2013 Porsche Boxster
2013 Porsche BoxsterEnlarge Photo
We loved its sibling a year later, so it shouldn't come as much surprise that the open-top, entry-level Porsche sports car would win our Best Car to Buy 2013 award. Porsche has simply nailed the mid-engined sports car concept since the first Boxster arrived all the way back in 1997, and its refinements over the years have only made it better.
Back in late 2012, we said that the Boxster "sums up almost all of what a luxurious, fun, and timeless sports car should be."
A new Boxster is here, and like its Cayman sibling, it shaves two cylinders off.
Original 1964 Porsche 911 and the Type-991 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4SEnlarge Photo
We have had a thing for Porsches, haven't we? Internally called the 991, the then-new Porsche 911 remains one of the most pure sports cars built so far in the 21st century.
We praised the 911 back then for its "unique combination of speed, beauty, comfort, and practicality, plus its continued heritage of excellence and the somewhat inexplicable factor of just how satisfying it is to drive."
2011 Cadillac CTS-V WagonEnlarge Photo
For years, we (and all enthusiasts, for that matter) begged automakers for sporty wagons. And, of all companies, it was Cadillac who listened to us. The company created both a wagon version and a stylish coupe companion based on of edgy CTS sedan. Predictably, we loved them both, awarding them with our inaugural Best Car to Buy award.
"Because they're two tire-shredding, lust-inducing, finely tuned, and well-crafted variations on a theme that belongs in any luxury and performance enthusiast's garage," we said, explaining our original rationale. That's criteria we've kept today—as you'll see when we announce our winner on Monday.
But you can't have a CTS-V Coupe or Wagon today, at least if you want a new one. Cadillac jettisoned the coupe and wagon body styles when it revamped the CTS lineup a couple of years back. While the latest CTS-V is polished and rocket fast, it lacks some of the raw edge that made its predecessor so appealing to enthusiasts.