Not only have we tied a bow on the New York Auto Show, we've closed the books on the 2014 North American auto show circuit. (The Beijing show starts this weekend, but then we get some time off from the auto show madness.) While we'd like to say the North American season ended with a bang, that wouldn't really be the case.

Don't get us wrong, there were still plenty of big debuts here in New York – 41, by our count. But nothing really struck us as being hugely groundbreaking, even if a lot of important, big-sales-total cars debuted. That said, since our Editors' Choice posts always focus on what pulled our heartstrings, rather than what shook the Earth, we still had plenty to talk about as we reflect on the New York show. Have a look at what made us smile the most below, and be sure to check out our video overview at the end.

5th Place –
2015 ALFA ROMEO 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C

JEREMY KORZENIEWSKI: Alfa is coming back to the States! (Hopefully for real.) And it looks great. Plus, it doesn't have power steering. My brain thinks that's awesome; my forearms aren't so sure.

STEVEN EWING: We've seen this car beforedriven it, too – but having an Alfa Romeo on American soil is really a big deal. After years of promises, it looks like Fiat-Chrysler is ready to deliver. Bring it on.

MICHAEL ZAK: Alfa Romeo marks its American comeback with the 4C. This car would look great in my driveway.
4th Place –
2015 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary

SEBASTIAN BLANCO: Somewhere in a drawer there is a picture of a 16-year-old me enjoying a sunny summer day in Anchorage, AK, enjoying a ride in a Miata. If Mazda can wax nostalgic, then so can I.

STEVEN EWING: Ford may be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its iconic Mustang, but even more important to me is the 25th birthday of the darling Mazda MX-5 Miata. This one of the most perfect, most pure driver's cars, and while this special edition doesn't shake up the formula any (new paint!), it's still another line for the never-ending love story between the car enthusiast and Japan's roadster of record. Mazda also showed off the next-generation Miata's chassis in New York, and to that I say, here's to another blissful 25 years.
3rd Place –
2015 NISSAN MURANO

2015 Nissan Murano

PETE BIGELOW: Dig the floating-roof design. Expect to see other automakers mimic it in coming months and years.

BRANDON TURKUS: Surprise of the show? Just maybe. The new Murano looks outstanding, and it should serve as a solid shot in the arm to Nissan's styling division.

CHRIS BRUCE: Vehicles like the Murano and Honda HR-V are showing a more stylish future for crossovers, and it's a welcome change. Now that the segment is one of the hottest in the industry, it's great to see that stylists are learning how to differentiate the models from the standard two-box shapes that used to be the norm.
2nd Place –
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY VISION CONCEPT

Land Rover Discovery Vision concept

JEREMY KORZENIEWSKI: The Disco is coming back to the States! And it looks great. Plus, Laser Terrain Scanning and Transparent Bonnet? That's awesome.

BRANDON TURKUS: Okay, so it might look a bit like the Ford Explorer, but it's good to see that Land Rover is ready to evolve the styling language pioneered by the Evoque.

STEVEN EWING: The latest crop of Land Rover vehicles has just been outstanding, so how could this new Discovery be anything less than stellar? I know, it's just a concept, but for fans of the Land Rover brand, the fact that the company is bring its iconic Disco back to American soil (and not in LR4 form) is hugely exciting. Looks killer, too.
1st Place –
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ S63 AMG COUPE

Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe

MICHAEL ZAK: I was skeptical about Mercedes making the big S-Class into a coupe again, but man was I wrong. This thing is beautifully sculpted and now comes with the insane power of AMG.

BRANDON TURKUS: It's everything you want from a Bentley Continental GT for less money. And then consider that it looks so, so, so pretty, and the S63 AMG Coupe is the big two-door we'll be ready to spend our lottery winnings on.

STEVEN EWING: Words cannot express how gorgeous this thing is in person. And with that big AMG V8 under the hood, beauty indeed meets brawn.

SEYTH MIERSMA: Mercedes' performance cars have been getting more perfect with each subsequent generation, so I have high hopes that this S63 coupe will be a thrilling kind of menace on the road. Throw in one of the best looking interiors I've seen in a long time, and this concept car for the street is an easy best in show for me.

ERIN MARQUIS: I'm already a fan of Mercedes-AMG line, but the new S63 Coupe is special even by MB standards. A luxurious, powerful car with sleek styling, the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe has it all.
VOTING BREAKDOWN

As we've done with our past Editors' Choice lists, each staffer had 25 points to distribute amongst five cars, with no one car receiving more than 10 points. After everything was tallied, here's how the Top Five fell:
  • Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe – 44 points
  • Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept – 35 points
  • Nissan Murano – 33 points
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniv. Edtn. – 19 points
  • Alfa Romeo 4C – 13 points


HONORABLE MENTIONS

This show was actually sort of tough for us. There was no far-and-away winner like at previous shows, and considering how many runners-up there are compared to the total number of debuts, it looks like our interests were spread way across the board at this year's New York expo.



