The world's automakers are offering 40 all-new or redesigned cars in the U.S. market for the 2014 model year. The variety is amazing, ranging from a $13,000 Mitsubishi Mirage to a $1.3 million Ferrari LaFerrari. Between those extremes, you'll find automakers like Chevrolet, which is offering up five new models; Jaguar and Alfa Romeo are each bringing new sports cars to market in the form of the F-Type and 4C, respectively. Green-leaning drivers will welcome the BMW i3 city car and the Cadillac ELR range-extended hybrid. There's never been a more exciting time to be a car enthusiast, and our 2014 New Car Guide is your cheat sheet for all the updates.
Meet the replacement for the Acura RL, the RLX. The new car gets fresh exterior styling, along with larger dimensions. The interior is made over as well, with luxurious bits and pieces to go with a quiet and spacious cabin. A 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and producing 310 hp powers the RLX. A hybrid version of Acura's signature SH-AWD is available, as is front-wheel drive, along with a host of other goodies such as a lane-keeping assist system and a Krell sound system.
Base Price: $49,345
Our Opinion: The RLX leans away from sport and toward luxury with its range of features and high comfort levels. It's a solid, straightforward alternative to the likes of the Lexus GS, Mercedes E-class and Audi A6.
Alfa Romeo 4C
Based around a carbon-fiber center tub weighing just 143 pounds, the 4C tips the scales below 2,000 pounds dry. Power comes from a 1.75-liter turbocharged four making 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, working with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The suspension uses double wishbones in front and a multilink strut setup out back. Steering is unassisted, speaking to the 4C's pure and driver-focused nature.
Base Price: $54,000 (est)
Our Opinion: A loud, raucous sports car that's more livable than a Lotus and should appeal to track-day and autocross enthusiasts.
Aston Martin Vanquish
The Vanquish replaces the DBS for 2014 and has everything we've grown to expect from Aston: great looks and an awesome-sounding V12. Inspired by the One-77 concept, the carbon-fiber-bodied brute houses 565 hp mated to a six-speed automatic. The British GT's build quality and refinement are up a notch or three over the DBS, with an interior worthy of the Aston Martin nameplate.
Base Price: $282,820
Our Opinion: Great looks, much better interior and an awesome engine; the only thing that might hold you back from buying this beauty is its price.
Bentley Flying Spur
The Flying Spur drops the Continental nameplate for 2014, but it's still the same large, luxurious offering from Bentley you've come to know. The fresh exterior looks different from the outgoing Continental Flying Spur, especially in the rear. Power comes from a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 pumping out 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic, making this big beauty a relative rocket.
Base Price: $205,825
Our Opinion: Although there are cheaper alternatives around (thinking of you, Mercedes S-class and Audi S8), the Flying Spur remains one of the best luxury sedans your money can buy. You just gotta have a lot of it.
The BMW 3-series coupe is gone; the new 4-series replaces it as BMW shuffles up its model nomenclature. Exterior design falls in line with the 3-series sedan, looking mostly like you would expect, and the interior is typical BMW with different trims and the use of higher-quality materials. Power comes from either a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 (240 hp) or a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 (300 hp). An M3, excuse us, M4 coupe is on the horizon, as well.
Base Price: $41,975
Our Opinion: Although the name has changed, the 4-series picks up where the 3-series coupe left off. BMW loyalists will be pleased. Newcomers will want to take a look.
The i3 is the first product from BMW's i sub-brand. It carries an all-electric drivetrain and is also the first road-going BMW based around an all-carbon-fiber body. An electric motor drives the rear wheels through a single-ratio gearbox offering three driving modes: comfort, eco-pro and eco-pro+. BMW says the range can be as high as 118 miles, but, in cold temperatures, 81 miles is more likely. A range extender comes in the form of an optional 650cc two-cylinder gas engine strictly serving as a generator for the battery.
Base Price: $42,275
Our Opinion: This is a practical and potentially fun-to-drive alternative to today's city cars.
