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What are the best cars you can buy?

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Space? Interactive technology? Value for money? Aesthetics?

These are all questions we ask ourselves when looking for a new vehicle. When looking at motorbikes my concerns are whether I can still touch the ground while stationary and its overall weight, but for car drivers who may have families to chauffeur around or are simply speed demons, the vehicle may have more than one function to fulfil.

Automotive site Edmunds.com has compiled a list of the 17 "best" cars depending on what category of vehicle you're seeking -- and assuming money is no object.

In the editor's opinion, out of the 17 cars, 14 brands offer the best vehicles on the road -- led by Toyota with three vehicles and Honda with two. The full list can be found here, with explanations from the site as to why each car made the top spot.

According to the site, in each category, the best models on the road are:

  • Best Subcompact Car: 2013 Mini Cooper
  • Best Compact Car: 2014 Ford Focus
  • Best Midsize Sedan: 2013 Nissan Altima
  • Best Full-Size Sedan: 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • Best Luxury Sedan: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Best Convertible: 2013 Bentley Continental GTC
  • Best Coupe: 2014 Porsche 911
  • Best Hatchback: 2012 Ferrari FF
  • Best Sports Car: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
  • Best Five-Passenger SUV: 2013 Honda CR-V
  • Best Seven-Passenger SUV: 2014 Buick Enclave
  • Best Luxury SUV: 2013 Range Rover
  • Best Small Pickup Truck: 2013 Toyota Tacoma
  • Best Large Pickup Truck: 2013 Ram 1500
  • Best Minivan: 2014 Honda Odyssey
  • Best Electric/Alternative Fuel Vehicle: 2013 Tesla Model S
  • Best Hybrid: 2013 Toyota Prius
  • Via: Edmunds.com

    Image credit: Bentley

    — By on August 15, 2013, 10:35 PM PST

    Charlie Osborne

    Contributing Editor

    Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure