General Motors makes some of the most iconic cars on the road today. With power-packed cars like the Corvette and Camaro, and heavy-duty stalwart pickups like Silverado and Sierra, its cars and trucks have a vast reach in the automotive market spanning virtually every vehicle segment. As the biggest of Detroit’s Big Three, with legendary brands – such as Buick, Chevy, Cadillac – GM vehicles have a special place in the hearts of many American consumers. Let’s take a look at some of the best offerings from GM this year.
This iconic muscle car enters its sixth generation with a complete makeover, including a new engine. We rank the Camaro No. 2 of eight on our Sports Cars list. Sporting an updated look with its chiseled, athletic frame, the Camaro challenges the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger as the premier contemporary American muscle car.
There are three engine variants including a turbocharged 4-cylinder, a V6, and an exhilarating 6.2-liter V8 mill. Power and performance are primary reasons to consider a Camaro, but this model year of Camaro deserves attention for its significantly improved interior. It still feels like a muscle car, but adds higher quality materials and seating that arguably make it the most comfortable interior yet in a Camaro.
The CT-6 has two V6 engines and a more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine. All three engine options provide ample power to move this big sedan comfortably and quietly down the road. The CT-6 is a great blend of refinement and power. Inside, the interior is lavish and features top-of-the-line amenities. The CT-6 is as luxurious of a sedan as any of GM’s high-end brand vehicles. The CT-6 also showcases the company’s latest technology, most importantly the update to Cadillac’s new CUE infotainment system.
The launching of a new convertible is exciting news for GM. The four-passenger open-air Cascada is a cruiser aimed at driving comfort over performance.
This convertible opens or closes its top at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. That’s a desirable feature, although it comes in an overall package that puts the Cascada at No. 16 on our Luxury Convertibles ranking and No. 12 among Small Luxury Cars.
Despite the relatively low ranking, most reviewers believe the first-year convertible has a refined turbocharged engine and a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. The Cascada is quiet with the top up or down, due in part to a specially designed window on the A-pillar designed to reduce wind noise. Inside, the interior is refined and offers high-quality materials.
The plug-in hybrid shows GM’s commitment to eco-friendly electric technology. This is now the second generation for the Volt, which now pushes its all-electric range beyond 50 miles, while adding better performance. As a result, Volt can go several months without visiting a gas station. The Volt is ranked No. 6 in our rankings of Hybrid and Electric Cars.
This new Volt is not only improved in terms of technology, but has an entirely new sportier look. The Volt is now considered a five-passenger vehicle – the last generation could only carry four. The interior is improved, with better and cleaner organization of dashboard features.
No segment is more important to a car maker than the popular midsize segment. GM completely redesigned the Malibu – bringing improvements that made it a finalist for North American Car of the Year. The Malibu is ranked No. 1 in our Midsize Car rankings.
A new turbocharged engine is punchy and more fuel efficient. The 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 160 horsepower and gets 27 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. The interior features an upgrade in materials and a significantly bigger back seat. The Malibu also gets the next generation of the MyLink infotainment system, which is more intuitive. It comes with a 4G LTE WIFI hot spot and connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Car.
General Motors is well known for its popular big trucks. The company worked to revitalize its compact truck offerings by introducing new versions of the Colorado and Canyon in 2014. The Colorado has moved up the ladder in volume sales, while the Canyon has lagged behind.
By introducing the Canyon with a Duramax diesel engine, General Motors is hoping to give the Canyon some more credibility in the truck world. Loaded with a 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel, the Canyon now has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. While a diesel version of the Colorado exists, the Canyon also brings a more luxurious interior with high-quality touch controls. We rank the Canyon No. 3 on our Compact Pickup Trucks list.
The ATS represented a new turn and vision for Cadillac. Small and compact, it showed that Cadillac can produce compelling small luxury cars. Reviewers say the ATS has always been a joy to drive. But when powered up with the V package, which boasts a 455-horsepower V8 engine, it’s even more fun. A car so small, with so much power, arguably becomes GM’s most exciting vehicle to drive.
On the inside, the ATS has enough luxury to warrant the Cadillac’s legendary luxury label and its higher price tag. The ATS ranks No. 8 in Luxury Small Cars, but that’s when considering the four-cylinder and V6 variants at the same time. The ATS-V warrants a look by anybody seeking a small but mighty luxury car.
Similar to the Malibu, Chevy brings a redesigned look and engine to the compact Cruze. The looks are a big improvement from the previous generation. But with the redesign also came a more fuel-efficient engine. The Cruze is ranked fifth among Compact Cars.
While the sloping profile gives the Cruze a modern, distinctive look, it does reduce headroom—especially for back-seat passengers. However, leg room is vastly improved for the Cruze, and the overall quality of interior materials also takes a step up. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine makes 153 horsepower. The Cruze receives an EPA rating of 30/42 mpg, which places this compact car near the top of the segment in fuel efficiency.