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Consumer Reports Top Autos for 2017

2017 Toyota Yaris iA - Consumer Reports Top Subcompact

Reliable, safe, and satisfying – that’s what it takes to be chosen as one of Consumer Reports’ top picks for any given year. The autos need to have performed well in both track tests and extensive owner surveys. They are ranked based on scores from the road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety.

Here are the top picks for each category:

Kelly Blue Book Announces Best Family Cars for 2016

2016 Honda Civic - Best Family Sedan

If you are shopping for a family car you’ve probably already started looking at the many offerings on the market and the massive amount of information available regarding safety ratings, gas mileage, cost of ownership, and other factors to determine the best value for your family.

Honda Civic wins 2016 North American Car of the Year

Award Winning 2016 Honda Civic

This week the winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards were announced at the Detroit Auto Show and the all-new 2016 Honda Civic beat out rivals from Chevrolet and Mazda to take the award for the second time. Fifty three automotive journalists from the United States and Canada considered more than fifty vehicles and rated them based on innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar to narrow the field down to the three finalists for cars and three finalists for trucks. All vehicles must be new or “substantially changed” to be considered.

Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards of 2016

2016 Honda Civic

Out of all of the car awards that are announced every year the Kelly Blue Book Awards are the ones that are geared most towards enabling consumers to get the most bang for their buck when shopping for a new automobile.  The editors at KBB.com sort through hundreds of new models to narrow the field down and pick winners in 12 different vehicle categories after a 7 week road test comparing various attributes such as how the vehicle handles, entering and exiting, parking, and operational features like the infotainment system and safety systems.  Road test evaluations were combined with pricing information, ownership costs, and consumer reviews.

Acura and Toyota Ranked as Best Retained Value Winners by Edmunds

2015 Toyota Highlander

When Edmunds released the results of their 5th annual Edmunds.com Best Retained Value Awards last month Acura and Toyota owners were very pleased. The awards seek to highlight the makes and models that retain the highest residual sales values after five years as a percentage of average transaction prices when new.

Mercedes-Benz Scores 3 World Car of the Year Awards for 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

One of the highlights of the New York International Auto Show every April is the announcement of the World Car of the Year Awards from the show floor.

Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2015

2015 Tesla Model S: Consumer Reports Best Overall

If you are shopping for a new car this month you should check out the latest rankings from Consumer Reports. Every year the magazine’s editors sort through hundreds of vehicle tests to bring you the top vehicles in ten categories and an overall winner.

2015 North American Car & Truck of the Year Awards

2015 North American Car of the Year Volkswagen Golf

The 2015 Auto Show Season is well under way and as always January started off with the Car and Truck of the Year Awards at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.  Many industry insiders had predicted that the 2015 Ford Mustang would win Car of the Year and were surprised when the winner was announced as the

J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey Standouts for 2014

2014 Chevy Malibu

Every year J.D. Power and Associates surveys over 85,000 auto owners after the first 90 days of ownership to determine the number of problems in various categories “per 100 vehicles”. For the second year in a row quality has dipped as measured by the number of complaints. J.D. Power analysts attribute this dip in the survey results to the rise in high tech features being added to new cars. Touch screens and phone connections can be complicated and frustrating for many new car owners and this has led to lower satisfaction levels. If you are shopping for a new car this list is a great place to start finding out which autos owners are the most happy with for the 2014 model year.

WardsAuto 10 Best Auto Interior Winners

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Interior - 6 Figure Elegance

For those with lengthy commutes an automobile’s interior is equally as important as everything else about the vehicle. For most other drivers the interior ranks right along with handling and exterior styling. Seating, safety features, comfort, and convenience are all essential factors that can make your time on the road less aggravating if not downright enjoyable.

2014 World Car Award Winners

2014 Audi A3 - 2014 World Car of the Year

The New York Auto Show started this week with hundreds of new car previews, concept cars, and special announcements.  One of these events was the awarding of the 2014 World Car Awards to the best 5 autos in the world.

2014 Automobile Magazine All-Stars Announced

2014 Audi RS7 - Automobile Magazine All-Star

Every year the editorial staff of Automobile Magazine reviews all of the passenger vehicles in America and votes for their favorites. The votes are tallied and the Automobile All-Stars list is created. The magazine states that there is no specific criteria for selecting the winners, the staff simply chooses their favorite vehicles. For 2014, they rounded up all ten of the chosen winners and took them on an epic road trip.

