Top 20 Cars to Look Forward To in 2015


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Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.


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, Automotive Editor - December 15, 2014

A preview of what's to come in 2015, with ten crossovers alone making up our annual list.

As 2014 comes to a close, we take a second to reflect on the year that was. But more importantly, we take some time to see what's coming in the form of new cars for 2015. A fresh batch of new crossovers, coupes and sedans are set to be released into the wild, from the 60-mpg Toyota Prius to the next-generation 2015 Ford Mustang. Automakers seem to have every base covered as they transform compelling customer-pleasing concepts into real-world production cars that we can actually buy.

Here are the Top 20 Cars to Look Forward to in 2015:

Scion iM

With the exception of the niche-market FR-S sport coupe, Toyota’s youth focused entry-level division has not had a true new product for several years now. That will change soon with a new sporty hatchback, the Scion iM, and we’ll have our first chance to see it in the flesh at the 2014 LA Auto Show in concept form.

Ford Explorer

When Ford introduced the Explorer for 1991, the sport-utility vehicle was still a new concept to most Americans. The Explorer became a runaway sales success, and more than any other model line was responsible for Americans’ love affair with taller, rugged vehicles with lots of cargo space and go-anywhere capability.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Since its 1989 introduction, the Miata has stood for affordable everyman performance like no vehicle before it, carrying on in the spirit of classic British roadsters while itself spawning a new generation of open-top, value-priced sports cars. Now we can feast our eyes on the all-new fourth-generation “ND” 2016 model, which promises more power, lighter curb weight, and an increased focus on premium interior quality.

Nissan Juke

The boldly styled 2015 Nissan Juke has found a cozy & comfy place amongst all of the crossovers currently on the market. The Juke's one of the more nimble, easy to drive and fuel-efficient compact crossovers available, This is attributed to not only it's small stature, but its extremely short 96-inch wheelbase.

RAM ProMaster City

Get ready, they're coming. Striking a well-thought out balance between the minivan and full-size van, a new breed of City Vans are taking aim at both growing families and small business owners. The latest sample is the all-new 2015 RAM ProMaster City, which is based on the Euro-spec Fiat Doblo.

Toyota Mirai

It's based on the current 2014 Toyota Prius v platform, albeit a little longer. Power comes from a 151-hp electric motor that's shared with the current-generation Lexus RX 450h. The Mirai's battery is also the same 1.7 kilowatt-hour version used in the Camry Hybrid, while the fuel cell itself sits underneath the front seats. Two carbon-fiber compressed hydrogen tanks sit behind the passenger seat and underneath the rear passenger bench seat.

2016 Infiniti Q30

Infiniti Q30

The 2016 Infiniti Q30 has been green lit for production and will slot in right below the current 2015 Infiniti Q40 as the most smallest and most affordable model in the company's expanding lineup. The caveat is that it will not be a sedan, but a more utilitarian hatchback.

*News Update: The Infiniti Q30 is expected to go on sale in the Spring of 2016 as a 2017 model. Learn more here »

Mazda CX-3

The clean-sheet new Mazda CX-3 couldn’t come at a better time, as small crossovers are the hottest segment on the market and the Mazda own slightly larger CX-5 has won the hearts of critics and buyers alike.

Toyota Tacoma

For pickup truck enthusiasts and shoppers alike--the wait is almost over. The newly-redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma is coming soon.Toyota tweeted a picture of the all-new truck, set to be released late in 2015. It will officially be unveiled at the North American Auto Show on January 12th, 2015.

Ford F-150

Although it might not look radically different, the 2015 F-150 is the most fundamentally changed pickup you could hope for. All-new construction methods, scads of useful technology and an additional Ecoboost engine at once make the F-150 tougher and more sophisticated. The obligatory redesigned nose is quite attractive, but that's not where the big news lies this year.

Chevrolet Trax

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is Chevy's newest compact crossover. Think of it as a fun-sized Equinox, complete with a smaller and more fuel-efficient 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder that gets 26 mpg in the city and a solid 34 mpg on the highway.

Toyota Camry

America's favorite car, the Toyota Camry has kept to traditional family sedan values even as it tries to get with the times. While it may be trying to up its style factor amid a whole line of capable competition, the Camry majors on refinement and space, which is what most buyers looking for midsize sedans really want.

Honda HR-V

As more and more Americans turn away from compact and midsize cars in favor of crossovers, this booming segment that takes the best of both worlds from cars and SUVs now finds itself with room to grow – in this case by growing smaller. Honda’s take on this new trend of carlike small CUVs, the all-new 2016 HR-V, rides on a platform based on the new-for-2015 Fit hatchback, yet manages a character all its own.

Nissan Murano

Nissan’s popular Murano was one of the first CUVs on the market when it made its debut back in 2003, presenting buyers who were used to chunky SUVs with something better. It had all the space and utility of a typical SUV, but since it featured unibody construction--it was lighter, more comfortable and more fuel-efficient. The all-new 2015 Murano takes that formula and runs with it.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover has dubbed the new Discovery Sport as the most versatile compact SUV on the market. And that's not far from the truth, as the newest model in Land Rover's 2015 model lineup does have the chops to actually go off road.

Ford Mustang

One of the most iconic and popular American cars of all time, the Ford Mustang has just been given its first complete makeover since 2005. The changes are most evident in the Mustang’s sleekest profile yet, but two new engines have been designed and are offered as well, all of which will serve it well in the ever-competitive sports car segment.

Mazda CX-5

The Honda CR-V may be the U.S. market’s top-selling compact crossover and a mighty fine vehicle in its own right, but it is the Mazda CX-5 we place at the top of the segment. Why? It’s much more than just driving thrills, which you’ll find in spades. The CX-5 is also the most stylish and efficient choice, and has helped Mazda increase its sales by 8.1% year-to-date.

Lexus RC 350

Based loosely on the existing IS and GS sedans, the compact RC 350 coupe is blessed with a muscular fastback body and beautifully refined interior that's at once luxurious and sporty. Inside and out, the RC 350 represents a new type of vehicle for Lexus, one that we suspect will draw buyers to the brand for the first time.

Jeep Renegade

Jeep finally has a real competitor in the ultra-hot compact crossover segment with the debut of the all-new Renegade, a cute yet masculine new-for-2015 compact with Italian DNA that looks to be a big step up in quality from the Compass and Liberty models it essentially replaces. For buyers looking for something a little smaller than the typical RAV4 or CR-V but with all the personality we’ve come to expect from recent Jeep models, the Renegade shows quite a bit of promise.

Toyota Prius

As the world’s first commercially available hybrid and the best-selling one at that, the Toyota Prius has become synonymous with “hybrid” en route to millions in worldwide sales since it hit the market in 1999. And now Toyota has a new Prius on the horizon, expected to bring as high as a 20% increase in efficiency as well as sportier handling and fresh, new styling. So how will Toyota pull it off? Let’s take a look at what we know so far.

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, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.


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