If car buying was strictly a numbers game, deciding which car to buy would be much easier. Factors like purchase price, maintenance costs, resale value, performance numbers, and fuel economy would determine our car choices.
Most of us have a little thing called emotion fueling our car purchases, though, and the smartest choice might be eclipsed by our obsession with a certain model’s curvy exterior.
For those looking for the smartest car buys financially, the good folks at U.S. News and World Report Automotive have assembled a list of cars that are best buys over the long haul. The full list, along with their methodology, is here (Toyota/Lexus dominate, with eight of the 14 winners).
The best buys aren’t always best sellers or popular, though, so I’m comparing some of U.S. News’ choices with the Owner Favorites in the same categories on CarGurus.com and with the overall best sellers in each category.
- U.S. News & World Report Best Buy: Toyota Camry
- CarGurus.com Owner Favorite: Dodge Charger
- Best seller: Toyota Camry
- U.S. News & World Report Best Buy: Toyota Highlander
- CarGurus.com Owner Favorite: Subaru Forester
- Best seller: Honda CR-V
- U.S. News & World Report Best Buy: Honda Fit
- CarGurus.com Owner Favorite: Volkswagen GTI
- Best seller: Hyundai Accent
- U.S. News & World Report Best Buy: Mazda Miata
- CarGurus.com Owner Favorite: Ford Mustang
- Best seller: Pontiac G6 (I didn’t believe it either, but you can double-check yourself here.)
- U.S. News & World Report Best Buy: Toyota Sienna
- CarGurus.com Owner Favorite: Honda Odyssey
- Best seller: Honda Odyssey
- U.S. News & World Report Best Buy: Chevy Silverado
- CarGurus.com Owner Favorite: Toyota Tundra
- Best seller: Ford F-150
This is proof that sometimes the best buy is just plain boring. Putting the tag of “best buy” on a car is a pretty objective thing, because the guy looking for performance and fun is going to think a Dodge Charger is a heck of a better buy than a Toyota Camry!
What cars do you think were left off the “best buys” list?