2014 Subaru Forester
The Car Connection's Best Car to Buy for this year is the 2014 Subaru Forester. The Forester earned a TCC Rating (our composite that factors in Styling, Performance, Comfort, Safety, and Features) of 8.4 out of 10—making it one of our top-rated all-new or redesigned vehicles that didn't either miss the $50,000 entry-price cutoff or our November 1 deadline for enough of a test drive for a full review.
We talk a lot about the changes that autonomous cars will bring to the road. But what often gets left out of the discussion is how autonomous cars will upend the auto industry -- how they'll shift the balance of power between America, Europe, and Asia, and what they'll mean for thousands upon thousands of human beings who've been trained to build and repair our automobiles.
Over the weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a spin around parts of Tokyo. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be too newsworthy, but this was no ordinary spin: the prime minister was riding shotgun in an autonomous car.
2014 Lexus CT 200h
Fast, stylish, compact, reasonably priced, and incredibly fun, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is Motor Authority's Best Performance/Luxury Car To Buy 2014. But it was an exceptionally close race. So close, in fact, that the CLA45 AMG didn't score an outright win.
Coinciding with auto shows taking place in Los Angeles and Tokyo next week will be yet another event, China’s Guangzhou Auto Show, whose doors open on November 21. One of the main attractions pegged for the show will be an updated version of the Lexus CT 200h, which is expected to hit showrooms in the coming weeks, as a 2014 model.
There's a shape-shifting military robot on the horizon, and its name isn't Optimus Prime. The "Multi-Modal Vehicle Concept" designed by the Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Cybernetics Unit at Sandia National Laboratory, is a drone that can fly, swim, or drive.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
For 2014, our fourth annual Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy award goes to the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. This new model of the redesigned Honda Accord sedan introduced last year is comfortable, quiet, stylish--and delivers real-world fuel economy from 40 mpg to as much as 52 mpg.
It's never too early to start teasing. Like a Hollywood blockbuster, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is getting its own trailer to build anticipation in advance of the electric car's on-sale date sometime in the first half of 2014.
Kia is getting the (hamster) ball rolling on its first globally-marketed electric car. The 2015 Kia Soul EV will be the first electric car made by Kia to be marketed outside Korea when it goes on sale next year.