Forget about concepts and cars that won't be here for another two years. This is America. It's 2014. And there's no reason to wait. Especially when some of the best machines in the history of the four-wheeled vehicles go on sale this year. Below are the best all-new vehicles of 2014.
2015 Acura TLX
Packaged and sized to replace both the TL and TSX sedans, the TLX is built on Honda's global Accord platform. Expect a four-cylinder base engine with an eight-speed automatic and a V6 upgrade option paired with a nine-speed automatic in the front-drive sedan. All-wheel drive and four-wheel steering will likely be optional.
2014 BMW 2 Series
Luxury is shrinking. The BMW 2 Series is the result. A choice of two turbocharged engines (one with an M badge) and the choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission makes the 2 Series one of the most athletic compact luxury coupes available.
2014 BMW i3
Reasonably quick, compact and well packaged, the i3 is designed to bring electric mobility to the masses. Its 80-100 miles of all-electric range can be nearly doubled by selecting the (gasoline two-cylinder) range-extender option.
2014 BMW i8
The i8 is BMW's shot at a high-performance, four-seat plug-in hybrid. The all-wheel-drive exotic utilizes a 1.5-liter three-cylinder coupled to an electric motor to power the rear wheels. Another electric motor powers the front wheels via a two-speed transmission. Combined output is 362 horsepower. It will likely be the quickest hybrid to date, with a claimed 0-60 time around 4.4 seconds.
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
Given the popularity of Cadillac's ATS sedan, the ATS coupe is a no-brainer. Only two engines will be available — a 2.0-liter turbo four paired with a six-speed manual or automatic and 3.6-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic. Rear-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive will be optional, though only with the automatic transmission.
2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe
We don't care if the ELR coupe is based on the pedestrian Chevy Volt because it's an absolutely stunning machine. It's also bigger than the Volt in nearly every dimension, with an adjustable suspension and marginally more power. Expect 37 miles of all-electric range from this plug-in hybrid.
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
The combination of a stagnant midsize segment and the fact that many truck buyers want to buy domestic leaves Chevy in a position to strike while the iron is hot with its all-new Colorado. This truck's good looks, three powertrain options (including a turbodiesel for 2016) and three body configurations won't hurt either. If there was ever a sure thing in truck sales, this appears to be it.
2015 GMC Canyon
Though the Canyon will mirror the Chevy Colorado's powertrain and body options, its styling and interior trim will differentiate it to the same extent the Sierra differs from the Silverado. Whichever you pick, you'll have the most modern midsize truck available today.
2014 Infiniti Q50
Late last year Infiniti began slipping its Q50 into dealerships as a replacement for the G37 sport sedan. The new model offers more modern styling with a carryover base powertrain and a new hybrid model. Its well-trimmed interior is a step up in competing with the Germans, and it offers a lower base price as well.
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
The F-Type Coupe is possibly the best-looking car Jaguar has ever built. As an evolution of the stunning F-Type Convertible, it's got good roots both mechanically and from a styling standpoint. Three power levels are available from two engines, both paired with a manually shiftable eight-speed automatic. Output peaks at 550 horsepower in the V8-equipped R Coupe.
2015 Kia K900
We're not sure we can really call the K900 an all-new model when it's sharing a platform with its corporate twin, the Hyundai Equus. Regardless, the Equus is a legit luxury sedan offering massive rear-seat space, air suspension and a relatively low price — all areas where the K900 should follow suit. We prefer the Kia's more contemporary styling. Its two engine options (3.8-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8) are both coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
2015 Lexus RC 350 and RC F
Want a two-door IS 350 or two-door IS F Sedan? Look no further, because that's exactly what the RC 350 and RC F will be. Expect the RC 350 to come equipped with a 306-hp 3.5-liter V6, followed later by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The RC F performance model will come with a V8 power plant good for 450 hp.
2015 Lincoln MKC
There are piles of money to be made in the compact luxury crossover segment. Ask BMW. Or Mercedes. And that's exactly what Lincoln would like to do with the Ford Escape-based MKC. Because its fundamentals are already in place, Lincoln will have to rely on striking styling, an outstanding interior and flexible chassis tuning to make the MKC a hit. But it's been done before. Two engines will be offered: A 2.0-liter four cylinder and a 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive will be optional.
2015 Porsche Macan
The mini Cayenne is going to be a massive hit, both for buyers and for Porsche's bottom line. Offering nearly the utility of its bigger sibling, the Macan will be smaller, better handling and offer substantive powertrains. Two turbo V6 options (a 340-hp 3.0-liter and a 400-hp 3.6-liter) will be paired with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automated manual transmission.
2015 Volvo V60 Wagon
Volvo wagons are family icons both in the U.S. and in Europe, and the reintroduction of a compact wagon in the lineup could help reestablish the brand's presence here. Regardless, the V60 Wagon is a good-looking machine backed up by three engine options starting with an all-new 2.0-liter, 240-hp four coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Carryover powertrains include a 2.5-liter 250-hp five-cylinder and a 3.0-liter inline-6 good for 325 hp in R Design performance trim. Both are paired to six-speed automatic transmissions and are all-wheel drive.