2013 New York Auto Show: The Hottest and Lamest Debuts
Well folks, we're on our way out of the 2013 New York International Auto Show, and we have to say, nothing blew our skirts up! There were a few decent debuts, but in all, it seems like automakers are opting for shows like Geneva for the really big news. Still, we have some cars that we enjoyed, and some that we did not dig so much. Without further ado, here are our ayes and nays of the 2013 New York Auto Show! HOT: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Lets start with the basics, the new Chevy Camaro Z/28 is a fetching ride. The retro look has been ditched in favor more angular head and taillights. Speaking of taillights, the new design from Chevy instantly improves on the Camaro, if only the exterior. That aside, the Z/28 features an LS7 big block V8. With 7.0-liters of displacement and 500 horsepower at its disposal, it is a serious way to bring back the most iconic trim of the Camaro. Knowing GM, they will screw this up, and offer an IROC-Z Camaro next year. Woof.
NOT: Mitsubishi Mirage
You may have heard of the original Mitsubishi Mirage, but you probably could not pick one out in the parking lot. At least Mitsubishi has that end of the tradition correct. This latest version of the subcompact hatchback is nothing short of boring me to death. I have to imagine that when you lay on the horn, it makes the sound from The Price is Right, when you don't guess the correct price. That sound is like the car...sort of like the sad trombone, but only worse.
HOT: 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
So it looks like an Evoque. So what? The Range Rover Sport is meant to be the road-going answer to the big-boy Range Rover. It has the power and agility for the streets, but has the advanced four-wheel drive system fot getting off the main road. Though most will not use the Range Rover Sport to its full potential, true luxury is having certain capabilities at your disposal and not using it
NOT: 2014 Acura MDX
Yawn City. Ho-hum, another full-size crossover for the masses. The new-look MDX looks like the old-look MDX. As long as new Acura vehicles have the "shield" grille, they will be unattractive vehicles. When will the folks at Acura learn?
HOT: 2014 Cadillac CTS
So, the 2014 Cadillac CTS looks like a previous-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class? So what. That is a good thing. The car that made Cadillac what it is today has just gotten better. There are now engine offerings to compete with the BMW 5 Series and M-B E-Class at every level. The entry-level four-cylinder turbo will be supremely fuel efficient, and the twin-turbo V6 will be able to take on the powerful BMW 550. All that aside, the interior is stupendous. The best American luxury car just got better.
NOT: 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk:
I've said here before that I'll reserve judgement on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk until I test it on the trail, but if I had to make a call now, the verdict would not be that great. I understand that parent company Fiat was trying to be different when designing this vehicle, but what the Italians may not understand is the importance of the original Cherokee. It is has a loyal following, and to create such a different vehicle is to throw the loyalty in the face of those fans. Like I said, let's see it on the trail.
HOT: Subaru WRX Concept:
Now for something completely different. The Subaru WRX Concept is an unveiling that many Subaru fans had been waiting for. If this is any indication of the forthcoming production model, it will be a great departure from the non-WRX Impreza. The pronounced fenders allow for a wide track, while the gaping hood scoop will allow for plenty of fresh air to be fed into the predicted 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Though this is merely a concept, it is very promising and we cannot wait for the production version to hit the streets.
NOT: 2014 Volkswagen Golf:
This is less about the Golf, which is a great car, and more about the fact that the Car of the Year Award voters snubbed the Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S. The Toyo-baru was the most talked-about car of the year, and they went for the safest choice out there. It is more disappointing because voters chose the Volkswagen Up! last year, proving that they aren't afraid to take a risk. Instead of the best all-around performance car-for-your-dollar in decades, we get the Toyota Camry of the international markets. Way to go voters. Way to take risks.