Michigan Auto Times Top 10 Picks
Michigan Auto Times announces Top 10 Picks for car buyers. Watch the video above or read the details below. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed with any of these vehicles.
Michigan Auto Times has chosen 10 of the best vehicle buys on the road today and compiled them into our Michigan Auto Times Top Picks buyers guide. We feel you won’t go wrong if you purchase any of these vehicles. Watch the Michigan Auto Times video or read more about the vehicles selected. Post your comments and let us know whether you agree or disagree with our list.
Green Car: Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius dominates when it comes to popularity but it backs up that fame with envious gas mileage achievements of 50 mpg and a reasonable price. Featuring regenerative braking, three power modes of standard, economy, and power, acceleration that doesn’t disappoint and a hatchback that still gives plenty of space, the Prius continues to be the frontrunner in this category.
Family Sedan: Buick LaCrosse
The Buick LaCrosse offers something other family sedans don’t and that’s style. Its upscale features, strong performance, quiet ride and appeasing interior give families a lot of luxury without the steep sticker price. All wheel drive is available and the current model also adds more athleticism, is more dynamic than earlier generations, and the ride quality of the LaCrosse can’t be beat.
Small Sedan: Honda Civic
Honda continues to be well-known for quality and longevity, and the Honda Civic is a shining example of that effort. Key winning factors include affordable price, high reliability ratings, and a spacious interior that offers more comfort to occupants than other vehicles in its class.
Compact SUV: Chevrolet Equinox
The Equinox is built on a carlike base like other SUVs in this class, but where others are awkward in handling and maneuverability, the Equinox is a smooth sail. Style is sharp and attractive, both inside and out, and the current Equinox boasts better fuel economy.
Pickup Truck: GMC Sierra
The Sierra offers buyers lots of power, even in the base models. Its classic body and widely known longevity makes it a workhorse for those who need more payload and towing to get the job done right. Add in On-Star which comes standard, and an improved interior, and the GMC Sierra is a solid buy, which explains why it was our MI Auto Times Best Truck Competition winner.
Minivan: Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan leads with its seating flexibility, excellent crash test scores, and entertainment features such as rear DVD entertainment system with 9-inch flip-down screen, remote control and headphone jacks.
Subcompact Car: Ford Fiesta
A feisty choice that defeats all when it comes to price, the Ford Fiesta has set the bar for small cars. With fuel economy in the range of 30 miles per gallon city and 40 miles per gallon highway, the highly efficient Fiesta rewards with smiles not only in gas savings but also in driving experience. The Fiesta is sporty, peppy and offers surprising options that normally are reserved for larger, more expensive models.
Luxury Sedan: Lexus LS:
Lexus beat out the competition thanks to its quiet ride and smooth-as-butter interior. The Lexus doesn’t drive so much as it glides. Though it may have less power and performance than some of the others in this class, the price point, safety, reliability and optional features like self-parking put it at an advantage.
Sports Car: Nissan 370Z
The Nissan 370Z gives buyers so much sports car for so little of a price tag. The NISMO 370Z at the top of the lineup doesn’t break $40,000 but gives buyers 350 horsepower from a 3.7-liter V6 engine. The crisp downshifts paired with the rocket-like acceleration are only two reasons why Nissan receives the top sports car designation. Supreme handling from the lower, wider, and lighter vehicle is impressive and the variety of options extensive.
Rising through the Ranks: Buick Regal
Our editors love this vehicle because of its classy exterior, sportiness, and smaller size that ups its gas mileage advantage. The Buick Regal represents a shift away from larger inefficient engines and toward a younger generation. The Regal’s engine is a power-punching dynamo delivering a smooth ride that’s in balance with the fuel economy many people now demand.
You can’t go wrong with the MI Auto Times Top Ten, but if you have a bone to pick with us, tell us about it in the comments section.