Morton Grove, IL - November 2, 2006 - Consumer Guide Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, objective new and used car reviews for 39 years, today announced the recipients of its 2007 Best Buy and Recommended Awards. The annual list, designed to make car buying easier for consumers, represents the best overall values in 17 categories and includes a total of 81 vehicles. The complete list of Consumer Guide's 2007 Best Buy and Recommended Awards is exclusively available at www.auto.consumerguide.com.

Since 1967, Consumer Guide's preeminent editorial team has used a comprehensive evaluation process based on factors that matter most to the average car buyer to arrive at the annual list of winners. Initially, the list is divided into 17 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 "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 Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, BMW 3-Series, Mazda 3, Chevrolet Corvette, Honda Pilot, Dodge Charger, and Toyota Tacoma. Consumer Guide's "Recommended" list features cars that, though not ranked at the very top of their category, are still worth strong consideration by the consumer due to their excellent value.

The key to 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 experts test drive more than 200 new cars each year in various settings and conditions. We treat them as if they were ours, driving them to the supermarket, in the city, on the highway, and on long trips, to best replicate the typical consumer experience," said Kirk Bell, Consumer Guide Automotive associate publisher. "Our process is designed to assure that the Best Buy and Recommended Awards are tailored to assist the average car buyer, whether they are looking for a luxury sedan or a workhorse pickup."

Complete reviews of the winning vehicles, as well as other pertinent information for in-market car buyers, are provided exclusively by HowStuffWorks.com and can be found online at www.auto.consumerguide.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. For more information, visit www.auto.consumerguide.com.

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THE 2007 BEST BUY AND RECOMMENDEDAWARD WINNERSPASSENGER CARS

Subcompact Car

Best Buy

Hyundai Accent

Kia Rio

Recommended

Honda Fit

Toyota Yaris

Premium Compact Car

Best Buy

Audi A4

BMW 3-Series

Recommended

Acura TSX

Audi A3

Compact Car

Best Buy

Honda Civic

Mazda 3

Recommended

Chevrolet Cobalt

Ford Focus

Mazda 5

Midsize Car

Best Buy

Honda Accord

Toyota Camry

Recommended

Ford Fusion

Hyundai Sonata

Mercury Milan

Saturn Aura

Premium Midsize Car

Best Buy

Acura TL

Infiniti M

Lexus ES 350

Recommended

Cadillac CTS

Infiniti G35

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Large Car

Best Buy

Chrysler 300

Dodge Charger and Magnum

Toyota Avalon

Recommended

Ford Five Hundred

Mercury Montego

Premium Large Car

Best Buy

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Recommended

Audi A8

Cadillac DTS

Sporty/Performance Car

Best Buy

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Scion tC

Recommended

Ford Mustang

Mini Cooper

Nissan 350Z

Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Best Buy

BMW Z4

Chevrolet Corvette

Recommended

Jaguar XK Series

Porsche Boxster and Cayman

MINIVAN & SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

MINIVAN & SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES

Minivan

Best Buy

Honda Odyssey

Recommended

Chrysler Town & Country

Dodge Caravan

Hyundai Entourage

Kia Sedona

Toyota Sienna

Compact SUV

Best Buy

Honda CRV

Suzuki Grand Vitara

Recommended

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Toyota RAV4 n

Midsize SUV

Best Buy

Honda Pilot

Recommended

Ford Explorer

Ford Freestyle

Mazda CX-7

Nissan Murano

Toyota Highlander

Premium Midsize SUV

Best Buy

Acura MDX

Cadillac SRX

Lexus RX

Recommended

Mercedes Benz R-Class

Volvo XC90

Large SUV

Best Buy

Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Suburban

GMC Yukon and Denali

Recommended

Ford Expedition

Premium Large SUV

Best Buy

Cadillac Escalade

Recommended

Audi Q7

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

PICK UP TRUCKS

Compact Pick up Truck

Best Buy

Toyota Tacoma

Recommended

Dodge Dakota

Honda Ridgeline

Large Pick up Truck

Recommended

Chevrolet Avalanche

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic

Ford F-150

GMC Sierra 1500 Classic