Top 20 New Cars Coming in 2014

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Armaan Almeida 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 - January 15, 2014

This will be the biggest year for all-new offerings since the Nixon Era.

With a cornucopia of hot new model-year 2014 and 2015 cars set to touch down, 2014 will no doubt be a banner year for the auto industry. As a new car shopper, you’re no doubt looking for the absolute latest in a stylish ride with great fuel efficiency and the latest in in-car technology. We’ve combed reports of the best and brightest new models that have just hit dealerships, or will do so soon. Regardless of the market segment you are shopping in, this year will surely bring something fresh.

Read on for the top 20 new cars of 2014.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado

1. Chevrolet Silverado

MSRP Pricing: $25,159 | Fuel Economy: 17 City / 23 Highway

The Chevy Silverado, and its counterpart the GMC Sierra, has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, with a new focus on purpose-built, fuel-efficient V8 engines and a cabin that’s light years ahead of the ho-hum truck it replaces. The Silverado also boasts of big-time chassis and suspension upgrades, plus a new MyLink/OnStar infotainment and telematics combo with rubber-gripped knobs for easy operation while wearing gloves.

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kia forte

2. Kia Forte

MSRP Pricing: $15,605 | Fuel Economy: 24 City / 34 Highway

The Kia Forte gets a total redesign for 2014, bringing it at least on par with Kia’s sister brand’s offering, the Hyundai Elantra. The youthfully styled Forte backs up its good looks both inside and out with a powerful new 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine, good fuel efficiency, and a voice-controlled Kia UVO infotainment system that actually works as intended.

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lexus is

3. Lexus IS

MSRP Pricing: $33,085 | Fuel Economy: 21 City / 29 Highway

With a longer wheelbase, much better at-limit handling for sport sedan aficionados, and a freshly styled exterior design you can’t help but smile at, nearly everything about the Lexus IS for 2014 is new and improved. The entry-level Lexus finally can go toe-to-toe with the best from BMW and Audi for sport sedan handling supremacy, and actually come out on top in some regards.

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Mazda Mazda3

4. Mazda Mazda3

MSRP Pricing: $17,509 | Fuel Economy: 28 City / 40 Highway

While the previous Mazda3 was strapped with a dated, smiley front-end design and cost extra to get the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine you really wanted, the new, totally redesigned 2014 car comes with that motor standard, and is engineered from the ground up to be a lightweight advanced tech powerhouse that drives as good as it looks. Mazda’s innovative i-ELOOP regenerative braking system is a class-exclusive feature.

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alfa romero giulia

5. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo boss Sergio Marchionne sent the Alfa Romeo Giulia small sedan, forthcoming and designed to compete with the BMW 3-Series, back to the drawing board last year to move the car to Alfa’s new rear- and all-wheel-drive platform. While that may mean pushing the car’s release back to 2015, we are sure to be rewarded with a sublimely handling new Italian dream machine as Alfa makes its push back to the U.S. market.

*News Update: The Alfa Romeo Giulia is now estimated to be released around January 2016. Learn more here »

toyota corolla

6. Toyota Corolla

MSRP Pricing: $16,748 | Fuel Economy: 29 City / 38 Highway

The venerable Toyota Corolla has been reimagined from the ground up for 2014, and any discussion must start with its bold new styling; while the old model was forgettable and dated, the new car cuts a striking image and features neat tricks like LED lowbeams even on base models. The Corolla’s durability is still expected to lead the class.

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Chevrolet Impala

7. Chevrolet Impala

MSRP Pricing: $27,367 | Fuel Economy: 22 City / 32 Highway

No longer fodder for rental fleets and not much else, the redesigned new Chevrolet Impala is a sublimely handling and fully featured large sedan sharing a platform with the new Cadillac XTS. Living up to its legendary name once again, the Impala makes a strong choice among large cars, and the available Hybrid is an enticing choice.

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bmw i3

8. BMW i3

BMW’s forthcoming all-electric i3 is poised to shake up the EV market currently dominated by Nissan, Chevrolet and Tesla when it debuts later this year. The luxurious i3 will sport a driving range of around 100 miles and, BMW promises, the acceleration and sporty handling dynamics of the brand’s iconic 3-Series.

Chrysler Town & Country

9. Chrysler Town & Country

MSRP Pricing: $28,401 | Fuel Economy: 17 City / 25 Highway

Coming likely by the end of the year, we’ll finally see a redesign of the most iconic of minivans, the Chrysler Town & Country, and possibly of that car’s sibling the Dodge Grand Caravan. Reports state it’s unlikely that Chrysler will continue both cars, so expect the Chrysler-branded “minivan that started it all” to carry on the name with new features to be competitive to the Japanese once again.

