2012 New Cars

Each year, automakers introduce a flurry of all-new models. They're also redesigning and updating existing vehicles with greater frequency than they have in the past. These factors combine to make the car-shopping process as tricky as it's ever been. A car that was best-in-class just a few years ago could be middle-of-the-pack this year due to newer and better competition.

To help you make sense of what's hot and what's not for the coming model year, our editors have put together this buyer's guide highlighting the new cars and trucks for 2012.

This guide lists 2012 vehicles that are either all-new, have a new trim level, have been completely redesigned or have been changed significantly enough to stand out. Some highlights include the Audi A6, which might just be the best new car from Germany; the Ford Focus Electric, a real electric car for the masses; and the Honda Civic, an important redesign of the popular Japanese compact car.

So whether you're serious about picking up a 2012 model or just enjoy browsing the new offerings from the manufacturers, check out our roundup of what's new for 2012.