A 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 churning out 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque separates the M6 Gran Coupe from the standard 6-series. Photo by BMW
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
Joining the four-door coupe party as the top dog in the 6-series Gran Coupe lineup is the M6 variant. It looks like a 6-series coupe with four doors, and that's a good thing. The interior has quality materials and terrific fit and finish. A 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 churning out 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque is shared with the M5. M features and additions make it stand apart from your standard 6-series Gran Coupe.
Base Price: $113,925
Our Opinion: It's essentially a sexier and about $20,000-more-expensive M5. That makes it an excellent high-performance sedan.
The redesigned CTS is pointed right at BMW's 528 and 535, a feat successfully accomplished through weight reduction and a handful of great powertrain options. Cadillac has also made 20 former options standard features on the new car, helping it cement its place in the realm of must-drive performance luxury sedans.
Base Price: $46,025
Our Opinion: If you can't wait for the rumored V-Series model, the twin-turbo V6 CTS Vsport makes for a great twisty-road companion.
Based on the Chevrolet Volt, the Cadillac ELR will find its way into customers' hands come January 2014. Featuring Cadillac's edgy and sculptured “Art and Science” design theme, the luxury two-door coupe uses a 16.5-kWh battery, along with a 1.4-liter I4 acting as a generator, for a total output of 207 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The interior gets the Cadillac treatment with sculptured lines on the dash that add some cabin pizzazz.
Base Price: $62,000 (est)
Our Opinion: It looks stunning and provides a solid option for those who want a hybrid with some flair (and are willing to spend a little bit more cash).
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Chevrolet calls the 2014 Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro to date with a dry-sump 7.0-liter V8 with at least 500 hp, limited-slip differential, reworked suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and reduced curb weight. A manual trans is the only gearbox available, and air conditioning is optional. Forged-aluminum wheels wrapped with Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires are at the corners. The interior gets Recaro seats featuring microfiber inserts, a flat-bottom steering wheel and matte-metallic trim.
Base Price: $60,000 (est)
Our Opinion: We've been waiting for a lighter Camaro, and for it to have an LS7 V8 sitting under the hood makes us even happier.
The seventh-generation Corvette is new from the ground up, featuring an exterior with sharper creases and lines that are a little more complex. Call it edgier. The interior is worlds better than the last generation with better materials and seats and a lot more attention to detail. Power comes from a 6.2-liter V8 producing 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, with either a six-speed automatic or seven-speed manual.
Base Price: $51,995
Our Opinion: Quit your whining about the round taillights being gone; the C7 Corvette is a world-class performer and a bargain at that.>
The new Chevrolet Impala is a solid, high-quality American sedan with a great mix of comfort, quietness and stealthy sportiness. Photo by Chevrolet
The last-generation Impala bored us to tears, but the 2014 model finally seems to recapture some of the famed nameplate's long-lost glory. The exterior is redone, giving the car an upscale and premium look. The interior is all new, too. Powertrain options for the Impala are either a 2.5-liter I4 (195 hp) or a 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp); both are mated to a six-speed automatic.
Base Price: $27,670
Our Opinion: Chevrolet has produced a solid, high-quality American sedan with a great mix of comfort, quietness and stealthy sportiness. This car is worthy of the Impala name.
After 17 years of not having a RWD V8 sedan offering, Chevrolet presents the SS. Similar in design to the beloved Pontiac G8, the car features a 6.2-liter V8 making 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic, the SS looks to fill a lineup gap.
Base Price: $44,470
Our Opinion: We haven't driven it yet, but it looks like Chevy is about to unleash an option for those shopping the DodgeCharger/Chrysler 300 SRT.
Chevrolet Spark EV
Powered by an electric motor and lithium-ion battery helping produce the equivalent of 130 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, the Spark EV is looking to take on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Fiat 500e and Nissan Leaf in the pure electric battle. Chevy says the Spark EV has an 82-mile range and can get the equivalent of 119 mpg on a seven-hour full charge. The Spark EV should be a zippy urban commuter, with a 0-60-mph time of less than eight seconds. It will also include a standard Chevy MyLink infotainment system with several smartphone-based applications.
Base Price: $27,495
Our Opinion: Despite the lack of charging stations around, EVs are starting to make financial sense, too, thanks to tax credits, lucrative leasing deals and government rebates; GM brings a new alternative to the EV party.
