Versatile Daily-Drivers, Alternative Fuels and Performance Highlight
PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital Trends announced its overall favorite automobiles for 2016,
drawing on driving experiences from 15 different models and with input
from NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch and Tim Walbridge of 503 Motoring.
Celebrating the best vehicles with a 2016 model-year or on-sale date,
the staff narrowed the field to just five categories – Cars, Alternative
Energy, SUVs, Luxury Models and Performance Models – and selected the
best wheels for a variety of consumers who enjoy the rumble of the road.
“Our testing and judging procedure is focused on technological
advancements within the automotive industry as well as the overall drive
experience for the consumer,” said Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief,
DigitalTrends.com. “With an enthusiastic team of auto writers, and the
opportunity to put these vehicles through the paces on the streets and
on the track in our home base in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve curated
the best selection of automobiles for any occasion. Coupled with support
and input from NFL All-Pro running back and automotive enthusiast,
Marshawn Lynch, the 2016 Digital Trends Car Awards are our most exciting
2016 Car Awards Category: Daily Driver
Arguably the broadest category, the “Cars” category honors models with
the best overall value for consumers seeking an approachable and
reliable vehicle, without sacrificing style and individuality.
WINNER: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe
Carrying a legacy
that spans more than 40 years, the venerable Honda Civic is recognized
for daily functionality and sporty enthusiasm. With a new re-design
for model-year 2016, the Civic Coupe takes the prize for being the
most approachable daily driver without skimping on style.
RUNNERS-UP: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Mazda MX-5
2016 Car Awards Category: Alternative Energy
Highlighting vehicles that go beyond traditional petroleum fuels and
leverage the most modern energy technologies, the Alternative Energy
category celebrates vehicles that save drivers at the pump and run the
gamut from gas-electric hybrids to plug-in models.
WINNER: 2016 Chevrolet Volt
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt
ushers in a new generation of American eco-conscious vehicles. With
its understated looks, increased driving range and improved lightness
and handling, the Volt cruised away with fuel-conscious fanfare.
- RUNNERS-UP: 2016 Toyota Prius, 2016 Audi A3 e-tron
2016 Car Award Category: SUVs
In a segment typically dominated by supersized models, the SUVs tested
centered upon their versatility on and off the road, and their ability
to provide an enjoyable experience for drivers and passengers alike.
WINNER: 2016 Volvo XC-90
With a storied history of
safety and sensibility, the 2016 Volvo VX-90 won our hearts with its
unique approach to this conventional segment of vehicles. Sporting a
laundry-list of technology appointments, as well as a 400hp
supercharged and turbocharged two-liter engine that’s also backed by
an electric motor, the XC-90 stunned us with its experience on the
road and in the cabin.
- RUNNERS-UP: 2016 Audi Q7, 2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Car Award Category: Luxury
With a host of brand loyalists seeking a satisfying road experience that
also doubles as a status symbol, the Luxury category focused on
appointments as well as an overall ride.
WINNER: 2016 Cadillac CT6
A stalwart in the luxury
category, Cadillac has undergone a transformation in recent years.
While the muscle-bound CTS-V caters to the adrenaline seekers, the new
CT6 flagship adds a hint of sensibility with improved design,
technology enhancements like haptic feedback and an integrated rear
camera mirror, and a comfortable smooth ride.
- RUNNERS-UP: 2016 BMW 750i, 2016 Jaguar XF
2016 Car Award Category: Performance
What would a round-up of automobiles be without the baddest and
brawniest of the bunch? The Performance category honors models that set
the tone and serve as pinnacle examples of strength, speed and agility.
WINNER: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R
sports car of American lore, the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R impressed the
editorial team not only with its looks and powerful engine, but also
with its enjoyable when allowed to hit the open road. A true joy on
the circuit, the Shelby GT350R may have lacked some amenities on the
interior, but stole our hearts all the way to the finish line.
RUNNERS-UP: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S, 2016 Lamborghini
“As an athlete, I know that it takes more than sheer power to win the
prize. You have to have finesse, refinement and know when certain
sacrifices will benefit the end goal,” said Marshawn Lynch, former
running back for the Seattle Seahawks and Digital Trends 2016 Car Awards
contributor. “It was a pleasure to be a part of this process, and I
can’t wait to get behind the wheel of some of these cars again soon.”
For more information on Digital Trends’ top automotive picks for 2016,
please visit http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/2016-car-awards/
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