SOURCE: Car and Driver

Car and Driver

November 19, 2015 10:53 ET

Car and Driver Unveils the 10Best Cars for 2016

The Best Cars on the Market Starting at $18K

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 19, 2015) - Car and Driver, the world's largest automotive enthusiast magazine, has unveiled its annual "10Best" list for 2016, recognizing the best cars on the market under $80,000.

The honorees were revealed yesterday at a lunch at The Palm during the Los Angeles Auto Show. Car and Driver Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman presented the trophies to the automakers. The full package, available online here, will be published in the January issue, on newsstands December 1.

Car and Driver writes, "10Best involves more than drawing up lists of our sub-$80,000 favorites. Every year we enter our weeklong evaluation looking for new and improved combinations of virtues: value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul and character. The cars that earn this reward do more than merely succeed on one or two criteria; they come to us fully formed, polished, complete."

The 33rd annual Car and Driver 10Best are:

BMW M235i - The M235i coupe stands as the right automobile for just about any road, whether your daily commute is a stoplight horror or the sort of Alpine pass that BMW engineers slalom home on after heli-skiing weekends.

Cadillac CTS Vsport - The attention to detail in suspension tuning puts the CTS a notch above the Germans in this class. The Vsport chassis speaks to drivers as if they're all weekend warriors, but without forgoing the balance between handling and ride, which in this case is among the best on the road today.

Chevrolet Camaro - Its LT1 V-8 makes 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, and it impresses with the same punchy startup bark and pissed-off snort at full throttle as in the Corvette.

Ford Mustang GT350/GT350R - In an era of engineering homogeneity, of subtle variations on familiar themes, the GT350 and GT350R are radical departures. These are not just unlike any other Mustang. They're not like any other car, period.

Honda Accord - They've all been updated for 2016 with minor styling updates and chassis tweaks. And they are all good, though some are better. A manual transmission worthy of a sports car can be found in our favorite, the four-cylinder, four-door Accord Sport.

Mazda MX-5 Miata - It's a manifesto of car enthusiasm in steel, glass, and rubber. Make it small. Make it light. Make it quick. Make it efficient. Make it affordable. Make it reliable. Make us smile.

Mazda 3 - In this car, no single element overwhelms its essential character. It feels substantial, yet quick-witted. Its subassemblies all shake each others' hands. It responds to fingertip control. It is a car that assists its pilot in smooth driving.

Porsche Boxster/Cayman - Few cars have steering this alive, brakes this stout, or damping this nuanced. There is no other mid-engined machine that pairs the Boxter/Cayman's instantaneous directional changes with such progressive breakaway behavior.

Tesla Model S 70/70D - The Model S is the only electric vehicle with the driving range to make sense in American suburbs or on our backbreaking commutes...All electric cars come with the convenience of refueling at home, but only Tesla makes long-distance travel possible with its nationwide network of free, high-voltage superchargers. The Model S is also the rare electric vehicle that embraces our most basic philosophy: Driving should be engaging.

Volkswagen Golf/GTI/Golf R - There are bigger cars for the money, and faster ones, too. But none that comes close to the Golf's relentless Teutonic precision. It is assembled to a standard that makes some luxury cars feel shoddy.

Nominees consist of all new cars, 2015 10Best winners, cars that were not available for the 2015 competition, and those with significant updates. All cars must fall under the base-price cap of $80,000 and be on sale in January 2016.

Full coverage of the Car and Driver 10Best awards, including the longest 10Best winning streaks and the cars that did not make the cut, can be found in the January issue, on newsstands December 1, and online here.

About Car and Driver

Car and Driver is known for its expert editorial team that is highly regarded by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers for their integrity, engineering backgrounds, and high standards. The magazine is published monthly by Hearst, boasting the largest audience of any monthly automotive magazine. The Car and Driver brand is a leading source of information for automotive enthusiasts and in-market car buyers. The brand also extends to many platforms, including websites, mobile sites, radio, iPhone/iPad apps, events, custom marketing programs, and integrated marketing databases. Follow Car and Driver on Twitter at @CarAndDriver.