Top 2016 Test Drives: Sedans, Sports Car Edition

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It’s the time of year when dealers do everything they can to move the 2016’s off the lot to make room for the 2017s. That means there are some good deals to be had, especially with Labor Day Weekend just ahead. So with that in mind, here are my favorite test drives this year when it comes to 2016 mid-range sedans, luxury sedans and sports cars. You can check out my favorite SUV test drives this year here.

Favorite Midsize Sedan: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

One midsize sedan that should be on your shopping list is the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. It’s my favorite mid-range sedan test drive this year.

Redesigned and much improved, this is the best looking Malibu ever. You get LED lights, glossy black wheels and dual exhaust. Inside, I love the old-school air conditioning and radio knobs. I also like the easy-to-operate controls on the leather steering wheel. You get more legroom, too.

The Malibu gives you a ton of notable free standard features including 10 airbags, a rearview camera, and power seats with lumbar support. One unique feature is Teen Driver which keeps track of your teenager’s driving habits behind the wheel.   

As for fuel economy, the gas engine and battery pack combo offers a terrific 46-mile combined mpg’s.

With a sticker price at just over $31,700, the Malibu is an exceptional value given its size, safety and fuel economy.

Runner-Up: 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

The 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring is also worth an honorable mention.  This is the best driving Prius yet. It’s also the quietest with the most trunk room. Great fuel economy too since it’s also a hybrid. The one thing I wasn’t a fan of was the bright white center console.

Favorite Luxury Sedan: 2016 Cadillac CT6

If you like the ride and drive of a large, rear-wheel drive, check out the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It’s the most enjoyable cadillac I’ve ever been in.

The CT6 looks athletic. It’s 20-inch machined aluminum wheels look great, as does the integrated rear spoiler and rear quad exhaust.  Three engine choices pair to an eight-speed automatic. It handles great going into hard curves in sport mode.  

In the cabin, it’s incredibly quiet and luxurious. I love the gear shifter and the “auto-hold” button. Press it and you don’t have to leave your foot on the brake when you come to a stop.  An industry-first rear-view camera mirror works really well during daylight. The car even parallel parks itself.

I love the CT6’s looks, features and price. It starts around $63,500, but my tester was $77,340 as equipped.  

Runner-Up: 2016 BMW 750i xDrive

The 2016 BMW 750i x-Drive is the runner-up here. This car looks stunning and wow is it packed with technology.  It has a huge 10.2” Color touch-screen.  You can also operate everything with a handheld tablet in the rear console. It also uses hand-gesture control. Great performance, too. My 4.4-Liter twin-turbo v-8 churned out 445-horses.

Favorite Sports Car: 2016 Camaro 2LT Convertible

My favorite sports car test drive so far is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT drop-top.  

I love the Camaro’s new redesigned, chiseled exterior. The new Camaro is also based on the Cadillac ATS chassis which I reviewed and loved. My review car’s 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine is good for a terrific 335-horses and 284 pound-feet of torque.

Inside, I love the cool round vent air conditioning controls and the optional lighting package that allows colors to change depending on your driving mode.

The drop-top is heavily insulated for a very quiet cabin. There aren’t the typical vibrations often associated with a convertible. You can also lower the top from the key fob.  The one thing the Camaro could use is more inside storage space.

Runner-Up: 2017 Jaguar F-Type S

The runner up here is the 2017 Jaguar F-Type S. It’s a 2017, but worth a mention. It’s fairly rare since it offers Jaguar’s first manual in decades. It could be a bit quieter on the inside, but overall, it’s a unique, great sounding speedster with great looks and performance.

Photo Credit: Chevrolet, Cadillac
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