December 19, 2012
2013 Cadillac ATS, 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Click image to enlarge
Luxury Car Low
The ATS is Cadillac’s first attempt at making a compact, rear-wheel-drive based luxury sports sedan. So, did it work? Oh yeah! This vehicle is dynamically superior to anything else with four doors in its price range when equipped with the magnetic ride suspension.
The C-Class is one of those vehicles that can be whatever you want it to be. Available in either a sedan or a coupe, the C-Class can be a sedate, relatively affordable entry into the luxury market as in the C 250, or it can become a track weapon when the C 63 AMG Black Series is indulged in. In case that is not enough, there is the choice of all-wheel drive on virtually every model but the AMG.
2013 Porsche Panamera GTS, 2012 BMW 528i. Click image to enlarge
Luxury Car High
Sure, many may find it ugly. But the Panamera redefines what a sports sedan should aspire to. Available with a multitude of engines and two drivelines, the large Panamera thinks it is a 911 and attacks corners accordingly. That large hump out back makes this car quite practical as it can carry four adults and their luggage.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is the mid-size luxury sedan all other mid-sizers aspire to be. From the turbocharged four-cylinder 528i to a turbocharged V8 in the M5, the 5 Series is sure to have something for everyone. Want a hatchback? Well, there is the 5 Series GT as well.
2012 Honda CR-V, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Click image to enlarge
The CR-V has defined the compact crossover segment for the past 15 years so it should come as no surprise that Honda did not mess with the formula too much for the CR-V’s 2012 redesign. While others are experimenting with turbocharged engine options and gee-whiz technology, Honda continues to offer an affordable, practical, and efficient package that hits the sweet spot in the compact crossover segment.
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
The Santa Fe was always a good crossover utility vehicle, but for 2013 Hyundai has made it great. The Santa Fe is now available in two models and the first to hit our markets is the 5 seat compact version, the Santa Fe Sport. With great looks, loads of cargo and passenger space, and a choice of sophisticated four-cylinder engines, the Santa Fe Sport has shot to the top of the crossover segment.
2012 Volkswagen Touareg, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Click image to enlarge
The Touareg is one of the few large crossover utility vehicles to offer a diesel engine—and what a diesel engine it is! Delivering compact-car-like efficiency, the Touareg is truly one of those vehicles where you can have your cake, and eat it too. If diesel is not your thing, the 3.6L V6 is a great engine as well.
Nissan completely reinvented the Pathfinder for 2013, and we think that is a good thing. Gone is the body-on-frame truck from the previous generation, and making its return to the Pathfinder line is a unibody crossover chassis. The Pathfinder features a good suspension, ample space, decent levels of content, and of course great value.
Number one selling vehicle in the United States? Yup, sure is. Number one selling vehicle in Canada? Also has that honour. The only vehicle every one of our writers chose as best in class? You betcha. Yes, the Ford F-150 is all of these things because, well, it is just that good.
2012 Ford F-150 and… the 2012 Ford F-150. Click image to enlarge
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