Cool car: Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept
Published March/April 2014
AAA Names Sweet 16
From convertibles to crossovers, discover which vehicles top the charts
Throughout the year, we drive new vehicles from every auto manufacturer — from hybrids to pickups and family sedans to sports cars — to bring you the most accurate, insightful, and best new car information available. We then select the best vehicle in 16 different categories based upon criteria such as value, safety, fuel efficiency, and engineering excellence. If you’re planning to buy a new car, AAA’s Top Picks for 2014 is a great place to start shopping.
Subcompact: Ford Fiesta
The Fiesta proves subcompacts are fun to drive. Fuel economy is excellent, handling nimble, and acceleration feisty.
Base price: $14,000
Fuel economy: 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway
Compact: Kia Soul
The boxy, crossoverish/hatchback/wagon thingy that’s been a massive hit with the hip, urban crowd received a makeover for 2014. It’s cool, inexpensive, and comes loaded with standard features.
Base price: $14,700
Fuel economy: 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway
Midsize: Ford Fusion
So stylish that people will buy it for looks alone, and then love it for the way it drives. It’s a very sophisticated family sedan with exceptional build quality and overall refinement — a rarity for a mass-produced vehicle.
Base price: $21,970
Fuel economy: 23 mpg city/36 mpg highway
Full size: Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet did a complete redo of its venerable Impala for 2014. Great-looking outside, gorgeous inside, roomy, and technologically advanced, Impala is affordable big-car comfort at its best.
Base price: $26,860
Fuel economy: 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Upscale Midsize: Cadillac CTS
A complete overhaul of the CTS for 2014 results in a luxurious sedan with exciting and aggressive styling as well as extraordinary performance. It’s an exceptional vehicle without compromises.
Base price: $45,100
Fuel economy: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway
Large luxury: Jaguar XF
Jaguars have always been a bit less common, more unique, and thus drastically more desirable than most cars. The intriguing and eccentric XF combines luxurious materials, mind-blowing performance, and rich looks.
Base price: $46,975
Fuel economy: 19 mpg city/30 mpg highway