For our Best Car To Buy 2015, we’ve narrowed the list down to a still-large collection of 15 vehicles. It was a very good year for new sports cars, luxury sedans, and high-end crossovers.
So what makes a car Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy? It's not necessarily the fastest, most luxurious, the most fun-to-drive, or even the best-looking car to come out this year. A balance of all of these factors, and more (call it an ineffable quality of simply being), combines to make us want the car for ourselves--and drives us to recommend the car for you, the enthusiast, as a fun and functional addition to your own personal fleet.
Without further ado, here are our 15 finalists for the Best Car To Buy 2015 award:
2015 Acura TLX 3.5 SH-AWD
Fitting into an in-between spot in both Acura’s lineup and the entry luxury sedan world, the TLX represents tremendous value and a surprisingly fun-to-drive platform.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa’s limited re-entry to the U.S. market is a stripped-down, no-nonsense sports car with a slight luxury twist and a definite air of the exotic. Behind the wheel, it’s a truly impressive little beast.
2015 BMW M4
BMW M3 / M4
The new German overdogs, the M3 and M4 offer tons of brute force packaged in a refined and reiterated package that promises to please many—while pasting smiles on the faces of enthusiasts everywhere.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Brutal, big, and full of burnouts, the Challenger Hellcat is a straightforward muscle car that makes no excuses for its not-so-occasional rudeness.
2015 Ford Mustang
America’s pony car is back with an all new look, all-new chassis, and a great deal of improvement. At the same time, Ford has preserved much of the Mustang’s heritage in the new car—but has it made the crossover from muscle car to sports coupe?
2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
In a similar conundrum to the Mustang, approached from the other direction, the F-Type Coupe promises Old World refinement and delivers New World muscle. It’s a delightfully fun car to drive, even if it is a bit more raucous than some might expect.
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
Wrapped in a sexy new shell, the Gallardo’s replacement is one fun-to-drive car—and best of all it’s perhaps the most practical Lamborghini ever. But is that enough to garner Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy award?
2015 Lexus RC F
Lexus RC F
The coupe-bodied replacement to the IS F sport sedan, the Lexus RC F seeks to take the fight to the BMW M4, and, mostly, it succeeds. Brutally fast and surprisingly luxurious, its only achilles heel is its weight.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Completely redesigned into a sexy package that looks and feels like a downsized S-Class, the new C-Class packs a host of luxury, safety, and semi-autonomous features as well as new set of powertrains and a sporting demeanor.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
The big, bad bully of the luxury sport sedan and coupe class, the S63 AMG moves into its latest generation with more power and refinement than ever—and it shows in every detail behind the wheel and in the cabin.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
Taller, roomier, and more practical than the CLA45 AMG—last year’s Best Car To Buy winner—the GLA45 AMG promises and delivers a great deal for a compact crossover. Can it follow in its cousin’s footsteps?
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 918 Spyder
Utterly impressive in its powertrain and dynamics, as well as stunningly beautiful to look at, the Porsche 918 Spyder deserves a spot on anyone’s top lists for 2015. Despite its nearly $1 million price tag and extremely limited production, the 918 Spyder makes a strong case for being the best car you can buy this year.
2015 Porsche Macan
Like the GLA 45 AMG, the Porsche Macan injects a much-needed dose of sport into the otherwise fairly sleepy crossover world, and does it in a way that makes the Macan feel smaller and sleeker behind the wheel than its cargo capacity would suggest.
2015 Subaru WRX
A perennial favorite of those who like to root for the underdog, the Subaru WRX has real-world pace to match much more expensive cars from much more prestigious brands. At the same time, it’s eminently practical in any climate in the U.S.
2015 Volkswagen GTI
Refined, design-conscious, and inimitably German, the Volkswagen GTI continues to present a very strong case for hot hatches, and for itself as the segment’s king. The new Mark VII improves the GTI formula to its pinnacle, combining driving fun and practical prudence in a way few other cars can.
These are Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2015 finalists. Over the coming days, we’ll be detailing each with a look back at what makes them special even amongst their very capable rivals. On November 10th, we’ll announce the Best Car To Buy 2015 winner. Follow our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook channels for all of the latest as we narrow down the list to the Best Car To Buy.The question is simple; the answer is anything but. How do you determine one car is better than t... in Motor Authority Polls on LockerDome