Shopping for a new family vehicle can be a time-consuming, if not stressful, task. But Kelley Blue Book (KBB) aims to make that process a little easier.
The company, which has become a trusted source for consumers and the automotive industry when it comes to vehicle valuation and information, has just released its “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000” guide for 2012 model year vehicles sold in the United States.
The vehicles making this year’s list are, rated from one to 10 with prices in US dollars: the Volkswagen Passat ($20,765); the Mazda3 ($15,995); the Honda Civic ($16,575); the Hyundai Sonata ($20,570); the Buick Verano ($23,470); the Honda Accord ($22,150); the Ford Fiesta ($13,995); the Toyota Camry ($22,715); the Hyundai Elantra ($16,120); and the Subaru Legacy ($20.745).
People shopping for a new family car will find plenty of choices available in the sedan segment, which has become one of the most popular vehicle classes in the automotive market. Each year, manufacturers duel for attention in the crowded segment by bringing to market more vehicle choices equipped with more comfort, more convenience and more features, seemingly providing better value. But that doesn’t always mean the process of finding the right automobile to fit the family’s needs will be a simple one. That’s where Kelley Blue Book can help, by providing the information to simplify the process.
"Arguably the most popular segment in the American new-car marketplace, there are many great sedan options for consumers to choose from as they shop for their next new vehicle," says Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
The company’s “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000” takes into consideration various parameters, from ride and handling quality to fuel efficiency and overall value, when rating the vehicles available in the U.S. market. The result, according to KBB, means the consumer will find the information they need to make educated choices.
"With fuel efficiency top of mind and high expectations for features and creature comforts, today's new sedan shopper will undoubtedly find a vehicle that suits their fancy on our Kbb.com 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 list," Nerad says.
The Kelley Blue Book website provides weekly information on the automotive marketplace and includes its famous “Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values and Fair Purchase Price,” which reports what people are paying for new cars. Information available on the website applies only to vehicles sold in the United States. While appearing similar, many vehicles sold in other countries can be significantly different from U.S. models when it comes to specifications and equipment.