(Lincolnwood, IL October, 23, 2007) - Consumer Guide Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, objective new and used car reviews for 40 years, today announced the recipients of its 2008 Best Buy and Recommended Awards. The annual list, designed to make car buying easier for consumers, represents the best overall values in 18 categories and includes a total of 87 vehicles. The complete list of Consumer Guide's 2008 Best Buy and Recommended Awards is exclusively available at http://howstuffworks.com.
Since 1967, Consumer Guide's preeminent editorial team has used a comprehensive evaluation process based on varying factors that matter most to the average car buyer to arrive at the annual list of winners. Initially, the list is divided into 18 classes based on vehicle type, size, and price. These class segments span the entire automotive market and include hundreds of cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks.
The editors then use objective criteria, such as price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records and resale value, to assess each vehicle. The winners are divided into two categories: The Consumer Guide Automotive "Best Buy" and "Recommended" winners.
A "Best Buy" rating signifies that a vehicle is ranked at the top of its class and is strongly recommended by the editors. "Best Buy" vehicles represent the finest balance of attributes and price within their classes, and they are the best choices for the average consumer. This year's "Best Buy" winners include the Hyundai Accent, Honda Civic, Kia Rondo, Lexus LS, Chevrolet Corvette and the Audi A4.
Consumer Guide Automotive's "Recommended" list features cars that, though not ranked at the very top of their category, are still worth strong consideration by the consumer. This year's Consumer Guide Automotive "Recommended" vehicles include the Mazda 3, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Acura TL and the Jaguar XK.
The key to the Consumer Guide Automotive's annual Best Buy and Recommended Awards is the careful evaluation of every aspect of each vehicle as it relates to the average consumer.
"Our editorial team drives nearly 200,000 miles a year evaluating what these vehicles do well, and what they don't," stated Consumer Guide Automotive Managing Editor, Tom Appel. "Our process assures that our recommendations are based on experiences that best mimic the settings and conditions that the average car buyer encounters every day. Whether it is driving through the city, highways, rural areas, long trips or simply picking up the kids up at school, we test these vehicles in the same way the average car buyer will use theirs."
Complete reviews of the winning vehicles, as well as other pertinent information for in-market car buyers, are provided exclusively by HowStuffWorks.com
ABOUT CONSUMER GUIDE AUTOMOTIVE
Since 1967, Consumer Guide has published authoritative, objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Its staff of 16 includes 10 full-time automotive editors with more than 150 years of combined automotive experience. Consumer Guide's singular focus is to make car shopping easier for consumers. Consumer Guide's editors provide professional, unbiased evaluations of nearly 1000 new and used vehicles as well as expert shopping advice, timely feature articles, and insightful automotive editorials. Consumer Guide is based in Lincolnwood, IL. It is published in print by Publications International, Ltd., and online by HowStuffworks.com. .
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THE 2008 BEST BUY AND RECOMMENDED
Premium Compact Car
Premium Midsize Car
Lexus ES 350
Dodge Charger & Magnum
Premium Large Car
Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Porsche Boxster & Cayman
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Premium Compact SUV
Hyundai Santa Fe
Premium Midsize SUV
Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban
Premium Large SUV
PICKUP TRUCKS & VANS
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Grand Caravan