Automotive Reviews

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe


Car and Driver:

Alfa will re-relaunch itself with the 4C. It's a delightful espresso cup of nitro that will be built at Maserati's Modena plant and land in U.S. Maserati showrooms next spring with a base price of about $55,000, a number we hope won’t turn out to be another broken promise. Just 1,200 a year will be imported, the first 400 as loaded up “Launch Editions.” To find your nearest dealer, simply follow the riot police.


Top Gear:

It’s an absolute blast, simple as that, a ballsy reversal of the power war that has gripped the industry’s big guns for years. But… there are a few buts. The good bits are tremendously good, though. The 4C’s carbon chassis is as sensational as you’d hope. Overall, the car weighs just 925kg, and you can feel that lack of mass in your fingertips and through your backside. The 4C handles and rides beautifully, its unassisted steering is chock full of feel, and nothing this side of the Lotus Elise has a similar appetite for corners. Italian racing specialist Brembo supplies the 4C’s stoppers, and they’re also brilliant.

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider


Forbes:

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a car you should buy right this second if you just can’t stand the thought of someone else having the same sports car you have on your block, in your town or possibly in your state.



Top Speed:

The 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves closer to its North American arrival in the 2016 model year. The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear deck lid. A naked-carbon-fiber roll bar hoops over the passenger compartment, as does a similar windshield brace.


2016 Fiat 500C


Edmunds:

There are plenty of fuel-efficient small cars on the market today, but only a few of them clearly stand out from the crowd. A prime example is the 2016 Fiat 500. Fiat brought its cheeky Cincquecento ("500" in Italian) to the United States after acquiring Chrysler to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Now in its sixth year on our shores, the Fiat 500 continues to challenge the status quo with its distinctly Italian flair. Offered in hatchback and convertible body styles, numerous trim levels and specifications ranging from economical to downright sporty, the 500 is an endearingly offbeat alternative to the usual subcompact.

http://www.edmunds.com/fiat/500/2016/review/#overview-pod-anchor

2016 Fiat 500e


Edmunds:

Compared with other electric cars in its price range, the 2016 Fiat 500e stands apart for its sporty handling and fun-to-drive character. It feels nimble and quick to respond, and fitting into a tight parking slot or hitting a gap in traffic is a cinch. The generally light steering takes on more "weight" when cruising down highways, providing a confident, reassuring feel that's uncommon in such a small car.


CarGurus:

For 2016, Fiat equips the 500e with the latest generation of its multimedia communications system, Uconnect 5.0, which includes a 5-inch touch screen, 6-speaker AM/FM audio unit, Bluetooth, voice command, and a USB port. Fiat also offers the 2016 500e in two new exterior colors, light gray (Grigio Cenre) and dark gray (Rhino). In addition, buyers can choose from exclusive white (Steam) or black (Nero) interior colors, with highlights in gray or electric orange (Arancio Electrico).

2016 Fiat 500L


Car Gurus:

Those who dare to add a little Italian flair to their driving lives have found the 500L to be a fun way to satisfy their desire for something a little different, but not too different. It's chic and stylish, but still seats 5 and offers 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats (68.0 cubic feet with the rear seats down). The 500L also boasts fairly impressive fuel economy numbers for a 4-door family hauler, registering 25 mpg city/33 highway/28 combined when the 1.4-liter 160-hp 4-cylinder engine is coupled with the 6-speed manual (those numbers become 22/30/25 with the 6-speed automatic).

If you're looking for a stylish, affordable, and fun family wagon, it's tough to beat the FIAT 500L. With its style and space, the 500L is a winner for those who need to be practical but desire to be unique.

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/2016-Fiat-500L-Overview-c25195


2016 Fiat 500X


Edmunds:

The 2016 Fiat 500X offers many of the strengths of the quickly expanding subcompact crossover segment, including nimble driving manners, decent interior space and thrifty fuel economy, and does it with some Italian flair.

