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)

Cars.com's Convertible Buying Guide

As the temperature rises, convertible tops drop. Cars.com's Convertible Buying Guide breaks down all the latest models with reviews, photos, videos and recommendations. We cover all the players in the segment, from the tiny Fiat 500c to the luxurious Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Convertible Buying Guide

By Jennifer Geiger | June 29, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan Altima: Explaining the Trim Levels

One of the hardest parts about buying a new car — besides deciding on the model itself — is deciding what trim level is the right one for your tastes and budget. Automakers don't make it easy on you. Heck, some call the base model "Premium." Others use a jumble of letters to space things out.

If you're interested in the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima that is just hitting dealers now, we're here to arm you with a rundown of the different trims, how much they cost and what content they pack.

By David Thomas | June 28, 2012 | Comments (6)

The Zen of Cupholders


One of the things I've learned from reviewing cars is not all cupholders are in fact cupholders. When an automaker says there are 14 cupholders in the latest crossover, that quantity is usually a variety of beverage-holding areas.

Usually in the front row there are the traditional, all-American cupholders. They sit between driver and front passenger and can be lined with rubber or have various grippers to hold a venti latte or skinny water bottle. They usually do a pretty good job of holding cups in place. These also can be upgraded to heated and cooled cupholders; they can be lit, and they can become your best friend depending on how much you like to be hydrated while driving.

There are just two of these cupholders in most cars. Two. Not six, not 10, not 14. Two.

What other kinds of cupholders are there, you ask?

By Sara Lacey | June 28, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Subaru Forester: What's Changed

2013 Subaru Forester

  • Most significant changes: Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming are standard 
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: TBA 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? No need to wait on 2013; get a 2012

The Subaru Forester hits the 2013 model year with only incremental changes. It’s due for a complete redesign that should debut in the coming year as a 2014 model. Changes to the 2013 version include additional equipment options to the base 2.5x trim.

The 2013 Forester is available in 2.5X, 2.5X Premium, 2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring, 2.5XT Premium and 2.5XT Touring trims.

For the 2013 model year, the base 2.5X gets Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with audio streaming, iPod controls and a USB port, all standard. Steering-wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls are also newly standard equipment.

By Colin Bird | June 27, 2012 | Comments (8)

Dodge Dart's Fashion-Forward Influence


If you hadn't read anything about Dodge's new Dart, you're doing a great job of avoiding coverage of the brand's first compact sedan since the Neon. It's an extremely important model for a company that has seen success with minivans, SUVs and large sedans but not much else. While many of us (me included) have a preconceived notion of Dodge being a manly man's brand, you may be surprised to hear that the Dart's interior has a decidedly feminine influence.

By Kristin Varela | June 26, 2012 | Comments (3)

2013 Mazda3: What's Changed

2013 Mazda3

  • Most significant changes: 40-mpg engine added to more affordable trim level 
  • Price change: TBA  
  • On sale: TBA 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Until 2013 price changes are made available, there's no reason not to get a 2012 model

For the 2013 model year, the most important changes coming to the Mazda3 includes greater availability of the company's new SkyActiv powertrain as well as more standard comfort features.

The 2013 Mazda3 is available in i SV, i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring, s Touring and s Grand Touring trims.

By Colin Bird | June 25, 2012 | Comments (33)

Base 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Priced at $23,150

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco has been on sale for a while now, with a starting price of $25,995. Today, the rest of the 2013 Malibu lineup was priced, with a base 2013 Malibu LS starting at $23,150, including a $760 destination fee.

That puts the Malibu toward the higher end of midsize sedans in terms of base pricing. The 2012 Toyota Camry ($22,815), 2013 Nissan Altima ($22,280), 2012 Volkswagen Passat ($20,765) and 2013 Hyundai Sonata ($21,670) can all be had for less and with essentially the same features. When you compare the price to a 2012 Malibu, the price change is more subtle — just $280 more.

By Colin Bird | June 21, 2012 | Comments (17)

2013 Infiniti G Line: What's Changed

2013 Infiniti G Line

  • Most significant changes: No more Infiniti G25  
  • Price change: Coupe and convertible see price increases, expect the same with the sedan 
  • On sale: Sedan in September; coupe and convertible are on sale now  
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Few significant changes and the elimination of the most affordable options makes recommending the 2012 an easy call.

For the 2013 model year, the Infiniti G line gets many changes that ultimately reduce the breadth of G offerings — most notably on the affordable end of the spectrum. The "streamlining," as Nissan calls it, points toward a possible Infiniti G replacement for next year.

Nissan dropped the Infiniti G25 sedan family and the base G coupe for the 2013 model year. The G25 originally debuted in the 2011 model year as a more affordable, fuel-efficient model to compete against the likes of the Acura TSX and Lexus IS 250. The G25 starts at $32,600, which is $3,800 less than the current base G37 sedan. The G25 sedan will stay in production until December 2012, according to Nissan.

By Colin Bird | June 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

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