We live in an exciting time where cars are in general, across the board, excellent! Advancements in design and engineering offer new levels of safety, reliability, luxury and technology. If you look back at all of the cars that I've reviewed this year, there were no disappointments, but here are some that have stood out as Drivin' Ivan's best cars of 2013.
Let's start small with the Fiat 500 Sport Turbo. It's a great city car, but it's also quick and extremely fun to drive. The Mazda 2 is also very practical, but fun to drive at the same time. The Scion IQ is so small and cute it wins points for both looks and practicality. Parking will never be a problem with the IQ.
2013 has proven that American cars are back, and there are many that stand out. The Ford Fiesta is a great hatchback that offers an excellent blend of practicality, luxury and tech all in an attractive package. The Chevy Impala brings new life into the classic Impala nameplate. It is an excellent all around car. The Dodge Charger SXT Plus AWD has absolutely everything you could ever want in a car with top notch safety, luxury, tech and even all wheel drive. With innovative features like the bumper step, the all new Chevy Silverado is a great looking and versatile pickup that can be bought in basic form, or with all the amenities to bring amazing luxury and tech to up to five passengers.
If you have a multi-car family, I think at least one of your cars should be a hybrid or a diesel! The Toyota Prius C is a great entry level hybrid that offers excellent fuel economy at a very fair price. You'll get plenty of tech options and 53 mpg overall! If you crave luxury along with fuel economy, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers excellent luxury and 40 mpg overall. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is also a technically savvy and luxurious sedan that offers great fuel economy.
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid combines that solid German Engineering and handling, with excellent fuel economy. The VW Beetle Convertible TDI offers top down, wind in your hair fun all without giving up great fuel economy or great features. The Toyota Corolla ECO is not a hybrid, but it still delivers great economy and tech all in an attractive, redesigned package.
If you are in the market for a hatchback, than the Hyundai Elantra GT is a good all around choice. The Nissan Versa Note offers great features like an all around view monitor usually found on much more expensive cars, at a very fair price. The Hyundai Veloster and the Veloster Turbo features an out of the box, innovative design, plus great tech and good fuel economy all in a sporty package.
If you need more room, you might want to step up to a Compact Utility Vehicle or a Cross Over. One of the smallest options packs a big punch. The Buick Encore has great looks, plus excellent luxury and tech, plus a lot of practicality thrown in for good measure. The Nissan Juke offers a really cool look along with a fair price, and plenty of practicality too.
Mazda brings you a bit of the Miata plus optional four wheel drive in their all new CX-5 Cross Over. If you want a full sized SUV, the Kia Sorento is definitely an excellent choice. If price is no option, the Infiniti QX56 is an amazing large SUV with advanced safety features that can avoid accidents. It also handles amazingly for such a large SUV.
America now has a truly great sports car again with the all new C7 Chevy Corvette Stingray. It has been totally redesigned to truly compete with the best sports cars in the world, and it really does! If you need more seats, the Cadillac ATS is a great sedan that also competes with the worlds best. Lastly, the IS is Lexus' entry level sedan and its all new. It's also versatile with all wheel drive and F Sport versions available for both the 2.5 and 3.5 liter V6's.
And there you have it, Drivin' Ivan's best cars of 2013. Thanks for reading my column and just click on the car above to see my complete video review. I'm Drivin' Ivan Katz!