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The Times
  • Talking Cars: Two very different automobiles

  • Readers have asked for a few new-car reviews, and here are two new completely different 2013 models.

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  • Readers have asked for a few new-car reviews, and here are two new completely different 2013 models.
    First is the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid that, at first glance at night, looked like a Focus. Once up close, this is a big little car. Behind the wheel, the first thing I noticed is the viewing area out the large semi-flat glass windshield. At any angle there is clear vision and no blind spots, either side-to-side or rear view. Seating is firm, comfortable and you do sit high in the seat. Our test car had headed front seats and touch-screen Nav and the Sync system, steering hub controls and more. The system does take some time to get used to, and once you understand it you ask the system to make audio, heat-a/c and Nav commands.
    Driving the car is like driving a normal, non-hybrid. The combination gas engine and electric motor make this four-cylinder/electric powered car into a functional multi-use (plenty of room in the back with rear seats folded down). As for gas mileage, my average was 42-plus miles per gallon. All that mileage and a fun car to drive for a base price of $25,200 or test car $28,200.
    BMW brings a new model to the buyers, the all-new midsize rocket called the M5. BMW takes its time and puts a lot of effort and research into what the customer wants. After a week in the M5, I can understand what and why they built the M5. This is a midsize sedan twin turbo-charged V/8 560 horse power at 7,000 RPM coupled to either a super quick and firm shifting seven-speed automatic, or close ratio six-speed. The audio system has 12 speakers and 500 watts of power. Multi power adjustable heated steering wheel, front heated and ventilated seating combined with dual mode exhaust, electronic adjustable suspension as well as engine performance settings, all by way of a couple of buttons on the console. The 19x9 inch front and 19x10 inch alloy rims and tires are unique to this car and also add to the muscle. Our test car was blue with platinum interior. Fit and finish both on the outside, under the hood and under the car (that’s correct, the underside of the car) were perfect. No matter what gear or speed you’re traveling, a small squeeze on the gas pedal and you’re over the speed limit. There is no question that this is a car you drive and enjoy driving, not just ride in. Base price starts at $89,900 plus $895 destination. There is a large option list that can bring the car price to over $100,000. One last note – this is a high performance rear wheel drive car that will not drive in the snow with the large performance tires. If you must drive in the snow, four snow tires will be a must.
    Page 2 of 2 - Junior Damato writes regularly about cars. You can send questions to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360.
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