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Best New Cars of 2015: Texas auto writers pick top vehicles — with standout surprises in stormy weather


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The Texas Auto Writers Association convened at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth to evaluate the best new cars of 2015. The weather didn't cooperate, but a record turnout of manufacturers, attendants and vehicles made it worthwhile, despite the unrelenting rain. 

Pictured: The Alfa Romeo 4C, a new, 2,400-pound sports car built on a carbon fiber tub. It feels like no other car on the road. 

The updated 2015 Chrysler 300 received the top honor, Car of Texas. 

2015 Texas Auto Roundup Results

Sub-Compact Car
2015 Kia Motors America Forte5 SX
 
Compact Car
2015 Ford Motor Company Focus SE
 
Mid-Size Car
2015 Chrysler 200
 
Full-Size Car
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
 
Mid-Size Luxury Car
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe AWD Premium
 
Full-Size Luxury Car 
2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe
 
Green Vehicle
2015 Lexus NX 300h
 
Minivan
2015 Toyota Sienna Limited
 
Activity Vehicle
2015 Lexus NX 200t F SPORT
 
(See more results on the next page)
 

2015 Texas Auto Roundup Results continued....

Performance Compact
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
 
Performance Coupe
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
 
Performance Sedan
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
 
Performance Utility
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
 
Supercar
Bentley Motors Continental GT V8 S Convertible
 
Best New
Dodge SRT Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine
 
Best New
Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage Theme
 
Best Value
Alfa Romeo 4C
 
Family Car of Texas
2015 Toyota Sienna
 
Car of Texas
2015 Chrysler 300C
 
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The downpour had very little effect on the sure-footed 2015 Nissan GT-R. 

The 2016 Mazda6, with an updated interior and revised fascia, is one of the standouts of the mid-size category. 

Bentley's stunning Continental GT S V8 Convertible provided comfort and solitude from the weather (with the top up). It was chosen as the winner in the Supercar category.

Jeep's 470-horsepower SRT Grand Cherokee won again in the Performance Utility category.

The 645-horsepower Dodge Viper provided thrills on the wet race track.

Dodge's 707-horsepower Hellcat twins, the Challenger and Charger, won in their categories, for Performance Sedan and Performance Coupe.

The Nissan GT-R finding grip on the track through brute force. 

The Corvette Stingray is surprisingly good in a downpour. Great visibility and smaller size mean it feels less ponderous than other cars and is easy to place.  

Mazda brought along Pirelli World Challenge driver Adam Poland to give rides in the Mazda MX-5. This generation MX-5 goes out of production soon, to be replaced with the 2016 'ND' generation MX-5. 

The Lexus NX won in both the Activity vehicle class and the Green vehicle class. 

The Subaru BRZ Series Blue — a true driver's car — is always a favorite. 

The impressive Volkswagen Golf R won in the hotly-contested Performance Compact category.

The Full-Size Car category was won by the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack.

BMW's new 228i represents a return to form for the brand.

Ford's new Mustang GT looks and drives sharp. 

The stunning 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe won the Full Size Luxury Car category.

The all new Mini Cooper S 4-door impressed with its ride, handling and interior. 

The Lexus RC F lurks in the shadows. 

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