With 597 hp the 458 Speciale iis the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 Ferrari to date and is capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.0 seconds flat. Photo by Ferrari
Ferrari 458 Speciale
Successor to the Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia, the 458 Speciale, with 597 hp, is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 Ferrari to date and is capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. It weighs in at 2,844 pounds and gets improved Brembo brakes that can stop the Speciale from 62 mph in just 101.7 feet, according to Ferrari.
Base Price: $320,000 (est)
Our Opinion: An even faster version of one of our favorite cars? Yes, please and thank you.
With all 499 accounted for before it even made its world debut, the LaFerrari is theFerrari's latest hot commodity. Penned as the Enzo's successor, the handmade carbon-fiber LaFerrari packs a total of 950 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque thanks to a 6.3-liter V12 (789 hp) and a 120-kW electric motor. The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch. Ferrari says the LaFerrari can hit 60 in less than three seconds and reach a top speed of around 217 mph.
Base Price: $1.3 million (est)
Our Opinion: Ferrari produces yet another lust-worthy supercar capable of incredible numbers. With all of them sold out, you'll have to wait your turn to get your hands on one.
Ford Fiesta ST
Following on the coattails of the Focus ST, the Fiesta ST forms a powerful package in the euro-style, small-hatch department. The exterior remains unchanged from 2013, still adorned in body-matched accents and ST badges galore. An optional ST Recaro package gives the car a sportier look and adds comfort thanks to Recaro heated front seats. The ST gets a 1.6-liter, 197-hp turbocharged four, six-speed manual gearbox, torque vectoring and an upgraded suspension.
Base Price: $22,195
Our Opinion: Big performance on a budget. We relish the lightweight chassis and the car's nearly 200 hp.
The Accord lineup gets two new green options with the introduction of a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Photo by Honda
Honda Accord Hybrid
The Accord lineup gets two new green options with the introduction of a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The latter, offered initially only in New York and California, has a 124 mpg-e city rating and an electric-only driving range of 10 to 15 miles. For the rest of us, the new Accord Hybrid carries an EPA fuel economy rating of 50 mpg in the city and 45 mpg highway thanks to a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder, two-motor
hybrid system and lithium-ion battery pack. Calculated driving range in the regular hybrid 673 miles, according to Honda.
Base Price: $29,945
Our Opinion: With a reasonable price of entry and impressive fuel figures, it looks like Honda will deliver a competitive hybrid Accord.
The Q50 succeeds the G Sedan in Infiniti's brand realignment—it is switching all cars and coupes to the Q-line, while SUVs and cross-overs are designated QX. The Q50's proportions are similar to the G's with a more aggressive front end. The interior is also revamped, and the car includes features like Active Lane Control. A 3.7-liter V6 (328 hp, 269 lb-ft of torque) and a hybrid powertrain are available; each gets a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Base Price: $37,605
Our Opinion: Infiniti takes a shot at the BMW 3-series, Lexus IS and Cadillac ATS. The Q50 offers sharp styling and agility, plus enough features to make this a solid option in the entry-level, luxury-sports sedan market.
You're looking at Jaguar's first two-seater in 50 years. The exterior design really works: It looks petite, and the sculpted lines flow and blend smoothly. It's hot from any angle. The interior is a terrific blend of sports-car spartan and luxury. Powertrains are two 3.0-liter supercharged V6s (340 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque and 380 hp, 339 lb-ft) and the top-of-the-line 5.0-liter supercharged V8 (495 hp, 460 lb-ft). Unfortunately, there are no manual transmissions available.
Base Price: $69,895
Our Opinion: Jaguar roars back into the roadster game with a great-looking convertible. It might not be as tossable as, say, the lighter Porsche Boxster, but the Jag does a fine job wearing two hats—comfort and sportiness —in sweet harmony.
Power is up 40 hp from the XFR—the XFR-S's supercharged 5.0-liter V8 produces 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque Photo by Jaguar
If the XFR wasn't enough for you, check out the even quicker XFR-S. Power is up 40 hp from the XFR—the S's supercharged 5.0-liter V8 produces 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque; the engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic. Blue stitching and Alcantara adorn the interior, with sport-infused accents just about everywhere you look. Other notable features include carbon-fiber treatments and extensive aero bodywork, not to mention an interesting spoiler.
