Kelley Blue Book announced its annual Best Buy awards in 14 segments

Nearly half the winners are Hondas.

Kelley Blue Book announced its annual 2019 Best Buy Awards at the Theatre at Ace in downtown Los Angeles, a renovated United Artists theater now part of the Ace Hotel.
Kelley Blue Book announced its annual 2019 Best Buy Awards at the Theatre at Ace in downtown Los Angeles, a renovated United Artists theater now part of the Ace Hotel. –Christian Wardlaw

Annually for half a decade, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, Kelley Blue Book announces what it thinks are the best new vehicle buys of the model year. Its team of editors evaluates each new car, truck, SUV, and minivan on the market and takes into consideration the following criteria when making its selections:

Quality

Affordability

Dependability

Comfort/utility

Driving dynamics

Cost of ownership

Cost of ownership includes several factors, ranging from price competitiveness when the vehicle is new to how well it holds its value when the vehicle is used. Warranty coverage is also a consideration, among other factors.

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With the consumer preference shift away from cars and toward SUVs, KBB added three new SUV segments for 2019: subcompact SUVs, subcompact luxury SUVs, and compact luxury SUVs. The company also dropped its full-size car category.

A Best New Model award is also new for 2019, designed to give consumers guidance about which new or redesigned vehicle is a Best Buy for the year. The winner for 2019 is the Volvo XC40, a new subcompact luxury SUV.

Without further ado, the Best Buy winners in several segments:

KBB Best Buy Award Winners: Cars and Minivans

Honda’s popular Civic has won the KBB Best Buy award five years in a row, more than any other car selected for the honor. —Honda

This year, Honda wins four of the six KBB Best Buy Awards in the car and minivan segments, reflecting the automaker’s traditional strengths in these categories. In fact, the Honda Civic has won in the compact car segment for five years in a row, every single time since KBB for launched the Best Buy Awards program.

Compact Car: 2019 Honda Civic

Midsize Car: 2019 Honda Accord

Luxury Car: 2019 Lexus ES

Performance Car: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N

Electric/Hybrid Car: 2019 Honda Clarity PHEV

Minivan: 2019 Honda Odyssey

 

KBB Best Buy Award Winners: SUVs and Trucks

If you’ve ever driven the current Honda CR-V, you can’t help but agree that it delivers excellent value in the compact SUV segment. —Honda

When it comes to SUVs and trucks, Honda, and its luxury brand Acura, do not dominate the list in the same way they do the car and minivan segments. Here, the CR-V and Pilot take top honors, but the company cedes ground in other segments.

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Subcompact SUV: 2019 Hyundai Kona

Compact SUV: 2019 Honda CR-V

Midsize SUV: 2019 Honda Pilot

Full-size SUV: Ford Expedition

Subcompact Luxury SUV: 2019 Volvo XC40

Compact Luxury SUV: 2019 Audi Q5

Midsize Luxury SUV: 2019 Audi Q7

Pickup Truck: 2019 Ford F-150