Kelley Blue Book Names 2016 Best Buy Award Finalists's Premier Awards Honor Best Vehicle Choices Available in U.S. Market, Recognizing 49 Finalists Consisting of 18 Vehicle Makes in 12 Vehicle Categories

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, today announces the Finalists for the 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, which will honor the top new model-year vehicle choices available in the U.S. market.  These finalists undergo head-to-head comparison testing and evaluation by's expert editorial team, and ultimately the winners in each category and an overall winner will be announced in November.

Kelley Blue Book Names 2016 Best Buy Award Finalists:'s Premier Awards Honor Best Vehicle Choices Available in U.S. Market, Recognizing 49 Finalists Consisting of 18 Vehicle Makes in 12 Vehicle Categories.

The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards is a premier awards program designed to provide a significant service to American new-car buyers by identifying the cream of the crop of all available 2016 model-year vehicles.  The finalist models are chosen on a set of criteria that identify overall vehicle quality and value, based both on proprietary Kelley Blue Book metrics and the expert evaluations of the editorial staff.  The awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America, along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, 5-Year Cost-to-Own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information. 

"At Kelley Blue Book, everything we do is designed to help car shoppers make smart decisions, and the Best Buy Awards program is the culmination of a wide variety of data and expert vehicle evaluation efforts throughout the company," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's  "While at the conclusion of the testing and evaluation period only 12 prestigious models will be deemed 2016 winners, it is a very high honor for a vehicle to be chosen as a finalist for these prominent awards.  The automakers represented among this year's finalists offer car buyers with top-notch vehicle choices."

Of more than 300 new-car models available for 2016, Kelley Blue Book's expert editors have narrowed the field to a total of 49 Best Buy Award Finalists that include 18 vehicle makes across 12 major vehicle categories.  At the conclusion of the test-evaluation regimen, winners will be named a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy in each of the 12 categories, along with an overall Best Buy of 2016 winner.

2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Finalists

Small Car

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Scion iM

2016 Subaru Impreza

2016 Toyota Corolla


Midsize Car

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Hyundai Sonata

2016 Kia Optima

2016 Mazda MAZDA6

2016 Toyota Camry


Full-Size Car

2016 Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chrysler 300

2016 Hyundai Genesis

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Toyota Avalon


Small SUV

2016 Honda CR-V

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Mazda CX-3

Midsize SUV

2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Toyota Highlander


Full-Size SUV

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Ford Expedition

2016 Toyota Sequoia



2016 Honda Odyssey

2016 Kia Sedona

2016 Toyota Sienna


Pickup Truck

2016 Chevrolet Colorado

2016 Ford F-150

2016 Nissan Titan

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Performance Car

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Corvette

2016 Ford GT350

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Scion FR-S


Electric/Hybrid Car

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf


Luxury Car

2016 Acura ILX

2016 Lexus GS

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class


Luxury SUV

2016 Acura MDX

2016 Lexus RX

2016 Lincoln MKX

2016 Volvo XC90

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