17 of Next Year′s Most Important New Vehicles

This has been a really busy year for automakers. Virtually every major company is releasing a number of significant vehicles for the 2015 model year. But which ones carry the most weight? Over at the Car Connection, they set about determining which represented the most significant contributions to their respective manufacturers.

“This year, there’s a bigger than usual crop of brand-new cars. Some are vehicles never seen before — vehicles that could make or break some car brands — while others are wholesale reinventions of existing nameplates, with new styling or technology, or both,” said Marty Padgett, at The Car Connection. 

Here are the following 17 vehicles — some are doubled up, like the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, so the numbering won’t reflect the number of vehicles discussed. They are arranged alphabetically.

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1. Acura TLX

As far as luxury cars go, Honda’s (NYSE:HMC) Acura line could be considered the most sensible. There’s no raucous super sedans, insane sports cars (yet), and throughout the entire portfolio, there’s not one V8 to be found. The TLX, which is set to replace both the TL and TSX, is the result of Honda focusing its efforts on its sedans, and diverging from its bread-and-butter SUVs. Car Connection lauded the TLX, calling it “pretty darned brilliant, with the best-tuned suspension you can buy for the money.”