There are more than 200 million personal vehicles on US roads, and approximately 91 percent of people commute to work in their own automobile. Each company has multiple models that can be customized in dozens of ways. While these choices may seem overwhelming, they also mean that everyone can find a vehicle they will enjoy and can afford.

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Saab, founded as an aeronautics company, started an automotive division in 1945. The company produced sedans, coupes and sports cars. Saab went into bankruptcy and no new cars have been produced since 2014.
Now a division of GM, Buick was founded in 1903. The brand originally catered to older professionals but has recently added features to make it appealing to younger drivers too. Buick focuses on luxury sedans and crossovers.
Isuzu was founded in 1934 and partnered with GM in 1971. Today, Isuzu produces and sells commercial trucks and diesel engines globally. It also produces pickup trucks and SUVs but doesn’t sell them in the United States.
Volvo Car Corporation was founded in Sweden in 1927. In 2010, Geely, a Chinese automaker, purchased it. Volvo now has more than 2,300 dealerships worldwide and makes sedans, coupes and SUVs. It’s known for its safety.
Jaguar Cars is the luxury car brand of Jaguar Land Rover. The company was established in 1922 and is headquartered in Britain. Today it’s owned by Tata Motors. Jaguar manufactures luxury sedans and SUVs as well as sports cars.
In 1917, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding produced its first car, and the company would later become Mitsubishi Motors. Today, it’s one of the largest Japanese automakers, producing sedans and crossovers. It is partially owned by Nissan.
Saturn was founded as a subsidiary of GM in 1985, and its models were extremely fuel-efficient. The brand was discontinued after the 2009 model year.
Subaru has been producing cars since the 1950s. The company produces sedans, coupes, crossovers and SUVs that are built to last. They focus on customer service and corporate responsibility.
The first MINI was produced in 1959 to fill the need for a fuel-efficient car. In 1999, a group of automotive journalists voted the MINI the “European Car of the Century.” MINI now makes several models, including a convertible.
Early Cadillacs catered to older professionals and retirees, but the brand’s redesign in the late 1990s increased its popularity with all demographics. The brand includes sedans, coupes, crossovers and SUVs. It is a part of GM.

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What features matter most?


Price is one of the most important factors when you’re planning to buy a new automobile. Make sure to set and stick to a realistic budget.

  • Financing: Most car dealerships offer financing, and they often advertise very interest low rates, but not everyone will qualify for those rates. Compare the financing the dealership offers you to financing at a local bank or credit union to ensure you get the best deal.
  • Certified pre-owned: Consider buying a certified pre-owned model. These vehicles have passed thorough inspections and usually come with a warranty. They will save you money upfront, and you’ll also lose less on depreciation.
  • Base models: Consider what features you truly need and decide whether the base model of your chosen vehicle meets your needs. By determining your needs first, you’ll avoid adding on unnecessary features and options.


Auto manufacturers know the modern consumer is accustomed to a lot of technology, and different models feature a variety of tools that might make your drive time easier or more pleasant.

  • Onboard navigation: Built in navigation systems give you directions when you’re driving in an unfamiliar area. Some systems are more advanced than others, and adaptive systems can often reroute you to avoid traffic jams. Base models do not usually include this feature, so if you a map system on your smartphone or have a separate GPS system, you may not really need this built-in technology.
  • Emergency assistance: Many companies offer programs that automatically contact the brand’s support center if your airbags deploy. The support center can then speak to you to determine whether you need medical or police assistance, call the appropriate authorities and give them your location. This feature could help emergency personnel reach you more quickly, but you will probably have to pay extra for the technology. Many companies do offer a free trial period.
  • Connectedness: With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can connect your car to your smartphone. This technology allows you to make and receive calls through your car’s audio system, listen to music from your smartphone or stream music from an app. The level of connectedness offered on base models vary greatly, so determine whether this is a feature you really want to pay for before heading to the dealership.


The way you use your vehicle should be an important factor when selecting a brand and model. Realistically consider the reasons you drive to figure out what kind of automobile you should buy.

