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The Best Cars Available Right Now

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There are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for a new car. Some, like price and fuel efficiency, are more important than others. And then there are those that arguably matter most: performance and reliability. After all, nobody wants to invest money in a vehicle that breaks down or dies soon after they purchase it. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to compare these traits on a car-by-car basis.

One of the best is to look at what we call overall value—a measure that considers the cost of a car, its options and upgrades, and how much it costs to operate on a regular basis. Then you can find the vehicle that offers the best bang for your buck, whether you’re in the market for a daily driver or a weekend warrior.

We also look at the driving experience and how a vehicle makes us feel. This can mean anything from a thrilling acceleration to a premium interior ambiance and how much the vehicle rewards spirited driving. It can also include things like a smooth ride and how many people it comfortably holds. And of course, a car’s safety ratings are an important factor to consider too.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best cars available right now.

1. Ford Focus RS

The hottest hatchback on the market, the Focus RS is a brash, fun-to-drive rocket ship that puts exotic sports cars to shame. It’s also affordable to own and drive, making it an excellent choice for car enthusiasts and those who aren’t ready to shell out big bucks for a high-performance exotic.

2. Mazda 3

One of our favorite compact cars to drive, the 3 looks sharp and feels upscale inside. It also offers good fuel economy, solid performance, and plenty of cargo space for a small sedan or hatchback. The latest generation adds a sporty variant with a turbocharged flat-six engine that’s a joy to drive.

3. BMW i4

The latest i4 shows that electric vehicles don’t have to be boring. It’s got the sort of acceleration that will make non-believers rethink their skepticism, as well as smart packaging and a surprisingly luxurious and practical cabin.

4. Porsche Macan

The Macan is one of our favorite SUVs to drive because it’s true to the brand’s sporting ethos while also offering plenty of room for passengers and gear. Its roaring V-6 engine and playful handling are sure to delight Porsche fans, and its relatively affordable price tag is hard to beat.

5. Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y continues to be the most popular electric SUV on the market, and with good reason. It has an impressively long range, a fast charging time, and plenty of luxury features. Plus, its svelte exterior styling and tech-packed cabin help it stand out from rivals. But be careful: its semi-autonomous driving technology can be frustrating for drivers who want to be in control of their own vehicles.

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