BestRide’s Favorite Cars of 2015

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We all drove a lot of vehicles this year, so we asked our contributors to come up with their favorite from 2015.

Tim EsterdahlDodge Charger Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

What I really loved about it was how versatile it is. It can be a great daily driver with smooth acceleration and a roomy, comfortable interior. Then, when you feel like having a little fun, you put it into Hellcat mode and let it rip!

Plus, this:

John Paul2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD


The ride is comfortable the interior luxurious and the fuel economy pretty good for a 4,000 pound car. Performance even with the V-6 engine is pretty good with over 300 horsepower on tap. The AWD system provides better than most winter traction.

The technology package adds just about any safety option imaginable, such as cross traffic alert, lane departure, smart cruise control among others.  This package also includes a upgraded great sounding audio system. Seat four adults in comfort, good sized trunk and all the luxury anyone could want. Competes with some of the usual players from Europe and Japan and comes out ahead.

John Goreham2016 Honda Accord V6 EXLN SENS Accord-2

Over the past year, I was fortunate enough to drive a few supercars including the new BMW i8.  It would be easy to name any of those a favorite, but I am not that kind of car lover.
What gets me excited is a car that I know regular folks can own that will bring a smile to their face every time they are behind the wheel.  The Honda Accord with the V6 engine is straight up fast.  If asked, it could embarrass most pricey sports sedans in a drag race.  The Accord also gets amazingly good fuel economy on regular unleaded gas.
Still called mid-size by the EPA, the Accord is now very roomy inside, but not huge outside.  The fit and finish of the Accord are top-notch and in my testing I couldn’t find any luxury item missing that I would want.  The V6 Accord does everything right and looks good doing it.  What put the Accord over the top for me though is the amazing new lane keeping assist, active cruise control, and forward collision mitigation system.  Honda is the best in the business right now regarding driver aids and automation, and you can buy all this for under $35K.
2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Side
The Miata received a full makeover this year as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. That’s a lot of years and the 4th generation of the Miata delivers exactly what fans of the little roadster love. It’s fun, well-mannered, and a joy to toss around winding roads on a sunny day. The Club trim is the sportiest of the lot and will have you longing for weekends at the track.

Lyndon Johnson2016 Nissan Maxima SR

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Photo Shoot 007
Photo: Lyndon Johnson

The new redesign of the Maxima is much more than a good plastic surgery job. Beneath the skin of the SR trim are suspension and chassis changes that bring the car a lot closer to its Four-Door Sports Car roots, as well as an interior bathed in Alcantara leather that goes unmatched by most of its Japanese competition — even some from luxury brands like Lexus.

Some have mocked Nissan for daring to use the 4DSC moniker on this CVT-only generation of the Max — it’s even featured in small details in the head- and taillight lenses of the car. Those naysayers ought to spend a week with the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR hustling it around curvy backroads before they so easily dismiss that nod to Maxima’s sporting past as nothing more than marketing hyperbole.

Craig Fitzgerald2016 Toyota Tacoma

toyota tacoma

I had a really hard time with this. Naturally, I’m crazy about the Challenger Hellcat, but Tim Esterdahl beat me to the punch with the Charger version. And while I’ll drive anything in the snow, after last winter in New England, I need to consider practicality, too.

To me, the Toyota Tacoma does everything right. Full-size trucks are great if you have a specific need and the space to drive them, but the Tacoma fits in a garage, will haul five people in relative comfort, and the CRAWL control feature really needs to be on every truck shopper’s wish list. I’ve complained enough about the price of trucks, too, and as John Goreham found with the all-new Tacoma SR, it’s still possible to buy one for reasonable money, packed with equipment that you couldn’t get for any price a little more than a decade ago.



Craig Fitzgerald

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