25 brand-new Cars We’re Thankful For, 2016 Edition


25 brand-new Cars We’re Thankful For, 2016 Edition

Thanksgiving is actually a time for arguing with relatives over politics, stuffing one’s face with food, along with, for those of age, getting properly sauced—along with not by way of the gravy bowl. This specific also is actually the perfect time to reflect on those things you’re thankful for, including health, happiness, along with cars. Some people may make time for football in there, although we sat down with our work relatives, er, co-workers, along with generated a list of the 25 cars by This specific year of which we’re thankful exist. These aren’t necessarily the best cars, per se, although rather cars of which we couldn’t do without, along with even some of which shouldn’t exist although do. One thing is actually guaranteed, however: This specific rundown should buy you at least a few minutes of distraction by your family.The gestation of the Alfa Romeo Giulia has been as complicated as the plot line of an Italian telenovela, with its development (or seeming lack thereof) occurring in parallel with Alfa’s ambition to return to the United States. This specific has been a decade since (then) Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne first promised to bring the Italian brand back here, with Fiat’s merger with Chrysler in 2009 offering an obvious shortcut to generating This specific happen. The original plan was for the Giulia to use the same front-drive Compact Wide platform as the Dodge Dart along with the Chrysler 0; fortunately, This specific was nixed, along with Alfa instead developed a brand-new rear-wheel-drive platform mostly by itself. The production Giulia made its debut in mid-2015, along with the auto finally will reach the U.S. late This specific year as a 2017 style. READ MORE >>Encased under glass along with lit up like a museum piece, Audi’s ten-cylinder totem to human ingenuity looks as if This specific should be accompanied by a soft-spoken docent to narrate its very existence: At 610 horsepower, This specific naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 is actually the most powerful engine ever put into production by Audi. This specific revs 20 percent quicker than its predecessor, spinning by idle to its 8500-rpm redline in 0.66 second. READ MORE >>There’s a lot of big-brother M4 under the M2’s skin, along with the 2-series’ diminutive Centeng swells to cover the wider parts. by certain angles, the M2 appears to hold the mumps. The limited-slip differential, the forged 19-inch wheels, along with most of the aluminum suspension components are shared with the M4, although the M2 has its own dampers, springs, along with slightly narrower tires. As with the M4, its very stiff setup will jiggle your flabby bits. There’s not so much as a quiver by the Centeng, however. A plate added to the front end cinches the already tight 2-series structure even tighter. READ MORE >>Need we remind you these are seriously twisted times? Homer is actually dumping Marge for a younger woman. Former down-home darling Miley Cyrus might be the instrument of some secret society. along with in our own world, zero-emission vehicles are vying for garage space with modern muscle cars.--What we need to weather This specific maelstrom is actually a car we can trust. Something fast along with fun, an automobile suitable for commuting of which will broom cerebral cobwebs with every brush of the right pedal. An American Pharoah, if you will.--Cadillac has raised both hands to answer This specific call. which has a decade of V designs under its belt, a division boss who understands the fast-four-door gambit (after having helped Audi master This specific), along with the General’s steadfast backing, the redesigned along with newly wreathless crest is actually ready to play supersedan hardball courtesy of its third-generation CTS-V. READ MORE >>Let’s cut right to the hyperbole: The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE is actually a rolling manifestation of Bruce Springsteen’s most celebratory lyrical fairy tale, the “all-American boy which has a nose for trouble finds his way by means of a pushrod-V-8–powered muscle car which has a weary although naturally beautiful girl from the passenger seat.” Born by the same humble two-door-coupe blueprint of which launched the Camaro 50 years ago, This specific’s the everyman’s super-Camaro: a 455-hp, apex-craving monster of which rings in which has a $44,400 base cost ($6500 for the SS 1LE Performance package on top of $37,900 for the 1SS coupe). of which’s $16,435 less dear than the $62,135 sticker for the 2017 Camaro ZL1, along with This specific likely