BMW 228i convertible -- Is this really a BMW? We found both the interior and the ride shamefully cheap for its near-$54,000 price tag.
Cadillac ATS-V coupe -- We would advise BMW's M4 product manager to start sending out resumes pronto. Seriously, there's not much time to waste . . . only about 3.8 seconds.
Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe -- Woohoo!! This American muscle machine is still a hoot to drive and we love the snap-crackle-pop of the exhaust when we let up on the gas.
Chrysler 300C -- This is a well-priced highway cruiser that can outshine some costlier rides in the luxury field. We liked it far better than the Infiniti below.
Ford Mustang GT convertible -- The big pony felt to us like a Camaro SS clone, but at several thousand dollars less. We could do without the busy, glitzy dash.
Honda HR-V -- With an accelerator that feels like mush, this ride has all the elements of a $25,000 compact crossover . . . and less. For the price, step up to the base Subaru Outback.
Infiniti Q70L -- Unfortunately, yes, this is your father's Oldsmobile and it should generate about the same enthusiasm. The Chrysler 300, at about $30K less, is a far better buy.
Lexus IS 350 F SPORT sedan -- Anyone who says Japanese cars lack soul hasn't driven this one. It's got enough personality to apply for German citizenship.
Mercedes-Benz SL400 roadster -- Seriously, at this price level, who's going to bypass the SL550's V-8 and opt for a 329-horsepower turbo V-6? If you need to save money, get a Corvette.
Nissan GT-R -- This hunk of Asian steel is as great as ever and stays planted on the road like almost nothing else for the price. We also like the new dash layout.
Cadillac trailered its upcoming 640-horsepower CTS-V to the event, but it was only for showin', not goin'. Nevertheless, we thought you would like to see some of the design cues that will set this baby apart from the regular Caddies, as well as the competition. (If you look hard in the rear-view, you just might spy a forlorn M5 in the distance.)