The 6 Hottest Vehicles You’ll Want in 2016

December 14th, 2015 by

Mazda CX-3

Are you looking for a new car to drive in the new year? If so, you’re in luck. Those shopping for new vehicles in the near future will have plenty of attractive options. Here are the six hottest vehicles you’ll want in 2016.

2016 Mazda CX-3

The new version of Mazda’s subcompact crossover gets up to 36 mpg on the highway thanks to SKYACTIV technology. The Mazda Connect infotainment system comes standard, as does a rearview camera, push button start, and a 7″ touchscreen. Mazda’s unique iACTIV AWD, which monitors driving conditions and adjusts torque automatically to improve traction, is available on this model. You can also add a variety of advanced driver assistance systems, including radar cruise control.

2016 Kia Optima

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Optima is its sleek, stylish exterior, but the comfortable, driver-oriented interior is equally impressive. Every trim level features a turbocharged engine, and several driver assistance upgrades are available. Over 50% of its body uses advanced high-strength steel, which is 150% more than the previous model.

2016 Hyundai Tuscon

Even the tiniest details in the new Tuscon were designed to enhance your driving experience—from the YES Essentials fabric down to the retractable hook for shopping bags. A rearview camera and 5″ touchscreen audio system come standard, but you can upgrade to a premium system with an 8″ touchscreen. The Tuscon’s 7-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission is unmatched in its class, as are many of its available safety features. (Starting at $22,700 MSRP)

2016 Kia Sorento

Several active and passive safety systems come standard in the 2016 Sorento, including a rigid body made from 53% advanced high-strength steel and a brake assist system. The YES Essentials interior fabric dries quickly and resists stains, static, and odors. The included UVO system features voice-command navigation, along with several new apps. Dynamax AWD, premium audio technology, and driver assistance systems are also available. Drive Mode Select allows you to switch between Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. (Starting at $24,900 MSRP)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The finely balanced MX-5 Miata boasts dynamic performance and a dramatic new design. Although the 2016 model retains roughly the same size as the original 1990 model, it feels roomier. Despite having 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque, it is even 148 lbs. lighter than the previous model, and—thanks to SKYACTIV technology—gets up to 36 mpg on the highway. (Starting at $24,915 MSRP)

2016 Volkswagen Golf

This version of the Volkswagen Golf brings a 292 hp turbocharged 2.0T in-line 4-cylinder engine to the table. If that’s not enough to convince you, 4MOTION all-wheel drive also comes standard. You’ll find keyless entry with push-button start, an adjustable cargo floor, and ambient door trim lighting as well. Advanced driver assistance technology is available at an extra cost. (Starting at $35,650 MSRP)

With five of these models coming in under $25,000, you are sure to find an amazing 2016 car within your budget. Optional driver assistance upgrades will be money well spent—but even the base models are extraordinary.