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2016 Ford Expedition

Straight rear view of 2016 Ford Expedition Limited 5 Door SUV Stock Photo

The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV meant to carry big families and haul their belongings in a way today’s crossover vehicles and trucks simply can’t do to this degree. With a complete redesign in 2015 to make it look more like the Ford F-150 little has changed to this years. It still cares the stronger and harder appearance that came from the F-150 making it more stylish that also goes with better performances from a new engine. Up front of the Expedition has been worked to give a modern and aggressive look, helped by a redesigned of the front bumper, headlights and chrome grille. Wheels have also changed, and come up to 22 inches. The 2015 Expedition introduced three rows of windows and automatic five doors.

Rear three quarter view of 2016 Ford Expedition Limited 5 Door SUV

The interior feels and looks like the F-150. Carrying over from 2015 it’s equipped with latest technology features. With a great new sound system consisting of ten speaker, Sony audio system and upgraded MyFord Touch infotainment system. The look and feel is all very strait forward and truck like. I do think the more complex dash interments area is a bit of a clash to the overall look of the cabin

Straight dashboard view of 2016 Ford Expedition Limited 5 Door SUV Stock Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wouldn’t say it is one of the more luxury interiors, but nice and a good mix of the higher-end looking plastics and other durable materials. For a family hauler I think it is a nice setup and look.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

Rear three quarter view of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500Hd High Country 4 Door

For the last few years Chevy has only been tweaking it’s Silverado appearance after its major redesign in 2013. This year the only really noticeable exterior change is the more refined cleaner looking front-end design. Thinner lines accompany the dual lamps and that there’s less chrome on and around the grille. The touchup gives the Chevy a more elegant look that is not shared with most of its competitors, but in the truck market that could be a bad thing. I personally like the “upgrade, ” it goes well with bulked up hood and simple body and rear lines. It is a very strait forward design, not over done like most of the Silverado competitors and that makes this my favorite looking truck.

Driver side profile view of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500Hd High Country 4 Door

Like most Chevy’s though I think the interior is off-putting and doesn’t fit the strong and tough exterior, this Silverado is no different. The first look at this interior it made me think of what a cartoon character would want as their interior. It looks right out of the Mario Brothers with the soft round angels, an awkward shape control panel taking up the whole center dash. The switches that look like they are for launching missiles are kind of cool, but reverts back to the cartoon feel. I will say I do smile every time I sit back and take it all in.

Straight Dashboard view of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500Hd High Country

All and all I do like this truck, exterior looks great and the interior isn’t all that good looking, but it is functional and that’s what you need and depend on in a truck.

2016 Toyota Mirai

Low Aggressive Front Three Quarter View of 2016 Toyota Mirai Mirai 4 Door Sedan

Ugly yes – very ugly. There is not one angle where this car looks good or even Ok, but it looks like no other car and from every angle you know it’s a Mirai. “Mirai” in Japanese means future and that is what Toyota has introduced to us. I’m giving this car a complete pass for being the worst looking car I have ever seen because it is ground breaking!

This new “Fuel-Cell” creates propulsion from an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and air. Hydrogen atoms are compressed and stored in high-pressure tanks. They are then sent through a platinum-coated membrane that separates their electrons and protons. Those electrons produce an electrical current to power the car, giving off only water vapor as its exhaust. It is not the fast car, but really not bad for a water-powered car, 0 to 60 in about nine seconds.

Front seat view of 2016 Toyota Mirai Mirai 4 Door Sedan Stock Photo

The interior matches the exterior, flat out ugly. I do wish the interior was a little bit better put together and laid out for this car of the future. Toyota seems to have taken a low base model interior and just forced in a futuristic center dash to keep the theme alive. This smooth center dash is kind of cool looking on its own, but doesn’t work paired with cheap plastics, poor quality materials and an outdates steering wheel. Nor is it very functional, buttons have to be firmly pressed to work and the shifter has a lot of loose play when in gear or when your moving it.

Straight rear view of 2016 Toyota Mirai Mirai 4 Door Sedan Stock Photo

So again this car gets a pass because it is the future of travel and first of it kind, but I just wish Toyota would have just put a little more thought into other parts of the car besides the amazing new “Fuel-Cell.”

