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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550

2014 Cadillac CTS VSport

2014 Hyundai Equus

Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

Garmin HUD

Price: $51,995

Availability: September 2013

The outlook: The substantial amount of tech Chevrolet put into the Stingray succeeds in making it a better car, without getting in the way of the driving experience. In fact, the tech, cabin appointments, and body design make it as desirable as models from Ferrari and Lamborghini, at the considerably lower price point of just over 50 grand.

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Price: TBD

Availability: Fall 2013

The outlook: With the 2014 S550, Mercedes-Benz shows what a flagship sedan should be. This car debuts new technologies and plants the Mercedes-Benz marque firmly in the future.

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Price: $59,070

Availability: Fall 2013

The outlook: At the top of the newly announced 2014 Cadillac CTS lineup is the 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine of the CTS Vsport trim level. Output from this direct-injected mill is stated at 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. And 0-60 comes in just 4.6 seconds. Take it easy and this configuration will also return 17 city mpg and 25 highway mpg.

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Price: $61,000

Availability: September 2013

The outlook: With an air suspension, rear-wheel drive, and a 5-liter V-8, the Hyundai Equus bats in the big leagues. It doesn't stint on the tech features, though, showing new strides for Hyundai.

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Price: $69.95

Availability: Fall 2013

The outlook: The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant and its companion smartphone app aim to make monitoring your vehicle's performance as simple as monitoring your personal performance with a Fitbit or Nike FuelBand.

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Price: $149.99

Availability: Fall 2013

The outlook: A head-up display adds a bit of drama to the driving experience, but more importantly it adds a bit of safety as well. By putting speed, navigation, and turn information in the driver's line of sight, the Garmin HUD allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

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