Once the summer discount season ends, automakers typically pull out their to-shelf rides and charge a premium for them. This year, there is a combination of high-priced and economical options that are going to woo car buyers in the fall. Here are the seven cars that will be turning heads from late summer until well into the autumn.
7. 2014 Toyota 4 Runner
This ride might get its day in the sun before the fall, but Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) second-half release of the 2014 4Runner will be making an impact on the street throughout the autumn. Boasting the 4.0 L, 270 hp V6 engine that did so well in the previous model, the 4Runner features updates to the exterior and to the cabin of the SUV. Pricing will be close to the 2013 model, which starts around $31,000.
6. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
This car, which is “on its way” in the fall, puts Mitsubishi in a spot to claim the fuel efficiency title. Touted as “the most efficient, gas-powered non-hybrid” by the Japanese automaker, it is estimated at 40 mpg combined, with a whopping 44 highway mpg to its credit. Automatic climate control will come standard, as will seven airbags. Amazingly, the Mirage is reportedly going to be price at $13,000 for the base model.
5. 2014 BMW i8
In the “not your father’s hybrid” category is the i8 concept car by BMW. Impossibly stylish and intimidatingly powerful, the i8 will be able to get approximately 20 miles on a battery charge, leaning toward a mark of 100 mpg all-told. Its TwinPower Turbo engine and electric motor will generate 354 hp and go 0-60 in 5 seconds in the two-seat sports car model. Pricing, though guaranteed to be steep, is not available yet.
4. 2014 Mazda3
Sure to be a hit for Mazda this fall, the all-new Mazda3 hatchback has been declared capable of getting 40 mpg on the highway in its 2.0 L, SkyActiv engine with 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.5 L SkyActiv engine is estimated at 37 mpg on the highway. The engines don’t growl like a Corvette’s, but the Mazda3 has more than its share of enthusiasts for style and economy’s sake. Prices have not been released yet, but current Mazda3 models start at $16,700.
3. 2014 Mercedes Benz S Class
One of the few cars that could match its dazzling promotional photos in real life, the new Mercedes Benz S Class, available in the fall, has luxury car owners on the edge of their seats. “There is no match for the unprecedented,” is the motto for the latest S Class Sedans. With current prices around six figures, it’s safe to say there aren’t a great deal of matches for the car’s price tag, either.
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
This newest Cherokee, available in September, combines solid fuel economy and power at an affordable price. The Cherokee limited equipped with a 2.4 L Tigershark engine is expected to get 31 highway mpg while delivering 271 hp at 239 lbs-ft of torque. Priced at $22,995 to start, it is expected to be a big winner for Chrysler.
1. 2014 Corvette Stingray
Few cars are as hotly anticipated as GM’s (NYSE:GM) 2014 Corvette Stingray, which will be released in the fall. The limited edition Premier Corvette is the priciest version, with matching Thule luggage, yet every model will be turning heads for years to come. GM’s performance quotes suggest fuel efficiency is on the menu for this racer as well. The V8 will produce 455 hp and start just north of $50,000.
Automakers typically slash prices during the summer months then save some jewels for release in the fall. These seven cars are bound to woo the public as the leaves change colors this autumn.