Honda, Nissan and Toyota dominated the Top 10 Vehicles purchased by U.S.-Hispanic Consumers this year, holding down eight of the 10 spots, according to data provided by Polk. Honda and Nissan tied for top honors with three models each, but Toyota took over the top overall spot so far in 2013.
The Toyota Corolla moved into the No. 1 spot this year, replacing the Honda Civic and accounting for 4.22 percent of the Hispanic market. The Civic slipped a bit to the No. 2 position with a 4.09 percent market share, down from 4.41 percent last year.
The biggest mover on the list was the ultra-affordable Nissan Sentra, up three spots from No. 9 to No. 6 and speeding from 1.79 percent of the Hispanic market to 2.52 percent this year.
Meanwhile, U.S. automakers continued to beat the overseas competition with good ol American pickup trucks. The perennially popular Ford F Series cruised along in the No. 5 slot, having staked out 2.56 percent of the market, and the Chevy Silverado rolled into the No. 8 position with 2.44 percent of the Hispanic market.
10 NISSAN VERSA
The 2013 Nissan Versa scores big points for its affordability, with a starting price of $11,990, and an EPA estimate of 31/40 when equipped with the optional continuously variable transmission. The top model carries an MSRP of $16,890, with the CVT and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine. The Versa comes with few standard goodies, but options include push-button start, backup camera, Bluetooth technology, satellite radio and a USB port.
With its tight turning radius, carlike handling and roomy interior, the 2013 Honda CR-V proves itself a top contender in the competitive small-SUV class. The 4-cylinder, 5-speed automatic transmission gets it an EPA estimate of 23/31, making it a cost-friendly commuter car as well. Standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera. The CR-V comes in three trims, with MSRP ranging from $22,795 for the LX 2-wheel drive to $30,295 for the EX-L all-wheel drive with optional navigation system.
The 2013 Chevy Silverado, with a starting price of $23,590 for the two-wheel-drive 1500 model, delivers ruggedness, strength and style. But let's talk top of the line, shall we? The LTZ crew cab short box, with available Vortec 6.2-liter V8, delivers a payload of 1,937 pounds despite being hefted up with goodies like heated outside mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control and heated leather-appointed bucket seats. For really getting the job done, you may like the 3500HD, which can haul up to 23,100 pounds.
The midsize Nissan Altima was completely made over for the 2013 model year, with seven trims available with 4- and 6-cylinder engines. The sporty yet practical sedan with the 2.5-liter I4 engine carries an MSRP of $21,760 and is rated 27/38 for mileage. Equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, the SL delivers 22/31. The comfortable, roomy cabin makes for a pleasant ride but the continuously variable transmission makes for smooth drive.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra drives up in six models, from the basic S for $15,990 on up to the SL starting at $19,590. The L's 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed manual transmission is rated at 27/36, while the rest of the fleet can be expected to deliver around 30/39. The automatic transmissions Eco and Sport settings offer maximum mileage on the one hand and maximum performance on the other, with a Normal setting for a combination of the two.
The Ford F-Series of pickups has put a huge fleet of tough trucks in the hands of enthusiastic consumers over the years. The 2013 F-150 alone comes in 10 models, ranging in price from $24,070 for the XL to $53,300 for the Limited Edition. Mileage varies along the way, with the XL offering 17/23 with a 3.7-liter V6, on through 11/16 for the SVT Raptor with its mighty 6.2-liter V8. When you venture into Super Duty territory, youll reach the top with the F-450 Platinum, starting at $67,330. That baby comes with a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine that delivers 400 hp and 800 foot-pounds of torque.
The Toyota Camry is one of the best-selling vehicles of all time, with its affordable sticker price, easy mileage and notable dependability. MSRP ranges from $22,235 for the L on up to $30,465 for the XLE V6. Mileage ranges from 21/35-31/35, depending on the model. Available engines include 173-hp and 178-hp 4-cylinders and a nicely packed, 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6, all running on regular gas and all shifted by a 6-speed automatic tranny. An MP3 decoder is standard on all models.
The 2013 Honda Accord proved to be popular with drivers and professional reviewers alike. The new direct-injection 4-cylinder engine with continuously variable automatic transmission delivers smooth acceleration and nice mileage numbers, beginning at an affordable MSRP of $21,680 for the basic model, on up to $33,430 with the bells and whistles. A V6, 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic are also available. Mileage ranges from 21/32 for the EX-L V6 Automatic Coupe with Navigation to 27/36 for the 4-cylinder CVT.
The Honda Civic, a longtime favorite sedan among fuel-conscious drivers, comes in six models, including hybrid and natural gas versions. The 4-door access and roomy interior give the Civic the feel of a much larger sedan, but the 1.8-liter engine offers exceptional fuel economy, rated at 28 city/39 for the LX sedan and 44/44 for the hybrid. The Civic comes with standard front and side airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a rear-view camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Pricing starts at $18,165 for the LX and ranges up to $24,360 for the hybrid. The basic coupe starts at $17,965.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla is a study in practicality and stylish engineering. The Corolla starts at $16,800 for the basic L model and comes with eight airbags, power windows and door locks, LED headlamps and running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. The comparatively deluxe S model ($19,000) comes with integrated spoiler and fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome-tipped exhaust and a 3.5-inch multi-information display. The Corolla offers an estimated 28/37 mpg.
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