Here are the 5 runners-up for Business Insider’s 2016 Car of the Year

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The Ferrari 488 GTB was a 2016 runner up.
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Hollis Johnson

It’s time! Business Insider’s Transportation team will announce our 2016 Car of the Year on Tuesday, with the big winner selected from our list of 15 finalists.

This is the third year that we’ve named a Car of the Year. Previous winners were the Corvette Stingray in 2014 and the Volvo XC90 in 2015. With each installment of Car of the Year, we’ve expanded our lineup and deepened our process of choosing finalists, runners-up, and the winner.

These five vehicles are the 2016 runners-up. We were incredibly impressed by all of them.

Our assessments were based on a full year of testing dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Senior Correspondent Matt DeBord, Transportation Reporter Benjamin Zhang, and Evening News Editor and West Coast car nut Bryan Logan then discussed the merits of the finalists over multiple weeks, with a knock-down, drag-out debate once the field of 15 finalists was narrowed to six.

Transportation Reporter Danielle Muoio and Senior Transportation Editor Cadie Thompson also contributed their thoughts on the cars we’ve experienced over the past year.

Our talented photographer, Hollis Johnson, and videographer, Justin Gmoser, also kicked in their opinions, as they visually captured these striking automobiles in all their glistening glory over the course of the year.

In truth, this year’s debate was a bit less bare-knuckled than last year’s, when we spent several days in heated conversation before we chose the Volvo XC90.

We don’t have extensively scientific criteria for selecting what we feel were the best cars of 2016 – we currently lack the testing facilities for anything like that. But we do consider each finalist in terms of three important questions: Was the vehicle compelling to drive? Did it stand apart from the competition? And did it involve a strong business case for the automaker that created it?

So here they are – the runners-up for Business Insider’s 2016 Car of the Year.

Photos by Hollis Johnson.

Graphic by Skye Gould.


2016 Ferrari 488 GTB. Base price: est. $245,000

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Ferrari’s successor to the mighty 458 took the supercar legend in a new direction — the mid-engine V-8 got a pair of turbochargers. Heresy? We were initially worried about the end of naturally aspirated Ferrari awesomeness, but our fears were put to rest by the flat-out stupendousness of the 488.

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Hollis Johnson

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2017 Audi A4. Base price: $34,900

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Hollis Johnson

The A4 is a monumentally important car for Audi, a brand that has stormed the luxury market worldwide over the past 15 years, putting Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus on notice. If you’re interested in an Audi, there’s a good chance that you’ll start by owning or leasing this vehicle. We don’t think it can possibly get any better.

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Hollis Johnson

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2016 McLaren 570S. Base price: $184,900

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Hollis Johnson

The 570S is the first of McLaren’s new entry-level Sports Series cars to reach the US. The Sports Series is the centerpiece of McLaren’s strategy to double the size of its road car business over the next few years. This car is so good that McLaren should succeed.

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Hollis Johnson

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2017 Jaguar F-PACE. Base price: $41,990

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Hollis Johnson

What can you say? The F-PACE is Jaguar’s first SUV, and it’s taking on the toughest and most lucrative segment in the auto industry. This vehicle had to be good. And it is — it’s marvelous to drive and the most beautiful SUV on the planet, a crowning achievement for Jaguar designer Ian Callum.

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Hollis Johnson

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2016 Cadillac CT6. Base price: $53,495

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Hollis Johnson

You can find a far fancier premium sedan, but there’s a clarity and simplicity to the design that will appeal to four-door diehards, an important but diminishing demographic. You can also find better performers, but they aren’t as passenger-friendly. Cadillac has taken the lead in universal luxury with this car. As a big plus, the CT6’s technology, which includes 4G LTE connectivity and night vision, is impressive.

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Hollis Johnson

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Stay tuned for Business Insider’s 2016 Car of the Year!

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