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    2016 Cadillac CT6 To Arrive At Dealers In March, Start At $54,990


    • Cadillac Announces Release Month and Pricing for the CT6


    Cadillac has announced some details of their upcoming flagship sedan today. The 2016 CT6 will arrive at dealers in March with a starting pricetag of $54,990 (includes a $995 destination charge) for the base 2.0L turbo-four and climb to $84,460 for the top of the line Platinum trim.

     

    At launch, Cadillac will offer three different engines. The base will be the 272 horsepower, 2.0L turbo-four paired with rear-wheel drive. Next will be a 3.6L V6 with 335 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Finally, there is the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 400 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Details on the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid will be revealed at a later date.

     

    Cadillac has filled the CT6 with a a large amount of standard equipment such as full-LED exterior lighting, 14-way driver and passenger seats, an 8.0-inch digital display for the instrument cluster, 10.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, and OnStar 4G LTE.

     

    Source: Cadillac

     

    You can also view the original article on the Cadillac CT6 plus pictures of the CT6 from the 2015 New York International Auto Show

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    2016 Cadillac CT6 Range-Topping Sedan Slated for March Launch

    • NEW RANGE INCLUDES CT6 STARTING AT $53,495; CT6 PLATINUM PRICED FROM $83,465


    Cadillac extends the top of its range with the 2016 Cadillac Touring 6 sedan, which begins production in Detroit in January, with initial shipments to dealers in March. Through the integration of new technologies, the first-ever Cadillac CT6 creates a new formula for the range-topping sedan and substantially expands the Cadillac portfolio.

     


    Thanks to pioneering new vehicle manufacturing and design methods, the CT6 achieves dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. The CT6 product line similarly aims to refresh and broaden the range of consumers in the prestige class of luxury sedans. In the US market, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan is priced from $53,495, with the highest level CT6 Platinum model starting at $83,465.

     

    “The CT6 is an entirely new approach to prestige luxury, adding driving dynamics and technology while reducing the bulk of traditional large sedans,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “With the CT6, Cadillac has a competitive edge: our use of advanced lightweight construction and innovative technology, it is prestige luxury reimagined.”

     

    Offering three engine choices, and a broad range of high-technology systems and luxury amenities, the first-ever CT6 presents a wide range of options and price points to draw new buyers.

    • CT6 2.0L Turbo – Starting at $53,495
    • CT6 3.6L V6 with AWD – Starting at $55,495
    • CT6 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 with AWD – Starting at $64,395


    Customers can place orders now with dealers and view additional product information at cadillac.com.

     


    The Cadillac CT6 sedan takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies to enhance situational awareness, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and powertrains led by an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine. The Cadillac 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine is rated at 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 400 lb-ft of torque (543 Nm); an all-new, 335-horsepower 3.6L V-6 and Cadillac’s award-winning 2.0T four-cylinder engine are also available. All engines are paired with eight-speed automatic transmissions.

     

    The rigid, lightweight architecture provides a crucial foundation for the sedan’s segment-challenging agility, enhanced by active-on-demand all-wheel drive, active rear steering and Magnetic Ride Control on the available Active Chassis System.

     

    Cadillac has made technological strides with in-cabin advances, as well, including the Rear Camera Mirror, Enhanced Night Vision technology and the pioneering 34-speaker Bose® Panaray® audio system.

     

    Cadillac this spring announced that the CT6 will be available with plug-in hybrid electric technology, as the company continues its development of highly capable alternative powertrain vehicles. Further details for the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid model will be announced closer to that vehicle’s launch.

     

    The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant on the east side of Detroit. Cadillac in April auctioned the first retail production CT6 to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

     

    Editor’s note: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination ($995), tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

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    If anyone uses the price config for the CTS on Cadillac's website, the new N/A V6 pricing is a huge mess. Starts at $55k for base, mid-level is nearly $60k, and tacking on the new "V-Sport" track package makes it cost more than the ACTUAL 3.6TT V-Sport. What the hell.

