Announces Best Bets for 2012 Models

By Patrick Olsen  on March 5, 2012
As we've done for a long time, we're rolling out our Best Bets for the 2012 model year. We know that many consumers are looking for guidance when it comes time to choose a new car, and Best Bets were designed to help with that process.

Unlike our awards, which call out the absolute top models, Best Bets include any vehicle you can be confident in buying. We have four criteria in determining which cars to recommend:

  • The car must get average or better fuel economy for its segment
  • The car must have average or better reliability
  • The car must get average or better scores in crash tests (although we do have some exceptions for low-volume models that are not crash-tested)
  • And's editors must endorse the car as well.

In years past, we've rolled these out mostly in one shot, but this year we're trying something new. As more 2012 models are tested and rated, we'll keep adding to the list when new information warrants it, so check back on KickingTires to see which models have gained our recommendations.

Compact SUVs and Crossovers

Midsize SUVs and Crossovers

Full-Size SUVs and Crossovers

Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

Hybrid and Diesel SUVs and Crossovers

Compact Sedans

Compact Hatchbacks

Midsize Sedans

Midsize Coupes

Full-Size Sedans

Luxury Cars

Luxury Coupes

Luxury Hatchbacks and Wagons

Sports Cars


Compact/Midsize Pickup Trucks

Full-Size Pickup Trucks

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Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen was born and raised in California. He loves pickup trucks and drivers who pay attention.  Email Patrick