2016 Fiat Abarth


Car and Driver:

The tiny 500 goes from pipsqueak to bad-ass as the hot-rod Abarth, the heart of which is a raucous 160-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. A five-speed manual is standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional. The exhaust note is addictive, and thanks to a slammed suspension, the Abarth’s handling is as feisty as its styling. There is a coupe or a sliding-canvas soft top, though in open-air form, it can get a little pricey. Still, the Abarth is a special car with a ton of charisma.


The Car Connection:

Especially in its first three gears, the Abarth's raucous exhaust note and ample front-wheel power make it sheer fun to drive, assisted by a more firmly tuned suspension that manages not to damage the comfort much.


2017 Fiat 124

2017 Fiat 124
Car and Driver:

Go ahead, write off the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider two-seat roadster as a Mazda Miata wearing Italian rally drag. After all, this revivified 124 Spider is made in Japan, by Mazda, alongside the MX-5 Miata, and it shares with it most every structural and general mechanical design. That this Abarth version has a limited-slip differential and four more horsepower than a regular 124 Spider squeezes out of its Fiat-made, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder doesn’t change the fact that there’s a lot of Miata substance here.

Borrowing heavily from the looks of the Pininfarina-designed original, circa 1966, the 124 Spider is a stylish, if not exactly Italian, two-seat droptop. Its rival—Mazda’s MX-5 Miata—is also its main benefactor, donating its chassis, assembly line, and parts bin. But the 124 Spider does have a unique suspension and powertrain: a 160-hp 1.4-liter turbo four with either a six-speed manual or auto. The racy Abarth gets a sport-tuned exhaust, a limited-slip differential, and a boost to 164 hp.



2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid


Edmunds:

Take a test-drive of the 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and you'll discover that its hybrid system is capable of delivering impressive fuel efficiency. It uses the same hybrid powertrain as the larger Ford Fusion Hybrid, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with an electric motor. It produces a total of 188 horsepower, making the C-Max one of the most energetic hybrids in its class, while still delivering combined city-highway fuel efficiency of up to 40 mpg. At the same time, the C-Max's European roots give it refined driving characteristics and a well-dressed interior that make it substantially more enjoyable to live with on a daily basis than most of its hybrid rivals.

http://www.edmunds.com/ford/c-max-hybrid/2016/review/#leaderboard-reviews-2-anchor

2016 Ford Edge


Edmunds:

The 2016 Ford Edge gains a new optional infotainment system called Sync 3. Variable-ratio steering is now available on the Titanium trim and standard on the Sport, which also gets a standard power-adjustable steering wheel and hands-free power liftgate. On the powertrain front, the 3.5-liter V6 is no longer available on the base SE, the four-cylinder engine gains an automatic start-stop function (FWD only), and the Edge Sport now comes standard with all-wheel drive. Every 2016 Edge receives a noise-reducing windshield and keyless entry and ignition, with the Edge SEL adding a standard power passenger seat.

http://www.edmunds.com/ford/edge/2016/review/#leaderboard-reviews-2-anchor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford F150 Raptor

Edmunds:

Shoppers pretty much want everything from their full-size light-duty trucks these days. You want your new truck to be comfortable, have the most modern tech on the inside, get impressive fuel economy and, oh yeah, do all that truck stuff, too, like hauling cords of firewood and towing an Airstream travel trailer. It's easy to take all of this capability for granted, but the 2017 Ford F-150 is a perfect example of that kind of modern truck.

The latest generation F-150 offers all the performance you need along with a refined modern touch. It has neat tricks up its sleeve such as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, which allows you to control the direction of your trailer with a simple dashboard mounted knob. There's also the F-150's impressively quick Sync 3 infotainment system, a quiet cabin, and all the available luxury amenities you could ask for, such as ventilated seats and power deployable running boards. Aluminum body panels and an aluminum bed (rather than traditional steel) help make the F-150 the lightest truck in its class, too.