U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money

2014 Ford Fiesta Best Subcompact Car for the Money

If you are in the market for a new auto recommendations from experts can be very helpful in determining which vehicles to test drive and consider.  U.S. News & World Report recently released their annual “Best Cars for the Money” report that focuses on comparing the average purchase price and overall cost of ownership with automotive press reviews regarding performance, interior, reliability, and safety. Vehicles were ranked and winners were selected for 10 categories in cars, 9 categories of SUV or minivans, and 2 truck categories.

Here are the highlights:

2014 World Car of the Year Finalists Announced

2014 World Car of the Year Finalist Audi A3

This week the top three autos from each of five categories in the World Car of the Year Awards were announced at the Geneva Auto Show in a joint press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York Auto Show, where the ultimate winners will be announced on April 17.  An initial list of 24 vehicles was narrowed down to 3 autos vying for overall 2014 World Car of the Year:

Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014

2014 Tesla Model S

Consumer Reports’ annual Auto Issue was released this week with reviews, rankings, and of course the magazine’s Top Picks for 2014 Best Cars. Given that Tesla receive a near perfect rating back in May of last year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Tesla Model S was ranked as the “Best Overall”, superseding all of the other categories and taking the top spot.

GM Cars Rank Well in 2014 JD Power Dependability Report

Most Dependable Large CUV - 2011 GMC Yukon

When you are shopping for a new car it pays to do some research and find out as much as you can about the autos you are interested in so you can be sure that the vehicle you end up buying is what you want and there are as few surprises as possible. Along with the price and feature comparisons you can find on AutoBuying101.com, a useful list is J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study that ranks vehicles based on the number of problems customers experience in the first 3 years of ownership of their vehicles.

GM Wins North American Car and Truck of the Year at Detroit Auto Show

2014 Chevy Silverado and Corvette - Car and Truck of the Year

The Detroit Auto Show started last week and on opening night it was announced that GM had won a rare sweep of the North American Car and Truck of the year awards for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray<

Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year – 2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray Automobile of the Year

With 2013 coming to a close and 2014 just over a month away Automobile Magazine has named the 2014 Chevrolette Corvette Stingray the Automobile of the Year. The new Stingray has been a favorite of automotive enthusiasts since it was launched earlier this year.

Top Trending Vehicle Winners from the 2013 SEMA Show

Custom Ford Mustang

Last week over 2400 companies gathered in Las Vegas to showcase the latest in products designed to improve performance, safety and convenience, and enhance appearance and comfort in every make and model on the road today. Every year top vehicles in four categories are selected for the SEMA Award, recognizing vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year's coolest products.

2014 Cadillac CTS – Motor Trend Car of the Year

2014 Cadillac CTS - Motor Trend Car of the Year

Cadillac has been having a great year with sales growth every month for the past 13 months. This month brings even more good news with the announcement of the 2014 Cadillac CTS as the Motor Trend Car of the Year on the 65th anniversary of the award.

Motor Trend’s testers took 38 vehicles to the Hyundai California Proving Grounds near Mojave, California to see which vehicle would be the best. Cars were judged based on advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function.

Consumer Reports 10 Most Reliable Autos for 2013

2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid

Consumer Reports has released their annual auto reliability ratings and this year two European automakers and one U.S. brand squeezed their way into the top ten, seemingly breaking the stranglehold Japanese carmakers have had on this list. The annual survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, looks at the experiences of drivers of over one million vehicles. Consumer Reports then compiles reliability histories on vehicles with the data and predicts the dependability of new models.

The top spot on the list went to Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, which also had the third most reliable vehicle overall, the ES300h Hybrid.

Subaru Forrester Selected Motor Trend SUV of the Year for 2nd Time

2014 Motor Trend SUV of the Year

Subaru became the only manufacturer to have three wins for SUVs in Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year award with the selection of the 2014 Subaru Forrester for this year’s award. Previous winners include the 2010 Outback and 2009 Forrester, which also makes them the only manufacturer with back-to-back wins.

