Best Car To Buy

Toyota Venza: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee
Toyota Venza: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

The Toyota Venza returned for 2021 after a six-year hiatus and developed into an all-wheel-drive hybrid crossover finished nice enough to be considered part of the Lexus luxury family. Loosely based on the 2021 Toyota RAV4 instead of the Camry-based 2015 model, the 2021 Toyota Venza dons a smoother...Read More»

2021 Toyota Sienna XSE
Toyota Sienna: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

Redesigned for 2021, the Toyota Sienna now comes standard with a hybrid powertrain that gets an EPA-rated 36 mpg combined. That makes it far more efficient than any other minivan, including the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid when it runs out of electric juice. The Sienna still offers all-wheel...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

Our winner in the first competition in 2011, a finalist in 2015, the Hyundai Sonata hopes the third time's a charm in our Best Car To Buy 2021 run-offs. A late arrival for 2020, the Sonata's included this year and brings with it a trio of contenders ranging from a well-priced base car to a...Read More»

2021 Kia K5
Kia K5: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

There's a new name on our list of possible Best Car To Buy winners. The 2021 Kia K5 replaced the Optima this year, and while we'll take a real name over alphanumeric badges any day, the K5 neatly erases the Optima from our memory banks and fills the void with feel-good family-car vibes. Wider...Read More»

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota RAV4 Prime: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

Quicker, more powerful, more efficient, and more capable, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid makes the compact crossover's winning formula even better. The RAV4 offers what consumers want. It's the bestselling non-truck in the U.S., and last year the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and its 39 combined...Read More»

2021 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

The redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra has a new platform, new technology, flashy exterior styling, and two new models—a Hybrid and the performance focused N-Line. The Elantra has long been one of the best bargains among compact sedans, but these additions give it some excitement as well and...Read More»

2021 Acura TLX Advance SH-AWD
Acura TLX: Best Car To Buy 2021 Nominee

Sedans still sell in large numbers, and the redesigned 2021 Acura TLX gives shoppers plenty of reasons to look away from crossovers to something fun to drive. The mid-size premium sedan evolves from the Honda Accord's shadow with its own platform, a racier design, two potent turbocharged engines...Read More»

2021 Ford Bronco Sport
Ford Bronco Sport: Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport stands out from all the other new small crossovers new that were not good enough to qualify for The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2021. This dual-natured crossover SUV honors its namesake with the ability to hustle around town and get there efficiently on the highway...Read More»

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Best Car To Buy 2021: What didn't make the cut

The Car Connection's annual Best Car To Buy faces the daunting task of winnowing down nearly 50 new or significantly updated cars for 2021 into our top 10 or so most deserving of your consideration. With nearly 100 collective years of test-driving new cars, our editorial team logged thousands of...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride - Best Car To Buy 2020
Best Car To Buy 2021: Past winners

Next week, our editorial team will finalize and announce the nominees for The Car Connection's top award: Best Car To Buy 2021. After spending the year logging tens of thousands of miles test driving more than 100 new 2021 vehicles (and a few 2020 models that showed up too late to make last year's...Read More»

2020 Kia Telluride - Best Car To Buy 2020
Start your engines: The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2021 prepares to launch

The calendar year 2020 can't fade in the rearview mirror fast enough for most of us. The view out front looks promising, with nearly 50 new and redesigned cars transporting us to better days ahead in the digital, electrified automotive age. Walls of touchscreens stamp new cars such as the 2021...Read More»

2020 Kia Stinger
Kia Stinger: Best Hatchback To Buy 2020

The Kia Stinger is a lot of unexpected things: It's a gorgeous performance car meant to compete with the best German sedans; it's a bargain by comparison; it laid the groundwork for Kia to shock the market with the Telluride three-row SUV; and it is a hatchback. True story. The Stinger is a...Read More»

2020 Honda Civic Coupe in Sport trim
Honda Civic Coupe: Best Coupe To Buy 2020

The field guide to the Honda Civic lists many different subspecies for this entry-level compact. It can be experienced in the wild as a spacious five-door hatchback, or as a thrifty compact sedan or, in Si form, as a sedan with a little sport injected into it, or as a hot hatch Type R. But where it...Read More»

2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid in Limited trim
Toyota Avalon: Best Hybrid To Buy 2020

Believe it. It's not the Prius or the best-selling RAV4 Hybrid that does best what Toyota does best. It is the Toyota Avalon full-size sedan, prized by drivers who prefer life in the slow lane, that tops The Car Connection's rating at 7.0 out of 10 to make it the Best Hybrid To Buy 2020. Redesigned...Read More»

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee: Best SUV To Buy 2020

Familiarity breeds...comfort. The safe choice might be one explanation as to how the Jeep Grand Cherokee is our Best SUV To Buy 2020. In the decade since its last redesign, more SUVs have come to market than ever before, most with three rows, some with blistering track chops like the Grand...Read More»

2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance
Tesla Model 3: Best Electric Car To Buy 2020

Not long after the Tesla Model 3 went on sale in earnest in 2018, something funny happened. Not only did the small electric sedan quickly outsell every other electric car available for that year, it also outsold nearly every luxury car on the road. Almost overnight, "Tesla" became the byword for...Read More»

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S
Porsche Taycan: Best Luxury Car To Buy 2020

The Porsche Taycan is first blood from the German automaker's EV body politic. It's just a taste of the savage speed that electric powertrains can provide in this decade, and the Taycan chums the waters for Porsche's inevitable feast of electrified performance cars. Our luxury car category skips...Read More»

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata: Best Convertible To Buy 2020

Far be it from us to tell you how to waste your money, but why would any rational being pass by the Mazda MX-5 Miata on their quest for the best convertible money can buy? Yes, there are more expensive topless whips. Some of them have three times the horsepower of Mazda's spunky two-seat affair...Read More»

2020 Ford F-150
Ford F-150 and Ram 1500: Best Pickup Truck To Buy 2020

Yeah, yeah. We know. Ties are less American than Coke Zero and leave a worse taste in our mouths too. But when it comes to pickup trucks, the race between the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 is just too close to call and our jury was deadlocked when we weren't in fisticuffs. Names were taken, words were...Read More»

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