Mazda MX-5 — 21st Century roadster

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Mazda has crafted a new MX-5 Miata that stays true to the roadster formula it developed more than a quarter century ago, turning it into a modern road-carving juggernaut loaded with the latest in safety and technology equipment, a modern two-seat droptop that offers cutting-edge styling while retaining the iconic Miata look.

Hyundai Tucson — Moving to the head of the class

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson is the smallest crossover in the Hyundai garage, but one that puts a convincing up-market spin on Hyundai’s value for the money formula. It wears sleek new styling that will turn heads, but it's what's under the glamorous skin that makes Tucson a segment game changer including a performance-oriented new direct-injected 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, cutting edge safety, the latest in technology features, and a roomier interior than the outgoing edition.

Infiniti QX50 — Now with more passenger space

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It is said family responsibilities have mandated the need for more useable cargo space even if you love sport sedans. The conflict between buying what the family really needs and what you want can be excruciating.

Mitsubishi Outlander — Good value proposition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Sales of Mitsubishi's Outlander were up 46 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. The success of Mitsubishi's largest vehicle in North America can be attributed to a considerably refreshed 2016 edition that encompasses more than 100 improvements including drivetrain, structural rigidity, ride quality, and interior noise abatement. Mitsubishi's goal was to make the Outlander, which had its last full remake in 2014, more competitive against the big guys in the segment such as Honda, Toyota, Ford and Hyundai.

Scion tC — Affordable sports car attributes

By David Finkelstein

In a moment, I'll be sharing with you some of the momentous features of the 2016 Scion tC, but I wanted to begin with some background regarding the Scion brand in general. Scion is an offshoot of Toyota and has been the “test laboratory division” since back in 2003. They're mission statement has been to offer products and processes that stand apart from the rest of the crowd.

2016 Buick Cascada

KEY WEST, Fla. — The all-new Cascada is the first drop top to adorn a Buick emblem since the Reatta convertible whose production ended in 1991. Sales were dismal, with fewer than 2,500 units sold, when Buick pulled the plug. Cascada, Spanish for “waterfall” and built in Poland, has been selling under the Opel, Vauxhall and Holden badges for the past two years, is beginning to arrive at U.S. dealer showrooms now.

Chrysler 200 — A four-cylinder experience

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

For nearly two years since the totally redesigned Chrysler 200 entered the congested mid-sized sedan segment as a stylish vehicle that stands out from the crowd, we preferred to bypass the base 4-cylinder engine in favor of Chrysler’s award-winning V-6. We still favor the bigger engine, but after our most recent experience with the car, we have come to appreciate the four as a suitable engine for those who seek fuel efficiency at an affordable price.

Toyota Prius — A more mature hybrid

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Because the Prius has become such a cultural institution (the synonym for gas/electric hybrid transportation since its introduction in the U.S. in 2001) Toyota faced a tough task in developing an updated model. For those many that love their Prius hybrid, but feared Toyota's first all-new model since 2010 would alter their cherished eco-friendly transportation into something radically different, fear not.

Ford Explorer Platinum — Blue Oval luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Platinum is the new standard for Ford luxury signifying the top of the line — a vehicle loaded with all the creature comforts and safety features currently available. And the company's best-selling SUV of all time, the Explorer, now wears the badge for the first time in 2016.

Infiniti QX80 — An appealing large SUV

By David Finkelstein

It wasn't that long ago that the 2015 Infiniti QX80 was named the highest ranked Large Premium SUV in the annual J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study.