More than 50 brands, hundreds of models and thousands of grade and powertrain variants – picking a new car has never been more difficult... So the carsales network editorial team, motoring.com.au, has decided to lend a helping hand...

It's stating the obvious to say today's new car buyer is spoiled for choice. There's a decision to be made based on car type or lifestyle category, and then, in the most popular new car categories, literally dozens of models from which to choose. And it's no longer just a case of picking a brand your familiar or enamoured with either, in many of the hot selling sectors, brands have multiple model offers.

motoring.com.au recommends is intended to be a guide via which you can narrow your search.

The motoring.com.au crew drives literally hundreds of new cars each year and we've chosen what we believe are the best of the new car crop so you can prepare a shortlist with confidence. In many cases the choices are based on multiple drives of multiple variants of each car in each category. We've also had the opportunity, in a number of categories, to drive the best cars back to back.