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Thursday, February 5, 2015

5 Most Elusive New Cars


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Last week we posed to you a question, “What’s the most elusive new or late model car?”

We offered up such votes as the Kia K900, Hyundai Equus, Chevrolet SS, and Jaguar XK, and left the conversation up to you. Well, you delivered and here are a smattering of the top responses.

2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon


The sporty wagon has long been a pillar of the automobile enthusiast, an option that the Germans automakers are more than happy to supply us with. It’s a bit less common from across the Pacific, but Acura obliged us in 2011 with the nippy TSX five-door.
 The Acura delivered 201 horsepower from its 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which made for spirited driving, but perhaps not enough for the family-hauling thrill seekers. The Sport Wagon (and TSX altogether) got the cut in 2014.

2014 Ford Taurus


The Ford Taurus entered onto the scene in 1986, and it didn’t take long for it to become a huge hit. The sleek aerodynamic design made it a go-to for ’90s and early 2000s families. But as trends go, the Taurus eventually fell flat…then flatlined.

 It came back in 2008, but the appetite for large four-doors just isn’t where it used to be. Last year, Ford sold 52,395 Taurus sedans, though you wouldn’t know it according to some folks, who say they’ve yet to see one roaming the wild.

2013 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner


In 2005, Toyota took its newly designed Tacoma pickup and gave it a straight-from-the-factory performance overhaul. It sat one inch lower, boasted 18-inch wheels, and featured a close-ratio six-speed manual. The low-riding X-Runner certainly looked the part of a street-racing ute, though Toyota pulled the plug for the 2014 model year.

2014 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai thought it would be a good idea if they played in the large-and-in-charge luxury sedan segment. Yeah, not such a great idea after all. They are managing to somehow move close to 300 units per month in the U.S., but the real draw is for Korean execs who, for whatever reason, have an obsession with this thing.

2015 Chevrolet SS

01-Chevy SS

I’ve seen more McLaren P1s on the road (2) than I have Chevy SS’ (1). It’s kind of sad, really, because the SS is a big, beautiful performance sedan people should really give a chance.

While not exactly new, we did get loads of great elusive cars from the 2000s. Here are three that made our short list: Isuzu VehiCROSS, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6, and Honda S2000 hardtop.
Got any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!