These stories are the ones that made you click this year
It was quite a busy year here at Autos.ca as we scoured the internet and auto shows for the latest tidbits to share with you all, our loyal readers. From 707-hp domestic sedans to $9,998 subcompact hatchbacks, we’ve covered the gamut of all automotive tastes for 2014.
But, to truly see what makes you folks click, we pulled the Top 10 news stories from the year, based on popularity, to share with you all.
This is as predictable as Toyota itself. The fact you find the Japanese automaker’s bread-and-butter RAV4 interesting enough to click speaks volumes about the family friendly nature of our audience. Though, I was almost certain the 50th Anniversary Edition Corolla was going to be here instead.
The 50th Anniversary RAV4 is available only on the all-wheel drive XLE trim and adds 18-inch wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and unique black leather interior with red stitching.
In addition to Absolute Red pictured, the 50th Anniversary RAV4 will be available in Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Grey Metallic, and Black with a starting price of $32,400.00.
The only truck on the list for 2014 was — you guessed it — the new, all-aluminum F-150. And it’s new lightweight body wasn’t the only major innovation to come from the Blue Oval.
Two new engines, a naturally-aspirated 3.5L V6 and turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6, joined the ranks along with a pillarless rear sliding window and many other features.
While the new truck wasn’t quite the Atlas Concept we were expecting, the new F-150 is likely to set the sales charts alight again as gas prices drop further and further for 2015.
Since Subaru was already bringing out the new WRX, Legacy, and Outback this year, the entry-level Impreza wasn’t high on the list of models needing a complete rework for 2015. But, the engineers at Subaru still managed to pack numerous improvements into one of the most affordable all-wheel drive cars money can buy.
Yes, the wrapper is pretty much unchanged, yet inside there’s a lot of new technology, including the addition of EyeSight to the compact model for the first time. A newly refined Active Torque Split version of Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD is equipped on Impreza models with CVT transmissions, with the gearbox itself also getting some tuning changes, including pre-programmed stepped ‘shifting’.