Whether you’re in the market for a new car, or just curious about 2015’s winners, we’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be this year’s best automobiles.
We looked at a variety of lists from Consumer Reports to Car and Driver and came up with what you see below. If your car is a winner – congrats!
Without further ado…here is Freeway’s list 2015’s Best Cars.
The Best of 2015
1. Honda Accord
This entry shouldn’t surprise you, since the Honda Accord has won “Best Family Sedan” on a variety of lists for nearly a decade. 185-hp 2.4-liter four and a six-speed manual are standard in both the coupe and sedan. If you opt for the sport model, those come with 189 hp. Car and Driver says, “EX and above models feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but some may find the button-less infotainment system annoying and fussy.”
2. Ford F-150
By using aluminum instead of steel, the Ford F-150 shed about 700 pounds of body weight. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still a rugged ride: the frame is made from high-strength steel for durability, which means you can tow up to 12,200 lb with a max payload of 3270 lb. The new 2.7-liter, V6 turbo, 325 hp engine yields an overall 17 mpg, while producing 375 pound-feet of torque to handle tough jobs expected of a truck its size.
3. Toyota Avalon
We considered including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in this spot, but why do that when we have the Toyota Avalon? A 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission make for a smooth ride. You can also opt for the efficient hybrid version. Sleek and sophisticated, Car and Drive says of the Toyota Avalon: “For long-distance cruising in style and comfort, the Avalon is hard to beat.” We agree.
4. Mazda CX-5
If you’re looking for a sporty SUV at a reasonable price, the Mazda XC-5 could be your car. Though all-wheel drive is not available, a 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual and front-wheel drive is. For more kick, opt for the 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This isn’t the biggest SUV on the market of course, but its use of space is efficient.
The Subaru Legacy’s roominess, functionality, and reasonable price make it a great all-around sedan and not just a family sedan. In addition to its respectable fuel economy, the Legacy boasts comfort, responsive handling with its all-wheel drive, excellent visibility and intuitive controls.
6. Nissan Juke
In the hatchback/crossover category, we thought the Nissan Juke was a winner. Managing a great balance between sport and practicality, this vehicle is a great bet. It is powered by a 188-hp 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder with front wheel drive. (It also comes with an all-wheel drive option.) Despite its sporty appearance, though, the Nissan only comes with a CVT transmission. On the plus side, it features some cool new options for exterior customization.
7. Kia Sorento
Bridging the gap between small crossovers and midsized ones, the Sorento has room for seven (yes, seven!) passengers. Among its other attractive features are solid-handling, overall comfort, adequate storage, and functionality.