But as we let the winner wait just a couple more days for its curtain call, we should point out that it hasn't been easy to choose one winner among the best. There isn't a single one of our qualifying 2013 Best Car To Buy Nominees that we wouldn't call excellent. All week, we've given you a closer look at these, in a full rundown of the contenders through posts outlining all the sedans, crossovers, luxury vehicles, and trucks and sports cars that met the cut.
Altogether, they're simply the best of what's new this year.
In order to be contenders, these vehicles all needed to earn an Overall Rating (factoring in Styling, Performance, Comfort, Safety, and Features) of at least 8 out of 10; they need to have a starting price under $50,000; and we (multiple editors) need to have driven and reviewed them by December 1.
Here, for now, we're bringing you three vehicles that are the best, even of the nominees; these are the three models that came so, so close to landing in our top spot.
All three of these Honorable Mentions score very high in our full reviews and earn some of the highest numbers in our Overall Rating. That said, there are a few slight 'ifs' or 'buts' attached to their appeal.
Can you guess the Best Car To Buy winner yet? Click through the following Honorable Mention models here, then check back Monday for the official announcement.