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2014 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s highly popular Elantra 2014 car models trio – sedan, coupe and GT hatchback – is getting a mild updates, and the automaker chose the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show to show off the production versions, which actually shares little with the others in terms of body structure.

2014 Hyundai Elantra front view

2014 Hyundai Elantra

Under the skin, a new 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder supplants the old port-injected 1.8 for most Elantra applications. Hyundai found the extra 200 cc of displacement by stroking the engine 9.8 mm to 97 mm. In addition to direct injection, the four employs dual continuously variable valve timing, to aid the engine’s flexibility under varying road load and rpm.

2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition

2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition

2014 Dodge Charger 100th Anniversary Edition

Dodge has announced the introduction of the 2014 Charger 100th Anniversary Edition. Just like the 2014 Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition we wrote about earlier today, the special edition Charger was created to celebrate the brand’s centennial next year.

2014 Buick Regal

The 2014 Regal has come to the fore of Buick’s renaissance, we wonder how apt its name is anymore. Is today’s Regal really “resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent”? Well, probably not. But since its re-introduction to the U.S. market for the 2011 model year, the car has generally satisfied in our experiences, even winning a head-to-head comparo in GS guise. Now 2014 is bringing a refresh, in which Buick has re-configured the 2.0-liter turbo four at the heart of the Regals we enjoy most.

2014 Buick Regal & Regal GS

2014 Buick Regal

The base powertrain, a direct-injection, 182-hp 2.4-liter four with eAssist mild hybridization, carries over for 2014. The big shakeup comes in the turbo-four department. The current Regal Turbo and Regal GS use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but in two different states of tune: 220 horsepower and 260 lb-ft in the Turbo and 270/295 in the GS. No more the turbocharged four now will come in one strength, no matter which badge is on the booty of your Regal.

2014 Buick LaCrosse

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse, which is being debuted at this year’s New York auto show. We see a fair amount of these mid-size Buicks General Motors sold some 57,000 in 2012 so how does one describe the changes? There has been work up front, a somewhat-larger waterfall grille, plus headlamps that don’t change shape so much as character. LED eyebrows give the LaCrosse’s face the slightly more aggressive demeanor it needed. Ditto out back, where the taillights now are LEDs and tied together with a slim chrome strip across the trunklid. If Buick is trying to kick the LaCrosse out of its languid past, this helps. Down low in front are active grille shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics.

2014 Buick LaCrosse front view

2014 Buick LaCrosse

The LaCrosse has new seats, but we can’t yet vouch for them. We can, however, give a first-look thumbs up to the revised instrument panel and center console. Straight ahead of the driver sits a new trio of gauges, but what impresses most is the new center stack. The outgoing arrangement was a sea of tiny, like-size buttons, while the new layout properly groups them by function. HVAC controls are mounted down low, audio switches are above that with proper knobs, and a configurable eight-inch screen sits up top. The radio-button count alone drops from 17 to seven.

2014 Buick LaCrosse

2014 Buick LaCrosse

The new design makes much more sense and looks significantly better while bringing along, we’re told, a smarter IntelliLink infotainment system, featuring improved voice recognition. The new layout also allows for easy-access cupholders next to the shift lever, which we commend.