NY Auto Show, Part II: (Mostly) Cars You Can Afford

LIKE NOTHING ELSE: Nissan likes its cars different; get a glimpse of this new Murano with boomerang-shaped headlamps
LIKE NOTHING ELSE: Nissan likes its cars different; get a glimpse of this new Murano with boomerang-shaped headlamps
George Kennedy

While the New York International Auto Show has trucked out of Manhattan, the show’s debuts still have us talking. You may have wondered how our coverage last week, with a McLaren, Alfa Romeo, and Corvette Z06 popping off the pages, relates to everyday people with debt and daycare bills. We’d argue that the $300,000 McLaren 650S comes with child seat latches and is remarkably civil on bad pavement, but we’re betting only a few of you will be taking delivery.

For the rest of us, we’ve chosen three popular, moderately priced cars that sell very well in New England and which debuted as all-new vehicles at the country’s fourth and final auto show of the 2014 model year. Plus, we found a new convertible that you’d never let your teenage son near. Expect these cars on dealer lots in a few months.

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2015 Nissan Murano

Brace yourself, this two-row crossover looks like nothing on sale today. If you’ve witnessed Nissan’s other off-kilter creations—the Murano CrossCabriolet and the Juke being just two examples—the 2015 Murano pulls off its radical, exciting styling like Johnny Weir. Which is to say, all the colors, lines, and shapes somehow work into something attractive. The interior trim on Nissan’s bronze-painted show car looked like ivory, the headlamps are shaped like boomerangs, and there are lots of new safety and gadgets on board.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

You may have heard that the 2015 Toyota Camry debuted in New York. We’d prefer to write about the 2015 Hyundai Sonata and how Toyota’s stylists simply can’t make a family sedan appear as attractive as this one. While engine output is surprisingly down over 2014, the Sonata raises the bar in interior refinements, particularly with its plush seats and a luxury car dash that could have been plucked out of an Audi.

2015 Subaru Outback

We love Subarus, you love Subarus. It’s a recurring theme in New England, and the 2015 Outback keeps the conservative styling and hardy performance that make these off-road wagons so popular in our corner of the country. The latest car, now in its 20th year, adds luxury features like a gesture-controlled touchscreen, heated rear seats, and a power tailgate. More electronic aids, such as Subaru’s auto-braking system and a new torque-vectoring front axle for better handling, are the highlights of a very familiar menu.

2015 BMW M4 Convertible

Cars like the new M4 can alter your sensible investment strategies. We’ve wondered if it wouldn’t be prudent to buy one, drive a few thousand miles, and then sell it back in a year, for what likely would be a minimal loss? Doesn’t it make sense that this 425-hp, high-revving BMW with the big rims and track-tuned handling would be worth $73,000? Maybe not. We’d suggest a 435i Convertible instead, or save $8,300 for the M4 Coupe.