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Australia's Best Cars

Australia's Best Cars, Australia's most comprehensive car awards program, is conducted by the NRMA and six other state auto clubs - RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.

The 2015 Australia's Best Cars Awards winners have been announced, with a total of 15 cars judged to be the top in their respective categories in the country.

This year, the NRMA is launching the all-new Best Cars website. The site brings together all the data from the Australia's Best Cars program and allows users to fill in their own criteria to determine which vehicle best suits their needs. Best Cars is an independent car review site with no commercial affiliation and is the only car evaluation site that publishes its scores. It offers a deep analysis of the winners and finalists, as well as videos on each of the winners.

The awards are conducted by expert judges from auto clubs around Australia, with the NRMA represented by Online Motoring Content Editor Jaedene Hudson and Senior Motoring Writer Tim Pomroy.

In addition to the 15 category winners listed below, Australia's Best Cars also selects one winner as the Judges' Choice. This award recognises an affordable vehicle (priced under the luxury car tax threshold) that has made the greatest contribution to the Australian market or is deemed by the judges as the stand-out winner either through its technology, safety, innovation or ability to meet or exceed consumer expectations. It must offer good fuel efficiency relative to its class and perform its intended function well.

In total, 180 cars were assessed throughout 2015 and, of these, 45 finalists were chosen to undergo rigorous road tests over five days. Factors such as running and repair costs, fuel consumption, depreciation and safety were all taken into consideration when selecting the winners.

The result is the nation's most comprehensive guide to buying the best new car. Whether you're looking for a micro city car, a sports car or a dual cab ute, Australia's Best Cars and the Best Cars website will help ensure you make an informed decision when you buy your next car.

And the 2015 Australia's Best Cars winners are...

2015 Judges' Choice

Mazda CX-3 Maxx

Best Micro Car

Mitsubishi Mirage ES


Suzuki Celerio
Nissan Micra ST

Best Light Car

Hyundai Accent Active


Kia Rio Si
Renault Clio Expression

Best Small Car under $35,000

Hyundai i30 Active


Mazda 3 Maxx
Ford Focus Trend

Best Small Car over $35,000

BMW 1 Series 118i Sportline


BMW 2 218i Active Tourer Sportline
Volvo V40

Best Medium Car under $50,000

KIA Optima GT


Toyota Camry Hybrid
Ford Mondeo Trend

Best Medium Car over $50,000

Mercedes-Benz C200


BMW 330i
Lexus IS 300h

Best Large Car under $70,000

Hyundai Genesis


Holden Commodore SV6
Lexus ES 300h

Best Family Wagon

KIA Sorento SLi


Honda Odyssey Vti-L
KIA Carnival

Best Sports Car under $50,000

Ford Focus ST


Renault Megane RS
Ford Fiesta ST

Best Sports Car $50,000 - $100,000

Mercedes AMG A45


BMW M235i
Holden Insignia VXR

Best 2WD SUV under $35,000

Mazda CX-3 Maxx


Honda HR-V VTI-S
Nissan Qashqai

Best AWD SUV under $50,000

Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium


Subaru Forester 2.5i-S
Hyundai Tuscon

Best AWD SUV $50,000 - $65,000

KIA Sorento Platinum


Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander CRDi
Land Rover Discovery Sport

Best AWD SUV $65,000 - $125,000

Volvo XC90


Range Rover Sport 3.0

Best 4x4 Dual Cab Utes

Toyota HiLux


Ford Ranger XLT 3.2
Mazda BT-50

Australia's Best Cars
Australia's Best Cars is presented by the Australian Automobile Association, on behalf of Australia's Motoring Clubs - the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.

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