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Interest in the Chevrolet Malibu may have been stronger than normal this year thanks to the arrival of an all-new model at the New York auto show. We said that the lighter, more spacious new Malibu was a big improvement when we drove it earlier this year: “Chevy isn’t playing around at the edges but is full-in and ready to fight for more market share. That doesn’t guarantee a winner, but the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu beats the heck out of the ‘that’s good enough for government work’ mentality of old.”
The Chevrolet Silverado, along with its sibling GMC Sierra, was restyled for the 2016 model year, and the trucks also received new powertrains with an available eight-speed automatic transmission. The Silverado is currently the second best-selling vehicle in the U.S., through the end of November, trailing closely behind the Ford F-150. But based on how many people searched for the truck on Google, it clearly gets far more attention from internet users than Ford’s pickup.
Small Toyota pickup trucks have had an enthusiastic fan base for years, and those fans were thrilled to see a new 2016 Toyota Tacoma debut this year. We’ve wasted no time getting to grips with the new truck, taking it on a wild adventure through Utah’s National Parks.
Just like the Tacoma, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was popular in Google’s search rankings because musclecar enthusiasts were eager for every scrap of information about the new car. After the smaller, lighter, more powerful 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuted in the summer, we hurriedly took the car out testing on public roads and on the race track to see whether the sixth-gen Camaro is the best one yet.
Building on the bones of the Fit subcompact hatchback, the Honda HR-V is one of several subcompact crossovers that attracted lots of searching on Google this year. Slotting beneath the CR-V, the HR-V was not our favorite tiny crossover in a comparison test, but it is among the most practical, with a roomy interior and easy-folding seats that improve cargo-carrying ability. http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/1504-2016-honda-hr-v-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/subcompact-crossover-comparison-hr-v-renegade-juke-soul-and-cx-3/
Another new entry in the popular teensy-SUV segment, the Fiat 500X expands the Italian brand’s offerings in the U.S. With funky styling, high ground clearance, and all-wheel drive, it’s an unusual take on the idea of what it takes to build an affordable, fun crossover. Ultimately, we were not huge fans of the 500X when we drove it, but the new car has been a hit. In November, just a few months after hitting showrooms, the 500X was already Fiat’s best-selling U.S. model — selling eight times as many copies as the quirky 500L hatchback and twice as many units as the 500 hatchback/convertible. http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1504-2016-fiat-500x-review/
Jeep’s take on the small-crossover segment is the boxy, upright, and utilitarian Renegade. It lost points in our comparison test for a lethargic transmission, thirsty engine, and somewhat cramped interior, but scored big when it comes to off-roading ability.
Just as Toyota fans had long awaited a new Tacoma, Chevy truck loyalists were thrilled to see a new midsize entry from Chevrolet, especially as the Colorado is the only midsize truck on sale today with a diesel engine option. The Chevrolet Colorado (as well as its GMC Canyon sibling) debuted in 2013 and launched last year, but it was clearly still on the minds — and Google searches — of truck shoppers in 2015.
The Lexus RX set the standard for family luxury crossovers, and now the NX is here to do the same in a slightly smaller package. Available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or ahybrid powertrain, the Lexus NX first debuted in 2014 at the Beijing auto show but continued to generate lots of interest this year as buyers eagerly snapped up the stylish, city-sized crossover.
Being in tenth place on the list of the most-Googled car models is no small feat, especially given that the Hyundai Tucson enjoys a fraction of the sales of segment leaders like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. But after an all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson debuted at the New York auto show, shoppers appear to have taken an interest in the fresh new crossover — and that was even before Hyundai built 700-hp and off-roading versions for SEMA, and set a land-speed record in a Tucson.