Buying Guides

The Web2carz editorial team reviews the latest vehicles and compares them with the competition. After extensive analysis, our editors prepare buying guides that recommend the leading models in every vehicle segment. These buying guides are meant to help you learn which models are class standouts before you begin to shop. Whether you're looking for a fuel-efficient small sedan, an eight-passenger SUV, a sleek luxury coupe, or anything in between, these recommended vehicles should help establish some guidelines for your search.

The 3 Best Used Minivans For Less Than $20,000

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The 3 Best Used Minivans For Less Than $20,000

These family haulers have the goods to get the job done

Minivans are the least sexy of all vehicle choices out there, but if you've got a large family and aren't too focused on appearances, then you'll never find a vehicle more practical for toting people and gear. They're not thrilling, but what they are is spacious, handy and darn comfortable. Plus, they're typically on the more affordable side because of their mildly undesirable image. That being said, there are a few minivans out there that you can be proud to own, and you can do it for under $20,000, a price that will get that luxury car-owning neighbor of yours keep his remarks to himself.

The 5 Best Used Hot Hatches

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The 5 Best Used Hot Hatches

Thrashing the streets while being cost-effective is just brilliant

Hot hatches are the practical, affordable sporty cars. They provide drivers with something they can truly enjoy driving that also has the passenger and cargo space that they need for most occasions. While some may argue that it's better to have a designated sports car and a practical car, when you can only have one vehicle, there's nothing better than a hot hatch sitting ready to go in your driveway. These cars are relatively affordable new, but check out the used market and you'll find some excellent deals.

The 7 Best Used Station Wagons

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The 7 Best Used Station Wagons

There's more to this segment than meets the eye

Wagons are definitely not what they used to be. No more Buick Roadmasters or Oldsmobile Vista Cruisers that drove like cargo ships on wheels and seemed like they were 50 feet long. Nope. Now station wagons are more like extended sports sedans with their sloping rooflines and clean designs. And even though crossovers have taken over the automotive landscape, a good wagon can easily deliver comfort, cargo space, good looks and better driving dynamics thanks to a low center of gravity. You can still find a great used station wagon out there to suit your needs, and since it's not a high demand type of car, you'll likely be able to negotiate for a very attractive price.

The 5 Best Used Small Crossovers Under $20,000

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The 5 Best Used Small Crossovers Under $20,000

A tall-standing family crossover is more attainable than you think

The crossover has risen from obscurity to prominence in a short period of time. The first small crossovers appeared in the late 1990s and have evolved and improved to become one of the best all-around vehicle types out there. They're popularity stems from their versatility. Good crossovers have the goods to do some light adventuring, have large cargo spaces (especially with the rear seats folded) and offer driving dynamics that are well-beyond acceptable. If you want something that's a good all-around vehicle, you can't go wrong with a CUV.

The 5 Best Used Sports Sedans Under $30,000

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The 5 Best Used Sports Sedans Under $30,000

The family man no longer has to settle

Who says you have to pay through the nose for an everyday driver that can also get your pulse racing? In a great used sports sedan, you get the best of practically everything. Room for four or five, excellent performance, a comfortable interior, good technology and perhaps even the envy of your neighbors. What a good sports sedan does for you is keep your drive truly practical with a real trunk and seats, as well as scratch that itch to make the commute more fun than it has a right to be. Buying a well-cared for used version saves you a ton of money over new, but be mindful of potential repair costs. Just plan well, and you should be very happy, indeed.

The 5 Best Used Muscle Cars You Can Buy

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The 5 Best Used Muscle Cars You Can Buy

These are the high-horsepower used cars you need to consider

Muscle cars are an enticing option when you're looking for something with more power and a little more attitude than a Honda Accord or a Chevrolet Malibu. There's nothing wrong with a comfortable sedan for the family, but if you can't stand a turbocharged four cylinder's noise, there are other options out there. Modern muscle cars are more than just dragstrip-ready performance rides and are viable everyday cars. They just pack plenty of amenities and provide tons of thrills during your everyday drives.

