2014 Subaru ForesterEnlarge Photo
A reinvented Subaru Forester is coming to America in the 2014 model year, and its appeal to pragmatic buyers seems to be unchanged. It's powered by a new flat-four engine with 170 hp, but a new turbo model will make 250 hp. Transmissions will be either a six-speed manual or a CVT with manual shift modes; all-wheel drive will be standard. The Forester's grown only slightly wider and longer, but rear-seat leg room is said to be better than before--as are features and safety gear, which now include smartphone integration and a rearview camera.
2014 Kia Forte Sedan
2014 Kia Forte SedanEnlarge Photo
Kia's new compact-car lineup gets renewed next year with the introduction of the 2014 Forte sedan. Its U.S. debut is set for the L.A. show, but the Forte's already on sale in other markets, where its bolder grille and stronger character lines show off the next styling theme for the brand. The 2014 Forte is said to be longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model, which should promise more space inside, and will once again come in the choice of sedan, coupe and hatch body styles.
2014 Acura RLX Concept, 2012 New York Auto Show
2014 Acura RLX Concept, 2012 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
The 2014 Acura RLX is the brewing replacement for the old RL sedan, and it's due to arrive in showrooms in the first half of 2014. Redesigned and completely reengineered, it's a graceful, subtle-looking sedan that's attractive but not groundbreaking. Its technology could be called that: a new triple-electric-motor hybrid system bows in the latest version of Acura's SH-AWD (all-wheel-drive) system for an estimated 30-mpg city and highway rating. A front-drive version stocks the 310-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and its own rear-steering all-wheel-drive system. The new RLX is about the same size as the old RL, but with a longer wheelbase and more interior room.