New Vehicles from Auto Makers Pay Off on Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2014 Best Buy Awards List


11 of 20 Classifications Awards Go to First-Time or Long-Absent Models  


LINCOLNWOOD, IL. November 4, 2013 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, objective new- and used-car reviews for 45+ years, today announced the recipients of its 2014 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2014, just 31 Best Buys have been awarded in the 20 types of vehicles appraised, providing clear, easy choices for consumers.


Some of the models that are first-time winners on the 2014 Best Buy Award list are:  Toyota’s Scion FR-S, the Chevrolet Impala, Acura’s RDX, the Nissan Pathfinder, and Subaru’s BRZ. Reappearing after being absent from the Best Buy list for years are: the Mazda 6, Chevrolet’s Silverado, and GMC’s Sierra. “We’re always surprised when a new car or truck impresses us enough to enter the Best Buy discussion. This year a number of new and redesigned vehicles rose to the top,” said Tom Appel, who led the Editors’ selection for this year’s list.

Certain models have made the list two years in a row. Those winners are: the Cadillac CTS, Dodge’s Journey, Chrysler’s Town & Country, and Chevy’s Sonic.  Once again, Toyota’s entire line of 2014 Prius models wins the Editors’ Choice Best Buy Award, which recognizes them as the pinnacle in value, features, and driving experience among 2014 vehicle choices.  

Tom Appel, the Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, adds about the whole list, “When new product rises to the top, consumers win. This year’s crop of solid new product means more good choices for car shoppers.”

The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive’s 2014 Best Buy Awards can be viewed at  2014 Best Buy Award Winners .

Or look for the magazine Consumer Guide®Automotive BEST BUYS 2014 at newsstands across the U.S. starting December 1, 2013.

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 a consumer. 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 is bringing consumers to check Consumer Guide Automotive reviews before buying a new vehicle.

Consumer Guide’s editorial team drives nearly 200,000 miles per year in 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 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.  Its staff of 16 includes 10 full-time automotive editors with more than 150 years of combined automotive experience.  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 Lincolnwood, IL. It is published by Publications International, Ltd.

2014 Consumer Guide Best Buys

Subcompact Car

Chevrolet Sonic

Toyota Prius c

Compact Car

Honda Civic

Toyota Prius

Premium Compact Car

Buick Verano

Cadillac ATS

Midsize Car

Mazda 6

Toyota Prius v

Premium Midsize Car

Cadillac CTS

Large Car

Buick LaCrosse

Chevrolet Impala

Premium Large Car

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Sporty/Performance Car

Ford Mustang

Scion FR-S

Subaru BRZ

Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Chevrolet Corvette

Compact Crossover/SUV

Mazda CX-5

Premium Compact Crossover/SUV

Acura RDX

Midsize Crossover/SUV

Dodge Journey

Nissan Pathfinder

Premium Midsize Crossover/SUV

Acura MDX

Infiniti QX60

Large SUV

Dodge Durango

Premium Large SUV

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class


Chrysler Town & Country

Dodge Grand Caravan

Compact Pickup Truck

Honda Ridgeline

Large Pickup

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

Ram 1500

Electric Vehicle

Chevrolet Volt

Editors’ Choice

Prius Family