Australian new car buyers are bombarded with advertising, marketing messages, new car reviews and hard specification data. Deciding which new car to buy can be a difficult process.


Debuted in 2012 and back for 2013, motoring.com.au recommends is intended to be an easy-to-understand, first-hand critical new car guide via which you can narrow your search.


The motoring.com.au crew drives literally hundreds of cars each year. New releases, both local and abroad, seven-day tests in the cut and thrust of normal traffic and longer-term test periods that seek to approximate the ownership experience.


In many cases our impressions are based on multiple drives of multiple variants of each car in each category. In addition, the motoring.com.au crew also test drives the best cars back to back across a range of categories.


Once again, we've used this knowledge to name our five top cars across a range of lifestyle-based categories, so new car buyers can short circuit their research and fast track their buying decision.


The cars named as 'motoring.com.au recommends' are the best of breed in their respective classes and represent canny choices for new car shoppers -- whether you're shopping for a first car or a performance icon....




More than 50 brands, hundreds of models and thousands of grade and powertrain variants – picking a new car has never been more difficult... So the carsales network editorial team, motoring.com.au, has decided to lend a helping hand...


It's stating the obvious to say today's new car buyer is spoiled for choice. There's a decision to be made based on car type or lifestyle category, and then, in the most popular new car categories, literally dozens of models from which to choose. And it's no longer just a case of picking a brand your familiar or enamoured with either, in many of the hot selling sectors, brands have multiple model offers.


motoring.com.au recommends is intended to be a guide via which you can narrow your search.


The motoring.com.au crew drives literally hundreds of new cars each year and we've chosen what we believe are the best of the new car crop so you can prepare a shortlist with confidence. In many cases the choices are based on multiple drives of multiple variants of each car in each category. We've also had the opportunity, in a number of categories, to drive the best cars back to back.