     

    I don't get how the CTS fits in with the CT6 pricing. If they're going aggressive with the CT6, they should have brought down the CTS volume-selling V6.

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    Pretty aggressive pricing on the CT6, but I figured they would want to price it close to the E-class.  I still don't get why the 2.0T is in this car for $2,000 more buyers get a V6 and AWD, no one is going to buy that 2.0T model anyway, it shouldn't even be there.   The twin turbo V6 price seems good, but $84k for the Platinum seems steep.  I wonder what a Platinum has over a twin turbo model that makes it cost $19,000 more.

     

    CTS pricing is messed up, too many trim levels, and too may trim levels on the different engines, and it is just confusing to figure out.  They try to make the CTS look cheap with the $44k base price, but as mentioned a V6 becomes $55k which is what a CT6 V6 costs.  And then they have Luxury, Performance, Premium trims, but it isn't clear what is better or what packages include the other.  Why not just offer base, a stand alone luxury package and a stand alone performance package and let buyers pick neither, one or both packages.

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    I hope the alpha-numeric model naming backfires and then Cadillac can bring back DeVille, Fleetwood, Eldorado, Seville, etc.

    I don't care how those names are supposed to translate into Chinese. Cadillac is supposed to be the standard of the world.

    Let the world come to Cadillac. Not the other way around.

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    Amen.  I'd even say you could use the "Aurora" name plate to replace ATS so you have the classic names for the larger cars.

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    There may be a time and place where Olds and Pontiac make a comeback. Those names need to be saved for such an occasion.

    Regarding the ATS, it should be the DeVille line. Cadillac can market the ATS instead as a Sedan DeVille and A Coupe DeVille.

    Will they make a convertible like the Camaro's drop-top?

    That would be a great return to the marque's glory.

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    Olds and Pontiac are never coming back.  Although "Aurora" is the only name from either brand I think Cadillac could use, because it is a good sounding name, it had a short run at Oldsmobile, and was originally used for a Cadillac concept car.  Cadillac doesn't really have enough names to cover all the models, so they have to invent some new ones, or recycle some from dead brands.  I think they'll stick with the alphabet soup names until Johan is gone.

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

     

     

    Because it is unlikely to be the only car on this platform.   There is still the CT8 which we know about, and that leaves a CT7 for us to wonder about.

     

    And then there is also Buick with the strong desire to create an Avenir level product and a Riviera level product. 

     

    Edit:   Can you imagine.... shortening this down a bit to make a Buick Riviera Grand Touring Coupe?    Long flowing sexy lines without the hard nose aggression of the Germans or Cadillac.  Soft and swoopy with a hint of the boat tail...it'd weigh in around 3500lbs in base Turbo-4 RWD form and it could be optioned up into the low $60s with a detuned 3.0TT.....    </imagining>

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    So Cadillac is going the typical Korean brand "value" route? Offer a lot of features for not a whole lot of money on the base model.

     

    That's interesting. I thought this car would start at around $65-67k and end at around $78-80k.

     

    But that's one hell of a price spread between top and bottom. And if all the press cars in the Detroit show were high content models, I'm not convinced that this car will deliver the solidity and refinement of a luxury product.

     

    Sure, you can pander to folks that value features and spec sheets. But I would think that's NOT the kind of buyer Cadillac should go for.

     

    How is this car even viable at a $54k starting price? In any case, it's a brilliant product. But I don't think its luxury.

     

     

    Because it is unlikely to be the only car on this platform.   There is still the CT8 which we know about, and that leaves a CT7 for us to wonder about.

     

    And then there is also Buick with the strong desire to create an Avenir level product and a Riviera level product. 

     

     

    I don't really want to indulge into how an Avenir-like product would fit in, because it'll detract from the thread.

     

    If it's really well received, I'm not sure if Cadillac should under-price themselves in this larger car segment. 