Base Price: $99,875
Our Opinion: A worthy rival to its German competitors, the XFR-S is a refreshing standout against the masses in its class.
Jag's big luxury sedan adds a more performance-oriented model with more power and sharper looks. Power comes from a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Upgraded springs and dampers improve handling, while the interior gets better-bolstered seats and specific R trim and accents throughout.
Base Price: $116,895
The Cadenza is Kia's new flagship sedan. The corporate grille pairs with handsome creases and lines throughout the body. Kia is calling this a car for those who want to move up from its Optima. The powerplant is a 3.3-liter V6 (293 hp, 255 lb-ft, FWD) and six-speed automatic. Interior features include standard navigation, leather, an LCD instrument cluster and Kia's UVO system.
Base Price: $35,900
Our Opinion: Kia's entry-level luxury sedan makes a fine competitor to the Toyota Avalon, the Lexus ES and the Chevrolet Impala.
Kia Forte powertrain options are a 1.8-liter I4 (148 hp, 131 lb-ft) or a 2.0-liter four (173 hp, 154 lb-ft). Photo by Kia
Kia's Honda Civic fighter features a handsome new design for 2014 that makes it look pricier than it is. The interior features improved materials and a better-than-good navigation system. Powertrain options are a 1.8-liter I4 (148 hp, 131 lb-ft) or a 2.0-liter four (173 hp, 154 lb-ft). The smaller engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic while the 2.0L is automatic only.
Base Price: $16,700
Our Opinion: The Forte isn't necessarily a corner-carver, but power is adequate and it is reasonably priced. If you're after a good-looking, affordable car with a truly massive list of standard features, the Forte is definitely worth taking a look at.
Lexus revamps its BMW 3-series fighter for 2014, and the car is hugely improved. The new styling might be a little controversial—especially the huge grille—but the car looks like it means business. The seats are comfy with good bolstering; this is much more of a driver's car than the outgoing model. Powerplant choices are a 2.5-liter V6 (204 hp, 185 lb-ft) or a 3.5-liter V6 (306 hp, 277 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available.
Base Price: $36,860
Our Opinion: We'd opt for an IS 350 with the F Sport package and a manual trans, if only one existed. There's no denying the new IS stands out. Bottom line—this car now does more than enough to give its biggest rivals some major headaches.
The all-wheel- or rear-wheel-drive Ghibli is Maserati's second sedan, joining the Quattroporte. Slotted under its bigger brother, the Ghibli will take on the Mercedes E-class, Audi A6 and BMW 5-series. The Ghibli wears Maserati design cues front to back, in both proportion and profile. The interior emphasizes craftsmanship and expensive materials. Power comes from a Ferrari-built 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 in two states of tune: 345 hp, 369 lb-ft and 404 hp, 404 lb-ft. An eight-speed trans completes the powertrain.
Base Price: $65,000 (est)
Our Opinion: The Ghibli is a refreshing face to see among the masses of Audis, BMWs and Benzes. The Maserati is gorgeous inside and out; in fact, we'd call it a more-than-fine option.
Mazda's latest 3 loses the gaping, smiling grille in favor of a sleeker, better-looking design. The interior is also redone: Gone is the weird secondary screen on top of the dash; there's a head-up display and what Mazda is calling i-Activsense, a package including blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams. Two four-cylinders are available: a 2.0-liter (155 hp, 154 lb-ft) and a 2.5-liter (184 hp, 185 lb-ft). You can specify automatic or manual transmissions, both six-speeds.
Base Price: $17,740
Our Opinion: The new Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars on the market and has equipment normally reserved for cars twice its price. Enthusiasts wanting a small car can't go wrong. And the Mazda-speed 3? Be patient, friends, be patient.
