2014 Automobile Magazine All-Stars: The Winners

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Tom Salt Patrick M Hoey
#Audi, #A7

Every year, the Automobile Magazine editorial staff canvasses the complete range of passenger vehicles on sale in America and casts votes for ten All-Stars winners. There are no contorted rules, no categories—they’re just our favorite vehicles. This year, we’ve added a twist, bringing this elite group together for a road trip. If you’d like to read that story, click here to follow our 1684-mile road trip from Detroit to New Orleans. What follows below is a list of the 10 Automobile Magazine All-Stars for 2014.

2014 Audi A7/S7/RS7

The Audi A7 was our 2012 Automobile of the Year, and as Audi’s sleek four-door “coupe” adds ever more powerful versions, it continues to epitomize the qualities that have made Audi one of the leading luxury brands—sophistication, style, substance, and comfort. It’s equally wonderful to look at, to sit in, and to drive. To all that, the 560-hp Audi RS7 model, which debuts for 2014, adds one more worthy quality: menacing performance.

2014 BMW 3 Series/4 Series

You have perhaps heard whispers of dissent about the BMW 3 Series. BMW has gone soft. The competition has found the formula. And yet, this perennial All-Star award winner remains the only one that can do it all: roomy and practical enough to drive every day; luxurious and stylish enough to broadcast that you’ve made it; and, when the moment strikes, powerful and nimble enough to beat up on sports cars.

2014 Cadillac CTS

When Cadillac decided more than a decade ago to build a world-class sport sedan, we chortled. The Catera was awful. The first CTS was OK. The second CTS was good. The latest Cadillac CTS, which was in the final running for our 2014 Automobile of the Year award (which went to its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray), has been named an All-Star for its all-around dynamic excellence and its modern, leading-edge technology. The 2014 Cadillac CTS is an involving, agile car that not only goes fast but makes you feel like going fast. Credit Cadillac for taking the long view.

2014 Ford Fiesta ST

The numbers are impressive: 197 hp, 35 mpg highway, and a base price of $22,195. But what we really like about the Ford Fiesta ST is its character. It’s a bullet on the road, with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sounds like a mini-Ferrari when flogged, a lively chassis, supportive Recaro seats, and clean shift action from the six-speed manual. This small, high-technology hot rod dares you to drive harder and faster.

2014 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord nails the fundamentals like no other car. It’s spacious, fuel efficient, reliable, and has excellent outward visibility. No wonder it’s so popular. In the hypercompetitive midsize sedan segment, the Accord stands out for its refined powertrains, its ergonomics, and its overall attention to detail. The fact that it can be equipped with one of the best, slickest-shifting manual transmissions in the world and handles like a smaller car is a bonus.

2014 Jaguar F-Type

Not just an All-Star but also a rock star, the handsome Jaguar F-Type makes people happy just by passing them on the street. This modern take on the iconic 1960s Jaguar E-Type captivated us with its svelte body, its available supercharged V-8 engine, and its exhaust note that sounds like machine-gun fire. Did we mention its looks? With its extravagant styling, the Jaguar F-Type has done more than any other Jaguar in years to make the brand relevant and desirable again.

2014 Mazda 3

The third-generation Mazda 3 offers the most value on the car market today—and not just because it’s inexpensive. The stylish 3 breathes new life into the crowded compact-car arena: it drives with even more poise than before, returns superb fuel economy, and has an interior that shames pricier cars. Long the most entertaining of compact cars, the 3 now also happens to be one of the nicest. Compact cars aren’t supposed to feel this sophisticated, but the Mazda 3 does.

2014 Porsche Boxster/Cayman

Yes, there are faster cars for the money. What you’re paying for here is perfection. The Porsche Boxster convertible and Cayman coupe encourage you to drive quickly, make you into a better driver, and reassure you that an error won’t cascade into a disaster. The accelerator pedal is as smooth and progressive as the volume knob on a McIntosh amplifier. The steering is so precise that you feel as if you’re turning the car with your eyes. And in an era of engine conformity, the unique sound of the Porsche boxer engine mounted behind your ears is a standout experience.

2014 Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 defies the limitations of a pickup truck, continuing a spirit of innovation that began in the mid-1990s, when Chrysler introduced the big-rig grille and reinvented the way pickup trucks look. Now the Ram has the best chassis in the business, with a coil-sprung rear suspension that offers a settled ride even with an empty bed. The list of options and the refined interior rival those of a luxury car. And a new diesel engine—the only one available on a light-duty pickup—achieves the fuel economy of a mid-size crossover.

2014 Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ

Is 200 hp enough for a sports car? Yes, provided that sports car is light and has a perfectly balanced, rear-wheel-drive chassis. Oh, and don’t forget to include perfectly placed controls and communicative steering. Because of all this, the virtually identical Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ offer a pure driving experience for a new generation of enthusiasts and are among the few modern cars you can enjoy driving at the limit without losing your license. They also look great and are priced for the common man or woman.

