By on April 28, 2016

Ten Best/Worst Automobiles Today

We’re getting to the homestretch for TTAC’s 2016 Best and Worst Automobiles Today.

Our writers have voted diligently, and a couple of tie-breaking votes were cast to give us an even 20 contestants in each category.

I present you the 20 Best (and 20 Worst, later) Automobiles Today, as chosen by you and our writers, in alphabetical order, along with select nomination comments for each and every entry.

However, before we get to the contestants, let’s talk about what’s to come.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be asking you to vote on the 10 Best and Worst Automobiles Today based on the list below. We are offering you a preview of the lists so that you may cajole your fellow voters into a certain way of thinking — your way of thinking. You have 24 hours to campaign your choices before noon ET tomorrow, at which time we will open the polls to the public.

Here are your contestants.

20 Best Automobiles Today

2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Image: General Motors

Chevrolet Corvette (incl. Z06)

In configurations ranging from the base model, 455-horsepower coupe and convertible to the heart pounding, 650-horsepower Z06, the Corvette was easily picked by TTAC’s writers and Best and Brightest. To which I ask: Did you all forget that these were blowing up last year? No matter, it’s in the list.

The Rodney Dangerfield of sports cars – but totally deserves your respect.

—PrincipalDan

2016 Chevrolet SS, Image: General Motors

Chevrolet SS

Here today. Gone tomorrow. This American-badged Aussie sedan might only be here for a short time, but at least those who drop real coin to buy one will enjoy Corvette-like performance with the practicality offered by a four-door sedan. Oh, and it has a manual transmission and Magnetic Ride Control. What else could you want?

This is a great car that represents the end of the line for so many things. The last Holden Commodore. The last Chevy RWD V8 sedan. The last Pontiac. The last Zeta car. The last of the LS engines. The last NASCAR special. The last large manual transmission sedan. The last high-output car that doesn’t look like a jacked-up rape monster.

—ajla

2016 Dodge Charger R/T, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Dodge Charger (incl. SRT and Hellcat)

The Official Mancar(d). The Dodge Charger may ride on the aging LX platform, but it literally has a configuration for everyone (who isn’t looking for an SUV) — from base model 3.6-liter V6 rental queens to the 707-horsepower Hellcat. The Charger goes as fast as it looks, and has enough space to take you and three of your friends on the quickest, most comfortable of road trips.

However, it’s one of just two vehicles from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on the Best list (versus five entries on the Worst list), and the other is a Jeep.

If a car company is going to offer a 700-horsepower family sedan for nearly affordable money, you damn well give them a prize!

—rcousine

2016 Ford Fiesta ST, Image: Ford

Ford Fiesta (incl. ST)

There’s a reason why the Fiesta is owned by more TTAC writers than any other car: it’s damn good. Three different engines, two body styles, and a hot hatch option ensure this little Ford’s place in our top 20 … just (this was one of the tie-breaker cars). It can now be had with all the techno-wizardry your Millennial brain can handle, thanks to SYNC 3.

There’s a reason I don’t own a Boss 302 anymore, and (the Fiesta ST) costs $25,000. The most fun for the dollar, period.

—Bark M., Fiesta ST nominator, voter, and owner

2016 Ford Focus RS, Image: Ford

Ford Focus (incl. ST and RS)

The current Focus is what the Civic should have been had Honda kept making good Civics. Engines? It has them. Many of them. Available with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost (available with an automatic, unlike the Fiesta), 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four, 107kW permanent magnet electric traction motor (Focus EV) and a pair of turbocharged engines in the ST and RS, there’s a Focus for everyone — unless you live in North America and want a wagon.

Great styling, and just the fact that the RS and ST are available makes me happy. I also think a beefed-up, AWD version could be a formidable Impreza/Crosstrek competitor.

—Thorshammer_gp

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Image: Ford

Ford Mustang (incl. GT350/R)

The Mustang is the all-American quarterback for Ford. After over 50 years, it can still throw a touchdown, time and time again. And while the new Shelby doesn’t come with a blower, it still has a stupid amount of power for a naturally aspirated sportscar.

Finally, the Mustang is back to what it should be: a poor man’s GT, a Jaguar for half the price.

