Happy New Year – 2013

Usually, most people wait until December to wish one’s fellow inhabitants a Happy New Year.  Things are a little different in the car business, where 2014 models started appearing in January of 2013.

As we enter the Fall months, the 2013 models are being cleared out and the 2014 models are coming thick and fast.  With this in mind, let’s look at some of the models we’ve studied in the last year from a statistical standpoint.

We examined 1,125 vehicles last year, looking at the availability of more than 400 features for each one.  This isn’t every model sold, nor is it every trim level.  Most truly exotic cars aren’t represented in our list. Our list contains a few high performance cars, but, mainly, vehicles that the general public, along with a few well-heeled Bay Street types could afford.

A few notes.  A passenger car is a vehicle with a trunk and two or four doors.  It’s not a hatchback, a crossover, a sport utility, van or truck. It’s a car.  This may be a topic for a future blog entry.  We don’t have figures in all categories for all models.  Manufacturers don’t always publish all the information we’d like to have.  There may be errors in the data owing to running changes to vehicles or to finger problems when entering the data.  When we look at 1,125 vehicles with 400+ features on each vehicle, we might just make a mistake or two.  Not likely, but we might.

Let’s look at the pluses and minuses of 2013.

Most Horsepower: 2013 SRT Viper: 640
First runner up: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 638
Least Horsepower: Mazda 2: 100

Most Torque: 2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: 604 ft-lbs
First runner up: 2013 SRT Viper: 600 ft-lbs
Least Torque: Mazda 2: 98 ft-lbs

There are more than these three vehicles in the rest of this post.

Longest Wheelbase: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extended Cargo Van: 4325mm
Longest Wheelbase passenger car: Hyundai Equus: 3710mm
Shortest Wheelbase: Porsche 911 Turbo: 2350mm

Longest Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extended Cargo Van: 7345mm
Longest Vehicle passenger car: Toyota Avalon: 4960mm
Shortest Vehicle: Mitsubishi i-Miev: 3675mm

Widest Vehicle (includes mirrors): Nissan NV 3500 Cargo Van High Roof: 2610mm
Widest Vehicle passenger car: Acura TL: 2118mm
Narrowest Vehicle: Mitsubishi i-Miev: 1585mm

Tallest Vehicle: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extended Cargo Van: 3050mm
Tallest Vehicle Full-Size Truck: Ram 1500 Quad Cab Laramie: 1975mm
Tallest Vehicle SUV: Toyota FJ Cruiser : 2000mm (taller than a Lincoln Navigator)
Shortest Vehicle: Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport: 1237mm

Most Front Headroom: Nissan NV 3500 Cargo Van High Roof: 1615mm
Least Front Headroom: Toyota Sequoia Limited (with moonroof): 869mm

Most Rear Headroom: Ford Transit Connect Wagon XLT Premium: 1283mm
Least Rear Headroom: Porsche 911 Turbo: 800mm

Smallest Turning Circle: Toyota Yaris Hatchback 5-Door LE: 9.4m
Largest Turning Circle: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extended Cargo Van: 16.7m

Largest Cargo Capacity all seats upright:
Ford Transit Connect Wagon XLT Premium: 2200L
Largest Cargo Capacity rear seats down:
Ford Transit Connect Wagon XLT Premium: 3361L
Largest Cargo Capacity all seats down/removed:
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extended Cargo Van: 17000L
Largest Trunk passenger car: Mercedes-Benz E550 4MATIC: 540L

Largest Passenger Volume: Nissan NV 3500 Passenger Van: 6742L
Largest Passenger Volume minivan: Nissan Quest (no sunroof): 5035L
Largest Passenger Volume full-size SUV: Cadillac Escalade: 4871L
Largest Passenger Volume luxury car: Hyundai Equus: 3095L
Largest Passenger Volume passenger car: Toyota Avalon: 3027L
Smallest Passenger Volume: Nissan 370Z Touring Coupe: 1461L

Lowest Drag Co-efficient: Toyota Prius: .25
Highest Drag Co-efficient: Lincoln Navigator: .41

Lowest Price: Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 S – M/T 5: $11,898
Highest Price: Porsche 911 Turbo + A/T 7: $162,100

Fun with numbers.  Who has what feature?  The vehicle purchase equation is as variable as the individual buyer.  As we head into 2014 (indeed, it’s already arrived for some vehicles), we’ll continue to examine the value of vehicles and their relative position in the marketplace. It’s just one of the things that makes us tick. Stay tuned.

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