The 5 Best Used Hatchbacks For Under $10,000

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The 5 Best Used Hatchbacks For Under $10,000

These small urban hoppers are big on savings

Not everyone can drop $30-$40K on a new car or even a premium used car. The fact remains that although the average new car price is around $36K, many folks need good, practical transportation for way, way less. But that also doesn't mean that shoppers have to buy a piece of crap to save money. There are a handful of very good hatchbacks that offer spacious cabins, decent levels of tech, a solid set of standard features and good safety scores. Here are five hatchbacks that are not just true bargains but very satisfying vehicles, in and of themselves. The fact that you can buy examples with relatively low mileage for way less than the cost of a year of college tuition is sweet news, indeed.

5 Best Used Pickup Trucks

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5 Best Used Pickup Trucks

These are the used towing and hauling workhorses you need

Pickup trucks have always been an important part of the automotive industry, but lately, they've become even more integral. Trucks sell well and because of that automakers are producing a lot of them. You don't have to go with a brand spanking new truck to get something nice and fully capable, though. There are plenty of used models out there. While many pickup owners rack up a bunch of miles on their vehicles if you stick with trucks that are only a few years old, you should be able to find something you truly enjoy that's not too worn out or pricey.

The 6 Best Used SUVs Under $25,000

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The 6 Best Used SUVs Under $25,000

You can get all the sport and utility you need for a reasonable price

If you need the capabilities that a SUV can offer, but can't really afford to buy a new car, don't fret because there are plenty of gently used SUVs out there within your budget. Finding a SUV that's under $25,000 is easy, what's difficult is finding one that's really good. We've rounded up six of the best SUV models out there that you should consider when shopping for a used SUV. While not every single one of the following models is worth your coin, if you find one in good condition with few miles on it, you may have just found an excellent deal.

The 5 Best Used Luxury Cars Under $20,000

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The 5 Best Used Luxury Cars Under $20,000

You don't have to spend a lot to get a lot

The quandary between buying a low-priced new car versus a low-priced used luxury car is a tough one. With a new car, you don't worry about the little issues because you drive it off the lot under warranty, and you can get some great new technology. But you also don't get all that much for your money. Hell, a base Honda Civic is a hair under $20K new. If you want leather and other upgrades, you're approaching $25K.

But if you're willing to buy used, you can get a great luxury sedan that will still give you several years of great ownership. You're more likely to get a safer car, far more options and luxury materials that will make you feel rich, even though you aren't. Plus, luxury sedans provide more room, greater comfort and a bit more respect at the Michelin Star restaurant valet.

The 7 Best Luxury Sedans

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The 7 Best Luxury Sedans

Large, lavish and powerful, these cars have it all

When the well-to-do turn to the automotive market, oftentimes they're looking for a sleek, luxurious sedan that can offer anything they want. These cars are generally large, powerful and extremely attractive. They have opulent interiors and feature some of the best performance money can buy. While more car shoppers are going the CUV and SUV route, the luxury sedan is one segment that will likely continue soldiering on despite the whims of the masses. The timeless, four-door design paired with soft supple leather, plenty of technology and wickedly impressive performance metrics make luxury sedans somewhat immune to the crossover craze. If you're in the market for one of these lavish rides, look no further than the models listed below.

The 5 Best Compact Sedans for Everyday Driving

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The 5 Best Compact Sedans for Everyday Driving

These rides offer a lot in a small sedan-shaped package

Compact sedans have been the go-to source for practical and attractive rides for millions of people. They make sense. Compact sedans offer a good mix of comfortable seating, powerful and efficient engine options and modern technology all put together in an attractive package. While more and more car shoppers are opting for crossover utility vehicles, there's no denying that the compact sedan plays a major role in the automotive world today. We've rounded up the best ones out there to make your shopping experience easier.

The 5 Best Body-On-Frame SUVs for Towing and Off-Roading

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The 5 Best Body-On-Frame SUVs for Towing and Off-Roading

These big-boy SUVs are the workhorses you really need

Body-on-frame SUVs are slowly dying as unibody construction takes over. Still, for certain situations, like towing heavy loads and serious off-roading, a classic ladder-frame construction can make all the difference. Pair that with a powerful engine and enough seating for the whole family and you have a vehicle that's better at most things than your neighbor's silly BMW X6. Never mind that these vehicles tend to gulp instead of sip gas. That's the price you have to pay for more capability. Honestly, these modern-day, body-on-frame SUVs aren't too terribly far behind their unibody counterparts when it comes to fuel efficiency. These are the vehicles you get when most rides can't get the job done.

