Sports/Performance (over $50,000)
It’s a more fair fight in the Sports/Performance (Over $50,000) group, in which the Cadillac ATS-V, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ford (Mustang) Shelby GT350, Lexus RC 350 AWD, and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 go head-to-head.
Jacob, Peter, and Tom like the GT350’s chances here, Jeff, Jonathan and I prefer the Corvette Z06, Michael and Justin like the ATS-V, and Paul and Greg dig the Benz.
Prestige/Performance (over $75,000)
More big power here, in a category that pits the Cadillac CTS-V against the Lexus RC F, Mercedes-AMG GT S, and Porsche Cayman GT4.
Peter, Tom, Jeff and Jonathan favour the Benz AMG GT S, while Paul, Greg, and I like the Cayman GT4, and Jacob, Justin, and Michael are rooting for the CTS-V.
SUV/CUV (under $35,000)
Taking the pricetag down a notch is the first of three SUV/CUV categories, in which the Mitsubishi Outlander takes the fight to the Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Mazda CX-3.
Jonathan puts his weight behind the underdog here, having evidently been wowed by the 100 changes Mitsu made to its Outlander. Meanwhile, Jacob, Peter, Greg, Jeff, and Tom prefer the HR-V, while Michael, Paul and I think the CX-3 is the best thing to happen to the compact crossover class for 2016. Pritchard likes the Renegade’s chances (we think he might have inhaled too much country air when he made his picks).