Consumers Digest Magazine is recommending 42 2011 model-year vehicles as "best buys" in its December issue. Consumers Digest says it awarded the vehicles based on behind-the-wheel assessment, safety ratings, ownership costs, warranty, price, comfort, ergonomics, styling and amenities.
"Value, as we see it, is based on purchase price and ownership costs relative to quality, performance and subjective factors like comfort and design," said Randy Weber, Consumers Digest publisher.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee was named a best buy by Consumers Digest.
- Subcompacts: Ford Fiesta, MINI Cooper/Cooper Clubman, Scion tC
- Compacts: Honda Fit, Kia Soul, Mazda3
- Family cars: Buick Regal, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Sonata, Suzuki Kizashi
- Luxury cars: Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS sedan, Hyundai Genesis sedan, Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Sporty cars: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Porsche Cayman
- Full-size pickups: Ford F-150, Ram 1500
- Small pickup: Toyota Tacoma
- Minivans: Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan, Volkswagen Routan, Toyota Sienna
- Compact SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Kia Sorento
- Midsize SUVs: Buick Enclave/Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia, Ford Flex, Honda Pilot
- Full-size/Luxury SUVs: Infiniti QX56, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lincoln MKT
- Hybrids: Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mercury Mariner Hybrid, Mercury Milan Hybrid
The magazine says this year’s best buys include 17 vehicles that did not receive the rating last year. Several of the 2011 best buy models listed above are currently available with low auto loan rate financing and discounted lease incentives.