Nine Most Overlooked Cars
Lincoln may be a bit of a frumpy old lady’s brand, but the 2013 MKZ is quite a lovely car. It’s one of the most overlooked cars because it’s a bit anonymous on the outside, but it’s leather-lined interior is finished beautifully. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ rides smoothly and quietly, with a big back seat and a huge trunk, and if you’re looking to drive green, there’s even an optional hybrid powertrain. The Lincoln MKZ may not impress the valets in Hollywood, but it is a lovely and comfortable drive.
One of the reasons women buy BMW and Audi SUVs is that their car-like handling and sporty demeanor — all well and good if you have $60,000 to shell out on your SUV. If you don’t, we suggest the 2013 Mazda CX-9, a seven-seat SUV that doesn’t mind being hustled down a curvy road. The Mazda CX-9 is a bit smaller than most seven-seaters, and the third row seat is rather tight — but the smaller size makes it easier to park and more manageable in traffic. And best of all, it doesn’t have a German price tag.
Infiniti’s EX35 exists in a sort of size-and-shape limbo: It’s too tall to be a car, but too low and long to be an SUV. If you think about it as a station wagon on steroids, it starts to make sense — and that’s why we like it. The EX is based on Infiniti’s fast and sexy G37 sedan, and it has the same hot-rod spirit. You can get a sporty rear-wheel-drive version or a weather-beating all-wheel-driver; both have good headroom and exceptionally reasonable price tags.