Are you a savvy shopper who also likes smart shortcuts? You’ve come to the right place. The 10th annual Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards highlight the standout cars, trucks, and SUVs KBB recommends for the most shoppers across a variety of segments.
Every year, we put thousands of hours into driving and evaluating hundreds of cars and determining our comprehensive best cars rankings. These Best Buy Awards are the purest distillations of those efforts. Our awards span a wide range of vehicle sizes and prices, and we give extra weight to financial considerations like resale value and reliability. Our goal, as always, is to make it easy for you to shop like an expert.
Best new model
2024 Toyota Prius
The ultra-efficient Toyota
Prius has head-turning style and newfound power. It nets 57 mpg combined and is engaging to drive.
Best in class
Best subcompact SUV: 2024 Hyundai Kona
Bigger, more refined, and a better value than ever before, the Hyundai Kona offers a stunning amount of tech, safety, and convenience features for its low starting price.
Best compact SUV: 2024 Honda CR-V
CR-V combines exceptional practicality, satisfying driving dynamics, and a proven reputation for reliability and resale value.
Best 3-row midsize SUV: 2024 Kia Telluride
Telluride has a full roster of standard tech, safety, and convenience features, a terrific starting price, and a spacious, upscale interior.
Best full-size SUV: 2024 Ford Expedition
The 2024 Ford
Expedition combines incredible capability with refinement, comfort, and useful tech.
Best 3-row EV: 2024 Kia EV9
The Kia EV9 is a roomy, practical 3-row midsize SUV that’s fun to drive, and also has a range of up to 304 miles.
Best electric vehicle: 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5
The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 blends technology, practicality, and value in an electric vehicle that feels at once futuristic yet approachable.
Best compact car: 2024 Honda Civic
Honda has perfected the compact car formula, with the features, pricing, and dependability small car buyers demand. And the Honda Civic is a delight to drive.
Best midsize car: 2024 Honda Accord
Comfortable, refined, and spacious, the Honda Accord backs up its fun driving manners with excellent practicality, outstanding resale values, and a wide variety of trim levels, including hybrids.
Best minivan: 2024 Toyota Sienna
With a roomy, family-friendly interior, excellent standard safety features, known reliability, and hybrid power that saves on fuel costs, the Toyota Sienna is a terrific choice for families.
Best compact truck: 2024 Ford Maverick
The 2024 Ford Maverick is everything you want in a compact pickup truck: It can carry 1,500 pounds of payload, tow up to 4,000 pounds, is fuel-efficient, and easy to maneuver and park around town.
Best midsize truck: 2024 Toyota Tacoma
The all-new Toyota Tacoma blends refinement, comfort, and excellent road manners with tough-truck capability and incredible power, and keeps that familiar Toyota feel.
Best full-size truck: 2024 Ford F-150
Whether you need a basic work truck, a luxurious people mover, a capable off-roader, or something in between, there’s a Ford F-150 for the job. The 2024 Ford F-150 is loaded with technology that helps when towing or off-roading, too.
Best electric truck: 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning, the all-electric version of the Ford F-Series, is a great buy for its reasonable pricing, impressive range, and advanced tech features.
About KBB’s best buy awards
Finding the one vehicle that best meets your needs and wants can be a daunting task in a market with an abundance of good choices. That’s where Kelley Blue Book steps in to help make that major purchase as well-informed and easy as possible. It’s in that spirit that we present our annual Best Buy Awards. For 10 years running, our experienced and trusted vehicle review staff has put the latest vehicles through their paces to determine which models are tops in their segments.
As the market evolves, so do we
In response to the continuing growth in electric vehicle models and sales, we’ve added another EV award for 2024. Families that need a 3-row vehicle and want to go electric have a new and highly compelling choice this year, one that’s also a Best Buy Award winner.
But even as the vehicles under consideration continue to evolve, unchanged are the key criteria the Kelley Blue Book editors rely on to help determine which models are eligible for consideration and, ultimately, which take home the trophies. Most of our winners have a reputation for lower total ownership costs and fewer headaches than the bulk of the competition. We’re also looking for overall appeal, of course, with important factors like comfort, convenience, technology, and driving refinement factoring into our final judgment.
How we choose the winners
Much of the initial information needed to qualify and evaluate vehicles for our annual Best Buy program comes from the vehicles driven, evaluated, and reviewed by the Kelley Blue Book vehicle review staff throughout the year.
This extensive hands-on experience with new vehicles provides the basis for our written and video reviews, including the vehicle ratings driving our Best Cars rankings. Based on this coverage and data gleaned from our proprietary resale value insights and 5-Year Cost to Own data, we determine which all-new or extensively redesigned vehicles we will consider as Best Buy candidates.
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The list of participating vehicles is finalized during the summer, with testing at our Irvine, California, headquarters starting in September. The previous year’s category winner is tested side by side against the crop of the latest challengers. We evaluate seating comfort, ease of entry and exit, luggage space, amenities, and infotainment systems. In addition, we look closely at build quality, cabin materials, pricing against the competition, and expected resale value and operating costs. We also get behind the wheel and test drive the vehicles over a series of loops involving everyday traffic and road conditions to experience the cars as an owner would. A manufacturer’s reputation for quality, reliability, durability, and various warranties, including bumper-to-bumper and powertrain, also factor into our decision.
For 2024, the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards go to the best in categories that encompass nearly the entire range of vehicles that meet virtually all automotive needs. We also recognize the year’s Best New Model. Our awards are a powerful tool to help you make the right new vehicle choice.
This story originally ran on KBB.com.