After taking in over 50 vehicle unveilings, the NADA Used Car Guide's team of analysts and editors departed Detroit's 2015 North American International Auto Show with excitement for the new model year, and assurance of continued progress from a recovered automotive industry. Here are their favorites:

“After years of resting on its laurels, I hope Honda still has the engineering prowess to rekindle the magic that made earlier Acuras so revered…and the new NSX returns the brand to its former glory.”
- Joseph Choi, Automotive Analyst

"The new Lexus GS F packs a punch with its naturally aspirated 467 horsepower V8, sport tuned suspension and gigantic six-piston Brembo brakes…but does it have what it takes to overthrow the more powerful BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG? I can't wait to find out." - David Paris, Automotive Analyst

“Acura's NSX is a technological tour de force, and while it's undoubtedly a gorgeous car—to me— it was upstaged by the even more radical Ford GT…The GT underlines Ford's more daring nature and shows that the Blue Oval is intensely committed to pushing performance boundaries.” - Larry Dixon, Sr. Manager, Market Intelligence

“Performance, design, technology: Mercedes had it all in Detroit. The autonomous driving F 015 concept, GLE 450 AMG Coupe, C350 Plug-in Hybrid and the redefined S600 Mercedes Maybach added to an already impressive vehicle lineup…and reaffirmed that luxury can be defined in many ways.” - Jonathan Banks, Executive Analyst

"Thousands of feet of headroom, snarling exhaust, and space-age materials all wrapped in an Italian bow of cachet and racing pedigree made it really simple for me: Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder." - Ryan Morris, Sr. Editor


"It seems every new pickup is a blocky leviathan with a grille out of a Viking barbecue, but then Hyundai debuted the Santa Cruz.  It's a practical urban utility vehicle, a CUV with an open bed, its styling masculine and taut without looking caricature-like.  I really hope they build it. " - Tom Ryan, Sr. Manager, Vehicle Analysis

"Hyundai HCD-15 Santa Cruz is it for me. With its compact footprint, extendable bed, and a two-liter turbo diesel putting out 190 horsepower & 300 lb-ft of torque, this 21st century BRAT/El Camino/Ranchero is the definition of stylish functionality." - Maynard Brown, Sr. Market Analyst