THE 2014 "VINNIE" AWARDS-THE TOP 5 CARS AND TOP 5 TRUCKS OF 2014
They might not have won the awards from the major magazines or websites or be best in class but they were the 10 most impressive cars and trucks I drove out of the over 100 cars and trucks I spent time behind the wheel of in 2014. That’s why they have been included on the Drivetime Radio Top Ten of 2014 and awarded “THE VINNIE“
There is no criterion, no point system and certainly no rhyme or reason except that when I was thinking back on the year these are the cars and trucks that made an impression on me and/or “The Guys at the Coffee Shop” my unofficial focus group. They stood out among the other cars that I drove in their class therefore they get the coveted “VINNIE”.
Chevrolet Corvette...from base models to the ZO6 every minute spent driving a Corvette is automotive heaven. It is the kind of car little boys dream of and it doesn't disappoint in any of its configurations. Not only was the trip down one of America's most memorable roads, The Blue Ridge Parkway, enhanced by the sound of the tuned exhaust mixed with the open air summer nights, but it was also a car that attracted people over to it to talk and to reminisce about a car they had or a moment they experienced that involved a Corvette. It's not just a car it is a true conversation starter.
Honda Civic...Honda put some fun into the Civic. Honda makes a great car...in the Civic they made a great car that is actually fun to drive. Lots of room and a little bit of spirit!
Kia Soul EV...you can't get them everywhere but where you can they are about as close to the perfect urban car as you will find. Near 100 mile range, versatile, roomy and with a ton of personality the Kia Soul EV is the answer to the question why should I buy an electric car.
Kia K900...if this car was named Mercedes or Acura you would pay 80 k for it but people still associate Kia with economy cars. It may be the car with the most bang for the buck out there. If the name on the front doesn't mean anything to you this is an incredible luxury car.
2014 Bentley GT V8 S Coupe...The look on my high school girlfriends face when I showed up to pick her up in the midnight blue coupe was worth the 250k that this car stickered for. Quick, nimble, stylish, comforting and beautiful this car makes you feel better stuck in traffic and like the king of the road on the open road.
KIA CHALKED UP A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE YEAR PLACING TWO CARS IN THE TOP 5 OF 2014
Dodge Eco Diesel 1500 Pickup...power, torque,toughness, comfort and fuel economy in one big package. Why should a truck have to have HD on it to sport a diesel! A comfortable truck with plenty of power that is a pleasure to drive.
Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon...Finally someone figured out that smaller is better hence we get the rebirth of the smaller pickup which really is the full size truck we all grew up with.
Chevy Tahoe...there is just nothing in it's class that even comes close if you are looking for a full size family haulin' gas drinkin' sitting in the big ol' drivers seat, Red White and Blue SUV.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel...smooth ride, explosive power, it combines comfort, agility and off road ability. It can take you to the top of the mountain or rip it out of the ground and bring it to you!
Mercedes Benz Sprinter...it is tall, glassy, roomy comfortable and let's you sit on top of the motoring world. It's the basis for airporters and ambulances it is a big roomy box on wheels powered by a Mercedes diesel that will carry as big a load as you need it to. It also was fun to drive and handled more like a car than a truck. If Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey were going back out on the road they would be driving one of theses babies!
Honorable mentions…Cars…Chrysler 200, Mercedes Benz CLA 230. Trucks/SUV…2016 Kia Sorento, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
A FEW OF THE DRIVETIME RADIO FOCUS GROUP CHECKING OUT THE FIAT 500...THE GUYS AT THE COFFEE SHOP