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      gary
      • 8 Months Ago
      Really, a paint-and-upholstery package on the 9-year-old miata makes the top 5 "debuts?" I love the miata as much as any hetero-man can (have owned 3 of them) but find this a weak choice.
        rstonnerdd
        • 8 Months Ago
        @gary
        Don't "love" the Miata but I do "love" your comment (as much as any hetero man can).
      Bill
      • 8 Months Ago
      I guess Autoblog chose the cars they thought were coolest. The fact that the MX-5 has new paint doesn't really change things... Second, they need to stop hiring their friends as writers… looks like everyone voted for the same cars. Third, keep things consistent. They give the MX-5 19 votes because it is a pure sports car… yet they give the FRS 1 vote...
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      "...our Editors' Choice posts always focus on what pulled our heartstrings, rather than what shook the Earth..." That explains the bizzare selection.
        mary.keana
        • 8 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        I think the votes are purchased. 9 points for a Camry with a new lower air intake. No way.
          mary.keana
          • 8 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          LOL, I get it carguy1701, your heatstrings were pulled by the Camry. Good for you. Glad to know that along with Seyth, you too are excited over a facelifted Camry. I however think many other choices should have received at least ONE vote.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          Aaron, drop the act. The TLX didn't interest them. Let it go.
          mary.keana
          • 8 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          carguy1701, I'm not talking to you. Now run along little boy. Dumb little boys should keep their mouths shut when the adults are trying to have a conversation.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          >is behaving like a petulant child because a car he likes didn't get any votes >has the audacity to call me a kid Pot, the kettle is on the phone for you. Something about you being black.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @mary.keana
          Seyth, mary.keana is a known Honda fanboy who thinks that any time Honda doesn't get mentioned, nefarious forces such as the UAW and the Democratic party (or Hondas competitors) have bought votes.
      mary.keana
      • 8 Months Ago
      Glad to see carguy1701 is all excited over the Camry too.
      KO
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd leave the Alfa and Murano in my Top5, but the rest? The S coupe is too predictable. The Landy is ugly for a new LR, and I'd hold on accolades on the Miata till the new one debuts. I think the Sedona and HR-V deserve a spot, and maybe the facelift Camry.
        mary.keana
        • 8 Months Ago
        @KO
        Autoblog writers vote on a Honda product. Don't make us laugh.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @KO
        Hey KO, Thanks for reading, and for the comment. There were a few editors that tried to vote for the HR-V, but it wasn't technically eligible since Honda didn't really show it in NYC. We simply saw pictures, the car didn't debut. -Seyth
      RZ-Civic
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'd replace the Miata with the Challenger in that list. Eight speeds across the board and a good interior overhaul were much needed changes for that vehicle.
      F150Soul
      • 8 Months Ago
      Camry? Going once... going twice... gone! It's outta here!
      charles
      • 8 Months Ago
      Based on the post count here and elsewhere, your top five would be everyone else's bottom five.
      cpmanx
      • 8 Months Ago
      Another truly bizarre Autoblog top-5 list. I think they make some annoying choices just to spur lots of comments and additional traffic on their site. Otherwise it is hard to figure what a paint-and-trim version of the aging Miata is doing on this list, ahead of several major significant all-new vehicles. The new Camry pulled on more "heartstrings" than the M4 convertible or the Vantage GT? OK, guys, nice job. You got me.
        jtav2002
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cpmanx
        Then start your own auto publication. It's purely subjective. I don't agree with the list, but if you ask 10 people you're going to get 10 different lists.
      jmi2
      • 8 Months Ago
      Nissan Murano? looks like a tamed-down Infiniti FX! at least Camry wasn't on the list. every other new car looks like a Camry now. the 1st time i was driving behind the new Malibu, i thought it was a Camry. yeah! i hate Toyota...
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jmi2
        "the 1st time i was driving behind the new Malibu, i thought it was a Camry." Sir, I do not see how you could make that mistake. The tail lights on a Malibu are of a completely different design than the Camry!
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          That still makes no sense to me. I can't tell a Malibu and Camry apart easily.
      mattjopete
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why no Power Wagon? Those things are BA
      tbird57w
      • 8 Months Ago
      that mercedes must look a lot better in person because it sure doesn't look deserving from the pics. i know the S-CLASS interior is really sharp.
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