While you might not be considering buying a new car in this economy, plenty of people are…and there are some amazing deals to be had. From thousands off invoice, to 0% financing, to “turn-in” programs and even monthly stipends, car manufacturers are doing all they can to get you to buy a new car. But before you go shopping, you might want to check out the 2009 list of the best cars according to Consumer Reports, so you can at least check out the ones they recommend. To earn a recommendation, each car must have good test scores, good safety scores, and average or better predicted reliability based on owner surveys. Let’s take a look at the 10 best for 2009:
Best overall vehicle – Lexus LS 460 Price: $64,000 to $77,000.
Pickup Truck – Chevrolet Avalanche Price: $36,000 to $47,000.
Fun to drive – Mazda MX-5 Miata Price: $22,000 to $29,000.
Small SUV – Toyota RAV4 Price: $23,000 to $30,000.
Small Sedan – Hyundai Elantra SE Price: $18,695.
Green Car – Toyota Prius Price: $22,000 to $24,000.
Minivan – Toyota Sienna Price: $26,000 to $38,000.
Upscale sedan – Infiniti G37 Price: $33,000 to $36,000.
Midsized SUV – Toyota Highlander Price: $26,000 to $41,000.
Family sedan – Honda Accord Price: $21,000 to $31,000.
I wish they would do a thorough comparison of little cars like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, and the Mini Cooper, as I think cars that size will be the future of transportation for most people. But for now, I guess we will have to go with their Top 10!