Hottest New Cars of 2014
2014 has come and, sure, it is about to go. But before it goes with a bang, let us first list down the hottest new cars of 2014. We have the slickest sports cars, the most stylish sedans, neat compacts and great big trucks. A lot of these have been seen in popular car shows all over the world and included in the top picks of various magazines.
Here are our top ten – and we are sure you will love them, too!
#1 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7
When it comes to convertibles, nothing beats one of the most iconic sports cars ever made in America. According to Forbes, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 is considered to be the most significant new-car introduction for 2014. They have made two different versions of the vehicle: convertible and coupe.
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But the best thing about the Stingray is that they have redesigned it very differently from the former Corvettes – it comes with a more sophisticated chassis, clever mechanicals, improved steering and suspension underneath that gorgeous body. It has the 50/50 front-to-rear weight ratio, so it is lighter now but better in structure than before.
It has a 6.2 L V8 engine with 450 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque. This means that as soon as you start it, it could go to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. You need speed? You got it with the Stingray!
But wait, there’s more! With the addition of the Drive Mode Selector, the driver can choose from 12 different performance attributes based on five driving circumstances. For example, it could be driven on just four cylinders to save up on fuel.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $54,995
#2 Ferrari 458 Speciale
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We started with the all-American sports car, yes, but this list would not be complete if we do not include one of the most legendary cars ever made. We are talking about Ferrari and they came out with another amazing model this year: the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
With Ferrari’s experience in Formula 1, the 458 is practically a brand new design which boasts of the latest car racing technology.
It is powered by a 4.5 L V8 Ferrari / Maserati engine, featuring direct fuel injection, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. With the dual clutch and seven-speed gearbox (GETRAG) for its transmission and much improved handling, this could be the best Ferrari there ever was.
The Speciale features amazing attention to detail. With speed in mind, the exterior was made for better aerodynamics. With the help of the world’s top F1 drivers, the interiors are made for racers.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $237,259
#3 Jaguar F Type
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This list would be sorely lacking if the powerful, agile and ever distinctive Jaguar was not part of it. Their F-Type was first seen in the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012 but really launched as a soft-top convertible during the Paris Motor Show in the same year. The coupe version came out a year later. The 2014 version came out in the Los Angeles Auto Show and – like all Jaguars before it – the F Type awed.
With a 3L V6 engine having 340 to/or 380 HP, it can immediately hit 60 mph in just a little over four seconds. It has a 7-speed transmission which is primarily automatic but can go manual, complete with the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Jaguars boast of their light weight but ultra-durable aluminum body and this is no different.
But wait, because this you have to hear: this rear-drive curvaceous beauty is less expensive than the XK line. You’re welcome.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $65,925
#4 Porsche 911 Targa
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The first Targa came out in 1967. And your parents and grandparents have probably dreamed about owning or driving this at the time. If you want a blast from the past but way better than what the 60s version offers, check out Porsche’s 911 Targa.
The overall appearance is uncannily similar to its predecessor. It’s quite a smart move that Porsche did not change one thing in the design of this very iconic car – it is a recipe for success, after all. But because it is 2014, the roof easily and quickly opens and closes with just the push of a button.
It does boast of better handling, a zero to 100 kph in just five second, an engine which can generate 350 horsepower and a top speed of 280 kph. But yeah, let’s stick to that amazing roof opening because it really is the coolest part of this revival.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $85,295
#5 BMW i8
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We promise that this is the last sports car in the list. We really can’t help it. No one really can, when you think about it. When it comes to the best cars, these types are often on the top. And BMW’s i8 is a must-have on this list. Let us explain why:
First of all, it is beautiful. It is brilliantly made with its shark nose front, the ‘straight out of sci-fi’ gullwing doors and super sleek shape (even the tires are skinny and sexy).
You will be wowed even more after looking under the hood! With the three-cylinder, turbo charged engine which generates 357 horsepower delivering M3-like acceleration, it speeds up in only 4.5 seconds from zero to 100 kmh. It has a top speed of 250 kph with the efficiency of Prius.
But what makes it amazing is the fact that it is a hybrid car which has a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can run for 37 km. Aside from that powerful engine, it has an electric one! When it comes to harmonizing speed, style and environmental ingenuity, BMW’s i8 beats a lot of other sports cars.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $136,650
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#6 Fiat 500L
There is something so delightful about minis that a lot of people, despite its diminutive size, want to have one. There are so many manufacturers out there making these adorable little vehicles but when it comes to this class of cars, Fiat’s 500 is the leader this 2014.
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This hatchback is Fiat’s version of those practical two-door subcompacts. It looks very much like the Mini Cooper Countryman, especially the exterior. But it is way wider and taller than the usual coupes. The 500L has four doors with a five-passenger cabin so it can fit more people and cargo.
