When future generations look back at the vehicles being produced nowadays, one adjective they surely won’t be able to use is boring. Manufacturers have been coming up with all kinds of unique facelifts, refreshes and brand new designs as of late, particularly for the current model year. OpenRoad has picked out a handful of the most interesting examples, ranked in order of price.
2016 Toyota Yaris Sedan ($16,995)
This little subcompact sedan, which shares its underpinnings with the Mazda2, receives a completely new appearance that is by no means subtle. Toyota has a thing for big grilles (cue Lexus) and that’s something the Yaris has in spades.
2016 Hyundai Veloster ($18,599)
There’s no mistaking a Hyundai Veloster for anything else when you see one on the road. From its barely-there passenger-side-only rear door and centre exhaust pipes, the hatch screams different. For 2016 a limited “Rally Edition” is available in one colour only: Matte Blue.
2016 Honda HR-V ($20,690)
Bigger than a Fit but smaller than a CR-V, the HR-V kind of resembles a giant hatchback and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are all kinds of neat aesthetic and functional features, like the hidden rear exterior door handles and the combined air vent strip on the passenger-side dash.
2016 MINI Cooper Clubman ($24,990)
The MINI Clubman enters its third generation, and there’s truly nothing miniature about it as it has grown 270 millimetres in length and 90 mm in width. The split rear doors, found where a liftgate would normally be, has always been one of the most distinctive parts of the vehicle and remains so for this model.
2016 BMW X4 ($47,350)
With its tall front end, curvy body panels and severely sloping rear roofline, the BMW X4 cuts a silhouette quite unlike anything else on the market. Its striking looks are exaggerated even further in the newly introduced M40i variant that sports more aggressive bumpers and contrasting Ferric Gray side mirrors.
2016 Infiniti QX70 ($53,800)
The crossover formerly known as the FX received upgrades last year in the form of dark metallic accents and huge gloss-black 21-inch alloy wheels. The long hood, squatted-down stance and bulging fenders give the QX70 an animalistic quality unmatched by competitors.