More than 81 U.S. car models will be new or refreshed for 2014, according to The Associated Press. For some cars, the update was purely cosmetic; for others, the redesign touched everything from the engine to the infotainment. Here is a roundup of the new models from Acura to Volvo.
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Acura's new seven-passenger SUV went on sale in June. Its new underbody is 2.8 inches longer, and it weighs 275 pounds lighter than the previous model. The MDX starts at $43,185 and has a V-6 engine that gets 23 miles to the gallon in combined city/highway driving.
The brand's new flagship sedan went on sale in March with a starting price of $49,345. It gets 24 combined city/highway mpg from its 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 engine that produces 310 horsepower.
For a starting price of about $114,900, the Audi R8 comes equipped with a V-8 engine. But buyers of the car, which went on sale in April, can choose a 550-horsepower V-10 option. It now comes standard with LED headlights and two-outlet exhaust.
The RS7 is a performance variant of the Audi A7 that is equipped with a twin-turbo 4-liter V-8 engine that produces 560-horsepower and reaches 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. The model goes on sale this fall. Pricing has not been announced.
The first S variant of any Audi Q model, the SQ5 is expected to hit showrooms this month with a starting price of about $51,900. The car will be equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 354 horsepower and hits 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Bentley Flying Spur
Priced at more than $200,000, the new Bentley sedan boasts a 6-liter, twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine that produces 616 horsepower and reaches 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds. Inside, an all-new leather and wood interior accompanies an included Wi-Fi hot spot.
Slated to go on sale next spring, the BMW i3 is an electric car that is expected to get up to 100 miles on a charge. Notable for its carbon fiber exterior, the vehicle starts at $41,350 but comes in at $45,200 with an optional gas-powered generator that extends the battery life.
BMW 328d and 535d
Both the 3-Series and the 5-Series added diesel variants for 2014 in an effort to improve fuel economy. The 328d will get an estimated 45 miles per gallon on the highway for a starting price of $41,525. Estimated fuel economy for the 535d hasn't been released but the six-cylinder turbocharged diesel car will start at $57,525.
A 4-Series coupe will replace the 3-Series coupe sometime in the 2014 model year, BMW has said.
The third-generation of BMW's seven-passenger SUV goes on sale this fall with a starting price of $52,800. It comes standard with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and will be offered with a V-8 and diesel engines. Its is more sharply defined than its predecessor, The Associated Press said.
In the first update to the brand's flagship sedan since 2009, Buick added LED daytime running lamps and taillights, a larger front grill and a more rounded, modern look. The 2014 model hit showrooms in August with a starting price of $34,060, which includes a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
The sportier of Buick's sedans got exterior updates similar to the LaCrosse for the 2014 model year. Pricing has not been announced for the vehicle, slated to be offered for sale in the fall.
Completely reworked for 2014, the midsize sports sedan will shed 250 pounds despite adding five inches in length when it is offered for sale this fall. GM upgraded the interior and offers three engine choices ranging from a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to a 3.6-liter twin-turbo.
Cadillac is redoing its SUV for 2014 and basing it on GM's new pickup truck chassis. Few details about the car have been released, but Cadillac said all new Escalade models will come with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that puts out 403 horsepower.
For the first time since 2002, Chevrolet will offer a high-performance Z/28 version of its muscle car. It will weigh 100 pounds less than the standard Camaro despite bigger brakes and 7-liter, 500-horsepower V-8 engine. It goes on sale in early 2014 and should cost more than $55,000.
Chevrolet Colorado Few details have been released regarding General Motors' plans for its completely reworked midsize pickup truck. In fact, the photo above depicts the 2012 model, the most recent available illustration of the vehicle.
Chevrolet Corvette The first new version of the iconic sports car in nine generations, the all-new Corvette Stingray has a 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that takes the car from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds while achieving 30 miles to the gallon in "eco mode." The vehicle starts at about $52,000.
