DALLAS, January 1, 2013 — It’s a brand new year, the perfect time to buy a brand new vehicle to get you through 2013. Whether you lease or own your car, here are some fun ideas to consider when searching for a new vehicle based on your astrology sign. No, it’s not scientific but take a look at the choices below and consider whether you and the chosen car are a match.
Aries (March 21 to April 20); Since the Aries person is normally all about “look at me,” of course in a good way, the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T is the best way to be seen and heard. This vehicle literally screams look at me and hear me roar. If you opt for the Redline 3-Coat Pearl exterior paint job just be sure you follow the speed limit or you will definitely attract, perhaps not always, the right kind of attention and then some.
Should You Need to Know: For the Classic version you get a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi VVT engine with a six-speed manual transmission and leather trimmed bucket seats.
Miles Per Gallon: Combined miles per gallon came in at 18, but it was 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Challenger R/T Classic that I drove came in at $38,745.
(April 21 to May 20): An earthy type, the 2013 Ford Flex feels and looks good and is fun to drive too so the Taurus will love it. The Flex is a seven-passenger vehicle so there is plenty of room for family and friends. There are three rows of seats and there is also all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine option.
Should You Need to Know: A large family-size crossover, the Flex comes in three trim level options.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Ford Flex has 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Ford Flex is $40,030.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20): Just a hint, I am a Gemini and of all the standout cars I drove in 2012 (52 to be exact) the 2013 Acura ILX just keeps coming to mind. It is the perfect entry level and perfect for the Gemini who loves to make changes, a lot. You feel like you own the road in this one, not the other way around. With two trim levels base and hybrid, go for the Premium package with fog lamps, leather upholstery, heated front seats and even a rearview camera.
Should You Need to Know: Smaller and less expensive than the AcuraTSX, this Acura means business and you know it, just like the fun-loving Gemini.
Miles Per Gallon: With a combined fuel economy at 25 miles per gallon you get 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Acura ILX is reasonable at $30,095.
Cancer (June 21 to July 21): For the home loving Cancer, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 comes highly recommended as a thrifty crossover SUV that gets down to business if it needs to. Very fuel-efficient, this vehicle is sporty enough and is offered in three trim levels: base Sport, midlevel Touring and top-tier Grand Touring.
Should You Need to Know: Notice the cool folding mechanism, lowering the back seat that gives you a flat load floor if needed for hauling. Even with all the seats taken, it is still 35-cubic feet of space and with the folded-down seat it’s 65-cubic feet.
Miles Per Gallon: For the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD, which I drove, it came in at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is $31,480.
Leo (July 22 to August 21): For the flashy Leo personality, the bigger than life 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the perfect match. While the Silverado 1500 has not been redesigned since 2007, it is still worth a look since it hits all the right marks in the full-size pickup segment. There are also lots of options in cab/cargo-bed configurations and two- and four-wheel drive. There is the regular cab, extended cab and crew cab and five trims depending on cab/cargo size.
Should You Need to Know: If equipped with all the right stuff, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will get you 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab LTZ I drove came in at $45,099.
Virgo (August 22 to September 21): The no-nonsense Virgo will revel in the chance to drive a vehicle that looks good and is practical too. The 2013 Toyota Corolla is a good choice with a dependability record that is really unsurpassed. With three trim levels the middle option LE is a good choice with full power accessories, keyless entry and even a height-adjustable driver seat.
Should You Need to Know: Note the 60/40-split-folding rear seat and trip computer, which really ups the value on the 2013 Toyota Corolla.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Toyota Corolla LE came in with 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Toyota Corolla is in the $35,000 range with the trim levels raising the cost too.
Libra (September 22 to October 22): For the “keep it all in balance” Libra, the 2013 Volkswagen CC is worth a look. It offers an attractive choice for buyers who like the midsize sedan and even better, it sits in between the sedan and coupe with six trim levels to choose from. The front seat options on all the trims also offer an overwhelming number of adjustments to fit any body sitting behind the wheel or in the passenger seat.
Should You Need to Know: Note the fuel-efficient, yet still turbo charged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet-of-torque.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport Plus offers 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Volkswagen CC Sport Plus comes in at $33,670.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21): For the always secret, yet equally powerful Scorpio, this midsize luxury sedan, the 2013 Infiniti M37 is a good choice. It will keep you under the radar, but in style just like you like it. You can expect a comfortable cabin and plenty of techie features. Plus you get lots of leather and genuine wood inside and the seating is comfortable both in the front and the back seats with plenty of room to spare all around.
Should You Need to Know: The Infiniti M37 was redesigned in 2011 and in 2012 merged with the other M model, making this Infiniti a standout worth considering for a vehicle to drive for more than just one year.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Infiniti M37 is 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway and that is with a 3.7 liter DOHC 24-valve VVEL, V6 engine.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Infiniti M37 is $62,095.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 20): For the Sagittarius, the 2013 Acura RDX is all about power, fuel efficiency and it just got a makeover in 2013 making it a good choice in the premium small crossover class. For the new model, there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine to replace the outgoing turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. Safety is also a standout in the new design with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side and side curtain airbags and a rearview camera that comes standard.
Should You Need to Know: The 2013 Acura RDX comes in two trims either the base or the base with Technology package and both can be had in front- or all-wheel drive.
Miles Per Gallon: On the 2013 Acura RDX you get 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Acura RDX AWD with Tech is $40,315.
Capricorn (December 21 to January 19): When I asked my favorite Capricorn, who drives these cars with me during the year, what his favorite vehicle was in 2012, there was a resounding 2013 Lexus GS450h, so I had to listen. The all-new 2013 Lexus GS 450h hybrid offers the driver great handling, good-looking styling and excellent fuel efficiency. It’s a midsize luxury, but also cutting edge since this Lexus has been completely redesigned for 2013. There is only one body style and trim level for this Lexus, but notice another standout: the Lexus Safety Connect system with automatic collision notification, an emergency assist button and a stolen vehicle location service.
Should You Need to Know: Take note that the 2013 Lexus GS 450h is the hybrid version of the regular Lexus GS 350 sedan.
Miles Per Gallon: With 29 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway, the 2013 Lexus GS450h is all that and more.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Lexus GS450h came in at $68,834.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18): The Hyundai just keeps taking a turn for the better every year and the 2013 Hyundai Elantra is no exception. With snazzy styling, fuel-efficient engine and some great features, this Hyundai should definitely make the top of your list for a small coupe choice.
There is also a longer-than-usual warranty and another standout is that while it is a two-door there is still plenty of room in both the front and the rear seats.
Should You Need to Know: The 2013 Hyundai Elantra comes with two trim levels both the GS and the SE.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GS that I drove has an impressive 28 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GS is $19,315.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20); The Lexus IS 350 is all about good looking styling and it’s reliable, making it practical and pretty for the sensitive Pisces who is as good at intuiting as seeing and touching. The nice quality on the inside is a big pro for this small luxury sedan.
Should You Need to Know: Offered in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, the Lexus can get zero to 60 in a quick 5.5 seconds.
Miles Per Gallon: Fuel economy is 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway with the AWD coming in at 18 and 26.
Cost: The price tag for the 2013 Lexus IS 350 is $40,320.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.
She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at www.unregularradio.com.
Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.
She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.
Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from www.historypress.net. Her third book in the Haunted Series was released in October “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma.” Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13
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