Honda Civic takes top Kelley Blue Book honors

It's the second year in a row for the popular compact

For the second year in a row, the 2017 Honda Civic has driven away with Kelley Blue Book's (KBB) Overall Best Buy Award. The 2016 Civic took the honors last year.

In choosing the overall best buy, KBB said it looked at a wide range of data, including the transaction cost, how much it cost to own the vehicle for five years – including insurance and maintenance – and consumer reviews and ratings.

In winning Overall Best Buy two years running – the first vehicle to do so – the 2017 Civic was also named Best Small Car. KBB editors also chose winners in 11 other vehicle categories.

“Kelley Blue Book editors went to the unprecedented choice of honoring the Honda Civic as the Overall Best Buy for the second year in a row because of the Civic’s unsurpassed all-around value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for “It turns in very high marks in objective measures like resale value and cost to own, yet it also is a supremely satisfying car to drive and live with every day.”

Other categories

The Honda Accord took honors for best mid-sized car. It won high marks for its strong resale value. The Chevrolet Impala was named best full-size car. The Impala won praise for its design and technology.

The Audi A4 won honors in the luxury car class. The editors cited excellent driving dynamics and lower overall ownership costs. The Porsche 718 Boxster, with its “newfound emphasis on fuel economy,” is the winner in the sports/performance category.

The Toyota Prius Prime was named best electric/hybrid, winning points for an expanded pure electric range. The Kia Sportage was named best small SUV/crossover, for its impressive warranty coverage.

The Honda Pilot claimed mid-size SUV/crossover honors, cited as he roomiest in its class. The Chevy Tahoe was named best full-size SUV/crossover, for its style, room, and comfort.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is KBB's Luxury SUV/crossover of the year, with class-leading safety and convenience technologies. The Ford F-150 is truck of the year, a perennial winner in that category.

“Vehicles in all segments are becoming better-equipped with more safety and tech features every year, so the competition is stiff for which models will take home a prestigious Best Buy Award,” Nerad said.

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