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Cars With the Best & Worst Values

January 2, 2014

Consumer Reports wants to make sure you're getting value for your dollars, and has recently released their list of vehicles that provide the best and worst values based on reliability, performance and maintenance costs.

On the best list are the likes of the Toyota Prius Four, Honda Fit, and Scion xB. While on the worst list are the Nissan Armada Platinum, BMW 750Li, and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara.

If you're considering adding one of these best value picks to your garage, make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles. And be sure to check out TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to compare real prices where you live.

Best Values

Vehicle
Toyota Prius Four
Honda Fit (base)
Scion xB
Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium
Volkswagen Golf (2.5)
Toyota Corolla LE Plus
Volkswagen Golf TDI (manuel)
Honda Civic EX
Honda Civic Hybrid
Subaru Impreza Premium

Worst Values

Vehicle
Nissan Armada Platinum
BMW 750Li
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Cadillac Escalade (base)
Cadillac XTS Premium
Lincoln MKX (3.7)
Lincoln MKS (base, 3.7)
Ford Explorer XLT (V6)
Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7L, V8)
Nissan Pathfinder

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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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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