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Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2012

  • 2012 Porsche 911

    Picking a single winner out of a field of excellent cars is a tough task, particularly this year, with so many new or significantly improved cars in the luxury and performance realm. Value, style, performance, comfort, and practicality all weigh in, but ultimately, the question of which is truly the best comes down to the experience of owning and driving it. That's why Motor Authority's 2012 Best Car To Buy is the the 2012 Porsche 911. It's latest in seven generations of the iconic sports car, and, in almost every way, the best. Performance and handling Putting the engine behind the rear...

2012 Nominees

2012 Audi A7 3.0T 2012 Audi A7
MSRP: $59,250
2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302 2012 Ford Mustang
MSRP: $22,310
2012 Porsche 911 first drive 2012 Porsche 911
MSRP: $79,000
2012 Nissan GT-R EGOIST  2012 Nissan GT-R
MSRP: $89,950
2012 BMW 650i Coupe 2012 BMW 6-Series
MSRP: $73,600
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Best Car to Buy News

  • 2012 BMW 650i Coupe
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 BMW 6-Series

    Top down, cruising through the hills and along the coast of Baja or in the coupe, dashing down Highway 1, the 2012 BMW 6-Series is an experience not quite like any other in the segment: fast, comfortable, stylish, and fun, yet unconcerned with the outer limits of extreme sportiness. In other words...

  • 2012 Nissan GT-R EGOIST
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Nissan GT-R

    Often derided by purists as a car that makes heroes out of zeroes thanks to its advanced driver aids and immense innate performance, the Nissan GT-R nevertheless has a loyal following and a legitimate place among the world's top super cars, despite its list price checking in below $100,000. For...

  • 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

    As our only other exception to the $50,000-minimum rule, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is special in a way that's different from, yet fundamentally similar to the first exception, the 2012 Ford Mustang GT500: it fights above its price. After all, it's a Range Rover, with all that entails...

  • 2012 Porsche 911 first drive
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Porsche 911

    Billed by Porsche as the best 911 yet, the 2012 model, or 991, is much like its predecessors, and yet much different. The differences start with a wheelbase extended by almost four inches, nearly two inches wider front track, and yet about 80 pounds less weight. Despite the wheelbase and track...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe

    The BMW M3 has long held the top spot on the affordable luxury sport coupe hierarchy, and for good reason. The latest M3, though not much like its predecessors, continues that heritage with tremendous performance and sharp handling. But it's no longer as solidly perched; rivals like the 2012...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG first drive
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG

    Revealed over a year ago at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG, based on the revised CLS-Class, was the first of the new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 AMG engines we had the pleasure to drive. And what a pleasure it turned out to be. The new turbo V-8 keeps the "63" name...

  • 2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302

    Even though the cosmetically-upgraded 2013 model of the Ford Mustang Boss 302 was unveiled last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2012 model remains a great choice for the sports car or muscle car enthusiast. It's powerful but not insanely so, affordable, and track-ready from the factory. The...

  • 2012 Audi A7 3.0T
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Audi A7

    With its sleek, elegant form, practical hatch-like rear cargo area, and fun, punchy 310-horsepower supercharged V-6 engine, the 2012 Audi A7 is a luxury/sport sedan that can do it all. It's not even that expensive in base form, starting at $59,900. The options and add-ons can pile on the price...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
    2012 Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

    There's every reason to love the newest gullwing, the SLS AMG. But what about it's drop-top Roadster variant? Is it still just as much fun without the doors? In a word, yes. In fact, the SLS AMG Roadster may be even more fun, in a different way; where the gullwing hardtop is built for purposeful...

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    Motor Authority To Name "Best Car To Buy" 2012

    For the second year, Motor Authority will award the Best Car To Buy title to our favorite vehicle of the 2012 model year. Being Motor Authority, we choose from the best new luxury and performance cars in the $50,000-and-over bracket. Our sister sites The Car Connection and Green Car Reports will...

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