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The 17 Essential, Must-Have, To-Die-For Luxury & Performance Cars Of 2014

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur

2014 Bentley Flying Spur

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The global car market is struggling with a still-weak economy, but it's certainly not lacking in the number of truly excellent vehicles available, many of them all-new for the 2014 model year. We've taken the time to consult the performance and quality ratings at The Car Connection, as well as our own tastes and experiences, to compile this list of some of the absolute best hardware your money can buy right now.

Not everyone will be able to afford a brand-new Rolls-Royce or Aston Martin, however, so we've broken the list up into price ranges, spanning the under-$40,000 club and climbing to the champagne-wishes-and-caviar-dreams-o-sphere.

Each car is accompanied by a photo and links to first drive reports and The Car Connection's full review (if available). Which would you pick? Which car didn't make the list that you think should? Let us know in the comments.

Under $40,000

2014 Scion FR-S

2014 Scion FR-S

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2014 Scion FR-S / 2014 Subaru BRZ  [Full reviews: FR-S / BRZ]

These wily sports car twins have re-set the barometer for affordable, fun-to-drive possibilities in the modern market. They're not all that new for 2014, but a range of feature updates improve their value while retaining all of their simple charm.

2013 BMW 320i

2013 BMW 320i

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2014 BMW 320i [Full review: 3-Series]

Though it's the most de-contented of the 3-Series range, the 320i represents an incredible bargain--all of the F30's engineering and most of the performance for a very affordable starting price. For the enthusiasts, there's even the possibility of tuning the car to 328i performance levels and beyond.


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