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The Best Cars for the Money

January 27, 2011

Best cars for the moneyU.S. News & World Report has released its "Best Car for the Money" awards for 2011.

The rankings are based on the opinions of hundreds of automotive journalists coupled with the cost of ownership for each vehicle compared to the competition.

The results were surprising in that no one brand won the majority of awards - meaning there is long-term value across many different manufacturers.

You just have to know which models to choose and which to stay away from.

2011 Rankings for "Best Car for the Money"

Category Make/Model
Subcompact Ford Fiesta
Compact Honda Civic
Hatchbacks Honda Fit
Midsize Chevrolet Malibu
Family Sedans Ford Taurus
Upscale Compact Volkswagen GTI
Upscale Sedans Buick Regal
Hybrid Toyota Prius
Sports Mazda MX-5 Miata
Compact Crossover Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Midsize Crossover Chevrolet Traverse
Full Size SUVs Chevrolet Tahoe
Luxury Compact Crossover Infiniti EX35
Luxury Midsize Crossover Lexus RX 350
Minivans Kia Sedona
Wagons Hyundai Elantra Touring
Compact Pickup Trucks Suzuki Equator
Full Size Pickup Trucks Chevrolet Silverado 1500

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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