There's not much worse than being stuck with a car you do not enjoy. With all the effort it takes to complete the sale of a new vehicle. The last thing you want is to find out it's not what you were expecting. For this reason, we are going to examine the top 10 most award-winning models currently on the market. Whether you're after a compact car, a full-size truck, or large crossover, we've got you covered. For your convenience, we'll also provide the MSRP range. The expected fuel economy, and the different trim packages offered.
Without further ado, here are the top 2019/2020 options currently available.
Honda Civic / MSRP Range $19,550 - $37,230
The Honda Civic has come a long way since it first arrived back in 1972. The latest generation showed up in 2016, and we're pleased to say it's the best in years. Highlights include aggressive, modern styling, a ton of cool tech, safety features galore, and outstanding fuel economy. With a base price of just under $20,000, it's one of the most rewarding experiences you'll find in a compact car. For the speed enthusiasts out there, the impressive Type-R model boasts a jaw-dropping 0-60 time of only 4.9-seconds.
30 City / 38 Hwy
LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Touring, Type-R
Volkswagen Golf / MSRP Range $21,845 - $40,395
The 8th-generation VW Golf has officially seen release. And believe us when we say it's spectacular. Since its arrival in 1974 (initially released as the VW Rabbit in the US), the Golf has built a name for itself around reliability and efficiency. Although it's a bit more costly than other compact cars on the market. If you're after a Germain alternative that will last for years to come, you'll for sure want to keep it in mind. For 2020, not only does it come standard with a 10.25-inch instrument cluster. But it's also offered in 5-different hybrid variants.
Fuel Economy (2019)
29 City / 37 Hwy
S, SE, R
Kia Forte / MSRP Range $17,790 - $22,890
One of the most affordable compact cars on the market is also one of the best. When it first arrived back in 2009, it was just another cheap car with little going for it. Fast forward to the latest redesign (released in 2019). And it's now one of the best-reviewed compacts around. 2020 saw the release of the Forte GT. Which added a more powerful turbocharged engine to cater to anyone seeking a little more pep. Standard features include forward-collision alert and avoidance, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
31 City / 41 Hwy
FE, LXS, GT, EX
Mazda3 / MSRP Range $21,000 - $28,900
The Mazda3 first arrived in the US in 2003. Famed for its performance, handling, styling, and refined feel. Although sharing a platform with the popular Ford Focus. The Mazda3 had enough going for it to stand on its own two feet. The fourth-gen saw release in 2019. With award-winning styling, innovative features, and luxurious interior. The Mazda3 is also one of the only AWD compacts around (optional). Making it one of the best for anyone after a bit more traction on slippery surfaces. If you're after a sporty compact with an upper-class feel, be sure to check this one out.
26 City / 35 Hwy
Base, Select, Preferred, Premium
Ford F-150 / MSRP Range $28,495 - $70,910
The Ford F-Series has been America's best-selling line of trucks for 40 consecutive years. Which is pretty darn impressive if you ask us. Although the F-150 has always been at the top of the list. Ford truly found traction when they added the 3.5-liter EcoBoost to the lineup. Boasting 365-HP and 420 pounds of torque, the EcoBoost offered the perfect mix of power and efficiency. Fast forward to the 2019/2020 model, and the F-150 is now a feature-heavy powerhouse. For off-road/performance enthusiasts, the “Baha ready” Raptor is an unmatched machine.
19 City / 25 Hwy
XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, Raptor
Ram 1500 / MSRP Range $31,895 - $57,215
The Dodge Ram (rebadged as Ram Trucks in 2012), first arrived back in 1981. Since then, it's battled for the top spot on the half-ton pickup list year after year. The latest redesign showed up in 2019 with a more refined interior and updated styling. One of the most noticeable additions is the optional 12-inch vertical infotainment screen. Which now stands as the largest available in a half-ton. Safety options include lane-departure warning, assisted parking, and a 36-degree camera. For off-road enthusiasts, the Ram Rebel is the perfect option for anyone seeking something truly unique.
20 City / 25 Hwy
Tradesman, Big Horn, Laramie, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, Limited
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra / MSRP Range $28,300 - $58,500
The Chevrolet Silverado and its twin, the GMC Sierra, both saw a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. If you're looking for aggressive, modern styling. The bowtie wielding Silverado may be just what you need. For those seeking more refined styling, and the ultimate level of luxury. GMCs range-topping Denali is unmatched. Safety tech includes lane-change alert, front, and rear park assist, a 360-camera, and low-speed automatic braking. The Silverado/Sierra is still to this day, the only half-ton available with a heads-up display.
16 City / 21 Hwy
Silverado: Work Truck, LT, RST, Trail Boss, LTZ, High Country
Sierra: SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, Denali
Ford Explorer / MSRP Range $32,765 - $58,250
First arriving in 1991 as small to mid-sized SUV. As of 2011, the Ford Explorer now rests on a 3rd-row crossover platform. All-new for 2020, the Explorer is more feature-heavy than ever before. Available options include Active Motion seats. A twin-panel sunroof, lane-keep assist, and push-button ignition. For the speed enthusiasts among us. The range-topping ST model carries an insane 400-HP capable of reaching 0-60 in a scant 5.2-seconds. If you're after a plush family-hauler filled with tech, the Explorer is a great option.
19 City / 27 Hwy
Base, XLT, Limited, ST, Platinum
Kia Sorento / MSRP Range $26,290 - $46,490
The second Kia to make our list is the popular Sorento. For anyone seeking a less costly 3rd-row alternative, the Sorento is the perfect combination of value and comfort. The latest facelift arrived in 2018 in the form of a new front grille and tail lamps. Although interior space is less than the other options on our list, there's no denying the bang for the buck. US News rates the 2019 Sorento as Best 3-row SUV for the Money, placing it in the #6 spot overall for mid-sized SUVs.
22 City / 29 Hwy
LX, LX+, LX+ V6, EX, EX+, SX
Buick Enclave / MSRP Range $40,000 - $56,100
The Buick Enclave has been a top-contender ever since it first arrived in 2008. No other American made crossover at the time compared as far as comfort and value. Fast-forward to the second generation (arriving in 2018). And it is now one of the best-selling luxury crossovers on the market. Features include wireless smart-charging for mobile devices, an optional continuously variable real-time dampening suspension. And some of the finest materials known to man. While not the quickest on the list, the 3.6-liter V6 delivers a capable amount of pep when needed.
18 City / 26 Hwy
Preferred, Essence, Premium, Avenir
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