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KBB's 10 Most Awarded Cars

July 27, 2017

This week, KBB released their top 10 most awarded cars and brands for 2017. Out of 350 new cars to choose from, these are considered to be the most exceptional.

If you're in the market for a new car and want a good starting point of which vehicles to consider, check out the tables below.

As always, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the lowest prices your local dealers are willing to offer.

Top 10 Most Awarded Cars for 2017

RankYearMakeModelSample Editorial Comments
12017HondaAccordThe Accord earned the most accolades for 2017, and the variety of other awards it won call out the sedan's strong suits: it's a 5-Year Cost to Own standout, one of the 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000, and it's one of our Best Family Sedans.
22017HondaCivicThe Civic has been our Small Car Best Buy winner every year since the award's inception, and repeated as the Overall Best Buy for 2017. It's also lauded for its tech features, as one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000, and for its status as an appealing family sedan.
32017JeepWranglerThe Wrangler's soft-top and trail-ready nature made it a shoo-in for the 10 Most Fun SUVs as well as one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000. But it also appeals to the practical side, earning two Best Resale Value awards as well as a spot on the 5-Year Cost to Own Award list.
42017HyundaiSonataThe Sonata is a compelling alternative to popular choices like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. In 2017, this past Best Buy Award winner earned praise as one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 and one of the 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000.
52017KiaOptimaThe sporty, stylish sedan was named one of our 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 and one of our Best Family Sedans. The Optima's hybrid variants were also recognized, as both the Hybrid and the Plug-in Hybrid were among the best hybrids under $40,000.
62017Toyota Prius / Prius PrimeToyota's newest-generation hybrid (Prius) and plug-in hybrid (Prius Prime) have been named as the Best Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000, and earned 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The Prius Prime is also a 2017 Best Buy Award winner.
72017ChevroletImpalaThe Impala is a three-time Best Buy award winner, one of this year's Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000, one of our Best Family Sedans and offers impressive 5-Year Cost to Own numbers.
82017KiaSportageThe Sportage is this year's Small SUV Best Buy for many reasons, including value, practicality, style and an excellent warranty. These aspects of the Sportage also earned it a spot on our 12 Best Family Cars list, and made it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000.
92017HondaCR-VThe CR-V is a frequent award-winner and now has even more accolades for its collection, including being chosen as one of KBB's 12 Best Family Cars, one of our 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 and one of the 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000.
102017SubaruImprezaThis year, the Impreza is one of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, a Best Resale Value Award winner and was named one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000.

Most Awarded Brands

RankYearMake
12017Honda
22017Chevrolet
32017Toyota
42017Subaru
52017Kia
62017Mercedes-Benz
72017Hyundai
82017Jeep
92017Porsche
102017Ford

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

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