Honda Pilot Elite
The third generation Honda Pilot SUV has stepped up the game. The inside is roomier and more sumptuous, the ride is as smooth as a silk, and the fuel economy is top-of-the-class. The superb Honda Sensing safety suite comes with a fully-featured driver-assist technology, and on top of that, the driver is treated with adaptive cruise controls, 5 USB ports and Garmin Navigation. The only downside is the absence of physical infotainment controls: namely, there is only a touch-screen LCD utilized with Honda Display Audio, which may not be to everyone’s liking.
Tesla Model S P85D
Tesla’s beloved zero-emission Model S is as good as it gets. This P85D model has a top-notch performance, surpassing even the luxury conventional four wheelers. Tesla is also the first manufacturer to pioneer over-the-air software updates that add features or fix present issues. Other selling points are the intuitive infotainment interface, 17-inch in-dash touch screen, embedded 3G cellular capacity, parking sensors, “infinite mile” battery, rearview camera, and cruise control. Finally, Bendix Brakes experts have underlined excellent automatic emergency braking and navigation with real-time traffic.
Mercedes Maybach S 600
The new Maybach is the most refined and well-equipped S-class car to this date. A monstrous, twin-turbocharged V12 engine produces superior performance in a killer combination with adaptive suspension. A long list of features is designed to provide maximum comfort and impeccable driving experience: heated and massaging seats, system for scented air, a refrigerated compartment, temperature-controlled cup holders, and a 3D surround system. Cabin quality and style are blissful, but the problem is the confusing interface of the infotainment system.
Nissan Maxima Platinum
Nissan’s 2016 Maxima is a perfect example of blending prime comfort with high-grade performance. The V6 engine and CVT transmission are seriously reworked, while navigation has become a standard feature. Not surprisingly, you will find most of the top-of-the-line tech like Remote start and a control wheel. It also helps that the touch screen now includes cockpit control and safety features like the predictive forward collision warning, blind spot detection and emergency braking. Some trim lines even come with leather interior, moon roof, heated steering wheel, as well as front and back parking sonar.
Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4×4
With the latest, fully redesigned 2016 Tacoma model, Toyota has managed to stay ahead of the midsized truck pack. The changes run much deeper that a spruced-up interior. The performance prowess emanates from a mighty, 3.5-liter v6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, there is a multitude of bells and whistles such as integrated Go Pro mount, color-keyed hoop scoop, keyless entry and ignition, a wheel with the audio controls, etc. But, the best thing about this model is the latest Entune touch-screen infotainment system that shows us the glimpse of the future.
Full steam ahead
The car industry is changing at a rapid pace, and drivers have many reasons to rejoice. It is clear that manufacturers strive to balance new tech with the mainspring of tried and tested performance. They have introduced advanced cabin tech, safety innovations, and a wide range of other tech improvements. The five cars we presented here are ahead of the pack: they are the best of what the industry has to offer, although the whole armada of new challengers is just around the corner.