Ford, Audi and Porsche also take the stage among KBB’s award winners.
After a full year of test-drives, number crunching, evaluating and more test-drives, Kelley Blue Book has announced the winners of the 2018 Best Buy Awards. Honda, Ford, Porsche and Audi are all taking home trophies.
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KBB’s Best Buy Awards are designed to help consumers to get the most for their money in a new car purchase. The evaluation process includes a look at 5 year cost of ownership analysis, including maintenance, cost to insure and reliability, interviews with buyers and consumers and sales data, in addition to KBB’s own testing.
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Award winners will be on display beginning at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, but look for the KBB Trophy at each winner’s auto show exhibit at shows across the country this winter.
Honda Owns the Night!
KBB awards were given in 12 major categories, plus the award for “Overall Best Buy of 2018.” If this was a televised awards ceremony, Honda would be standing on the stage like Beyonce or Adele with an impressive 6 trophies in hand. Honda won the small SUV, small car, mid-size car, mid-size SUV, minivan and electric/hybrid car categories. Most notably, the 2018 Honda Accord snagged the award for overall best buy for 2018.
In addition, the sleek and sporty Accord was also named the winner in the “Mid-size Car” category. Innovative body styling, a fabulous technology package along with improved efficiency helped the Accord take home these two awards.
More Honda Winners
The 2018 Honda Civic is a favorite among auto consumers. For the third year in a row, KBB named it the “Best Buy Award Winner” in the small car category. We are certain the cute new body style along with its proven reliability contributed to the win.
A new member of the Honda family won the award for “Best Buy Electric/Hybrid” car. The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid can comfortably seat 5 but its impressive 47 miles of all-electric range plus a fabulous tax credit ($7,500) made it the obvious winner in this category.
One Honda award will surprise a lot of car fans: Honda took home the prize for 2018 midsize SUV/Crossover for the 2018 Honda Pilot. We love the new body design and so does Kelley Blue Book. That was one of the contributing factors. A strong reputation for reliability and excellent resale value also helped the Honda Pilot edge out the competition.
A Winning Porsche? No Surprise There!
Porsche won the “Best Buy Award” in the performance car category for the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster. The mid-engine beauty dominated the category for the second year in a row. No explanation needed; it’s a Porsche!
There Were A Few Surprises On the Winner’s List!
Audi is known for making functional, performance driven luxury cars and SUVs. But, it was surprising when the 2018 Audi Q5 was named “Best Buy Luxury SUV/Crossover” winner. You probably were thinking Jaguar F-Pace or Range Rover Velar would take this category, but Audi had other plans. The elegant, luxurious, more powerful technology-driven Audi Q5 turned heads and made a lasting impression taking home the award.
And Ford Takes 2 Prizes
Ford took its time with the makeover of a brand favorite and it paid off. The totally re-designed 2018 Ford Expedition has emerged as the new full-size SUV class leader due to its improved powertrain, technology and looks. The 2018 Ford Expedition is the clear winner of the “Best Buy Full-Size SUV/Crossover” award.
Ford also continued its domination of the “Truck” category. This marks the 4th year in a row that the Ford F-150 was named “Best Buy Award Winner” in the “Truck” category. The 2018 F-150 has a new body style and a new base engine, making it the leader of the pack.
KBB executives and jurors will be on the red carpet on November 28th at the Los Angeles Auto Show to present awards to the winners and highlight the features and innovations that make these cars stand out. Click here for the complete list of Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winners, and then, start your shopping!
Was your favorite brand or model on the winner’s list?