As auto technologies continue to evolve, vehicles have to change with the times. This is easier said than done, however, as integrating new features into an existing design can be difficult, forcing many manufacturers to undergo rounds of auto repair on their models. The end result is a series of recent overhauls, and to help motorists sift through these options, Cars.com compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Improved Cars Over the Past 15 Years.
"Sometimes changes to these cars were as simple as a fresh interior and new parts under the hood, and sometimes the outgoing model of a car was so poor that automakers gave the new version an all-new name," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief of Cars.com. "Regardless of why changes were made, all of these improved cars earn our seal of approval and should not be overlooked by shoppers."
Leading the charge was the 2013 Dodge Dart, which was renamed from its predecessor, the Caliber, after a massive makeover. That just edged out the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV featured a redesign that took an already solid vehicle to an exceptional level, providing owners with high-quality driving performance and impressive off-road abilities.
Rounding out the top five was the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and the 2011 Hyundai Elantra.