2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards: The Nominees

By KBB.com Editors on October 12, 2015 11:12 AM

Kelley Blue Book Best Buys of 2016

We didn't create our annual Best Buy Awards because the world needed yet another automotive award, we did it because new-car shoppers like you needed a more helpful award.

In mid-November we'll announce the second annual Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winners. Highlighting standouts in each of 12 popular vehicle categories, our Best Buy Awards provide valuable guidance whether you're shopping for a compact car, a full-size truck or just about anything in between. Not every Best Buy Award winner is the right choice for every segment shopper, but each is a smart, solid recommendation that provides a confident foundation on which to conduct a successful car search.

This year we're testing the 49 new-car nominees listed below, driving them back to back and comparing everything from ride quality and legroom to safety ratings and 5-year cost to own data. For our truck testing, we're also towing and hauling thousands of pounds.

Which of last year's winners will defend their titles and which newcomers will earn top spots? We're excited to find out, and just as eager to let you know.

2016 Best Buy Nominees: Truck

2016 Ford F-150

Will last year's Pickup Truck Best Buy be able to fend off two all-new trucks and a third with a new engine?

More F-150

2016 Nissan Titan

At long last, a totally new Nissan Titan is upon us. The Titan XD combines an available diesel engine with impressive towing and hauling promise.

More Titan
Small Cars

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The venerable Toyota Tacoma midsize truck has also been redesigned for 2016.

More Tacoma
Midsize Cars

2016 Chevy Colorado

The Colorado lineup expands for 2016 with the addition of an available diesel engine, which is the model we're testing.

More Colorado
Full-Size Cars


Here are the remaining nominees vying for this year's Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards honors:

Small Car
2016 Honda Civic
2016 Hyundai Elantra
2016 Scion iM
2016 Subaru Impreza
2016 Toyota Corolla

Midsize Car
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Honda Accord
2016 Hyundai Sonata
2016 Kia Optima
2016 Mazda MAZDA6
2016 Toyota Camry

Full-Size Car
2016 Chevrolet Impala
2016 Chrysler 300
2016 Hyundai Genesis
2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Toyota Avalon

Small SUV
2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Mazda CX-3

Midsize SUV
2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Toyota Highlander

Full-Size SUV
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
2016 Ford Expedition
2016 Toyota Sequoia

2016 Honda Odyssey
2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Toyota Sienna

Performance Car
2016 Chevrolet Camaro
2016 Chevrolet Corvette
2016 Ford GT350
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2016 Scion FR-S

Electric/Hybrid Car
2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Toyota Mirai
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

Luxury Car
2016 Acura ILX
2016 Lexus GS
2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Luxury SUV
2016 Acura MDX
2016 Lexus RX
2016 Lincoln MKX
2016 Volvo XC90

Featuring a mix of all-new and carryover entries for 2016, the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards are both a first look at the new model year and a culmination of the previous year's vehicle testing. Some new-for-2016 models weren't yet available for testing, and many of those vehicles will be included in next year's evaluation.