This year's 2017 F-150 also gets a few updates worth noting. The big news is the redesigned version of the top-of-the-line turbocharged 3.5-liter engine that's hooked up to a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission. Yes, 10. It sounds like overkill, but it helps improve fuel economy and it provides an ideal gear ratio for just about any towing scenario. To top off the changes, Ford has brought back one of the baddest off-road trucks out there, the F-150 Raptor. It's wider and significantly more powerful than the standard F-150 and comes with an upgraded suspension, heavy-duty skid plates and tons of character. Head out to open desert terrain in a Raptor, and you're going to feel as if you're driving your own personal Baja-race trophy truck.

Clearly, if you're shopping for a full-size truck, there are a number of excellent choices. But even among all that stiff competition, the 2017 Ford F-150 is still one of our favorite trucks on the road. It should be right near the top of your consideration list.

https://www.edmunds.com/ford/f-150/2017/review/

2016 Ford Focus


Car and Driver:

With its European-developed chassis, the Focus is a practical, playful companion offering a rare blend of agility and accuracy. A 160-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder is standard but a 123-hp 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder with auto start-stop is optional for extra efficiency. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available but we prefer the five-speed manual. A handsome exterior and functional interior with a load of standard and available features win the Focus extra style points

2016 Ford Fusion


Edmunds:

Strengths include handsome styling, refined ride and handling characteristics, a quiet cabin and a peppy yet fuel-efficient engine lineup. Two of the Fusion's available engines are turbocharged. Go with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine for maximum fuel economy or the 2.0-liter for robust acceleration. All-wheel drive is also available, which is a rarity for this class of car.


Kelly Blue Book:

The 2016 Ford Fusion makes using Sync and other functions easier with a simplified center stack. Fusion S models offer a new appearance package, there's a new Shadow Black exterior color, and a new cold weather package for SE models. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder and its optional manual transmission disappear.

2016 Ford Mustang


Edmunds:

During Edmunds brake testing, both a Mustang EcoBoost and a Mustang GT (both equipped with the optional Performance package) stopped from 60 mph in just 108 feet. That's a better-than-average stopping performance for this segment.

In government crash tests, the Mustang coupe earned a Five-Star Rating (out of a possible five) for Overall Crash Protection, with Five Stars for Total Front-Impact Protection and Five Stars for Total Side-Impact Protection.


Kelly Blue Book:

Three engines are available for the 2016 Mustang, and none is a loser. The base V6 Mustang comes with Ford's 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, while the top-line GT uses a 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. The newest member of the Mustang engine family is a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that produces 310 horsepower. Not only does it out-muscle the V6, it's also the most fuel-efficient Mustang engine, with up to 32 mpg. All Mustangs are rear-wheel drive and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Shelby GT350 is in its own class with a 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 putting out 526 horsepower, coming connected solely to a 6-speed manual transmission.

2016 Honda Accord


Car and Driver:

The playful and engaging Accord offers more than you’d expect, which helps make it a 10 Best Winner for 2016. A 185-hp 2.4-liter four and a six-speed manual are standard in both the coupe and sedan; Sport models get a slight bump to 189 hp. A CVT is optional, as is a 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic; the coupe offers a six-speed manual—our choice.


Edmunds:

The 2016 Honda Accord manages to strike a near-perfect balance between a supple ride and engaging handling. Considering how it's a big family sedan meant primarily for comfort, it's all the more impressive that it remains balanced and controlled around turns. The electric-assist power steering might feel pretty light the first time you turn the wheel, but it is precise and has a crisp response that adds to the driving enjoyment. Retuned suspension dampers have also improved the Accord's ride quality this year, and it deals with rough roads and broken pavement in a more comfortable manner.

2016 Honda Civic


Edmunds:

The 2016 Honda Civic comes standard with stability control, antilock disc brakes (many previous Civics came with rear drums), front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a rearview camera. Starting with the EX sedan trim, a right-side blind spot camera (LaneWatch) is also standard, as is the HondaLink system, which also includes emergency crash notification. On the Civic coupe, the blind-spot camera and HondaLink come standard on the Touring trim only.

In Edmunds testing, a Civic Touring sedan came to a stop from 60 mph in 117 feet, a few feet shorter than average.


