Great Cars for Every Driver
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Great Cars for Every Type of Driver

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As part of Kiplinger's annual best list, which rounds up the year's best financial products and services, we selected the top vehicle for eight types of drivers.

There's something here for everyone -- from penny-pinchers to soccer moms to those in search of affordable luxury. Take a look.

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All car data comes from Kelley Blue Book and is for 2015 car models unless noted otherwise.

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Mazda3

Courtesy of Mazda

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Best for...: Wallet watchers

Sticker price: $17,740

Invoice price: $17,269

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $17,074

Resale value: 3-year: 60%; 5-year: 43%

MPG: 29 (city); 41 (hwy)

The Mazda3 has upscale features and looks, plus affordable five-year ownership costs that won’t dent your budget.

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Honda Accord

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Best for...: Long hauls

Sticker price: $22,895

Invoice price: $21,027

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $22,173

Resale value: 3-year: 55%; 5-year: 41%

MPG: 24 (city); 34 (hwy)

Honda has a well-deserved rep for reliability and high resale values, which helped the Accord snag a Kiplinger’s Best in Class award four of the past six years.

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Subaru Forester

Courtesy of Subaru

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Best for...: Drivers who want to go anywhere

Sticker price: $23,045

Invoice price: $21,845

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $21,908

Resale value: 3-year: 66%; 5-year: 50%

MPG: 22 (city); 29 (hwy)

With cap­able (and standard) all-wheel drive, Subaru's Forester will take you on or off road. It has plenty of cargo space and a suite of optional safety features.

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Ford Explorer

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Best for...: Soccer moms (and dads)

Sticker price: $31,595

Invoice price: $29,830

KBB Fair Purchase Price: $30,247

Resale value: 3-year: 55%; 5-year: 39%

MPG: 17 (city); 24 (hwy)

The Ford Explorer seats up to seven, has 21 cubic feet of space behind the third row and keeps fuel costs low with an optional EcoBoost engine that gets 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

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BMW 3 Series

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Best for...: Affordable luxury

Sticker price: $33,900

Invoice price: $31,445

KBB Fair Purchase Price: N/A

Resale value: N/A

MPG: 24 (city); 36 (hwy)

The archetype of sports sedans, BMW's 3 series maintains its reputation generation after generation with plenty of power, a composed ride and agile handling.

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Tesla Model S

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Best for...: Drivers who can spend big

Sticker price: $71,070

Invoice price: N/A

KBB Fair Purchase Price: N/A

Resale value: N/A

MPG: 94 (city); 97 (hwy) mpg equivalent

European luxury sedans have nothing on Tesla's Model S. Starting at $71,070, the American-made auto matches their power and sleek looks and features an electric power­train that delivers the equivalent of 95 mpg and can go 208 miles between charges.

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2010 Lexus RX 350

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Best for...: Affordable (used) luxury

Price when new: $38,500

KBB Used Car Fair Purchase Price: $26,295

Certified used price: $28,795

Private party price: $23,644

MPG: 18 (city); 25 (hwy)

The RX 350 combines elegant pack­aging with a silky smooth ride. It has 10 standard air bags, and you’ll find models with a collision-warning system.

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2011 Kia Soul

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Best for...: Your kid

Price when new: $16,495

KBB Used Car Fair Purchase Price: $11,800

Certified used price: $12,400

Private party price: $9,827

MPG: 24 (city); 30 (hwy)

With its plethora of amenities and go-kart handling, the Soul+ offers a lot of bang for the buck. Funky looks combine with copious amounts of space.

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