We asked guest blogger and car fan Kofi Adolfo to tell us what he thought the top 5 cars for 2013 are. Here are his choices. What do you think?
1. Range Rover
(Base MSRP: $83,500 )
Competitors: Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes G Class, Toyota Land Cruiser/Lexus LX 570, BMW X5
Arguably the first luxury SUV, Range Rover enters its fourth generation with new innovations to set it apart from its rivals. It features the second generation Hill Descent system that instantly adjusts transmission, suspension, and traction settings for an optimal drive over grass, snow, mud, sand, and rock climbing. It also features an all aluminum monocoque frame, making it 925.9 lb lighter than Range Rover’s 2012 model. It’s new avant garde styling suggests that it’s also meant for luxurious and bespoke travel.
2. Range Rover Evoque
(Base MSRP: $41,145 – $44,145)
Competitors: Audi Q5, Acura ZDX
My Take: The off-road prowess worthy of the name Range Rover, but now with the on-road performance of a city car. It’s a shrunken, yet more stylish Range Rover that’s double the practicality at half the price. In short, it’s a Range Rover for the urban jungle.
Consumer Reports: The Evoque, a new Land Rover model based on the LR2, offers 2-door and 4-door versions. It uses a Ford-supplied 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration and braking are commendable. Handling becomes disconcerting at the limits. The ride is rather choppy. Interior room and visibility gets sacrificed for styling.
3. BMW 6 series GranCoupe
Competitors: Mercedes Benz CLS, Audi A7, Porsche Panamera
My Take: BMW’s answer to the Mercedes Benz CLS, the 6 series Gran Coupe attempts to follow the same formula of being expensive,impractical, yet drop dead sexy. The four seat, four door car has the sleek curves and rakish styling of a sports car, earning the name “Four Door Coupe”. The styling is similar to the regular 6 series coupe, but its dimensions make it longer and wider than the 5 series sedan from which it is based. It features BMW’s Efficient Dynamics to reduce overall fuel consumption, while still reaching 62 mph in 5.4 seconds with its 3.0L inline six, or 62 mph in 4.6 seconds with it 4.4 L V-8.
4. Tesla Model S
(Price Range: Approx $50,000-$100,000)
Competitors: Fisker Karma
My Take: I’m already hearing this car being described as the “iPad of the car industry.” That’s because this car is creating an entirely new market in the auto industry: a high-performance-luxury-all electric vehicle… that can go 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and can hold 7 people. Also, its dashboard consists of one large iPad-like screen in lieu of buttons and controls. Since it does not have gas powered engine, there is trunk space in the front and rear of the vehicle. Tesla is co-founded by Elon Musk, who is also the founder of PayPal and Space-X. Fun Fact: It’s main rival is the plug- in hybrid Fisker Karma, created by Henrik Fisker, a former Model S co-developer with whom Tesla lost a bitter lawsuit during the development process.
5. Chevy Corvette C7
(Base MSRP: Approx $50,000)
Although the 7th generation Corvette has not officially been revealed, we have enjoyed teasers and rendered pictures that are most likely true to the actual production model. What Chevy has revealed is that the C7 Corvette will have an aluminum chassis that will keep the weight down to achieve its goal of 3000lbs. carbon fiber will continue to be part of the Corvette’s construction, and thanks to the supplier Plasan Carbon Composites’ manufacturing streamlining, the cost to build the carbon fiber components will be 60% less expensive. This allows Chevy to include carbon fiber in even their sub- $60k base models. Aside from the reduced weight, the advanced materials, and the promised engine upgrades, the C7’s styling will be significantly more badass as well. While it will have the same overall profile of previous Corvettes, expect this one to be sleeker with sharper design flair. LEDs, quad exhausts, and quad-squarish headlights (like on the Camaro) will give the C7 a menacing look. Expect it to go on sale this year as a 2014 model.