Check Out Our Lifestyle Buying Guides


We know busy car shoppers don’t always focus on one category when they’re deciding what to buy: Someone with a small family, for example, might consider sedans, hatchbacks and SUVs. To help those shoppers, as well as shoppers across a dozen different categories, we again offer up our Lifestyle Buying Guide.

We’ve divided them into four major groups: Family, Play, Work and Eco-Friendly. Each group has its own set of categories:

  • Family: Small Families, Big Families, First-Time Drivers
  • Play: Off Roaders, Weekend Athletes, Sun Lovers, The Towing Crowd, Fun to Drive
  • Work: Commuters, Hard Workers, The Boss
  • Eco-Friendly: Green Drivers

Each category has a Best Car for that group, a Best Deal for that group, and eight other picks that our expert reviewers have chosen as best for that group. If you’re in the market for a car, this may be your best place to find the car that fits the demands of your busy life.

Remember to check back with us Feb. 3, 2009, to see which cars win our New Car of the Year, Family Car of the Year, Play Car of the Year, Work Car of the Year and Eco-Friendly Car of the Year awards.

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