Best Car To Buy: The Truck And Sports Coupe Nominees

December 4, 2012
No matter what kind of vehicle you seek, 2013 is proving to be quite the model year for all-new and substantially improved models—which means the competition for The Car Connection’s Best Car To Buyaward is tougher than ever.

While a number of this year’s big introductions are mainstream family vehicles—like the family sedan nominees we covered yesterday—there are several contenders that stand apart for 2013.

One of them is the 2013 Ram 1500, a truck that, while not completely new this model year, is substantially different, with new powertrains, a new cabin, much-improved fuel economy, and—to cut to the point—real, meaningful change that adds to its appeal in the market.

As for sports cars, the new 2013 Porsche Boxster, a vehicle that has most of the High Gear Media editorial staff swooning, just missed The Car Connection’s $50,000 cutoff (by $450). But two excellent new affordable sports cars did easily make the cut: the 2013 Subaru BRZ, and the nearly identical Scion FR-S.

The FR-S and BRZ are light-and-lean, affordable sports cars that are near twins and the product of a collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. With this dynamic duo, the sports-car class gets a breath of fresh air, and we hope this dynamic duo signals the start of a trend.

Although lumping sports coupes and pickups together in a post might seem a little odd, both are vehicles built very much with a purpose—whether that might be handling and curvy-road athleticism for these coupes, or load-carrying and towing muscle for the trucks.

Click through the next several pages to get a quick look at each of our Best Car To Buy Nominees for the truck and sports coupe categories, and keep an eye out next Monday, December 10, for the announcement of our winner.

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