PhilG
The Mazda 3 hits all the right boxes.
Great looking driving car cheap to own.
The Accord stays at the top because it has'nt fallen off the styling truck on it's nose like all Toyota's have lately and obviously,it's a great car for real world driving and not too darn expensive.
If that ScionSubaru had a drop down top,the Mazda Miata would have some worthy competition too.
All great choices here.
That A7's drop down back end is a styling masterpiece
Greg Paul
Fiesta, Mazda3, Accord, Audi7, Jaguar F.  What is a man with only a 2 car garage supposed to do?
Chris Skalski
The A/7 is awesome. You can fit the whole family in sumptuous comfort, and still look like a million bucks. I can't quite swing the A/7 though. 
Now, if I didn't have 3 kids, I would probably go for the RS-5 instead. I think it is a beautiful yet understated 2 door coupe, and as far as I am concerned the best car you can buy under $60k. 
Crosby Audi
Me too Amrit , even an A7 one day!
Amrit S Ram
quite a beautiful car, no doubt .. Next time around hopefully lol
Christian Schmidt
this is a sexy ride with elegant jag design.
Christian Schmidt
Sweet ride if you are needing that style of vehicle. Liking the Audi lines on it alot
Christian Schmidt
General Manure.
Freddie Redding II
the banana tree????? really #racist
Christian Schmidt
Save it for you and yo mama on the banana tree.
Christian Schmidt
Still looks like a cheap door stop.
Christian Schmidt
At least i don't buy and own Murikan trash, besides the fact that i don't own a honda but would over any sh!tbox chevy from General Manure
Christian Schmidt
Let me guess, it looks as good as yo mama making that corner she works on look good.
Freddie Redding II
it looks better than you
Gillian Machidi
Boxter for my lady and Cayman for me. No sharing
Washington Kasango
i realy like it
Leoghann MacAlister
Fine cars. I don't much like the new nose, though.
Syed Muhammad Fahad
At least, I don't drive a Honda and at least, I don't write your instead of you 're.
Christian Schmidt
Ghettollac is junk
Christian Schmidt
No one cars up about the POS Garbage Manufacturer unless your some redneck trailer trash mulletmobile owner.
Marc Hamady
Nothing but overpriced GM crap
Marc Hamady
Better than GM junk.
Jitendra Kindra
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SuperCars/1473414142889014
Syed Muhammad Fahad
If they hide it. Then, they will face a major lawsuit and the Judges will bitch slap the Honda and Slowyota asses.
Robert May
Just wait till the '15 F-150 comes out. That'll be the best truck on the market.
Jacques René Delange
Ugly
Bruce Anca
Only new fullsize truck worth buying.
Justin Demyan
What a joke, garbage.
Prakhar Sarwate
Imagine an open top version
John Lopez
Imho recalls are not the issue. With global suppliers no car company is immune to this risk. My concern is this idea that they should hide defects and delay recalls for fear their products will seem unsafe or worse, to save them money. When something needs to be fixed just fix it.
Möhd'z Räféè Thè Vîpèr
4x4?
John Lopez
The Sport is just such an excellent value. Imagine a Sport version of the coupe!
M Jalal Khan
its amazing .
Christian Schmidt
What an awesome choice for balance and performance.
Arun Chaudhary
Supercar's segment
Rob Eckaus
Caymen S is the best all-around sports car under $100k.
Doreen Pasquarella
Luv
Mukul Sharma
It's not enough
Tim Lucas
Not a big fan of the grille
Möhd'z Räféè Thè Vîpèr
Gr8
Tom Merriman
That's a niccce one
Ali Daneshvar
You should't be neither!
Mhozeez At'har
lindo
Jagdish Sharma
Nice car
Tom Champion
Love the color
Justin Taylor
Hot
Stan Baczynski
Nautical.
Justin Taylor
I dare Ford to make a car that looks good.
Prabha Karan FZ
jauguar............
cm_smith_12@hotmail.ca
I like every one of your all-stars. They all represent some special achievement in styling and engineering. In each of their categories, they shine as the best examples of that type. The BRZ/FRS is a compromise though and should not be included.  To me it feels like a let down of a sports car only bought by people who can afford its achievable asking price but would probably pick something else if other manufacturers would lower their prices.What they get in performance/speed is much short of a basic Boxster or even a Mustang. Styling in and out could of also been a bit more exciting.  This car has to be tuned for any real satisfaction that an enthusiast requires from their sporting transportation. Automobile may like its overall feel or concept but the next generation of this car would be the one to watch for.  Who told manufacturers that middle income buyers don't want outstanding (in their class) horsepower in their sports coupe? 

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