best cars 2013Many people know they need/want a new car but struggle with what car to buy. There are so many choices.

How does a person go about deciding what car is best for them?

There are actually a number of different approaches that be taken in making a decision.

One way is to simply do detailed research. This can take a lot of time and work depending how much you can narrow down your possible choice before you start. For example if you already know you want a Nissan, it’s just a matter of researching the various Nissan models, styles, options, specifications, and prices to find the one that best fits your needs. One of the best ways to do it is to visit the car company website. In this example, it would be www.nissanusa.com.

Another way is to start with a popular make and model as a first consideration — such as a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry — and decide what you don’t like or what you want different about those vehicles. Then research other makes and models for those characteristics. This is the approach we suggest in our article, What Car Should I Buy?

The third approach is better suited to people who don’t have the time or the inclination to do extensive research. With this method, you look at what cars other people are buying most often, assuming that those people have done their research and have made intelligent decisions. If they’ve done the research, you don’t have to. Just buy what they are buying.

Here’s what other people are buying — the best selling vehicles in the U.S.:

Best selling truck  – Ford F-150 (and best selling vehicle of all), followed by Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram

Best selling car (overall) – Toyota Camry

Best selling family sedan – Honda Accord, followed by Nissan Altima

Best selling subcompact – Honda Civic, followed by Toyota Corolla

Best selling Crossover – Honda CR-V, followed by Toyota Matrix

Best selling small SUV – Ford Escape, followed by Chevrolet Equinox

Best selling minivan – Honda Odyssey, followed by Toyota Sienna

Best selling sports car – Chevrolet Corvette

Best selling sporty car – BMW 3-Series, followed by Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang

Best selling full-size SUV – Ford Explorer, followed by GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Tahoe

Best selling large SUV – Chevrolet Suburban, followed by GMC Acadia, Ford Expedition

Once you’ve decided on the vehicle you want, you’ll also want to know how much you should pay. The best way to find out is to use the unique service of Edmunds, who shows you what other people are paying for the same car you want in your area. They also give you a guaranteed no-haggle low price that is good at local dealers. What a great service.

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