This week in AutoGuide.com’s new cars section, a diverse list of vehicles emerged as the most popularly searched.
The 2014 Subaru Forester was the most popular. Even with all-wheel drive, the Forester will be able to offer fuel economy near or at the top of its segment. Not only that, but the Forester has surprisingly satisfying driving dynamics for a compact crossover; even with its continuously-variable transmission.
Dodge struggled through a difficult launch for the Dart. With the larger yet older Avenger available for marginally more, Dart sales have been struggling. Numbers finally started to tip in favor of the Dart over the Avenger last month. Its climb to one of the most popularly searched cars here this week is probably a reflection of that.
Honda’s performance variant of the Civic uses a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine to make 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. The car maintains its popular performance image, but is it deserved. AutoGuide recently pitted the Civic Si against Honda’s pinnacle of front-wheel drive performance- the Acura Integra Type R -to find out.
Speaking of front-wheel drive performance, Ford has a very impressive product in its showrooms. The Focus ST’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offers 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharger creates more than enough torque ot make this car feel powerful. What’s more impressive is how it stays stubbornly planted while cornering. Ford also offers an ST version of the Fiesta sub-compact as well.
Finally, the Infiniti Q50 capped off this week’s list. As the latest generation of Infiniti’s answer to the BMW 3 Series and others in the segment, the Japanese automaker has steep competition to contend with. The car comes exclusively with an automatic transmission, and features either a 3.7-liter V6 under the hood or a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a hybrid powertrain.