The Car Connection:

The Civic's big performance appeal is in ride and handling. With a more complex dual-pinion electric steering setup and hydraulic mounts for the suspension, it's a magnitude more mature than the last Civic, precise and composed in all versions. On the base models, there's more dependence on the small 16-inch tires to soak up bumps, but ride quality is still good; it's just the turbocharged versions get better tires and additional hydraulic suspension bushings that deliver a wonderfully compliant, composed ride quality and excellent tracking. It no longer feels at all like an economy car, at this pay grade.

2016 Honda CR-V


Kelly Blue Book:

Whether you’re just starting a family or finishing up with one, the 2016 Honda CR-V makes a great choice. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) is perfect for traveling in snow and you’ll find little to complain about in the areas of fuel economy, reliability and resale figures.

2016 Honda Fit


Kelly’s Blue Book:

Now in its third generation, the 2016 Honda Fit 5-door subcompact continues to prove that subcompact cars can aspire to more than just basic transportation. The Honda Fit's so-called Magic Seat lets owners maximize cargo area easily, all without compromising the surprisingly large rear seat. The little engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) ensure excellent fuel economy, while the light weight and small size mean you don't feel like you've been shortchanged when it comes to acceleration. In fact, thanks to the sharp steering and nicely balanced suspension, a new Honda Fit handles better than you may think.

http://www.kbb.com/honda/fit/2016/

2016 Honda Odyssey


Car and Driver:

The Odyssey has charmed our staff for years with its unrivaled road manners, smooth powertrain, and accommodating interior. With room for up to eight passengers to sit comfortably, the Odyssey is also fuel-efficient, thanks to the cylinder-deactivation feature on its 248-hp 3.5-liter V-6. Perhaps most exciting is the built-in vacuum in the cargo area. Featured on certain models, it’s so obvious in its usefulness you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Cheerios everywhere, beware!

http://www.caranddriver.com/honda/odyssey

2016 Honda Pilot


Edmunds:

Honda focused much of its attention to the Pilot's interior, which is more modern, more refined and easier to see out of. The Pilot was always roomy and versatile, but extra leg- and headroom in the third row, in particular, makes it friendlier for passengers of all sizes. There are also more bins and cup holders for your personal items. Up front, a new 8-inch touchscreen interface brings the Pilot up to date in terms of technology features and controls. The screen, standard on all but the base LX, gives the Pilot's dash a clean look, though it's not intuitive or responsive to use as some other touchscreen systems.

http://www.edmunds.com/honda/pilot/2016/review/

The Car Connection:

The Pilot’s known for its versatility, and that’s in full force in this new version. Three rows of seats have space for up to eight passengers. The front seats are just about ideally shaped, and with step-in height about an inch lower than before, the Pilot is an even better bet for smaller or older drivers. The middle row is adult-friendly, and for the first time, you can get a version with two captain’s chairs and a pass-through. The seat reclines for long trips and has its own tray table and cup holder

http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/honda_pilot_2016

2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Sport 400

2017 Infiniti Coupe 400

Edmunds:

Coupes just aren't as popular as they once were. In fact, more luxury shoppers buy supposedly unfashionable wagons these days than coupes. Wagons, for Pete's sake! Yet this smallish segment is getting a proverbial Hollywood reboot with the arrival of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60. This coupe's exterior styling is dramatically different (and much more striking, in our opinion) than the previous generation Q60's, and it also helps the new Q60 stand out from its competitors.

So, from a "Hey, look at my cool car!" perspective, the new Q60 delivers exactly as a luxury coupe should. It also presents strong value for the money, especially on the lower end of its trim level spectrum, and advanced, well-executed safety features are widely available. Infiniti has also introduced a turbocharged V6 engine with eyebrow-raising 400 horsepower. In pictures and on the spec sheet, there's a lot to like.

https://www.edmunds.com/infiniti/q60-coupe/2017/review/

2016 Nissan Altima


Car and Driver:

Curvy, dramatic styling mimics bigger brother Maxima and gives the Altima an upscale vibe. Engine choices are either a 182-hp 2.5-liter four or a 270-hp 3.5-liter V-6, both with a CVT. The SR infuses a little fun by adding stiffer suspension tuning, paddle shifters, and unique wheels. Forward emergency braking with adaptive cruise control creates a robust active-safety bundle. Overall, the Altima is a capable sedan with a decent options list and a roomy, comfortable cabin.


