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:
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.
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
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
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.
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