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The 17 Best New Cars of 2015

If You Like Cars and Trucks, You're Going To Love 2015


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Get excited. Because if you like cool cars and trucks, the next 18 months are going to be a good time to be alive.

Below is a list of cars that make us remember why we got into this business. These are cars and trucks that show promise in their respective segments. Some — like Jaguar's XS sedan — are all-new. And some — like the Ford F-150 — are mainstays that show promise in concept form. Others (like just about everything from GM on this list) deserve acknowledgement for either risk-taking or simple segment leadership.

In no particular order, then, we present 17 groundbreaking, silly-fast or simply cool machines hitting the market in or around 2015.

 Acura NSX

Acura NSX
Though it will likely be a 2016 model, Acura's NSX will go on sale in 2015 and that's good enough for us. Acura promises that the NSX will be a dynamic demon in spite of its hybrid powertrain. That shouldn't be a problem, as it will combine a twin-turbo V6 with three additional electric motors, two of which will drive the front wheels individually. It should fill the original's shoes in spirit if not in execution.

 2015 Audi S3 Sedan

2015 Audi S3 Sedan
With nearly 300 hp, Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed transmission, the S3 is the small sporty sedan most of us here would choose. Its perfect balance of performance, comfort and technology acknowledges that not everyone wants their driving machine to be one-dimensional.

 2015 Cadillac ATS-V

2015 Cadillac ATS-V
Don't mess with Cadillac. Because it plans to jam the 420-hp V6 from its CTS Vsport sedan into the compact ATS in order to make the smaller sedan a genuine V model. This is serious business. The ATS is small and light, so it will haul ass with this much power. And that's really, really cool.

2015 Cadillac Escalade

2015 Cadillac Escalade
It's all about the interior with the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Stitched, perforated leather and real wood trim take center stage in an upgrade that significantly departs from the Suburban-Yukon twins on which it's based. Expect 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque from the Escalade's 6.2-liter direct-injected V8. Two- or four-wheel-drive models will be available.

 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Chevrolet Colorado
The combination of a stagnant midsize segment and the fact that many truck buyers want to buy domestic leaves Chevy in a position to strike while the iron is hot with its all-new Colorado. This truck's good looks, three powertrain options (including a turbodiesel for 2016) and three body configurations won't hurt, either. If there was ever a sure thing in truck sales, this appears to be it.

 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Very little is known about the first performance model based on the C7 platform. Even its name remains unconfirmed. What we know for sure is that the car will be shown at the Detroit auto show in January 2014, which means it will likely go on sale later in the year as a 2015 model. Expect all the C7's goodness to carry over into a car that actually fills its fenders with huge rubber and big brakes. We think it will be powered by a normally aspirated direct-injected V8 displacing more than 6.2 liters and generating between 530 and 570 horsepower.

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150
New styling, a broad range of engine options and better fuel economy should help the 2015 F-150 retain its position as America's best-selling truck. When it comes to trucks there's a fine line between groundbreaking and bank breaking, and Ford appears to be walking that line carefully with the new F-150. Expect a truck that's better in every way. Don't expect one that's new in every way.

 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang
Fully redesigned for 2015, all Mustang styles will get independent rear suspension. The big news, however, is the likely addition of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder to the lineup, possibly to replace the V6. The 5.0 V8 will, of course, remain the iconic engine of the brand.

 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
All-wheel drive will be an option for this popular sedan when it hits showrooms next year as a 2015 model. Otherwise, the news is mostly about styling, which is striking and makes the previous-generation Genesis sedan look conservative by comparison. Both the 3.8-liter V6 and the 5.0-liter V8 will remain — at least in the first year.

 2015 Jaguar XS Sedan

2015 Jaguar XS Sedan
Though it's unclear exactly when this car will be unveiled, it's certain that Jaguar intends to go toe to toe with the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. Expect a rear-drive-based powertrain with at least two engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter supercharged V6. Both engines will almost certainly be backed by a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe

2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Jaguar's F-Type convertible is a strikingly beautiful car. And it only gets better with a hardtop. Base supercharged V6 engines will retain 340- and 380-hp ratings, while the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 bumps from 495 to roughly 550 hp in the F-Type R Coupe. ZF's eight-speed automatic is still paired with every engine. Expect to see the coupe at dealers in the spring of 2014.

2015 Lexus RC Coupe

2015 Lexus RC Coupe
This is what's called a no-brainer in the car industry. Lexus shaves two doors and the roof line off the IS 350 sedan and calls it the RC 350 Coupe for 2015. Expect power to come initially from the IS 350's 3.5-liter 306-hp V6 followed by a 2.0-liter turbo-4. A 450-plus hp V8 will come later, allowing the RC Coupe to go head to head with BMW's M4.

 2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC
There are piles of money to be made in the compact luxury crossover segment. Ask BMW. Or Mercedes. And that's exactly what Lincoln would like to do with the Ford Escape-based MKC. Because its fundamentals are already in place, Lincoln will have to rely on striking styling, an outstanding interior and flexible chassis tuning to make the MKC a hit. But it's been done before. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four coupled to a six-speed automatic is the most likely powertrain. All-wheel drive will be optional.

 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
With the wildly popular CLA-Class taking the C-Class' spot as entry-level Benz, the priorities have changed for Benz's breadwinner. First, it's getting bigger. Five inches will be added to the C-Class' total length, which will noticeably increase rear-seat legroom. A new 2.0-liter turbocharged four will be the base engine, while a 2.1-liter diesel remains a very real possibility as the upgrade engine. An eight-speed automatic will be the go-to transmission and all-wheel drive will be optional.

