A touch of the Old World has come to American cities in the form of European-style vans that look like skinny, tall breadboxes.
Finally, there's a Lexus sport utility vehicle that's priced under $40,000. The new-for-2015 Lexus NX is a compact crossover SUV, so it provides a car-like ride and is smaller than Lexus' top-selling RX 350 mid-size SUV.
Trucks aren't bare-bones workhorses anymore and GMC's new Sierra HD All Terrain pickup proves it -- with standard fancy chrome wheels, leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, standard four-wheel drive and technology that reads text messages to you.
It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet's 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.
The new 2-Liter turbocharged four-banger puts out 275 horsepower, more than many V8s from years ago. And titanium and aluminum help cut 200 to 300 pounds of lard from the hefty 2015 Camaro.
More Americans are choosing Acura's MDX mid-size, luxury sport utility vehicle this year than the competing crossover SUVs from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
It's misleading to call the 2015 Lexus LS 460 a car, or even a luxury sedan. The quiet interior, silky smooth ride and roomy, upscale environment of this flagship Lexus make it more of a haven from the stresses of the day than an automobile.
For a distinctive, luxury sport utility ride on a large scale, buyers need only to look to the 2015 Lincoln Navigator.
Subaru's all-wheel drive passion aside, the automaker crafts a fun, rear-wheel drive, sport coupe. The 2015 Surbaru BRZ is surprisingly affordable, too, with a starting retail price of less than $26,500.
Budget-conscious buyers don't have to settle for a used sport utility vehicle or a small sedan any more. A nimble, five-seat SUV - the 2015 Chevrolet Trax - is a new, commendable alternative, with a low starting retail price of $20,995.