Edmunds:

The Nissan Altima comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera is optional on 2.5 S and standard on 3.5 S and all SV and SL models. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning are available on the 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL and standard on the 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL.

In Edmunds testing, an Altima 2.5 SV sedan stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is average in its segment. A 3.5 SL, however, stopped in a superb 114 feet -- about 10 feet shorter than the norm.

2016 Nissan Juke


Edmunds:

A lot of what makes the Juke so enjoyable is what lies beneath the surface, namely a healthy turbocharged engine that is powerful yet efficient. An available all-wheel-drive system with genuine rear-axle torque-vectoring means the Juke can vary power delivery between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels for optimum traction. A taut suspension makes for great handling when the roads start to curve and there are even 7 inches of ground clearance to help keep the body free of scrapes on rough roads.

http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/juke/2016/review/#leaderboard-reviews-2-anchor

2016 Nissan Pathfinder


The Car Connection:

The Nissan Pathfinder is a large three-row crossover SUV. It's a very useful vehicle, with seating for seven. It's not quite the Pathfinder you might expect, if you haven't driven one in a few years. The Pathfinder has undergone a few big transitions in its career as a people hauler. In its latest edition, it's given up on its truck-based SUV roots to become a more refined crossover utility vehicle.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/nissan_pathfinder_2016

Kelly Blue Book:

Three years after its metamorphosis from a rugged, truck-based SUV to a more efficient, smoother-riding sedan-based crossover SUV, the Nissan Pathfinder remains a smart choice among 3-row family haulers. Nissan's midsize crossover SUV offers nifty features like the Around View bird's-eye monitor and one of the easiest 3rd-row-access systems available.

http://www.kbb.com/nissan/pathfinder/2016/

2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue
Car and Driver:

Nissan’s been on a sales tear with its Rogue crossover. With the arrival of the refreshed 2017 Rogue as well as a new Rogue hybrid model, the compact crossover is poised to surpass the Altima to become Nissan’s best-selling model.

Changes to the exterior include a new front fascia with Nissan’s V-motion grille, flanked by new quad-element headlamps with LED daytime running lights. The body sides get a new chrome garnish at ankle level, while revised tail lamps and a new rear-bumper design tidy up the back end. Rogue SL models are available with new 19-inch wheels.

Inside, the Rogue gets a new flat-bottom steering wheel, a leather shifter boot, an available heated steering wheel, and a driver's seat/mirror memory function. Other enhancements include remote engine start, new trim bits for the door panels and instrument cluster, a new shift-knob design, a revised center console and console lid, and new seat fabric. Also new is a Platinum Reserve Interior package for Rogue SL models that brings tan leather upholstery and special quilted leather inserts for the seats.

The gasoline-powered 2017 Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL, each offered in front- or all-wheel-drive form. The only available powertrain remains a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with Eco and Sport modes. Fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for front-drivers, with all-wheel-drive models scoring 1 mpg lower in each metric.

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2017-nissan-rogue-rogue-hybrid-official-photos-and-info-anews

2016 Nissan Sentra


Edmunds:

In reviews, the Nissan Sentra has earned high marks for its interior. Nissan has taken a refined and conservative approach here, in contrast to many of its rivals with their youthful, funky vibes. Fit and finish is satisfactory thanks to decent materials and seemingly tight construction. The backseat deserves special mention for nearly matching midsize sedans in spaciousness. A comfortable ride quality is another plus.

2016 Nissan Versa


Kelly’s Blue Book:

REAR LEGROOM

Most compact cars are big on economy and small on passenger space, but not the 2016 Nissan Versa sedan. Not only can the Versa's rear seat fit two adults comfortably, it can be folded down to increase the trunk's cargo capacity.