 2015 Nissan Titan

2015 Nissan Titan
Expect the 2015 Nissan Titan to come out swinging, because it needs to. This truck has, since its introduction, been an also-ran. Unlike Ford, which can rely on a solid reputation for building serious trucks, Nissan has an image to build. And the first-generation Titan didn't get the job done. Expect a new V6 to join the once-standard V8 along with an all-new 5.0-liter Cummins diesel V8 engine. That kind of powertrain portfolio might get truck buyers talking. And that's exactly what Titan needs.

2015 Subaru WRX

2015 Subaru WRX
Subaru's new WRX is stiffer, lower, longer (in wheelbase) and more powerful than the car it replaces. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and a performance-tuned CVT (no, seriously) is optional. Though its styling is far more conservative than that of the concept shown earlier this year, a new WRX is always a good thing. Expect the STI to follow shortly.

 2015 Tesla Model X

2015 Tesla Model X
Tesla's Model X will (according to Tesla) go on sale in 2014. All-wheel drive will be optional and Tesla claims it will enable sub-5.0-second 0-60 times. After our experience with the Model S, we expect the Model X to be more of the same: groundbreaking, innovative, fraught with technology and remarkably refined. Also, it's an SUV with really cool doors. Like the Model S it will be available with either a 60 or 85 kWh battery.

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Comments

  • noahk67 noahk67 Posts:

    No M3/M4?

  • joefrompa joefrompa Posts:

    Noah - Agreed, they missed on that one - unless since it's coming out in 5 months they just felt they could skip it? Excited about the growing segment of hot sedans that are reasonable daily drivers at mid-level entry-lux prices. ATS-V and S3 are likely going to offer nice entry-level price points compared to the new M3, for example. I'm counting on the M3 being a ~12.0 second quarter mile car trapping 116-119mph. I like raw acceleration on top of nice appointments, reasonable space, and great handling. However, if the ATS-V offers a very similar level of performance for $15k-20k less....

  • Yes, it is exciting to see just how low the bar is at Edmunds.com for "excitement". Everything here, even the Tesla (which years ago out-lived it's excitement half-life) is derivative and mediocre. Hint to Edmunds.com: stop making excuses for the fact that no one has changed the basic equation for automobile design in 100 years. And that you really have NOTHING to say.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    A lot of interesting cars coming out this year. The Escalade and MKC aren't among them though. What's interesting about a tarted-up Yukon that appeals to the pathetically image-conscious? A tarted-up Escape doesn't sound great either, particularly after the tepid reviews the MKZ received.

  • noscut noscut Posts:

    Does its lack of entry mean that there is to be no new model Equinox for 2015?

  • joe_scuba joe_scuba Posts:

    2015? we don't even know what some of them will look like. The Mustang, is a big question if it turns out like some of the renderings I think it will be a dud. the Lincoln is a joke just an over priced Ford. time will tell if these are "Best" cars of 2015

  • tdragonr tdragonr Posts:

    What's up with the Camaro in the pictures?

  • aston_dbs aston_dbs Posts:

    This is (the end of) 2013! Automobiles such as FrankEscaladenstein are already obsolete. Anybody who drives this thing on a daily basis without the actual need of its versatility and/or practicality (constantly hauling in-laws or kids' baseball team) are bloody idiots. Yup... especially when they can actually afford these idiotic pre-historic gas-hoggers...

  • ccd2 ccd2 Posts:

    This article is a fail. What about the BMW 2 Series??? Possibly the most interesting Bimmer in YEARS! The M235i will go from 0-60 is less than 5 seconds and will cost about $44,000. And it will be available next year, not 2015. In 2015, there could be a M2, which could be interesting as well. And what about the redesigned TT, also due in 2014??? And, of course, the TT-RS variant in which Audi will be gunning for its Porsche stablemate. And speaking of Porsche, the Macan did not make the list??? Come on!!! You can do better than this. All 3 of these cars are more interesting than most of the ones on your list. Honda has been hyping their super car for over a year and it's still more than a year off from production. Old news and still a ways off at 2015. All of my candidates will be available sometime next year. The Macan is up on Porsche's website, the 2 Series officially be released at the Detroit Auto show in January and the TT will probably show up in an auto show at the beginning of the year as well (though not yet announced).

  • wiseoldfart wiseoldfart Posts:

    To be rich and not care about reliability... I'm quite satisfied with my quiet, well-mannered 2015 Camry SE 2.5, thank you. As a former MGB and Porsche 911 owner, I'm sure if I were younger, I'd be foaming at the mouth over the 2016 Mazda MX-5 or the Porsche Boxster..

  • wiseoldfart wiseoldfart Posts:

    Everything here, even the Tesla (which years ago out-lived it's excitement half-life) is derivative and mediocre.
    The Tesla S is derivative and mediocre? I wouldn't buy one, but it's innovative cars like this that start fires under the backsides of major automakers. Thanks to Tesla, we'll all be driving 200-mile-range, fully electric vehicles a bit sooner than anticipated at a lower price than expected. GM is already following Tesla's lead. I'm sure the Japanese biggies will soon be producing long-range EV's at reasonable prices. The elimination of the engine and all related components will offset the cost of Lithium-based battery packs.

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