Every year, car companies are upping the game with their overall design. Fuel efficiency, speed, technology, and style are all taken into consideration for car makers. They want to cater to the consumers by making car buying an even more pleasurable experience than before.
The majority of car buyers have a specific set of standards they like to follow. Some want a car that will stand out and make a statement, others might be looking for a fuel efficient and practical vehicle, while some just want a car that gets them from one place to another. Whatever the case may be, car makers are collaborating their ideas to present options for all types of consumers.
Obviously we all have that one dream car we would sell a body part to have but unfortunately, for the average person, that is not usually a realistic alternative. With 2015 coming to a close and dealerships wanting to make room for the 2016 models, end-of-the-year sales are popping up everywhere.
If 2015 models didn’t tickle your fancy, maybe the 2016 models are for you. Whether you’re a college student, a thrill seeker, or a soccer mom, there’s a car for everyone. When hitting the dealership this upcoming year, here are a few options to consider.
10 Acura NSX
Car enthusiasts have long-awaited the arrival of the latest Acura NSX. The final reveal occurred at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division, stated "our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX - a super car that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver.” To power the 2016 NSX, Acura put in a hybrid powertrain, a twin-turbo V6 engine, and three electrical motors. To help with braking and corners, a SH-AWD was installed. According to kbb.com, the NSX's acceleration is comparable to the Ferrari 458. Since this is a “need for speed” type of car, a price was not disclosed, however, it is estimated to be in the vicinity of $150,000.
9 Toyota Mirai
By far, the most exciting and all around tech-savvy car to hit the American showrooms in the year to come is the 2016 Toyota Mirai. The name for this car was inspired by the overall power needed to make the car run. Mirai, in Japanese, means “future”.
Similar to when the Toyota Prius made its debut in the U.S, the Japanese car company wanted their design to stand out and not be confused with any other model. New to the Toyota family, the Toyota Mirai has a fuel cell engine. This means it runs on compressed hydrogen.
That’s not all! No stone was left unturned when designing this sedan. The bigger grill allows for more air flow through the hood which accompanies the shorter flatter roof to ensure a more aerodynamic form. The horsepower is nothing to boast about, courtesy of a 4-cylinder, 134 horsepower engine. Nevertheless, the money you save filling up at the pump is well worth the trade-off! According to Toyota, the owner of this vehicle could go 300 miles before having to stop at a hydrogen cell station (51/48MPG). That’s insane!
Toyota didn’t stop there. They wanted the consumer to feel well taken care of on the interior as well. Fully equipped with touchscreen everything, all control operations function through two screens located in the center stack. Here’s the downside: Like organic or healthy food, this Eco-friendly sedan has a pretty luxurious price tag attached. The official price has not been released, but the estimated cost sits somewhere between $45,000 and $58,000. Even if you cannot afford this vehicle, definitely check out the specs and see how the future is shaping out to be.
8 Lexus GS F
The Lexus GS F speeds to the front of the line ahead of its competitors by offering a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 467-horsepower. Lexus was able to combine the speed and performance of a Lexus RC F in a sedan trim but also provide the sporty look of a sports car. The Lexus GS F comes with three trim choices: Standard, Slalom, and Track. From the Sunday leisurely drive to the lead foot, this car is a fit for all. According to kbb.com, the drive is said to be “balanced with a dual personality.” The Lexus GS F is guaranteed to deliver.
7 Buick Cascada
Probably one of the biggest comebacks in over 25 years, Buick has surprised the automobile world with updated, sleek, and modern designs. You’ve probably seen the commercials with people of all age groups stunned at the Buick's modern look. Well, they want to keep that awe going. New to the sales lot this upcoming year is the all-new Cascada convertible.
With an aggressive, yet clean body style, this leather-upholstered ride boasts more about its updated technological amenities and safety features rather than the mechanical features under the hood. The Buick Cascada comes with a 7” color touchscreen navigation, OnStar (standard free trial in all GM models), rear-view back up camera, Siri eyes for IPhone owners, and 4G LTE/Wi-Fi Hot Spot capabilities.
Under the hood, the Cascada has a 200-Horsepower/4 cylinder turbo-charged engine that offers a smooth and enjoyable drive. The price will not be released until closer to its release date.
6 Cadillac ATS-V
Known for being a bulky, luxury car, Cadillac has finally unveiled their all new ATS-V. This car is looking to match the power compared to the Chevy Corvette and Chevy Camaro.
This 3.6-litre V6 turbo engine car is equipped with a manual 6-speed transmission which allows for smooth gear transition and a promise for a tighter turning radius. Even though the ATS-V scored in weighing less than the Mercedes AMG C63 or the Lexus RC-F, the 0-60MPH time will result in the same timing as previous models.
The estimated starting price for this vehicle is $60,000; the coupe version around $70,000. Even though the big reveal has happened, don’t expect to see the ATS-V hitting the lots until early next year.
5 Honda Pilot
If you’re looking for a family-style car that has a practical design, check out the 2016 Honda Pilot. In previous years, Honda was known for creating a body style different from the rest. They’ve done away with the boxy car design and merged back into the mainstream body style with smooth corners and a less rigid exterior.
