Car buyers are feeling good these days, and that’s reflected on the healthy levels of car sales in recent years. Gas prices are low and financing is very accessible, so if things remain the same then 2016 is certainly going to be quite a bullish period. And what really has car buyers excited is that car manufacturers are offering virtually an entire army of new cars or models with updated features and fresh looks.
So which of these are the best cars? We’re not talking about the trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and station wagons. We’re talking about coupes, convertibles, and the ubiquitous sedan. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for practical family cars, luxurious transports, or hotrods that can really let the adrenalin flow. Whatever you’re looking for, we have it here for you.
1. Chevrolet Camaro. Let’s start this list with the iconic Camaro, which is now targeting the current Mustang with its 6th generation. Fans can exult in its updated styling and upgraded engineering, and its look is both fresh and familiar.
For the first time ever, it now offers a turbocharged 4-cylidner 2L engine that provides an unexpected 275 HP. Then there’s a naturally aspirated V6 with V8 aspirations with its 355 HP output. And at the top you get the 6.2-liter small-block V8 with its 455 HP.
2. Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Miata doesn’t often offer radical changes, but it has now received only its 3rd makeover in the last 25 years. The “happy face” is gone, and now the great-handling 2-seat speedster is getting an appropriately aggressive design. It is even 150 pounds lighter than before, but the interior looks great with its new features.
3. Mercedes-AMG GT. It may not be convertible, but its bold new styling will surely get a lot of second looks. And don’t worry about going slow; you get a monstrous 4L V8 with 456 HP, and that’s just the base model. The top S version of this RWD gets a turbocharge that offers 503 horses which takes just 3.0 seconds to get to 60 mph.
4. Acura NSX. The intimidating NSX sports car is back, and now its speed is provided by a fuel-efficient 3-motor electric Sport Hybrid drive system added to the formidable twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. With its impressive speed and superior handling, you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a 6-figure price tag attached.
5. Mercedes-Maybach S600. The S600 headlines the brand’s flagship sedans, and it starts at about $190,000. Your driver will enjoy the 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 523 HP and 612 lb-ft of torque. You’re going to be in the back, enjoying the luxurious accommodations and the smooth ride.
6. Scion iA. For the youth on a budget, the subcompact Scion iA comes with excellent handling, a welcome 42 mpg on the highway courtesy of the 2.5L engine, and Toyota’s reliability. You also save more money in case of accidents with the standard low-speed accident avoidance system. At about $16,000 it’s a true bargain.
7. Scion iM. This is the iA’s bigger cousin in the form of a compact hatchback. Think about the sedan and imagine that it resembles a wagon, and you’ve got the iM. There’s a 4L 4-cylinder engine to go with either a 6-speed manual or a gearless CVT automatic transmission.
8. Buick Casada. The curvy Cascada is another convertible on this list, but it’s the first one from Buick in the last 25 years. It only takes 17 seconds for the ragtop to fold, and that’s possible even while the car is moving up to 31 mph. You also get about 200 horses from the turbocharged and direct injected 1.6L 4-cylinder engine.
9. Cadillac CTS-V. This sedan impresses with its understated yet powerful exterior, but under the hood lies the magnificent 6.2-liter supercharged V8. This is the component that makes the CTS-V the most powerful car ever to carry the Cadillac logo. With its 640 rampaging horses, you get to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and you can get up to 200 mph. Inside the car, you also get luxury features while all that power is matched with the appropriate performance upgrades.
10. Cadillac ATS-V. Its twin-turbocharged V6 provides “only” 464 HP, but you only take 3.8 seconds to get to 60 mph. Its 189 mph top speed isn’t all that bad either. You can choose between a sedan and a coupe.
11. Cadillac CT6. The CT6 focuses more on luxurious accommodations with lots of convenience features, but don’t think that you can just belittle its performance. With the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, you still get 400 HP.
12. Chevrolet Malibu. Sales aren’t going well, so Chevrolet injected the midsize Malibu with a welcome dose of new features and a fresh look. You even get more space in the rear seats. And up next is a new Malibu Hybrid!
13. Chevrolet Volt. It underwent a fundamental redesign for 2016, and now the electric Volt has a fresh exterior, an enhanced interior, and even a longer range per charge. Now you get to drive 50 miles before the 1.5L liter kicks in.
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