  • Commuting: If you primarily drive to and from work, you may be happy with a smaller car. A small lightweight vehicle will be less expensive up front and more fuel efficient in the long run. If you have a long commute, consider purchasing a compact car and using the money you save on extra features that will make your drive more enjoyable.
  • Carpooling: If you regularly take your children to school or other events or if you carpool with others to and from work, consider a larger sedan, mid-sized crossover or SUV. These models may cost a little more, but making sure that all of your passengers have plenty of room will be worth it.
  • Business/Work: If you use your vehicle for business or work, consider what you need it to do—a construction worker would likely benefit from purchasing a truck while a financial consultant might want an impressive luxury car. Consider how your automobile will help you do your job before you make a purchase.
  • Fun: If you love driving or if you want whatever driving you do to be enjoyable, consider a sports car or SUV with off-road capabilities. Test drive a few models to determine what seems the most thrilling.

Other costs

A down payment and monthly payments on a vehicle are the most significant cost of owning a car. However, many other factors can determine how much money you’ll spend on your car each month.

  • Fuel: More fuel-efficient vehicles will save you gas money every time you fill up the tank. Hybrids require even less gas, but they often come with a higher price tag up front. If you don’t drive that many miles, the investment in the hybrid might not pay off financially. Cars that require diesel or high-octane fuel will cost you more at the gas pump.
  • Insurance: Different brands and models of cars will cost different amounts to insure. Talk to your insurance company about the models you are considering so you’re not surprised by your new premium.
  • Maintenance: Many new cars can last well over a decade if you care for them properly. Factor in the cost of regular maintenance when budgeting.

Passenger capacity

A vehicle’s size may be classified by its weight, length, wheelbase, or interior cubic space, depending on which agency is classifying it. When shopping for a new automobile, you will probably be most interested in how much room there is in the interior space.

  • Compact: If you will use your car primarily to commute and/or if only one or two passengers will be riding in the car with you, a compact car might be a good choice. These cars will have less room but will also be more fuel efficient.
  • Mid-size: Mid-size vehicles may include sedans, small crossovers or small SUVs. These automobiles will comfortably accommodate four or five adult occupants.
  • Large: If you need a vehicle that can safely and comfortably hold more than five people, consider a minivan or full-size SUV. If you’re not sure if you need a mid-size or large vehicle, take one of each for a test drive.


New cars come standard with passive safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes and tension-adjusting seatbelts. Active safety features, which protect you by preventing accidents, are now available on many vehicles, usually at an additional cost.

  • Backup camera: Backup cameras will show you what is behind your car whenever it is in reverse. This feature ensures that you see small children, animals, other vehicles and short items and do not back over them. They might also have an audible alarm that triggers when an object is behind you to warn you to stop backing up.
  • Blind spot monitoring: Cameras or lasers mounted on your car will detect objects in your blind spot and alert you to them. These systems help prevent accidents on busy multi-lane roads and highways.
  • Automatic emergency braking (AEB): This feature is usually a part of a forward-collision system (FCS), which uses lasers or cameras to detect objects in front of your vehicle. While all FCSs will alert the driver to the object, systems with AEB will automatically break if the driver does not respond and can significantly reduce front-end collisions caused by distracted driving.

What are different types of vehicles?


Passenger cars with four doors are classifieds as sedans. These can vary in size, and almost all car companies offer one or more model(s) that is available as a sedan. If more than two people regularly occupy a car, having four doors will make it easier for everyone to get in and out.


Coupes have only two doors. They may be similar to their sedan-model counterpart in every other way. Coupes do tend to look sportier, and many sports cars are only available as coupes.


Convertibles have a removable top. Tops may be cloth, vinyl, fiberglass, metal or a combination of these materials. Some convertibles have automatic tops, which can be raised and lowered with the push of a button, while others will require the driver to manually put the top up and down.

