MINI Confirms 2013 Arrival Of The Paceman
New SUV coupe has company in a new niche
Consumer Reports' Most-Loved CarsEvery year, Consumer Reports sends out a survey to its 350,000-plus subscribers, and among the many questions responders are asked, one of the most interesting is whether or not they would choose to buy their most recent new-car purchase all over again.
As you can imagine, the results of this survey are of particular interest to new-car shoppers. After all, who is in a better position to offer automotive buying advice than someone who just went through the new-car purchasing process themselves?
Click through our slideshow to find out which cars are the most loved by Consumer Reports' readers.
7. Ford F-Series Super Duty dieselSticker Price: $30,035 - $47,520
Invoice Price: $27,707 - $43,837
Fuel Economy: NA
We're not surprised that buyers of the Ford F-250 and F-350 love their trucks. According to Consumer Reports, 80 percent of those who responded to its survey say they would buy a diesel-powered F-Series Super Duty truck again if given the chance.
6. Mazda Mazda6Sticker Price: $20,990 - $29,695
Invoice Price: $20,035 - $28,038
Fuel Economy: 25 City / 37 Highway
Consumer Reports says that 81 percent of survey responders would buy another Mazda6 sedan. Again, we're not surprised – the Mazda6 continues to be one of the best driving and most desirable cars in the midsize sedan segment.
5. Subaru ForesterMSRP: $21,995 to $32,295
Invoice: $21,995 to $32,995
Fuel Mileage: 22 City / 29 Highway
The Forester is one of Subaru's most popular models, and for good reason. Consumer Reports says that 83 percent of Forester owners who chose the standard engine (a turbocharged engine is optional) would buy one again.
No reason is given why owners of non-turbocharged Foresters are happier with their purchases than those who chose the more powerful turbo engine, leaving us to wonder if buyers in this class prefer fuel efficiency to overall horsepower. In any case, all Subaru Forester models come with an excellent and capable all-wheel-drive system.
4. Porsche CayenneMSRP: $110,400 (Turbo)
Fuel Mileage: 15 City / 22 Highway
As anyone who regularly drives on American roads already knows, crossovers and SUVs are more popular than ever. According to Consumer Reports, owners of the Porsche Cayenne are the happiest of the bunch, with 87 percent responding that they'd happily buy a Cayenne all over again if they were shopping for another new car.
3. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTecMSRP: $51,400
Fuel Mileage: 28 City / 45 Highway
Owners of the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec are really happy with their purchases, making us wonder if more Americans are ready for the fuel efficiency benefits and easy driving characteristics of turbocharged diesel engines.
According to Consumer Reports, 88 percent of E250 BlueTec buyers would purchase another one.
2. Chevrolet CorvetteMSRP: $53,000 - $62,000
Invoice: $48,230 - $56,420
Fuel Mileage: 17 City / 29 Highway
The Chevrolet Corvette is America's most-loved sports car. An impressive 95 percent of Corvette buyers say they'd buy another of Chevy's bargain-priced supercar.
Nowhere else in the automotive world can so much performance be found for so little money, and that's a winning combination of attributes for those who responded to Consumer Reports' survey.
1. Tesla Model SMSRP: $53,000 - $62,000
Invoice: $48,230 - $56,420
Fuel Mileage: 94 City / 97 Highway (Equivalent)
The Tesla Model S, with 98-percent of owners happy enough with their all-electric sedans that they'd buy another one, is the most-loved vehicle in the United States, according to Consumer Reports.
Considering that Tesla Motors is America's youngest automotive brand, and that it's lone model is so bristling with technology and innovation, it's a truly impressive feat that the Model S is proving so popular with consumers.
MINI showed the Paceman as a "concept car" at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
MINI made the announcement that the Paceman will arrive at dealerships next year on the first day of its MINI Takes The States cross-country rally that started in New Jersey on July 4 and finish in Los Angeles on July 14. Details of the car will probably be revealed at the Paris Auto Show in September.
Power for the Paceman show-car comes from Mini's John Cooper Works 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine that puts out 211 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque (207 with the overboost function). The Paceman is expected to be offered with both a two-wheel-drive set up and ALL4 all-wheel drive, as well as offered with both manual and automatic gearbox.
Coupes have traditionally been designed off sedans as the two-door versions of those cars, such as the two door BMW 3-Series, or purpose-engineered as a coupe only like the Chevy Camaro. But with the popularity of smaller crossover SUVs, automakers are trying out ideas for two-door versions. Range Rover, for example, is proving very successful with the two-door Evoque. Mercedes is set to build the MLC SUV coupe at its Alabama plant.
MINI is on track to sell more than 60,000 cars this year, with the latest new model being the MINI Roadster. The Paceman will be the 7th MINI model in the showrooms.
To see our story about MINI's tenth anniversary and a gallery of design evolution from the original MIN to the lineup in showrooms today, check out this story.
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