The bread and butter segment of the auto industry has to be the mid-size family sedan category and the competition for the Autlbytel 2013 Sedan of the Year really heated up the map. Advances in powertrains, design, comfort, roominess with increased mpgs all factored into the considerations for who made the cut as the sedan to recommend for 2013.
Read on to see which sedans top the list for the Autobytel 2013 Sedan of the Year.
Oh, what a difference a year can make. The Autobytel editorial team gave resounding approval in the form of votes to the completely re-designed 2013 Ford Fusion as the Autobytel 2013 Sedan of the Year for its forward thinking Euro-styling, inspiring powerplant options and technology that makes the Joneses envious. With its global platform, highly fuel efficient, low-liter, turbo-assisted gas powered engines, hybrid and plug-in electric options, there seems to be a Fusion for every mid-size driver except the one who wants a diesel. Approval from the team on the 2013 Ford Fusion was so high that it was also elected as the overall Autobytel 2013 Car of the Year.
"The 2013 Ford Fusion has arrived just in time to do battle with the best that Japan, Korea, and its U.S. counterparts have to offer. The problem for everyone else? The 2013 Fusion might the best of a really good bunch."
Probably the most important reveal of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) was the 2013 Nissan Altima. While not the most exciting (that would be the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper, in case you forgot), the newly refreshed Nissan Altima will sell and it will sell well. Sales estimates to date sstate that there are now 4 million Nissan Altimas on the road with 300,000 being of the 2013 model year. A welcomed new look with interior perks and comforts that blur the line between a regular, run of the mill family sedan and one planted in more luxury roots.
"Driving an Altima is like sitting on a leather couch in a trendy hotel lobby, listening to faint electronica music that soothes and calms frazzled nerves while simultaneously getting your toes tapping." - Autobytel review
Presented as a premium sedan at a more affordable price point brings the Chrysler 300 into the mix of finalists this year for our awards. A top-rated winner in the Autobytel & AutoPacific consumer choice awards, the 300 please people for so many reasons – exceptional handling for a large sedan, much-welcomed creature comforts and tech packages that are elegant and refined.
"With this new iteration of the 300, Chrysler has considerably expanded the definition of the full-size American sedan. " - Autobytel review
The editorial team of Autobytel has chosen the previous vehicles as the best of what we have seen in the category for 2013, and while there are many others in this class that probably deserve some kudos as well, we'd love to hear which you would choose for yourself. Let us know on the Autobytel Twitter or the Autobytel Facebook page.
2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
2013 Ford Fusion
2013 Cadillac ATS
2013 Jeep Wrangler
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2013 Porsche Boxster S
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
2013 RAM 1500
2013 Mazda MAZDA5