I’m Headed to the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards!!
This post is sponsored by iConnect Influencer Management and Kelley Blue Book.
While travel expenses were provided, all opinions remain my own.
I love to drive! Whether it’s running errands, traveling, or driving around just because – I love to drive! This week, I’ll be traveling to Irvine, California to attend a blogger event where we’ll be learning more about the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards and test-driving cars – woo hoo!
Let’s talk about Kelley Blue Book for a minute. Kelley Blue Book is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, and recently announced the Finalists for the 2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, which will honor the top new model-year vehicle choices available in the U.S. market. These finalists will undergo head-to-head comparison testing and evaluation by KBB.com’s expert editorial team, and ultimately the winners in each category and an overall winner will be announced in November.
The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards is a premier awards program designed to provide a significant service to American new-car buyers by identifying the cream of the crop of all available 2016 model-year vehicles. The finalist models are chosen on a set of criteria that identify overall vehicle quality and value, based both on proprietary Kelley Blue Book metrics and the expert evaluations of the KBB.com editorial staff. The awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America, along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, 5-Year Cost-to-Own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information.
“At Kelley Blue Book, everything we do is designed to help car shoppers make smart decisions, and the Best Buy Awards program is the culmination of a wide variety of data and expert vehicle evaluation efforts throughout the company,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “While at the conclusion of the testing and evaluation period only 12 prestigious models will be deemed 2016 winners, it is a very high honor for a vehicle to be chosen as a finalist for these prominent awards. The automakers represented among this year’s finalists offer car buyers with top-notch vehicle choices.”
Of more than 300 new-car models available for 2016, Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors have narrowed the field to a total of 49 Best Buy Award Finalists that include 18 vehicle makes across 12 major vehicle categories. At the conclusion of the test-evaluation regimen, winners will be named a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy in each of the 12 categories, along with an overall Best Buy of 2016 winner.
The 12 categories (with vehicles) that will be focused on are as listed below.
2016 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Finalists
Small Car Midsize Car
2016 Honda Civic 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Hyundai Elantra 2016 Honda Accord
2016 Scion iM 2016 Hyundai Sonata
2016 Subaru Impreza 2016 Kia Optima
2016 Toyota Corolla 2016 Mazda MAZDA6
2016 Toyota Camry
Full-Size Car Small SUV
2016 Chevrolet Impala 2016 Honda CR-V
2016 Chrysler 300 2016 Honda HR-V
2016 Hyundai Genesis 2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Nissan Maxima 2016 Mazda CX-3
2016 Toyota Avalon
Midsize SUV Full-Size SUV
2016 Ford Explorer 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
2016 Honda Pilot 2016 Ford Expedition
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 Toyota Sequoia
2016 Toyota Highlander
Minivan Pickup Truck
2016 Honda Odyssey 2016 Chevrolet Colorado
2016 Kia Sedona 2016 Ford F-150
2016 Toyota Sienna 2016 Nissan Titan
2016 Toyota Tacoma
Performance Car Electric/Hybrid Car
2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Corvette 2016 Toyota Mirai
2016 Ford GT350 2016 Volkswagen eGolf
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2016 Scion FR-S
Luxury SUV Luxury Car
2016 Acura MDX 2016 Acura ILX
2016 Lexus RX 2016 Lexus GS
2016 Lincoln MKX 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2016 Volvo XC90
2016 Honda Civic
2016 Hyundai Elantra
2016 Scion iM
2016 Subaru Impreza
2016 Toyota Corolla
What is your favorite vehicle nominated above?