Imports exclusively filled the most researched cars in AutoGuide’s new cars section this week
They ranged from German to Japanese to Italian, but the popular Korean cars from Hyundai and Kia were left out of the mix — a rarity given the Elantra’s recent vogue.
Volkswagen’s 2013 Jetta sedan was the only German car to make the list this week. Manufactured in Mexico for North American sale, the Jetta comes at a lower price than its Golf cousin. Volkswagen recently announced plans to begin building the Golf in North America, which will likely address the price gap pried by transatlantic shipping costs, but for now the Jetta remains a more cost-efficient option for North American buyers.
Next, the Subaru Forester filled this weeks all-wheel drive quote — hardly a surprise given the season. Similarly, the popular Prius C was well researched this week. Toyota’s smallest car in the Prius family was under such demand during its initial release in North America that some dealers began tacking on big price premiums.
Following the smaller-than-average car trend, the Fiat 500 filled the number four spot. Fiat got a slow start in North America. Things have since picked up in the U.S. for the Italian maker now it boasts a range of models including the new 500 Abarth Cabrio.
Finally, the all-new 2013 Honda Accord rounded off the list. The car gets a new direct-injection four-cylinder with 185 hp and 181 lb-ft or torque. Honda also offers the 2013 Accord as a plug-in hybrid.