Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy 2021

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible

    The Chevrolet Corvette has been a front-engine, rear-drive two-seat sport car since it arrived in 1953. But for its eight generation, Chevrolet switched to a mid-engine layout to bridge the small performance gap between the C7 Corvette and more exotic mid- and rear-engine rivals. Chevrolet hit the mark and won Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2021 for its efforts. The Corvette faced competitors from a wide variety of market segments, and one of those was a new EV. The Ford Mustang Mach-E impressed our editors with its ready power and slick moves, but it's not quite track-ready yet. Perhaps...

2021 Nominees

2021 Acura TLX Advance SH-AWD 2021 Acura TLX
MSRP: $37,500
2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2021 Chevrolet Corvette
MSRP: $59,900
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive  -  Portland, OR 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
MSRP: $42,895
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 media drive, Las Vegas, October, 2019 2021 Ford Mustang
MSRP: $27,155
2021 Genesis GV80 2021 Genesis GV80
MSRP: $48,900
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Best Car to Buy News

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
    Let's make the Chevrolet Corvette better

    Just 48 hours ago we named the Chevrolet Corvette Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2021. It’s the everyman’s supercar. It’s a hero for less than $60,000, and it’s a wild new interpretation of a legend. But the mid-engine Chevy Corvette isn’t perfect. No car is...

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
    Best Car To Buy 2021: How we named the Chevrolet Corvette our winner

    The market for performance and luxury cars is changing. Electric vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S are making a play for buyers' dollars and enthusiasts' hearts with old-fashioned luxury and exhilarating acceleration enabled by electric motors and big batteries. The time will...

  • 2021 Genesis GV80
    Genesis GV80: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

    The first crossover SUV from Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis is serious about taking on the established luxury market. The 2020 Genesis GV80 is a mid-size SUV with a gorgeous design, a luxurious interior, and strong turbocharged powertrains. The GV80 looks a lot more expensive than it is. Its base...

  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 media drive, Las Vegas, October, 2019
    Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

    When the Ford Mustang was released in 1964, it was a more attractive version of the Falcon economy car. It created the pony car category, and it's been getting better ever since. The new Mustang Shelby GT500 is the best performance Mustang yet, with drag car speed and road course moves. It's an...

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E first drive  -  Portland, OR
    Ford Mustang Mach-E: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

    The Ford Mustang has gone electric. The Mustang Mach-E electric crossover joins the gas-powered Mustang for the 2021 model year. With the move, the Blue Oval has ushered the historic Mustang name into the future. The Mustang Mach-E is the first ground-up, clean-sheet electric car from Ford. It...

  • 2021 Acura TLX Advance SH-AWD
    Acura TLX: Motor Authority Best Car To Buy 2021 nominee

    The Acura TLX and the TL before it have always been higher-end versions of the Honda Accord, with varying degrees of success in making the leap to luxury car. Acura rethinks that formula for 2021 by giving the TLX a platform of its own, a strong turbo-4, and a sportier, more attractive design. That...

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
    One of these 5 cars will be Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2021

    The year 2020 may have been a dumpster fire due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that hasn't prevented the automakers from releasing some great luxury and performance cars. We drove 18 new or significantly updated contenders during the year. They included everything from agile sports cars to massive...

  • 2020 Polestar 1 first drive
    Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2021: Cars that didn't make the cut

    Motor Authority's annual Best Car To Buy award is a knock-down, drag-out fight in which the year's new luxury and performance vehicles fight for supremacy. In a year like no other, the nominees range from sports cars and sport sedans to SUVs, pickup trucks, and luxury crossovers. This year's...

  • 2020 Porsche 911 - Best Car To Buy 2020
    Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy: Past winners

    Before Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2021 is announced on Jan. 4, we thought we’d look back on our past winners to gauge our preferences and examine our benchmarks for how we evaluate cars. Over the last ten years, the winners have ranged from coupes and wagons to convertibles and...

  • 2020 Ford Shelby GT500SE
    Motor Authority's Best Car To Buy 2021 is about to kick off

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how we evaluate cars here at Motor Authority. Our editors haven't boarded a plane to attend media drive programs since February. Without the track time and twisty roads those programs offer, we've relied on getting personal car loans to test them, with the...

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