2013 Chevrolet Equinox: What's Changed

2013 Chevrolet Equinox

  • Most significant changes: More powerful V-6 
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: August  
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If you're a V-6 shopper, you should wait for a 2013; otherwise, a 2012 shouldn't bring buyer's remorse.

For the 2013 model year the Chevrolet Equinox gets a more powerful V-6 option, new suspension tuning and greater availability of convenience and safety features. It will continue to be available in LS, LT (1LT and 2LT) and LTZ trims.

The new V-6 engine — first unveiled on the 2013 GMC Terrain Denali — produces 301 horsepower and 272 pounds-feet of torque, which is 14% more horsepower and 22% more torque than the previous 3.0-liter V-6. Fuel-economy figures for the 3.6-liter are the same as the 3.0-liter: 17/24 mpg city/highway for front-wheel drive (subtract 1 mpg from both figures for all-wheel drive).

By Colin Bird | June 18, 2012 | Comments (12)

2013 Elantra Coupe Priced at $18,220

2013 Elantra Coupe

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $18,220, including a $775 destination fee. That price is for a six-speed manual-transmission model; the six-speed automatic version will start at $19,220. The Elantra coupe is available in two trims: a base GS and upper-level SE.

The initial pricing puts the Elantra coupe above the 2012 Honda Civic coupe ($16,545) and the 2012 Kia Forte Koup ($17,950). The Hyundai comes with more standard features, however. They include fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats and Bluetooth.

By Colin Bird | June 15, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Priced at $19,170

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT will go on sale later this month with a starting price of $19,170, including a $795 destination fee. That price is for a manual-transmission base model; an automatic transmission version of the hatchback starts at $20,170.

The Elantra GT has competitive base pricing compared to others in the compact class: The 2013 Ford Focus hatchback starts at $19,995, including a $795 destination fee; the 2012 Mazda3 starts at $20,095, including a $795 destination fee; a four-door hatchback 2012 Volkswagen Golf with an automatic transmission starts at $20,565, including a $770 destination fee. The GT hatchback costs $1,700 more than a 2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan, but it comes better equipped. Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing for its 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe yet.

By Colin Bird | June 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

May's Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars

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The Toyota Prius may have left the Top 10 Best-Sellers last month, but shoppers still snapped up the latest additions to the Prius family: the Prius Plug-in and subcompact Prius c. Both have been among the fastest-selling cars since they hit Toyota dealerships earlier this spring.

Speaking of spring, the hottest one on record played well for Mercedes-Benz. The first full redesign in a decade for the iconic SL-Class roadster needed just eight days per car, on average, to sell. That car starts at $106,405 including destination.

Another droptop, the updated Ford Mustang convertible, sold fast, too, but its crosstown rival, the Chevrolet Camaro convertible, sat at Chevy dealers an average of 119 days. It joins a Losers list that remains mostly unchanged, with a scattering of posh — but slow-selling — nameplates.

By Kelsey Mays | June 12, 2012 | Comments (4)

Cars.com's 2013 Model Year Preview

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We're halfway through calendar-year 2012 and that means it's time to preview new cars from the 2013 model year. Automakers can only put a car on sale as a 2013 model as of Jan. 1, 2012; many 2013s are already on sale.

Our preview recaps not only those cars, but all 2013s that we know are on the way. You can sort the list by category or just scroll through the entire batch of cars, which includes everything from the sporty Audi S7 to the fuel-efficient Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

2013 Model Year Preview

By David Thomas | June 1, 2012 | Comments (2)

Why Used-Car Prices Will Stay High

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Mike Hogan didn't expect much for his trade-in, a 13-year-old stick-shift Subaru Forester SUV with 129,000 miles on the odometer. He'd have been happy with $1,500.

The dealer offered $2,750.

