Our 10 Favorite New-for-2015 Cars
The 2015 model year has brought us more than 50 brand-new and redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs. And now that we've driven just about all of them, it's time to name favorites. Here are the 10 new models that struck the clearest chords among the KBB.com editors.
The Acura TLX is a sporty and efficient 4-cylinder luxury sedan that starts around $32,000. But it's also a V6-powered performance sedan with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission -- if you have another $10,000 to throw around.
No stranger to our popular 10 Best lists, the fun, flexible and affordable Honda Fit has further evolved for 2015. The back seat and cargo area are both surprisingly roomy, and the acrobatic second-row Magic Seat expertly accommodates people and cargo in a variety shapes, sizes and configurations.
Nothing less than our Luxury Car Best Buy for 2015, the larger and roomier new C-Class deftly blends modern amenities and design with the kind of traditional luxury we all expect from a Mercedes-Benz.
The basic recipe remains the same after all these years -- fun, efficient, practical and refined -- but the new Golf is available in more flavors than ever. Your choices include the performance-themed Golf GTI, the higher-performance Golf R, the 45-mpg Golf TDI diesel, and now an all-electric e-Golf with 83 miles of range and the equivalent efficiency of more than 100 mpg. Oh, and the bread-and-butter Golf starts under $18,000 with a turbocharged engine and up to 37 highway mpg.
A mix of radical style, SUV practicality and Lexus appeal, the new small SUV from Lexus is poised for big things. The first Lexus to offer a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, the NX is also available with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain.
With a sub-$20,000 starting price, standout styling and off-road abilities that live up to the Jeep brand, the new Renegade promises to be a popular option in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment.
The boldly rethought 2015 Ford F-150 wasn't just our first-ever Pickup Truck Best Buy this year, it also took home the Overall Best Buy award. With a new aluminum-intensive architecture that saves as much as 700 pounds, plus impressive EcoBoost turbocharged engines, the perennial best-selling vehicle in the country is looking like the truck of the future, too.
On one hand, a two-door S-Class seems to make about as much sense as a 4-door Porsche 911. And then you see it, you drive it, you get it. The new S-Class Coupe is rich and gorgeous inside and out, and commands an even larger presence than its $120,000 starting price would suggest.
Heritage is all well and good, but the new Ford Mustang's independent rear suspension, available 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and more forward-looking design all help make it appealing to buyers looking more for a modern performance car than a trip down memory lane.
Any new Porsche nameplate would have a better-than-average shot at claiming a place on this list, but the new Macan small SUV takes the top spot by combining true Porsche driving feel with everyday practicality.