MotorAuthority's Best Car To Buy 2011

MotorAuthority's Best Car To Buy 2011

Buying a new car can be a confusing and downright frightful experience, especially in these days of fluctuating fuel prices and financial uncertainty. Size and power are no longer the big draw cards for consumers, especially in the green car segment where electrics, hybrids and diesels are starting to become prevalent.

Now more than ever consumers are turning to respected authorities on the new car market and one of the leaders is High Gear Media, whose network of sites provide some of the most informative and insightful automotive news and reviews on the web.

And thus, to help consumers tackle the huge influx of information on new cars coming in for the 2011 model year, High Gear Media has established the “Best Car To Buy” awards. This title is awarded to only the new cars each year that every shopper should include on their test-drive list before making their own personal choice. The winner is the car that is most recommended to be bought.

Of course, the new car market spans a very wide spectrum of models and consumers have varying tastes, so to make the awards more relevant they have been divided into the best overall, best luxury and best green categories.

For the Best Car To Buy overall, TheCarConnection picked the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. It was picked from a field of 40 contenders and was praised for its styling, safety and full list of standard features.

Finalists included the 2011 Acura TSX Wagon, 2011 BMW 5-Series, 2011 Infiniti M37 and the 2011 Kia Optima.

For the Best Car To Buy in the luxury and performance field, MotorAuthority picked the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe and Wagon. Strong points were their ballistic performance and relatively decent pricetags.

Finalists included the 2011 Infiniti M56, 2011 Hyundai Equus, 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, 2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage and the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne.

For the Best Car To Buy in the emerging green car segment, GreenCarReports picked the 2011 Nissan Leaf. The cute looking vehicle is basically the first practical, five-seat electric car--a full plug-in, running solely off grid electricity--that you have been able to buy since the late 1920s.

Finalists included the 2011 Lexus CT 200h, 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 2011 Honda CR-Z and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.