Looking for the best cars for 2011 is a little like trying to decide which dessert to eat: there’s so much good stuff out there today. But we’ve singled out a few from the many lists and present them here for your consideration. After all, consumer wants and needs rule. Maybe one of these all-new for 2011 cars is just right for you.

  • 2011 Chevrolet VoltWinner of the North American Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, Car and Driver 10 Best for 2011, Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best

    Engines for 2011, Automobile Magazine’s 2011 Automobile of the Year, and Popular Mechanics 2011 Breakthrough Technology, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric is definitely worth a look. Consumer interest prompted GM to increase production to 25,000 in order to meet consumer interest. The automaker will have Volts in every participating Chevrolet dealership by year’s end. Popular Mechanics says: “it [Volt] represents a dramatic re-engineering of the automobile that will change the way people think about electric cars.”

  • 2011 Ford FiestaThe fun-to-drive subcompact 2011 Ford Fiesta is a favorite of most automotive reviewers.

    Although it lacks the passenger and cargo space of competitors, for the right consumer, Fiesta offers high build quality, outstanding and hybrid-like 40 mpg highway fuel economy, and an affordable price, starting at $13,320. Consumer Guide says, “Ford promotes the Fiesta as a sporty, upscale subcompact, and in that regard, it hits the mark…If practicality is secondary to style and substance in your book, the Best Buy Fiesta should be on your shopping list.”

  • 2011 Hyundai SonataAutomobile magazine remarks: “The new Sonata is at or near the top of its hyper-competitive class in a broad range of categories – some you might expect (low price, fuel economy, light weight) and some you might not (power, torque, interior space, and driving dynamics).” Not only has Hyundai completely redesigned its bread-and-butter sedan for 2011, but the Sonata is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car in its class (there’s also a Sonata Hybrid available for even more fuel efficiency), carries a low starting sticker of $19,195 for an upscale midsize car, and has Hyundai’s impressive 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.
  • 2011 Infiniti M – Named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2011 Infiniti M37/M56 large luxury sedan is an excellent example of beauty and substance. Motor Trend comments: “For the 2011 model year…Infiniti has put to bed the last-place second-gen M and pulled out from under the covers a third gen that is more stylish,  more powerful, more fuel-efficient, and more tehnologically advanced.” Pricing for the 2011 Infiniti M begins at $47,050.
  • 2011 Jeep Grand CherokeeFor off-road ability and on-road civility, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee should well be on your list. Popular Mechanics

    observes: “No brand is more deeply rooted in off-road adventure than Jeep. The new Grand Cherokee stands at the top of the lineup with not only a more luxurious and roomy interior but also more power and, yes, enhanced on- and off-road chops.” Pricing for the five-passenger 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at $20,215.

  • 2011 Kia SorentoLosing its truck-based architecture in favor of car-like crossover underpinnings has catapulted the all-new 2011 Kia Sorento from back of the pack to front-runner status in the compact crossover market.  Sorento seats up to seven with optional third-row (rare in the compact SUV class), offers features like standard Bluetooth connectivity, gets EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway fuel economy, Kia’s long 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, and starting price of $20,995. Autoblog observes: “As such, we’d have to say that Kia has pretty much nailed the bullseye with its 2011 Sorento by offering the kind of vehicle the American consumer has proven it wants.”

Other best cars for 2011 include the Cadillac CTS Coupe, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford F-150, and Toyota Sienna.

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