The Most Important New Cars For 2013

October 1, 2012 7:00 AM

The Most Important New Cars For 2013

" For many of the new 2013 models emerging this summer and fall, there’s a lot more than facelifts and refreshed feature lists. Most notably, a lot of the trends that we’ve seen over the past several years in luxury models—engine downsizing, fuel-efficient technologies, and in-car connectivity—are making the leap into some of the market’s top sellers.

The Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Ford Escape—all some of the top-selling U.S. models—are each completely redesigned this year.

There’s also a rebirth of sorts coming from Detroit. This is the year when we’re seeing even more of the fruits of some mammoth investment at Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F], in the form of radically new Fusion mid-size sedan and Escape compact crossover models that load up on the style, trends, and tech of high-end luxury cars yet stay relatively affordable; and at the same time we’re seeing the first Chrysler product conceived under Fiat ownership—the Dodge Dart—hitting dealerships and looking to take back some of the small-car market.

Meanwhile, the rebirth extends to other kinds of models as well "

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