Here at Cars.com, our experts are asked to comment on a wide range of topics — from the concerning squeals when you turn a steering wheel to the giddy ones when you run the quarter-mile in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. But we hear a more fundamental question repeatedly: “What car should I buy?”
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Depending on your particular needs, some cars are good choices, while others are unequivocally the wrong ones. We’re seldom so dismissive of a given car to think it won’t work for anyone — with maybe one exception — but the better examples tend to appeal to a wider range of shoppers. The worse ones invite a narrower set.
So which car is right for you? That can be a complicated journey of wants, needs and budget, but let’s start at the trailhead: