SOURCE: The Car Connection

The Car Connection

November 14, 2016 08:00 ET

The Car Connection Names Best Car To Buy 2017: Chrysler Pacifica

Expert car research brand and sister websites name 'Best Cars to Buy' for consumers, performance/luxury enthusiasts, and green-car fans

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 14, 2016) - The Car Connection, the easiest place to research and shop for cars online, today named the Chrysler Pacifica as its Best Car to Buy 2017. 

Related brands Motor Authority and Green Car Reports also named their Best Car to Buy Awards, selecting the 2017 BMW M2 and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, respectively.

The Car Connection also named its best picks in individual categories:

Best Convertible To Buy 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Best Luxury Vehicle To Buy 2017 Land Rover Range Rover
Best Coupe To Buy 2017 Honda Civic Coupe
Best Crossover To Buy 2017 Honda Pilot
Best Electric Vehicle To Buy 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Best Minivan To Buy 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Best Hatchback To Buy 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Best Hybrid Vehicle To Buy 2017 Toyota Prius
Best Pickup Truck To Buy 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Best SUV To Buy 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Best Sedan To Buy 2017 Honda Accord
Best Wagon To Buy 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Best Performance Vehicle To Buy 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Best Economy Vehicle To Buy 2017 Honda Civic
Best Family Vehicle To Buy 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The Car Connection's expert editors chose the Pacifica from a competitive field of nominees. Those nominees were new or fully redesigned models that achieved top scores in the site's unique "TCC Rating" system.

The 10-point TCC Rating rolls up scores given to each vehicle across categories including safety, comfort and utility, fuel economy, performance, and styling. Editors apply a price cap in all categories, except Luxury, of $50,000.

"The Pacifica isn't just the most thorough reworking of the Chrysler minivan in a generation. It's an exceptional vehicle, period," said Marty Padgett, editorial director of Internet Brands Automotive, parent company of The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports. 

Performance and luxury site Motor Authority named the BMW M2 as its Best Performance/Luxury Car to Buy 2017. Editors selected the winner from new or redesigned luxury/performance vehicles made available for testing. The winner is judged to have the strongest appeal to enthusiasts with acceleration, handling, styling, and features -- as well as value.

"The M2 reminds us of all the things BMW does best," said Padgett. "It's powerful, nimble, and a blast to drive, even compared to cars costing four times as much."

Green Car Reports, a destination for green cars, electric cars, fuel-efficient cars and hybrid cars, named the Chevrolet Bolt EV as its "Best Green Car to Buy 2017." Editors choose the most significant new green car made available to shoppers during the 2017 model year, taking into account new technologies, their practicality, and their impact on the environment.

"The Bolt EV is a clear, convincing step toward the future," said Padgett. "With its 238 miles of EPA-rated range, it's a practical everyday car that just happens to be electric."

About The Car Connection

The Car Connection (www.thecarconnection.com) is the easiest place to research and shop for cars online. The site makes car research easy with its unique "TCC Rating," a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle.

The Car Connection is part of the Internet Brands Automotive Group (www.internetbrandsauto.com), one of the largest collections of automotive properties on the Internet, including pioneering car-buying website CarsDirect.com and a collection of more than 130 auto enthusiast websites. Collectively, the Internet Brands Automotive Group reaches more than 35 million unique visitors each month.

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