FUEL ECONOMY

Nissan has perfected the CVT automatic and it works flawlessly in the 2016 Versa sedan. The gearless transmission maximizes power and fuel economy, helping the Versa achieve 40 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city.

http://www.kbb.com/nissan/versa/2016/#survey

2016 Scion FR-S


GizMag:

The handling characteristics, precision steering, and excellent balance of the little FR-S only add ice cream to the pie. In every way, this is a truly sport-focused vehicle. Its back-to-basics nature is why that 100 horses per liter is acceptable. The fact that the engine powering it will be familiar to anyone who’s versed in the Subaru WRX’s current-generation powerplant will bring the next point into light. This engine is a tuner’s dream waiting to be made into reality.


2016 Scion IA


Autotrader:

For a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes just 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque without a turbocharger in sight, driving the iA is surprisingly enjoyable. There's no doubt that the car's relatively light weight of just under 2,500 pounds is a factor here, although the engine is eager to rev. Steep hills are no big deal and there's plenty of pep for most commutes and excursions.

Another advantage of an automatic transmission is fuel economy. The Environmental Protection Agency rates this version at 33 miles per gallon in the city, 42 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg combined. Compare that with 31 mpg city/41 mpg hwy/35 mpg combined for the manual.


Car and Driver:

The iA has daring looks and a long list of amenities that make it hard to call it basic transportation. Basically a Mazda 2 underneath the sheet metal, the economical, 106-hp 1.5-liter four teams with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. A low-speed pre-collision safety system, Bluetooth connectivity, and seven-inch touch screen infotainment make the iA a well-equipped choice. In true Scion fashion, a collection of dealer-installed accessories makes for simple customization.

2016 Scion IM


Car and Driver:

The iM is versatile, affordable, and hardly a down-market consolation prize thanks to a slew of standard features and lots of accessories. A 137-hp 1.8-liter four pairs with either a six-speed manual or a CVT, so the sporty looks are mostly for show. The iM focuses more on ease of ownership and fuel economy. A six-speaker Pioneer audio system with a seven-inch touch screen should please audiophiles and tech lovers alike; a list of dog-friendly accessories appeals to pet owners everywhere.

http://www.caranddriver.com/scion/im

2016 Scion TC


Edmunds:

It certainly seems pretty cool, with a coupe body style, sharp looks and a variety of customization opportunities for younger buyers accustomed to getting things the way they want them. Scion has also frequently updated the tC's audio systems, which has given it a leg up as iPods and iPhones have gradually taken over the world. At the same time, however, the tC's coupe like roof line masks hatchback utility with its impressive cargo capacity and a surprisingly spacious backseat. Moving dorm rooms or taking your friends out on the town is consequently much easier with the tC than it is with traditional coupes. This ability to be both cool and practical is indeed the tC's primary appeal, although sharing a reputation for reliability with Toyota (Scion's parent company) is also a compelling attraction.


Kelly Blue Book:

If you’re looking for a sporty-looking coupe that offers good fuel economy, an excellent audio system and a fun-to-drive attitude, then the 2015 Scion tC is a good call. First-time buyers will appreciate the no-haggle pricing, the numerous accessories allowing nearly infinite customization options, and the big rear hatch providing excellent cargo room.

2016 Toyota Camry


Autotrader:

Fresh off a comprehensive update last year, the 2016 Toyota Camry seems to be at the top of its game. Exterior styling was significantly enhanced last year compared to the 2014 model, with more modern lines and a bolder look. The interior was new last year, too, with better materials and a nicer look. And Toyota even tweaked the Camry's suspension for additional driving enjoyment. The result has been strong sales that have helped the Camry retain its position as America's best-selling car.


Edmunds:

In government crash testing, the Camry received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry its best possible rating of "Good" in its moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests. The Camry also earned a "Good" score in the side-impact, roof-strength and head restraint/seatbelts (whiplash protection) tests.

