Automakers have begun their holiday sales ads, urging consumers to treat themselves to a new car. For those in the market for a new ride, ConsumerGuide Automotive has released its Best Buys for 2017.
The comprehensive guide is broken down into 21 categories of vehicles, from subcompacts to large pick-up trucks.
“A vehicle does not become a Best Buy based solely on objective ratings,” ConsumerGuide says on its website. “It also has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value compared to others in the class.”
Most popular category
It notes that the small crossover SUV segment has enjoyed unprecedented sales growth over the past year or so, and is currently poised to dethrone traditional passenger cars as America’s most popular mainstream commuter vehicles.
In the compact crossover SUV class, the 2017 Nissan Rogue takes Best Buy honors among stiff competition. The Rouge set itself apart with its fuel economy, refined interior materials, and passenger and cargo versatility.
The Rogue and the Mitsubishi Outlander are the only two vehicles in the class to offer an optional third row seat. The editors cited only a few drawbacks including “so-so passing power” and a noisy engine during acceleration.
In the mid-size sedan category, the Mazda 6 and Chevrolet Malibu were both named Best Buys. The Mazda 6 won praise for fuel economy, safety, technology features, interior room, and materials quality.
The Malibu won points for a roomy cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system, and an impressive array of high-tech safety and convenience features.
In the large luxury class, the Genesis G90 drove away with top honors. The editors said it gives consumers the look, feel, and driving experience of other models in the luxury class like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but can be purchased for considerably less money.
Best family vehicle
In the category of 2017 Family Vehicle Best Buy, the Chrysler Pacifica wins top honors.
“Minivans are natural champs at hauling kids and lots of gear, but the Pacifica goes above and beyond class expectations by offering a roster of comfort and convenience features that are simply unmatched by rival minivans… or, for that matter, any other family-vehicle competitor,” the editors wrote.
The editors praised the Pacifica for its stow-and-go seating and ample storage spaces. They also called it “surprisingly stylish” for such a utilitarian vehicle.