Here are three cars that finish in first place in their respective categories.

3 cars billed as the best

By: Abby Hayes, March 7, 2016

Extended auto warranty options are great to have when you're not 100-percent certain your new car will run problem-free. But when you buy a car that's considered among the elite, it inspires confidence.

The following are some of the vehicles that have been considered the very best in a variety of categories:

Best affordable sports car

The Mazda MX-5 sells for less than $30,000."

It doesn't get much cooler than a sports car, does it? Everyone has wanted one at some point. If 2016 is finally the year you splurge for one, you can't go wrong with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. U.S. News & World Report recently named the MX-5 its "Best Sports Car for the Money," thanks to its superior styling, handling, reliability and safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs crash tests each year to see which cars hold up best under various scenarios.

The MX-5 is also quite dependable, the report found, good news for those wondering if a car warranty quote is worth their while. The starting manufacturer's suggested retail price is $24,915.

Best family car
While a sports car is best built for two, settling down to raise a family requires something more spacious. For that, look no further than the 2016 Honda Pilot. The redesigned mid-size sports utility vehicle was named Kelley Blue Book's "family-friendliest" SUV on the roads today. It was also named a "Best Buy" by the vehicle valuation firm. The spacious interior also boasts mobile technology features to keep antsy kids busy.

Best car interior

"Beautifully practical might be the best way to describe the Acura RDX."

At one time, the driving experience was more about what was on the outside. Today, the inside is just as important. After all, the average American spends 75 hours per year stuck in traffic, and even more than that in congested cities like Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, according to a study done by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute

To make traffic jams more bearable, the serene confines of the 2016 Acura RDX can help the time go by quickly. AutoTrader chose the RDX for its comfortable seating, roomy rear-passenger area and well-designed cabin. It also has a drop-down screen for movie viewing.

Vehicle information websites are coming out with "best of" lists all the time. Be sure to visit Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds and other online destinations for other can't-miss suggestions.