Consumer Guide Announces the 2008 Car Best Buys

Consumer Guide Automotive announced the recipients of its 2008 'Best Buy' and 'Recommended' Awards. The annual list, designed to make car buying easier for consumers, represents the best overall values in 18 categories and includes a total of 87 vehicles.

Since 1967, Consumer Guide's preeminent editorial team has used a comprehensive evaluation process based on varying factors that matter most to the average car buyer to arrive at the annual list of winners. Initially, the list is divided into 18 classes based on vehicle type, size, and price. These class segments span the entire automotive market and include hundreds of cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks.

The editors then use objective criteria, such as price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records and resale value, to assess each vehicle. The winners are divided into two categories: The Consumer Guide Automotive "Best Buy" and "Recommended" winners.

A "Best Buy" rating signifies that a vehicle is ranked at the top of its class and is strongly recommended by the editors. "Best Buy" vehicles represent the finest balance of attributes and price within their classes, and they are the best choices for the average consumer. This year's "Best Buy" winners include the Hyundai Accent, Honda Civic, Kia Rondo, Lexus LS, Chevrolet Corvette and the Audi A4.

Consumer Guide Automotive's "Recommended" list features cars that, though not ranked at the very top of their category, are still worth strong consideration by the consumer. This year's Consumer Guide Automotive "Recommended" vehicles include the Mazda 3, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Acura TL and the Jaguar XK.

The key to the Consumer Guide Automotive's annual Best Buy and Recommended Awards is the careful evaluation of every aspect of each vehicle as it relates to the average consumer.

"Our editorial team drives nearly 200,000 miles a year evaluating what these vehicles do well, and what they don't," stated Consumer Guide Automotive Managing Editor, Tom Appel. "Our process assures that our recommendations are based on experiences that best mimic the settings and conditions that the average car buyer encounters every day. Whether it is driving through the city, highways, rural areas, long trips or simply picking up the kids up at school, we test these vehicles in the same way the average car buyer will use theirs."

THE 2008 BEST BUY AND RECOMMENDED
AWARD WINNERS

CARS
Subcompact Car
Best Buy
Hyundai Accent
Kia Rio
Suzuki SX4
Recommended
Honda Fit


Compact Car
Best Buy
Honda Civic
Nissan Versa
Scion xB
Recommended
Hyundai Elantra
Mazda 3
Premium Compact Car
Audi A4
BMW 3-Series
Recommended
Audi A3
Saab 9-3

Midsize Car
Best Buy
Honda Accord
Kia Rondo
Recommended
Ford Fusion
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Mazda 5
Mercury Milan
Nissan Altima
Saturn Aura
Toyota Camry

Premium Midsize Car
Best Buy
Cadillac CTS
Infiniti G
Lexus ES 350
Recommended
Acura TL
Infiniti M
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Large Car
Best Buy
Chrysler 300
Dodge Charger & Magnum
Toyota Avalon
Recommended
Ford Taurus
Mercury Sable

Premium Large Car
Best Buy
Lexus LS
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Recommended
Audi A8
Cadillac DTS

Sporty/Performance Car
Best Buy
Mazda MX-5
Scion tC
Recommended
Ford Mustang
Mini Cooper
Nissan 350Z

Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Best Buy
Chevrolet Corvette
BMW Z4
Recommended
Jaguar XK
Porsche Boxster & Cayman

SPORT-UTILITY VEHICLES
Compact SUV
Best Buy
Honda CR-V
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Recommended
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Toyota RAV4
Saturn Vue

Premium Compact SUV
Recommended
Infiniti EX

Midsize SUV
Best Buy
GMC Acadia
Honda Pilot
Mazda CX-9
Saturn Outlook
Recommended
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Veracruz
Nissan Murano
Toyota Highlander

Premium Midsize SUV
Best Buy
Acura MDX
Buick Enclave
Lexus RX
Recommended
Volvo XC90

Large SUV
Best Buy
Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban
Ford Expedition
GMC Yukon

Premium Large SUV
Best Buy
Cadillac Escalade
Recommended
Audi Q7
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class


PICKUP TRUCKS & VANS
Compact Pickup
Best Buy
Toyota Tacoma
Recommended
Dodge Dakota
Honda Ridgeline
Nissan Frontier

Large Pickup
Recommended
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Silverado
Ford F-150
GMC Sierra
Toyota Tundra

Minivan
Best Buy
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan
Honda Odyssey
Recommended
Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona
Toyota Sienna

Complete reviews of the winning vehicles, as well as other pertinent information for in-market car buyers, are provided exclusively by HowStuffWorks.com (www.howstuffworks.com) and can be found online at http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/

Source: Consumer Guide Automotive - PR Newswire






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