2016 Cars: Check Out Your Options
2016 Cars: Check Out Your Options
From affordable to high-end options, here’s what’s coming on the market.
It boasts an upscale badge, but starting under $27,000, the 2016 ILX is one of the market's most affordable luxury cars. The compact sedan is stylish, surprisingly roomy, and offers a choice of two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, including the sporty 2.0-liter turbo. There are plenty of standard features, and options include remote start and a navigation system that can show videos — even when the car is parked. There's also a suite of the latest safety features, including collision warning with auto-braking.
Honda delivered one of the year's biggest surprises as it pulled the wraps off an all-new version of the Civic throughout the year, and it's generating even more buzz now that it's in showrooms. The 10th-generation sedan grows slightly larger and more powerful but delivers improved mileage as well as better performance. It's getting raves for its styling and offers an array of features you'd expect of a luxury car. Indeed, Honda engineers benchmarked upscale competitors like the Audi A4.
Big things come in small packages — at least if you're talking about the new Renegade. It may have the smallest footprint of any Jeep on the market, but creative packaging means you won't feel like you're sitting inside a sardine can. There are several different all-wheel-drive packages available to match a buyer's needs, including one with a Selec-Terrain system that allows a motorist to cope with varying road and trail conditions with a simple turn of the dial.
The latest remake of Ford's crossover-utility vehicle is a versatile one that comfortably can carry up to five passengers, offering a pleasant ride and ample power. The 2016 Edge features a completely new design inside and out, as well as a new suspension, steering, and brakes. It also has plenty of new technology both to entertain and keep the family safe. That includes new forward collision warning and braking.
Fully redesigned from the ground up in form and function, the third-generation 2016 Pilot is a benchmark in the three-row, mid-sized SUV segment. It's a perfect minivan alternative for those who want something more stylish but without sacrificing room, comfort, or flexibility. The 2016 makeover is offered in both seven- and eight-seat configurations and features such niceties as an eight-inch infotainment screen and rear-seat entertainment system, along with the latest safety technology.
Mercedes’ midsize SUV gets a new name and look for 2016. The replacement for the familiar ML-Class utility vehicle starts with a more stylish exterior and a major upgrade to its interior. It offers a number of powertrain options, from the high-mileage GLE300d diesel, to the high-performance GLE63 AMG. There's also a new hybrid version for the first time.
The original Volt was the first mass-market plug-in hybrid. The all-new redesign takes green to the next level, increasing battery-only range to 53 miles while boosting fuel economy once the gas engine kicks in. The 2016, Gen-2 Volt adds a fifth seat and an array of new comfort and safety features, including twin LCD displays, a rearview camera, and forward collision warning. It's a lot more stylish on the outside and more luxurious inside.
Tesla Model X
Better late than never, Tesla comes to market two years later than expected with its second product line, the first long-range battery-electric SUV. The Model X is an eye-catcher, especially when you pop open its distinctive “falcon” doors. The luxurious interior is anchored by a laptop computer-sized touchscreen operating key vehicle functions. Different battery pack options provide range of up to nearly 300 miles and sports car-level performance.
The world's best-selling hybrid-electric vehicle is back in fourth-generation skin and has plenty to offer, including a full 10 percent better fuel economy. The styling is a lot less quirky than prior versions of the Prius, but don't be fooled. Subtle details such as the active grille shutters are designed to further improve mileage. The 2016 hybrid gets a more attractive and well-contented cabin, and a new independent-rear suspension makes for a more spirited and enjoyable ride.
Once the dominant player in the mid-size sedan segment, Chevy is intent on challenging today's Asian leaders with a complete ground-up remake of the Malibu. And the new 2016 sedan shouldn't be ignored. It's notably bigger, with a positively cavernous interior, yet engineers managed to make it lighter and more fuel-efficient. The exterior design is handsome, the interior well-appointed and appealing, with tech features like Apple CarPlay and built-in 4G WiFi.
The outgoing Optima was a breakthrough car for Kia, transforming it from a stodgy, value-focused brand to one pushing the boundaries of design. The 2016 sedan is designed to push things even further. The new model is more evolution than revolution, picking up on the striking, coupe-like exterior design cues while updating the interior with more luxurious materials, features, and detailing. Kia has also given the new Optima a more planted and sporty ride and improved its steering and handling.
One of the market's best-selling mid-size models, the Altima gets a modest makeover for 2016, both inside and out. Here, the beauty of the 2016 model is more than skin deep. An emphasis on aerodynamics delivers improved fuel economy — at up to 39 mpg on the highway — but also has the benefit of reducing wind noise. Nissan has also lowered road and engine noise. But it's added new safety and infotainment features, including Apple's Siri voice valet and apps such as Pandora.