We are all aware that popularity is just as much about the opinion of the individuals as it revolves around predominant sentiment. There is perhaps no better example of this than the changes seen within the automotive sector. What was eye-catching and alluring last year could very well appear to be outdated today. If you are looking to purchase a new or used vehicle, the concept of popularity will undoubtedly come into play. So, let's take a look at some of the most popular, dazzling and user-friendly cars currently offered. For the sake of this article, we will be examining new vehicles as opposed to used models. However, many new vehicles still have previous versions that you may be able to purchase.

Sport Utility Vehicles

SUVs are a very specific class of vehicle. They boast the comfort and control of a compact car while their size and stability are ideal for off-roading adventures or transporting passengers from place to place. As of 2016, the Toyota RAV4 is the most popular model available. Boasting a luxurious interior and employing some of the most modern technology, this model is worth a closer look. Some other brands include:

  • The Honda CR-V
  • The Ford Escape
  • The Ford Explorer

Many contemporary SUVs are also known for their superior levels of fuel efficiency. This has dramatically improved when compared to models from a decade in the past. Still, remember that sport utility vehicles can be quite pricey. This depends upon the brand as well as an “extras” that are included.

Full-Sized Cars

Choosing a sedan is a great option if you have a family or live within a suburban location. Handsome exteriors, spacious interiors and an ability to navigate city streets with ease are some of the hallmarks of a full-sized sedan. According to the latest polls, the Chevrolet Malibu currently holds the top spot. A refined shape and additions including traction control, anti-lock brakes and GPS systems round out the amenities associated with this model. Some other cars worth mentioning within this category are:

  • The Honda Accord
  • The Kia Optima
  • The Mazda Mazda 6
  • The Chrysler 200

Prices can range from between $18,000 and $25,000 dollars (depending upon the MSRP of the dealer as well as any state and local taxes). The sedan can accommodate nearly every driving requirement while you can be assured that comfort is never sacrificed.

Compact Cars

Not only are modern compact cars relatively inexpensive, but many are now comping equipped with functional hybrid fuel systems. This will dramatically enhance the number of miles that can be travelled before having to refuel. These “smart cars” are likewise much healthier for the environment. Compact vehicles are frequently seen within urban settings although they can still be employed for use in more rural environments. Some of the top models during 2016 include:

  • The Chevrolet Cruz
  • The Dodge Dart (a remake of the classic model)
  • The Ford Focus
  • The Hyundai Elantra

A final advantage of compact cars is that they can last for decades at a time while requiring only a minimal amount of maintenance (assuming that you care for the vehicle properly).

Luxury Vehicles

Do you prefer high-end cars? If so, the selection of luxury vehicles offered this year will leave you amazed. Offering unsurpassed levels of comfort, excellent handling capabilities and back up by rock-solid warranties, luxury cars are helping to redefine the entire automotive industry. Although some units can be quite expensive, let's never forget that such cars are very real investments. In the future, you can sell your vehicle for an appreciable resale value. There are numerous options available on the open market. Some of the top picks for this year are:

  • The BMW 3-Series
  • The Cadillac ATS
  • The Jaguar XE
  • The Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • The Acura TLX

Newer cars will normally require financing while models from previous years could likewise dictate that a loan be obtained. As prices can reach as high as $60,000 dollars or more for high-end vehicles, you could instead prefer to purchase a used variant that offers many of the same amenities exhibited in 2016 versions.

Putting it All Together

2016 has already proven to be a landmark year in terms of the vehicles available on the market. However, there are many models still yet to be released. It is always best to keep abreast of the latest news through the use of objective portals such as www.caranddriver.com and usnews.rankingandreviews.com. Be sure to look out for new releases as well as independent reviews of the models currently available. New cars are a product of both imagination and the demand of the general public. It is fully reasonable to assume that the styles and designs will become even more elaborate as the years go by. We can only wonder what the near future may hold!