In the run-up to our annual Best Car To Buy awards, our editors drive hundreds of cars on the three coasts--East, West, and Gulf. Along the way we choose some favorites, and figure out why some other new vehicles don't quite live up to their billing.
But to actually name our winner, we run the list of new or significantly changed vehicles through a few steps to narrow the field. This year, that puts our final count at 17 new cars, crossovers and trucks. (Well, truck.)
Another group of vehicles have been eliminated simply due to their ratings. Thus far--with some crash-test scores still yet to be reported--these new cars and crossovers all have earned ratings lower than an 8 out of 10, which puts them out of reach of the top-rated vehicles we've scored for the 2013 model year:
- 2013 Acura ILX
- 2013 Acura RDX
- 2013 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2013 Ford C-Max
- 2013 Infiniti JX 35
- 2013 Mazda CX-5
Finally, two vehicles have missed the final cut--one by only a very narrow margin--due to timing. The 2013 Buick Encore will be introduced to the press in December, after our cut-off date for press drives. As of yet, we've been unable to arrange a review of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.
Stay with us as we dive deeper into the pool of candidates for the Best Car To Buy 2013, which we'll announce on December 10, 2012.