Like the 3, the Mazda 6 is revamped as a handsome midsize sedan, with crisp lines blending well. Overall, this 6 looks worlds better than the previous generation, standing out aesthetically in a crowded (mostly bland) segment. The interior extends Mazda's recent streak of high-quality, driver-oriented cockpits. The only engine available for now is a 2.5-liter Skyactiv four (184 hp, 185 lb-ft); a 2.2-liter turbodiesel is on the way next spring.
Base Price: $21,785
Our Opinion: In the crowded midsize-sedan market, the Mazda 6 offers good looks, great fuel economy and sporty driving characteristics. If the other midsize offerings bore you, then the Mazda 6 deserves a look. We can't wait to get our hands on a diesel.
The McLaren comes with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo-charged V8 paired with an electric motor—for a total output of 903 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque—and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It looks … well, let's just say we think it looks “unique.” Sort of like an alien spaceship. Early indications are that the cockpit is what you would expect of a $1-million supercar.
Base Price: $1.15 million
Our Opinion: This baby tops out at 218 mph and can hit 60 mph in less than three seconds. The P1 is gunning straight for the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. Let the supercar wars begin. We will be watching for sure.
Mercedes-Benz's self-proclaimed “best car in the world” is revamped for 2014 ... and that statement might be right on. It looks modern, and the interior will blow you away: How can you live without a perfume sprayer, heated armrests and a hot-stone massage? You can't! The S550 has a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 (455 hp, 516 lb-ft) and a seven-speed automatic. Two AMG models are coming soon, as are a diesel and a hybrid.
Base Price: $93,825
Our Opinion: We're still debating Mercedes' claim, but the amount of attention to detail, the level of craftsmanship and features galore make for a compelling argument.
The front-drive CLA250 has a 2.0-liter turbo-four (208 hp and 258 lb-ft), and the CLA45 AMG has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four producing a stout 355 hp and 332 lb-ft, as well as all-wheel drive. Photo by Mercedes-Benz
The new CLA is Benz's shot at reeling in some younger buyers. It looks like a mini-CLS and fills a void left by the soon-to-be-larger Mercedes-Benz C-class, coming for 2015. Besides the cramped back seat, the interior is what you have come to expect from Benz—high quality and comfortable. The front-drive CLA250 has a 2.0-liter turbo-four (208 hp and 258 lb-ft), and the CLA45 AMG has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four producing a stout 355 hp and 332 lb-ft, as well as all-wheel drive. Helping to lay down power is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Base Price: $30,825
Our Opinion: We don't think Mercedes will have trouble getting younger buyers behind the three-pointed star thanks to the CLA's standout styling and value pricing. We'll take the CLA45 AMG, please.
Mitsubishi is hoping to make a dent in the subcompact market with its new Mirage, pitching it against a crowded field that includes the Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio, Honda Fit and Mazda 2. Exterior styling is straightforward, featuring your typical econo-car hatchback design. The interior is impressive, though, especially for this price range, with 60/40 split rear seats and steering-wheel controls. The little Mirage only gets 74 hp from its 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine, but it's an efficient little bugger, with an EPA combined 40 mpg.
Base Price: $13,790
Our Opinion: Perfect for city dwellers not concerned about performance but who just want something efficient for around town. The Mirage might be late to the party, but it is light on its feet and doesn't burn much gas.
Nissan Versa Note
The Versa Note hatchback joins the sedan for 2014, going up against cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2—you get the idea. The Note's exterior shape looks like it was inspired by the Honda Fit, with the same basic proportions and profile. The interior features options such as navigation, Pandora and Google connectivity. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder produces 109 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque, with either a CVT or a five-speed manual transmission.
Base Price: $14,800
Our Opinion: In this ever-growing segment, there's something for everyone, and the Versa Note is for those who value practicality and cost saving.
Porsche 918 Spyder
The 918 Spyder is considered a spiritual successor to the Carrera GT. We just saw the production version at the Frankfurt show, and it is a good-looking, evolved design. The Spyder features an all-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain (a 4.6-liter V8 plus two electric motors) with a combined 875 hp and 940 lb-ft of torque, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for a top speed of 214 mph. It's based around a carbon-fiber monocoque with composite body panels and uses an aluminum-and-magnesium chassis.
