2004 Editors' Most Wanted Awards

Every year, the Edmunds.com editors gather to ponder that eternal question, "What cars or trucks would we most want to park in our garage?" For the 2004 model year our editors have once again scoured the entire automotive spectrum looking for their favorite vehicles. What they've came up with are the Edmunds.com Editors' Most Wanted cars and trucks for 2004.

Why We Began the Editors' Most Wanted List

  • Our staff members get the same question over and over: What's the "best" car or truck?
  • There isn't a single "best" car or truck that will meet everyone's needs.
  • When somebody asks us what the "best" of the crop is, we respond by quizzing the inquiring mind about his needs and wants in a vehicle.
  • Still, readers want to know which cars and trucks we'd buy given the resources.

How We Selected the Editors' Most Wanted Vehicles

  • Our editorial staff gathered to hash over the roster of 2005 models.
  • We voted for our 29 favorite models in a variety of vehicle classes, plus we chose our Most Significant Vehicle of the Year. To improve the functionality of our Most Wanted awards, we picked standardized price points for each vehicle type (sedans, wagons, SUVs, etc.). To be eligible for a given price category, at least one version of a model line had to have an MSRP (not including destination charge) below that category's price limit. This was typically the base model with no options. Unlike in previous years, there was no upper price limit for eligible winners.
  • The result of our voting is a list of cars and trucks we'd want in our own garages.
  • Only 2004 models were eligible and at least one member of our editorial team had to have driven the vehicle prior to our voting deadline of October 1, 2003.

Who Selected the Editors' Most Wanted List

When reviewing our selections, keep in mind that we're a group of men and women who enjoys driving.

  • Our staff of writers ranges in age from the mid-20s to the late-40s.
  • Some of us have kids.
  • We all enjoy long road trips and the occasional blast up a twisting canyon road.
  • Some of us lead active lifestyles, while the rest of us chomp Thai chicken pizza and eagerly await The Simpsons reruns each night.

We need vehicles that fit this kind of lifestyle.

Our Selections Were Guided as Much by Our Hearts as Our Heads

We eat, breathe and dream automobiles, and in many instances, this love for the car overruled common sense during our selection process. But that's the great thing about the Edmunds.com Editors' Most Wanted list: it's guided by passion, not science (much like the majority of car purchases).

Vehicles

Select Year: 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

Most Significant Vehicle of the Year

Sedans

Sedan Under $15,000
Mazda 3

Sedan Under $25,000
Volkswagen Passat

Sedan Under $35,000
BMW 3 Series

Sedan Under $45,000
BMW 5 Series

Sedan Over $45,000
Audi A8 L

Wagons

Wagon Under $15,000
Scion xB

Wagon Under $25,000
Volkswagen Passat

Wagon Under $35,000
Audi A4 Avant

Wagon Under $45,000
Audi A6 Avant

Wagon Over $45,000
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Coupes

Coupe Under $15,000
Honda Civic

Coupe Under $25,000
Volkswagen Golf

Coupe Under $35,000
BMW 3 Series

Coupe Under $45,000
Chevrolet Corvette

Coupe Over $45,000
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

Convertibles

Convertible Under $25,000
Mazda MX-5 Miata

Convertible Under $35,000
Honda S2000

Convertible Under $45,000
BMW 3 Series

Convertible Over $45,000
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Trucks

Compact Truck
Dodge Dakota

Large Truck
Nissan Titan

SUVs

SUV Under $25,000
Chevrolet Equinox

Midsize SUV Under $35,000
Ford Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer

Midsize SUV Under $45,000
Volkswagen Touareg

Midsize SUV Over $45,000
Land Rover Range Rover

Large SUV Under $45,000
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon

Large SUV Over $45,000
Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV

Vans

Minivan
Toyota Sienna

Exotics

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