16 best 2020 models ‘sure bets’ for car buyers – KBB.com

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When you’re drawing up a new-vehicle wish list with the best and brightest options for your drive, expert recommendations are a great place to start.

Aiming to provide something for everyone, Kelley Blue Book’s 2020 Best Buy Awards offer 16 “sure bets” across categories that “resonate with the majority of car buyers.”

Many of those categories are for SUVs, which this year expand to eight, while designated places are given to pure electric and hybrid vehicles. There’s also an award for the best new model, claimed by the three-row Kia Telluride utility.

While the average consumer takes a combined 14 hours to research and shop for their vehicle, these awards offer insights from year-round evaluation. Besides assessing the vehicles inside and out, particular importance is given to value. Here are the KBB.com editors’ best models of 2020.


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Best Buy Award winners

Best new model – Kia Telluride

Compact car – Honda Civic

Midsize car – Honda Accord

Subcompact SUV – Hyundai Kona

Compact SUV – Honda CR-V

Midsize SUV (two-row) – Hyundai Santa Fe

Midsize SUV (three-row) – Kia Telluride

Full-size SUV – Ford Expedition

Midsize pickup truck – Chevrolet Colorado

Full-size pickup truck – Ford F-150

Minivan – Honda Odyssey

Electric car – Hyundai Kona Electric

Plug-in hybrid car – Honda Clarity PHEV

Luxury car – Lexus ES

Subcompact luxury SUV – Audi Q3

Compact luxury SUV – Audi Q5

Midsize luxury SUV – BMW X5

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