January 5, 2005


Consumer Guide names 2005 “Best Buy and Recommended Picks”

Vancouver, British Columbia – The U.S. automotive publication, Consumer Guide, has named its annual “Best Buys and Recommended picks” in 17 distinct vehicle classes.

The magazine’s Best Buys and Recommended picks focus on overall vehicle value and take into account performance, economy, reliability, ease of use, comfort, and price. The top overall vehicles in their respective model categories are designated “Best Buys”. Models labelled “Recommended” also merit serious consideration as great values, but may fall short of the class leaders in value or may appeal to a slightly narrower audience. There may be more than one Best Buy or Recommended pick per model vehicle category.

Compact Car

Best Buy

  • Chrysler PT Cruiser

  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda 3
  • Pontiac Vibe
  • Toyota Matrix

Recommended

  • Ford Focus

  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Kia Spectra
  • Toyota Corolla

Premium Compact Car

Best Buy

  • Acura TSX

  • Audi A4

Recommended

  • BMW 3-Series

  • Saab 9-3

Midsize Car

Best Buy

  • Honda Accord

  • Toyota Camry

Recommended

  • Chevrolet Malibu

  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima
  • Mazda 6
  • Nissan Altima
  • Subaru Outback & Legacy

Premium Midsize Car

Best Buy

  • Acura TL

  • Cadillac CTS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Recommended

  • Acura RL

  • Infiniti G35
  • Lexus ES 330

Large Car

Best Buy

  • Chrysler 300

  • Dodge Magnum

Recommended

  • none

Premium Large Car

Best Buy

  • Audi A8

  • Lexus LS 430

Recommended

  • Buick Park Avenue

  • Cadillac DeVille
  • Volkswagen Phaeton

Sporty/Performance Car

Best Buy

  • Mazda Miata

  • Pontiac GTO

Recommended

  • Acura RSX

  • Honda S2000
  • Mini Cooper
  • Nissan 350Z
  • Scion tC

Premium Sporty Performance Car

Best Buy

  • Chevrolet Corvette

Recommended

  • BMW Z4

  • Chrysler Crossfire
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK

Compact Sport Utility Vehicles

Best Buy

  • Ford Escape

  • Honda CR-V
  • Mazda Tribute

Recommended

  • Honda Element

  • Jeep Liberty
  • Subaru Forester

Midsize SUVs

Best Buy

  • Honda Pilot

  • Toyota Highlander

Recommended

  • Dodge Durango

  • Ford Explorer
  • Nissan Murano
  • Toyota 4Runner

Premium Midsize SUVs

Best Buy

  • Acura MDX

  • Cadillac SRX
  • Lexus RX

Recommended

  • Volvo XC90

Large SUVs

Best Buy

  • Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban

  • Ford Expedition

Recommended

  • GMC Yukon/Denali

  • Toyota Sequoia

Premium Large SUVs

Best Buy

  • Toyota Land Cruiser

Recommended

  • Cadillac Escalade

Compact Pickup Trucks

Best Buy

  • Toyota Tacoma

Recommended

  • Dodge Dakota

  • Ford Ranger

Large Pickup Trucks

Best Buy

  • Chevrolet Silverado

  • Ford F-150
  • GMC Sierra

Recommended

  • Dodge Ram

  • Nissan Titan
  • Toyota Tundra

Minivans

Best Buy

  • Chrysler Town & Country

  • Dodge Caravan
  • Honda Odyssey

Recommended

  • Mazda MPV

  • Toyota Sienna

Full-Size Vans

Best Buy

  • Chevrolet Express

  • GMC Savana

Recommended

  • Ford E-Series

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