By the time most consumers are in their thirties, most have outgrown the starter cars they had in their twenties. Many are ready for a vehicle that expresses more of their own individuality, or have growing families that factor into their car selection.
At Cartelligent we help thousands of people each year decide which vehicle best meets their personal requirements. We’ve compiled a list of the top choices among drivers between the ages of 30 and 39.
10. Mazda CX-5
Why we love it: Updated for 2016, the CX-5 is a great choice for young families, or for those who need the additional cargo space of a compact SUV. Cartelligent clients love its agile handling, roomy interior, and impressive fuel economy. The CX-5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention. (Watch a Video Review.)
9. Volkswagen Golf
Why we love it: The Golf (with the Golf GTI) was named North American Car of the Year (2015), Motor Trend’s 2015 Car of the Year, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick (applies only to four-door models). It’s a fun-to-drive example of German engineering without the typical corresponding price tag. (Watch a Video Review.)
8. Subaru Outback
Why we love it: Redesigned for 2015, the capable Outback offers ample cargo space, a comfortable ride and sporty handling. Kelly Blue Book named Subaru the brand with both the lowest cost to own and the highest resale value for 2015.
7. Honda Odyssey
Why we love it: When it’s time for a minivan, the Odyssey is a top choice with seating for up to eight, fold-flat seats, and multiple storage bins to help keep everything in place. A rearview camera comes standard and, when equipped with the optional front crash prevention system, the Odyssey is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
6. Audi Q5/SQ5
Why we love it: The Audi Q5 is a top choice for those who want to combine luxury and performance with the spaciousness of an SUV. The Q5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention. Upgrade to the SQ5 for even greater agility and acceleration.
5. Toyota Prius
Why we love it: A perennial top-seller among Cartelligent clients of all ages, the Prius remains the undisputed leader in hybrids and an attractive choice for clients who are looking to cut their spending on fuel. The redesigned 2016 model (shown above) promises even greater fuel efficiency and a more responsive drive.
4. Toyota Highlander
Why we love it: With an optional third row, and available second-row captain’s chairs, the Highlander remains a great choice for families. A back-up camera comes standard; the Highlander is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention. A hybrid version is also available. (Watch a Video Review.)
3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
Why we love it: The classic Grand Cherokee is consistently popular with Cartelligent clients. It can serve as a spacious and comfortable family vehicle or as a capable off-road or tow vehicle (when properly equipped). Powertrain options include a 3.6L Pentastar V6, a 5.7L HEMI V8, and a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6.
2. BMW 3 Series
Why we love it: BMW’s entry-level 3 Series combines the style and handling the brand is known for with an array of features and an attractive price point. It is available as either a 6-speed manual and an 8-speed automatic. The 2016 model year brings the world premiere of BMW’s all-new inline 6-cylinder gas engine in the 340i and the first ever plug-in hybrid 3 Series, the 330e.
1. BMW X5
Why we love it: The X5 combines the utility of an SUV with the luxury and performance of a BMW. A third-row is optional, and safety upgrades include a rear view camera, active driving assistant, night vision and surround view. A diesel version is available and a plug-in hybrid is expected to arrive in October 2015.