“We know that consumers are very interested in new vehicle technology for the safety features,” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automotive Research Center. “However, AAA research also shows that drivers don’t always understand the technical limits of these features and the AAA Car Guide is an easy-to-understand resource that can help improve their understanding.”
Buying a car in 2021
Industry analysts forecast that 2021 will be a more robust car-buying year than last year because of new models and pent-up demand with the growing number of vaccinated Americans. After about a year of learning to sell vehicles during a pandemic, dealers are experienced about keeping employees and customers safe, cleaning and disinfecting dealership facilities and vehicles and safely handling sales operations.
“Compared to even five years ago, today’s vehicles have many more features and systems that a driver must learn, including new vehicle technology and how the vehicle is powered – either gasoline, an alternative fuel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric,” added McKernan. “The learning curve and decisions to be made can be daunting, and our evaluations in the AAA Car Guide are designed to help drivers select a safe and comfortable vehicle that meets their needs.”
The AAA Car Guide 2021 Winners
Each of the 2021 AAA Car Guide winners have numerous ADAS safety features which generates a higher score. Highest ranked by category are:
Overall 2020 - Tesla Model Y Long Range (electric)
Small 2020 - Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier (electric)
Midsize 202 -0 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
Large 2020 - Volvo S90 T8 (plug-in hybrid)
Pickup 2020 - GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab SLT (diesel)
SUV/Minivan - 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range (electric)
Best Under $35,000 - 2020 Subaru Outback premium (gasoline)
Best $35,000-$50,000 - 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier (electric)
Best Over $50,000 - 2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range (electric)
The AAA Car Guide also contains a compendium of AAA’s recent research of current automotive technologies and topics, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), gasoline quality, headlight effectiveness and safely transporting a pet in the vehicle.