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Six Sexiest Cars
of 2013

Corey Conley

It’s that time of the year again. Chocolate everywhere starts taking on weird shapes, adorable bear and rabbit plush toys start clutching red hearts, and confused men stand awkwardly outside Victoria’s Secret. Yes, it’s February, and in honor of the month’s most commercial holiday I offer my annual look at the sexiest cars of 2013. And while the new year’s models feature plenty of exotic looks and pelvis-rattling power, we’d also like to set you up with a couple of everyday rides that might surprise you.

1. Ferrari 458 Italia

Let’s start off with an obvious choice. The Ferrari 458 Italia checks off all the sexy supercar boxes. Come hither curves? Oh, yes. Massive power? 570 horses ought to do it. Exotic materials? Try reams of carbon fiber in a driver-oriented cockpit. But you can find all this in your average Silver Fox mid-life-crisis cruiser - what really pushes the 458 to the top of our list is that it’s quite simply the best-handling car on the market today. Any supermodel can turn heads, but true beauty is more than skin deep.
Alas, true beauty isn’t cheap in auto-dom either. A date with this little filly will cost you $229,825.

2. Ford Escape

If you told me a year ago that a Ford Escape, of all things, would ever make it onto my annual sexy cars list, I would have politely taken my toys and gone home. Yet the 2013 Escape makes the list for giving the small SUV segment some much needed spice. Gone are the anonymous boxes of yesteryear, replaced instead with relatively dramatic curves and creases that look something like Darth Vader’s square jaw. Ford aficionados may note some styling similarities with the Ford Focus, and the similarities go all the way down to the surprisingly nimble chassis. Surprisingly, the Escape offers something for people who actually like driving. Like the 458 Italia, the extra athleticism makes the sheet metal look all the more appealing. Unlike the 458, the Escape actually starts at a quite attainable $23,295.

3. Cadillac ATS

Everyone loves a winner, right? The 2013 Cadillac ATS won the North American Car of the Year prize over such worthy competitors as the new Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. Pretty impressive for Caddy’s brand-new compact sports sedan. While the classy, sweeping lines and chrome trim stand on their own, it’s the superb handling that drew critical acclaim from all corners for its ability to stand toe-to-toe with BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. If you’re looking for something small, hot, and all-American, get your hands on the ATS. Starts at $33,095

4. Nissan Juke

At first glance, the Juke looks like a robo-frog with angina, but climb behind the wheel of this odd little SUV/hatchback thingy and you’ll find a prince with all the right moves. A spritely 188 horsepower engine scoots the little three door along at a brisk pace, and its high stance doesn’t get in the way of confidence-inspiring handling. And what’s sexier than confidence? You and your paramour will be cosseted in a nice array of features like Bluetooth and all-wheel drive; and 27 city/32 highway mpg makes it a reasonably cheap date. Starts at $20,280.

5. Corvette Stingray

Astute readers may note that I mentioned the brand-new for 2013 Corvette C7 in my last article. The only problem? Chevy hadn’t officially revealed the car yet, leaving your humble author with just bits and pieces of information and no decent pictures. Even though a little mystery is sexy, the C7 Corvette “Stingray” is anything but subtle. While the outgoing Corvette was hardly a sleeper, the C7’s tautly sculpted fiberglass make the old one look positively tame. Real, working air vents feed the 450 horsepower V-8 that lurks below the hood and the new rear end, while a dramatic departure from Vettes of yore, still gets the message across to other drivers that they had no chance. If you firmly believe it is what is on the inside that counts, you won’t be disappointed by the C7’s sumptuous interior, which is a marked improvement over the last Corvette’s low-rent cabin. I’ll take mine in a salacious red. Expect prices to start in the low $50,000’s

6. Honda CRZ

Until 2013, the Honda CRZ had head-turning looks and not much else. In its quest to build a sporty hybrid, Honda built a car about as sporty and fuel efficient as my old 2001 Civic that cost half as much and sat twice as many people. Honda heard the cry and granted its 2013 design a modest power bump that nicely complements the cars’ already nimble chassis. For even more power, the CRZ now boasts a button that will briefly boost power. With its racy interior the admittedly modest changes are enough to boost the little guy off the bench and onto the starting lineup. With 38 highway mpg, It’s the perfect getaway for two. Starts at $19,975 / Issue 143 - September 2018
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