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Best Car To Buy: The Honorable Mentions

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The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2013

The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2013

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This next Monday, December 10, we're announcing The Car Connection's 2013 Best Car To Buy.

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.

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Comments (4)
  1. There are many types, styles and applications of cars out there and the "best car to buy" award is totally a personal decision. For me, the clear winner over every car was the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury model with V-6 and the eight speed transmission. I briefly looked at Cadillac and BMW and for the money and features, ride and quality, the Chrysler was my choice. I'm totally satisfied with the Chrysler and think I truly picked the best car to buy--FOR ME.

  2. Thanks Bill, and definitely a point that can't be emphasized enough. There is of course some subjectivity in our scoring system (obviously with respect to Styling and Comfort, but in other respects as well); the best approach is to read through our detailed full reviews and then use them as a starting point, applying your own personal shopping/ownership priorities (and aesthetic preferences) to that.

  3. When Cadillac has improved their reliability to above average they may be on to something. Until then, honorable mention is pretty generous.

  4. How long does it take to build up reliability in a car? You certainly can't rate a new car on reliability except to say how well its earlier siblings were.

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