41 ‘Best buys’ for new-car shoppers

The Chrysler Pacifica, Consumer Guide Automotive’s Family Vehicle Best Buy. Credit: Chrysler


If 2017 is going to be your year for a new car, here’s some food for thought to help the selection process.

Consumer Guide Automotive recently announced its Best Buy Awards with 41 recommendations across 21 categories, to provide “clear, easy choices for consumers.”

Each best buy “represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class,” says the car-review publisher.

The categories include everything from standout subcompacts to exceptional SUVs, and new for the 2017 awards is the Family Vehicle Best Buy, claimed by the Chrysler Pacifica.

Here’s the full list of 2017 best buys:

Subcompact car – Kia Soul, Toyota Yaris iA

Compact car – Mazda 3, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and Alltrack

Premium compact car – Audi A4, Cadillac ATS

Midsize car – Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda 6

Premium midsize car – Acura TLX, Lexus ES

Large car – Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala

Premium large car – Genesis G90

Sporty/performance car – Ford Mustang, Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Volkswagen GTI

Premium sporty/performance – Chevrolet Corvette

Subcompact crossover – Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3

Compact crossover – Nissan Rogue

Premium compact crossover – Acura RDX, Lincoln MKC

Midsize crossover – Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, Toyota Highlander

Premium midsize crossover – Acura MDX, Volvo XC90

Large SUV – Dodge Durango

Premium large SUV – Cadillac Escalade

Minivan – Chrysler Pacifica

Compact pickup – Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline

Large pickup – Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500

Electric car – Chevrolet Volt, Kia Soul

Family vehicle – Chrysler Pacifica

“The key to Consumer Guide Automotive’s annual Best Buy Awards is the careful evaluation of every aspect as it relates to consumers’ real-world driving experience,” says the Guide. “It is this thoroughness that brings consumers to check Consumer Guide Automotive reviews before buying a new vehicle.”

More information about each best buy and other models in its class is available at the Consumer Guide Automotive website.

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