What do you get when you combine 55 years of commitment to the consumer, scrutiny of 12 automobile design and performance characteristics, and 85 combined years of behind-the-wheel auto know-how? Consumers Digest’s Automotive Best Buy recommendations for the 2018 model year, that’s what. That means 40 recommended vehicles (across 13 classes of automobiles) that represent exceptional values in each segment. It means evaluation of specific vehicle attributes; analysis by and feedback from three longtime automotive journalists; answers to questions that you would pose to dealers and salespeople yourself.
What don’t you get? You don’t get dated, often inappropriate recommendations of vehicles that are based solely on prior model-year surveys. You don’t get reviews by amateurs. You don’t get recommendations that are rooted in bias.
The editors of Consumers Digest are proud of the stringent nature of the publication’s process and evaluation across dozens of categories, in general. The publication’s research and reporting on the automotive sector is no exception. This includes constant scrutiny of the automotive marketplace to identify shifts in vehicle production and in consumer demand, to ensure that shopper's needs are best met.
As for the analysis and reviews that we provide: You can expect first-hand, authoritative insight that drills down to the specifics that pertain directly to what you’ll experience when you get behind the wheel. Observations like:
- Handling is on par with the quick and precise performance that some heady sporty cars have.
- Occupants are treated to a four-passenger interior that strikes us as being well-finished and surprisingly roomy.
- High marks go to the car’s sophisticated chassis-control technology, which provides quick and precise handling.
- Seats are comfortable and supportive up front but are an afterthought in the rear.
- Unfortunately, the dashboard hardware and the instrument-panel displays are too busy-looking for our tastes, and the smart-entertainment system is clumsy to operate.
- The availability of an automatic-lane-keeping system that’s standard on upper trim levels is notable for a vehicle that’s in this segment
- We felt better traction over both wet and dry roads via the available all-wheel-drive system compared with the standard front-wheel drive, but we can’t help but believe that the extra investment is necessary only for those who encounter deep snow.
So, click on the links of the specific automobile categories at left to avail yourself to Best Buy recommendations that hit home like no others can.
* Reviews of vehicles generally are published around the time of their introduction. Figures and other information that are noted in the reviews could vary with those that you will find now. Automakers occasionally revise such information during a model year.