Web Extra: Best New Cars from the NY Auto Show

With all the far-flung concept cars revealed at the New York Auto Show, it’s important to remember that an auto show is really about the cars consumers want to buy – and that’s true at this year’s show, kicking off this weekend, more than others past with the auto industry in the throes of crisis.

Ray Wert, editor-in-chief of auto blog Jalopnik.com, reveals the top three cars by value debuting at this year’s New York Auto Show:

1. 2010 Subaru Legacy - For red-blooded, midsize-sedan-buying Americans out there, Subaru is tailoring its new sedan to you more than it ever has before. This is largely a good thing, unless you're a fanatical Subaru owner already. The new Legacy has a more sedan-like shape and better fuel economy.

2. 2010 GMC Terrain - It's a new mid-size cross-over vehicle from GM that gets 30 miles per gallon, which is almost unheard of for a small SUV. It says boatloads about the direction GM's going, according to Wert.

3. 2010 Kia Sorrento - The new Sorento will be the first vehicle equipped with Kia's R-Diesel engine. Displacing a scintillating 2.2-liters and making a fiery 200 HP, the engine delivers a positively overwhelming 33 MPG. For less frugally minded Korean crossover enthusiasts, there'll also be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine and the ubiquitous Hyundai/Kia 3.8-liter V6, although a 6-speed auto should ensure that you don't have too much fun.

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