Kelley Blue Book's best buys for 2015

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    As the new model year picks up speed, Kelley Blue Book is advising consumers on the 2015 best buys in cars, SUVs and pickups.

    In its new awards released today, Kelley and its kbb.com website evaluated vehicles through extensive test driving, plus analysis of the best values, including the five-year total cost of ownership. The awards were announced to accompany the press preview of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

    In addition to category winners, Kelley Blue Book analysts picked an overall winner -- Ford's completely new F-150 pickup (pictured above). "Our group of expert vehicle testers chose the Ford F-150 as the overall winner because of its breakthrough aluminum body structure, its smooth and fuel-efficient powertrains and its impressive collection of thoughtful features," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and market analyst.

    The aluminum body on the new pickup allows lighter weight and better fuel economy, although EPA ratings on the F-150 turbocharged engines have not yet been released. Prices for the new pickup range from $29,480 to $43,160.

    Take a look at other Kelley Blue Book winners in six of the best-selling categories.

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    Jerry Edgerton, author of Car Shopping Made Easy, has been covering the car beat since Detroit companies dominated the U.S. market. The former car columnist for Money magazine and Washington correspondent for Business Week, Edgerton specializes in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.