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    Well, as I mentioned in other threads, the 4-cylinder was designed for the China market. They're building them in Michigan so if it already will meet all federal regs, what's the harm of letting a few 4-cylinders wander off to US dealers also?  Cadillac expects the bulk of the sales to be the V6 model and V6TT model coming in second.   If they don't get enough sales of the 4-cylinder, they can cancel it in the US and just send them to China.

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    Well, as I mentioned in other threads, the 4-cylinder was designed for the China market. They're building them in Michigan so if it already will meet all federal regs, what's the harm of letting a few 4-cylinders wander off to US dealers also?  Cadillac expects the bulk of the sales to be the V6 model and V6TT model coming in second.   If they don't get enough sales of the 4-cylinder, they can cancel it in the US and just send them to China.

     

    Let me clarify.

     

    I think both the 2.0T and LGX powered versions are redundant. I'm very sure they'd be better off going straight for the moon with the 3.0TT.

     

    I see no harm either. But that's the point. Cadillac doesn't need more filler, more build-up of products that are mid tier. They need absolute segment busters. And this car is, at the core engineering level, a segment buster. But everywhere else I just can't get over the missed potential, like the interior for starting point. 

     

    And this pricing actually turns me off. Where's the pride of being a Cadillac? Freaking price it like one, it's not a Hyundai of the luxury brands.

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    Well the 2.0T is a necessity because of displacement taxes in China. They have to offer a 2.0T there.  They actually offer an XTS 2.0T in China as well, that one isn't sold here obviously, though I'm not sure where it is built.

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    Olds and Pontiac are never coming back.  Although "Aurora" is the only name from either brand I think Cadillac could use, because it is a good sounding name, it had a short run at Oldsmobile, and was originally used for a Cadillac concept car.  Cadillac doesn't really have enough names to cover all the models, so they have to invent some new ones, or recycle some from dead brands.  I think they'll stick with the alphabet soup names until Johan is gone.

    Yep you are right bring back the old Stereotyped names that conjures up the old image as well as the name used on an Olds when it failed. Real Smart.

    You style it, Market it and build it right the name matter little.

    I think I am going to start a web site and post photos of the past Cadillac owners The People of Cadillac much like the People of Walmart and just let you see the kind of people you want to bait. We may even see you there.

    If you want to move to the future you must let go of much of the recent past and dig deeper to when Cadillac really was the standard.

    This car also while it will be a great car is the last of the old admins cars. This is not Johann's car as it is the one the old admin wanted as a flagship and Mark Reuss had to fight for everything it got. The CT8 will be the new path and this one will still help Cadillac in the turn around but it is not the total new direction.

    Also while these prices are good keep in mind we still have a V8 version to come yet so we have not yet seen the full package.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

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    I think they'll get 500 sales a month, mostly stolen of the XTS, with this price. Cadillac had to price it low.

    I think they'll do better than that. They sell 2k XTSes a month now and they're not all base models. Even a mid-range FWD XTS is $54k.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

     

    No! They did not learn their lesson. The ELR was doomed because it was simply not enough car for the money.

     

    This car is. I refuse to accept that Cadillac cut corners on this car in the interior and styling because they want to compete against Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln and Acura.

     

    Because that's not a compliment of those brands.

     

    This is a white flag. Sure, sell the 2.0T in China because it's the only was possible. But here? C'mon nobody is fooled. This is a luxury product. Which means it needs to make money. All this top notch engineering has to cost a lot. And so far, with only one vehicle on the platform, it doesn't look rosy. 

     

    This isn't the case of Ford for example with the F150 bringing in all this new technology and quickly making up the initial investment costs due to huge volumes.

     

    All of the vehicles on this platform that could be created combined aren't going to be volume sellers. 

     

    What that HELL is GM doing? The pride of Cadillac is at stake. The moment that I can bring Lincoln and Hyundai in the price realm of the big luxury Cadillac's, something is not right.

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    Cadillac is pressed to sell product.  Bottom line.  The competition has spoken, and with a loudspeaker, thus here we are.  Lessons learned from ELR and other killed products seems to have taken and it's nice to see. Customers learned long ago that value should not equate to cheap, and that boutique stores are the ones that usually close first in the mall when economies are limping along.

