November 3, 2003
Consumers Digest names automotive Best Buys for 2004
Skokie, Illinois – Thirty-eight vehicles have received Best Buy ratings from Consumers Digest magazine for the 2004 model year. The ratings, published in Consumers Digest’s November/December issue, span seven categories: Small Cars, Family Cars, Luxury Cars, Sporty Cars, Trucks, Vans, Compact/Midsize SUVs and Luxury/Fullsize SUVs. The Best Buys – based on behind-the-wheel testing, safety ratings, ownership costs, warranty, purchase price, comfort, ergonomics, styling and amenities – reflect the magazine’s assessment of which 2004 vehicles offer the most value for the money.
Consumers Digest divides SUVs into compact/midsize and luxury/fullsize
“‘Value,’ as we see it, is based on a vehicle’s purchase price and ownership costs relative to more subjective factors, like performance and design,” says Randy Weber, publisher, Consumers Digest.
Among design factors considered, Weber says, are interior ergonomics, seating, accessories and cargo space. Performance characteristics evaluated include starting and acceleration, shifting, steering and handling, braking, ride quality and fuel economy.
Insurance-industry ratings, crash-test results and government findings contribute to the magazine’s assessment of vehicle safety.