Most Wanted: The Hottest New Cars

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.

Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

Starts at: $24,250

MPG: Up to 28 city / 34 highway

Honda (HMC) has been making this popular compact crossover SUV since 1995. Car and Driver calls it "excellent" and a "compact-crossover valedictorian."

Photo: Honda

Honda Accord
Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Starts at: $23,720

MPG: Up to 30 city / 38 highway

Honda has been making the popular Accord since 1976, and it's been one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. since 1989.

Photo: Honda

Honda Civic
Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Starts at: $19,450

MPG: Up to 32 city / 42 highway

The low-cost, reliable and fuel-efficient Honda Civic turned the company around when it was introduced in 1972, and Honda hasn't looked back. The Civic, now in its 10th generation, comes in both a coupe and sedan.

Photo: Honda

Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Starts at: $31,450

MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

Honda's three-row SUV has excellent interior room and comfort, Edmunds says. Honda calls it "aggressive and refined."

Photo: Honda

Ford F-150
Ford F-150

Ford F-150

Starts at: $28,155

MPG: Up to 20 city / 26 highway

Ford's (F) most popular truck tows from 5,000 to 8,000 pounds, and offers a range of engines and plenty of customization options. US News and World Report scored it 8.8 out of 10.

Photo: Ford

Toyota Highlander
Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

Starts at: $31,330

MPG: Up to 21 city / 27 highway

The mid-size three-row SUV is built on the same platform as the Toyota (TM) Camry, but with a larger chassis and has lots of space.

Photo: Toyota

Toyota RAV4
Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

Starts at: $24,660

MPG: Up to 23 city / 30 highway

The popular RAV4 got a complete redo for 2019. A hybrid version is also available.

Photo: Toyota

Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

Starts at: $23,845

MPG: Up to 29 city / 41 highway

Edmunds says the Camry has an enviable blend of space and efficiency. The Camry is one of the most popular sedans in the country.

Photo: Toyota

Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Starts at: $25,550

MPG: Up to 20 city / 23 highway

The long-lasting Toyota Tacoma pickup comes in two bed lengths and three cab styles, and has plenty of off-road capability.

Photo: Toyota

Ram 1500
Ram 1500

Ram 1500

Starts at: $27,295

MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

The do-it-all, light-duty pickup comes in several trims, and can tow 4,200 to 10,150 pounds.

Photo: Ram

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Starts at: $31,695

MPG: Up to 19 city / 26 highway

Edmunds says the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an excellent blend of luxury, comfort and off-road capability.

Photo: Jeep

Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

Starts at: $26,345

MPG: Up to 25 city / 32 highway

The Subaru (FUJHY) Outback deserves its faithful following and is great on or off the beaten path, with plenty of interior room, according to Autoweek.

Photo: Subaru

Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Starts at: $24,295

MPG: 26 city / 33 highway

Consumer Reports calls the Forester logical, boxy and spacious with excellent driver visibility. The compact SUV was redesigned for 2019.

Photo: Subaru

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

Starts at: $24,350

MPG: Up to 25 city / 31 highway

Edmunds says Mazda's (MZDAY) CX-5 has "a refined and upscale nature," with plenty of technology and safety features.

Photo: Mazda

Acura RDX
Acura RDX

Acura RDX

Starts at: $37,300

MPG: Up to 22 city / 28 highway

The luxury crossover SUV seats up to five passengers and can hold up to 76.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded down, according to Motor Trend, which says the car has a comfortable ride and decent handling.

Photo: Acura

Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Starts at: $32,365

MPG: Up to 19 city / 27 highway

The three-row SUV offers some of the more popular safety features as a package, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane assist, and rain-sensing wipers.

Photo: Ford

Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey

Honda Odyssey

Starts at: $30,090

MPG: 19 city / 28 highway

Car and Driver calls the popular minivan "quiet, comfortable, flexible, and packed with tons of modern technology."

Photo: Honda

Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Starts at: $28,045

MPG: Up to 23 city / 25 highway

The classic Jeep Wrangler was developed for the Army way back in 1941. It remains the iconic car for adventurers, with a few modern touches.

Photo: Jeep

Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Starts at: $28,300

MPG: Up to 17 city / 23 highway

The versatile full-size pickup has a towing capacity of 6,700 to 9,900 pounds, and comes in three body styles.

Photo: Chevrolet

Toyota 4Runner
Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Starts at: $34,910

MPG: Up to 17 city / 22 highway

Reviewers say the 4Runner, which has been around since 1984, has great off-road capability and plenty of cargo capacity.

Photo: Toyota

Chevrolet Equinox
Chevrolet Equinox

Chevrolet Equinox

Starts at: $23,800

MPG: Up to 28 city / 39 highway

This small SUV crossover has three engine options and lots of safety features, and is a solid choice in its class.

Photo: Chevrolet

Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V

Starts at: $20,520

MPG: Up to 28 city / 34 highway

Honda's attractive little crossover gets good mileage, but Car and Driver says the driving is a bit uninspired.

Photo: Honda

Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

Starts at: $29,930

MPG: Up to 20 city / 26 highway

The mid-size, three-row SUV has a quiet, comfortable ride and a solid feel on the road, Edmunds says.

Photo: Chevrolet

Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Starts at: $26,120

MPG: Up to 21 city / 32 highway

The classic pony car first appeared in 1965, and today it blends modern convenience with retro styling. For 2019, Ford created a BULLITT edition that starts at $46,595.

Photo: Ford

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

Starts at: $25,500

MPG: Up to 22 city / 29 highway

Hyundai's (HYMTF) two-row, midsize SUV has a quiet, comfortable, and attractive cabin and lots of standard safety features, but the base engine is a bit sluggish, according to US News.

Photo: Hyundai

Nissan Rogue
Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

Starts at: $24,800

MPG: Up to 26 city / 33 highway

The Nissan (NSANY) Rogue gets high scores for comfort and space but lacks power for confident daily driving, according to Edmunds.

Photo: Nissan

Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek

Starts at: $21,895

MPG: Up to 27 city / 33 highway

The Crosstrek is kind of an SUV version of Subaru's Impreza hatchback -- Consumer Reports says the regular Impreza may be a better choice because it's quieter, quicker, cheaper, and better riding.

Photo: Subaru

Lexus RX 350
Lexus RX 350

Lexus RX 350

Starts at: $43,570

MPG: Up to 20 city / 27 highway

The SUV seats up to seven people, it's refined and smooth, but a bit stiff in corners, according to Cars.com.

Photo: Lexus

Ford Edge
Ford Edge

Ford Edge

Starts at: $29,995

MPG: Up to 22 city / 29 highway

This midsize crossover SUV can tow 1,500 to 3,500 pounds and comes in three configurations.

Photo: Ford

Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

Starts at: $30,895

MPG: Up to 22 city / 26 highway

VW says their roomy midsize SUV is "mom-and-dad-friendly, not mom-and-pop-looking."

Photo: Volkswagen

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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