Once again this year, we're back with a list of the safest bets available on the new-vehicle market for 2020. It's not just about reliability or build quality here, nor solely performance, efficiency or cargo space.
Rather, what we're looking to do with this Top 10 - sorry, Top 11 - list is to highlight the vehicles in each category that do well in all the criteria listed above. In other words, here are in our view the best all-around choices by popular niche. We ignored the luxury categories for this exercise. We also should mention that, like last year, in 2020 the vast majority of new vehicles on the market are good choices.
1 - Subcompact car: Hyundai Accent
Last year, we identified the Nissan Micra as the surest bet among pint-sized cars. The diminutive city car is certainly not to be ignored in its final year in our market - there will be no sequel to the model after the 2020 model-year - but for a few thousand dollars more, the Hyundai Accent offers much more to its driver.
This here is a subcompact car that delivers compact-car performance with excellent build quality and generous equipment. It's not for nothing that it continues to reign at the top of the subcompact sales charts.