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acura mdx

10. Acura MDX

MSRP Pricing: $42,081 | Fuel Economy: 19 City / 28 Highway

The Acura MDX receives a total redesign for the 2014 model year, and instantly becomes a top pick in the popular midsize luxury SUV class. The new vehicle is quieter, more spacious, and features a long list of standard equipment that usually costs extra on competing models, like heated LED headlamps, a panoramic sunroof and leather-trimmed seating.

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Audi A5

11. Audi A5

MSRP Pricing: $39,227 | Fuel Economy: 22 City / 31 Highway

Later in 2014 or early in 2015, Audi’s freshly styled A5 coupe will receive a redesign to enter its second generation. For a car which offers gorgeous exterior styling as its chief selling point, it will be interesting to see what designers come up with next, but expect powerful direct-injection engines and spot-on Quattro AWD handling to be part of the party once again.

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cadillac escalade

12. Cadillac Escalade

MSRP Pricing: $62,440 | Fuel Economy: 14 City / 18 Highway

The most “SUV-like” of true luxury SUVs, the behemoth Cadillac Escalade, gets a total redesign for the 2015 model year and will be coming to showrooms in Spring 2014. We love the new slab-sided styling sure to be a hit with rappers and NBA players, and the fact that the Escalade is built on GM’s brand-new full-size truck and SUV architecture will mean a big improvement in handling, as well.

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jeep cherokee

13. Jeep Cherokee

MSRP Pricing: $23,253 | Fuel Economy: 21 City / 29 Highway

Jeep’s storied Cherokee nameplate returns for the 2014 model year with an all-new compact-midsize SUV to replace the Liberty. While the new vehicle’s styling – especially its gunslit headlamps – has been called polarizing, early adopters have found plenty to like as the model has sold extremely well.

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Honda Accord

14. Honda Accord

MSRP Pricing: $20,691 | Fuel Economy: 23 City / 33 Highway

2014 brings not one but two new hybrid offerings to the recently redesigned and much critically acclaimed Accord lineup. The standard hybrid nears Prius-level fuel efficiency in a much larger package with 47 highway mpg, and the Plug-In Accord goes even further with a 13-mile electric-only range and 115 combined miles-per-gallon-equivalent.

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chevrolet corvette

15. Chevrolet Corvette

MSRP Pricing: $51,995 | Fuel Economy: 17 City / 29 Highway

Chevy’s newest “C7”-generation Corvette is in many respects the best yet, marking the return of the Stingray name with gorgeous exterior styling, a vastly better-quality interior, and the introduction of the brand’s all-new LT1 6.2-liter V8 engine. This year’s Detroit Auto Show will mark the debut of the even higher-performing next-gen Corvette Z06, an enticing development for the many ‘Vette faithful.

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Toyota Highlander

16. Toyota Highlander

MSRP Pricing: $29,575 | Fuel Economy: 19 City / 25 Highway

The new 2014 Highlander now seats 8 passengers quite comfortably thanks to increased length, yet maintains a svelte exterior footprint among larger SUVs/crossovers and comes with Toyota’s latest-generation Star Safety System technology. While the Highlander won’t win driving excitement awards, it’s about as good a vehicle as you’ll find for larger families.

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mitsubishi mirage

17. Mitsubishi Mirage

MSRP Pricing: $12,790 | Fuel Economy: 34 City / 42 Highway

Struggling Mitsubishi has high hopes resting on its tiny next-generation Mirage compact, part of a new breed of sub-sub-compact “city cars” gaining favor among those in areas where roads are tight and parking space is at a premium. The three-cylinder, 74-horsepower Mirage is now the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid in America, Mitsubishi says.

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Nissan Rogue

18. Nissan Rogue

MSRP Pricing: $21,665 | Fuel Economy: 26 City / 33 Highway

The Nissan Rogue has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, with a promised Hybrid model to follow later this year as a 2015. New features include optional third-row seating from this now-larger compact crossover, plus better driving dynamics, more refinement and updated interior technology. Nissan’s second-best-selling model looks to be a winner, again.

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Toyota Tundra

19. Toyota Tundra

MSRP Pricing: $25,284 | Fuel Economy: 13 City / 18 Highway

The Tundra still rides on essentially the same platform for the 2014 model year with similar engine choices, but now features fully updated styling that’s at once less “bubbly” and more “truck-like”. Will it be enough to gain defectors from the Detroit Big 3 with their recently updated truck models? Take the attractive, durable Tundra for a test drive and decide for yourself.

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mercedes-benz s-class

20. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

MSRP Pricing: $93,825 | Fuel Economy: 17 City / 26 Highway

The new S-Class, totally revamped for 2014, is so advanced that it packs a feature Mercedes calls “Magic Body Control”, using dual front-mounted cameras to see bumps in the road ahead to give the car’s suspension time to prep itself for the cushiest ride. With more than 100 electric motors on board for all manner of for-the-wealthy features, the S-Class is the most advanced yet. The 2015 model year will bring the even more luxurious S-Class Pullman limo models, designed to replace the now-deceased Maybach brand.

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, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida 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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