There was a period of time when it seemed as though rear-wheel drive cars might disappear from the market almost completely, with only a few high-end enthusiast-oriented models clinging to what used to be the dominant drivetrain layout in the industry. As time has moved on, automakers have found ways to produce rear-wheel drive cars that are just as efficient as their front-wheel drive counterparts, meaning that fun-to-drive, well-balanced automobiles sporting rear-wheel drive designs are available to buyers at a much wider range of price points.
Let's take a look at 10 of the best rear-wheel drive cars for 2013.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 01 - 2013 Ford Mustang
The 2013 Ford Mustang is notable for its dual personality. In V6 trim, the vehicle offers up an appealing 31-mpg on the highway along with 305 horsepower, while the GT model delivers 420 horses and 390 lb-ft of torque for one of the most potent modern muscle car experiences around. The Ford Mustang's solid rear axle might seem anachronistic but it's perfect for drag racing, and Blue Oval engineers have been able to design a suspension system that introduces respectable handling alongside its already pleasing rear-wheel drive dynamics. The choice between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission is icing on the cake for the 2013 Ford Mustang.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 02 - 2013 Dodge Charger
The 2013 Dodge Charger is a four-door family sedan aimed at those who don't feel that practicality and comfort have to be at odds with style and performance. The entry-level 3.6-liter V-6 offered in the Dodge Charger develops 292 horsepower, but it's the pair of Hemi V-8 engines found in the Charger R/T (370 horsepower) and SRT8 (470 horsepower) that draw the most attention. The latter is backed by a five-speed automatic transmission and allows the automobile to reach 60-mph in just 4.6 seconds. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are also available with the Charger, making it an excellent all-around performer.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 03 - 2013 Hyundai Genesis
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis is the latest edition of the Korean brand's great experiment that attempted to determine whether people will purchase a full-size luxury car that boasts no pedigree but provides plenty of high end features and excellent value for the money. The Hyundai Genesis has so far been a success, thanks in no small part to the decision to use a rear-wheel drive layout similar to that offered by segment leaders like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The Genesis offers a trio of engine options: a 3.8-liter V-6 (333 horsepower), a 4.6-liter V-8 (378 horsepower) and a 5.0-liter V-8 found in the 5.0 and R-Spec editions (429 horsepower). An eight-speed automatic transmission handles the gear shifting duties for each engine.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 04 - 2013 Chevrolet Camaro
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro continues to carry the torch for General Motors as their entry into the sporty rear-wheel drive car segment. The Chevrolet Camaro SS certainly turns heads via the smoky burnouts made possible by its standard 6.2-liter, 400 horsepower V-8 - especially when ordered with a six-speed manual transmission - but the coupe's 323 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 is also a formidable opening salvo in the muscle car wars. A six-speed autobox can be had as an option with the Camaro, and like the Mustang the six-cylinder motor delivers impressive highway mileage (30-mpg).
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 05 - 2013 Scion FR-S
The 2013 Scion FR-S is the very first rear-wheel drive car to be offered by the youth-oriented marque, and its compact size, coupe body style, and lightweight design already have tongues wagging amongst fans of street and track driving. The Scion FR-S is an exceptionally balanced automobile, suitable for both momentum-transfer drifting and precise road course navigation. Horsepower is modest, checking in at 200 ponies from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the motor loves to rev and whether matched with its standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic the vehicle is delightfully responsive to drive.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 06 - 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes in a wide range of different editions, include a sedan, a coupe, and a convertible, and each of these feature rear-wheel drive as a starting point (the E-Class wagon is all-wheel drive only). A hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is additionally on offer, but most buyers will opt for either the 3.5-liter V-6 (302 horsepower) or the 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V-8 (402 horsepower). Also available is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that produces 210 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque while posting fuel mileage numbers of 33-mpg on the highway. A seven-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge with each E-Class model.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 07 - 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe represents the first redesign of this rear-wheel drive since it was initially introduced just a few short years ago. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe now features more aggressive styling along with a considerable bump in output for each of its available engines. The vehicle's base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder jumps to a hefty 274 horses, while the top-tier 3.8-liter V-6 now produces 348 ponies and 295 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are the order of the day with the Genesis Coupe, and the compact can also be ordered in the track-ready R-Spec edition.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 08 - 2013 Dodge Challenger
The 2013 Dodge Challenger is a big and brash interpretation of the original Challenger's chunky lines, and this coupe - which shares its basic platform with the Charger - draws distinction as the roomiest of the trio of modern day retro muscle cars. The Dodge Challenger's 305 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine might only be available with a five-speed autobox, but those who want to row their own gears can instead opt for either the R/T model's 376 horsepower 5.7-liter V-6 or the Challenger SRT8 392's 470 horsepower 6.4-liter V-8. The SRT8 392 version of the coupe is able to reach 60-mph from a standing start in a very rapid 4.5 seconds.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 09 - 2013 BMW 3 Series Coupe
The 2013 BMW 3 Series Coupe might not be riding on the updated chassis that is found underpinning the sedan and wagon editions of the vehicle, but it still has a lot to offer luxury performance fans. The BMW 3 Series Coupe provides responsive handling without sacrificing comfort, and its sleek lines are some of the most distinctive on the premium market. The BMW 328i offers up 230 horsepower from a 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine, while the 335i produces 300 ponies from the same motor via the magic of turbocharging. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
Best Rear Wheel Drive Cars For 2013 - 10 - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera
The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera is all-new for the current model year, and it brings with it a continuation of the evolutionary design that has kept the Carrera at the forefront of rear-wheel drive coupe performance. Improvements such as a seven-speed manual transmission and a 350 horsepower, six-cylinder engine ensure that the Porsche Carrera's sports car cred remains undiminished, while more refined suspension tuning and greater availability of comfort features serve to underline the Carrera's package. A seven-speed automated manual 'PDK' transmission is also available for those who want to be able to change gears faster than is humanly possible.