Best Cars

With so many cars on the market, finding the best wheels to suit your budget or lifestyle can be both costly and time consuming.

For most of us test driving hundreds of cars is impossible, so the industry's top bodies have done the hard work for you.

RAC's Alex Forrest has a car lover's dream job, one of eleven judges to test drive more than 220 cars.

First up, if you're after a zippy city car, Mitsubishi's Mirage took out the micro category.

Or if you're in the market for a slightly bigger car, Renault's Clio Expression came on top for light vehicles.

If you need a bit more space, the Nissan Qashqai won small 2WD Sports Utility Vehicles.

And the best sports car between $50 and $100,000, Mercedes Benz A45 was a standout.

Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander won best All Wheel Drive SUV between $45-$65,000

For the top SUV between $65,000 and $125,000, the Volkswagen Touareg was a clear winner, which can increase its height by 15cm for off-road.

And if you've got a bit of cash for on road luxury the Mercedes Benz C200 took out the judges choice award - scoring one of the highest car safety ratings in Australia - fitted with features like fatigue management.

So with the guess work taken out, the excitement's back in, to pick the next set of wheels that'll get your engine fired up.

www.Rac.com.au/bestcars