10 Best Cars Of 2016
Car and Driver (www.caranddriver.com) has just released its list of the 10 best cars of 2016. The list includes vehicles under $80,000.
“Every year we enter our weeklong evaluation looking for new and improved combinations of virtues: value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul and character. The cars that earn this award do more than merely succeed on one or two criteria; they come to us fully formed, polished, complete,” the magazine stated.
Here’s the magazine’s 10 best of 2016:
BMW M235i - Base price is $45,145 - $47,145, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter, inline-6 engine, estimated city 19 - 20 and highway 28 - 31 mpg. Car and Driver said the M235i is a compact, livable package with smooth power.
Cadillac CTS Vsport - Base price is $60,950, twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve,3.6 liter V-6 engine and estimated 16 / 24 mpg. It’s a racecar with great communication from the chassis, stated the magazine.
Chevrolet Camaro - Base price is $28,490 - $37,295, 24-valve 3.6-liter, V-6 engine or a 6.2-liter V-8, estimated 16 - 18 / 25 - 29 mpg. The magazine stated the V-8, with its 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, acts like the Corvette.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R - Base price is $49,995 - $63,495, 32-valve, 5.2-liter V-8 engine, with an estimated mpg of 14 in the city and 21 on the highway. Car and Driver claimed the 2016 model has better aerodynamics and lost the radiator-core beauty cover, saving 1.9 pounds.
Honda Accord - Base price is $22,925 - $35,400, 16-valve 2.4-liter inline-4 or 24-valve, 3.5-liter V-6, estimated 18 - 27 / 28 - 37 mpg. The Accord has tremendous value, packaging, ride and handling, according to the magazine.
Mazda MX-5 Miata - Base price is $25,735 - $31,185, 16-valve, 2.0-liter Atkinson-capable inline-4, estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 - 36 on the highway. The Mazda Miata is small, light, quick, efficient, affordable and reliable, per Car and Driver.
Mazda 3 - Base price is $18,665 - $26,265, 16-valve, 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter, Atkinson-capable inline-4 engine, estimated 25 - 30 / 35 - 41 mpg. According to the magazine, the Mazda 3 is substantial, quick-witted, responded to fingertip control and is smooth to drive.
Porsche Boxter / Cayman - Base price is $53,095 - $76,195, 24-vavle, 2.7-liter or 3.4-liter flat-six engine, estimated 19 - 22 and 26 - 32 city and highway mpg. The vehicles’ high-level of structural stiffness gives an agreeable and composed ride but also imparts sport car handling sensitivity and sharpness, stated Car and Driver.
Tesla Model S70 / 70D - Base price is $71,200 - $76,200, AC induction, 315 hp or 2 AC induction, 328 hp engine, 88 - 101 / 90 - 102 MPGe estimated for the city and highway. Car and Driver stated the Tesla is the only electric car that makes long-distance travel possible with its network of free, high-voltage superchargers.
Volkswagen Golf / GTI / Golf R - Base price $19,315 - $36,470, 16-valve, 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, estimated 22 - 25 city and 30 - 37 highway mpg. The Golf has relentless Teutonic precision and assembled like a luxury car, according to Car and Driver.