A Value Proposition

Getting a great deal is the universal quest among car buyers. And at Kelley Blue Book, we try to make that job easier, which is one of the reasons we instituted our annual Best Buy Awards. Now in its fifth year, the KBB Best Buy Awards single out the top vehicles in categories popular with car buyers. It’s no secret that the market has changed since we started this program with a major shift away from traditional cars to more crossover SUVs. In recognition of that change, we’ve added three new categories: subcompact SUVs, subcompact luxury SUVs, and compact luxury SUVs to reflect these changes. We also dropped the full-size sedan category, since much of the value in these traditional family cars is found among midsize models.

Our winners represent the best combinations of affordability, quality, driving dynamics, dependability, and low cost to own. These considerations are embodied in the cars, SUVs and pickup trucks that take home our annual Best Buy Awards. Not coincidentally, buyers like you are pretty good at finding these values, since the vehicles that top our Best Buy categories are more often than not segment best sellers.

We Drive Everything to Discover the Best Buys

Over the course of the year, the KBB editorial staff drives and reviews hundreds of new cars, trucks and SUVs and use these evaluations in our Expert Reviews, Buyer’s Guides, Top 10 lists and comparison tests. In late summer, we retest the previous year’s winner of each Best Buy category and stack it up against the brand-new segment rivals. These side-by-side tests are integral to the decision process. Teams go through each set and evaluate driving dynamics, interior room and comfort, quality of materials as well as important considerations that include pricing, 5-Year Cost to Own and resale value. Depreciation is usually the largest expense, so two similarly priced cars could have very different operating costs based on a particular model’s worth in the resale market. Another factor considered is warranty coverage and the manufacturer’s reputation for durability, quality and reliability.

Having this many categories also means that a Best Buy is not a one-size-fits-all award. Different buyers have different needs -- someone looking for a pickup truck is most likely not interested in a compact SUV. This year, instead of deciding on an Overall Best Buy as we’ve done in the past, we’ve decided to recognize that diversity of choice and focus on the new entries to determine a Kelley Blue Book Best New Model. The winner of this award is an all-new or significantly redesigned vehicle that represents exceptional innovation and value in transportation today.

There are plenty of great vehicles to choose from as you can see from our 14 categories representing the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards.




Best New Model

Best New Model
2019 Volvo XC40

The XC40's innovative subscription service, top-notch safety features, cool tech, and clever storage solutions raise the stakes in the red-hot subcompact luxury SUV segment. Read More



Category Best Buys

Compact Car
2019 Honda Civic

Honda’s highly recommendable compact car has now claimed our Compact Car Best Buy Award five years in a row. Read More

Midsize Car
2019 Honda Accord

Groundbreaking style and excellent tech help the totally redesigned Accord set a new standard in the popular midsize sedan segment. Read More

Subcompact SUV
2019 Hyundai Kona

Loaded with value, cool features and an enticing mix of practicality and fun, the Hyundai Kona earns the first Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award in this category. Read More

Compact SUV
2019 Honda CR-V

The CR-V can serve as a flexible and fuel-efficient errand-runner, or a commuter with enough premium amenities to pass for a luxury SUV. Read More

Midsize SUV
2019 Honda Pilot

Honda's 3-row SUV combines style, refinement and substance with a renowned reputation, ensuring its place at the top of the midsize SUV segment. Read More

Full-Size SUV
2019 Ford Expedition

The efficient, capable Ford Expedition uses a cutting-edge powertrain and smart technology to earn its spot as the clear class leader. Read More

2019 Honda Odyssey

With thoughtful features and a practical, upscale interior, the Honda Odyssey continues to make a strong case for being the best family car in the world. Read More

Pickup Truck
2019 Ford F-150

This 5-time Best Buy leads all pickup trucks in capability, smart technology and versatility, and continues to evolve every year. Read More

Electric/Hybrid Car
2019 Honda Clarity PHEV

Offering 5-passenger capacity, 47 miles of electric range and an available $7,500 federal tax credit, the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is impressively well-rounded. Read More

Performance Car
2019 Hyundai Veloster N

A bargain at about $30,000, the brand-new Hyundai Veloster N is a beast on the track and a beauty on the road. Read More

Luxury Car
2019 Lexus ES

The all-new ES is roomy, comfortable and quiet with class-above amenities, yet offers the practicality of a hybrid model and the legendary reputation that Lexus is known for. Read More

Subcompact Luxury SUV
2019 Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40's smart technology, clever storage solutions and class-leading safety elevate the concept of the entry-level luxury SUV. Read more


Compact Luxury SUV
2019 Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 takes its contemporary design, impressive tech and satisfying drivability to class-leading levels. Read More

Midsize Luxury SUV
2019 Audi Q7

Elegance, modern tech, comfort and drive appeal are what make the Audi Q7 our Midsize Luxury SUV Best Buy. Read More

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