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Larry Jewett - January 31, 2013 09:30 AM


Ford's C-Max gets the nod for new wagon

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The U.S. auto industry is back. Production is booming and sales of new vehicles are up for the third straight year. Carmakers are competing hard to gain customers and that translates into opportunities to get a great car at a good price. In this month’s issue, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance reviews hundreds of vehicles to reveal the best values on the newest models in its annual buyer’s guide, “Deals on New Wheels,” on newsstands February 5 and online now at
Kiplinger’s buyer’s guide includes a record number of vehicles—1,693 to be exact—thanks to a plethora of new vehicle introductions and new trim levels of existing vehicles. Winners are selected in 12 categories, based on performance, value, safety and driving impressions. Besides Best New and Best in Class vehicles, Kiplinger’s also names the Most Fuel-Efficient and Best Resale Value winners in each category.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Top Picks for 2013 (Domestic Models):

Cars Under $20,000
•         Best In Class: Ford Focus
Cars $20,000-$25,000
•         Best New Car: Ford Fusion. With the most daring redesign in the midsize segment since the Hyundai Sonata, the Fusion gets an aggressive mug and a sleek new interior. It features generous passenger space and drives better than any competitor. Two optional EcoBoost engines give you the choice of more power or better fuel efficiency.
Cars $50,000 and Over
•         Best New Car: Cadillac XTS. Caddy’s XTS puts other luxury makers on notice with its combination of striking looks, superb ride and handling, and stellar safety. The CUE touch-screen infotainment system is standard on all models, as is magnetic ride control and more trunk space than competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Sports Cars
•         Best In Class: Chevrolet Camaro
Small Crossovers
•         Best New Car: Ford Escape. A small crossover has never made your life so easy. The redesigned Escape saves money at the pump with better fuel economy than the previous generation. Plus, it’s filled with clever details, such as easy fold-flat rear seats, a voice-activated SYNC system for digital devices and optional parallel-park assist.
•         Best New Wagon: Ford C-Max. Families yearning for a stylish “green” wagon have hit the jackpot. Ford’s C-Max hybrid boasts high mpg, plenty of space and a powerful engine. Brake coaching tells you how much energy you recapture each time you brake. A hands-free lift gate is optional.