Compact cars were the most researched cars in AutoGuide.com’s new cars section this week.
The only car not to fall into that category was also the most popular: the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. It has yet to go on sale, but the bow tie brand’s full size sedan is finally a handsome product inside and out. Look for it in dealerships next month.
SEE ALSO: 2014 Chevrolet Impala Review
Next up, the 2013 Hyundai Elantra has been a popular pick among consumers since the brand first unveiled its fluidic design language. That paired with its generous standard equipment contributed to a major upset in the market this year as Honda refreshed the Civic after only a year in its current generation.
BMW’s benchmark 3 Series grew bigger an softer in its current generation. Despite that, it still offers a compelling package with plenty of torque from its turbocharged engines.
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Entering its seventh generation for the 2013 model year, the Nissan Sentra can come with both a manual transmission or a CVT and starts at $15,990 before delivery, which is considerably cheaper than the Honda Civic. Squishy handling and a bland interior might hold this car back against its competition, but for a compact sedan it’s also comparatively spacious.
Finally, the 2013 Mazda3 rounded off the list. Available in both sedan and hatchback versions, the Mazda3 is likely the next in line to transfer onto Mazda’s SkyActiv platform. It currently uses a 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine, but runs on old underpinnings. Recent reports suggest that the new car will be in dealerships by year’s end. AutoGuide.com contacted Mazda, but the brand spokesman refused to comment.