The Best New Cars for Your Money
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 RydeShopper to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles when you're ready to start negotiating.
|Subcompact Cars||Honda Fit|
|Compact Cars||Ford Focus|
|Upscale Small Cars||Buick Verano|
|Midsize Cars||Ford Fusion|
|Upscale Midsize Cars||Buick Regal|
|Large Cars||Ford Taurus|
|Hybrid Cars||Ford Fusion Hybrid|
|Sports Cars||Scion FR-S|
|Compact SUVs||Ford Escape|
|Luxury Compact SUVs||BMW X1|
|Midsize SUVs with 2 Rows||Ford Edge|
|Midsize SUVs with 3 Rows||Hyundai Santa Fe|
|Luxury Midsize SUVs with 2 Rows||Lexus RX 350|
|Luxury Midsize SUVs with 3 Rows||Acura MDX|
|Large SUVs||Chevrolet Tahoe|
|Hybrid SUVs||Lexus RX Hybrid|
|Compact Pickup Trucks||Toyota Tacoma|
|Full Size Pickup Trucks||Toyota Tundra|
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
Each week, I'll keep you up-to-date on the latest car deals and news that might affect your purchase. This includes...
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- Latest Car Buying Scams and Tricks
- The Best & Worst Time to Buy a Car
- Which Cars You Should Avoid