will undercut the cost of the upcoming 2018 Camaro Z/28 by even more. While we’re talking matters of finance, the only various other option on our test car was a performance data recorder for $1300, which brought the as-tested cost to $45,700. This specific may not be free, although This specific’s at least attainable for most aspiring part-time track rats. READ MORE >>As Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter sees This specific, the brand-new Grand Sport is actually “the purist’s Corvette.” You won’t hear us argue of which point, although we think his description of the basic Stingray is actually even more apt due to This specific style: “the essential Corvette.” This specific brings to mind greatest-hits albums of which showcase a given artist’s best work in one tidy package—along with of which’s what This specific car is actually at its core, combining as This specific does the Stingray’s LT1 tiny-block V-8 with the Z06’s brash bodywork along with ludicrously capable chassis hardware. (The Z06 is actually “the ultimate Corvette,” so think of of which one as the comprehensive box set.) READ MORE >>We’d barely left the parking spot before the Chevrolet SS had us saying, “of which’s the stuff.” Push from the clutch, lift off the throttle for your first shift, along with the 415-hp LS3 V-8 crackles through the tailpipes on the overrun.--Yes, we said clutch. The lack of a manual along with the auto’s limited availability were our top complaints about the 2014 SS. Production volume is actually still low, although the Tremec six-speed manual (a no-cost option) further tailors This specific large, rear-drive sedan to the driver of serious intent. along with choosing the manual avoids the gas-guzzler tax. While the stick comes which has a 3.70:1 final drive versus the automatic’s 3.27:1 ratio, its 1-4 skip-shift function during light acceleration adds 1 mpg to the EPA city-mileage rating. READ MORE >>Attentive readers will know of which we have already put not one, although two 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats through our typical barrage of tests—one equipped which has a six-speed manual transmission, the various other an eight-speed automatic. For its second style year, Dodge left the powertrains untouched. This specific Challenger’s blown 6.2-liter V-8 still pushes the same tire-smoking 707 horsepower along with 650 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Our test car had the optional ($2995) eight-speed automatic of which can swap ratios in as little as 0 milliseconds. So why put This specific essentially unchanged, approximately two-along with-a-quarter-ton beast through our tests again? To quote technical editor K.C. Colwell, “Because This specific’s a Hellcat.” READ MORE >>Turbos! Two of them—two big snails of whoosh—have invaded the holy sanctum of a Ferrari engine compartment, along with life will never be the same. Next thing you know, the future CEO of a publicly traded Ferrari will pull the sheet off an SUV which has a matching carbon-fiber Apple Watch, along with then, what the hell, we’re in Mad Max, along with the whole world is actually fried.--All right, let’s cut the crap. Ferrari’s best-selling style line, the mid-engine V-8, needed more power. This specific’s not Ferrari pushing This specific so much as the customers, those Ferragamo-shod masters of the universe who see progress only in numbers of which go up. More power equals more speed equals more grip equals more, well, more. With Lamborghini along with especially McLaren breathing down its neck, Ferrari felt This specific had to make a power along with performance statement, although without turning the style into a big-bore gas hog. So This specific went shopping for turbos. READ MORE >>Ford’s first F-150 Raptor hit like a meteorite when This specific made its debut for 2010—sudden, spectacular, along with surprising. This specific was the first true high-perform­ance off-road pickup which has a factory warranty, a proud totem of badassery. Developed by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, This specific somehow survived both the Baja 1000 desert race along with the worst economic faceplant in recent history to become a certified critical along with commercial success, even if many a Raptor never set a wheel off-road. We predict more of the same right now of which a brand-new, lighter F-150 platform will underpin Ford’s exurban pre-runner. READ MORE >>Since its reintroduction to the American market a few years ago, the Ford Fiesta has been less of the party on wheels of which its name promises along with more of an office budget meeting. Sensible? Absolutely. Fun? Not exactly. Well, break