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The 16 Best "Bang for Your Buck" Vehicles

May 24, 2012

USAA, an auto insurance provider, set out to determine which vehicles offer the best value when it comes to costs, safety, and reliability.

Using a proprietary algorithm, they chose vehicles with low purchase prices compared to others in its class, low ownership costs including insurance and fuel, high safety ratings, and good reliability.

The result is a list of 80 vehicles that made it on the USAA Preferred list. 16 of these vehicles have been labeled "Best Value" in their class (highlighted in yellow).

Use the list as a guide to determine which vehicles you should consider purchasing within each class, and use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to see the lowest prices being offered by your local dealers.

SegmentVehicle
Sport 2012 Ford Mustang
Coupe 2012 Honda CR-Z Hybrid
2012 Chrysler 200
2012 Scion tC
2012 Kia Forte Koup
2012 Toyota Yaris
Large Sedan2012 Dodge Charger
2012 Chevrolet Impala
2012 Ford Taurus
Midsize Sedan2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Dodge Avenger
2012 Kia Optima hybrid
2012 Kia Optima
2012 Subaru Legacy
2012 Hyundai Sonata
2012 Nissan Altima
2012 Chrysler 200
2012 Ford Fusion
Small Sedan2012 Hyundai Elantra
2012 Chevrolet Cruze
2012 Hyundai Accent
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Kia Forte
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2012 Nissan Sentra
2012 Honda Civic Sedan
Large Luxury2012 Hyundai Genesis
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
2012 Volvo S80
2012 Cadillac CTS–V Sedan
2012 Cadillac CTS–V Wagon
2012 Audi A6
2012 Cadillac CTS Sedan
2012 Volvo C70
2012 Lincoln MKS
Midsize Luxury2012 Volvo S60
2012 Audi A4
2012 Lexus IS 350
2012 Acura TL
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Lexus IS 350C
2012 Lexus IS 250
Wagon2012 Nissan JUKE
2012 Nissan cube
2012 Kia Soul
2012 Honda Fit
2012 Scion xD
2012 Scion xB
2012 Kia Forte 5–Door
2012 Subaru Impreza Wagon
Large Luxury SUV2012 Audi Q7
2012 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Midsize Luxury SUV2012 Lexus RX 450h
2012 BMW X3
2012 Infiniti EX35
2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
2012 Volvo XC60
2012 Lexus RX 350
2012 Acura RDX
2012 Audi Q5
Large SUV2012 Chevrolet Traverse
Midsize SUV2012 Dodge Journey
2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
2012 Ford Explorer
2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2012 Subaru Tribeca
2012 Chevrolet Equinox
Small SUV2012 Kia Sportage
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2012 Kia Sorento
Minivan2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
2012 Kia Sedona

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