Ah, cars. Those fast, fun, sexy extensions of our personalities -- and often a drain on our finances.

To make sure you don't drop thousands of dollars on the wrong vehicle, do your research first. When looking into a new car, Kelly Blue Book recommends looking for safety features, quality (such as performance, comfort and style) read expert opinions, owner opinions, and make side-by-side comparisons of several cars using an online shopping tool.

Other car buyers are doing their research, and so should you. Car shopping site Edmunds.com keeps track of the most-researched cars on their site, indicating some of the most popular vehicles.

Based on Edmunds data from September 2018, these are the most popular new cars, trucks and SUVs.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.