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Cream of the Crop

Browse our editors' picks for the best cars, trucks, and SUVs of 2019.

The best cars, trucks, and SUVs at the tops of our editors' lists might surprise you.





The Editors Behind AutoNation Drive

If you're looking for a new car, truck, or SUV, you're going to want the best bang for your buck. To that end, our editors' have culled lists of our favorites in a whole host of categories -- from general cars and trucks to heated and cooled seats and beyond.

Our editors carefully look at vehicle stats, including drivability and performance, price, and road tests to determine our picks. We work with a staff of writers who are known as car industry experts and connoisseurs.

Browse our collection of Best Of 2019 posts below, or head over to the AutoNation Drive blog to feast your eyes on everything from vehicle head to heads to halo car reviews.


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Best Trucks We Drove in 2019

There's no vehicle more American than the pickup. And given the popularity of the segment, there's a version out there for everyone, whether you're looking for a cushy daily driver, a beefy tow rig, or an off-road ready beast.

We got to sample some of each variety this year, and these were the ones that we liked the best. Regardless of what you're looking for in a truck, you'll find it on this list!




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Best Cars We Drove in 2019

Back in the day, making a car that was fun to drive required all kinds of compromises. Heavy clutches, dismal visibility, and claustrophobia-inspiring cabins, not to mention often dismal reliability, were just a few of things enthusiasts had to be prepared for.

 Now, while much has been made of the notion that Americans aren't buying traditional cars anymore, they're far from dead. And to prove it, here's a list of the coolest cars our writers drove this year!





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Best SUVs We Drove in 2019

Sport utility vehicles have come a long way. No longer are they warmed-rigs work rigs that bounce over bumps and steer like a battleship. Today, they're available with all the comfort and tech features you can find in luxury cars.

    

Additionally, performance fans will be pleased to learn there are loads of good offerings for those looking to haul more than cargo. Read about some of our favorites here!




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Best in Snow

From frozen tundra, to freak weather patterns, to "bomb cyclones," the dead of winter can turn ordinary days into epic battles. That said, since nobody can predict the future, it's best to be prepared for Mother Nature's worst.

Obviously, along with dressing in layers, that means being safe on the roads. So if you live in an area that gets lots of white stuff, check out this list of our favorite SUVs!




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Best Winter-Ready Vehicles

Shopping, gift-wrapping, grocery-getting, party-going and visiting family are some of the common ingredients that make up the holiday season. All those activities carry a lot of stress potential, which means the last thing you need is your car, truck or SUV giving you drama while you go about your holiday business.

 

Whether you're planning to stay local or road-trip across the country this holiday, we've picked a varied assortment of vehicles that will best fit your needs to keep you moving through the season of frigid outside temperatures, raging fireplaces and warm cups of cocoa.



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Ten Roomiest Sedans

"I need my space." Have you ever heard those words? They're usually the antecedent to a breakup, but they could also be the precursor to an SUV purchase. One of the several reasons light trucks and SUVs are so popular right now with 70-percent market share is because they can carry more stuff than sedans.

But higher-riding vehicles are often more expensive and less fun to drive than their lower-slung sedan counterparts. Furthermore, it seems everyone and their mother, stepmother, foster mom and doula is driving an SUV these days. So how does the space-conscious consumer stand out amid the light truck and SUV deluge? Well, the good news is that there are still plenty of roomy sedans on sale today. Here are 10 worth checking out.



Best Cars with Heated & Cooled Seats

In this roundup, then, we're delving into how your potential next car or SUV will keep you comfortable all 365 days, but in an incredibly specific manner. Here, we're simply rounding up an affordable coterie of cars that have heated and cooled seats.

 

Even though it's where the sun doesn't shine, your bum still deserves some climate control. Let that statement sit a while if you don't agree at first. Here are ten vehicles that will prevent you from ever having to say the words, "I'm freezing/sweating my cheeks off!" 




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New Cars Under $20,000

In today's market, buying a new car is a well-off person's game. The most responsible advice recommends you spend no more than 10 percent of your gross monthly income on car expenses (which beyond just the car payment, also includes maintenance, insurance and fuel.)

Looking at a loaded $35,000 midsize sedan like the Honda Accord or a lightly optioned Nissan Pathfinder three-row crossover SUV? Go ahead with that down payment as long as you're bringing home more than $100,000 per year.If, like most people, you're below the top 14 percent of income earners in the US, and make closer to the median personal income of $40,000, the 10 vehicles below will better suit your budget.