2016 Audi TT roadster
Although pricey, Audi gives the 2016 TT Roadster almost too many high points, delivering a fun weekend driver with the addition of open-top views coupled with a truly innovative electronics interface that will become second-nature for owners.
2016 Hyundai Tucson
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has a lot to recommend it, just not in this trim.
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2016 Audi Q3
Audi's Q3 boasts excellent tech and a premium feel, but the newer competition has raised the bar, edging out the Audi for performance, cabin space, and efficiency.
2016 Ford Escape
The 2016 Ford Escape exhibits all the practicality of a small SUV and offers an excellent driving experience, with get-in-and-go ease. The new Sync 3 infotainment system responds as well as any tablet or smartphone, and its AppLink feature promises interesting future capabilities from third-party developers.
2015 Lincoln Navigator
Many of the 2015 Lincoln Navigator's high points can be had in its platform-mate, the Ford Expedition, at a lower price, while its bid for luxury status falls short due to bumpy ride quality.
2015 Ford Transit 150 XLT
Half of the fun of the Ford Transit van is dreaming up cool things to do with the reconfigurable chassis and options. As presented here, the Transit 150 XLT is fairly well equipped to be a workhorse people and cargo carrier, but techie van fans will want to scope a 2016 model with Sync 3 infotainment.
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack and its sibling variants maintain Dodge's muscle-car legacy through historical reference and raw power, yet contain enough tech features for modern practicality, if not good fuel economy.
2015 Ford Flex
The 2015 Ford Flex is the missing link between wagons and SUVs, with loads of volume and a car-like ride. Aging tech, however, makes the upper reaches of its price range feel like a big pill to swallow.
2015 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali HD
The 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali adds a few high-tech perks to its old-school work truck frame, helping with navigation and collision avoidance, but the highlight here remains pulling power and load capability.
2015 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport
This is a car that sounds and looks good enough to almost make you forget its other shortcomings. Those looking to buy will do so with their hearts, not their minds.
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2015 Audi S8
The 2015 Audi S8 performs extraordinarily well at speed for such a large car, but there are better options for pure luxury. Even due for a generational update, Audi's connected cabin tech remains impressive and useful.
2016 Scion iM
The 2016 Scion iM is an attractive, value-priced compact car with good space, but ultimately middling efficiency and underwhelming driving dynamics.
2016 Honda Accord Sedan
Beneath a minor physical refresh, the 2016 Honda Accord gets a dashboard tech overhaul that is both simpler in operation and more feature rich than before.
2016 Subaru Forester
Although boxy in styling, the 2016 Subaru Forester exhibits many practical characteristics, such as a roomy interior and decent fuel economy, then adds extras with its standard all-wheel-drive and adaptive cruise control, making it a good all-around car for non-aggressive drivers.
2016 Hyundai Elantra GT
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT boasts a solid level of standard features with standouts that make it feel like a value, as well as optional features that add a premium feel and a premium price.
2016 Jaguar F-Type
The 2016 Jaguar F-type S Coupe is an extraordinarily gorgeous car that backs up its looks with excellent everyday drivability and sports handling. While its infotainment system shows some ambition and handles the basics, its more connected features don't quite hit the mark.
2015 Ferrari California T
This isn't the ideal Ferrari for track hounds, but if you're thinking Mercedes-Benz or Maserati and want something a little bit more, this could be your car.
2015 Jeep Renegade
Although its power delivery can prove problematic, the 2015 Jeep Renegade shows excellent capability for a small SUV, delivering comfortable everyday driving and supporting weekend and vacation activities into snow and wilderness.
2016 Lincoln MKX
The 2016 Lincoln MKX is a solid upgrade over last year's model, but we'd wait until Lincoln updates its dashboard tech.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-class Hybrid
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Hybrid adds reasonable fuel economy and a few miles of pure electric driving to an already extraordinarily comfortable, capable and high-tech luxury sedan, brought down only by slow-to-connect onboard data.
2016 Acura MDX
The 2016 Acura MDX fits a useful niche, offering a choice between seven passenger or ample cargo capacity good for those who only occasionally need either. Its high-tech highlights are a bit quirky, though, and may be too much to satisfy some drivers.
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is insane and the fastest, loudest model in the automaker's history, but it's not the best buy for a high-performance SUV.
2016 Mazda CX-3
Small in stature and a tad light on utility, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 hustles to the front of its burgeoning segment on the strength of its looks, dynamics, interior polish and technology.
2015 Ford Edge
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Ford Edge is a classy-looking crossover with cabin materials that elevate it into premium territory. Engine choices and ride quality emphasize practicality, making it a top crossover if you can ignore the fussy infotainment interface.
2015 Honda Civic Si sedan
The 2015 Honda Civic Si's new HondaLink tech is flawed, but still slightly better than the competition's. However, its performance is starting to lag behind the younger, more powerful models.
2016 Acura ILX
The 2016 Acura ILX undercuts other comparably-equipped premium cars in price, and while it offers some impressive cutting edge features, falls down in overall driving quality.
2015 Ford Mustang
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT is not only an excellent and powerful entrant to a historic model line, but also a very fine example of a modern sports coupe, leaving out cabin electronics that fall behind the competition.
2015 Honda CR-V
The 2015 Honda CR-V makes modest improvements to efficiency, safety and tech across the board, but faces very stiff competition from younger challengers.
2016 Nissan GT-R
Nissan's GT-R is an icon, but one that's definitely in need of a refresh.
2015 Ford F-150
The 2015 Ford F-150 continues to evolve and refine itself with new aluminum construction, a smart EcoBoost engine and luxurious amenities, but we'd advise waiting until the 2016 model year when the new Sync 3 tech arrives.