Top 20 Cars for Fall 2013


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Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.


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, Automotive Editor - November 13, 2013

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:

Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 is all-new, and will serve as the upgraded version of the previous G37 sedan. Infiniti has also introduced a Hybrid Q50 to provide optimal fuel economy for budget-conscious and environmentally-conscious shoppers.

Subaru Forester

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.

chevrolet impala

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.

Acura MDX

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.

Ford Focus

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.

Fiat 500L

The 500L is all-new for 2014. Although it might look like a wagon version of the 500, the L boasts its own platform, powertrain and interior details. The 500L will work for young families, active couples, and folks who simply want a more substantial commuter.

Jaguar F-Type

The 2014 Jaguar F-Type delivers on something that enthusiasts have been begging Jaguar to do for years: build another true, two-seat, rear-wheel drive sports car. The last time the English automaker built anything like the new roadster was the 1974 E-Type—the final year of F-Type's direct ancestor.

Lexus IS 350

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.

2014 Nissan Versa Note

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.

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

Honda received plenty of acclaim for its redesigned 2013 Accord, and adds extra versatility to the lineup with a plug-in hybrid for 2014. While the new Accord can operate in pure electric mode, its gasoline engine eliminates range restrictions commonly associated with traditional electric vehicles.

2014 Ford Explorer

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.

2014 Toyota Tundra

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.

2014 Jeep Wrangler

Few vehicles are more iconic than the 2014 Jeep Wrangler. It's meant to be a go-anywhere tool that can take you over rough terrain for work or for fun, and this year it gets trim updates, including the range-topping Rubicon trim level.

2014 Ford Taurus

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.

2014 Audi A7

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.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

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.

2014 Scion tC

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.

2014 Toyota Venza

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.

2014 Honda Odyssey

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.

2014 Hyundai Equus

As Hyundai finally overcomes its reputation for cheap and unexceptional cars, it continues to forge forward bringing value to the luxury car class by offering more car for the money than ever before. Think of it as getting a BMW 7-Series for a 5-Series price.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.


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