2016 Toyota Corolla


Edmunds:

Well into its fourth decade of production, the compact Toyota Corolla is the Best-Selling Car in Automotive History, and for good reason. Small, inexpensive, fuel-efficient and as reliable as the day is long, the Corolla is the quintessential economy car. As long as you change the oil on time and don't hit a tree, any Corolla should provide dependable transportation well past the 100,000-mile mark. That's why so many shoppers keep buying Corollas year after year.


The Car Connection:

Inside, the look and feel of the Corolla's cabin is more conservative than the crisp and contemporary exterior might suggest. The upscale materials and a two-tier dash design maximize the sense of space in front, but the car gives the impression it's aiming less for a sporty compact-car feel and more for a rival to mass-market mid-size sedans. Soft-touch material covers the dash, with pinstriped accents strewn about the cabin on the dashboard and door panels. Corolla S models get leather-like Softex bolsters and coarse, contrast-toned seat upholstery.

2016 Toyota Highlander


Kelly’s Blue Book:

The 2016 Toyota Highlander places an emphasis on safety, comfort, economy, reliability, and resale. Its sharp exterior and numerous interior features are simply sweeter icing on the cake.

DRIVER EASY SPEAK SYSTEM

Addressing misbehaving kids in the 3rd-row seat no longer requires a screaming parent or pulling over to administer discipline. With Easy Speak, a microphone carries the driver’s voice to the rear speakers, essentially converting them into mini-megaphones.

http://www.kbb.com/toyota/highlander/2016/


2016 Toyota Prius


Kelly Blue Book:

As the best-selling hybrid in the world, it's no surprise that the Toyota Prius is the car most people think of when they hear the word "hybrid." With traditional and plug-in models available, the fuel-efficient 5-door hatchbacks pair a thrifty gasoline engine to an electric motor. Thanks to some very clever drivetrain programming, you'll get excellent fuel economy almost regardless of how heavy you are on the gas pedal. It does this with all the practicality of any hatchback, with a decently sized rear seat and plenty of cargo room.

2016 Toyota Rav4


The Car Connection:

The Toyota RAV4 is a competent crossover utility with a new Hybrid model this year, updated safety systems, and lots of interior space. That gives the RAV4 not only a version with better fuel economy, but the only hybrid in the smaller SUV segment.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/toyota_rav4_2016?preview=true

Kelly’s Blue Book:

The Toyota RAV4 remains a perennial favorite thanks to its compact size, spacious interior, sleek styling and well-deserved reputation for reliability and resale. The RAV4 has everything they need. This year, Toyota adds a hybrid model to the lineup, something you won’t find with the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue or Ford Escape.

http://www.kbb.com/toyota/rav4/2016/


2017 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Edmunds:

The Toyota Tacoma, redesigned in 2016, has stuck closely to its formula for two decades. Though it doesn't represent a revolution in truck design, this newest Tacoma has plenty of appeal for those shoppers who don't want the bulk or inconvenience of a regular full-size pickup.

You can pick either a four-cylinder or a V6 engine as well as either an extended-cab or crew-cab body style. Interestingly, all rear-wheel-drive Tacomas share the raised ride height of the four-wheel-drive (4WD) variants, but the 4WD Tacoma's ability to do things off-road has never been greater. The TRD Off-Road variant (with the automatic transmission) has Toyota's Crawl Control driver aid system, and for 2017 there is a new TRD Pro model with even more off-road-oriented equipment. Other appealing qualities include Toyota's latest touchscreen interfaces, a standard lockable damped tailgate and an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover.


https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/tacoma/2017/review/

2016 Volkswagen Beetle


The Car Connection:

The Volkswagen Beetle is a versatile retro compact, with a choice of powertrains, including a thrifty diesel, and coupe or convertible body styles. It mixes the original Bug's design elements with a thoroughly up-to-date front-drive chassis. It has shed some cuteness in the current generation, but still carries the happy look of its ancestors.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/volkswagen_beetle_2016?preview=true

Kelly Blue Book:

