This year is already gone, having slipped through our fingers like used motor oil spilling all over the garage floor. Even though we already have a whole new year lined up (with some great videos, photos, and drive reports already planned for you), it's worth taking a look back at some of the top moments of 2013, as viewed through the enthusiast's perspective, which is to say, yours.
13. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Spy Shots
These are among the top stories we've published this year, and while it's not a strict list of the most popular, it's the stuff that most of you wanted to know more about--and the stuff we wanted to tell you about. It's also a list of some of the most interesting, fun, weird, or just plain awesome things that happened in the automotive universe this past year.
So sit down, shut up, and hold on as we take a look back at the top 13 moments of 2013 (in no particular order), here at Motor Authority.
This one might seem like a bit of an odd pick for the top list, but after seeing the result (which is possibly the most beautiful car in an incredibly competitive class), it's no wonder everyone was on the edge of their seats for the arrival of the new C-Class.
Here at Motor Authority, we're still holding a candle for the next generation of the C63 AMG. It will come, and it ought to be glorious.
12. Tesla Model S Fires
Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_Enlarge Photo
Yes, much of the mainstream media (and many in the automotive media who should've known better) made a big fuss abut a brief spate of Tesla Model S fires, which were mostly the result of striking road debris.
As we pointed out right out of the gate, however, it wasn't a big deal then
, and it's not a big deal now
, though Tesla's shareholders might disagree when looking at their bottom lines just after the news broke. Bottom line: yes, a few cars caught fire, but compared to the gasoline-burning majority of cars, the Tesla Model S, and electric cars in general, have shown much lower risk of fire. Bad luck happens to everyone.11. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
No matter your allegiances in the world of high-performance cars, you have to give the Corvette its due. In the case of the 2014 Corvette Stingray, it'll come take its due whether you're willing to give it freely or not. It is, easily, the best Corvette ever, whether in coupe or convertible form
--even before the 2015 Corvette Z06 hits the streets next month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
We truly enjoyed our time with the car upon its launch, but unfortunately, several owners enjoyed the car a bit too much
, spawning a rash of crash reports
just after the first cars hit dealerships. Many blamed the Corvette, but having driven several examples of the car as hard as possible, we can confirm that these crashes are just cases of owners getting far more car than their abilities could handle.