The Pilot features a sporty crossover look with all the amenities a consumer would need to cart the kids around or move all that junk in your garage to a storage unit. Honda boasts about the lighter design of the all-new Honda Pilot, however the fuel efficiency is still not the best (18/25 front wheel and 17/24 MPG AWD). They also made sure to include luxury interior design with features such as a heated steering wheel, a power moon roof, heated front captain seats, and a 9” DVD entertainment system. The mainstream design is nothing to write home about, but if you’re looking to upgrade your current SUV, definitely check out the Honda Pilot.
There is no definite price, but according to previous models, Honda’s SUV line typically cost between $30,000 to $45,000.
4 Lexus RX Crossover
Available in RX 350 and RX 450h (hybrid), Lexus made a big splash with their daringly audacious design at a New York auto show. With a tough and unyielding exterior, the Lexus RX doesn’t ask for attention, it demands it!
The transition of boxy edges to smooth sides was designed so flawlessly, Lexus truly raised the bar on what SUV's are capable of being. The people at Lexus wanted to provide a SUV Crossover that combines the luxurious look of a Lexus that doesn’t stop at the exterior, but carries over into the interior.
The RX offers a 5-seater SUV with the comfort of extra leg room, camera and light radar to assist with keeping in the lane, and entertainment screens mounted to the back of the front seat head rests. Though the blending of technology with luxury is quite impressive, like most SUVs, the fuel efficiency is still not as good as a sedan (18/26 MPG). The price for this beauty has yet to be released, but be on the lookout Fall 2015 as the entire 2016 Lexus line begins to hit the showrooms.
3 Kia Optima
Upon first look of this sedan, you would think it came out of a well-known luxury car factory. The aggressive character is complimented by the smooth finish Kia crafted for this vehicle. Not only is it equipped with a fuel efficient gas mileage of 20/31 MPG, it put out an impressive torque rating at 1,350 rpm, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine that has a 247-horsepower to keep up with other cars in its class.
As for the fun stuff (technology), the Optima is perfect for the helicopter-mom or blackhawk-dad. Features such as a curfew alert, speed alert, and driving score come standard on this beautiful masterpiece (it’s a win/win for parents and new drivers!)
Not only has Kia attempted and mastered their game playing skills in style and mechanics, but they also have a new addition to their technology abilities. The 2016 Kia Optima now has integrated Android and iPhone Bluetooth capabilities allowing music, navigation, and messaging streamed from your phone to the car. Expect to see this sexy car in showrooms towards the end of 2015.
2 Toyota Tacoma
As stated before, there is a vehicle for everyone this upcoming year, even the truck guy (or girl). If you’re considering a midsize truck and want to downsize from your dual-wheel gas-guzzling monster, check out the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma.
The market for mid-sized trucks has been at a standstill for the past few decades but (no surprise here) Toyota wants to make a comeback. Instead of only offering a V6 engine in previous models, the Tacoma is now equipped with a 4-cylinder 3.5-litre engine and a more state-of-the-art fuel injection system to stretch your dollar a little further when filling up at the gas station. Stepping in at 16/26 MPG, Toyota Tacoma guarantees more fuel-efficiency than its competitors in its class such as the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado.
Two types of cab options are available: access cab or double cab. If you are the off-road enthusiast, the boxier grill and tougher look is backed by its all-new frame components. By using high-strength steel, this will provide greater stability and strength when taking those trips off the unbeaten path.
The Tacoma is available in multiple trim levels for 2WD or 4WD. As for the technology, available are a GoPro mount, rear view camera, touchscreen audio system, push-to-start, power moon roof, and so much more! Even if you’re the most rugged of people, this truck is sure to make you feel like a king (or queen) on every trip!
1 Porsche Boxster Spyder
With a top speed 180 MPH, weight of 2,899 lbs., a 375-horsepower engine, and the biggest price tag of all Boxsters, the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder has earned its right to be at the top of the 2016 list of cars!
The Boxster has a comparable drivetrain to the Cayman GT4. This means the Boxster's 3.8-litre flat-6 works a 6-speed manual transmission. In simple terms, the Porsche vector torquing works with the mechanically-locking rear differential to allow for a more stable handling. The audio and AC are only offered as options, not standard on the Boxster.
Some good news for the tall sports car lovers, the seats are all tilt - not just the back of the seat. The body, including the doors and trunk, are made of aluminum steel.
Despite being the ultimate speed machine, the fuel efficiency is not the greatest with20 City/28 Hwy MPG score.
No price is available at this time.
Cars, trucks, SUVs, whatever you drive, they are an extension of ourselves. The car buying experience used to be about practicality and necessity. Over the past 40 years, car design, with the inclusion of technology, has become an art form. The pissing contest of who can put out the best car each year may benefit the car companies for notability, but we benefit, as well.
If you want to check out more of what’s to come in the car world, go to www.kbb.com to check out the rest of the 2016 class of cars.