Womens World Car of the Year Award Winners Announced

Ford Fiesta Womens World Car of the Year

The female demographic has been the fastest-growing consumer segment in the world in recent years and is arguably the most influential. The Womens World Car of the Year Awards were established to recognize the cars with the greatest appeal to women. A panel of 18 female automotive writers reviewed hundreds of cars to select the best cars for eight different categories judging by measures women prioritize when looking for a new car. These criteria include safety, value-for-money, looks, storage space, child-friendliness, ease-of-driving, color, sex appeal and environmental footprint.

The Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost was awarded Womens World Car of the Year after winning the economy car category in the finalist voting round.

Toyota takes top spot in Interbrand's 'Green Brands' Report

2013 Nissan LEAF

Five out of ten brands selected by Interbrand as the Best Global Green Brands of 2013 are automotive companies. With offices around the world Interbrand is the world’s largest brand consultancy, working with the biggest brands. To choose the 50 Best Global Green Brands Interbrand starts with the 100 brands that make up its annual Best Global Brands report and conducts extensive consumer research to capture public opinion of the brand's sustainable or green practices and compares that to performance data provided by Deloitte regarding the companies’ environmental sustainability practices.

2013 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award Winners Announced

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

The twelfth annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winners were announced earlier this week. The awards recognize concept vehicles most likely to affect change in the automobile industry. The selection process involved a total of 23 vehicles that were previously introduced to North America during this season's (2012-2013) auto shows in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and New York. More than two dozen jurors collectively selected the winners in three categories: Production Preview Vehicles, Concept Cars, and Concept Trucks.

AutoPacific 2013 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

Award Winning 2013 Cadillac SRX

AutoPacific, automotive marketing and product-consulting firm, announced their 17th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) with Cadillac and Buick topping the list as Top Premium Brand and Top Popular Brand.  The AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards were created to identify the vehicles drivers find most satisfying. Over 52,000 new vehicle owners are surveyed each year to measure 51 different vehicle attributes and determine which vehicles rank best.

Cadilac ATS: Award Winning Car Packed With Tech

2013 Cadillac ATS

Th 2013 Cadilac ATS has been getting rave reviews ever since it was introduced in 2011 at the North American International Auto Show. The car has won:

  • Motor Press Guild Vehicle of the Year
  • Popular Mechanics magazine Luxury Car of the Year
  • 2012 Esquire Car of the Year
  • 2013 North American Car of the Year
  • 2013 Urban Car of the Year by Decisive magazine

This compact luxury car is also loaded with technology features. In 2012 Cadillac launched the “Cadillac User Experience” or CUE. The ATS features an 8-inch touchscreen with touch-sensitive buttons, similar to many smartphones. Haptic feedback provides the ability to use the system by feel without taking your eyes off the road.

Consumer Reports Auto Issue hits the shelves for 2013

From one of the most trusted and independent sources of consumer products reviews comes the annual Consumer Reports Car Issue for 2013 arriving on the shelves now with the April edition.  This edition of the popular magazine features their "Best & Worst", and "Top Picks", which singles out the most impressive all around vehicles for each category from tests of hundreds of vehicles.

Toyota Prius tops ConsumerGuide Automotive 2013 Best Buy Awards

ConsumerGuide Automotive Awards

For the first time ever ConsumerGuide Automotive has included an Editor's Choice Best Buy Award to represent the pinnacle in value, features, and driving experience. The recipient of this award is the entire line of 2013 Toyota Prius vehicles.

For the 2013 awards the editors raised the criteria for earning a Best Buy classification. They also eliminated the Recommended accolade to create a shorter, more prestigious list. Nearly 200,000 miles are driven each year by ConsumerGuide Automotive's editorial team carefully evaluating every aspect of hundreds of available vehicles to determine the best driving experiences in nearly every driving situation.

Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 Nab North American Car and Truck of the Year Honors.

North American Car of the Year

The North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards were announced today at the Detroit Auto Show, and the Cadillac ATS and Ram 1500 walked away with the honors. The award is voted on by a panel of 50 auto journalists from print, online, and broadcast.

Tesla Model S Racks Up Another Big Win: Motor Trend Car of the Year

Tesla Model S Motor Trend Car of the Year

You could hardly blame Tesla founder Elon Musk if he were to gloat a wee bit. First the Model S was named Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year. Then further validation as the Republican repudiation of the government investment in Tesla failed to move the needle in the national election. Now, Tesla has garnered the most famous of all automotive bragging rights: Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award.

Automobile Magazine names Tesla Model S Automobile of the Year

Tesla Model S

In what surely must be considered a surprise choice, Automobile Magazine has named the all-electric Tesla Model S its Automobile of the Year for 2013. It’s not the first electric car so honored - the range-extended Chevrolet Volt won in 2011 - but with only 250 of the Model S having been delivered to actual customers, this upstart startup is barely even an infant when compared to the rest of the automaking world.

AutoBuying101.com names the Top 10 Hardest Working Autos for 2012

AutoBuying101.com Top 10

AutoBuying101.com, has announced its 2012 selections for the Top 10 Hardest Working Autos, including pickup truck, crew truck, cargo van, family, city, and luxury options. This list includes a variety of vehicles that offer the utility, capability and versatility to accomplish the tasks at hand. The full list can be viewed in our Reports Section here. See the press release on PR Web.

2012 Brand Image Awards

Kelley Blue Book

In every industry, perception and what we think of specific companies, brands and logos goes a long way in contributing to our purchase decisions. When it comes to buying a new car or truck, this brand awareness and perception goes a long way in how we research our vehicle purchases and ultimately in the vehicle we choose to buy.

 

Taking A Look At The 2012 Best Buy Awards

2012 Automovile Best Buy

It is awards season for the automotive industry and in today’s blog post we’ll take a look at the recent awards handed out by the Consumer Guide Automotive. Some of you might wonder about the impact of these awards on the automotive industry - well these types of awards are a great way to track the pros and cons as well as highlights for the year in automotive. While there are a lot of different awards given out, it is the criteria used to rank and rate vehicles that is super useful for you when it comes to making buying decisions.

A Closer Look at the 2012 North American Car of the Year Awards

2012 North American Car of the Year

Earlier this week we wrote about the winners of the 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards. Today we thought it would be useful to take a closer look at these awards and the other contenders in the car of the year category.

To quickly recap:

2011’s Top Ten Green Cars Offer More Choice Than Ever

If you were in the market for a green car ten years ago, your choices were few and far between. The Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid were newly available -- and rarer than hens’ teeth. Now it seems like every third driveway has a hybrid in it, and all-electric cars are moving from hobbyists’ garages to the mainstream vehicle marketplace.

When Kelley Blue Book, a well-known authority on vehicle prices and buying trends, published its annual list of the Top Ten Green Cars for 2011, it had lots of eco-friendlier cars to choose from, and they’re not all limited to that one special dealership in Los Angeles. You can find most of these cars most anywhere.

J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Initial Quality Study Results

According to JD Power and Associates, despite modest improvement in initial quality on both newly developed models and new version of existing models over the last 5 years, the trend has not continued and initial quality for newly developed models for 2011 is down, as is reported in the organization’s newest study.

The Initial Quality Study, conducted by JD Power for the last 25 years, is a survey of recent buyers and lessees of 2011 models.  Owners are contacted after 90 days with the cars and are given a 228-question survey designed to provide the manufacturers with information to “facilitate identifying problems and drive product improvement.”

AutoBuying101.com Names the 2011 Top 10 Autos For Football Tailgating

"Back To Football"...If you are a football fanatic, you know exactly what this quote means...after the offseason soap opera of the NFL Lockout, fans across the country were thrilled to see everything put to bed with the owners and players getting back to focusing on what millions of Americans love....football.  Between the upcoming professional and college seasons, for the next 5 months, millions of fans, every weekend, will load up their beloved car, truck, SUV, or hybrid and head out to a fun filled day of tailgating.  Yes, other sports may get the occasional tailgating group, but football, more than any other sport, brings out the tailgaters.  And thus, our vehicles play a critical role in our game day experience.

Nadaguides Best Cars Buys For 2011

NADAguides.com, one of leading vehicle pricing and information sites, released its list of Best Car Buys for 2011, with Honda dominating the list with 5 models while Kia, Toyota and Chevrolet had 3 models across multiple categories.

The list, which was created based on value, efficiency, consumer piece of mind, and safety ratings cover a variety of vehicle types including Vans, Wagons, Sedans, Luxury, Coupes, Sports, SUVs, Trucks, and Hybrids.

