The New Year means more than alcoholic benders and resolutions you won’t keep. It’s all about horsepower, more mileage, better designs, and more luxury. Here are the best new cars of 2014.
The slick-looking seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette debuts for 2014. The Stingray name returns, as does the LT-1 v8, although this time without the dreaded Opti-Spark. With 450 horsepower and an optional Z51 performance suspension, the Corvette continues to dominate the performance bargain market. And yes, the haters will finally shut up, as this ‘vette has a refined interior within that new stealth fighter body.
The Mazda 6 is new in 2014, and is the can of Redbull this segment needs. While most midsize family sedans have the driving charisma of a hovercraft, the 6 is from the company that makes the MX-5 Miata, and it shows. Massive fender flares and long sexy curves, 19-inch wheels, a slick and refined interior, all wrapped around great driving dynamics. If you’re going to have a soul crushing commute, make the drive less terrible with the Mazda 6.
The big news this year is in entry level luxury, with the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. Starting at just under $30,000, the Bavarian compact shows that cheap doesn’t have to suck. Interestingly, the CLA has already started eating into Camry and Accord sales. While the CLA offers less tech gadgets and legroom, it is competing as a midsize due to it being a cheap Mercedes-freakin-Benz. You may not be able to fit all the groceries from Whole Foods, but you’ll feel so much richer than the plebian in the Camry.
Land Rover arguably makes the best off-road vehicles in the world, this side of a military Humvee. The new 2014 Range Rover Sport continues the British icon’s legendary ability with two supercharged engines, a v6 and v8, offering 340 and 510 horsepower. While the Sport is smaller, and some would say less capable, than the top-of-the-line Range Rover, it also starts $20,000 cheaper. Land Rover calls it a “driver’s car,” but this car can tackle racing up Pike’s Peak and shopping in SoHo in the same day.
Back in the ‘90s, Ford’s fastest vehicle was not the Mustang, but the F-150 Lightning. The new 2014 F-150 Tremor can’t keep pace with the current Mustang, but it is very quick for a truck. The new single cab, short bed full size offers a 3.5L EcoBoost v6 putting out 365 horsepower. That’s one pony for each day of the year! The Tremor also comes with sweet 20-inch wheels and unique graphics package. For those interested in a truck without the usual truck drawbacks, the Tremor is for you.
The new Mitsubishi Mirage is on no one’s list of desirable cars, yet this car matters. It’s tiny and cheap, with a hilariously underpowered three cylinder engine offering an amazing 44 mpg. While you might be stuck staring at the Fisher-Price styled interior, think of this ultra light weight $12,000 car as the spiritual successor of the original Beetle. Cheap is groovy, man.