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The Best New Cars for Your Money

February 28, 2013

It's the season most Americans dread - tax return season. Hopefully this tax season has been good to you and you are expecting - or have already received - a nice tax return that you can use towards a new car this year.

If that's the case, you want to make sure you're putting your money into a car that is truly worth it. Luckily, US News & World Report just released the winners of its 2013 Best Cars for the Money Awards. These 20 automobiles are the best combination of performance and long-term ownership costs, so you get the most bang for your buck.

Check out the list below, and remember to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles when you're ready to start negotiating.

Subcompact CarsHonda Fit
Compact CarsFord Focus
Upscale Small CarsBuick Verano
HatchbacksHonda Fit
Midsize CarsFord Fusion
Upscale Midsize CarsBuick Regal
Large CarsFord Taurus
Hybrid CarsFord Fusion Hybrid
Sports CarsScion FR-S
WagonsSubaru Outback
Compact SUVsFord Escape
Luxury Compact SUVsBMW X1
Midsize SUVs with 2 RowsFord Edge
Midsize SUVs with 3 RowsHyundai Santa Fe
Luxury Midsize SUVs with 2 RowsLexus RX 350
Luxury Midsize SUVs with 3 RowsAcura MDX
Large SUVsChevrolet Tahoe
Hybrid SUVsLexus RX Hybrid
MinivansMazda Mazda5
Compact Pickup TrucksToyota Tacoma
Full Size Pickup TrucksToyota Tundra
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- Gregg Fidan

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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