Edmunds.com's 2011 Used Car Best Bets

2009 Mazda Miata

We’ve been talking a lot about used cars, lately.

The reason is simple:  there are some really great deals to be gotten if you know what to look for and how to spot them.  Our friends at Edmunds have put together their annual Edmunds Used Car Best Bets, which is a great list that will help you in that search. 

2011 Top Safety Picks By The IIHS

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

Their name is a little hard to remember, but if you are in the market for a new or used auto, you definitely do not want to forget who the IIHS is.  Formed over 50 years ago, the mission of the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) is to help reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage. 

Intellichoice’s Best Overall Values of 2011

As you may have noticed, we have an ongoing theme that relates to helping you find great autos and being able to buy them without breaking the bank.  We will often steer you to great websites that can help you make those decisions or provide you with tips and information to do it yourself.

ALG's 2011 Residual Value Award Winners

One of the most complex concepts consumers will encounter when trying to decide if buying or leasing is the best option for them, is “residual.”

What is residual value?

This number is the projected market value of a vehicle at a given point in time in the future.

So, when it comes to leasing, the residual value is used to help calculate how much a vehicle will depreciate (lose value) during the lease period…and thus how much the consumer should pay every month to lease the vehicle now.

Forbes Magazine Names the Auto Brands that Americans Think Are Best

In an article recently published by Forbes Magazine, the publishers identify the automotive brands that Americans think are the best.  This is not a list made up of the best selling cars in America, as that would be populated by Chevrolets, Toyotas and Fords.

2011 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award Winners Announced

In a world where image really is everything, consumer opinion can make or break a brand.  Recognizing that, Kelley Blue Book – a longtime industry leader in automotive research and information – has just released its annual Brand Image Awards for 2011.  The awards, which are based on detailed data from KBB Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study and are derived from an online study of more than 12,000 in market auto shoppers, recognize the best of the best in 10 categories.  These different categories leave no market uncovered.

Fighting Pump Inflation: What Autos Have A High MPG?

Unless you haven’t been paying attention (or perhaps have been in jail or something), you are fully aware that gas has surpassed the $4 per gallon mark in the US.  In Los Angeles, many gas stations are showing prices at or above $5 per gallon.  Amazing really, considering a year ago gas was hovering below the $3 per gallon mark and showed no real signs of upward mobility.

J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study

J.D. Power & Associates

You would think that after all Toyota went through with their “memorable for all the wrong reasons” 2010, the brand would have taken a hit in the many surveys and studies that are taken on the topic of dependability.

Car & Driver 10Best Cars for 2011

Car and Driver, one of the leading automotive publications dedicated to enthusiasts and auto reviews, recently announced their 10Best Cars for 2011.  The full coverage of their 10Best selections can be found in the January magazine edition and on their website, CarandDriver.com.

Kiplinger Personal Finance Announces Their 2011 Best Values

Kiplinger Personal Finance recently launched their 2011 Car Buying Guide on their website, and published their "Top Picks" recommendations in the March 2011 magazine issue available now.  Kiplinger's categorized autos in 11 categories and ranked them by price, performance, safety, roominess, and driving impressions.   You can see their full research functionality on the Kiplinger website.

Consumer Reports Announces 2011 Top 10 Picks In Primary Categories

When it comes to measuring long term reliability and value, Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine) is one of the most respected sources in the industry. So for consumers, it's always helpful to see their ratings on new autos, as you should definitely consider their Top Picks as solid recommendations.

Kelley Blue Book Announces the 2011 Best Resale Value Award Winners

As you evaluate different makes and models during your auto buying research process, one of the helpful factors involved in your decision should be the evaluation of a auto's resale value.  This can help ensure you get the most for your money, and if you ever decide to sell or trade-in your auto, that you get a good return for your next purchase.

Chevrolet Volt & Ford Explorer win 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year

2011 Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt took top honors as the 2011 North American Car of the Year, while the 2011 Ford Explorer won the award for the 2011 North American Truck of the Year.  The awards were announced at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.   The awards are considered some of the most prestigious in the industry as the winners are chosen by a panel of 49 automotive journalists. 

The results in each category were:

2011 Car of the Year:

2011 Chevrolet Volt = 233 points