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Best Cars Available Right Now on Autotrader

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Purchasing a car is an expensive and often life-changing investment. As such, it’s crucial to choose the best one you can afford. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled this list of the best cars available right now on Autotrader. These vehicles offer the right mix of affordability, reliability and quality to satisfy most shoppers’ needs.

The top-ranked models excel in our road-test and owner satisfaction evaluations. They also boast a plethora of useful features and amenities that can save you time, money and hassle. Brands such as BMW, Subaru and Honda routinely occupy the top spots of our rankings thanks to their comprehensive model lineups that deliver high-quality driving experiences. On the other hand, some brands that don’t have a lot of offerings tend to underperform in our evaluations. Those that consistently fall short in road tests and/or reliability should be approached with caution.


This German luxury brand is a master at pairing cutting-edge technology with effortless, efficient performance in its lineup of sedans and crossovers. Several of its offerings, including the BMW X5, BMW 7 Series and BMW Z4, rank as 10Best Cars. Those with smaller budgets can opt for the more affordable BMW 3 Series or the 4 Series Gran Coupe.


The rugged Subaru Outback ranks as a best car for families thanks to its roomy and versatile station-wagon layout, family-friendly features and fuel economy. Its capable all-wheel drive and classy, tech-infused interior are also big draws for buyers. Those who want a sportier ride can opt for the Subaru BRZ, which offers precise handling and a more engaging drive than most rivals.


The Golf GTI is a nimble sport compact that delivers on its promise of fun behind the wheel. It has a punchy turbo four, sharp handling and a comfortable ride without skimping on features. Its only downside is its dated infotainment system and the fact that it’s not available with heated seats.


The Mazda 6 makes our list of the best mid-size sedans with its nimble handling and crisp steering that sets it apart from its mainstream competition. It also has a well-trimmed interior and a spacious trunk.


The iconic 911 exemplifies the greatest sports car virtues: unrivaled acceleration, delightful handling and braking abilities. Its stratospheric price tag is a turnoff for many, but you can get close to the experience by opting for the more affordable 911 GT3.

For a luxurious feel on a tighter budget, the Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan delivers in spades with its stately styling, effortless six-cylinder engine and extensive feature set. Meanwhile, the 2024 Kia Niro hybrid combines a spacious and high-tech interior with exceptional fuel efficiency and a class-leading warranty.

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