Best pound-for-pound cars of 2013

We set out to find the Sugar Ray Robinson of cars--the best in Canada, pound for pound. We're ready to crown a champion.

THE RESPECTABLE BANTAMWEIGHT: Nissan Versa SV

PRICE AS TESTED: $14,198  OVERALL RATING: 53/100

POUND FOR POUND SCORE
: 3.73
 
HIGHS: Fuel economy, rear seat, trunk

LOWS: Agility, engine noise, front-seat comfort, fit and finish, reliability

TALE OF THE TAPE: Sure, the 53 score shouts mediocrity, but with a nearly four overall rating points, the Nissan punches above its weight. Okay, the interior is unapologetically cheap-looking, its cockpit is noisy and the motor whines when the vehicle accelerates, but it provides decent fuel efficiency and handles capably. If you want to keep your new-car outlay in the teens, however, skip for the Versa for the similarly priced Chevrolet Cruz ($14,995) and its PfP of 4.53.


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