10. Hyundai Tucson
9. Lexus NX
Small SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in the new car market, and luxury automakers are doing everything to make sure they get in on the action. A small luxury SUV like the NX offers everything that a Tucson might offer, but with more striking exterior designs, a more powerful available engine, and more dramatic interior designs. That said, the Tucson offers more space and costs a lot less to own.
8. Chevrolet Colorado
The two most anticipated trucks of the last year (aside from the aluminum F-150) were the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. These two mid-sized pickups offer GM buyers a more compact option than the massive Silverado and Sierra pickups. Perhaps their best characteristic is their more nimble size, as the Colorado/Canyon have underwhelming power and a sometimes-frustrating seating position.
7. Jeep Renegade
Crossovers are to Jeep what SUVs and four-door sports car are to Porsche; for every high volume car sold, they are able to fund the development on the models that are more true to the brands roots. So while every Cayenne and Panamera sold helps the Porsche 911, every Jeep Renegade sold helps the development of the next Jeep Wrangler. It helps that we really like the thing.
6. Fiat 500X
Unless you stay in the know on industry news, you may be surprised to learn that the boxy Jeep Renegade shares a platform with the curvaceous and plucky Fiat 500X. Fiat has been moving farther and farther away from the diminutive nature of the original 500, but small SUVs are a must for an automaker to continue making money. It helps that the 500X is sharp on the inside and out
5. Honda HR-V
The HR-V is an underwhelming small SUV. Even calling it “Small SUV” is a disservice to sport-utility vehicles. It is basically a high-riding Honda Fit with less interior space, but the HR-V rides higher off the road, and thus gives people more confidence, so expect to see more sport (anti- ) utility vehicles on the road in the years to come.
4. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
Multiple members of our staff have lauded the Camaro as the best bang-for-your-buck new car on the market. It is impressive to see how the GM pony car has grown and matured into a car with a more impressive interior, (slightly) more visibility, and a better ride than its fifth-generation predecessor. (Interestingly, the top four most-searched cars all have specific years, where other models are general make/model searches.)
3. 2016 Toyota Tacoma
The Camaro had to move to an entirely new platform (from GM Zeta to GM Alpha) to improve. Toyota has made incremental improvements to the new Tacoma that will go a long way to keep the venerable mid-size pickup relevant.
2. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado
The Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are both great weekend warrior trucks in their own unique ways, but if you need a worksite truck that gets the job done and can be used for bringing the family around on weekends, the Silverado is one of the best.
1. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
This one is rather perplexing, but then again, we have to take into account everyone who searches the web. When you make an indie film, it gets to be edgy and provocative. When you make a TV show for the masses, you get some vanilla mess like “Big Bang Theory.” Critics have stated that the Malibu has grown, and shed its rental car stigma. The new car still has awkward styling, and we’ll reserve the right to change our minds until we drive this high-volume conveyance in the year to come.