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2014 Ferrari California vs. Its Competition

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Ferrari's California may be the entry point to the brand, but it's on par with or ahead of most of the rest of the market.

Sister brand Maserati offers the GranTurismo Convertible, which offers much of the same elements: Italian style and power, a comfortable luxurious interior, and top-down cruising.

But the GranTurismo isn't as quick or as refined, and it only comes with a soft top.

The Porsche 911 is perhaps the most practical high-performance car available anywhere, but it's also a lot more common, and, unless you're at the upper end of the range, the 911 isn't as powerful or quick.

BMW's 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz's SL Class both offer very attractive, capable, and well-equipped large roadsters, but again, the brand cachet of Ferrari is hard to match.

2014 Ferrari California2014 Ferrari California2014 BMW 6-Series M Sport Edition2014 BMW 6-Series2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)2014 Mercedes-Benz SL Class2014 Porsche 911 Targa 42014 Porsche 911Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Centennial edition2014 Maserati GranTurismo
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As the entry point to Ferrari ownership, the 2014 California balances performance, style, and practicality surprisingly well.
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No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL Class feels content as a grand tourer, but it's sportier than you might expect.
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The 2014 Porsche 911 range spans a broad spectrum, but somehow manages to hit exactly the right marks at each point, balancing performance, features, and practicality almost perfectly.
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The Maserati GranTurismo mates serene yet sporty handling with a beautiful Ferrari V-8 engine note for one fabulous luxury coupe.
MSRP From    
$198,190Browse Used Listings$75,400Browse Used Listings$106,700Browse Used Listings$84,300Browse Used Listings$126,500Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-8
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Style Name    
2-Door Convertible2-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Roadster SL5502-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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