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2014 has proven to be a hot model year when it comes to redesigned cars. The list of vehicles that have been given a new lease on life for the 2014 model year is extensive, and while some of these cars and trucks are currently plying American roads, some are still making us wait a few more months before they become available to the general public. We've put together a list of some of the most interesting 2014 redesigned cars to give you a bit of a look into the future of the automotive market.
Let's take a quick look at 10 of the most interesting 2014 redesigned cars and see what they have to offer when compared to their predecessors.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 01 - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one of the most hotly anticipated of the current crop of redesigned cars. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray adopts more aggressive and less fluid lines than the previous model Corvette, with its most controversial cue being the move from round to square tail lights. Under the hood, the Corvette Stingray features a 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that generates up to 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque (with the optional sport exhaust installed), and a seven-speed manual transmission also debuts for the model. The vehicle's passenger compartment - long a source of complaint for owners - has also seen a significant upgrade, and new sport seats do a better job of gripping the body when driving the Stingray on a track.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 02 - 2014 Toyota Highlander
The 2014 Toyota Highlander graduates to eight passenger seating, a figure that won't crowd out too many adults due to the increased interior volume made possible by a platform that is three inches longer than in the 2013 model. Cargo space is also up, and styling has been tweaked in order to give the vehicle a bolder look that ties in better with other crossovers and SUVs in the Toyota lineup. Both the four-cylinder and V-6 engines from the year before carry over, which means that the Toyota Highlander tops out at 270 horsepower, and of course all-wheel drive remains on the vehicle's options sheet.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 03 - 2014 Chevrolet Malibu
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is an interesting addition to our list of 2014 redesigned cars since this mid-size sedan had already been granted a thorough refresh for the 2013 model year. Unable to satisfy the demands of customers and critics in a very competitive segment of the market, the Chevrolet Malibu was given emergency attention immediately after its launch and the result is an improved four-door that is better able to meet the challenges posed by its rivals. Automatic start/stop was added to the base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine (which produces 196 horsepower), and its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder option gains some additional torque, topping out at 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of twist. A mild hybrid model remains available, and rear seat legroom improves by 1.25 inches.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 04 - 2014 Toyota Corolla
The 2014 Toyota Corolla wins the vote for 'most deserving of a redesign award' for the current model year. After years of soldiering forward with a platform that had been surpassed in almost every area by other compact sedans, the 2014 Toyota Corolla finally gains the good looks and improved fuel efficiency that it needs to challenge for the top spot amongst entry-level automobiles. The Corolla now features an available continuously-variable automatic transmission alongside its base four-speed automatic, and a six-speed manual gearbox is additionally on offer. Engine choices expand to a pair of 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines, with the choice of 132 horsepower or 140 horsepower flavors. The latter makes use of advanced technology to deliver what Toyota projects to be 40-mpg on the highway.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 05 - 2014 Subaru Forester
The 2014 Subaru Forester has transformed the Japanese brand's compact SUV into a true contender thanks to the attention paid to improving the vehicle's fuel economy. When outfitted with its available continuously-variable automatic transmission, the Subaru Forester's base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine jumps to 24-mpg city and 32-mpg highway, which the automaker claims is class-leading for an all-wheel drive vehicle. Power remains modest at 170 horses, but the Forester XT introduces a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill good for 250 ponies and 258 lb-ft of torque. A CVT is standard with that particular model, and all versions of the Subaru enjoy five passenger seating and a generous 74.7 cubic feet of total cargo space.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 06 - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is another model that was in need of a makeover, due to the pace at which rivals like the Ford F-150 and the RAM 1500 have updated their respective technologies and designs. The Chevrolet Silverado gains variable valve timing and direct fuel injection for each of its three engine options, and the vehicle also grafts an automatic cylinder shut-off feature to its V-6 and V-8 mills. The base six-cylinder boosts to 285 horsepower from the older model's lackluster 200, while the 5.3-liter volume V-8 produces 355 horsepower. A 6.2-liter engine is also in the cards for the Silverado, and it's good for over 400 ponies. A six-speed automatic tranny is standard with each motor, and the Silverado has also been given a substantial cosmetic makeover to go with its new platform.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 07 - 2014 GMC Sierra
The 2014 GMC Sierra is essentially the mechanical twin of the full-size Silverado pickup, so we won't repeat the drivetrain details here. There are some key differences, however, between the GMC Sierra and the Chevrolet Silverado, and these changes represent an effort by General Motors to give the Sierra more of an individual personality. In addition to styling conceits such as trim and lighting upgrades over the Silverado, the Sierra also offers a quieter interior and a suspension system that is somewhat more compliant. Of course, the Denali edition of the truck remains available, and this luxury model has been expanded to included more than one engine choice for 2014 - a move that will no doubt expand market penetration for the brand.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 08 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has yet to be road tested, but the luxury leader has shown off a display model of its full-size flagship sedan as well as discussed the technologies that lie underneath its skin. The vehicle will be motivated by a 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive will be standard. The extensive use of aluminum helps the Mercedes-Benz S-Class fight off some of the weight gain associated with large premium redesigns, and the vehicle also debuts a new cruise control system that can follow the traffic ahead of the sedan and reduce the need for driver intervention when navigating stop-and-go traffic.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 09 - 2014 Toyota Tundra
The 2014 Toyota Tundra redesign can be thought of as a style-conscious makeover for the full-size pickup rather than a full re-imaging. This is because mechanically, the Toyota Tundra is a dead ringer for the 2013 model. The Tundra's new look is quite butch, with a lot of emphasis on hard, upright lines that suggest muscularity and toughness. A taller hood continues to escalate the anti-aerodynamic battle being fought between Dodge and Toyota, and Toyota has also reconfigured the truck's interior equipment along each of its five trim levels. A special 1794 Edition - loosely linked to the history of the land where the truck's manufacturing plant is located - joins the lineup as well in an attempt to fight against the High Country and King Ranch models offered by competitors.
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2014 Redesigned Cars - 10 - 2014 Acura MDX
The Acura MDX is the linchpin of the Japanese luxury division's lineup, which means that the redesigned 2014 model is very important to the company's bottom line. The seven-passenger Acura MDX looks a lot like the version of the crossover that it replaces, but there are evolutionary styling changes to be found all over the vehicle, which isn't a surprise given that it shares no metal or glass with the 2013 edition. Longer, narrower, and lighter than before, the 2014 Acura MDX comes with a fresh 267 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, along with the option of all-wheel drive and of course a healthy list of premium options.
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