—Vojta Dobeš

2016 Honda Accord, Image: Honda

Honda Accord (Sedan and Coupe)

The Toyota Camry may be the sales leader in the midsize segment, but there’s no argument to be made against the Honda Accord. The family sedan (or coupe!) can still be had with a stellar V6, and some models will even allow for manual gear switching. What other midsize car in the segment can still be had with a stick?

A nice alternative to the Camry, sportier for the most part, but still reliable and economical. If the Camry is too boring for you, this is your car.

—210delray

2016 Honda Civic Sedan Touring, Image: Honda

Honda Civic

Make Civics Great Again! The tenth-generation Civic is just that. Honda says it’s “epic,” but it’s still stuck in the days when CivicNation was cool. The new car, though, comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that’s almost as good as the 1.8 TSI offered by Volkswagen, and Honda plans on mating it with a manual transmission later this year. Sure, the Civic might be nearly as big as the Accord you drove in the ’90s, but so is damn near everything else.

Public perception finally matches the product again thanks to the recent redesign. Honda built the car the public wanted rather than the car they thought we should want.

—Daniel Latini

2016 Jaguar F-Type, Image: Jaguar

Jaguar F-Type (Coupe and Convertible)

Sex on wheels is Built in Britain. The F-Type may not be as gorgeous as its E-Type predecessor, but you’ll forget that when you hear its growl trumpeted from the almost-too-loud exhaust. Also, thanks to public demand, Jaguar has offered it with a manual transmission — even if it isn’t the best gearbox in the Colonies.

Handsome wins. Handsome with muscles and a wicked sense of fun wins every time! A joy to behold, a symphony to the ears, a treasure to cherish. Few cars can inspire the way a Jaguar can.

—fr88

Hello, ladies.

—Sam Hell Jr

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Jeep Wrangler

When someone says the word Jeep, your mind doesn’t immediately think of the Renegade, Compass, Patriot, Cherokee, or Grand Cherokee. The Wrangler is the Jeep of Jeeps. Hell, in the ’90s, people called Suzuki Sidekicks another “type of jeep.”

Make no mistake, the Wrangler is horrible on-road, compromised in many different ways, and would put a luxo-liner on notice for fuel economy. But the Wrangler will take you through the round stuff and look cool doing it, every single time.

The Wrangler is not good at a lot of things. But it’s perfectly mission-oriented. If only other vehicles were so focused on their core task, freed from compromise. It helps that the Wrangler is a convertible, too.

—Timothy Cain

A greatness of the vehicle can be measured by the ration of desirability and need. This one scores in supercar territory.

—I_S

2016 Mazda CX-5, Image: Mazda

Mazda CX-5

If you’re going to own a crossover, at least buy the best-looking one that’s somewhat fun to drive. That’s what the Mazda CX-5 is — a Mazda3 that’s forgotten to go to the gym.

Or maybe it’s just been too busy with the kids to make time. After all, you can easily shove car seats in the back and lug around Fido to boot. Sure, it might be a little noisier than some of the competition, but you need to drown out crying newborns somehow.

The only compact SUV that encourages you to live life and not give up

—theonlydt

Mazda MX-5 Miata Club, Image: Mazda

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Fitter. Happier. More productive (at having fun). The fourth-generation MX-5 trims the fat from the NC Miata and places this Japanese roadster at the top of any Dream Garage list. It might not be powerful, or able to seat more than two people at a time, but its razor-sharp focus is a welcomed entrant in a sea of compromise.

Do you really need a reason? Mazda continues with an almost 30 year history of the best modern interpretation of a British roadster

—APaGttH

2015 Mazda3 Sport Touring, Image: Mazda

Mazda3 (Sedan and Hatch)

Want a compact hatchback with a stick? Want it to be efficient? Want it to be lightweight and fun to drive? And do you want it to be uncomplicated, from stem to stern? Hello. Those seeking a little more excitement can get the larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder, though the 2.0-liter is just fine in most regards.

Mazda: Where’s the damn Mazdaspeed version already?

The ideal compact family car for someone who actually likes to drive.

