AutoGuide's Popularity Contest
We covered everything new and exciting to hit the streets in 2014, and now it’s time to see which cars you, our readers, found most interesting. Based on your clicks, here are the ten most popular reviews from 2014.
Kicking things off is our look at a new sport truck, the 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor. “The EcoBoost V6 is an absolute darling; it’s smooth and responsive, delivering V8-levels of performance with slightly lower fuel consumption,” said Associate Editor Craig Cole. “In typical Ford fashion it’s tuned for torque, and as a result puts out bucket loads of twist.” The Tremor was one final special edition released by Ford before the company rolled out the new 2015 F-150. Check out our Tremor review to see if we liked it.
Our review of the redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper hits the ninth spot on our most popular list. “These dimensional enhancements are supposed to make the car more comfortable and functional; though it feels a little insincere because this MINI isn’t so mini anymore,” said Craig Cole. “It looks noticeably larger when you stand next to it. But putting the tape measure away here are some numbers you’ll actually care about.” Hit the link to read all about the changes that came to the Mini Cooper.
The resurgence of the diesel-powered half-ton pickup proved to be a popular read this year, with our review of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fitting into the eighth spot on the list. “The return of diesel power to the half-ton pickup truck comes at a time in the truck industry when it seems like if you’re not innovating, you are losing sales,” said News Editor Stephen Elmer. “Look at the GM half-tons, which have been widely criticized for being too conservative. They have been giving up market share ever since their arrival and Ram has been waiting in the wings to pickup its competitors losses and rightfully so.” Click this link to find out all of the details on the Ram EcoDiesel.
Our first drive review of the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI clocks into the seventh position. “The 2015 redesign focused on three key areas: steering response, maximizing rear tire grip and enabling a flat ride. Subaru’s engineers worked hard to minimize the delay from a driver’s steering input to moment that the car actually begins to make a turn,” writes Road Test Editor Mike Schlee. A new look and a revised interior are also part of the new package. Check out the review to see what we think about the revised Subaru sports car.
Another Subaru reviews makes it into the top-end of this list in the sixth position, the 2015 Outback. “The brand bills it as a “go anywhere, do anything” vehicle and that’s a reputation that past models lived up to. But with a continuously-variable transmission, is the Outback going soft? Nope. With 8.7-inches of ground clearance, there aren’t many vehicles that can boast more space from earth to undercarriage,” said Managing Editor Luke Vandezande. We had the chance to crash around the beautiful Canadian province of Newfoundland in the new Outback, to truly put it’s off-road capability to the test. Click here to see the full write up on the new Outback.