Whether you're looking for something clean and green or ready to tear up the tarmac, the 2014 model year has an amazing list of new models to offer. After delaying a number of new products during the worst automotive downturn in decades, manufacturers are unleashing a flood of offerings unlike any in the industry—or consumers have ever seen before.
As the official new model year gets underway, there are about 50 new models to choose from—more if you count special hybrid, electric, diesel and performance variants. And there'll be even more coming in mid-model-year, with automakers abandoning the old practice of holding new products for the fall.
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With so many different vehicles to choose from, how does a buyer choose? It helps to have some clear ideas about your own needs and wants, but to help narrow the search, here are 10 2014 models getting the most buzz.
American motorists have traditionally equated bigger with better, and while the market has seen a lot of downsizing in recent years, there's been a flood of new full-size sedans landing in showrooms lately. None has been more well-received than the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
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It's stylish, lavishly equipped and surprisingly fuel-efficient for something so plush and roomy—no wonder Consumer Reports named it top sedan overall, no matter what the size, while the 50 members of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) jury put it on their "short list," with a strong shot at a win when the trophy is handed out at January's Detroit Auto Show.