We get a lot of traffic through AutoWeb’s network of automotive websites, as car buyers use our tools to research cars and track down the best prices. It's these informed consumers who actually shape the 2019 AutoWeb Buyer's Choice Awards — not the musings of automotive journalists, or responses to surveys, but the vehicles our users research the most carefully by requesting price quotes. We identified the winners in three broad categories and 17 smaller market segments, everything from compact cars to heavy-duty pickup trucks. Honda won the most categories (five), closely followed by General Motors (four), and then a wide variety of other brands.
Read on to find out who won Best Car of the Year, Best Truck of the Year, Best Utility Vehicle of the Year and the Buyer's Choice Awards in the following categories:
The 2019 Honda Accord won not only the Best Sedan Award but also the Car of the Year Award. This stylish, luxurious, fun to drive, and reasonably priced mid-size sedan is still fresh off last year's stunning redesign, and AutoWeb users are still loving it. It exemplifies what people like about cars in an era of SUVs by offering superior driving dynamics and fuel economy — for less money.
To read more about why the 2019 Honda Accord won the Best Car of the Year and Best Sedan awards, read the full article.
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The 2019 Ford F-150 is the best-selling version of America's best-selling vehicle: the F-Series pickup line. And for the third year in a row, it captures AutoWeb's awards for Best Full-Size Truck and Best Truck of any size. The F-150 combines an enviable heritage with modern-day luxury, comfort, and safety, providing traditional values alongside useful innovations to rule the pickup world.
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Once a novelty in a world that favored bigger vehicles, the small SUV class is the industry's highest-volume market segment, and the 2019 Honda CR-V is among its reliable best-sellers. Not surprisingly, it has won our awards for Best Utility Vehicle of the Year and Best Small SUV for the second straight year. Like the market at large, AutoWeb users are smitten with the CR-V's combination of big-car roominess with small-car drivability and fuel economy, along with its sterling safety and sharp styling.
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Many of today's station wagons focus more on luxury and sporty handling than on maximum cargo space. But one of them checks all three boxes — and at a base price of just $21,685. That's the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, which wins this year's Buyer's Choice Best Wagon award. Even better fuel economy is on its way for the 2019 model year, but AutoWeb users are already enjoying this well-rounded package.
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The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is designed to delight, with joyfully eager handling and a choice of two open-top designs. What's more, this year brought a welcome horsepower boost to an already stellar two-seat roadster. Overall, the iconic Miata is an affordable car whose driving enjoyment is tough to match at any price, and it's this year's Buyer's Choice Best Convertible.
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The newest luxury car brand on the market is already catching shoppers' attention. That's Genesis, the recently launched luxury division of South Korean carmaker Hyundai, whose G80 mid-size sedan won our Best Luxury Car award. The 2019 G80 promises the upscale styling, long list of features, powerful engines, and coddling interior of a traditional luxury brand — along with the lower prices and longer warranty you'd expect from Hyundai.
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Whether you're a celebrity, a business executive, a politician, or just part of a big family, there's a good chance you want a 2019 Cadillac Escalade. AutoWeb users certainly do, helping the full-size Escalade win our Best luxury suv award. It has the interior space of a van, the trappings of a premium sedan, and the robust capability of a pickup truck. Overall, this unmistakable luxury icon represents Cadillac's onetime "Standard of the World" slogan.
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What happens when you combine stellar fuel economy with remarkable cargo capacity, then sell it for a song? You get our Buyer’s Choice Best Hatchback. That's the 2019 Honda Fit, a petite subcompact that gets 40 miles per gallon on the highway, holds 52.7 cubic feet of cargo, and costs just $16,190. This fun little car means you don't need something big just because you need to fit a lot of stuff.
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Just one number separates the 2019 Ford F-250 from the F-150 that captured our overall Best Truck award. But the F-250 brings a higher degree of size, capability, and overall brawn — and the looks to match it. But even while you can tow up to 18,000 pounds or haul 4,200 pounds of cargo in the bed, you can also enjoy a luxurious cabin and the latest driver-assistance systems. AutoWeb users love and respect this pickup, handing it the 2019 Best Heavy-Duty Truck award.
Take one of the best-handling luxury sports sedans, style it like a 1960s muscle car, and give it crazy-powerful V8 engines. That's how General Motors created the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro, which won our Buyer's Choice Award for Best Coupe. Contemporary refinement and infotainment meet old-school brute force in the latest Camaro. Not the formula you want? No problem. You can instead opt for a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and still have plenty of fun.
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