Best Products of 2015: Cars

Dodge's 707 hp Charger did donuts around the competition in 2015

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Despite the rise of high-tech hybrids, electric vehicles, and even self-driving cars, it’s still fun to see an automaker take an old-fashioned beast of a V8 to its limits. And Dodge’s 707-horsepower Charger and Challenger Hellcats definitely hit the redline. The duo’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8s burn as much rubber as they do gasoline.

The Charger Hellcat is the highlight of the two, transplanting the power and capability of its two-door sibling into a sedan, giving us America’s only four-door muscle car. Its masterfully crafted supercharged engine delivers 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, routed to the rear by way of a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3.5-second 0-to-60 time and 204 mph top speed more than vouch for the performance its aggressive styling suggests.

Boatloads of horsepower are exciting, but the Charger astonishingly has the handling capabilities to keep all that grunt on the track. Sure, there are cars that can lap a circuit faster and neater, but few will do it with as much fun or ferocity. The marriage between tried-and-true engineering like hydraulic steering with modern innovations like push-button suspension settings, make it feel old-school but not dated. Throw in the fact that the $62,000 car has a full back seat and a trunk when you need a car instead of a toy, and you’ve got the makings of a winner. Now hand us that red key…

Runners up

2015 Volkswagen Golf R


With its subdued yet attractive styling, its utility, and its sporty feel, Volkswagen’s Golf is already a “go-to” car an almost every category. Tack on the R badge, and a 292 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that will ram it to 60 in under 5 seconds, and the Swiss Army Knife of cars gets even better. All this goodness comes in a $36,595 package with enough room for the dog, the groceries, and enough room in the glovebox for plenty of tickets.

2015 Mclaren 650S Spider


McLaren has always been an industry leader in racing technology, and this showcase of its capabilities makes for one of the finest and most technically advanced supercars we’ve ever driven. With a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 providing 641 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, the 650S can fling you from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds – faster than your brain can think to regret the decision.


The 2019 Detroit Auto Show: Where new muscle cars, trucks, and EVs convene

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.

Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatchback will prove its mettle on the track

The Hyundai Veloster N will go racing to prove the credibility of Hyundai's new N performance division. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N race car will compete in a class with other small cars.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is ready to strike with over 700 hp

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 revives one of the greatest names in American muscle cars, and gives Ford some ammunition in the horsepower war with Chevy and Dodge. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the GT500 boasts over 700 hp.

The 8-seat, 3-row 2020 Telluride SUV is the biggest Kia ever

It's fitting that the 2020 Kia Telluride debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, as it was built specifically to meet U.S. buyers' insatiable demand for SUVs. Kia packed the eight-seat cabin with family-friendly tech as well.

Cadillac is finally ready to take on Tesla with its own electric car

At the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac announced plans for its first electric car. The unnamed model will be a crossover, based on a new platform to be shared with other General Motors brands.

Peloton’s tech lets truckers play follow the leader to boost fuel economy

Peloton Technology can help semi trucks save fuel by running close together on the highway. Using short-range wireless communications, the trucks get a kind of super cruise control.

Move mountains with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty and its 1,000 pound-feet of torque

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck boasts 1,000 pound-feet of torque -- outgunning rival trucks from Ford and Chevrolet. The new Ram goes on sale later this year.

With 341 horsepower, the WRX STI S209 is the most powerful Subaru ever

The Subaru WRX STI S209 is the latest in a series of special editions that have never been sold in the United States before. The 341-horsepower pocket rocket debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

China’s GAC Motor cruises into Detroit with all-electric Entranze concept

Chinese automaker GAC Motor brought its all-electric Entranze concept to the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. This is the third straight year that GAC has appeared in Detroit, and the company has established a design center in California.

2020 Ford Explorer branches out with sporty ST, efficiency-focused hybrid models

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets two variants never before seen on Ford's stalwart family hauler. The ST focuses on performance, while the hybrid aims for decent gas mileage. Both models will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

Some of Volkswagen’s electric models will wear a ‘Made in the USA’ label

Confirming earlier rumors, Volkswagen has announced it will build electric cars in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The facility currently produces the Passat and the Atlas. Production will start in 2023, Digital Trends can reveal.

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti will unveil the QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language that may point to a future production model.

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.