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Top 5: Best cars of 2015 (mid-year)Brian Cooley runs down CNET's five top-rated cars of 2015 so far.
[MUSIC] It's the middle of the year, so it's time to take a look at the cars CNet has reviewed that scored the very best so far in 2015. I'm Brian Cooley, let's go. Number five, the 2015 Audi S5, with a score of 8.3. The V8 engine is gone, but we love the 2015's super-charged V6, and of course, the essential Quattro all-wheel drive. On the down side, this car's infotainment rate was a Step or two behind other Audi's. No 4G. No touch pad. No really big LCD. Track purists won't care. Otherwise, you should. Number four, the 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive. It'd be number on our list of most fouls. It gets a score of 8.3. BMW has proved best that modern turbo diesels Can be tuned for sporty performance, and even this big car proves it. That diesel torque feels like it shaves about a third off the car's perceived heft. While the cabin delights with iDrive 4.2, that has connected map and about the best HUD in the business. Number three, the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet. 8.4 score, also an editor's choice. That's right, the lowly A3 ranks a couple notches above that S5. It's a great driver that doesn't just rely on its convertible top to make friends. And the A3 was the first US Audi to bring us integrated 4G, which utterly transforms Google Earth and street view and live search. Oddly enough, no voice command. You would have figured a company this smart would have found some other place to mount the ceiling microphone when the ceiling went away. Number two, the 2014 BMW i3. It's a lofty 8.9. This one's going to be a little controversial, especially since there isn't an 8 after the letter I. It has carbon fiber underpinnings, though, and a Dwell magazine like interior. Combining with IDrive and those interesting coach doors that make the I3 feel a lot bigger than it is. It's a lot more money than a Nissan Leaf for about the same range. But we got the range extender option which Nissan doesn't even do. Along with several other aspects of this car. Before I get you to number one, let's take a look at dead last. Our lowest rated car reviewed so far this year. It's the 2015 Chevy Trax, mini crossover, a 6.3 Not so much that it failed at it's mission, it's that it's mission is rather spartan. It's LCD head unit doesn't even offer factory navigation. There are almost no driver's safety assists. Mpg wasn't even quite that good. And that ugly black body cladding all around screams this is all that I could afford. But if that is the case, you'll move a surprising amount of people and stuff for a little over 20 grand. The number one car we've checked out this year is the 2015 Tesla model S P85D. An amazing 9.3 score and an editor's choice. Adding a second motor to this car, gave the big battery Model S insane acceleration. It says so right on the dash. More importantly, it gave it all-wheel drive. This is also the Tesla that ushers in their big move toward autonomy mostly via over-the-air software update. It's a near perfect car if you buy into PD religion at all The downsides include a $120,000 price done up CNET style, and the fact that owning a Model S today is becoming kind of like owning a BMW in the 80's, if you know what I mean. More Top 5 lists await the car lover. Go to CnetOnCars.com and click on Top 5.