With our first Most Wanted awards, Edmunds is recognizing 16 vehicles that both capture car shoppers' attention and command our editors' approval.
The winners of the 2017 Edmunds Most Wanted awards stand as the most coveted vehicles in their segments.
Honda won the most honors, with the Civic, CR-V, Accord and Pilot receiving awards in the compact car, compact SUV, midsize SUV and midsize car categories, respectively. The Acura MDX was recognized as the winner in the luxury midsize SUV category. Toyota and Lexus took two awards each — Toyota for the Sienna (minivan category) and the Avalon (large car) and Lexus for the RX 350 (luxury compact SUV) and the ES 350 (luxury midsize car).
How do we decide which vehicles are most coveted? The Most Wanted awards are unique in that they weigh our editorial team's opinions with market factors such as sales, shopper interest and days to turn, the average number of days that vehicles remain in dealer inventory before they are sold.
"The Edmunds Most Wanted designation gives car shoppers assurance that both other buyers and Edmunds' experts believe these vehicles are a smart choice," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds' executive director of industry analysis.
To come up with our Most Wanted list, we analyzed data from the first 10 months of 2016 for all model years on sale during that period. For each vehicle category, we identified which models commanded the most shopper consideration based on activity on the Edmunds website, had the highest sales and spent the lowest average number of days on dealer lots.
The rankings for these three data sets were weighted equally to settle upon the finalists in the 16 segments. Then the Edmunds editorial team ranked the finalists based on Edmunds' reviews of those models. To determine the winners, we took the average of the data rankings and the editorial team's rankings. The results are the vehicles Edmunds would most recommend to car shoppers.
The full list of the 2017 Edmunds Most Wanted award winners:
Honda Civic, Compact Car
Honda CR-V, Compact SUV
Honda Accord, Midsize Car
Honda Pilot, Midsize SUV
Acura MDX, Luxury Midsize SUV
Toyota Sienna, Minivan
Toyota Avalon, Large Car
Lexus RX 350, Luxury Compact SUV
Lexus ES 350, Luxury Midsize Car
Audi A4, Luxury Compact Car
Cadillac Escalade, Large Luxury SUV
Chevrolet Colorado, Midsize Truck
Dodge Challenger, Sports Car
Ford F-150, Large Truck
Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Large Luxury Car
Porsche 911, Luxury Sports Car