Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards of 2017

By KBB.com Editors on November 15, 2016 3:00 AM

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There can only be one king.

Whether you're shopping for a big or small SUV, a midsize sedan, a minivan or a truck, there are too many great choices available to you today. But only one of your choices gets to be the best in its class -- gets to be the king.

Earning the crown

For the annual Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, our job is to turn you on to the smartest purchase you can make in each of 12 vehicle categories. We focus on "best value" in all of its different forms. Obviously, we study what you'll pay for your new car, truck, van or SUV at the outset, what it'll cost to run, and how much of your initial investment you can expect to get back when you sell it. Kelley Blue Book runs these numbers for virtually every vehicle on the road, and nobody has more experience. Beyond that hard data, however, there are other vital elements to honoring a vehicle as a Best Buy. It's how a car makes you feel when you drive it. How your SUV makes you proud when it's parked out front, plus the interior touches and technology that delight you. And it's how a truck or minivan makes it easier for you to load and carry family and freight, and keep them safe. Drawing from decades of expertise, it takes our editors 365 days of driving everything out there and six weeks of intense back-to-back testing to crown the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winners.

The best of The Best

After our editors select the winners, we go back into the conference room one more time to choose our Overall Best Buy winner. The Overall Best Buy recipient's combination of exceptional quality and value break this winner loose from the vehicle category it occupies and elevate it above the entire market.

Without a doubt, the 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards competition was Game of Thrones fierce. For a deeper behind-the-scenes look at how we came to our Best Buy conclusions, dig in to Jack R. Nerad's "The Making of Best Buys 2017." If you'd rather see which stalwarts repeated their reign and which surprises ascended to become 2017 Best Buy royalty, scroll on and discover what it takes to be The Best.

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Overall Best Buy

Overall
2017 Honda Civic

The latest Honda Civic isn’t just the best compact car money can buy, for the second year in a row we’ve deemed it the best value on the market. Read More

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Category Best Buys

Small Car
2017 Honda Civic

Totally redesigned just last year, Honda’s venerable compact car leads the way in redefining the segment. Read More

Midsize Car
2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is packed with modern style and technology, but remains as familiar, comfortable and reliable as a favorite T-shirt. Read More

Full-Size Car
2017 Chevrolet Impala

The current-generation Impala is now in its third model year, and it’s now won three Full-Size Car Best Buy trophies. Read More

Small SUV
2017 Kia Sportage

The all-new Kia Sportage checks all the boxes for practicality-seeking small SUV shoppers, but with a generous helping of style and smarts. Read More

Midsize SUV
2017 Honda Pilot

Still fresh off last year’s all-encompassing redesign, the Honda Pilot offers a combination of practicality and value still unmatched in the segment. Read More

Full-Size SUV
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

A storied workhorse for big, active families, the Chevy Tahoe is the best-selling SUV in the segment and now a three-time Best Buy winner. Read More

Minivan
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

An unrivaled mix of clever features, smart design and comfortable, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics has vaulted the all-new Chrysler Pacifica to the top of minivan mountain. Read More

Pickup Truck
2017 Ford F-150

With sophisticated and efficient turbocharged engines, revolutionary aluminum construction and a host of clever features, the truck of tomorrow is here today in the Ford F-150. Read More

Electric/Hybrid Car
2017 Toyota Prius Prime

The plug-in version of the Prius now offers greater all-electric range and capability, unique styling inside and out, and a new name: Prius Prime. Read More

Performance Car
2017 Porsche 718 Boxster

More powerful, more practical and more boldly styled than ever, Porsche’s mid-engine marvel is now more than just one of the world’s most fun-to-drive cars. Read More

Luxury Car
2017 Audi A4

The totally redesigned Audi A4 is a technological tour de force and a thoroughly modern take on luxury. Read More

Luxury SUV
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Germans sweep the Best Buy Awards luxury categories this year with the thoroughly impressive Mercedes-Benz GLC claiming the SUV trophy. Read More

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