From the editors at Edmunds.com, there are 10 steps to go through to determine which car is right for you. Below is a quick summary of that list.

  1. What kind of car do you need?
  2. How much can you afford?
  3. Should you lease or buy your next car?
  4. Have you considered all vehicles in that class?
  5. Have you considered all of the costs of ownership?
  6. Research options.
  7. Schedule an appointment for a test drive.
  8. How to test drive a car.
  9. After the test drive.
  10. Getting ready for the buying cycle.