     

    Anyway, they priced it right.

    Oh, and I called it exactly  :thumbsup:

     

    No! They did not learn their lesson. The ELR was doomed because it was simply not enough car for the money.

     

    This car is. I refuse to accept that Cadillac cut corners on this car in the interior and styling because they want to compete against Hyundai, Kia, Lincoln and Acura.

     

    Because that's not a compliment of those brands.

     

    This is a white flag. Sure, sell the 2.0T in China because it's the only was possible. But here? C'mon nobody is fooled. This is a luxury product. Which means it needs to make money. All this top notch engineering has to cost a lot. And so far, with only one vehicle on the platform, it doesn't look rosy. 

     

    This isn't the case of Ford for example with the F150 bringing in all this new technology and quickly making up the initial investment costs due to huge volumes.

     

    All of the vehicles on this platform that could be created combined aren't going to be volume sellers. 

     

    What that HELL is GM doing? The pride of Cadillac is at stake. The moment that I can bring Lincoln and Hyundai in the price realm of the big luxury Cadillac's, something is not right.

     

     

    GM only has to look at continued sales slides of the CTS, to recognize that introducing a product that looks 90% identical, is sized 15% larger, will not bring in volume if priced 40-50% higher.

     

    They priced it wisely.

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    Cadillac has a bunch of new product in the pipeline... the list I made earlier was only my own hypothetical.   The only one that has been discussed by GM people so far is the CT8.

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    I hope the CT8 blows this thing away.  Really the CT8 should blow the Escalade away if they do it right.

     

    If they did a Buick version of the CT6, does the Buick get the 2.0T as the base engine and the 3.6 V6 as the range topper?  And how do they price that, $39,995 for the 2.0T and $44,995 for the V6 model?  And should they build such a car, doesn't that just crush CTS sales even more.

     

    I also think Lincoln should make the base Continental twin turbo V6 and price it under $50k.  Lincoln has to go for the kill against the likes of the Acura RLX, Volvo S90, Lexus ES and the Cadillac XTS.

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    The miniscule price diff between the 2.0t RWD and v6 AWD shows me that there will only be a handful of 2.0t RWD's built, and they probably are for CAFE as much as anything.  Some folks may not want the weight and bulk of the v6 and AWD and so a 4 banger with RWD only helps the public relations side, they can publish a curb weight in ads and articles that is ridiculous low.  My only wish here is the 2.0 was a 2.3 for this car.

     

    That said, if they make 500 of these 2.0t's they will likely sit on lots all model year and then move at the end of the year when 6-10 grand is on the hood.  The buyer will get what they pay for in that scenario.

     

    The bulk of the buyers will get the plain v6 and AWD, so by pricing them low at the start, those should not need much for incentives.  And, with AWD standard, it will sell well in snow climate locations.

     

    The tt 3.0 is rightfully then an aspirational product priced higher.  this is the first year of a new powertrain and so they won't want to make too many of them, in case they f--cked it up and have to mass recall it for any reason.

     

    I think the CTS will have its pricing and packaging adjusted, and if not so much that, you will see lots of discounts.  I would think Cadillac will cut production of the small ATS and the CTS will actually become the volume model for awhile.

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    There's not going to be many production inefficiencies from having so many different engine options. Flexible manufacturing and the fact that the facility that will the build the CT6 already has the tooling and expertise to build vehicles with the LTG, LGX and Voltec drivetrains is a big bonus.

