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Hottest cars for customizing

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

If you are the type of person who wants a new car but also wants to customize it so it stands out from the crowd, the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show held earlier this week is the place to see the latest trends in car customization.

cars-blog-mopar-semaThe folks at SEMA looked at this year's trending vehicles for the SEMA Award, which honors the hottest models in four categories. This year's winners were the Ford Mustang (hottest car), Scion FR-S (hottest sport compact), Ford F-Series (hottest truck) and the Jeep Wrangler (hottest SUV, shown here with Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier accepting the award).

The SEMA Award recognizes car models that provide the best platforms for accessorization and are considered the most "accessory friendly" ones on the market, according to SEMA President and CEO Christopher Kersting. Sometimes car accessories can be added when the car is originally purchased, allowing their cost to be rolled into the auto loan and spread out over the course of the loan term.

To arrive at the winners, SEMA Show workers considered car models on display by more than 2,400 exhibiting companies. The winner for each category was the car model that had the most vehicles on display.

Do you agree that these are the hottest cars?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter: @SheDrives.

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November 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

I prefer custom options that I can roll into the purchase price of the vehicle. Lets face it, after your monthly payment, your likely not going to have money left over for custom parts anyway. While I'm not a Ford fan, I'll still give props to Ford because they've never dropped the Mustang from their lineup (as far as I know). And the Ford Raptor, that is a mean looking truck.

November 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

sorry ill stick to integras,civics,eclipses,talons,supras,300zs, rx7s,3000gts,240s,s2000s,gtis and z24s