1. What is the "best car" for your situation may depend on your situation. If you need a truck for business, a small sedan won't work. If you have a family of six, a small sedan or coupe is the wrong choice. Bear in mind though, what you think are your needs are often your wants. A lot of people today buy pickup trucks and rarely, if ever, haul anything with them. Monster trucks and SUVs are bought as penis enlargers to sooth the psychological needs of their owners, not real needs.2. We don't know until a car goes to the junkyard whether it was any good or not. Consumer Reports likes to do their "Best" list every year - including ridiculous things like 'Best luxury car" which is an oxymoron - again, wants over needs. But their list is flawed as what is "best" this year (the Tesla, for example) is panned as "unacceptable" the next (again, the Tesla). But Consumer Reports aside (as it is worthless), you really can't tell much about the long-term reliability of a car until you junk it. Sitting on the showroom floor, you can't tell much about it.3. What does "best" mean anyway? Again, from my perspective, it is the longevity and reliability of a car - the car as appliance that provides long service and low cost. Many others have different opinions - they want "best" in terms of acceleration, handling, appearance, or convenience of cupholders. We choose cars on criteria that we would never apply (or rarely apply) to other appliances in our lives. Well, maybe that isn't entirely true, as the refrigerator and washing machine people have found it possible to double and even triple the prices of these appliances by offering "status" models. And some folks will spend four or fives times as much for a heating plant as necessary, just to have bragging rights.
Edmunds True Market Value®