15 Greatest Cars of the 21st Century

Kiplinger ranks cars and SUVs every year, choosing the best in various price categories based on performance, value and safety.

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Kiplinger ranks cars and SUVs every year, choosing the best in various price categories based on performance, value and safety. So we combed a decade and a half of our buyer's guides to find the vehicles that showed up as winners time and time again. When the choices got tough, we gave the nod to iconic vehicles that have endured the test of time with continuing quality and sales.

One clear takeaway: Cars have gotten better and better since the turn of the millennium. The new models are more fuel-efficient and more powerful and pack a lot more high-tech content than vehicles did 15 years ago. Plus, they are safer—stability control became standard equipment in 2012, and a slew of other features, such as rearview cameras and forward-collision warning, are making their way to less-expensive models.

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David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for Kiplinger.com. With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.