Lexus RX — Attractive design, cutting-edge technology

By David Finkelstein

Its hard to comprehend the fact the Toyota's premium Lexus Division first launched its RX models stateside way back in 1998. Then as now, it quickly proved exceedingly popular with those needing the flexibility of a sport-utility vehicle combined with the driving comfort of a luxury sedan.

2016 Volkswagen Passat

STOWE, Vermont — We've marveled over the past few years at the interior space of the Volkswagen Passat — particularly for rear-seat passengers who get a near-limo feeling — and the satisfying driving experience. Introduced as an all-new model in 2012, the Passat is built at the state-of-the-art Chattanooga plant in Tennessee.

Honda Accord — A step ahead of the competition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's the best of times for people shopping mid-sized family sedans. They have a wealth of choices. In fact, it's hard to go wrong when finally reaching a decision with worthy candidates from virtually every manufacturer selling cars in the United States. All of them have numerous redeeming traits. That makes build quality, reliability and resale value even more important.

2016 Mercedes GLC

PHOENIX — For 2016, Mercedes-Benz introduces the GLC crossover utility vehicle, a completely new vehicle replacing the discontinued GLK. While the GLK nomenclature meant nothing, the GLC is akin to the C-Class sedan and coupe. In fact the vehicles share the same rear-drive foundation and are powered by the same engine.

Honda Accord — More refined for the 2016 model year

By David Finkelstein

Recent seat time behind the wheel of the 2016 Honda Accord sedan reaffirms our thought that this automobile is well crafted and built for long term integrity. And the factory reminds me that for nearly four decades the Accord has set the benchmark for vehicles in the midsize sedan class, the the most popular category of vehicles sold in North America.

Mazda CX-5 — New levels of sophistication

By David Finkelstein

Since Mazda Motors launched its original model CX-5 compact sport utility vehicle back in 2012 (as a 2013 model), it has made steady refinements each year since. Its goal was to deliver customers even greater value and sophistication. Now for the 2016 model year, Mazda is bringing new levels of depth and maturity to a variety of areas of this popular vehicle.

Chevrolet Corvette convertible — The epitome of open air driving

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were impressed with the new-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray during our time behind the wheel last year. We simply couldn't remember a vehicle that delivered so many things so well. Our opinion didn't change after a fun-filled week in a 2016 Corvette convertible. The bottom line — you don't have to sacrifice one iota of performance and handling with the droptop.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe — Now with a stick shift

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Jaguar created a tasty mix of breathtaking styling and spine-tingling performance together with a sumptuous interior with its Jaguar F-Type coupe and roadster, introduced in 2014. No tweaking is really necessary as the head-turning extremely desirable two-place F-Type enters its third model year, but Jaguar has elected to enhance its creation in several meaningful ways for 2016.

2016 Lexus RX

RALEIGH, N.C. — For almost two decades, the Lexus RX has been the benchmark for luxury midsized crossovers and SUVs. The yard marks are wide, but you’re going to shell out anywhere between $45,000 and $70,000 to purchase one. The competitive set includes the cream of the crop: Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and a few others. Price notwithstanding, this segment is growing so fast, it seems that within five years, Americans will be issued one with their learning permits.

Hyundai Genesis — Luxury and value combine

By David Finkelstein

Competing with the likes of Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis sedan. Quite honestly and worth noting, there is a value story here as well! The base model has a starting price of $38,750. When we look at the bigger picture including creature comforts, performance, interior space and the level of luxury, Genesis is a “must consider” on you new car shopping list.