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With more than 700 models to choose from, finding the right new car or truck can be a challenge. Let us help by directing you to the three best choices among many different types of vehicles from subcompacts to pickups. We are constantly updating our picks as new models come out, so don't be surprised if we suggest one you've never even heard of.

SMALL CARS: If you're looking for an inexpensive way to get around, we recommend the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris. Drive one home and you'll see how far subcompacts have come from the old econoboxes.

COMPACT SEDANS: They're perfect for commuting during the week and doubling as a family car on the weekend. We think you should consider the Mazda3, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

COMPACT WAGONS: We understand if you'd like a little more room and lot more personality. Here are three you'll love to drive -- the Chevrolet HHR, Scion xB and Kia Spectra5.

MID-SIZE SEDANS: These are the ultimate family cars, and the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Saturn Aura are the best of more than 50 different models we considered.

MIDSIZE SEDANS: If price is a big concern, you might be surprised at how much comfort and convenience you buy for under $20,000. The Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Chevrolet Malibu are great buys.

MINIVANS: They're still a practical, economical way to get your family and all their stuff around town or across the country. The Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona should top your shopping list.

SMALL SUVs: "Cute utes" are perfect for anyone who wants more room and character than a compact car at a more reasonable cost than bigger SUVs. We think the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4 and Subaru Forester are the best of the bunch.

FULL-SIZE PICKUPS: The Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra and Honda Ridgeline are the most powerful yet refined trucks ever. They'll haul or tow almost anything, anywhere you and your family want to go.

MID-SIZE PICKUPS: Our favorites -- the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Explorer Sport Trac and Dodge Dakota -- offer surprising comfort and convenience, with ample room for people, cargo or both.

CONVERTIBLES: An open top can turn a mundane errand into a joy-filled jaunt, and you don't have to spend a fortune. Our favorites -- the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mini Cooper and Ford Mustang -- all cost less than $26,000.

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