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The Best Cars for the Money

February 19, 2015

The Honda Fit, Audi A3, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and Ram 1500 are just a few of the winners of the 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards from US News & World Report.

The Best Cars for the Money awards looks at a combination of positive reviews and long-term costs of ownership for vehicles in 21 different classes, from subcompact cars to full size trucks. The awards also take into consideration things like interior comfort, reliability, performance, and safety ratings.

Below is a look at all the 2015 winners. If you are considering purchasing any of these award-winning vehicles, make sure to use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the lowest prices being offered in your region.

Best Cars for the Money 2015 Award Winners

CategoryWinning Vehicle
Subcompact CarsHonda Fit
Compact CarsVolkswagen Golf
HatchbacksHonda Fit
Upscale Small CarsAudi A3
Midsize CarsHyundai Sonata
Upscale Midsize CarsAcura TLX
Large CarsChevrolet Impala
Hybrid CarsToyota Camry Hybrid
Sports CarsVolkswagen GTI
WagonsSubaru Outback
Compact SUVsHonda CR-V
Luxury Compact SUVsAcura RDX
2-Row SUVsNissan Murano
Luxury 2-Row SUVsLexus RX 350
3-Row SUVsHyundai Santa Fe
Luxury 3-Row SUVsAcura MDX
Large SUVsMazda CX-9
Hybrid SUVsToyota Highlander Hybrid
MinivansMazda Mazda5
Compact TrucksChevrolet Colorado
Full Size TrucksRam 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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