If there’s one thing the business media and so-called ‘futurists’ should know, it’s that trying to predict what’s coming next — as in, for example, what consumers will want in their vehicles or where energy prices will be going — is a fool’s game. In 2005 T. Boone Pickens told us over and over again that Peak Oil had been reached, and therefore prices would only go up, never to fall again. At the time he was shilling us on natural gas as our salvation.
The hybrid version of the popular Lexus ES midsize sedan, known as the ES 300h, returns along with its gasoline-only ES350 sibling for 2016 with some styling changes, added safety features, and updated infotainment systems.
Five years after the previous generation was introduced (a pattern for the model), the Kia Optima midsize sedan for 2016 has been upgraded with striking, all-new front and rear fascias, including a bolder, wider signature “Tiger Nose” grille.