With 2016 right around the corner, we thought it appropriate to put together a list of the Most Awaited New Models for 2016. Both CBS and Forbes have good things to say about our Chevrolet, Buick, and Kia lineups. For a general ranking, take a look at CBS’ list, and for a ranking by body style, take a look at Forbes’ list.
- Acura NSX
- Buick Cascada
- Convertible sales have been slumping in recent years, but Buick hopes to bring back open-air excitement with its curvaceous Cascada. The first Buick ragtop in a quarter century, it comes with a modest back seat to enable four-passenger seating when necessary. The insulated soft-top folds in 17 seconds, and can operate while the car is moving at speeds up to 31 mph. A 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine should produce around 200 horsepower, which would make the compact Cascada sufficiently peppy. A long list of standard and optional features include an onboard subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting mobile devices to the Internet.
- Cadillac ATS-V
- Cadillac CTS-V
- Cadillac CT6
- Chevrolet Camaro
- Chevy takes the venerable Camaro sports coupe/convertibleinto its sixth generation this fall with updated styling and engineering that puts its archrival, the Ford Mustang (itself redesigned for 2015) firmly in its crosshairs. Slightly smaller than before, the Camaro’s overall look is freshbut familiar, retaining its low profile and high belt line but with re-sculpted curves and creases front and rear that help give the car a meaner and more contemporary look. Inside a freshly cast interior features adjustable ambient lighting and dual color displays. For the first time the lineup includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.0-liter version that nets a surprising 275 horsepower. Next step up is a new 3.6-liter V6 that generates a V8-like 355 horses (and without a turbocharger, no less) with active cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. Meanwhile, the top SS coupe and convertible lead the 2016 lineup with a new 6.2-liter small-block V8 that’s rated at 455 horsepower. Each of the three engines can drive the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Selectable driving modes afford as many as eight vehicle driver-adjustable attributes for asmoother ride or more tenacious handling as desired, and an overly aggressive “Track” setting with SS models.
- Chevrolet Malibu
- Chevy re-launches the midsize Malibu sedan with added style and substance to help resurrect the car’s otherwise moribund sales. The new version features nicely freshened exterior styling that borrows cues from the larger Impala, with a bold new front-end treatment; inside, there’s a more spacious interior with a much-needed boost in rear legroom. A 1.5-liter 160-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard and promises an estimated 27/37-mpg in city/highway driving, with a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four alternately available. Meanwhile, a new gas/electric-powered Malibu Hybrid is estimated to achieve 48/45-mpg fuel economy. A new Teen Driver feature lets parents monitor vehicle speed, distance driven and other factors, mutes the audio system if the front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts and warns the driver when the vehicle is traveling over a preset speed.
- Chevrolet Volt
- The so-called extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt sedan receives a major redesign for 2016 with more dynamic exterior styling, an improved interior and a longer estimated operating range on a charge. The Volt can now run for up to around 50 miles solely on battery power (up from about 35 with the current model), after which a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine engages to run a generator that, in turn, runs the car’s electric motor; at that point the car’s range is limited only by the amount of gas left in the tank. While the Volt still doesn’t go as far on a charge as even a mediocre electric car, a motorist will never become stranded at the roadside with a depleted battery. Think of it as the automotive equivalent of the combo players that eased America through the transition from VHS tapes to DVDs. Chevy promises slightly quicker acceleration with improved fuel economy, which should continue to favor those with modest commutes that can rely mostly on all-electric operation.
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
- Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600
- Scion iA
- Scion iM
- Small Car: Honda Civic
- Midsize Car: Kia Optima
- With a full redesign for 2016, the Optima bested stalwarts of this class like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Kelley analysts say the redesign moved Optima to the top “after years of winning fans with its sharp style, premium features and solid value.” The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 24 MPG in city driving and 35 on the highway. A 1.6-liter turbocharged engine (28/39) is also available. List price on the Optima ranges from $21,840 to $35,790.
- Large Car: Chevrolet Impala
- Kelley says the 2016 Impala “is stylish inside and out, offers a long list of in-car technologies including Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging and balances smooth highway ride with responsive handling.”The base four-cylinder Impala engine is rated for 22 MPG in city driving and 31 on the highway. An optional V-6 (19/29) is also available. Impala list prices range from $27,060 to $40,810.
- Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Sports or Performance Car: Chevrolet Camaro
- Kelley analysts say the Corvette’s “mix of performance and price combines with impressive fuel economy and good resale value” to make it the “Best Buy in fun.” The gas mileage sure is impressive for a 6.2-liter V-8 engine — rated by the EPA for 17 MPG in the city and 29 on the highway. The long-running All-American sports car has a list price ranging from $55,400 to $83,400.
- Electric or Hybrid Car: Chevrolet Volt
- The Volt is a repeat winner from last year, and Kelley analysts say the redesigned 2016 version “complements greater battery range and improved performance with sleeker styling, more features and even-more-attractive pricing.” According to the EPA, the Volt running on battery power alone has a range of 53 miles — good for a plug-in hybrid. When running on gasoline power, the Volt is rated for 43 MPG in city driving and 42 on the highway. List price ranges from $33,170 to $37,520.
- Small SUV: Honda CR-V
- Midsize SUV: Honda Pilot
- Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
- The Tahoe is the best seller in this big-hauling, heavy-towing segment. Kelley analysts say it has “a unique combination of style, comfort, economy and value.” Test drivers add praise for its composed handling and strong brakes. The Tahoe’s standard V-8 engine is rated for 16 MPG in city driving and 23 on the highway. List price runs from $47,300 to $64,610.
- Luxury SUV: Lexus RX
- Pickup Truck: Ford F-150
- Minivan: Honda Odyssey
Based on these results, we should expect to see you soon at one of our dealerships! Feel free to stop on by any of our locations to find out more information on any of these great cars and take a spin around the block!