out the tequila, because, with the ST variant of its Mexico-built, jalapeño-sized hatch, Ford has finally produced a Fiesta worthy of its name. READ MORE >>In an industry of which tends toward superficiality in its anniversary observations—for the Corvette’s 50th anniversary, Chevy painted a handful of cars maroon—Ford goes big. This specific gave itself the 2005 GT to celebrate its 100th birthday; got around creating a special-edition 50th-anniversary Mustang by redesigning the entire car; along with is actually right now honoring the golden anniversary of its historic 1-2-3 sweep at Le Mans in 1966 with another interpretation of the winning GT40. READ MORE >>We’ve been here before. We’ve stared down the barrel of a twin-striped Mustang with more than 500 horsepower along with the name of a Texas chicken farmer across its fanny. The last one, the 2013 Shelby GT500, had 662 horsepower, in fact, along with was said to go over 0 mph. This specific didn’t, not for us, anyway. Even so, This specific was what a Shelby Mustang should be, what This specific has been for decades: a hot quarter-mile which has a side of smoky burnout. This specific was a muscle car with more. Mustang lovers got sweaty, although as usual, the rest of the auto world just shrugged along with moved on with evolution. READ MORE >>This specific’s safe to say of which we’re fans of the Honda Accord. Honda’s bread-along with-butter mid-size car has held a spot on our annual 10Best Cars list more times (31) than any various other vehicle. Credit Accord hallmarks such as excellent packaging, a comfortable ride, engaging handling, along with top-notch build quality for the style’s decades-long reign. READ MORE >>Few things from the automotive world have remained consistent for 75 years. In spirit, purpose, along with—to an extent—execution, the bloodline of the Jeep Wrangler has done so. The direct descendant of the “GP” military runabout whose production for the U.S. armed forces started out in 1941, today's Wrangler remains a preeminent off-roader with an instantly recognizable face, even as This specific has grown into a larger, heavier, along with more comfortable device serving civilians. Jeep marks its icon’s diamond jubilee by offering cushy 75th-anniversary editions of several designs. We strapped our test equipment to the coolest of the lot, a Wrangler Unlimited 75th Edition. READ MORE >>This specific starts with Aristotle—as so many things do—This specific idea of which something can be more than the sum of its parts. Two people collaborating can build something better than two people working alone. A nimble chassis, a smooth ride, a silky transmission, along which has a responsive engine can make an objectively unexceptional car into a true joy, a fan favorite, a smart buy. This specific’s a strange alchemy, the process of which makes several okay things into one great one, along with we don’t pretend to fully understand This specific. although the not bad folks at Mazda sure do, along with the refreshed Mazda 3 is actually proof. READ MORE >>When Mazda launched the first Miata, This specific made no secret of its intention to clone the Lotus Elan, minus the puddle of oil on the garage floor. The brand-new car became a hit with buyers who remembered various other roadsters—classic MGs, Austin-Healeys, Triumphs, along with even the long-in-the-tooth Alfa Romeo Spider, which was somehow still in production though would likely become immediately unsellable from the face of the brand-new competition. If This specific seems to you like This specific happened just yesterday, of which is actually because you’re old, which is actually why Mazda has dreamed up This specific latest style of its halo car. The 2016 MX-5 is actually meant at once to go back to the original template while updating the franchise for the foreseeable future. along with convince you to buy another. READ MORE >>Under heavy braking, with its front tires loaded mightily as they near the edge of grip, the McLaren 570S reveals itself. In these telling seconds before the brake pedal is actually released along with the steering wheel is actually turned, the 570S feels more organic than mechanical. More living tissue than aluminum along with carbon. Like a great white shark, maw agape, arcing to carve through a sea lion, This specific destroys corners. Cleaves them clean through. READ MORE >>The Mercedes-AMG C63 starts life with 469 horsepower along which has a $67,925 base sticker. Those seeking to investigate maximum rear-tire meltdown will want the still more powerful $75,925 S edition reviewed here. Indulgent options-checking jacked the as-tested cost to just over $100,000, pretty