The coming year will see more choices than ever for new car buyers. After a long dry spell due to the failing automotive market, manufacturers are now able to release many new products that were on hold awaiting a more favorable market climate. No matter what car shoppers are in the market for, odds are there are many options to choose from in the 2014 lineup. Including traditional and special models like hybrids, diesels and performance vehicles, there will be over 50 new vehicles to choose from, and there will be more offered mid-year as more and more automakers reject the usual practice of waiting until the fall to offer more new vehicles.
The new Chevrolet Impala is one of the new sedans creating excitement; it is remarkably fuel efficient for a car that is exceedingly roomy, stylish and well equipped. Consumer Report named it Top Sedan, and it is a front runner for North American Car and Truck of the Year. In the compact category, the new 2014 Mazda3 has shed hundreds of pounds for an amazingly fuel efficient 41 mpg highway.
Also available is the new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, which is a high performing gas-electric model earning a place as finalist for the Green Car of the Year Award at next month’s LA Auto Show. Green models are becoming more and more mainstream as the industry strives to reach the 2025 government mandated goal of 54.5 mpg industry wide.
Other manufacturers are tackling the emissions and fuel efficiency challenge by offering new diesel models. Audi will be releasing three new diesels such as the Audi A6TDI, which is also a Green Car of the Year finalist. The A6TDI is a fast, quiet, smooth ride which will change consumer’s preconceived notions regarding diesel vehicles.
Also improving mileage are the new performance cars such as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette (as much as 31 mpg highway), and the crossover-utility category with vehicles like the new Subaru Forester, which has been named Motor Trend’s Utility of the Year.
If you’re in the market for a new truck, the new Ram 1500 is available. The 1500 was named North American Truck of the year in January 2013, and the new diesel model is the first half-ton full size pickup offering high-mileage power train technology. Another head-turning full size pickup is the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado which may be simple on the outside but is lavishly well equipped on the inside with the best and newest high-tech options available. It’s also a hauling and towing powerhouse that still can deliver on mileage due to the newest power train technology.
Whatever kind of new vehicle you’re in the market for, automakers have plenty of 2014 models to offer. The good news is that consumers no longer have to look to one or two vehicle types to get the perfect combination of technology, power, performance, efficiency and style.