Four Automobiles That Impressed Us This Year 3

In the final 2016 edition of Driver’s Notebook, here is a quartet of automobiles in different classes that deserve some consideration.

It has been a great year for Driver’s Notebook covering the new models of 2016. Besides the fine automobiles we already featured leading up to this end-of-the-year edition, here are four more we wanted to make sure you considered. Happy motoring!

2016 Genesis RWD 3.8

The Hyundai Genesis has created quite a stir since its redesign of the Genesis last year and for good reason: They did an outstanding job making it more sleek and luxurious to the point of being mistaken for automobiles twice the price. Simply look for the winged emblem replacing the standard Hyundai “H” logo to signify its premium status. Welcomed optional packages include Signature, Tech and Ultimate take it to the next level including a panoramic sunroof, genuine matte wood trim, blind spot detection, Lexicon 17-Speaker Discrete Logic 7 audio system, Bluetooth, premium leather seats, and a 9.2-inch touchscreen. Add the very forgiving warranty, virtually silent cabin, and phenomenal safety ratings and it’s a no-brainer for the value. Hyundai has stepped their game way up with this handsome sedan.

Fuel Economy: 18 city/ 29 highway/ 22 combined

Base Price: $38,750; As Reviewed: $50,600


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
GT 3.0 S-AWC

If you want to own a SUV that goes against the current of the mainstream, Mitsubishi has made a tremendous effort to upgrade their Outlander GT, powered by a 224 horsepower V6 engine, and 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic paddle shifters. Bonuses include “Super” All-Wheel-Control, forward collision mitigation, a booming 710-watt Rockford-Fostgate sound system, complete LED light package, new grille, and fascias propped to the front and back for some extra eye candy. The third-row seats, abundance of features coming standard, high safety marks, and a generous warranty will surely help this one stand out.

Fuel Economy: 20 city/27 highway/ 
23 combined

Base Price: $30,995; 
As Reviewed: $35,195

2016 Terrain AWD Denali

At first glance, the Terrain’s appearance is physically imposing with limited curves and a lot more muscle; we took it to say it meant business. The recommended, yet optional 3.6L V6 SIDI engine pushing out 301 horses justified its boxy girth, but it was also intelligent with numerous high-tech embellishments including GMC’s INTELLILINK integration, Bluetooth, OnStar, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi—an invaluable commodity especially for gadget-happy passengers. The signature Denali grille and 19-inch wheels made this compact luxury SUV a complete package.

Fuel Economy: 16 city/23 highway/ 18 combined

Base Price: $35,725; As Reviewed: $41,315

2016 Lexus RX 350

Lexus maintains its luster as a top-tier luxury brand with their redesigned 2016 RX 350 SUV powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine and 295 horsepower. Already blessed with a luxury sedan-like feel, futuristically sharp edges, and a gracious list of standard amenities, premium options including the panorama moonroof, blind spot monitor, 12.3-inch navigation system and 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system in our review model made this five-door SUV that much more desirable.

Fuel Economy: 20 city/28 highway/23 combined

Base Price: $41,900; 
As Reviewed: $54,300