It happens every year right around this time…calls and e-mails roll in from folks looking to buy a new car. “What are the best cars on the road? Which car is least likely to give me problems?” Obviously, we can’t look into a crystal ball–any type of car could be defective, either due to manufacturer problems or misdiagnosis in the service department. However, we thought it would be in consumers’ best interest to find an objective annual source to refer them to. Five years ago, we came across some very comprehensive information from well known automotive consumer advocate Jack Gillis. Each year, Jacks puts out his Ultimate Car Book and thankfully, year after year, he has allowed us to share his findings with consumers.
“Best Bets” are based on expected performance in ten categories (crash tests, safety features, fuel economy, rollover, overall, maintenance and repair costs, warranties, insurance costs, and complaints), with the greatest emphasis placed on crash test performance and complaints. Vehicles are organized by size class for your convenience. If you are interested, you can purchase the 2007 Ultimate Car Book by visiting the Center for Auto Safety’s website at https://www.autosafety.org/.
Now, without further ado, he are are Jack’s 2007 “Best Bets”:
Honda Accord SDN/TL
Toyota Camry/Lexus ES 350
Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
Lincoln Town Car
Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country
Ford Freestar/Mercury Monterey
Toyota Highlander/Lexus RX350