2013 Audi A4 Priced at $33,395

2013 Audi A4

The updated 2013 Audi A4 sedan has a starting price of $33,395, including an $895 destination fee. Besides a $20 increase in destination and handling for the model year, the A4 has the same MSRP as the 2012 model. That compares favorably to the 2013 BMW 328i ($37,395), 2013 Cadillac ATS ($33,990) and 2012 Lexus IS 250 ($34,670).

The 2013 A4 received a mild refresh for the model year, including a new front and rear bumper along with new headlight, taillight, hood and front grille designs. All models now have LED daytime running lights.

By Colin Bird | July 20, 2012 | Comments (6)

2013 Audi A8: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: A V-6 and new V-8 are added
  • Price change: $6,530 lower 
  • On sale: V-6 and W12 models available now; V-8 in summer; S8 in fall 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If you're looking for a more affordable A8, you should wait.
  • For the 2013 model year, the Audi A8 gets a series of new engines and trims, bringing down the model's overall starting price.

    The 2013 A8 now has four engine choices instead of two. The new A8 can be equipped with a carryover 500-horsepower, 6.3-liter W12 or two new engine offerings: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 (replacing last year's 4.2-liter V-8) or a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. A new Audi S8 model is equipped with a 520-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Both 4.0-liter V-8s come equipped with cylinder deactivation, which turns the V-8 into a four-cylinder under certain conditions. All the models are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

    By Colin Bird | July 19, 2012 | Comments (2)

    2013 Volkswagen Jetta: What's Changed

    2013 Jetta GLI

  • Most significant changes: Interior updates, backup camera and launch control on GLI models 
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: TBA 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Buy a 2012 unless you're considering a top-level trim
  • For the 2013 model year, the Volkswagen Jetta sedan receives an extensive revision, including updated interior appointments and new features on some trims such as a backup camera and LED daytime running lights.

    A hybrid joins the Jetta's lineup for 2013; VW says it will get close to 45 mpg on the highway. More details on the hybrid will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date later this fall.

    By Colin Bird | July 18, 2012 | Comments (8)

    2013 Toyota Corolla Priced at $17,025

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    When the 2013 Toyota Corolla goes on sale later this summer, it will start at $17,025, including a $795 destination fee. That's a $100 increase in the MSRP and a $35 increase in the destination fee.

    The 2013 Toyota Corolla is available in L, S and LE trims. For the 2013 model year, all Corolla trims get a new front grille. The LE trim gets a chrome grille and a chrome-accented beltline. Photos of the updates won't be available until September, according to Toyota North American representatives. Both LE and S trims get a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with USB connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio, standard. The S trim sees a $240 price increase, and the LE trim gets a $270 price increase.

    By Colin Bird | July 16, 2012 | Comments (29)

    2013 Nissan Versa Sedan: What's Changed

    2013 Nissan Versa Sedan

    • Most significant changes: Now rated 31/40 mpg  
    • Price change: TBA 
    • On sale: August 
    • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Better mileage and value means you should wait for a 2013

    For the 2013 model year, the Nissan Versa sedan gets improved gas mileage, a new transmission option and more standard features. The 2013 Nissan Versa sedan is available in three trims , 1.6 S, 1.6 SV and 1.6 SL.

    The Versa hatchback is also available for 2013, but is again a carryover of the previous-generation Versa.

    By Colin Bird | July 12, 2012 | Comments (4)

    Daily News Briefs: July 11, 2012

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    On the heels of GM offering a 60-day buyback guarantee, Chrysler will let buyers put off payments for 90 days, the Detroit News reports. The program applies to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat vehicles and is part of the automaker's Summer Clearance Event aimed at selling off 2012 inventory. To qualify, buyers have to finance through Ally Financial, Chrysler's preferred lender, at least for now. Chrysler's dealer stock is almost entirely 2012s: As of today, just 0.7% of Cars.com's national inventory of the automaker's five brands is 2013 models. That's the smallest portion of 2013s for major automakers, following Nissan/Infiniti (2.6%), Honda/Acura (3.5%), Toyota/Lexus/Scion (6.1%), GM (8.5%), Ford/Lincoln (19.7%) and Hyundai/Kia (43%).

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    By Kelsey Mays | July 11, 2012 | Comments (1)

    2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0 Priced at $22,545

    2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0

    Every car at Scion gets new special-release editions every year. The 2013 Scion tC Release Series 8.0 is priced at $22,545, including a $730 destination fee. Models equipped with an automatic transmission cost $23,595. A regular 2013 Scion tC starts at $19,455, including a $730 destination charge.

    Not much has changed, it seems, on the Series 8.0 compared with the 2012 Scion tC Release Series 7.0, which is still on sale for $21,635, including a $720 destination fee. The Series 8.0 includes special 18-inch alloy wheels, ground effects and special trim including red contrast upholstery stitching. The big additions include a unique-looking factory-installed center exhaust and lowered springs. The Series 8.0 is only available with a cherry red exterior and a black interior with red accents.

    By Colin Bird | July 10, 2012 | Comments (2)

    Today's Electric Cars Could Sell for Less Tomorrow

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    When Nissan began taking reservations for the Leaf all-electric car in April 2010, Greg Tyler was among the first to plop down the $99 fee. Nineteen months later, the 59-year-old college professor was handed the keys.

    "The Leaf was the most reasonably priced mass-market vehicle available," said Tyler, of upstate New York, who calls himself "very satisfied" with his purchase.

    Tyler is an early adopter, the sort of shopper that's essential to any company with high-tech products. But early adopters face the inevitability of next-gen products doing more and costing less. It happens with consumer electronics all too often. Remember Apple's iPhone 3GS? It used to run at least $199 with a cellphone contract. Two iPhone generations later, the 3GS is free with a contract.

    It's a small disappointment for consumer electronics shoppers, whose old gadgets end up as often in storage as they do on Craigslist. But resale value is serious business for car shoppers — and as fast as you can say "electric vehicle," advancements have already rolled out.

    By Kelsey Mays | July 9, 2012 | Comments (3)

    2013 Honda Pilot: What's Changed

    Honda pilot

    • Most significant changes: A backup camera is now standard across the lineup
    • Price change: TBA
    • On sale: Later this summer
    • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? The 2012 won our Family Car of the Year award; there’s no need to wait for 2013.

    Honda's midsize SUV was freshened for 2012, and the big news for 2013 is a standard backup camera. Other than that, the automaker says Pilot will see only minor trim-level content additions for the new model year.

    By Jennifer Geiger | July 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

    2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible: What's Changed

    2013 BMW 6 Series Coupe and Convertible

    • Most significant changes: The 6 Series gets even faster with a more powerful V-8 
    • Price change: $895 increase for 640i; $2,500 increase for 650i 
    • On sale: Late summer 
    • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? If 400 hp isn't enough for you, wait for a 2013

    For the 2013 model year, the powerful and expensive 6 Series gets a little more juice under the hood and only a slight price increase.

    The 2013 6 Series is available as a coupe and a convertible in 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive trims. The four-door 640 Gran Coupe and 650 Gran Coupe are new for 2013 and go on sale later this summer.

    Like the 2013 7 Series (750i and 750 Li), the 650i coupe and convertible get a new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, which features an updated Valvetronic system. Power has increased by 45 horsepower, up to 445 hp and 480 pounds-feet of torque (an increase of about 30 pounds-feet). All powertrains now have an automatic start/stop system, a feature we've found intrusive on other BMW models. Like the 2013 750i, you should expect fuel economy to increase 20% to 25% on the 650i; the current one gets 15/23/18 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission.

    By Colin Bird | July 2, 2012 | Comments (5)

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