2013 At a glance

2013 New Car Reviews

2013 Mazda CX-5

Mazda has launched an all-new model for 2013: the CX-5 crossover. This is Mazda's smallest SUV, and also its first vehicle to be built from the ground up ...

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

The Malibu, a staple of Chevy's lineup for generations, is receiving a total redo for the 2013 model year. The first one to come our way is powered ...

2013 Scion FR-S

Scion's newest model, the FR-S, finally graced our office with its presence. So, how is it? In a word, brilliant. This car lives up to every expectation, and ...

2013 Acura RDX

We recently tested this 2012 Acura RDX AWD Tech, which is Acura's newest luxury SUV. It's surprisingly fast, fairly comfortable (though too stiffly sprung), isn't very ugly, and ...

2013 Acura ILX 2.4L

An Acura-ized version of the Honda Civic sedan might be new to the American market, but really it's nothing groundbreaking. Canadians could first buy an Acura EL some ...

2013 Mazda CX-5

We tested another of Mazda's new CX-5s, this time with a manual transmission. It felt good to have three pedals in a new SUV; Rowing your own gears ...

2013 Ford Mustang

We recently tested another of the seemingly limitless flavors of Mustang that Ford has to offer. This time, we were treated to a V6 convertible with the Mustang ...

2013 Chrysler 200 Limited

Chrysler's mid-sized competitor is a bit long in the tooth. When Fiat took over, it made a serious attempt to move the brand's vehicles forward into competitiveness and ...

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Edition

You know what this car is all about: It's the MX-5 we all know and love. This one, though, is the club edition. Club racer? No. There's a ...

2013 Lexus RX350

Not much can beat the luxury of a Lexus. This SUV is pretty darn close to hybrid-worthy status for those drivers who have long highway commutes, with its ...

2013 Kia Optima SX Limited

Who doesn’t love a car with this much spunk? With 274 horsepower and all the comfortable amenities included in this Optima, you can drive and ride in speed ...

2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

The 2013 Mazdaspeed3 is an understated piece of machinery. No extra doodads or thingamajigs. It just drives. No frills, but definite thrills in this 263-horsepower brute. Who says ...

2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport

Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi have built pickup trucks, but Honda? Honda’s first real attempt was the Ridgeline, first released for the 2006 model year, and it definitely offered ...

2013 Volvo C30 Polestar Edition

Consider this the sensible, upscale alternative to your boy-racer hot hatches. Starting at $27,000, the T5 doesn’t generate as much power as its distant Ford Focus ST and ...

2013 Honda Civic EX-L

They say the Civic is the new Accord. This front-wheel-drive Civic sedan with navigation system is easy on the eyes, easy on the environment, and easy on the ...

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Roadster

Opulence and speed. This drop-top Benz has both, and it's got gizmos up to the gills. The sunroof even has a "Magic Sky" feature: The glass acts like ...

2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS

The historic sporting brand caught a lot of flak when they succumbed to the call of high profit margins and sales volume offered by the SUV market. Their ...

2013 Mazda CX-9

This is the biggest Mazda in the company's current fleet, and perhaps their biggest vehicle ever. With three rows of seats, a 3500-lb. towing capacity and fuel mileage ...

2013 Dodge Dart Limited

The Dart is the new small car from the Chrysler brand, replacing the much-maligned Caliber. There's no hatchback version, and it shares blood with a compact car from ...

2013 Dodge Charger R/T Max AWD

This R/T is big, fast, and mates a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 to a five-speed automatic transmission and drives all four wheels. The engine is not the 6.4-liter monster ...

2013 Honda Accord Sport

This Accord has four doors and a stickshift. Being the Sport line, it also has a few ticks more thrust than the rest of the four-cylinder lineup. Power ...

2013 Buick Verano

Buick is pulling out all the stops in attempting to shed the built-for-septuagenarians image it cultivated for a good two decades. Color us impressed: This new Verano has ...

2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

The IPL line is the Infiniti brand's foray into a higher-performance niche. This car's V6 engine is familiar enough—you've seen it in Z cars and non-IPL G coupes—but ...

2013 Cadillac XTS4 Platinum

Flagship. That's the word that comes to mind when you're greeted by this behemoth. Nearly as long as a Ford Expedition and as luxurious as you could want, ...

2013 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan

We recently spent a week in what could be BMW's most innovative 3 series in years. This 2013 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan might not have a catchy name, ...

2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Edition

This is a limited-edition version of a perennial favorite, the BMW M3 coupe. That eye-searing orange color is super satisgying, but what's it like to drive? To see ...

2013 Volkswagen CC

At first, you’re tempted to criticize the rear seat room of the four-door Volkswagen CC, but that’s because you’re thinking about it wrong. When judged as a four-door ...

2013 Nissan Sentra SR

We all know Nissans to be reliable. The 2013 Sentra adds to that fact its great fuel economy and its being within the reach of most people’s budgets. ...

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

It's tempting to compare the Genesis Coupe to the Scion FR-S, but it's not really that. Its power and weight figures are both far greater than the Scion/Subaru ...

2013 Honda Civic Si

Honda's Civic Si has tons of history. All the way back to 1986, this platform has offered quickness, lightness and good fuel economy for budget-minded enthusiasts everywhere. Today, ...

2013 Mazda 2 Touring

Mazda’s entry into the B segment is a strong advocate for the drive-a-slow-car-fast ethos. What did GRM think of it? See our thoughts below.

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T

The 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan comes in five flavors to cater to your lifestyle and means: the AVP, SE, SXT, Crew and R/T. Our press vehicle, the R/T, ...

2013 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium

This plug-in hybrid pulls in 44 mpg in the city. That's impressive for a car this size, and hey, did you notice Ford's new styling direction? It's an ...

2013 Acura MDX

Luxury in the form of a Honda. That’s the Acura name. Acura has come out with new packages, including the Technology and Entertainment package featured in the one ...

2013 Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible

The Chrysler 200 Convertible Limited model offers the standard features the Touring model offers, plus 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and leather seats. Also standard are its CD/DVD/MP3/40GB hard ...

2013 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevy Spark looks like a toy, something you can hang on your key chain. Of course, this version takes you from point A to point B at ...

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai is certainly moving forward with the rest of the Green world with this Sonata Hybrid Limited. What beats great mileage? How about great mileage and the satisfaction ...

2013 Lexus LS 600h L

Lexus. Doth a car with any other name sound as sweet? This Japanese machine gives new and powerful meaning to luxury with its all-wheel drive, V8-hybrid engine yielding ...

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    What's This

    Using a top-secret, highly sophisticated algorithm that may or may not have been co-developed by NASA, the Grassroots Motorsports Bang For The Buck Index is a 100-point scale that indicates which of the new cars we've reviewed over the years actually provide the greatest bang for the buck.

    The highly-guarded formula--which is securely stored in the floor safe in Scott's office and protected by razor wire and laser-wielding ferrets--takes into account our ratings, the car's power-to-weight ratio, its price and other factors to determine the true Bang For The Buck.

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