Auto Excellence Awards: Our 10 favorite cars of the year
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Ford Escape - Car of the Year
Base Price: $23,295
This year we introduce our first-ever Popular Mechanics Car of the Year. This is an affordable vehicle that excels in multiple auto excellence categories, not just one. No vehicle hit a variety of marks harder or topped more editors' scorecards than the all-new 2013 Ford Escape.
Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S - Fun to Drive
Base Price: $26,245/$24,930
The BRZ handles like it's your personal road therapist, intuiting your every thought while supplying plenty of feedback along the way. The gearbox and transmission operate with the precision of a Swiss watch, and that fat steering wheel is just what your hands want. Cost-cutting measures have been taken, but the car doesn't feel cheap. Instead it feels light and toned like a bantamweight boxer, ready to take on whatever the road throws at it. For the price, more fun on four wheels doesn't exist.