Here’s a fun factoid: According to its Our Story page, About.com is a key source of information for about "86-90 million monthly users" and has become one of the "premiere search and information sites" on the Internet.
With that in mind, let's take a quick look at the 12 vehicles that About.com chose as the Best New Cars of 2014, starting with a trio of performance-oriented products from GM: The 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport as well as the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray and 2014 Chevy SS. Now, seeing those first two on the About.com list isn't much of a shock, as both have earned some notable "Car of the Year" trophies already this model year. The SS, on the other hand, has been all but forgotten—or dismissed—by the critics before now, and that's despite its RWD/big V8 configuration.
The only other automaker with more than one entry on the About.com list was the Fiat Group, with the Fiat 500L and Maserati Ghibli, although the company also had another product recognized as an "Honorable Mention." Unsurprisingly, it was the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which also was the only choice that wasn't literally a "Best New Car" for About.com. (There were two other Honorable Mentions, too, in the form of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage and 2014 VW Passat 1.8T.)
A focus on performance also was evident in the number of entries on the list that had been massaged by their makers' in-house tuning departments. While the Vsport and SS are borderline examples, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, 2014 Lexus IS F-Sport and Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG fit this description to a T.
Rounding out the Best Cars roster:
- 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, with an EPA line of 50 mpg city/45 mpg highway/47 mpg combined
- 2014 Jaguar F-Type Convertible, also Autobytel.com’s “Convertible of the Year”
- 2014 Kia Soul, now in its second generation of funkiness
- 2014 Mazda Mazda3, backed by the brand’s SKYACTIV powertrain/chassis technologies