Meet the 2020 Consumer Guide Best Buys

With Six Best Buy Models, Toyota Is Most Awarded Brand

 Honda Brand Claims Five Best Buys

Morton Grove, IL. December 2, 2020 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, unbiased new-car reviews for 54 years, today announced the recipients of its 2021 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2021, nearly 50 Best Buys have been awarded in 21 classes, providing clear, easy choices for consumers.

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Toyota is Consumer Guide’s most awarded brand for 2021, earning an impressive six Best Buy awards.

“Toyota offers 17 distinct models for 2021, so they have something in most every category. We found six of those vehicles to be among the very best in those segments,” said Publisher Tom Appel, who led the editors’ selection process for this year’s list. Among Toyota’s 2021 Best Buy picks is the all-new Venza midsize crossover.

2021 Consumer Guyide Best Buy List

The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive 2021 Best Buy Awards can be viewed at And watch for the Consumer Guide® Automotive 2021 Car & Truck Best Buys magazine on newsstands nationwide now.

Listen to a complete rundown of this year’s Best Buys on Episode 57 of the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast, available for download on all major podcast platforms.

Since 1967, Consumer Guide Automotive’s award-winning editorial team has used a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process to identify the vehicles worthy of serious consideration by consumers. The editors utilize objective criteria, such as price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records, and resale value, to assess each vehicle.

The key to Consumer Guide Automotive’s annual Best Buy Awards is the careful evaluation of every aspect of each vehicle as it relates to consumers’ real-world driving experience. It is this thoroughness that leads consumers to check Consumer Guide Automotive reviews before buying a new vehicle.

Consumer Guide’s editorial team drives more than 100,000 miles every year evaluating what these vehicles do well—and what they don’t. Whether it is driving through the city, on highways, in rural areas, on long trips, or simply picking up the kids at school, these vehicles are tested in the same way that typical car buyers would use their vehicles.

Complete reviews of the winning vehicles, as well as other pertinent information for in-market car buyers, can be found at For a daily dose of automotive news, test-drive reviews, humor, and history, visit the CG Daily Drive blog at

For more information, please contact Tom Appel at or by phone at 847-329-5764.



Since 1967, Consumer Guide has published authoritative, objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Consumer Guide’s singular focus is to make car shopping easier for consumers. Consumer Guide editors provide professional, unbiased evaluations of nearly 1500 new and used vehicles as well as expert shopping advice and insightful automotive editorials. Consumer Guide is based in Morton Grove, IL. It is published by Publications International, Ltd.

Listen to the editors of Consumer Guide give a complete rundown of the 2021 Best Buy list


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The 2021 Consumer Guide Best Buys magazine is on newsstands now.

Subcompact Crossover

Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Venue

Kia Soul

Kia Seltos

Vehicles in this class


Premium Subcompact Crossover

Volvo XC40

Vehicles in this class


Compact Crossover

Honda CR-V

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Vehicles in this class


Premium Compact Crossover

Acura RDX

Infiniti QX50

Vehicles in this class


2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Hyundai Palisade

Midsize Crossover

Hyundai Palisade

Kia Telluride

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Venza

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Premium Midsize Crossover

Volvo XC90

Vehicles in this class


Large SUV

Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

Ford Expedition

GMC Yukon

Vehicles in this class


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2021 Lincoln Navigator

Premium Large SUV

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator

Vehicles in this class


Subcompact Car

Hyundai Accent

Kia Rio

Cars in this class


Compact Car

Honda Civic

Honda Insight

Nissan Versa

Toyota Corolla

Cars in this class


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Premium Compact Car

Audi A4

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Midsize Car

Honda Accord

Subaru Outback

Toyota Camry

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Premium Midsize Car

Acura TLX

Cadillac CT5

Lexus ES

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Large Car

Toyota Avalon

Cars in this class


2021 Genesis G90

2021 Genesis G90

Premium Large Car

Genesis G90

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Sporty/Performance Car

Ford Mustang

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Cars in this class


Premium Sporty/Performance Car


Chevrolet Corvette

Toyota Supra

Cars in this class


2021 Chrysler Pacifica

2021 Chrysler Pacifica


Chrysler Pacifica

Vehicles in this class


Compact Pickup

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

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Large Pickup

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Ram 1500

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Electric Vehicle

Chevrolet Bolt EV

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