Consumer Guide Best Buys

New Frugal Fun Award Highlights Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2020 Best Buy List

 With Six Best Buy Models, Honda Is Most Awarded Brand

Morton Grove, IL. December 3, 2019 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, unbiased new and used-car reviews for 53 years, today announced the recipients of its 2020 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2020, 46 Best Buys have been awarded in 22 classes, providing clear, easy choices for consumers.

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New for 2020 is the Frugal Fun award, which acknowledges vehicles that provide high levels of driving enjoyment for the money.

“The Frugal Fun Best Buy award is Consumer Guide’s tip of the cap to those ‘bang for the buck’ vehicles that serve up genuine smiles behind the wheel while going especially easy on your bank account—in terms of both initial purchase price and cost to own,” said Publisher Tom Appel, who led the editors’ selection process for this year’s list. This year’s Frugal Fun picks both start under $25,000.

2020 Consumer Guide Best BuysHonda is Consumer Guide’s most awarded brand for 2020, earning an impressive six Best Buy awards.

The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive 2020 Best Buy Awards can be viewed below. And watch for the Consumer Guide® Automotive 2020 Car & Truck Best Buys magazine on newsstands nationwide now. New this year is 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.


2020 Consumer Guide Best Buys

2020 Consumer Guide Best Buys Subcompact Crossover

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Kia Soul

Nissan Rogue Sport

Vehicles in this class


Premium Subcompact Crossover

Volvo XC40

Vehicles in this class


Compact Crossover

Mazda CX-5

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Vehicles in this class


Premium Compact Crossover

Acura RDX

Infiniti QX50

Vehicles in this class


Midsize Crossover

Honda Pilot

Hyundai Palisade

Kia Telluride

Vehicles in this class


2020 Acura MDX
2020 Acura MDX

Premium Midsize Crossover

Acura MDX

Volvo XC90

Vehicles in this class


Large Crossover/SUV

Ford Expedition

Vehicles in this class


Premium Large Crossover/SUV

Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator

Vehicles in this class


2020 Lincoln Navigator
2020 Lincoln Navigator

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

Cars in this class


Midsize Car

Honda Accord

Subaru Outback

Toyota Camry

Cars in this class


Premium Midsize Car

Acura TLX

Lexus ES

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Large Car

Toyota Avalon

Cars in this class


2020 Ford Mustang
2020 Ford Mustang

Premium Large Car

Cadillac CT6

Cars in this class


Sporty/Performance Car

Ford Mustang

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Volkswagen GTI

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Premium Sporty/Performance Car


Toyota Supra

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica, 2020 Consumer Guide Best Buys
2020 Chrysler Pacifica


Chrysler Pacifica

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Compact Pickup

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Honda Ridgeline

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Large Pickup

Chevrolet Silverado

GMC Sierra

Ram 1500

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2020 Chevrolet Bolt
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Electric Vehicle

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Vehicles in this class


Frugal Fun

Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

Hyundai Elantra Sport

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