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Cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans: 18 best buys in 2021

Finding the right vehicle for your needs can be a daunting task in a market with a wide range of choices and competitiveness among automakers. So the Kelley Blue Book intervenes to make the most informed and as easy a major purchase as possible. It is in that spirit that KBB issues the Best Buy Awards each year. KBB.com’s experienced editorial staff will spend eight years pacing the latest vehicles to determine which model is at the top of the segment. We are looking for a vehicle that offers the best blend of performance, features, low operating costs, and affordability.

Whatever your transportation needs, the Best Buy Award program includes categories that represent the various vehicles currently on the market. Consider traditional gas vehicles, hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and pure electric vehicles in segments such as small and medium-sized vehicles, pickup trucks, and SUVs. The last two categories continue to expand to include smaller subcompact entries for mainstream and luxury brands on the SUV side, as well as new compact pickup awards.

As the market evolves, so do we

It is also the electric vehicle category that attracts a wider range of competitors, and new, longer-haul, more affordable models are beginning to market. Like the expanding roster of truck and SUV categories, electric vehicles will increasingly impact the luxury and mainstream markets. EVs can be used in a wide range of vehicles, including compact hatchbacks, luxury sedans, SUVs, and even pickup trucks.

The vehicle under consideration continues to evolve, but what remains unchanged is the model that the editors of the Kelley Blue Book will consider, and ultimately the criteria they trust to determine the award itself. At the top of our list are vehicles that combine affordability, low ownership and operating costs, reliability, and reliability. These attributes are closely related to vehicles that are easy and fun to drive, while providing comfort, convenience, the latest high-tech drivers and safety assistance, and intuitive infotainment. The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award-winning vehicle certainly needs to be seriously considered.

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How we do what we do

Much of the initial information needed to certify and evaluate vehicles in the annual Best Buy program comes from vehicles that have been test-driven by KBB editors throughout the year. These opportunities include the launch of the manufacturer’s vehicle, the evaluation and video production of test vehicles in the office, and the insights gained from the long-term test fleet.

This extensive hands-on experience with new vehicles provides the basis for expert reviews, road test videos, top 10 lists, and comparisons found on KBB.com. Based on this coverage and the data collected from resale price and 5-year ownership cost data, we will determine which vehicles are brand new or significantly redesigned to be considered best buy candidates.

The list of participating vehicles will be finalized during the summer and will be tested at headquarters in Irvine, California from September. Here, the winners of the current category are tested side by side with the latest challenger harvest. Evaluate seating comfort, ease of getting in and out of the vehicle, flexibility, vehicle luggage space, and other creature comfort and infotainment systems.

In addition, we will take a closer look at build quality, cabin materials, pricing against competitors, expected resale prices and operating costs. We also grab the steering wheel and test drive the vehicle through a series of loops that include everyday traffic and road conditions to experience the car like an owner. The manufacturer’s reputation for quality, reliability, durability, and various guarantees, including bumper-to-bumper product and powertrain delivery, also influences our decisions.

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In 2022, the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award will be the best in a category that covers almost the entire range of vehicles that meet the needs of virtually all vehicles. We also recognize the best new model of 2022. We believe our award is a powerful tool for choosing the right new car.

The best new model

Ford Maverick

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2022 Ford Maverick

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Maverick boasts a fuel economy of 42mpg, a low starting price, and full functionality.

Category Best Buy

Compact car

2022 Honda Civic

Whether you need a top-notch commuter car or a stylish performance hatchback, Honda
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Civic is delivered at an affordable price.

Medium-sized car

2022 Honda Accord

The strengths of the Honda Accord are its powerful machinery, timeless styling, spacious cabin, and comfortable ride quality.

Subcompact SUV

2022 Kia Seltos

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Seltos offers spacious luxury interiors with modern technology, safety and class-leading cargo rooms at a reasonable price.

Compact SUV

2022 Toyota RAV4

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The RAV4 has a wide range of products and excellent practicality, as well as a wealth of functions and an excellent safety suite.

2-row medium-sized SUV

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Santa fe Shining in various categories.. It drives well, looks good, exudes quality, and feels more expensive.

3-row medium-sized SUV

2022 Kia Telluride

We continue to be impressed Kia Telluride for families In many respects, its design, comfort, practicality, value, etc.

Full size SUV

2022 Ford Expedition

The 2022 Ford Expedition receives important updates that will make this past Best Buy winner even better.

Compact pickup truck

2022 Ford Maverick

The Ford Maverick is a competent, fuel efficient and ultra-affordable compact truck with a starting price of less than $ 20,000.

Medium pickup truck

2022 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma has proven to be durable, excellent off-road prowess, and a wide range of trim levels to choose from.

Full size pickup truck

2022 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is a tow and transport leader, ready for both work and play.

Minivan

2022 Toyota Sienna

The 2022 Toyota Sienna features interior practicality and comfort, many standard technologies and safety features, and a highly efficient hybrid powertrain.

Electric car

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Mustang Mach-E offers an attractive balance of superior performance, fresh style and the latest technology.

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Plug-in hybrid vehicle

2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Combining 302 horsepower, 40 mpg capacity, and full-time all-wheel drive, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime is unbeatable.

luxury car

2022 Lexus ES

No other luxury car can match the Lexus ES with a blend of premium amenities, technology, advanced safety features and overall value.

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Subcompact luxury SUV

Mercedes Benz GLA250

Mercedes-Benz

2022 Mercedes Benz GLA

GLA has the features, driving etiquette, safety, and technology that buyers (even those with more limited budgets) expect from Mercedes.

Compact and high-class SUV

2022 Genesis GV70

The 2022 Genesis GV70 packs a lot of value into a stylish and sporty package with technology and safety features.

Medium-sized luxury SUV

2022 Genesis GV80

The Genesis GV80 sets the standard for design, interior comfort, build quality and performance.

This story originally continued KBB.com.

Cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans: 18 best buys in 2021

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