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Consumer vehicle valuation and information website NADAguides has prepared a list of cars you should be looking at in 2011. Called the "Must Consider" list, the analysts at NADAguides have chosen seven vehicles they feel represent the intersection of value, performance, design and fuel efficiency. The vehicles on this list are also reportedly chosen because NADAguides feels the average consumer might not be considering it amongst their new-car candidates.

The Germans, Japanese, Americans, Koreans and even an Italian have a representative vehicle on the list. For 2011, the NADAguides Must Consider list is comprised of the following vehicles:

Per Troy Snyder, NADAguides Director of Product Development:

"Every year our team is excited to announce the NADAguides Must Consider List. The data for these vehicles highlight them as a smart choice for consumers, but the industry buzz or consumer awareness just isn't there for one reason or another. NADAguides recognizes why these vehicles are a great option for consumers and wants to ensure they do not go unnoticed."

The reasoning behind each choice is provided in the full press release waiting after the jump. While the machines themselves are all fine vehicles for consumers to consider, we have to wonder whether or not they were really off the consideration lists for many consumers in the first place... feel free to agree or disagree yourselves in the 'Comments.'

2011 Audi Q5
  • 2011 Audi Q5
  • 2012 Fiat 500
  • 2011 Ford Taurus
  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring
  • 2011 Kia Soul
  • 2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail
  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf

[Source: NADAguides]
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NADAguides Announces Annual Must Consider List for 2011

Models from Hyundai, Toyota, Audi, Fiat, Kia, Volkswagen and Ford Step Out From the Shadows and into the Spotlight

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -

NADAguides, the leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, announces its annual Must Consider vehicle list which includes the 2011 Audi Q5, 2012 Fiat 500, 2011 Ford Taurus Limited, 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring, 2011 Kia Soul, 2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail, and 2011 VW Golf.

The annual NADAguides Must Consider List provides consumers with unique vehicles that may not necessarily be at the top of consumers' minds, but have definitely earned their moment in the spotlight for consideration and should not be overlooked.

The Must Consider List vehicles selected by the analysts at NADAguides possess a combination of quality engineering, design and features, great performance and excellent fuel efficiency resulting in noteworthy success for each vehicle's intended function and overall value (taking into account MSRP as compared to the vehicle's quality and features).
NADAguides Must Consider List for 2011

2011 Audi Q5 - With its sporty design, premium interior, 8 speed tiptronic automatic transmission, class-leading fuel economy and top crash scores, the 2011 Audi Q5 definitely earns its place on the NADAguides Must Consider List. The Audi Q5 offers a three-zone climate control, providing comfort to all passengers in tow, along with premium plush interior leather seats. Available features include Audi's intuitive MMI® operating system, panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth, heated seats and Premium Audio upgrades. It not only proves its stand out quality with an estimated 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, but it was also named the "2011 Top Safety Pick" by IIHS for outstanding safety features such as Audi's impact protection, which includes reinforced high-strength steel/aluminum cross members, reinforced bumpers and rigid occupant cell. MSRP for the 2011 Audi Q5 starts at $35,200 and comes with 4-year, 50,000 mile drivetrain warranty and 4-year, unlimited miles roadside assistance.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "Sporty luxury combined with fuel efficiency and top notch safety ratings all for a reasonable starting price of $35,200, there's no reason this vehicle should not be at the top of consumers' minds."

2012 Fiat 500 - The 2012 Fiat 500 is the first U.S. product offering in 27 years and drives right onto the NADAguides Must Consider List. With a successful combination of unique Euro styling, custom options, and amazing estimated fuel economy of 30 MPG city and 38 MPG highway, the Fiat cannot be overlooked. This vehicle comes standard with features such as remote keyless entry, a tire-pressure monitoring system, electric power steering and cruise control. However, what makes the Fiat 500 truly unique is that consumers have more than 500,000 possible custom configurations to choose from, customizing and personalizing their Fiat to their likeness. Available features include leather wrapped steering wheel with Blue&Me hands-free communications, Bose Premium Auto Package with SIRIUS radio, and power sunroof. Starting at an MSRP of only $15,500, and including a 5-year, 100,000 mile drivetrain warranty, the 2012 Fiat 500 is an excellent contender for consumers to consider.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "The Fiat 500 has style, personality, appeal and an amazing 38 MPG on the highway. With fuel prices as high as they are, you not only save money at the dealership starting at $15,500 but you will also save at the pump."

