Kelley Blue Book said Thursday that the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is its overall Best Buy of 2016 award winner, as Honda and Chevrolet led the pack as they each garnered multiple awards in a dozen vehicle categories.
The car valuation and information company said the vehicles chosen for the annual awards are considered top values for their segment class and are aimed to help consumers make decisions. The company considered factors such as vehicle pricing, a vehicle’s five year cost of ownership and consumer reviews and ratings. Kelley Blue Book looked at more than 300 new vehicle models for 2016 and editors narrowed the field first to 49 finalists and then tested and evaluated those vehicles for several weeks before picking overall winners. The company considered factors such as vehicle pricing, a vehicle’s five-year cost of ownership and consumer reviews and ratings.
“Our group of expert vehicle testers chose the totally redesigned 2016 Honda Civic as the overall winner in our Best Buy Awards because it sets a new standard in a segment already known for delivering great value, providing an up-level experience to drivers and passengers in every facet of the driving and ownership experience,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, in a statement.
Last year, the 2015 Ford F-150 took top honors as the overall winner. Several vehicles repeated their segment wins from a year ago.
The Civic, priced starting at less than $20,000, was the overall winner and also took honors for tops of any small car because of its new looks, above segment interior, new powertrain and technology, Kelley Blue Book said.
“We are incredibly confident in the value, quality and design of the all-new 2016 Civic,” Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s Honda Division, said in a statement. “This prestigious award from KBB.com helps current and future buyers with their purchase decisions and further solidifies the notion that for customers who purchase a Honda, be it a car or a light truck, they are making an ‘overall’ smart choice.”
Other award winners by segment included:
Mid-Size Car: 2016 Kia Optima
Full-Size Car: 2016 Chevrolet Impala
Luxury Car: 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Sports/Performance Car: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette
Electric/Hybrid: 2016 Chevrolet Volt
Small SUV/Crossover: 2016 Honda CR-V
Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2016 Honda Pilot
Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
Luxury SUV/Crossover: 2016 Lexus RX
Trucks: 2016 Ford F-150
Minivan: 2016 Honda Odyssey