By evolving the original Beetle’s styling to meet 21st-century demands, the VW Beetle is set to win over a whole new generation. Like its ancestor, the Beetle is cute and affordable. Unlike the first Beetle, however, this latest version is loaded with modern safety and high-tech features, comes in a number of colors and offers a choice between two powerful turbocharged engines. The 2016 Beetle elongates the original car’s form, creating a silhouette more reminiscent of a vintage Porsche 356. Unique wheels for each trim further set the Beetle apart from the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500, as does its considerably larger size both inside and out.

http://www.kbb.com/volkswagen/beetle/2016/

2016 Volkswagen Golf


Car and Driver:

The Golf is one of our favorite cars—it’s so good, we named it to our 10Best list for 2016. With a stout structure, the ride always feels solid and controlled. Its supple chassis and responsive steering make it a true pleasure to drive. A 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo four pairs with a standard five-speed manual; a six-speed automatic is optional. There are bigger cars, but few offer more satisfaction.

http://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/golf

Edmunds:

One major change VW made was to swap out the old and inefficient five-cylinder engine for a new turbocharged 1.8-liter engine. It's a sweetheart. With a healthy 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque on tap, the Golf handily beats most compact cars in an old-fashioned stoplight duel. The latest Golf feels more stable and energetic when you're driving around turns, too. True, the GTI is still far sportier, but as economy-biased compacts go, the Golf is pretty fun to drive

http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/golf/2016/review/#leaderboard-reviews-2-anchor

2017 Volkswagen Jetta

2017 VW Jetta
Edmunds:

We're still coming to grips with the current evolution of the Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta of the past signified European refinement and a more sophisticated driving experience than the typical economy car, yet now we encounter an automobile that is all about a big interior package and a small price, as if it were meant to be sold at Costco.

OK, maybe we exaggerate, as Volkswagen has slowly added more features to the Jetta and recalibrated its personality since this car’s introduction. The current Volkswagen Jetta has more cabin and trunk space than its predecessors, not to mention more than some of today's smaller midsize sedans. Yet the Jetta no longer represents a uniquely European interpretation of an affordable five-passenger sedan, and this makes it harder for this Volkswagen to compete with the vastly improved breed of modern compact sedans.

Still, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta offers some upside. A rearview camera is now standard on all models. Sophisticated driver aids such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control now show up even on lower-priced trim levels. An updated infotainment system finally includes a USB connection in place of the former setup with its annoying proprietary cable. Finally, the 2017 Jetta's lineup of four-cylinder engines is pretty sweet, and two of the three available engines even offer a manual transmission.

https://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/jetta/2017/review/

2016 Volkswagen Passat


Edmunds:

The Volkswagen Passat has long been a favorite among car buyers looking for a little more luxury and style in their midsize sedan (or wagon, depending on the year). With its classy, restrained style inside and out, the Volkswagen Passat gives the impression of quiet competence, which is borne out by its refined driving character. A high-quality cabin, supple ride and well-mannered handling are typical Passat traits.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan


Kelly Blue Book:

The Volkswagen Tiguan has been around in its current form for several years, yet it still looks fresh and handsome thanks to its Euro style. The minimalist design is obviously Volkswagen even without the "VW" logo on the nose, and the same is true for the comfortable and upscale-feeling interior.


Car and Driver:

Basically a GTI wearing two-inch lifts in its shoes, the Tiguan is a sporty compact crossover with a German accent. It features one engine choice—a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbo four—and trim levels ranging from the base S to the sporty R-Line, all with a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional. The ride can be rough over broken pavement, but when the road gets twisty the Tiguan is a willing dance partner.

2016 Volkswagen Touareg


Edmunds:

There's a sense of substance and purpose in the way the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg goes down the road, but it's not so large that it ever feels unwieldy. In fact, thanks to its exceptionally responsive steering, the Touareg can be genuinely fun to drive, and it offers more road feel than some others in its class. It also excels on the highway, where low noise levels and exemplary stability at speed give it a cool, confident demeanor that's instantly likable.

Thanks to a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the Touareg remains composed on loose off-road surfaces despite its lack of low-range gearing. With a respectable amount of ground clearance and a compliant suspension, it powers over washboard roads, and through light snow and light-duty trails without breaking a sweat.