Our Most Wanted Awards: Edmunds Picks the 16 Most Coveted Vehicles | Edmunds

Our Most Wanted Awards: Edmunds Picks the 16 Most Coveted Vehicles


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).

Ford's F-150 took the honors in the large truck category. Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche also took home one award each in the remaining segments.

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:

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Honda Civic, Compact Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Honda CR-V, Compact SUV

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Honda Accord, Midsize Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Honda Pilot, Midsize SUV

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Acura MDX, Luxury Midsize SUV

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Toyota Sienna, Minivan

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Toyota Avalon, Large Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Lexus RX 350, Luxury Compact SUV

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Lexus ES 350, Luxury Midsize Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Audi A4, Luxury Compact Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Cadillac Escalade, Large Luxury SUV

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Chevrolet Colorado, Midsize Truck

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Dodge Challenger, Sports Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Ford F-150, Large Truck

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Large Luxury Car

16 Most Coveted Vehicles

Porsche 911, Luxury Sports Car

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