As the country’s economy continues to get back on its feet, buyers are flocking to dealerships to replace their aging vehicles, and in many cases, upgrade them. General Motors’s Cadillac brand has had a model year as buyer sentiment improves and the company continues to roll out its new line of products. For Cadillac and many others, there’s more to come in 2014. Jaguar is releasing its first roadster model in 40-some years, while Mercedes has further redefined the parameters of the luxury car. Even Kia, once an authority in the value car industry, is stepping up its game in efforts to up its cachet and luxury offerings.
Forbes formulated its own list of 15 new cars to be on the lookout for, and here is a selection of nine of them that are worthy options if you’re looking to upgrade your car — and your image — next year.
1. Mercedes-Benz S Class
Bristling with technology and gadgets, the spaceship-like engineering is only one part of the Mercedes S Class story: elegant, luxurious, sensuous, and bold are words that get thrown around. The car also boasts a low-speed autonomous driving mode, steering that automatically keeps the car centered between lane markers on the highway, and the ability to anticipate road imperfections in its path and adjust the suspension accordingly to maintain a butter-smooth ride, Forbes says.