Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2013

  • 2013 Porsche Boxster

    We've taken a look back at the six best cars we've driven this year, and along the way, you might have found a car that fits your needs just about perfectly. From the fun and functional Ford Focus ST to the pared-back and sporty Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S coupes, the cars in this year's Motor Authority Best Car To Buy shortlist have a bit of something for almost everyone. But there must be a winner, and that winner is the 2013 Porsche Boxster. It was a close win for the Boxster, however. The 2013 ATS very nearly took home Cadillac's second win (the Cadillac CTS-V won in 2010), held back not by its...

2013 Nominees

2013 Audi A5 Cabriolet
2013 Audi A5
MSRP: $37,850
2013 BMW M5 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View
2013 BMW M5
MSRP: $90,200
2013 BMW M6 2-door Convertible Angular Front Exterior View
2013 BMW M6
MSRP: $108,350
2013 Cadillac ATS 2013 Cadillac ATS
MSRP: $33,095
2013 Cadillac XTS
2013 Cadillac XTS
MSRP: $44,075
2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE package
2013 Chevrolet Camaro
MSRP: $23,345
2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013
2013 FIAT 500
MSRP: $16,195
2013 Ford Focus ST 2013 Ford Focus
MSRP: $16,200
2013 Ford Mustang
2013 Ford Mustang
MSRP: $22,200
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
2013 Hyundai Veloster
MSRP: $17,600
2013 Land Rover Range Rover
2013 Land Rover Range Rover
MSRP: $82,650
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
MSRP: $62,400
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
MSRP: $105,500
2013 Scion FR-S
2013 Scion FR-S
MSRP: $24,500
Isle of Man 2013 Subaru BRZ drive 2013 Subaru BRZ
MSRP: $25,495
2013 Porsche Boxster
2013 Porsche Boxster
MSRP: $49,500
2013 Lexus GS 350
2013 Lexus GS 350
MSRP: $47,250
2013 Tesla Model S
2013 Tesla Model S
MSRP: $69,900
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Best Car to Buy News

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    2013 Cadillac ATS: Best Car To Buy 2013 Nominee

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  • Isle of Man 2013 Subaru BRZ drive
    2013 Subaru BRZ: Best Car To Buy 2013 Nominee

    There are a thousand reasons to love the Subaru BRZ. From its historical (though factually very minimal) relation to the beloved AE86, to the fact that it's one of the lightest sport coupes sold today, to its innately balanced handling, or even its sleek, sporty looks, the 2013 Subaru BRZ ticks...

  • 2013 Dodge SRT Viper
    2013 SRT Viper: Best Car To Buy 2013 Nominee

    Mental. Deadly. Damn near uncontrollable. All of those epithets used to be the most accurate descriptors of the Dodge Viper. For 2013, however, Chrysler has dropped the Dodge brand from the car, putting it fully under SRT's wing, and given us an all-new model with much--much--better manners. On the...

  • 2013 Scion FR-S
    2013 Scion FR-S: Best Car To Buy 2013 Nominee

    The recipe doesn't seem all that hard: light weight, a fun but not extraordinary engine, balanced handling, and an affordable price. But so few companies bother to make such a concoction, it seems almost magical when a new one lands on our plate. Those are the ingredients of an entry-level sports...

  • 2013 Ford Focus ST
    2013 Ford Focus ST: Best Car To Buy 2013 Nominee

    For its combination of practicality and fun, the 2013 Ford Focus ST is very, very hard to beat. The only real alternatives are Mazda's Mazdaspeed3 and Subaru's WRX range. Even against those proven and very capable cars, however, the Focus ST stands out. Refined materials, modern (if somewhat...

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    Motor Authority To Name Best Car To Buy 2013

    Every year, dozens of new cars light up their tires in our hands. Just one does it in our heads, weeks after we've turned the keys back in. That's the car we call Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy, and it's time again to kick off the teasing and waiting before we name our 2013 winner on December...

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