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UPDATED: Feb 8, 2021

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In lieu of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), compiled a list of our favorite cars for the current 2013 year.

Each one makes a new auto loan even more tempting for consumers.

Some are fast.

Others are economic.

But all are sure to be favorites in 2013.

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Number 1: Cadillac ATS

The Cadillac ATS was the winner of the 2013 North American Car of the Year award, presented at the NAIAS. For this esteemed automobile award, a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed in order to be eligible. It is voted on by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

But beyond claiming year-long titles, the Cadillac model made the list because of its new innovative design. This year’s model features Brembo brakes and a lighter, yet better, handling chassis.

Our opinion: The critiques can’t be wrong; this new model is a luxury car that focuses on performance just as much as design.

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This heavy duty truck was an NAIAS winner as well. It was labeled the 2013 North American Truck/Utility of the Year.

Chrysler updated the 2013 design by altering the front wheel openings and grill active shutters, overall reducing drag by three to five percent. In order to reduce fuel emission, start/stop technology was added to the new model.

Our opinion: Whichever engine a consumer goes with — the V-6 or V-8 — the Ram shows that heavy towing and design go hand-in-hand.

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Number 3: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7

The 2014 Corvette was one of the highest rated reveals from NAIAS.

This year’s model, a new design, is only the seventh model designed for the Corvette and is among the 13 other new or redesigned vehicles for the Chevrolet brand in 2013.

The Corvette Stingray boasts a brand new 6.2 liter small-block LT1 V8 engine which uses lighter materials and provides a quicker response, as well as better fuel efficiency. The body is composed of an aluminum frame, replacing steel frame models of the past and making it more efficient.

Our opinion: The model runs at an estimated 450-hp which will suffice for any adrenaline seeker.

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Number 4: Jeep Grand Cherokee

This year, Chrysler updated its best-selling Grand Cherokee. The 2014 model features better fuel efficiency, powertrain options and other user-friendly technologies.

The largest change to the Cherokee is the switch to diesel power, which makes Jeep the first major mainstream sports utility vehicle (SUV) maker in the country to expand to diesel fuel.

Our opinion: The Cherokee offers SUV space and capabilities with a luxury feel inside.

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Number 5: Chevrolet Volt

The Volt, an electric car, landed on our top 10 list for its practicality.

Volt owners who charge their car regularly average 900 miles between gas trips. For those who have a short commute, this can stretch gas station visits to weeks, even months. There is an onboard gas generator which allows drivers to travel up to 380 miles on a full charge and a full tank of gas, suitable for more long distance trips.

Additionally, J.D. Power and Associates ranked the 2012 Volt model as having the “Highest Ranked Vehicle Appeal among Sub-Compacts Cars and Compact Cars.”

Our opinion: The initial cost is higher than other small-to-mid sized vehicles, but the future possibility to save money on gas is appealing.

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Number 6: Hyundai Veloster Turbo

With a starting price under $18,000, this could be one of the most affordable cars on our list. But the low price does not sacrifice a great design.

The Veloster is a three-door car with a wide grille and large alloy wheels. Although it has a lower horsepower (about 138-hp) it does offer 37 mpg.

Our opinion: The Veloster is a sporty alternative to a boring commuter car.

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Number 7: Toyota Rav4:

The new model of the Rav4 is redesigned on both the exterior and interior — making the family-friendly car a more attractive option.

The rear tire has been transferred to the floor, allowing for the vehicle to reduce its overall length. Another major change is the shift to only 4-cylinders. Previous years offered a 6-cylinder model, but this year offers only the smaller option. Despite this size downgrade, it still manages to provide 176-hp.

Our opinion: The redesigned exterior makes the Rav4 more of a unisex car, expanding its appeal to a larger market.

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Number 8: Mazda CX-5

This compact SUV reportedly has the best highway mpg of an American SUV with a 32-mpg average.  The model also offers 65.4 cubic feet of space — not the best in its class, but a sizeable amount for daily use of the SUV.

The CX-5 was also named the SUV of the Year for the Americas by the International Federation of Automotive Journalists.

Our opinion: For a suitable sized SUV, this model offers a futuristic look with great gas mileage.

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Number 9: Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

Our pick for a luxury car model goes to this new model.

It boasts a top speed of 205 mph and goes from zero to 60 in four seconds. Historically speaking, this is the British automakers fastest production model.

Our opinion: For both status and comfort, this luxury model fits the, rather large, bill.

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Number 10: Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

As sports cars go, this one tops our list.

The Roadster tops out at 700-hp, making it the most powerful car on our list. Its V12 engine can reach upwards of 217 mph.

This model starts at around $400,000.

Our opinion: For those that can handle the sticker price — and the power — we say enjoy.