The Best New Cars of 2016

September 28, 2015

The fall is when many budget-savvy shoppers hit dealerships in search of a new vehicle. It’s that sweet spot where the new models have started rolling out and dealers become eager to make space and get those old models off the lot, sometimes at a bargain.

But for those looking for new and improved features, technical innovations or a vehicle more aligned with their current lifestyle, fall is also the perfect time to start comparing the latest models and testing vehicles.

Car Guide has released its annual list of the best buys of the year, which rounds up top picks for more than 28 vehicle categories ranging from city life to luxury rides. Cars are graded and ranked based on performance in six sets of criteria: fuel economy, reliability, safety, infotainment, driving experience and an overall score reflective of the opinions of industry experts.

Car Guide has been ranking vehicles since 2013, so car buyers have the opportunity to compare the latest vehicle models to previous versions, helping you figure out the best new car for you right now. Here are just some of the best buys according to Car Guide.

Best City Cars (for when public transit just won’t do)

  1. BMW I3 (pictured)
  2. Nissan Micra
  3. Chevrolet Spark

Best Subcompact Cars (for when you just need to get around)

  1. Honda Fit
  2. Ford Fiesta
  3. Tie between Hyundai Accent and Kia RIO/RIO5

Best Compact Cars (for when you need to put a little more junk in your trunk)

  1. Mazda 3
  2. Volkswagen Golf
  3. Subaru Impreza

Best Minivan (for when you’re just rolling with your crew)

  1. Honda Odyssey
  2. Kia Sedona
  3. Toyota Sienna

Best Mid-Size SUV Under $50,000 (for when you want to feel safer)

  1. Subaru Outback
  2. Kia Sorento
  3. Ford Edge

Best Convertibles and Roadsters Under $50,000 (for when you want the wind in your hair)

  1. Mazda MX-5
  2. Ford Mustang
  3. Volkswagen Beetle

Best Sports Cars Over $100,000 (for when you feel the urge to splurge)

  1. Porsche 911
  2. BMW I8
  3. Audi R8

These are just some of the vehicles ranked in this year’s guide. For a full list of 2016′s best buys click here.

There are numerous factors to take into consideration when purchasing a new vehicle, one of which is the cost of insurance. Before you buy, make sure you compare auto insurance rates to ensure your new vehicle truly fits into your budget. Happy shopping!