Automotive.com Editors Pick the Cars We're Looking Forward to in 2014
Over the next 12 months, we're going to be inundated with dozens of new vehicles. Your average auto journalist will drive upwards of 100 different vehicles between now and this time next year, all in the name of helping you, the consumer, know what's worth the hype and what's not quite as big of a deal. Truth be told, we're not without our predispositions. We like cars as much as anyone else. Okay, maybe more--maybe a lot more. So we compiled a quick list of what we're looking forward to seeing over the next few months and what we're looking forward to driving more than just about anything else right now. From our staff to you, Happy New Year, and here's to a great year of new cars.Okay, I'm biting. While I love and often gravitate towards European cars (especially sporty hatchbacks), the 2015 Ford Mustang hoopla has caught up with me. Attractive, especially from the side and rear three-quarter views, there's enough visual detail to entice you to want to get behind the wheel. I love the classic mustangs of yore, and the newest Mustang has a chance to enter that rarified strata of an instant classic. And as a MKIV Volkswagen Golf driver, I'm excited to eventually get the chance to drive the newest version of one of my favorite cars. The Golf R is the VW Golf come to glorious fruition. Add 4Motion all-wheel drive, a special six-speed manual transmission, beautiful sound, and classically styled, sporty looks, and you have a recipe for success. Word is the next Volkswagen Golf R will get a 20 horsepower bump in U.S.-spec, too. There's a lot to look forward to.During my First Drive of the 2012 BMW 3 Series, I took to the passenger seat of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as one of BMW's professional racing drivers flung a previous-generation BMW M3 around at speed for some hot laps. Never did the steering wheel look straight, but the driver kept the car going everywhere where it should. It was surreal not just because of how fast the car could go but because of how much capability that car has that most drivers will never be able to uncork. Now lighter, more powerful--425 horsepower--more luxurious, and far more sophisticated, the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 ought to keep that magic that BMW used to create its reputation as a driver's brand. With a few half-hearted efforts from BMW lately, I can't help but go into 2014 thinking that the next BMW M3 and M4 are going to be something truly special.Amid the increasing demand for entry level luxury, Audi is introducing the highly anticipated 2015 A3 sedan to the U.S. market. We are confident it will fill an important gap among young buyers who are looking for affordable luxury and high quality. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, which we felt made compromises in interior materials, the A3 looks like a car deserving of the luxury label. The Audi A3 features soft touch materials, standard leather seating, LED DRLs and taillights, panoramic glass sunroof, Bang & Olufsen sound system, and MMI technology with 4G LTE. Pricing? The A3 will start at $29,900 when it arrives in the spring. Sounds like a great deal, but we are looking forward to driving this car to confirm our opinion.I haven’t heard of too many new cars coming out next year that have made me as excited as I was when I heard about the new Corvette Stingray or Jaguar F-Type. I was reminded of one by way of a Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" spoof. The exact words were: Hey, I just met you almost a year ago. And this is crazy. So here’s one vehicle: Supra maybe? I can honestly say, after my forehead hit my desk, that it was a good idea. I am looking forward to seeing the a concept and maybe a production version of a new Toyota Supra to challenge the Acura NSX and Nissan GT-R. That nameplate has long been regarded as one of Toyota's best vehicles ever produced, and it's nice to see it making a comeback. The design is reminiscent of the Lexus LFA, but taken in a more modern direction that has people on the fences. You either love it or hate it. I like it.
We've driven hundreds of cars in 2013. Here are our favorites.