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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 2016 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.

The awards are conducted by expert judges from auto clubs around Australia, with the NRMA represented by Motoring Content Editor Jaedene Hudson.

In addition to the 15 category winners, Australia's Best Cars also selects a 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 as a stand-out winner either through 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, 165 cars were assessed this year and, of these, 45 finalists were chosen to undergo rigorous testing over five days.

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 2016 Australia's Best Cars winners are...

2016 Judges' Choice


Mazda6 Touring

Best Micro Car


Kia Picanto

Finalists
Suzuki Celerio
Nissan Micra ST

Best Light Car


Suzuki Baleno

Finalists
Kia Rio S
Mazda2 Neo

Best Small Car under $35,000


Kia Cerato

Finalists
Ford Focus Trend
Mazda 3 Maxx

Best Small Car over $35,000


BMW 125i Sportline

Finalists

Volvo V40
Mercedes Benz A 180

Best Medium Car under $50,000


Mazda6 Touring

Finalists
Subaru Liberty 2.5i Premium
Kia Optima GT

Best Medium Car over $50,000


BMW 330i

Finalists
Mercedes-Benz C200
Jaguar XF 2.0T Prestige

Best Large Car under $70,000


Hyundai Genesis

Finalists
Holden Commodore SV6
Lexus ES 300h

Best Family Wagon


Kia Carnival

Finalists
Honda Odyssey Vti-L
Kia Sorento

Best Sports Car under $50,000


Ford Focus ST

Finalists
Ford Fiesta ST
Renault Clio RS

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


BMW M240i

Finalists
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
Ford Focus RS

Best 2WD SUV under $35,000


Mazda CX-3 Maxx

Finalists
Honda HR-V VTI-S
Nissan Qashqai

Best AWD SUV under $50,000


Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium

Finalists
Kia Sportage Platinum
Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport

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


Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4

Finalists
Kia Sorento Platinum
Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander CRDi

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


Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d

Finalists
Volvo XC90 Inscription
Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport 30d

Best 4x4 Dual Cab Utes


Ford Ranger XLT 3.2

Finalists
Toyota HiLux SR5
Holden Colorado LTZ


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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