—Chris Tonn

2016 Mazda6, Image: Mazda USA

Mazda6

Probably the the best looking midsize car you can buy in America. Hell, it’s probably one of the best-styled cars ever. Period. The Mazda6 is only limited to four-cylinder engines and its options aren’t about to have you checking an endless list of must-haves. But, if the Camry and Accord are too boring, this is definitely worth a look.

The sexy, more fun alternative to the Camcords that only the in-the-know people get.

—Mexibeetle

2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S, Image: Porsche

Porsche 911 (incl. Specials)

There’s nothing quite like a 911 — except for all the other 911s you can buy.

Over the years, Porsche’s sportscar has gained a ton of weight, but its basic shape has stayed the same. It’s also just common enough for Joe Everyman to possibly get his hands on one, and drive it straight through the winter months in snow-belt states.

It’s the same car they made 50 years ago (except it’s now water cooled), and it will be the same car 50 years from now (except powered by … something else).

—namesakeone

2016 Subaru WRX, Image: Subaru

Subaru WRX (incl. STI)

Bozi owns one. Everyone wants to be like Bozi. You should own one too.

Okay, the WRX might not be for everyone, and the production version is certainly one of the most watered-down designs to come from Subaru in recent history. But if you want all-wheel drive, a turbocharged mill that will have you doing mountain runs, and a trunk for all your vaping gear, this is the car for you. (Flat-brimmed hat is an optional, though highly chosen, extra.)

“But James, I want to do all that cool car stuff you do, but I can’t with kids, a dog, a mountain bike, and a part time gig as an uber driver.” Yes you can!

—s2kjames

Tesla Model S In Hero Blue, Image: Tesla

Tesla Model S

Regardless of what you think of Elon Musk’s hype machine, the Tesla Model S proved one thing overnight: you don’t need to choose between an electric drivetrain and outright performance. The sedan has been saddled with quality issues since it’s gone on sale, but the evangelists will make sure everyone of them is purchased. Oh, and it’s nicer inside than a BMW 3 Series. Take that, Germany.

Proving the U.S. appetite for electric vehicles, and American manufacturing.

—Lemmiwinks

2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited, Image: Toyota

Toyota 4Runner

Want a Wrangler without the soft top but with a decent on-road driving experience? Toyota has you covered — still.

The 4Runner is old, but that’s not a bad thing. You’ll know it’ll last forever if you buy one.

Old engine, old body-on-frame construction, and old part-time 4WD — yet it is selling almost 10k/month and resale is great. It goes counter to the homogeneous sea of CUVs. And that roll down rear glass!

—Quentin

2015 Volkswagen Golfs, Image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf (incl. GTI, R, Sportwagen)

The Golf is probably the best compact car that nobody buys. Why would they when you can add a trunk and pay way, way less for a Jetta? Regardless, the Golf offers up pretty much everything you can find in a Focus, plus a wagon model.

Too bad about that whole diesel thing, though.

It’s the perfect package: good driving dynamics; refined quiet ride; rock solid interior and build quality; and, in GTI variety, it’s quick.

—Cestode

2016 Volvo XC90, Image: Volvo

Volvo XC90

Volvo finally has a vehicle that wasn’t developed when OJ Simpson was on Court TV the first time around. And guess what? It makes SUVs desirable for the rest of us!

Engine options are limited, but you can still get one with nearly 400 horsepower from a four-cylinder engine combined with an electric powertrain.

Tiny producer beats the segment: Beautiful, incredibly spacious, outstanding interior. The want is strong with this one.

—Sjalabais

Notable cars that just missed the cut: Porsche Boxster/Cayman, BMW 2 Series (incl. M235i), BMW M2, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150, Chevrolet Impala, Mercedes-Benz C-Class (incl. AMG), Jeep Grand Cherokee (incl. SRT), Ford Flex, Mercedes-Benz E-Class (incl. AMG), Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon, Cadillac CTS (incl. CTS-V), and Dodge Challenger (incl. SRT and Hellcat).

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73 Comments on “The Votes Are In! Here Are Your Candidates for Best Automobiles of 2016, Along with Your Nomination Comments...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    What do we like?
    Mazda!
    What do we like?
    Ford!
    What do we buy new?
    Nothing, we’re the Internet!