much offsetting the “minimum of stuff” part of the muscle-car formula. The $5550 Premium 3 package contains Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system bundled which has a dozen or so driver-assist items of which may be of minimal interest to devout throttle abusers. The shrewd alternative is actually Premium 2, which provides COMAND without the extra gear for less than half the cost. The $5450 carbon-ceramic front brakes, the $1600 forged wheels with summer performance tires, the $2500 performance seats, along with the $1250 performance exhaust system all make perfect sense. We’d also recommend spending $990 for the optional head-up display to help keep eyes on the road during trying times; the remaining $7320 for the optional gear on our car mainly added flashy trim of which could be skipped. READ MORE >>Even in a world with no shortage of ridiculousness, the Mercedes-AMG G65, a three-ton military vehicle crammed to overflowing which has a 621-hp V-12 along with quilted leather, stands tall as an exemplar of absurdity.--Give Mercedes its due due to This specific accomplishment. What various other entity could muster the resolve to produce a consumer product quite so insane? If Chrysler decided to cram a Hellcat V-8 into the nose of a Wrangler, well, of which might come close. although even Chrysler, which once produced the Plymouth Prowler, isn’t quite of which nuts. The various other car companies aren’t even from the game. READ MORE >>With the entire human history’s worth of knowledge along with enough computing power in our pockets to go to the moon, This specific comes as a startling revelation when our digital devices get the simplest things so wrong. In This specific particular instance, I’m sitting from the driver’s seat of a Porsche 911 R en route to Tuttlingen, Germany, three hours west of Munich, along with the weather app on my phone reports sunny skies with no chance of rain. The snare-drum tat-a-tat-tat on the roof along with the sheets of water spilling over the windshield confirm of which, no, This specific is actually not raining. This specific’s pouring. READ MORE >>The Porsche Boxster along with Cayman have been shining beacons of sports-car excellence for the better part of two decades, along with together with the 911 they’ve reassured the faithful as Porsche ventured off into different product categories. With each succeeding generation, the Boxster has managed to get better-looking (a rarity in automotive design), quicker, along with more capable. The latest style is actually all those things, along with This specific not only gains a 718 prefix to its name although also scraps the style’s sublime naturally aspirated flat-six engines for turbocharged four-cylinders—a move of which threatens the idyllic formula. We tested the latest Boxster S with the PDK automatic, which is actually the quickest configuration although also the one most jarring to purists. READ MORE >>Porsche’s marketing department likes to say of which the Macan is actually a compact crossover, although of which’s not how we see This specific—especially not in its brand-new GTS trim. Compared with others in its segment, the Macan GTS incorporates a low-slung Centeng free of gaudy plastic cladding, a ferocious appetite for high-performance driving, compromised rear-seat along with cargo space, along with relatively limited off-road capability. So why not call a spade a spade along with label the Macan as Porsche’s hot hatch? READ MORE >>Tesla’s product architect, Elon Musk, must have been watching a Mel Brooks marathon on TNT when he picked “Ludicrous Speed,” straight out of Spaceballs, as the tag for the fastest acceleration mode in his style S P90D. along with indeed, one must have balls by outer space to fully exploit This specific car’s launch performance. To sort heroic acts by hype, we ran This specific electric missile through our test gantlet with, shall we say, shocking results. READ MORE >>There are currently a few different versions of the Golf for sale in all 50 states, a sweeping armada of excellence of which includes three gas engines, front- or all-wheel drive, along with wagon or hatch­­­back Centeng styles. Attitudes range by the save-some-fuel base Golf to the kill-some-apexes Golf R. right now in its seventh generation, the Golf’s merits are best on display in our favorite variation on the theme, the GTI. This specific’s in This specific form of which power, economy, handling, along with utility coalesce most effectively to produce a car This specific staff of professional critics struggled to criticize in a 40,000-mile long-term test. READ MORE >>

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