Buyer's Guide

The experts here at Car and Driver have been evaluating and testing hundreds of new cars every year since 1956. From performance metrics such as acceleration times and cornering grip to consumer-oriented insights such as real-world highway mpg and carry-on suitcase capacity, we test it all. With more than a half-century of collected data, and a staff of highly educated car enthusiasts, we don't claim to be the best source of shopping advice. We are the best. Our experts provide detailed car-buying guidance by driving every car that enters the market and analyzing our own test results as well as automaker specifications. Whether you're looking for new or used cars, lease deals or tire specials, our Buyer's Guide has it all.

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The Winningest Cars in 10Best History

Not every car is a winner, but one model in particular has been named a 10Best 36 times.

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Car and Driver's 10Best Cars through the Decades

Here's how we've delivered 10Best trophies to over 100 different models over the last 39 years.

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10Best 2021 Video

The kids of Car and Driver present the 2021 10Best awards!

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10Best Contenders: Cars That Didn't Make the Cut

The highlights, the low points, and everything in between, as recorded in our editors' notebooks.


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Watch Out for Black Friday Deals When Car Shopping
Don't lose your head falling for the hype. This year, even during the pandemic, if you follow these four simple strategies you can get …
Nov 22, 2020
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Looking for a Good Deal on a Vehicle? Be Flexible.

With inventories for new and used vehicles dipping, don't have your heart set on one specific model.

Aug 1, 2020
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Now Is the Best Time to Buy a Car

Dealerships have the supply, and they're looking to create demand. If you're looking for a deal, this could be your year.

May 24, 2020
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9 Great 2019 New Car Deals You Can Get Right Now

These brand-new vehicles are practically begging to come to your door, and some actually will.

Mar 28, 2020
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Most Reliable New Cars

J.D. Power surveys reveal these 10 cars have the fewest reported problems within the first 90 days of ownership.

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Most Reliable Used Cars

J.D. Power surveys and dependability ratings reveal these cars have the fewest reported problems in the first three years of ownership.

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Most Reliable SUVs and Crossovers
We break down small, mid-size, and large SUVs and feature those with the least problems over the last three years based on owner survey…
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Why Sports Cars Are Often Reliable Used Cars

The long-term reliability of sports cars has experienced a paradigm shift over the last 25 years.

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Best Lease Deals for July 2022, $469/Month & Up

It's all German and German-powered convertibles from $469 to $1469 per month.

Jul 8, 2022
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How to Buy or Lease a New Car

Select the right vehicle, decide between leasing or buying, and prepare to negotiate with the dealer using this handy guide.

Aug 16, 2021
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Honda, GM Toughen Lease Transfer Restrictions
The chip shortage and demand for used cars both mean car dealerships want to make sure they get their own cars back when the lease term…
Jul 24, 2021
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Honda Launches Used Vehicle Leasing Program
The leasing pilot program will allow those in Southern California and Florida to get flexible leases of certified pre-owned Hondas and …
Nov 5, 2020
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CPO Car Buying in the Age of Scarcity
Current market conditions are pushing older, more worn vehicles into CPO programs. They may be better than buying new—but with rising u…
May 28, 2022
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How to Buy a Used Car

By identifying the pros and cons, this guide answers the important questions you need to ask before buying a pre-owned automobile.

Aug 16, 2021
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How CPO Warranties Work

We suss out the key differences between automakers' Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle warranties for you.

Oct 1, 2020
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Buying a CPO EV Makes A Lot of Sense
You won't have to shoulder the burden of depreciation, worry whether your car's battery is in good shape, or be concerned about major r…
May 22, 2020
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Every 2022 Mid-Size Luxury Crossover SUV Ranked

The Genesis GV80, Porsche Cayenne, and Volvo XC90 are among the best luxury SUVs to buy today.

Jun 7, 2022
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Every 3-Row Mid-Size Crossover and SUV Ranked

See where bestselling mid-size SUVs like the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander rank on this list of three-row SUVs.

May 6, 2022
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Every 2022 Compact SUV Ranked from Worst to Best

Ranking the compact crossover SUV segment, from Bronco Sport to Tucson.

Apr 28, 2022
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Every 2022 Full-Size SUV Ranked from Worst to Best
These large beasts are useful for shuttling lots of people, hauling tons of cargo, and towing things. See which one is the best in segm…
Mar 29, 2022
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Best Pickup Trucks of 2022
Pickup trucks are some of the best-selling vehicles in America, and these models are the best at their jobs and among the most compelli…
Feb 4, 2022
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Best Used Trucks for under $10,000

Need to move a lot of earth and keep your car payments low? These used trucks can do it all for less.

Sep 28, 2020
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How to Buy the Pickup That's Right for You

We examine the pricing pyramid, configuration combinations, tow and payload ratings, and powertrain options.

May 23, 2020
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9 Reasons You Should Buy an SUV or a Truck
There are plenty of options in all sizes, and the increasingly common belief that one needs to own a vehicle that fulfills every possib…
Dec 7, 2016
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SUV vs Minivan: Which is the Best for Families?
We compare the pros and cons of cargo space, passenger space, towing, fuel economy, and model variety to help you choose the vehicle th…
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Sedan vs. Coupe: How Different Are They?

Here's what they are, and why they are getting harder to tell apart.

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Hatchback vs. Sedan: What Are the Differences?

We break down the reasons you might want one over the other.

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Hybrids vs. Plug-in Hybrids: Pros and Cons

Learn how they work, the differences and similarities between these two types of complex automobiles, and their cost of ownership.

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5 Steps to Be Certain You’re Buying the Right Car

Make sure you don’t waste tens of thousands of dollars on the wrong car or truck.

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How to Buy a Car Minus the Stress

We help you answer three basic questions. What do you need? What do you want? What can you afford?

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How to Make a Satisfying Car Purchase in an Hour

The average car buyer spends more than three hours at the dealership. Read about how to spend a lot less time on Car and Driver.

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Pros and Cons of Ordering a Vehicle

Learn the pros and cons of ordering a vehicle to your liking to see if it is worth the effort.

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With Used Cars In Demand, Sellers See Opportunity
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, used cars are in demand because new-car supplies are low and people are choosing car ownership o…
Sep 13, 2020
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Car Buying: Keeping the Dealers at a Distance

Billy Huys had a salesman in Oregon make a house call and then email the paperwork. Huys may never step foot in a dealership again.

Sep 19, 2020
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Incentives Automakers Are Offering on New Vehicles

Coronavirus has brought the economy to its knees, and to encourage car buying, automakers are making buying a car very, very enticing.

Apr 16, 2020
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FAQ for Car Shoppers and Owners during COVID-19
Our answers and ideas about car buying, deferred payments, lease and finance deals, shelter-in-place etiquette, and taking care of the …
Apr 10, 2020
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If Asking for Chevy Bolt Refund, Check Fine Print
GM cut Bolt prices by thousands after a battery recall. It's offering earlier buyers a refund to match, but owners must waive their rig…
Aug 2, 2022
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Hyundai Recalls Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV for Fire Danger

Improperly conducted remedies to a previous recall could leave the power relay assemblies in danger of rear-seat heat damage and fire.

Jul 11, 2022
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Nissan Frontier, Titan Recalled: Risk Rolling Away
The parking pawl may fail to engage when the transmission is in Park, so until it can fix the problem, Nissan asks owners to use the pa…
Jul 5, 2022
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Honda Ridgeline Fuel Tanks At Risk of Detaching

More than 100,000 pickup trucks sold in Salt Belt states could be affected by corrosion that could potentially lead to fuel leakage.

Jun 22, 2022