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Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 03/05/2012 Announces Best Bets for 2012 Models


As we've done for a long time, we're rolling out our Best Bets for the 2012 model year . We know that many consumers are looking for guidance when it comes time to choose a new car, and Best Bets were designed to help with that process.

Unlike our awards, which call out the absolute top models, Best Bets include any vehicle you can be confident in buying. We have four criteria in determining which cars to recommend:

The car must get average or better fuel economy for its segment

The car must have average or better reliability

The car must get average or better scores in crash tests (although we do have some exceptions for low-volume models that are not crash-tested)

And's editors must endorse the car as well.

In years past, we've rolled these out mostly in one shot, but this year we're trying something new. As more 2012 models are tested and rated, we'll keep adding to the list when new information warrants it, so check back on KickingTires to see which models have gained our recommendations.

Compact SUVs and Crossovers

Honda CR-V

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Mini Cooper Countryman

Mini Cooper Countryman S

Nissan Juke

Nissan Rogue

Subaru Forester

Subaru Outback

Toyota RAV4

Volkswagen Tiguan

Midsize SUVs and Crossovers

Chevrolet Equinox

GMC Terrain

Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander

Toyota Venza

Full-Size SUVs and Crossovers

Chevrolet Traverse

Dodge Durango

Chevrolet Suburban 1500

Chevrolet Tahoe 1500

GMC Yukon 1500

GMC Yukon XL 1500

Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

Acura MDX

BMW X3 xdrive28i

Infiniti EX35

Infiniti QX56

Lexus RX 350

Lincoln Navigator

Mercedes-Benz GLK Class

Volvo XC60

Hybrid and Diesel SUVs and Crossovers

BMW X5 35d

Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Compact Sedans

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Kia Forte

Mazda Mazda3

Subaru Impreza

Compact Hatchbacks

Honda Fit

Kia Soul

Mazda Mazda3

Scion xD

Subaru Impreza

Toyota Yaris

Midsize Sedans

Ford Fusion

Honda Accord

Hyundai Sonata

Kia Optima

Mazda Mazda6

Nissan Altima

Subaru Legacy

Toyota Camry

Midsize Coupes

Honda Accord

Nissan Altima

Full-Size Sedans

Toyota Avalon

Luxury Cars

Acura TL

Acura TSX

Audi A3

Audi A4

BMW 740

BMW 750

BMW 760

Hyundai Genesis

Infiniti G25

Infiniti G37

Infiniti M37

Lexus ES350

Lexus IS 250

Lexus IS 350

Lexus LS 460

Lincoln MKZ

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Volvo C30

Volvo S60

Volvo S80

Luxury Coupes

Infiniti G25

Infiniti G37

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Luxury Hatchbacks and Wagons

Acura TSX

Audi A3

Audi A4

Volvo C30

Sports Cars

Audi R8

Audi TT

Audi TT RS


Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Corvette

Dodge Challenger

Ford Mustang

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Mercedes-Bens SLS AMG

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Nissan GT-R

Porsche 911

Porsche Boxster

Porsche Cayman


Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Corvette

Ford Mustang

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Porsche 911

Volvo C70

Compact/Midsize Pickup Trucks

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Full-Size Pickup Trucks

Ford F-150

Honda Ridgeline

Toyota Tundra

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