The Honda (NYSE:HMC) Civic is riding high after defending its title as the best car to buy, according to auto research firm Kelley Blue Book.
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The experts at Kelley Blue Book awarded its Overall Best Buy of 2017 award to the Civic. Honda’s small car also won the honor last year.
Kelley Blue Book says the award factors in vehicle pricing, estimated costs over a five-year period, consumer reviews and sales information.
“Kelley Blue Book editors went to the unprecedented choice of honoring the Honda Civic as the Overall Best Buy for the second year in a row because of the Civic’s unsurpassed all-around value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “It turns in very high marks in objective measures like resale value and cost to own, yet it also is a supremely satisfying car to drive and live with every day.”
The Honda Civic retails for at least $19,575, the base price of the Civic sedan including destination fees. Honda also offers coupe and hatchback configurations. According to Kelley Blue Book’s most recent awards for resale prices, the 2016 Civic is projected to hold 42% of its value after 60 months, second only to the Subaru Impreza.
Kelley Blue Book awards individual Best Buy honors to vehicles in 12 different segments. The list represents the top vehicle choices from a group of more than 300 new vehicles for model-year 2017, Kelley Blue Book says.
In addition to the Civic, Honda received a Best Buy award for the Accord midsize sedan. The winner among full-size cars is the 2017 Chevrolet Impala.
Other winners include the Audi A4 (luxury car), Kia Sportage (small SUV), Honda Pilot (midsize SUV), Chevrolet Tahoe (full-size SUV) and Ford F-150 (truck).