At CarsDirect, we track auto industry news and trends on a daily basis to not only bring you the best deals on a new car, but the newest vehicles available on the market. This Fall season, we’ve expanded our Preview Guide from 10 to 20 due to the large number of 2014 models available now.
And while concepts are cool, we’re more interested in showcasing models that you can actually buy. Truth be told, auto manufacturers release dozens of "all-new" models each year, some models are more relevant than others. We’ve done the homework for you and provided only the best of what’s currently available. Here are our picks for the Top 20 models to look out for this Fall.
Here's our Top 20 Fall Preview Guide:
For 2014, the fourth generation Subaru Forester has grown a bit more. With the starting price at $21,995, though, the price is only a few hundred dollars more than last year's model. Don't relegate the new Subaru Forester to grocery duty - it has more than enough off-road prowess to get you to places some competitors wouldn't dare venture.
The Impala had long sat dormant on a 1990s-era platform with dated styling, but no more: Chevy's all-new 2014 model is big, bold, smooth-riding, and effortlessly attractive. Based on the capable Cadillac XTS platform, the Impala now sports a massive, comfortable interior to go along with better driving dynamics.
The totally redesigned 2014 MDX comes as Acura listened to feedback from actual MDX owners. What did they want? A luxury crossover that manages to retain the previous vehicle's sporty driving experience, while taking steps forward in ride, interior comfort and quality, all with an attractive new more-muscular design.
The Focus has been an intriguing entry in the compact segment since its introduction back in 2000, offering unique and fresh styling inside and out, and class-leading handling. For 2014, little has changed, but that’s how good the Focus is—its sharp, upscale styling and top-shelf handling remains for 2014. It also offers the most robust standard engine in the compact class, along with competitive efficiency and improved reliability.
Lexus wants to be a serious contender in the compact luxury segment, and that means doing battle with the likes of the industry benchmarks, the Audi S4 and the BMW 335i. Accordingly, it has endowed the new IS350 with more aggressive styling and plenty of standard features -- this makes the IS 350 attractive to buyers who want to go quickly and look sharp for less money than comparable sedans.
For the 2014 model, Nissan went ahead and added a hatchback to its entry-level Versa line and named it the Versa Note. While more expensive than the sedan, the Note remains one of the least expensive cars on the market. Although the Note is technically an all-new model, it's essentially a hatchback version of the current Versa sedan.
The 2014 Ford Explorer has undergone a slow and steady transformation from its beginnings as a tough guy to its current refined appearance. Recognizing the fact that most families will spend more time on the pavement than they will bouncing down trails, the Explorer has removed the V8 from its lineup and replaced it with a host of more practical and competitive features, most notable a unibody chassis to eliminate shudder associated with body-on-frame designs of yesteryear.
Toyota's entry in the full-size pickup sweepstakes, the Tundra promises consumers typical truck muscle combined with the brand's trademark reliability. Although it's not available in heavy-duty form like its American counterparts, the Tundra proved early on that it could tow and haul with the same gusto as the top-selling domestic pickups. For 2014, the line comes in for a complete redesign aimed at greater refinement and more distinctive style. The Tundra receives tough new exterior styling and a fresh interior with greater sophistication and comfort.
A nameplate with a quarter-century of history, the Taurus carries the tradition of providing comfortable accommodation for five people on a long-distance cruise. These days, however, it has evolved into a machine that's technologically advanced, thanks to a wide range of advanced features. For 2014, Ford has tweaked the Taurus with even more in-car technology and creature comforts.
Over the last decade, the "four-door coupe" has become a popular concept in the world of high-priced executive cars. Aside from door count, coupes embody a sporty pedigree with a lower stance, more steeply raked windshield angles, and more performance-oriented attributes than their sedan counterparts. Its form sacrifices some function, but buyers of the beautiful and accomplished Audi A7 won't care.
The seventh generation of Chevrolet's celebrated Corvette bows for 2014 with all-new styling, improved interior quality and -- of course -- more power. The Corvette has always been a top-notch performer, though it could seem ham-fisted compared to competition from overseas. For 2014, Chevrolet has worked hard to refine its flagship sports car and put it on equal footing with the best the world has to offer.
Updated styling gives the 2014 tC a more muscular look. Auto-off headlights and LED taillights are new, as is a 6.1-inch touchscreen that controls infotainment operations. Bluetooth compatibility and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls are now standard. Moreover, the 2014 Scion tC provides a sporty feel and lots of style at a surprisingly low price.
The 2014 Venza is one of the more sedan-like crossovers on the market, thanks to the Camry chassis from which is based. And unsurprisingly, it performs much like it. In fact, it could be interpreted as a wagon version of the Camry, albeit with a taller stance and available all-wheel drive—attributes that you’d have to experience to feel.
The Honda Odyssey has been a favorite among minivans, although it competes in an increasingly competitive class. The 2014 model continues where the 2013 variant left off, improving NVH performance and fuel economy. In terms of seating, the Odyssey stands out from the rest of the minivans by offering 8-passenger seating capability. With an appealing mix of cargo capacity, adaptability and tech options, The Odyssey is a strong option for families and all their gear that accompanies them.