Best Cars for 2009

See Kiplinger's picks for the Best in Class, Best New Car, Best Resale and Most Fuel-Efficient in 11 car categories.

Editor's Note: To see all our picks for 2010 models , click here.

We evaluated more than a thousand new models and picked winners across 11 categories, from small economy cars to crossovers, large SUVs and luxury sedans. The slide shows below offer our top picks in each category for Best in Class, Best New Car, Best Resale, and Most Fuel-Efficient. Which one is right for you?

Best Cars for 2009

Best Cars In Class

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Best NEW Models

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Mark Solheim
Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Mark became editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in July 2017. Prior to becoming editor, he was the Money and Living sections editor and, before that, the automotive writer. He has also been editor of as well as the magazine's managing editor, assistant managing editor and chief copy editor. Mark has also served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association. In 1990 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Mark earned a B.A. from University of Virginia and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Mark lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, and they spend as much time as possible in their Glen Arbor, Mich., vacation home.