The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible's ragtop is sportier. Its top can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph and lowers in 9.5 seconds.
Fashion always costs more. Because it's more stylish, you'll pay more for, say, a men's dress shirt without a chest pocket than for one that has one, even though it takes less time and material to make.
The ninth-generation Accord continues to offer a smooth ride and good mileage; some extras are designed to attract the driving enthusiast, too.
At the risk of igniting a sexy debate, carmakers have been on board for some time now with the bigger-is-better theory. Seems each new generation of a model these days brings boasts of longer, wider, taller, roomier.
Send in the clones. The virtually identical 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ make a mockery of the idea that a brand's identity matters.
The 2013 Scion FR-S, left, is virtually identical to its sister coupe, the 2013 Subaru BRZ. The cars share a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine - and most other things.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze gets as much as 42 mpg on the highway for the Eco model with manual transmission.
The nifty compact Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which hit the ground running when it was introduced two years ago, is the third-best-selling vehicle in its class so far this year, behind perennial favorites the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
Never mind that, almost since its inception, a leaping Ram was used as Dodge's radiator mascot. Never mind that over the past few decades, many Dodge trucks have used the name Ram.
The 2012 Honda Pilot, on the short side in its class, is what Honda calls "garage friendly." The interior is suitable for long road trips with the kids, but cargo space may be lacking if all three rows of seats are being used.
If you're in the market for a family hauler perfect for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, the 2012 Honda Pilot ranks as a top choice.
The 2012 Charger with the the V-6 has EPA mileage ratings of 19 mpg city/31 highway, the best in its class.
Chrysler's renaissance under the leadership of Italy's Fiat continues to amaze me, as all the new models introduced since the takeover have been right on target - and that has been verified by the company's stellar sales growth in the past two years.
With a manufacturer's suggested base price of $10,990, the Nissan Versa sedan is the least expensive new car sold in the U.S.
Meet the least expensive new car sold in America: the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $10,990, an ideal entry point for a Walmart nation.