Sports cars/roadsters

Sports cars are usually low to the ground and have a powerful engine. They’re designed for speed and highly responsive handling. Many sports cars are available as convertibles.


Sport Utility Vehicles were originally designed for military and off-road use. However, their size and safety features have made them popular among all types of drivers. SUVs have a spacious body that is built on a truck frame along with towing capacities similar to trucks.


Crossover vehicles offer some of the design features of an SUV, like more interior space, but they are built on a car frame. They do not offer the same off-road capabilities as SUVs.


Pickup trucks come in a variety of sizes. Lightweight trucks are suitable for transporting a small amount of cargo. Bigger trucks can haul more and heavier items and have a bigger towing capacity. Trucks with crew cabs often have four doors and offer more room inside the cab.


Smaller passenger vans designed for everyday use are known as minivans. These usually have third row seating and accommodate more than five passengers.


Hybrids are vehicles powered by a battery and a standard engine. These may be more expensive upfront, but offer significantly better fuel efficiency and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels.


Electric vehicles have a battery that is charged with electricity, and the range between necessary changes varies with model and age.

Who's it for?

Parents of teens

Parents buying cars for their teenage children will want to look for cars with excellent safety ratings and may be interested in adding on active safety features that are not included in the base model. These buyers should also consider a brand that offers a hands-on driving course.

Parents of young children

Parents with younger children may want to look at larger vehicles that will accommodate their whole family as well as their children’s friends. These consumers should also consider adding some of the extra technology features to keep children entertained on long trips.


Anyone who commutes more than a few miles each way should look for a small, fuel-efficient car.

Recent graduates

Students who have recently graduated college should look for a base model vehicle that fits into their budget. Some brands offer special discounts to recent grads, so they should consider purchasing a new car while they still fall into that category.


People who no longer need to commute may want to look at fun cars that might have been impractical for a daily drive or when they had children living at home. Those who plan to spend a lot of time traveling might want to consider a larger sedan that will offer a more comfortable ride.

Company reviews

  • Audi

    Audi, a luxury brand, was founded in 1909 and became Audi AG in 1932 when it joined with Horch, DKW and Wanderer. The four rings of Audi’s logo represent these four individual companies. Audi of America has more than 285 dealers across the United States. Audi’s models include sedans, SUVs, crossovers, wagons, coupes and convertibles.

    • Best for Audi is best for those looking for a premium vehicle that features the latest technology.
  • BMW

    BMW started in 1916 in Germany, and the international headquarters remains in Munich, Germany.  BMW North America was established in 1975 and is headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. The company manufactures luxury and performance sedans, coupes, Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs) and sports wagons.

    • Best for BWM caters to drivers who want a luxury car with a wide variety of individualized options.
  • Mercedes-Benz

    Mercedes-Benz has its roots in Karl Benz's Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which was manufactured in 1886, making it the earliest gasoline automobile. The Mercedes-Benz company was founded in 1926 and began importing cars to the United States in 1952, and Mercedes-Benz USA was founded 13 years later. Today, the company manufactures luxury sedans, coupes, convertibles, roadsters, SUVs and wagons in 93 countries.

    • Best for Mercedes-Benz vehicles are designed for those who want a mix of innovation, performance and safety.
  • Subaru

    The first Subaru was built in Japan in 1954, and Subaru of America (SOA) began marketing and distributing cars in the brand nearly 15 years later. Now, there are nearly 600 dealers across the United States. The brand is known for its unique BOXER® engines and all-wheel drive.

    • Best for Subaru caters to drivers who want to purchase a long lasting car from an ethical company.
  • Volkswagen

    The Volkswagen Auto Group was founded in 1937 in Germany, where its international headquarters remain. The Volkswagen Group of America was established in 1955 and is headquartered in Virginia. The VW brand is now available worldwide, and the company is the world’s second largest auto manufacturer.