    • 0 avatar

      WE ARE LEGION!

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      Hey now, I was one of the few that bought [new] the best compact that nobody buys! (Golf)

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Was that before or after VW scandal hour?

        • 0 avatar
          whynot

          Before…but I probably would have still taken it after. Was not interested in diesel (too sluggish for my tastes, and I almost never am driving highway so would never make up price premium and I drive cars til they are worth nothing anyways so resale wasn’t a huge concern) and they probably would have been willing to deal even more to get a sale.

          I also live in the South, so no real worries about rants from people over how I am supporting a company that is destroying the earth etc.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I’d be mostly concerned about resale value!

          • 0 avatar
            whynot

            Yeah, I just edited that in. I keep cars until they are worth nothing anyways, I’m not a new car every 3-4 years kind of guy. So resale wasn’t a huge concern for me.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Brave man, keeping a modern VW past year four! We shall see how that goes for you.

          • 0 avatar
            whynot

            Its ok, I have plenty experience with horribly unreliable cars where half the crap doesn’t work from a Cherokee I had for about 5 years past its prime (including sadly, a 4.0 engine that must have been built at the end of the day on a Friday).

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            There were a couple years around 98-00 where the 4.0 had some block issues. Something or other was porous?

          • 0 avatar
            whynot

            I had a ’99 Classic. I loved the car, and the engine, but it was giving me constant trouble. Eventually the engine died again and a mechanic gave me $1500 for the car as he knew I was getting ready to sell it in a few months anyways (Moving down south and did not want to live with a car where the AC constantly broke).

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Me too, and in wagon form!

    • 0 avatar
      Alfisti

      Gold jerry, Gold.

    • 0 avatar
      qfrog

      I buy what we like, I own a Golf VII wagon and an NA miata.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      “What do we like? Mazda!” — Nope
      “What do we like? Ford!” — Nope
      “What do we buy new? Nothing, we’re the Internet!” — Almost everything, BECAUSE we’re the internet!

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      CoreyDL

      No kidding!
      Wasn’t just a few days ago we had a long conversation on Mazda numbers being in the tank?

      Just goes to show once more that success has nothing to do with the Internet Know-It-Alls. Folks buy with a whole different set of priorities…

      Kinda reminds me of what’s happening in the States presidential primaries. All the experts are screaming about Trumps being a madman and having nothing to offer…yet he has just broken records for any GOP candidate in any primary i history.

      Nobody knows what the people are wanting…

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    I should have bought a Fiesta instead of the Sonic I bought in January. I’d be willing to take a bath on the Sonic if I could find a Fiesta hatch with the EcoBoost triple.

    Either they don’t make many, or they get bought the moment they hit the lots, because I can’t find one west of the Mississippi, new or used.

  • avatar
    SSJeep

    Interesting winners, although I find the Wrangler summary somewhat misleading – “…would put a luxo-liner on notice for fuel economy”? Mixed city and highway on my Unlimited over the last 500 miles is 19.4mpg. I agree with the other points, but MPG on a Penta equipped Wrangler is not nearly as bad as it used to be.

    • 0 avatar

      Do what any self-respecting Wrangler owner does – immediately divest your wallet of $5000+ for a 4″ lift, 35″ Toyos, XD wheels, and steel bumpers – and suddenly a ’75 Ninety-Eight Regency with the carb needles open all the way seems thrifty.

      • 0 avatar
        multicam

        Hell, I get about 15 mpg in my ’94 YJ with the 4.0, 35″ MT tires, and 3.07 gears… I don’t consider that to be terrible mileage for what it is. I drive like a grandma though. The gears basically force me to.

        Flybrian, I hate those XD wheels. Not sure why.

      • 0 avatar
        cgjeep

        Also another 5k for a beater car that gets good mpg then you spend more time driving it than the Wrangler.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        “Do what any self-respecting Wrangler owner does – immediately divest your wallet of $5000+ for a 4″ lift, 35″ Toyos, XD wheels, and steel bumpers – and suddenly a ’75 Ninety-Eight Regency with the carb needles open all the way seems thrifty.”

