Kelley Blue Book Announces 2016 Best Buy Award Winners

The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards for 2016 honor the top new model-year vehicle choices available in the USA. Drawing upon Kelley Blue Book's reputation as a trusted vehicle valuation source, this premier awards program offers consumers invaluable insight on which new car or truck best suits their needs.         



“After carefully analyzing a wealth of data and conducting extensive vehicle testing and evaluation from the hundreds of models available for the 2016 model-year,” stated Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's, “we chose this year's elite group of 12 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winners because they proved to be the top values in their class.”



Small Car: 2016 Honda Civic

Now in its tenth generation, the 2016 Honda Civic managed to beat out five other 2016-model small cars to win its second straight KBB Small Car Best Buy title. Whether your need is a basic small economy car or a compact "jewel" with all the bells and whistles, Honda is offering enough variants on the tried & true Civic platform to satisfy most anyone. Best of all, the Civic's reputation for quality and reliability ensures robust resale value when it's time to trade in down the road. 


Mid-Size Car: 2016 Kia Optima

Six worthy vehicles competed for the title of Kelley Blue Book's Best Buy in the Mid-Size Car category but when all was said and done, the 2016 Kia Optima stood alone. With the all-new for 2016, fourth generation Optima, Kia surpassed expectations while delivering appealing style, ample power and a remarkable range of amenities like a heated steering wheel, climate-controlled seats and power-folding side mirrors. In the words of KBB's testers, the made-in-Georgia 2016 Kia Optima is a "refined, advanced, rewarding-to-drive midsize sedan with luxury looks at a mainstream price." 

Full-Size Car: 2016 Chevrolet Impala

GM's come a long way in recent years, and the 2016 Chevrolet Impala's triumph over the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon prove the point. Even more impressive, this is the second straight year the Impala has bested its full-sized competitors. First introduced in 1958, the latest Chevy Impala rules the roost as the "quintessential American family sedan" according to Kelley Blue Book's testers who stated "when it all came down to dollar value, sheer roominess, and what you get for what you'll be paying," the 2016 Impala has the full-size field to itself. 


Luxury Car: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The made-in-Alabama 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was redesigned in 2015 yet it still managed to capture this year's KBB's Luxury Car crown from two notable competitors: the Acura ILX and the Lexus GS. Standard convenience features include keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, split-folding rear seats and power seats. Opt for the tempting selection of luxury packages, however, and before long your C-Class's sticker price rivals the base E-Class but hey - perks like the premium Burmester Surround Sound System (part of a $2,220 premium package) are what true automotive luxury is all about.  

Sports/Performance Car: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't your father's muscle car but with 455 horses under the hood, dear old dad would definitely be interested. Not that common-sense moms would disapprove: thanks to some high tech innovations including cylinder deactivation, Chevy's in-house halo car delivers mileage numbers most midsize sedans would envy. Whether you opt for the coupe or the soft-top roadster, the 2016 Corvette offers enough cargo space for two golf bags - even when winter winds are wailing and golf is but a memory.


Electric/Hybrid: 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Nosing out the Toyota Mirai and the Volkswagen e-Golf, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has won KBB's Electric/Hybrid category for the second consecutive year - a remarkable achievement considering the 2016 Volt is substantially different from its 2015 predecessor in almost every way. This is one case where "new and improved" is much more than a tired old slogan. Greater range, more torque, improved gas mileage and more appealing styling are just a few of the 2016 Volt's claims to fame. Winning Kelley Blue Book's Electric/Hybrid category - again - is another.  


Small SUV/Crossover: 2016 Honda CR-V

Both consumers and critics are in agreement when it comes to the Honda CR-V: not only is it the country's best-selling SUV but the CR-V was named a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy for the second straight year. The 2016 edition carries forward Honda's design ethos of roominess, reliability and refinement while upping the ante on automotive high-tech including an available radar- and camera-based active cruise control system, plus collision mitigation and blind-spot warning systems.      

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2016 Honda Pilot

If you liked the Honda Pilot before, you'll LOVE what Honda's done to it for 2016! The all-new Honda Pilot masterfully combines utility, comfort, features and price to such a degree that KBB testers declared it to be the cream of the midsize SUV class by a unanimous vote. Gone is the low-rent, overly plastic interiorin favor of something long-time luxury SUV owners will feel at home in. Under the hood, the Pilot boasts a more powerful V6 engine controlled by either a 6-speed automatic or a new 9-speed with paddle shifters.  


Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

According to KBB, the best Full-Size SUV is also the best-selling such vehicle in its segment: the Chevrolet Tahoe. Building on lessons learned from previous generations of this popular vehicle, the Tahoe offers owners unprecedented flexibility and unbeatable value. The Tahoe's size isn't a weakness thanks to a proven 5.3-liter V8 engine delivering 355 horsepower and ably backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Need more? "Among the new surprise-and-delight features," wrote one of KBB's testers, "are the wireless phone charger, color head-up display and haptic warnings on the park distance control that vibrated the seat." Big SUVs have come a long way indeed.

Luxury SUV/Crossover: 2016 Lexus RX

Redesigned for 2016, the Lexus RX should have no problem retaining its already outstanding level of owner loyalty: 40 percent of RX buyers previously owned an RX, according to Lexus. Comfortable, reliable and endowed with an interior that takes no shortcuts, the 2016 Lexus RX takes safety issues seriously as well.Drivers and passengers can relax knowing their vehicle's extensive list of safety equipment includes a pre-collision system, vehicle sway warning, lane departure alert, parking assist, and 10 airbags.


Truck: 2016 Ford F-150

"The Ford F-150 isn't just the best-selling truck in America, it's the best-selling vehicle, period." Spot on, KBB, but sales alone don't win awards - does McD's serve award-winning burgers? To Ford's credit, the 2016 F-150 offers owners best-in-class towing, payload and fuel economy (among gasoline-powered trucks) while boasting the best 5-Year Cost to Own for any comparable full-size truck.       

Minivan: 2016 Honda Odyssey

The 2016 Honda Odyssey SE features a built-in vacuum cleaner - they call it the HondaVac - which is sure to come in for some heavy use by the average minivan owner. Bonus: as part of the vehicle, it's covered by the warranty. While this nifty perk wasn't enough on its own to nudge the 2016 Odyssey ahead of its closest challenger, the 2016 Kia Sedona, other factors such as a slower rate of depreciation and best-in-class fuel economy tipped the scales in its favor.         

Overall Winner: 2016 Honda Civic

Last year's winner in Kelley Blue Book's Small Car category, the new 10th-generation Honda Civic for 2016 picks up where last year's model leaves off. According to KBB, “Stylish, refined and tech-savvy, sporting a powerful and efficient new powertrain, the wholly impressive and downright desirable new Civic is nothing less than the best car you can buy for under $20,000, and is this year's Overall Best Buy.”

Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Designed to provide a significant service to new-car buyers by identifying the cream of the crop of all available 2016 model-year vehicles, the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation.

Starting with over 300 new-car models available in America for 2016, Kelley Blue Book experts initially narrowed the field to 49 Best Buy Award Finalists in 12 major vehicle categories. Subsequently, these vehicles were rigorously tested head-to-head over a period of several weeks to ultimately determine the winners.

Nov 19, 2015
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