A new small offering from BMW, the M235i, attracted the most attention on Autoguide this week.
For tons of small BMW fun, the M235i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 320 hp and 330 lb-ft, paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.
Second this week is another sports car, the 2014 Nissan 370Z. The big story for 2014 is a major price cut for the 370Z, with Nissan lopping of $3,000 to make the new starting price $30,800. Power still comes from a 332 horsepower VQ-series V6 engine.
The 2014 VW Jetta SEL slots in the third position. Volkswagen installed a new small engine in the Jetta this year, a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder that makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is officially rated at 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, though we averaged 28.9 mpg during our week with the car.
Another BMW with an entirely different powertrain makes the fourth spot, the new i3. The i3 offers 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds. The company claims that the i3 has 80 to 100 miles of electric range, or 150 to 180 miles with the optional range extender.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland finishes the list this week. A 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, but there’s also a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 available with 360 hp.
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