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      BOOK by Cadillac members will have app-enabled on-demand access to the latest premium trim Cadillac models to keep in their possession. The vehicles will be delivered via white-glove concierge to members’ requested locations and exchanged at their leisure or as their needs change. Members can just as easily take to the winding roads in a performance V Series and enjoy a back-mountain winter ski trip in an Escalade in the same week. Alternatively, they can keep an SUV during the winter months and switch to a performance sedan during the summer, with each vehicle picked up and delivered to their doorstep.
      With maintenance, insurance and detailing of the vehicle handled by Cadillac, members are freed from the baggage that comes with traditional vehicle ownership and given the freedom and flexibility to fit their lifestyle.
      BOOK by Cadillac will launch first in the New York metro area, with plans to debut in other markets. 
      The Details:
      A flat monthly fee of $1,500 eliminates the hassles of car ownership so members can experience uninhibited driving. Membership is month-to-month with no long-term commitment required. Members can use a mobile app to reserve vehicles that will be delivered to their specified locations via a white-glove concierge service. Certain location restrictions apply. Members will have access to the current year Platinum Level Trim Cadillacs, including the XT5, CT6, Escalade and V Series. Registration, taxes, insurance and maintenance costs are included in the monthly rate and there is no limit on mileage.
      Other fees may apply. For detailed information on all the benefits of membership and how to join, please visit www.BOOKByCadillac.com.
    • By William Maley
      2016… What a year. This year saw a number of things that no one thought would actually happen did. Not helping matters is the number of famous people that have sadly passed on. Here at the Cheers & Gears Detroit Bureau, it wasn’t such a great year for vehicles. For the 2016 review season, 44 vehicles came in for evaluation. Out of this group, only eight vehicles earned a spot of being my favorite vehicles from the year. Read on to see which vehicles made the cut.
      2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe
      It is amazing how far Cadillac has come in the past decade and proof of it can be shown in the ATS- V coupe. A 464 horsepower twin-turbo V6 makes the vehicle fly with no issue. A set of sticky tires and adjustable dampers show the ATS-V is just as capable, maybe more so than its German counterparts. But it can also provide decent ride around town if you set the dampers into a comfort mode. Then there is the look. I’m not usually a fan of red, but it looks killer on the ATS-V coupe. It pairs quite nicely with sharp angles and a low roofline This was one of the models where I found myself grinning from ear to ear because of how much fun I had.
      2016 Chevrolet Volt
      It is amazing how far Chevrolet has come with the Volt. Five years ago, the Volt was this odd looking vehicle with a clever powertrain that made range anxiety nonexistent. Yes, 35 miles of electric-only range didn’t seem like a lot. However, the gas generator acted as an insurance policy if you ran out of juice with the battery. Flash forward to this year and Volt has not only seen an increase in overall range to 53 miles, but it has also gotten sleeker. This is currently my favorite looking Chevrolet vehicle with the new Cruze a close second. Other plus points include an improved interior and smooth ride. The new Bolt is currently basking in the spotlight that the Volt was at one time. But let us not forget the Volt is one of the key reasons why the Bolt exists. 
      2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack & SRT Hellcat
      Dodge covered the two extremes of performance this season with the Charger R/T Scat Pack and Hellcat. The Scat Pack was first up and I fell in love with it. For almost $40,000, you basically got an SRT Charger minus the adaptive suspension and number of luxury items. It was great fun with the 6.4L HEMI V8 bellowing down the road and the sharp looking Plum Crazy paint color. I found that you really don’t need the adaptive suspension as the Scat Pack does ok on bumpy roads or curvy roads.
      Then we come to the Charger SRT Hellcat. 707 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8. It seems maddening that we are given a vehicle with all of this power for a price tag under $66,000. Trying to describe the way the Hellcat goes is difficult and something you need to experience. This is a vehicle that will make you laugh like a small child every time you decide to drop the hammer to hear the whir of the supercharger and manic sound of the V8.
      2016 Kia Optima SXL
      It is no secret that the Kia Optima is one of my favorite midsize sedans. It offers distinctive looks and feature set at a price that will surprise many. But it was set to fall off my list earlier this year when I drove the Optima EX. The big issues were an uncomfortable ride and poor noise isolation. So when I found out that the top of line SXL was scheduled later in the year, I was worried that it would be plagued by the same issues. But those issues never appeared. The SXL was not only quiet but showed a noticeable improvement in terms of ride comfort. I still don’t know what black magic Kia did on the SXL, but it kept the Optima on my favorites list. Now if they could work on the lazy throttle…
