The Best Cars for the Money
The rankings are based on the opinions of hundreds of automotive journalists coupled with the cost of ownership for each vehicle compared to the competition.
The results were surprising in that no one brand won the majority of awards - meaning there is long-term value across many different manufacturers.
You just have to know which models to choose and which to stay away from.
2011 Rankings for "Best Car for the Money"
|Family Sedans||Ford Taurus|
|Upscale Compact||Volkswagen GTI|
|Upscale Sedans||Buick Regal|
|Sports||Mazda MX-5 Miata|
|Compact Crossover||Mitsubishi Outlander Sport|
|Midsize Crossover||Chevrolet Traverse|
|Full Size SUVs||Chevrolet Tahoe|
|Luxury Compact Crossover||Infiniti EX35|
|Luxury Midsize Crossover||Lexus RX 350|
|Wagons||Hyundai Elantra Touring|
|Compact Pickup Trucks||Suzuki Equator|
|Full Size Pickup Trucks||Chevrolet Silverado 1500|
3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum MoneyThe key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:
Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted NetworkSelect the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirectTrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.
Step 3 Complete my ChecklistFollow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
Each week, I'll keep you up-to-date on the latest car deals and news that might affect your purchase. This includes...
- Best Rebates, Incentives, and Lease Deals
- Latest Car Buying Scams and Tricks
- The Best & Worst Time to Buy a Car
- Which Cars You Should Avoid