2016 Hyundai Tucson SE

Straight front view of 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 5 Door SUV Stock Photo

At first glance this new Tucson falls behind its competitors with somewhat common exterior looks. Its not till you look a little closer the Tucson starts moving a bit up the ranking list. Starting around $ 23,000 it is well priced for a small SUV and it gets 26 MPG, not bad. Now I can’t be too hard on its exterior design (or the lack there of) because this little SUV is designed for the mass appeal. It looks like they took the well-liked design aspects from Audi, Mazda and Subaru and put them all together to make this small SUV. At some precise angels it looks good, but the overall look is very uninspired.

Angular rear three quarter view of 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 5 Door SUV

The interior is a better and is where the Tucson makes a small comeback. The base SE doesn’t have much more than the basics, but it is very well laid out in a very roomy and comfortable cabin. Mostly hard plastics are used for the dash trim and accents. This doesn’t bother me, for the main reason that it is a heavy duty plastic in an affordable priced car. It doesn’t look entirely good, but it’s not going to scratch or dent no matter what the every day driver does to it.

Straight Dashboard view of 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 5 Door SUV

 

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE would not be my first choose for a compact SUV. It is very uninspired and I feel there are better options to pick from like the Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V. It is however a middle of the road fit and with a lower MSRP and MPG it out shines GMC’s Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox.

2016 Honda Accord

Low aggressive front three quarter view of 2016 Honda Accord Sport 4 Door Sedan

I can see why the 2015 Honda Accord is the best-selling midsize sedan in the States. It is good looking inside and out. It’s inexpensive for what you get and it has one of the best MPG for a midsize sedan.

Honda did a full redesign for the 2013 model year. With only minor changes from that major update 2 years ago, the 2015 Honda Accord is a bit smaller, mush more stylish with sleek long body lines giving it a much more new-age fun to drive look. The styling of this car give great appeal to all ages, I could see this car being driving by a teenage all the way to a cool Grandma picking up her groceries. Clean strait to the point simple design that makes everyone happy.

Car Driver side profile view of a 2016 Honda Accord Sport 4 Door Sedan

I wish the same could be said for the interior. It is good looking, but a lot to look at. With three display screens that pretty much show the same thing, that was a little much for me. I couldn’t pick from all my options, do I use the middle screen to change the AC or do I push the button under the temp screen or …? Anyway I’m sure once to get use to it, it’s not a problem, still though when you don’t have the Navigation on it is very annoying to have two large screens with the same information. Materials feel a little cheap, but not to bad. Shifter is clucky and a bit outdated as well as the steering wheel.

Again I’m nit picking, this is a great car for its price and I’m sure will last many many years as Hondas do.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited 4 Door Pickup Angular Front stock photo

The new redesign of the Tacoma in my mind looks great. A lot of big changes to this truck, but still keeps the original look and feel of the early Tacoma trucks. At first glance it looks like the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma hit the gym and bulked up a bit. Bigger flaring wheel fenders and grille is the first thing you see as new. Get closer and you will see the good job Toyota did with flatting out the over all body shape and giving harder and bolder bodylines. Designed more for fun off road than for work or towing, yet still capable. This trucks use to remind me of the childhood friend that would follow all the older kids around and do and try what they did. These trucks could always keep up with the bigger trucks, but now it looks like a pack leader.

Straight rear view of 2016 Toyota Tacoma Limited 4 Door Pickup

The cabin feels deliberately and made to last the harshness of off road with surfaces that can handle getting wet or muddy. With no extra “fluff” added it shows what this truck is meant for one thing and one thing only. Now for the journey to the great outdoors the Tacoma is equipped with useful, modern features. Each Tacoma truck model comes with an Entune audio system, with the premium version, 6-inch screen and navigation functions. Along with Siri Eyes hands Free, and access to Pandora.As a fun outdoor vehicle, this is your truck, everyday get to work truck not so much. Everything on the exterior and interior is meant for off road and that is where it needs to be.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT

Rear three quarter view of 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT 5 Door SUV

I think Mitsubishi set out to put their Outlander as the most stylish of the 2016 fleet. The exterior has nice smooth lines mixed well with hard cutting-edge design aspects, and a futuristic hi-tech grille, which could be found on a space ship, really makes this Mitsubishi standout. While the shape and size of the Outlander is pretty typical of other designs in its class, it puts together a number of different, but good ideas features to make it unique. The crazy two-tone grill, strait off a space ship, looks very similar to the designs of the electric car industry. A little bit out there, but a feel of ultramodern. It will be good median to the electric version that will be coming out next year. The taillights give a nice smooth dimension to the rear and are a nice contrast to the overall design.

