Best 2013 cars for Christmas under $25,000

Automobile makers have some Christmas fun each year posing their new vehicles with bows and ribbons, surrounded by snow, skiers, sleighs, happy families or other holiday trappings, in advertisements and TV commercials.

Often the featured vehicles are among the priciest – luxury model or manufacturer.

Of course, the goal is to entice Santa to make a big impression by putting one under the Christmas tree –or at least in the driveway – for the family to discover in the morning to their obvious delight. As exciting and impractical as that might seem, autobytel, automotive website, has offered its “10 Best Cars for Christmas Under $25,000” to give readers a hand in accomplishing the feat with 2013 models.

“Cars as presents might seem like the exclusive province of the ultra-wealthy,” according to autobytel, “but there are a number of automobiles out there that don’t cost an arm and a leg to buy.”

Here is the list of the best 2013 model cars for Christmas under $25,000 suggested by autobytel:

No. 1 – Redesigned, upgraded Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.
No. 2 – Racy Fiat 500 Abarth subcompact hatchback.
No. 3 – Muscular, fuel-stingy V-6 Chevrolet Camaro.
No 4. – Flashy MINI Cooper subcompact hatchback.
No. 5 – Practical with “aplomb” Honda CR-V crossover.
No. 6 – Rough and ready Jeep Wrangler mid-size SUV.
No. 7 – Celebrated and “deserving” Scion FR-S compact coupe.
No. 8 – “Funky, fresh and family-friendly” Kia Soul compact crossover.
No. 9 – Versatile Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup truck.
No. 10 – “Pint-size” Chevrolet Spark subcompact hatchback.

“The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is a car built for the buyer who can give up some practicality in exchange for personality and style,” writes John Pearley Huffman in Edmunds Inside Line’s Road Test report, “2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible First Drive: VW’s Most Stylish Car Is More Than Nostalgic.”

“And since Volkswagen knows that Beetle Convertible buyers will be among the very most fashion-conscious in the market, it will periodically goose sales with models trimmed to particular themes.”

Whether your taste, need or desire (or your family’s) runs to the Beetle or the Kia Soul, Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500 Abarth, MINI Cooper, Jeep Wrangler or something else on the list, purchasing a Christmas car, no matter what make or model, certainly is an extravagant – and ultimately practical – way to say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year.”

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