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.

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