Top 5: Cars of 2015Brian Cooley runs down the top five cars of the last year.
I'm Brian Cooley from CNet On Cars with a top five that took us a whole year to make. It's CNet's Top five highest rated cars of count Under year 2015. These are various model years but we reviewed them in 2015 and they are being ranked by their highest CNet editors review scores as well as each one being a winner of CNet's vaunted editor's choice. Let's go. [MUSIC] Number five is the 2016 Ford Escape. Now they've got great new looks on this car. A 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine that we like a lot available with all-wheel drive. It's got the new Sync 3 Infotainment head unit, a triumph and a long time coming from Ford. Self parking technology is available. Now, roll that all together and you can be paying $36,000 plus. For an Escape, that can be a little rich, but to be honest, this is a compact crossover that does nothing badly. [SOUND] Number four is the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet. Great Audi looks and handling, of course. On top of that you've got 4G LTE tied into really sophisticated Google services And you've got a top that is like a tank. Since when is a convertible gonna be so solid, so quiet, never need to worry about leaks. On the other hand,this car leaves out any trace of voice command [UNKNOWN] and the trunk is about big enough for [UNKNOWN] Beyond that though, if you want an everyday compact sedan, with a truly useful top, and some of the best tech in the business, this is your one. Number three is the 2015 Mercedes S-Class Hybrid. Now we gave its standard gas engine brethren an 8.6, a higher score than this guy, which gets an 8.3. But, only the hybrid version gets our wanted Editor's Choice label, as well. Because it gets in the high 20s in everyday driving, and does all the other great stuff that a basic gas engine S550 does. If you've gotta get around in ostentation and you wanna be efficient, this is your car. [SOUND] Number 2 brings us a tie between two cars that have almost nothing in common, the first of which is the 15 Tesla Model S P85D. This is the dual motor car, even faster, at 0 to 60 under 3 seconds. All wheel drive in a sophisticated dual motor fashion, and this is the car where Tesla really began to do over the air updates that grant the vehicle's ever increasing self-driving ability. It's no wonder you can't pull into any artisanal coffee joint in Silicon Valley and not be parked next to one of these. The other car type for number two, also with an 8.8 score like the Tesla, is the 2016 Audi TT Roadster. Completely revised. Finally, to my eye at least, A great looking Audi TT. You've got an advanced personal cockpit like no other in the world. All LCD and reconfigurable. Great handling of course, it's a premium car with a convertible top like the A3 we just saw. It is a work of art and never leaves you worrying if it's gonna be leaky. Noisy or both. On the other hand, it's a diminutive little ride, there's barely room for one set of golf clubs let alone two. So when you go somewhere on the weekend, you gotta figure out what the other person's gonna be doing. Our number one highest rated and most loved car that crossed our garage threshold in all of 2015 Is the 2016 Mazda Miata, the MX5, completely redone and still an absolute winner. This is the most fun you can have on the road without being rich. Nothing about it is terribly technically sophisticated, but they've hung onto their roots and continued to refine great, straight forward, unfiltered driving joy. There's more room inside for tall people, thank you. And while it's no cabin tech tour de force, it's no longer embarrassing in that category either. Well we wanna have fun on the road, and it's our money paying for it. This is our Huckleberry. [MUSIC]