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.

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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 RECOMMENDED
AWARD WINNERS

PASSENGER 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
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