2011 is nearly over, and with the coming year nearly upon us it’s a good time for potential car buyer’s to prepare themselves for the new models coming out in 2012. Nearly all major car manufacturers are introducing new and improved models of cars, so if you’re thinking of investing in a new car 2012 might be the year to do it. This article will be your introductory guide to the highest rated new cars in the year 2012.
The first car to keep your eye on in 2012 is the new Hyundai Veloster. The car is moderately priced around $20,000, which is a good value for the quality of the car. The Veloster is significantly lighter than other cars in its size range (2,600 curb weight, which is 400 pounds less than the Scion tC), which, along with its directly injected 1.6 liter four cylinder engine, allows it to get nearly 40 miles to the gallon. The car comes in either a dual clutch six speed manual transmission or a six speed manual transmission, depending on your taste. If you’re looking for a reliable new car at a moderate price, the Hyundai Veloster is a solid choice.
If economical driving is your style, then you’ll certainly be looking forward to the 2013 Ford Focus ST, coming out in January of 2012. The car boasts a new 2.0 liter, direct injected 160 horse power motor with a five speed manual transmission. The car’s small frame and weight allows for exceptional gas mileage in the city and on the freeway. The 2013 Ford Focus ST is priced similarly to its predecessors with a price tag of $25,000. If you’re looking for a sturdy four door vehicle with good gas mileage, it’d be hard to pass up the 2013 Ford Focus ST.
For those interested in gas/electric hybrids, look no further than the brand new 2013 Mitsubishi Evo XI (releasing in February 2012). Mitsubishi is moving away from its standard gas guzzling sports cars and towards a sleeker, more efficient design. It’s anticipated that the Evo XI will allow drivers to accelerate to highway speeds and cruise on battery power only, which would improve fuel economy immensely. There are no initial estimates for gas mileage, and no price tag as of yet. This car is perfect for the environmentally conscious consumer who wants a sporty design for their car.
Another car to watch for in 2012 is the 2013 Toyota Prius C. This new concept is unlike any other car in the Prius heritage. The Prius C flaunts a sporty hybrid hatchback and a hybrid engine. Toyota has ensured that this car will have the best gas mileage of any hybrid on the road that isn’t required to be plugged in between uses. The car itself is intended to be easy and fun to drive, and they back up this idea by giving it crisp and sharp handling. The price of the Prius C will likely be under $20,000, so it’s a great choice for any car buyer on a budget.