Australia's Best Cars Announced

25 February 2016


The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today announced the 15 winners of the 2015 Australia's Best Cars awards.

Australia's Best Cars is the largest independent new car assessment and awards program in Australia. It puts more than 180 vehicles through their paces each year against criteria such as Value for Money, Design and Function, and On the Road Performance.

AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: "Australia's Best Cars is a rigorous and fiercely independent review of the important aspects of new cars in the Australian market.

"The Australia's Best Cars awards program helps give Australian motorists the information they need when they are considering which car is the right one for them. The program is yet another important service the AAA and all the motoring clubs, provide to their members and to every Australian driver,” Mr Bradley said.

Chief Judge of Australia’s Best Cars Mark Borlace said: "It’s always a difficult task to judge the ultimate winners, but as a car enthusiast and someone who wants to ensure Australians get safety, affordability, and a balance of comfort, handling and performance in their new car, I can say it’s a great privilege to be driving and testing these cars. I know my judge colleagues feel the same way.

“Whilst we see the merits in all the winners, the judges agree that the Mazda CX-3 Maxx is a well-rounded package in the affordable Small 2WD SUV under $35,000 category.

“This is a rigorous process and all the winning manufacturers, and indeed the manufacturers of the finalist models, can all be proud of the high quality products they are offering Australian drivers,” Mr Borlace said.


2015 Australia’s Best Cars Winners
Category Winner
Best Micro Car Mitsubishi Mirage ES
Best Light Car Hyundai Accent Active
Best Small Car under $35,000 Hyundai i30 Active
Best Small Car over $35,000 BMW 118i Sport Line
Best Medium Car under $50,000 Kia Optima GT
Best Medium Car over $50,000 Mercedes-Benz C 200
Best Large Car under $70,000 Hyundai Genesis
Best Family Wagon Kia Sorento SLi 2WD
Best Sports Car under $50,000 Ford Focus ST
Best Sports Car $50,000-$100,000 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
Best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000 Mazda CX-3 Maxx
Best AWD SUV under $50,000 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
Best AWD SUV $50,000 - $65,000 Kia Sorento Platinum
Best AWD SUV $65,000 - $125,000 Volvo XC90 Inscription D5
Best 4x4 Dual Cab Ute Toyota Hilux SR5
Written by Paul Kindermann, on 0439 575 669
February 25, 2016