyundai Santa Fe
MSRP: Starting at $24,450
MPG: 22 city, 33 highway
The 2013 Santa Fe’s all-new design features five-passenger and the lengthier seven-passenger models. The base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine offers 190 horsepower, while the 3.3-liter V6 gets 290 horsepower on the larger model. Santa Fe's exterior redesign has been dubbed “Storm Edge” by Hyundai to express the more aerodynamic, fluid design that includes a standard rear spoiler and shark fin antenna. Blue Link telematics, Bluetooth and XM Satellite Radio will also come standard, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, with optional 19-inch wheels. Proximity entry and push-button start are options. New standard interior features include stain resistant cloth seating, illuminated vanity mirrors, a 40-20-40 split fold down seat design, and a panoramic sunroof.
MSRP: at $23,495
MPG: 21 city, 28 highway
The 2013 utility crossover Subaru Outback has great standard features that include an Underfloor rear cargo-area storage, fold-down rear seats, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. Other features include Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Upgrades to the 2013 model include an increase in torque and horsepower —170 pounds-foot torque and 174 pounds-foot horsepower. The Subaru Outback also has new safety features like the driver and passenger side head restraint whiplash protection system, and is prewired for phones with Bluetooth and USB connections, which is standard.
MSRP: Starting at $60,000
MPG: 14 city, 20 highway
This full-size SUV has the power and the space for those family trips and regular commutes. With the option available in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, this vehicle features a 5.6-liter V8 engine that generates up to 400 horsepower. Inside features include navigation with maps and music capability, a Bose 13-speaker audio system, USB connection, satellite radio, and temperature control. Outside, the QX56 flaunts 20-inch, seven-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, moon roof, xenon headlights and much more.
Infiniti JX35 SUV
MSRP: Starting at $40,650
MPG: 18 city, 23 highway
The 2013 Infiniti JX35 offers many features to enhance performance, as well as new tech features that will cater to your every need inside. The JX35 features a 265-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine equipped with Infiniti Drive Mode Selector with standard, sport, snow or Eco modes. The vehicle offers a rear view monitor, power sliding moon roof, and tri-zone automatic temperature control system. Other features include 7-inch color vehicle information display, intelligent key and push button ignition, USB port for iPod, and bi-functional xenon headlights.
MPG: 23 city, 31 highway
The 2012 Honda CR-V features a four-cylinder engine that produces about 185 horsepower. This powerful, yet efficient engine offers a smooth ride with several new suspension and drivetrain features that decrease road noise and vibration. The versatile interior features heated front seats, a moon roof and a rear cargo area. Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and rearview camera comes standard. Also available is the Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition. The i-MID system displays streamed music, text messages and customizable wallpaper.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
MSRP: Starting at $27,495
MPG: 17 city, 23 highway
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee standard V6 received “best-in-class driving range,” according to Jeep, covering 500 miles on a single tank of gas. Buyers have the option to upgrade to the 5.7-liter, V8 Hemi engine, capable of pulling up to 7,400 pounds, or the high performance SRT8, 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine, which is capable of accelerating to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds in wet and dry conditions. With more than 45 different safety and security features, drivers will receive active front head restraints, seat-mounted side airbags for added pelvis and thorax protection, and Active Stability Control with Roll Mitigation Programming that monitors wheel spin and prevents sliding, plowing and rollover.
Jeep Wrangler 4-door
MPG: 17 city, 21 highway
With 283 horsepower, Pentastar V6 engine, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is standard with a manual 6-speed transmission or can be upgraded to 5-speed automatic. The frame of the vehicle has hydroformed steel tubing with ladder chassis that works to combine strength, rigidity and flexibility for off road adventures. Mounted underneath the Wrangler, in the front and rear, are solid Dana axles. The Sunrider soft top comes standard on the Wrangler, with the option of upgrading to a three-piece freedom hard top cover. Another upgradeable option includes the Uconnect BlueTooth Wireless system, which not only allows the driver to send and receive calls, but also wirelessly streams audio from phones with Pandora and iTunes.
