Honda, Mazda, Tesla among 2016 Best Cars of the Year

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The perennial best-selling Honda Accord, the innovative Tesla Model S 70 and the iconic Ford Mustang are among the 10 Best Cars for 2016, according to Car and Driver. And there’s a surprise: Mazda is the only manufacturer with two cars on the list.

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The authoritative automotive magazine announced its annual list Nov. 18 on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The list features a diverse group of vehicles, all priced between $18,000 and $80,000, the maximum price in the publication’s guidelines.

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Eddie Alderman, the publication’s editor-in chief, said

“10 Best 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 2016 Honda Accord is an ideal family sedan but with a shot of sportiness.
The 2016 Honda Accord is an ideal family sedan but with a shot of sportiness.

Here’s what the publication said about the 2016 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.”

Here’s the list of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars of the 2016:

BMW M235i

Cadillac CTS Vsport

Chevrolet Camaro

Ford Mustang GT350/GT350R

Honda Accord

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda 3

Porsche Boxster/Cayman

Tesla Model S 70

Volkswagen Golf/GTI/Golf R


The criteria for selection included a base price of less than $80,000 and availability of the 2016 model by January 2016. All vehicles must also have a base price of less than $80,000.

Full details of the list will be printed in January 2016 issue of Car and Driver (available Dec. 1) and online at

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