When you’re shopping around for a used car, there are several reasons why buying a car that is about four or five years old will pay off. Some of the most popular 2013 car models boast affordable prices and modern features that will keep you in line with the times for at least a few more years. Here’s a roundup of some of the best 2013 car models based on consumer ratings, fuel efficiency, performance, and other features:
If you’ve been dreaming about driving an SUV or just want a larger vehicle that isn’t a truck or a minivan, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo might be your best bet — while keeping you within a reasonable budget. It’s a high-power vehicle that offers 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 miles per gallon in the city. It can seat up to five passengers and has earned high Consumer Review Ratings by real owners on Edmunds.com  because of its engine performance, sound system, and all-wheel drive capabilities.
If you’re looking for long-term reliability and a low maintenance sedan, consider the Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. The hybrid sedan is a redesign of the traditional Camry and boasts better fuel economy than other hybrid vehicles in its class. The XLE has deluxe features, including 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, and an eight-way power drive seat. Real owners sharing reviews on Edmunds.com  have rated this a top choice for performance and reliability.
When you’re looking for the bare basics in a new truck purchase, a Toyota Tacoma pickup might be the perfect fit for you. The 2013 base model boasts 159 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. It has a 2.7-liter engine and manual transmission for ultimate control. Special features include hands free Bluetooth, keyless entry, and power locks and windows. Edmunds.com  editors rated it one of the top choices among midsize trucks because of its fuel-efficient engine and compact style with full-size truck benefits.
The versatility of a hatchback might appeal to you if you’re a college student, new parent, or just looking for an economical car to take care of day-to-day activities with minimal maintenance issues. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT fits that category and is an all-new hatchback style based on the original sedan. The vehicle has a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and has excellent fuel economy ratings: 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. Real owners reporting their experience on Edmunds.com  have given this vehicle high ratings for its smooth and sporty design, adjustable steering modes, and panoramic sunroof.
When you’re looking for a compact and sportier car for your daily ride, consider a luxury sports coupe like the 2013 Infinity G37. The 3.7-liter V6 engine and smooth handling makes for an exciting drive and you’ll stay in control with the seven-speed automatic with manual shift control. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all variations of this vehicle. Real owners of the car reporting their experience on Edmunds.com  highlight the rear-wheel drive handling, top-notch performance, and attractive exterior design as the biggest reasons why the love the G37.