The 5 Best Cars Under $20,000

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The 5 Best Cars Under $20,000

Just when you thought you'd have to settle for bargain basement

If you're on a tight budget, you're probably looking for a car that's under $20,000 brand spanking new. While the average price for a new car climbs above $30K, you can still get something really nice for much less. You're not going to get the finest leather seats and the most advanced technology, but you are going to get a reliable car that drives well and rides comfortably. Just because you're shopping well below the average price for a vehicle doesn't mean you have to make wild compromises. In fact there are quite a few cars with starting prices below $20K. We've rounded up the best rides you can buy at this price range for your convenience.

The 7 Best 7-Passenger SUVs Offer Size and Versatility

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The 7 Best 7-Passenger SUVs Offer Size and Versatility

These are your do-it-all SUVs with a third row

If you have a family that continues to grow or a find yourself in need of more cargo space than a typical five-seat SUV can offer, you're either looking at a minivan or a three-row SUV. Minivans are great for moving people and items from place to place, but if you've got more than suburban cruises to school or the grocery store planned, a seven-passenger SUV is the way to go. More capable and interesting than a minivan SUVs offer a package that's engaging, spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. While not as nimble as cars or crossovers, seven-passenger SUVs also offer surprisingly good driving dynamics. These vehicles can handle a wide variety of situations, making them some of the best on the road.

The 5 Best Cars for Commuting

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The 5 Best Cars for Commuting

The grand slam of solid mileage, good tech and high comfort

As much as we love cars, we hate commuting because it just drains the life out of everyone who has to do the daily slog each way, snarled in traffic. But it's a reality that won't get mitigated by self-driving cars anytime soon. And since not everyone can afford a Tesla Model S with Autopilot, we're left with cars that are a bit more realistic in price. And not any car will be well suited to mitigate some of the pain of commuting. Good mileage is a must, but so is comfort and a solid set of technology that helps make the drive to and from the office that much more palatable.

The 3 Best Electric Cars Provide Great Gas-Free Driving

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The 3 Best Electric Cars Provide Great Gas-Free Driving

Plug, unplug and go. Repeat.

Not too long ago, if you wanted a pure EV, you'd have to settle for a car with serious limitations. Cars like the Nissan Leaf would cut out of power well before their published range said it would. Alternatives like the Kia Soul EV and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV were about as exciting as lightly toasted white bread in terms of power and driving thrills. Of course, if you had the money, you could opt for the awesome Tesla Model S, but that's out of range for most humans. But since carmakers are committed to creating more EVs, their range and appeal had to improve. 2017 should prove that we're almost there, and though most EVs lack fun and range, there are three standouts in the crowd.

The 7 Best Cars Under $30,000

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The 7 Best Cars Under $30,000

It doesn't take big money to buy excellence

You don't have to drop $40 large to get a great car. Even though the average cost of a new car has well-surpassed the $30K mark, it doesn't mean you can't get a fantastic automobile for much less than that. In fact, the selection of great new cars that don't crest that magic mark is bigger than ever. We've selected five cars that will work for virtually anyone. None of these is a niche car -- no pickup trucks, no sports cars and no hybrids. They're all excellent passenger vehicles that are well-appointed, attractive and most of all far less than you'd expect for what they offer.

The 5 Best Hot Hatches Make Every Road a Track

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The 5 Best Hot Hatches Make Every Road a Track

Practicality and legal fun wrapped in a tidy package

The fun-to-drive option for the practically minded person is the hot hatch. These cars combine the sportiness of a performance vehicle with the practicality of a typical hatchback car. While some hot hatches vary dramatically from the basic model they're based on, others are essentially a souped-up version of the standard model. Due to the increased performance, these vehicles come with a heftier price tag than the base vehicle, but that hike is usually worth the boost in driving enjoyment.

The 5 Best Sporty Coupes

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The 5 Best Sporty Coupes

These are the fun to drive two-door cars you've always wanted

The kids are gone, and the house is finally quiet. Or perhaps you're the only "kid" in your family, and you can finally buy that sporty coupe you've had your eye on. Nailing the turns and turning heads are what slick, sexy and sporty coupes are all about, meaning their focus is on performance and styling over function. You're done with crossovers and minivans. It's time to reward yourself.