    • Best for Volkswagen models will appeal to anyone looking for a European brand in the mid-market price range.
  • Mazda

    Mazda was founded in 1920 in Hiroshima, Japan and produced machine tools and parts. The company’s first passenger automobile wasn’t release until 1960. A decade later, Mazda Motors of America (MMA) was established. Mazda has nearly 650 dealers in the United States and sells more than 300,000 new vehicles ever year in the country.

    • Best for Mazda designs fun-to-drive cars in the mid-market price range that will suit a variety of purposes.
  • Kia

    Kia was founded in Seoul in 1944 as a manufacturer of bicycle parts. From there, they began manufacturing entire bicycles and then motorcycles, trucks and cars. The brand is now a global car manufacturer and had record-breaking sales of over 625,000 vehicles in the United States in 2015 alone.

    • Best for Kia’s affordable fleet of cars includes models that will suit every lifestyle.
  • Ford Cars and Trucks

    Henry Ford built his first car, a kind of four-wheeled, self-propelled bicycle, in 1896, and the Ford Motor Company sold its first Model T less than 10 years later. Today, the company is the world seventh largest automobile manufacturer and produces sedans, coupes, sports cars, crossovers, SUVs, vans and trucks.

    • Best for Ford offers a variety of vehicle types at various price points to meet most individual’s needs.
  • Jeep

    The original Jeep went into production in 1941 for the American military’s use in WWII. Today, Jeep manufactures seven models of crossovers and SUVs. The brand is a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and set an all time high sales record in 2015 with more than 865,000 sales.

    • Best for Jeep caters to drivers who want a recognizable brand and body style that can handle tough terrain.
  • Toyota

    Toyota began producing automobiles in 1933 in Japan, and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. was established in 1957. Today, Toyota is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, and the largest Toyota plant outside of Japan is in Kentucky.

    • Rent a car: Toyota has a rental car company, so interested consumers can rent the exact model they are considering purchasing. The ability to drive the vehicle longer than the average test drive gives customers the chance to determine if a specific model actually meets their needs.
    • American factories: Through its subsidiary, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), Toyota has seven manufacturing plants in the United States. Some of these facilities, such as the one in Huntsville, Ala., only manufacture engines, while others, like the factory in Georgetown, Ky., manufacture and assemble whole vehicles. The factories have created about 365,000 American jobs.
    • Car tips: Toyota’s website features an area dedicated to car tips and advice. The information is mostly neutral and useful for anyone in the market for a new car, whether or not they are considering a Toyota. Articles include information on fuel efficiency, maintenance and new technology.
    • EntuneTM: EntuneTM is Toyota’s onboard navigation and entertainment system and app suite. It lets drivers connect their smartphone to their car, stream from Bluetooth and access their device’s phonebook. Some versions also give owners access to SiriusXM radio and more advanced navigation.
    • Shopping tools: Interested customers can browse Toyota’s website to see all available vehicles. They can compare models, customize and price vehicles, view special offers from local dealerships and request a quote. Consumers can also learn about certified pre-owned Toyotas.
    • Best for Toyota has a wide range of vehicles that suit every purpose and budget.

  • Chevrolet

    Louis Chevrolet, a racecar driver, and Billy Durant, the founder of General Motors (GM), started Chevrolet (Chevy) in 1911. In 1918, Chevy merged with (GM) and became one of its best-selling brands. Today, Chevy manufactures coupes, sedans, SUVs, crossovers, trucks, sports cars and hybrids. Their extensive lineup of models offers a vehicle to meet every need and budget.

    • Shop Click Drive program: Consumers who prefer to shop online can browse local inventory, see the final price they would pay for the vehicle, including special deals, and secure financing online. When they visit the dealership, they just sign paperwork and pick up their new vehicle.
    • Award winning: Chevy models have won many awards. The Camaro and Colorado Diesel won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award in their respective categories in 2016, and in 2015 the Impala, Corvette, Volt and Tahoe won Kelly Blue Book’s “Best Buy Awards” in their classes.
    • Special discounts: In addition to annual sales and seasonal promotions, Chevy offers special discounts to college students, educators and members of the military. Interested customers can visit the Chevy website for more information.
    • Online shopping tools: Interested customers can visit Chevy’s website to customize and price different models, check local inventory, learn about financing options and download a catalogue. They can also request a quote and estimate the trade-in value of their current car.
    • New Roads Magazine: Chevy offers a free magazine available to download online or read on Android and Apple devices. The magazine features news about the brand as well as stories about people who exemplify the idea of “finding new roads,” which is Chevy’s motto.
    • Best for Chevy’s variety of models and prices mean most shoppers will find a vehicle to meet their needs.

