We see this question being asked frequently: “What is the best car to buy?”
Of course, the real answer as to what is the best car can vary, depending on your own personal needs, preferences, and finances. Some people place a great deal of importance on reliability. Others might think safety or cost is more important. And others might feel that the best car should have great looks and high performance.
Many people believe that to get the best car, you must spend a lot of money — that the best cars are the most expensive one. Strangely, this is just not true. Actually, some of the best cars are the least expensive — and some of the most expensive cars are the least reliable and the least efficient.
One of the best automobiles, overall, is the Honda Civic. Why? Because it has the most perfect combination of all the factors that most car buyers look for — cost, fuel efficiency, reliability, cost of operation, cost of insurance, style, performance, resale value, riding comfort, luxury features, and handling.
Now, we know that the Honda Civic is not the best car for everyone. Some people need more interior room (try the Honda Accord sedan), or more performance, or more luxury, or more cargo space. Some people need a pickup truck. Others want a sports car or convertible. Some just want something other than a Honda (?).
There are certainly other alternative cars that offer the same or nearly the same qualities as the Civic. Following are some of those that have garnered “best car” nominations in their classes by respected automobile reviewers such as Consumer Reports, Motor Trend, Car & Driver, JD Power, and others. We list them here in no particular order.
- Hyundai Sonata
- Hyundai Elantra
- Hyundai Genesis
- Ford Fusion
- Ford Focus
- Ford Taurus
- Honda Fit
- Honda Civic
- Toyota Prius
- Toyota Camry
- Nissan Altima
- Mini Cooper
- Scion tC
- Mazda MX-5 Miata
- Toyota RAV4
- Honda CR-V
- Acura TSX
Notice that Ford is the only American car maker in our list. Ford has made tremendous strides in improved quality, reliability, and styling.
In summary, the best cars are those with the best combination of qualities that most automotive consumers are looking for.
You can get free price quotes for any of the mentioned vehicles at Edmunds.com. The prices you get will contain any price discounts and manufacturer incentives currently available.