SOURCE: Consumer Guide Automotive

Consumer Guide Automotive

December 15, 2010 06:00 ET

Consumer Guide® Automotive Announces Its 2011 Best Buy and Recommended Awards

Over Three Million Visitors a Month Checking With Before Buying a New Vehicle

LINCOLNWOOD, IL--(Marketwire - December 15, 2010) - Consumer Guide Automotive, the leading publisher of authoritative, objective new and used car reviews for over 40 years, today announced the recipients of its 2011 Best Buy and Recommended Awards. The annual list, designed to make car buying easier for any consumer, represents the best overall values in 17 vehicle categories at a time when record numbers of consumers consult the site for information before buying their vehicle. For over three million people who visit Consumer Guide's website each month, this year's list showcases 93 vehicles from the hundreds of cars, SUVs, minivans and trucks tested. The complete list of Consumer Guide Automotive's 2011 Best Buy and Recommended Awards at:

Since 1967, Consumer Guide Automotive's award-winning editorial team has used a comprehensive evaluation process to identify the vehicles worthy of serious consideration by a consumer. The editors utilize objective criteria, such as price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability records and resale value, to assess each vehicle. The winners are divided into two categories: The Consumer Guide Automotive "Best Buy" and "Recommended" winners.

A "Best Buy" rating signifies that a vehicle is ranked at the top of its class and is strongly recommended by the editors. "Best Buy" vehicles represent the finest balance of attributes and price within their classes, and they are the best choices for most consumers. This year's "Best Buy" winners include the GMC Yukon, Ford Fiesta, Kia Sorento, Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Equus and the Mazda3.

Consumer Guide Automotive's "Recommended" list feature vehicles that, though not ranked at the very top of their category, are still worth strong consideration by the consumer for their unique combination of attributes and value. This year's "Recommended" list include the Chevrolet Cruze, Suzuki Kizashi, Honda CR-Z, Volvo XC 60 and the Nissan Altima.

The key to Consumer Guide Automotive's annual Best Buy and Recommended Awards is the careful evaluation of every aspect of each vehicle as it relates to consumers' real-world driving experience. It is this thoroughness which is driving increasing numbers of consumers to check Consumer Guide Automotive reviews before buying a new vehicle.

Consumer Guide's editorial team drives nearly 200,000 miles per year evaluating what these vehicles do well, and what they don't. Multiple editors evaluate each vehicle, a process that assure that recommendations are based on experiences that best reflect the settings and conditions that car buyers encounters every day. Whether it is driving through the city, highways, rural areas, long trips, or simply picking up the kids at school, the vehicles are tested in the same way that typical car buyers would use their vehicle.

Complete reviews of the winning vehicles, as well as other pertinent information for in-market car buyers, can be found at

For more information, please contact Tom Appel, at or by phone at 847-329-5764. 


Since 1967, Consumer Guide has published authoritative, objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Its staff of 16 includes 10 full-time automotive editors with more than 150 years of combined automotive experience. Consumer Guide's singular focus is to make car shopping easier for consumers. Consumer Guide editors provide professional, unbiased evaluations of nearly 1000 new and used vehicles as well as expert shopping advice, timely feature articles, and insightful automotive editorials. Consumer Guide is based in Lincolnwood, IL. It is published by Publications International, Ltd. and presented on-line through an exclusive relationship with HowStuffWorks. 

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