When the 2014 Malibu hits showrooms in the fall, with a starting price of $22,965, it will mark the second consecutive year of refreshes for the midsize car. This time, designers gave the front end a more modern grille with chrome accents while engineers added another 1.25 inches of legroom for backseat passengers and a new, 2.5-liter 196-horsepower four-cylinder engine with a combined miles per gallon rating of 27.
The 2014 Silverado hit showrooms this summer with more aggressive and aerodynamic stylings and three revamped engine options (a V-6 and two V-8s) that can each switch to run on four cylinders to get better gas mileage. The crew cab with a standard box starts at $33,495.
For the first time in 17 years, Chevrolet is offering a high-performance, rear-drive sedan. Based on the Pontiac G8, the vehicle has a wide stance, big brakes and a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 415 horsepower. The SS, which comes fully loaded, goes on sale later this year, but prices have yet to be announced.
Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban
The full-size SUVs will be built on the same revamped base as Chevy's pickups. Both are slated to hit showrooms early next year with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that will get 21 highway miles to the gallon in the Tahoe (pictured). Pricing has not been announced.
Details are scare, but Chrysler has said it will replace the seven-year-old 200 sedan (pictured) with an all-new vehicle during the first quarter of 2014.
Dodge's seven-passenger SUV gets upgraded with new headlamps, LED racetrack tail lamps, a 15 percent improvement in fuel economy on all engine options. It will hit dealerships at the end of the third quarter with the same $29,795 starting price as the 2013 model despite an advertised $3,500-worth of added standard content.
The $1.3 million hybrid supercar sold out before it was even unveiled in Geneva in March. The car is equipped with a 6.3-liter V-12 engine that gets 950 horsepower.
Already on sale in the U.S. with a base price of $19,100, the 500L adds enough size to its small-car cousin to be considered a large car and seat five comfortable. It comes with a 160-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 33 highway miles to the gallon.
The smallest car in Ford's lineup got a trapezoid grille to match much of the rest of the automaker's lineup and will come with an optional 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine, previously offered only in Europe, that should achieve more than 40 miles per gallon on the highway. The base price is $14,000, but consumers who want the ultra fuel-efficient engine will probably have to spend more when it hits dealers in the fall. There's also a new, sporty Fiesta ST hatchback for 2014.
The Fusion is getting a new engine option in 2014 for buyers who upgrade to the SE trim level, which starts at $24,650: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost that produces 178 horsepower and gets 28 miles to the gallon in combined city and highway driving.
Though no details have been released Ford is expected to refresh its iconic muscle car for its 50th anniversary year.
Ford Transit Connect Wagon
Despite the moniker, the wagon marks Ford's return to the minivan market when it goes on sale at the end of this year. It comes in five- or seven-seat versions and has sliding doors on both sides. Prices haven't been revealed for the vehicle, which come with two different four-cylinder engine options.
GMC Sierra and GMC Canyon
Like its sister brand Chevrolet, GMC is unveiling new versions of its flagship and midsize pickups, the Sierra and the Canyon, respectively. The pictured Sierra appears more rounded and aggressive and three revamped engine options that can automatically shut off cylinders to improve fuel economy. It is being given a more upscale branding and a $33,995 price tag for a standard crew cab and box. Meanwhile, little has been released regarding changes for the Canyon.
The GMC Yukon is getting revamped with the same new bases as the GMC pickups when it hits showrooms early next year.
Honda Accord Hybrid
After revamping the Accord for 2013, Honda is rolling out a hybrid version for 2014 in October. Pricing hasn't been unveiled, but at an expected combined 47 miles per gallon efficiency rating, the car would be the most fuel efficient midsize on the market.
Honda should release a new version of the subcompact car in 2014 and may also unveil a Fit-based small SUV that was shown in concept form at auto shows this year.
The sharper stylings, improved fuel economy on the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and the standard Bluetooth connectivity on the all-new minivan will take a back seat to the buzz created by an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner that comes with the Touring Elite model. But that trim level starts at $44,450, whereas the base, vacuum-less trim comes in at $28,825.
