C.B. S., Austin, Texas

Hmmm, let’s see. Which is the absolute best among the hundreds of sedan models that cost less than $60,000? This will probably take us a while to sort out (we’re thinking maybe by model year 2015), so we have some other suggestions you could pursue while you’re waiting.

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One is to check out the Cars.com 2012 Best Bets, which divvies up sedan models by size and price ranges and recommends the ones that offer the best value. Another suggestion is to use the Cars.com Vehicle Recommender, which lets you specify what you’re looking for as far as a price range, fuel economy, horsepower, major comfort and convenience features and a slew of other parameters that will help you create a personalized shopping list.

You can simplify this task by deciding early on which attributes are more important, such as luxury or performance (or if they deserve equal weight), whether you want rear-, front- or all-wheel drive, or if the prestige of particular brand names counts more than size or price.

There are too many competent, high-quality cars on our list of Best Bets — including 19 in the luxury category alone — to single out one that is the perfect choice for you.

If, after you narrow your choices to a handful — say, four or fewer — and you are still undecided, get back to us, and we’ll do our best to help you pick a winner.

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Answered by Rick Popely on December 4, 2012 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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