Sporty coupes can't boast practicality as their primary strength, but car makers have infused many of them with both space and high-tech features, as well. Need to jet to the supermarket in style? Swanky night out on the town with your significant other? Weekend road trip? The sporty coupe can do all that and more. Here are the best ones out today. Forget about toting your friends, and just enjoy the drive in one of these beautiful steeds.

The 7 Best Crossovers That Try to Do It All

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The 7 Best Crossovers That Try to Do It All

The fastest growing segment's stars

These unibody, tall-standing vehicles are many buyers' first choice when it comes to a new vehicle. People like crossovers because they do exactly what the segment name suggests. They cross the lines between car and SUV. In many ways they're SUV-like but they offer a driving experience more like a car than a body-on-frame sport utility vehicle, which can be very truck-like. The CUV isn't just an automotive fad. It won't likely be fading away anytime soon. These vehicles offer everything that many buyers are looking for: high ride height, comfortable interior, plenty of technology and good driving dynamics. They're the do anything vehicle and that's what makes them such great vehicles to own.

The 7 Best Light-Duty Vehicles for Towing

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The 7 Best Light-Duty Vehicles for Towing

Have a trailer to tow? Nothing to worry about with these vehicles

You might think that when it comes to towing a pickup truck is always the answer. Have a boat to tow? Pickup truck. A camper to move? Pickup truck. A Uhaul moving trailer to pull? Pickup truck. Trucks are a smart option for towing, but they're not the only option. We could have compiled a list of only light-duty pickups and called it a day, but we wanted to mix it up and give you some additional options. We've included some of the best full-sized pickups on this list, but we've also made a point to include a couple full-size SUVs and a midsize pickup. If you have a trailer to pull, these are the vehicles you want to do it with.

The 10 Best American Cars Are Worthy of Respect

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The 10 Best American Cars Are Worthy of Respect

American pride in automaking has finally been restored

Not too long ago, unless you wanted a pickup truck or a muscle car, you'd pretty much steer away from American brand cars from the big three. The styling, reliability and driving experience in many newer American models has been upped in big ways, making American cars truly attractive across the segments. Of the ten cars we've selected, only two of them break the $50K base price mark, and one of the cars happens to be a subcompact car. Regardless of which one you go with, you'll be sure to come away thrilled by what America has wrought.

The 7 Best Crossovers Under $50K

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The 7 Best Crossovers Under $50K

This is a category with a whole lot to offer

When you get up around $50K you want a something that's well above average. You want something that offers better driving dynamics, a more comfortable interior and some of the best automotive features out there. The crossover market is booming right now and it's a good time to be a buyer. There's plenty of options to choose from. If $50,000 is your ceiling, you can really shop around. The options available come from premium brands and offer some of the best motoring enjoyment for the money. You might be paying a little more, but when you consider what you get, these rides are a bargain second to none.

5 Best Station Wagons Offer Roominess and Driving Fun

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5 Best Station Wagons Offer Roominess and Driving Fun

A dying breed shows it still has some good signs of life

Station wagons once roamed the American landscape in much bigger numbers, but that that heyday is gone, and it may never return. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get excited about wagons because they're the best they've ever been. Gone is the notion that wagons need to be big, ugly, ponderous and have wood paneling on the sides. Now, they're some of the most versatile cars around and damned good-looking, too. Sure a lot of carmakers have ditched many of their wagon models. The Caddy CTS Sport Wagon is gone, as are the Audi A4/A6 Avants,

The 5 Best Diesel Vehicles Deliver Potent Efficiency

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The 5 Best Diesel Vehicles Deliver Potent Efficiency

Just because VW screwed it up, doesn't mean the others are giving up

Diesels in America have taken a huge hit thanks to the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, but it really has nothing to do with how great diesels can be. They possess strong acceleration, get excellent mileage and hold up incredibly well over time. Unfortunately, most automakers are holding back on 2017 diesel production until further testing. You won't even find Audi selling their diesel line right now. Mazda is also waiting until the air clears. But a handful of great 2016 models are still available for sale, and we've chosen the five best that you can buy right now.