  • Chrysler

    Walter Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation in 1925 and became a major American automaker. In 2014, Fiat acquired the company and formed Fiat Chrysler Automotive. Today, Chrysler focuses on the sedans and minivans.

    • Comparison tools: On Chrysler’s website, interested customers can use the Competitive Compare tool to compare each of Chrysler’s models to similar models produced by the company’s competitors. They can also see side-by-side comparisons of Chrysler’s models.
    • Online owner support: The owners’ section of Chrysler’s website provides a wide variety of resources for owners. They can find warranty information, service coupons and owner’s manuals.
    • Uconnect®: Chrysler’s onboard entertainment and safety system, Uconnect®, alerts owners to mainentance needs or mechanical problems with the car and allows them to call for help with the touch of a button. Owners can also send directions to their car via Uconnect® from their smartphones and computers to receive directions. All new owners receive a free trial enrollment.
    • Drive for the Kids: In 1993 Chrysler started the Drive for the Kids program. Through the program, schools and dealers partner to raise money for elementary and middle schools. For each test drive at the event, Chrysler donates $10 to the school.
    • Certified pre-owned: Customers who are interested in saving money can purchase a certified pre-owned Chrysler vehicle. These vehicles come with a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a car rental allowance, 24-hour roadside assistance and a trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite radio.
    • Best for Chrysler caters to those looking for a sedan or minivan.

  • Dodge

    Dodge was founded in 1900 as a manufacturer of auto parts, and the company began producing its own automobiles in 1914. They became a part of Chrysler in 1928. Dodge is now a division of Fiat Chrysler Automotive and is still considered the performance brand of the Chrysler family. The company also makes practical and work vehicles. Their model lineup includes sedans, sports cars, crossovers, SUVs, minivans, trucks and convertibles.

    • Warranties: New Dodge vehicles come with several warranties, including a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty and a 5-year/100,000-mile roadside assistance. The powertrain and basic warranties are transferable, which adds to the vehicle’s resale value.
    • Apps: Dodge has several apps that are available for both Apple and Android devices. The Drive Dodge app includes detailed vehicle information, a parking reminder and Dodge Customer Assistance. The Mopar Companion app provides owners with information they might also find in an owner’s manual. The Uconnect® lets owners pair their devices with their cars for hands-free calls and music streaming.
    • Cost tools: Interested consumers can easily research the cost of Dodge vehicles on the company’s website. Consumers can view special offers, use a payment calculator, get a quote, apply for credit and get an estimated value of their trade in.
    • Dodge credit card: Those who plan to purchase a Dodge should consider applying for the Dodge branded MasterCard. They will earn three points for every dollar spent at the dealership as well as points on other purchases. Points can be used for vehicle purchases, parts and services from the dealership, travel expenses, gift cards and cash back.
    • Online shopping tools: Dodge’s website lets interested customers build and price any model, browse local inventory, schedule a test drive, download a catalogue and compare models. They can also sign up to receive updates about the brand.
    • Best for Dodge offers makes and models to fit every need and most budgets.

  • General Motors

    GMC was founded in 1902 and is a division of General Motors (GM). The company focuses on trucks, crossovers and SUVs. They also produce a variety of commercial vehicles. GMC models share many styling similarities with Chevy vehicles, because both brands are owned by GM.

