This week, The Car Connection announced the nine finalists for its Best Car To Buy 2024 award that narrows down the best of every new, redesigned, or significantly refreshed vehicle to help shoppers simplify the car shopping process. We also ran the dozen that missed the cut for not moving the automotive industry forward enough, or for not standing out in any category we assess, such as value, safety, style, powertrain, and other considerations. The reality is that of the 265 car models on sale now, there aren’t many bad ones. But only a handful can be considered the best.
Also this week, we completed most of our 2024 model year testing and finalized some reviews with new safety ratings or pricing announcements. We wrap those up below.
New car reviews
2024 Toyota Prius review
The iconic hybrid redesigned last year has never been this stylish or capable, which helps it post a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10.
2024 Honda Accord
Redesigned for 2023 like the Prius, the Accord hybrid midsize sedan has fewer emissions and a better infotainment interface, but keeps its strong value and engaging handling for a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10.
2024 Honda Pilot review
Big and reasonably stylish for a three-row crossover SUV, the 2024 Pilot stumbles on below average fuel economy and some quirky tech that cap its TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10.
2024 Ford F-150 review
The refreshed pickup truck earns a TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10 due to its latest features and improved fuel economy ratings.
2024 Kia Sorento review
The refreshed three-row crossover sports new ends, a new infotainment system, and a new X-Pro grade. Changes to the hybrids arrive in 2025. Gas models are a 6.4 out of 10.
2024 Subaru Crosstrek review
The redesigned small crossover with standard all-wheel drive but no hybrid option gets more refined and remains a safety-loaded value, earning a TCC Rating of 5.8 out of 10.
2024 Ford Super Duty F-250 review
Ford’s heavy-duty workhorse can tow up to 30,000 pounds and it’s more comfortable than ever, too, but safety and fuel economy sink its TCC Rating to 4.8 out of 10.
New car news
2024 Chevrolet Trax
Best Car To Buy 2024: The Car Connection names 9 finalists
The best cars to buy for 2024 range from three-row crossover SUVs with electrified powertrains to affordable cars that cost below $25,000.
The Car Connection Best Car To Buy: Past winners
From the Ford F-150 Lightning to the Hyundai Sonata, the past winners of our Best Car To Buy awards reveal a preference for value, safety, style, and evolution.
Best Car To Buy 2024: Cars that missed the cut
A dozen new cars missed the finalist round for The Car Connection Best Car To Buy 2024, but not one of them is bad.
2024 Hyundai Sonata SEL costs $475 less than the 2023 sedan
Hyundai scrapped the SE base trim on the refreshed 2024 Sonata midsize sedan, and lowered the price on the SEL.
Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X discontinued after 2023 model year
The smallest Jeep and the last remaining gas-powered Fiat will no longer be sold in North America.