2011 Ford Taurus Limited - A handsome and quiet cabin, vast storage space, comfortable ride and industry leading technology such as the Ford SYNC® Voice-activated Communications and Entertainment System make the 2011 Ford Taurus Limited a great vehicle for consumer consideration. The 2011 Ford Taurus Limited received the top crash test score from the IIHS with a "Good" rating. With an estimated 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, The 2011 Ford Taurus Limited starts with an MSRP of $31,955.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "The Ford Taurus has made leaps and bounds with its sporty new look, and the addition of advanced technology such as the Ford SYNC. It not only impresses the eye but its safety features are top notch ranked. It has earned its place in the spotlight."

2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring - The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring avails itself as a fierce wagon contender with classy appeal for a sensible list price. The Elantra Touring combines fuel efficiency (estimated 23 MPG city and 31 MPG highway) with noteworthy standard features such as a 172-watt satellite radio audio system with six speakers and iPod®/USB/Auxiliary input jacks, remote keyless entry with alarm, panic and hatch unlock and the first of its kind to offer Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control System. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring has a lot to offer the consumer at a great starting MSRP price of $15,995.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "Hyundai continues to impress with the Elantra Touring, offering luxury class appeal and features at a very attainable price. This vehicle proves you can have it all AND be cost savvy."

2011 Kia Soul - Recently named to the NADAguides Most Economical and Practical List, the 2011 Kia Soul achieves an estimated 24 MPG city and 30 MPG highway with a base price of just $13,300. However, the Soul makes the Must Consider List for more than its practicality as it also offers a variety of features and the ability to customize both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Optional features include sport-tuned suspension, fog lights, auto-off headlights, heated power mirrors, rear wiper, privacy glass, satellite radio, USB, remote entry, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth and more. With advanced driver, passenger and full length side curtain airbags, the 2011 Kia Soul was also named a "2011 Top Safety Pick" by IIHS.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "Named Most Economical and Practical by our analysts, Top Safety Pick by IIHS, noteworthy optional features, plus a base price of just $13,300, it's the whole package!"

2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail - The 2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail is a unique sport utility vehicle that is at home on- and off-road. Loaded with features to make it a fully capable off-road vehicle, the 2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail offers Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control. Additionally, the 4Runner Trail comes standard with an eight speaker XM® radio, USB port with iPod® connectivity, handsfree phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology. With Toyota's Star Safety System™ the 2011 Toyota 4Runner scored a perfect five on government crash tests and has been awarded a rating of "Good" by IIHS. The 2011 Toyota 4Runner Trail offers an estimated 17 MPG city and 23 MPG highway and MSRP starts at $35,955.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "The Toyota 4Runner Trail is built for and can handle even in the toughest of driving conditions. Fully equipped with everything you need to take the adventure off-road, this SUV does not disappoint at all and successfully fulfills its purpose on and off the road."

2011 Volkswagen Golf- The 2011 Volkswagen Golf offers a versatile hatchback body style with refined driving dynamics, a stylish look both inside and out and excellence in material quality. An estimated 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, along with standard features such as an eight speaker sound system with MP3 and MMA compatibility, AUX-in for portable audio players and a 2.5L, 170-hp, in-line 5-cylinder engine, the Volkswagen Golf offers a great option for consumers. Additionally, with Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) and Side Curtain Protection® head airbags on both the front and rear, the 2011 Volkswagen Golf received a "Good" rating in frontal offset and side impact from the IIHS 2011. MSRP for the 2011 Volkswagen Golf starts at $17,995.

