2016 Consumer Guide Best Buys

New Subcompact-Crossover-Class Vehicles Claim Three Spots on Consumer Guide® Automotive’s 2016 Best Buy Awards List

New and Redesigned Premium Vehicles Garner Five Awards


Meet the 2017 Consumer Guide Best Buys

LINCOLNWOOD, IL. November 11, 2015 – Consumer Guide® Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, unbiased new and used-car reviews for 50 years, today announced the recipients of its 2016 Best Buy Awards. A Consumer Guide Best Buy represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class. For 2016, just 37 Best Buys have been awarded in 21 classes, providing clear, easy choices for consumers.


Consumer Guide Best Buys New for 2016 is the Subcompact Crossover Class, reflecting the market’s move towards smaller and more-efficient crossover vehicles. Inaugural awardees in this new class are the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Jeep Renegade.

“We’re always pleasantly surprised when a new car or truck impresses us enough to enter the Best Buy discussion. This year a new class of vehicles has taken shape, and with it comes several excellent options for active individuals, small families, and empty nesters.” said Tom Appel, who led the editors’ selection for this year’s list.

For 2016, Volkswagen’s complete lineup of Golf models wins the Editors’ Choice Best Buy Award, which recognizes them as overall leaders in value, efficiency, utility, and performance.

The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive’s 2016 Best Buy Awards can be viewed at And watch for the magazine Consumer Guide® Automotive BEST BUYS 2016 on newsstands nationwide December 1, 2015.

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 brings 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, 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 Lincolnwood, IL. It is published by Publications International, Ltd.

Meet the 2018 Consumer Guide Best Buys