Christmas came and went this week and with it, a new list of the most researched cars in AutoGuide.com’s new cars buying section.
This week brought an eclectic mix of new cars to the list, with everything from high-end luxury SUVs to entry-level sedans.
Big, boat-like and often ignored next to the more popular Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the Challenger is an unabashed throwback to Coke bottle-shaped muscle cars from the ’70s. Arguably the least compelling pony car of the three, the 2013 Dodge Challenger still managed to make this list this week.
Next up, its the 2013 Kia Optima. The Korean brand made a bold move early this year when it debuted the SX Limited version, which is priced above both entry-level options from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Despite that, the bast car comes in at $21,200, making the Optima range diverse to say the least.
Then there’s the 2013 BMW 3 Series, which as an entry-level 328i is actually cheaper than the range-topping Optima mentioned above. It gets a twin-turbo for cylinder to improve gas mileage while maintaining athleticism.
Speaking of athleticism, the Subaru BRZ was also a popularly searched car this week. Lightweight, rear-wheel drive with a low center of gravity, the BRZ and its Scion FR-S cousin are almost identical. The biggest difference other than simple badge changes are a slightly different body kit and a mildly more premium interior.
Finally, the 2013 Range Rover rounded off the list. Thanks to a host of newly aluminum suspension parts and a monocoque body structure made of the same, it managed to shed 700 lbs, boosting fuel economy while keeping the same powerful V8 engine.