We are never happy with what we bought, we keep comparing our possessions to others’ and what they bought after you. Or, better yet, we’re always looking to the future for bigger, better and faster things, and cars are no different.
So far, there are literally dozens of cars for the 2013 model year that are tickling our collective fancies.One such example is the Mercedes Benz SLS. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been the apex of the luxury automaker’s sports car lineup since 2011. In 2012, Mercedes released the GT variant of the SLS AMG as the official safety car in the Belgian Grand Prix. The GT variant was a highly desired car, but Mercedes did not offer it up to retail customers.
That was until now, as Mercedes announced it will offer up this model to the public for the first time. What’s more is that Mercedes has also released the official details on this all-new variant of the famed SLS AMG. Being the official F1 safety car, the 571 ponies that the standard SLS AMG’s 6.3-liter V-8 pumps out just won’t cut it, so we will see a nice boost in this variant’s powerplant.
The following infographic explore Top 10 cars for 2013. Top Picks are as close as it gets to no-brainers in the auto market. They’re impressive all-round vehicles, chosen from more than 280 recently tested by Consumer Reports that have excelled in the tests, are reliable, and have performed well in independent crash tests. Top Picks must meet Consumer Reports criteria in three areas: road test, reliability, and safety.
So without further ado let’s look at the World’s Top Ten Cars in pictures.
Probably the most shocking thing of 2013 is that most of the nicest cars for 2013 are reminiscent of sports cars. Many of the cars last year were similar to old muscle cars or focused on fuel efficiency. Now car manufacturers are trying to bring both worlds together, showing car owners that they can have sleek looking cars that are also friendly on the highway. Previously the only way you were going to have a powerful, fuel efficient vehicle was to purchase it in Europe. Now, many of these concepts are coming to the US car market!
Of course, fuel efficiency was taken into account with the nicest cars for 2013 list. Many of these cars get amazing fuel efficiency for their type of vehicle. Most car owners want cars that are cost efficient, but still are quite powerful on the highway. Now, car owners can enjoy the benefit of having beautiful cars that are also fuel efficient. Quite a few manufacturers are expected to bring this idea even further in 2014, making electric cars that have this same look, or making some of their more popular sports cars even more fuel efficient. If you are looking a brand new car, 2013 is definitely the year to do it!
There are a lot of questions involved in the process of buying a car, but the first, simplest one is probably the most important: Should you buy new or used? To help you choose, we’ve laid out the advantages of both below. Keep in mind that although there are more advantages listed on the new side, the pros in the used column are big ones and in many cases can be more to your advantage.
ADVANTAGES OF BUYING NEW
Made to Order — Chances are, you can customize the specs of your new car just the way you want it or at least have the dealer search for one with the right options and interior and exterior colors that fits your needs.
Warranty — Like the rest of it, the new car comes with a warranty that is simply untouched. You can buy warranties for used cars or go the certified preowned route, but the best warranty you can get—without paying any extras—will be the one that comes with a new car from the manufacturer.
Latest Gizmos — The newer the car, the more modern the technology with be packed inside. Multimedia and navigation interfaces are constantly evolving and improving, so if you have to have the latest in gadgets the selection does not get any better than in the new-car showroom.
Safety — As vehicle safety laws become ever more picky, automakers have no choice but to change the way vehicles are constructed and manufactured and the safety systems with which they are equipped. Other technologies that are not mandated, like blind-spot monitoring systems, side curtain airbags, adaptive cruise control, and brake assist are becoming more prevalent on less expensive vehicles as their associated costs come down. This may not be readily available on used cars.
Higher Fuel Efficiency and Lower Emissions —Cars are increasingly becoming more fuel efficient, even while simultaneously getting more powerful. The newest crop of diesels is cleaner than ever before, and choices in the hybrid segment are augmenting, too, if that’s your thing.
Maintenance — Some new cars, mainly those from luxury marques, include free scheduled maintenance for a certain amount of time or mileage. This built-in cost saving should be considered in the final price analysis if applicable.
Legwork — Once you’ve chosen a vehicle, or at least the brand you’re interested in, much of the new-car search can be offloaded on the salesperson, who can find the car you ask for. The same search in the used realm requires a lot more legwork on your part—hunting on the internet, visiting multiple private sellers, and driving from used lot to used lot.