    • Warranties: All new GMC vehicles come with Pro Grade Protection, a warranty that provides bumper-to-bumper coverage including the powertrain. The warranty also comes with free roadside assistance. Warranties vary slightly by make and model year, but interested consumers can learn about the specifics of each warranty on GMC’s website.
    • IntelliLink: GMC’s onboard navigation and entertainment system, IntelliLink, allows owners to access a variety of apps through the vehicle’s smartphone connectivity. IntelliLink can connect to Pandora, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Drivers can also make and receive hands free phone calls.
    • Certified pre-owned: GMC dealers sell certified pre-owned vehicles, which must pass a 172-point inspection and undergo any necessary reconditioning. These vehicles come with a 6-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, a 12-Month/12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and two free maintenance visits.
    • Online shopping tools: Interested consumers can visit GMC’s website to build and price different models, compare GMC models to similar vehicles produced by competitors and download brochures. They can locate a local dealer or even find a dealer that has a specific color or model of the vehicle they want to purchase.
    • Owner resources: GMC owners can find a wide variety of information on the company’s website. They can access an owner’s manual for their vehicle, view their vehicle’s warranty status and find a certified service center. They can also purchase accessories specifically designed for the make and model of GMC they own.
    • Best for GMC caters to individuals looking for trucks and SUVs with upscale features.

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln was founded in 1917 by Henry Leland, the same man who founded Cadillac, and the company is named after Abraham Lincoln. The Ford Motor Company acquired Lincoln in 1922, and Lincoln remains a division of Ford. The brand has a tradition of providing luxury cars to the American market. Lincoln currently manufactures sedans, crossovers and SUVs.

    • Audio: Lincoln models offer a variety of audio systems and is the only brand to have Reveal® audio systems. Each model has their own unique Reveal® system that is optimized for the best sound in the car’s cabin.
    • Technology: Lincoln focuses on the “human side of engineering,” which means their vehicles have appealing tactile features and customizable options. Their interiors have the same premium features in the back row as the front row and insulated storage areas in the cabin. They also have adjustable height stops for hatch backs and rear doors.
    • Finance tools: Interested consumers can visit the Lincoln website to explore pricing and financing options. They can apply for financing from Lincoln, estimate their payments and learn about leasing options.
    • Owner tools: The company provides Lincoln owners with several tools. They can view how-to videos on the website to help them set up their Lincoln’s features. They can also view their service history and get reminders to follow a maintenance schedule.
    • SYNC®: The onboard navigation and entertainment system available on Lincolns, SYNC®, has voice-control technology so drivers can use technology without taking their hands off the wheel. SYNC® connects to smartphones for hands-free calling, links to Siri and SiriusXM, offers free 911 Assist® and provides navigation assistance.
    • Best for Lincoln is an American brand that makes luxury vehicles.

  • Nissan

    Nissan was founded in 1933 in Japan and introduced their first mass-produced car four years later. The company now has a global presence and sold nearly 1.5 million vehicles in the United States in 2015.  Nissan manufactures coupes, sedans, convertibles, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and minivans. They also produce hybrids and a 100 percent electric car.

    • Variety: Nissan offers an extensive lineup of vehicles, all of which are highly customizable. All car buyers will be able to find the type of car they’re looking for in the Nissan brand.
    • Snug Kids®: In 2002, Nissan introduced its Snug Kids® program, which helps owners find the best car seat for their children. The Nissan website has guides that help drivers understand how to properly install a car seat in addition to downloadable guides to help them find the car seat brand and make that is best suited for their Nissan model.
    • Financing: Interested customers can visit Nissan’s website to explore their financing options. There, they can learn about payment options, get pre-approved for financing and get a quote on a specific model. The Nissan website also has a tool that lets customers estimate their credit score before applying for any financing.
    • One to One Rewards: Nissan’s One to One Rewards program lets customers earn points when they have their vehicle serviced at a Nissan dealership. They can use points to pay for future maintenance services and purchases. Membership is free, and anyone can join.
    • Shopping tools: Interested consumers can visit the Nissan website to view and compare models, customize and price a vehicle, search local inventory and find local dealers. They can also browse certified pre-owned inventory.
    • Best for Nissan is a Japanese automaker with a wide variety of models and a reputation for reliability.

