First Half Report: The Best of from 2013 – So Far

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What a year it’s been! And we’re only halfway through. To celebrate the arrival of the halfway point, has compiled a list of the top stories from 2013 (thus far).

It was becoming increasingly difficult to choose them based on our own subjective criteria, so after Jonathan patched up his split lip and Jacob got a cold steak for his left eye socket, we both decided to let the numbers do the talking.

And thus, after six months, three fistfights, a night in the stockade, and seven unusual insults (hehe, Elderberries) – we present the most popular stories of during the first half of 2013, broken down by the top three in each category.

Comparisons Tests:’s comparison tests are everything you want them to be. Thorough, demanding, and filled with journalists’ bickering. They also represent the most popular category on the site. The top three so far in 2013 are:

  1. Comparison Test: 2013 Honda CR-V vs. 2013 Toyota RAV4
    April 15, 2013: We pit these two Canadian-built compact SUVs against each other in a head-to-head grudge match.
  2. Comparison Test: 2014 Mazda6 vs 2013 Honda Accord Sedan
    March 18, 2013: Having already won over auto critics, the Mazda6 faces a tough test against the winner of our five-way family sedan comparison, the Honda Accord.
  3. Comparison Test: Compact Luxury Crossover SUVs
    February 20, 2013: We determine which SUV provides the best combination of stylish luxury, performance and practicality in this ‘nouveau wagon’ segment.
Comparison Test: 2013 Honda CR-V vs. 2013 Toyota RAV4Mazda6 vs Honda AccordLuxury Compact SUV Comparison
Comparison Tests: 2013 Honda CR-V vs. 2013 Toyota RAV4, 2014 Mazda6 vs 2013 Honda Accord Sedan, Compact Luxury Crossover SUVs. Click image to enlarge

First Drives:

When it comes to page impressions, first impressions count. When it comes to single-car reviews nothing is more popular than our First Drives. The leaders so far?

  1. First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
    March 22, 2013: Senior Editor Jonathan Yarkony braves the back roads and roundabouts of southern France to report on the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.
  2. First Drive: 2014 Subaru Forester
    March 11, 2013: The 2014 Subaru Forester sticks to the compact SUV formula, offering convenience, practicality, and a bit of extra oomph for upgraded XT models.
  3. First Drive: 2014 Mazda6
    February 8, 2013: Senior Editor Jonathan Yarkony samples the winding roads, exquisite barbecue and sunny weather of Austin, Texas to report on the new 2014 Mazda6.

Why does Jonathan get to drive all the good stuff?

First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2014 Subaru Forester2014 Mazda6
First Drives: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, 2014 Subaru Forester, 2014 Mazda6. Click image to enlarge

Test Drives:

Would you like to know more? [Name the movie, win self-satisfaction –Ed.] Of course you do. Honda reviews by Greg Wilson hold two of the top three spots in the week-long-drive segment, but plucky challenger Mazda isn’t far behind.

  1. Test Drive: 2013 Honda Accord Sedan V6 Touring
    January 8, 2013: With its powerful and smooth V6 and a new six-speed automatic, the 2013 Accord sedan feels more like an entry-level luxury sedan.
  2. Test Drive: 2013 Honda Civic Sedan Touring
    January 17, 2013: While the Civic’s new styling has been getting a lot of attention, the most important changes are, arguably, hidden from view.
  3. Day-by-Day Review: 2014 Mazda6 GT
    April 8, 2013: James takes a break from luxury cars to test one of our favourite family sedans. Will it stand up under his scrutiny?
Test Drive: 2013 Honda Accord Sedan V6 Touring2013 Honda Civic Touring2014 Mazda6
Test Drives: 2013 Honda Accord Sedan V6 Touring, 2013 Honda Civic Sedan Touring, 2014 Mazda6 GT. Click image to enlarge


It takes something truly special to ruffle the feathers of Justin Pritchard, but luckily the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was on hand to prevent a clean-sweep of the provisional podium in this segment.

  1. Northern Exposure: Best Winter Highway Cars
    February 5, 2013: Some notes on some noteworthy highway snowstorm cars.
  2. Preview: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    January 14, 2013: During the Corvette’s storied 60 years of production, there have been only six complete redesigns of the iconic sports car.  So when Chevrolet announced that for 2014 the Corvette would get a complete overhaul, it was big news….
  3. Northern Exposure: 8 Ways to Waste Money on Your Car
    May 23, 2013: A few considerations for cost-effective automotive enjoyment.
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