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The Best Cars of 2015

The best cars are class benchmarks for value, dependability, safety, and performance. Led by our Best Overall Car of 2015, here are the leaders in a variety of segments, from best inexpensive car to best luxury car, best fuel-efficient car to best sporty car, and many more.

If your shopping list includes SUVs, we’ve picked the best of those, too. For that list, plus an intriguing selection of additional “Best of” and “Buying Guide” articles, go to CarPreview.com. (And please note that the base prices listed here include manufacturer destination fees, which average around $800.)

The Best Overall Car of 2015 is the Honda Accord
Base-price range: $22,925-$40,600

Few vehicles of any stripe have the range of talents on tap in line of front-wheel-drive midsize sedans and coupes. Accord delivers world-class room, economy, reliability, and road manners at affordable prices – and the least expensive model is as virtuous as the costliest. Brilliant engineering and subtleties such as unobstructed visibility and accurate steering mean confidence and control on city streets, country roads, and Interstate cruises. Most buyers are justifiably content with Accord’s volume powertrain, a 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission that rates 30 mpg city/highway combined (a manual is available, too). The 278-horsepower V-6 is an upscale smoothie, rates 25 mpg combined with automatic transmission – and is available with a six-speed manual to create a stealthy hot rod in the coupe. Far more popular than the slightly smaller two-door, the sedan offers a choice of two gas-electric hybrid powertrains. Both have 141 net horsepower, but one is a Plug-in. It can travel 13 miles on electricity with an initial charge from a home or commercial outlet before its gas engine kicks in to form a conventional hybrid. It rates the equivalent of 115 mpg overall, or 46 mpg city/highway combined as a conventional hybrid. The regular Accord Hybrid rates 47 mpg combined. The roster consists of LX, Sport, and EX trim levels with cloth upholstery, EX-L with leather and available navigation, and fully equipped Touring models. Available features include forward-collision and lane-departure alerts and Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot video camera.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]