        I have an ’08 JKU that does about the same as SSJeep claims–but have managed 25mpg on the interstate between Knoxville, TN and Washington, DC on I-81.

        • 0 avatar
          SSJeep

          I dont think I have ever seen 25mpg out of a straight-six Wrangler. The most I have obtained with the Pentastar was 22.5 highway.

          • 0 avatar
            gtemnykh

            FWIW the AMC 4.0L I6 died with the TJ. Early JKs had the “minivan motor” 3.8L

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            All depends on how you drive. I set the cruise control to 62mph for the entire trip and cracked 25mpg on I-66 about 40 miles outside of DC. Ran an additional 100 miles before it fell below that 25mpg mark on I-95.

        • 0 avatar
          87 Morgan

          We get 19.5 – 20.5 in our 08′ 6MT JK. Makes no difference if you rive like a grandpa or drive it like you stole it. Of course, with the later you are just keeping up with normal traffic from a stoplight.

      • 0 avatar
        SSJeep

        Not for me, I use the Wrangler for business and commuting. Tacky XD wheels wont get me through traffic any faster, and a 4″ lift will prevent me from entering many parking garages. Then again, I could always take the Impala SS instead of the Wrangler…

  • avatar
    Russycle

    ” If only other vehicles were so focused on their core task, freed from compromise. ”

    Those vehicles exist, and we call them niche vehicles. I’ll take my vehicles versatile, please. I like the Wrangler, it’s a fine toy, but I need my vehicles to do it all. They may not be the best at anything, but good enough at a lot of things gets it done. I’d love to have 5 different vehicles to choose from depending on the day’s mission, but that’s not reality for most of us.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    At least post up a picture of the Trail or Pro trim 4Runner. I think that is what most of us think of when we wax poetic about it.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      Yeah the Limited makes me cringe, but it’s also the most common variant in the wealthier ‘burbs. It’s like a slightly smaller, cheaper Tahoe LTZ.

      I am starting to see more and more of the SR5s out on the street, Trails are still a rare sighting, about as rare as the Pros.

      I really wish they sold a SR5 or Trail with a moonroof as a standalone option, that’d be the truck for me, that and keeping the manual t-case lever on everything that isn’t a Limited.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        The AWD limited just makes more sense to most people who “need” more than 2 driven wheels. Driveline wise, the Limited is basically a Q7 with a fair crack at outlasting WV/Audi’s reign as an ongoing concern. And XREAS is pretty decent as far as body control goes, while still allowing for good articulation. 7 seats (albeit 2 for gnomes) is important to some as well.

        My biggest personal gripe about the Trail, is how it, as a non 7 seat model, is much harder to sleep in. Which for some inexplicable reason, don’t seem to be Toyota’s foremost concern…..

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          Oh I agree that it makes perfect sense, I just can’t stand seeing a capable truck festooned with 20 inch rims and low hanging bumpers. Trail Premium like Quentin’s for me please. It’s the true descendant to my ’96 rear diff-locked Limited: All the luxury interior trappings, with all of the offroad hardware and ground clearance/beefy tires.

    • 0 avatar

      Most of them up here in New England are limited’s, the first time I saw a trail a few years ago it caught me off guard and I had to walk across the parking lot for a better look.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    Choosing 10 out of 20 nominees is ridiculous as well. Hopefully we don’t have to vote for 10 when it comes voting time.

    I see some unpopular vehicles on this list, too, when you consider that several of them live in non-niche segments but sell fringe numbers.

  • avatar
    Verbal

    “What other midsize car in the segment can still be had with a stick?”

    You answered your own question: Mazda6.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Whilst it’s easy to argue that the Porsche 911 is slight better than a Jaguar F type I think the Jag is the only car in this segment to have given Porsche real competition in a long time. And for some of us who yearn for a sports car that doesn’t look like a Porsche then I can’t think of a better sportscar at its price point.

    I do like the new Mustang and it’s a great car. It’s also much better than the old model. But I still liked the look of the old one more….

    • 0 avatar

      Also, the F-Type offers a manual across a moderately wide band of its model ranges.

      I don’t know about the 911 (because they seem to offer a dizzying array of variations), but my understanding is that a manual is getting hard to find in the mix.