Straight front view of a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT 5 Door SUV

The interior is a little more subdued compared to the exterior. This GT version is load with a great stereo system, heated leather seats, easy to use navigation, very comfortable electric seats, lane departure warning lights, traction control system, and gear changing paddle shifters. Everything feels to be made of pretty good quality, will be durable and I think should last. It is also very well laid out and makes it easy to use while driving.

All and all a high-tech looking small SUV that falls a little short on the interior not living up to its exterior, but a Mitsubishi with their tradition of being rugged and simple at a inexpensive price.

2016 BMW 640i

Low aggressive front three quarter view of 2016 BMW 6 Series 640i Black Accent

The new BMW 6 – series had only a few minor changes from the 2015 model. A small alteration to the front grille and the lower front air intake has been restyled. I think the 6 – series is the least pretty out of the BMW family, but still a go looking car. The top features that 640i is coming to be know for is that long sleek hood and a rear end that is short and sharply slanted. This stylish two-door convertible model combine luxury, performance, and functionality into one nice package. This car defiantly has a look and feel all its own.

Straight front view of 2016 BMW 6 Series 640i Black Accent 2 Door Convertible

The interior of the cabin you will find the typical high quality materials and luxury that you’d expect from a BMW. There’s a high-gloss black surface for the center console extends to the iDrive operating system controls next to the shifter. An amazing menu screen that is equipped with latest navigation system, reaches across most of center dash and is very easy to use after a little practice. The comfort continues with heated and electrically adjustable front seats, active seat ventilation, two-zone automatic climate control, and dynamic cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB interface. There is also a very cool heads-up display that projects your speed and other information onto the windshield. Also a nice little touch is the LED illumination lights that are used in the foot-wells, door exits and glove box.

With a base price of around $85,000 for the convertible it is an expensive car, but worth every penny.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro

Driver side profile view of a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT 2 Door Convertible

 

The Camaro convertible follows the simple ideas of being a muscle-car. It has to have a huge engine, rear-wheel drive, two doors, and simple good looks. I do like the shape edge lines that run down the sides to meet with the mean looking hard lined double grille. The flared rear fenders give this car a great powerful crouching stance. The exterior design hasn’t change much from when it first came back in 2010. The only big exterior cosmetic changes have been to the taillights. They completely messed them up. I really liked the 2010 version with the slight separation and chrome accents. Now with one block thin light it doesn’t match the rest of the car, are my thoughts and they look so bad. Well, when you talk about the Chevy Camaro you must mention the Ford Mustang.

Low aggressive front three quarter view of 2015 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT 2 Door Convertible

Keeping more on their design and layouts we put these two cars side by side, I have to say the Ford Mustang blow the Chevy Camaro out of the water. The exterior I do like the front end better on the Camaro, but over all it has to go to the Mustang. The interior was all Mustang. The Camaro has one of the worries interiors I have ever seen. Awkward separated dash readouts and soft rounded menu buttons that were hard to push because the shifter would get in the way. The worst however is the opening menu screen when you turn the car on. It displays the text myLink in a very soft elegant font type with color splashes of light blues and yellows. This is a “muscle-car” and that’s what greets me when I start this car. Maybe I’m being to hard on this car, it is however a simple muscle-car, but so is the Mustang and it just embarrassed this 2015 Chevy Camaro.

2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus

2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 4 Door Sedan Angular Front

The Toyota Corolla is one of those cars that checks off several of the sensible and practical qualities you want in a car. It’s very reliable and is fuel efficient. It offers some of the modern features you look for, its surprisingly roomy and comfortable inside. All that piece of mind for a base price of around $19,000.

A simple, but more of an edgy exterior, lead by the harder edged headlights book ending the two part front grille. Hook like taillights are supported by the long sweeping rear fender lines coming up from the bumper. Not much more I can really say about the looks of this car. You can tell it was designed to have a very general appeal with safe design aspects.

Straight rear view of 2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 4 Door Sedan

The Toyota Corolla was considered mid-size car just a few years ago. With this new updated redesign, the Corolla has grown in length by about 4 inches. The best example of this can be seen in the rear seats. There were also some small improvements in front-seat comfort as well, with the ability of more adjust for your seat options. Great amount of trunk space as well. The interior cabin matches the general appeal of the exterior. With the redesign brought better materials and a nicer dash layout that makes a big difference in the sense of space up front. All though it was an upgrade the Corolla cabin still has a simple kind of cheap look that is that doesn’t live up to other competitors models.

Again this car is and always will be made to please the masses. I feel is has done that. I can’t really find anything I love about this car, but I can’t find anything that I just hate about this car. This is one of the very very few cars I can say that about!