10 Cars You Want To Drive In 2014

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As the end of the year approaches, two things happen in the automotive industry. The current year cars become more affordable and next years models make you forget about what is already available. Next years set of vehicles promises not to disappoint. Here is some of the highlights from 2014 class:

Chevrolet Camaro

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Starting price: $24,450

Availability: On sale now

Chevrolet has restyled the 2014 Camaro to have a wider and lower appearance while adding a bit more refinement. The big news from Camaro is the return of the Z/28 to the lineup. With a focus on track performance, the Z/28 brings in carbon-ceramic brakes with Brembo monoblock calipers, specially tuned aerodynamic trim and a racing-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel. Add in the 500-horsepower LS7 V8 engine and you find yourself at the helm of an extremely potent track toy.

Infiniti Q50

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Starting price: $36,700
Availability: On sale now

To celebrate the new Infiniti “Q” nomenclature, the Japanese automaker felt a replacement was in order for its popular G37 sedan. Taking design cues from some of Infiniti’s recent concept cars, the 2014 Infiniti Q50, debuts with an aggressive yet refined look. An impressive list of new technology, such as moving-object detection and a forward-collision warning system, place the Q50 at the forefront of its segment for gadgetry. The 3.7-liter 328-horsepower V6 engine returns for another cycle, and you’ll still be able to buy a hybrid powerplant, which is good for a combined 354 horsepower from an electric motor paired with a 3.5-liter V6. All-wheel drive will still be available.

Maserati Ghibli

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Starting price: About $65,000
Availability: Fall 2013

Maserati needs help with sales, and it’s banking on the all-new 2014 Ghibli as the answer. The attractive exterior of the Ghibli draws from its big sibling, the Quattroporte. Competitive power comes from two twin-turbocharged V6 engine options that both feed their power through a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission to either the rear wheels, in the Ghibli and Ghibli S models, or all four wheels in the Ghibli S Q4. The highly customizable interior is certainly up to task as well, especially with the optional 1,280-watt 15-speaker sound system designed in collaboration with Bowers & Wilkins.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

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Starting price: $29,990
Availability: On sale now

In 2014, Mercedes-Benz hopes to bring a bit of its famed luxury to the masses with the entry-level CLA. Looking like a scaled down CLS, the CLA is actually a little wider and a little longer than the current C-Class, so don’t expect a cramped interior. Inside you’ll find familiar Mercedes-Benz touches, such as a central controller and Bluetooth. The base CLA is front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is an option — a questionable departure from the norm for the brand. A fire-breathing all-wheel-drive CLA45 AMG is also on the way.

Lexus IS

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Starting price: $35,950

Availability: On sale now

With a front grille that plays hard to forget, Lexus has revamped its 2014 Lexus IS to take on rivals from Europe. Apart from the bold styling, the new IS 250 and IS 350 are built on a larger GS-based chassis that has helped open up what had previously been a cramped passenger compartment. The standard equipment list isn’t shy, offering things such as xenon headlights, a 7-inch infotainment display and Bluetooth connectivity. Don’t overlook the F Sport package if more performance bells and whistles are what you are looking for; it borrows from the Lexus LFA performance-division parts bin.

Ford Mustang Convertible

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Starting Price: $27,200

Availability: On sale now

This muscle car mainstay from Ford is the ideal car for summer driving. Its 3.7 L engine produces 305 hp and has an attractive base price for the convertible model. As for fuel economy, the Mustang doesn’t boast much with 29 hwy mpg for a coupe, but that’s not the point when taking this powerhouse on the road.

Dodge Charger SE Sedan

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Starting Price: $27,200

Availability: On sale now

Dodge is bringing out a new version of its legendary Charger, which first appeared in the 1960s and has always been big on style. The SE Sedan features the same 3.6 L engine as the 2013 model. It generates 292 hp and checks in at 18 city/27 hwy mpg. It’s not an economical choice as far as fuel is concerned, but it’s heavy on brawn and looks great in any driveway. The 2014 Charger will be available later this year.

Mazda6 I Touring Sedan

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Starting Price: $24,495

Availability: On sale now

For a car whose styling has been compared (favorably) to a Tesla, the Mazda6 has a lot going for it at a starting price just under $25,000. The 2.5 L engine produces 184 hp for a car that weighs less than 3,200 pounds, and has gotten excellent reviews for its handling and fuel economy (38 highway mpg with a 6-speed automatic transmission). It’s a pleasure to look at, and you can get the middle line Touring Sedan loaded for under $30,000.

Kia Cadenza

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Starting price: $35,100

Availability: On sale now

Filling the gap at the top of the Kia range, the 2014 Cadenza arrives as the new flagship for the Korean brand. Based on its cousin from Hyundai, the Azera, the Cadenza has a long list of features that are sure to set the standard for the entry-luxury market. On board, you’ll find standard navigation with Sirius XM Traffic and UVO eServices, an impressive Infinity audio system and a backup camera and warning system. The optional luxury and technology trim levels bring in amenities such as a full-length panoramic roof and a water-repellant driver window.

Porsche 918 Spyder

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Starting price: $845,000

Availability: To be announced

This car is not for the faint of heart, this is for those collectors and people who want or need the status symbol. The hypercar wars are heating up again, and we couldn’t be happier. McLaren fired the first salvo with its P1, and now it’s Porsche’s turn with its new 2014 918 Spyder, which is laden with bleeding-edge tech. Drawing on lessons learned from its racing programs, Porsche assembled a worthy competitor for the battle against McLaren and Ferrari. Electric motors, both front and rear, work in concert with a 4.6-liter V8 engine to develop 887 horsepower and zero-to-60-mph times of less than three seconds.

To see some or all of these cars and more, be sure to check out the upcoming auto shows throughout the U.S.

North American International Auto Show- COBO Center. Detroit, Michigan: January 13-26, 2014

Chicago Auto Show 2014- McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois: February 8-17,2014

New York International Auto Show 2014- Jacob Javits Center, NYC ·April 18–27, 2014 

 

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