Electric and Hybrid Cars Dominate Car Guide Winners
For the 2021 edition of the AAA Car Guide, the 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range EV SUV (pictured) has earned the overall top score. Plus, the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV Premier won best in the “Small Vehicle” category and the “Best $35k – $50k” category. Two hybrid vehicles won as well, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid won best “Midsize Vehicle,” and the 2020 Volvo S90 T8 won the best “Large Vehicle” category.
The AAA Car Guide provides consumers with reviews highlighting how many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are included in the vehicle, as well as other criteria and information. The majority of the category winners for 2021 are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids or hybrids since manufacturers tend to load up these vehicles with the newest in safety technology.
The guide includes comprehensive, easy-to-read reviews of each vehicle, which are based on 13 criteria, including the number of ADAS safety features, emissions, braking, fuel economy, handling, ride comfort and acceleration. These vehicles are tested, scored and placed in one of five vehicle categories by the Automotive Research Center (ARC) of the Automobile Club of Southern California, a member of the AAA federation of motor clubs.
The AAA Car Guide also contains a compendium of AAA’s recent research of current automotive technologies and topics, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), gasoline quality, headlight effectiveness and safely transporting a pet in the vehicle.
Winners, detailed evaluation criteria, vehicle reviews and an in-depth analysis of the ADAS technology can be found at aaa.com/carguide.
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