MPG: 20 city, 26 highway
The all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is best in class for fuel economy, driven by 260 horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine, and boosts fuel efficiency by more than 30 percent. It’s also first in class for its spacious front head and legroom. The 2013 Pathfinder is class exclusive for third row recline seating, with the Nissan EZ Flex Seating System equipped with “latch and glide” technology to make getting to the back row easy. Users don’t even have to take out the child’s seat. It seats seven people, and with the highest standard towing rating in its class, you can bring along 5,000 pounds of toys and supplies to enjoy with friends and family.
BMW X5 Diesel
MSRP: Starting at $64,200
MPG: 26 highway
The 2013 BMW X5 Diesel model features a 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. The vehicle offers 265 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of torque. Safety features include adaptive brake lights, park distance control in the front and rear, run-flat tires, and dynamic stability control. Other available features include an onboard navigation system with traffic alerts, an iPod or iPhone USB integrated system, Sirius Satellite Radio, HD Radio, and a rear entertainment system.
MSRP: Starting at $30,650
MPG: 34 highway
The 2013 BMW X1 offers a 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. The eight-speed automatic transmission includes Adaptive Transmission Control, and the ECO PRO mode teaches drivers fuel-efficient practices. Seating accommodates five adults plus a load of cargo. The Harman Kardon surround sound system has a 340-watt amplifier and includes 11 speakers. A rear-view camera shows what is behind the vehicle in the Control Display and works with Park Distance Control, which displays parking trajectories and turn angles.
Mazda CX5 SkyActiv
MSRP: Starting at $20,995
MPG: 26 city, 35 highway (manual transmission)
The Mazda CX-5 comes with a Skyactiv-G engine — a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter double overhead camshaft (DOHC). This vehicle has 155 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque. The CX-5 offers steering wheel mounted controls that include radio controls, Bluetooth hands-free and cruise control. Other available features include HD radio, and an integrated TomTom navigations system. Safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring system, rearview camera, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, clear lens halogen headlights, and advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains.
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
MSRP: MSRP: $19,170
MPG: 24 city, 31 highway (manual transmission)
The 2013 Outlander Sport has a 2.0-liter MIVEC engine and is available in all-wheel drive. The vehicle is also available in automatic, which runs on a continuously variable transmission. The brake regeneration system uses the vehicles kinetic energy from braking to recharge some systems in the car, making it more eco-friendly. Traction Control Logic system helps keep the driver in control of the vehicle if swerving or swaying is detected. For interior upgrades, the premium sports fabric trimmed seating is available, and designed to facilitate ventilation for the driver.
Fiat 500 Pop
MPG: 31 city, 41 highway
The 2013 Fiat Pop is the base model of Fiat 500’s four editions. The car is easily customizable with more than 500 combinations including second skins, stripes, tops, key covers, roof racks, street art, mirror covers, wheels, body side moldings, fender badges, hood spears, front and rear fascia kits, carpet floor mats, shift knobs, seat covers, slush mats and much more. The Pop comes with electronic stability control, reverse-activated rear wiper, Blue&Me hands-free communication, power windows, locks and mirrors. It’s equipped with Bose Energy Efficient Series system with six standard speakers.
Fiat 500 Cabrio
MPG: 31 city, 41 highway
This trendy and fun vehicle not only saves money on gas and maintenance, but is also loaded with safety features. The 2013 Fiat 500 Cabrio is equipped with seven air bags, all metal framing, roadside assistance and a tire compressor kit. Technological features include the Blue&Me hands free and voice recognition system, Beats by Dre sound system and can sync your phone, Ipod, Pandora, Nook or laptop with a 12-volt plug. Other features include a strip down the side doors, chrome mirror caps and bumper plates, 100 percent Italian leather stitched seats, fog lights, heated seats, and a one-year subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio.
Fiat 500 Abarth
MPG: 28 city, 34 highway
Quality and comfort are key characteristics of the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth. Special components include the racing designed seats, boost gauge, performance brake system, tuned suspension, twin intercoolers and more. With its 1.41 turbo charged, multi-air engine that produces 160 base horsepower, and 170 foot-pounds of torque, the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth demonstrates some aggressive behavior and astonishing performance.
