Dec 30

2013 Sedan of the Year

We kick off the year end awards with sedan of the year for 2013. A hotly contested category with some old names creating some new favorites. However unlike last year there is no clear cut winner. For this award price matters but only a little as most of the really good sedans are in the $30,000 to $40,000 price range which is affordable to some and obtainable (hopefully) for most someday. With the $30,000 price point being the new $20,000 price point everything has moved up market so we will find most of our list comfortably around $30,000.

Cadillac CTS front

3rd place:
The Cadillac CTS is the exception to my $30,000 statement. It’s good, real good, but it is not our winner for 2013 sedan of the year. A little bigger and maybe a little more chunky but even more refined then the out going CTS which was a fantastic car, especially in V form. The base price of the new CTS is around $40,000 which but well optioned can get pricey. However the base car is a pretty nice place to be. Long gone are the days when just the name Cadillac conjured up a musty old man smell. The CTS is here to stay and it proves the people over at Cadillac know what they are doing. However not good enough to be the best of the year.

Runner up:
The Mercedes CLA.
The CLA is an absolute stunner from some angles but a bit awkward at others. The base model leaves a lot to be desired with front wheel drive and a very average four cylinder engine powering the thing, but it’s well appointed. If you are the type of person that wants to show off to the people in your subdivision then this just might be the pick for you. If I really wanted a German sedan though I’d hold out for the AMG model or even pick up a used C63 for half the new price.

2013 best sedan

The Chevrolet Impala.
Even I’m a bit surprised at this pick. Turns out for the first time in a very long time the Chevy Impala is really good. Gone is the bland styling, the horrible interior, and the driving feel that has as much character as a couch.

In is a good bit of space, a great feel to drive, an interior to be proud of, and the option for a 305hp V6 engine. It is like someone hit the switch over at Chevy a light came on and they remembered how to make a great sedan. With a price around $26,000 starting, well optioned for $30,000 and all the boxes checked for around $35,000 maybe, just this could be the car of the year? We will have to wait until later in the week to find that out. We do know it is our pick for the best sedan of 2013. If you are shopping for a sedan I suggest you start at the Chevy dealer.