2018 Best Buys

Six New Additions Highlight Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2018 Best Buy List

Chevrolet Bolt EV earns Best Buy in model’s inaugural season

Consumer Guide Automotive

Morton Grove, IL. December 5, 2017 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, unbiased new and used-car reviews for 50 years, today announced the recipients of its 2018 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2018, 42 Best Buys have been awarded in 21 classes, providing clear, easy choices for consumers.


New or returning after an absence to the Consumer Guide Best Buy list for 2018 are the Audi Q7, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Nissan Rogue Sport, and Toyota Camry. The Rogue Sport was introduced as a late-2017 model, and the rest are freshly or recently redesigned.

Also new to the list for 2018 is the Chevrolet Bolt EV, General Motors’ first pure-electric vehicle available in all 50 states.

“Affordably priced, and boasting more than 200 miles of real-world range, the Chevrolet Bolt EV serves the industry as an electric-car proof of concept, and is an excellent choice for consumers looking to limit their use of fossil fuels,” said Publisher Tom Appel, who led the editors’ selection process for this year’s list.

The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive 2018 Best Buy Awards can be viewed below. And watch for the Consumer Guide® Automotive 2018 Car & Truck Best Buys magazine on newsstands nationwide December 1, 2017.

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 Consumer Guide. For a daily dose of automotive news, test-drive reviews, humor, and history, visit the CG Daily Drive blog.

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.

2018 Consumer Guide Best Buys

2018 Consumer Guide Best Buys

2018 Car & Truck Best Buys is on sale now. Look for it at newsstands and on checkout racks everywhere.

Subcompact Cars

Kia Soul

Toyota Yaris iA


Compact Cars

Honda Civic

Toyota Prius

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and Alltrack 


Premium Compact Cars 

Audi A4 and allroad

Cadillac ATS


Midsize Cars

Honda Accord

Toyota Camry


Premium Midsize Cars

Acura TLX

Lexus ES


Large Cars

Buick LaCrosse

Chevrolet Impala


Premium Large Cars

Genesis G90


Sporty/Performance Cars

Fiat 124 Spider

Ford Mustang

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Volkswagen Golf GTI


Premium Sporty/Performance Cars

Chevrolet Corvette


Subcompact Crossovers

Honda HR-V

Mazda CX-3

Nissan Rogue Sport


Compact Crossovers

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue


Premium Compact Crossovers

Acura RDX

Lincoln MKC


Midsize Crossovers

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander


Premium Midsize Crossovers

Acura MDX

Volvo XC90


Large SUVs

Dodge Durango


Premium Large SUVs

Audi Q7

Cadillac Escalade



Chrysler Pacifica


Compact Pickups

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

Large Pickups

Chevrolet Silverado

GMC Sierra

Ram 1500


Electric Vehicles

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Volt


Family Vehicle 

Chrysler Pacifica