Fiat 500 Sport
MPG: 31 city, 41 highway
The 2013 Fiat Sport has a 1.4-liter engine that produces 101 horsepower. The five-speed manual transmission comes standard with the option of upgrading to the six-speed automatic model. The vehicle comes standard with all-wheel disk brakes, with red calipers and low-profile performance continental tires, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bose premium sounds system, USB and auxiliary plugs, Bluetooth cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Like the other Fiat models, the Sport is supported by a four-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
MSRP: Starting at $19,795
MPG: 22 city, 31 highway
The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle offers a five-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine with 170 horsepower. Exterior features include a tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, halogen headlights, heat-insulated glass and 17-inch Heritage alloy wheels with anti-theft wheel locks. Interior features include the Intelligent Crash Response System, media devise interface, Bluetooth with audio streaming, eight speakers and a multifunction trip computer that displays trip time, length of trip, average speed, fuel consumption, navigation and much more. The 2103 Beetle also includes the anti-lock braking system, electronic stabilization control, and electronic brake-pressure distribution.
MSRP: Starting at $15,990
MPG: 27 city, 34 highway
Equipped with three different drive modes, the 2013 Nissan Sentra allows drivers to essentially handle three cars in one. Eco mode helps maximize fuel economy. Sport mode can be used for maximum responsiveness and a boost of fun. And for a blend of efficiency and performance, set the drive mode to normal. Nissan’s new-generation Xtronic CVT guarantees that the Sentra is always running in the right gear. The improved transmission provides smooth acceleration, increased fuel efficiency and a seamless shifting experience. The redesigned Sentra is streamlined to let the air flow around its curves for better handling and improved mileage. Its new body proves the Sentra is more than just a pretty frame — it’s a design that works.
MSRP: Starting at $16,815
MPG: 29 city, 40 highway
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra has great fuel-economy with its standard 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission. The spacious interior offers plenty of head room and trunk cargo space. XM Satellite Radio is standard to complement the six-speaker, 172-watt system. Bluetooth, USB connection, air filtration system and dual side airbag technology add the Elantra's safety and convenience features. For 2013, Hyundai has released new hatchback and coupe designs to the Elantra line.
MSRP: Starting at $17,450
MPG: 28 city, 40 highway
Hyundai's new Veloster model, now in its second year, is a sporty three-door hatchback (one door on the left, two on the right) with many great standard features like the Gasoline Direct Injection engine technology and six-speed EcoShift transmission for more power-to-weight fuel efficiency. Entertainment features include a standard seven-inch multimedia touch screen and an optional 115V outlet. A Turbo version is available, which adds a 450-watt, eight-speaker sound system to complement the standard features like SiriusXM Radio, iPod-MP3 connection, Blue Link, Bluetooth, USB connection and a memory card slot. The 2013 Turbo model adds more horsepower and an increase in fuel economy from the 2012 model.
MSRP: Starting at $12,245
MPG: 32 city, 38 highway
The 2013 Spark is a mini car perfect for navigating narrow city streets while helping to keep you and your passengers safe. Standard safety features include 10 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock braking, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control, and the support of a six-month trial of OnStar, with Automatic Crash Response.
The Spark features include air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jacks, and the available connectivity of Chevrolet MyLink, featuring a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen.
Folding rear seats provide up to 31.2 cubic-feet of cargo, and the 15-inch, five-spoke silver-painted aluminum wheels help ensure the Spark is the total package for style and safety.
MPG: Up to 30
The new Cadillac ATS is a compact luxury sport sedan that’s as nimble and exhilarating as it is luxurious and technologically advanced. The Cadillac has three engine options to choose from, including a 3.6-liter powerplant delivering 321 horsepower, limited-slip rear differential and available 6-speed manual transmission.
The ATS reveals handcrafted, cut-and-sewn interior. Available leather seats with French stitching are accented by distinct interior themes featuring wood, aluminum or carbon fiber trim. The Bose active noise cancellation system ensures the quietest ride possible.
The new ATS also boasts the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) combining vehicle controls, safety, navigation and communication into one intuitive system.
Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
MSRP: Starting at $27,830
MPG: 22 city, 34 highway
The bold new design of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ improves aerodynamics while turning heads. Inside features include heated, leather-appointed front seats, vinyl perimeter accents, and auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror. The connectivity of Chevrolet MyLink offers a variety of information, entertainment and navigation features you can easily control with the tap of your fingers or the sound of your voice.
Exterior features include 18-inch machine-spoke aluminum wheels, LED tail lamps, chrome door handles and a front grill with silver inserts.
In addition to the 6-speed automatic transmission, the Malibu LTZ offers an available Ecotec 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that delivers 197 horsepower and 191 foot-pounds of torque.
MSRP: Starting at $20,995
MPG: 24 city, 35 highway
The 2013 Sonata features a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with six-speed shiftable automatic transmission on most models. Satellite radio, iPod-MP3 and Bluetooth come standard. The 16-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires are complimented with safety features like the driver and passenger side head restraint whiplash protection system, and sensor airbag technology for unoccupied seats. Other great features include the 12V power outlet, USB connection, and steering wheel controls that add to the Sonata's convenience factor. New for 2013 upper-tier models are options for heated seats, parking assist features and Blue Link telematic assistant system services.
Mercedes C Class
MSRP: Starting at $35,350
MPG: 22 city, 31 highway
The 2013 Mercedes C-Class models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, 12V front and rear power outlets, Bluetooth and front and rear head airbags. A four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine comes standard. Upgrade options include 18-inch spoke alloy wheels, panorama sunroof, Sirius satellite radio, iPod-MP3 interface and keyless entry. A navigation system and DVD player are also available options. The 2013 models will also see an increase in miles-per-gallon with the 3.0-liter and 3.5-liter engine models.
MSRP: Starting at $18,995
MPG: 30 highway
Features like Electronic Stability Control with All-Speed Traction Control, active front head restraints and the Sentry Key theft deterrent system are just a few of the many standard safety features found on every 2013 Chrysler 200. Inside the cabin, buyers will find more features like Uconnect radio with 40-GB hard drives, touch-screen navigation, hands-free calling, streaming audio and Sirius XM Radio with pause, rewind and a free one-year subscription. The Chrysler 200 has a 2.4-liter, double overhead camshaft (DOHC) VVT engine and has a four-speed automatic VLP transmission. Also available is the 3.6-liter, V6 Pentastar engine with 283 horsepower.
MPG: 27 city, 38 highway
This vehicle has two available engines, the 2.5 liter, four-cylinder, and the 3.5 liter, V6 engine. The 2013 Nissan Altima delivers innovation and technology with upgraded features and style, including the new intelligent key with remote engine start technology. Many of the new upgrades on this vehicle focus on safety, and include features like lane departure and blind spot warning, and moving object detection. The “Advanced Drive-Assist Display” is an innovative new system designed to help keep you focused on the road. A four-inch LCD screen is centered in the instrument cluster, and displays call interactions, service warnings and much more.
MSRP: Starting at $20,845
MPG: 22 city, 32 highway
The five cylinder, 2.5-liter engine with 170 horsepower keeps drivers in control with a multi-function steering wheel and connection with Bluetooth hands-free technology. The power operated side mirrors come with integrated turn signals. This vehicle also features a six-speaker sound system with MP3 and WMA compatible in-dash CD player, AM-FM radio, and auxiliary plug for portable audio players. Safety features include six airbags and electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, anti-slip regulation, and anti-intrusion side door beams.
BMW 3 Series
MSRP: Starting at $36,500
MPG: 34 highway
The 3-Series comes with a four-cylinder TwinTurbo engine with 255 pounds-foot of torque. With 1250 rpm, drivers can go from zero to 60 mph in under six seconds. Variable sport steering continuously adjusts the steering ratio and steering force to tailor to specific driving situations. The Speed Limit Information function detects local speed limit signs and displays them on the Instrument Cluster and Head-up Display, or HUD. The Surround View function displays images of approaching traffic and roads by using side-view cameras, front bumper cameras, a top-view camera, and cameras in the exterior mirrors.
