• The pace of new vehicles hitting dealerships around the country continues to move faster than ever. But there are still a bunch of vehicles that quicken our collective pulses as we await their arrival.

    Here are the 11 new cars we are excited about this fall.

  • 2013 Ford Fusion

    2013 Ford Fusion

    MSRP: $21,700 to $32,200
    Invoice: $20,235 to $29,705
    Fuel economy: Not available

    It’s been nearly a year since we first gazed upon the totally redesigned midsize car from Ford Motor Co. And the 2013 Ford Fusion is as beautiful now as it was then. It arrives later this year with a full compliment of fuel-efficient power trains.

    Stylish, full of technology under the hood and in the cockpit, the new Fusion promises a midsize sedan for nearly every kind of person. There will be a hybrid model, a plug-in hybrid version, a 37 mpg highway fuel sipping EcoBoost model and a sporty 2-liter turbocharged version.

    Ford has set the bar high but every time it does, it seems to reach it.

  • 2013 Cadillac ATS

    2013 Cadillac ATS

    MSRP: $33,095 to $47,795
    Invoice: $31,275 to $45,166
    Fuel economy: 22 city/33 highway

    A true small Cadillac, the ATS shows that compact luxury can be in Cadillac’s lineup.

    All new models come with one of three four-cylinder engine choices (which top out at 320 horsepower), lots of luxury features and a family resemblance to the current Cadillac family.

    It’s fun to drive and would make a great car to commute in class or cruise the country.

  • 2013 Dodge Dart RT

    2013 Dodge Dart RT

    MSRP: $15,995 to $19,995
    Invoice: $15,974 to $19,550
    Fuel economy: 25 city/36highway

    The first offspring of the Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat merger, the 2013 Dodge Dart combines European sensibilities with Dodge flair. It also introduces a smartly designed compact car ready to take on all of the high volume contenders such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyunadi Elantra.

    Capitalizing on Fiat’s MultiAir engines, the Dart is powered by one of three different Tigershark engines ranging in size from 1.4-liters to 2.4-liters. The Dart can reach hit 41 mpg with a special aero package and comes loaded up with some driver-friendly technologies.

    Moderately priced, high performing and arriving with just enough Dodge attitude, the Dart is the kind of car that can change the course of a company.

  • 2013 Ford C-Max

    2013 Ford C-Max

    MSRP: $25,200 to $28,200
    Invoice: $23,499 to $26,297
    Fuel economy: 47 city/47 highway

    The first hybrid only model to arrive from Ford, the C-Max Hybrid will hit dealerships in the early fall with a base price of $25,995, making it one of the most affordable hybrid utilities on the road.

    Later, a plug-in version of the C-Max hits U.S. shores, promising to deliver 20 miles of electric only drive before converting to a traditional gas-electric hybrid.

    Ford’s plan to create a hybrid only vehicle bodes well for the brand, as it hopes to simulate the success of the Toyota Prius. Will the plan work? It took Toyota nearly 10 years to establish an eco foothold with the Prius, can it hold onto its lead? The real fight begins this fall.

  • 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

    2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

    MSRP: $21,950
    Invoice: $20,898
    Fuel economy: 26 city/38 highway

    The more powerful brother to the three-door hatchback, the Veloster Turbo provides the power we found the regular Veloster lacking.

    This car comes with lots of tuner potential, undercutting key competitors such as the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si and Mini Cooper S with its starting price tag of $22, 725.  Add to that Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharger four-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower and you’ve got a legitimate contender.

  • 2013 Subaru BRZ

    2013 Subaru BRZ

    MSRP: $25,495 to $27,495
    Invoice: $24,327 to $26,112
    Fuel economy: 22 city/30 highway

    Few cars have created as much anticipation as the Subaru BRZ – the more expensive sibling to the Scion FR-S. This 2+2 sports coupe offers a spirited ride, lots of luxury features and that rear-wheel drive thrill other cars just to compare.

    The 2-liter boxer four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower for lots of power for canyon carving. It also comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. We recommend the manual.

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