As a new car shopper, you know you need to do careful research on the models that interest you. A good place to start is the Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 Best Buys, which the automotive research firm released Tuesday.
Analysts and test drivers at Kelley and its website kbb.com have vetted over 300 2017 model cars, SUVs, pickups and minivans. Along with driving evaluations, they also looked at a wide range of data, including prices and the five-year cost to own the vehicles. That five-year figure, especially important for your automotive budgeting, includes not only average transaction prices but also financing, fuel economy, depreciation, insurance and maintenance.
“Vehicles in all segments are becoming better-equipped with more safety and tech features every year, so the competition is stiff,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and market analyst for Kelley.
For the second year in a row, the Honda Civic was named as the Overall Best Buy as well as the best small car. Read on for a closer look at the winners in each category.