Advertisement
Go
2014 Ferrari California Photo
Rating Coming Soon
TCC Rating
Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
N/A
BASE MSRP
$198,190
Quick Take
As the entry point to Ferrari ownership, the 2014 California balances performance, style, and practicality surprisingly well. Read more »
Compare Dealer Prices
2014 Ferrari California
Why get price quotes?
  1. Compare multiple prices from home
  2. Dealers compete for your business
  3. Easier and faster than negotiating in person
N/A out of 10
Shopping for a new Ferrari California?

GET A FREE PRICE QUOTE
Sign Up

Save this car now, and view it in your Showroom!

Save to My Showroom
Choose a Style Below for Colors and Options
STYLE INVOICE MSRP
2014 Ferrari California 2-Door Convertible
2-Door Convertible
Premium Unleaded V-8, 4.3 L
Rear Wheel Drive
$ 0 $ 198,190

The Basics:

The Ferrari California isn't the highest performance offering from the brand, nor is it the most beautiful. But it lays a strong claim on being the most practical--and that's a wonderful thing for a Ferrari to be.

Daily driving and Ferraris aren't concepts that normally go together, but with the California, you'd be forgiven for the mashup. After all, the California's folding hardtop lets it perform double duty as a near-coupe and a convertible; its balance of performance and comfort make it very well-suited to both a spirited canyon run and the daily commute.

The California's exterior design is, after several years on the market, lagging somewhat behind the latest cues and kinks from Ferrari's newer models, but it still presents a dramatic, clear branding statement. The long, flowing lines, arched fenders, and curvaceous sides all complement the classic roadster proportions. Inside, the California looks very much like its newer brethren, with a careful mix of leather, metal, and plastic laid out in Ferrari's typically lush, yet purposeful fashion.

Powering the California is a potent 4.3-liter V-8 engine rated at 490 horsepower and 373 pound-feet of torque. Prior to 2013, the California was rated at 460 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the additional power, the California now accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and hits a top speed of 193 mph.

Handling is, as you'd expect of a Ferrari, quite impressive--at least up to about 9/10ths. Pushing the limits is not in the California's repertoire, as it's tuned for comfort and practicality more than track-ready feats of speed. Still, a Handling Speciale package is available for those who desire a bit more edge, and even at 9/10ths, the California is blazingly quick.

As a hardtop convertible, the California's cabin merges the best of the roadster and coupe worlds, with a well-built, sturdy feel to the interior that's not typical of Ferrari. Seat room is good up front, but the plus-two rear seats are best reserved for children or extra gear. The trunk offers fair space, but isn't quite capacious. The folding hardtop operates smoothly and quickly, opening and closing in about 15 seconds.

A pop-up rollover protection system is standard, and a rearview backup camera is available.

Standard features on the California include navigation, USB connections, and even the unthinkable: cupholders. For those with a taste for more, Ferrari is open to personalization of the California through its various programs. Last year, a new selection of triple-layer colors were added to the 5,000 hues already offered.

Likes:

  • Eye-catching style
  • Capable handling
  • Top-down experience with hardtop convenience
  • Plenty of room for gear

Dislikes:

  • Nearly two-ton curb weight
  • Seven-speed automatic is a bit recalcitrant
  • Beginning to show its age

Would You Prefer a Free Dealer Price Quote?

With competitive price quotes from multiple dealers, you will be prepared when you meet your local car dealer. Please tell us how to contact you so that dealers can compete for your business!
There are no dealers in our network that are located near the ZIP code. Please change your ZIP code or see cars for sale near you.
Update ZIP Code
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
9.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.
Advertisement