2013 in review – Part 1

2014 Mazda MX-5 looks good from every angle

2014 Mazda MX-5 looks good from every angle

2013 was a good year for testing new vehicles. By the numbers, we tested some forty-five new vehicles, including a handful of motorcycles.

The least expensive car we tested was the spunky little 2014 Toyota Yaris 5-door LE ($16,995); the most expensive was the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S Cabriolet that we flogged after a blizzard only a few weeks ago – it was optioned out to a stratospheric $160,000.  Think about that.  For the price of one Porsche Carrera 4S Cabriolet you could buy almost ten Toyota Yarises, and if each one lasts fifteen years, that would be a 150 year supply of driving!

Some of the cars that impressed us were the 2014 Mazda MX-5, 2014 Subaru Forester XT Limited and 2013 Toyota Avalon.  And the current crop of new cars was so good that a few that were impressively good, failed to make our Best Drives List.

The automotive world is changing, and all for the better. Looking at the fleet of new cars we drove, there really wasn’t a dog among them, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman All4 being the exception. Cars are damn good these days, and like the old saying implies, ‘even a blind squirrel can find nuts’, it’s near impossible to make a bad choice when selecting a new car.

Still, there are better ones for your money, especially if you you take pleasure in driving.

Stay tuned. In our upcoming review of 2013 (Part 2), we’ll announce CarAndRider’s Top Ten Drives of the year.

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