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The Best "Bang for Your Buck" Cars
December 26, 2013If you're looking for value in your next vehicle, then take note -- Consumer Reports has recently released their list of new cars with the best and worst value for the "automotive dollar."
For the second year in a row, the Toyota Prius was named the best overall value due to its combination of performance, reliability and low estimated five-year ownership costs of 47 cents per mile.
On the flipside is the Nissan Armada, which tops this year's worst list due to its low overall gas mileage and reliability, costing car owners $1.20 per miles to own.
All the scores were reportedly calculated based on the five-year ownership cost for each vehicle, plus Consumer Reports' road-test scores and predicated reliability scores.
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|Compact/Subcompact Cars||Toyota Prius Four||Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L|
|Midsized Cars||Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium||Nissan Altima 3.5 SL|
|Large Cars||Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited||Ford Taurus Limited|
|Luxury Cars||Lexus ES 300h||BMW 750Li|
|Sports Cars/Convertibles||Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring||Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 2SS (V8)|
|Wagons/Minivans||Mazda5 Grand Touring||Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L|
|Small SUVs||Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium||Ford Escape SE (1.6T)|
|Midsized SUVs||Nissan Murano SL||Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara|
|Luxury/Large SUVs||BMW X1 xDrive28i||Nissan Armada Platinum|
|Pickups||Honda Ridgeline RTS||Ford F-250 Lariat (6.7L V8)|
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