Just like with smartphones, consumers are always excited about the latest and greatest cars. This year – and looking out into 2013 and 2014 – we’ve got a great lineup of cars at every price point.
2013 Mitsubishi Evo XI
If you’ve been waiting for a sexy sports car that’s also eco-friendly, hold on until February when the 2013 Mitsubishi Evo XI will be released. You’ll have all of the power that the Lancer series is known for, with a gas-and-electric combo motor. Since the Evo XI is going up in size slightly, it may prove to be formidable competition for the likes of players like Audi.
Starting Price: $34,451–$38,490
2012 Hyundai Veloster
The 2012 Hyundai Veloster may be a tiny little 3-door vehicle, but it’s still a car to be reckoned with. This beauty can get up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway with its 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. It’s not a hybrid, but the gas mileage is amazing just the same. This car is worth waiting for if you’re looking for a small, perky car that won’t cost a fortune to fill.
Starting Price: $20,000
2012 Toyota FT-86 / Subaru 0846 Sports
It’s interesting to see a joint collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, and the results are noteworthy. Each brand has its own version of this 4-cylinder sports car. Its rear-drive platform balances with its light weight, making for smooth handling and a zippy feel. Look for it this summer.
Starting Price: mid $20,000s
BMW i3 Electric City Car
BMW is getting in on the electric wave of cars in 2012 with its i3 Electric City Car. Between its rear-mounted electric motor and the floor-mounted batteries, BMW says there’s a 160-mile range. Think it can’t hold much? Think again. You can utilize up to 14.1 cubic feet of storage space using the front trunk and space under the seats. There are rumors of wireless charging, as BMW is working to develop a magnetic-field charging system where you’d park above a charging station and don’t have to plug in.
Starting Price: $35,000
2012 Audi TT RS
Later this year, we’ll finally see an Audi TT with a top speed of 174 mph and enough power to get from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. The TT RS Coupe will offer a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, with 360 hp. With speeds like that, you may need to check your auto insurance information and make sure your covered. The convertible version may not be available in the U.S., unfortunately. If you’re willing to pay a little extra, Audi will include a Fiberglas finish on the side mirrors and power folding for those busy city streets.
Starting price: $60,000