Compared to those new ones being made, you’d be surprised at what Fiat did for the 500L under the hood. It is powered by a 1.4L, four cylinder turbo-charged engine, which can produce 160 HP and 184 pound-feet torque. That means it is pretty fast on the highway.
It’s a great thing that Fiat came out with this model because, soon enough, we would all see more SUV-like models with all-wheel drives. And that is always a good thing!
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $20,045
#7 Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra
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General Motors and Chevrolet are known for their big pick-up trucks and SUVs. In 1999, these two companies came out with models that were mechanically similar to each other: the Sierra for the former and Silverado for the latter. Since then, they have released redesigns of these two full-sized and heavy duty pick-up trucks.
This year, GMC and Chevrolet have gone back to the drawing room and revised the structure and engineering of the Sierra, still looking for ways to enhance this already amazing ride. For instance, they have introduced the EcoTec3 engines featuring 4.3 L V6 generating 285 HP before. They have beefed that up with 5.3 L V8 for 355 HP and (yes, there is more) a 6.2 L V8 having 420 HP, just in case you need even more power.
All these make use of direct fuel injection so that the car’s performance is improved and selective cylinder shutdown so that people can save up on fuel, if they like.
The interiors are also made bigger and better this time with the MyLink infotainment for voice-command control over functions like navigation and even calls. They’re plush inside too, with all that leather covering the interiors.
The exterior design is pretty much the same, though. Many have commented that it does look old already. But if you’re into those real man trucks, this modest revision would not really bother you.
Estimated Base Price: $22,000
Could Go As High As: $50,000
#8 Cadillac CTS
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General Motors may be about heavy duty, high-powered trucks. But they also make swanky executive class sedans which say that the person riding this has authority. Different variants of the Cadillac CTS have won numerous awards including the Car and Driver 10 Best and Motor Trend Car of the Year.
The 2014 model of the CTS is more spacious inside, a bit lowered and even lighter than its predecessors. They have even come up with eight ‘environments’ for the interiors with various trimmings like wood, carbon fiber and aluminum.
Buyers can choose from three different engines: a 2.0 L, four-cylinder with a base horsepower of 272, a 3.6 L V6 with 321 HP and a twin turbo V6 boasting of 420 HP (for the Cadillac V-sport version). They have upgraded their steering, braking and suspension, too. The CTS has an all-wheel drive option so it is easier to handle on wet or snowy pavements and a magnetic ride control which enhances the suspension for cornering.
This Cadillac has so many other features you would love: touch-screen controls, self-parking, motorized cup holder and, most importantly, the safety alert seat which prevents crashes through a vibrating cushion.
If you are lucky you can find one of these pre-owned on one of our partners in house financing lots.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $46,340
#9 Mercedes Benz CLA Class
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When it comes to luxurious sedans, no one can really best the world famous German brand that is Mercedes Benz. And this year, they have come up with their first front-drive compact: the CLA Class.
The exterior is very much like the CLS-class, with its swooped roofline, but it is a tad smaller and, according to Mercedes Benz, one of the most aerodynamic vehicles they have come up with.
The CLA250 has a four-cylinder turbo charged engine with 208 HP. The high performing CLA45 AMG, on the other hand, has a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo with 355 HP. Both have a 0.23 coefficient of drag and are available in a dual-clutch, seven-speed automated manual transmission.
You don’t want to scratch this beauty at all. And now, you would not have to worry about that thanks to their Parktronic System which can aid both in perpendicular and parallel parking. And a lot of people would be happy to hear this little fact: the CLA Class from Mercedes Benz is priced way lower than its other models. And it’s always nice to find something you can enjoy and afford at the same time.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $30,825
#10 Toyota Corolla
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They might not have wanted to build this sort of reputation but for the longest time, Toyota has been seen as ‘everyman’s car’. And this is possibly because of its stodgy and tedious models in the past. This year comes with another Corolla. But it is bigger and better, undergoing one of the most extreme reinventions in ten years!
The exterior has a more athletic feel, with daring styling elements in front and at the back of the car. Its interior is wider, fresher and with higher quality materials, giving the car that stylish and up-to-date feel.
They have maintained the 1.8 L four-cylinder with 132 HP engine but do expect to see the LE Eco variant featuring the 1.8 L four-cylinder with 140 HP and variable valve timing. The latter promises fuel savings of up to 5%. It comes in two transmission modes: the standard six-speed manual and the gearless CVT automatic with manual shift and driving modes.
They also have added features including the push-button for entry and starting the vehicle, heated front seats, a great GPS system for navigation, a sunroof (although this is optional) and Entune multimedia array found only in Toyota which includes smartphone data connectivity.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $17,725
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