Our Favorite New-for-2016 Cars
The 2016 model year brought a bounty of more than 40 brand-new and redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs. Now that we’ve driven virtually all of them, it’s time to call out our favorites according to all the tangible and intangible considerations that distinguish any favorite. Here are the 10 new models that garnered the strongest positive sentiment -- along with several annual awards -- from the KBB.com editors.
A range-topping Cadillac sedan that’s fun to drive? This is why they tell us to never say never. Bigger than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class but smaller than the S-Class, the new CT6 offers a combination of unique design, responsive driving dynamics and a slew of luxury touches, giving luxury buyers yet another compelling option to consider.
The new Prius really is more enjoyable to drive, while at the same time boasting even more amazing fuel efficiency with an EPA city/highway rating of 54/50 mpg. And as redundant as it sounds, there’s a new Prius Eco model that ups the ante to 58/53 mpg.
The appeal of Mercedes’ redesigned and renamed small SUV can be pretty well summed up with just a couple short snippets from one of our recent reviews: “stitched dash, wood trim, satin-metal finish on the high-quality switches and knobs,” plus, “sure footed, comfortable, quietly refined, and brimming with modern technology.”
Our Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy of 2016 can travel up to 53 miles on electricity alone, and another 367 miles when the gas engine/generator kicks in. Combined with sleeker new styling and improved in-cabin technologies, the second-generation Volt has even broader appeal than the first.
The rear-drive, lightweight, drop-top MX-5 Miata is an affordable little runabout in some circles and a legendary track star in others. The new one is as pure and balanced as ever, and the bold new look only broadens its appeal.
Honda’s newest, smallest SUV is the early leader in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment. An attractive option for shoppers seeking a more affordable and efficient SUV, the roomy and flexible HR-V is also the only subcompact SUV to be named one of our 16 Best Family Cars of 2016.
Standout styling put the previous-generation Kia Optima on the map, and the new model’s increased refinement earned it the title of Kelley Blue Book Midsize Car Best Buy of 2016. Also part of the appeal are an impressive features list that includes one of our favorite infotainment systems, and Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties.
We’ve never seen a Volvo like the new XC90, but now we want to see more. Substantial parking-lot presence and a surprisingly satisfying powertrain are highlights, but the gorgeous interior is the showstopper. Mixing Swedish design sensibilities with materials and details that evoke six-figure European flagship sedans, the XC90’s interior is punctuated by a big, iPad-like touchscreen that earned Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system our 2016 Best Auto Tech Award.
The totally redesigned Honda Civic is one of the most thoroughly impressive new cars in recent memory, and the winner of this year’s Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy Award, our most prestigious annual honor. Whether you’re seeking comfort, efficiency, fun, style, tech or just plain value, you’ll have a tough time topping the new Honda Civic.