Best and Worst Cars of 2015
Are you interested in knowing? What was the Best and Worse Cars of 2015. This may help you decided what your next car will be.
The new 1.8-liter turbo engine delivers effortless power and 28 mpg. Despite its compact size, the Golf provides the ride, handling, and quietness of a more expensive car. Topping the well-trimmed interior is an intuitive infotainment system. The North American Car of the Year jury—of which Consumer Reports is a member—named the Golf its 2015 winner.
The F-150 shed 700 pounds of body weight by using aluminum instead of steel, and the stunning new 2.7-liter, V6 turbo engine yields 17 mpg overall while still delivering 325 hp and 375 pound-feet of torque. This is an encouraging sign of where trucks can go.
Mercedes Benz C- Class
The Mercedes’ opulent interior styling and rich materials deliver a more luxurious feel than the BMW. Yet the C300 is just as engaging to drive as its Bavarian rival, with a gratifying balance of cushy ride and agile handling.
The Macan feels like a taller, broader Porsche 911; it has all of the practicality of a compact SUV but retains that sports-car performance. With acceleration, handling, and braking that puts most sports sedans to shame, the Macan is easily the most thrilling SUV we’ve tested—while still delivering a measure of utility, civility, and luxury. Pricing starts at $50,000, but typically equipped, a Macan lands in the mid-$60,000s.
Most family sedans are bland pieces of machinery. But the Legacy injects some personality into a great all-around sedan, with roominess, functionality, and a reasonable price. It effectively blends a comfortable ride, responsive handling, all-wheel drive, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, intuitive controls, and commendable fuel economy.
This “tweener”—it bridges small crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and midsized ones such as the Toyota Highlander—has a comfortable ride, a quiet cabin, an excellent infotainment system, and solid handling. Straddling segments that way allows the Sorento to blend city-friendly size with family-friendly accommodations, storage, and functionality—while still having room for seven. You can stop thinking of Kia as a “budget” brand.
Worst Cars of 2015
The previous edition was at the bottom of our midsized-sedan ranking. And now the redesigned version finished dead last in the category. For all of the effort Chrysler put into this car, the 200 suffers from a raspy four-cylinder engine, unrefined transmission, klutzy handling, and a cramped rear seat that only a submariner could appreciate. There are many better choices.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Shoppers covet this eccentric English SUV brand for vanity reasons. Though the Disco belongs to a family that includes the stately Range Rover, its engine seems flat-footed and the transmission often feels in the wrong gear. Handling is lumbering, and the wheels ride as though made of concrete. The infotainment system seems dated.
Lexus NX 200t/300h
The Lexus brand promises luxury trappings, a supple ride, and a soothing cabin. But the NX’s proletarian Toyota RAV4underpinnings show through—with a firm, jostling ride. Its handling is no match for its German rivals. Some interior bits feel cheap, and the infotainment system’s touchpad is challenging to manipulate while driving. Lexus can do better.
Kia makes a super SUV but a me- diocre minivan. The Sedona has the vibe of a posh lounge, but the luxury lifestyle vanishes as soon as you pull away from the curb. The stiff, pounding ride is accompanied by a raucous chorus of squeaks and rattles. The response to steering inputs is vague, even by minivan standards, and the fixed second-row seats limit cabin flexibility.
This article also appeared in the October 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.