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The Best Family Sedan for the Money

September 22, 2011

The midsize family sedan is the most competitive segment in the automotive market.

There are over 20 moderately priced models available for sale right now, including the 2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Volkswagen Passat, and 2012 Hyundai Sonata.

The folks over at KickingTires did some intense research this past week to determine which family sedan provides the best bang for your money.

They equipped each sedan with the options most drivers prefer, which include:

They then factored what it would cost for 2 years worth of gas at $3.67 per gallon for 30,000 miles.

And here was the outcome:

Most Affordable Cars

The 2012 Hyundai Sonata was ranked the most affordable family sedan for the money, beating the average by over $2,000.

The runners up were the 2012 Chrysler 200 and 2011 Subaru Legacy followed by the 2012 Toyota Camry.

This is a great way to see which cars actually result in the lowest overall cost when you factor in the options most buyers want.

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.

New York Tri-State Residents - Important:

There is a new car leasing service called Carvoy, available to NY tri-state area residents, which I recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with car dealerships. Carvoy provides pre-negotiated lease deals, calculated with taxes and all fees incuded so you know exactly what it will cost. Here is my list of Best Carvoy deals, updated each month.

- 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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