The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards help you navigate a confusing automotive market by identifying cars that hit quality and value from all sides. The awards combine the U.S. News Best Cars rankings with five-year total cost of ownership data from TrueCar.com. The award-winning vehicles have the best combination of praise from car reviewers, lower upfront costs and lower long-term ownership costs than their competition. The winners aren't just good cars or good values. They're both.
2012 Best Cars for the Money:
|Affordable 2-Row Compact SUV||2012 Chevrolet Equinox|
|Affordable 3-Row Compact SUV||2012 Toyota RAV4|
|Affordable Large Car||2012 Ford Taurus|
|Affordable Large SUV||2012 Chevrolet Suburban|
|Affordable Midsize Car||2012 Ford Fusion|
|Affordable2-Row Midsize SUV||2012 Ford Edge|
|Affordable 3-Row Midsize SUV||2012 Mazda CX-9|
|Compact Car||2012 Chevrolet Cruze|
|Subcompact Car||2012 Ford Fiesta|
|Affordable Sports Car||2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata|
|Compact Pickup Truck||2012 Toyota Tacoma|
|Full Size Pickup Truck||2012 Ram 1500|
|Hatchback||2012 Ford Fiesta|
|Hybrid Car||2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid|
|Hybrid SUV||2012 Lexus RX Hybrid|
|Luxury Compact SUV||2012 Audi Q5|
|Luxury Large SUV||2012 Cadillac Escalade|
|Luxury Midsize SUV||2012 Lexus RX 350|
|Minivan||2012 Mazda Mazda5|
|Off-Road SUV||2012 Jeep Wrangler|
|Upscale Midsize Car||2012 Buick Regal|
|Upscale Small Car||2012 Volkswagen GTI|
|Wagon||2012 Subaru Outback|
The awards cover 23 automotive categories, and the 12 winning brands (split evenly between domestic brands and imports) illustrate that no single car company has a lock on value. Fourteen of the 22 winners are cars that have been introduced or significantly redesigned in the last three years, demonstrating that newer models offer good long-term value, and with the freshest technology and styling, they're more fun to own.
Ford took home the most awards, with five of its models selected as winners in six categories. Ford wins include the Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta, Ford Edge and Ford Fusion Hybrid. Chevrolet and Mazda took home three awards each.
You do not have to choose between a great car and a great value. The 2012 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards highlight cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans that are both easy to live with and easy to afford.
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Best car for the money is...A Used Car...
All new models are way over priced for what you get..
And their value goes down as soon as it drives off the car lot...
Proof that there is real value in buying American cars. The only category the US did poorly in was luxury vehicles. Let's see what happens as the engineers at Cadillac and Lincoln take aim.
Forty years ago, imports were cheaper than American cars. Thirty years ago, they were more reliable.
NOT ANY MORE!
I like Cars assembled in America. There are many American brand cars assembled in Canada and Mexico by foreign workers.
We need to provide jobs for Americans not foreigners
What do we deem affordable today? Have you seen the what they are doing to raise the prices of our vehicles? They are shoehorning all this technology into them that will be antique in two year's time. That's why they are using less metal, more plastic, more universal parts, and charging us more. Here's a great example of how it should be done: the BMW 1M series is barebone interior (like the early 90's) and a fun car (if you can afford it). It's destined to be a classic because of its classic lines and non-high tech interior and good road performance. Most in dash technology is buggy based on what i read in forums and you can't even switch out to aftermarket radios unless you pay a mint. I use a dashtop Garmin and a an aftermarket USB port that cost very little to install. That's alot cheaper than all the stuff they are trying to sell us in our cars today and more effective mind you.
The ones on the list that makes great runners, in my opinion, on the list (if you want to spend your hard earned money) is peppy commuter Ford fiesta and sporty Buick Regal turbo, and frugal Cruz.
I would like to add my 1999 Honda Accord to that list..
Wouldn't be afraid to jump in and drive across the country with it....
See how some cars on that list stack up after 12 years on the road...?