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Our Favorite Motor Trend Photos of 2014

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/22/2014 Motor Trend Staff, Chris Clonts

We know that part of what draws you to Motor Trend is the photography of the wonderful vehicles and venues we are lucky enough to experience. This year, we asked Visual Assets Manager Brian Vance to gather some of the staff's favorite photos from 2014. Enjoy.

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"World's Greatest Drag Race 4"

Worlds Greatest Drag Race 4© Provided by MotorTrend Worlds Greatest Drag Race 4 From everybody's favorite offshoot of our Best Driver's Car competition. Our "World's Greatest Drag Race 4" can be found here.

Mustang Mania

2015 Ford Mustang GT and 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Mustang GT and 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost This year (finally) saw the introduction of the newest Mustang build from Ford, including a four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo engine (left) and of course the V-8-powered (sounds like it, too!) Mustang GT.

Getting Sandy With Toyota's TRD Pro Line

Baja Trip with 2015 Toyota TRD Pro© Provided by MotorTrend Baja Trip with 2015 Toyota TRD Pro We hit the Baja Peninsula with a Tacoma, a Tundra, and a 4Runner all up to the off-road task.

In Arizona, a Colorado Emerges

2015 Truck of the Year Contenders Group© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Truck of the Year Contenders Group We took our tough fleet of Truck of the Year contenders to Yucca and Kingman, Arizona, to see which would come out on top. To say the winner was a surprise is an understatement.

Big Scenery, Midsize Cars

2014 2015 Midsize Sedans Big Test© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 2015 Midsize Sedans Big Test For our Big Test on 2014/2015 midsize sedans, we hit the frequently beautiful suburbs of Los Angeles.

Porsche's Mind Destroyer

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Did we like the Porsche's beautiful, electrified 918 supercar ? Yes. Yes we did.

Kia's Perception Alteration Device

2015 Kia K900© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Kia K900 This was the year Kia introduced the $80,000 car you can buy for $65,000, its K900, complete with an ad campaign with Morpheus encouraging us to "Challenge the luxury you know." Challenge accepted.

Just Build It Already

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge in Hong Kong© Provided by MotorTrend Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge in Hong Kong Everywhere the Nissan Q50 Eau Rouge Concept goes, that's what people say. From Geneva to Pebble Beach, the luxe near-race car with the GT-R engine gets people's hearts racing.

"BMW's Masterpiece"

2014 BMW i8© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 BMW i8 That's what Jonny Lieberman said when he had the chance to drive BMW's top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid sports car.

Get It? Golfs?

2015 Volkswagen Golf© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Golf Who's up for a little visual pun action? Oh, that'd be the top-notch but unsung production staff after another crunch closing the Car of the Year print edition.

When Genesis Isn't the Beginning

2015 Hyundai Genesis V 8© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Hyundai Genesis V 8 It really is pretty impressive where Hyundai design is. The new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language makes almost any of Hyundai's cars look beautiful in any landscape.

Another Dam Comparison

Entry Level Luxury Sedan© Provided by MotorTrend Entry Level Luxury Sedan Sure, the Hoover Dam is an amazing feat of engineering, but it's also a breathtaking sight from almost anywhere, including from the air during our comparison of entry-level luxury cars.

New Luxury, Old Scenery

Entry Level Luxury Sedan© Provided by MotorTrend Entry Level Luxury Sedan Another shot from our entry-level luxury comparison.

Car of the Year: A Yearly Proposal

2015 Car of the Year Group Shot© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Car of the Year Group Shot Hey, California desert: You supply the light-drenched tableau; we'll supply the cars.

Corvette Z06

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Add a letter and two digits to the most hallowed name in, American sports cars, and people pay attention. Carlos Lago certainly did, getting all twitterpated driving and discussing Chevy's impressive effort.

Road Rocket, Meet Real Rocket

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Nasa Space Site© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Nasa Space Site In a special installment of "Epic Drives," Arthur St. Antoine took America's most advanced sports car to visit sites of the nation's greatest achievement in exploration.

Gone Retro? Or Just Gone?

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Dodge just about made our eyes pop out of our heads when it introduced the 707-hp Charger Hellcat. As we said, you'll "never get the kids to school late again."

Automotive Photography 301

The Big Test Compact Sedans© Provided by MotorTrend The Big Test Compact Sedans It's a classic setup for compelling photos: old versus new. We think going there paid off in beautiful fashion here for our comparison of 2014 compact sedans.

MRLS x3

2014 Motor Trend Best Drivers Car© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Motor Trend Best Drivers Car Whenever they get three wide at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the results are exciting, whether it's racing or here, a shot for our wildly popular Best Driver's Car competition.

From Apex to Apogee

This moment of awesome in the 2015 Subaru WRX brought to you by an endlessly watchable episode of "Ignition." Be sure to catch the end of the video. Then catch your breath.

2015 Subaru WRX STI© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Wanna Fight?

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Nissan Frontier Pro 4X Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Nissan Frontier Pro 4X Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro If you want to start the commentariat chattering, all you have to do is either a) name something to an "of the year" award, or b) compare a set of tough, off-road-ready trucks.

Visual Pun, Part II

Performance Ponycar Showdown© Provided by MotorTrend Performance Ponycar Showdown Oh, come on. Do we really have to explain this one from our muscle-car comparison ?

Battle of Briton

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs 2014 Jaguar XKR S GT© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs 2014 Jaguar XKR S GT Though this photo is wall-poster worthy, what we really wish you could do is hear these two monsters at full throttle. Oh wait. You can! Check out the video.

We Call It The LSSSC

Luxury Sports Sedan Comparison© Provided by MotorTrend Luxury Sports Sedan Comparison Or luxury super sports sedan comparison. The Audi RS7 versus Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG S versus Porsche Panamera Turbo must be the ultimate in family-car fun.

One Benefit of Drought

2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat The car chase in the runoff channel is a Hollywood staple and one of the iconic images from Los Angeles. To compare two of America's hottest muscle cars, we took a tour of great scenery around L.A.

Rough Terrain, Ready Truck

2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 The neutral gray of the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro creates subtle contrast to the mountainous terrain.

Red on Green: There Is No Substitute

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Even if it weren't this fab shade of red, it would be impossible for the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S to be anything but the center of attention in the mountains above Los Angeles.

Rain At Road America

2015 BMW M3© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 BMW M3 Though some drizzle dampened Carlos Lago's spirits briefly in Wisconsin, the BMW M3 still made the trip worthwhile.

Performance Ponycar Showdown© Provided by MotorTrend Performance Ponycar Showdown
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