Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2016

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

    Every year, the editors of Motor Authority do something we dreamed about as kids. We drive the most ferocious performance cars and the finest luxury cars to tell you which ones are the best. This year, the competition has been unbelievable. We've sampled exceptional cars like the new Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V, the stunning Mercedes-AMG GT S, the bantamweight fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the audacious Lamborghini Aventador SV. MORE: Read Our 2016 Chevy Camaro First Drive And to top it all off, we drove two new American muscle cars that are finally good enough to earn the sports-car...

2016 Nominees

2016 Cadillac CTS-V 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
MSRP: $83,995
2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
MSRP: $25,700
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 2016 Ford Mustang
MSRP: $24,145
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata drive, Southern California, July 2015 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
MSRP: $24,915
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S at Laguna Seca, first drive, November 2014 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
MSRP: $129,900
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Best Car to Buy News

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S at Laguna Seca, first drive, November 2014
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

    This past year the auto industry offered up a smorgasbord of new or significantly updated luxury and performance cars. We drove them, we reviewed them, and we really loved several of them. As we considered the finalists for our annual Best Car To Buy award, we had to, reluctantly, leave several...

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata drive, Southern California, July 2015
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    We drove an impressive list of new or significantly updated luxury and performance cars this past year. Many of them approach the cost of a mortgage and the Lamborghini Aventador SV we profiled yesterday costs about a half a million dollars. Among a sea of incredible high-dollar cars, one of the...

  • 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce (SV)
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Lamborghini Aventador SV

    We had a lot of fun this past year driving a host of new or significantly updated cars that push the envelope for luxury and performance. Nothing, however, pushes performance to the extreme like the Lamborghini Aventador SV. Come to think of it, this thing busts open all kinds of envelopes. The...

  • 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

    It's safe to say that 2015 was a good year for luxury and performance cars. We saw the release of numerous new or significantly models that set new standards for their brands. Among them were an all-new Chevrolet Camaro and a performance version of the Mustang with the legendary Shelby name. It...

  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS

    Each year dozens of new or significantly updated luxury and performance cars hit the market, and it is our job to drive them and report back to you. We also compare them and name our annual Best Car to Buy. We had to leave several excellent vehicles off our list of finalists this year, and we...

  • 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

    Over this past year, we've set out collective butts in the driver's seats of some amazing machinery. These new or significantly updated cars have set new standards for luxury and performance. In choosing our annual Best Car to Buy we had to leave several excellent vehicles off our list of...

  • 2016 Cadillac ATS-V
    Motor Authority Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

    It's been a good year. We've had the privilege of driving numerous new or significantly updated models that set new standards for luxury and performance. Of that group, we had to leave several excellent vehicles off our list of finalists, but seven cars rose to the top like so much delicious cream...

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    Best Car To Buy 2016: The Nominees

    An argument can be made that these are the salad days of luxury and performance cars. As fuel economy standards get stricter, automakers are looking to make their vehicles more efficient, but no so much so that there isn't still room for power and performance. In fact, some of the traits of...

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    Best Car To Buy 2016: The Vehicles That Couldn't Quite Stand Out

    Each year we log thousands of miles in the newest luxury and performance cars, trucks, and SUVs. Many are brilliant pieces of comfort and engineering, and some fall shy of the mark. Part of the task of choosing our Best Car To Buy is figuring out which vehicles don't make the cut. We start by only...

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    Motor Authority Soon To Name Best Car To Buy 2016

    It's been a fun year. We've hit the track to pilot the latest performance cars, we were coddled by the comfort and convenience of the latest luxury offerings, and we even took a few of the nominees on road trips. We've taken what we've learned into consideration and soon we will announce Motor...

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