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The 2013 New Car Buying Guide

November 22, 2012

This week, the editors of Edmunds.com released their 2013 New Car Buying Guide. In it, they offer comprehensive information and recommendations for every vehicle in the class of 2013. The guide is very well written and is meant to help you learn which models should be at the top of your consideration list before you begin to shop.

Below, you'll find their recommendations for Sedans, Coupes, and SUVs, but the full guide covers 7 other segments including hybrids, trucks, vans, and more. Be sure to use the CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals after choosing the vehicle you want to purchase.

Recommended Sedans
Under $15K Under $18K Under $25K Under $32K Under $40K Under $55KUnder $70KOver $70k
Chevrolet SonicMazda 3Ford FusionChrysler 300BMW 3-SeriesAudi A6Audi A7Mercedes S-Class
Ford FiestaHyundai ElantraHonda AccordBuick LacrosseHyundai GenesisMercedes E-ClassLexus LS 460Audi A8
Hyundai AccentFord FocusNissan AltimaFord Fusion HybridCadillac ATSLexus GS 350 Mercedes C63 AMGPorsche Panamera

Recommended Coupes
Under $20KUnder $30KUnder $40KUnder $65KOver $65K
Mini CooperScion FR-SBMW 3-SeriesBMW M3Porsche 911
Fiat 500Ford MustangAudi A5Mercedes E-ClassAudi R8
Hyundai Elantra Volkswagen GTIBMW 1 SeriesFord Mustang Boss Corvette Z06

Recommended SUVs
Under $25KUnder $34KUnder $40KUnder $55KOver $55K
Honda CR-VFord FlexAudi Q5Porsche CayenneInfiniti QX
Ford EscapeMazda CX-9Volvo XC60Acura MDXMercedes GL
Mazda CX-5GMC AcadiaBMW X3Infiniti JX35Range Rover

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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