Mazda 3 SkyActiv
MSRP: Starting at $16,700
MPG: 25 city, 33 highway (manual transmission)
2013 Mazda 3 Skyactiv offers three different engines. The first option is the 4 cylinder, 2.0-liter DOHC engine with 148 horsepower and 135 foot-pounds of torque. The second is the four-cylinder Skyactiv-G, 2.0-liter double overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine with 155 VVT horsepower and 148 foot-pounds of torque. The third option is the four-cylinder, MZR 2.5-liter DOHC engine with 167 VVT horsepower and 168 foot-pounds of torque. Every Mazda 3 model uses the “Triple H” construction system, which reinforces the floor, sides and roof to ensure a secure structure around the driver and passenger compartments. Perks include Bluetooth, navigation and Bose audio system.
Mitsubishi Lancer GT
MSRP: $19,995 (5-speed manual transmission)
MPG: 22 city, 31 highway
It comes with a 2.4-liter MIVEC engine with 168 horsepower. The vehicle includes magnesium alloy paddle shifts, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, Active Stability Control, and comes with seven air bags standard. According to Mitsubishi, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2013 Lancer its “top safety pick.” The Fuse hands-free link safety system hooks up cell phones and other media devices, and streams live music. The vehicle comes with a 10-year, 100,000 mile limited power train warranty and five year unlimited mileage roadside assistance.
MPG: 18 city, 27 highway
The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with 300-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Four different engines are available including the twin-turbo, 4.8-liter V8 with 550-horse power and 369 pound-feet of torque. Available features for the Panamera include navigation, Bluetooth, park assist with rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, heated and ventilated seats, four different wood interiors with carbon fiber and brushed aluminum inside, four-zone climate control and much more.
MSRP: Starting at $33, 120
MPG: 19 city, 26 highway
With a 332-horse power, V6 engine, the 2013 Nissan 370Z offers the touring model with a sports package, as well as the special edition NISMO, 350-horse power with a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. This two-door coupe sport offers the Nissan intelligent push button key, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, navigation system, sport seating and includes rearview monitor, high intensity discharge, bi-functional Xenon headlights. It also offers daytime LED lights and a black painted grille. Heating and cooling seats are available so drivers can enjoy a ride with the top-down in comfort.
Infiniti G37 Coupe
MSRP: Starting at $39,800
MPG: 19 city, 27 highway
This sleek and stylish coupe features a 330 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine that will satisfy your high performance needs. The seven-speed transmission offers smooth shifting, responsive acceleration and greater fuel efficiency. The G37 also features speed sensitive power steering, front and rear stabilizer bars, 18-inch alloy wheels, and zero-lift front aerodynamics. Available features include Bluetooth hands-free system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription, USB port, and much more. This car provides precision performance power while maintaining a high-class touch.
Toyota Tundra Platinum
MSRP: Starting at $25,355
MPG: 13 city, 18 highway
On Oct. 12, a Toyota Tundra helped pull the space shuttle Endeavor, weighing 307,000 pounds on its way home to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The new 2013 Tundra’s 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine — with dual independent variable valve timing, six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift and 20-inch alloy wheels — allow it to easily tow 10,000 pounds. The interior is resplendent with perforated, leather-trimmed heated and ventilated seats, DVD navigation, backup camera and 12-speaker JBL audio. Safety features include vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology, and much more.
Chevrolet Silverado LT
MSRP: Starting at $22,595
MPG: 15 city, 22 highway (Vortec 5.3-liter V8)
Winner of the Vincentric lowest cost of ownership award for full-size pickups, the Silverado is a truck with the power, pulling and payload for both work and play. The available Vortec 6.2-liter V8 power plant, with six-speed automatic transmission, delivers 403 horsepower and a towing capability of 10,700 pounds with the available max trailering pack. The truck is E85 flex-fuel capable.
With the MyChevrolet mobile phone app — and connectivity of a six-month trial of OnStar — you can start your vehicle, set the temperature inside your truck, lock and unlock doors, turn on horns and lights, check diagnostics, and contact roadside assistance from almost anywhere. The Chevrolet Wi-Fi from Autonet Mobile provides multiple users full Internet access within a 150-foot radius of the Silverado.