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So close, in fact, that the CLA45 AMG didn't score an outright win. The 2014 Porsche Cayman is also our Best Car To Buy 2014. But only one car can truly be "best," right?
Not exactly. This isn't Highlander.
In fact, if they weren't all head-to-head, each of the eight nominees could have taken the Best Car To Buy title--2014 has given us an embarrassment of riches. But two cars stood out so strongly in our testing that we felt we had to give the nod to both. Three other cars were incredibly close: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, and the 2014 Audi RS 7. In truth, you can't go wrong with any of the nominees.
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If the Cayman is a symphony, Mercedes-Benz's 2014 CLA45 AMG, is a rock-star supergroup, jamming for all it's worth. Luxury, style, performance, and handling come together in a balance where each element stands out, but the whole is still somehow greater than the sum of its parts. As we noted in our nomination, the CLA45 AMG isn't the most of anything on this list--but it is the most of everything.