This week brought a consistent theme between the most most researched new cars in the AutoGuide new cars section: affordability.
Regardless of which car you choose from the top five this week, they can all be considered budget-minded vehicles. That makes sense considering the three automakers behind those cars are Ford, Hyundai and Mazda.
But what about the cars themselves? First, there’s the 2013 Ford Mustang. While it can run up a pretty penny for the red-hot Shelby GT500 model, the Mustang made its mark in 1964 as an affordable performer and nothing’s changed since. A V6 Mustang can still be had in the low 20’s, but the modern V6 packs a wallop with 305 hp for a $22,200 starting MSRP.
Up next, the 2013
Aston Martin Ford Fusion. Criticized by some for stealing its styling from the British luxury marque, the Fusion is all-new for 2013 and will catch stares on the streets if nothing else. At $21,700 to start, you’re getting a grille that looks more at home in James Bond’s hands than your own, but is that really such a bad thing? If you can afford a higher price tag, the car is actually pretty luxurious in the “Titanium” trim.
If you’re not satisfied with the faux luxury offered by the Ford above, there’s always the 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan. Unlike it’s coupe cousin, this car is aimed squarely at mid-level German luxury sedans. While you won’t get the prestigious badges, Hyundai only asks $34,200 to play. That gives you a 333-hp V6, but for $46,800 you can have the R-Spec model with a 5.0-liter V8 and 429 hp.
Mazda and Hyundai occupy spots four and five with their neck-and-neck competing Mazda3 hatchback and Elantra GT. Priced to compete with one another and similar in scores of categories, AutoGuide recently took the time to compare them directly. You can read the in-depth review here.