Base Price: $845,000
Our Opinion: We can't wait to drive it side by side with the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
Porsche Cayman/Cayman S
The Cayman is refreshed for 2014 with a more fluid, cohesive design and a slightly bigger interior. The base Cayman has a 2.7-liter flat-six (275 hp, 214 lb-ft of torque), while the S runs a 3.4-liter flat-six (320 hp, 270 lb-ft). You can either get a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Improved interior surroundings carry over from the Boxster.
Base Price: $53,550
Our Opinion: The Cayman looks good, sounds great and is an amazing handler—and considering the performance, it is actually a good value. As a matter of fact, it's the best car Porsche currently makes.
Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S
A new 911 Turbo lands, which is immediately noticeable with the wider rear fenders, 20-inch wheels and rear wheel scoops setting it apart from lesser 911s. Sport seats and 911 Turbo appointments adorn the interior. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six produces 520 hp and 487 lb-ft, and has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Turbo S packs a 560-hp and 516-lb-ft-of-torque version of the blown boxer six-cylinder. Porsche claims the Turbo hits 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while the Turbo S needs just 2.9 seconds to do so.
Base Price: $149,250
Our Opinion: Better looking, better quality, better dynamics and a better drive. And, of course, blistering acceleration.
The GT3 is fantastic: comfortable enough to be a daily driver and fast enough to be a track star, though we do miss the manual gearbox. Photo by Porsche
Porsche 911 GT3
It's definitely been a busy year for Porsche. The latest product of Porsche's labor is the range-topping 911 GT3, which receives the same, next-gen treatments as other 911s with updated exterior and interior styling. Weight is down 13 percent, and most of the body parts are aluminum. It screams “drive me fast and on a track,” thanks to the spoiler, wide stance
and an aggressive aero kit. The GT3 sports aluminum pedals and carbon-fiber seats covered in leather and Alcantara. The GT3 houses a version of the 3.8-liter flat-six found in standard-issue 911s, but here it belts out 475 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. One disappointment to some enthusiasts: a seven-speed dual-clutch is the only transmission available for this model.
Base Price: $131,350
Our Opinion: The GT3 is fantastic: comfortable enough to be a daily driver and fast enough to be a track star, though we do miss the manual gearbox.
The Wraith is a modern take on the original 1938 model. The big bruiser has all the old-world luxury appointments you've come to expect from Rolls. Want a modern twist? The transmission is linked to the GPS for optimal gearing in all conditions. The powertrain is shared with the Ghost, a 6.6-liter V12 producing 624 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Base Price: $200,500
Our Opinion: This is one of the most luxurious, comfortable, feature-filled coupes on the market. The alternative Bentley Continental GT is a bit less expensive and more of a driver's car, but we bet Rolls doesn't care.
The 11th-gen Corolla features more athletic and edgier styling reminiscent of the Furia concept car. The Corolla is the best-selling nameplate on the planet, and Toyota hopes this new model continues that momentum. It should: The last generation's interior was bland, but this car boasts higher-quality materials and a better layout. Two 1.8-liter fours are available, one producing 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, and the other 140 hp and 126 lb-ft.
Base Price: $17,610
Our Opinion: We're confident Toyota will continue to sell a boatload. Potential new customers should take a look if value and efficiency top their lists. Today's small cars are playing the efficient-yet-fun-to-drive game really well, though, so the Corolla will have its work cut out for it.
Coming in January as a 2015 model, Volvo's V60 wagon joins the U.S. market. Exterior styling is similar to the S60: essentially the same fascia and sleek profile. The interior is typical Volvo, with the corporate center console and a bunch of safety tech. Front-wheel drive versions get Vol-
vo's new turbo-charged I4 engine with 240 hp, while all-wheel-drive models will stick with the 2.5-liter turbo I5 with 250 hp or 3.0-liter turbo I6 making 325 hp.
Base Price: $35,000 (est)
Our Opinion: We like the S60 for its cozy cabin, unique styling, nimbleness and overall noteworthy packaging. If this applies to the V60, it'll be perfect for those buyers looking for more inside room than an S60 but don't need all the space offered in the XC60. Maybe this V60 wagon has found a sweet spot and feels right at home in the Volvo lineup.
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