Our expert ratings come from hours of driving and calculating to ensure you choose the best car for you. We thoroughly test and analyze every new SUV, car, truck or minivan for sale in the United States and compare it to its competitors. When all that dust settles, we have our odds.
We require new ratings every time a brand new vehicle or a new generation of an existing vehicle is released. Additionally, we re-evaluate these ratings when a next-gen vehicle receives a mid-cycle refresh – basically, sprucing up a car in the middle of its product cycle (typically, around the 2-3 year mark) with a minor facelifts, often with feature and technology updates.
Rather than pulling random numbers from the air or a meaningless checklist, KBB editors classify a vehicle in its place in its category. Before a car gets its KBB rating, it has to prove that it is better (or worse) than the other cars it competes against, as it tries to get you to spend your money to buy or lease.
Our editors drive and live with a given vehicle. We ask all the right questions about the interior, exterior, engine and powertrain, ride and handling, features, comfort and, of course, price. Does it serve the purpose for which it was built? (Whether that goal is to get to work efficiently in the city, to keep your family safe, to make you feel like you’ve reached the top – or are on your way – or to make you feel to have finally found the right partner for your lifestyle.)
We take every vehicle we test through the mundane – parking, lane changing, reversing, cargo space and loading – as well as the essentials – acceleration, braking, handling, quiet and interior comfort, build quality, quality of materials, reliability.