Fast, stylish, compact, reasonably priced, and incredibly fun, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is Motor Authority's Best Performance/Luxury Car To Buy 2014
. But it was an exceptionally close race.
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.
The 2014 Porsche Cayman is the very quintessence of sports car handling and styling, so magically good that we simply never tire of driving it, whether manual or PDK, whether base model or Cayman S. It's a symphony of everything that's right in the modern sports car, playing your heartstrings like Yo Yo Ma on a Stradivarius. But the Cayman is essentially the roofed version of last year's Best Car To Buy winner, the Boxster
. So we're also including an all-new car to give you an alternative--and a well-rounded one at that.
2014 Porsche Cayman: Best Car To Buy 2014 Nominee
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.
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Best Car To Buy 2014 Nominee
Going purely by the numbers, each of our eight nominees rule the charts in one aspect or another. But picking the Best Car To Buy isn't just about the hard data--otherwise, a computer would determine the result. This award is about each car bringing its data to the party, but our editors picking the right one (or two) for you to go home with.