10 Best Cars to Buy New

Updated May 1, 2018
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If you're in the market for a new vehicle, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the options. Fortunately, there's a best car that fits the needs of everyone and every family. Whether you prioritize carrying the whole family to soccer games or speeding down the road with the top down, there's a vehicle that beats out the competition in its class. The ten cars listed below are varied, and they cover the best in class (size) and type - including subcompacts, crossovers, SUVs, sedans, hybrids, and sport and muscle cars.

1. Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic Sedan

America's favorite compact sedan, the Honda Civic has matured. It's still as affordable, dependable, and fun as ever, but now it's roomier and more powerful. This is a great option if you prioritize fuel economy, reliability, and style. In fact, the Civic is the best selling car in America. TRUECar's 1300+ Civic owners say it's reliable, spacious, and has great gas mileage and a high level of technology.

2. Mazda CX-5

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is said to be a winner because it's the best-looking and best-driving compact crossover. It's a great option if you need all wheel drive and fuel economy too. Motor Trend says it matches the much more expensive Lexus NX in every way.


3. Honda Accord

2018 Honda Accord

For many years the Honda Accord has been one of the best mid-sized family cars around, and it's still rated the best. It handles well, has a spacious interior, is reasonably priced, and is economical to drive. At Cars.com, Accord owners give it 4.9/5 with remarks about its safety, dependablity, and style.

4. Kia Sorento

If you're looking for a mid-size SUV to carry kids, pets, and gear in style, Car and Driver says the Kia Sorento should be on your shortlist. Kelly Blue Book editors say it excels as a jack-of-all-trades and give it 8.7/10 compared to similar cars.

5. Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is not the fasted sports car, but it's easy to drive and affordable. Plus, there's that whole convertible thing. It's an Editor's Choice pick at Car and Driver and is said to be one the most beautiful cars for sale in America. Reviewers call driving it "pure bliss." According to CNN Money, the Miata is also Consumer Reports' top sports car pick.


6. Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a sophisticated modern muscle car that stays true to the fun, fast, and sexy Mustangs of years gone by. It's a blast from the past that delivers power, style, and performance at a price almost anybody can afford. KBB experts give it a 9.3/10; consumer reviewers give it 9.1/10. These Mustang owners say it's fun, easy to drive, the cops love it, and it's the best American muscle car.

7. Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is a subcompact car that has a roomy, versatile cabin with configurable rear seats that make it easy to carry cargo. It's a great choice if you need a reliable, practical vehicle that won't break the bank. US News rates it 8.9/10 overall, saying it rates among the best due to its predictable handling, cabin space, and its high safety scores.

8. Kia Niro Wagon

If you're looking for fuel economy and comfort with an eye-pleasing design, Kia's Niro Wagon could be your best choice. Car experts say it's practical, fuel efficient, and value-oriented. They recommend consumers "think of it as green, greener and greenest." J.D. Power gives it an overall rating of 5/5.


9. Mercedes-Benz GLS 450

If you've got a large family or a boat, horse trailer, or something else to pull, the best car for you could be a Mercedes GLS 450. This beautiful vehicle comes with a high price tag, but many say it's worth the cost. Reviewers at Kelley Blue Book rate it 8.9/10 and use words such as "superb," "phenomenal," "finesse," and "power."

10. Chevrolet Impala

2018 Chevrolet Impala

In the 1960s, the Chevrolet Impala was the quintessential American family car. Now Business Insider says that Consumer Reports calls the Impala is one of the highest rated cars on the road today. Impala owners at edmonds.com give this full-size sedan 4.6/5. They say it's big, comfortable, doesn't disappoint, and is far beyond expectations.

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