TCC Best Car to Buy 2011: The Semi-Finalists

November 12, 2010
TCC Best Car to Buy 2011

TCC Best Car to Buy 2011

TheCarConnection's Best Car to Buy 2011 award will be announced next week in conjunction with the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show--and with the deadline drawing near, it's time to winnow our list down to the smaller set of contenders.
With TCC's numeric ratings in hand, we've lifted half our field into the next round of competition. Each car making the first cut has received a rating of 8.0 or more, out of a possible 10, from TheCarConnection's team of car reviewers. 

The vehicles that remain span all types and styles, and range from a base price of about $16,000 all the way up to $50,000, including destination charges. Without exception, our editors have road-tested the nominees, with two clarifications. The inclusion of the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is based on experience with the mechanically similar sedan, in advance of our first drive early next month. As for the 2011 Ford Explorer, our driving impressions remain under embargo until mid-December.

It's a tough competition, with 40 vehicles in all making our initial list. The remaining 20 vehicles each are the strongest contenders for our award, and they follow here, in bold:

Sedans, Hatchbacks and Wagons

2011 Acura TSX Wagon

2011 BMW 5-Series

2011 Buick Regal

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chrysler 200

2011 Dodge Avenger

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Ford Fiesta

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Sonata

2011 Infiniti G25

2011 Infiniti M37

2011 Kia Optima

2011 Mazda2

2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Scion tC

2011 Toyota Avalon

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volvo S60


2011 BMW X3

2011 Dodge Durango

2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Ford Edge

2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Kia Sorento

2011 Kia Sportage

2011 Lincoln MKX

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

2011 Volkswagen Touareg



2011 Chrysler Town & Country

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

2011 Honda Odyssey

2011 Nissan Quest

2011 Toyota Sienna


Green Cars: Electric Vehicles and Hybrids

2011 Chevrolet Volt

2011 Honda CR-Z

2011 Lexus CT 200h

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2011 Nissan Leaf

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