What makes a car great? Is it a sum of all its parts, or is it something more?
Each year we review over 250 new vehicles to bring you the most extensive test drives possible--an in-depth look at how vehicles rate against the competition. From pickup trucks and SUVs to sports cars and family sedans, we cover them all. And while some rank higher than others, each vehicle has its own strong suits.
This week our top reviews include some popular family vehicles such as the 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Honda CR-V. And when it comes to the 2013 Ford Fusion, we aren't surprised to see it on this list, since it ran away with our Best Car To Buy 2013 award.
According to our numbers, these are the top reviews of the week:
Are you ready for this? The Chevrolet Cruze is, quite frankly, a better car than the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. It's one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan--although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge that some of the competitors have.
2013 Ford EscapeEnlarge Photo
While the Ford Escape keeps its familiar nameplate, it's a completely different vehicle for 2013. It's dropped the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
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The Focus changed the nameplate's image when it was new in 2012, taking it from lackluster to lap-worthy. Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
2013 Ford FusionEnlarge Photo
The 2013 Ford Fusion is a family sedan with stand-out styling, engaging driving dynamics, and plenty of space for the family. It's more than a rock-star body, it handles better than any other family sedan we've driven, and it doesn't cheat on interior room to deliver it.
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With its most excellent base model, and exceptionally smooth V-6 edition, the Accord wows in the same ways it always has, and the latest edition introduced this model year is a return to form in many respects. The Accord is one of America's best, most sensible sedans, even if it hasn't changed radically.