  • Tesla Motors

    Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 with the purpose of producing electric vehicles that outperformed gas-powered vehicles. The company designed its first powertrain around the kind of AC induction engine first patented by Nikola Tesla in 1888. As of early 2016, more than 50,000 Tesla vehicles were on the roads. Tesla produces sedans and crossovers.

    • Best for Tesla caters to those interested in electric and/or autonomous vehicles.

11 – 36 Best Rated Car Brands

Suzuki produced its first car in 1955 and expanded to manufacture other vehicles. GM purchased shares in 1981, eventually owning 20 percent of Suzuki. GM divested in 2008. In 2012, Suzuki ceased operations in the United States.
Mercedes-Benz has been in business for 90 years. They manufacture luxury sedans, coupes, convertibles, roadsters, SUVs and wagons that offer many safety features.
Citroen, a French brand, was founded in 1919. It has won several Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile events. Citroens are available around the world, but the company doesn’t have a presence in North America or South Asia.
Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, was established in 1989 and is available worldwide. Lexus sells sedans, coupes, SUVs and sports cars. It offers several hybrid models and sold its one-millionth hybrid in early 2016.
Land Rover specializes in four-wheel drive vehicles and is a brand of Jaguar Land Rover. The British company was established in 1922. Today it’s owned by Tata Motors. Land Rover makes SUVs that combine luxury and performance.
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, went into production in 1989. The brand focuses on offering high performing luxury vehicles. Infiniti’s models include sedans, coupes, crossovers, convertibles and hybrids.
Acura, Honda’s luxury brand, was introduced in 1986. The company initially offered only two models. Now, Acura has seven models and sold almost 200,000 vehicles in the United States alone in 2015.
BMW of North America, headquartered in New Jersey, has been selling performance and luxury coupes, sedans, SUVs and sports wagons since 1975. The brand offers customers high-end automobiles with customizable packages.
Honda was founded in Japan in 1948 and is now one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers. The company produces sedans, coupes, hybrids, minivans, SUVs, crossovers and trucks. The brand has a reputation for reliability.
Jeep vehicles originated for military use, but the brand now offers rugged SUVs and crossovers to consumers who enjoy the great outdoors. The brand is highly recognizable and tends to hold its value well for resale.
After releasing the Model T in 1903, Ford became a leader in the automotive industry. They manufacture trucks, vans, SUVs, sedans, coupes, sports cars and crossovers that can be customized to meet buyers’ needs and budget.
Founded in 1932, Audi AG caters to the luxury market for convertibles, sedans, coupes, crossovers and SUVs, and vehicles in this brand have advanced technology. There are more than 285 dealers in the United States.
Headquartered in South Korea, Hyundai was founded in 1967. The company is one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers with dealerships in nearly 200 countries. Hyundai makes sedans, coupes, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids.
Mazda designs fun-to-drive cars in the mid-market price range that will suit a variety of purposes.
Volkswagen, the second largest auto manufacture in the world, makes sedans, coupes, crossovers and convertibles. The brand offers competitive prices, and their certified pre-owned vehicles come with expansive warranties.
Kia is a growing brand that is based in South Korea but has manufacturing plants around the world, including one in West Point, Ga. The brand offers sedans, crossovers, minivans and coupes.
Founded in 2003, Tesla set out to produce electric cars offering the same power and range as gasoline-powered vehicles. They manufacture sedans and crossovers that run on only electricity with cutting-edge autopilot technology.
Founded in 1998, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) makes 100 percent electric low-speed vehicles (LSV), which can be legally driven on roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. Polaris purchased GEM in 2011.
Out of Business
Daewoo was established as a part of the Daewood Group in 1982. The Daewood Group was dismantled in 1999, and the auto manufacturing division was sold to GM and became GM Daewoo. In 2011, it officially became GM Korea.