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2013 Car Buying Guides Available

December 20, 2012

Are you trying to figure out what should be your next car?

Thankfully, Cars.com is offering some help with their 2013 Lifestyle Buying Guides. From first-time drivers, to commuters, to those who can't live without a convertible, there's a guide to help narrow down the overwhelming choices available when it comes to a car today.

Here's a look at some of the top choices on Cars.com's Lifestyle Buying Guides for families, commuters and work car/trucks. And as always, I recommend you use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals on any of these vehicles.

Recommended Cars for Small Families

VehicleStarting MSRP
2013 Honda CR-V (Best New Car)$23,525
2013 Subaru Impreza (Best Deal)$18,665
2013 Volkswagon Jetta SportWagon$21,190
2013 Hyundai Sonata$21,670
2013 Kia Optima$21,975
2013 Subaru Forester$22,090
2013 Toyota Camry$22,850
2013 Subaru Outback$24,290
2013 Chevy Equinox$24,580
2013 Toyota Prius v$27,445

Recommended Cars for Small Families

VehicleStarting MSRP
2013 Honda Odyssey (Best New Car)$29,405
2013 Toyota Sienna (Best Deal)$27,245
2013 Nissan Quest$26,815
2013 Toyota Highlander$29,715
2013 Dodge Durango$30,490
2013 Honda Pilot$30,250
2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid$40,815
2013 Chevy Suburban$43,540
2013 Infiniti QX56$60,990

Recommended Cars for Commuters

VehicleStarting MSRP
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid (Best New Car)$26,785
2013 Hyundai Elantra (Best Deal)$17,470
2013 Volkswagon Jetta$17,470
2013 Subaru Impreza$18,665
2013 Kia Optima$22,175
2013 Toyota Camry$22,850
2013 Honda CR-V$23,525
2013 Toyota Prius$24,995
2013 Hyundai Genesis$35,075
2012 Nissan Leaf$36,050

Recommended Vehicles for Work Cars/Trucks

VehicleStarting MSRP
2013 Ford F-150 (Best New Car)$24,665
2013 Toyota Tacoma (Best Deal)$18,370
2013 Ford Transit Connect$18,500
2012 Nissan Frontier$20,085
2013 Ram Cargo Van$23,460
2013 Toyota Tundra$26,350
2013 Ford Super Duty$30,380
2013 Chevy Tahoe$40,075
2013 Chevy Suburban$43,540

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show 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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