This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

10 Cars From 2013 You Should Buy Now

2. 2013 Ford (F) Taurus Limited
MSRP: $33,895
Selling price: $28,021
Savings: 17.3%

The Taurus throws the discounting rules out the window a bit, but there's a big reason behind it. Ordinarily, when a car gets as big of a facelift as the full-size Taurus did for 2013 -- complete with LED lighting, the Microsoft (MSFT) Sync information and entertainment system and a 3.5L V6 that gets 288 horsepower and a combined 25 miles per gallon -- the price doesn't shift a whole lot. Unfortunately for the Taurus, which came into the world as a midsize in 1986 and went full-size in 2008, that still didn't do much for sales. Back in 2000, when the Taurus was Ford's go-to midsize, its sales peaked at 382,000. Last year's sales came in at 66,000, which is not only way off that mark, but down from the 68,000 the vehicle sold when the 2008 model year update was introduced in 2007. Don't blame the recession, either: Taurus managed to sell 69,000 vehicles in 2010 as the nation was figuring out its finances.

It's a full-size problem. With even midsize car sales down 0.2% and competitors such as the Toyota Avalon being rebuilt as more fuel-efficient sub-luxury vehicles, the costly, fuel-gulping Taurus sticks out in the Ford lineup. The only car with similar or worse mileage is the Mustang, while even the popular Escape crossover conserves more fuel. When post-recession car buyers look at that price tag and know they can get a larger, less gluttonous Escape or Edge for the same cost -- or look at that MSRP and realize it's roughly similar to that of a base Lincoln MKZ -- the Taurus has a tough time making a case for itself. All that said, a 17% discount on the loaded Limited package with heated seats, push-button starter, blind-spot detection and the Sync system is the closest Taurus buyers will get to a steal.

10 of 11

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $126.41 -1.66%
FB $81.21 0.39%
GOOG $575.33 0.34%
TSLA $200.63 -0.89%
YHOO $44.16 0.39%

Markets

DOW 18,135.72 +38.82 0.21%
S&P 500 2,101.04 +2.51 0.12%
NASDAQ 4,982.8090 +15.6680 0.32%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs