Edmunds.com names 17 best cars on the market – Part 1

The best subcompact car on the market is the 2013 Mini Cooper. The best midsize sedan, this year’s Nissan Altima. And the best sports car is the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.

But these are just three of the vehicles on Edmunds.com’s list of “The 17 Best Cars You Can Buy – The Vehicles We’d Buy for Ourselves” written by James Riswick, Edmund.com automotive editor.

“This list answers a question we get all the time,” said Riswick. “If you could pick any car in a given segment, and money wasn’t an issue, what car would you choose? Sure, many on this list cost a pretty penny, but … it usually costs more to get the best.”

It’s worth noting that the list comprises 17 categories of vehicles and is not a ranking within the list.

A total of 14 brands appear on the list, led by Toyota with three vehicles – the Avalon, Tacoma and Prius – and Honda with two – the CR-V and Odyssey. Vehicles by American carmakers include the Ram 1500 pickup, Buick Enclave, Ford Focus and Chevrolet’s Corvette.

Today we present nine of Edmunds.com’s honor roll of 17 vehicles, all 2013 models unless noted otherwise:

  • Subcompact: Mini Cooper
  • Compact: Ford Focus (2014)
  • Midsize sedan: Nissan Altima
  • Full-size sedan: Toyota Avalon
  • Luxury sedan: Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014)
  • Convertible: Bentley Continental GTC
  • Coupe: Porsche 911 (2014)
  • Hatchback: Ferrari FF (2012)
  • Sports car: Chevrolet Corvette (2014)

“Cars are so much more than just a sum of features and specifications,” said Edmunds.com. “Sure, those attributes may speak to its inherent value or presumed performance on paper, but the way it all comes together is what ultimately determines how good a car really is. Just because you have a bunch of yummy-sounding ingredients doesn’t mean you can’t screw up baking a cake.”

Check back here on “The Open Road” blog tomorrow for the other eight vehicles on the Edmunds list. Go here for reviews of the 17 vehicles on the Edmunds.com list.

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