      • 0 avatar
        duffman13

        The nice thing about Porsche (not too sure about Jaguar), is they are more than happy to accommodate a factory order if you’re willing to wait. If you want a manual, all you need is a large enough bankroll, some patience, and the willingness to put your money where your mouth is.

  • avatar
    Thorshammer_gp

    Holy crap, you quoted me!

    I cross-shopped a Focus hatch this past summer, and though I ultimately ended up with an Impreza instead (for various reasons, not the least of which was the fact that the Subaru dealer was much more pleasant to work with), it’s a really solid (and good-looking) little car.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Interesting list. Amusing that Toyota’s only entrant is almost their oldest. I initially rolled my eyes at the Accord, but I have to agree that offering a coupe, manual transmissions, and a great V6 all without compromising the utility of the thing is worth a lot. Just don’t tell me that an automatic Accord is any less boring or less cheap-feeling than an automatic Camry.

    A few stereotypical car guy tropes and hyperbole in the highlighted comments though:

    “The sexy, more fun alternative to the Camcords that only the in-the-know people get”

    In-the-know about what? Road noise, a poor dealer network, a 185hp ceiling, or the fact there are several other midsize sedans that are also pretty good to drive?

    “The only compact SUV that encourages you to live life and not give up”

    Please. Tell that to the Escape Titanium you can’t catch between stoplights or the Cherokee Trailhawk that can actually get down a rough dirt road for the weekend. Or the guy driving a Rogue because it was cheap and functional, who lives his life outside his car and thinks you’re a weirdo for focusing on something so trite as the “steering feel” in your CUV.

    “If a car company is going to offer a 700-horsepower family sedan for nearly affordable money, you damn well give them a prize!”

    In no way is a $70K vehicle nearly affordable to middle class America, unless you consider forgoing retirement savings to clear space in your budget for a car “affordable”. I’d rather give the props to dodge for offering a V8 RWD Charger R/T for $34K. That’s still a lot of power and accessible to far more people.

  • avatar
    suburbanokie

    I JUST realized why I can’t stand the Mazda3’s new styling…it looks like a dustbuster (especially with no tint/windows down)!

    • 0 avatar
      SSJeep

      It does look a bit like a miniature Pontiac Trans Sport. I am puzzled as to how the Mazda3 made the list – it isnt bad, but isnt particularly great at anything either. It was noted to be a good family car, but hardly has the room to hold a whole family and their carry-ons.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    There are only two full-sized hipo RWD sedans not trying to be status-symbols that one can buy today, and they both make the list. Makes sense.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    Mazda keeps getting named on everyone’s best list,yet they just cannot sell them, and now with the new Civic,their sales numbers should go down even more.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      Mightn’t that be a lesson about the inbred, circle-jerk nature of an enthusiasts’ poll?

      I might yet do the work to merge and re-order the best & worst lists according to Tim Cain’s sales stats. Sounds like a good project for work time :D

      • 0 avatar
        Quentin

        Yea, Tim has to do some analysis here. We have the worst selling full size sedan in America on this list, a number of pedestrian cars that are midpack in their super popular segments, and several sub/compacts ride the coat tails of versions that make up roughly 5% of their volume.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        This is a circle-jerk poll, but I guess I’m not sure why that is a big deal.

        Someone yesterday said to think of this exercise more like TTAC’s Image Awards, which is really what it is. This is just a time-sink and a way for the writers and readers to have some interaction. No one is going to get hurt or see a windfall over the outcome.

        I mean, I’m not (totally) stupid here. I know that the Chevy SS sells in minuscule numbers, is going out of production soon, and most people don’t even know that it ever existed. Still, I also spent my entire lunch break yesterday making spreadsheets to try and figure out a way that buying one in the next 10 months wouldn’t be a complete financial suicide.

        That kind of enthusiasm must count for something.

        • 0 avatar
          87 Morgan

          you and me both. The more I look at them, the more I want.
          Completely understated, no one knows about it, my neighbors will think I got a new job with a new company car Impala….for some reason all these features really appeal to me VS a big nasty Hellcat. BTSR no disrespect intended. I am glad the HC exists, just not for me.

