The Best Family Sedan for the Money
There are over 20 moderately priced models available for sale right now, including the 2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Volkswagen Passat, and 2012 Hyundai Sonata.
The folks over at KickingTires did some intense research this past week to determine which family sedan provides the best bang for your money.
They equipped each sedan with the options most drivers prefer, which include:
- Automatic transmission
- Automatic headlights
- Alarm system
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Remote keyless entry
- Auxiliary jack for portable music players
- Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
- Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
- Cruise control
They then factored what it would cost for 2 years worth of gas at $3.67 per gallon for 30,000 miles.
And here was the outcome:
The 2012 Hyundai Sonata was ranked the most affordable family sedan for the money, beating the average by over $2,000.
The runners up were the 2012 Chrysler 200 and 2011 Subaru Legacy followed by the 2012 Toyota Camry.
This is a great way to see which cars actually result in the lowest overall cost when you factor in the options most buyers want.
My Recommendation for Car ShoppersTrueCar No-Haggle, CarsDirect, and NADAGuides 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.
- Gregg Fidan
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