      2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
      “Sometimes to fully test a vehicle, you need to put it in a situation where it isn’t fully comfortable.”
      That was the case for the Mazda MX-5 Miata as it would not be only driven in the middle of one of the coldest winters in Michigan, but it would also be taking me to and from the Detroit Auto Show. Crazy? Of course. But the MX-5 Miata was wearing a set of winter tires which helped it stick to the road. Despite the cold temps and snow that would fall during the latter half of the week, the MX-5 Miata proved to be just as fun as it would have been in warmer weather. Sharp handling, an engine that loved to rev, and a slick six-speed manual transmission. It didn’t hurt that I could actually fit my suitcase into the trunk of the Miata for the show.
      2016 Scion iA
      I have a trend of driving brands or vehicles that will be ending. Most infamously was the time when I drove a Suzuki SX4 for review and then hearing the news of the brand leaving a couple of days after returning it. That was the case of the Scion iA. A few months after driving the iA, Toyota announced that it was shuttering the brand. Some of the vehicles, like the iA would continue as Toyotas. This was a smart move as the iA proved to be a winner. Being a rebadged Mazda2 was a big reason as to why I liked the iA. It was a fun vehicle to drive around town or on a special road. But it also featured a lot of standard equipment including automatic emergency braking. While the brand is gone, it is good to see the iA lives on.
      2016 Toyota Prius Three
      I have never been a fan of the Prius family. Every Prius that I have reviewed left me wondering who decided to start selling a science experiment and not an actual vehicle. But the 2016 Prius is my biggest shock of the year. Yes, the Prius will take its time getting up to speed on the freeway. But around town, the Prius was a spritely performer. More surprising was how well the Prius drove. Taking a corner, I was expecting to experience motion sickness because of how much body roll previous models had. But the Prius took it like a champ showing little body and some decent steering - thank the new TGNA architecture. It doesn’t hurt that I got 60.2 mpg as my average for the week. Well done Toyota.
      2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
      If there is one shining light at Volkswagen, it would have to be the Golf family. Last year, I named the Golf GTI as one of my favorites. This year, that honor falls to the SportWagen. Yes, it isn’t the sharpest looking vehicle in the class and the DSG transmission needs some more work. But Volkswagen got the basics right. The 1.8T is powerful and delivers excellent fuel economy. The interior spacious for both passengers and cargo - I was able to fit two massive Ikea boxes into it. Volkswagen also mastered the dark art of balancing fun to drive with comfort. I could take the Golf SportWagen down a windy road and be entertained. Afterward, I could drive it around town and not feel any road imperfections. 
      There you go, the eight vehicles that earned a coveted spot on my favorites list. Now it should be noted that some vehicles we’re close to getting onto this list, but were kicked off for one reason or another. Here are those vehicles,
      Chevrolet Malibu 2LT: Chevrolet did an excellent job with the new Malibu with fixing a number of issues that plagued the old model. But the 2LT introduced a new set of problems - questionable materials, poor road noise isolation, and the lack of options. I really do like the new Malibu, just not in 2LT form. Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible: Loved the V8 performance and noise. Hate the $54,000 pricetag. This might explain why GM has such a large amount of Camaros sitting on dealers. Hyundai Elantra: Hyundai played it safe with the updated Elantra and this would have been ok a couple of years ago. But in light of the redesigned Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, it wasn’t enough for the Elantra to be a strong contender as it once was. Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X: This was a truck I really wanted to like. Nissan was trying something different with the Titan XD - offer something between a light-duty and heavy-duty pickup. Plus, a nice Cummins V8 diesel could have been the cheery on top. But trying to convince someone that your truck is the best is difficult since truck buyers tend to stick with one brand. Not helping is the lack of cab and bed sizes. At the time of our original review, the XD was only available as a crew cab. A regular cab has been since introduced. But it seems Nissan doesn’t fully understand the truck market. You need to have a lot of options available to buyers at launch, not down the road.
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