          • 0 avatar

            If you can live with an auto you can find a new 2015 for around $37-38k and used ones are starting to approach the lower $30k’s. The SS might just adorn my driveway once it’s time to replace the WRX.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            Automatic is fine and actually slightly preferred personally.

            I could do $37k. Technically. It would require a debt slave 60 month loan and I’d need things to be fairly rosy for the next two years.

            If I buy an SS this year and end up giving out HJs by the overpass for gas money I’m holding you responsible Bozi.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    The Civic is the car everyone wanted? If you think everyone is clamouring for overstyled excess, I guess.

  • avatar
    brenschluss

    I took my Fiesta ST for its 500-mile oil change today. They had a triple-black “Petty’s Garage” Mustang in the showroom that looked like someone’s dream car. I can see why Ford is doing well.

    They appear to have a decent entry in virtually every segment, and my experience with their ST models leads me to believe their driving character has been designed with great care. I’m still wary of their QC as I’ve read enough stories of lemons and major issues presenting themselves early, and I’ve also needed to make a couple very minor corrections on my own car.

    But, I will swallow that when they make the closest thing to exactly what I want.

    PS Hey Subaru, should have made a f*cking WRX hatchback *middle fingers*

  • avatar
    Chris from Cali

    How could you not use BTSR’s comments for the Charger’s win?!??!?

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    I could actually see myself in a CX-5. And of the few “colors” available on the stick-shift FWD model (okay, I really only use AWD to make rooster tails in the snow anyway), the Meteor Gray doesn’t look so bad.

  • avatar
    Sjalabais

    So how many people did nominate the XC90? We need sensible family cars, and this is mostly a van, cough.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I did the XC70 instead, because it’s more of a real Volvo in the traditional sense.

      • 0 avatar
        Sjalabais

        In being a wagon? I’d agree, and I’d rather have one, too, but the XC70 is ending production in two weeks and I figure the XC90 is a much better product in the market.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Are they planning to replace the XC70 with a CC variant of the V90 like I hope for?

          • 0 avatar
            Sjalabais

            I’m not sure, but I’ve heard rumors that the V60 is poised to grow and carry on the vertical finish tradition of the 140/240/740/940/850/V70. Might be the one better suited tobbe lifted…? Just speculation.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      If you are championing family cars, why not call out the Corvette, 911, Mustang, etc.? The XC90 is a lot more family friendly!

      • 0 avatar
        Sjalabais

        Oh, I’m no bashing the XC90, I voted for it and I am quoted for doing so above. Two seaters don’t interest me, as I am a fan of fast wagons. Cars without utility beyond being able to drive from A to B are not my thing. Which is not to say I’d be having anything to say against them; I know this is popular stuff.

    • 0 avatar

      I am on vacation and got an XC90 from Avis. What an outstanding vehicle. Better than a Range Rover for far less money.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        How did that little 2-liter do moving around such a big vehicle? With half the cylinders and about 1/3 of the displacement expected for such a large rig, if there were ever a test for downsizing an engine in a heavy & premium SUV, this is it.

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        Sjalabais

        That comparison keeps popping up all across the motorweb…pretty much what surprised me the most when the XC90 was first presented. Will there be a vacation report on the car by you? It’s also interesting that Avis has them; I figured Hertz might be a customer, but for Avis that’s an untraditional choice, isn’t it?

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          I could do a Rental Review if so desired. It’s up to Mark, not me :)

          The 2.0L feels fine. It didn’t have the brawn of a JLR V6 or V8 but it doesn’t feel weak either, and fuel consumption seems to be quite good. I know Avis has rented Volvos for some time now. The Avis at FLL had a lot of premium cars in the Preferred line: Jag XF, BMW 528i and E-Class. The XC90 seemed to be the main premium SUV (besides the Tahoe/Suburban and a few XC60s).

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    pb35

    I traded a 2015 Charger SRT 392 for a 2015 SS. The SS is the real deal, get one while you can.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      I’m a bit late, not sure if you will catch the reply.

      I would love to know the differences between the two, since you have owned both. I have ridden in both. As I noted above the SS just feels far more understated, below the radar so to speak.

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