The small car will get a refresh in 2014, according to the Associated Press, although no details have been released.
The refreshed 2014 model of the luxury sedan went on sale in July with a starting price of $61,000. Interior materials have been upgraded as have the instrument panel and dashboard displays, but the 5.0-liter, 429-horsepower V-8 engine and the fuel economy remain the same. Outside, thinner chrome bars and new 19-inch wheels provide a sportier look.
Infiniti added a new entry-level model to its lineup in the Q50, which starts at $36,700 and comes with a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 engine that's rated for 20 miles to the gallon in city driving and 30 on the highway.
Infiniti QX60 crossover
Infiniti changed the name of all its models for 2014: all sedans, coupes and convertible models begin with Q, whereas SUVs and crossovers will carry the QX name. The QX60, previously known as the JX35, gets a hybrid model for 2014. Pricing and fuel economy estimates have yet to be released.
Jaguar's much-ballyhooed successor to its famed E-Type finally went on sale earlier this summer with a $69,000 starting price. The car was named the best-designed car of 2013 at the New York International Auto Show in March, in part for its hidden rear spoiler, which only rises when the car hits 60 miles per hour -- a speed it can achieve from stand-still in just 4.2 seconds with the 5.0-liter supercharged 495-horsepower V-8 engine. The standard engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 340 horsepower.
For 2014, Jaguar revived the "R" sports model of its sedan. It's equipped with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that puts out 550 horsepower and achieves 18 miles to the gallon in combined city/highway driving thanks to a stop-start system that activates at stop light. It starts at $116,000.
Jeep abandons its traditional boxy look and off-road ethos when it brings the Cherokee to showrooms later this month with a starting price of $22,995. The smaller, aerodynamic grille accompanies a more luxurious interior and a standard 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine that can achieve up to 31 miles to the gallon.
Kia goes upscale with its all-new full-size sedan, which starts at about $35,100 and features a 3.3-liter V-6 engine with 293 horsepower that marks the automaker's most powerful engine ever. It comes standard with 18-inch wheels, a navigation system and an eight-inch dashboard touch screen.
Kia added some size to its small car for 2014, which starts at $15,900 with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and achieves 29 miles to the gallon. In addition to more premium models, Kia will add a two-door Forte Koup and hatchback Forte5 to the lineup in the fall.
Starting at $24,100, the refreshed crossover went on sale this spring with a new standard engine and a bolder exterior look. Buyers have the option of equipping their Sorento with a third row that ups seating capacity to seven.
For its second generation, the Soul will boast a more premium look when it goes on sale in the fall. It is longer and wider, and has an updated 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine on the base model. Fuel economy and pricing information have yet to be released.
Lexus IS 250/350
The smallest sedans in the Lexus lineup have an updated grille, better driving dynamics and slightly better fuel economy despite returning the same engines as existing models. A three-inch longer wheelbase and thinner front seats also help backseat comfort. The IS 250 starts at $35,950, while the 350 is priced about $3,500 higher.
Ford is completely revamping its luxury Lincoln line one vehicle at a time and the MKC small crossover is expected to be the next all-new model, the Associated Press said. Pictured above is the MKC concept unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Maserati is heading down-market with a smaller sedan meant to compete with mass-market luxury car makers, according to the Associated Press. Expected to be priced at about $70,000, the Ghibli will be offered with two V-6 engine choices.
Though it appears similar to the previous generation of Maserati's sedan, the new Quattroporte is longer and lighter, and, for the first time, is offered with four-wheel drive. Pricing has yet to be released.
The biggest changes to the third generation of Mazda's small car are the inclusion of the automaker's Skyactiv technology suite, which helps boost fuel economy to 40 highway miles per gallon on the standard 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. There's also a more powerful 2.5-liter option. Starting at $16,945, the 2014 Mazda3 also has an upgraded interior, a sportier style and new safety features.