"I suppose I undervalue my used cars because I drive them for so long," said Hogan, a 49-year-old who is the director of a domestic violence program in suburban Milwaukee. He handed over the Forester, his wife's car, last January and bought her a brand-new Kia Soul, a car that starts at $13,900 and is one of the cheapest on the market. It was the first new car Hogan bought in more than a dozen years.

"We are both long-time used-car buyers," Hogan wrote in an email. "We most often try to purchase low-mileage used cars that are only one or two model years old. … Given the inflated prices at the time, we did not consider seriously any used models."

Believe it or not, the dealer will likely still make money. Cars.com's national inventory shows dozens of 1999 Subaru Foresters with more than 100,000 miles, and the median listing price is just shy of $5,000.

Three years of depressed new-car sales have driven used prices to historic highs. Recent evidence suggests possible relief, but it will likely take years, not months, before used-car prices come back down.

By Kelsey Mays | May 23, 2012 | Comments (15)

2014 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan Made Official

2014 Chevrolet SS Performance Sedan

Enthusiasts still in shock over the departure of the Pontiac G8 have a new savior. Chevrolet made it official today: The automaker will launch a new performance sedan called the 2014 Chevrolet SS in early 2013.

Like the G8, the SS borrows its shape and mechanicals from a Holden Commodore. Unlike the G8, however, the SS will be available only with a V-8 engine. The SS will be based off the upcoming VF Commodore, which is a refreshed version of the Commodore on which the G8 was based. Don't expect the dead Pontiac and the new Chevrolet to look the same.

The model marks Chevrolet's first rear-wheel-drive sedan in over 17 years, according to the automaker. It will arrive in limited production early next year, and it will replace the Impala racecar at NASCAR's Sprint Series in 2013, too, GM says.

By Colin Bird | May 17, 2012 | Comments (8)

A Volvo SUV Shouldn't Be This Fast

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There is a lot to like about Volvo's popular small SUV, the XC60. It's stylish, packed with safety features and rather comfortable. It starts at $33,300 and can be equipped with navigation and a slew of other features for $40,250. In this segment, that's downright affordable.

The standard engine is a rather mundane 3.2-liter six-cylinder with 240 horsepower. Mundane wasn't cutting it for Volvo, though, so they added a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder. I drove one recently, and it boggled my mind.

It's fast. Really fast — 300 hp, 325 pounds-feet of torque. This is a sleeper with speed. It gives up only 1 mpg to the base engine, too. But it's also entirely pointless.

By David Thomas | May 14, 2012 | Comments (4)

2013 Hyundai Sonata: What's Changed

2013 Hyundai Sonata

For the new model year, Hyundai adds more available features to Sonata's base trim level. Most prices increase by $100 to $150 or more per trim for 2013.

All 2013 Sonatas now come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission; the manual-transmission GLS is no longer available. Without the manual transmission, all Sonatas now get 24/35 mpg city/highway.

The Popular Equipment Package on the GLS now costs $825 and includes features like fog lights and heated seats, for a total cost of $21,720.

The SE trim now comes standard with heated front seats, and the Limited trim no longer comes with a panoramic sunroof. Instead, it gets a regular sunroof. The Limited trim is $600 less expensive this year because of the change. If you still want a panoramic sunroof, it's been added to a $2,900 Limited Premium Package. Ultimately, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata tops out at $31,270, which is just $100 more than last year's model.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is already on sale. Continue reading below for more pricing details.

By Colin Bird | May 8, 2012 | Comments (2)

Automakers Feel Pinch as Shoppers Wait for Newer Models

Dead may be too strong a word. The Ford Escape, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Impala, among others, are far from dead. In fact, before long they'll be breathing crisp mountain air. But in April 2012, these and other cars saw sales suffer at the hands of a market that knew that something better is coming down the line.

The glitz and glamour of revealing cars at an auto show grabs headlines, but it also informs shoppers that something better is on the way, and they may hold off on a purchase until it arrives.

It's happened before.

By Timothy Cain | May 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

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