Troy Snyder, Director of Product Development - "The Volkswagen Golf knows how to impress with a well-rounded combination of style, performance, safety, full efficiency and features."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Replace the 4Runner with the Grand Cherokee on the list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I seems like the Suzuki Kazashi should have been the poster child for this type of list.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed - I get the impression they should be advocating for underdogs like the Kizashi or even Optima here, especially in the all-important American mid-size sedan class.

        I feel the Q5 is a poor choice for this list - it doesn't need more visibility, it's sold out worldwide until next year, for Pete's sake! Then again, it would be my pick in the class, so maybe it's a justified position.

        I'm ok with the 500 being there. All the reviews have been positive, and it needs all the consideration it deserves from the North American buying public.

        The Taurus is probably a good choice for the large-sedan class, and the Kia Soul seems to have the right formula.

        But really? The Elantra Touring? That is probably the most uninspiring vehicle in its class. I'd give the compact hatch-thing nod to the Countryman or Sportage.

        I'm surprised at the 4Runner being on the list instead of the usual Durango or Explorer, so I guess it's a good choice... But what about the Borrego? Wasn't that an excellent body-on-frame SUV too?

        Finally, the Golf... Well fine. It's the best car in its class. Once you've driven it, it's hard to get in something else. It's a wonder why more people haven't splurged on a Golf; they're wonderful little cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the Elantra Touring is a great pick. The perfect car that the average consumer hasn't even heard about, much less considered. A smart european wagon hiding beneath a Hyundai badge? Yes please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My wife talked me into test-driving the Elantra Touring when we were replacing her Subaru. We bought it and have been very happy with it.. not fast, but well appointed, good suspension and handling (PS, our other car is an Audi A4 Quattro), and traction control you can turn off.

        About the only drawback is actually finding a manual on the lot.. I broke down and gave in to my wife get the automatic because it would have been a thousand *more* to wait for a manual to arrive at the dealer...
      • 4 Years Ago
      exqueeze me...where's the new Volvo S60T5. 30 m.p.g., 250 h.p. best pick for safety, five year/ 60K mile warranty, free service...what gives???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why the Q5? When I seriously considered it the last round of car swapping, I was told that I would have to wait 4 months. Doesn't that mean that it is on a LOT of people's lists? Or that the production run is small?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please drive a 2011 4Runner and do your own research before talking about things you have no idea about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NightFlight, fortunately Toyota came to their senses and dropped the 4-cylinder option for the 2011 model year.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have. I've also put 100,000 miles on my '03 4Runner Limited 4WD V8. The 5th Generation 4Runner has been decontented in many ways. It is still a good offroad capable SUV, but most people simply never take their SUV offroad.

        And if you are not going to take your SUV offroad, then you are probably better off with a minivan, crossover, or station wagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have.

        It is a step backwards compared to the previous generation. It doesn't drive better, Toyota removed the V8 option, and the interior quality has gone down. That four cylinder motor is a joke, even if it is intended to serve a purpose.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Not really a musclecar guy anymore, but ford's 300hp mustang that gets 31mpg is a pretty attractive stat, IMHO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi Q5 - disagree
      Fiat 500 - agree
      Ford Taurus Limited - disagree
      Hyundai Elantra Touring - agree
      Kia Soul - disagree
      Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition - agree
      Volkswagen Golf - agree
      • 4 Years Ago
      just wonder'n: whats wrong with the Taurus? i think is an awesome product from Ford!! it has tech that isnt even offered on other lux sedans in its size/class!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, good to know that of the 10 'must consider' cars, I would maybe consider one.

      Then again, since NADA pulled this list together, it certainly doesn't target me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why do we care what nada has to say?
        • 4 Years Ago
        We don't, but NADA sure does when it gets paid enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Torsen will be missed but oh well. I don't tow over 5,000 lbs anyway. Everybody replaces the mast antenna with the Craven Speed Stubby. No power liftgate just makes my arms stronger. LED tails would be nice to still have. And i'm not blind since I got Lasik so my eyes are better then yours.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Consumer Reports gave the 4Runner a terrible review, and I have yet to find other ones that speak too kindly to it, especially given the new JGC. I disagree with 4Runner being on this list.
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